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Archive for July, 2003

The “Official” Color of ROTK is — Blue?!

Greetings, Quickbeam here.

After two years of speculation we have answered the mystery at last! The “official” color of The Return of the King is going to be blue. Yes, BLUE. [More]

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The “Official” Color of ROTK is — Blue?!

Greetings, Quickbeam here.

After two years of speculation (and idle water-cooler debates among Ringer fans) we have answered the mystery at last! The “official” color of The Return of the King is going to be BLUE.

Well, to be more accurate: the “official” color of New Line Cinema licensed merchandise, found on packaging and other marketing materials, is going to follow a similar scheme as the first two films in Jackson’s trilogy — but with a primary BLUE background color.

You will remember that all the Toy Biz action figures, the Applause novelty items, the Games Workshop miniatures, the Extended Edition DVD’s, etc. etc. were all colored GREEN for The Fellowship of the Ring. It was a nice, Shire-type of green which suited the packaging for almost everything. Then all the goodies for The Two Towers started showing up a year later in RED. Same exact layout, same package design, even the same movie logo — just with RED.

If you don’t believe me go check out the Amazon.com page where you pre-order the Extended Edition of TTT. It’s a muted, brick red color.

Now it comes to it! My pal Flinch (divine editor and master guru of our Gaming Havens section) and I have been going around in circles trying to figure out what would change this year for ROTK. I took up the argument that all the merchandise would be SABLE with SILVER letters, just to match up with the standard of Minas Tirith. Turns out I was wrong in a big way.

Take a look-see at the recently published photo we have of the new Eowyn figure from Toy Biz and you’ll see the proof is in the Eowyn pudding. This color choice has nothing to do with the emblems or standards that Tolkien created in his story, evidently.

Let me take a guess at what the future might bring: At the very end of 2004 you should all have a little blue 4-disc DVD box to set next to your existing green and red ones.

*Whew!* Now that THAT is all settled, you can all get back to the real challenges facing any stout-hearted Ringer — like, for example… the ongoing Google search for that stunning ROTK ‘trailer’ that we had to take off our site! [Author’s Note: Of course I’m not looking for it, personally, but I know the majority of you are!]

Much too hasty,
Quickbeam

Posted in Old Special Reports

Rings Trio At G-Phoria

G-Phoria – described as a “celebration of gaming” – was taped last night, with Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan in attendance. It won’t air in the USA till August 8 at 8pm on G4, but those undergoing hobbit withdrawals (hardly seems possible after the glut of pics from Gen Con and Comic Con) might like to check out these shots. Thanks to Ringer Shawna for the link. [More] Update: An eagle-eyed reader has spotted my error – Billy wasn’t actually there. Thanks KT.

Posted in Old Main News

Wenham’s New Film Projects

Ringer Sarah spotted this tidbit about David Wenham in the Sydney Morning Herald. Apparently, David has been cast as the lead in two telemovies for Australia’s Seven Network, being produced under the umbrella title of The Murrary Whelan Series. Titled Stiff and The Brush Off, they are based on the novels of Australian writer Shane Maloney. Described as “comedy/dramas with a satirical edge”, the films follow a thirty-something divorcee who works as an adviser to a Labor minister.

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Eowyn Action Figure Hits The Streets

Ringer Spy Scorpio sent in this picture of a Return of the King Toy Biz Eowyn action figure that he spotted on auction at Ebay. It does look very similar to this “in-progress” Eowyn figure we posted up last year. [More]

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GAMING: RoTK Preview In CVG Mag

Ringer Spy Dave sends in this scan of a preview of EA’s Return of the King from Computer and Video Games Magazine. Has some screenshots that I think we’ve all seen before, and some nice artwork with Gandalf and Aragorn. [More] [Gaming Havens]

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Indian Pirates Try New Tactic: Look Legitimate

IMDB is reporting that DVD pirates in India are trying a new tactic to escape detection. It says some Indian video pirates are importing bootleg DVDs from abroad, submitting them to official censors as if they were bona fide originals, then shipping them to legitimate retail outlets. [More]

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Indian Pirates Try New Tactic: Look Legitimate

IMDB is reporting that DVD pirates in India are trying a new tactic to escape detection. It says some Indian video pirates are importing bootleg DVDs from abroad, submitting them to official censors as if they were bona fide originals, then shipping them to legitimate retail outlets.

Detectives working for the Hollywood studios reportedly discovered copies of The Lord of the Rings — The Two Towers in shops early this month, although it is not due to be released in India until August 26, the newspaper said. This story was first reported in the Singapore Straits Times.

Thanks to Ringer Holly for the news.

Posted in Old Special Reports

SHOP: Life-Sized Gollum For Sale

Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for a life-sized Gollum statue from a company called RUBIES. This is the first we have heard of this company, so we can’t vouch for quality, as of yet, but it is worth a look-see! [More] [Image]

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Italy’s Tolkien Track Issues

Robert sends along news that a large Tolkien-themed event has had to change venues from Udine as previously planned to the small town of San Daniele del Friuli nearby.[More]

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Italy’s Tolkien Track Issues

Robert writes: Two weeks ago, I sent the official program of Hobbiton, the largest event dedicated to Tolkien in Italy.

I have to communicate a major change. Unfortunately, the Italian Tolkien Society was forced to move Hobbiton from Udine as previously planned to the small town of San Daniele del Friuli, near Udine.

What’s the matter? Well, the recently elected regional council of Friuli not only decided to cut off a previously conceded funding to the event of 20.000 euros (not a great sum, considering that another local event, Mittelfest, received last year ONE MILLION euros and was only able to gather a similar audience than Hobbiton), but asked 25.000 euros to rent the Villa Manin Park. Thus, the Italian Tolkien Society (which, as the all TS worldwide, is a non-profit organization), had to move abrutply Hobbiton to the more friendly San Daniele del Friuli. Anyway, the Regional Council decision, as you can imagine, is provoking a lot of problems for the planning of Hobbiton, the most important the serious risk to go overbudget. [More]

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That ‘Hobbit’ Trailer….

While folks are searching the net far and wide for any signs of ‘The Return of the King’ trailer, another trailer has been popping up on their screens. The trailer seems to show scenes from ‘The Hobbit’ with a few cut scenes from FOTR, the end titles say ‘THE HOBBIT” Directed by Peter Jackson, December 2006.

To set the record straight, this is a FAN-MADE trailer with scenes from other movies. Peter is working on KING KONG for his next picture. And, God bless him, let the man get out of Middle-earth for a well deserved rest!

Posted in Old Main News