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News for Aug. 26, 2004

LOTR Films Lead to International Fundraising Efforts by Fans

8/26/04, 6:04 pm EST - maegwen

Two New Zealand projects are to benefit from an international fundraising project by fans of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) films. The fundraising has helped kick off Wellington City Council's commemorative tree scheme, and will also provide more than US$800 to the organ donation awareness group GiveLife. [More]

McKellen and Serkis to Reunite

8/26/04, 5:53 pm EST - maegwen

Many people sent in this story from the Hollywood Reporter: Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, who gained international fame as Gandalf and Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, are reuniting for a trip into the London sewers, and Hugh Jackman may be joining them. [More]

'Don't Call us Fan Girls!'

8/26/04, 5:48 pm EST - maegwen

OOooooh, so many have written in about the "LOTR turnoff for girls" post, I thought it worth a second post. First of all, I'm a girl and I *love* LOTR, so don't yell at me for Penguin's poll :) -- maegwen

To speak for all of us out there, here is another point of view: "Hello, this is Araeph, reporting to you from the Protectors of the Plot Continuum message board, which promotes the respectful treatment of the LotR plot and characters in fanfiction. The article I'm sending you contrasts directly with the "LotR a Turn-Off to Girls?" article posted recently on theonering.net. "Errr, I don't think so" was an apt comment.

"This was published awhile ago, but I think that it may be worth a look. It stemmed from an erroneous Lord of the Rings quiz in YM. The quiz riled several of our board members when the highest quiz score meant you were branded a "fangirl." One of the magazine's writers responded, asking for input from more of us, and we did our best to explain our non-Lego-lusting love for LotR. The article you see is the result." [More]

So, there!

ROTK-EE in Norway

8/26/04, 5:38 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Kristoffer writes: I was just in contact with CEO of SF, the company that distributes the LotR-trilogy in the Nordic countries. He told me that the release date (at least in Norway) was scheduled for 12/12. Since this is a Sunday, I guess it'll be December 14 here in the north.

Dom is "Lost"

8/26/04, 5:37 pm EST - maegwen

Varie writes: There's an article about Dominic Monaghan and the TV drama "Lost" in the Aug. 24th Honolulu Star-Bulletin. [More]

Oh, Orlando

8/26/04, 3:08 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Celevon writes in: Last night's edition of Entertainment Tonight reported regular cover hunk Orlando Bloom tops Teen People's list of sexiest men. (The editor of the magazine basically said it was Orlando first, "the rest nowhere".) Teen People's Sexiest Men issue goes on sale September 3rd.

2004 DVD Awards

8/26/04, 3:05 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Frodosam wrote in to remind us that the 2004 DVD Awards are scheduled to take place on Monday, August 30th. To refresh your memory, the TT:EE is up for a number of awards, including "Blockbuster Theatrical." [More]

Aussie Contest

8/26/04, 2:59 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy BalrogWithWings writes: Greater Union is holding a competition to win tickets to the FSF Convention on September 11th in Sydney. The convention includes talks by the special guests, question and answer times, autograph sessions, a charity auction of LOTR items and a huge range of merchandise and collectibles. [More]

A Beer with JRRT

8/26/04, 2:46 pm EST - maegwen

From NPR: Commentator Jay Keyser describes a mundane encounter with greatness: going out for a beer with one of his Oxford professors, J.R R. Tolkien, who wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

Thanks to LegolasArcher for sending the link!

Astin in NZ

8/26/04, 2:42 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Alatáriël writes: "The other day I was watching Good Day LIVE on Fox, and Patty Duke was on. During the interview, the hosts asked her about Sean Astin, and she said that her son was in New Zealand shooting "Hercules." Patty said she's not sure who his character is, but she does know that Sean plays Hercules' sidekick." Hey Patty, your son is playing Linus, Hercules' music teacher. You can say TheOneRing.net told ya'! [More]

Get Fuzzy Gets LOTR

8/26/04, 2:35 pm EST - maegwen

Thanks to everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) who sent in the link to today's 'Get Fuzzy' cartoon. As Ringer Spy Namarie says, "It involves a Gollum figurine and Bucky the cat's delusions of grandeur." [More]

This Weekend: Fellowship Festival-Weekend!

8/26/04, 11:14 am EST - leo

This weekend all things LOTR will gather around Alexandra Palace in London, UK for what promises to be a weekend of great fun and exciting events. If you haven't done so already: get your tickets now! If you need some more convincing, check out the latest update from the organisers and head over to www.aaaevents.co.uk! See you there! [More]

Paul Norell to Attend Ring*Con 2004!

