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Archive for December, 1999

Sam’s Helms Deep Pics

Thanks to Sam for the pics!

Posted in Old Spy Reports

This weeks Ebay items

Check out all the glorious toys you can pickup at Ebay. Did I miss something on another auction site? Send it to me. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Cast News: Bean on BBC1

UK Ringers can catch Sean Bean (Boromir) tonight at 9 PM. He’ll be playing himself in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ on BB1.

Thanks to Nona for the tip!

Posted in Old Main News Msg Fans

A note to you folks to liked to frequent the msg boards, I see you’ve been having problems with your board. I’ve set another one up for you on the same site. Located here. You guys can use it at your own conenience, it has nothing to do with, but if you want to be an OP on it, just send me an email and I’ll set you guys up. cheers 🙂

Posted in Old Main News

Music Rumblings..

Ringer Fan Jeff sent in this letter he received from Peter Jackson and the folks at Wingnut Films concerning some music he sent in to them, with portions snipped by me. The music is described by Jeff as ‘lyrics from the point of view of Aragorn as he lays down to voluntarily give up his life. He acknowledges the tremendous cost to Arwen but reminds her that their deaths are inevitable and that the triumph of the west over Sauron made these things come to pass’:

Check out what Jeff sent into Wingnut here.

Letter from Wingnut:

Dear Jeff

Thank you for expressing interest in our project, “The Lord of the Rings”.

…We commenced filming on the 11th October and currently Peter is focusing his attention on shooting the first film and perfecting the scripts for the second and third. At this stage he will not be concentrating on the music for the trilogy until well into the New Year.

…Please be assured that your information is being kept on file in our comprehensive library of prospective musicians, composers, lyricists, singers etc

…Thank you again for your interest, support and patience.

It seems that the 2nd and 3rd scripts have yet to be perfected! Sounds good to me:)

Posted in Old Main News

Hobbit Stage Play in Australia

Ringer Spy David tiped me onto this play that is now showing in Australia.

Check out the website, if any of you Aussie ringers want to review the play for me, drop me a line 🙂

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Planet Britain 2000

From: Andy

Just thought you and the thousand of other Tolkien fans might be interested. The British Foreign Office have produced a website (scheduled to be on-line from the millennium) called Planet-Britain 2000. The idea is to communicate Britain and its culture to the rest of the world. Part of the site (and its gonna be huge) overviews our links with other countries (including Canada Xo) and in the Australasia section of course, there is New Zealand.

This is what they’ll have concerning LOTR:

“The Lord of the Rings

New Zealand director Peter Jackson is currently filming this epic trilogy in the South Island. The movies, which will be filmed back to back, have an estimated budget of $360m and are to be released in the summer of 2001. It is the first time anyone has atempted to bring Tolkien’s internationally adored works together as a live-action film, but it is a project that has been close to Jackson’s heart for the best part of his life. Now, with a cast including Sir Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee, a crew of hundreds and some of the most amazing scenery on the planet – we can expect to see Frodo and Bilbo Baggins come to life thanks to the glory and splendour of New Zealand.”

The website will be used by governments, universities and people all over the world and though I say it myself, there’s something for everyone. The address will be

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Cast News: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ opens in Australia

Australian fans of Christopher Lee can catch him in his latest role in ‘Sleepy Hollow’ which opens today.

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Cast News: Mckellen in ‘Copperfield’ in UK

UK Ringers can catch Ian Mckellen in ‘David Copperfield’. December 25th at 7pm and December 26, check your local listings. Ho Ho Ho…

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Media Watch: The Evening Post

Versace show for Te Papa

by Ann-Marie Johnson

The Evening Post, Wellington

It was the dress that made British actor Elizabeth Hurley famous when she wore it to a film premiere.

Now the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, wants to bring the notorious safety pin dress to New Zealand – although it’s unlikely Elizabeth Hurley will be inside it.

It will be part of an exhibition of designs by murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Te Papa is negotiating with the Fondazione Antonio Ratti to exhibit a selection of Versace’s designs, which cover theatre, opera and ballet, as well as haute couture and pret-a-porter clothing.

The Fondazione created the Versace exhibition at Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It is one of several planned events recently outlined by Te Papa chief executive Dame Cheryll Sotheran to Wellington City Council.

The museum is also negotiating with Wellington film maker Peter Jackson’s production company Wingnut Films to develop an exhibition based on his Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

The exhibition would open in stages to coincide with the release of each movie.

Information presented to the council said the magic and mystery of Tolkien’s story would be recreated at Te Papa as a three-dimensional reality.

The exhibition would also explore the new technologies being used to create the films, and the cultural and historical background of Tolkien’s imagined world.

An exhibition looking at the 1977 punk revolution is planned, as well as a selection of works by the great impressionist artist Claude Monet.

Art exhibitions planned include shows by New Zealand artists Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon, and sculptor Henry Moore.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Thanks to Hobbs3 for the tip!

Posted in Old Main News

Cast News: ‘Mr. Ripley’ opens in US Tomorrow

The latest Cate Blanchett film ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ will open tomorrow. (any rumors that I said it opens today, December 24th, are greatly taken out of context hehehe – too much eggnog!) Merry Christmas!

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You ask, we Answer!

Hall of Fire Closed for the Holidays, Set to Reopen Saturday, January 9, 2000

Joyous Yoohoos!

Well, we pride ourselves in being a site, “…forged by and for FANS,” and as a die-hard Tolkien nut myself I can attest to this truth. Due to response from other Tolkien and fans, we have decided to postpone the next Hall of Fire meeting. This will give you plenty of time to research some good references for our chat, so hit those books elf-friends! Much joy and good cheer to you and yours.

Topic: The Power of the One Ring

New Time: Saturday, January 9, 2000 @3:30 EST

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