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News for Aug. 05, 2001

I'll sue! My dog will sue!

8/05/01, 11:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Seems someone is messing up their fantasy books, check out this piece of fan art, and consider this 'exzibit A' in TORN vs. Harry Potter. [More]

Thanks to TBA for the tip!

Philippa Boyens at Mythcon

8/05/01, 11:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Gorel sends along his tale from this weekends 'Mythcon'. Check it out, and look for more news to come! [More]

Toy Biz Action Figure Release Date : September 25th

8/05/01, 8:02 pm EST - Strider

Amazon are now making the first wave of Toy Biz action figures available to order in advance on their site. They also give the day for release as September 25th. [More]

Thanks to Mr Limpet for the tip.

WETA at Siggraph 2001

8/05/01, 7:59 pm EST - Xoanon

"At this year Siggraph 2001, WETA Digital will showcase some of the work they are doing on the "Lord of the Rings" movies at the Side Effects Software (http://www.sidefx.com) booth, during their special Houdini meeting. To present the visual effects shots, Michael Perry, VFX animator at WETA Digital, will be there, and he will comment on the role Houdini software had in the post-production of LotR. [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

8/05/01, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Mark sends alond this great *new* pic of Hugo Weaving as Elrond! Check it out!

Fellowship trailer with Total DVD?

8/05/01, 12:49 pm EST - Strider

From Richard:

UK magazine 'Total DVD' has been including a movie trailer disc for the last couple of months, which prompted me to ask whether they were attempting to get the FOTR trailer any time soon. Whilst their response wasn't conclusive, they did indicate that they are seeking to obtain permission for several blockbusters (including FOTR) and they were keeping 'mum' about this month's disc!

All UK ringers keep an eye out on your shelves this month to see if New Line gave them the go-ahead.

Fellowship released late February in Poland?

8/05/01, 12:42 pm EST - Strider

Rodia mailed us to say that the Teaser Posters in Poland give the Fellowship's release date as February 2002. Looks like Polish fans will have to wait a couple of months to see the film.

Lord of the Rings Students Yearplanner

8/05/01, 7:17 am EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings movie site Imladris managed to find some great scans of the new Tolkien Yearplanner, which you can buy in our Shop section. There are some fantastic images in this....anyone want to buy me one? SPOILERS!! [More]


8/05/01, 2:09 am EST - Tehanu

TORN people Tehanu and Quickbeam are at this weekend's Mythcon for serious fantasy buffs. [More]

News for Aug. 04, 2001

Media Watch: Rolling Stone

8/04/01, 9:25 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Mike

Rolling Stone just came out with it's 'Hot Issue' and under the heading Hot Buzz, there was a blurb on the movie. [More]

Miranda Otto in Kvety magazine

8/04/01, 8:06 pm EST - Strider

Thanks to Czech movie site Fantasyplanet.cz, we have an English version of an interview conducted between Miranda Otto (Eowyn) and Czech magazine Kvety. [More]

funtocollect.com Goes LOTR

8/04/01, 3:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy CE sends along word that funtocollect.com has gone LOTR mad! Check out some of the goodies guaranteed to make some of you ill, but it's still cool to see LOTR mugs, keychains and banks. And christmas is only 143 days away! [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

8/04/01, 2:57 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Gothmog and Missus

The September issue of the UK edition of Empire magazine has a stunning full page portrait of Hugo Weaving (Elrond). The text is nothing new but what a pic! Alas, I cannot scan it for you. Hope someone else can soon. The pic gives a good look at just how much effort has gone into visualising the characters.

Anyone with a scan of the article, send it along!

