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Archive for June, 2003

Rocky Horror Ringer Show In Portland

Orangeblossom from BitofEarth.net sends along this announcement of a Rocky Horror-style showing of Two Towers in the Portland area on July 5. If you’re a fan of MST3k-ing and Rocky Horror – and LoTR – this could be a great night out for you! [More]

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Govt to back ‘Land of Narnia’ with sweetener

The Government is hoping to transform the “Home of Middle Earth” into the “Land of Narnia” with a multi-million dollar cash subsidy scheme for overseas films shot in New Zealand. The bright lights of the movie business have persuaded the Government to spend up to $40 million a year offering subsidies to film-makers who shoot most or all of their film in New Zealand. [More]

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TV Watch: ‘Pirates’ Premiere Coverage

Alquawen writes: The Hollywood insider program EXTRA is airing footage from the red carpet at the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere in Disneyland. Orlando Bloom is there, of course. The show airs tonight at 7:00 EST in New York. Check local listings elsewhere.

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Viggo’s Poetry reading at Magasinet, Denmark

Ringer Spy Saga writes: Viggo was just as humble and altogether nice as everyone says he is. From the moment they pulled the curtains at Magasinet in Odense he made everybody smile and cheer for him, and for his poems. [More]

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Viggo’s Poetry reading at Magasinet, Denmark

Ringer Spy Saga writes:

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Viggo was just as humble and altogether nice as everyone says he is. From the moment they pulled the curtains at Magasinet in Odense he made everybody smile and cheer for him, and for his poems. Also for pulling out an UN flag and arranging it across the table in front of him. Even though he spoke mainly in Danish he managed to get the message through to everyone. People had come from all over: Denmark, Sweden, Germany, England, USA and even Japan!

I, as a Swede, had no major problems understanding his Danish – though he himself, was abit unsure of his poems, that someone else has translated into Danish. When he read in English the meaning was clearer. But he made better jokes in Danish!

Then he said that he’d promised to read something in Spanish, and all of a sudden he burst into singing the song/poem “Silencio”. It was a magic moment… Then reading some work by New Zeeland poets, then some lines fro H.C Andersen and then some more of his own material.

Going on for a good 45 minutes it was all over much too soon. But the book signing started immediately and starting from the back my friend and I got up among the first. Asking everybody where they were from, he signed my books in Swedish(!), and then offered everyone a piece of Swedish chocolate. Letting everyone take as many photos as they wished and being the sweetest person I’ve ever met he made it an unforgettable day!

If you can make it to Denmark before the end of September, check out Viggo’s exhibition “Ephëmeris” at Brandts Klaedefabrik in Odense! Definitely worth a visit!

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Cine Live Talks Bloom

The June issue of Cine Live features Orlando Bloom (Legolas) on the cover, doing the ‘Caribbean’ thing. [More]

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Mortensen’s ‘Hidalgo’ Trailer Online

In what looks like a film that may very well set Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) up as the first true action hero of this decade, the trailer for his new film ‘Hidalgo’ has appeared on Yahoo! Movies. [More]

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Happy Birthday Marton Csokas!


Today, June 30th is Marton Csokas’ (Celeborn) birthday! Marton was born on June 30th, 1966 in New Zealand. That makes him 37 today! Happy Birthday Marton!

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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]

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‘Pirates’ Premiere Report

Celefinniel writes: When we checked into the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel, they even gave us a huge poster and written instructions on how to attend. They told us we must have been in the park Saturday prior to the official closing time and have a hand stamp to prove it. We had other commitments on the big day, so we went over to the park at 6:30 AM that morning to check things out and received a special pin for the event, and the crucial hand stamp. [More]

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‘Pirates’ Premiere Report

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Celefinniel writes:

When we checked into the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel, they even gave us a huge poster and written instructions on how to attend. They told us we must have been in the park Saturday prior to the official closing time and have a hand stamp to prove it. We had other commitments on the big day, so we went over to the park at 6:30 AM that morning to check things out and received a special pin for the event, and the crucial hand stamp.

We took plenty of pictures the day before of “the doings”. Being old hands at Disney, we even got a good look at the seating set-up from the pilot house of the Mark Twain steamboat, since we knew to ask for a ride with the captain. She told us that even park employees were not going to be allowed back in to view the red carpet arrivals. We also saw the “Columbia” tall ship outfitted with speakers, instruments and a special stage for the party band. The screen was still furled, but we could see that it would be huge, covering the entire front of Tom Sawyer’s Island where the Fantasmic show usually plays.

When we returned at about 4:30 PM we were fortunate to fall into
conversation with some nice people from Victoria, Canada who were big fans of Johnny Depp, and had been in position since 9 AM. They were more than willing to share their front-row position and to support my desire for an Orlando autograph, if I would return the favor, by waving the Johnny Depp section of the poster and shrieking for them. Posters were hot items. I could have sold mine at any time if I had been willing. Only hotel guests and those who ate at the Blue Bayou restaurant in the Pirate attraction on the day, were able to get them.

We also had a marvelous juggler on stilts who stayed near our part of the line and entertained the stars so we could sometimes get good photos. The other side of the street was entirely blocked by media reps, and the fans stuck behind them had no opportunity for autographs at all.

We saw many famous people including Gene Wilder, Ozzie Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Stamos and his wife Rebecca, Raquel Welch, Oded Fehr, David Hasselhoff, Jon Voight, Jane Seymour and Chloris Leachman – many were very gracious to the fans and signed autographs. Several brought their children and some had gone to the trouble to dress in pirate-themed costumes.

Johnny Depp and Orlando were the last to come at about 9:00 PM. Orlando was wearing a very plain black T-shirt type top and black trousers, but had a colorful pirate sash-like belt to dress up the outfit. The media kept trying to whip the crowd into a frenzy over Johnny Depp, but we stayed focused on whoever seemed mostly likely to respond to our calls. Unfortunately for our Canadian pals Johnny passed us by, and didn’t even finish doing the carpet before his handlers pulled him out of there saying that he was late for some appointment. But Orlando DID stop and signed my poster (Yay!) since our entire area was chanting Or-LAND-DO!! steadily in an attempt to get his attention.

I include a photo of Orlando since he is probably the star of greatest interest to the TORn family. I wish it was better, but my ‘official photographer’ was too busy looking at Orlando to take one when he was closer to us, even if he could have with all the heads in the way. He said later that it would have been impossible.

I never thought I’d hear my husband say he thought another guy was actually “great looking”.

More important however, Orlando was just plain nice. He didn’t have time to talk, but did seem to be trying to make eye contact with everyone he signed for, and was doing it at lightning speed to get in as many autographs as possible before being hauled back to the media tables.

The only remaining mystery – some new pedestals have been added at the entrance to the Pirates attraction. They were covered when we were there, and we couldn’t get back to see what they were after the unveiling. Park staff wouldn’t comment, but maybe someone who went on Sunday could fill us in.

Celefinniel

Posted in Old Special Reports

Just Married: Liv and Royston

Cine Live Magazine has this small article and image of newlyweds Liv Tyler (Arwen) and Royston Langdon. [More]

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