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August 05, 2004 - August 11, 2004

News for Aug. 11, 2004

Narnia News

8/11/04, 10:50 pm EST - Tehanu

More news for you Narnia fans thanks to Tirian at NarniaWeb.com. According to the latest reports, veteran British actor Ray Winstone is to voice Mr. Beaver for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. [More]


LOTR in Imax format?

8/11/04, 10:30 pm EST - Tehanu

Spies in Auckland report that Peter Jackson was seen there checking out King Kong location possibilities, but he also went into the Imax cinema there - reportedly this is because they are checking out the possibility of putting all three films into Imax format.

Czech 'Premiere' Magazine Talks Wood

8/11/04, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Philippa writes: I was in Prague the other week and picked up a copy of 'Premiere' magazine which had Elijah Wood on the cover and an interview inside. I didn't scan the whole interview (as it's in Czech!) but have done the cover and pages with pictures on. [More]

Reminder: Teen Choice Awards on Fox

8/11/04, 9:41 am EST - Xoanon

The Teen Choice Awards are airing tonight on Fox at 8PM. The Fox website already lists the winners. Orlando Bloom represnets the LOTR alumni well with these wins:

Misc. Male Hottie Orlando Bloom
Movie: Liplock Keira Knightly & Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Movie: Chemistry Keira Knightly & Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Movie: Fight/Action Sequence Orlando Bloom & Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Why Cate's great

8/11/04, 9:35 am EST - Xoanon

At last Saturday night's performance of Hedda Gabler at the Wharf Theatre there were numerous signs and two verbal announcements before the play and after interval warning patrons to check their mobile phones were turned off. But the warnings were not enough. A Spike operative reports that about five minutes into the second half one patron's phone started to ring. To the tut-tuts of the audience, he reached into his bag to turn it off, but fumbled and the phone went flying onto the stage as the audience gasped. [More]

One Team To Rule Them All?

8/11/04, 9:33 am EST - Xoanon

Lisa writes: In addition to being a fan of the LOTR movies (he still needs to read the books!), my husband is also a dyed-in-the-wool Nebraska Cornhusker fan. In other words, hes a fan of the University of Nebraska football team. He sent me this link from another Cornhusker fan to show the adaptability and hilarity of LOTR spoofs. [More]

John Howe and Alan Lee Nominated for WFA!

8/11/04, 4:23 am EST - leo

And while we are on the topic of John Howe and Alan Lee: Ringer Spy Elderhobbit chimed in with the following: John Howe and Alan Lee have been nominated For a World Fantasy Award in professional category for the art work they did for Lord of the Rings. World Fantasy is an international and annual conference of fantasy authors agents and publishers. This year's World Fantasy Conference is in Tempe Arizona at the end of October with the World Fantasy Awards to be announced on October 31st. [More]

Fellowship Festival: News From Howe, Lee and Harper Collins!

8/11/04, 4:18 am EST - leo

More exciting news from The Fellowship Festival, this time about John Howe and Alan Lee as well as a list of convention-exclusive offers from publishers Harper Collins! [More]

News for Aug. 10, 2004

Empire Magazine Talks Fansites

8/10/04, 9:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy djdeathskiss writes: TORN is mentioned in the September issue of 'Empire' magazine along as part of an article on movie websites. "Out of the thousands of movie web sites on the internet, a select few have carved out positions of power and influence- and not just among the fans, but among the highest echelons of Hollywood power, too." [More]

Wood Visits Sick Kids in Prague

8/10/04, 9:11 pm EST - Xoanon

FrodoFan sent along these images Elijah Wood (looking very much like Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker) visiting fans at a children's hospitalin Prague. [More]

New 'Aniron' Font Announced

8/10/04, 3:19 pm EST - Xoanon

TheHutt writes: Just wanted to notify, that I just finished working on a new font from "Lord of the Rings" movie - "Aniron". This font is a replication of the typeface used in the end credits of PJs movie trilogy. The font supports Latin alphabet, numbers, punctuation, extended characters (accents) and a Cyrillic alphabet (!). The font is free for non-commercial use. The Aniron font, as well as my other font creation, the Ringbearer Font, can be downloaded on my website. [More]

Bloom on the set of 'Elizabethtown'

8/10/04, 3:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Bloom on the set of 'Elizabethtown'

Ryan writes: Here are some pictures of Orlando Bloom on the set of "Elizabethtown" being filmed at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial near the survivor tree. Apparently he is pretty camera shy and his body guards kept telling people not to take pictures. He stayed to sign autographs afterwards. They also filmed scenes in El Reno and Okarche, Oklahoma. [More]

Hollywood, History Draw New Talent to Old Sport

8/10/04, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

ATHENS (Reuters) - The Olympic rings may be about join the Lord of the Rings in fueling a boom in the ancient but hardly fashionable sport of archery. Hollywood heart-throb Orlando Bloom and the bowman elves who invaded the screen in cinema's version of the Tolkien trilogy has had youngsters all of a quiver; archery clubs around the world are reporting a surge in recruits. [More]

