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Archive for March, 2000

Web Watch: E! Online Updates

KAITOKE REGIONAL PARK–Peacocks stroll across a grassy clearing. A tumbling stream, redirected from the nearby forest, flows under a moss-covered bridge. A waterfall adds a dramatic touch.

Towering tiled buildings–some stretching 40 feet high–are clustered around the open area. Their walls and pillars are intricately detailed with carvings of Elven faces, flowers and birds.

Welcome to LOTR’s exquisitely detailed Rivendell set. Located about 90 minutes north of Wellington and nestled amid the mountains and forests of a nature preserve, it’s a masterpiece of design and location. [More]

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Footage to be released April 7th!!!

Just got this from New Line (As did anyone on the movie mailing list…check that mail!) :

New Line Cinema presents J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

A first look at the HEROES

A first look at the CREATURES

A first look at the TALE that inspired millions

Exclusively on


Hey folks, this is NOT an april fools! Finally the footage has returned to the fans!

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SFX: Snazzy Equipment for LOTR

Company Offers The Latest In Fast, High-Quality And Affordable Professional Software To Meet The Sophisticated Compositing Needs Of The New Millennium [More]

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SFX: Snazzy Equipment for LOTR

From: Aiglos

Company Offers The Latest In Fast, High-Quality And Affordable Professional Software To Meet The Sophisticated Compositing Needs Of The New Millennium

LOS ANGELES, CA, Mar 27, 2000 (INTERNET WIRE via COMTEX) — Nothing

Real(TM), a leading high-end compositing software provider to the digital content creation market, announced today that it is now shipping Version 2.2 of its highly acclaimed Shake(TM) product line. The release sports significant improvements and features a new timeline-based compositing workspace, multiprocessor support, and tracking/stabilizing tools for added functionality. The enhancements in Shake Version 2.2 are designed to boost productivity and extend interoperability with other products and third- party solutions to provide users with an even faster, high quality compositing software feature set. Shake 2.2 is available on the Windows NT(R) and IRIX(R) platforms.

Shake Version 2.2 Highlights Shake is a high performance compositing tool that enables digital content creatives in feature film, broadcast, HDTV, video post-production and game development to more interactively, powerfully and creatively bring sophisticated composites to completion.

Highlights of Shake Version 2.2 include: Multi-processor support Shake has always been recognized as the fastest compositing software on the market. It is now even faster. Shake is now fully multi-threaded to take advantage of both Windows NT and SGI IRIX multi-processor based systems, which have now become standard in the industry.

Tracker/stabilizer 2.2 now has a very robust tracker/stabilizer. This feature will allow the
artist to do more within the same Shake environment. This new technology will allow users to track and stabilize the position, rotation and scaling of a layer as well as perform four corner pinning with superior control over individual layers. Given the open nature of the Shake work environment, tracking information can also be applied to any parameter in the composite.

Shake is currently being used by leading entertainment companies worldwide including Black Logic, Blue Sky Studios, Cinesite, Das Werk, Digital Filmworks, Double Negative, Dream Quest Images, Dream Works, Glassworks, Gray Matter, Manex, Smoke and Mirrors, WETA Digital, and many others. It has been used to meet the compositing needs in films such as “Anna and the King,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Fight Club,” “Mission to Mars,” “The Matrix,” “Pleasantville,” “Titanic,” “The Million Dollar Hotel,” “The World is Not Enough,” and many others. It is currently being used to composite the upcoming films “2001 – A Space Travesty,” “Big Mama,” “Gladiator,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Mission Impossible 2”, “Navy Diver,” “Nutty Professor 2,” “Romeo Must Die,” and others.

For more on this and other computer jiggery pokery, visit our SFX section.

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Lord of the Rings Contest Announced!

Fans of Humpty Dumpty’s Ringolos cheese chips will enjoy this newly announced contest sponsored by New Line Cinema! [More]

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Lord of the Rings Contest Announced!

