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News for Oct. 01, 2006

Peter Jackson Bio Update

10/01/06, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson - A Film-Maker's Journey Ringer Spy Irascian writes: Author Brian Sibley’s web site has just been updated with information about the forthcoming authorised biography of Peter Jackson. [briansibley.com] [Book Cover]

News for Sep. 30, 2006

SHOP: Finally Faramir

9/30/06, 10:16 am EST - Celeborn

Faramir comes to Sideshow
For all those collector's out there who have waited years for Sideshow to product a Faramir figure, it looks like your wait is over. As hinted in the latest Sideshow Collectibles podcast, the next 12-inch Lord of the Rings figure will be Faramir - or at least that is what the picture included with the podcast seems to look like! (Check out the teaser image above) Sideshow has also announced that the Lurtz Premium Format figure and the Aragorn 12-inch Figure are expected to start shipping to customers soon. [Listen to Podcast via iTunes] [Lurtz PF (Second Chance)] [Aragorn] [Legolas] [Boromir (still available)]

News for Sep. 29, 2006

Sean Astin Attends MegaCon

9/29/06, 4:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Steve writes: I just wanted to let you know that Sean Astin is listed as a confirmed guest for the "Mega Con Convention" which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida, February 16th - 18th 2007. [More]

'Here, There Be Dragons'

9/29/06, 4:21 pm EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss sends this along: Warner Bros. Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the rights to Here, There Be Dragons, an upcoming children's novel by James A. Owen, for David Heyman and David Goyer to produce, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book brings together three strangers -- John, Jack and Charles -- in London during World War I, where they become entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. They end up traveling to the Archipelago of Dreams, fighting the dark forces that threaten two worlds. It is later revealed that the three are future fantasy authors J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, who met in real life at Oxford and enjoyed a competitive friendship.

The book is being launched next week by Simon & Schuster with a massive hardcover printing of 100,000 copies and is one of the company's big pushes for the year. The plan is to release six more books, one each October.

News for Sep. 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Kiran Shah!

9/28/06, 9:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Today is Kiran Shah's birthday1 Kiran was born on September 28th, 1956 in Nairobi, Kenya. That makes him 50 years old today! Kiran was Elijah Wood's scale double for all three Lord of the Rings films.

News for Sep. 27, 2006

X06: Peter Jackson Forms a Game Studio

9/27/06, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

From 1up.com: At its X06 event in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced a partnership with Peter Jackson to form a new studio called Wingnut Interactive to develop "world-class interactive entertainment." In addition, the announcement mentions that Peter Jackson is involved with Halo 3 and a future title based on an original property from Microsoft. Look for further details on Wingnut Interactive and these projects as X06 continues.

TV Watch: New LOST Soon!

9/27/06, 12:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Season 2's amazing finale episode of 'Lost' will air tonight on ABC, they also promise to show us a bit of Season 3! Dominic Monaghan's groundbreaking sci-fi/drama will be back next week! TORN's chatroom now has a special 'Lost' screening room, login to #lost at 9PM and watch with fans from around the country! [TORN CHAT]

Tolkien Lecture in Missouri

9/27/06, 11:53 am EST - Xoanon

TORN Staffer MrCere sends this along: Colin Havard: An Inkling's Son Remembers J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis. Presented with Mike Foster. Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at St. Louis Community College, South County Education & Training Center, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Mark Colin Havard, the son of Dr. Robert (Humphrey) Havard of Oxford, who was the personal physician of Tolkien and Lewis as well as a member of the famous "Inklings" fellowship, occasionally attended Inklings sessions along with his father. [More]

