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Archive for April, 2006

LOTR Seminar at University of Toronto

There is going to be a week-long, in-depth seminar on The Lord of the Rings at the University of Toronto from July 16-21, 2006. Part of Classical Pursuits, learning vacations with a difference, the seminar is being conducted by Dr. Glen Robert Gill, Professor of English at Troy University in Alabama, and promises to be exciting affair. [More]

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education, Old Main News, Other Events

Urban Rides with ‘Comanche’

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “Lord of the Rings” veteran Karl Urban has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries “Comanche Moon,” a prequel to novelist Larry McMurtry’s Western saga “Lonesome Dove.” Ryan Merriman (“Final Destination 3”), Elizabeth Banks (“Slither”), Graham Greene (“Transamerica”) and Wes Studi (“The New World”) have also been cast. They join a lineup that includes Val Kilmer, Rachel Griffiths and Linda Cardellini. [More]

Posted in Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News

‘Sci-Fi Boys’ at Tribeca Film Festival

The folks behind THE SCI-FI BOYS send this in: The link below takes you to the official Tribeca Film Festival rave review of THE SCI-FI BOYS which will be playing four times at the very prestigious Tribeca festival the last week of April (one showing that week) and the first week in May (3 showings). It’s an excellent one-paragraph review written by Kellen Quinn which describes the film as a “heartfelt homage to both the genre itself and the people who played a part in its development, from its humble beginnings in stop-motion animation to the multi-million dollar CGI projects.” [More]

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

LOTR Symphony in Albuquerque, NM

The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the return of the King! Return to Middle Earth with the Symphony, and hear Howard Shore’s Oscar-winning score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy performed live February 24 and 25, 2007, at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. Tickets will go on sale later this summer. []

Posted in Concerts, Events, Old Main News

Bruce Hopkins on the Air

Our pal Bruce Hopkins writes: Just letting you know, if you are up and about at 10pm tonight or tomorrow night tune into Radiolive (100.6fm in Auckland and around the late 90s in most other areas of the country, or online at, I have been asked to fill in for the regular host, so will be doing talk back from 10pm -1am. Tune in and give me a call 0800-723-465, take part in Chance Of A Lifetime, sing a song on air!!! Or just have a chat.

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News


The opening weekend for the return of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy The Exhibition has exceeded visitor targets and surpassed the opening days of the exhibition in 2002. Since opening to the public on Good Friday, the exhibition has already achieved nearly 11,000 visitors, which is 2000 more visitors compared with the first five days of the original season in 2002.

“We are delighted with the numbers so far,” said Mr Paul Brewer, Director Marketing and Communications.

“There continues to be a fascination with the film trilogy. The vision of Peter Jackson, and the creative talents of the many behind-the-scenes people – from model makers Weta Workshop to Ngila Dickson’s costume designs – it has all been so beautifully crafted together to create an entirely holistic Middle-earth. The behind the scenes stories of the extraordinary technology and special effects are also a popular part of the exhibition and one of the reasons it has been in demand from science museums world wide. It helps to make science and innovation in a broad sense popular with large audiences. Te Papa is very pleased to be able to show New Zealand this exhibition for one last time,“ Mr Brewer said.

The exhibition first opened at Te Papa in December 2002 attracting 220,000 visitors (New Zealand’s most successful exhibition to date), and since then seen by over a million people worldwide. The exhibition has been significantly refreshed for this final New Zealand showing to include impressive new items from the film trilogy. These include the impressive and large scale 3.5 metre high ‘miniature’ of the great fortified city Minas Tirith and Corsair’s boat on display for the first time, preliminary sculptures of Gollum’s facial expressions used to develop his character. Other additions include Aragorn’s coronation crown, Arwen’s coronation crown and dress, and Gandalf the White’s robes

This second season of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy The Exhibition at Te Papa has been made possible though the support of New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, and principal sponsor Air New Zealand.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition
Until 20 August 2006
Level 5, Te Papa
Admission charges apply.
Adults $12, Children (4-14 years) $6.50. Family concession available.

Developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with New Line Cinema.

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Old Special Reports

Happy Birthday Sean Bean!

Today is Sean Bean’s birthday! Sean was born on April 17th, 1959 in Sheffield, England. That makes him 47 years old today! Happy Birthday Sean!

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

TV Watch: Wood on ‘Punk’d’ & Green Street on DVD

Deenan writes: I just saw the promo tonight and Elijah Wood got Punk’d! I’m not quite sure of the air date but it’s been said that it will show on MTV on Monday April 24th at 10:00pm EST in the U.S. []

Also, Amazon has the Green Street Hooligans DVD available for pre-ordering in the U.S. and Canada. [USA] [USA]

Available in the UK now

Posted in Elijah Wood, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Television

Lunch with Gandalf

Adele writes: In the May issue of Empire Magazine there is an interview with Ian McKellen. You can also find it online on ‘The only grande Dame with a knighthood, Ian McKellen talks Twankey, Magneto and an extraordinary career…’ Scroll down page and click on ‘Sneak Peek.’ [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News

TV Watch: Bloom Heads to Small Screen

djdeathskiss sends this along: British actors Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth are expected to star in a new TV adaptation of hard-hitting 1966 film CATHY COME HOME. The new BBC version is to mark the 40th anniversary of the original KEN LOACH movie, which pricked Britain’s conscience regarding the issue of homelessness. A spokeswoman says, “It feels timely to look at poverty and inequality in Britain today. [More]

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Orlando Bloom, Television

Te Papa’s LOTR Exhibit Preview!

Xoanon here, this morning my wife and I were lucky enough to get an advanced look at the new Lord of the Rings exhibit at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Te Papa Museum is the pride and joy of Wellington, boasting some half dozen events, it sits on Wellington Harbour like a jewel in a crown.

Housed on the fifth floor of the sprawling building this exhibit features something for everyone, costumes, weapons, bigatures and more. Each character from the story is given his or her own small section of the museum with costume displays, photos, props and other items seen in the film. TV screens at every stop play small clips from the DVD documentries that tie into the display. There was an entire room dedicated to armour from every race, hidden speakers gave us battle sounds from the film, and the mood lighting really got you into the spirit of the moment.

There was another section devoted totally to the One Ring. The ring insignia floated around the room as the One Ring floated in mid air. Another section housed the Minas Tirith bigature and the model of Bag End as seen by Frodo in Galadriel’s mirror.

The Elven boat that carried Boromir’s body was on display, with a dummy that looked uncannily like Sean Bean himself. Weapons were on display, both behind glass and others out in the open available for you to touch and feel.

One of the really neat touches was the forced perspective demonstration with two versions of Gandalf’s wagon, visitors are able to get a photo taken with a guest, one looking decidely Hobbit-sized.

My favorite model on display had to be the Corsair ship proudly displayed at the main entrance to the Te Papa Museum. It’s sails held high, this ‘miniature’ model looks seaworthy as is!

If you can get down to Wellington from now until August I highly encourage you to stop by and take a look!

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Old Special Reports, Tours

‘Fellowship!’ Wins Two LA Weekly Awards

The Button Lady writes: I was there at the LA Weekly Awards ceremony where ‘Fellowship! The Musical’ won two awards. Here is my report. [More]

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