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News for Aug. 31, 2003

SHOP: Weekly eBay Items

8/31/03, 10:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Each week I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on! [More] [Shop]

Weekly Cast Watch

8/31/03, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Here's another chance to catch your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen this week! [More]

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine Talks ROTK

8/31/03, 7:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Marianne writes: Here is an article from UK magazine Total Film (October 03) previewing Return of The King, plus a tiny interview with Dominic Monaghan (Merry). [More]

LOTR Wins Second Hugo!

8/31/03, 7:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Laurie writes: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, won the Hugo for the Best Dramatic Presentation of 2002 last night at the World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto (TORCON), Canada. Peter Jackson sent a short video acceptance. [TORCON]

Media Watch: Starbust Magazine

8/31/03, 7:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Radagast sends in these excepts from the latest issue of Starbusrt Magazine (#302) featuring some great interviews! Take a look at these 2 with Richard Taylor and Grant Major. [More]

McMaster U Goes Geek

8/31/03, 6:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Mornel writes: I have just moved into McMaster university in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. The engineer students have been given Lord of the Rings Shirts. They say Lords of the Ring on the front and have a picture of a open hand holding the ring. On the back it says 'One Ring to Bind them All'.

TV Watch: Blanchett's Famous Face

8/31/03, 6:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Jess writes: Aussie fans of Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) should catch Famous Faces this Saturday Spetember 6 on ABC at 9:30pm. This 45 minute interview-profile by American producer Michael Kurcfeld explores Blanchett's rise to fame, and her passion for interesting characters and roles that are enthralling rather than big money earners.

Future Shop TTT Party: Edmonton

8/31/03, 6:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Faramir writes: This is a photo from the Future Shop screening of The Two Towers in Edmonton. This is only a small portion of those who dressed up. I will send out more pictures when I get them developed. [More]

Bilbo and Frodo Birthday Celebration News

8/31/03, 6:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Anthony writes: Heren Istarion: The New York Tolkien Society has just announced the details of its September 20th, 2003 Bilbo and Frodo Birthday Celebration. [More]

Gollum's Song Nabs WSA Nom

8/31/03, 6:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Aragorn's Sexy Scar writes: 'Gollum's Song' has been nominated in the Best Original Song category at the World Soundtrack Awards. The awards will take place in Ghent, Belgium on Oct 12th. [More]

How Cold Is It At Night In Oslo?

8/31/03, 6:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Beleg Balheru writes: There will be a screening of ROTK in Norway on the 15th of December in "Oslo Spektrum", which is Oslos biggest concert hall. For everyone that is willing to camp outside the ticket sales begin on September. [More]

Toybiz's 'Anduril' Toy Sword!

8/31/03, 6:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Scorpio sends along this image of King Elessar and his sword Anduril from the Toybiz toy sword collection. Take a look! !Small Spoiler! [More]

Bassett's Candy LOTR Promotion

8/31/03, 6:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Lalaitha Undomiel writes: I have 2 scanned in pictures of a promotion in England for Candy Sticks and New Line Cinema. In each pack there is a card depicting either a chracter or a place in Middle-earth with 32 to collect in all. Each card also has information on the character/place and that's not all, when you turn the card over it is part of a map of Middle-Earth, collect them all and you have the entire map! [More]

GAMING: Join us at Strategicon 2003!

8/31/03, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Hey LA Ringers! You've all been counting the hours waiting and hoping that there will be another opportunity to get your hands on the Exclusive Ringwraith Miniature from Sabertooth Games' upcoming Lord of the Rings Tradeable Miniatures Game! Well, what if I told you you could have one... for FREE! Head on down to Strategicon TODAY Sunday August 31st and sit down for a demo of the Lord of the Rings TMG and we will GIVE you your very own RingWraith Figure. Strategicon is located in the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel and runs from 8am till 8pm. Hope to see you there! [Gaming Havens]

DragonCon: Day One Gallery

8/31/03, 10:15 am EST - Calisuri

Time is flying by as DragonCon 2003 continues here in Atlanta GA. On Saturday, we gave approximately 2000 people a 'unofficial' look at ROTK and plan to do so today at 4pm. We'll be posting reports from the happenings yesterday in a short while. In the meantime, check out Day One's gallery! [Gallery] [DragonCon]

News for Aug. 30, 2003

Russia's Rosman Goes LOTR Crazy

8/30/03, 11:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Natalie sends us word that Russian Publishing house Rosman are selling all types of LOTR goodies in the coming school year. Take a look. [More]

SHOP: LOTR Goodies

8/30/03, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon

My Precious writes: Playworks have released their ROTK brochure on their website. They have some cool merchandise with images I have not seen before! (not sure if their merchandise is available outside Australia). [More]

Hobbits had no electricity - so why all the plugs?

