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Archive for April, 2005

Collectormania 7 Kicks Off Today

Collectormania 7, a great Sci-Fi/Fantasy Con in the UK is the place to be this weekend. Bernard Hill, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Kiran Shah and Bruce Spence will be attending. Also be on the lookout for some of my personal favorites, James Marsters, Alan Cumming, Alexis Denisoft, Anthony Head, Dean Stockwell, the Red Dwarf Crew, almost everyone associated with Doctor Who and some Star Wars folks! Take a look! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

TV Watch: Monaghan on ‘Ellen’ & ‘Jimmy’

Dominic Monaghan is making the chat show rounds promoting the last 4 new episodes of his hit TV show ‘Lost’. He will be on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ today, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ late tonight on ABC. Get those TiVo’s ready!

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Your Fan Experience

Are you a convention fan? Have you been to a Lord of the Rings convention or taken part in a lining-up party? Perhaps you even organised one. If you have, join us this weekend and share your LoTR fan experience with us.

Perhaps you got to meet and talk to some of the cast or crew. You might well be an autograph hunter. Or perhaps you have a more scholarly bent. Or maybe, for you it’s all about the fun of catching up with fellow fans and enjoying the atmostphere. [More]

Posted in Barliman News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Your Fan Experience

Are you a convention fan? Have you been to a Lord of the Rings convention or taken part in a lining-up party? Perhaps you even organised one. If you have, join us this weekend and share your LoTR fan experience with us.

Perhaps you got to meet and talk to some of the cast or crew. You might well be an autograph hunter. Or perhaps you have a more scholarly bent. Or maybe, for you it’s all about the fun of catching up with fellow fans and enjoying the atmostphere. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Your Fan Experience

Are you a convention fan? Been to a Lord of the Rings convention or taken part in a lining-up party?

If you are, join us this weekend and share your LoTR fan experience. Maybe you got to meet and talk to some of the cast or crew. Maybe you’re an autograph hunter. Perhaps you prefer have a more scholarly bent.

Or maybe, for you it’s all about the fun of catching up with fellow fans and enjoying the atmostphere.

What do you like best about conventions? Which ones are your favourites?

We’ll discuss all this and much more in #thehalloffire this Sunday, so be sure to join us and share your thoughts!

Time and date:
Sunday May1

America:
2.00pm EST
1.00pm CST
12.00pm MST
11.00am PST

Europe:
7:00pm UK
8:00pm Central Europe

Asia-Pacific:
5.00am (Monday) Brisbane
5.00am (Monday) Sydney
7.00am (Monday) Wellington

Chats usually last 45 mins to an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation!

Where?

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net – the TORn IRC server. You can connect via our java chat client that works inside your web browser (find it here).

Alternatively, install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC. To find out more about using mIRC to connect to TORn IRC server, check out these instructions.

Upcoming topics:

“Tell us your LoTR fan experience!’

– Sunday May 1

“Silmarillion Chapter 9 – Of the Flight of the Noldor”
– Saturday May 7
– Sunday May 15

“Is LoTR unfilmable? Was Tolkien right?”
– Saturday May 21
– Sunday May 29

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Posted in Old Special Reports

Astin Attends Family Literacy Conference

Son of Aragorn writes: On Tuesday night (April 26th), Sean Astin appeared at a banquet at the National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky. His wife, Christine, and their two daughters appeared with him. After the banquet he was available for autographs. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Astin Attends Family Literacy Conference

Son of Aragorn writes: On Tuesday night (April 26th), Sean Astin appeared at a banquet at the National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky. His wife, Christine, and their two daughters appeared with him. After the banquet he was available for autographs (after the purchase of his new book There and Back Again: an Actor’s Tale, which I gladly paid for). Upon standing up for the picture he exclaimed, “God, you’re tall! Why is he so tall? I object!” He was personable and seemed to have an absolute blast both at the banquet and during the autograph session. He took time for pictures with everyone who wanted one, invested time in conversations with just about all of us, and really came across as genuine and down-to-earth.

Sean is the Verison Literacy Champion for the National Center for Family Literacy, based in Louisville. His objective is to help promote the importance of family literacy services for families in need, as well as encourage businesses and the public to support NCFL through volunteerism and donations. He is also a member of NCFL’s Board of Advisors. He has recorded three PSA’s for NCFL, and they are available to view at www.famlit.org.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Exclusive Orlando Bloom Webcast Monday

From MTV: On Monday 2 May, Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom could be answering your questions! The strapping star of Ridley Scott’s Crusades epic ‘Kingdom Of Heaven’ will be in London to attend the European premiere, and take part in an exclusive video webcast with all his MTV fans. Twentieth Century Fox and MTV will be there to cover all the action, hosted and promoted by RealNetworks. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Museum talks: fun and war

Lord of the Rings or Uzbekistani embroidery? No prizes for guessing which recent exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum attracted more visitors. The balance between scholarship and audience appeal is one of the topics 450 international and Australian museum experts will grapple with at Museums Australia’s national conference, Politics and Positioning, which begins in Sydney on Sunday. Museums Australia is the professional association for museum and gallery workers. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

‘Kingdom of Heaven’ Sparks Battle

NEW YORK – A week before the much-anticipated film “Kingdom of Heaven” opens in theaters, the Crusades-era epic starring Orlando Bloom has sparked another battle. Acclaimed author and scholar James Reston Jr. claims the film swiped the story line from his 2001 book, “Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Lucifer Chu, LOTR Millionaire and Philanthropist

It gives me great pleasure to post news of leading Taipei fantasy fan Lucifer Chu, who contacted TORN way back in the mists of time to tell us about his translation of LOTR into Chinese. In a publishing deal not unlike Tolkien’s own agreement with his publishers, Chu would take a percentage of the profits if the book did well. Five years later he’s a millionaire at 30. Unlike most millionaire’s he’s asked himself “Did my wealth make me a better person?” and now spends his money on non-profit initiatives including his Fantasy Foundation. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

A Piece of Middle-earth in Baltimore

If you live round Baltimore, the Symphony there is doing a fundraiser (what orchestra doesn’t need more money?) which includes visits to local stately homes. One house has a whole room dedicated to Middle-earth that Ringer fan Patricia says is “absolutely beautiful” and well worth a visit. [More]

Posted in Old Main News