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Archive for July, 2007

WetaNZ Newsletter #2, July 2007

From the folks at Weta Limited: Howdy folks! Here’s a run down of what’s been happening at Weta HQ this month – we’ve been busy little Weta’s! [More]

In this issue:

Doctor Who range announced!
ManMelter Pre-Ordering Open!
Weta’s Halo3 work revealed
Weta Comic Convention line up revealed
Eight year old wins Weta art tutorial
Weta Influences Graffiti artist

Posted in Old Main News, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

‘Hobbit-home’ demolition fears

The owners of a Hobbit-style wood and earth home threatened with demolition for years failed in another bid to save it yesterday. The ecologically friendly, solar-powered Round House at Brithdir Mawr near Newport, Pembrokeshire, has been the subject of legal wrangling since it was built without planning permission 10 years ago for £3,000. Pembrokeshire Council had taken court action to secure its removal but this was halted so that its retention could be re-examined against the framework of a recently adopted low impact development policy. [More]

Posted in Creations, Fans, Old Main News

Ian McKellen wades into Singapore gay rights debate

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) – As Gandalf and Magneto, he’s faced off fire-breathing monsters and superheroes, but actor Ian McKellen says he picks his battles when it comes to celebrity causes. The Oscar-nominated thespian stepped into a brewing debate in Singapore about decriminalising homosexual acts just hours after arriving in the city state this week as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”. McKellen, 68, was quoted in Singapore’s pro-government media urging the state to repeal its laws that make sexual acts between men a crime. [More]

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

Boyd plays gig for carbon rally

LORD of the Rings star Billy Boyd will play in the Capital with his band Beecake as part of Saturday’s Cut the Carbon rally. The actor will join celebrities who are backing the event, designed to highlight the effect of climate change on some of the world’s poorest countries. Harry Potter actress Katie Leung will also be at the rally, which will take place in the Meadows. [More]

Posted in Billy Boyd, Old Main News

Fellowship certain at `Lord of the Rings’ Symphony

For Sharon Kretschmar, The Lord of the Rings isn’t just a collection of stories about Hobbits and elves or a few movies with cool special effects. Kretschmar, 60, goes on the Internet nearly every day to talk with other Ringers, as fans call themselves. She’s done that for the last six years. And if you imagine that she’s chained to her home computer, living in a make-believe universe, consider this: Kretschmar has made a whole new circle of friends that she has visited in the United States and abroad, in places as far afield as Ireland and New Zealand. [More]

Posted in Concerts, Events, Fans, Meet Ups, Old Main News

Weta Limited release Doctor Who Collectibles

Today Weta Limited announced they will be creating, in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, a line of Collectible statues based on the popular television series, Doctor Who.

Doctor Who is produced by the BBC and is the longest-running science fiction television series in the world. It follows the adventures of a time-traveller called ‘the Doctor’, who travels time in a phone box, solving problems and righting wrongs. [More]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News

Ian McKellen urges Singapore to recognise gay rights

SINGAPORE (AFP) – British actor Ian McKellen on Tuesday urged tightly-governed Singapore to loosen up and repeal its archaic laws barring homosexual acts. The openly gay McKellen indicated the laws, which are remnants of British colonial rule, may affect a vibrant business city like Singapore, which is vying with other Asian cities to draw more foreign talent and professionals. McKellen was in Singapore as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world tour to stage William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at the Esplanade, Southeast Asia’s most modern performing arts centre. [More]

Posted in Ian McKellen, Old Main News

Critics welcome Bloom stage debut

Film star Orlando Bloom’s stage debut in London’s West End has met with a broadly positive response from critics. Bloom, best known for his role in the blockbuster Hollywood franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, stars in a revival of the David Storey play In Celebration. [More]

Posted in Old Main News, Orlando Bloom

Monaghan Attends London Film and Comic Con

 Sammy writes: Dominic Monaghan will be attending the London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court, (Warwick Road in London). The con dates are September 1st and 2nd, 2007.