8/30/03, 1:08 pm EST - Xoanon

There may be few things more puzzling than the current TV commercials that hawk Eveready batteries and Verizon Wireless service, tied to the December release of the final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on Tolkien's classic novels. [More]

DragonCon 2003: Day One Reports

8/30/03, 8:58 am EST - Calisuri

We've just posted three reports about the happenings last night at DragonCon 2003, taking place in Atlanta GA Aug 29-Sept 1. Day one's reports cover some very interesting rumors, the 'Evening at Bree' celebration and other madness down here in the heart of the US south. Check out our DragonCon section with our LIVE webcam (to beging today at 10am). Day One Galleries to be posted shortly. [More]

DragonCon Breaking News: ROTK Rumors Abound!

8/30/03, 8:45 am EST - MrCere

Among the thousands of fans present at DragonCon 2003 in Atlanta GA, some had some very interesting RUMORS about ROTK coming to IMAX and the AFI holding a special screening in early December. (Open to the public!) [More]

News for Aug. 29, 2003

Embassy Trust Ad in Dominion Post

8/29/03, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

frodo's girl writes: I don't have a scanner so I took digital snaps of the Embassy Trust Theatre ad in the Dominion Post. All you folks who don't live in Wellington and can't get a copy could see their name in print. [More]

For more information on the Embassy Trust, click here.

LOTR Reading Marathon in Cleveland

8/29/03, 8:01 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from csuohio.edu write: We're very excited to let you know about our current plans for the upcoming 3rd ANNUAL J.R.R. TOLKIEN'S "LORD OF THE RINGS" MARATHON READING CELEBRATION @ Cleveland State University's historic MATHER MANSION, 2605 Euclid Ave, November 20-22, 2003, in Cleveland, Ohio. This event is a cooperative effort between The EDGE: Lutheran Campus Ministry & Art Gallery and the Cleveland State University English Department. All events are FREE and open to the public. [More]

Gollum Spotted at Wal*Mart

8/29/03, 7:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Slime writes: Silme here writing from Canada to send in a nice photo I got of the life-sized Gollum statute that's in my local Walmart right now. Doesn't he look preciousssss? [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine Talks ROTK

8/29/03, 7:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Media Watch: Empire Magazine Talks ROTK - Cover

Trinity sends along these scans from the latest issue of Empire Magazine. They feature an image of Aragorn on the cover and an article about ROTK. [More]

LOTR Spoof in Guitar World Magazine

8/29/03, 7:24 pm EST - Xoanon

guitarhobbit writes: I found this ad in my Guitar World Magazine and thought you guys would be interested. [More]

TTT DVD Nominated For Disney Channel Kids Award

8/29/03, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Adele writes: The awards take place on Saturday, September 20, at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast on the Disney Channel the following day. People can vote for their favourites via Disney stores or online. [More]

New ROTK Picture!!!

8/29/03, 2:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Could this picture be ANY cooler?! I can't even give you details of the picture because it may spoil things for some readers (hint: it's not Shelob or Sauron or anything cool like that...). Just go check it out if you DON'T care about spoilers!!! Quite stunning indeed!!! !!!MAJOR SPOILER!!! [More]

TV Watch: Boyd 'Calls The Shots'

8/29/03, 2:36 pm EST - Xoanon

samwise the fat writes: Billy Boyd (Pippin) is going to be on a British TV programme next Friday 5th September called 'You Call the Shots' at 5pm.

Video review: We loves 'The Two Towers'

8/29/03, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Uh-oh. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (**** out of four stars, rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images) is now out on DVD, but we're still not finished with the 24 hours of extras on the extended-edition DVD of the first film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." (We were slowed a little by the gaffer's audio commentary and by the short film "Behind the Scenes of 'The Making of "The Making of 'The Fellowship of the Ring.' " ' ") [More]

Media Watch: Reader's Digest Talks Blanchett

8/29/03, 2:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Lady Elira Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) is in this month's Reader's Digest UK (September 2003). The article begins "She's made a career of merticulously transforming herself. So what's she like when she's not acting?". Her latest is film is discussed but there's only a mention of LoTR and a picture of her as Galadriel.

