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Archive for October, 2000

More from E!

More from E! Regarding Who’s in Kiwi land and who’s done filming:

Who’s In Town: Miranda Otto (Eowyn), David Wenham (Faramir) and Karl Urban (Eomer), are hard at work in Queenstown filming Rohan scenes…

John Noble (King Denethor) arrives in Wellington this month for costume and makeup tests but doesn’t start filming until late November…

Hobbits Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry) are filming their respective battle scenes separately.

While Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Sean Astin (Sam) keep up their double act…

The voice of Gollum (and possibly the actor playing Smeagol), Andy Serkis, is also back at work in Wellington.

Who’s Not: After a whirlwind three days’ work in Wellington, Hugo Weaving wrapped his scenes as Elf boss Elrond…

The ubiquitous Liv Tyler (Arwen) returns from break in December to wrap her scenes.

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E! Online Monthly Update

Just like clockwork, the E! Online site has updated it’s ‘Force of Hobbit’ page.

Check it out this month for some great info on the filming at Twizel, and a great pic of John Rhys-Davies as Gimli! [More]


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Media Watch:Total Film Magazine

From: Tim H

This one page article appeared in the new December 2000 issue of Total Film magazine here in the UK. It purports to show exclusive pictures although I feel sure that I’ve seen the bottom one before. The large picture at the top I presume to be an encounter with the ringwraiths near the Buckleberry Ferry??

Click here here and here (this last one is very cool!) to view the pics!


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‘Frequency’ DVD

Ringer Spy Wingfoot sends the following:

Good afternoon fellows. I just recently recieived the new Frequency DVD put out by Newline. On the DVD are some LOTR treats, like the browser, but also a screen saver and some walpaper. Its not mouch, but at least its something…:)


I’m off to the video store as you read this…

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More from Minas Tirith!

Ringer Spy Silmarien sends in some great pics from the Upper Hutt set [More]


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More from Minas Tirith!

Ringer Spy Silmarien sends in some great pics from the Upper Hutt set!

Posted in Old Spy Reports

Jackson Screenplay Writing Contest!

Hello PJ fans! In honor of the great man’s birthday, we are announcing a special contest!

As everyone knows, imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so, sit in your director’s chair, and see how well you can imitate PJ! We are looking for horror script written in PJ’s crazy, off color style. Ever wanted to write a screenplay? Have you written one already? {Send it in} and you can win one of these fabulous prizes!

1st prize – A large signed poster by Peter Jackson himself, from the movie Brain Dead!

2nd prize – A smaller signed poster by Peter Jackson, from the movie Meet the Feebles!

Click here for complete rules and more info!!!

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Madame Butterfly’s Halloween update for Wingate

Nobody tells a story quite like Madame B. Read about it as she makes her way over to the Wingate set (more)

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Madame Butterfly’s Halloween update for Wingate

Greetings friends it is I the beautiful regal spy Madame Butterfly.

My phone rings. A mysterious voice says “ Go to Wingate Madame, the set is taking shape, but beware the builders are in a boisterous mood.” I go into my disguise room to choose a new wig and colored contact lenses. Hmmmmm brunette again, or a red head perhaps. Hmmmmm yes the blond one, with the green contacts. Today I will be a beautiful green-eyed blond! HeHeHeeeeeeee. I call the poor unfortunate feline Lioness put her on her chain and in the car and we proceed to Peterkin Street, home of the Wingate Set. I proceed to view the set through my special observation equipment. Hmmmmmmmm yes indeed, very interesting. The set now looks like a ruined castle. Hmmmmmmmm it does not fit the description of Minas Tirith! Yes! Minas Morgul perhaps? The set is huge. A huge set of steps, or should I say stairs, have been added to the castle. The stairs are very wide, about 20 or so feet in width? The stairs have been constructed so a large tunnel forms underneath them. Suddenly lioness pulls on her chain and roars! The builders have become very boisterous and are approaching! Then a burly security guard appears! They huddle in a group and throw furious looks in my direction, but the spitting snarling creature at my side holds them at bay. HeHeHeeeeeeeee. I toss my long blond hair, gather up my dark robes, and roar with laughter, leaving the poor unfortunate creature to deal with the enemy. I proceed along the fence line to view the balcony on the front of the castle. The balcony is now broken and in ruins like the rest of the set. The castle is now being clad in a fake brick like material and is being painted black. Hmmmmm. Yes very interesting. I walk, with a bold stride, back along the fence line to view the mysterious holes in the ground. Yes indeed, I am sorry friends, but I am yet to work out what these holes are for.

Time to call off the cat! I whistle and the creature bounds into the car. I smile sweetly at the enemy and put my foot down disappearing into the distance. HeHeHeeeeeeee

Until next time my friends. Farewell!

Madame Butterfly

Posted in Old Spy Reports


One of our Regulars, TheBursar, has done gone off and joined the NAVY!!! He wants to keep in touch with all his friends while in boot camp and beyond, so he asked me to post this letter to all : )

Suliad, friends,

It is I, the intrepid, one-of-a-kind (Hopefully), and destined for military service Bursar. This is my first in a long list of letters that you will all, gods willing, receive from me. They will chronicle my life on the inside, if you will, of Military life, and how one lil’ ol’ Bursarman like myself can find ways to convert more and more people to the righteous cause of Tolkien, yeah!

To begin with, I will miss you all very much while I am away… coming into Barliman’s is a great way to meet really cool people, and you have all grown to become my friends. I can’t mention names, not for fear of leaving anybody out, but because I don’t want this thing to stretch on and on and on.

Anyway, I leave Tuesday morning, October 31, (Halloween!… I wonder if I will get any special, Military-Issue candy….hmmmm). I will be leaving my home here and flying out to Great Lakes, Illinois (That’s in the US, for all of you fuzzy on America out there) where I will attend boot camp for a period of 9 weeks. After Boot camp, I believe I get a few days back home before I leave for school, so you all could see me, in the Alias, around about January. After my few days, I get to go to Nuclear School in Charleston, South Carolina (Also in the US for those mentioned above) for a period of about 2 to 2 1/2 YEARS. Now, I believe that they do indeed have computers for use by the Navy Personnel, and I’ll have to buy Internet time, but I will be able to talk with y’all there, I think. Gods willing, I’ll even make it to Barli-Bash, USA in August. But all that is too far ahead to really worry about right now.

For now, I will miss you guys, don’t burn down Barli’s while I’m gone, and I will expect updates in letters that you guys send me. I don’t have the address yet, but it’s coming. Make me the happiest guy in Boot Camp–send me letters!!! please?!?!? Let me know you guys are still alive and kickin’. Until then, this is your one-and-only Bursar signing off…

Tenn’ enomentielva , TheBursar

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Trick or Green Books

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

Don’t get spooked! Just enjoy the new treats over in Green Books. Grab a handful of this sweet stuff:

Join us as we explore the WORDS and WORLD of Tolkien.

Much too hasty,


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Ok, well here in North America it’s still October 30th, all Hallows Eve. But down in the South Pacific, just to the right of Oz is a small island country called New Zealand. Right now, as you read this, it’s October 31, otherwise known as Peter Jackson’s Birthday!!

Peter was born on October 31st, 1961 in New Zealand, that makes him 39 today! Happy Birthday PJ!!!

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