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News for Sep. 14, 2003

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

9/14/03, 10:36 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of over 17 700 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

9/14/03, 10:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Another great chance to catch your favorite LOTR star on the small screen this week! [More]

Andúril - Flame of the West!

9/14/03, 9:06 pm EST - Demosthenes

From Ringer Spy Larry. Sword and movie afficionadoes alike have probably been anticipating the unveiling of Andúril, and the wait is finally over. United Cutlery have unveiled the first pictures of the sword, which will be released in November 2003. The blade inscriptions reads ... [More] Minor Spoilers! Updated!

The Boromir Bobble-Head Story

9/14/03, 8:29 pm EST - Xoanon

The boromir Bobble-Head Story
Boromir Bobble-Head

Caryn sends in these images of her Boromir Bobble-head. She also adds the sad story that occurred with her Boromir, this guy just can't catch a break can he? Tragedy quickly befell our beloved Boromir, though. As soon as he came out of the box, he was dropped and his bobble head broke off. He has been mended with the help of a twistie and a Dove's chocolate foil.

Middle-earth sets museum record

9/14/03, 8:10 pm EST - Xoanon

The blockbuster movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings has maintained its popularity, with record-breaking advance ticket sales for an exhibition in London. The show opens at London's prestigious Science Museum on Tuesday as part of an international tour from its home town of Wellington, New Zealand. [More]

Viggo Exhibit in LA

9/14/03, 8:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Mary writes: A great new exhibit of Viggo Mortensen's photographs from the "Hidalgo" filming opened yesterday in Los Angeles. It's called "Miyelo", a Lakota Indian word, and shows about 20 wonderful, almost mystical, photos of an Indian Ghost Dance recreated on the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. [More]

TTT in 3D?

9/14/03, 7:55 pm EST - Xoanon

canadanthony writes: The famous players website has a poll for which movie you would most like to see in 3-D. TTT is currently in the lead with 40% of the votes. [More]

Back For Another Three Seconds Of Fame!

9/14/03, 5:46 pm EST - Demosthenes

According to Topps, it appears that Return of the King will witness the return of Figwit. Figwit (played by Kiwi actor and comedian Bret McKenzie) - for those who blinked and missed him - had a 3-second non-speaking role at the Council of Elrond. He's become somewhat of a cult phenomenon due to FigwitLives.net. Thanks to Ringer Alatar for the link. [More]

TV Watch: CBS' 'Early Show' Talks ROTK

9/14/03, 11:13 am EST - Xoanon

Jane writes: The Early Show on CBS had a fall movie preview, and they saved the ROTK for last. They showed several clips from the movie and the host said that he was most anticipating this movie over all the others.

'Towers' Tops Video Charts for 2nd Week

9/14/03, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New Line Home Entertainment's second installment of "The Lord of the Rings" franchise continued to lord over the home video industry during its second week in release, topping the national weekly rental chart as well as Nielsen VideoScan's DVD and VHS sell-through charts. [More]

Jackson Pips Dad As Favourite Role Model

9/14/03, 6:52 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Sharon spotted this story on Stuff.co.nz. Peter Jackson has pipped fathers as the person most young New Zealand men look up to and admire. A new study of 16-24-year-olds reveals the film maker is revered by 49 per cent of males while only 43 per cent said they felt the same way about their father. [More]

News for Sep. 13, 2003

Going Nova in Brisbane

9/13/03, 10:27 pm EST - Demosthenes

An SF convention! In Brisbane! Rare as hen's teeth, you might think. But Supanova has rolled into town from Sydney, and is set to keep Brisbane's geek collective - including myself - happy for a few weeks. [More]

Hill Spotted in Toronto Film Fest

9/13/03, 9:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Toronto International Film Festival 2003 - Bernard hill
Bernard Hill at TIFF 2003

hoda writes: Bernard Hill (Theoden) was in Toronto this past week, he spotted exactly on Sept 12, at the Toronto International film festival, at the gala screening of his (FABULOUS & FUNNY) movie 'The Boys from County Clare'.