Anyone with scans, send them along!

Serkis Is Seeing 'Double Bass'

8/29/03, 2:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis' (Gollum) official site announces that a play will open Sept. 29 in London. Andy Serkis is directing it, and it's called "The Double Bass". [More]

Show Us Your DVD!

8/29/03, 10:50 am EST - Xoanon

Little did I know that when I asked fans to send in images of themselves with their DVD that the idea would take on a life of its own! Fans from around the world sent in images, videos, and stories about their TTT DVD, how they got it, if they took my advice, or simply how excited they were! Now you can take a look at the archive of images featuring some hard-core fans and their very own precious! [More]

LIVE Coverage from DragonCon 2003

8/29/03, 10:44 am EST - Calisuri

On behalf of the entire TheOneRing.net staff, Welcome to DragonCon 2003 LIVE from Atlanta GA. Throughout the next few days, we'll have a LIVE webcam broadcasting on our DragonCon page, as well as image galleries and reports from the convention floor. Stay tuned for more! [More]

More '7-Up' Images Fizz Up To The Surface

8/29/03, 10:23 am EST - Xoanon

7-Up in Middle-earth

'7-Upped' images from around the globe have been pouring into my mailbox all week! Take a look at the latest crop of images fans have sent in. Funny stuff! !Some ROTK Images Used! [More]

Outdoor Screening in Malaysia Tomorrow

8/29/03, 10:02 am EST - Xoanon

There will be an outdoor back-to-back screening of FOTR and TTT at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort in Kuala Lumpur Saturday, August 30th at 8pm local time. Tickets are priced at an RM15 (USD3.95) for both films.

TTT screening in Boulder, Colo Tomorrow

8/29/03, 9:56 am EST - Xoanon

Clay writes: The annual summer Boulder Outdoor Theater in Boulder, Colo. will show TTT just after dark on Saturday, Aug. 30 behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. There is a small charge, but not prohibitive.

Reminder: LOTR Sculptor In Oz This Weekend

8/29/03, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

Just a small reminder that Dr Graeme Anthony, sculptor of the hand crafter Tolkein characters, will be at Royal Selangor in Chadstone on Saturday 30th August at 1:30pm. He will demonstrate how each piece has been designed, provide a forum about his work and sign any piece purchased on the day. [More]


8/29/03, 7:06 am EST - Tehanu

People keep emailing to ask, "Is TORN having an event in Wellington to celebrate the World Premiere of ROTK? And the answer is YES!!! More details once TORN's finished with DragonCon this weekend, but for the meantime, keep November 30th free if you plan to be in Wellington that night. We have a venue, we have a band, and we have Tolkien fans from 16 different countries all set to party.

News for Aug. 28, 2003

Reminder: Bayrakdarian TSO Tickets On Sale Today

8/28/03, 2:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Tickets for the Isabel Bayrakdarian show we posted about have gone on sale today. Take a look! [More]

'TORNsibs' Donations Needed!

8/28/03, 11:42 am EST - Xoanon

Wellington Embassy Theatre

Peter Jackson's Wellington Embassy Theatre needs your help! They are currently going through massive renovations and are accepting donations! For your donation (depnding on the amount you give) you are given a seat in the cinema with your name on it for a DECADE. I personally have my own seat, as do most of the actors in LOTR. TheOneRing.net herself is buying a seat, but WhiteAslan and other members of the TORN Message Boards wanted to do something as well. They decided to buy a 'Platinum Seat', the last one available. Take a look at her story. [More]

'Two Towers' Video Rings Up Best Bow of 2003

8/28/03, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" enjoyed the best first day of any home video release this year Tuesday as consumers grabbed more than 3.5 million combined VHS and DVD units. Day 1 gross consumer spending on sales and rentals for the New Line release was an estimated $60 million-$70 million, according to several industry sources. Who holds the all-time Day 1 home video sales record is a matter of dispute. [More]

Empire Magazine Gives Away The Precious

8/28/03, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

Marianne writes: The UK Empire magazine has a competition allowing you to win The One Ring, gold and silver editions! You only need to answer a very simple question. [More]

The Two Towers: A towering achievement

8/28/03, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings producer Barrie Osborne talks to Russell Baillie about The Two Towers DVD and video release. On why The Two Towers made more money at the box office (US$910 million) than its predecessor, The Fellowship of the Ring (US$860 million). [More]

Happy Birthday Billy!

