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TORn’s SDCC 2015 wrap us

1 Middle-earth cosplay SDCC2015San Diego Comic Con 2015 is now in the books, let’s do a little recap for any all things related to Tolkien fandom and TORn. The TORn panel, titled “What’s next for Tolkien Fans?” was on Friday afternoon, and directly after the panel we had our annual Tolkien themed Cosplay photo Op, as seen in the first photo.

The panel itself began at 4pm, but without the snazzy little visual presentation we normally have. The laptop that the presentation was on, and had been operating just 2 hours earlier, decided it was taking the afternoon off. Apparently it helped the panel move along at a quicker pace, leaving plenty of room for questions at the end. So, what was discussed in the panel, what IS next for Tolkien fans? (more…)

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San Diego Comic con is coming and TORn will be there

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San Diego Comic Con

Edited to Add and update details: 

What’s Next for Tolkien Fans
From cast and crew interviews to having a staffer assigned as an embedded reporter on set, TheOneRing.net has had a front row seat these past 16 years as Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films were created. Now that all the films have been released, the only thing remaining for fans is the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and rumors of possible Tolkien biopics on the horizon. Join staffers Cathy Udovch (special events coordinator), Clifford Broadway (TORn tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn bookclub), Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), and Larry Curtis (senior staff writer) for an in-depth discussion full of expert analysis, behind-the-scenes stories and audience participation with the website forged by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

The 2015 edition of San Diego Comic Con is coming up in just 3 short weeks, and TheOneRing.net will be there. We will not have a booth this year, but we will be hosting a panel on Friday afternoon, July 10, called “What’s next for Tolkien Fans”. We just can’t give any further details until the official schedule is posted next week. Please do plan to wear your Tolkien finery on Friday if you are able. That means costumes, TORn shirts, whatever you have that shows your affinity for all things Middle-earth. Since this may well be TORn’s final big appearance at SDCC (we won’t know until next year if they will invite us back), so let’s go out in style. There will be a mass photo of fans in TORn shirts or other Tolkien themed tees, Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and other denizens of Middle-earth, directly after the panel out on the front steps between Ballroom 20 and the Sails Pavillion. You will have to take the escalators to the ground floor in order to exit to get to the front steps, but this will allow any non-ticket holders to participate. So do plan to represent Middle-earth and we’ll see you on Friday, July 10, Costumes or geeky shirts are equally welcome, this photo event will take place between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.

GCC-LogoThere will also be a TORn Moot that Friday evening, but instead of the Laketown Luau we had last year, which forced us to charge money to attend, we decided to go a little more casual. So, without further ado, all Tolkien fans attending SDCC and those locals that are not attending are invited to an ‘Ice Cream Social’ at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in the Gaslamp District, located at 643 5th ave. We’ll begin at 7:30pm, giving everyone time to make it into the Gaslamp District after the hall closes, and run till 10pm.You can RSVP at our Facebook Event page for “We’re Taking the Hobbits to IceCreamGard”

 

Now here’s the rub, Ghirardelli does not take reservations, so everyone will just have to show up, grab whatever chair or table is available, and eat their yummy goodness. We may end up scattered about the place, but that’s OK, we are all Tolkien fans and we can socialize with the best of them. The shop is always rather popular and busy, the turn over is pretty quick, so just show up and have some fun with your fellow Tolkien fans, and there may even be a few prizes to win.

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Will you be at San Diego Comic con? Do you want go to a TORn party?

Lake-town LuauTORn is looking to host another Laketown Luau during San Diego Comic Con in July. In fact, we may well make this an annual event so that Tolkien fans can stay connected at one of the biggest Pop Culture events in the world. But we’d like to ask you, the readers, if this is something that would really interest you.

The Laketown Luau is a mashup event with both a Tolkien theme and a Luau theme mixed together, resulting in costumed hula contests, Pin the Black Arrow on the Dragon games and lots of fun and fellowship. The advantage of holding the event during San Diego Comic Con is that Tolkien fans attending the convention from all over the world will be in town that week and can attend. Even better, holding the event off-site means that non-attendee fans from So Cal can also attend the party.

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Nine is a Pretty Good Number

LOTRConcertMathematics aficionados have had fun this year with the once-in-a-lifetime PI Day — 3.14.15. 9:26:53.  Symphony Silicon Valley has more numbers for the inner geek in all of us.