Click on the image above for more pictures from the feastival.
Click here for images of Cate Blanchett at TIFF 2003. [More]
Click here for images of Ian McKellen at TIFF 2003. [More]

Bloom & Shore Get Hollywood Film Fest Awards

9/13/03, 9:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Fionn writes: Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and Howard Shore are both to be honoured at the 2003 Hollywood Film Festival (October 15th-20th). Orlando has won the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award and Howard has won the Music-In-Film Award. [More]

TTT: Extended Edition Image?

9/13/03, 9:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jeremy sends in this new image. It shows Frodo and Sam sleeping in the rain, while Gollum looks on from the rocks above. Could this be a still from footage used in the Extended Edition of 'The Two Towers' due out in November of 2003? [More]

ROTK Fan Trailer Music

9/13/03, 9:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Anna writes: I just thought I'd let you know if anyone has asked where they can get the awesome version of "O Fortuna" used in Steve Latham's trailer, it's on an album by The Opera Babes (no, I'm not kidding :) called "Beyond Imagination" which is available through Amazon.com. [More]

An Exhibit That Bobbles The Mind

9/13/03, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Quilty sends along this small blurb (along with a disturbing looking Legolas Bobble-head) on the LOTR exhibit set to open next week in London. [More] [sciencemuseum.org.uk]

Gandalf: Lord of the Coins

9/13/03, 2:09 pm EST - Xoanon

PennyQ sends in this small piece in the UK Daily Mail. It details the LOTR craze in New Zealand. And quotes Ian McKellen (Gandalf) on his thoughts about being on a coin in that country. [More]

Empire Australia Talks ROTK

9/13/03, 2:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Beriain sends along this scan of the September issue of Empire Magazine's Australia edition, with this look at 'The Return of the King'. "Every thing is under control" Peter Jackson talks about ROTK. He explains how he feels the third film is the reason for making the first two and how he feels the first one is 'merely' exposition, the second adds complication and the third is where all the plot strands unite or in some cases reunite. PJ also goes on to comment on the extreme of emotions in the final film for example when Sam says to Frodo "I can't carry it, but I can carry you" Philippa Boyens comment that she believes this will become one of the great film lines! [More]

The One Ring Sculpture in NZ

9/13/03, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

The One Ring Sculpture
The One Ring Sculpture

Jens and Thorkild Hansen wrote to us with details on the creation of a One Ring sculpture on permanent display at the World of Wearable Arts Complex in Nelson, New Zealand. The 2kg, 6 inch in diameter scale replica of the One Ring was turned from steel, hand polished and richly plated with 5 microns of 18ct gold. The approx. 1ft square cube weighs 42kg and was hewn from an 8 tonne greenstone boulder that had been heli-lifted from Awaroa Point in South Westland. The ring sits atop a massive pounamu river cobble which came from the headwaters of the Arahua river. [More]

News for Sep. 12, 2003

Hall of Fire Chats This Weekend

9/12/03, 10:08 pm EST - maegwen

With the attention of the Dark Lord turned to outside his borders, Sam and Frodo make their way across the treacherous terrain of the Gorgoroth. Here, at the end of their journey and with no hope of return, the two hobbits resolve themselves for the final steps to Mt. Doom. [More] ...Spoilers

NY Times Goes Uber Geek

9/12/03, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Athelas writes: The Friday NY Times, "The Annual Fall Preview" has a special "Spotlight on the Lord of the Rings." Not only are the recent articles on Viggo & ROTK reprinted, you'll also find the original NY Times book reviews of The Hobbit (1938), and each successive book of the trilogy. WH Auden reviewed FOTR in 1954 and ROTK in 1956, his reviews are incredibly insightful and moving. [More]

GAMING: Treason of Isengard axed

9/12/03, 7:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Publisher says The Lord of the Rings game wasn't shaping up as strongly as anticipated. Vivendi Universal Games today confirmed it was ceasing development of Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard for Xbox and PlayStation 2. The title was in development at Surreal Software, the studio currently at work on the action horror game, The Suffering. [More] [Gaming Havens]