8/28/03, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

Happy Birthday Billy Boyd! Billy was born on August 28th 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland. That makes him 35 years old today! (or exactly 10 years and 1 month older than me! -Xo). Happy Birthday Billy!

John Noble Joins BOBW

8/28/03, 7:31 am EST - Tehanu

More news from BOBW (The Best of Both Worlds Convention) - they have a new guest, and they're auctioning the chance to sit at the banquet table with their special LOTR guests. [More]

Tolkien and the Great War

8/28/03, 7:14 am EST - Tehanu

Meanwhile, here's a book I'd heard about ages ago and have been curious about ever since - John Garth's "Tolkien and the Great War." Huancry writes, "Thankfully it seems HC have realised their original cover pic for Garth's book was pretty boring ..... the pic on their website now shows a far better one IMHP . Also the title has changed from ' TOLKIEN'S WAR ' to ' TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR' subtitled ' The Threshold of Middle-earth.' " [More]

The Art of ROTK Coming Soon

8/28/03, 7:07 am EST - Tehanu

The Hawbit writes, "I was browsing through Houghton Mifflin's online catalogue, and I found that The art of the Return of the King will be available January 1st, 2004. [More]

Middle Earth Photo Op!

8/28/03, 12:30 am EST - maegwen

TORn staffer Saint sends in this very amusing promotion from a Michigan Walmart -- Have your photo taken with your favorite heroes from The Lord of the Rings! If you happen to be anywhere near Bay City on Saturday, you should check it out! [More]

News for Aug. 27, 2003

Probe over early Rings DVD sales

8/27/03, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Stores which broke a worldwide embargo for the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers DVD face an investigation from the film's distributor. Retailers across the UK were selling the DVD on Friday - it was supposed to go on sale on Tuesday - after a supermarket put the film on its shelves at midnight. [More]

Foxtrot's Jason and his TTT DVD!

8/27/03, 2:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Foxtrot's Jason and his TTT DVD!

In response to my post asking people to send me images of themselves with their TTT Video or DVD, Foxtrot creator Bill Amend sent along this image of his ever-so-geeky character Jason and his copy of 'The Two Towers' DVD!

Germany's Cinema Magazine Translation!

8/27/03, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

A BIG thank you goes out to Jens for translating this portion of Germany's Cinema Magazine. We posted the articles a little while ago, however the text was all in German. This small portion is Ian McKellen's letter. Even thought the principal shooting for the „Lord of the Rings“-trilogy wrapped in December 2000, the actors still return to Middle-Earth every year to film new scenes. This is the case now, too, in June 2003. [More]

PVP Goofs on 'TTT DVD Day'

8/27/03, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at the latest PVP comic. Who has more fan-power? Animal House or TTT fans? [More]

Monaghan on 'Sharon'

8/27/03, 1:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Dominic Monaghan (Merry) will be a guest on the on-again-off-again new daytime talkshow 'The Sharon Osbourne Show'. The show has already been pre-recorded and is set to air on September 15th. Check your local listings.

I Want My Ugly Gollum Talking Plush Toy!!!!

8/27/03, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

This truly has to be seen to be believed. And is so utterly ugly and disturbing I MUST have it! [More]

Best Buy TTT Goodies

8/27/03, 1:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy MM writes: Attached are pics of the items in the Best Buy gift bag (t-shirt and pin) and poster that was handed out to the first 150 people. [More]

Future Shop Website Goes Geek

8/27/03, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

It's not enough that the folks at Future Shop held 3 large screenings in Canada on Monday, their website was decidedly 'LOTR-ified' as well. Take a look at their welcome screen. [More]

More '7-Upped' Middle-earth Images!

8/27/03, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

7-Up in Middle-earth - The Un-Blinking Cola

This joke never seems to get old! Fans far and wide are sending these 7-Up inspired Middle-earth images. Some of them are really creative! Take a look! !!!Some ROTK Images Used!!! [More]

The Hobbit Spotted in Texas

8/27/03, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Elizabeth Buras, Director of “The Hobbit” writes: “The Hobbit,” a musical, is being presented by Playhouse 1960. The theatre is located at 6814 Gant in north west Houston. The show runs Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Aug. 30-Sept. 21, 2003. Tickets are $5. Reservations can be made at playhouse1960.com or by calling 281-58STAGE. This show is put on by a cast of 60 kids ages 7-19. They have been in rehearsal for the past 6 weeks, and the show is excellent.

