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1-29-02 Latest News

Media Watch: Arena Magazine
Xoanon @ 8:42 pm EST

Ringer Spy Cleatus sends along this great article from Arena Magazine. Take a look!

Fellowship Of The Ring Wins TEN Phoenix Awards!
Strider @ 3:43 pm EST

Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring has won ten of its nominations for 2001 Phoenix Film Critic's Awards. Most noteworthy wins include best picture, best director, best score and best acting ensemble. Nuno kindly provides the list of winners.

Best Picture: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Director: Peter Jackson for The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Actor: Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind
Best Actress: Halle Berry for Monster's Ball
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley for Sexy Beast
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind
Best Acting Ensemble: The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan for Memento
Best Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie for The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Film Editing: Dody Dorn for Memento
Best Production Design: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Costume Design: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Makeup: Planet of the Apes
Best visual Effects: The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Family Film: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Best Animated Film: Monsters, Inc. and Shrek (tie)
Best Foreign-Language film: Amťlie

Best Song: "May It Be" from The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Original Score: Howard Shore for The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Previously Published or recorded music: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Newcomer: Christopher Nolan for Memento
Best Youth Performance: Dakota Fanning for I Am Sam

Elijah On Letterman Transcript
Xoanon @ 3:41 pm EST

From: AuraSidhe

I've heard many people saying they missed Elijah Wood's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, so I thought I'd send this transcript of the show. There are a couple of references during the interview-- one about a shnook", the other about a pool-- that allude to Dave's interview with Mariah Carey earlier in the show, which you wouldn't get if you hadn't seen that, but you wouldn't really be missing much.

From "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS)

