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Archive for July, 2007

WETA At Comic-Con 2007

From Rachel, Web Content Manager for WETA: News from San Diego Comic Con 2007!

Weta reveal HALO3 Collectible intentions

Doctor Who pieces revealed

New Raygun announced

Weta Bug reports live from Comic Con [Part II]

Lord Cockswain and Moon Mistress spotted at Comic Con

New Rayguns testimonial

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Old Main News, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Snapshots from the Polish Fandom’s Summertime

Richard “Galadhorn” Derdzinski writes: The most important event in Tolkienian Poland this summer was 11th Tolk Folk, the annual Tolkien festival in Bielawa, Lower Silesia, Poland. Waiting for the English translation of the festival report we want to inform you that the happening was gorgeous, splendid, magnificent! Famous Tolkienian musician Adam Klein was the guest of honour. The event was full of his music, and its main part was the reconstruction of the Siege of Gondolin with Polish and Czech participants. [More]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News

McKellen gives Melbourne a royal performance

From Sir Ian McKellen is widely recognised as the best classical actor of his generation, he has a glittering array of awards including two Academy Award nominations, and he’s been knighted. Now at 68, Sir Ian has finally tackled perhaps Shakespeare’s most demanding role, King Lear, and for eight days in Melbourne, he and a stellar cast will present 10 performances of ‘Lear’ and another great classic, Chekov’s ‘The Seagull’. [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

Otto’s ‘Cashmere Mafia’ Hits Screens This Fall

Jonotrek writes: Since I let you know about Miranda Otto co-starring in a new television series back in back I wanted to update you with new information. ABC-TV announced on Wednesday Cashmere Mafia will premiere the first week of December. Note that there will be a special preview of the show that follows the Dancing with the Stars finale and airs the week after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (which is good because the actual week of Thanksgiving normally is one of the lowest rated weeks all year).

Posted in LotR Cast News, Miranda Otto, Old Main News, Television

Susan Sarandon signs for Jackson’s The Lovely Bones

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, 60, is joining the cast of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones. Sarandon will play the character of Grandma Lynn, the mother of the character played by Rachel Weisz, show-business Variety newspaper reported. The Wellington-based production tells the story of a girl who is murdered but then continues to observe her family after her death. So far Jackson has young Irish Actress newcomer Saoirse Ronan staring as Susie Salmon, a girl who is raped and murdered and watches her family from heaven. [More]

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

Creatures of Middle-earth: Giants

Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: Little is known about the secretive race of the Giants. Some would say they were the stuff of legend, but those who have explored the wilderness have witnessed their power. [More]

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Cleveland LOTR Symphony Review

Penny writes: I just wanted to let everyone know that I attended the LOTR Symphony performance at the Blossom Festival in Cleveland this past weekend and it was brilliant!! I have now seen the symphony 5 times around the midwest and this was the best every performance. Perhaps this can be attributed to the talent of the Cleveland Orchestra and their attending choirs, perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that this orchestra and performed it before, or perhaps we can attribute it to the passion of the conductor, none other than composer Howard Shore. I have a feeling it was all three of these factors plus the incredible setting of the outdoor venue that really enhance the feel of the music. [More]

Posted in Concerts, Old Main News

Referral Program for The Lord of the Rings Online!

Meghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar writes: We just announced the launch of a referral program for LOTRO, which lets our players earn free game time for referring their friends to play the game.

We’re proud to announce the Turbine Referral Program, a great way to earn free game time by introducing your family and friends to The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™! It’s so easy an orc can do it! [More] []

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Limited Edition John Howe Designed Pendant

Internationally acclaimed artist and LOTR guru John Howe writes: This is the limited pendant done for the summer exhibition “Saint-Ursanne la Fantastique”. Done by a local jeweller, it is based on one of the exhibition’s sculpture designs. Made of sterling silver, it is engraved “johnhowe07” on the back. This engraved edition is strictly limited to 100 copies.

Posted in Crew News, John Howe, Old Main News

Reviews are in for Bloom’s ‘In Celebration’

Claire writes: Reviews of “In Celebration”, with Orlando Bloom in his London stage debut, have been appearing in UK newspapers.

The Observer’s critic was impressed with Orlando’s acting, and indeed the whole production. [More]

On the other hand, the Telegraph’s reviewer really didn’t like the play at all, and his opinion of Orlando definitely comes under the heading of “damning with faint praise”.

The Independent’s review feels that the play always lacked psychological depth and is now rather dated. [More]

Dated, perhaps, but still having an impact, is the opinion of The Times’ reviewer. [More]

There are more compliments, too, in The Stage, the theatrical world’s trade paper. [More]

Posted in LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Orlando Bloom

Playing King Lear more nerve-racking than Gandalf

SINGAPORE — Ian McKellen says playing the title character in William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is more nerve-racking than his recent Hollywood film roles. Singapore is the first stop on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s international tour of “King Lear” and “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov. ” ‘King Lear,’ I’ve been seeing all my life. I mean, the great actors of my lifetime … to join their company, as it were, by playing a part that’s challenged them, is one of the great joys of being an actor who does the classics,” the 68-year-old actor said Wednesday at a briefing. “Without doubt, Lear is the one I got most nervous about.” [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

The David and Viggo show

Two years ago, director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen had a huge triumph with the world premiere of A History of Violence at the Toronto International Film Festival. And when they stroll down the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall before dusk on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the 2007 festival, you could be pardoned for having a flash of déjà vu. Yes, it’s another Toronto International Film Festival; another world premiere; another night at Roy Thomson Hall; and, once again, the Star has learned, Cronenberg will occupy what some regard as the most desirable slot in the festival: the early gala on the first Saturday. [More]

Posted in LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Viggo Mortensen