8/26/04, 11:00 am EST - leo

Paul Norell (better known as the King of the Dead from The Return of the King) is the latest addition to the lineup for Ring*Con 2004 in Bon, Germany. Norell joins, amongst others, Billy Boyd! Head over to Ring*Con.de for more information about the event!

News for Aug. 25, 2004

LOTR a Turnoff to Girls?

8/25/04, 6:16 pm EST - maegwen

From the "errr, I don't think so" mailbag comes this blurb from the Daily Star via Ananova which says, "The fantasy novels are a big turn-off for girls, warns a new survey by publishers Penguin, who say Potter and The Lord Of The Rings books are the worst reads to pack in your suitcase this summer." [More]

Thanks to Rebecca for sending in the link!

Boyd and Wenham Interview

8/25/04, 6:02 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Raven writes: Billy Boyd and David Wenham did an interview with Nevermore Magazine. The picture at the end of the interview and Billy sharing about why he locked Dom in the closet makes it worth it to at least read the article. They also have a Comic Con 2004 report up with a few photos from the LotR panel & the Lost panel. [More]

ROTK-EE Sale Date

8/25/04, 5:58 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy SideshowHerb writes: I work at Best Buy and the in-store date according to our new release schedule is December 7th. This of course would allow the longest possible time for holiday shoppers to pick this one up. So there you have it everyone, the king comes home Dec. 7th!

News for Aug. 24, 2004

SHOP: Gate of Mordor Set

8/24/04, 1:28 am EST - Celeborn

Looking for the new 'Black Gate of Morder with Exclusive Mouth of Sauron figure' Set? Ringer Kylash sends news it is now available in stores. At least in a Walmart in Wisconsin. [Amazon.com]

TV WATCH: VH1's Totally Obsessed

8/24/04, 1:22 am EST - Celeborn

Ringer Atticus alerts us to watch VH1's new show 'Totally Obsessed' for a segment on LOTR fan Melissa Duncan. The show says she's 'totally obsessed' but I'm sure we 'Ringers' can be the judge of that! heh [Click Here]

Two great events coming up for Ringers in the LA area!

8/24/04, 1:14 am EST - Celeborn

Attention Los Angeles Ringers! Two BIG TORn related events are coming your way. On Sunday Sept 19th, get together in Griffith Park for our 3rd Annual Baggins Birthday Bash! Then, a mere two days later (Tue, Sept 21st), join your fellow fans to celebrate BowlMoot 2004 before The Lord of the Rings Symphony performance! Follow the link for some teaser details. [Click Here]

News for Aug. 23, 2004

Sean Astin Trades in his Hobbit Feet

8/23/04, 7:46 pm EST - maegwen

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that Sean Astin, one of Hollywood's most respected young actors, has joined the voice-over cast of its intense and gritty first-person action videogame Men of Valor(TM). [More]

Howard Shore NOT Conducting in Hartford

8/23/04, 7:45 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Dana writes: Just wanted to give out the information that the 2 Hartford Symphony Orchestra LOTR concerts 9/18/04 @ 8 pm and 9/19/04 @ 3 pm are NOT being conducted by Howard Shore per HSO's audience development/PR Manager Johannes Neur, who wrote: Howard Shore asked his good friend and conducting colleague Alastair Willis, resident conductor at the Seattle Symphony, to conduct the Hartford performance because Mr. Shore is heavily involved in writing a new score for a Martin Scorsese movie.

If you decide to return your tickets for a refund please contact Robyn Colossa at HSO Ticket Services (860) 244-2999.

Turbine Builds the Buzz for 'Middle-Earth Online'

8/23/04, 7:31 pm EST - maegwen

A virtual world being created by Turbine Entertainment Software of Westwood, Massachusetts, is not yet ready for tourists. But once it is completed, tens of thousands of PC owners will be able to create their own characters and step into a land of hobbits, wizards, elves, orcs, and dwarfs, most of them controlled by other computer owners. [More]

Elijah Reads "Me and my Cat"

8/23/04, 7:28 pm EST - maegwen

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation sponsors Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud. One of the Storyline Online videos features Elijah Wood reading "Me and My Cat" by Satoshi Kitamura. Go to the site and click on the book title. Thanks to Jen for sending the link in! [More]

What's Taters Precious?...the video!

