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Archive for February, 2000

A 15 Minute Preview Shown?

TheOneRing.net was privy to some information regarding a 15 minute short, fully edited, from the Helms Deep set.

The major cast and crew were shown this short a few weeks ago and apparently it was fairly stunning!

Posted in Old Spy Reports

Small LOTR Preview Shown!

New Zealand’s ambassador to the US, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, presided over a bash that included the best of New Zealand food and drink, rousing speeches from two of the country’s best-known mayors and a six-minute preview of The Lord of the Rings. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Preview of LOTR Shown

Thanks to: Lance from Cate Blanchett Online

The New Zealand Herald
28.02.2000 – By ROBERT WARD

LOS ANGELES – It was a great way to show New Zealand to Hollywood’s movie glitterati.

New Zealand’s ambassador to the US, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, presided over a bash that included the best of New Zealand food and drink, rousing speeches from two of the country’s best-known mayors and a six-minute preview of The Lord of the Rings.

There was only one snag – the people the Kiwis really wanted to impress were not there.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey and his Wellington counterpart, Mark Blumsky, are in Los Angeles drumming up support for New Zealand – especially Waitakere and Wellington – as a great place to make movies.

The big prize they are angling for is the third Star Wars “prequel,” due to be released in 2005. New Zealand missed out on Star Wars II, which is now being filmed in Sydney.

But nobody from Lucasfilm, which makes the Star Wars movies, was at Mr Bolger’s party. Neither were any other movie moguls – just people at various levels of film production.

And Mr Harvey’s scheduled meeting with an executive of Twentieth Century Fox, which distributes Star Wars, fell through.

But the party, held at the home of Consul-General Jim Howe in Los Angeles on Saturday, was still good exposure for what movie magic and New Zealand scenery can achieve.

The six-minute “showreel” of The Lord of the Rings was the highlight of the evening.

It showed dark, hooded figures against magnificent New Zealand landscapes, some of the 20,000 extras and computer clones in battle scenes, a quaint, rustic Middle Earth village, artists’ drawings that inspired the production design, and the stars – Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee – in costume.

Mr Bolger’s guests greeted it with enthusiastic cheering and whistling. He encouraged them to make their films in New Zealand.

As a logo saying “The World in One Country” was projected across the screen, Mr Bolger said he spoke for the embassy and consulate staff and Film Commission executives when he said: “We’re from the Government. We’re here to help.”

Actor Kevin Smith (Ares in Xena: Warrior Princess) did a down-home, Kiwi-bloke act as MC. And Mr Blumsky boasted about the range of films being made in Wellington, from the $1.8 million Stickman to the $400 million The Lord of the Rings.

Mr Harvey did some boasting of his own, about Xena and the west coast beaches of Waitakere City.

And Richard Ross, senior vice-president of production for Studios USA, which makes Xena, told his fellow American film-makers what a “wonderful” experience his company had filming in New Zealand.

Partygoers were rewarded with cheeses, green-lipped mussels, eel fillet and smoked salmon rolls, seared lamb tenderloin and venison casserole.

Posted in Old Spy Reports

Frodo Gets a Passport!

Funny stuff here, and after all Frodo IS a traveller 🙂 [More]

Thanks to: Alex, Mark, and Phillip for the tip!

Posted in Old Main News

Daily Trivia Question

Again, I have been thwarted by a trivia buff! I am going to have to think of a real stumper here!!
Today’s winner was Mark Nelson, aka “Vetch”. Wonderful Job Vetch!!!!
Today’s answer:”Beregond to Pippin on the outer wall”.
Here is today’s stumper:
“Give me the true name of the “Roper” Gamgee”.
As always mail your answers to me the 1st correct response will be posted here tomorrow! Good Luck!

Posted in Barliman News

Shop: Bilbo’s Great Adventure CD

Bilbo’s Great Adventure, Kevin Henry’s new CD release, is the contemporary tribute to “The Hobbit” all J.R.R. Tolkien fans. [ shop ]

Posted in Old Main News

New Hall of Fire log posted

The most recent Hall of Fire discussion was another smashing success! For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed it, you can read the log here

Posted in Barliman News

Barliman’s Gallery Opens

Hidly Ho Barliman Chatters!

The everproductive hobbit Nob has put together a gallery of Barliman Regulars. You asked for it, you got it! Have a look at who’s chatting and submit your own picture here.

Have you seen our Map of Regulars? It’s truly incredible how many people from all over the planet have frequented Barliman’s chatroom! If you love maps like Bilbo and I do, you’ll appreciate this one put together by PipeSmoke.

Enjoy! 🙂

Posted in Barliman News

Daily Trivia Question

Again, faithfull chatters, I have been bested. Jan Hedberg aka. “Ecthelion” has correctly answered yesterday’s trivia question, the correct answer was “Duinhir”, I bow to you Ecthelion. Now lets see if you can answer today’s question!
In LotR, Who does this quote belong too? “Nay, though all things must come utterly to and end in time, Gondor shall not perish yet. Not though the walls be taken by some reckless foe that will build a wall of carrion before them. there are still other fastnesses, and secret ways of escape into the mountains. Hope and memory shall live still in some hidden valley, where the grass is green.”
As always, mail me with your answers, and the 1st correct reply will be posted here tomorrow. Have Fun!

Posted in Barliman News

Hall of Fire set for Saturday, March 4, 5:30 EST

Hullo!

Gandalf dropped this on my doorstep as he blurred past on Shadowfax late last night. He was yelling something about going out for Old Toby and Pepsi, but it wasn’t very clear. Looks like there’s another fun Hall of Fire coming up! Check it out:

What moment in the history of Middle Earth do you think is the scariest? The struggle in Shelob’s Lair? The trek through Moria? The abduction of Pippin and Merry at the hands of the Uruk-Hai? Or is there some other moment that you think is scarier?

Come join the throng at The Hall of Fire this Saturday, March 4. Please send your feedback and topic suggestions to The One Ring.net’s own wizard of reknown, Gandalf!

Thanks!

Took

Posted in Barliman News

Dragon Boat Race Pics and Info

From: Kotukunui

Attached are some pictures of four of the cast taking part in the Wellington Dragon Boat festival this weekend.

Orlando “Legolas” Bloom, Elijah “Frodo” Wood, Billy “Pippin” Boyd and Dominic “Merry” Monaghan all took part in the celebrity bath tub race. [More]


The boys

Posted in Old Main News

Dragon Boat Race Pics and Info

From: Kotukunui

Attached are some vidcaps of the footage of four of the cast taking part in the Auckland Dragon Boat festival this weekend.

Orlando “Legolas” Bloom, Elijah “Frodo” Wood, Billy “Pippin” Boyd and Dominic “Merry” Monaghan all took part in the celebrity bath tub race.

The bath tubs turned out to be rather difficult to manoeuvre and the event degenerated into a swimming race. Elijah seemed to be the weakest swimmer as all thoughts of fellowship were abandoned, bath-tubs were boarded, pirate style and the contestants swam for the finish line.

The actors happily posed for photo ops with fans and seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously. Orlando claimed victory but Elijah seemed to think that Dominic had taken the gold medal.



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Posted in Old Spy Reports