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Archive for February, 2007

Mortensen’s “Alatriste” Screening at the Egyptian in LA

Sevilodorf writes: A heads up about a special showing of Alatriste starring Viggo Mortensen at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Saturday March 16th. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Link below goes to write up on the Spanish Cinema Festival. [More]

Posted in Film Screenings, Old Main News, Viggo Mortensen

Tolkien giant to stalk suburb

AN ICONIC 20ft stainless steel statute to celebrate Birmingham’s links with Lord of the Ring’s creator JRR Tolkien is set to get the green light. The giant Ent Treebeard, a walking tree creature from the classic fantasy story, could soon be strolling across Moseley village green. It has been designed by the Moseley Statue Group, part of the local business association, to draw tourists and Lord of the Rings fans to the area. [More]

Posted in Creations, Lord of the Rings, Old Main News, Tolkien

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 March 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 – March 18
LORD OF THE RINGS: The Two Towers – March 4 – March 25
LORD OF THE RINGS: The Return of the King – March 11 – April, 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 Film Screenings, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Old Main News

MGM To Fund UA And…’The Hobbit’?

BOSTON (Reuters) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is raising hundreds of millions of dollars to produce sequels to some of its most popular films, such as The Terminator and The Pink Panther, at a time Wall Street investors are eager to pay for movie making in Hollywood, the company’s chairman said…”We are putting together a fund to finance our franchise movies — James Bond, The Pink Panther, The Terminator and The Hobbit,” MGM Chairman Harry Sloan told reporters, explaining the financing may be raised in more than one single fund. [More]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Old Main News, The Hobbit

LOTR Online Update: Fields of Fornost

Lorien “Ramen” Carney, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: We’ve just posted a new Point of Interest on the official LOTRO web site, the North Downs area known as the Fields of Fornost. Today’s selection is served with two new screenshots that depict the somber environment and crumbling monuments of this once-proud region. “Travel to the Fields of Fornost in the North Downs, home to the once-principle city of the Kingdom of Arnor.” [More]

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

Karl Urban, Pathfinder Interview

From UGO: Karl Urban is no stranger to physical characters, havingtaken on roles in The Chronicles of Riddick, The Bourne Supremacy, The Lord of the Rings and DOOM. However, the Kiwi thespian admits to us that his latest film Pathfinder was his most physically demanding role to date. As Pathfinder gears up for an April 27, 2007 release, Karl was more than happy to talk to us about spending time with Viking lore and Indian culture plus the physicality required to play the character Ghost, a man caught between two distinct cultures during the Viking era. [More]

Posted in Karl Urban, Old Main News

Rings RPG Expands Tolkien

Jeff Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Turbine Inc., told SCI FI Wire that Lord of the Rings Online: The Shadows of Angmar is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes its cues directly from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but that also expands on them. “[We] took a lead from the master [and] focused [the game] on the first book [in the trilogy] and covered the storyline as Frodo and Sam leave the Shire and start moving towards … Rivendell,” Anderson said in an interview at the New York Comic Con over the weekend. “Post-launch we are going to tell more of the story as the fellowship leaves that area and goes forth … all the way to Mount Doom.”

The main storyline of the game covers many of the same events as the first book of Tolkien’s trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, Anderson said. “Everything from Gandalf being captured … [to] Strider meeting up with the fellowship at The Prancing Pony [to] the fight on Weathertop,” he said. “We’ve got all those moments in the game, and we communicate that through a variety of different mechanics: through text, through voice-over, through game cinematics. Those all make sure that the player is aware of where the story is.” [More]

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

Dragon*Con 2007 On the Horizon

Jean, director of the Tolkien Track at Dragon*Con writes: I wanted to let you know that we are already revving up for this year’s Dragon*Con this fall. Our site has been updated and we are anxiously awaiting word from Dragon*Con on our guests for this year. For more information, check out this website or contact

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Old Main News

25th March: Tolkien Reading Day

Ian Collier from The Tolkien Society writes: Are you a dad, mum, grandparent, uncle, aunt with an interest in Tolkien? Are you a young person with an interest in Tolkien? Then Reading Day is designed for YOU

Tolkien Reading Day encourages the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library reading groups, as this year’s day falls on a Sunday the emphasis is on families reading together.

A chance for grownups and children to read together and share their thoughts about whatever stories by Tolkien they have read and to discover new ones. J.R.R. Tolkien’s books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure, entertainment and deep significance in his work.

Information packs are available online and in hard copy

For children and adults reading together is fun, and stimulates good conversation, vocabulary development, an interest in history and for some an interest in linguistics. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in “The Lord of the Rings.” There’s more to Tolkien than “The Lord of the Rings” though. Families and reading groups can enjoy the story of the dog “Roverandom” and his adventures on the moon or the mock-medieval rebellion of “Farmer Giles of Ham” complete with giants and dragons.

Members of the public (or libraries and schools wishing to hold an event near to rather than on the 25th) can contact the Society for free posters and help with publicising their event.

Ideas for exploring Tolkien’s books together are available online and in hard copy

e-mail us at or write to:

The Tolkien Society Education Officer, 18 Magnolia Road, Bitterne,
Southampton, SO 19 7LH

Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages from Primary schoolchildren to University students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this release to the media, educational press and county library services.

Posted in Events, Fans, Old Special Reports, Other Events

‘Get Fuzzy’ Says “Frodo Failed”

'Get Fuzzy'
The February 25th, 2007 comic ‘Get Fuzzy’ features a banner saying “Frodo Failed”. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Posted in Lord of the Rings, Old Main News

DVD Tuesday: Fiction, Return, Captain N & More!

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! Some very cool TV on DVD like ‘The Brady Bunch – S4 & 5’, ‘Captain N The Game Master’ & ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest – S1’. The big releases of the week are ‘A Good Year’ & ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. Personally I’m interested in ‘Great Cars Collection’ & ‘George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing’! Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in DVDs, Old Main News

Ian McKellen to play Lear in Australia

Veteran actor Ian McKellen’s much anticipated first turn in the lead role in Shakespeare’s King Lear is set to reach Australia this year. Among his generation’s greatest actors, McKellen has been confirmed to lead the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of the theatre classics King Lear and Chekhov’s The Seagull for a limited 10-performance run at the Arts Centre in Melbourne from July 28. The tour will reunite McKellen with director Trevor Nunn for the first time in 17 years. [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, Old Main News, Stage Productions