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Ralph Bakshi Film retrospective in Los Angeles this month

Bakshi LOTRRalph Bakshi will appear in person at a film retrospective of some of his most iconic animated films, presented by the American Cinematheque in conjunction with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The films will screen at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on the last weekend of March. You can catch a double feature of “Heavy Traffic” and “American Pop” on Friday, March 27 starting at 7:30pm. There will be a discussion with director Ralph Bakshi between these two films and a clip will be shown from his new film “Last Days of Coney Island”.  On the following Saturday, March 28, there will be a double feature of “The Lord of the Rings” and “Wizards”, starting at 7:30pm, again with a discussion with director Ralph Bakshi between the two films.

If you have never seen this Ralph_Bakshiversion of LOTR, or at least never seen it on the big screen, you must try and catch this screening. The rotoscoping is eye-catching, to say the least, and brings a level of veracity to the more serious themes of this story, something that was not common with animation of it’s time. Bakshi Productions will be selling art in the lobby starting at 6:30pm each night, so get there early.

Staffers from TheOneRing.net will running about the theater as well, so do make sure to say hello if you see us. And what can only be called a cosmic coincidence, Tolkien Forever, the Los Angeles based smial of the Tolkien Society will be hosting Tolkien Reading Day earlier in the day on Saturday, March 28 in Downtown Los Angeles. You can find out more details about that on Facebook event page. Why not make it a true Tolkien daily double with some reading, some viewing and some Fellowship.

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The Aero theater is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403, and you can buy tickets at the box office or in advance on Fandango. All the information you need can be found on the American Cinematheque Bakshi Tribute calendar.

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The #OneLastParty Auction and Raffle list of prizes

TORn IGG page assets-13List of some of the Auction and Raffle prizes:

Here are some of the items we will have available for the silent auction and raffle, including something for the Non-Attending Supporters of our Indiegogo campaign. We have some rather big ticket prizes, numerous autographed items, and some original artwork for you, and at least one item offered for a Charity Auction. Everything on this list will be split fairly evenly between the silent auction and the raffle, giving everyone a chance to walk away with something very cool. This is not a complete list, things are still arriving, but it will give you an idea of what you will have a chance to either bid on or try and win in a Chinese style raffle drawing.

Gollum glass

SR Pony mug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork –

Gollum Stained Glass Window – handmade

Prancing Pony Mug – handmade

Green Dragon Mug – handmade

Bilbo’s Teacups – handmade

Mallorn Leaf Serving Plate – handmade

Signed Items –

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King “For Your Consideration” script – signed by numerous LOTR cast and crew

DOS Bilbo Poster – signed by numerous Hobbit cast and crew

DOS Cast Poster – signed by numerous Hobbit cast and crew

TOPPS Autograph Cards – One each for Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood.

Samwise autograph card

Frodo autograph card

 

 

 

 

 

Big Ticket Items –

Sideshow Artist Proof of Sauron statue

Sideshow Artis Proof of Galadriel

One note for those of you not attending the party, two of the Signed TOPPS cards, the Sam and Frodo cards, will be raffled off for the Non-Attending supporters during our Live Stream of the party.

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OneLastParty Food and Drink Menus

one-last-party-logo-squareThe OneLastParty is almost upon us, and today we’re very excited and pleased to unveil the delectable items that will be featured at the buffet dinner and bar areas. First, some answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting:

 

Food fun facts:

– The doors open at 5:30 and the buffet line opens shortly afterwards at 5:45 p.m.

– Dinner service will run until 8:00 p.m. with the show starting around 8:30 p.m.

– Special Dietary needs: the party planners went to great lengths to ensure we could accommodate a number of dietary preferences which are indicated in the notes to the menu. However, if you have a very severe food allergy, you might want to bring something to supplement the buffet offerings. As we’re serving over 500 people, we can’t guarantee that there is absolutely none of a particular ingredient in the food

 

Bar fun facts:

– Bar areas will feature both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (see pricing below)

– Everyone with tickets that include meals will get two drink tickets at check-in that can be used for two free drinks

– Our friends at Middle-earth Wine are supporting the event, so we will have special Middle-earth wine available at the party! (NB there was a mistake in our post earlier; this wine is available for your drink tickets or to purchase. Unfortunately it will not be free all evening!)

