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Second TTT US TV Spot

Ringer Spy Peter has sent in a Quicktime encode of the US TV spot that complements the one we posted last night. Whilst there is no new footage (all shots are taken from the most recent theatrical trailer) – it does concentrate on the various CGI/effects shots, and is worth a look if you want maximum hype-exposure. [More] Here be Spoilers!!

Posted in Movie The Two Towers

The plot of the first 10 minutes of TTT!

Our Spanish-language community member Elfenomeno.com has an amazing scoop – an anonymous spy report detailing the first 10 minutes of the Two Towers scene by scene. There is but one catch – the original article is in Spanish (and perhaps already translated from English).

Update: At the very bottom is our original – and very hasty – translation by means of Babelfish, but we’re very pleased to now be able to offer you a far better translation courtesy of our fantastic Ringer Spies!

!!!HUGE SPOILERS!!!

The Two Towers begins with an imposing panoramic shot of the Misty Mountains. The camera crosses their steep peaks and, little by little, a voice starts to be audible in the distance. The camera approaches closer and closer to the mountains, and finally goes inside. Then you know that the voice in the distance is that of Gandalf. We enter the mountain and arrive at the bridge of Khazad-dûm at the scene of the fight with the Balrog! Ian McKellen was right about how the movie begins.

Then, we return to see the sequence of the Fellowship of the Ring in which Gandalf falls into the chasm with the Balrog. But this time, we do not follow the Fellowship as it flees from Moria – but we instead see Gandalf and the Balrog as they fall into the chasm whilst they continue fighting. The sequence finishes without showing us the defeat of the Balrog at this moment (I suppose that the defeat of the Balrog is narrated by means of a flashback, just as Gandalf’s escape from Orthanc was in the first film – although this just a guess).

The scene is so impressive, ‘deafening’ (“astonishing” in English… if the translation is not ideal). An explosive beginning (in the manner of Hitchcock). It leaves you glued to your seat and shaking and wondering whether you will survive the rest of the film…

Despite all of that, we cut to Frodo and Sam entering the Emyn Muil – and already, without delay, Gollum finally appears. This sequence tells how they catch and Gollum and subsequent events (we have already seen something like this in the trailer) as they decide to take Gollum with them. I cannot tell you more, as I’d prefer that you see Gollum for yourselves (in all seriousness: he(the insider) did not say anything on the subject of Gollum, I swear it)

I seem to remember that this comes before a brief sequence that shows Merry and Pippin being carried by the Uruks – as Pippin drops his broach as a signal for his friends.

Then there is also a scene in Isengard – but not necessarily in this order. One would think that I am a professional and have seen many films – but now I must clear my mind carefully to try to remember what I saw correctly. Saruman, who has already created a terrible army of Uruk-Hai, orders his followers to attack the plains of Men. And later there is a scene in which Uruks devastate a town of the Rohirrim and some of the humans try to flee towards Edoras.

There you have it! We received more than a dozen different translations, all very similar. This particular one was courtesy of Ringer Spy Kristina, who was first to the punch. Nevertheless, on behalf of TORn, I’d like to thank everyone who wrote in and helped us out. We couldn’t do it without our spies!

Below is our original babelfish-inspired translation for anyone who wishes to compare. The spanish article can be found at Elfenomeno.com. [More].

!!!HUGE SPOILERS!!!

The Two Towers begins with an imposing panoramic shot of the Misty Mountains. The camera crosses their steep peaks and, little by little, a voice starts to be audible in the distance. The camera approaches closer and closer to the mountains, and finally goes inside. Then you know that the voice in the distance is that of Gandalf. We enter the mountain and arrive at the bridge of Khazad-dûm at the scene of the fight with the Balrog! Ian McKellen was in the same place as when he was last seen in FoTR.
Then, we return to see the sequence of the Fellowship of the Ring in which Gandalf falls into the chasm with the Balrog. But this time, we do not follow the Fellowship as it flees from Moria – but we instead see Gandalf and the Balrog as they fall into the chasm whilst they continue fighting. The sequence finishes without showing us the defeat of the Balrog at this moment (I suppose that the defeat of the Balrog is narrated by means of a flashback, just as Gandalf’s escape from Orthanc was in the first film – although this just a guess).
The scene is so impressive, ‘deafening’ (“astonishing” in English… if the translation is not ideal). An explosive beginning (in the manner of Hitchcock). It leaves you glued to your seat and shaking and wondering whether you will survive the rest of the film…
Despite all of that, we cut to Frodo and Sam entering the Emyn Muil – and already, without delay, Gollum finally appears. This sequence tells how they catch and Gollum and subsequent events (we have already seen something like this in the trailer) as they decide to take Gollum with them. I cannot tell you more, as I’d prefer that you see Gollum for yourselves (in all seriousness: I cannot tell you more about the appearance of Gollum, in light of non-disclosure agreements(?)).
I seem to remember that this comes before a brief sequence that shows Merry and Pippin being carried by the Uruks – as Pippin drops his broach as a signal for his friends.
Then there is also a scene in Isengard – but not necessarily in this order. I am a professional and have seen many films – but now I must clear my mind carefully to try to remember what I saw correctly. Saruman, who has already created a terrible army of Uruk-Hai, orders his followers to attack the plains of Men. And later there is a scene in which Uruks devastate a town of the Rohirrim and some of the humans try to flee towards Edoras.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Yet another TTT Clip!

