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3-04-04 Latest News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
Frode @ 11:55 pm EST

Thorin & Company set off on their adventure. Bilbo Baggins comes along wandering down the Road not knowing how greatly doing so will change his future and what an impact his journey will make on all of Middle-Earth.

Seeking shelter one rainy night, they blunder into three trolls. Even
worse is; the trolls are hungry! Gandalf saves the day of course, and the Company discover that the trolls' hoard holds some useful items.

We shall examine the terms of Bilbo's contract, the nature of trolls and the items the Company take from the trolls' hoard. Moreover; how does Bilbo conduct himself faced with the first real danger of the quest? Join us in #thehalloffire as we discuss Chapter 2 of 'The Hobbit' - 'Roast Mutton'.

Saturday Chat:
5:30pm ET (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 9:30am Sunday (09:30) AET]

Sunday Chat:
7:00 pm (19:00) CET
[also 1:00pm (13:00) ET and 5:00am (05:00) Monday morning AET]

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Howard Shore in Concert Montreal Photos & Review
Xoanon @ 10:17 pm EST

Howard Shore in Montreal Images

Zaakistan the Fan writes:

Gotta say that I check TORN daily and I appreciate all the work that goes into keeping the site updated. I'm in Montreal and I have the feeling that this is where TORN is based... I've only been on the site since September looking for ROTK spoilers. Anyway, great job and great site.

I was at the Howard Shore LOTR Symphony last night and after a rotten day at work, I was transported to emotional bliss. What a trip. I managed to snap a few NON FLASH pictures from my corner on the Mezzanine. I was not disappointed one bit. The music was so beautiful and moving and well performed that I just sat in my seat hunched forward eating up every bit of it. The choice of which themes to play were very well done I thought. As I perused my program before the concert I was disappointed to see that so much had been cut out of the 2nd and 3rd films' music. But as the concert progressed I understood that many of the themes in the more recent movies would have been repeats of some of the ones in the older ones. The highlights for me were the Treebeard, Bridge of Khazad-dűm, The End of All Things, and The Steward of Gondor. I was very impressed with the choral singers and Jeremy Boucher, the boy soprano. Of course no one can match Annie Lennox, so I wasn't that impressed with the singer they chose for the vocals on Gollum's Song and Into the West.

Here is a Program Schedule as I haven't seen it on the site yet:

The Fellowship of the Ring

Movement One:

The prophecy - Concerning Hobbits - The Shadow of the Past - A Short Cut to Mushrooms - The Old Forest - A Knife in the Dark

Movement Two:

Many Meetings - The Ring Goes South - A Journey in the Dark - The Bridge of Khazad-Dűm - Lothlórien - Gandalf's Lament - Farewell to Lórien - The Great River - The Breaking of the Fellowship


The Two Towers

Movement Three:

Foundations of Stone - The Taming of Smeagol - The Riders of Rohan - The Black Gate is Closed - Evenstar - The White Rider - Treebeard - The Forbidden Pool

Movement Four:

The Hornburg - Forth Eorlingas - Isengard Unleashed - Gollum's Song

The Return of the King

Movement Five:

Hope and Memory - The White Tree - The Steward of Gondor - Cirith Ungol - Anduril

Movement Six:

The End of All Things - The Return of the King - The Grey Havens - Into the West

TV Watch: Billy Boyd on 'Sharon'
Xoanon @ 4:47 pm EST

Momma Doebs writes: I don't know if anyone sent you any info on Billy Boyd's appearance on the Sharon Osbourne show this afternoon, but it was too funny to retell all that accurately. After a brief interview where they showed his lovely red carpet kilt action, Sharon asked him some fun follow up questions.

He then played guitar and sang an acoustic version of Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time. It was great! But even better, after the commercial break, they showed the outtakes where he forgot the lyrics and his voice cracked.

Step 2: Celebration
Xoanon @ 2:39 pm EST

TORN LA Gathering 2004 Part II
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For all the hoopla, glitz and glamour of the Return of the One Party, my story is remarkable in the fact that it is completely UN-remarkable in the star department. You will hear some great stories in the coming days about star encounters at the party, but sadly for my part it was not my night to meet anyone famous.

Kathy J and I arrived early before the main gates opened to get our press badges and VIP bracelets (which I am still wearing). We then took one last look around to see if we were needed anywhere. Sarumann didn't assign us any jobs all night, either by accident or because of my PTB status (mind you I would have had no problem doing anything he assigned us). With time to kill we went to the front gate in time to see the doors open at around 3:30PM. Positioned right at the entrance as I was I assigned myself as official greeter for a while, meeting some really excited fans and seeing all the amazing dresses and costumes. One thing about LOTR fans, they REALLY know how to dress up. We must have the sexiest fan base in the world.

After a while we headed down to the main hall to catch some of the pre-Oscar telecast. The show was about to begin; Billy Bush from Access Hollywood was inside the Kodak Theatre talking with random people. Whenever a LOTR related person was shown on screen the audience screamed with delight, for some reason they did the same thing with Johnny Depp...well deserved mind you...we love Johnny!