LOTR Urban Legends

9/12/03, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon

The world has Loch Ness, The Yeti, UFO's, Bigfoot and more. But LOTR fans and aficionados alike have 'Bush's Ring', 'That Hobbit Trailer', 'The Aragorn Question' and more! Check out this little feature we like to call 'LOTR Urban Legends' [More]

Update: What about the "Tehanu is really Orlando Bloom" urban legend? I must be getting a dozen "Dear Orlando you are the best elf" emails a week! Nobody's explained that one yet. - Tehanu

Italian Hobbiton Party Pics

9/12/03, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Nicola sends along this link to some great pictures from the 10th Annual Hobbiton Party held in Italy. Take a look! [More]

LOTR on TV Screens in Russia

9/12/03, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Natalie writes: Russian TV watchers will see FOTR and X-men this season. For approximately 12 million$ TV Channels "Russia", NTV and STS bought the rights to show a package of WB movies in Russia (though if Russians will show it, then Ukraine, Moldova and Possibly Belarus will see it too). This season the channels will show FOTR, Harry Potter 1, Blade 2 and more. The ORT channel will show the X-men with Ian McKellen sometime this month.

(Xoanon just loves those Russian accents...)

In Defence of Tolkienshop.com

9/12/03, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Nick sends along this email in regards to some comments from another email we posted here a few days ago. He argues that the folks at tolkienshop.com have been nothing but professional and courteuous, we at TORN wish to add that we have nothing against tolkienshop.com, we are simply providing views of all sides in this debate. [More]

Media Watch: Aussie DVD Magazine Talks Bloom

9/12/03, 12:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Nessa writes: Here is a scan of an interview with Orlando Bloom (Legolas) in the latest issue of the Aussie DVD Magazine Region4. [More]

Your Favorite LOTR Characters! Ralph & Ned!

9/12/03, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Disco_Dean sends along this odd product sheet featuring some LOTR merchandise of questionable quality. It also features figures with character names like Ban, Michael, Ceciela, Ralph and Ned. [More]

Reminder: Parker Attends Slovak Con This Weekend

9/12/03, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Just to remind any Slovak fans that Kiwi actor Craig Parker (Haldir) will be attending as a special guest Slovak sci-fi convention Istrocon, September 12th to 14th 2003, Bratislava, Slovakia. [More]

Happy Birthday Ian Holm!

9/12/03, 12:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, September 12th, is Ian Holm's (Bilbo) birthday! Ian was born on September 12th, 1931 in Goodmayes, UK. That makes him 72 years old today! Happy Birthday Ian!

Disappointment in India

9/12/03, 4:32 am EST - Tehanu

Indian LOTR fans are still waiting for ANY extended edition DVDs of LOTR to be available. Some point out that DVD piracy and fileshare rip-offs are an enormous problem there, and perhaps most film companies think it's hopeless to try and sell legitimate copies of anything there when the illegal competition is so cheap. Still, the fans that want 'real' copies feel frustrated, as Rulinian writes. Moral of the story - don't kid yourself that ripping stuff off filesharing networks or pirating it is a "victimless crime." [More]

Best of Both Worlds Convention in Canberra

9/12/03, 3:55 am EST - Tehanu

Adele's posting the final details about this Australian convention which happens on Sept 20 and 21. [More]

Dragon*Con 2003 Kids Pictures Posted

9/12/03, 1:02 am EST - Jincey

One of the best experiences I had this year at Dragon*Con was the Kids Session during Tolkien's Middle-earth fan Track. We had approximately 15 kids ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 8 participating. Kids spent an hour drawing pictures, having their faces painted, making Elvish brooches, getting 'Sharpie' tattoos of their name or initial on their arm, and snacking on 'lembas' and apple juice. It is wonderful to see a new generation of Tolkien fans coming up! [More]

News for Sep. 11, 2003

Supanova Starts Tomorrow In Brisbane!

