[Lotr_announce] TheOneRing.net Newsletter - November 2007
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Rings Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)
Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!
For regular folks, Halloween is just another holiday to dress up and collect
candy. For Oscar-winning Director Peter Jackson, this holiday has and extra
special meaning - it is also his Birthday! Midway through his forties, Peter
has accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. May the next year bring
renewed success and energy to our favorite director! (Oh, and it would be
great if he could be involved with The Hobbit too!) Without further delay,
TheOneRing.net and the entirety of the Tolkien community would like to wish
Peter Jackson a very Happy Birthday!
Just In: A Journey through New Zealand Film
Ian Brodies latest book A Journey through New Zealand Film landed on my
doorstep earlier this week, thanks to author Kristen Thompson. The book is
filled with stunning images from all over New Zealand, and gives the reader
an insider look into some of the films shot there. From harpercollins.co.nz:
For a long time, New Zealand film was off the beaten track unfamiliar,
charting new territory and out there. Now our rich and varied landscape, and
the skill of our filmmakers, is celebrated worldwide, in The Piano, The Lord
of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Whale
Rider, The Last Samurai, River Queen and The Worlds Fastest Indian.
Show us Your Hobbit Pride Giveaway - Winners Coming Soon!
We were hoping to be able to announce the winners of our Show us Your
Hobbit Pride Giveaway today, but alas, with the server mishaps of last
week, we have not had a chance to review the entries. Instead of rushing the
decision, we are going to delay the announcement of the winners until Nov
2nd. We apologize for the delay! If you didnt enter, but would like to
review the entries, jump on over to our Message Boards to see all the
wonderful Hobbity goodness!
Gosling Leaves, Wahlberg Joins Lovely Bones
Variety is reporting that Ryan Gosling has been replaced by Mark Wahlberg as
one of the leads for Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones. The last minute
swap culminated in a week long delay in principle photography (and may very
well explain it). Gosling and Jackson reportedly parted ways due to
creative differences. Filming commences today in Philadelphia, PA. From
Variety: One day before shooting began, Mark Wahlberg stepped in to replace
Ryan Gosling in The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of
the Alice Sebold novel for DreamWorks.
Welcome to the New TORn
TheOneRing.net would like to welcome you to the brand new website! Before we
review some of the new highlights, we owe you an explanation of just what
happened and why weve been offline for the last few days. While we wish we
could say we had some exciting Hobbit Movie announcement as the reason we
were offline, the real reason was nothing so glamorous.
PRESS RELEASE: Codemasters Online and Turbine to unveil Book 11: Defenders
of Eriador for The Lord of the Rings Online
Thursday, 18th October (2pm GMT) - Codemasters Online and Turbine, Inc.
announced the details of the third free content update for subscribers to
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Book 11: Defenders of
Eriador continues the epic story of The Lord of the Rings Online adding over
100 new quests, a new 12-player raid, two new areas in Middle-earth and
introduces the player housing system. Book 11: Defenders of Eriador will be
available to European subscribers of The Lord of the Rings Online on October
Sam Raimi Talks The Hobbit
>From www.iesb.net: Today in Los Angeles, Sam Raimi held a press conference
to talk about his latest producing project 30 Days of Night out from
Columbia Pictures on October 19th! The IESB, along with some of the other
online journalists, couldnt help but hit him up with a few questions
regarding some other hot properties he may or may not be working on right
now including Spider-Man 4, Grudge 3 and The Hobbit.
LOTR Toys of the Decade
stormcrow20 writes: I thought you guys might be interested in this cool
tidbit. Rings figures make Toyfare magazines list of 100 best toys of the
decade. Four LotR toys made the list:94. Minimates Gandalf the White47. Toy
Biz Helms Deep Legolas14. NECA Epic Scale Balrog3. Toy Biz SauronLOTR Toys
of the Decade
McKellen keen to be Gandalf in Hobbit
Sir Ian McKellen has said that he would like to reprise the role of Gandalf
if there is a movie adaptation of The Hobbit. The film of the J.R.R. Tolkien
novel has been delayed due to disputes between Lord of the Rings director
Peter Jackson and the production studios. However, McKellen has claimed that
he would enjoy playing the wizard again, even if Jackson isnt at the helm.
He told Reuters: When Peter announced he had withdrawn from The Hobbit, he
sent me an e-mail saying, Because I am not going to do it, it doesnt mean
you have to do the same. Of course, you must play Gandalf whether I direct
or not.McKellen keen to be Gandalf in Hobbit
Lynne on The Hobbit - Theres more than hope
Huge news from MTV today folks concerning the future of The Hobbit. We don
t want to steal their thunder, so check out the video and jump on over to
the MTV movie blog for the encouraging details!
ROTK: Complete Recordings Available for Pre-Order NOW!
Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? David writes: Didnt see it posted on the site
yet, but I noticed that amazon.com has the Return of the King: Complete
recordings now available for pre-order. The CD comes out November 6th and is
listed on Amazon.com for $59.99.
Sean Astin Willing, But Not Hopeful For Hobbit Role
The Hobbit discussion continues as The MTV Movie Blog has caught up with
LOTR cast member Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee). Check out what everyones
favorite savior or Middle-earth has to say: Cate Blanchett talk HobbitIve
said since before we started making the movies and have never wavered for a
second that The Hobbit would get made, Sean Astin who portrayed Samwise
Gamgee insisted, while out promoting his new film, The Final Season.
The fanbase wants it. Theres too much money to be made doing it. It seems
like maybe the time is now.
Entertainment Weekly Talks Hobbit - BIGTIME!
Ringer Steele alerts us to a downright HUGE article in this weeks
Entertainment Weekly. You wont want to miss it: Just a heads up, if case
you didnt know, that there is a huge 7(!) page cover story on the current
status of The Hobbit in the Entertainment Weekly which hits newsstands
tomorrow (10/05). I would call it cautiously optimistic - confirmation that
New Line and PJ apparently are now talking - and a good overall summation of
the PJ/New Line/Hobbit situation to date.
New Line Agree to Pay RINGS Fine
>From The Hollywood Reporter (via Mania.com) Just two months ago, the media
received word that New Line was softening its position against Peter Jackson
in hopes of a possible HOBBIT movie somewhere in the near future. The
hostility went from the studio head Robert Shaye saying So the answer is he
will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while Im still working
for the company. (via SciFi.com) to Notwithstanding our personal quarrels,
I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively
involved in some way in The Hobbit.
Palantir Visions (Things seen from beyond the front page)
November 12th: Craig Parker's Birthday
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