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Archive for January, 2009

Sally Forth Goes Geek

Matt in Minneapolis sends this in: Sally Forth goes Geek last Friday while meeting her new marketing team.

Posted in Books Publications

Assorted ‘Mines of Moria’ News

The folks from Turbine write: We’re pleased to announce that the 10 day Free Trial for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria is now open! If you have friends who have been waiting for an opportunity to try the game voted Best MMORPG of 2008*, let them know they can start their free trial by visiting lotro.com/trial

Turbine has teamed up with Xfire to offer players great prizes for playing The Lord of the Rings Online™ (Full Game and Free trial) and Joining the Official Xfire LOTRO Clan while signed into Xfire from January 28th to February 11th! 30 Winners will be chosen for prizes including free play time and T-Shirts. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Happy Belated Birthday Elijah Wood!

Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28, 1981) is an American actor. Making his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II (1989), he landed a succession of subsequent larger roles and became a critically acclaimed child actor by age 13. After his high-profile role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has resisted typecasting by choosing varied roles in critically-acclaimed films such as Bobby, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, Green Street and Everything Is Illuminated. Most recently he starred in the film Day Zero (2007) and provided the voice of the main character, Mumble, in the award-winning animated film Happy Feet. He also played an American tourist turned vampire in Paris, je t’aime. In 2005, he started his own record label, Simian Records. His next project is The Passenger (2008). In 2006, he became a well-known voice actor in video gaming and would soon become the voice of the video game icon, Spyro the Dragon, starting with The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning. In 2008, he set a new world record when he became the first person ever to cross the Victoria Falls on ropes whilst appearing on Jack Osbourne’s hit show Adrenaline Junkie.

Posted in Elijah Wood

New Empire Hobbit Cover

From Empire Magazine: January is, statistically speaking, the most miserable of months. It’s cold, it’s dark, and Moira Stuart is forever banging on about paying your tax bill by the 31st, or Mr. Taxman will be round to cut off a pound, or three, of flesh. So here at Empire, we feel it’s our duty to cheer you up – and what better way than by presenting to you our brand new issue, which should be hitting newsagent and supermarket shelves near you any… second… now. Inside, you’ll find all kinds of cheery tonics, such as our horror overload, featuring Bruce Campbell, Freddy and Jason, the Wolfman’s Emily Blunt, and the Lesbian Vampire Killers, and our lovely look at the individuals who make up the Watchmen. But pride of place – on our cover and in our hearts – is our big special on The Hobbit. What’s that, you say? It’s not even out for two years? Well, yes, but inside our special feature, you’ll find a one-stop shop of information on the films that may be the most anticipated of the next few years. New Empire Hobbit Cover

Posted in Books Publications, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

City of Birmingham focus on ‘Tolkien 2005’ Conference

Tolkien 2005

Tolkien 2005

Ian Collier from The Tolkien Society writes: There will be a formal presentation of the Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On conference to the City of Birmingham on 30th January 2009. This is to recognise the civic reception given by the then Lord Mayor to the conference, the friendly welcome given by its citizens to conference attendees, and the city’s place in Tolkien’s life.

The Lord Mayor is formally accepting the gift on behalf of the city and the Two Volume set of conference proceedings are to be lodged at Birmingham Central Library so that the city’s inhabitants can freely access them for general interest, academic study, or scholarly research, and pleasure.
Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On was a 5 day conference marking the 50th anniversary of the complete publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the largest gathering of fans and academics from around the world. Over 750 people gathered in Aston University, Birmingham to give or attend papers, lectures, panels, and workshops on Tolkien’s life and works.

Posted in Conventions, Events

‘Lord of the Rings: Conquest’ tops the Rogers Video game rental list

From THE CANADIAN PRESS: TORONTO – The most popular game rentals (all platforms) according to Rogers Video for the period ending Jan. 25.