9/11/03, 10:20 pm EST - Demosthenes

A reminder for Australian ringers that Supanova begins in Brisbane tomorrow at the RNA showgrounds. Events kickoff at 10am, going through until 6pm, and then everything starts up again on Sunday the 14th at the same time. LoTR fans will enjoy the chance to meet Bruce Hopkins (Gamling) and Bill Hunt (a prosthetics expert from WETA who helped give Lord of the Rings’ characters their super-real look). [More]

TTT on PPV Soon

9/11/03, 8:57 pm EST - Xoanon

TTT is set to be on INDemand Pay-Per View starting on September 26th. Keep those eyes peeled! [More]

The Countdown Collection

9/11/03, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

The Countdown to The Return of the King has begun. Each week, a new card – one of the 18 stunning alternate-template cards that make up The Countdown Collection – will become available with a $10 purchase at participating retail stores. Collect them all, and you will receive two posters (one depicting every card in the Fellowship block, the other, the Tower block), a binder to house your Countdown Collection, and four bonus preview cards including Tom Bombadil and other Lord of the Rings characters who do not appear in the movies! [More]

Massive Nabs Academy Nom

9/11/03, 8:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Dany writes: In case you haven't seen this yet. The Academy is considering Massive for a Scientific Achievement Award: Beverly Hills, CA - Fourteen scientific and technical achievements have been selected for review by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for 76th Academy Awards consideration, Committee Chair Richard Edlund announced today. [More]

Autograph Scams: Be Aware! -UPDATE-

9/11/03, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday I posted this story about a fan that was duped out of a whole lot of money. He was attempting to buy 'autographed' items online, he also added a serious warning to all fans interested in doing the same. Since then a ton of folks have written in with comments from both sides of the fence about this topic. [More]

More TTT:EE DVD Answers

9/11/03, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

Special Edition Statue
Gollum Special Edition Statue

The folks from DVDAnswers write: We've posted a few things on the ROTK National Geographic release here.

I've also attached a highres image of the Gollum statue which will be included in the Collector's release....gives you a better idea of what to expect, only really seen small'ish pictures up until now. [More]

Gaming: War of the Ring Game Trailer Online!

9/11/03, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

Eowyn writes: I just got a newsletter from Sierra games and they've released a Gamplay trailer of the War of the Ring videogame, which is a strategy game based on the Lord of the Rings! LOTR gaming fans may want to check it out! [Trailer] [Gaming Havens]

Take a look at our 'War of the Ring' section on Gaming Havens!

Pre-Order the game on Amazon.com

More Topps ROTK Trading Cards

9/11/03, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon

As a follow-up from yesterday, here are a few more ROTK trading cards from Topps. [More]

ROTK Fan Trailer

9/11/03, 10:53 am EST - Xoanon

The talented fan that brought us that slightly-convincing Hobbit Movie Trailer is back again. This time with quite a nice looking fan-made trailer for ROTK. Take a look! [More]

No EE Screenings in Germany?

9/11/03, 10:50 am EST - Xoanon

Jens writes: I started asking around here in Germany if we will get FOTR & TTT Extended Editions. So far I was able to find out that the CINESTAR and UFA cinemas have no plans of showing the EEs (they weren't even aware of that they are shown in cinemas). As I was told, no version of any LotR movies is planned for the IMAX cinemas here either. I am still waiting for answers from the other big chains CINEMAXX and UCI. Maybe they have better news. So, all those German LotR-fans out there: start requesting EEs at your local cineplex. Maybe we can change their minds!

Make It Out To....Where Are You Going?

9/11/03, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

Colin Farrell has been named "best signer" in Autograph Collector magazine's 12th annual poll of celebrity autograph givers. The annual survey was released in conjunction with the first Autograph Collector Exposition and a celebrity memorabilia auction to be held this weekend at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, Calif. The top 10 Worst Signers, as listed in the October issue of Autograph Collector: Cameron Diaz, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom, Shannon Elizabeth, Janet Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman and Christina Aguilera.

