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Archive for April, 2005

Ringers Wins at the Newport Beach Film Fest!

Garfeimao writes: On Friday, April 29, the awards ceremony for the Newport Beach Film Festival was held. Ringers: Lord of the Fans took home one of the awards, for Best Documentary: Feature Length, early on in the evening. The Festival website should be updated in the next day or so to reflect all the awards, because there were many! [More]

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David Salo Lecture in Bloomington, Illinois

TaffyCat writes: Today (April 30th), at 3:00 pm in the Community Room of the Bloomington, Illinois Public Library, author David Salo will speak on the Elvish languages in the Lord of the Rings and various aspects of his involvement with the movies. David served as a linguistic consultant and wrote dialogue and songs in Elvish for the Lord of the Rings movies. [More]

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Nebula Awards Announced Tonight

The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced the nominees for the Nebula Awards, which cover works published in 2003 and 2004. The script for The Return of the King was nominated for best adapted screenplay. The Nebulas will be awarded in Chicago tonight (Saturday, April 30th). [More]

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Ringers Wins at the Newport Beach Film Fest!

Ringers wins at the Newport Beach Film Festival
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Garfeimao writes: Tonight, Friday, April 29, was the awards ceremony for the Newport Beach Film Festival. Ringers: Lord of the Fans took home one of the awards, for Best Documentary: Feature Length, early on in the evening. The Festival website should be updated in the next day or so to reflect all the awards, because there were many.

It was a nice, rather simple ceremony, for a really great film festival. The awards were spread out amongst genres and film styles, which was really nice to see. Shorts, Documentaries, features, everyone had their own categories, with mulitiple winners in all of them. Nearly all the Ringers crew was present and went up onstage. I’ve included some pictures to show who was there and how silly they all got celebrating.

BTW, all you Ringers, you really made an impression on the Festival staff. How do I know this? Aside from several festival staff constantly congratulating the crew on the film and having such wonderful fans, many of you were featured in their Recap videos. That’s right, during their opening ceremony for the awards presentation, they showed clips from the events, and there was Aragorn and an Ithilien Ranger out on the dance floor. Later on, when they did a tribute to the fans attending the festival, the only one’s they talked to were those of you in line at the Lido Line Party, and there were many of you interviewed. So, Ringers the film made an impact on the festival staff, and so did all of you Ringers fans.

I hope that those of you who live in So Cal enjoyed the festival and will go back next year, I know I will. I’ve gone every year they’ve had the festival and it just keeps getting better and better. For me, it’s really nice to have a film festival so close to my home so I don’t have to trek up to LA. But it helps that it’s also a quality event and staffed by such nice people who throw really great parties.

Posted in Old Special Reports

John Howe Book Signing: Kitchener, Ontario

Ruth writes: I am writing about the John Howe weekend in Kitchener, Ontario. The Chapters bookstore was filled with dedicated fans wanting to chat with the famous illustrator. I happened to arrive an hour and a half prior to the book signing and there was already a long line up. It was fasinating chatting with LOTR fans. One of the men in line with me came on behalf of his wife. She couldn’t make it due to work schedule and he came in her place. [More]

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John Howe Book Signing: Kitchener, Ontario

John Howe Book Signing: Kitchener, Ontario
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Ruth writes: I am writing about the John Howe weekend in Kitchener, Ontario. The Chapters bookstore was filled with dedicated fans wanting to chat with the famous illustrator. I happened to arrive an hour and a half prior to the book signing and there was already a long line up. It was fasinating chatting with LOTR fans. One of the men in line with me came on behalf of his wife. She couldn’t make it due to work schedule and he came in her place. Each fan had an opportunity to purchase his book: Myths and Magic ; the maps of Middle Earth, or other artwork. This lovely gentleman bought all three for his wife, what a great husband. I personally bought the book, Myths and Magic which showcases his work with LOTR and other illustrations.

As the time drew near, it felt as if we were going to see Santa Clause. John Howe and his desk was located on the upper level and the fans waited one by one at the bottom of the stairs with anticipation. The gentleman before me went up and John signed all three purchases for his wife. We watched in amazment as he drew the One Ring in pencil and sign it. Now it was my turn. I walked up the steps with my husband and two children in awe of his talent. I told him how my children enjoyed watching him draw the One Ring. His reply was that he was unable to draw for everyone, so he asked us to crowd around the table so no one else would see and he drew Gandalf before our very eyes! It was wonderful. He spoke to my children and encouraged them to keep going in their art and to not give up. We found him very personable and approachable–a very kind man.

Needless to say our visit with John Howe was a memorable one

Thank you for the heads up on the book signing. If it wasn’t for your web-site, I probably would not have had the opportunity to go.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Movie star swaps hobbits for habits

One of the stars of the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy of films is set to swap hobbits for habits — by directing a film in Norwich about a city drug addict. Andy Sirkis(SIC), who portrayed Gollum in the hit movies will get behind the camera to film Addict, based on the autobiography of former drug addict and vagrant Stephen Smith, who lived on the streets of Norwich during the winter of 1978/79. Sirkis(SIC), who will be appearing in the re-make of King Kong later this year, is set to direct the movie, and filming is due to take place in Norwich in August. [More]

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Game Music Symphony in Germany

Tickets now on Sale for 2005 GC Game Music Symphony Concert in Leipzig, Germany. The organisers of the 2005 GC – Games Convention symphony concert have informed us that tickets are now on sale for this year’s concert at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany on August 17th. Further details of the concert program have also been announced including six additional titles. World Of Warcraft, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Dragon Quest, Brothers In Arms, Chrono Cross & The Lord of the Rings (Vivendi-Universal series) [More]

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Q & A: Elijah Wood

From Sports Illustrated: Frodo Baggins talks about his new soccer movie. Elijah Wood, 24, best known for starring in the Lord of the Rings movies, plays a student who becomes immersed in the world of English soccer thugs in the upcoming film Hooligans. [More]

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‘Ray,’ ‘ER,’ ‘Lost’ Shine at Prisms

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “Ray” and TV hits “Desperate Housewives,” “ER” and “Lost” were among the winners Thursday at the ninth annual Prism Awards, which recognize accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use in entertainment. Presented by the Entertainment Industries Council in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, FX, News Corp. and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the PRISM Awards were handed out at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The awards ceremony will air Sept. 4 as a one-hour special on the FX Network. [More]

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TV Watch: Bloom on AMC’s ‘Suite’

Jill writes: AMCtv have been recently advertizing having Orlando Bloom and others involved in ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ on a program called “The Suite” (Sunday mornings at 10:30am).

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NZ still in Hollywood’s Spotlight

More Hollywood films may be on the way, but the New Zealand film industry needs to be wary of arrogance and overcharging, says Film Venture Taranaki’s Peter Avery. Mr Avery, who has just returned with a Film New Zealand party from the annual Association of Film Commissioners Internationale in California, said New Zealand was still firmly in the minds of Hollywood film executives. [More]

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