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August 18, 1999 - August 25, 1999

News for Aug. 25, 1999

Liv Tyler WILL be in LOTR - UPDATED

8/25/99, 8:11 pm EST - Xoanon

EXCLUSIVE!!! Hello Folks,

News has reached me from the Gods above that Liv Tyler, daughter of rock star Steven Tyler from Areosmith is CONFIRMED to be in LOTR.

Liv has been in several movies including Stealing Beauty, and Armageddon. You've heard it here first.

Personally I think her Elvish style beauty will be a plus, no word on who she will play. But given the lack of female roles you only have a very few to choose from. More info comming soon!

Click here for more information on Liv.

More on Liv:

Daughter of 'Steven Tyler' of the band Aerosmith and Bebe Buell, former model (and Playboy Playmate of the Month) and stalwart of the backstage rock scene of the 1970's, Liv grew up thinking that rock star Todd Rundgren was her father. But as she was growing up Tyler began dropping by to visit, and Liv noticed that his daughter Mia looked enough like her to be her twin. She confronted her mother, and was told the truth; by the time she was 12 she had taken her father's name. At 14 she and her mother left Portland, Maine for New York, where she got her start as a model. A year was enough of the modeling grind, and she decided to become an actress. She was offered the part of Callie in Heavy (1995) after a single reading, and only three weeks later was cast in Silent Fall (1994) - James Mangold, director of Heavy (1995), decided to delay shooting until Liv was available. With seven films in the 1993-96 period her career took off.

She has been heavily rumored to play Arwen, and I think this is a logical choice. So here is what we have about Arwen, you can follow this link for a picture of Arwen:

Elf princess of Rivendell, only daughter of Elrond, and the greatest beauty of her time. Betrothed to the mortal chieftain Aragorn II, she became his Queen when he was crowned King Elessar.

Missed the Chat?

8/25/99, 7:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

We had a massive turnout for our chat with Tom Mayo. But if you missed the chat, check it out here. Tom was a great guy and was full of info.

Thanks to him for taking the time to chat. and thanks to all of you who came and had those great questions!

Chat Today!

8/25/99, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

Forget ye not! Lest ye....ah shucks

Come on over to Barliman's for our Live Chat with SFX reporter Tom Mayo, Tom will answer your questions about Billy Boyd, the media and LOTR and tons of other neat stuff!

If your browser can't handle Java chat, and you have MIRC simply configure your server to www.theonering.net, at 6667 and join the room #TheOneRing.net and chat away!

Production Sketches at Gaming Havens

8/25/99, 11:44 am EST - Calisuri

Check out Platus's "The Trilogy" screenshots for this update!

And remember next week, September 1st, we will have an exclusive chat with Smegol88 from Platus Productions!

News for Aug. 24, 1999

Green Books up and Running!

8/24/99, 10:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

It's with great pride that we announce the opening of 'The Green Books of Middle-earth' exploring the words and world of Tolkien! A section totally devoted to literature, yours, ours, Tolkien's and anyone else who wants to stop on by!

It really is a must see for the book afficianato. It is fully interactive, with questions and trivia, it's a great section. Check it out!

Variety Praises 'The Ringmaster'

8/24/99, 3:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Variety's latest issue is about the emailiac Michael Deluca.

Michael was named 'Showman of the Year' by his peers in the film industry. Congrats Mike!

Also Peter Jackson and the folks down in NZ took out a 1 page add giving Mike praise.

'to Mike DeLuca...

...the Ringmaster!


From The Fellowship Downunder
Peter, Fran, Tim & Barrie

With a neat little LOTR logo

Cinescape 'Movies.com'

8/24/99, 3:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Check the latest issue of Cinescape? (September/October '99) Page 21 'Movies.com' article has a little note on Lord of the Rings and the official site.

Cinescape interviewed Gordon Paddison, New Line's director of interactive publicity, this is what he had to say.

'We wanted to (create) a place where we could start a dialogue with the fans. We didn't want to slap something together that says "Go see the movie!"'

Paddison also explains that the site will feature much more insights into the filmmaking process than other official sites.

'We're trying to setup something where we can be a conduit for official information without allowing the site to turn into a rumor mill'

Cinescape also reoports that a Lord of the Rings browser will be launched this fall, with the browser fans can access the latest news and events. As well as a video greeting from Peter Jackson!

Sounds like exciting things are afoot!

Chat with SFX Reporter Tom Mayo Tomorrow

8/24/99, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

Tomorrow, over at Barliman's we will be having an online chat with Tom Mayo, reporter from the ultra cool Brit magazine SFX. Tom recently spoke with Billy Boyd, snippets of the as yet un-published article can be seen here (8/9/99), and now he'll answer your questions!