Hong Kong TTT Contest

8/27/03, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon

V writes: I'm located in Hong Kong and when I bought the TTT there was a sticker attached about some contest at deltamac.com. All the participants have to do is answer a simple question, "what is Gollum's true name?" and they are eligible for various prizes, including an LCD monitor, a projector, and limited edition statuettes. Unfortunately, I think only Hong Kong residents are allowed to participate. [More]

'Making Of TTT' on Dutch Televsion

8/27/03, 6:10 am EST - leo

Dutch fans can set their VCR's because a special 'making of' The Two Towers will ait over there tonight. The program, which will include a special preview for The Return of the King, will be aired at eight o'clock on V8. Be sure to catch it! Thanks to all the people who were kind enough to email us this bit of information!

News for Aug. 26, 2003

Show Us Your TTT!!

8/26/03, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

So you've got your new precious eh? It still has that 'just bought' smell to it doesn't it? Do you still have the wrapping? The bill? It's all so new and exciting isn't it! Why not share your experience and send us a photo of yourself with your TTT Video or DVD! You could hug it, or have it on your head, you could be outside or in your car, anywhere or at anytime, just send it to us! We wanna see you and share your love for your copy of TTT! [Send it now!]

SHOP: 'Tales Before Tolkien' Out Today

8/26/03, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Tales Before Tolkien

Doug Anderson writes: Today is the official publication day for my new anthology, TALES BEFORE TOLKIEN: THE ROOTS OF MODERN FANTASY. It is being published by Ballantine Books simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback. [More]

TTT Bus Shelter Ads

8/26/03, 8:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Galadriel-ca sends along these images from bus shelters in Canada (I've seen the Aragorn one myself). They promote 'The Two Towers' DVD. [More]

Cryptic Crossword Contest Ends Friday!

8/26/03, 8:30 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here. The clock's ticking, so enter our Cryptic Crossword Contest during our Green Books 4th Anniversary! The clues text has been slightly tweaked for accuracy -- make sure you have the recent version found here: [GB4A Crossword]. Complete rules and prizes are here: [Rules]. Good luck!

It Suffocates Us Precious!

8/26/03, 8:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Joelle writes: I got to go with another TORnsib to one of the Best Buy Midnight deals and although neither of us won anything I got a picture of the two prizes and wanted to pass it along. [More]

Towers Celebrates TreePeople

8/26/03, 8:11 pm EST - Xoanon

New Line Home Entertainment unveiled the new DVD edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at a celebrity event in Los Angeles' Franklin Canyon Park on Aug. 25, benefitting the nonprofit TreePeople environmental charity. [More]

Emerald Rose appearing at Dragon*Con 2003

8/26/03, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Emerald Rose, the band from TheOneRing.net's "Two Towers: One Party" in Hollywood, will be performing at Dragon*Con 2003 this weekend in Atlanta, GA. The band will play at the 'Con ballroom party "Evening at Bree" (hosted by TheOneRing.net)on Friday night, as well as shows on the Hyatt Concourse on Saturday, 5:30pm and Sunday, 2:30pm, and a short serenade for the Art Show at 1pm Friday. Come by TheOneRing.net booth at Dragon*Con for a chance to win a free Emerald Rose CD! [More] [Dragon*Con]

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly Talks LOTR

8/26/03, 6:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly's legolas TTT DVD Ad

Elf Lady writes: BeastyBunny scanned the attached Legolas centric TTT DVD ad from the current "Entertainment Weekly" magazine and I happened to see and scan the little Aragorn pic in another part of the mag. [More]

7-Up Invades Middle-earth!

8/26/03, 6:36 pm EST - Xoanon

7-Up in Middle-earth - Approaching The Vending Machine

Take a look at this collection of hilarious fan-made photos sent in to us featuring 7-Up in Middle-earth settings! !!!Some ROTK Images Used!!! [More]

GAMING: EGM Magazine Talks ROTK Game

8/26/03, 6:32 pm EST - Xoanon

HEZEleyedONE1 sends along this scan of the latest issue of EGM Magazine, it features this look at the ROTK Game. [More] [Gaming Havens]

TV Watch: ET Bursts Story on Wood's Appendix

8/26/03, 6:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Sean sends in this story which confirms the millions of emails from fans. TheOneRing.net has tried to independently confirm this, but to little avail. Take a look: I was just watching Entertainment Tonight, and they had a mention about Elijah Wood (Frodo) on Newslink. They mentioned that his appendix had burst and he was in hospital for 2 weeks.