8/23/04, 5:37 pm EST - Celeborn

I'm not sure if my fellow TORn news posters have already published this link, but both Staffer WeeTanya and Ringer Josh sent it in today. If you have been waiting for the video for the, now infamous Taters mix, check this out! [Click Here]

SHOP: Sauron's Helm Last Chance

8/23/04, 3:48 pm EST - Celeborn

We reported on Friday that Sideshow/Weta's Mouth of Sauron bust and Sauron Helm were about to sell out. Over the weekend, the Helm dropped off of Sideshow's website. They just updated it and it is now available to pre-order again, but we expect this means there are VERY few pieces left to sell. [Sauron Helm] [Mouth of Sauron Bust]

News for Aug. 22, 2004

Billy Makes a Bird Case

8/22/04, 10:24 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Mona sends in this story from The Scotsman: THE race is well and truly on to find a national bird for Scotland. Hundreds of votes have been cast since we unveiled our shortlist of 12 in The Scotsman last week. Billy Boyd - who won international fame as Peregrine [sic] Took in The Lord of the Rings - speaks up for his character’s namesake, the peregrine falcon. [More]

LOTR Symphony in Detroit

8/22/04, 10:21 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Tigerlilly Gamgee writes: The Lord of the Rings Symphony is going to be performed in Detroit by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 16th in the fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are on sale now, and more information can be found at here. Tigerlilly says: "I really think that people should give this show a chance. Most people don't think of the arts when the think of Detroit... but Detroit has great arts hidden throughout the city. ... The Fox Theatre has to be one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. So, don't be afraid to venture into downtown Detroit. It's not that bad!"

LOTR Humor

8/22/04, 10:15 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Cheryl writes: I found an interesting joke in the September issue of Reader's Digest on page 98. Here's the joke: "How many quarters does it take to play the new Lord of the Rings pinball game? Answer: None. It only takes Tolkiens." Haha!

News for Aug. 20, 2004

SHOP: Sauron Helm and MOS Almost Sold Out

8/20/04, 11:18 pm EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta has informed their customers via their newsletter that the recently release Sauron's Helm and Mouth of Sauron Bust are about to sell out. If you were planning on picking up either of these pieces for your collection, act now! . [Sauron Helm] [Mouth of Sauron Bust]

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

8/20/04, 9:46 am EST - Demosthenes

After Eru created the music that spawned his Children, he offered the creation of their home to his immortal, angelic beings known to the Elves as the Valar. After Arda's creation, dissension erupted between the Valar who stood for goodness and beauty and the jealous, destructive Melkor, and the land became their battle ground. Eventually, the Valar retreated from Arda to their own lands in the West. [More]

Happy Birthday Alan Lee!

8/20/04, 8:49 am EST - Xoanon

TORN LA Gathering 2004 Part II

Today is also Alan Lee's Birthday! Alan was born on August 20th, 1947 in London, England. That makes him 57 today! Happy Birthday Alan!

Happy Birthday John Noble!

8/20/04, 8:44 am EST - Xoanon

Today is John Noble's Birthday! John was born on August 20th, 1948 in Port Pirie, South Australia. That makes him 56 today! Happy Birthday John!

News for Aug. 19, 2004

Shining some light on Everything

8/19/04, 9:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood should be home hibernating by now. Principal photography on Everything Is Illuminated, shot mostly in the countryside around Prague, finished on August 12. "I'll probably take a bit of a break after this," Wood told The Prague Post. "With the film that I did previous to this, this movie and then all the publicity for Lord of the Rings, I haven't had a lot of free time." [More]

Lee Reads LOTR Poems in Amsterdam

8/19/04, 9:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Gondowyn writes: Christopher Lee will make an appearance in Amsterdam on September 9th at the music theater "Concertgebouw". Lee will join conductor Jules van Hessen and the Dutch Theater Orchestra in a LOTR concert. The concert will feature parts from the LOTR score, but also LOTR music composed in 1978 by Leonard Rosenman and musical adaptations of Tolkien poems. He will be performing as 'storyteller' in Johan de Meij's "LOTR symphony", and will recite "Treebeard's song" which he recorded earlier with the Tolkien ensemble. Tickets for the concert are available at concertgebouw.nl.

Shore Pre-Show Q&A in Chicago

8/19/04, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Fans of the music of Academy Award-winning Howard Shore will have two opportunities to interact with the composer during the Chicago performances of "The Lord of the Rings Symphony: A Symphony in Six Movements" on October 8 and 9 at the Auditorium Theatre. Mr. Shore will host a 45-minute question & answer session prior to each performance from the Auditorium Theatre Stage. [More]

Three New Green Books Articles

8/19/04, 2:40 pm EST - weetanya

New Green Books articles are now posted!


'Rings' Rights-Holder Sues for $20 Million Royalties

8/19/04, 10:20 am EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie and music mogul Saul Zaentz has sued the studio behind the hit "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy for more than $20 million in unpaid royalties, Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety reported on Thursday. Zaentz's claim against New Line Cinema, a unit of Time Warner Inc., was spelled out in a complaint filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the paper said. [More]

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