Step 'Into the Ring' in Texas

9/11/03, 10:23 am EST - Xoanon

Wandering Mage Chichiri writes: I came across an advertisement for "Into the Ring" which is a brand new 2-man play about two brothers attempting to make a documentary film on our beloved author J.R.R. Tolkein. It'll be performed in McNair Studio in Fort Worth, Texas on September 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30pm, and on Sept 27 & 28 with matinee performances at 2pm, and an evening performance at 7:30pm. [More]

Survivor: Middle-earth

9/11/03, 10:21 am EST - Xoanon

Speedcorn writes: There are two contestants on the upcoming edition of Survivor: Pearl Islands that have listed LOTR as either their favorite book or movie. Their names are Christa and Shawn and they are both part of the Drake tribe. [More]

Tolkien in the Land of Heroes

9/11/03, 1:42 am EST - Tehanu

I'm just reading the latest release from Cold Spring Press: This is Anne Petty's "Tolkien in the Land of Heroes." That realm is not just Middle-earth, "but also Tolkien's vast and rich imagination. From it flowers the consideration of the human spirit...his deep humanity, his earnest concern for the fate and his hope for redemption in a world dominated by dark shadows." The book is a wonderful exploration of Tolkien's thoughts on myth, power, loss and longing, heroes and hope. [More]

Announcing our ROTK Premiere Party

9/11/03, 12:58 am EST - Tehanu

November 30th, 2003 - Wellington, NZ - Skyline Restaurant - 7pm till midnight

The long long wait is nearly over. On December 1st, the final film in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy will premiere in Wellington in front of a huge audience of cast, crew, VIPs and celebrities at the rejuvenated Embassy Theatre. And, to coincide with this time of great celebration, TheOneRing.net and Red Carpet Tours cordially invite Travellers from distant lands to join Ringers from all across New Zealand and PARTY!

News for Sep. 10, 2003

Widescreen Vs. Fullscreen...Again

9/10/03, 9:10 pm EST - Xoanon

A Hobbit writes: I was always wondering how the Widescreen (WV) edition for FotR compared to the Fullscreen version (FV). The recent link was helpful, but lacked a detailed graphical comparison. Since I own both versions on DVD I thought I'd do a new comparison myself. Picked 3 scenes at random. I didn't manage 100% to get the exact same frames, but they're only a frame or two off. I Had to further scale the FV down on two scenes to get them to overlap perfectly. Interesting was that each of the three scenes ended up using a different scale factor for this suggesting that on the FV edition each scene is specifically cropped to give an optimum fit. [More]

Autograph Scams: Be Aware!

9/10/03, 8:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Every week for almost 3 years I link to interesting eBay items that people may want to check out. Recently I've been adding this warning. Don't be a fool of a Took! DO NOT BID FOR 'AUTOGRAPHED' items! They can easily be fake! Since then I've received plenty of angry letters from fans as well as eBay sellers alike asking me why I've placed that warning online. Well here is one story that can answer that question for you. [More]

Media Watch: BuyMagazine Talks Serkis

9/10/03, 8:30 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at BuyMagazine have a nifty little online Magazine you can scroll through. Though it's not as easy to navigate as you would like to think. Go to the following link, click in any one of the cast members of Will & Grace and the magazine should pop up for you. Once it does go to the bottom right of that popup window and go to page 9. [More]

Media Watch: Premiere Magazine Talks Bloom

9/10/03, 8:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Ferrethobbit writes: The October issue of Premiere Magazine has Orlando Bloom (Legolas) in its list of "The 50 Most Stylish People, Places, and Things in Hollywood", along with a pretty funky photo of him. [More]

Topps ROTK Card Preview

9/10/03, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Goony1 writes: I bought the Topps Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers update card set which includes 9 Return of the King preview cards. [More]

GAMING: Sim City Goes Minas Tirith

9/10/03, 7:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Tyler writes: Attached are some screen shots of a city I did in SimCity 2000 modeled after Minas Tirith in Lord of the Rings. The city has not yet grown to full size (as that takes a long time), but you get the idea. I was hoping you could put these up on the fan site. [More] [Gaming Havens]

Round Table With Monaghan And Astin

9/10/03, 6:31 pm EST - Demosthenes

If you can cope with the horribly formatted text, here's a very interesting interview with Sean Astin and Dominic Monaghan that was done at Comic Con 2003. [More]

Power Of The Internet Site?

