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Archive for August, 2006

THE HOBBIT in 2007?!

The BIG news has finally hit. A Ringer Spy who was recently in the New York offices of New Line Cinema has reported that they clearly saw ‘The Hobbit’ on the film schedule for 2007. Here’s what the spy had to say:

“Please leave my email anonymous as I have some very exciting news to report. I was in New Line’s NY offices to discuss upcoming projects when I clearly saw something very intriguing on a year planner. ‘The Hobbit’ was clearly marked on what looked like July 2007. I couldn’t exactly take a moment to investigate the calendar with my audience in the room, but it definitely said ‘The Hobbit’. Lets hope this is a PJ project!”

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Old Main News, Peter Jackson, PJ New Line, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson to film Dam Busters

The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to remake classic British war film The Dam Busters, he has told film industry trade paper Screen Daily. Jackson will produce the movie, with King Kong animator Christian Rivers in the director’s chair. Jackson said it would be “as authentic as possible and as close to the spirit of the original as possible”. The 1954 film told the true story of how Britain developed bouncing bombs to destroy German dams in World War II. Mel Gibson was going to direct and possibly act in it Peter Jackson Jackson says he first saw the film as a child and “really loved it”. [More]

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

UPDATE: Sideshow Gift Card with FOTR DVD

Sideshow Gift CardA huge thank you to the Ringers who responded to our Sideshow Gift Card post yesterday. Here’s what we have confirmed: Only the FOTR DVD contains the card (at an avg of $18 per DVD, not a bad deal!); each card is worth either $25 or $50 for an in-stock purchase at; All copies of FOTR seem to have the card, even from big-box stores. Thanks again to all the Ringers who helped us figure out the promotion. LOTR In-Stock Items

Posted in Collectibles, DVDs, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

LOTR Online Update: Alpha Journals

Ramen, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: We’ve posted the first in our series of Alpha Journals today, containing the first impressions of some of our LOTRO Alpha Program participants: We simply couldn’t wait any longer to bring you Thursday’s update, so we decided to post it today. Take a look at some of the first impressions of LOTRO from members of our Alpha Program! [More]

Posted in Events, Gaming, Old Main News, Other Events

DragonCon is Upon us!

TORN Staffer MrCere writes: DragonCon in Atlanta starts this weekend and as it has been for several years now, will be in the house! I will be at a fan table in the basement of the Marriott where we will be selling our new, but as yet unrevealed t-shirts. (Hint: it has a reference to elves from another currently popular fictional universe).

But besides supporting the not-for-profit TORn, every Lord of the Rings fan should come by the table and pick up a gift card from Sideshow Collectibles while supplies last. Each person attending the show can claim a card until my supply runs out and each card is worth between $10 and $100 on Sideshow’s in-stock supply. This includes several very cool Lord of the Ring items.

Each person wanting a prize will roll two dice and generate a number between 1 and 100. (2d10 for geeks like me). Every number is a winner but each day we will feature a “GRAND PRIZE” item from Sideshow that will astound and amaze your friends and neighbors if you win. Better still, Sideshow will ship the item directly to you at home so there will be no need to carry it away from Atlanta or lug it around the convention. We will also give away some TORn shirts and some grand but non-“GRAND PRIZE” LOTR items from at the table each day for those lucky enough to roll specific numbers.

The Tolkien schedule is here and we are honored to have Friday’s annual “Evening at Bree” dedicated to our friend and staffer, the late Balin. See you at the show!

Posted in Clothing, Collectibles, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Merchandise, Old Special Reports, Sideshow Collectibles

Reverte’s Alatristre comes to the screen

MADRID (AFP) – Spanish novelist Arturo Perez Reverte lauded the film adaptation of the exploits of his hero, Captain Diego Alatriste, by director Agustin Diaz Yanes in “Alatriste,” which debuts on Spanish screens this week. “I liked it very much, as it is fearsome, pitiless and heroic — as was my story,” Perez Reverte told a pre-screening gathering in Madrid. Alatriste, played in the film by US actor Viggo Mortensen, 47 of “Lord of the Rings” fame, is a unscrupulous 17th century adventurer in the movie, set in Spain’s “golden age” under King Philip IV which coincided with the emergence of artistic giants such as Velasquez and the development of the “New World.” [More]

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Viggo Mortensen

TV Watch: Dourif’s Deadwood Goes off Air

Brad Dourif’s run as the ‘Doc Cochran’ on HBO’s Deadwood has come to a disappointing end – as the ‘Wormtongue’ actor did not even apear in Sunday’s series finale. If you are like me, Deadwood was one of the highlights of TV for the past three years, but HBO has decided to cancel the series for suspect reasons. Lets hope Dourif’s character gets an appropriate storyline end when HBO shows two feature movies slated for next year. [Contact HBO]

Posted in Brad Dourif, Events, LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Television

Select LOTR DVD Sets Come with Sideshow Gift Card

Sideshow Gift CardIf you haven’t already picked up your Special Edition LOTR DVD set…what are you waiting for? How about a free $25 or $50 gift card to purchase Sideshow/Weta stuff at We’ve been getting some reports from Ringers across the country that select sets have a card included with them. We suspect this is another situation where big-box stores like Wal-mart or Target remove the cards, but not-so-big-box stores like Best Buy leave them in. If you got one, drop us a line and tell us where at If you did get one, here’s a link to Sideshow’s listing of in-stock LOTR Items. LOTR In-Stock Items

Posted in Collectibles, DVDs, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

LOTR Stageplay in Toronto for $20!

TheOtherSting sends this along:


With Labour Day, we say farewell and godspeed to Frodo, Sam and Bilbo as THE LORD OF THE RINGS departs the Princess of Wales Theatre and sails away to the Uttermost West (the West End of London, that is).

The final Toronto performance of THE LORD OF THE RINGS will be this Sunday, Sept. 3… and that’s it; there will be no more; don’t believe your friends who’ve told you it will be held over; this is your last chance. And you can take that chance with tickets for a mere $20! That’s right; we’re extending the $20 offer into the final week of the show. It’s first-come, first-served for $20 tickets for Aug. 29 to Sept. 3, all performances! Seating is limited, so hurry.

E-Stagers only! Just call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 and quote the discount code LABOUR0806. Telephone only, please.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Offer valid for performances on August 29 to Sept. 3 2006. All prices in Canadian dollars and includes 6% GST and $2.00 CIF. Seating is subject to availability. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offers. Seating restrictions may apply. The producers hold the right to terminate the offer at any time. No refunds or exchanges. Not valid online or in person. SERVICE CHARGES APPLY. E&OE.

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

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘Jay Leno’

Orlando Bloom is slated to be a guest on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ tonight on NBC. He is there to promote the much-delayed release of his latest film ‘Haven’. The Tonight show airs on NBC at 11:35PM EST.

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


Take a look at one of the new segments from the new LOTR DVD, due out August 29th! These new DVD’s will feature a ton of new behind the scenes footage! Take a look at WEATHER




Pre-Order on
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

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The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

Pre-Order on
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Pre-Order on
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Posted in DVDs, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Old Main News

Morgul Lord Legendary Scale Bust Winner Announced!

Click for Larger ended our contest for the Sideshow Collectibles Morgul Lord Legendary Scale bust on Thursday and we are proud to announce J. Mayo is our winner! Congrats to Mr. Mayo! And don’t forget to support our contest sponsor, Sideshow Collectibles. []

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles, Announcements