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

8/04/01, 8:16 am EST - Strider

Remember the frantic voting we asked you to do on Movies.com a couple days ago? Well thanks to you guys, guess who's this week's new number one? From number three to the top spot, Fellowship of the Ring is this week's Hottest Upcoming Movie. Let's make sure it stays there, eh? [More]

Ring stars in Top 100 films

8/04/01, 7:54 am EST - Strider

FilmFour.com want film fans to vote in their poll for the 100 Greatest Films all during August, which will be screened on the UK's Channel 4 during November. Amongst the nominees are Bernard Hill's Titanic, Ian Holm's Alien, Brad Dourif's One Flew over the Cookoo's Nest, and Hugo Weaving's The Matrix. [More]

Games Workshop Miniatures Firsthand

8/04/01, 7:09 am EST - Strider

Ringer Spy Crowolf managed to get a firsthand look at how the Games Workshop miniatures are shaping up, from the rules books to the details on the models themselves. [More]

Games Workshop Site Update

8/04/01, 6:59 am EST - Strider

The Games Workshop site have updated their Lord of the Ring section, adding a new set of pictures from the range, a focus on the Gimli model and an interview with WETA supremo Richard Taylor. [More]

Thanks to Noel, Gwindor and Crowolf for the heads-up.

News for Aug. 03, 2001

Holm's 'From Hell' Trailer Online

8/03/01, 10:19 pm EST - Xoanon

The long awaited Ian Holm (Bilbo) film 'From Hell' finally has a quicktime trailer online for all to see. You can only catch a quick look at Holm, but the film itself looks pretty good. [More]

Yet More Comic-Con Pics

8/03/01, 5:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Folks are really loving the WETA/Sideshowtoys busts, helms and statues that those cool folks are making. Take a look at Ringer Spy Carl's pics from last months Comic-Con 2001. [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for August 4th and 5th

8/03/01, 4:44 pm EST - Strider

A new month, a new Hall of Fire chat, a new Book for our Fellowship of the Ring Discussions! This weekend, we arrive at Rivendell, House of Elrond and discuss the chapter that saw the forging of the Fellowship: Book II, Chapter I - Many Meetings. [More]

Cannes Footage shown in Brazil

8/03/01, 3:27 pm EST - Strider

Today New Line in collaboration with their Brazilian distributors Warner gave a screening of 26 minutes of film from the Fellowship of the Ring to a select group of media, which included our Community member Valinor. The screening composed of 20 minutes of footage and 6 minutes of still images. This would suggest that there will be a screening of the footage in Argentina, as mentioned earlier today.

Media Watch: Times Higher Education Supplement

8/03/01, 2:22 pm EST - Strider

Thanks to the hard work of Philip S, we have two articles for you on Middle-Earth that appeared in today's Times Higher Education Supplement. [More]

FOTR Premiere Dates?

8/03/01, 11:53 am EST - Xoanon

This comes to my via a new spy 'in the New Line camp' I'm told. More details to come:

This looks like the line-up for LOTR's premieres.

London: Main premiere 10 Dec.
Los Angeles: A benefit on 16 Dec to kick off the film's Academy Award campaign.
New Zealand: A premiere a day or so before its release there.

Will these pan out to be true? Who knows, but it looks cool to me!

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8/03/01, 11:50 am EST - Corvar

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News for Aug. 03, 2001

Toy Biz Pic

8/03/01, 11:46 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy LC sends along this great pic from the Toy Biz booth at Comic-con 2001. Take a look! [More]

Extra TV Talks Internet Importance

8/03/01, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon

From: Barbarshop

Tonight (August 2nd) on Extra TV they did a short spot on the importance of the internet to movie studios and how the internet buzz can either boost or kill box office sales. LOTR was one of the films mentioned (other films included the new Harry Potter movie, and the Blair Witch Project to name only two) as having a huge internet push. They showed about 2 seconds from the new teaser trailer and a quick shot of the official LOTR website.

ATA To View Cannes Footage?

8/03/01, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Fabius FŽadŻr sends along word that the Argentinian Tolkien Society have been invited to view the 26 minutes of LOTR seen at Cannes. I'm not 100% sure this is accurate, as I heard that the footage was taken from Cannes, shown in New York, and flown back to NZ in a sealed safe, and if it is true, New Line should let some OTHER unfortunate soul who could NOT make it to Cannes to watch this footage! (me! me!) [More]

SHOP: New LOTR Board Games

8/03/01, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer spy Dave sends along news on some new LOTR Board Games coming soon. Take a look. [More]

EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peek at the LOTR Trading Card Game

8/03/01, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Greetings ó Quickbeam here.