Figwit's 'Flight of the Conchords' Review

8/10/04, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Here's a review from The Edinburgh festival: Last year, "New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody act" were still late-night Fringe underdogs. This year, they are greeted like rock gods. With their superior wordplay, virtuoso musicality and superbly gormless banter, they've taken comedy song to a whole new level. [More]

King Kong to be a reunion of rings crew

8/10/04, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson's movie King Kong, which begins shooting in Wellington next month, will be a reunion of the director's dream team from The Lord of The Rings. King Kong's crew includes cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, production designer Grant Major, art director Dan Hennah, conceptual designer Alan Lee, Weta special effects whizz Richard Taylor, visual effects director Alex Funke, visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri and composer Howard Shore. [More]

News for Aug. 09, 2004

A good time was had at Barlibash Boston

8/09/04, 10:16 pm EST - maegwen

This past weekend the folks from TheOneRing.net's IRC server gathered once again for the 4th Annual Barlibash, held this year in Boston to coincide with the Museum of Science's Lord of the Rings exhibit. Barlibash 2004 saw a lot of returning attendees as well as a new crop of Barlifolk to enliven the festivities. What follows is a highly personal account of the weekend of fun and mayhem. [More]

Astin At Dodgers Hollywood Stars Game

8/09/04, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Astin At Dodgers Hollywood Stars Game

Kirstie writes: Sean Astin was one of the players at the Dodgers Hollywood Stars Game yesterday, among other celebrities. He played pretty well and even hit a home run at one point. He also accidentally hit a little kid with the ball, but he apologized over the microphone. Afterwards, some of the other stars were signing autographs, but he said he couldn't because he was running late for a black tie event and his wife was going to kill him.

Tolkien Course Online this Fall

8/09/04, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Kate writes: Barnes and Noble University is having an online Tolkien course: This course provides an overview of The Hobbit and LOTR by JRR Tolkien. We'll look first at Tolkien's biography, his writing life, the origins of the stories, and their publication history. We'll continue with lessons on each book, concentrating on Tolkien's construction of a mythological world and its peoples and languages, his characters and their development, and his thematic concerns. Finally, we'll look at Tolkien's lasting influence on 20th-century fantasy literature, as well as on cultural movements such as neo-paganism and environmentalism. [More]

Actress Fay Wray of `King Kong' Fame Dies

8/09/04, 3:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Actress Fay Wray Dies at 96
Fay Wray 1907 - 2004

NEW YORK - Fay Wray, who won everlasting fame as the damsel held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic "King Kong," has died, a close friend said Monday. She was 96. [More]

Second Date Added for Shore Concert in London

8/09/04, 2:41 pm EST - Xoanon

David writes: I thought that you might like to know that there are still tickets available for the Howard Shore LOTR Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 23rd September 2004. [More]

Bruce Hopkins News

8/09/04, 4:47 am EST - Tehanu

Bruce Hopkins [Gamling] will be speaking briefly for the American Cinemathque prior to the showing of two of Peter's early films, "Bad Taste" and "Meet The Feebles." It's at the Egyptian Theatre on 6712 Hollywood Blvd, on 9.45pm on Friday 20th.

News for Aug. 08, 2004

For fans, it's one exhibit to rule them all

8/08/04, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Now playing at the Museum of Science: a reliquary for our modern age. `The Lord of the Rings' Motion Picture Trilogy -- The Exhibition" is, on the brutal face of it, little more than a collection of pretty costumes, drawings, plastic models, and cast-off prosthetics lined up for display. The ambience, however, is hushed, the lighting low, the speakers emitting distant sounds of battle. You would think you were making a pilgrimage to the toe bone of a saint. Many people in the hall think they are. [More]

Ian Brodie Booksigning

8/08/04, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian Brodie Booksigning
Ian Brodie and Mike

Mike sends along various images from the Te Pa Pa National Museum in Wellington where Ian Brodie was signing copies of his latest book 'The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition'. [More] [Order Book]

Shore Concert To Air on Canadian TV

8/08/04, 11:46 am EST - Xoanon

Whether through the six volumes of Tolkien's classic novel or Peter Jackson's spectacular film adaptation of the epic, The Lord of the Rings has fascinated audiences of all ages for 50 years. Now fans can relive the magic in a new way with Creating The Lord of the Rings Symphony: A Composer's Journey Through Middle Earth. This exclusive concert presentation of the films' unforgettable music, conducted by its composer Howard Shore, will have its Canadian television premiere on Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel Saturday, September 4 at 8:30pm ET. [More]

News for Aug. 07, 2004

Alan Lee To Attend Fellowship Festival!

8/07/04, 3:47 am EST - leo

Some might have already guessed it but none other than Alan Lee is the latest addition to the lineup for The Fellowship Festival! [More]

News for Aug. 06, 2004

LOTR Exhibition Invite Images

8/06/04, 9:04 pm EST - Xoanon

LOTR Exhibition Invite

Melissa writes: I work in the advertising department of a newspaper. One of the folks who work in our newsroom knows what a huge LOTR fan I am, and was kind enough to give me a copy of the invitation to the press screening of the exhibit, before it officially opened on August 1st.

