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Weta teams up with big guns

Weta teams up with big guns It’s a project that will bring Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron to town and will be made, in part, in Wellington. Avatar is being touted as a futuristic, ground-breaking film, and as Weta digital’s visual effects maestro Joe Letteri told ONE News, Weta, along with hundreds of Kiwi contractors are helping to make it happen. The film is Cameron’s latest project. His last film was Titanic – the very same Titanic that was released 12 years ago and is still the highest grossing film ever made.

Weta teams up with big guns

Posted in Old Main News, WETA Digital

‘Lord of the Rings Symphony’ attracts younger audience

It may be a long way back to recapture audiences lost to classical music through the disappearance of music education from the schools, changing lifestyles and perceptions of elitism, but the way back may be through places like Middle-earth. The average age at Saturday night’s performance of Howard Shore’s “Lord of the Rings Symphony” by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall appeared much younger than the normal mid-50s demographic. CSO staffers scrambled to handle the walk-up traffic just minutes before the concert, and it seemed that only the unsellable seats in the 3,516-seat hall (several hundred are limited and obstructed views) remained empty.

‘Lord of the Rings Symphony’ attracts younger audience

Posted in Concerts, Old Main News

‘The History of the Hobbit’ Released

'The History of the Hobbit' Released Sometimes, I just love being me…This week Houghton Mifflin sent me a surprise package which to my delight contained ‘The History of the Hobbit’ part 1 and 2 by John Rateliff. Each volume is available now, while the 3 book set (which included The Hobbit) is available for pre-order on Amazon.com today. Be sure to pick up your copy today!!

‘The History of the Hobbit’ Released

Posted in Books Publications, Hobbit Book, Old Main News, Tolkien

Show your Hobbit Pride and Win Big!

Show us Your Hobbit Pride Giveaway

Our ‘Show us Your Hobbit Pride’ Giveaway is running until October 12th – don’t miss your opportunity to win some great prizes! Follow the link for complete details.

‘Show us your Hobbit Pride’ Giveaway

Posted in Contests, Old Main News, TheOneRing.net Announcements

Tolkien’s Virtual World Takes Off

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Jeff Anderson is not a nerd. The 40-year-old chief executive of Westwood (Mass.) video game developer Turbine is six feet tall, with the frame of an NFL linebacker. Nevertheless, he presides over a vast and rapidly growing virtual world of elves, orcs, dragons, and hobbits. In April, Anderson’s company took the wraps off the Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for PC, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic books. The explosive growth of the game—players have created some 4 million unique characters in just five months—has vaulted the company into the top tier of online game design companies and made it the largest privately held developer of massively multiplayer games in the U.S.

Tolkien’s Virtual World Takes Off Discuss

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Richard Taylor Interview

Richard Taylor Interview Susanne writes: ‘In Business’, a BBC Radio 4 programme, includes an interview with Richard Taylor on his approach to business. ‘In Business hears from .. the man who created the special effects behind the movies of Lord of the Rings and King Kong.’

Richard Taylor Interview

Posted in Old Main News, Richard Taylor

SHOP: The Balrog Legendary Scale Bust from Sideshow Collectibles

The Balrog Legendary Scale BustThe Balrog Legendary Scale Bust is now available over at SideshowCollectibles.com:

“Sideshow Collectibles proudly presents this fantastic new addition to The Lord of the Rings Legendary Scale Bust series. The Balrog has been expertly sculpted to capture every detail of the creature’s menacing visage and flaming hide. Hand-cast of the highest quality polystone, each bust is hand-painted and individually numbered. The Balrog Legendary Scale bust is the perfect addition to your The Lord of the Rings collection.”

And don’t forget the fact that its an insanely large 22″ H (559mm) and will ship in early 2008.

The Balrog Legendary Scale Bust Discuss

Posted in Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

WETA Press Updates

Here with this week’s news headlines from the wonderful world of Weta

Halo3 makes $170 million in sales in 24 hours
Third Halo short released online [Link II]
Hellgate: London giveaway at upcoming Horror Convention in US
Weta’s WOW Winner revealed
Winner of F.M.O.M acronym contest announced
Sydney Convention Rayguns promotion
Further design work from Hercules revealed
Weta Limited in Australasia for convention season next month
Lord Cockswain online comic: Part Two now available
Indecipherable Rayguns testimonial from a sailor / pirate? You decide…
Registrations now open for NZ effects symposium

Posted in Old Main News, WETA Workshop

Tana Umaga Stadium, Peter Jackson Film Academy

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? It’s time for Wellington to honour its home-town heroes says communications specialist Roger Ellis who is standing for the Wellington City Council in the Northern Ward. In recent years Wellington has produced some exceptional people. The whole world knows what Peter Jackson has almost single-handedly achieved – a major league movie industry right here in the suburbs of Wellington. He has received a theatre-load of awards from the good and the great throughout the world. “Yet to date the Wellington City Council has done little to honour this outstanding favourite son. The same could be said for Weta’s Richard Taylor.

Tana Umaga Stadium, Peter Jackson Film Academy

Posted in Old Main News, PJ's Other Films

Kristin Thompson & Rick Porras Booksigning TOMORROW

Kristin Thompson & Rick Porras Booksigning TOMORROW Kristin Thompson, author of The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood, writes: I am going to be doing a signing event for The Frodo Franchise in New York on September 27. It starts at 7 pm at Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street (MAP), tel. 212.362.8835. It should be an exciting evening, since Lord of the Rings co-producer Rick Porras will be joining me for a conversation before the signing! We’ll talk for perhaps half an hour and field questions for fifteen minutes or so.

‘The Frodo Franchise’ Booksigning in NY

Posted in LotR Books, Old Main News, Other Events

Mountain featured in ‘Lord of the Rings’ erupts

Mountain featured in ‘Lord of the Rings’ erupts WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu erupted, spewing out ash and rock that injured one climber and forced around 50 people to be evacuated off the mountain, local media reported on Wednesday. The 10-minute eruption started at about 8.20 p.m. on Tuesday and sent a cloud of ash and dust to a height of 15,000 feet, Geological and Nuclear Sciences said.

Mountain featured in ‘Lord of the Rings’ erupts

Posted in Locations Sets, New Zealand, Old Main News

Entertainment Weekly on ‘Eastern Promises’

Entertainment Weekly on 'Eastern Promises' Roheryn writes: The latest Entertainment Weekly article hails Viggo Mortensen’s infamous bathhouse brawl in the buff as the harbinger of a new age of naked fight scenes. Huzzah!

Buff and Tumble

Posted in Old Main News, Viggo Mortensen