For all of you attending be sure to check this out! Today at 3:00PM (Central) Decipher will bust out at Gen Con Game Fair with a special promotional event for their new Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. This is an invitation only kind of deal, so stop by the Decipher booth (#1015) and ask for a pass to the event. [More]

Media Watch: Extra TV NZ

8/03/01, 6:57 am EST - Strider

From Barbarshop:

Tonight (August 2nd) on Extra TV they did a short spot on the importance of the internet to movie studios and how the internet buzz can either boost or kill box office sales. LOTR was one of the films mentioned (other films included the new Harry Potter movie, and the Blair Witch Project to name only two) as having a huge internet push. They showed about 2 seconds from the new teaser trailer and a quick shot of the official LOTR website. Let's hope they expand their coverage soon and give the general public more looks at our wonderful films.

News for Aug. 02, 2001

Glass Hammer forced out of DragonCon appearance

8/02/01, 7:57 pm EST - Strider

"Due to an injury to one of the artists, Glass Hammer, led by Steve Babb and Fred Schendel, will NOT be performing at Dragoncon." [More]

LOTR vs SW Round 2

8/02/01, 6:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Seems our good buddies over at TheForce.net have thrown the gauntlet down this time. They wish to blow LOTR away on the Movies.go.com poll we posted about a few days ago. So if you haven't gone and voted for LOTR, head over there and show these Star Wars 'guys who's really in charge'. [More]

Pre-Rendered Trailer of Sierra's Fellowship of the Ring on IGN

8/02/01, 3:48 pm EST - Strider

Today, IGN have released in Quicktime and MPEG formats the beautiful pre-rendered trailer of Sierra's Fellowship of the Ring game for the XBox, shown at this years E3 convention in May. However, there's one snag: you must be a member of IGN Insider to see the trailer. [More]

Thanks to Lurtz_The_Orc for the help he gave us with this.

Poul Anderson 1926 - 2001

8/02/01, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

Fantasy and science fiction legend Poul Anderson passed away at his home on July 31. Anderson was one of the few writers who was doing mythopoeic fantasy before JRRT made it "fashionable". He was Guest of Honor at Mythcon some years back, and you can bet that there will be a memorial at (or during) Mythcon this weekend.

More Comic-Con Goodness

8/02/01, 10:34 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Derek sent along these great pics from various vendors around Comic-Con, mainly our good friends at the WETA/Sideshow booth. Check them out! [More]

News for Aug. 01, 2001

Posters available on 'Herr der Ringe' website.

8/01/01, 9:23 pm EST - Tehanu

HderR's shop section Elbenwald has†got big pictures of the new Poster-Series (Gandalf, Middle-Earth-Map, Hobbits,Ringwraiths)... Nice big images. Thanks to Tsa Tsa for the tip.

Peter Jackson goes on mad chainsaw rampage!!!

8/01/01, 8:51 pm EST - Tehanu

No, not really. Made a nice headline though. DD sent us a link to Stuff.co's report on the remodelling of the Embassy theatre where LOTR's NZ premiere will be held. PJ led the renovation with some awesome chainsaw technique. [More]

PŰster da Sociedade em PortuguÍs

8/01/01, 8:44 pm EST - Strider

TORn staffer Dunadan and Community member Valinor managed to obtain these great scans from the July edition of Sci-Fi News. What's so important about them? Well, these are the official teaser posters in Portugese folks!

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Electronic Arts shakes hands with the hobbits

8/01/01, 7:27 pm EST - Strider

From Amir:

I have another little tidbit on Lord of the Rings for you and your viewers. Itís up on 13thStreet.com today. It is a recap of all the people who are currently developing games for Lord of the Rings. I hope you guys enjoy! Only 4 months and 19 days 'til Fellowship of the Rings comes out!! [More]

Wenham's 'Bank' Pics

8/01/01, 5:39 pm EST - Xoanon

From: DarkHorizons David Wenham (Faramir) and Anthony La Paglia (TV's "Murder One") star in this new Aussie "Boiler Room"-esque thriller about a stock market predicting maths genius hired by a major bank's CEO to make his company money (in return funding the genius with the computer systems he needs). [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

8/01/01, 5:30 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Simon

In the latest Empire magazine (Australian edition) there is a picture of two Black Riders in Hobbiton.