9/10/03, 6:18 pm EST - Demosthenes

Do specialist internet sites such as TORn or AICN have the power to influence the creative decisions of movie studios and directors? The Age speculates. [More]

Will Spidey Swing with the King?

9/10/03, 2:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Juan writes: Superherohype.com has recieved rumor-mill-word that Sony's super sequel, Spider-man 2, may get teased with the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. [More]

Queen Cate

9/10/03, 2:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Media Watch: Aussie Courier Mail Talks Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

By Paul Hegeman: Cate Blanchett completed six movies in the past two years and gave birth to her first son. So what's driving her? She tells Paul Hegeman. It is difficult to find any actress more enchanting, complex and original in cinema these days than Australian Cate Blanchett. In the five years since she rose to world fame as the leading lady of the costume drama Elizabeth, she has come to guarantee quality and variety. [More]

SHOP: LOTR 'Weapons and Warfare' to Hit Shelves Soon

9/10/03, 1:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Jess writes: I was just browsing through Amazon's page of LotR books, and one of the new books being released soon is The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare by Chris Smith. The amazing cover features the familiar shot of Aragorn, surrounded by the shadowy figures of Théoden, Legolas and Éowyn wielding a sword! [Pre-Order] [Shop]

JRD as Galileo in Cali

9/10/03, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Susan Lendroth from The Planetary Society writes: John Rhys-Davies, Gimli the dwarf, will make a one-time only appearance on stage in Pasadena, California on September 22 as the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei in "An Evening with Galileo and His Daughter." A benefit for the non-profit organization, The Planetary Society, the reading is based on Dava Sobel's best-selling book, "Galileo's Daughter,". [More]

Watch this space for a chance to win tickets to this event, and possibly meet JRD himself!

LA Ringers: Birthday Celebration in Los Angeles!

9/10/03, 1:33 pm EST - Arwen

TheOneRing.net is holding a 2nd annual Baggings Birthday Picinic to take place from noon to 6pm on Sunday September 21st at the Hollywood Camrose park (where Bowlmoot was hosted last year as some of you may remember), one block south of the Hollywood Bowl. As always, costuming is highly encouraged, and there will be contests and games and great prizes. Find out more through the link. [More]

News for Sep. 09, 2003

The McKellen Experience in Toronto

9/09/03, 7:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Soloman Lam writes: I should have written this a few days ago, but I've been busy with starting a new year of university. But here goes: I met Ian McKellen! Here's my story... [More]

More Dragon*Con Goodness

9/09/03, 7:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Niofiel writes: Here are a few images from the Tolkien track. Thanks for checking these out. Namarie. [More]

Actress Cate Blanchett Says Film Is Not Truth

9/09/03, 7:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Blanchett at the Toronto International Film Festival
Cate Blanchett at the Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO (Reuters) - Cate Blanchett, Australian star of "Veronica Guerin," which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, told reporters on Monday she was terrified playing the true story of a crusading Irish journalist, but noted that the film itself is not truth. [Article] [Images]

Mortensen: The King of Men

9/09/03, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

A BIG thanks to Martin for sending along this translation! He’s American. But after living 11 years in Argentina in his childhood, the actor who plays Aragorn in “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy can’t – nor wants to – get rid of the customs acquired on these lands... [More]

Topps ROTK Signature List Info

9/09/03, 6:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Hello! You may want to note that Topps has released a partial list of the signers for the soon to be released ROTK set AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPHS from The Return of the King cast and crew. The current (and growing) list of autographers includes: Sean Astin (Sam), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Bret McKenzie (Figwit), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), John Noble (Denethor), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Taylor (WETA Workshop Designer/Supervisor), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Bernard Hill (Theoden), Ian Holm (Bilbo), Peter Jackson (Director), Karl Urban (Eomer), David Wenham (Faramir). [More]

