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Archive for February, 2003

Gimli in the land of the Easterlings.

Here’s a report from Ross describing John Rhys-Davies’ recent appearance on a Bulgarian TV talk show. [Posted in Old Main News

John Rhys-Davies in Bulgaria

The most famous dwarf in the world, or rather say – the marvelous actor who played the part of Gimli – Mr. John Rhys-Davies, is currently in Bulgaria. He is shooting here another adventure film with dragons and malicious kings… “Guess, who I am playing!”, said Mr.Davies while being the special guest on the most popular TV Talk-show here.

In that show Mr.Davies proved to be a charming entertainer and a wise and intelligent man with subtle sense of humour. In fact, we here have known the actor for many years, from the film-hits like “Indiana Jones”, “I Claudius” and a lot of other film productions. But he is probably most popular for his role in the “Shogun” – mega production. The thing is that J.R.Davies is well known to the Bulgarian movie-fans just as he usually looks like. So, believe me, almost nobody could recognize him at first in the role of Gimli! I, who am personally a great fan of Mr.Davies, could hardly believe it!!! e I know that Mr.Davies has explained hundreds of times about how he played his character – a dwarf – HIM!!!! – being such a big man! However, he had nothing against explaining it once again and even more! – he demonstrated it! Well, that was such a fun! Mr.Davies got up from the cozy sofa he was sitting on, fell on his knees and showed the audience how from this position he, being Gimli, HAD to fight with “full strength”. And when he swang his famous axe to strike a mighty blow he…. just crashed face down on the floor! Of course, he was playing! But he did all with such a grace and humour that the whole audience strongly applauded his brief but brilliant performance and… you know, even in his smart suit, he still looked like Gimli! Charming!!

Mr.Davies admitted to the Bulgarian audience he had not read the LOTR-book before he was offered the part of Gimli. Now, he said, he has read it at least four times and he is convinced that this is the greatest fiction written in the 20th century. He also admitted that he loved his Gimli and that he would never forget this character for he had played it with love….. Though, of course, Mr.Davies could not avoid mentioning about the heavy hours of putting up the whole make up that made J.R.Davies into Gimli the Dwarf!

To me, personally, Mr.Davies’s appearance on that TV-show was even more thrilling. First, because the film he is shooting now in my country is being done in an ancient fortress found in my own native town! I spent my childhood there! I know the fortress like the backyard of my house! And, on the other hand, he was presented with an ancient coin from the oldest golden treasure in the world (dated around 5000 to even 9000 years BC!), found near the city where I live now!!! Well!! What a coincidence! BTW, Mr.Davies is famous for his ancient coins collecting passion and he was deeply moved to receive such a precious object.

As for the LOTR-movie-trilogy, Mr.Davies said that this production is one of those films that live forever in people’s minds. And that ROTK will prove it!

So, if you think that Gimli had departed with Legolas to Aman, believe me you’re wrong! Not to the West but to the East he had gone! And it seems he likes it a lot being in the lands of the Easterlings, because he promised to return as often and as soon as possible to Bulgaria!

Thanks to Ross for this detailed report.

Posted in Old Special Reports

John Rhys-Davies in Bulgaria

The most famous dwarf in the world, or rather say – the marvelous actor who played the part of Gimli – Mr. John Rhys-Davies, is currently in Bulgaria. He is shooting here another adventure film with dragons and malicious kings… “Guess, who I am playing!”, said Mr.Davies while being the special guest on the most popular TV Talk-show here.

In that show Mr.Davies proved to be a charming entertainer and a wise and intelligent man with subtle sense of humour. In fact, we here have known the actor for many years, from the film-hits like “Indiana Jones”, “I Claudius” and a lot of other film productions. But he is probably most popular for his role in the “Shogun” – mega production. The thing is that J.R.Davies is well known to the Bulgarian movie-fans just as he usually looks like. So, believe me, almost nobody could recognize him at first in the role of Gimli! I, who am personally a great fan of Mr.Davies, could hardly believe it!!! e I know that Mr.Davies has explained hundreds of times about how he played his character – a dwarf – HIM!!!! – being such a big man! However, he had nothing against explaining it once again and even more! – he demonstrated it! Well, that was such a fun! Mr.Davies got up from the cozy sofa he was sitting on, fell on his knees and showed the audience how from this position he, being Gimli, HAD to fight with “full strength”. And when he swang his famous axe to strike a mighty blow he…. just crashed face down on the floor! Of course, he was playing! But he did all with such a grace and humour that the whole audience strongly applauded his brief but brilliant performance and… you know, even in his smart suit, he still looked like Gimli! Charming!!

