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Archive for March, 2004

Monty Goes Geek Too!

Lilcritter writes: LOTR will apparently be featured in the Monty comic strip for the next few days. Monty is the ultimate nerd, so it only follows that his friends are geeks! [More]

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Trilogy Screening at UVM

Mike writes: The University of Vermont is showing the trilogy spanned over three nights starting this Thursday, April 1 with FOTR, TTT on Friday, and ROTK on Saturday. Thought if anyone in the area was interested, they might like to know. [

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Astin To Receive ‘Spotlight Award’ In DC

PirateTwin writes: Sean Astin will receive the Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Award for arts policy advocacy tonight (March 30th) at a benefit event in Washington, DC. The event will be B&B Italia in Georgetown at 6:30 p.m., for anyone who wants to hover around the edges (or buy a ticket ranging in price from $500 to $10,000…). [More]

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March Greenbooks Published!

TORn Staffer Anwyn writes:

Happy Easter from Green Books!

For those three or so people still waiting with bated breath for Anwyn’s review of Return of the King, it is finally here! [More]

Quickbeam gives us a scathing rundown on the evils of “reality” TV and the refreshing contrast provided by our favorite book! [More]

Turgon has a new book forthcoming from Cold Spring Press, the same fine people who brought you The People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien. Here Turgon gives us a sneak peek of The Tolkien Fan’s Medieval Reader. [More]

Thirteen new Q&A await our curious readers [Here], as well as a selection of some terrific fan poetry and creative writing in Moon Letters. [More]


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Andy Serkis’s Book Auctioned for Charity

I just wanted to let you know that there is an auction on Ebay for Andy’s book (Gollum – How We Made Movie Magic) autographed by some of the cast and crew. All proceeds goto the charity set up by Billy’s Loons. [More] Thanks to Lindsay for the heads up! Three more days to bid!

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Tom Shippey Lecture in Chicago-area

John writes: I thought the TORn-heads in and around the Chicago area might enjoy this. LECTURE: “Adapting Middle-Earth: Tolkien, the Books, and the Movies” by Thomas Shippey (St. Louis University), Saturday, April 3, 2004, 8:00 p.m., Gable Hall, Cavan Auditorium. Thomas Shippey is giving the lecture/ QA session on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb Illinois (about 50 or so miles west of Chicago).

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Wellington Oscar Celebration Pictures!

Ringer Spy Rebecca writes: I just got back from a trip to NZ. I happen to have been there for the Oscar event in Wellington last Thursday (a bit longer ago now – leo). It was amazing – we were about 4 people away from the stage. I have some pictures of the event, as well as other LOTR-related photos here! Be gentle on the website folks…

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Lout of the Rings? That No Good Hooligan!

Sam writes: Someone else has already included this previously, although this picture is taken from a different news paper with another picture included of Elijah Wood at the soccer match. Its a scan of the newspaper clipping from todays Daily Mirror as well as the pun ‘Lout of the Rings.’ [More]

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Sean Astin At C.W. Post College

Katblue writes: This is a clipping from Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday. Sean Astin was a speaker at the C.W. Post College Campus on Sunday. [More]

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The Making of Gollum

Among CG-created movie characters, Lord of the Rings’ Gollum ranks among the most impressive Hollywood has ever produced. What made him so creepy is the combination of the character’s voice (provided by actor Andy Serkis) and his intricate facial expressions, created by Weta Digital’s Bay Raitt. Raitt gave a presentation detailing the facial animation system he built in order to bring much of Andy Serkis’ outstanding performance into the Gollum character, and give him his unique look. Raitt moved to New Zealand to take on this assignment, and spent four years bringing Gollum into the second and third films in the LOTR trilogy. [More]

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Bloom on the set of ‘Heaven’

Various images of our own Orlando Bloom on the set of ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ have been spread out over the net. Here are some of the 2 better quality images I could find. [More]

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Dorian Mirth Party Pics

Our friends at Dorian Mirth write: New pictures have been added to Dorian Mirth’s Oscar Party report at, in addition to being linked from the main page. Dorian Mirth, of course, was one of the musical acts featured at both Two Towers-One Party 2003 and The Return of the One Party 2004. Also, this was overlooked earlier but the ensemble was featured in a local newspaper.

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