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Archive for January, 2007

LOTRO Hands on Preview

Dave Taylor from writes: I thought you guys at The One Ring might be interested in the hands on preview we’ve got in the new issue of PCGZine. We’re a free PC games magazine written by professional games journalists in the UK. The magazine is made available in PDF format for free download. All you need is Adobe Reader (we recommend updating to version 8 to avoid issues if you have Internet Explorer 7 installed). The magazine includes video and multimedia on top of the editorial.

We were fortunate enough to be shown around Middle Earth by one of the developers so our preview is well informed and there’s lots of screens and even some amusing dancing videos in the magazine. And for those who know it all, there is even a mini interactive quiz where people can test their Tolkien knowledge. [More]

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

Trilogy Screening in Wellington

The Embassy Theatre in Wellington has sent out their latest newsletter. The big news is that they will be screening all three LOTR films this February as part of their summer series (North America’s winter). From the newsletter: Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning films should only be seen in the luxury of our leather armchairs and on our giant screen.

LORD OF THE RINGS: The Fellowship of the Ring – Febuary 4th and 25th
LORD OF THE RINGS: The Two Towers – Febuary 11th
LORD OF THE RINGS: The Return of the King – Febuary 18th, TORn Message Board Members, myself and many others actually have our names on a chair in the theatre. I had the pleasure of seeing ‘March of the Penguins’ there last April. Take a look at some of our photos from the trip.

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Old Main News

Hobbit Declared a New Species as Debate Continues

New computerized casts of abnormally small Homo sapiens brains are reigniting the debate over the skeletal remains nicknamed “The Hobbit.” Ever since the 18,000-year-old remains of the three-foot-tall adult female hominid were unearthed in 2003 on the remote Indonesian island of Flores, scientists have argued whether the specimen was a human with an abnormally small head or represents a new species in the human family tree. The diminutive creature had a brain approximately one-third the size of modern adult humans. [More]

Posted in Miscellaneous

DVD Tuesday: Open Season, Benny Hill & More!

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! Check out some classic TV goodies like ‘Dallas – S6’, ‘I Dream of Jeannie – S3’ & ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – S3’. The big release of the week is ‘Open Season’. Personally I’m interested in ‘Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated’ & ‘Sayonara Jupiter’! Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in DVDs, Old Main News

Happy Birthday Elijah Wood!

Today is Elijah Wood’s birthday! Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That makes him 26 years old today! Happy Birthday Elijah!

Posted in Elijah Wood, Old Main News

Sam Raimi considering ‘The Hobbit’

From the LA Times: In a move that would have ramifications for several major multi-nationals, and millions of fans, “Spider-Man” maestro Sam Raimi has been telling associates, as well as his corporate masters at Sony, that he is thinking of directing “The Hobbit,” the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork, “The Lord of the Rings.” At least two top-level insiders – who declined to be named — have heard the words out of the director’s mouth. [More]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Old Main News, The Hobbit

Sideshow Collectibles Update

Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

SHOP: Humorous Review of Legolas

Pictorial Legolas ReviewSideshow has posted a rather humorous review of their Legolas 12-inch Figure. The photo review by Hylton Mayne accurately showcases the durability and poseablity of the figure – among other things! hah. Be warned, the review is essentialy PG-13. [Full Details]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

SHOP: Sideshow Announces Diorama Line

New LicenseThe latest edition of the Sideshow newsletter announced a new format of LOTR collectibles: “Next week, you’ll get your first glimpse at the newest LOTR collectible series; The Lord of the Rings Diorama line. Many of the designs for these dioramas have been drawn from the most dynamic and dramatic confrontations in the films, although not all will be so conflict-oriented. The size and scale will vary, as well as the complexity and price, but many will be in approximately 1:9 scale, not unlike the Sideshow/Marvel ‘VS’ line of dioramas.” [Full Details]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News, Sideshow Collectibles

Leto Tried To Choke Wood at Awards Show

From IMDB: Elijah Wood was shocked when he was attacked by Jared Leto at an awards show recently, because The Lord Of The Rings star said he didn’t like Leto’s band. The 26-year-old star was attending the MTVU Woodie Awards in November when Leto, who is the lead singer of cult act 30 Seconds To Mars, approached his table. Leto came over, whispered in Wood’s ear and walked away, but then turned around, grabbed him by the throat and called him a “f**king a**hole.” Wood tells Jane magazine, “He was basically upset at the fact that I said I didn’t like his band. He said that initially and walked away. I guess he thought I was laughing at him, but I was more shell-shocked and telling people around me, ‘Whoa, I just got told off by Jared Leto for not liking his band.’ And that’s when he came back and grabbed me.” He adds, “I told Jared it wasn’t personal. He acted like I’d been disrespecting him or speaking about his family. Things like that don’t usually happen to me. I’m very non-confrontational. The whole thing was kind of ridiculous.”

Posted in Elijah Wood, Old Main News

Tolkien’s Middle-earth expands in online game

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters Life!) – From Middle-earth, the creatures of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” will rise into a new digital world in April with the launch of an online game which has raised the hackles of among some die-hard fans. Game publishers Turbine Inc. and Midway Games Inc. will on Thursday unveil details of the highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online game, “The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar” with a launch date of April 24. The game’s creators are assuring fans of Tolkien’s epic fantasy adventure that the game recreates the vast world of Middle-earth with dedication to the books and players able to create thousands of virtual characters. [More]

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

Hobbit cave digs set to restart

Archaeologists who found the remains of human “Hobbits” have permission to restart excavations at the cave where the specimens were found. Indonesian officials have blocked access to the cave since 2005, following a dispute over the bones. But Professor Richard “Bert” Roberts, a member of the team that found the specimens, told BBC News the political hurdles had now been overcome. [More]

Posted in Old Main News