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Archive for February, 2009

John Howe’s Journal: FROM BABEL TO BARAD-DÛR

Or a Tale of Two Towers: Art and Archetypes in Middle-Earth

Tolkien’s Middle-Earth is conspicious in that it contains no places of worship. Few fantasy authors resist the urge to have temples and gods (usually malevolent ones with slimy and unappetizing minions, against which the hero uses guile, good sense or solid biceps in contests of thinly-disguised allegory). Tolkien limits himself to places of portent or places of wonder – places where the gods or great personages of the past have touched the earth, but have never consecrated. (more…)

Posted in John Howe

Lord of the Rings Marathon on TNT this Weekend

To my delight, while flipping through channels on the TV tonight, I came across The Fellowship of the Ring playing on TNT. Sure enough, after checking their site, they’re doing another Lord of the Rings Marathon this weekend. The Two Towers will play tomorrow night (Saturday) at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Then, as is their custom, they will play all three movies on Sunday. The Fellowship of the Ring will start at 11:30 a.m. EST on Sunday, culminating with The Return of the King at 7:00 p.m. EST. If you live in the U.S. and have cable or satellite TV, be sure and take this opportunity to revisit Middle-earth. Read More

Posted in Events, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Television

Gollum’s Email Cracked

From Villains have to go into the office just like everyone else. They may not bitch about the boss (that’s for the henchmen) or look at adorable pictures of kittens just to get through the day (not without making themselves hungry). But one thing they can’t escape is an inbox that seems to fill up as quickly as they hit delete. We asked you to take us inside the inboxes of some of our most beloved fictional villains. Gollum’s Email Cracked

Posted in Miscellaneous

Robin Hood woos Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett will play Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood in the Ridley Scott-directed adventure pic for Universal Pictures. The film, which had been called “Nottingham” but is undergoing a title change, begins production in early April. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing with Scott and his Scott Free banner. The drama, originally scripted by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and then rewritten by Brian Helgeland, has evolved into a “Gladiator” version of the Robin Hood legend. Crowe starred in that film and Scott directed it. The film will be shot on a $130 million budget, benefiting from favorable exchange rates and tax credits that come from shooting in London. Scott will be aiming for a PG-13 rating. Robin Hood woos Cate Blanchett

Posted in Cate Blanchett

Mortensen Heads to Melbourne

Dimrill Star writes: Just wanted to report that I saw an article In the Melbourne Sun today ,Thursday 26th Feb, stating that Viggo Mortenson will be visiting Melbourne and will be attending the Nova cinema on Thursday 26th March 2009.

Posted in Events, Viggo Mortensen

Happy Birthday Sean Astin!

Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and Academy Award-nominated producer best known for his film roles as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In television, he guest starred as Lynn McGill on the fifth season of 24.

Posted in Sean Astin

Mermaid dream comes true thanks to Weta

Nadya Vessey lost her legs as a child but now she swims like a mermaid. Ms Vessey’s mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed. She lost both legs below the knee from a medical condition when she was a child and told Close Up last night her long-held dream had come true. “A prosthetic is a prosthetic, and your body has to be comfortable with it and you have to mentally make it part of yourself,” she said. Mermaid dream comes true thanks to Weta

Posted in WETA Workshop

Bloom Telethon Clip

Elenya writes: I thought this might be relevant for homepage. It’s Orlando Bloom helping out at the telethon we had here for the victims of the Victorian bushfires. (more…)

Posted in Orlando Bloom, Television

Heavenly creature Kate Winslet wins

She may have waited 15 years, but as Kate Winslet accepted her first Oscar for best actress, she didn’t forget to mention the person who helped launch her career Wellington director Peter Jackson. Winslet, who worked with Jackson in her first feature Heavenly Creatures, filmed in New Zealand, won her first ever Oscar yesterday for her role in The Reader. Down under featured throughout the ceremony, highlighted again when Australian presenter Hugh Jackman amused the crowd as he quipped about New Zealand. “Everything is being downsized because of the recession,” Jackman said. “Next year I’ll be starring in a movie called New Zealand…” Heavenly creature Kate Winslet wins

Posted in Events, Other Events, Peter Jackson

Saul Zaentz Company Interview

Tamer from writes: I just thought you might like to know that we’ve done an interview with the Saul Zaentz Company, the guys that hold the license for the Tolkien Estate’s digital and videogame arm, regarding recent LotR titles for consoles and PCs, as well as the variety of things they license from board games to shop names. It’s a really insightful interview and can be found here. Saul Zaentz Company Interview

Posted in Gaming, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Inklings Talk at Benedictine College

vtboyarc writes: I am a student at Benedictine College in Kansas, I got this email today, and it is also posted on the college website. Here it is: “Benedictine College will host a special presentation on the famous Inklings English literary group of the early 1900s on Monday, Feb. 23. Mark Colin Havard will deliver his presentation, The Lewis and Tolkien I Knew: Memories of an Inklings Son, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the OMalley-McAllister Auditorium on the college campus. The event, sponsored by the English and Theology Departments, is free and open to the public. (more…)

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien

Prickly City Goes Geek

lotrcrazy sends this in from the Sunday Feb 22 comic strip “Prickly City”.

Posted in Books Publications