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Archive for January, 2005

Tolkien Letter for Auction

Anette writes: The auction house I am working in recently received a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to a fan to sell at auction. The letter reveals the real life setting of Gondor, and tells of the problems he is facing getting the third and final book published. A full transcript as well as pictures are available from our web site. [More]

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Mortensen Prepares to Become Captain Alatriste

Viggo Mortensen will bring Captain Alatriste to life in the film directed by Agust’n D’az Yanes. He will play a curious main character from a series of five exciting books created by the writer Arturo Pérez Reverte, The New York actor, born in Manhattan 46 years ago, became famous for his role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings saga and has become an authentic sword-lover since the filming of this trilogy. To prepare for his role, Mortensen has chosen the National Fencing Center in Madrid, where he will take lessons with the foil master Jesús Esperanza, a specialist in ancient fencing techniques. [More]

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More ‘Ringers’ Photos and Review -UPDATE-

Belladonna writes: Added to are a couple dozen more photos from Ringers screenings, including the final one this last Thursday night. Despite the drizzly weather we got a pretty good turnout, and I at least both enjoyed the film again and celebrating in the great line party atmosphere. [More]

Corky sends along yet even more images here. [More]

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More ‘Ringers’ Photos and Review

Belladonna writes: Added to are a couple dozen more photos from Ringers screenings, including the final one this last Thursday night. Despite the drizzly weather we got a pretty good turnout, and I at least both enjoyed the film again and celebrating in the great line party atmosphere.

I am proud to call myself a Ringer. Proud and happy for my fellow fans featured in the movie made by Carlene Cordova and Cliff Broadway of that has recently premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. I was lucky enough to attend two screenings, including the premiere in Park City. It has been a wonderful thing to have it here in Salt Lake and Utah at large. Through the large and lively line parties (some of the largest organized ones in the world), and various local groups I have met many wonderful people. There was much cheering in the audience whenever we spotted footage from “our” events-got to love the miniature golfing-orcs! And yep I’m pretty sure I caught a glimpse of myself and music ensemble, Dorian Mirth (woohoo!)

I myself came late to Lord of the Rings, reading the trilogy just one year before the first movie was released. Somehow I missed it all growing up; well I guess in fact I didn’t care at all for that genre until finally being introduced through these stories. So it was interesting to see laid out what fandom was like say in the groovin’sixties (pipeweed, ahem) or the rockin’ seventies (as many bands put their fan feelings into their music). As Dominic narrated the witty script we were taken through the decades of different generations of fans. Interspersed throughout are GREAT animation sequences that, for lack of a better comparison, are much like Monty Python’s cut-out style. My personal favorite was the East Coast Ivory Tower (“let’s go read Ulysses again!”).

Let’s see, then there is the action figure/merchandise sing-a-long and a staging of the infamous Very Secret Diaries, among other clever sequences. And I cannot wait to someday visit Hobbiton, USA.

More delightful than even that though was a best-quality version of Leonard Nimoy’s “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” music video. This cheesfest of silly backup dancers is just begging to be re-created by fans (and I know some who are interested 🙂 Apparently Mr Nimoy was one of only two individuals approached who was not interested in an interview (the other being Ralph Bakshi). Speaking of which it was interesting to learn that David Carradine had been as horrified as many a fan to discover the animated production. He really wanted to be in a Lord of the Rings film (as Strider), but not, however, in this cartoon.

The Ringers film was at its best when talking to the fans themselves, with all the passion on display. This was not a parade of freaks, but many people talking about how Lord of the Rings had changed their lives for the better. In fact, I could have done with more from the fans themselves but that’s okay. With the end of Peter Jackson’s saga, the torch has been passed to many new fans that shall now have to carry on a fifty-year-old tradition, continuing to find new ways to enrich the experience. Let’s see what kind of future material can be had for “Ringers 2” 🙂

Distribution agreements have not been made, but there are offers on the table, so hopefully everyone else can see this in a theater near you soon!

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‘Lost’ TV Guide Covers

Jonotrek writes: Dominic Monaghan as a cast member of ‘Lost’ is featured on one of six covers of TV Guide in the US this week. There is a story on Lost inside of the magazine too. You can purchase all six covers here. [TV Guide] [More]

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Calabasas Magazine Talks Astin

Jackie writes: It is not yet refelected on their web site but I just got my new issue of Calabasas Magazine in the mail and Sean Astin is featured as the cover story. (February 2005) Sean and his family reside in Calabasas, in fact they are neighbors of ours. Just thought when it’s available online you might be interested in providing the link on your wonderful site. Keep an eye out here and it should be appearing soon. []

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McKellen’s Magic Roundabout to get Sequel

Film bosses are plotting a sequel to animated movie ‘The Magic Roundabout’ – even though the first installment has not yet been released. The creators of the $24.3 million (GBP12.8 million) film – based on the cult 1960s BBC TV series – have already signed up Sir Ian McKellen to return as the voice of Zebedee and Kylie Minogue to reprise her vocal duties for Florence. [More]

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Weta wizard in running for another Oscar

One of the team who created the Oscar-winning visual effects for The Lord of the Rings is in the running for another 34 centimetre-tall gold statue next month. Joe Letteri, who won visual-effects Oscars for The Two Towers and The Return of the King, as well as a scientific and technical achievement award, has been nominated in the visual effects category for I Robot. The nomination is also the fourth for Wellington’s Weta Digital, where Letteri – from San Francisco – has been based for more than three years and is visual-effects supervisor on Peter Jackson’s King Kong film. [More]

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Kiwis list their favourite books

From “Responses to the Sunday Star-Times Top 50 Books survey are pouring in. So far there’s no clear winner. Yes, Tolkien’s doing pretty well, but it’s by no means a foregone conclusion that he’ll top the list.” [More]

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New ‘Fraud of the Rings’

Cartoonist John Cook writes: I’ve added a new Lord of the Rings cartoon spoofing that Two Towers scene where Gimli waits at Helm’s Deep, unable to see over the top of the battlements. Check out the cartoon here!

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FIDM’s Costume Party

From LA Downtown News: “It was busy last Tuesday afternoon at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) museum in South Park: A dress from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was getting steamed, Peter Parker’s Spider-Man outfit was waiting on a pedestal and word was spreading that the Finding Neverland costumes wouldn’t arrive until the end of the week.” [More]

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Denethor Attends Collectors & Celebrities Show

Ray writes: John Noble will be appearing at our “Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show”, on February 18th & 19th, as one of our celebrity guests. For more information, please check our web site

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