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August 10, 2000 - August 16, 2000

News for Aug. 16, 2000

Scoop's friendly hobbit must be invisible.

8/16/00, 11:13 pm EST - Tehanu

Scoop brings us view of the beautiful architecture and stonework inside Helm's Deep. (more)

Galadriel Tells All!

8/16/00, 12:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Super Ringer Spy Galadriel uses her mirror to give us some details on weapons and armor! Read it all at 'Galadriel's Mirror'!


News for Aug. 15, 2000

Web Watch: Salon.com

8/15/00, 11:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Frodo lives -- on the big screen

By Andrew O'Hehir

Can the quest to turn "The Lord of the Rings" into a movie trilogy satisfy Tolkien's legions of dedicated fans and still produce a blockbuster? [More]

New LOTR Game Board Pic

8/15/00, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Our good friends at 'Sophisticated Games' have sent in one of the boards we will all be playing on in Reiner Knizia's LOTR Board Game! [More]

LOTR Composer Confirmed!

8/15/00, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon


2000-08-14 After much rumours and speculations on various film music web sites, Howard Shore has now confirmed that he has been hired to compose the original music for Peter Jackson's much anticipated Lord of the Rings. In fact, it looks like the Canadian composer of stylish scores such as Silence of the Lambs, Crash, Dead Ringers, Philadelphia and The Fly, has been commissioned to score the whole trilogy. In a statement made to Music from the Movies, Howard Shore himself confirms: "Yes, I am doing The Lord of the Rings Trilogy".

Howard Shore has two new films coming up before entering Middle-Earth: he has scored the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Cell, opening this week, and The Yards. He recently wrote the score for High Fidelity, where Carter Burwell (who was hired initally) had to withdraw due to a schedule conflict. Another current Howard Shore project is the French film Ester Kahn.

The news about Howard Shore being the most likeable but surprising choice for Lord of the Rings was broken by www.soundtrack.net several weeks ago, but Music from the Movies is the first source to finally get the assignment confirmed.

- Mikael Carlsson

Cinescape Poll

8/15/00, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

From: Avathar

Just visited "cinescape.com" and the have a poll at the top right of the web page saying with sequel or prequel would you most like to see, and the HOBBIT makes an appearance! Post it on your web page so us tolkien fans can make the HOBBIT number one!

Click here to vote for the Hobbit!

There is NO LOTR movie preview in the Total Movie magazine's giveaway DVD

8/15/00, 12:15 am EST - Tehanu

Darth Caesar did the legwork, Darth Caesar gets the t-shirt. Here's the transcript of proceedings:
>In ODCM there's an ad for this Total Movie mag and since it's put out by Imagine I was hoping you could help me. On the cover it say's the Lord of the Rings trailer is on the dvd but this PR dude from New Line said this: "Just a heads up. I am one of the PR folk at New Line and I can say without a doubt that there will be no trailer for LOTR on any DVD released by Total Movie. This is nothing more than a bogus scam to get subscriptions." So is it or isn't it?
The reply to this, from Chris Bushnell, showbiz editor of the Daily Radar:

"Just got off the phone with Total Movie Editor-in-chief Gary Whitta. [he says]The magazine you saw in ODCM (Dreamcast Magazine?-T) was a mockup, a dummy issue they made up prior to the magazine's launch to sample what it might look like. So there will not be a LOTR trailer on the DVD, but Gary assures me that there is plenty of other kick-ass stuff on the DVD of the actual first issue...which hits magazine stands in a few weeks."

News for Aug. 14, 2000

New Line Press Release

8/14/00, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

(Los Angeles, August X, 2000) -- New Line Cinema has acquired domestic distribution rights to Dungeons and Dragons: The Movie, it was jointly announced today by acquisitions chief Mark Ordesky, President of Fine Line Features, as well as producer/director Courtney Solomon of Sweetpea Entertainment. [More]


8/14/00, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

According to AICN, New Line Cinema has picked up Dungeons and Dragons for domestic release (North America), no word yet on a possible release date. This bodes well, however, for a possible LOTR trailer to be released as well, stay tuned!