DAVID LETTERMAN: Our next guest is a talented actor. He stars in the new epic motion picture "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". It opens December 19th. Hereís Elijah Wood.
ELIJAH WOOD: (points to mug on the edge of the desk) Is this for me or is it for you?
DAVE: Itís all yours.
ELIJAH: Oh, cheers, man.
DAVE: How ya doing?
ELIJAH: Very well.
DAVE: Good.
ELIJAH: Overwhelmed. This movieís coming out; itís the biggest thing Iíve ever been a part of.
DAVE: Why donít you tell us a little bit about yourself, then weíll talk about the film. Youíre like, a kid, right? Youíre going to be 21?
ELIJAH: Iím going to be 21.
DAVE: Yeah, thatís a kid.
ELIJAH: Thank you, thank you. Iíve always felt older than I was, so finally I feel like Iím catching up with myself.
DAVE: Tell me about your early life. How did you begin in show business, where are you from, what did you do?
ELIJAH: Iím originally from Iowa, actually, and IÖ
(scattered applause)
ELIJAH: Oh, are there people from Iowa here? Fantastic! And then I sort of moved to Los Angeles, started auditioning, and one thing led after another.
DAVE: You moved with your family? Is that what?
ELIJAH: Yeah, we all moved out there.
DAVE: Why did the whole family go to California from Iowa?
ELIJAH: Basically for me and my brother to kind of pursue acting. My brother got out of it early and I kind of kept going, and here I am.
DAVE: Itís turned out pretty well, hasnít it?
ELIJAH: Pretty well. Iím very lucky.
DAVE: And you did this movie in New Zealand, is that correct?
ELIJAH: I did. I lived there for 16 months, unbelievably.
DAVE: Wow.
ELIJAH: It was a life experience. It was profound.
DAVE: I understand itís physically quite a lovely place, but other than that, what was it like? Were you there on your own?
ELIJAH: I was there on my own, had my own house, had my own car. Aside from making the movie, I had my own life there, which is pretty incredible. And we got into some pretty crazy stuff. I learned to surf while I was there, which is amazing, and did this thing called parapontingÖ
DAVE: ParaÖ Iím sorry, what is the word? Paraó
ELIJAH: Paraponting.
DAVE: Paraponting?
DAVE: P-o-n-t-i-n-g?
ELIJAH: I think thatís how you spell it.
DAVE: Iíve not heard of that.
ELIJAH: You get a parachute and you jump off a hill and you kind of ride the air.
(scattered laughter)
ELIJAH: Exactly.
DAVE: You can also do the same thing by jumping out of a shnook.
ELIJAH: A shnook. Asó I was watching. As she was saying.
DAVE: A shnook.
ELIJAH: Right.
DAVE: And the people in New Zealand have a real zest for life, they love that kind of dangerous stuff, donít they?
ELIJAH: They do. They love bungee jumping, jumping out of planes, snowboarding, that sort of thing. I didnít go bungee jumping. I think I was a little too nervous for that.
DAVE: You were there, you say, a year and a half, and everybody got to know one another, got along pretty well and did stuff as a family.
ELIJAH: As a group, yeah. I mean, we really became a fellowship like that in the film. Some of the best friends of my life, I made on that, soÖ
DAVE: What kind of things would you do, when you werenít shooting the movie, with your buddies in the film?
ELIJAH: Uh, we did the surfingÖ I got a wetsuit and a surfboard, got involved in thatÖ A lot of bars. Went to a lot of bars.
ELIJAH: (laughs) The local pubs, as you do. I got very ingrained in the English culture, very familiar with that.
DAVE: Was there talk of everybody getting tattoos, did that happen?
ELIJAH: That did happen. We became so close on the movie as a fellowship, we felt that the experience and the profundity of the experience deserved to be branded physically. So we all went to a tattoo parlor about a week before we finished and got branded together.
DAVE: Really?
ELIJAH: Ian McKellen actually got a tattoo as well.
DAVE: I donít see it. I donít know if I wanna see it.
ELIJAH: Itís here (points to lower right torso) so I donít think I can show it. I donít think that would be good.
DAVE: And what does it say?
ELIJAH: Itís actually Elvish, which is the language ofó
DAVE: You have a tattoo of Elvis?
ELIJAH: Itís Elvish, which is actually the language of the Elves.
ELIJAH: And it stands for "nine," the nine members of the fellowship.
DAVE: Was it painful?
ELIJAH: Yeah. And the funniest thing about that is, I was asking various people who had tattoos if it was painful, and they were like "No no no, itís fine, youíre going to be fine." My GODÖ
ELIJAH: Ridiculous. Iíve never been in so much pain in my life.
DAVE: And how long before you got over, whenever you take a shower, how long did it take you to get over "Oh, jeez!" that? You know what Iím saying?
ELIJAH: I know. It took about a couple of months, actually.
(Dave laughs)
ELIJAH: Iím very proud of it, though. I still look at it when I get out of the shower.
ELIJAH: Sorry. Itís a little personal, I know.
(laughter and applause)
DAVE: How long do you think you can go in a pool? Nevermind.
DAVE: And when is your 21st birthday?
ELIJAH: January 28th.
DAVE: Oh, you got a big celebration planned?
ELIJAH: Iím thinking about going to Vegas. I think itís time to go to Vegas.
DAVE: Thatís the thing to do.
ELIJAH: Weíre gonnaó a prerequisite to wear suits, do the whole Rat Pack thing, you know, bring all my friends. I think itíll be good. Lots of debauchery. Lots of drinking, as you do.
(Dave laughs)
DAVE: Now this movie, as you talked about, youíre very excited, because it looks like itís gonna be veryó and has been widely and decidedly soó itís gonna be an enormous film, so that must be a big thrill for you. Is it already making a difference in your daily life?
ELIJAH: Itís kind of scary. Iíve never been a part of anything quite this big before. So yeah, a bit. I think, um, actually, while we were still filming, I came home a few times, and people were already calling me Frodo, which is the name of my character. So itís starting to have an impact.
DAVE: Is that all right with you, to be called Frodo?
ELIJAH: (laughs) Iím very familiar with it. Iím taking the character on as a piece of me, soÖ thatís all right. You can call me Frodo. Go on, Dave, itís okay.
DAVE: (laughs) All right, Frodo.
(laughter and applause)
DAVE: Whatever you want. This is, uhÖ
ELIJAH: Oh, what do you have there?
DAVE: It looks likeó I think itís your action figure, is that right? You canít have a movie anymore without having action figures? This looks like a chess piece.
ELIJAH: Oh my god.
DAVE: Is that you?
ELIJAH: Is this from Burger King?
DAVE: You know, I donító
ELIJAH: I have one question. Why is one foot invisible and the other not? What is that all about? Have you seen this?
DAVE: I assumed it was part of the movie.
ELIJAH: No, itís not, actually.
DAVE: It goes on that thing thereÖ (struggles to fit figure on its base) Some assembly required. Iíll get it.
ELIJAH: Put it the other way, the other way around, I think.
DAVE: Please, Frodo.
ELIJAH: All right.
ELIJAH: Just trying to help.
(laughter and applause)
ELIJAH: You all right, Dave?
DAVE: It looks like heís standing on a pork chop. I donít knowÖ
ELIJAH: It kinda does resemble a pork chop.
DAVE: Is that part of the story?
ELIJAH: There it is.
DAVE: Wow. Thatís a nice piece of work, isnít it?
ELIJAH: Very nice.
DAVE: Now, do you get a little case of these, whenever they sell these things?
ELIJAH: I doó I actually went to New Line recently and said "I need to be on the mailing list. I want all the merchandise." I donít wanna be on eBay in twenty years having to search this stuff down.
ELIJAH: Iím a total geek for this stuff. Iíve been collecting action figures for years, so itís really cool to have my own figure.
(Dave continues struggling with the toy)
ELIJAH: Oh, come on, get it right.
DAVE: Letís show them a little bit of the movie here. Do you know what the clip is weíre going to see?
ELIJAH: I donít, actually.
DAVE: Oh, come on.
ELIJAH: What is the clip?
DAVE: You gotta know what the clip is! I donít know, I wasnít in the movie!
DAVE: You gotta know! You were in New Zealand for a year and a half, for godís sake!
ELIJAH: I think I know what it is. Iím being chased by a Ringwraith, a Black Rider.
DAVE: Okay, here we go, being chased by a Ringwraith.
ELIJAH: A Ringwraith.
DAVE: Thatís right. Elijah Wood. Take a look.
(clip of "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
DAVE: Wow. There you go. All right, well listen, happy birthday.
ELIJAH: Thank you.
DAVE: Enjoy yourself in Las Vegas. December 21st is the movie?
ELIJAH: December 19th for the film.
DAVE: December 19th, great. Well, good. I know itís gonna be a big hit. Congratulations.
ELIJAH: Thank you very much.
DAVE: Thanks for being here.
(cheers and applause)
DAVE: Weíll be right back with Stereophonics.

