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Tolkien Called It: ‘Gold rings create invisibility cloak’

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Tony writes: I thought this might be of interest. Fascinating how first hobbits and now gold rings of invisibility are now scientific realities. Check out this article called ‘Gold rings create first true invisibility cloak’.

Gold rings create invisibility cloak

Posted in Hobbit Book, LotR Books, Old Main News

One ‘Rings’ penalty to rule them all

Peter JacksonMessage Board member ‘Daughter of Nienna’ points us to a rather insightful article related to New Line’s recent penalty and the on-going drama of the Peter Jackson lawsuit:

“…For a complex entertainment case, where lawyer gamesmanship over access to documents and witnesses is fairly common, Hillman’s language and the amount of the penalty are striking. “It’s almost unheard of,” says litigator Neville Johnson, who frequently tangles with studios. “You rarely see sanctions, and you certainly don’t see sanctions that high.”…”

For the complete story, please jump over to Yahoo! News.

Yahoo! News Discuss

Posted in LotR Movies, Old Main News, PJ New Line

Sean Astin Willing, But Not Hopeful For ‘Hobbit’ Role

‘The Hobbit’ discussion continues as The MTV Movie Blog has caught up with LOTR cast member Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee). Check out what everyone’s favorite savior or Middle-earth has to say:

Cate Blanchett talk Hobbit“I’ve said since before we started making the movies and have never wavered for a second that ‘The Hobbit’ would get made,” Sean Astin — who portrayed Samwise Gamgee — insisted, while out promoting his new film, “The Final Season.” “The fanbase wants it. There’s too much money to be made doing it. It seems like maybe the time is now.”

There is a lot more over at MTV, check it out!

MTV Movie Blog Discuss

Posted in Old Main News, Sean Astin

TV Watch: Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne on Charlie Rose

New Line Agree to Pay 'RINGS' Fine Morgan writes: Just sending a heads up on last night’s Charlie Rose show. He interviewed Bob Shaye (and Michael Lynne) of New Line and asked all about Peter Jackson and his involvement in The Hobbit…Ringers may find it very interesting to see Shaye look uncomfortable with the questions.

TV Watch: Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne on Charlie Rose

Posted in Director Rumors, Old Main News, PJ New Line, Television

Entertainment Weekly Talks ‘Hobbit’ – BIGTIME!

EW.comRinger Steele alerts us to a downright HUGE article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly. You won’t want to miss it:

“Just a heads up, if case you didn’t know, that there is a huge 7(!) page cover story on the current status of The Hobbit in the Entertainment Weekly which hits newsstands tomorrow (10/05). I would call it cautiously optimistic – confirmation that New Line and PJ apparently are now talking – and a good overall summation of the PJ/New Line/Hobbit situation to date.”

The story is now posted at! Be sure to pick up your copy at news-stands tomorrow!

Full Story at Cover Art Discuss

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Old Main News, PJ New Line

New Line Agree to Pay ‘RINGS’ Fine

New Line Agree to Pay 'RINGS' Fine From The Hollywood Reporter (via Just two months ago, the media received word that New Line was softening its position against Peter Jackson in hopes of a possible HOBBIT movie somewhere in the near future. The hostility went from the studio head Robert Shaye saying “So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I’m still working for the company.” (via to “Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in The Hobbit.” (via LA Times) Whether the two sides have even talked to one another since then, it appears that New Line is accepting a fine handed to them from a Federal Judge for the failures of handing over documents as requested, something Peter Jackson has said from the beginning causing the court case. The $125,000 fine could have been contested or sought a review which would have taken more time in this ongoing court battle. Instead, they’re accepting the decision. New Line’s attorney Robert Schwartz wrote, “Mindful that the court’s resources are valuable and limited, New Line will neither oppose that award nor seek review” of the order.

New Line Agree to Pay ‘RINGS’ Fine Discuss

Posted in Old Main News, PJ New Line

Kristin Thompson Booksigning in Austin TOMORROW

Kristin Thompson & Rick Porras Booksigning TOMORROW Kristin Thompson, author of The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood, writes: On October 5 at 1:30 pm, I’ll be at the Intellectual Property bookstore in Austin for a brief presentation, Q&A, and signing. It’s located on the edge of the University of Texas campus at 24th and Guadalupe (Map).

‘The Frodo Franchise’ Booksigning in TX

Posted in Books Publications, Old Main News, Other Events

Characters of Middle-earth: Barliman Butterbur

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close?
Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: Barliman Butterbur, the proprietor of The Prancing Pony, is always happy to supply a pint and a warm fire to adventurers and townsfolk alike. If you find yourself in Bree, stop in to the famous inn and meet the shrewd innkeeper and his hobbit assistants!

Characters of Middle-earth: Barliman Butterbur

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Exploring Middle-earth – Tinnudir

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close?
Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: When travelling the shores of Lake Evendim, visit the island of Tinnudir and seek out the rangers standing guard over the ruins of Annúminas. Ever-vigilant, they keep the tombs of the kings safe from lowly tomb-robbers.

Exploring Middle-earth – Tinnudir

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

The Greatest Trilogies of our Times

Andy writes: My name is Andy and I’m currently studying at a business academy in Germany. In the course of the last couple months, we were to work out a report dealing with some financial matters. I wrote my report on THE LORD OF THE RINGS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER GREAT MOVIE TRILOGIES OF OUR TIME, dealing with gross and production budgets. I was originally written in German but you can find a translation unter the button “English Report” on the right hand side of the homepage of my site.

The Greatest Trilogies of our Times

Posted in LotR Books, Old Main News

Middle-earth Cruise Update

TORn Cruise - Click to Learn More Garfeimao writes: It has been a month since the Cruise to Middle earth in November, 2008 was announced and the response has been phenomenal. I have been getting a lot of response from single travelors, some willing to travel alone and some reticent to travel alone but unsure how to find travelling companions. [Cruise Update] [Complete Cruise Details]

Middle-earth Cruise Update Discuss

Posted in Old Main News, Tours

British writer on ‘Tintin’ case

British writer on 'Tintin' case LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – British scribe Steven Moffat, best known for writing the new “Doctor Who” series, is turning his hand to “Tintin,” the DreamWorks movie trilogy collaboration from Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. Tintin, created by late Belgian artist Herge, is a young reporter and world traveler who is aided in his adventures by his faithful dog Snowy. He later was joined by such colorful characters as Captain Haddock, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson. The books, hugely popular in Europe, have been translated into 50 languages with more than 200 million sold. Jackson and Spielberg are each directing an installment, with the helmer of the third movie to be determined.

British writer on ‘Tintin’ case Discuss

Posted in Old Main News, PJ's Other Films