Mr.Davies admitted to the Bulgarian audience he had not read the LOTR-book before he was offered the part of Gimli. Now, he said, he has read it at least four times and he is convinced that this is the greatest fiction written in the 20th century. He also admitted that he loved his Gimli and that he would never forget this character for he had played it with love….. Though, of course, Mr.Davies could not avoid mentioning about the heavy hours of putting up the whole make up that made J.R.Davies into Gimli the Dwarf!

To me, personally, Mr.Davies’s appearance on that TV-show was even more thrilling. First, because the film he is shooting now in my country is being done in an ancient fortress found in my own native town! I spent my childhood there! I know the fortress like the backyard of my house! And, on the other hand, he was presented with an ancient coin from the oldest golden treasure in the world (dated around 5000 to even 9000 years BC!), found near the city where I live now!!! Well!! What a coincidence! BTW, Mr.Davies is famous for his ancient coins collecting passion and he was deeply moved to receive such a precious object.

As for the LOTR-movie-trilogy, Mr.Davies said that this production is one of those films that live forever in people’s minds. And that ROTK will prove it!

So, if you think that Gimli had departed with Legolas to Aman, believe me you’re wrong! Not to the West but to the East he had gone! And it seems he likes it a lot being in the lands of the Easterlings, because he promised to return as often and as soon as possible to Bulgaria!

Thanks to Ross for this detailed report.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Gaming: Industry of Isengard: Pt. 1

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another addition to our Miniature Painting Guides. This week we have part one of our Industry of Isengard special cataloging EVERY model ever to stomp through Orthanc. So fill your water cup and get your brushes ready, take a look at part 1! [Uruk Warrior] [Berserker] [Siege Ballista] [Siege Ladder] [Demolition Charge]

Posted in Old Main News

“Boy with the Bow” article back.

For those of you who missed this great article on Legolas’ archery, written by somebody who really knows the subject, here’s another chance to see it. [More]

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The Tolkien Ensemble: Latest CD

Best Buy is now taking pre-orders for the LotR: At Dawn in Rivendell CD due out 3/11/03 on their site. As an added bonus, it’s free S&H for all orders as well. For those who might not be familiar with the upcoming CD, Christopher Lee will be reciting poems from LotR set to music.
You can pre-order here Thanks to Angela for the news.

Posted in Old Main News

Empire Magazine: Movies of the Future.

Empire magazine has a few briefs about ROTK [More] Thanks to Elril for the link.

Posted in Old Main News

Media Watch: Viggo in i-D Magazine

Ringer Spy Ryka sends along these scans from i-D Magazine featuring some candid shots of Viggo Mortensen. [More]

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Media Watch: Viggo in i-D Magazine

Ringer Spy Ryka sends along these scans from i-D Magazine featuring some candid shots of Viggo Mortensen.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Billy Boyd Heads North

From Billyboyd.net: Billy is going to be on a tour of Canada with Sniper470 as well as other Scottish short films. The information we have at the moment is sketchy at best but we will update the information as we get more. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Billy Boyd Heads North

From: Billyboyd.net

Billy is going to be on a tour of Canada with Sniper470 as well as other Scottish short films. The information we have at the moment is sketchy at best but we will update the information as we get more. The details are:

13 March Medicine Hat Film Festival, Alberta – Monarch Theatre – 7pm

15 March Screening of Scottish Shorts – Garneau Tht Edmonton – 7pm

19 March Scottish Shorts Screening & Social in Toronto – Showcase Cinema Burlington Toronto – 7pm

Posted in Old Special Reports

‘Musicorum’ Prepares For The TORN Oscar Party!

Vis Sit Tecum Musicorum is proud to announce they have been invited to perform at TheOneRing.net’s Oscar Party, to be held in Hollywood, CA on March 23, 2003. At the celebration by the fans of the Lord of the Rings films, Vis Sit Tecum will be providing musical atmosphere for the more than eight hundred partygoers. Members of Vis Sit Tecum are fans themselves and are delighted to be participating in the now famous Oscar party, the one in 2002 being a stopping place for several cast and crew of the New Line epic film on Oscar night. [More]

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