1-28-02 Latest News

Tracy Hickman on LOTR
Tehanu @ 7:53 pm EST

The Dragonlance author has a really interesting website, especially for aspiring fantasy authors, and this week's newsletter is of special interest to LOTR fans:


How do you translate beloved classic fantasy into film? This is a question which has haunted both novelists and film makers for decades. From 'Conan' to 'Beastmaster' ... from 'Ladyhawk' to 'Willow' ... various directors have taken many different approaches and had wildly varying success."

You have to subscribe to their newsletter to read the rest of his thoughts on LOTR and Harry Potter and the art of turning stories into film. It's free.

The website is here

Weekly Cast Watch
Xoanon @ 3:21 pm EST

To get more information, use the sites I use like the ones below. Simply find a movie or actor you want to see, go to one of the sites below and see if the film is playing in your area.

mydigiguide.com, tv-now.com and IMDB.com

Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn)

28 Days (2000) UK
Walk on the Moon, A (1999) UK
Portrait of a Lady, The (1996) UK
Ruby Cairo (1993)

Liv Tyler (Arwen)

Cookie's Fortune (1999) UK
Onegin (1999) UK
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) UK
Armageddon (1998) UK
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

Ian Holm (Bilbo)

Bless the Child (2000)
Fifth Element, The (1997)
Frankenstein (1994) UK
Blue Ice (1992)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Kafka (1991) UK
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Dreamchild (1985) UK
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) UK
Time Bandits (1981) UK
Alien (1979) UK
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Fixer, The (1968) UK

Sean Bean (Boromir)

Ronin (1998)
Field, The (1990)
Stormy Monday (1988)

Peter Mackenzie (Elendil)

In Crowd, The (2000)
Chill Factor (1999) UK
Inherit the Wind (1999) (TV)
Lorenzo's Oil (1992) UK

Hugo Weaving (Elrond)

Matrix, The (1999)
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)

Miranda Otto (Eowyn)

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Jack Bull, The (1999) (TV)
Dead Letter Office (1998)

David Wenham (Faramir)

No Escape (1994)

Elijah Wood (Frodo)

Bumblebee Flies Anyway, The (2000)
Faculty, The (1998) UK
War, The (1994) UK
Radio Flyer (1992) UK
Paradise (1991)
Internal Affairs (1990) UK

Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)

Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999)
Pushing Tin (1999)

Ian McKellen (Gandalf)

X-Men (2000)
Apt Pupil (1998) UK
Rasputin (1996) (TV)
Jack and Sarah (1995) UK
Scandal (1989) UK
Plenty (1985) UK
Alfred the Great (1969) UK
Touch of Love, A (1969) UK

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli)

Secret of the Andes (1998) UK
Under Cover (1991) (TV)
Desperado: Badlands Justice (1989) (TV) UK
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1982)

Andy Serkis (Gollum)

Topsy-Turvy (1999) UK

Craig Parker (Haldir)

Tommyknockers, The (1993) (TV)

John Leigh (Hama)

Frighteners, The (1996)

Orlando Bloom (Legolas)

Wilde (1997)

Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) UK

Sean Astin (Sam)

Sky Is Falling, The (2000)
Kimberly (1999)
Deterrence (1999) UK
Low Life, The (1994/I)
Encino Man (1992) UK
Toy Soldiers (1991) UK
War of the Roses, The (1989) UK
Staying Together (1989) UK
Like Father, Like Son (1987) UK

Christopher Lee (Saruman)

Sleepy Hollow (1999) UK
Jinnah (1998) UK
Last Unicorn, The (1982)
Safari 3000 (1982)
Arabian Adventure (1979)
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Three Musketeers, The (1973) UK
Gorgon, The (1964) UK
Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959) UK
Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) UK
Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) UK

Brian Sergent (Ted Sandyman)

Meet the Feebles (1989) UK

Bernard Hill (Theoden)

True Crime (1999) UK
Midsummer Night's Dream, A (1999) UK
Mountains of the Moon (1990) UK
Gandhi (1982) UK

Brad Dourif (Wormtongue)

Progeny (1999) UK
Storytellers, The (1999) UK
Death Machine (1995)
Color of Night (1994) UK
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Child's Play 3 (1991) UK
Child's Play 2 (1990) UK
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (1989) (TV) UK
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Blue Velvet (1986) UK

Jim Rygiel (SFX)

Anna and the King (1999)
Ghost (1990)
Solar Crisis (1990)
Last Starfighter, The (1984)

Howard Shore (Composer)

Score, The (2001)
High Fidelity (2000)
Dogma (1999)
Analyze This (1999)
Cop Land (1997)
White Man's Burden (1995)
Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Big (1988)
Fly, The (1986)
After Hours (1985)

Peter Jackson (Director)

Frighteners, The (1996)
Meet the Feebles (1989)

Weekend Round Up
Xoanon @ 1:06 am EST

Media Watch: Starlog Magazine

Alan Keyes LOTR vs HP transcript

Racing Wraiths

LOTR Premiere: Russia

DND Reviews LOTR: Prt 3

LOTR:FOTR Nabs 9 Cinemerati Noms

Over The Hedge Goes LOTR

Missing Tolkien

Too Funny To Resist

McKellen Talks LOTR

TV Watch UK: Billy Boyd On 'The Saturday Show'

Media Watch: 3D World Magazine

Hall of Fire Chats for January 26th & 27th

Editorsnet Ask Fans For Best Editing Of 2001

Ups And Downs On Lycos Top 50

ACS Oustanding Achievement Nomination For Lesnie

Lord Of The Wings At Wing Bowl X

Tolkien Tribute At Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Viggo The MadMan?

LOTR Friday Box Office

Special TORN Only Offer

Bean's 'Tom & Thomas' Reviews

New Zealander builds Hobbit hole

Media Watch: People Magazine (AKA The Big Smooch)

Stamp Out The Dirty Hobbits

Mad Magazine Gets Un-Original

LOTR Premiere: Poland

One Million In Denmark

Media Watch: Film Score Monthly

Media Watch: Teen People

1-27-02 Latest News

Media Watch: Film Score Monthly
Xoanon @ 10:56 pm EST

Ringer Spy Sony Mouse sends along this article from 'Film Score Monthly', take a look!

LOTR Friday Box Office
Strider @ 10:55 am EST

Brandon Gray

With the five new wide releases for the weekend ("A Walk to Remember," "The Mothman Prophecies," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "I Am Sam" and "Kung Pow") posting solid numbers on Friday and three strong holdovers ("Black Hawk Down," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Snow Dogs"), "The Lord of the Rings" was pushed down to 9th place, according to estimates. The epic adventure shed 563 theaters for a total of 2,703 and pulled in an estimated $1.98 million.