2 PM ET at Barliman's, pull up a beer and get those questions in!

News for Aug. 23, 1999

Christopher Lee Page up and Running

8/23/99, 7:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Calisuri, the man who types code like a machine, has completed Lee's page, check it out here

Make sure to check out the rest of the cast here


8/23/99, 9:23 am EST - Xoanon

It looks like we win! Let's contact my buddies at TheForce.net and gloat! (no please don't do that, they'll never forgive me) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy won by a vote of 905 votes, VS 823 for The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Woo hoo!

To see the poll click here.

Very Odd Spy Report

8/23/99, 9:12 am EST - Xoanon

That title says it all, check out the Spy Reports for some rumors.

News for Aug. 22, 1999

Lee is Saruman!

8/22/99, 10:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

LEEAICN is reporting that veteran actor Christopher Lee, who has been making films since 1948, will play the evil wizard Saruman. My sources have yet to confirm this. More news to follow. You can see the article from AICN here. And the Variety article it refers to here.

Weekly Update

8/22/99, 4:56 pm EST - Calisuri

Fan art is now a little more managable for those of you afraid to wait the 3 minutes for the thumbnails to download! The most recent 10 entries are listed and the rest are archived. Check the Fan Art section for this update.

We also added a Site Map to make getting around a little easier.

Thanks to Barliman's Chat Room for this weeks poll! Be sure to send your poll submissions to calisuri@theonering.net for next weeks poll. (old polls here)

20 Questions with a LOTR Writer!

8/22/99, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

It's time to send in your questions for a LOTR film Writer! 'Marlow', a writer and creative consultant on many British TV/Film Dramas, was, back in '92 comissioned to write the 2nd draft treatment for an ill fated LOTR film.

Want to know his take on what would have been the biggest European film in history? What creative changes were needed? What did the big execs want him to write about, or NOT write about? What happened to this treatment?

Email me your questions and the top 20 will be chosen for Marlow to answer, and check back here very soon!

For more interviews and chats, check out our 'Gaming Havens' interview with John Race, creator of 'Orcs: Revenge of the ancients'. Or visit our 'Past Event Logs' for our live chat with Wynn, Head of Graphic Design at Platus Productions. Or better yet, keep your heads up for our live chat with SFX reporter Tom Mayo at 'Barliman's' on Wednesday the 25th at 2 pm ET!

News for Aug. 21, 1999

More on Liv

8/21/99, 12:38 am EST - Xoanon

Michael Deluca likes Liv. Not that there is not much to like, in a recent email delivered to me from 'Picachu' Deluca had the following to say about Ms. Tyler:

"We all love Liv, but she hasn't been cast. What? You didn't like her in Heavy, and Stealing Beauty?"

Not sure who the 'we' are in that sentence, Mike, why not drop me a line and we can talk about, the...weather, that's it...the weather....

News for Aug. 19, 1999

Three 'Rings' Binder

8/19/99, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Article on EW.com

Tolkien fans are storming the Net. Ty Burr tells them: Give the movie folk a chance!

Hell hath no fury like a mass cult scorned.

I'm not talking about the Church of Scientology's reaction to the parodic MindHead religion in Steve Martin's ''Bowfinger'' (or, for that matter, about the Church of Scientology's reaction to anything). I'm talking instead about the armadas of online fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy as they stomp noisily around the prospect of a filmmaker putting their beloved myth onto celluloid...

For the rest of the article, click here

Liv Tyler?

8/19/99, 9:13 pm EST - Xoanon

I have to remind you all that because I post something on here doesn't mean it's set in stone. Only things confirmed are those where I'm really pumped and I tell you it's confirmed.

Recieved thes from the folks at Scoop again:

Liv Tyler, star of Stealing Beauty, was tipped last night for a key role in Lord of The Rings - however Tim Sanders, producer for Wingnut Films, said Tyler was just one of endless rumours. The only two strong parts for females in the trilogy are the Elven Queen Galadriel and Princess Eowyn. Among those also named just two months before the start of filming at Jackson's Camperdown studios have been husband and wife Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.

The Question I get asked Most Is...

8/19/99, 2:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Can I go out with you? (OK maybe not)'The Scouring of the Shire'. What are they going to do? Will they keep it in? Or not? Well David O, recently posed this question to Michael Deluca, and this is Deluca's answer:

I don't think it's out, but I'll double check...

Very interesting stuff...

Next Live Net Event

8/19/99, 12:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

Tom from SFXNext Wednesday, August 25th 1999 we will be conducting our next Live Net Event with Tom Mayo, reporter with the great British Movie mag SFX.

Tom will be able to answer all your media questions! He also spoke with Billy Boyd recently, ask him all about that! The time still needs to be determined, since Tom lives in the UK. The chat will be at our regular spot, Barliman's For more info on Tom and SFX click here. For more info on our other related events, click here. Have an event you want us to post? Give us a shout!

