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Archive for June, 2007

Iggy Pop backs Elijah Wood

Iggy Pop has backed Elijah Wood’s credentials to play him in an upcoming biopic on the rock legend. Rumors about a movie following the life and times of the Stooges icon have been rife for some months, with the Lord Of The Rings star tipped to play the lead role. However, Iggy has revealed there are no concrete plans for the film, days after the Stooges played an acclaimed Saturday evening slot at Britain’s Glastonbury Festival. [More]

Posted in Elijah Wood, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

Tolkien tales come alive in Denmark’s Faeroe Islands

GJOGV, Faeroe Islands (AP) — It’s just after 9 p.m. when the magic begins. The late-setting sun breaks through purple rain clouds to drape the rugged island of Eysturoy in a golden shimmer. A perfect rainbow arches over the Slaettaratindur mountain. Offshore, a wild ocean launches ferocious swells against the Giant and the Witch, two spectacular rock pillars that protrude from the surf like craggy teeth. All that’s missing from the storybook setting is a band of orchs or goblins crawling out from behind a rock, or a pipe-smoking hobbit emerging from one of the turf-roofed houses. The Lord of the Rings analogy is never far away in the Faeroe Islands, a barren and wind-swept archipelago whose volcanic peaks shoot out of the Atlantic Ocean halfway between Iceland and Norway. Local legend even claims the ring of power is hidden here. [More]

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Old Main News, Tolkien

Gosling Set for Jackson’s Lovely Bones

Ryan Gosling is set to star opposite Rachel Weisz in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks, reports Variety. Jackson (King Kong, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) will begin filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand. The movie will be distributed worldwide by Paramount. An adaptation of the Alice Sebold best-selling novel, the movie tells the story of Susie Salmon, who is murdered, but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. Although she is detached from the world she once knew, Susie witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, whilst her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again. In a tone that is both emotionally truthful, and darkly humorous, Susie tries to balance her desire for vengeance against the love she feels for her family and her need to see them heal; and ultimately comes to understand that the concept of family can encompass both the living and the dead. [More]

Posted in Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Dragon Con’s Tolkien Track wants your shorts!

On the Saturday evening of DragonCon, the Tolkien Track is pleased to present the first Tolkien’s Middle-earth Fan Film Festival. The highlights of our evening will be the screening of ‘Middle-earth Idol’ by MARS Productions and the video documentary ‘Ringers: Lord of the Fans’. We are looking for short fan produced films to show leading up to our featured presentation.

That is where you come in! Maybe you have a movie camera and a backyard with lots of trees, perfect for hunting Elves. Perhaps your artistic skills in drawing Hobbits and animating them are finely tuned, and you have been itching for the chance to show off. Some of you might already have a film that you just want to share with everyone at the track. Here’s your chance!

For additional information, please go to the Tolkien Track site and click here then click on the fan film link, or contact Zhie at zhiester@gmail.com.

Posted in DragonCon, Events, Old Special Reports

LOTR-exhibition Images: Potsdam, Germany

LOTR-exhibition: Potsdam, Germany

Ringer Spy Tinuvielas sends along these images from the LOTR exhibit in Germany. I saw this same exhibit in New Zealand just over a year ago, and I’ve got to tell you it is a MUST see. Take a look at the images!

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Old Main News

DVD Tuesday: Shooter, Black Snake Moan & More!

Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! There are a whole slew of amazing DVDs out tomorrow, take a look at some TV goodies like; ‘Monk: Season Five’ & ‘Reno 911!: The Complete Fourth Season Uncensored!’. Some new collection DVDs include ‘Cult Camp Classics 1 – 4’ & ‘Hammer Film Noir Collector’s Set 2: 4-7’ The big releases of of the week include; ‘Shooter’ & ‘Black Snake Moan’. The Blu ray gurus get ‘Hustle and Flow’ while the HD DVD crowd get ‘Watcher’, ‘Mystery Men’, ‘Meet Joe Black’ & More!. Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Old Main News

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘Ellen’

Orlando Bloom was on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ late last month to promote ‘Pirates III’. You can catch the repeat airing today or click on this link to see the videos right now! [More]

Posted in LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Orlando Bloom, Television

Behold ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Musical: The Musical!’

Ben writes: I noticed that you guys were reporting on the opening of LOTR in London, and I thought I’d get in touch with you about a related project of mine: “The Lord of the Rings: The Musical: The Musical!” For about 8 months now my writing partner and I have been working on this, and on July 4th the show is going to premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show tells the story of the LOTR musical’s run in Toronto: the massive hype leading up to opening night and the show’s very sudden failure. The main character is a naive, LOTR-loving writer who is trying to make his dream of an LOTR-musical come true, but he runs into trouble when he falls in love with the wife of the evil British producer. Our show is going to have seven performances for the duration of the festival, and we’re hoping to organize another run later in the Summer.

I’m trying to get the word out to as many LOTR/theatre fans as possible and I was wondering if you guys knew of any Toronto-based LOTR organizations/communities that might be interested, or if you had any ideas for sending the message out to Toronto’s LOTR fans. I also understand that your staff is located all around the continent, so if any of you happen to be in Toronto in July we would of course love to have you come to the show.

If you want more information about our show, check out www.lotrtmtm.com.

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Stage, Old Special Reports

“LOTR is a platform we can build from,” says exec producer

Turbine Entertainment is not ruling out a console version of its MMO The Lord of the Rings Online, exec producer Jeffrey Steefel has revealed. “I actually think Lord of the Rings is a platform we can build from. Our license is to build massively multiplayer online games based on the books on all platforms, all across the world, so we want to leverage that over time,” Steefel explained in a recent interview. [More]

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Little piece of middle earth goes on sale

Fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy could literally live the life of a hobbit if they stump up the estimated £600,000 price tag for a fantasy property in Aberdeenshire. Tolkien’s mythical tribe of little people would find themselves very much at home near Insch, where one man has created his very own middle earth. Tolkien may have created the ultimate in mythical fantasy tales but Retired Gordon Highlander, Major Mike Taitt has brought a little bit of middle earth to life at Newmains near Oyne. [More]

Posted in Creations, Fans, Old Main News

TV Watch: AFI “100 Years, 100 Movies Tenth Anniversery Edition”

Mark writes: Watch the AFI “100 Years, 100 Movies Tenth Anniversery Edition” tonight at 7:00 pm CST on CBS.They have been using tag lines such as “Will the greatest movie of all time be Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Titanic or Lord Of The Rings?” [More]

Posted in LotR Movies, Old Main News, Television

TO Star: London Rings shorter, not better

LONDON–It’s gotten better; it’s gotten worse. The revised production of The Lord of the Rings that opened at the Drury Lane Theatre last night is not unlike a friend who’s been hitting the Botox a bit too heavily. At first glance, they may seem sleek and lovely, but look closer and you’ll find that everything underneath is frozen and unmoving. What has the show gained since its run in Toronto? A more effective use of its sets and lighting, a clearer storyline in Act III and a smashing performance from Laura Michelle Kelly as Galadriel. [More]

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Stage, Old Main News