"Rings" gross points to a sixth weekend of around $8 million, which will likely put it at 8th place for the weekend (ahead of "Kung Pow" and possibly "I Am Sam").

After 38 days, "Rings" has earned $252.63 million to rank No. 17 on the all time list and No. 90 on the inflation-adjusted chart.

Weekend studio estimates will be issued Sunday, followed by the actual weekend tallies on Monday evening. [More]

1-26-02 Latest News

Media Watch: Starlog Magazine
Xoanon @ 12:50 pm EST

Ringer Spy Lee sends along these scans from the latest issue of 'Starlog Magazine'.

1-25-02 Latest News

Viggo Mortensen's Photo Collection
Xoanon @ 10:37 pm EST

Jamii sends a few pictures from Viggo Mortensen's (Aragorn) truly amazing photo collection. Viggo has a wonderful vision and a great eye! This are really wonderful.

Xoanon @ 8:28 am EST

Ringer Fans can thank Speaking Clock for this abundance of UK LOTR News:

- Maybe this will be the chance for UK Ringers to snap up a home-grown One Ring! The British shopping channel QVC is having a one hour Lord of the Rings Showcase at 23:00 on Monday 4th February, featuring LOTR merchandise.

- The London Evening Standard British Film Awards 2002 will be shown live at 23:30 on Monday 4th February on ITV Carlton and LWT. LOTR is a nominee but I haven't been able to find out in which categories.

- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations will be announced on 28th January - http://www.bafta.org. The final awards will be announced on 24th February.

1-24-02 Latest News

College to stage mock trial of Tolkien movie director
Xoanon @ 11:45 pm EST

DarSpi writes:

YPSILANTI - Critics have generally praised and audiences flocked to The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jacksonís first installment of three films intended to bring J. R. R. Tolkienís master fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, to the silver screen. But does Jacksonís recreation of mythic Middle Earth, down to the elves, orcs, wizards, warriors and hobbits, pass muster for tried-and-true Tolkien fans?

Thatís the question that will be examined by a cadre of these fans 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Ave Maria College, where a mock trial of Peter Jackson will be staged and students at the Catholic liberal arts college will render verdict.

ďThis will be very tongue-in-cheek, and we plan to play up very big,Ē said AMC writer-in-residence and Tolkien biographer Joseph Pearce, one of the two Tolkien experts to present evidence at the ďTrial of Peter Jackson for the desecration of The Lord of the Rings.Ē Pearce is the author of Tolkien: Man and Myth, and most recently, Tolkien a Celebration: Collected Writing on a Literary Legacy.

Admission will be free to the event, which will be held in the college auditorium in the academic building at 302 West Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti. The mock trial is expected to last about one and a half hours, including time allotted for the audience to participate in a cross examination of the Tolkien experts.

While Pearce serves as defense attorney, literature professor Henry Russell, Ph.D., will serve as prosecutor and Ave Maria Radio talk show host Al Kresta will moderate the mock trial as judge and pronounce sentence if a verdict is rendered for the prosecution.

Both professors spoke to packed theaters at Quality 16 and Showcase during the movieís opening week, presenting background on the literary importance of the trilogy authored by the late John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature at Oxford University in England. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been popular since it was published in the early 1950s and has been named ďthe book of the centuryĒ in several reader polls.

Russell has already laid down the gauntlet, remarking that Jacksonís rendition of Tolkien, ďhas all the depth and intellect of a video game.Ē Pearce declined to make a statement, because, he said, ďIím waiting until the trial to present my evidence.Ē

Because Tolkien and his fantasy world have popular appeal in the local community as well, Pearce said the college ďexpects to have a lot of fun with this one.Ē

'Starlog' magazine does a LOTR special
Tehanu @ 7:29 pm EST

Great news for fantasy buffs thanks to Rosie:

"I found a magazine at Brook's Drugstore called "Fantasy Worlds", brought out by Starlog. [I assume she's talking about the US - Tehanu] This is the first issue (February 2002) and it is a "Premiere Collectible Edition" featuring LOTR and Harry Potter. The LOTR articles include...