– After your drink tickets have been used, the bars will take cash or credit cards. Credit card purchases have a $20 minimum (if desired, this can be met by opening a tab)

 

ONE LAST PARTY FOOD MENU

Salad

Mixed greens with blackberry balsamic vinaigrette (notes 1, 3)

Butter Lettuce with citrus segments and creamy herb dressing (notes 1, 3)

Sides

Roasted potatoes & pearl onions (notes 1, 3)

Buttered peas (notes 1, 3)

Entrees

Chicken breast with wild mushroom sauce

Pork tenderloin with apple chutney (note 3)

Vegetarian option: Portobello mushroom stacks with eggplant, squash and sun-dried tomato sauce (notes 1, 2, 3)

Desserts

Baked apples with Cinnamon caramel (notes 1, 3)

Blackberry tart with whipped cream (note 1)

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Food notes: (1) Vegetarian, (2) Vegan, (3) Free of large amounts of gluten

 

ONE LAST PARTY BAR MENU & PRICING:

$2   Water

$3   Juices & sodas

$5   Red Bull

$6   Assorted Beers

$6   Assorted Wines

$11 Cocktails (includes a wonderful selection of Middle-earth themed drinks)

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The One Last Party: your questions answered!

one-last-party-logo-300x190 If you have questions about The One Last Party but perhaps missed our previous post, here’s a reminder link to our dedicated party subsite. (more…)

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The One Last Party – Party Subsite with FAQ, Event Details and more!

one-last-party-logo-300x190Only 15 days away from The One Last Party! TheOneRing.net staff are working overtime to make our last Oscar event a night to remember. Today we are happy to unveil our party subsite, and apologies for not having it up sooner. On the subsite, you will find information on party times, parking, raffles, costuming, etc. We will be updating this area on a regular basis, so please look to this space and your email for further details as they become available. (For example, we just learned we’re going to be auctioning off a Sideshow/Weta Sauron Artist Proof statue!!) And don’t forget, you may still be able to snag a ticket to the performance part of the evening! Details on the Party Specifics page.

[Party SubSite] [Party Specifics] [Entertainers] [Party FAQ] [Raffles & Auctions] [Costuming & Attire] [Sponsors]

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The One Last Party – Save $40 on Tuxedo Rental!

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If you are attending our last party and you are looking to celebrate in style, we’ve secured a special discount for you!

Friar Tux Shop, one of southern California’s premier providers of men’s tuxedos and suits, has graciously come on board in support of the “The One Last Party”! Rent your tux from any Friar Tux Shop and receive $40 off by using the group code: #94185. As our preferred tux shop in the LA area, Friar Tux Shop has locations through out, including Beverly Hills, West LA and Thousand Oaks. With outstanding commitment to service, Friar Tux Shops pride themselves on providing the finest in men’s fashion at affordable prices. Offering all the latest designer styles, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Joseph Abboud, and Perry Ellis, you are certain to look your best on this very special night.

You can make your reservation through the FriarTux.com website, or by calling the closest location to our venue in Beverly Hills.

Please make your reservations by February 6th to take advantage of the $40 OFF order!

 

BEVERLY HILLS
Friar Tux Shop
8621 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-652-4200
M,F: 10am-8pm
T,W,Th: 12pm-8pm
Sa: 10am-5pm
Su: 11am-5pm

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The One Last Party update – more ‘Entish Entertainment’ tickets available!

one-last-party-logo-300x190We are hard at work planning for The One Last Party – and the good news is, having looked carefully at numbers, we can fit in FIFTY more people for the ‘Entish Entertainment’ ticket!  That’s the ‘show only’ ticket – here are the details:

For those on a budget: join us later in the evening! This ticket does NOT include dinner, free drinks or goody bag. It DOES get you into the event, to party with your fellow fans and enjoy the performance. Dress code is formal or costumes. Drinks and raffle tickets will be available to buy; NO food will be available. Entish Entertainment party goers will be admitted to the party approx 2 hrs into the evening; we’ll confirm details nearer the time.

These tickets are $100, and only 50 will be available!  Click ‘BUY NOW’ if you’d like to grab a ticket before they’re gone! Last chance to join us at the party!  NB as the Indiegogo campaign is closed you cannot buy these tickets there – they are ONLY available by clicking here:

 

We also want to announce the lucky winner of the SIGNED POSTER giveaway that we ran during the last week of the campaign.  Congratulations to Jasmin, who was picked at random from all the pledges received that week. The poster is on the way to you!