We at TORN wish Wood well, get some sleep and surf the net my friend!

Future Shop TTT Screening Report

8/26/03, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

Sailorlegolas writes: I saw you put a thingy about the Two Towers screening at the three Future Shop locations in Canada. I was at one of them, the Future Shop in Vancouver. The screening was awesome!! They had a huge tent with a huge screen, and for those who could not fit, another screen outside... [More]

The Serkis Comes to Sweden

8/26/03, 10:51 am EST - Xoanon

Jesper writes: Andy Serkis (Gollum) will be coming to Stockholm on Oct. 25-26 for the Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Toy Convention. [More]

Jackson & Shore in London

8/26/03, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

AUEP writes: On One News (NZ) tonight, they said that Peter Jackson is in London at the moment working on the ROTK soundtrack with Howard Shore and had footage of him working on R\otK saying, "...saving the best film for last, coming to a cinema near you in two or three months - if we can get the cutting finished."

Bayrakdarian To Sing with TSO

8/26/03, 10:39 am EST - Xoanon

Ziggy writes: Isabel Bayrakdarian (Evenstar) will be preforming with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. It would be worth attending for any local Ringers just to hear this wonderful singer, with the added bonus of hearing Sir Andrew Davis conducting and playing the piano. Maybe Ringers could start a campaign to have "Evenstar" added to the bill! Tickets for the public go on sale on August 28th. [More]

3-Peat Screening in Berlin

8/26/03, 10:35 am EST - Xoanon

Holly writes: I saw a display and ticket information regarding the daylong viewing, Dec. 16th for FOTR, TTT and then at 11pm ROTK while visiting Berlin this summer. It was at the (huge) Sony headquarters building in Berlin.

No Extended Editions in Brazil?

8/26/03, 12:32 am EST - Tehanu

Eliakim wrote from Brazil, believing that New Line has no plans to sell the DVD there because there is no market. Well, it's here according to others. If he's talking about the Extended Editions, there's no word on that for either film, which seems a shame. Eliakim records [I think] that there's a petition of 7000 signatures for it.

Howard Shore Score 'Best Soundtrack of All Time'

8/26/03, 12:17 am EST - Tehanu

Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings has just won 'best movie soundtrack of all time' in a poll held on Britain's Classic FM. [More] Thanks to all who wrote in with the details.

News for Aug. 25, 2003

E! Entertainment RoTK Preview Tonight!

8/25/03, 7:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Fan Andrew just dropped us a line indicating that E! Entertainment in the US would be showing a preview of Return of the King on their live show this evening at about 7pm (presumably EST, but not certain). Apparently we should expect to see something around 7:25-7:30pm!

Update: Ringers Bethany and Mattforce sent in these reports detailing what E! showed. If you live outside the USA, or just plain missed it, you might like to have a read. [More] Major Spoilers!

Wenham Is Gettin' Square

8/25/03, 6:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

Fans of David Wenham are apparently in for a bit of a shock when his new movie hits (Australian) screens in early October. Instead of the suave, insouciant heart-throb we're used to seeing on the big and small screens, the Wenham appearing in the new crime comedy Gettin' Square is a hopeless heroin addict and criminal who sports a sharpie-style mullet and wears a stunning combo of way-too-tight, way-too-short jeans and extra-noisy thongs [Australian slang for flip-flops, you gutter-minded people - Dem]. [More]

Here Comes the Bride... Doll!

8/25/03, 6:34 pm EST - maegwen

This very spoilerific picture was dropped into our mailbox this afternoon and just has us grinning from ear-to-ear. Mattel will be releasing later this year a collectible Barbie and Ken gift set, in the guise of wedding dolls. I'm pretty sure all of you know which wedding couple I'm referring to... Take a look [HERE] SPOILERS!

Tehanu adds in a Sensitive Stomach Advisory. Yyrrch!!!

Action! Adventure! Earthquakes!

