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Archive for September, 2005

Sean Bean Bear Auction

Lisa writes: You were kind enough to post about the Sean Astin auction I did last month to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (which ended up raising $86!)… I was wondering if you’d post again? This time I have a bear signed by Sean Bean!

Basically, I’m doing all 8 of the Avon Walks this year and trying to raise $25,000. The last walk is actually this weekend in NYC! But, I still have a lot of bears to auction off.. and this batch (which is pretty skewed toward sci-fi/fantasy folks) includes Sean Bean! [More]

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Alan Lee Chat Next Month!

TheOneRing.net — in conjunction with Houghton Mifflin — is delighted to announce that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session.

Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook. [More]

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Alan Lee Chat Next Month!

TheOneRing.net — in conjunction with Houghton Mifflin — is delighted to announce that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session.

Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook.

The book presents more than 150 of Lee’s celebrated illustrations to show how his imagery for both the illustrated Lord of the Rings and the films progressed from concept to finished art. In addition, the book contains 20 full-color plates and numerous examples of the conceptual art produced for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation.

Alan has been creating fantasy artwork since 1978. He’s illustrated writers such as Dennis L McKiernen, Ursula K. Le Guin and has also worked as a set designer on the films Legend (1985), Erik the Viking (1989) and Merlin (1998).

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tolkien, a new 1,200 page edition of The Lord of the Rings was planned. Alan Lee was chosen as the illustrator. With 50 colour plates, the book was a stunning artistic and commercial success.

Although the chat will not be held until November 5, you can still submit your question for Alan in advance simply by e-mailing it to halloffire@theonering.net We’ll ask it for you on the day.

Alan’s United States book tour

Alan Lee will also be touring the United States to promote and talk about his new book during October. His events will will feature a slide show, a Q&A with fans, and a booksigning. You can also pre-order your copy from Amazon by going here

Alan’s Tour Schedule:

October 22 @ 12:00 noon
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street (b/t 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
212-989-3270

October 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friends Select School
1651 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (17th & Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-563-4184 (phone # for Joseph Fox Bookshop, which is sponsoring the
event)

October 25 @ 7:00 p.m.
Chapter 11
Peachtree Battle Shopping Center
2345-A Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-237-7199

October 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
BookPeople
603 N. Lamar (6th & Lamar)
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-5050

October 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Tattered Cover
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-436-1070

October 28 @ 7:00 p.m.
Borders Books
132 E. Winchester
Murray, UT 84107
801-313-1020

October 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-927-0960

October 31 @ 7:00 p.m.
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-634-3400

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Was ‘The Return of the One Party’ Haunted?

The Party Logo Thanks to the Cheshire Cat for giving me the screaming heebie-jeebies the rest of the day, with this report on one of the ‘most haunted’ places seen on TV…The Hollywood American Legion..AKA the location of 2004’s ‘The Return of the One Party’!

Little did we know it, but when fans from far and wide gathered to watch the Oscars that night, and when the cast and crew of LOTR arrived afterwards to party with us that some ghostly spirits were also present! Take a look at her report..and if you were there..prepare to be FREAKED! [More]

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Was ‘The Return of the One Party’ Haunted?

The Party Logo
Click here for photos from ‘The Return of the One Party’

Cheshire Cat writes: I attended that memorable Oscar night party in the Legion building, Hollywood courtesy of TheOneRing.net on the night that Return of the King won all it’s Oscars and I was therefore very interested to see a programme on UK TV last week that was all about the building where the party took place.

It is a fascinating programme that I love to watch called ‘Most Haunted’, a real-life documentary type thing whereby a group of individuals go and visit the most haunted houses in the UK. They take with them a couple of psychic mediums who pick up on names from the past that were associated with the building and do so with startling accuracy much of the time. A woman introduces the programme and along with the producer, cameramen, soundmen and even make-up girls they spend time in various rooms of the house waiting for any ghostly activity to occur. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this makes for excellent viewing as the middle of the night vigils are done in the pitch black with only night vision cameras to see or the occasional torch light and needless to say, these people are scared witless half the time!!!

Anyhow, in last weeks episode of Most Haunted this excellent team of ghost hunters travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA in order to investigate the ghostly goings-on at the Legion building in Hollywood!!! It was so interesting to see the place again and in the course of the programme they visited the the legion building’s library, offices, main auditorium, pool room and bar!!! Yes! The very bar where myself and a group of TORn Discussion Room friends all sat and watched the Oscar ceremony on the TV!!! One of the mediums entered the building and was immediately drawn to the staircase (which I think was the one that had the big Shelob model on it on Oscar night). He said that someone called Marshall had died on this staircase and that it had very recently around 4 or 5 years ago. He was absolutely spot-on with this information because the current caretaker/manager of the building confirmed that a chap called Marshall was the previous caretaker and had looked after the building for decades before tragically falling on this staircase in the year 2000 and he died within minutes before any medical help could get to him. The current manager had been a good friend of Marshall’s and was there during his dying moments. He was not at all surprised to hear the psychic say that Marshall was still ‘inhabiting’ the building and he said that he’d always felt that Marshall was still around keeping an eye on the place.