"Humphrey Carpenter says 'Lord of the Rings' unfilmable."

8/14/00, 6:50 am EST - Tehanu

Radio New Zealand's Kim Hill (cheers and whistles, please) interviewed Tolkien's biographer and Kimi sent us this report

Just a quick indication of how popular LOTR is.....

8/14/00, 6:40 am EST - Tehanu

Just found an interesting site, adcritic.com which is a site that has compiled all the coolest commercials and movie trailers. If you click on the Top 100 link, you'll find a list of the 100 most popular video clips. Not surprisingly, this list is comprised of the funniest commercials that I can remember seeing, like the Budweiser Wassup? commercials (along with hilarious spoofs), and the trailers for every hot movie of the last six months. The Lord of the Rings trailer holds a very respectable position at number 32. Not bad for a brief look at a movie that won't even make it to the theaters for almost a year and a half! This is a great indicator that the LOTR is becoming a part of our cultural literacy.
Thanks to Sparrowhawk (what a cool name!) for that.

DVD trailer promise a scam?

8/14/00, 6:34 am EST - Tehanu

Disturbing news from PRMeister. Remember that story that you could subscribe to Total Movies magazine and you would receive a free DVD including the LOTR preview?

"Hey Tehanu -
Just a heads up. I am one of the PR folk at New Line and I can say without a doubt that there will be no trailer for LOTR on any DVD released by Total Movie. This is nothing more than a bogus scam to get subscriptions."

OK, what say we offer something (like, a OneRingNet T-shirt.....Calisuri? Corvar?) to the first person who can prove or disprove this rumour, which originally was reported as being published on an insert in Total Dreamcast. Yes we will certainly be following this story up, bigtime.

Wizard Kebab part II

8/14/00, 6:22 am EST - Tehanu

People kept sending in more good ideas about the meaning of that impaled wizard picture, so I've collated them here

News for Aug. 13, 2000

Gandalf on a spike?

8/13/00, 6:18 pm EST - Tehanu

We compiled a roundup of the many guesses and ideas we received about the recent wizard kebab picture (more)

This Weeks Ebay Items

8/13/00, 12:46 pm EST - Xoanon

More fun than uni-cycle mini put! [More]

News for Aug. 12, 2000

Decipher, Inc's Lord of the Rings cards

8/12/00, 10:05 pm EST - Corvar

While it will not truly surprise anyone who knows Decipher Inc's work, I have received confirmation from a Decipher employee that the recently announced Lord of Rings Card Games will indeed use imagery from the films. For an example of what Decipher's current product lines look like, check out the Young Jedi Card List.

While the Decipher employee mentioned that the Lord of the Rings Card Game would also cover the Silmarillion, I personally doubt this.

In other words, don't expect the cool artwork Iron Crown's Middle Earth Card game was known for.

August 12 Weekend Hall of Fire Chat!

8/12/00, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Here comes the next installment of The Hall of Fire live chat. Thanks to those of you who are regulars at our weekend discussions, and if you haven't been yet, we'd love to have you jump in at any time. For this Saturday, we're going to talk about Boromir

Boromir: Tragic Hero of Gondor

Come share your thoughts with us!

Saturday Chat: 5:30 EDT [10:30 GMT]
Sunday Chat: 6:00 GMT [1:00 EDT]
Place: #thehalloffire on theonering.net server; come to our chatroom Barliman's and then type /join #thehalloffire

Cast Watch: Tyler and Astin on TV

8/12/00, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Liv Tyler (Arwen) in 'Armageddon' on TMN.

You can catch Sean Asting (Sam) in 'Kimberly' on Cinemax.

News for Aug. 11, 2000

Casting! Bruce Hopkins as...Gamling!!

8/11/00, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Bruce Hopkins

News comes from NZ regarding Kiwi actor Bruce Hopkins. Apparently Hopkins has been cast, however we have no idea as who. Any ideas?

Yep! (says Tehanu) Gamling the old, we've heard. He's the old codger that lives in the Deeping Coomb, and takes part in the defence of the Hornburg.

