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News for Sep. 29, 1999
WETA Closeup for Technophiles
9/29/99, 10:08 pm EST - Xoanon
You did know that LOTR will be shot digitally right? That means computers, bytes, memory, ever wonder where they'll be storing all that stuff? Think your sad PC can to the trick?! Forget it! This is the future! Tehanu checks in with all the latest. This stuff goes over my head....
Click here to read it all.
9/29/99, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon
This is a very heavy RUMOR! Of all the people I've spoken to time to time Sean Connery's name seems to pop up.
I've seen him here, I've seen him there.
But now, this
From: Keef & Kaz
My wifes boss was on the set on Tuesday night. The set is not ready for filming to begin, so they are starting the shoot in the south Island. While she was on the set she met Sean Connery, who is apparently the narrator. he is leaving new zealand today. The set location is being kept secret and all road signs in the area have been removed so people cant find the place. thats about all I have for now.
When I asked if he was sure it was Connery:
Thats what my wifes boss told us. They/he/she met him and had quiet a conversation with him.
Could this be true? Sean as narrator? It is to be noted that TheOnering.net did place a call a while back and was told that Sean is not involved with this film at all. Could things have changed?
9/29/99, 6:33 pm EST - Xoanon
The latest issue of Empire Magazine
(124) has a 2 page layout about LOTR.
While some information is wrong (Tim Spall. Sean Connery and Jude Law have NOT been cast) the information is generally accurate and thourough. Read on:
Late last year, Heavenly Creatures director Peter Jackson declared he was finally giving up on his long planned King Kong remake. Instead he would concentrate on a personal project that set the Internet Buzzing - live-action three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. Since the news broke, chat rooms and web sites have been deluged by thousands of posts from sci-fi and fantasy fans speculating as to how the New Zealand helmer would deal with the epic series.
Tolkien's three novels - FOTR, TTT, ROTK - were published 1954-55 and first made into a single underachieving feature-length cartoon by Fritz The Cat creator Ralph Bakshi in 1978. Since then the classic tomes have long been considered too complex, too grand and too expensive to attempt in live-action form.
There's also the novels' huge and fanatical following around the globe - fans who are easily piqued and liable to revolt if they feel the history of Frodo Baggins, Sam, Gandalf and friends aren't getting the lavish treatment they deserve. Perhaps filming a giant ape climbing up a skyscraper would have been a safer option.
To read the rest of the article, go out and buy the latest copy of Empire Magazine today!
9/29/99, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon
has responded to a few more emails. Check this one out:
Hey there. I sent this email to Sir McKellen, and this is the reply he sent. Interesitng to know that he won't be there until early next year.
Sir Ian McKellen,
I just wanted to wish you the best in your upcoming adventure as Gandalf in LOTR. I think you will do a great job. How long will it be before you get down to NZ and start filming with Peter Jackson? Anyway, I look forward to seeing you on the screen from Middle Earth.
i will start in new zealand early january 2000 - more news in Grey Book on www.mckellen.com
best wishes ian mckellen
Thanks to Peter
for the news!
Full Oxenmoot Report
9/29/99, 10:12 am EST - Xoanon
Ethelion's full report from Oxenmoot, including his expierence at the gravesite of JRR Tolkien himself.
Read the full report here
9/29/99, 8:46 am EST - Xoanon
Since Sierra's decision to 'revamp' MEO and KILL ORCS: Revenge of the Ancients. Websites have been popping up all over the place trying to save them.
One of the better ones is called MEO voice
. Check it out.
News for Sep. 28, 1999
Book 2 Chapter 1
9/28/99, 11:38 pm EST - Xoanon
Thanks to the great work from our in-house artist Mia, Book 2 in the continuing 'Xoanon Rants' opens with some great depictions of 'The Hall of Fire'. Check it out, along with my latest Rant.
Click here to read the Rant!
Queenstown Casting! Updated
9/28/99, 10:45 pm EST - Xoanon
Calling all you NZers! Seeper just dropped me a line saying that there is a casting call on Sunday in Queenstown.
If you live around that area and are planning on going, drop us a line. And bring your camera!
Another bit of info from Seeper:
Apparently the extras casting in Queenstown is an invite only thing, they are taking the people they had selected from previous files for a final review... it's strange as the guy on the radio gave details on what you had to wear etc yesterday but the people at 3 foot 6 limited did not advertise it at all...
Cate's Out, Cate's In....
9/28/99, 8:52 pm EST - Xoanon
Another case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing I guess. Just a few days ago TheOneRing.net reported to you that Cate Blanchett's UK rep had heard nothing about Cate being up for Galadriel. Then a few moments ago I recieved a phone call from Cate's Aussie agent and she had this to say.