Viggo on locusts, life and kissing Liv Tyler

8/06/04, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Viggo Mortensen is one of Hollywood's most intense actors. The New York native also is a painter, published poet and man who would not be king. After appearing in more than 30 films since his screen debut in "Witness" (1985), Mortensen catapulted to overnight fame as the broody Aragorn, a.k.a. Strider, in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. [More]

ALA Lists Most Read Books

8/06/04, 6:22 pm EST - Xoanon

holbytla writes: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is on a new list compiled by the American Library Association of the most re-read fiction works (novels, plays an short stories). [More]

Gollum makes way for King Kong

8/06/04, 6:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Silmarien sends along the latest issue of 'Hutt News' featuring this article on Andy Serkis working on King Kong. [More]

Win Two Silver Day Passes for The Fellowship Festival!

8/06/04, 12:52 pm EST - leo

Still haven't bought your tickets for The Fellowship Festival? Shame on you! But good thinking as well! Because today we will exclusively give away two Silver Day Passes for the festival, and all you have to do to win them is answer one simple question... [More]

Two Pics of DVD Gift Set Collectibles

8/06/04, 12:44 pm EST - Calisuri

Minas Morgul Companion Environment
Ringer JuanT sends us a pic of the ROTK:EE Collector's DVD Gift Set collectible: Minas Tirith. He also had a chance to photograph its companion piece of Minas Morgul, being released seperately by Sideshow/Weta Collectibles. [Click Here]

Astin on the Campaign Trail in the US

8/06/04, 9:34 am EST - Xoanon

Andria writes: I had the pleasure of listening to (I was too far away to see) Sean Astin give a political speech at a rally for John Kerry today in St. Louis. He referenced being Samwise Gamgee from LOTR which got a loud cheer from the crowd. Of the the people that spoke at the rally (pre-Kerry and Edwards) Astin delivered the most articulate and heart-felt speech of the group. I was thrilled. (SPECIAL NOTE: TORN in no way endorses or condemns the political views of candidates or cast members supporting candidates. We just report.)

Legolas and those Other Rings in Athens

8/06/04, 9:32 am EST - Xoanon

Crimdac writes: In an interview on BBC radio in the UK with British Olympic archer Alison Williamson. Among other things she gives credit to the LOTR films for getting lots of boys interested in archery because they want to be Legolas. The interview starts at 1:30 into the clip and the brief LOTR comment is at about 2:25. (RealPlayer needed) [More]

Serkis & Robins Join the 'Armageddon'

8/06/04, 9:29 am EST - Xoanon

The folks from pulpexpo.com inform us that Andy Serkis & Thomas Robins (Deagol) have joined John Rhys-Davies at the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in Wellington. [More]

Viggo After the Reign

8/06/04, 9:24 am EST - Xoanon

Someone should make Viggo Mortensen an honorary Canadian. "I'm a long-suffering Canadiens fan," says the 45-year-old actor, who has stuck by the Montreal hockey team since high school. "I used to watch them in their golden era. They were amazing. Over the years, it's often been tough to be a Canadiens fan, like it is to be a New York Mets fan, but I've hung in there." [More]

Wenham Talks ROTK:EE

8/06/04, 9:21 am EST - Xoanon

Darci writes: David Wenham, who played Faramir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, told SCI FI Wire that the upcoming special extended-edition DVD of The Return of the King will feature deleted scenes that further develop his character. !!!EE SPOILERS!!! [More]

GAMING: GPhoria Awards Air Tonight

8/06/04, 9:19 am EST - Xoanon

TechTV is presenting the 'GPhoria Awards' tonight. This Oscars-for-video-games event has the ROTK game by EA nominated in a few categories. They are; Achievement in voice acting by a male performer (Both Sean Astin & Elijah Wood are nominated), Best Sound Design, Best Cinematic & Best Adaptation. [More] [Gaming Havens]

Exclusive Costuming PIcs - Part 2

8/06/04, 1:21 am EST - Celeborn

Merry's Costume - Front View

Ringer staffer Garfeimao is back with a second set of detailed photographs from the New Line Cinema costume display at Comic Con 2004. These images are unique because they were taken before the glass was put in place. Check out the second batch by following this link. [Click Here] [First Batch]

News for Aug. 05, 2004

Sideshow's Film Festival - Win an AP Original Balrog!

8/05/04, 12:43 pm EST - Celeborn

Our official site sponsor, Sideshow/Weta Collectibles, is holding their first annual Sideshow Collectibles Film Festival competition from now until the end of Setember. The top prize in this competition, and the reason we are telling you about it, is an Artist Proof Original Balrog statue. (Yes, that means its a more valuable piece than the regular numbered editions that you see on eBay for $2000!) The basics of the contest: Take their collectibles, make a short 2-3 minute film, and submit it. [Click Here]

TORN EBAY: Return of the King 5x10 Banner

8/05/04, 12:41 pm EST - Celeborn

5x10 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Banner

Don't forget about TheOneRing.net's exclusive auction for a signed 5x10 Return of the King banner, now taking place at eBay.com! Only 4 days remain in the auction. [Click Here]

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