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Archive for September, 2009

Blockbuster Shares the Love With Release of Most Loved Movies List

DALLAS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Blockbuster Inc. has released a new list of the most loved movies according to the experts – the fans who watch them. The movies receiving the most love from viewers include all three films in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, four family movies by Pixar Animation Studios, two films based on Stephen King stories and titles from almost every major movie genre. Blockbuster created the Top 100 Most Loved Movies list to provide consumers with great movie recommendations for those nights when they’re not sure what they want to watch. Customers can use the list to check out top-rated movies they might have missed or a favorite title they haven’t watched in a while. Consumers can find the list at in the Rent section under the Featured Lists tab. More..

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Lord of the Rings Radio City Concert Site Updates

The official site to the LOTR Radio City Music Hall Concerts, has updated with a ton of events added! Take a look!

Posted in Concerts, Events, Howard Shore

Andy Serkis’ Screwtape Letters Update

Andy SerkisKevin writes: Andy Serkis — known and loved the world over for his portrayal of Gollum — has been working on an audio release of C. S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters. With a flair that only Andy has for vocal interpretation, he brings the demonic character of Uncle Screwtape to life, or “un-life” as the case may be and depending on your point of view. Releases in bookstores October 15, 2009. Click here for a short vid.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Books Publications, Merchandise

Del Rey Books Radio City Concert Contest

Joe Scalora from the publicity department at Del Rey Books writes:, our science fiction/fantasy/geek culture blog launched a contest last week featuring a ton of prizes to celebrate the Lord of the Rings Concert at Radio City, including a pair of tickets! More..

Posted in Concerts, Contests, Events

Hobbit Meals Moot a Success!

Greg Pyne, aka Fool of a Took, Hobbit Meals founder, writes: Hobbit Meals is pleased to report that a total of 247 lbs of food was raised on September 19th during the First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot. All seven hobbit meals (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper) were served and all three extended versions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy were shown. Price of admission was a full bag of nonperishable groceries for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Approximately 30 people from all over Central Florida and beyond came to support the event and offer their help to those in need. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Meet Ups


THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: SIEGE OF MIRKWOOD™ TO LAUNCH ON DECEMBER 1STWESTWOOD, MA – September 29, 2009– Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™: Siege of Mirkwood™, the new digital expansion to the 2008 MMO of the Year will launch on December 1st in North America. Turbine also unveiled The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) Adventurer’s Pack which contains what every player needs to survive in the chaos of Mirkwood! Siege of Mirkwood and the LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack are scheduled to launch on December 1, 2009. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

TORN Riddle Contest Update

The riddle contest was a hit! We received tons of emails, and most of you were correct, the answer was of course Billy Boyd (see the interview here).

The answer key is this: Take 2-1-23-4-9-12-25 13-15-9-12 and replace the numbers with letters. This leaves you with BAWDILY MOIL which is an anagram of William Boyd AKA Billy Boyd.

Those of you with the correct answer will now be put into a random draw to win ‘The Return of the King: The Complete Recordings’ CD box set. Check this space for the winners name soon!

Posted in Billy Boyd, Contests

Lord of the Rings Composer Rehearses with Brooklyn Youth Chorus For Radio City Concert

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Music of Middle-earth will soon be brought to life by 300 musicians, singers and choruses in an October concert at Radio City Music Hall. In preparation for the concert, Howard Shore, an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winner, rehearsed his The Lord of the Rings score with the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC) at their studios in Brooklyn Heights last week. BYC’s members are between the ages of 10 and 15. More..

Posted in Concerts, Events, Howard Shore

Exclusive: Billy Boyd Interview!


To promote their upcoming East Coast tour, ‘Beecake’ front man and LOTR star Billy Boyd chatted with TORN last week. Billy gave us a little insight into the band, his musical tastes and influences, and his feelings about the upcoming tour.

Beecake US Tour Announcement Press Release (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Concerts, Events, Howard Shore, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

News from Wellywood

There’s a fair bit of news over at the Noldor Blog, including booksignings at the Weta Cave by Alan Lee and Ian Brodie as well as a new kids’ book with Richard Taylor and possibly Dr Grordbort himself, Greg Broadmore. There’s news about the Capitol Court Cinema co-owned by PJ, Richard Taylor and PJ’s editor Jamie Selkirk. Apparently it’s being fixed up -hope their sense of fantasy runs wild with it! (Read More) The Chocolate Fish cafe beloved by LOTR cast and crew is opening in a new beachside location not far from the original. And finally Jack asks who’ll join him in celebrating the 10th anniversary of first day of LOTR filming?

Posted in Events, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Tours, Uncategorized, WETA Cave

Baggins Birthday Bash in L.A. today

The LA Area Baggins Birthday Bash is today, here are some last minute directions and resources for those making a last minute decision to join in the fun. Sarumann and Quickbeam have staked out territory near where we were last year, but not quite as far back into the hills. If you come up the Old Zoo parking area, like last year, they are close to the road, so you should see the tent for the food from there. If there is no parking on the Old Zoo parking areas, go back to the road for the Carousel, and up into their parking area, keep following the hills around and you will come out just about the picnic area we are in this year. Should give plenty of options for parking. You can get a map of Griffith Park here. we are also on Facebook, which has more info about things people are bringing, step by step directions, etc.

Posted in Uncategorized

WETA News: Pre-order The Argonath!

The ArgonathWeta’s return to Middle-earth and specifically to polystone collectibles from The Lord Of The Rings is celebrated with a truly iconic piece. It continues on from previous environments that have been popular with collectors the world over. The big difference this time is that the edition size is a mere 500. They will not last long, so get your pre-order in now. The Argonath will be shipped world wide!

Pre-order The Argonath Now!

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise