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Archive for January, 2007

Sir Ian McKellen to play King Lear

Theatre fans can look forward to an exciting and challenging mix of classical, experimental and original theatre in the spring and summer season and also some major stars. Sir Ian McKellen comes to Stratford as part of an ensemble performing King Lear and Chekhov’s The Seagull, under the direction of the acclaimed Trevor Nunn. The two have a long relationship having worked together on Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello, among others. McKellen, who has most recently appeared on the big screen in the Da Vinci Code and as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings, will take the roles of Lear and Sorin; the latter being taken on a shared basis. Appearing as Goneril and Arkadina is Frances Barber. [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, Old Main News, Stage Productions

Building Middle-Earth: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Online

In 1955, shortly after “The Lord of the Rings” was published, J. R. R. Tolkien began to worry his creation had become a “vast game” for some readers. This was not good, he wrote, even “for me, who find that kind of thing only too fatally attractive.” Now, Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and the imaginary setting he painstakingly built, Middle-earth, has become that “vast game.” Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Turbine Inc. of Westwood, Mass., is to announce an April 24 release date for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the year’s most anticipated massively multiplayer online game, or M.M.O. A digital Middle-earth will open its gates to thousands of virtual characters embarking on quests, plumbing subterranean realms and slaughtering plenty of goblins and trolls. [More]

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

New LOTR Lithographs on the Horizon

Jerry Vanderstelt writes: I am a commercial artist, and I recently secured a license through New Line to produce LOTR lithographs based on the movie trilogy. I am hoping to create some buzz before my release and get a link about this news from your site to mine. I have done several official LOTR projects for New Line, as well as their licensors. Please check out my website for more info. [More]

Posted in Merchandise, Old Main News, Posters Prints

Blanchett Lands Oscar Nom

The nominees for the 79th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning in LA. Cate Blanchett has received a nomination for Performance by an actress in a supporting role for her work on “Notes on a Scandal”. Congratulations Cate!

Posted in Old Main News

ORC 2007: Billy Boyd & Beecake Perform!

We just received word that Billy Boyd and his band, Beecake, will be at ORC performing! Billy will be part of a Saturday morning charity brunch, and appearing on stage as a guest, and then he and his band will do a concert at an as yet to be determined location. [ORC 2007]

Posted in Old Main News

ORC: 2007 Tickets on Sale Now!

As the plans for The One Ring Celebration, the official convention for THE LORD OF THE RINGS fans set for March 9-11, 2007 in Burbank, California, heats up with the big announcement of headliner guests BILLY BOYD, DAVID WENHAM and ANDY SERKIS, today we are happy to announce the on-sale of all the different ticket packages, priced so ALL who want to come can afford to do so!

Of course we have our top of the line WIZARD CIRCLE SEATING, which is the absolute best way to attend the weekend. Then there is now on sale ELVEN PACKAGES for those that want reserved seating for the daytime conventions…. THE DWARF PACKAGES which offer non-reserved seating for the weekend and price out at less than $30 a day… and finally we offer single day reserved seating and single day general admission.

Please note that while our former location The Pasadena Center is being renovated, the Burbank Airport Marriott (our new home) is more intimate so we ask that you reserve your tickets early to avoid a sell-out! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Dinner with Peter S. Beagle

Our second Peter S. Beagle story comes to us from ShelaghC, she writes: Peter will be a guest at Capricon XXVII this year and he has offered some time from his schedule during the convention to spend an evening with fans for a casual dinner on Saturday February 10th, with the possibility of a gathering afterwards. If you’re interested in joining the group – and can commit to attending – please send me an e-mail by Monday, February 5th.

Posted in Old Main News

Peter S. Beagle Interview

Chris Meadows writes: I am delighted to announce that on Wednesday, January 24th at 12 noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific., I will be conducting a live call-in talk radio interview with Hugo-winning fantasy author Peter S. Beagle on my book-related talk show, The Biblio File (http://terrania.us/biblio/). The topic of the interview will be Beagle’s career, including The Last Unicorn novel and movie, the Lord of the Rings animated movie, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek,” and more. After I finish my prepared questions, Beagle will take questions from the audience. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Peter S. Beagle Interview

Chris Meadows writes: I am delighted to announce that on Wednesday, January 24th at 12 noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific., I will be conducting a live call-in talk radio interview with Hugo-winning fantasy author Peter S. Beagle on my book-related talk show, The Biblio File (http://terrania.us/biblio/). The topic of the interview will be Beagle’s career, including The Last Unicorn novel and movie, the Lord of the Rings animated movie, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek,” and more. After I finish my prepared questions, Beagle will take questions from the audience.

Anyone who wishes to call in to the show to listen or participate will be welcome to do so.

I’ve written a comprehensive page on the various methods of connecting to TalkShoe at http://terrania.us/talkshoe/ that covers in detail all the ways to listen or participate but I will summarize:

If you just want to listen, you can do that via streaming audio from the TalkShoe page itself, while the show is airing: http://terrania.us/biblio/ Also, the complete show will be downloadable as an MP3 file (you can also use RSS to syndicate it to your podcast-sync software of choice if you like) starting about half an hour after the show ends. No registration of any kind is necessary to listen.

If you would like to listen and have the opportunity to converse with other listeners and submit questions via text chat, you can register at talkshoe.com (it’s free) and download their Java-based text chat client, which includes the ability to listen via streaming audio at the same time.

If you would like to phone in and listen that way, as well as having the opportunity to ask a question on the air, you can register at talkshoe.com and phone in to (724) 444-7444. (It is a Pittsburgh number, so it will be a long-distance call for most people.) You will be asked for the show’s ID number, which is 7022, and your PIN number, which you set when you register. You can phone in with or without also using the chat client, though you should use the chat client if you wish to be able to signal that you would like to be unmuted to ask a question. (You can also phone in via Voice Over IP applications, for free, which I cover in detail on the tutorial page mentioned above.)

Finally, if you will not be able to participate live but would still like to submit questions, email me via the address on this message, or the contact form at http://terrania.us/emailme.htm. I can’t promise I’ll ask all questions that are submitted but I will try to ask any good ones.

Posted in Old Special Reports

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘Conan’

Orlando Bloom is slated to be a guest on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ tonight (January 23rd) on NBC. Watch this space for the clip! ‘Late Night’ airs on NBC at 12:35AM.

Posted in Old Main News, Orlando Bloom, Television

DVD Tuesday: Yojimbo, Guardian & 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 animated goodies like the ‘Invincible Iron Man:’, ‘Marvel Animated Features Gift Set’ & ‘Solty Rei, Vol. 1’. The big releases of the week are ‘Saw III’ & ‘The Guardian’. Personally I’m interested in ‘Iron Man’ & ‘Yojimbo & Sanjuro’! Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Tolkien/Rowling Lecture in Broken Arrow, OK

Amy H. Sturgis sends this along: Tolkien/Rowling Lecture Free and Open to the Public (“Evening with the Author” Series): J.K. Rowling draws fire from cultural critics and laypersons alike: her works rank among the most challenged books of the last decade due to their supposedly mature content, and yet highly visible reviewers consistently poke fun at their allegedly juvenile nature. A question emerges from these disparate but repeated lines of attack: if children cannot handle dark and serious issues such as death, and adults should not enjoy such childish and light pleasures as fantasy stories, who if anyone is the proper audience for the Harry Potter series? According to J.R.R. Tolkien, the solution to this dilemma lies not in discovering a new category of readers, but rather in dismissing the false assumptions about childhood, adulthood, and the nature of fantasy that inform the question. [More]

Posted in Old Main News