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News for Sep. 16, 2006

TV Watch: Bloom on 'ET' Clip

9/16/06, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

And finally 'Entertainment Tonight', who promised to have Orlando Bloom on the show the day earlier, ran a clip with Orlando saying a whole 12 words or so about 'Haven'. They focused mainly on his recent split with Kate Bosworth instead. (1MB MOV)[More]

TV Watch: Bloom on 'Ellen' Clip

9/16/06, 11:08 am EST - Xoanon

Hot off his 'Jimmy Kimmel' interview Orlando Bloom stopped by 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' to discuss his new film 'Haven'. Ellen ran down the long list of bones Orlando has broken, and surprised him with a gift he's been eager to get, bongo drums!. Take a look! (51.5MB MOV)[More]

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on 'Jimmy' Clip

9/16/06, 11:06 am EST - Xoanon

Orlando Bloom was on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to discuss his new film 'Haven'. Jimmy let Orlando know about the eager fans waiting all day for a chance to see him, and they mentioned Orlando's recent computer purchase. Take a look! (35MB MOV)[More]

News for Sep. 15, 2006

The Lord of the Rings trilogy all-nighters

9/15/06, 10:55 pm EST - Xoanon

The BFI IMAX plays host to two very special all-nighters of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson's hugely successful, Oscar-winning films will be available to see in their original theatrical 35mm versions for two nights only. [More]

'Tolkien, Lewis and Hollywood' Lecture

9/15/06, 10:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Matt Blessing writes: I'm writing in hopes that you might be able to announce an opening presentation by Dr. Eduardo Segura, scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Segura's presentation is titled: "Tolkien, Lewis, and Hollywood: What Images Cannot Say." A questions and answer session will follow the presentation. [More]

MrCere's open letter to New Line and MGM Re: The Hobbit

9/15/06, 2:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Dear movie studio friends –

Welcome to the party! We – meaning fans of The Hobbit – have been sitting around waiting for you to show up since the minute The Return of the King ended at our local cinema and for many, perhaps longer than that. We have virtual balloons, streamers, banners, fireworks and of course, beer all prepared. We have just been waiting for you to arrive.

Variety makes it sound like a The Hobbit movie is going to happen and maybe relatively soon and as you may have guessed, we are thrilled. The little leaked tidbit - hidden in an MGM business story - poked the still very potent coals of the Lord of the Rings fandom. The heat that rests within these embers will glow white-hot for a good long time because the fires of passion for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien have been inspiring readers (and movie-goers) since there was only one World War. This bit of news gives us a little fuel for the fire, so thanks! [More]

OXONMOOT 2006 Begins Today

9/15/06, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon

Oxonmoot 2007 begins today in Somerville College, Oxford. Some of the highlights include; Robert Blackham: The Roots of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. An exploration of many of the places which would later appear in Tolkien's writings and how, often by a miracle, many of them survived (e.g. the Shire Country Park). Jean Chausse: The Healing of Théoden; a Glimpse of the Final Victory. A comparison of Théoden's healing by Gandalf with Pentecost. Friday Night Welcome Dinner, Quiz, Art Show, Merry & Pippin’s Dance Workshop, Saturday Evening Party, Enyalië (act of remembrance at Tolkien’s grave), and much much more. [Onxonmoot 2006]

News for Sep. 14, 2006

Vote for TheOneRing.net!

9/14/06, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

The First Annual Movies.com Reader's Poll has nominated TheOneRing.net as one of the best 'Unofficial Movie Sites' of the year. Head on over to the movies.com poll site and be sure to vote for us to win! The results will be posted online soon!

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Bilbo Birthday Party in Vancouver, BC

9/14/06, 11:19 am EST - Xoanon

Western Ringers write: Come out, come out, one and all! Mellynannui, the Tolkien group in Greater Vancouver, BC, is having its annual Birthday Party for Bilbo and Frodo. This year we'll be in Central Park, in Burnaby. Meet/setup time is noonish, with the intent to be lunching by about 1:00 or 1:30. [More]

UK TV Watch: Bloom on 'Extras'

9/14/06, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: Orlando Bloom stars in the first episode of the second series of Ricky Gervaise’s comedy “Extras” (and Ian McKellen will be appearing in a later show in the series). Bloom plays “himself” as an overly narcisstic movie star, repeating the pattern of the previous series where actors have been happy to send up their perceived public personas. The show airs at 9pm on BBC 2 tonight.