This time a ‘Sneak Peek’ from the television show Extra, by way of Uruviel’s Argonath Site. The clip is unfortunately only in Windows Media Player format – but shows a 40 second scene of Aragorn advising Théoden of Saruman’s plans… [More] – which we’re also mirroring at [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Posted in Old Main News

Pre-order the TTT Soundtrack!

Well, it’s fair to say that today’s something of a big news day: Reprise Records and The Official Site have teamed up to bring us The Official TTT Soundtrack Site where you can preorder a special (5000 pc.) ‘internet’ limited edition soundtrack amongst much else! [More]
***SPOILERS*** for this page shows the best picture of Gollum yet!

Update: a few people have written in to point out that Reprise (who are distributing the limited internet edition) only deliver to the US; which is I guess tough luck for the rest of us. :-(

Posted in Old Main News

Fix for Extended DVD woes?

Ringer Spy BigJohn writes in to inform us that Samsung have a firmware upgrade available for their SD-616 DVDROM drive which allows it to read the FOTR:EX DVDs. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Fix for Extended DVD Woes?

Ringer Spy BigJohn writes in to let us know that if you’ve been unable to watch your FOTR:EX DVDs on a Samsung SD-616 DVDROM drive (typically found in Dell and HP desktop PCs) – Samsung have now released a Firmware Update which apparently fixes the problem.

Dell should also have this available to download from their Download Library.

N.B. Please check the model and current firmware on your DVDROM before attempting to upgrade the firmware – and only continue if the model type exactly matches that of the firmware – and if the current firmware is older than the propsed upgrade. Incorrect firmware upgrades WILL permenantly damage your DVDROM drive. (I know – it’s happened to me.)

Also, be sure to re-run the System Diagnostic of PowerDVD (or equivalent in other DVD playback software) after upgrading firmware to ensure success.

Posted in Old Special Reports

John Rhys Davies Injury Article

TORn Staffer Mia sends in a translation of the article posted in the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List yesterday concerning John Rhys-Davies’ very unfortunate accident on the set of “Musketeers”. We’ve deliberated about posting this, given the somewhat distasteful manner in which JRD’s privacy appears to have been violated by the press – but in the interests of keeping his concerned fans as best informed as possible, here’s the translation:

ACTOR BADLY HURT AT THE SET OF “LA FEMME MUSKETEER”
John Rhys-Davies in the central Rijeka hospital – background props collapsed on one of the musketeers.

John Rhys-Davies, who plays one of the musketeers (Porthos, btw – M.) in the film “La Femme Musketeer” was badly hurt yesterday afternoon during the filming in Pazin. The heavy construction of a background prop had collapsed and hit the actor, who was immediately transferred to the ER section of the Rijeka main hospital. The group of doctors led by Ivan Kirin, MD, stated there was a major head injury with severe bleeding, and a fracture of the right arm. The actor also had chest injuries but no fractures. John Rhys-Davies, known for his role as the Dwarf in the film “The Lord of the Rings”, will have to stay in the hospital for the next week, which will probably result in stopping the filming of “La Femme Musketeer”. The film crew met last night at the Lovran Excelsior to discuss further filming plans. The American and Croatian actors involved with the film have had a chain of bad luck; last week the actress Nastassya Kinski slipped and hurt her knee, but the injury was not a serious one.

Ananova are also running this story.

We at TORn wish John the very best and a speedy recovery.

Posted in Old Special Reports

TTT Edition of the Sunday Times Magazine

Ringer Spy Bellerophon sends in some amazing photos from today’s special Two Towers edition of the Sunday Times Magazine. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More] Updated! (and again!)

Posted in Old Main News

TTT Edition of The Sunday Times Magazine

Here are some amazing photos from Ringer Spy Bellerophon of tomorrow’s Sunday Times Magazine special edition on The Two Towers. An advertising flier for the magazine that was being handed out in Leicester Square today can be found here: [More]




Update:

This snippet from Ringer Spy Taniwha:

Regarding the photo from the Sunday Times with crew … it looks like Osgiliath to me; the ‘wet set’ on Peterkin St in Taita, as previously seen in the Evening Post photos. You can see these here and here. I was there the day the EP shot those, and read the shoot pages for the day…

And more commentary on that image from Ringer Spy Telcontar:

Firstly, the soldier far left is in Gondorian armour — it looks Elvish, but the shoulder “scales” are seen on earlier Gondor regalia (and notice the Tree on his breastplate). Secondly, the man labeled “Viggo stand-in” is not a stand-in, he’s an Ithilien Ranger (notice similar outfit on Faramir pics). Lastly, and most importantly, the orcs are NOT Isengard orcs — they are Mordor orcs (totally different facial features, clothing, etc). To be fair, we didn’t claim that they were Isengard orcs or Uruks ;-) – Ara

So it may be Osgiliath (since we have no idea what scenes PJ has written there) or Minas Tirith during the siege — although I would doubt that considering the “ruined” look of the architecture. So a battle scene in Osgiliath between orcs, rangers, and soldiers from Minas Tirith? Sounds good to me.

Posted in Old Special Reports

First sighting of Nazgûl Steed

Here are a few frame captures from Ringer Spy Bellerophon of the Nazgûl Steed maquette from the latest “Creatures of The Two Towers” video on LordOfTheRings.net.
These have been brightened and enlarged for your viewing pleasure, although the framing of the maquette in the original footage makes the images somewhat cryptic to say the least. It’s quite possible that the intercut images of the John Howe Nazgûl Steed in the same video gives more of an accurate idea as to how the fell beasts will appear in TTT and RoTK.

Nazgûl Steed #1 Nazgûl Steed #2
Nazgûl Steed #3

Posted in Old Spy Reports