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Archive for September, 2006

SHOP: Finally Faramir

Faramir comes to Sideshow
For all those collector’s out there who have waited years for Sideshow to product a Faramir figure, it looks like your wait is over. As hinted in the latest Sideshow Collectibles podcast, the next 12-inch Lord of the Rings figure will be Faramir – or at least that is what the picture included with the podcast seems to look like! (Check out the teaser image above) Sideshow has also announced that the Lurtz Premium Format figure and the Aragorn 12-inch Figure are expected to start shipping to customers soon. [Listen to Podcast via iTunes] [Lurtz PF (Second Chance)] [Aragorn] [Legolas] [Boromir (still available)]

Posted in Old Main News

Sean Astin Attends MegaCon

Steve writes: I just wanted to let you know that Sean Astin is listed as a confirmed guest for the “Mega Con Convention” which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida, February 16th – 18th 2007. [More]

Posted in Conventions, Old Main News, Sean Astin

‘Here, There Be Dragons’

djdeathskiss sends this along: Warner Bros. Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the rights to Here, There Be Dragons, an upcoming children’s novel by James A. Owen, for David Heyman and David Goyer to produce, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book brings together three strangers — John, Jack and Charles — in London during World War I, where they become entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. They end up traveling to the Archipelago of Dreams, fighting the dark forces that threaten two worlds. It is later revealed that the three are future fantasy authors J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, who met in real life at Oxford and enjoyed a competitive friendship.

The book is being launched next week by Simon & Schuster with a massive hardcover printing of 100,000 copies and is one of the company’s big pushes for the year. The plan is to release six more books, one each October.

Posted in Old Main News

Happy Birthday Kiran Shah!

Today is Kiran Shah’s birthday1 Kiran was born on September 28th, 1956 in Nairobi, Kenya. That makes him 50 years old today! Kiran was Elijah Wood’s scale double for all three Lord of the Rings films.

Posted in Old Main News

X06: Peter Jackson Forms a Game Studio

From 1up.com: At its X06 event in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced a partnership with Peter Jackson to form a new studio called Wingnut Interactive to develop “world-class interactive entertainment.” In addition, the announcement mentions that Peter Jackson is involved with Halo 3 and a future title based on an original property from Microsoft. Look for further details on Wingnut Interactive and these projects as X06 continues.

Posted in Old Main News

TV Watch: New LOST Soon!

Season 2’s amazing finale episode of ‘Lost’ will air tonight on ABC, they also promise to show us a bit of Season 3! Dominic Monaghan’s groundbreaking sci-fi/drama will be back next week! TORN’s chatroom now has a special ‘Lost’ screening room, login to #lost at 9PM and watch with fans from around the country! [TORN CHAT]

Posted in Old Main News

Tolkien Lecture in Missouri

TORN Staffer MrCere sends this along: Colin Havard: An Inkling’s Son Remembers J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis. Presented with Mike Foster. Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at St. Louis Community College, South County Education & Training Center, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Mark Colin Havard, the son of Dr. Robert (Humphrey) Havard of Oxford, who was the personal physician of Tolkien and Lewis as well as a member of the famous “Inklings” fellowship, occasionally attended Inklings sessions along with his father. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Tolkien Lecture in Missouri

TORN Staffer MrCere sends this along: Colin Havard: An Inkling’s Son Remembers J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis. Presented with Mike Foster

Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at St. Louis Community College, South County Education & Training Center, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road, St. Louis, Missouri.

Mark Colin Havard, the son of Dr. Robert (Humphrey) Havard of Oxford, who was the personal physician of Tolkien and Lewis as well as a member of the famous “Inklings” fellowship, occasionally attended Inklings sessions along with his father. His recollections of those men and those meetings, house-sitting for Lewis at the Kilns, and other anecdotes comprise this evening of literary reminiscence.

Prof. Mike Foster, the North American representative of the Tolkien Society, teaches a course on Tolkien at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

The event is free and open to the public.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Tolkien Scholar Segura to speak at Raynor Library

The Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives will host a lecture by Tolkien scholar Eduardo Segura, Professor of Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, and Literature at the Institutio De Filosofia Edith Sten (Granada, Spain) today at 3:00 p.m. in the Raynor Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Professor Segura’s presentation, “Tolkien, Lewis, and Hollywood: What Images Cannot Say,” will center on differences between literature and cinema as artistic means, particularly from J.R.R. Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’ outlook. Dr. Segura will discuss Tolkien’s passion for inventing languages, and the immense difficulty of communicating metaphorical meaning on film—even those brilliant scenes that Hollywood has recently released. A question and answer session will follow. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Pre-Order ‘The Children of Hurin’ on Amazon.co.uk

Tolkien’s unfinished novel ‘The Children of Hurin’ has been completed by Christopher Tolkien. Early last week HarperCollins announced that the book will go on sale next year. Amazon.co.uk have placed the book online to pre-order! Take a look! [Pre-Order]

Posted in Old Main News

Joe Letteri Talk at ‘The Tate’ Report!

Irascan writes: Joe Letteri was joined by a surprise “second speaker” – Andy Serkis. The lecture lasted about an hour including an introduction, an AutoDesk showreel, the talk with demos itself and Q&A from the floor at the end, with about 200 attendees. I’d provide a report but in all honesty there’s very little to report. There were some very cool demos of how New York was digitally built and lots of “this was the real set and what we filmed” pieces morphing into the scenes as shown in the film that were very impressive, and a lot of discussion about Andy’s work with gorillas and on set with Naomi Watts. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Channel 5’s Greatest Ever Blockbuster

Iain writes: Sunday night Channel 5 (UK terrestrial TV channel) had a “Greatest Ever Blockbuster” programme. Voting was by the viewer, so hitting the top 40 list was a real measure of what people liked and not what critics felt nor how much money a particular film earnings. The home page can be found at this link. [More]

Posted in Old Main News