More Remarkable RINGERS Props & Memorabilia Auctions!

9/14/06, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon

What better way to make fun of the whacky and over-abundant LOTR merchandising than a Mariachi Sing-Along? This crowd-pleasing segment appeared in the award-winning indie documentary RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, and now the original, authentic toys and props used in the film are offered on eBay! Check out the Sing-Along from the film (Quicktime required) and throw down your bids to own a piece of indie film history. [More]

News for Sep. 13, 2006

Builder sites Middle Earth in Central Oregon

9/13/06, 4:51 pm EST - Xoanon

BEND -- Ron Meyers isn't given to long discourses on Hobbits, elves or any other inhabitants of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination. In fact, the man building The Shire -- a new subdivision recalling the mythical home of Tolkien's most famous characters -- hasn't read the author's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, though he does own the DVDs. It was a friend who came up with the name for the development on Bend's east side. "He is the one that's the Tolkien freak," said Meyers, The Shire's sire. "Not me." [More]

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on 'ET'

9/13/06, 4:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Celevon writes: Last night Mary Hart announced that Orlando Bloom will be on tonight's (Wed Sep 13th) edition of ET, probably promoting his new film, Haven, which opens this weekend in select cities.

Billy Boyd on BBC Radio

9/13/06, 4:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Lynnette writes: Billy Boyd was "Andy" in the BBC Radio's production of "Mike and Muriel Are Getting Married." It aired on 12 September, but the link is available for the next week here. [More]

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on 'Ellen'

9/13/06, 9:32 am EST - Xoanon

Hot off his TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night, Orlando Bloom will be on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' today, check local listings.

News for Sep. 12, 2006

WETAers Art Exhibit in Wellington

9/12/06, 9:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Will writes: Thought your Wellington viewers might be interested in this. A group of folks at Weta Digital are putting together a photo exhibition on at Thistle Hall Community Gallery next week (17th-21st September, 2006). It's a chance for people to see some art away from the fantastical worlds and characters they have a habit of creating. It opens on Sunday the 17th at 6pm - there's bound to be drinks and nibbles available, but feel free to stop by any time during the week and have a look. It'll be a fun, little exhibition to come and see. For more information visit earlyworm.co.nz

Kiwi comics net big US TV series

9/12/06, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

A Wellington comedy duo have been snapped up by the American television network behind The Sopranos and Big Love to make a 12-part show that could be seen by millions of people. In what is a first for any New Zealand act, Bret McKenzie (aka Figwit in FOTR and ROTK) and Jemaine Clement of folk music parody duo Flight of the Conchords have been commissioned by American cable channel HBO to make a 12-part, half-hour comedy show starring themselves. [More]

The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings This Fall!

9/12/06, 9:14 pm EST - Xoanon

From howardshore.com: Howard Shore's complete Grammy-winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers , from the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, will be available in a deluxe four-disc edition from Reprise/WMG Soundtracks on November 7, 2006.

This historic release contains over 180 minutes of music on three CDs, comprising the full score of the 2002 film, composed by Howard Shore. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings marks the second edition of the three complete recording releases of the film trilogy whose score has been honored with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. This deluxe set also includes exclusive new artwork, packaging, extensive liner notes written by Doug Adams, and "Gollum's Song" performed by Emiliana Torrini. [More]

Wanted: 20 short actors with hairy feet

9/12/06, 4:49 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON (Reuters) - Wanted: 20 diminutive actors who can sing. Hairy feet are a distinct advantage. Producers of a musical version of "The Lord of the Rings" are looking for candidates to play the hobbit heroes in the epic fantasy based on J.R.R.Tolkien's classic. "The producers are looking for male and female actors and singers aged between 16-35 who must be under five feet seven inches. Hairy toes and feet are a distinct advantage," a spokesman said Tuesday. [More]

Jackson Hatches Dragon Fable

9/12/06, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Peter Jackson is eyeing his next fantasy series. The filmmaker has optioned "Temeraire," a historical fantasy series by first-time novelist Naomi Novik, as he puts the pieces together for his career post-"King Kong."

