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Archive for December, 2008

Movie men’s wartime boat hopes slip away

Plans by movie heavyweights including Peter Jackson to restore part of Wellington’s Shelly Bay to be used as a base for a rare war launch have been scuttled. The project would have resulted in the restoration of the old Shipwright’s Building and slipway in Shelly Bay and the creation of a naval-themed museum.

The building would have been used to refurbish the World War II harbour defence launch Koura to its former glory, including replica weapons, but a request for funding of up to $200,000 from Wellington City Council has been turned down because of the tight economic times and new Maori ownership of surrounding land in Shelly Bay. Movie men’s wartime boat hopes slip away

Posted in Peter Jackson


For Immediate Release

OCTOBER 9 & 10, 2009


Tickets Go On-Sale NOW, for This Two-Night Only Can’t-Miss Event!

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New York, NY — Devoted fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings have read the books, they’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Academy® Award-winning films, and now they will have a chance to experience composer Howard Shore’s Academy® and Grammy®-winning score to The Fellowship of the Ring live at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, October 9th and Saturday October 10th. For this extraordinary event, 300 musicians—a 75-piece orchestra and a 225-member choir—have been gathered to perform the complete score to 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring live with the motion picture on a massive screen towering above the stage. (more…)

Posted in Concerts, Events, Headlines, Howard Shore, Lectures & Education, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music

Rumors Abound – Hobbit Delayed until 2012? FALSE

Rumors are hitting the web today that the release of The Hobbit will not be until 2012. We are trying to independently confirm/deny this rumor so look for an update shortly! Thanks to the Ringers who are sending in the links to various news stories on the topic. Here’s a link to Yahoo! UK. [Click here]


We have received confirmation from the source of all sources, GDT himself stating that this rumor is NOT TRUE. Rest easy folks, it’s not happening.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

TV Watch: Viggo Mortensen on ‘Night Talk’

Heidi from Bloomberg Television sends this in: Friday on the BLOOMBERG TELEVISION® program “Night Talk,” host Mike Schneider talks to Actor Viggo Mortensen about his latest film “Good.”

He talks about the success of The Lord of the Rings. “I think that anybody that was involved in that project, or any fan even, that says ‘I knew it was going to be huge box office success,’ I don’t think they’re being honest. I think its revisionist thinking. Because when we were shooting that movie…it just wasn’t a known thing, and it wasn’t really noticed that we were down there shooting this all that time. It wasn’t in the papers here. It was only when they showed 20 minutes of it at the Cannes film festival in 2001 that the journalist started talking.” (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Television, Viggo Mortensen

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

Bernard Hill (born 17 December 1944) is a British actor of film, stage and television. Widely recognised in his home country through a career of more than thirty years, he has been seen worldwide in two roles: as the captain of the Titanic (1997), and as King Théoden in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. These are among the most popular and award-winning films of all time.

Hill was born in Manchester, England. He attended Xaverian College although at the time it was known as “Xaverian School”, and attended Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama at the same time as Richard Griffiths. He came to prominence in the role of the unemployed Yosser Hughes, a working-class man ultimately driven to the edge by an uncaring system, in Alan Bleasdale’s BBC Play for Today The Black Stuff (1979) and its more famous series sequel (also by Bleasdale), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982). His character’s much-repeated phrase “giz a job” became popular with protesters against Margaret Thatcher’s government, because of the high unemployment of the time.

Previously, he had taken smaller parts in a number of British television dramas, notably appearing as the no-nonsense Roman soldier Gratus in I, Claudius (1976). He also played the Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York in the BBC’s 1982 productions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. Also on TV, he played the part of Tom Higdon in The Burston Rebellion (1985) and Mike in Edward Bond’s Olly’s Prison (1993). Hill was also a character in the movie The Scorpion King (2002), in which he was a scientist and inventor. He also appeared in the film The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), playing Dr. Daniel Hawthorne.

Posted in Bernard Hill

Sideshow $20 OFF Offer!

Sideshow Collectibles has posted a new discount for a load of their instock LOTR collectibles:

Sideshow Collectibles is celebrating the theatrical releases of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films by giving collector’s a huge discount on select, IN-STOCK ‘The Lord of the Rings’ products. Through the end of December 31st, 2008 (at midnight GMT) , use the E-Coupon CELEBRATELOTR when you begin the check-out process on qualified LOTR products, and we’ll take $20 off your order!

Check out the deals at Sideshow today! [Celebrate LOTR Discount]

Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Christmas gift suggestions for Tolkien fans

We all love to give and receive. The old saying goes that ‘It’s the thought that counts,’ and while nobody can argue with such a noble sentiment, perhaps some thoughts are better than others. For instance, if the gift that demonstrates that your ‘thought’ included consideration that your intended recipient is a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, it will probably be more appreciated than the one that prompts you to buy a big-box store gift certificate. So what is the perfect gift for the Tolkien reader this year? We have three suggestions. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Characters, Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Uncategorized, WETA Workshop

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria – 2 New Class Videos Released!

Today Turbine unveiled two new videos for the The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, which recently launched in November. These new videos depict the two new classes – the Warden and the Rune-keeper – that have been added to the game with the expansion. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Happy Birthday Miranda Otto!

Miranda Otto (born 16 December 1967) is an Australian actress. The daughter of actors Barry and Lindsay Otto and the sister of Gracie Otto, she began acting at age nineteen, and has performed in a variety of low-budget and major studio films.

Her first major film appearance was in the 1986 film Emma’s War, in which she played a teenager who moves to Australia’s bush country during World War II. After a decade of critically acclaimed roles in Australian films, she gained Hollywood’s attention after appearing in supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998) and What Lies Beneath (2000). Her breakthrough role was in 2002, when her character Éowyn appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Her private life, including her relationships with actors Richard Roxburgh and Peter O’Brien, has been much discussed in the media. In 2008, she starred in the now-cancelled American television series Cashmere Mafia and will appear in the film In Her Skin.

Posted in Miranda Otto

More Tolkien Celebration Events

AnnaRep let us know about a Tolkien Birthday Celebration in Portland, Oregon:

J.R.R. TOLKIEN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Saturday, January 17, with jugglers, live music, the entire LOTR trilogy and more! Come in costume to compete for prizes! 11 a.m. ’til close, Free, All ages welcome. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Events

Tolkien Birthday Toast News

Ian Collier, Tolkien Society Publicity Officer writes: At 9pm (local times) on January 3rd fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday. The Tolkien Society has some webpages where fans across the globe can let other fans know where they’ll be celebrating if they’re hosting a party, or just what particular tipple they’ll be raising. Fans will be able to check the webpage and see who is celebrating where and if they wish to get in touch and join in. (more…)

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien

“Hobbit” Controversy Makes Top 100 Science Stories

Newswise — The December 2008 issue of Discover magazine included in its top 100 science stories of the year studies that back the “new species” theory of the 18,000-year-old hominid found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004. The discovery of Homo floresiensis, nicknamed the “the hobbit” because of its diminutive size and strikingly large feet, remains controversial and could lead to rewriting the story of human evolution. Stony Brook University paleoanthropologists William Jungers, Ph.D., and Susan Larson, Ph.D., are among the researchers who suggest the hobbit represents a different species of human. “Hobbit” Controversy Makes Top 100 Science Stories

Posted in Uncategorized