As the Oscars started we were spared the horrible Red Carpet montage and were treated to an amazing Billy Crystal number that incorporated LOTR at every turn.

Again whenever a LOTR themed person or joke was broadcast (as well as Depp) the audience went into spastic cheers like fans at a football game. It wasn't too long before a category was announced the ROTK was nominated in, as soon as we won the audience went nuts! Cheers and hooplas were even louder as the winner accepted their awards. Kathy J commented to me that it was almost like being there in person.

After a long while (the telecast is still long, no matter how good it is) I headed to the bar to get a few drinks. Behind me at one point I saw award-winning singer Fiona Apple, I greeted her and welcomed her to the party.

During each commercial break our emcee for the night Quickbeam graced the stage in different costumes, Elrond, Aragorn and Eowyn. He was great! Ee eventually lost count as to the amount of Oscars won and yet to be announced. We just knew we were winning them all!

When PJ won for best director confetti cannons fired barrage into the crowd and a Mardi Gras/new years type atmosphere filled the room, PJ won! When we won best picture the roof nearly blew off the ceiling as fans cheers, cried, screamed and hugged as the entire cast and crew took the stage. What a night!

After the shows wrapped up Quickbeam called up Tehanu, Calisuri, Corvar and myself on stage. We each said a word of thanks and got the crowd all hyped up for our 11 Oscar wins. Quickbeam called Paul Badali and a few TORN staffers on stage to join us. All four of us were given silver 'TheOneRing.net Founder' rings from Badali Jewelry and the TORN Staff; we were so shocked and delighted!

After leaving the stage we proceeded to the VIP area to get some more food and to bask in our Oscar win. The inevitable question was of course 'when is everyone going to arrive?’ we had little control on when and even if any of the stars or talent would be coming so patience was needed. We didn't have to wait long before John Rhys-Davies arrived. Much like last year he was first and walked easily through the crowd of well wishers and fans with a smile and joke or two.

Next up were Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan, little did we know they'd end up staying at our party all night and completely forgo the Official New Line party. They snuck through the VIP tent to get on the main stage and introduce World Without Sundays' to the stunned crowd. Dominic even sang and performed with the band!

Meanwhile in the VIP area Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and most of the Oscar winners including Randy Cook, Jim Rygiel, Barrie Osborne, Alan Lee, John Howe and others arrived to many cheers and flashing cameras!

They all proceeded to head directly on the stage and thank the crowd. Peter Jackson acted as emcee for the evening and insisted that everyone on stage say a few words. Fran Walsh was a little reluctant to get on the mic so Elijah Wood encouraged the crowd to chant 'Fran! Fran! Fran!' until she had to give in. She thanked everyone and was so completely humble you wanted to give her a big hug.

Ngila Dickson told the crowd that she was very impressed with the costumes she was seeing from her point of view on the stage. Philippa Boyens (nicknamed 'queen of the geeks' by Ain't it cool news and PJ that night) took to the stage and admitted to us that she tried her hardest to get a 'shirtless Aragorn' scene in the films somewhere...but PJ kept cutting it! Ngila bounced back to the mic to say she'd seen almost EVERYONE naked, the crowd lost it!

My personal favorite quote from the night had to be from Peter Jackson, he said 'lets never shut TheOneRing.net down', I agree Peter!

More on the party and after-party dinner with the TORN staff, Sauron, Lurtz and Gamling!

Son of a Took to Son of a Crook
Xoanon @ 10:53 am EST

From creature-corner.com: A doll's only as good as the voice behind it. Well, that's at least the case for the Child's Play series who has found genre vet Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly lending vocals to Chucky and Tiffany, respectively. And as we all know, Chuck and his bride (however dysfunctional their relationship may be) have a new addition to the family, one we'll be seeing much of in the upcoming Seed of Chucky.

The film rolls in Romania this year with Don Mancini pulling writing and directing duties. But who's lending the voice to Chuck's "child" (note: we didn't say son)? No sense in mystery, the picture on the right gives the answer away.

That's Billy Boyd of Lord of the Rings fame. Through our own personal contacts with the Mancini camp, and Billy's official site, we can confirm that this is legit. The Scottish actor will be joining Brad and Jennifer, who're reprising their roles, as well as John Waters who'll have a small turn in the flick.

Little press shines with star power
Xoanon @ 10:48 am EST

Perceval Press publishes edgy books for the sheer love of it. Viggo Mortensen's presence doesn't hurt its chances.

On a January night at Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica, actor-artist-writer Viggo Mortensen reads the prose poem he wrote for an anthology about Iraq, "Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation." It is one of the quieter pieces in the passionate volume and the author reads so softly that the entire audience leans in to hear him.

But Mortensen, who played the heroic Aragorn in the "Lord of the Rings" films, is here not as a writer but in his capacity as publisher of Perceval Press. With his high profile, he spends quite a bit of energy deflecting praise to his authors.