'They are in talks, nothing has progressed beyond that'
Her agent also told me that Cate has been in the Paris area filming a movie (calling all you French Ringers!) and that they have not been in contact for a short while.
Well, I guess you don't have to remove Cate from your cast list after all! Let's see what transpires!
Round 2 with an LOTR Writer!
9/28/99, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon
Marlow has resurfaced with his answers to your questions!
Marlow was commissioned back in '93 to write a treatment for LOTR. The original project died, but has now become PJ's dream we all know and love!
to read his answers for Round 2.
Ready for Round 3? Click here
to send a question!
News for Sep. 27, 1999
9/27/99, 8:10 pm EST - Xoanon
Ecthelion has checked in with his review of Oxenmoot. Oxenmoot is a yearly meeting by the Tolkien society (U.K.). It was held in Oxford at professor Tolkiens old college Exeter.
The full report will be up shortly, but here is a small snippet for your salivating pleaseure!
At 12 miss Priscilla Tolkien had a reception, with food and drink,in the main hall. This is of course very much appriciated since it gives everyone a chance to greet the proffesors lovely and indeed very hospitable daughter. In the afternoon it continued with a concert by the "Tolkien Ensemble" from Denmark who performed work from their new cd: A Night in Rivendell. If you do like this kind of music i can really recomend it! From there on it was varius forums, slideshows and workshops.
But if non of these things interests you, one is free to visit all (well not really all) the pubs you want or just take a tour of the really wonderful town of Oxford. From eight o clock the college pub opened and the main hall opened for a really Tolkienesque evening. There were music, singing and reading but most of all there was the costume-contest in which all sorts of costumes were entered. But as allways after making the pub-staff work for their money they closed. So we had to organize some after parties to keep up the good work.
Barliman's Tolkien Test Contest starts
9/27/99, 7:15 pm EST - Corvar
It started 10 minutes late, but it started. For those deluded few who thought I knew all, this just goes to prove I can't predict the weather or Chicago traffic. So my appologies to everyone who showed up promptly only to have to wait. And my super huge appologies to all those Chicago drivers who got cut off by the Honda with the "I brake for Hobbits" bumpersticker, I was in a big hurry ;)
So for all of you who are itching to prove how knowledgable you are at Tolkien Trivia, head over to the Barliman's Tolkien Trivia Test
and give it a whirl. It should put you in the right frame of mind for the upcoming Tolkien Brain Bender
So give it your best shot, I am sure there will be some fierce competition.
Blanchett: 'News to Me'
9/27/99, 1:02 pm EST - Xoanon
This is upsetting news, but the casting of Blanchett is not official. And as far as her UK agent, it is 'News to her'.
While this in no way means that this is a false rumor, I think we could call her casting as Galadriel a little 'hasty'. Her agent did say however that it could be very possible that things can change in the next few weeks. More to come
Stamp: 'Absolutely Not'
9/27/99, 10:22 am EST - Xoanon
Well folks, it seems that everyone's dream for Terence Stamp to play a baddie in LOTR is untrue. TheOneRing.net placed a call asking if Stamp had been cast we received a hard line
When asked if he was even a contender
'Not that I know of, I mean they did this with (Tim) Spall as well, it's untrue'
(Tim Spall was once heavily rumored to play Gimli the Dwarf, a role now taken up by John Rhys-Davies). So that's it straight from the best source possible.
Barliman's Tolkien Trivia Contest Begins Tonight!
9/27/99, 12:45 am EST - Calisuri
Just a reminder the Barliman's Tolkien Trivia Contest begins at 8PM EST tonight. For more details on the contest and the prizes you can read about it here
Green Books Update!
9/27/99, 12:40 am EST - Quickbeam
Greetings, Quickbeam here.
"No rest for the wicked," they say, and no rest for us at the Green Books! Reader response has been remarkable. Indeed, our premiere Stump the Staff
item stirred up a lot of feedback. Recall the perplexing riddle of Gandalf's note: "Do Not Use It Again
"? Well, some of your alternate answers were quite compelling; see the updates here
Over in Questions & Answers
, I have learned my lesson about being too hasty... and nobody is going to let me get away with an incomplete answer! We have posted some great follow-up here
Also: fresh from the inkwells of YOU, the Fans, we have over a dozen new poems
in "Moon Letters
." We have a broad international audience here at TheOneRing.net™, as evidenced by the myriad submissions we receive from around the world.
Check out an extraordinary piece by Eledhwen, "Master Samwise's Last Journey
" and enjoy a "Guided Tour
" of famous battlefields with Salvador Busquets (tip of the hat to Sal for his work, especially since English is NOT his first language!). Follow the ongoing adventures of Gasgaroth the Smithee in our serial, "The Dead Ringer Cometh" see Chapter III