TTT EX Gift Set Gollum Statue Turnaround

9/09/03, 5:27 pm EST - Calisuri

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles has updated their website to include a 360 degree turnaround of the Gollum as 'Sméagol' collectible which is available exclusively in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Extended Edition Collector's DVD Gift Set. Like the Argonath statues of last year, this Smeagol statue is being created by Sideshow/Weta specifically for this DVD release. Check it out! [More]


9/09/03, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Kevin from Gamingvoice.com writes: Gamingvoice.com now has live the following reviews/previews. This undertaking from Worlds Apart Productions to bring Decipher's TCG to the internet is in the late stages of closed beta. In tandem, to help players better understand the online version, we've posted up a review of the actual trading card game itself. [More] [Gaming Havens]

Sean Astin's Book Deal Confirmed

9/09/03, 1:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Son of Patty Duke and stepson of John Astin Sean Astin's THERE AND BACK AGAIN: An Actor's Journey, an insiders' look at his experiences during the 18-month New Zealand shoot filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy, to Marc Resnick at St. Martin's, for six figures, at auction, for publication in fall 2004, by Frank Weimann at the Literary Group International.

Parker Attends Slovak Con

9/09/03, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Elfishboy writes: Kiwi actor Craig Parker (Haldir) will be attending as a special guest Slovak sci-fi convention Istrocon, September 12th to 14th 2003, Bratislava, Slovakia. Check official site. They don't have English version for Craig Parker's schedule yet but I have checked Slovak version: Friday, September 12th, 8.30 pm, Saturday, September 13th, 5.30 pm, Sunday, September 14th, 2.30 pm. [More]

Collectormania: The Good & Bad News

9/09/03, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: Collectormania have apparently announced a “good news and bad news” update. The good news … there will be a special extra “Hobbit Day” tacked on the end of the convention on Monday... [More]

Media Watch: Italy's 'Ciak' Magazine Talks ROTK

9/09/03, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Italy's Ciak Magazine Talks ROTK - Cover
Italy's Ciak Magazine

A HUGE thank you to Eleonora for doing a rough translation for us! In the article, Jackson talks about ROTK and states he knows from now on his career will always be divided into "before" and "after" LOTR. He explains he preferred to release a ROTK trailer after the summer because "summer was filled with big SFX films, X-men 2, Matrix 2, Terminator 3, Hulk, and it would have been a bit confusing. Plus, ROTK is so spectacular, it has so many special effects that many of the main sequences could not be used in a trailer yet." !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

Widescreen Vs. Fullscreen

9/09/03, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here, we may have posted this before, but I think it's a great comparison of 2 formats that have caused a large debate. People write to us constantly asking which version is better widescreen (theatrical format) or fullscreen ("this film has been formatted to fit this screen" version). Take a look at a shot by shot comparison. Thanks to Matt for the link. [More]

Tolkien Confrence In Seattle

9/09/03, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Dom's Mom sends in this image advert about a Tolkien Confrence set to start in early October. [More]

News for Sep. 08, 2003

GB4A Cryptic Crossword WINNERS

9/08/03, 11:51 pm EST - Quickbeam

At last we conclude Green Books' 4th Anniversary (forever known as GB4A) by announcing the contest winners! All you folks out there who tackled the insanely complicated Tolkien-themed Cryptic Crossword should be proud. Read more about the final 3 winners and the complete puzzle solution. [More]

Turgon Reveals the Newest JRRT Books!

9/08/03, 10:01 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here. You can always trust Turgon's Bookshelf to bring you the BEST overview of new JRRT books and movie-related items! The new lineup for Fall 2003 includes fantastic "Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth," "The Art of ROTK," and the brilliant "Tales Before Tolkien" edited by Douglas A. Anderson. Wait till you see the new book covers and artwork! Of special note is the LOTR/Bookends gift set with a new cover chosen by THE FANS ON TORN! [More].