1 Lord of the Rings: Conquest (Xbox 360)
6 Lord of the Rings: Conquest (PlayStation 3)

Posted in Gaming

Fictional Frontiers Radio Transcript

Our very own MrCere, Larry Curtis, was a guest on last Sunday’s broadcast of ‘Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib,’ on WNJC 1360 AM, Philadelphia at 11AM ET. As always, it was broadcast live via the internet via the WNJC website. A full transcript of the radio segment can be found below (thanks to Deleece Cook!). TheOneRing.net is featured every other week on Fictional Frontiers. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Dominic Monaghan, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit

Ultimate LOTR Poster Auction on Ebay

Kerrie from KOMPOLT sends this along: Lord of the Rings Cast & Crew Autograph Original Movie Poster for American Cinematheque – Movies have the power to not only tell a story – they fill our lives with emotions, make us see things differently, help us discover new ideas, or simply create an escape from the daily bustle of life. To mark the release of the all new step-by-step movie making guide “Filmmaking for Dummies” and to celebrate the movies we know and love, Wiley Publishing will be auctioning off autographed movie posters ranging from hilarious comedies, classic dramas, and every movie in between. Among the featured listings is an original Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings Movie Poster signed by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Ordesky, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Ngila Dickson, Howard Shore and Robert Shaye. Decorating your walls has never felt so good because 100% of proceeds benefit the American Cinematheque, the cultural organization dedicated exclusively to honoring and preserving America’s favorite pastime: the movies! Head over to www.ebay.com/wiley to find out more! Ebay…

Posted in Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Events, Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Posters Prints, Viggo Mortensen

Sound Design with Michael Semanick

Kristin Thompson writes: Michael Semanick, who won an Oscar for sound mixing on The Return of the King and another for King Kong, has been nominated twice in that category this year. On “The Frodo Franchise,” I take the occasion to discuss his career a bit and recall watching him face a sound-mixing problem in a speech by Gandalf in Return. Sound Design with Michael Semanick

Posted in Other production

Things are getting ‘Good’ for Mortensen

John Clark writes: Celebrities generally come in two sizes: large and small. Either they suck up all the oxygen in the room or you can’t imagine how they take up so much space on the screen. Viggo Mortensen somehow occupies a middle ground. He’s dressed down for an interview, looking at ease in a blue soccer shirt and blue jeans, but at the same time it’s easy to imagine him wielding a sword (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy), a lethally hot pot of coffee (“A History of Violence”) or a pair of sinister sunglasses (“Eastern Promises”). Which is what makes Mortensen’s newest film, Vicente Amorim’s “Good,” such a change of pace. Based on the play by C.P. Taylor, it’s about a literature professor in 1930s Germany (Mortensen) who allows his academic work to be co-opted by the Nazi government. He soon follows suit, abandoning his wife and family for a younger woman, donning the uniform and allowing a Jewish friend to be swept away. Things are getting ‘Good’ for Mortensen

Posted in Viggo Mortensen

LotRO Scheduled Down Time

From Suzie Ford at warcry.com: All Lord of the Rings Online servers will be brought down for scheduled maintenance on Monday, January 26th. From Turbine: “The Turbine Game Servers and http://myaccount.turbine.com will be offline for maintenance on Monday, January 26 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern (-5 GMT). The forums and wikis will remain up, but players may not be able to log in. Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!”

Posted in Gaming

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: MINES OF MORIA™ NAMED BEST MMORPG OF 2008

WESTWOOD, MA – January 22, 2009 – Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™: Mines of Moria™ was named “Best MMORPG” in the 1up.com 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards. Mines of Moria, Turbine’s latest expansion to the increasingly popular massively multiplayer online game (MMO) The Lord of the Rings Online dominated the results, securing nearly half of all votes in the “Best MMORPG” category over nominees including World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and Pirates of the Burning Sea. 1up.com is a leading online destination for videogame news, reviews, previews, features and additional content. (more…)

Posted in Gaming