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Archive for December, 2005

Fantasy fatigue grips New Zealand

AUCKLAND Two of the biggest fantasy films of the year were made in a small land of the Pacific Ocean. Yes, Hollywood has invaded New Zealand again – but it turns out not all the locals are happy about that. As mean-spirited as it may seem with the recent release of “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” two blockbuster movies mostly made in New Zealand, there are some film industry insiders in this country who don’t like giant apes, witches or magical lions at all. In fact, at their least generous, these insiders wish the mythical creatures had never come to this small Pacific Rim nation. It has the rest of New Zealand’s inhabitants, who generally take great pride in the achievements of movies like the award-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, wondering why. [More]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News, PJ's Other Films

SHOP: Armoured Lurtz Selling Fast!! – UPDATE 2

Lurtz Premium FormatPre-Orders have begun for the Armoured Lurtz Premium Format Figure. Don’t Miss out! [Click Here]

UPDATE – According to their website, the figure only has 50 left in a 750 edition size.
UPDATE 2 – They just sold out of the Exclusive edition, but the regular is now for sale on their site.

Posted in Collectibles, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

Mortensen Reads Poems for Victoria University

Time is running out for poet Bill Manhire, who has one day left to raise almost $200,000 to hit a million-dollar target set by a Las Vegas casino tycoon. Mr Manhire’s writing course, the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, was singled out by American philanthropist Glenn Schaeffer. Mr Schaeffer issued a challenge for the institute to raise $1 million by December 31 – and has promised to match every New Zealand dollar raised with an American dollar, up to a maximum of $US1 million. It’s been a stressful but exciting two years since the offer was made, but Mr Manhire continues to be hopeful of hitting the $1 million target. He had been amazed by the generosity of donors – some who had given $5 and those who had donated thousands. Fundraising events, including a poetry reading by Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen, and sponsorships had helped bump the total up. The Dominion Post is a major sponsor. [More] [Victoria University of Wellington]

Posted in Old Main News, Viggo Mortensen

The chord of the ‘Rings’

Hobbits, we read in the prologue to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first book of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “love peace and quiet and good tilled earth.” This being so, the pre-holiday rush at Times Square’s Virgin Megastore surely would have seemed to them the abode of the damned. Thumping bass lines made the air shudder; tourists and locals stumbled and jostled, staring open-mouthed at flashing video monitors. A whisper, sad and graceful, called out from beneath the din. In the video department, “The Return of the King,” the final film in director Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, was drawing to an end. The dialogue was inaudible, but wisps of music folded and unfolded – themes first heard in “Fellowship,” evoking friendship and resolve, innocence lost and the longing for home. [More]

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Posted in LotR Movies, Old Main News

ORC Masquerade Forms

Garfeimao writes: The One Ring Celebration Masquerade will be held on Friday night and you can now read all the rules sign up for this fun event. There will be a pre-registration opportunity, from now until Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:00 PM. You can submit all pre-reg documents to, to include the Entry Registration form, the Liability Release form and a photo of your costume. You can download them all here. (WORD DOC) [Registration] [Liability Release] [More Information]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, Announcements

LOTR Online Update

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: This week we’ve updated the Captain class on our Playable Classes page. This is also the first peek at a female player character avatar, something many of you (and your own communities) have been waiting for! We’ll continue to update the classes through the end of January – there’s still the Hunter, the Burglar, the Minstrel, and the Lore-master to come, so stay tuned! [More]

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

ORC Hotel Reservation Blocks Closing!

The room blocks for ORC at the Pasadena hotels has expired and reservations must now be made directly with the individual properties. So if you are planning on attending ORC in Pasadena and need a room, call these numbers! [Get your ORC Tickets Today!]

SHERATON: (626) 449-4000
HILTON: (626) 577-1000
WESTIN: (626) 792-2727
PASADENA INN: (626) 795-8401

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, Announcements

LOTR Exhibit to Head to NZ?

Helen writes: A magazine I was reading recently had a one line mention of the LOTR exhibition coming back for another showing at Te Papa, Wellington NZ, next year. I hadn’t heard about that happening so I emailed Te Papa and asked for confirmation. I thought some of your readers might be interested in their reply – the relevant parts are below:

“Thank you for your e mail requesting information about the Lord of the Rings exhibition. I am pleased to advise you that the Lord of the Rings exhibition will open at Te Papa on Good Friday 14th April and closes on 20th August 2006. May I suggest that you visit our website which is up dated on a regular basis and will feature more details about the exhibition when they are to hand.

I do hope you find this information helpful.”

Moira-Antoinette Low
Information Officer
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Posted in Exhibits, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Old Special Reports

ORC: Official One Ring Awards Voting STILL OPEN

The voting booth is open, and a large number of ballots have already been received! Make sure not to miss your chance to vote for the best of 2005’s Lord of the Rings creative and scholarly writing, and acting. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place during the ORC weekend of January 20th-22nd 2006 from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don’t delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien this past year! [VOTE]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, Announcements

Merry X-mas! Sideshow Collectibles has the 12-inch LOTR License!

Well, we woke up this Christmas morning to a HUGE announcement from Sideshow Collectibles. Sideshow has announced they are now going to be producing 12-inch figures for The Lord of the Rings. This means, for those people who didn’t have the money to collect polystone, you can now get your hands on some kick-butt figures! If you are familiar with Sideshow’s 12-inch figure line-up, then you know why we are so excited about this announcement! For complete details, follow the link – and Happy Holidays! [Click Here]

Posted in Collectibles, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

TV Watch: Bravo Airs Bakshi’s LOTR ‘Toon

Allison writes: On December 29th, at 10:00 (Pacific time) ‘Bravo’ will air the 1978 ‘Lord of the Rings’ animated film, followed by “The Legacy of The Lord Of The Rings,an in-depth look at the book, the film, and the creator of the Middle Earth universe.”

Posted in Lord of the Rings, Old Main News, Television

Serkis Nabs Utah Film Critics Award

The Utah Film Critics Awards were announced today and Andy Serkis was named Best Supporting Actor for his work on King Kong, just beating out Paul Giamatti for Cinderella Man, impressive! [More]

Posted in Andy Serkis, Old Main News, PJ's Other Films