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Archive for December, 2002

Official Site Update: The Dead Marshes

peregrintook writes: There’s an update to the official site. An ‘Enter the Dead Marshes’ section has been added the ‘Explore the Epic’ portion of the site.

Posted in Old Main News

Mr Cere’s Line Party Roundup

TORn Staffer Mr Cere (and Line Party guru) checks in with a Line Party round-up of sorts, a horror story and some advice for next year. [More]

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Twilight Frodo Action Figure

Tinidril sent in a note saying that a new action figure had been posted on Amoktime.com called ‘Twilight Frodo’. Does this perhaps hint at a more sinister fate for Frodo in Return of the King? The Land of the Ringwraiths beckons… [More]

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Line Party Lessons

Mr Cere checks in …

While a vast majority of TORnados had great “Line Party 2002” experiences, there were some exceptions. Tulsa Oklahoma has checked in with a report that not all things went well. Those responsible have left the names of the guilty out, but the horrific details in.

With only 353 days to go until “Line Party 2003, The Return Of The Line Party” there are some lessons to be learned:

#1. GEEK POWER! Remember that line party or not, geek or not, fanatic or not, we are all consumers spending OUR money. Merchants of all kinds should be fair and honest. Those who treat us well should be rewarded, included locals who sponsor line parties. Those who don’t should be avoided. TORnados will see this movie twice, thrice or many more times and if theater managers can’t see past the price of a single ticket, well, spread the word at TORn.

#2. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY! The world still underestimates us. In the report below it is obvious the theater was overwhelmed and had more than they could handle. Despite over $300 million in sales for Fellowship Of The Ring, despite numerous film awards, despite a film with longer box office legs than any since at least “Titanic,” despite two versions of a DVD that sells like hot cakes (the extended edition at my local Wal Mart doesn’t stay on the shelf more than a day – they “just didn’t know it would be in demand”) some folks just don’t get how popular Tolkien’s books and PJ’s movie is. Line party leaders might find theater mangers receptive RIGHT NOW when talking about “Return Of The King.” A POLITE inquiry about a particular theater’s interest in hosting a TORn event next year might be well received.

Read on in amazed horror the account as delivered to TORn staff:

TORnado Mozone wrote:

Hullo!

I wanted to mention something about overbooking causing Filmgoer Angst. I guess you could call this a “Line-Party Report” but as the party itself was great, the theatre in which we participated caused A lot O’ Angst. This is the Line Party for Tulsa, Oklahoma and I was not the coordinater, I have spoken at length with her about this (she is every bit as angry as I was). She had organized lasts year’s event and the theatre management (at the time) agreed to do it again this year.

Then on the night of the Premier, they backpeddled for whatever reason to say that the Line Party was NOT going to be admitted first (which is what had been arranged) and that it was if fact NOT “in line” for admission (this was at about 8:00pm and the ‘other’ general
admission lines were already getting long) So of course after much debate with management, they agreed to admit the first 50 members of the Line-Party (we had close to 80 members present – I know that is still small but…) So if that was the best we could get then we would
just have to compromise. But come showtime, they broke our party into three lines for three theatres. We were told that there would be 15 people admitted from each line (15+15+15 = 50??)

I was the fifteenth guy in line for the first line. They cut me (and three of my seven companions off) They said that they had 15 already from my line and that we would have to wait to be seated. We were ESCORTED to the box office and told to wait there for further instructions. The took three people out of the next line one of which was the Line Party Leader. She looked angry. I was angry. The management wasnt able or willing to figure out what they were doing well enough to seat everyone so they just decided to open general seating to ALL theatres at the same time. One of the theatres was still showing the last 30 minutes of Star Trek Nemesis.

Imagine watching a movie and then 30 minuted before the end you have a hobbit in your lap! The next day I called the theatre to speak with the manager and asked if I could recieve a refund for the poor service I had recieved. I didnt ask at 3:30 in the morning for good reason. But the assistant manager (the same one who had detained some of us in the Line Pary) said he wasnt willing to hear my complaint and that it was MY FAULT for being in the Line Party instead of the ‘Real’ line. So I spoke with his manager and got told AGAIN that I was WRONG for expecting to be seated with the Line Party and that they did NOT recognize the Line Party as having any prearranged agreement with the theatre (even though they welcomed all the free advertising on the Radio that the Line Party had generated).

He also told me that since I had seen the movie that I had no right to refund. I explained (very nicely too) that I did not wish to receive a refund for the movie, but for the shabby service I had received. He was quite rude on this point and told me to leave. That he was not going satisfy his customer. So I had to cal HIS manager. The District Manager for Dickinson theatres. He was extremely nice about it and agreed that I should not have recieved this kind of treatment. He also apologized for the Line Party not getting seated. He let me know that my ticket money would be refunded.

I have never asked for my money back before and I didnt want to ask for it back from THIS movie especially, but I felt I was right in asking for it back. I have seen the movie three times since (at another theatre) and have been both pleased with the movie AND the service. I guess theatre management at the theatre I first went to doesn’t feel obligated to do any more than shove you into a seat and tell you shut up and watch.

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Oz Roundup – Again

Towers has just recorded the biggest-ever opening weekend in Australian cinematic history. You can check out the figures here. The Age also has an article speculating on why fantasy has become the new big moneyspinner in filmland. [More]

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Stock Sound Effect Used In TTT?

I didn’t think they were using any stock sound effects in LotR, but I could be wrong. Anders writes: I noticed that the famous movie scream “the wilhelm” was used in Two Towers, when an elf is shot and falls down to the orcs in the battle of helm’s deep. The wilhelm is used in several big movies, most of them in Star Wars and the Indy films.

Update: TheForce.net has an extensive article on the history of this film phenomeon, plus a compilation of Wilhem screams (in Quicktime) from films down the years. [More]

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Ned Kelly Official Website Open For Business

Universal Studios have just opened the official website for Gregor Jordan’s Ned Kelly film, set to be winging its way onto the silver screen in 2003 and in which Orlando Bloom stars. Visit NedKellyTheMovie.com to check the film’s teaser trailer and sign up for notification on future updates.

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Interview: Why Hobbits Rock

Elijah Wood and Sean Astin are intereviewed by hollywood.com and tell us why hobbits are the best creatures in the newest installment of the fantasy trilogy. Plus: Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and director Peter Jackson. Thanks to Ringer Fan Aleksandar for the link. [More]

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Media Watch: Audiences Do Watch Then Read

I was fishing around our Discussion Boards and spotted this interesting story that suggested that films and books have a symbiotic link. Contrary to the traditional lament of high-culture fussbudgets – the silver screen lures people away from books – the literary world is reaping big benefits from movies. [More]

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Towers Hits The $200 Million Mark

I guess New Line must be happy – Towers has become one of the fastest films to reach the US $200 million mark. (Of course, inflation makes this easier with new films – Dem). Thanks to Ringer Fan Perianwen for the link. [More]

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Alan Lee on Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio recently interviewed Alan Lee, the illustrator who worked as a conceptual artist on Peter Jackson’s adapatation of Lord of the Rings. You can now listen to this clip in Real Audio (need Real Player). [More]

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Elijah On Jay Leno – Transcript

Elijah Wood made an appearance on Jay Leno on December 16. Most of you will have seen the program, but for those who don’t get TV for whatever reason, this transcript – courtesy of lucy – might be handy. [More]

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