News for Sep. 26, 2006

Tolkien Scholar Segura to speak at Raynor Library

9/26/06, 9:12 am EST - Xoanon

The Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives will host a lecture by Tolkien scholar Eduardo Segura, Professor of Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, and Literature at the Institutio De Filosofia Edith Sten (Granada, Spain) today at 3:00 p.m. in the Raynor Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Professor Segura's presentation, "Tolkien, Lewis, and Hollywood: What Images Cannot Say," will center on differences between literature and cinema as artistic means, particularly from J.R.R. Tolkien's and C.S. Lewis’ outlook. Dr. Segura will discuss Tolkien's passion for inventing languages, and the immense difficulty of communicating metaphorical meaning on film—even those brilliant scenes that Hollywood has recently released. A question and answer session will follow. [More]

News for Sep. 25, 2006

Pre-Order 'The Children of Hurin' on Amazon.co.uk

9/25/06, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Tolkien's unfinished novel 'The Children of Hurin' has been completed by Christopher Tolkien. Early last week HarperCollins announced that the book will go on sale next year. Amazon.co.uk have placed the book online to pre-order! Take a look! [Pre-Order]

Joe Letteri Talk at 'The Tate' Report!

9/25/06, 5:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascan writes: Joe Letteri was joined by a surprise “second speaker” – Andy Serkis. The lecture lasted about an hour including an introduction, an AutoDesk showreel, the talk with demos itself and Q&A from the floor at the end, with about 200 attendees. I’d provide a report but in all honesty there’s very little to report. There were some very cool demos of how New York was digitally built and lots of “this was the real set and what we filmed” pieces morphing into the scenes as shown in the film that were very impressive, and a lot of discussion about Andy’s work with gorillas and on set with Naomi Watts. [More]

Channel 5's Greatest Ever Blockbuster

9/25/06, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Iain writes: Sunday night Channel 5 (UK terrestrial TV channel) had a "Greatest Ever Blockbuster" programme. Voting was by the viewer, so hitting the top 40 list was a real measure of what people liked and not what critics felt nor how much money a particular film earnings. The home page can be found at this link. [More]

How well do you know The Lord of The Rings?

9/25/06, 12:55 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from EMPIRE Magazine send this along: Empire Magazine has launched the ultimate Lord of the Rings challenge, three fiendishly hard quizzes spanning the entire trilogy. Only for the die-hard fans, these 'How Well Do You Know' quizzes are not for the faint hearted, but if anyone has what it takes to get to the top of the leaderboard, we're guessing TheOneRing.net readers do! [More]

Weta Digital to Create Silver Surfer FX

9/25/06, 12:50 pm EST - Xoanon

From The Hollywood Reporter (via superherohype.com): 20th Century Fox has picked Academy Award-winning visual effects house Weta Digital to oversee the upcoming film Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. The studio tapped Weta to create a state-of-the-art version of the Marvel Comics character Silver Surfer. Noted character actor Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) will provide performance and movement references for Weta, in a process similar to the way Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The voice casting of Silver Surfer has yet to be determined. The Hollywood Reporter says Weta has developed an advanced computer-generated animation process that employs motion-capture techniques updated to add further dimensionality to the liquid-metal hero.

DVD Tuesday: Whose Line S1, Bettie Page, Kids in the Hall & More!

9/25/06, 12:39 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 'Brotherhood - S1', 'One Tree Hill - S3' & 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Season 1, Vol. 1'. Be sure to check out the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street: Infinifilm' Collection and a vew DVD sets of Gene Autry films. There are quite a few DVDs on the Iraq war and 9/11, check out 'Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers', 'Parallel Lines', 'The Ground Truth', 'Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company' & '9/11: Press For the Truth'. Personally I'm excited about 'Kids in the Hall-Best of', 'Transformers Armada: Season 1 - Part 2', 'Voltron, Vol. 1: Defender of the Universe' & 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Season 1, Vol. 1'. Check out the whole list here! [More]

TV Watch: Bloom on 'Jimmy' Repeat

9/25/06, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

A repeat airing of Orlando Bloom's recent appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs tonight on ABC. You can either stay up late to catch that interview or simply download it from us! Take a look! (35MB MOV)[More]

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