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Archive for January, 2008

Simpsons LOTR Reference

Comic Book GuyFans of ‘The Simpsons’ got a small LOTR reference in tonight’s episode according to TheOneRing.net message boarder, Draug the Unspeakably Violent. Marge is walking by during this college class *held in the mid-1990’s*, she overhears Comic Book Guy tell his students: “…And that is why “The Lord of the Rings” is unfilmable!”. The episode is ‘The 90’s Show’ and while the east coasters have missed out already, west coasters can still catch it live when it airs tonight. [The Simpsons Homepage]

Posted in Television

WETA Updates

WETA Updates The groovy folks from WETA write: Herewith the news updates from Weta HQ.

Paint technician gives Weta fans tips
Weta release new images of the Halo3 shorts
Bungie crew play with Weta’s props in the safety of their carpark…
Weta Rayguns informercial nominated for an award!
Collector gets Bug envy
TheBigIdea interviews Greg Broadmore

And for Rayguns fans out there, you can spot them in the Janurary edition of ‘Bizzare Magazine’ in their seven page Steampunk special.

Posted in WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

TV Watch: Turner Classic Movies Airs ROTK

TV Watch: Turner Classic Movies Airs ROTK deej writes: I just wanted to pass along that Turner Classic Movies will be premiering The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King during their 31 Days of Oscar celebration on Sunday, February 10th at 9:30pm (E.S.T.).

Posted in Movie Return of the King, Television

Sideshow Update: Ringwraith 360°, Gandalf Premium Format, and more

Ringwraith QTVRA few more updates from Sideshow Collectibles this week. Sideshow has released a QTVR (360° view) of the recently released Ringwraith Legendary Scale Bust. Currently the third most popular item at SideshowCollectibles.com, this polystone bust captures the Ringwraith attack at Weathertop. [Ringwraith] They have also updated the photography of the Gandalf the White Premium Format figure. This item, previously sold out after Comic-Con 2007 is now shipping and they found a few more exclusive editions to offer to the public. If you wanted to get one, act now! [Gandalf the White – Sideshow Exclusive] And not to be forgotten, one of the best collectibles of 2007 is still available for order, the Lurtz Premium Format figure. [Lurtz Premium Format Figure]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Exploring Middle-earth: Echad Candelleth

Exploring Middle-earth: Echad Candelleth Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for Turbine, Inc. writes: The Tâl Bruinen outpost, Echad Candelleth, has been a way-station for scouting parties tasked by Elrond Half-elven to search for signs of the Enemy’s servants. It also has recently provided shelter for hunters frightened by a strange creature seen wandering the nearby woods… Exploring Middle-earth: Echad Candelleth

Posted in Gaming

FOX’s ‘Fringe’ Adds ‘Lord of the Rings’ Co-Star

FOX's 'Fringe' Adds 'Lord of the Rings' Co-Star From zap2it.com: John Noble has scored one of the leads in FOX’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama series “Fringe.” … Scripted by Abrams and frequent cohorts Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, “Fringe” focuses on a young female FBI agent whose investigations into unexplained phenomena lead her to an eccentric research scientist (Noble) and his estranged son…While his credits include “Fracture,” “Running Scared” and TV appearances including “24” and “Journeyman,” Noble is almost certainly best known from his work as Denethor in “The Return of the King.” FOX’s ‘Fringe’ Adds ‘Lord of the Rings’ Co-Star

Posted in John Noble

radionz.co.nz Talks to Richard Taylor

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? From radionz.co.nz: Head of Weta Workshop Richard Taylor on his busy year. [More]

Posted in Richard Taylor, WETA Workshop

Fan Film Fun: Take a Look!

TheRegent76, a registered user on our message boards, writes: I’d like to post about our fan film parody of Lord of the Rings (well, “fellowship”, really). We did it in the style of “Be Kind Rewind”, where they ‘Swede” films – taking something you love and remaking it in your own way. Our way was to be humorous and we’ve been blessed that people have been laughing at our efforts on youtube and the net. New Line even gave us a nod by linking to the youtube channel from the lordoftherings.net site, something I’m still amazed and happy by. So take a look and enjoy. Please let me know if you like it or hate it!

Posted in Other Events

Viggo Mortensen plans Oscar snub

Viggo Mortensen plans Oscar snub Viggo Mortensen is prepared to snub the Oscars. The 49-year-old actor is up for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a ruthless Russian gangster in ‘Eastern Promises,’ but will boycott next month’s prestigious Academy Awards if the Hollywood writers’ strike is still unresolved. “If there’s a strike I will not go but I have a feeling they’ll solve it. I hope they do. I’m sure my mother would like to see me on TV,” Mortensen said Mortensen is up against George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Johnny Depp for the Best Actor accolade at the awards ceremony on February 24. Viggo Mortensen plans Oscar snub

Posted in Other Events, Television, Viggo Mortensen

New Line & ‘The Hobbit’ Move to the WB? ‘Not True’

Contrary to previous reports on IMDB there is “no truth” to the rumor that New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne were being sacked, and all projects, including The Hobbit were moving completely over to the Warner Bros. camps. A New Line spokesperson stated via email to us today that the story was false, and they are seeking a correction on IMDB.

Posted in Studios

Bloom Nabs Razzie Nom

Bloom Nabs Razzie Nom On a more dubious note, Orlando Bloom has nabbed a ‘Razzie’ Award nomination for his work on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’. The Razzie Awards have been around since 1981, they are intended to be the Yin to the Oscars Yang as they showcase the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. Take a look at the rest of the nominations here.

Posted in Events, Orlando Bloom

Elijah Lends his Voice to “9”

Elijah Lends his Voice to grammaboodawg sends in this detailed look at Elijah Wood’s latest, “9”: Elijah Wood is lending his voice to an animated film called 9 (simply the number nine). The story is about a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. [imdb quote] Other cast members voicing along with Elijah are Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future/Willard), Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. One of the producers is Tim Burton, along with Timur Bekmambetov, Dana Ginsburg, Jim Lemley, and Marci Levine. (more…)

Posted in Elijah Wood, WETA Digital