Fans of Humpty Dumpty’s Ringolos cheese chips will enjoy this newly announced contest sponsored by New Line Cinema.



Jon Portly
New Line Cinema/NY
(212) 750-4945

Sonya Chang
Humpty Dumpty Inc./LA
(310) 856-6654


(New York City, March 31, 2000) “Lord of the Ringolos Contest” announced today will begin next month in North America, using the Humpty Dumpty brand of chips ‘Ringolos’.

Humpty Dumpty and New Line Cinema have worked out a promotional deal to boost interest in the Trilogy of films due out Christmas 2001, 2002 and 2003. Humpty Dumpty wishes to promote it’s most popular chip, the ‘Ringolo’ to an even wider audience.

‘The Lord of the Ringolos Contest’ will begin May 1st and last until all prizes are awarded. Prizes include; A home entertainment center, a trip to Barbadoes, as well as many smaller New Line Cinema and Humpty Dumpty prize packs.

The Rules for the contest: Each bag of specialy marked ‘Lord of the Ringolos’ chips may include a special Ringolo with Elf designs. If you recieve one of these Ringolos, fill out a self addressed stamped envilope to;

‘Lord of the Ringolos Contest’
C/O Humpty Dumpty
P.O. Box 45723
New York, New York

Founded in 1922, the Humpty Dumpty brand of products stands for quality and excellence. Our many brands of chips include, ‘Ruffles’ ‘Doritoes’ ‘Ripples’ ‘Ringolos’ and ‘Trail Mix’.

Founded in 1967, New Line Cinema is the entertainment industry’s leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. New Line licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television as well as to international venues. The company, which is a subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc., operates several divisions including in-house theatrical distribution, marketing, home video, television, acquisitions, production, licensing and merchandising units.

Happy April Fools Day đŸ™‚ (a bit early, but who cares!)

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One ring to rule them all and in the darkness….Found it!

When the clock struck 12:01 am ET on Thursday, March 30th, that “WHOOSH” heard around the world was the sound of everyone running out Barliman’s front door in search of the One Ring. We ops sat back and waited, knowing Barli’s was the place to be to hear any news about the rings. All evening Barli’s had been bustling with folks coming in for answers to last minute questions. They plotted. They planned. They lined up their course of action. All were eager to be winners in’s latest contest.

Sure enough, amidst comments like, “I never knew this site was so huge!” and questions like, “Could a ring be hidden on TBHL?” Calisuri popped in and told us that the Witch King’s ring had been located! Soon after, Thrain’s ring was also announced as being found. The tension in the room was now palpable as folks began checking in to see if anything had been found. Then Calisuri announced the One Ring had been located by one of the folks present in the room! We also learned that the finder of Thrain’s ring was in Barli’s as well. Congratulations were passed all ’round. By now 2 1/2 hours or more had gone by and there was still one lost ring out there – Nenya! Folks were looking high and low, deep within the 1000+ pages of Searching… searching….

‘Long about 2:30, a new guest wandered in, a bit tired and bleary-eyed. Guest quietly asked about the particulars of notifying about finding a winning ring, as Guest had just located Nenya!

Everyone had a great time with this contest and all were very excited to hear that more contests like this are on the horizon. So keep an eye on the front page and drop into Barli’s for the latest news and gossip about all things “Ring-ish!”

Posted in Barliman News

Fun With Casting: A game to play at parties

Don’t think the entire cast (minus 2 or 3) from LOTR never worked together before? Well think again! I’ve pieced together bits of info from the far reaches of my brain and have come up with this amazing chain! Take a deep breath (and more than enough grains of salt) at start right here! [More]

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Fun Stuff: Try this at your next party…

Don’t think the entire cast (minus 2 or 3) from LOTR never worked together before? Well think again! I’ve pieced together bits of info from the far reaches of my brain and have come up with this amazing chain! Take a deep breath (and more than enough grains of salt) at start right here!