After the reading and before the onslaught, Mortensen explains, "I just wanted to have a company that would publish writers and artists and poets," he says, "people I wouldn't have heard of — the way that they wanted to be published, without compromising."

Editor Pilar Perez, a force on the L.A. literary scene, came to Perceval after years of organizing readings and exhibits at Santa Monica's Track 16 gallery. Perez, who co-founded the press with Mortensen, coordinates the production of each book and oversees the printing in Spain. She also scouts for new projects and brought in the first fiction from urban theorist Mike Davis — two science adventure novels.

Mortensen got what Davis wanted to do right away. He understood how the book should look and feel. "Land of the Lost Mammoths," published this winter, has a very transporting, solid feel to it. If you had to use it to get to another world, with its thick, fine paper and blue binding, it would not let you down. It feels at once very old and very futuristic, exactly what Davis had intended. At $15.95 it is also affordable.

The name of the press harks back to the legend of Parsifal, the knight of the Arthurian legend who found the Castle of the Grail and saved the Fisher King.

On his way to achieve knighthood at King Arthur's Court, he and his knights choose to find their own paths. "If there was a trail," says Mortensen, "they wouldn't take it. They had to make their own ways. I wanted to provide that opportunity for artists."

Perceval, which has five employees including Mortensen and Perez, has published more than 20 books: "Trance," a photographic examination of voodoo; "Twilight of Empire," about Iraq; "Remember Me," drawings and photographs by Lola Schnabel; "The Horse Is Good" and "Coincidence and Memory," both collections of photographs by Mortensen; and "Miyelo," photographs from a film of a Lakota Ghost Dance, to name a few of the most beautiful.

Mortensen has a predilection for edgy books by controversial artists and writers. And he goes out of his way to support them. He is careful to let this reading be about his authors and the book and not about his presence.

"We take care with each book," he says, slouched against a doorway and looking down. "We try to keep the prices low. We're not operating with a goal in mind. We're not beholden to other people or to large companies. We don't have a plan. We just put out the books we want to. It's a kind of," he pauses, searching for the word, "thoughtful anarchy."

From King To Kong
Xoanon @ 10:03 am EST

by Joe Fordham
Copyright (c) 2004 by Cinefex.

Hobbits, elves and black-tied gentry erupted with joy Sunday night at the Hollywood American Legion Hall as Steven Spielberg presented filmmaker Peter Jackson the best picture Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, capping an evening in which the final Tolkien chapter won in all eleven of its nominated categories. The assembly had gathered in the art deco Highland Avenue venue to celebrate the 76th annual Academy Awards, viewing the ceremony on a massive Jumbotron and cheering on the New Line Cinema epic, which in addition to best picture, took home Oscar gold for best direction, adapted screenplay, art direction, costume design, film editing, sound mixing, musical score, song, makeup and visual effects, tying it with previous Oscar record-holders Ben-Hur and Titanic.

Bringing to conclusion what, for some, was a seven-year odyssey, the awards recipients made their appearance at The One Party -- a festive occasion organized by the fan website TheOneRing.net -- speculating amid the hoopla about their work on the still-in-progress Return of the King: Extended Edition DVD release. "The cut is never locked!" stated film editor Jamie Selkirk, one of the evening's winners and a veteran collaborator with Peter Jackson. "When you're working with Peter, he never really locks the cut until the last minute. We actually ended up doing about four days' editing on it recently, and he said: 'Okay, that'll do for now. I'm going to do this junket overseas, then the BAFTAs and the Oscars; then we'll come back and have a look at what visual effects are finished. So we'll cut when we get back; and, with any luck, it might be a lock!'"

Reportedly, the extended edition will contain anywhere between 40 to 60 minutes of new footage, added to the theatrical release's 201-minute running time, and will include more than 200 new visual effects shots. "When we were working on the film," said visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel, "there were pieces that we almost completed that Peter then pulled out. I think the most infamous one was probably the Christopher Lee scene -- and I think it's a good guess that will be back in."

After three years in New Zealand, Rygiel is planning to return to his Los Angeles home in April, after completing his work on the concluding chapter's final version. Visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri will continue to supervise visual effects for Weta Digital on Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong. Tolkien trilogy animation director Randy Cook is ceding passage on Jackson's voyage to Skull Island, pursuing directing ambitions of his own, allowing Paul Griffin to take up the reins as Weta Digital's animation supervisor. Jackson's colossal gorilla star has meanwhile been taking shape under the auspices of Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor. "Creature design is pretty well advanced and a lot of the production design is coming right along," noted visual effects director of photography Alex Funke. "It's going to be a remarkable film; an amazing visual treat."

Shooting plans for Kong have so far included discussions with Weta's miniature and digital departments, and with director of photography Andrew Lesnie, who is also returning to the Jackson fold. "As soon as I get back to New Zealand," said Funke, "we're getting into a very intensive session of testing on some of the stylistic issues, working with Andrew Lesnie on which type of film stock we should use and exploring exposure issues in conjunction with the guys at Weta Digital. We're going to get a complete system worked out in advance, so we'll know exactly how the material will scan, or exactly how to place exposures."