[Tehanu: "When it comes to hard facts though, this article is about five tinnies short of a six-pack. And hey, when are they going to bang on about the legions of lycra-wearing hardcore Tolkien fans? Why are we so under-represented?"]

4 LOTR Trailers?

8/01/01, 5:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Mike sends along some very interesting news regarding a possible 3rd and 4th LOTR trailers! None of this can be confirmed at the moment, but take a look and get ready to dance! [More]

Sinclair & Urban's Price of Milk wins award

8/01/01, 4:30 pm EST - Strider

New Zealand film The Price of Milk has won the top prize at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, held in Korea.

The film, directed by Harry Sinclair (Isildur) and starring Danielle Cormack and Karl Urban (Eomer), was voted best film by a four-member jury at the end of the nine-day event, which presented 140 films from 35 countries to an estimated 40,000 festival-goers. [More]

Elijah Wood on Decipher.com

8/01/01, 3:35 pm EST - Strider

SnakeEyes mailed us to say that Decipher have posted a picture of their staff and Elijah Wood in front of the Decipher Booth from Comic-Con last week. If you want to read up on Quickbeam & Tookish reflection of the convention, click here. For the picture, click here.

Media Watch: Irish Independent Newspaper

8/01/01, 3:03 pm EST - Strider

I found a fascinating little editorial in the Irish Independant newspaper on the importance of website promotion for Hollywood movies, and edited out the pieces that don't relate to Lord of the Rings. [More]

New Line Suits see FOTR Rough Cut?

8/01/01, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

From: Scar

Dunno if this is news or not, but I have it on good authority that New Line execs have seen a 3.5 hour director's cut of Fellowship. [More]

Amazing WETA/Sideshow Pics

8/01/01, 11:09 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Carl sends along these great pics from the WETA/Sideshow booth at Comic-Con! Check these out! [More]

Buy FOTR Tickets in Norway

8/01/01, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

From: svein g

In Norway, we are able to buy LOTR- tickets on Nov. 5th 09:00am at the Colosseum theatre. Cash only. And for the Colosseum- theatre only. Tickets will be aviable over the net and in other theatres later this day. [More]

Art of Ted Nasmith Exhibit

8/01/01, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

Chalk Farm Galley presents "The Tolkien Art of Ted Nasmith" an exhibition of original paintings by Ted Nasmith. [More]

LOTR Stunt Team Say 'Hi' to TORN

8/01/01, 12:50 am EST - Xoanon

Lance and some folks who worked on stunts for LOTR (Lance was Sean Bean's [Boromir] stunt double). They sent us a great pic of the stunt crew during a break from a practice stunt in NZ. Take a look, more pics to come. !!SPoilers!! [More]

New SHIRE Screensaver

8/01/01, 12:40 am EST - Xoanon

What would it look like if you were standing in the middle of The Shire spinning around really slowly?! The Official site shows you!

On the official website for The Lord of the Rings (www.lordoftherings.net) check out a new Screensaver on The Shire! [More]

SHOP: LOTR Chess Sets and Games Workshop Goodies

8/01/01, 12:35 am EST - Xoanon

I Love LOTR related toys!!!! You should to, check these goodies out. [More]

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine

8/01/01, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon

Here is a scan from the Total Film Magazine with the error. The article's sub-title states that the release date is August 3rd. [More]

Thanks to JJ for the tip!

E!Online updates!

8/01/01, 12:00 am EST - Tehanu

The August update is up on E!Online. This month they talk about the complicated processes that turn a rough cut into a finished film, with all its dialogue, sound, music and colour made consistent and synchronised. Part of that process is making the foreign-language dubbed soundtracks so they'll be consistent with the original too. [More]

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