Anyhow, a number of the team decided to spend some of the night in the bar area and the pool room next door as these were two of Marshall’s favourite spots during his many long years in the Legion. The results were really quite astounding and the team, who after five series of the fascinating programme, were completely over-the-moon about the reactions they got from this friendly and playful ghost.

They sat at around a table and tried to make contact with Marshall and the TV (the one on which we had watched the Oscar’s that hung to the right of the bar) was switched on but not tuned into any channel, but you could screen was flickering. Three times they asked Marshall if he was able to switch off the TV and three times he did it!!! They couldn’t believe it when each time they made the request the TV just flickered and clicked off! The remote control was right over the other side of the room beneath the television and no one had gone anywhere near it! *goosebumps* Lots of other noises were heard around the bar area and at one point the ice machine behind the bar went bonkers and started making a loud noise until they were forced to unplug it!

The final thing they did was to spend time in the Pool Room next to the bar. They laid five pool balls on the table and again called out asking Marshall to move the balls. The camera was fixed on the five balls, but then suddenly they heard a dull thud from the far end of the table (several feet away from where all the people in the room were sitting) and when they went round to investigate, one of the pool balls had dropped out of the roll-down area where the balls are dispensed and was sitting there on the floor!!! It was such a shame that the camera hadn’t been pointing at it and was focused on the top of the table, but the team were amazed and couldn’t believe what had happened!

Other ghosts are said to inhabit this building too including a dark figure who walks across the back row of the auditorium from time to time.

So anyhow, I wondered if TORn were aware of the fact they had chosen such a haunted location to hold their auspicious party of partys!

Posted in Old Special Reports

Get LOST Tonight!

‘Lost’, featuring Dominic Monaghan, is on ABC tonight. 8PM features the season 2 opener that many people missed last week while 9PM is a brand new episode. [abc.go.com]

Posted in Old Main News

Jackson’s Gallipoli film Screens in Wellington

Peter Jackson’s restored version of the only film taken of the Anzacs at Gallipoli in 1915 will have its New Zealand premiere at a documentary film festival in Wellington today. The film Heroes of Gallipoli screens at the DOCNZ Documentary Film Festival. Jackson, a World War I buff, approached the Australian War Memorial two years ago to see if technology developed by Weta Digital could be used to restore archival film. The 20-minute film included Wellington Battalion soldiers. The original nitrate film was destroyed in 1967, and prints were scratched, fuzzy and low in contrast. [docnzfestival.com]

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Happy Birthday Kiran Shah!

Today is Kiran Shah’s birthday! Kiran was born on September 28th, 1956 in Nairobi, Kenya in 1956. That makes him 49 years old today! Happy Birthday Kiran!

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TV Watch: Mortensen on ‘The Daily Show’

Viggo Mortensen will be on Comedy Centrals’s ‘The Daily Show with John Stewart’ tonight (September 27th). He is there to promote his latest film ‘A History of Violence’ which opens wide this Friday. Although expect topics to range from ducks to politics and back again.

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WIRED Talks King Kong

WIRED Talks King Kong KONG is coming is the title of Wired Magazine’s King Kong special feature in the October issue. Jonathan Bing details PJ’s Wellywood setup and goes deeper into the origins and series of events that led to him making Kong Kong, and our special Production Diaries on KongisKing.net. Be sure to check out ‘Gorilla Filmmaking’, an amazing series of photos featuring some of the major players at WETA/Big Primate/3 foot 6 and all the other companies under Peter’s banner. Some very familiar faces are seen here, it is a great photo spread and a great article. Check out the photos in our scrapbook, and to read the article go to your local newsstands now or order WIRED online. [Images] [Wired Magazine]

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ABC to repeat ‘Lost’ season premiere

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – ABC will postpone Wednesday’s scheduled premieres of 8-9 p.m. comedies “George Lopez” and “Freddie” for one week to make room for a rerun of the season premiere of “Lost,” which will lead into the drama thriller’s second episode at 9 p.m. Coming on the heels of its Emmy win for best drama, “Lost” opened its second season last week with an all-time high of 23.4 million viewers. ABC said it decided to repeat the “Lost” season opener after receiving calls from viewers who missed part of the episode because of hurricane-related news pre-emptions.

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Elijah Wood grows up, sort of

You might mistake Elijah Wood for any other music geek flipping through the CD racks in the Loop’s Rock Records. With an armful of albums (The Warlocks, Roky Erickson, Black Mountain, Johnny “Guitar” Watson) he even sounds like one. “Have you ever heard of Dead Meadow?” the 24-year-old asks one tattooed salesman. “Have you heard of Wolf Mother, that band from Australia? Very Blue Cheer.” [More]

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