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Archive for August, 2007

LOTR Cruise Update!

TORn Cruise - Click to Learn MoreWe are now happy to present you with the complete details about and Red Carpet Tours exciting cruise of MIddle-earth. Click on the following link to learn how you can join in the fun! [Cruise Details]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News, Tours


WESTWOOD, MA — August 29, 2007 — Turbine, Inc. has launched the official 7-day free trial of The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). Beginning today, fans in North America, Australia and New Zealand can play the best online game for free by visiting [More] []

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Creatures of Middle-earth – Bandits and Brigands

Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: Meet the bandits and brigands of Eriador! We all know their lawless and anti-social ways, read more about them in this week’s update! [More]

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

Jackson chooses Kiwi actresses

Director Peter Jackson has announced that two young local girls will star in his up-coming feature film The Lovely Bones. The movie is due to start shooting later this year, when the two Kiwi unknowns will be rubbing shoulders with an impressive list of Hollywood’s elite already cast for Jackson’s next big movie. The Lovely Bones is the story of a young girl who is murdered, then watches her family grieve from heaven. [More]

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

Weta behind tourism campaign

Multiple Oscar-winner Weta Workshop will be key to Tourism New Zealand’s new campaign to promote the country to overseas tourists. Animated images of Maui hauling the North Island from the sea have been devised by Richard Taylor’s creative artists to re-launch the 100% New Zealand campaign. [More]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Actor Ian McKellen to speak at Guthrie

Stage and screen star Ian McKellen will speak at the Guthrie Theater on Oct. 8 as part of the theater’s Global Voices program. McKellen, who will appear at the Guthrie with he Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of “King Lear” and “The Seagull” in October, has appeared in the Broadway productions of “Amadeus” and “Dance of Death” as well as the films “God and Monsters, “Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men.” He also has won Tony, Olivier, Screen Actors Guild. [More]

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

Happy Birthday Billy Boyd!

Billy Boyd

Today is also Billy Boyd‘s birthday! Billy Boyd (born August 28, 1968) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. As we all know, Billy is best known for his performance as Pippin Took in The Lord of the Rings films.

Posted in Billy Boyd, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

TORn wants YOU to Cruise Middle-earth!

TORn Cruise - Click to Learn and Red Carpet Tours is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the release of The Return of the King with a cruise to where it all began. Be among the first to join us on Celebrity’s Millenium as she sails for 14 nights from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, leaving on November 23, 2008. Red Carpet Tours has customized a Pre-Cruise tour for us and come up with several day-long excursions to LOTR filming locations reachable from the ship. We want to know if you are interested in this cruise, so please click on the following link for more details. [Details]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News, Tours

Figwit Plays Frodo on HBO

If you haven’t checked out the HBO show ‘Flight of the Conchords,’ you really should. And on that topic, check out Figwit playing Frodo in a recent episode:

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie, LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Television

Boyd’s Beecake in London

Penny writes: Billy Boyd’s band Beecake is going to have yet another gig! Beecake will be appearing at “The London Gathering” on Sunday 9th September.Tickets are available from Ticketmaster via The London Gathering website:

Posted in Billy Boyd, Concerts, Events, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

Weta Press Update

The folks at WETA send along their latest updates on all things geeky from the Kiwi hotspot in Wellington. [More]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News

Waitarere Forest in NZ Cut?

Menelwalasse writes: I’m not sure if this is of any interest to you but….I have recieved an email from Raewyn James from Red Carpet Tours.

“We went to Waitarere on the way to Wellington and the whole forest of trees had been cut down !!! We were shocked ! No sign of a track where the elves were leaving Lothlorien any more, or where Arwen saw the vision of her son. Gone ! Lost. Wiped out ! The June Tour was the last to see it !!” – Raewyn

My friend and I were in the June ’07 Fellowship for Red Carpet Tours and it was beautiful there. I’m sad to hear it is gone now.

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News