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Archive for June, 2006

Sala Baker Signing in CA Tomorrow

JulieAnna let us know about a signing with Sala Baker in California. He will be at ‘Antiquities of California’ (PIER 39) on Saturday, July 1st. [pier39.com]

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Happy Birthday Marton Csokas!


Today is Marton Csokas’ birthday! Marton was born on June 30th, 1966 in New Zealand. He played Celeborn in Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King. He has since starred in other big films like Æon Flux, The Great Raid, The Bourne Supremacy & xXx. He turns 40 today! Happy Birthday Marton!

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LOTR Online Update

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar writes: Today we announced a LOTRO Riddle Contest, where community members are invited to submit Tolkien-styled riddles for our content team to use in the game as the basis of quests or as scraps of lore found throughout the land. We expect this to be a lot of fun for the community. Winners whose riddles are chosen will win entry into our Beta Program! Speaking of Beta, MMORadio will be giving away Beta keys throughout the month of July to their listeners, so let your visitors know they might want to tune in. [More]

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Even with new direction, McKellen feels Magneto’s pull

LOS ANGELES — When Bryan Singer opted to abandon the third film in his dream X-Men franchise to live out another dream relaunching the Superman empire, a hoard of mutants were concerned. Perhaps none of the X-Men stars had more cause for wariness at the arrival of new director Brett Ratner than Sir Ian McKellen, an Oscar nominee and endlessly decorated British theater icon who first entered the Marvel Universe for the chance to reunite with his Apt Pupil director. [More]

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Denzel talks with Jackson

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington has confirmed he visited Wellington to see director Peter Jackson and the Hollywood heavyweights will collaborate on a new film project. A relaxed and casually dressed Washington turned heads at Wellington airport yesterday as he flew out at the end of a four-day work trip. He told The Dominion Post he had been in town to explore a film project that would require fellow Oscar-winner Jackson’s help. Speaking at the check-in counter, Washington said he would direct the movie, which he hoped would be released in two years. Jackson would provide the special effects. However, he was reluctant to divulge further details – or say whether any filming would be done in the capital. When asked whether he had met Jackson during his visit, Washington replied: “Of course.” [More]

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Bloom begs for extra time

Film star Orlando Bloom has begged studio bosses for time off promoting the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, to watch England compete in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday. The football-mad actor has been promoting Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl around the world, but is desperate to have a few hours off to watch captain David Beckham and his team play Portugal in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A friend says, “Orlando loves his football. He has been glued to the World Cup. He wouldn’t dream of missing England’s quarter-final clash with Portugal.” [More]

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Sir Ian to lead Europride Parade with Sir Elton John

Adele writes: The march will assemble at the top of Baker Street at noon on Saturday 1st July 2006 before VIP’s including Sir Elton John and Sir Ian McKellen lead the march down a new route along Oxford Street ending on Victoria Embankment. Events will also take place in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. [More]

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TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘Conan’

Speaking of Orlando Bloom, you can catch him tonight on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on NBC. He is there to promote his latest film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest’. ‘Late Night’ airs on NBC at 12:35AM. Watch this place for a clip!

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TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘Jay Leno’ Clip

Orlando Bloom was a guest on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ last week to promote ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest’. They spoke a bit about Orlando’s broken bones, his time at drama school and showed the Will action figure. Take a look! (46MB MOV)[More]

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McKellen’s ‘A Knight Out in L.A.’ Show in July

Geri writes: I just thought you like to know that Ian McKellen will perform a one-man show, “A Knight Out in L.A.,” at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Freud Playhouse (MacGowan Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024) on July 22-23 to benefit the Los Angeles Young Actors’ Company. [Tickets]

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Closing in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — The mammoth stage production of “The Lord of the Rings,” which was mostly panned by critics, is closing in Toronto. Producer Kevin Wallace said Wednesday that the $24 million, 3 1/2 hour show will close Sept. 3. “We’re doing respectable but were not sold out. The scale of this show needs that,” Wallace said at a news conference. “The costs are 50 percent more than ‘The Lion King’ to run so it (the theater) must be full,” producer David Mirvish added. It was announced last week that “The Lord of the Rings,” believed to be the most expensive show ever mounted, will open in London next year – trimmed, tightened and reworked since its Toronto premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in March. The show’s debut met with a harsh critical reception. [More]

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Tolkien Opera in NYC?

LEITHIAN is based on THE SILMARILLION by J. R. R. Tolkien, “1977 George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd., and is used by permission. This concert performance will feature Tami Swartz, soprano; Adam Klein, tenor; David Adam Moore, baritone; Dianna Dollman, mezzo-soprano; George Kasarjian, countertenor; and Elizabeth Hastings, music director. [More]

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