The "Temeraire" saga reimagines the world of the Napoleonic Wars with the addition of an air force of dragons and valiant aviators. It centres on British naval Capt. Will Laurence, who captures a French ship, where he discovers an unhatched dragon egg in the hold -- a gift from the Emperor of China intended for Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to give up his naval career to become captain of the dragon he names Temeraire. [More]

"Into the Woods" - Atlanta Art Show News

9/12/06, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Jef Murray writes: I'd like to invite all Tolkien folk that happen to be in town this Friday to swing by the opening reception for "Into the Woods: Tales of Myth & Magic". The reception will run from 7-9pm, Friday Sept. 15, in the Defoor Centre defoorcentre.com. We'll have some light munchies and a cash bar, and the event itself is free. [More]

FOTR: EE Screening in Philadelphia, PA

9/12/06, 1:02 pm EST - Xoanon

The Chestnut Hill Branch Library, 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA will host a large-screen showing of the extended version of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Join us for this unique opportunity to see the extended version of this award-winning film on the Library’s large screen. [More]

Happy Birthday Ian Holm!

9/12/06, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Speaking of The Hobbit, today is Ian Holm's birthday! Sir Ian Holm was born on September 12th, 1931 in Essex, England. That makes him 75 years old today! Happy Birthday Ian!

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on 'Kimmel'

9/12/06, 10:51 am EST - Xoanon

Orlando Bloom is slated to be a guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on ABC tonight (Setpember 12th). Orlando is there to promote his latest film 'Haven'. Be sure to catch 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on ABC late night tonight!

News for Sep. 11, 2006

LA Baggins Birthday Picnic News!

9/11/06, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Arwen writes: We are pleased to announce that TORn will hold their annual Los Angeles Baggins Birthday Picnic on Sunday September 24th, from noon to 6pm! Click here for more info! [More]

Water Horse Set Photos Update

9/11/06, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Taniwha writes: Hey there, Xoanon - just been looking at the Waterhorse story & photos (located here), and I can pretty conclusively say that what you're seeing in this photo is the back of Gollum's head from the Embassy Theatre - hence the hand next to it, as well. Just look at the wispy bits of hair, and the scar on top. It's this image on this website from the back.

John Alvin Exhibit in Washington, DC

9/11/06, 6:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Souder writes: Movie-poster-art by John Alvin, inspired by LOTR, will be on display Sept. 15 & 16 at Artinsights gallery in Reston, VA (Washington, DC area). From the website: 'We're very excited to welcome John Alvin to ArtInsights, and this is the only appearance through the end of this year. We will have some wonderful new creations representing Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, and many others, as well as his newly released limited editions from Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the art for which he just gained the worldwide exclusive from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We will actually have a hand embellished set for sale at the event.' [More]

Hobbit Rumblings Continue

9/11/06, 5:06 pm EST - Tehanu

Peter Jackson's spokespeople continue to deny that Wingnut Films has been approached by MGM or anyone else to make The Hobbit, however the interest is there, according to a report from Wellington's Dominion Post newspaper, which is keeping a close eye on proceedings. [More]

Tolkien Lecture in Port Orange, Florida

9/11/06, 3:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Dr. Lynnette Porter will present "A Tolkien Travelogue" on Thursday, September 14, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle Point Drive, Port Orange, Florida. Dr. Porter will discuss locations in England that influenced Tolkien's descriptions in The Lord of the Rings. She also will feature some of New Zealand's South Island locations for Jackson's The Two Towers and Return of the King. The presentation, open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, please call the library at (386) 322-5152.

DVD Tuesday: Original Star Wars, Smallville, Lucky Number Slevin & More!

9/11/06, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some TV goodies like 'The Office: Season 2', 'Smallville: Season 5'. Be sure to check out the original un-messed-with editions of 'Star Wars - The Original Trilogy', plus a whole lot more! [More]

News for Sep. 10, 2006

MGM to Unveil The Hobbit!

9/10/06, 5:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Source: Variety (via comingsoon.net): In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works:

Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond 22," due out in November 2008. "Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

The pics are all franchises that MGM owns the rights to through its 4,000-title library. The goal is to release two or three tentpoles a year, all of which will be made with financial partners, including Wall Street money or other studios.

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