Funke mused on recent rumors that Jackson plans to film Kong in black-and-white -- "That's news to me, but I wouldn't put it past Peter!" -- and hinted at plans for creating the lush vegetation of Kong's Skull Island habitat, building on Weta's experience creating the miniature Fangorn Forest in The Lord of the Rings. "Richard Taylor is busy building many, many trees, and we've been doing some tests on the motion of the leaves. One of things that didn't quite work for Peter in The Lord of the Rings was the static look of the miniature trees. In Kong, we're going to be darned sure that we've got moving leaves on our miniature trees!"

With two year's work remaining until Jackson's giant ape bursts onto theater screens in December 2005, the quest for greater realism remains a benchmark for all concerned. "I think Kong is going to be harder than The Return of the King," observed Joe Letteri, "because Peter's not going to hold back. On The Lord of the Rings, we got more and more into the realism of shots -- and that required incredible amounts of detail. That was hopefully apparent in The Return of the King, and it was certainly visible in the other work that we've seen recently. We can do so many things more or less routinely that were once really hard to do that a lot of directors and producers are opting to take shots into the effects realm, rather than saying, 'Oh, gee, we have to do it that way.' It's changed the way we work. Visual effects are now more mainstream."

Reprinted with permission from Cinefex Weekly Update, an e-newsletter on motion picture visual effects. Interested parties may subscribe, free of charge, by accessing the following link: http://www.cinefex.com/weeklyupdate.html

3-03-04 Latest News

MrCere's One Party Report
weetanya @ 8:05 pm EST

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One Party Report
By MrCere
TheOneRing.net Staff Writer

There are many accounts of Sunday night's Return of the One Party and will be many more. It was the kind of night where memories are golden but photographs are still required and sharing the experience is part of its social nature. Camera crews from literally around the world were on hand to record and broadcast the events and if rumors bear fruit, highlights might turn up in places that will pleasantly surprise you next fall.

Ian Smith will provide a virtually word-for-word account of the best moments and will mix them with his intelligent and sharp opinions and impressions and if we are lucky he may even drop in the impressions his honored guest had about the event as well. Others will catalog personal events not only of the big night but of meeting with other TORNados and drinking up the glitz of Hollywood. Mainstream media accounts will continue to pour in - and as a working journalist let me comment that I am bitter about the lack of understanding many reporters had about the event despite press releases and constant information feeding. I have read so far that it was free, that it was put on by the official fan club and that it was required to wear a costume. The Vanity Fair party is called that in print so why not name our party properly? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Since nobody is likely to get the truth of what the party was from the Associated Press, permit me to give my version of the event.

It was a fantastic party. It was a gathering with remarkable fellowship. It was a labor of love. It was expensive - for both guests and hosts. It was TORn staff's moment to prove its worth, individually and collectively. It was an historic moment in the history of fandom - and not just Tolkien fandom. It was the eruption of 1,000 anticipatory souls. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. It was fun. It was intense. It was sweet. It was hot (inside). It was chilly (outside). It was eternal. It was oh-so-brief. It was Hollywood. It was international. It was sentimental. It was fun. It was surreal. It was months of planning suddenly executed and over in a few hours. It was a rock concert. It was a festival of lights. It was many more things as well and probably a bit different for each person attending.

The American Legion Hall is on Highland Ave., nestled between the famous Hollywood Bowl and the Kodak Theater. It is an historical hall of heros, built by war veterans to have a positive impact on the community, fitting for our event.

The line for entry into the white tower started a few hours before the scheduled opening and by show-time, stretched to the end of the block and around the corner. When the gates finally opened, the procession led guests through a metal-detector (as do all paths in such times), past security, through check-in and into the building. Staff and various volunteers spent much of the weekend getting the place properly dressed for Middle-earth crowds. Banners adorned the walls, wraiths on steeds guarded entrances, Gollumn watched from his perch on stage, an oversized card for PJ waited for signatures, webs and spiders lined a downstairs hall, one-of-a-kind momento waited for bids or raffle tickets, signs were placed to direct guests, scents of food wafted through the corridors and bar maids stood ready to pour.

Eventually the Oscar telecast started and our Master of Ceremonies, Quickbeam - who to many is the face of TheOneRing.net - launched into his entertaining and warm welcome between Oscar's commercials. I admit being amused at the time by the amount of folks getting together to simply watch television.

Unseen by fans were folks like staffer Arathorn, who had donned a tux only to stay in a hot little control room to run the myriad of electronic needs for the night's happenings. Power went down far away at the TORn server and it was this unsung and, at this party, literally unseen hero who managed to get things going again so that there was even a web site at all during the night.