Coolest Cake...EVER

9/08/03, 8:30 pm EST - Xoanon

The One Cake
The One Cake

Lady Luke Skywalker from Dorian Mirth (formerly known as Vis Sit Tecum) writes: Yesterday was one of our group members birthday so to celebrate, I made her a special cake -- The One Ring! I've included pictures because it was rather amusing. I did the lettering free-hand and having no prior experience with One Ring writing, I think it turned out pretty well. [More]

Bilbo's Birthday in New York City

9/08/03, 6:59 pm EST - maegwen

Those in NYC may wish to attend Bilbo and Frodo's birthday party on Saturday the 20th, hosted (free of charge!) by Heren Istarion, the NY Tolkien Society. It's at Manhattan Marymount College from 11am-5pm. Mathom-swapping much encouraged! [More]

Italian Tolkien Society’s Hobbiton Gathering

9/08/03, 6:50 pm EST - maegwen

The Italian Tolkien Society’s tenth edition of Hobbiton was held in the medieval city of S. Daniele del Friuli this past weekend. It was a great three days spent milling around with hobbits, elves, lords and ladies, nazgul, warriors of all types and description, and the general happily curious public. [More]

Montreal Triple-Screening Signup

9/08/03, 3:00 pm EST - Xoanon

A ton of people have asked for more information on the Montreal Triple-Screening that I am working on in conjunction with some local fan clubs and other groups. We have yet to determine the format, dates, or locations just yet. But if you want to be kept in the loop sign up for the Line Party page I made for the event. More details to come soon!

So, What's Happening With the ROTK TRAILER?

9/08/03, 12:21 pm EST - Xoanon

So, we hear the ROTK trailer will be shown with Secondhand Lions, which was supposed to open September 26th but was bumped UP to September 19th, so will the ROTK trailer be shown then? Apparently not, read on from our anonymous tipster for all the details. [More]

More ROTK Images

9/08/03, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Bryan sends along a handful of images from The Return of the King preview on The Two Towers DVD. Most of these we've seen before, and some are old, some are new, some are borrowed and some are... (hey, my sister is getting married in 3 weeks...can you blame me?). Take a look! !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

Marathon ROTK Reading in Holland, MI

9/08/03, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Celebrian writes: Those of you living near Holland, MI might be interested in an upcoming marathon reading of the Return of the King. It will take place on Friday, September 19, from 11 am to approximately 11 pm. [More]

ROTK Premiere Tours

9/08/03, 8:15 am EST - Tehanu

Tempted to go to NZ to watch the stars parade into the Embassy Theatre for the world premiere? Those of you considering a tour of NZ guided by LOTR are reminded that you have until the end of September to book a Red Carpet tour that will take you to Wellington for the world premiere of ROTK. They'll also show you Hobbiton, Edoras, Pelennor Fields, Fangorn, the Anduin and other memorable locations.

Bilbo's Birthday in San Francisco

9/08/03, 7:58 am EST - Tehanu

Bilbo's Birthday is on September 22. Bay Area Ringers are invited to a dinner in his honour. [More]

An Hour With Brad Dourif

9/08/03, 5:43 am EST - Demosthenes

Brad Dourif gave an hour-long talk at Dragon*Con 2003. Shadow and Marea transcribed the question and answer session. [More]

Shadow and Marea also got a chance to have a few words with Brad in private and get his thoughts on LoTR - both book and film. There's two mirror sites for this interview - take your pick! [Mirror 1] [Mirror 2]

Inside The Dragon

9/08/03, 5:13 am EST - Demosthenes

Shadow had a booth at Dragon*Con 2003. Her report takes an inside look at the trials and tribulations of being an exhibitor, as well as revealing just how huge Dragon*Con is. [More]

GAMING: Massively Multiplayer Online Waste of Time?

9/08/03, 4:38 am EST - Demosthenes

From Gaming Havens: Gamers around the globe have been piling the complaints against Sony's Star Wars Galaxies. Is the utter lack of competent content a glimpse into the future for our upcoming Tolkien gaming Titles? Take a look at these experiences and hope that disappointment in a galaxy far, far away doesn't hint at the reception for Middle-earth Online. [More] [Gaming Havens]

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