Brad Dourif was in the Aliens series as well as Ian Holm. Ian Holm was in Animal Farm along with Patrick Stewart, Stewart meanwhile is in X-Men with Ian McKellen. Ian McKellen was in Last Action Hero with Arnold Swartzawhatzit, who was also in Batman and Robin with George Clooney, who was also in The Thin Red Line with Miranda Otto. Miranda Otto was in The Thin Red Line with Viggo Mortensen, who was in turn with Nicole Kidman in Portrait of a Lady, Kidman was also in a film called Eyes Wide Shut with Lelee Soboyeski, who was in turn in Deep Impact with Elijah Wood. Elijah Wood, meanwhile was in an Oliver Twist mini series, as well as Andy Serkis, meanwhile Andy Serkis was in Topsy Turvy with the then rumored ‘Gimli the Dwarf’ about a year ago Timothy Spall. The REAL Gimli John Rhys-Davies, was in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with Sean Connery, Connery in turn was in many a 007 film. Sean Bean was in a 007 film as well Goldeneye. Sean Bean was also in Ronin alongside Jean Reno, Reno was in Godzilla with Hank Azaria, Azaria in turn was in Gross Point Blank alongside John Cusack, Cusack was in Pushing Tin with Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett meanwhile was in The Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon, who was also in Good Will Hunting with buddy Ban Affleck, Affleck meanwhile was in Armageddon with Liv Tyler. Liv Tyler was in Cookies Fortune alongside Glenn Close, Close was also in Mars Attacks! by director (God) Tim Burton, Burton also directed Sleepy Hollow with Christopher Lee. Christopher Lee was also in The Stupids alongside Kevin Conway. Kevin Conway was on a TV version of Titanic, while the big budget movie Titanic had Bernard Hill at the helm. Bernard Hill worked alongside Billy Zane in the Big Boat Film, Zane was also in Memphis Belle alongside a young Sean Astin. An even younger Sean Astin was in The Goonies alongside Jonathan Ke Quan, who was also in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with Harrison Ford, Ford meanwhile was in a few George Lucas films, some of which Lucas wrote for Steven Spielberg, Spielberg meanwhile also directed Jurassic Park with Richard Attenburough, Attenburough was also in Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, who was also in The Gift with Keanu Reeves. Reeves meanwhile was in a little film called The Martix with Hugo Weaving. Hugo Weaving was also in a film called Russian Doll with David Wenham, rumored to be playing Faramir.

So, by calculating all these variables, and plugging them into my trust computer, I can tell you with 97% accuracy that the next person to be cast will be named Yelnick Magwagwa keep an eye out for him!…or is it her?

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Fun Watch: Barlimans Homepage

Hey folks, check out the Barlimans homepage for the Tolkien fun Section hosted by Ringer staff member Gamgee. The daily section includes a trivia question, word scramble and ‘guess the quote.’ [ Fun! ]

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Tolkien fun section

Hello again all! Gamgee here! Our big winner today is Martin Anderson! The answers were 1) Ringil 2) entdraught 3) Bilbo. Good Job Martin!!!
Today’s questions are as follows:
1) “Who was the father of Celebrindor?”
2) “niihwkcgt”
3) “….but I suddenly felt afraid. I durstn’t go outside this dell for any money; I felt that something was creeping up the slope.”
As always e-mail me with your answers, the 1st person to send me all 3 correct answers in one letter will be posted here tomorrow! Good luck!

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And the Prizes go to…

Congratulations to our winners of the 2000 Search for the One Ring Contest!

The One ring Winner Found by: David Kent
(Shaker Hts, Ohio, USA)
Nenya Winner Found by: Larry Larios
Thrain's Ring Found by: Anika East
(Sydney, Austrailia)
Witch King's Ring Found by: Alex Malikov
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Check out what Gollum and Gandalf have to say about these winners! Also find out where the prize rings were hidden. [ winners ]

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