Before long he was out of his tux - after all, what was the point of wearing it while sitting in a dark room? Other outstanding technical folks were there helping with either equipment or extra fingers or knowledge. The party size nearly doubled via TORn's live web broadcast of the events and it took computers and operators to make that happen. As I type Weetanya is holding things together while everybody else travels home or continues a vacation [Why thank you, MrCere! Keep talking like that and I'll scrapbook all 400 of your photos. - Wee]. There are no shortage of invisible heros.

Not to toot staffer's horns too much but others on that night directed volunteer work, advised security, escorted media members to keep the fire marshal happy, ran stores or raffles, checked in VIP guests, dealt with complaints, filled media requests for interviews and remained on-call to fill in as needed. Still, all these jobs might be the most fun one can have while "working" so nobody was complaining.

The telecast for me was a blur and I even had a difficult time remembering how many Rings Oscars had been given at a particular moment but I knew the mark was perfect. When the "Best Adapted Screenplay" was given to "Return of the King" it was clear that a sweep was entirely possible and even likely. I was walking through the art deco bar in the basement after helping some media conduct a "Lord of the Rhymes" interview (great funny stuff by the way) when this went down and the 40 people in that bar were nearly as loud as the 700 upstairs in the big arena. It was then that magic became a tangible sensation on my spine.

All of us lived the next bit in our own way but being with 1,000 screamers for "Best Director" and "Best Picture" (which were absolutely certain with so much across-the-board support) and having streamer cannons go off with the director announcement was something to behold and to feel. It was astounding. Literal tears were shed as people celebrated with hugs and handshakes and high-fives. It was a marvelous collective experience that cannot be duplicated at home with a television, no matter how big the screen or surround the sound. Being in the Kodak theater would have been an experience without compare but short of sitting with the LOTR crew, I would rather have been with my 1,000 friends.

The next part of my evening was individual rather than collective as I crowded among the impressive list of gathered media, getting elbowed by the BBC's 2nd crew and the Associated Press and a mob of other world-wide news organizations. Our party was a happening news spot and was in definite demand among agencies across the globe. John Rhys-Davies arrived almost impossibly quick. Like those that came after, he was gracious with the press before heading in to talk to the fans gathered. From the blue carpet outside it was easy to hear the throngs responding to him inside.

After quite a long pause, the Oscar procession started arriving in force. The media was pleased to interview any and all of the winners but there was a whole new level of excitement when Peter Jackson showed up. From my observation, he has learned how to deal with demands on his time and he was polite and friendly but didn't linger as long as others who might be new to being in such demand. The woman from the BBC commented, "Oh PJ has a great big stain on his shirt and his tie is backwards! I just love that!" Jackson indeed was disheveled but efficient and in control. With some cajoling he hoisted his Oscars for a photo.

He was almost the last of the group to arrive and as soon as the final folks straggled into the VIP tent, PJ led them immediately on stage in the main hall for what so many of you have read accounts of already. I snuck on stage to get the best TORn photos I could manage but the best shots were all from amidst the crowd who were eating up every word. PJ introduced each of the winners and pulled them to the microphone and again I leave it to others to relay the details but each had something to say and each was shown some TORnado love.

For the record, I hear from the horses' mouth that Billy Boyd, Lawrence Makoare, Bruce Hopkins and Sala Baker had been at the official New Line party, hearing that they would gather there first and then hit the TORn party later. Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and others took the same approach which didn't work since the fire marshal shut us down around 2 a.m., much to Baker and company's chagrin.

Hopkins, Makoare and Baker visited the previous day during set up and actually were going to help lift a stone statue off of a stand to be used for the bronze Gandalf. It turns out the statue was bolted down but the trio and a few other heavy lifters were given a tour of the building's war museum which was amazing and even included a Maori war shield and club. Now there is something you will not see in an AP report.

The evening's worst news came as the final fans were filtering out and suddenly, gift-bags were gone. I am not in-the-know about how this happened but I do know there were once enough for everybody and then there weren't. TORn is completely sorry about this and we hope those who missed out still enjoyed the festivities and weren't too hurt by the absence of the bags. We are sorry.

The party was special in a number of ways. First, to have the winners of awards come to fans first and with such openness and sharing is a rare and perhaps unique event. Those not in attendance should feel a part of that as well. Those physically in the room were representatives for all those who couldn't be. Jackson and company weren't just speaking to 1,000 fans but all the fans. They appreciate the support they have received from all of us for much of the seven years they were filming.

However, even if not a single celebrity showed up, it wouldn't have mattered. This was a physical gathering of friends who are usually linked by images and words by the shrinking power of the internet. Old friends were greeted, friendships were forged and seeds of the ever-growing Tolkien community were planted. This was, as far as I know, the culmination of the greatest fan base in film and literature, expressing its unity and good-feelings with each other to celebrate the film versions of a fantastic literary work. Tolkien's own grandson Royd was there, which for me, is as important as having actors or art directors.