8/25/03, 6:33 pm EST - Tehanu

I was checking out LOTR locations in the South Island in order to lead one of Red Carpet's November tours, when lo and behold, the ground started to shake....[More]

TTT DVD Breakfast

8/25/03, 3:20 pm EST - Arwen

A small group of lucky members of the media (including TORn) were offered a very special treat on this Monday morning, courtesy of New Line: an early sneak-peek of the Return of the King preview from the TTT DVD. [More]

Geeking Out on TTT and Surviving ‘Till Morning

8/25/03, 2:43 pm EST - Xoanon

DVD Cover For Two Towers

Xoanon here, so you’re planning to get the TTT DVD tonight at midnight? Are you prepared for the long wait? Are you ready to stay up REALLY late tonight watching the whole DVD and all the special features? If not then follow this easy-to-use guide called ‘Geeking Out on TTT and Surviving ‘Till Morning’. [More]

Official Screening Announcement

8/25/03, 1:50 pm EST - Calisuri

We've just received the official announcement from New LIne concerning the upcoming screenings of FOTR, TTT and ROTK. Sorry folks, we don't know what cities will be holding these screenings yet. As soon as we do, we'll post right here. [More]

Weekly eBay Items

8/25/03, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Each week I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on! [More] [Shop]

Reminder: Catch TTT at Future Shop Stores

8/25/03, 11:52 am EST - Xoanon

Three select Future Shop stores in Canada will be showing the TTT DVD tonight! Follow the link for more details. [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

8/25/03, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Another chance to see your favorite LOTR actor on the small screen this week! Unless of course you are some of the very few who will NOT be watching the TTT on DVD or Video all week! [More]

Denmark Goes TTT Crazy

8/25/03, 11:17 am EST - Xoanon

Nikolaj writes: The danish newspaper "politiken" wrote yesterday that 155,000 copies of the TTT DVD have been preordered. That's about 3% of the entire population.

SHOP: AFX Weathertop Set Shipping Now!

8/25/03, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

The folks from Action Figure Xpress write: Our 'Ambush at Weathertop 8-Pack Exclusive' is now in stock and ready to ship! Based on the Weathertop scene from "Fellowship of the Ring", this set includes five (5) Ringwraiths, Sam Gamgee, Frodo Baggins, and an exclusive Strider figure that will not be available in any other assortment. This set is limited to just 5,000 units worldwide. [More]

Wood Marathon on Encore

8/25/03, 11:03 am EST - Xoanon

CP writes: Encore has been running an ad to promote Elijah Wood movies in September. There is a brief interview with Elijah who mentions that people never really knew who he was until Lord of the Rings. The movies they will be showing are: 'Avalon', 'Radio Flyer', 'The Good Son', 'Fellowship of the Ring', and 'All I Want'. [More]

Media Watch: Foxtel Magazine TTT Ad

8/25/03, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

Lavenda writes: Though you might like the ad from the September Foxtel guide for TTT theatrical dvd and vid release, similar format to the one featuring Aragorn from People magazine, except we get Gollum. There is also a small ad on the first page of programming for September 1st, with the same picture of Gollum. [More]

NZ TTT DVD Pricing Wars

8/25/03, 10:55 am EST - Xoanon

Linuxelf writes: Pricing wars have begun in New Zealand over who is going to be the cheapest store to buy the TTT DVD from, both The Warehouse, Whitcoulls and KMart are refusing to say how much the DVD will be until tommorow morning, in order to out smart each other and give the best deal possible.

Woolworths a supermarket in NZ has already realised there prices in todays mailer. $31.95NZ for the DVD and $23.95 for the video. Noel Leeming is selling the DVD for $34.99NZ, Dick Smith electronics are selling the DVD for 4 cents cheaper at $34.95.

Jackson's Orcs

8/25/03, 6:55 am EST - Tehanu

Greg Wright's latest essay is up on HollywoodJesus.com [More]

Best of Both Worlds SF and Fantasy Convention

8/25/03, 6:39 am EST - Tehanu

If you can get to Canberra, you can get close to some LOTR goodness at the Best of Both Worlds Convention in Canberra. Brad Dourif's absence has been countered by some guests from the films who should prove very interesting. [More]

More On Extended Editions in Cinemas

8/25/03, 6:12 am EST - Tehanu

Andrea sends this in from TVGuide: "RINGS REDUX: New Line Cinema will release special expanded editions of the first two Lord of the Rings films in theaters worldwide two weeks before the Dec. 17 opening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The studio wants to refresh moviegoers' memories before the final installment arrives."

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