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Archive for March, 2003

More King Kong news.

“Jackson to recreate New York in a paddock,” runs the headline from NZ’s Dominion Post newspaper, available online at stuff.co.nz. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Minas Morgul Model Pics

The folks at elbakin.com send along these stills from a video of the Minas Morgul model being created, take a look! [More]

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Minas Morgul Model Pics

The folks at elbakin.com send along these stills from a video of the Minas Morgul model being created, take a look!

Posted in Old Spy Reports

RingCon 2003 Update

LOTR-fans from all over the world should keep their schedules well clear for november 14th till 16th 2003 because in that weekend there’ll be another Ring*Con in Bonn, Germany. Last years event was a huge succes and this year it sounds like it’ll be even better.

German Tolkien Society chairman and co-organiser Marcel Buelles sent along the following invitation for all Tolkien-societies. [More]

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Texas Tech Holding a 24-hour Reading Marathon

notlost writes: Texas Tech University will be holding a 24-hour marathon reading on April 11-12, 2003. One hundred readers will be taking on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings in 24 hours as a community literacy event to raise funds for children’s materials for the Lubbock Public Library and a Graduate Professional Development fund. [More]

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RingCon 2003 Update

LOTR-fans from all over the world should keep their schedules well clear for november 14th till 16th 2003 because in that weekend there’ll be another Ring*Con in Bonn, Germany. Last years event was a huge succes and this year it sounds like it’ll be even better.

German Tolkien Society chairman and co-organiser Marcel Buelles sent along the following invitation for all Tolkien-societies:

We summon ye all to Valinor!

Fellow Tolkien societies’ members throughout the world,

“for long years now we have toiled and travelled in the darkness of Arda, forsaken by Eru and the Valar. Why this is so no one knows and yet our feet stray ever westwards towards the place from which the beauty of the light of Sun and Moon has come – a beauty to be a signal to all of us to meet and be glad…”

What started off with some event manageress trying to get the German Tolkien Society into having an event at he EXPO German pavilion (yep, you’re reading right :)) has now become a wonderful possibility to finally meet and talk about that which has been important and exciting in our lives: the creation of the late Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, CBE.

In the name of the organisation committee members of the German Tolkien Society working on Ring*Con2003 we would like to invite all Tolkien societies throughout the world and join in a wonderful event made by fans for fans. We will have a special session just for meeting up and presenting what people think about Middle-earth and all the rest including a ‘cafe international’, presentations – what we want to do is up to us!

One of my very own dreams may be coming true with this and I hope it will – that Tolkien fans from everywhere will come along and just have a great party. Something to remember đŸ™‚

“NOW IS THE TIME!” – PJ

Olwe
aka Marcel Buelles

Chairman
German Tolkien Society
A registered charit, Cologne, Germany

Posted in Old Special Reports

Heren Istarion Tolkien Event Report

Diabless writes: I went to the Heren Istarion Tolkien event that you guys posted. Thank you so much! I would never have known about it if not for you. It’s the NYC-based Tolkien club headed by Jessica and Anthony Burke. It was completely free and really, really fun. [More]

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Lord of The Kong

The folks at TMNC.org have a review of PJ’s ‘Kong’ script. This is an older review of a script that is obviously going to change: To finish the week, we have my editor John Shea’s review of the recently revived screenplay to Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake. Has anyone noticed the similarities between Jackson and King Kong? Both are extremely hairy and both come from an island in the middle of nowhere. Strange, isn’t it? [More]

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VARIETY: Universal going ape for ‘Kong’

From Variety.com: By MICHAEL FLEMING

Peter Jackson has committed to next direct “King Kong,” Universal’s remake of the 1933 classic. He’ll begin work on the script as soon as he completes “The Return of the King,” the third installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. U execs are already monkeying around with a Christmas holiday 2005 release date. [more]

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VARIETY: Universal going ape for ‘Kong’

From Variety.com:

Jackson pic looking at Christmas 2005 release

By MICHAEL FLEMING

Peter Jackson has committed to next direct “King Kong,” Universal’s remake of the 1933 classic.

He’ll begin work on the script as soon as he completes “The Return of the King,” the third installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. U execs are already monkeying around with a Christmas holiday 2005 release date.

Jackson has wanted to remake “King Kong” for nearly a decade, and he and partner Fran Walsh are well on the way considering they wrote several drafts of the film for Universal, the last in 1997. Jackson, Walsh and “Rings” co-writer Philippa Boyens will start rewriting as soon they complete post-production on the trilogy finale, which should be in late October.

The major surprise is that Jackson will take on such a logistically complex film on the heels of the exhausting “Rings” trilogy. In a recent Daily Variety interview, Walsh expressed a determination to make “King Kong,” but said she and Jackson would first tackle a smaller project like their arthouse hit “Heavenly Creatures.” The project they considered most likely was “As Nature Made Him.”

The change of heart is understandable, though. Jackson constructed Weta, Ltd., a state-of-the-art production and special effects studio in New Zealand to make “Rings.” By doing “King Kong” right away, he can provide employment for a staff of 300-500. Like the “Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” will be shot in New Zealand, and all of the post-production and special effects work will be done there. Production will begin mid-2004.

“No film has captivated my imagination more than King Kong,” Jackson said. “I’m making movies today because I saw this film when I was 9 years old. It has been my sustained dream to reinterpret this classic story for a new age.”

Jackson did not expect the ape epic to take this long; he was eager to make it six years ago. Studio brass didn’t want to rush to beat Disney’s “Mighty Joe Young” or Sony’s “Godzilla.” So the ape hung around while Jackson and Walsh moved on to simultaneously shoot three installments of “Lord of the Rings” for $270 million at New Line.

After “The Fellowship of the Rings” became a global smash that drew 13 Oscar nominations, including one for best picture, Jackson was courted by every studio in Hollywood. Universal Pictures chair Stacey Snider was eager to bring Jackson and Walsh back for “King Kong.” That desire was only strengthened by “The Two Towers,” a best picture nominee that outgrossed the first film. “Towers” has generated a $335 million domestic gross and is approaching $900 million worldwide.

Jackson and Walsh decided “King Kong” would be their next film over the past week or so, and U brass set to work out a deal with Jackson’s ICM agent Ken Kamins and attorney Peter Nelson. The Jackson camp had far more dealmaking leverage than it did the first time the helmer tried to resuscitate the great ape. Now, the entire movie can be shot without leaving home in New Zealand, with facilities and a veteran creative team that even George Lucas might envy.

“We are confident that Peter and Fran’s execution of ‘King Kong’ will amaze moviegoers,” Snider said. “Anyone who has seen the first two installments of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ knows that Peter will bring Kong to life as a real character. His vision for the tragic tale of the misunderstood creature, with its poignant character development and technological wonder, will make ‘King Kong’ compulsory viewing for any real movie lover.”

Posted in Old Special Reports

TTT: EE Rated PG-13

David writes: The mpaa.org/filmratings.com website has a new addition to the database: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Special Extended Edition(2003), New Line Home Entertainment. PG-13 Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images.

Posted in Old Main News

SHOP: Weekly eBay Items

Each week, I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on! [More] [Shop]

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