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Archive for March, 2006

LOTR Online Update

Ramen, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: On Tuesday, our Screenshot Galleries were updated with the two new shots featured in our latest round of Desktop Calendar Wallpapers. [More]

The POI series continues in this week’s Thursday update with the great halls of Thorin Oakenshield! Read about their appearance in The Lord of the Rings Online, and take a look at the concept art. [More]

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

Problems with the (Musical) Helms Deep?

Ming writes: I attended the LOTR stage show in Toronto this afternoon, and I regret to say that the Helm’s Deep scene is still error-prone. During the performance I attended, Saruman’s orcs were scaling the walls of Helm’s Deep when, abruptly, they all left the stage (was there some kind of signal, I wonder?) and the raised platforms on the stage descended. I sat for a moment in bewilderness (though I had a very bad feeling about it, pardon the other-movie reference) before the voice of God announced that they were experiencing some “technical difficulties” and that we should remain seated. That announcement was repeated twice before the voice of God decided to have an “unscheduled intermission”.

During this break, I spoke to one of the ushers, who told me that this was the first time this had happened since the show officially opened last Thursday. I said I hoped they wouldn’t skip the scene entirely, and she assured me that they wouldn’t do that.

When we were called back into the theater soon thereafter, the voie of God thanked us for our patience and audaciously said “I’m afraid you will have to take my word” that Gandalf had returned and that, with his aid, the battle of Helm’s Deep had been won by Theoden’s army (I don’t think he even spelled it out so clearly, which must have left Tolkien virgins in a daze — though the confusing Khazad-Dum scene probably already did the job, as would the even more confusing destruction of the Ring).

During the second “scheduled” intermission, I asked to speak to the house manager, from whom I requested a free pass to see another performance of the second act. Unfortunately, he said he didn’t have the authority to grant such a request, and gave me TicketKing’s customer service e-mail address. I will be going back to New York on Saturday morning so if I don’t receive a favorable response by Friday, they’re going to have one very disgruntled hobbit. I have not come all the way to Toronto and spent so much money on an orchestra seat (no trifle for a college student!) to miss what I’ve heard is one of the most spectacular scenes in the show!

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Stage, Old Special Reports, Stage Productions

Ballroom Bliss

Rex Reed from writes: At the movies, there isn’t much to write home about, but compared with the violence and filth of today’s Hollywood action epics and the creeping deadliness of all the independent productions that look like they were made for $100, a sweet, unpretentious and heartfelt little movie like Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School begins to look like a wayward valentine from the dead-letter office, lost in transit and delivered late. [More]

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Sean Astin

Sean Astin Plans Moves into ‘Meerkat Manor’

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 29 /PRNewswire/ — Best known for playing “Sam” in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and “Lynn McGill” in “24” Sean Astin has embodied everything from loyalty and bravery to arrogance and redemption. Now, Astin tries to embody two new character traits — small and furry — as he lends his considerable talents to narrate MEERKAT MANOR, Animal Planet’s new 13-part docu-drama that’s All My Children meets Wild Kingdom. With all the love, squabbling, self-sacrifice and rivalry found in any family, a group of Meerkats struggles to survive in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. MEERKAT MANOR premieres Friday, June 9, at 8 PM. [More]

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Sean Astin, Television

‘Lord of the Rings’ Will Play London

Daily Variety reports Kevin Wallace, one of the producers of the big-budget Lord of the Rings musical that opened at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre March 23, confirmed the show will open in London in 2007. The reviews of Lord of the Rings, which began previews on Feb. 4, have been lukewarm thus far. However, Wallace pointed out to DV, “Our market research during previews indicated the show is scoring strongly with the ordinary man in the street.” When asked about the reviews, Wallace replied, “I knew this would always be a show that would divide people. They’d either love it or reject it and no one would offer a middle-of-the-road response.” [More]

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Stage, Old Main News, Stage Productions

Get ‘Lost’ Tonight!

Dominic Monaghan’s Golden Globe winning show ‘Lost’ is on tonight at 9PM EST on ABC. TORN’s chatroom now has a special ‘Lost’ screening room, login to #lost at 9PM and watch with fans from around the country! [] [TORN Chat]

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Dominic Monaghan, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Television

Peter Jackson gets the monkey off his back

NEW YORK (AP) — The box-office performance of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” wasn’t as chest-thumping as many expected. But to be fair, $217 million isn’t terrible, nor was the $520 million worldwide take. Moreover, the film was well received by critics, nominated for four Oscars and won three: visual effects, sound and sound editing. Those three aspects of filmmaking are represented on the new two-disc special edition DVD coming out Tuesday (a single disc version also is available). The features include post-production diaries that bookend the previously released production diaries of “Kong.” They are an unusual inside look on the minutiae that goes into even the biggest of movies. [More]

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Hill Nabs BAFTA Nom

Lion2b writes: It was recently announced that Mr Hill has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of former Home Secretary David Blunkett in ‘A Very Social Secretary’. [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News


Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a young and beautiful actress Ann Darrow from the world of vaudeville who finds herself lost in depression-era New York and her luck changes when she meets an over-ambitious filmmaker Carl Denham who brings her on an exploratory expedition to a remote island where she finds compassion and the true meaning of humanity with an ape Kong. The beauty and the beast finally meet their fate back in the city of New York where the filmmaker takes and displays the ape in quest of his fame by commercial exploitation which ultimately leads to catastrophe for everyone including a playwright Jack Driscoll who falls in love with Ann and plays an unlikely hero by trying to save her from Kong and her destiny. [Order on Amazon]

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Bid for Andy Serkis’ Art

Sherry writes: Andy Serkis has just donated a painting he has done, to WAVE for their Art WAVE charity event. Serkis’ piece can be viewed at Pre-auction bidding is available on the website. [More]

Posted in Andy Serkis, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Old Main News, Other Events, Other Merchandise

LOTR Concert: Glasgow, Scotland

Neil writes: Thought you’d be interested to know that The Lord of the Rings Symphony will be performed at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June. More details can be found here. [More]

Posted in Concerts, Events, Lord of the Rings, Old Main News

PJ Talks Kong, LOTR, Bones & More!

Malcolm writes: There’s an interview with Peter Jackson over at Dark Horizons ( in which he discusses the King Kong DVD, a possible future edition to be released later this year, and plans for an LOTR box set on an HD format. [More]

Posted in DVDs, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ New Line, PJ's Other Films, Rumours Spy News