Posted in Dominic Monaghan, Old Main News 2nd Annual Readers’ Poll



NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – July 17, 2007 – returns with its exclusive Annual Readers’ Poll, and this year’s categories are sure to elicit entertaining and shocking results. Should Tobey Maguire continue his reign in the Spider-Man franchise? Will Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt outshine Suri Cruise? readers decide – and maybe they’ll even sway Hollywood hard-hitters’ decisions!

“This is the only place where film fans get a chance to make their own voices heard, and on a range of topics from the serious to the irreverent,” said editorial director Lew Harris. “Last year, Johnny Depp ran away with most of the honors; we’re anxious to see who’s tickled the readers’ fancy this year.”

Today through August 14, fans can visit to cast nominations in categories devoted to individual movies, actors, and other quirky topics. Finalists in each category will be announced August 28 and voting for those nominees will be open until September 25. Official Readers’ Poll winners will be announced on October 2.

Fans will be able to nominate their favorite movies and celebrities in the following categories:

All-Time Bests

Favorite Movie
Favorite Actor
Favorite Actress
Favorite Over-60
Favorite Soundtrack
Favorite Quote

The Next Big Thing

Hottest Upcoming Male
Hottest Upcoming Female
Movie You’re Most Looking Forward To
To Replace Tobey in Spidey 4
To Replace Tom Cruise in MI4
TV Show You Want to See on the Big Screen

Perfect Pictures

Most Romantic Movie
Funniest Movie
Best Sci-Fi Movie
Best Battle Scene
Best Car Chase
Best Performance by an Animal

Hollywood Yearbook

Time to Hang It Up…
In Need of Plastic Surgery
Too Much Plastic Surgery
Most Likely to Run for President
American Idol Most Likely to Next Star in a Movie
Best Celebrity Feud

Favorite Web Sites

Official Actor Site
Official Actress Site
Official Movie Site
Unofficial Movie Site
YouTube Trailer Smash

Movie-Fan Smack!

3D or 2D
Sweeney Todd or Mamma Mia
Golden Compass or Prince Caspian
Downey Jr.’s Iron Giant or Ed Norton’s Hulk
Oscars® or Golden Globes
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt or Suri Cruise
Borat or Bruno
Brett Ratner or Michael Bay
Superman Returns 2 or… Forget It!
Hellboy 2 or Mummy 3?


Launched in March 2000, provides a broad array of news, original editorial features and services, including show times and ticket sales, to help movie fans make the right choice on movie night. Operated by the Walt Disney Internet Group, its content encompasses films from throughout the film industry and follows them from production through DVD release and interactive gaming extensions. is the home of Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood and The Oscar® Party Challenge. It has received industry accolades including a 2006 EPpy™ award, a 2007 Webby award and numerous awards from the Web Marketing Association.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Moguls to get more film aid

The Government has boosted sweeteners to big-budget movie-makers such as Peter Jackson to head off a threat from across the Tasman. The sequel to the Government’s existing grant scheme for big-budget screen productions, unveiled yesterday, follows moves in Australia to lure such productions with generous subsidies that outstripped New Zealand’s. But the move has raised fears of small, local film-makers being left out in the cold – and questions about the Government propping up big-name Hollywood players such as Jackson. ACT leader Rodney Hide said the Government would lose a bidding war with Australia and giving money to established blockbuster film-makers was a case of “robbing Paul to pay Peter”. [More]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News

Elijah Wood Hits ‘DAY ZERO’

Xoanon here, I am not sure what the details are yet, but an eagle-eyed fan pointed out to me that the official site for DAY ZERO ( has recently been updated to tease a theatrical release. The film, which follows Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, and Jon Bernthal for a 30 day countdown after they receive their draft notices, recently had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Poking around the site I found some great reviews here and here, including one which calls it Elijah’s best performance yet. We’ll have to wait and see I guess. Did anyone catch the premiere at Tribeca? What did you think?

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Posted in Elijah Wood, Old Main News