Uma and Ethan? - UPDATED

8/19/99, 12:43 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

The good folks over at Scoop sent me this:

"Star Pair Tipped For Rings"

By Simon Beattie Hollywood couple Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke are tipped to be part of the Lord of The Rings when filming begins on October 11. Spokeswoman for film maker Peter Jackson Sian Clement said casting was still being finalised but filming would start in less than two months at Jackson's Camperdown studios in Miramar. New Line Cinema President Michael Deluca whose company is backing the film said it was negotiating with a husband and wife team for the roles of Galadriel and Faramir. Thurman and Hawke both aged 29 married last year after meeting on the set of Gattaca which was directed by Paraparaumu born Andrew Nicol. Thurman is best known for her role in Pulp Fiction while Hawke has starred in Dead Poet's Society, Great Expectations and Alive. Mr Deluca said Kate Winslet had declined the role of Eowyn. United States entertainment newspaper The Hollywood Reporter claimed the plum role of Aragorn had been given to the 26 year old Irish actor Stuart Townsend who starred as a con man in shooting fish. Townsend joins Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Sir Ian Holm (Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) as those said to have been signed.
Let the message board go ballistic...

JRRT on Ebay

8/19/99, 12:34 am EST - Xoanon

Exciting stuff happening on ebay these days. Item number 146031279 (hey, my lucky number..hmmm)is listed as "The Fellowship of the Ring" published by Allen & Unwin Ltd. It is an 8th impression with a 5th impression dust jacket! The year it was printed was 1959. Very rare collectible volume!

The bids have gone as high as $510. To bid for this item click here. The Condition of the books are listed as:

The Fellowship of the Ring

The condition of "The Fellowship of the Ring" is a solid Fine. Very rare for such an old book to be in such nice condition! The map is intact in the back and the book and is in brand new condition. All 423 pages are there and all white and clean! No yellow what so ever. The dust jacket is a solid Near Fine to Fine condition. A very few small edge tears and some general wear along the edges. Very nice dust jacket. The whole book is complete and in super condition!

The Two Towers

The condition of the book is Fine to maybe Very Fine! A very nice example. Clean boards with nothing on the cover or back. The gilt on the spine is sharp and bright. The map is intact at the back of the book and in brand new condition. The dust jacket of the book is Fine with some light edge wear. A very very nice copy of a hard to find edition.

Return of the King

Again the condition is Fine to Very Fine with no marks or spots on the clean red boards. The gilt on the spine is bright and the spine is nice and tight! The map is intact in the back as well and in brand new condition! The dust jacket is also Fine with a few small edge tears and wear. Very rare in this condition!

The Hobbit

The condition is just about VG+ to Near Fine. All of the pages are there, and the boards are clean and unmarked. Some color illustrations, and even more black and white throughout the book of which Tolkien drew himself. The dust jacket is VG+ with some edge wear and a 2/4 Inc ship on the spine. A very nice copy!

All together this set is in very nice condition. Rare in this super condition! A few days ago a set of the UK LOTR went for $3,500.00 only it was earlier then this one and didn't include "The Hobbit"
The Auction will end on the 22nd, get your bids in now!

Pictures from Ebay

News for Aug. 18, 1999

A Few Words from Ian

8/18/99, 2:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Meena, chatroom regular, sent these letters from Ian McKellen. They were sent to a friend of hers. Those who have doubts that those are actual responses from Ian, have no fear, that's really him.

dear gina rho

belated thanks for yr sweet message.

u can tell yr sister that i shall be gandalf after all

best wishes
ian mckellen


a brief boring reply to yr questions. i don't seem to have a favorite movie-- too many anyway. No i haven't missed playing a part i really wanted and i have never had ambitions about particular parts being more concerned with other things like the director, the rest of the cast, the schedule, etc.

best wishes
ian mckellen

Great to hear he's got a rapport with the fans! Keep sending me things like this, good to hear

Not the Greatest Summer Ever?

8/18/99, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

It seems that news of SW: EP 2 being pushed UP to Summer 2001 (to match it with LOTR) is unfounded. Episode2.net has an interview with George Lucas in the Swedish Magazine 'Expressen' and they asked the bearded wonder the ultimate question:


GL:From the beginning my plans where to make them with three years interval, but now I've realized that it takes four years to do a movie in reality, because the production has been even more extensive than I could imagine. Still, the vision of course is to release "Episode 2" in 2002, but as it seems today, its more likely be in 2003.

I seem to remember George Lucas on Leno saying something to the same effect earlier this summer. So it seems the dreams of Star Wars and LOTR in the same summer will not come true.

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