Also huge thanks to supporters David and Judy, who donated this amazing collectible.  They say:

2Butterflies‘Besides being big TORn supporters, we also want to donate the poster to bring awareness to Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) — The Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of.™

EB truly is one of the most heartbreaking diseases we have learned about in the past few years.  You can find out more about it at
http://blog.ebinfoworld.com/

Children with EB are sometimes called “Butterfly Children” because their skin is a delicate as a butterfly’s wing.  Just the slightest touch can cause painful blisters and the skin to separate, like 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  We just love the scene from Desolation of Smaug, where Bilbo is above the trees surrounded by butterflies.  It makes us think of all those who have passed on and are free from EB.’

We’re glad to help raise awareness; thanks again to our poster donors!

And of course, we owe HUGE thanks to ALL who supported the campaign. Tolkien fans never cease to amaze us! We’re thrilled that we can hold this special celebration, and have you all be a part of it – in person or via the live stream. Which leads us to another announcement – as our campaign was so successful, we will not need to charge for the live stream.  So LIVE STREAM will be FREE and available to all!

Stay tuned for more party details; and we’ll see you there – in Los Angeles or on the internet!

 

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Top Ten Tips for Solo Party Goers!

one last party legion hallAs the funding goal for The One Last Party draws closer, and it looks like we may indeed be able to celebrate this fandom with one last, big, hurrah, we realize that lots of folks are taking the bold step of venturing out their door alone on this mission… quest… thing…

So, for those people coming to The One Last Party alone, here are our top tips and advice to make your trip more fun!

1. DON’T PANIC! (Sorry, borrowing from another fandom there!) MANY of your TORn friends – they are already your friends, even if you have yet to meet them – have taken this step before, venturing out alone, but soon finding themselves surrounded by excellent and admirable fellow fans, who have become cherished companions.

2. If you’re looking to share a hotel room with someone, try posting in the ‘TORn Moots and Other Events’ area of the Message Boards.  Start a thread or respond to one – there may already be posts about hotel rooms there. You could also leave a post at the Facebook event page for The One Last Party – see more on that below!

3. If you just would like to know who a few people are – maybe exchange phone numbers – before you head to Hollywood, the suggestions in point 2 also apply. Check out the Facebook Event page – we hope that will be a good online meeting place for people, where they can share the excitement as we all get ready to party together. You’ll have new friends before you even arrive in LA!

one last party legion hall 44. Don’t fret over what to wear. Dress code for the event is formal or costumes – it is Oscar weekend, after all! This is a chance to wear your red carpet finery – or your pointy ears! In simple terms, it means tuxedos for men and long dresses for women; but there are lots of possibilities! Gents, got a wonderful suit but not a tuxedo? No problem! Ladies, want to wear a cocktail dress so you can dance without tripping over your elven train? That works! Bearded dwarf women, glamorous elves, ladies in tuxedos – it’s all good!  So long as you embrace the opportunity to don your glad rags – whatever form they may take! – you’ll look splendid.

5. Should you arrive at the party still not knowing anyone, don’t be afraid to chat to folks in line – for admission, for dinner, for photo ops! You already have a lot in common with these people! Find out how long they’ve been fans, or when they first discovered TheOneRing.net – or share a good moan about the parts of the movies you DON’T enjoy. Nothing builds bonds quite like shared dislikes!

6. Once you get to that photo op moment, invite a stranger to share your barrel! Your fellow Barrel Rider may become your new best friend – and now you have a photo of the moment you met!

7. When it comes to dinner, no seats are reserved! We’ll all be feasting like hobbits and moving around to see what else is going on, so don’t be afraid to grab a seat and start a conversation – just maybe try to have slightly better table manners than the dwarves…

one last party legion hall38. Don’t be shy, Samwise Gamgee!  Instead of just having another pint of ale, get up and dance! You may find your Rosie Cotton on the dance floor…

9. It’s ok to be a book lover, a movie lover, a Rankin/Bass fan or a relative newbie to the world of Tolkien’s words! Anything goes – Ringers come in all shapes and forms, from all nations and all backgrounds, and that’s one of the things which is so great about the fandom.

10. Don’t forget your pocket handkerchief! It’s an exciting business, going out of your door – there is no knowing where you might be swept off to…

 

 

One Last Party fundraiser!

one last party logo Our One Last Party fundraiser on Indiegogo is almost 90% funded and we’re pretty stoked!

If you’d like to join us as a Party of Special Magnificence in Hollywood in February — a toast to all SIX Middle-earth movies, then now is the time to throw in your support! Even if you can’t make it to Hollywood (or if you’ve already contributed), you can help out by retweeting or sharing our fundraiser across social media to get the word out.

Visit our campaign page to see how you can help — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

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