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Archive for December, 2004

Serkis Joins Black During Tenacious D Concert

Jason writes: I don’t know if you’ve reported this but Andy Serkis appeared as Gollum at Wellington’s Tenacious D concert last night (Monday 27th). He and Jack Black sang “You’re the one that I want” from Grease. It featured a nice lil bit of Scat between Serkis & Black.

Posted in Andy Serkis, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

Amazon reports record-setting holiday sales

SEATTLE, Washington (AFP) – Internet retailer Amazon.com reported record holiday sales, coaxed by hot demand for electronic consumer goods such as the Apple iPod music player…Among the highlights for the holiday period: DVD sales in the week ending December 12 set a one-week record. “Lord of the Rings, Return of the King Extended Edition” made a single-title, one-day record of 13,000 orders on December 14. [More]

Posted in DVDs, Movie Return of the King, Old Main News

Tolkien Fans – Donate to the Tsunami Relief

With the recent 9.0 earthquake in the Indian Ocean, it is estimated that 40,000 people have been killed by the resulting Tsunami that hit countries in the surrounding area. This immense tragedy deserves the attention of the entire world community, so we ask you take a moment to consider supporting the relief efforts for the area. Please follow this link for a listing of diaster relief agencies that are currently mobilizing efforts to help. [Diaster Relief]

Posted in Fans, Old Main News

Show Us Your ROTK:EE DVD: Gallery III

Show Us Your ROTK:EE DVD! Gallery IIIShow Us Your ROTK:EE DVD! Gallery IIIShow Us Your ROTK:EE DVD! Gallery III
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LOTR fans worldwide sent along images of themselves with their new Return of the King: Extended Edition DVDs. Now YOU can add to the collection!! Send an image of yourself with your DVD collection! [Email us here!]

And don’t forget to take a look at Gallery I & Gallery II

Posted in Old Main News

The ultimate Tolkien fantasy

Replicas, rubber ears and the sacred ring itself – for Tolkien fans this exhibition is a fantasy come true. Boasting more than 650 exhibits, including a 5m replica of a cave troll, Galadriel’s gossamer gown and three of the rings of power, the Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Exhibition is a sight to behold. Fans can go behind the scenes of the trilogy’s special effects, come face-to-face with life-size models of gruesome creatures and hear the cast’s insights into the movie-making process. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Lady and the lamp

There was a celebratory mood at the Old Vic during the opening matinee of Sean Mathias’s tremendous production of Aladdin…Ian McKellen first appears as Widow Twankey in a psychedelic, neon-bright fur coat, swinging a lime-green, patent-leather handbag. He looks like Edna Everage’s blushing English first cousin several times removed. He is a shopaholic with a smile as relentlessly switched on as Regent Street’s Christmas lights. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Hidden Online Content for The Return of the King

InterActual, a subsidiary of Sonic Solutions(R) and the leading provider of ROM and bonus feature technology for DVD, announced today that New Line Home Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition is shipping with an embedded virtual key that unlocks a special website filled with exclusive online features. Called DVDKey(TM), the technology from InterActual grants viewers access to content online when the DVD is placed in a PC and played back using an InterActual-compatible DVD player. [More]
(Sorry…no gag reel -Xo)

Posted in Old Main News

Tolkien Scholar Michael Drout in Wrentham, MA

Celebriel writes: Tolkien scholar Michael Drout presents “Understanding J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings” at the Fiske Library in Wrentham, MA on Jan. 11. The event also features a costume contest, so attendees should dress as their favorite character. Lembas will be served! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Denver fans to Toast Tolkien

The Misty Mountains Smial Tolkien Society of Denver is planning a party of special magnificence to celebrate the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien on January 3rd. Food, drink, readings (bring your favorite to share) entertainment and fabulous prizes for kids and adults alike are all part of the program. The Misty Mountians Smial will host a celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday on Monday, January 3, 2005 at the Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake Street, Denver, CO, 303-308-1795. The festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until a little after 9:00 p.m., the traditional time to toast “The Professor.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Denver fans to Toast Tolkien

The Misty Mountains Smial Tolkien Society of Denver is planning a party of special magnificence to celebrate the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien on January 3rd. Food, drink, readings (bring your favorite to share) entertainment and fabulous prizes for kids and adults alike are all part of the program.

The Misty Mountians Smial will host a celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday on Monday, January 3, 2005 at the Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake Street, Denver, CO, 303-308-1795. The festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until a little after 9:00 p.m., the traditional time to toast “The Professor.”

We will be serenaded by Marianne Goodland on the harp, will learn how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Elvish and will toast the professor in both English and Mandarin Chinese in honor of our sister-smail, Tol Eressea, in Taiwan! A generous buffet of hearty appetizers will be served.

Best of all, there will be mathoms for all and fabulous prize giveaways! Our Grand Prize will be Sideshow/WETA‘s High Elven Infantry Helm (this is a sold out item!) donated by our good friends at The Mathom House (www.the-mathom-house.com) who carry some of the best deals on weapon replicas on the internet.

Other fabulous prizes include a copy of “The Atlas of Middle-earth,” personally signed by Karen Wynn Fonstad to the winner of our drawing, a beautiful, hand-made Hillman knife from Angmar forged by our very own president Walt, t-shirts, toys, posters, movie passes, books, and more!

The cost is as follows:

$16.00 for teenagers & adults ($20.00 after 12/29 &/or at the door)
$11.00 for kids ages 8-12 ($15.00 after 12/29 &/or at the door)
Kids under 8 free

Payment can be made via Paypal to mistymountainssmial@gmail.com, or via check made out to Pat Dawson & mailed to “Misty Mountains Smial” P.O. Box 203, Lafayette, CO, 80026. We will also accept cash at the door, however payment in advance is greatly appreciated so we can guarantee everyone a mathom. Please give your name and be specific about the number of adults, kids, etc. in your party.

Questions? Email ‘mistymountainssmial@gmail.com or visit our website at movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/misty-mountains-smial/

Hope to see all Denver-area fans and scholars there!

Posted in Old Special Reports

TV Watch: Bloom on ET Monday

Celevon writes: Orlando Bloom’s next film, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, is going to be featured on Monday’s edition of Entertainment Tonight. Directed by Ridley Scott, the highly anticipated Crusader epic debuts in theaters next May.

Meanwhile, you can check out the new trailer for the film on Yahoo! Movies. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

ProLiteracy Auctions Off Tickets to ORC

ProLiteracy Worldwide is auctioning off a pair of the SOLD OUT Wizards Circle tickets to the One Ring Celebration in Pasadena, CA Jan 14-16. These tickets include a two nights stay at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel, as well as full access to ORC with in person autographs with ELijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Bruce Hopkins and more! though your transportation there is not covered. [More] [The Auction]

Posted in Old Main News