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News for Aug. 14, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Memento Blu-Ray, Simpsons Season 8, Scary Movie 4 & More!

8/14/06, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some goodies like '3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 5' and Animal House on HD DVD. Some new collection DVD sets featuring the work of Clark Gable, James Stewart & Ronald Reagan. Be sure to also check out 'Memento' in Blu-Ray and one of the best new cable shows of last year 'Rome: The Complete First Season'. [More]

News for Aug. 12, 2006

ELF 2006: Sunday Images & Report

8/12/06, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

ELF 2006 Images TORN Staffer Garfeimao writes: Sunday at ELF began with the Charity brunch with Billy Boyd. Over $5000 was raised for the Scottish Youth Theater, and part of that came from an impromptu live auction of one of Billy's shirts. This would not be the only impromptu auction Billy hosted this day, but I'll get to the other one later. Billy wandered around chatting with everyone at each table and was a gracious host, as usual. [More]

GenCon 2006 Report

8/12/06, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Erwin writes: GenCon 2006, an amazing 4-day gaming convention, opened in Indianapolis yesterday to an enthusiastic crowd of thousands ready to immerse themselves in every form of gaming imaginable. Whether your passion is dominating your opponents in the Battle for Middle Earth II and Halo, getting lost in a TCG or strategy board game, sitting back for hours watching films or kicking up your heels at the GenCon dance - there's something here for everyone. GenCon runs 24 hours a day! [More]

More ELF 2006 Images

8/12/06, 12:46 pm EST - Xoanon

ELF 2006 Images Ringer Spy Sahmwise sends along these images of Billy Boyd, Sean Astin & John Noble at the ELF 2006 convention. More pictures coming soon! GenCon pics to follow as well!

Bloom's 'Haven' Update

8/12/06, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Rebecca writes: Comingsoon.net has the trailer and production stills for a movie Orlando Bloom did almost 3 years ago called 'Haven'. I had the chance to see it when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2 years ago, and thought it was fantastic. It's also the best acting performance Orlando has given to date. The movie had problems finding a distributor, but is finally gettting a limited release in the US on September 15th. I hope everyone has the chance to see this! [More]

Astin candid about illness

8/12/06, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon

As could be expected, Sean Astin is approached often by strangers. What may be surprising, however, is that not all of them want to talk about the actor's roles in the epic "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy or his early work on the '80s classic "The Goonies." Instead, many want to discuss his very public mother, Patty Duke, and her very public battle with bipolar disorder. From a clerk at an airport gift shop to a makeup artist hired for a series of appearances in Salt Lake City, they say they have been affected in some way by the mental illness. "Everywhere I go, people say that they've been touched by it," the 35-year-old Astin said, stopping in Utah as part of a public-awareness campaign about bipolar disorder, also called manic depression. "People are whispering less about it." [More]

Tolkien Scholar Segura to speak at Raynor Library

8/12/06, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

The Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives will host a lecture by Tolkien scholar Eduardo Segura, Professor of Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, and Literature at the Institutio De Filosofia Edith Sten (Granada, Spain) at 3:00 p.m. on September 26th in the Raynor Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Professor Segura's presentation, "Tolkien, Lewis, and Hollywood: What Images Cannot Say," will center on differences between literature and cinema as artistic means, particularly from J.R.R. Tolkien's and C.S. Lewis’ outlook. Dr. Segura will discuss Tolkien's passion for inventing languages, and the immense difficulty of communicating metaphorical meaning on film—even those brilliant scenes that Hollywood has recently released. A question and answer session will follow. [More]

News for Aug. 11, 2006

Win a Morgul Lord Legendary Bust!

8/11/06, 7:41 am EST - Celeborn

Click for Larger VersionTheOneRing.net is proud to give you an opportunity to win the Morgul Lord Legendary Scale bust from Sideshow Collectibles. This contest could not be easier - we're only asking for your name and email! And while you're checking out Sideshow, look at their latest newsletter for a chance to win the Treebeard Bust (long sold out)! If you are not a curret member, once you set-up your account, you can login online and view the newsletter in your browser. [Enter Here] [Sideshow's Newsletter]

News for Aug. 09, 2006

Own a Piece of RINGERS & Very Secret Diaries History!

8/09/06, 4:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Everyone loves the wickedly funny “Very Secret Diaries” as created by fan fic phenom Cassie Claire. This spoof of Fellowship characters has appeared in the award-winning indie documentary RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, in an outrageous sequence where Toy Biz Action Figures and character voices were filmed on a mini set! The original, authentic toys and props used in RINGERS are now offered on eBay! Now is your chance to own a piece of indie film history. Check out this sequence from the film (Quicktime required) and join the auction fun! [More]

HALO has a director!!!

8/09/06, 3:09 pm EST - Xoanon

From AICN: Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I know a lot of you are HALO geeks like me and like me you've probably been wanting to hear about the status of the HALO movie being produced at Universal and 20th Century Fox, Weta Workshop and Digital signed on to bring the special effects, and Peter Jackson onboard as executive producer. Well, the wait's over. A director has been chosen, according to Microsoft, a man by the name of Neill Blomkamp. Before you start getting too worried that an untested director has been chosen to direct such a high profile movie, you should see his short film ALIVE IN JOBURG. [More]

Online Tolkien Course at Cardiff University

8/09/06, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

John sends this along: Explore Tolkien’s Middle-earth in a 10-week on-line course hosted by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University. The course will examine Tolkien’s awareness of northern European mythologies and languages as well as other aspects of his scholarly background, by concentrating on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The course will be run three times during the next academic year starting on:

2 October 2006
2 February 2007
23 April 2007

The course is open to students and to adult learners. Enrolments for all three dates of the course are now open.