Quickbeam toasted the good professor and fandom and the film-makers and then the TORn staff gifted the four web site founders (Calisuri, Corvar, Tehanu, Xoanon) with personalized rings made by Paul Badali. These four set out to create something great on the web but even they underestimated the power and energy that would become TheOneRing.net. They were wise enough to let others lend energies to the cause and those who think the site has run its course now simply don't get it. In the words of Jackson himself, "Let's not shut TheOneRing.net down!" Fifty years of Tolkien fandom will not suddenly disperse. Would TORnados attend a TORn convention? I think so. If you think so too, let somebody at TORn know.

Fandom has changed over the last 20 years. Star Wars might have been the beginning of movie-fandom as we know it today but it took another leap forward with TheOneRing.net and although all film-makers don't get it yet, the way films and fans interact is forever changed. Talk at the party was about "movie history" with the sweep of 11 Oscars but the event itself was history unfolding as well. Vanity Fair better look out.

Complete List of Trilogy Oscar Nominations, Wins
weetanya @ 5:49 pm EST

Ringer Spy Andy Goodman from New York City worked hard and provided us with a complete list of Academy Award nominations for the three films.

Nominations announced February 12, 2002. Awards presented March 24, 2002

Winners denoted with a star (*)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

* Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"May It Be," Enya, Nicky Ryan, and Roman Ryan - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Nominations announced February 11, 2002. Awards presented March 23, 2003

Winners denoted with a star (*)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Grant Major, Dan Hennah and Alan Lee, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, and Hammond Peek, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

* Ethan Van der Ryn and Michael Hopkins, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

* Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, and Alex Funke, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Michael Horton, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Nominations announced January 27, 2004. Awards presented February 29, 2004

Winners denoted with a star (*)

* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Grant Major (art direction) and Dan Hennah and Alan Lee (set decoration), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* "Into the West," music and lyric by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore and Annie Lennox, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Jamie Selkirk, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Richard Taylor and Peter King, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, and Hammond Peek, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

* Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, and Alex Funke, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

3-02-04 Latest News

Australia Trilogy Viewing, March 12-14
weetanya @ 7:40 pm EST

Bronwyn writes:

This news is Australian specific.



Greater Union and Birch Carroll & Coyle cinemas announce a movie event like no other. For the weekend of Friday, March 12 to Sunday, March 14 2004, our cinemas will screen all three films of Peter Jackson's magnificent film trilogy of J R R Tolkien?s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

On each of the three days, during one mammoth session commencing at 1.30pm, the quest to save Middle Earth will be seen in its entirety in with Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, with a short break between each film.


More information can be found [Here]

Ringers Stumble Upon Hidalgo Premiere
weetanya @ 1:19 pm EST

Some of us in LA for the TORn party were thrilled beyond words to stumble upon the unheralded WORLD PREMIERE of Hidalgo tonight at the El Capitan theater on Hollywood Blvd. We stood out in the rain for about an hour to watch Viggo make a sensational entrance, riding Hidalgo (TJ) down the red carpet!!

Viggo looked fabulous in his black tux, light blue tie, no hat. Hopefully I'll have some pics when I get home.

They were giving out brown Hidalgo hats to all the lucky guests invited to the premiere. John Rhys Davies attended and very kindly stopped to say hello to the fans.

When I was walking back to my hotel, only a block away, I took a shortcut through the Kodak theater only to run face-to-face into Elijah Wood!

What a night!

Laurelin ~

3-01-04 Latest News

Hollywood Reporter Quotes Quickbeam's Toast
weetanya @ 7:27 pm EST

[Excerpt from Hollywood Reporter, 3/1/04, p. 7]

"Not far from New Line Cinema's Oscar party -where talent and execs involved
with "King" lifted champagne glasses- bands of hobbit lovers surely hgoisted
sets of commemorative goblets snapped up at conventions after learning that
Oscar's final envelope of the evening had "King's" mystical name inside.
One Rings' fan site, TheOneRing.net, even offered a toast that Ring dings
could simultaneously celebrate with.

"As MC. of tonight's Return of the One Party in Hollywood" read one posting
on the Web site, "I am holding a special toast in honor of Peter Jackson and
his cast, crew and supporters. The magic happens immediately when the Oscar
telecast ends (after the best picture winner is announced). Whether you're
at the party or at your own gathering with friends, folks at home and around
the world can raise their glasses simultaneously. This is for the entire JRR
Tolkien community to share in a special moment. Feel free to toast with this
text or in your own way!".

The toast itself included incantations such as "Ladies and gentlemen: hobbit
lads and lasses", "the wonders of Middle Earth have unfolded before our
eyes, shining on the silver screen as never before" and "tonight we raise
our glasses in toast to a gentle Kiwi filmmaker with a singular vision".

c. 2004 Hollywood Reporter

ROTK Oscar Wins
weetanya @ 6:55 pm EST

Here is a list of Oscar wins for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The film was nominated for eleven categories, and ruled them all.

Grant Major, Dan Hennah and Alan Lee won the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor won for Best Costume.

Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke for Best Visual Effects.

Richard Taylor and Peter King for Best Makeup.

Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek for Best Sound Mixing.

Howard Shore won for Best Original Score.

James Selkirk won for Best Film Editing.

Annie Lennox, Fran Walsh and Howard Shore won for Best Music (Song).

Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Peter Jackson won for Best Director.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won for Best Picture.

LA Times: Partying with the fellowship of the fans
weetanya @ 6:28 pm EST

Partying with the fellowship of the fans

Forget the Vanity Fair soiree, the hottest bash in town last night was at
the Hollywood American Legion.

By Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer

Fifteen hundred fans of "The Lord of the Rings," Ringers as they call
themselves, swept down Highland Boulevard like the horsemen of Rohan
charging onto the Pelennor Fields during the climactic battle scene in "The
Return of the King." From around the world they came, in fancy gowns and
Elvish cloaks, in hobbit feet and designer tuxedos, to watch director Peter
Jackson and his colleagues collect the gold on Oscar night.

Even the most ardent of them were unprepared for the army of statues that
ensued. "I prayed to God for a sweep," said Katherine Eppich, who came from
Kansas for awards night. "We love this movie because we love heroes and we
need heroes right now."

Forget the Vanity Fair soiree, or even the party for New Line Cinema (which
made the "Lord" trilogy), a more sedate affair in the belly of the Pacific
Design Center. The hottest bash in town last night was at the Hollywood
American Legion; the dress code was black tie, pointy ears optional, and the
last pair of available tickets was auctioned off on EBay days ago for

No other films have spanned the chasm between fan culture and critical
acclaim in quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" did, and this will never be
as clear as at the party thrown by http://www.theonering.net, a website
created five years ago to chronicle and discuss the creation of Jackson's
epic from the moment filming began. If the epic was a masterwork of new
technology, so was its fan base

All those years of fantasy-geek-hood finally paid off.

The cheering from the overwhelmingly female crowd began at 5:29 when Elijah
Wood and Jackson were corralled on the red carpet during the pre-show, which
was broadcast on screens throughout the building - cheering as if Elvis had

Women in evening gowns by way of the Renaissance Faire screamed and clapped,
hoisted Hobgoblin ale and stamped their high-heeled feet. Metallic streamers
burst from canons when Jackson won best director. And, when the film grabbed
its 11th Oscar at 9:05 p.m., the shrieks grew operatic.

In the basement bar renamed the Green Dragon, half a dozen women in formal
dress ate roast beef and talked about author J.R.R. Tolkien. Amanda Ebright
from Rochester, Minn., made her husband read the trilogy on their honeymoon;
Charlotte Marks from Springfield, Mass., was the one who mischievously
started a rumor two years ago that the actor who played Faramir had quit;
Moira Fracassa from Detroit had never joined a fan club or message board in
her life until "the Fellowship of the Ring" came out. "But then I loved it
so much I had to talk to someone, anyone," she said.

Delwyn Masters flew in from New Zealand, Anne Giffels came from Chicago and
Geoff Dellimore from outside London. Though they have rarely met on the
website, they greeted one another as if they were very old friends. "For so
many years, our love of this book has been a solitary thing," said Ebright.
"Now we have a community. In the last four years I've met some of the
brightest, funniest people on the planet."

The Web group has held Oscar parties for the last two years at the Hollywood
Athletic Club - the first with 300 guests, the second with 1,100 - and the
founders knew that this would be a blowout. Still, when they put the $125
tickets on sale Dec.10, they were shocked.

Within 10 minutes, they had sold all 1,200 and pretty much blown out their
server. "It was unreal," said Chris Pirrotta, the co-webmaster, a Web
designer who lives in Valencia. "We watched the numbers go up so fast it was
a blur."

Neither he nor any of the website founders was invited to the official
party, but Pirotta, who says that New Line has been very supportive -
supplying merchandise for a silent auction and assuring that Jackson and the
cast would show up at some point during the evening - says they prefer to
celebrate with their peers. "This is the ultimate night for people who have
lived so long in the shadows," he said.

So many devotees found themselves with plane tickets and no party that fans
organized a second smaller gala. About 400 attended the "Into the West"
event at the Hollywood Athletic Club, which, by now, is used to being
over-run by the creatures of Middle-earth at Oscar time. Pre-event confusion
over which party was where led to some testiness, but as "Into the West"
organizer Diane Rooney said: "It's about celebrating the books and the
community, not about which party you're going to."

The American Legion was transformed for the evening from the outside
entrance where a bronzed soldier was draped in an Elvish cloak and a beacon
of Gondor glowed from atop the roof. (The silken flames were so realistic
they drew questions from the fire marshal.) Inside signs pointed to the
Green Dragon; to Mordor, where the food was served; and to the Great Hall,
where guests were entertained by One Ring Circus, a costume troupe that
spoofed last year's winner, "Chicago," and wound up in a kick line, all in
full "Lord of the Rings" regalia.

