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Return of the Drink!

With all respect for Prof. Tolkien, Mr. Jackson, and Anheiser Busch, I put together this Lord of the Rings beer commrecial just for the heck of it. [More]

While it’s not my drink, I couldn’t resist posting this for you thirsty LotR humor fans! Thanks to Nicep M for sending it in!

Posted in Creations, Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, Tolkien

Bogans: an LotR-inspired Short Film

How many of us around the globe wanted to be in, or even part of, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies? How many of us were actually in them? This funny, quirky short film is about exactly that: a few average Joes – ok, maybe not so average Joes—who heard about the films, got off their duffs and out of their garage, went hunting for the Man himself, and actually made it into the movies. More Bogans!

Posted in Old Main News

Bogans: an LotR-inspired Short Film

How many of us around the globe wanted to be in, or even part of, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies? How many of us were actually in them? This funny, quirky short film is about exactly that: a few average Joes – ok, maybe not so average Joes—who heard about the films, got off their duffs and out of their garage, went hunting for the Man himself, and actually made it into the movies.

From the first scene, in which our principal actors, Peter Tait (Shagrat in TTT), Paul Glover & Ian Hughes (Irolas in RotK) hear about Jackson’s LotR movie enterprise on a car stereo rigged up in a cardboard box, to the last line, “Swap!” Bogans is just plain fun. It’s a raucous tale of a road trip to find cash, fame, and PJ. Those of you who must have everything LotR-movie related can’t live without this in your collection, even though it’s not for young children or the more conservative viewer (parents are STRONGLY advised to preview this movie before purchasing for youth as it contains plenty of lawbreaking, hooliganisms (boganisms??) & orcish language).

If you’re hungry for more Middle-earth, don’t buy Bogans. But if you’re craving more NZ LotR-themed film footage, want to see what some real Kiwis look like, sound like, and (gasp!) possibly act like (well, some of them anyway…), then Bogans is for you.

Who needs money? Who needs a car battery? Who needs lettuce on their hamburgers? Who needs books (“There’s nothing wrong with ‘em!”)? Heck, who needs a cell phone? You’ll find answers to these and more in Bogans. If you value a set of 1950’s hardback LotR over a bottle of Jack Daniels, then spend your pence elsewhere, but if you want one more taste of New Zealand (and there are some nice landscape shots) with that LotR-influenced flavor, Bogans might just make your day. I know it made mine!

You can learn more about what bogans are, who made this film, and even get your copy right here: Bogans website. Enjoy!

Posted in Old Special Reports

Jackson Cornering the Video Kong

Thanks to Ringer Charmed Sister for the tip on this New York Times article: Peter Jackson, who made “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is entering the rarefied club of Hollywood movie directors who are expected to earn as much money — or even more — from helping create video games as from making movies… [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Waiting for Frodo No More!

Our friend Debbie Ridpath Ohi has posted the final strips of her comic strip saga, Waiting for Frodo: [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Lord of the Appleblossoms

Several Ringers have written in to tell us about Sean Astin serving as co-Grand Master at this year’s Shenandoa Apple Blossom Festival. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Weta Digital to Animate Jane and the Dragon

Weta Workshop, the New Zealand-based special effects company that gained global fame for its work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has chosen the Toronto-based Nelvana animation house to collaborate on the new animated series Jane and the Dragon. Thanks to Hobbitangel for the story. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Giant Green Dragon Comes to Toronto

Greetings!

A little article I found:

Giant green dragon comes to T.O.

Weta Workshop, the New Zealand-based special effects company that gained global fame for its work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has chosen the Toronto-based Nelvana animation house to collaborate on the new animated series Jane and the Dragon.

The 26 half -hour episodes are based on the book series by Martin Baynton about a 13-year-old girl in medieval times who has a giant green dragon in her backyard. The series is targeted at the six to 11 year-old audience.

“This partnership promises to be a great experience for Nelvana’s CGI studio,” says Scott Dyer, executive vice-president of production and development at the Corus Entertainment-owned Nelvana. “We’re looking forward to working with the talented Weta team.”

Weta Workshop founder Richard Taylor says their first venture into children’s television animation will blend classic animation design and modern computerized motion-capture technology.

“We have enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to create a fantastical world around the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien,” Taylor says. “It is therefore a great treat to be able to create our own world for Jane and her Dragon.”

Thanks,

Hobbitangel

Posted in Old Special Reports

The Ring goes to Mt. Etna

From Ringer Giuseppe: On April 8th, a cinema in Riposto (Italy) has been showing the whole Trilogy, which makes it the first LOTR Marathon in Sicily (to my knowledge), and the only one on the flanks of the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna! [Mt. Etna Cam](Of course it’s a bit dark in Italy at this posting…)

Posted in Old Main News

Blanchett Doing Her Gollum/Smeagol Thing

A b&w film trailer interestingly titled ‘Coffee & Cigarettes’ features Cate Blanchett starring in dual roles that seem to play off wonderfully among each other. Thanks to Twilight Elf for this one: [More]

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ESPN Poll Needs You!

Let’s show ‘em what we’ve got. For the Wacky Bracket, do you prefer Ronny Turiaf’s hair or the locks of the King? [More]

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Shore Symphony and Signing in Ohio

From Ringer Deborah: I had the pleasure of attending the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore’s LOTR symphony on March 26 in Columbus, Ohio. I also attended Mr. Shore’s autograph signing at the Virgin Megastore on March 27. [More] More Ohio Shore news coming Monday!

Posted in Old Main News