For more information please visit the course website here
Frequently asked questions about the course

Calling out to the Ringers of the world...

8/09/06, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Pauliina writes: I'm a final-year psychotherapy student from Finland, currently working on my thesis "Going Home - Finding Myself Through Stories And Fantasies". I've been a LOTR fan for 18 years, and the impact it has had on my life and the person I am is just enormous. Now I'd like to call out to you, dear fellow Ringers in the world, and invite you to share your stories with me by answering these questions... [More]

News for Aug. 08, 2006

More ELF 2006 Photos!

8/08/06, 5:17 pm EST - Xoanon

ELF 2006 Photos

TORN Staffer Garfeimao sends along these photos taken by a professional photographer during Elf 2006. Take a look at the costume contest and musical performances! Those costumes are great!

New Christopher Lee Filmography Book

8/08/06, 5:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Lhunsarniel writes: Thought you might want to add this to your newsworthy posts. I actually saw it in the Turner Classic Movies website: 'The Christopher Lee Filmography: All Theatrical Releases, 1948-2003': The career of towering, handsome actor Christopher Lee has stretched over half a century in every sort of film from comedy to horror. He has assumed such diverse roles as the Man With the Golden Gun, Frankenstein's monster, Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. Catheter (from Gremlins 2). [More]

Order 'The Christopher Lee Filmography: All Theatrical Releases, 1948-2003 (Hardcover)' on Amazon.com today!

ELF 2006: Saturday Report

8/08/06, 2:23 pm EST - Xoanon

ELF 2006: Saturday Report TORN Staffer Garfeimao writes: Saturday had Sean Astin as the main guest, replacing Elijah Wood as the headliner. It was announced that Elijah might be able to do a webcam conference call sometime on Saturday, but the technical bugs never quite worked out. So Sean did his appearance, handled the autograph line like the champ he is, and then we were hit by another missing guest. [More]

News for Aug. 07, 2006

Jackson's story to be told in biography

8/07/06, 5:18 pm EST - Xoanon

The story of how a boy from Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington, beat Hollywood at its own game is to be told in an authorised biography of New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson. 'Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey' will be published by HarperCollins New Zealand on November 10, just in time for the Christmas market. Following numerous approaches, Jackson chose to work on the biography with Brian Sibley, a writer and the producer of the acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of the Lord of the Rings. The biography, written over several years, tells the story of Jackson's life through his own words, as well as drawing on the memories of friends, family and associates. [More]

Hotline: “Rings” around the Esplanade

8/07/06, 5:14 pm EST - Xoanon

From bostonherald.com: The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will play highlights from Howard Shore’s score for “The Lord of the Rings” in a free concert at the Hatch Shell on Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The program, part of WCRB-FM’s (102.5) summer series of Wednesday evening concerts, will also feature performances by the New World Chorale plus music students from China, Taiwan and Korea appearing in collaboration with the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. Go to longwoodsymphony.org or call 617-667-1527.

Adam Klein's "Leithian" Music Samples

8/07/06, 5:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Osse from tolkien.cyberdusk.pl writes: I have heard about Tolkien opera "Leithian", and about premiere from your site. But there is something nee. Now there is possibility to hear and download music clips form the opera from Prologue to 7 scene as well as libretto to the opera. The composer Adam Klein is not allowed to sell the music and make money form it. But he can give free clips or CD with music to some people on the condition that they won't be sold. [More]

TV Watch: Pop Collectibles in Oz

8/07/06, 4:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Producer Darryl writes: I would like to advice LOTR fans in Australia of a new collectors TV show that has just visited Weta in NZ and features an extensive interview with Richard Taylor. The show screens Saturday night at 8 pm and re-runs Sundays at 9 am and 2 pm on the cable TV provider FOXTEL Australia-wide. The six part series features Weta in shows 1 and 5. And episode 3 is a complete Weta Special with Richard discussing his companies, childhood, creative challenges and goals. LOTR statues and busts make up a huge proportion of the show and two never-before seen unreleased statues are shown. For those outside Australia, DVD sales of the show will come online shortly. Fans can email popcollectables@yahoo.com or visit popcollectables.blogspot.com

New Billy's Loons Auction

8/07/06, 4:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Billy's Loons Charities Staff write: Billy's Loons Charities, www.bbloonscharities.net, is excited to announce an Auction of a one-of-a-kind Lord the Rings Collectible, The Return of the King Transcript signed by Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Miranda Otto, John Noble and Daniel Reeve. Daniel Reeve, the Calligraphy Expert for the Lord of the Rings lettering and design, also wrote Pippin's name in Elvish (see left-hand corner). All of the proceeds from the Auction will go The Scottish Youth Theatre, where Billy Boyd is a Patron of and Billy's Loons Charities is a Sponsor. Many thanks to all who signed the transcript and to Alesia for the donation of the Script! [More]

DVD Tuesday: Inside Man, Prison Break, Ultimate Avengers 2 & More!

8/07/06, 11:27 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out 'Inside Man' Spike Lee's heist thriller, one of the best new shows of last season, the prison drama 'Prison Break: Season One' and for you comic book fans we have 'Ultimate Avengers 2' [More]

News for Aug. 06, 2006

Complete TTT Score in October?

8/06/06, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Kevin writes: I just read a posting at Moviemusic.com that says the release date for this multi-CD set is late October. Look down about 1/2 way on the page, to Doug Adams' post on posted 08-04-2006. Doug Adams has been doing the liner notes and a book about the music, working directly with howard Shore. [More]

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