The costumes were echoed in the audience. Paul Mullins, Jeanette
Christiansen and Teresa Seffel, all from Los Angeles, were dressed as a
hobbit and two elves, respectively. Seffel is a longtime "Star Wars" fan,
but when "The Fellowship" premiered, she said, Frodo replaced Luke Skywalker
in her heart forever. "Now I'm involved in medieval costuming and
Renaissance festivals," she said.

That sentiment was repeated over and over on a large placard in the foyer.
Addressed as a thank you to Jackson and his crew, it was signed by hundreds
of fans. "Thank you for bringing our dreams to life ... for making the best
movie of all time ... for changing my life...."

From the moment New Line announced that Jackson would be making not one but
three movies, Ringers were caught in a whirl of elation and anxiety over the
liberties that would have to be taken with the text. The website began with
photographs taken on location in New Zealand during shooting by Erica
Challis, a musician with the Auckland Philharmonia. But with these photos
came rumor and fear: What was Liv Tyler, who played Arwen, doing on
horseback? Was it true that Tom Bombadil did not make the final script?
(Yes.) That Merry and Pippin had be excised from the Fellowship?(No.)

When "The Fellowship" opened, the only sound louder than the beeping of box
office cash registers - the three movies broke the billion-dollar mark last
week in international sales - was the collective sigh of relief from Tolkien
fans.So what will happen to the fans and their innumerable clubs now that
it's all over?

"It's so bittersweet," said Christiansen. "We have nothing to look forward
to now."

"There were die-hard fans before the movies were ever made," said Rooney.
"There may be some falloff, but there will always be interest in the books
and the movies."

And besides, it's not over until the DVD sings. (It's due in December.)

c. 2004 The LA Times

2-29-04 Latest News

The Toast Heard 'Round the World!
Quickbeam @ 4:05 pm EST

Ladies and Gentlemen: Hobbit lads and lasses,

We are met tonight at the crossroads of cinema history: where both Art and Commerce intersect in a magnificent collision, where critics and audiences both applaud the power of movies.

The wonders of Middle-earth have unfolded before our eyes, shining on the silver screen as never before. We have witnessed visions of such staggering beauty, created by a dedicated team of artists and craftsmen and musicians. In such cynical times as these, how miraculous it is to see unsullied hope carried on the shoulders of our favorite heroes.

For 50 years now, through Professor Tolkien's exquisite words, we have learned that nothing moves the human heart as much as good storytelling. And now we embrace the power of such storytelling in another medium. Tonight we raise our glasses in toast to a gentle Kiwi filmmaker with a singular vision.

{Participants raise glasses.}

To Peter Jackson and his many, many supporting players who helped bring this story to a new generation of fans. We congratulate you all.

The road goes ever on.... Cheers!

2-28-04 Latest News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
Frode @ 1:49 pm EST

Oscar night is almost upon us and with 11 nominations Peter Jacksons 'The Return of the King' is the big favorite. Of course we will debate, speculate and discuss all about what chances 'our guys' have in #thehalloffire. Will 'The Return of the King' win the Best Movie award? Will Peter Jackson finally get his Best Director Oscar? And what's this years competition like?

Saturday Chat:
5:30pm ET (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 9:30am Sunday (09:30) AET]

Sunday Chat:
7:00 pm (19:00) CET
[also 1:00pm (13:00) ET and 5:00am (05:00) Monday morning AET]

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CET = Central European Time, Central Europe
AET = Australian East Coast

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2-27-04 Latest News

Wood's 'Sunshine' To Premiere in Hollywood
Xoanon @ 6:08 pm EST


KCET has announced the line-up for Cinema Series 16, the popular film series that will start its spring run on Tuesday, March 2, highlighting a hand-picked selection of new motion pictures and a nightly special guest who will discuss the behind-the-scenes of the films production and take part in an audience Q&A session. Screenings take place at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 5230 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.

The series, which runs Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. from March 2 to April 27 (except for Passover, April 6) kicks off with a screening of the much anticipated comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Producer Steve Golin will be the evenings guest in an interview session hosted by Pete Hammond. On March 9, the series continues with the drama, The United States of Leland, starring Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in the story of a young juvenile center detainee and the consequences of his violent crime upon himself, his family and his community.

The Lady Killers, screening March 16, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a remake of the classic British comedy in which a bungling gang of thieves attempts to pull a heist from the house they are renting. Believing that their elderly landlady may know about their plot, they make numerous attempts to kill her -- with hilarious consequences.

The March 23 film, Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Lars Von Trier (Breaking the Waves) is the story of a beautiful fugitive running for her life from the mob. The citizens of the small, backwater town agree to hide her but for a price.

The Alamo, screening March 30, stars Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thorton, among many others in the much anticipated action epic about the battle for the famous fort. Additional guests and the titles for April screenings will be announced at a later date.

The cost for the eight-part series is $130 per person, $240 per couple. KCET members enjoy a 10% discount and all proceeds go to benefit the stations activities.

Additional screening information is available at KCET Special Events or by telephone at (323) 953-5800.

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