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Archive for March, 2004

The Bastards Have Been Axed!

Bad news for all Bastards everywhere! It appears ‘The Bastards Have Landed’, Peter Jackson’s Official Fanclub, is no more! Former Head-Bastard Reno writes: I’m afraid we’ve got some really bad news. A while ago we created some really cool tee-shirt designs. We love these designs, and were certain you guys would too, so we printed off 400 copies. Here are the tee-shirts in all their glory… [More]

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ROTK Screening at Texas A&M

Aragornscutter writes: Texas A&M University is showing Return of the King at 6:00 and 9:45 p.m. on April 2. Admission is $1 for students and $2.50 for non-students. Tickets are available at Rudder Box Office.

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‘Lord of the Rings’ lures climbers to death mountain

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — A growing number of foreign climbers may die on New Zealand mountains after being lured here by the promise of adventure on mountains showcased in The Lord of the Rings movies, mountain safety authorities warned Wednesday. The warning comes after a 22-year-old Australian fell to his death on Aoraki-Mt Cook on Tuesday, becoming the 10th person to die in the area in the past four months. [More]

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Triple Screening in Northfield, Minnesota

starlady38 writes: I wanted to let you know about a screening of the complete LOTR trilogy being held this Saturday April 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It is at the Lion’s Pause in Buntrock Commons starting at 1:00 p.m. with FotR. TTT follows at 5 p.m. and RotK is at 9 pm. [More]

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Master Of The Rings This Fall

Master Of The Rings UK Lord Of The Rings convention which takes place over the weekend of the 22nd – 24th October has just added 2 further guests to it’s line up which already includes Craig Parker – Haldir & Mark Ferguson – Gil Galad, they are Jorn Benzon who plays Rumil & his brother Jarl Benzon who plays Glorfindel, tickets have now gone on sale, more information can be found here. [More]

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Shippey Lecture in Holland, Michigan

Flashtalon writes: One of the world’s leading experts on J.R.R. Tolkien, Dr. T.A. Shippey of St. Louis University, will present “From Page to Screen: Problems Tolkien Set for Jackson” at Hope College on Thursday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room. [More]

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Shippey Lecture in Holland, Michigan

Flashtalon writes: Shippey’s coming to Holland, Michigan this week. Thought some other folk might like to know. Snitched from the Campus Website; here’s the press release:

Tolkien Scholar to Discuss Film Adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings

HOLLAND – One of the world’s leading experts on J.R.R. Tolkien, Dr. T.A. Shippey of St. Louis University, will present “From Page to Screen: Problems Tolkien Set for Jackson” at Hope College on Thursday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The lecture will focus on the adaptation of Tolkien’s best-selling fantasy work “The Lord of the Rings” into a trio of films directed by Peter Jackson:“The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002), and “The Return of the King” (2003). “The Return of the King” won 11 Academy Awards in February, including Best Picture.

Shippey was involved with the production of the films, being responsible for proper pronunciation of names in them.

Commenting on his lecture topic, Shippey said, “I think the interesting question about the films is, for all the care taken over details, does the change of medium not create an inevitable change of message? And if so, in what direction is the change? And what would Professor Tolkien have said?

Shippey is best known for two important and influential books on Tolkien, “The Road to Middle-Earth” (1982) and “J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century” (2000). His life and career in many respects follow in Tolkien’s. Like Tolkien, Shippey attended King Edward’s School, Birmingham; both played rugby for the Old Edwardians; both attended Oxford, where Shippey was one of Tolkien’s last students; both taught at Oxford (Shippey for seven years at St. John’s College, overlapping with Tolkien’s last years of retirement); and both held the position of Professor of English Language at Leeds University (Tolkien from 1920 to 1925, Shippey later filling the same chair and following Tolkien’s syllabus before he moved to the United States).

Shippey is currently the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair of Humanities at St. Louis University. He is editor of the series “Studies in Medievalism,” which was founded by the late Leslie Workman and for many years was edited and produced at Hope College.

As with Tolkien, Shippey’s academic specialty is medieval literature, especially the earliest literature of Anglo-Saxon England. He has published several books in this field, including “Old English Verse” (1972), “Poems of Wisdom and Learning in Old English” (1976), a critical study of “Beowulf” (1978), and “Beowulf: The Critical Heritage” (1998).

He has long been interested in modern fantasy and science fiction. In addition to his work on Tolkien, he has edited numerous volumes such as “The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories” (1992) and “The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories” (1994). He also writes science fiction and fantasy himself.

Shippey is appearing at Hope as the De Graaf Lecturer for 2004. The Clarence De Graaf Lectureship was established in 1988 by the family of Dr. Clarence De Graaf in memory of his service on the faculty of Hope College. De Graaf, who died in 1986, taught in the department of English for 44 years, until his retirement in 1972, and served as department chair for 25 of those years.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

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Adrien Brody Also Joins Jackson’s King Kong

After Jack Black yesterday, today’s addition to the cast of King Kong is (or is rumoured to be) none other than Adrian Brody! Brody is set to play adventurer Jack Driscoll, the last ‘big part’ to be cast. [More]

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ESPN’s Wacky Bracket – We’re Getting Crushed!

All Ringers to their stations. Porthos (and a lot of others) write: Just a quick note. ESPN’s Page 2 “Wacky Bracket” has reached the final four. And Lord of the Rings is paired against The SI Swimsuit Issue. Needless to say, we are getting crushed right now. Personally, I don’t understand it. I mean Lord of the Rings or page after page of scantily clad women. Easy choice, right? Right???

(leo has a hard time making up his mind…)

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Graduates ape Jackson to get a job

A stunt by two film school graduates to prove they will do anything to get into the monkey business paid off when they met their hero. Fraser Ross, 23, and Aaron Franks, 20, are so desperate to get a job on Peter Jackson’s next film, King Kong, they pulled out all stops to get the acclaimed director’s attention. [More]

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Spectacular it may be, but LOTR lacks lasting value

Here’s an interesting little article by Kiwi Philosophy Teacher Denis Sutton as to why he thinks LOTR lacks lasting value. Some of his points are actually quite interesting but if you don’t handle critisism well don’t read it. [More] Thanks to Lee for the link!

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Empire Features New ROTK Poster

Ringer Spy Irascian writes: The latest Empire is about to hit the streets (dated May 2004) and features four free full-sized movie posters, including a new one for “Return of the King” with the tag line “Still showing at big screens nationally”. It features Aragorn with sword in air as horse rears up on its hind legs – not a picture I recall seeing anywhere else before.

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