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Archive for March, 2007

Viggo Mortensen Talks Alatriste

Mortensen Talks Alatriste Nimthiriel writes: I just wanted to send you this link to an interview Viggo Mortensen just gave in Chile, South America white promoting Alatriste. Sadly the interview is in Spanish only. [More]

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“Rings” star Serkis playing Einstein in TV movie

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Andy Serkis, the English actor best known for playing Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” films, will star as Albert Einstein in a TV movie about one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century: the creation of Einstein’s theory of relativity. “Einstein and Eddington,” a collaboration between HBO Films and the BBC, will co-star David Tennant, a household name in Britain with his starring role as the 10th Doctor on BBC’s long-running series “Doctor Who.” [More]

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Massive LOTR Online Updates

Lorien “Ramen” Carney, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: It’s only Tuesday, but we’re already having a very busy week here on The Lord of the Rings Online. Last night marked our “End of Closed Beta” party, a night full of fun and mayhem. The Beta servers were taken down this morning at 9 AM Eastern, as we prepare for the exciting arrival of our Open Beta! Pre-order customers will gain Open Beta access this Friday, March 30.

Creatures of Middle-earth: Stone-trolls, Huorns, Boars, and Bears! [More]

Join the World Tour and Play Free – Join the World Tour of Middle-earth today for your free preview of The Lord of the Rings Online before the official launch on April 24th. [More]

Here, players can obtain a key for the public Open Beta, which begins on April 6. Open Beta keys can also be found in the latest copy of PC Gamer, along with an installation DVD. [More]

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Sideshow Drawing for Message Board Members

FrodoTo thank everyone who’s re-registered on our new message boards, and all newcomers, TORn and Sideshow Collectibles are teaming up to give away a “Premium Format” Frodo statue! The second prize will be a Battle of Helm’s Deep set by Play Along. Just go to the Login page, register on the new boards and post at least one message (or reply to a message) by midnight, Thursday April 5, 2007. A drawing will be held on April 6th from registered users who qualify. What a great way to celebrate joining the community! [More]

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Sideshow Drawing for Message Board Members

Frodo

To thank everyone who’s re-registered on our new message boards, and all newcomers, TORn and Sideshow Collectibles are teaming up to give away a “Premium Format” Frodo statue! The second prize will be a Battle of Helm’s Deep set by Play Along. Just go to the Login page, register on the new boards and post at least one message (or reply to a message) by midnight, Thursday April 5, 2007. A drawing will be held on April 6th from registered users who qualify. What a great way to celebrate joining the community!

Once you’re at the Login page, click on “Sign me up!” and follow the instructions. Complete instructions for filling in your user profile and customizing your display setting can be found in the TORN 201 post in our Welcome forum. If you’ve already registered and are participating on the new boards, you’re already registered to win!

A complete description of the “Premium Format Frodo statue can be found at the Sideshow Collectibles website. A description of the Helm’s Deep set can be found here.

Winners will be notified by email on April 5th and announced on the TORn Home page. You must provide a legitimate email to win (your email will not be used for any other purpose than to contact you for this contest). If you have problems registering, please contact altaira@theonering.net.

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Children of Hurin NYC Event Update

The Children of HurinAre you planning to snag a copy of THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN signed by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee in NYC on April 17th? We hope so! If you were planning on getting more than one copy, we have one small update for you. We originally reported that there would be a five book limit per customer, however to prevent scalping and other general madness, that limit has been dropped to TWO books per customer. Hooray for giving everyone a chance! Also, TheOneRing.net will be at the Barnes and Noble with giveaways and other such merriment to celebrate this historic release! Details to come! [Original Details]

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Trilogy Screening in Rhode Island

Steve writes: There will be a showing of the “Lord Of The Rings” Trilogy on Saturday, April 28th, at the CINEMAWORLD theatre. CINEMAWORLD is located at the Lincoln Mall on George Washington Highway in Lincoln Rhode Island. The three films will be shown at 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. The price to see all three films is $ 12.50. [cinemaworldonline.com]

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‘War of the Ring’ Collectors Edition Talk

TORN Staffer Ostadan writes: “War of the Ring” is a strategic wargame with unpainted plastic miniature armies, played on a mapboard of Middle-earth (John Howe created the game artwork). It appeared in 2004 (published in the US by Fantasy Flight Games; it originated in Italy), and has been fairly successful for such a complex game, with one expansion set. According to Boardgamenews.com, Roberto Di Meglio, co-designer of War of the Ring, has opened discussion threads on BoardGameGeek as to what exactly should be included in the Collectors Edition of the game. [More]

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‘Lord of the Rings’ pre-order packs online

Forthcoming online epic The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar can now be experienced ahead of its April 24 release after publisher Codemasters announced the launch of a unique pre-order pack. Available online and in retail stores the pack will include exclusive Lord of the Rings stickers, a copy of the game to play online from April 24, an exclusive Wayfarer’s Cloak for use in-game and the chance to play the full game 10 days ahead of its official release. The pack will also include details of ‘The Lord of the Rings Online Founder Programme’, which offers players two different membership options including £99.99 (EUR 149.99) for a lifetime subscription or a 6-month subscription for £35.94 (EUR 53.94). [More]

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Geek News: Weta Digital Ltd Chooses Mudbox for Film Projects

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 26, 2007 — Skymatter Ltd, a high-end provider of 3D software tools, today announced that Mudbox, Skymatter’s advanced 3D sculpting software, is being used by Weta Digital Ltd as part of the company’s VFX pipeline. Weta Digital, one of the world’s premier visual effects and computer animation companies, chose Mudbox because of the accessibility and power of its toolset. We’re pleased that Weta Digital uses Mudbox for digital sculpting, detailing and designing in 3D. Mudbox was born in production, and it is gratifying to see Mudbox continuing to be used at the highest levels of digital content creation “With its great, intuitive user interface and the speed with which it processes very large geometric datasets Mudbox quickly became an intrinsic part of the hero digital modeling pipeline at Weta Digital,” said Matt Aitken, visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital. “Mudbox is a next generation tool for digital modeling: its support for local subdivision and hard drive streaming of data allows the artist to work in very fine detail, and the ability to isolate separate aspects of a model’s surface detail into layers facilitates the design process in a production environment.” [More]

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McKellen strips onstage

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen shocked theatregoers when he stripped completely naked midway through a new production of King Lear. The 67-year-old was performing in a preview of the William Shakespeare play in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday. His strip surprised many in the audience, who were given no advance nudity warning. A spokeswoman for the Royal Shakespeare Company says a meeting is being held today to discuss whether to warn parents and school groups about the scene. [More]

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Celebrating Tolkien

Despite the growth in the ranks of J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiasts since the “Lord of the Rings” films put his fantasy world of Middle-earth on screen, Tolkien’s most avid admirers still risk being labeled geeks. But wearing elf ears or not, they are a force to be reckoned with. “The Lord of the Rings” has sold 200 million copies in 39 languages. The movies based on the novel broke box-office records. And while Tolkien, the Oxford don who created “Rings,” “The Hobbit” and “The Silmarillion,” died in 1973, this year will be another big one for him. [More]

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