"One Ring to Rule Them All" - 'Peter Jackson & company film JRR Tolkien's epic trilogy' "Hobbit Talk" - joint interview with Wood, Astin, Monaghan and Boyd "Fellowship of the Four" - 4 separate interviews with McKellen, Mortenson, Bean and Rhys-Davies "Warrior Elf" - a two page article/interview about Orlando Bloom

They're some great articles, with a lot of pictures, some new but no revelutionaty or anything. There's also a lot of great articles on Harry Potter, a fantastic article on Neil Gaiman (heralding him as "Fantasy's Great Hope"), news about the Dinotopia miniseries, and various other things... (apparently there's a miniseries of Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" coming this February *short scream*). Definitely worth the $6.99! Unfortunately I couldn't find anything in the magazine telling you how to subscribe...too bad, because it seems like it would be a great magazine to get in the mail for next year or so, what with all the great Fantasy stuff going around!"

TV Watch: Enya On 'Larry King'
Xoanon @ 3:15 pm EST

Enya was on 'Larry King Live' last night (Jan 24). Before she sang 'May it be' live on CNN she spoke to Larry King about loving LOTR, saying that it is her favorite book. She also mentioned that she was very excited to receive a call from PJ asking her to sing.

Media Watch: The New American
Xoanon @ 11:26 am EST

From: Matt

The article in The New American would have been here if they put it all on the web. [The New American]

Here is another article from The New American, you've got to love the guy pasting a LOTR poster over a Potter one...hahaha

Middle School
Xoanon @ 11:00 am EST

Mrs. Legolas Greenleaf sends us this article on websites that teach Tolkien for newbies...and trust me...there are a TON of newbies as of late!

1-23-02 Latest News

Cave Troll Toy Pics
Xoanon @ 10:28 pm EST

Scorpio writes: I recently ordered a Cave Troll ToyBiz toy from kbkids.com. The overall quality of the toy is amazing! Very good for a mere $20. He comes with two weapons...of course the two from the movie.

The "big ol' mallet" and the "wild boar skewer." It comes with two battle actions; "crushing mallet action" (attempted on Sam in the movie) and the "skewer a wild boar action" (attempted on Frodo).

When performing these attacks the troll opens his fierce mouth and lets out 1 of 3 troll sounds. The texture of the troll's face and torso are very realistic (as realistic as you can get for a troll). This is a must-have for any toy collecting Tolkien fan! Bravo ToyBiz!

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly
Xoanon @ 9:30 pm EST

Ringer Spy Mrs. Legolas Greenleaf sends along these articles from 'Entertainment Weekly' Take a look. Note...they mention the Golden Globes...yet show a picture of Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Sean Astin (Sam) from the AFI Awards..and not the Golden Globes...hrmmm.

Ticket Stub Contest Winners
Calisuri @ 3:22 pm EST

We had so many entries to our "Keep the FOTR on Top" contest that it took me 2 full days to look at all the ticket stubs! But I have finally done it, and voila, here are the winners:

First Place - Heather Schreyer from Oriskany, NY
Second Place - Joni Alm, from Santa Fe, NM
Third Place - Rick Mansfield, from Louisville KY

Please support our sponsors and visit Sideshow Toy (and Sideshow/Weta Collectibles). You can also purchase the first place prize at the Official Lord of the Rings Shop.

The winners will be contacted by email. Thanks to all the fans that tried to keep Fellowship of the Ring on top this last weekend. Unfortunately, Black Hawk Down and Snow Dogs gave us a good pounding, but not to worry, all is still well in the world. After all, Fellowship of the Ring has grossed over 500 million dollars internationally! With those kind of numbers, New Line can spend some money making the best DVDs the world has ever seen! Personally, i wouldn't mind seeing them use some of that money to help organize fan events all over the world.

Academy Announces Films in Competition for Best Achievement in Makeup
Xoanon @ 8:14 am EST

Beverly Hills, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the films being considered for the Makeup Oscar(R) at the 74th Academy Awards(R) Presentation. The films under consideration are (listed in alphabetical order):

"A. I. Artificial Intelligence"
"A Beautiful Mind"
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
"Moulin Rouge"
"Planet of the Apes"

Ten-minute clip reels from each of the films will be screened for the Makeup Award Nominating Committee on Saturday, February 9th. The members may nominate up to three of the films for Oscar consideration, recommend a single film for a Special Achievement Award or elect to recommend that no award be given in this category.

Any nominated films will be announced along with nominations in 23 other categories on Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30 a.m. (PST).

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2001 will be presented on Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland(R) and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. (PST). A half-hour arrival segment will precede the presentation ceremony at 5 p.m.

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