"Gamling the Old looked down from the Hornburg, hearing the great voice of the dwarf above all the tumult. "The Orcs are in the Deep!' he cried. 'Helm! Helm! Forth Helmingas!' he shouted as he leaped down the stair from the Rock with many men of Westfold at his back."

Hopkins has been making films since 1991 with a debut in 'Linda's Body', he also ran the 'Xena, Herc, Cleopatra' gauntlet as well, and yes, I'm waiting to see what role he had in Shortland Street...

More info as it makes its way available.

Want to know WHAT they've filmed lately?

8/11/00, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Lonely Planeteer sends the news on what they've been filming these past few days! [More]


10 Months and counting

8/11/00, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

Today, August 11th marks the 10th month of principal photography in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Filming this past month has mostly been in the studio. Scenes we think they've filmed this past month have been the flooding of Isengard, and SOMEONE being impaled behind a blue screen.

E! Online's John Forde has his 15 Minutes

8/11/00, 11:15 am EST - Xoanon

So who is this John Forde person who writes those monthly E!Online reports? Wouldn't that be the dream job? NZ's 'Pulp' magazine had the bright idea of interviewing him. Read the 2 part interview here. [Part 1] [Part 2]

Media Watch: The NZ Herald

8/11/00, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

Being Canadian, I can sympathize about the horrible weather, summer up here lasts for about 3 hours.

Wild Wgtn weather strands Lord of Rings crew

The wild weather which struck the North Island this morning has caused some problems for the film crew making the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

Thanks to Mr Tadpole for the tip!

More on The Moonshine Bridge Set

8/11/00, 10:56 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy GC sends in more info on the Upper Hutt Set. [More]

Blood-red moon.....

8/11/00, 6:01 am EST - Tehanu

I like pairing up images from different sources, and the recent lunar eclipse in NZ brought the same thought to a number of people who emailed me: Will they use this in the movies? Strangely enough, the red moon was seen more clearly in Wellington than anywhere else. Scoop reminded me they had the best image here and it certainly wouldn't be out of place next to this

News for Aug. 10, 2000

Sentencing Handed Down in LotR Movie Thefts

8/10/00, 11:38 pm EST - Tookish

Stuff reports that sentencing has been given to the individual found guilty of stealing LotR movie footage. More here.

Now you can buy that Tolkien chess set.

8/10/00, 11:12 pm EST - Tehanu

Apparently there was trouble ordering it...but we've got a useful link now in the shop section, thanks to Jesse.

Another witness to the filming at Wingate.

8/10/00, 10:52 pm EST - Tehanu

A world-travelling Tolkien fan sent us this report on Gandalf the White. (more)

The trailer for FREE???

8/10/00, 10:20 pm EST - Tehanu

Can we believe our eyes? Thanks to Andrew for this one:

"A while back you posted news about the trailer possibly being on a DVD with a mag called 'Total Movies.'

Just thought you'd like to know the first issue of Total Movies which is supposed have this DVD attached can be had for free (there's a small subscription caveat) at this address:

Total Movies Subscription.

Decipher gets Collectible Card License

8/10/00, 6:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Decipher Acquires Coveted License for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

Xoanon Note: It seems that New Line MAY have plans for 'The Hobbit' if LOTR makes mondo $$$, good stuff!

LOTR Cast Members Out and About

8/10/00, 1:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy David sends in these great exclusive pics from New Zealand!

I'm a photographer passing thru NZ. The Lord of the Rings cast were at the Bledisloe Cup at the weekend (All Blacks vs Australia rugby match) as guests of Wellington City. Before the game they had their faces painted and were meeting the public etc. I have black and white pics of Astin, Monaghan and McKellen. [More]

Media Watch: Local NZ Paper

8/10/00, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

It seems the guards as well as the crew are getting a bit uppidy due to that 'Spikey Wheel' pic posted by the local press recently. Check this out:

Click on the image to enlarge

Thanks to Robbit the Hobbit for the tip!

First Look at the LOTR Board Game!

8/10/00, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to Reiner Knizia and the good folks at Sophisticated Games for giving TheOneRing.net an exclusive look at their new LOTR Board Game! [More]

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