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Veteran ‘The Lord of the Rings’ actors, Sean Astin (Sam) and Billy Boyd (Pippin), will star in the upcoming film ‘The Witches of Oz.’  The film, to be released in 2011, also stars comedic legend Christopher Lloyd.

The Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children’s book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her.

The official website for the film has posted a behind the scenes and teaser combo video to whet your whistle. [Check it out]

From our pals at WETA: The whole team at Weta would like to wish everyone on TheOneRing.net a Happy New Year (and what a big year it is going to be !). Besides a “certain movie project” starting production, we also have lots of The Lord of the Rings goodness on it’s way. The Prancing Pony Environment, Gollum and the Rohirrim Royal Guard Miniature Shield are shipping to customers in Jan. Our new Rivendell Environment is in development

And our Bag End – Collectors Edition is nearly sold out. To see the full LOTR range available here. Authentic collectibles created by the original Weta artists. Plus, there are new project announcements coming soon 2011 – Bring it on !

Author JW Braun has sent along his latest vlog book review. This, along with several other video blogs from other artists, web personalities and others will makeup a new ‘TORN TV’ feature we are working on, more on that soon. In the meantime check our JW’s book review of ‘Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker’s Journey’ by Brian Sibley

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If Robin Hood, King Arthur or William Shakespeare were to parachute into the 21st century, they’d feel right at home in a nondescript cul-de-sac in San Leandro.

That’s where Fellowship Foundry is located, a mom-and-pop metal works that’s one of the last places in the United States to make hand-crafted pewter goblets, candlesticks, chess pieces and other emblems of the Middle Ages. “It may sound corny, but we’re really trying to put art into objects used in everyday life,” said co-owner Randal Moore. “And pewter is just a great metal to work with.” More..