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Archive for September, 2005

Entertainment Weekly: Kentucky Fried Movie

Bloom in Entertainment Weekly After lackluster festival reviews, director Cameron Crowe scrambles to get his heartfelt romantic comedy ”Elizabethtown” in shape for general audiences. Will they show him the money? Cameron Crowe is having a quintessentially Cameron Crowe moment. If he had written it himself, an Elton John song might be playing over the scene and you, the fired-up audience member, would suddenly be singing along under your breath, rooting for the shaggy underdog to survive the firestorm that has engulfed his world, turning his life from comedy to high-stakes drama without his consent. In typical Crowe fashion, his rescue would probably come in the form of a soulful, beautiful woman with great taste in music who shows up with just enough good humor and good sense to remind him why he loves his life and that none of that other stuff matters. It’s been a rough week for Crowe, 48, who recently screened his new movie, Elizabethtown, at the Toronto film festival, and watched critics have at it like a piñata. [More]

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Sean Bean’s University Adverts

Sean Bean may now be a Hollywood heartthrob, but that has not stopped him returning to his Yorkshire roots to support his city’s university. The actor, who has worked alongside stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Orlando Bloom and Joely Richardson and is more usually found in the Hollywood Hills than Hillsborough, has returned to his home city to star in an advert promoting Sheffield Hallam University as the place to study. Bean, whose film credits include Lord of the Rings, and Patriot Games, and who was famously the swashbuckling hero of the TV series Sharpe, has recorded four adverts about studying at Sheffield Hallam and life in the city, to be broadcast on local radio stations. [More]

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Book Lecure in, where else? Reading, UK!

Henry Gee writes: On Monday 3 October, I’ll be talking about my book ‘The Science of Middle-earth’ at the Cafe Scientifique in Reading, England. The Science of Middle-earth grow out of a special guest column in Green Books right here on TORn. [More]

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Voyeurism Approved at JensHansen.com!

Halfdan Hansen writes: Not many people have the chance to visit the birthplace of the Ring in person. JensHansen Contemporary Gold & Silversmith in Nelson, New Zealand have added a webcam to their news and blog page on their website. The webcam updates every 15 seconds during our business hours. Not only can you spot if we are doing any work, you can also see what we are listening to right now on the iTunes stereo. [More]

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Fan LOTR CG Project

Gigi writes: These two guys are planning on creating a CG movie with a LOTR theme. They have been working for about a year on recreating some sites from the movie. The project it’s far from done, but they are almoust ready to release a 2 minute trailer. [More]

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LOTR Online Update

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: This week, World Builder (and Lore Monkey) Chris Pierson gives us a look at building one of the iconic areas in The Lord of the Rings: The Old Forest. Included are a couple of screenshots which should help give a feel for Chris’s fantastic work in re-creating the home of Old Man Willow and Tom Bombadil. [More]

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Viggo ‘Daily Show’ Clip Online

Jennifer writes: A clip of Viggo on The Daily Show is now available on the Comedy Central website. [More]

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Tom Wilkinson passed on Tolkien

Why would a rich, powerful lawyer suffer his wife’s infidelities and even cover up a case of vehicular manslaughter for her? For the same reason, perhaps, that Tom Wilkinson turned down The Lord Of The Rings. Wilkinson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) plays barrister James Manning in Separate Lies, the taut, acclaimed directorial debut of Gosford Park scripter Julian Fellowes. Manning’s life begins to unravel when he discovers not only that his wife (Emily Watson) is having an affair with a cad neighbour (Rupert Everett), but that they were jointly culpable in a vehicle/bicycle accident that killed their housekeeper’s husband.

And what about Lord Of The Rings? “Well, I was never offered a role outright. They did what was called an ‘availability check.’ They drew up lists of people for various roles and, in the case of Actor X, if he was committed to the Royal Shakespeare company for six months, then he can’t do it. [More]

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The Hobbit in Bakersfield, CA

Kevin Lively writes: I am currently directing a production of The Hobbit at Bakersfield Community Theatre (Bakersfield’s Oldest Community Theatre). I thought you guys might like to hear about it. Attached is an article written by one of publicity guys for a local underground newspaper called The Black Board. [More]

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The Hobbit in Bakersfield, CA

Kevin Lively writes: I am currently directing a production of The Hobbit at Bakersfield Community Theatre (Bakersfield’s Oldest Community Theatre). I thought you guys might like to hear about it. Attached is an article written by one of publicity guys for a local underground newspaper called The Black Board.

THE HOBBIT is on its foot-stompin’ way – By N.L. Belardes

Kevin Lively, that dashing actor/director with more energy than a Tehachapi wind turbine is now spinning one of the most masterfully whimsical plays to ever grace Bakersfield Community Theatre. Here comes The Hobbit, no not Frodo ala Elijah Woods look-a-likes from Peter Jackson-style Hobbityville landscapes; this is a directorial-specific play version of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel that started it all—and Frodo isn’t even in it!

Who needs to see DVD re-plays of that psychotic little hobbit, Frodo when Bakersfield has Lively’s telling of The Hobbit? In this story, Bilbo Baggins, one of the hippest hobbits of the Shiretown blues there ever was, journeys from his homelands of The Shire and beyond the Mirkwood Forest. Enter Lively’s slapstick blend of The BBC meets Mel Brooks meets Tolkien in a dark alley of stand-up comics. Yes, Bilbo gets the One Ring, but just how he goes about his journey, only Kevin Lively in his secret meetings of choreography with over 45 stage actors and mysterious monumental Middle Earth sets knows. Will he tell all before the very premiere of such a play as has never before been seen by Bakersfield folk? A simple “No,” will have to do! So sit back, and wait, but don’t you dare be patient. Working with a considerably large budget sponsored by lots of fine folks from the Bakersfield community, The Hobbit promises to be one of the most popular shows to ever grace Southern Central Valley theatres… just take a look at this cast and crew:

CAST:

Bilbo – Chris Orta (last seen in Peter Pan as Tootles)
Gandalf – Angela Poncetta (Last seen in Laugh in as the British chick)
Smaug (voice) – 160.1 KRAB Radio’s Meathead
Thorin – Aaron Logan
Gollum – Ben Lejeune
Smeagol –Jenna Lejeune
Gobbo – Clay Beaudette
Elfrida – Katrina Cruz

DIRECTOR and CREW:

Director – Kevin Lively
Ass. Director – Caroline Clark
Producer – Aaron Mauldin (Zog the troll)
Sound – Sean Perryman (Best Sound Design for Peter Pan for the 2004-05 BCT Season)
Costumes – Sarah Downey and Jeny Rendt Scott-Sanchez for a svelte take on Middle Earth
Make-up – Victoria Vasquez (Full creature make up down to the hairy feet.)

SHOW DATES:

October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23.
14th and 21st @ 7
15th and 22nd @ 2 and 7
21 and 23 @ 2.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Of The Return Of The Noldor

Chapter 13 of The Silmarillion, Of the Return of the Noldor, takes us back to where we left the Noldorian elves, on the northern shores of Middle Earth. Feanor and his followers making their way inland, exploring and settling. Later, we see Fingolfin and his kin come ashore to the first rising of the Sun, and meeting again with the estranged kin who left them for dead on the ice.

Although there is accord between the two groups, it is shaky at best. Meanwhile, Morgoth tests their strength against his own, sending orc hordes and balrogs and finally Glaurung the Uruloki (firedrake) to challenge the elves. The Noldorian elves are introduced to the elves of Menegroth as well as the Dwarves — who become tentative allies in the peace of this time. [More]

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Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Of The Return Of The Noldor

Chapter 13 of The Silmarillion, Of the Return of the Noldor, takes us back to where we left the Noldorian elves, on the northern shores of Middle Earth. Feanor and his followers making their way inland, exploring and settling. Later, we see Fingolfin and his kin come ashore to the first rising of the Sun, and meeting again with the estranged kin who left them for dead on the ice.

Although there is accord between the two groups, it is shaky at best. Meanwhile, Morgoth tests their strength against his own, sending orc hordes and balrogs and finally Glaurung the Uruloki (firedrake) to challenge the elves. The Noldorian elves are introduced to the elves of Menegroth as well as the Dwarves — who become tentative allies in the peace of this time.

“And even as the Noldor set foot upon the strand, their cries were taken up into the hill and multiplied…” What was the cause or emotion of this clamour?

We see that the arrival of Fingolfin is very unlike that of Feanor. What are the differences and what significance is implied here?

Fingon, while full of despair, attempts a daring rescue of Maedhros with the aid of the eagles. Is this enough to bridge the chasm of the enmity between the two groups of elves? Does Maedhros represent a Christ-like figure?

How is King Thingol regarded by the Noldor? Does the growing involvement with the king hinder the joining of the elves?

Ulmo sends Turgon and Finrod dreams to build strongholds, which they do. What is this interference in the lives of the Noldor by the Valar? Is Ulmo going against the wishes of the Valar by doing this?

The Noldor launch a scattering of cities, mansions and strongholds. Does this establish them with strength throughout the region, or separate them enough so that they become vulnerable to Morgoth’s ever-growing malice?

Join us in the Hall of Fire on Sunday October 2 at 2:00pm EDT as we discuss Chapter 13 of the Silmarillion – Of the Return of the Noldor.

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Sat September 24 – Silmarillion Ch 13
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