Assorted LOTR news

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  1. kartaron

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    LOTR Musical

    Plans for the most expensive show ever to be staged in the West End are progressing towards an opening night in October 2005.

    Producer Kevin Wallace has yet to cast the Lord of the Rings musical or even establish a venue for the £10 million ($18 million) extravaganza.

    Director Matthew Warchus and designer Rob Howell — responsible for Madness musical Our House — remain on board as originally announced in late 2003. Choreographing Frodo and Gandalf will be Peter Darling, who has also taken on Billy Elliot — the Musical.

    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/87913.html

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    Take A Tolkien Class Online

    The online bookstore Barnes and Noble are sponsoring an online Tolkien study starting September 7th, 2004. The course is open to the public, and the only prerequisites are that you have read, or have a desire to read The Hobbit and the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

    Outline:
    This course provides an overview of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. We'll look first at Tolkien's biography, his writing life, the origins of the stories, and their publication history. We'll continue with lessons on each book, concentrating on Tolkien's construction of a mythological world and its peoples and languages, his characters and their development, and his thematic concerns. Finally, we'll look at Tolkien's lasting influence on 20th-century fantasy literature, as well as on cultural movements such as neo-paganism and environmentalism.

    Objectives:
    Read J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy and follow the adventures of Bilbo, Frodo, and their friends in a war against evil

    See how Tolkien's background as a professor of languages at Oxford influenced his construction of a complete mythology of Middle Earth

    Explore Tolkien's influence, not only on 20th-century fantasy literature, but also on the development of neo-pagan religions and environmental activism.

    Prerequisites:
    Have read or have a desire to read The Hobbit and the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings


    http://educate.barnesandnoble.com/e....jsp?productId=6267&userid=BQv1XPgti9&nhid=bn

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    Location guide for NZ filming of LOTR is starting a trend.


    When Ian Brodie first approached director Peter Jackson with an idea to write a book based on locations from the Lord of the Rings movie sets around New Zealand, he wasn't expecting to be given the green light.

    Now, more than 200,000 copies later, a larger coffee table version of the book has been launched.

    "I first read The Lord of the Rings over 30 years ago and have read it every year since then," Brodie said. "For me it was a given that New Zealand was always Middle-earth."

    First published in November 2002, it was an instant success and changed Brodie's life.

    The book has location photographs, maps and global positioning satellite references to location sites.

    Plans are already under way for another book, but this time, rather than focus on a single film, Brodie says it is more likely to be a guide to locations from a selection of big budget films, including King Kong, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Whale Rider.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2999358a4501,00.html
     
  2. jeremiah.l.burns

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    Thanks, karatron! I've signed up. Anyone else?
     
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    Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne have been awarded Variety's top honor, Showmen of the Year, for 2004, and New Line's production of LOTR features heavily--there is a whole special issue for the award, littered with LOTR references. Here are some scans from the issue, including an article about their websites.

    http://www.theonering.net/scrapbook/group/1485/
     
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    The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition is coming to the Indiana State Museum. The exhibition will open on 6th October and run until 31st December 2005. There are further details at indystar.com. Tickets will be on sale from mid 2005. You can sign up at the museum website here to receive e-mail notification of advance ticket sales.

    http://www.in.gov/ism/MuseumExhibits/lotr.asp

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    Lee & Nasmith Fall Book Tours!

    The folks from Houghton Mifflin write: Houghton Mifflin will be touring renowned

    Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith throughout the U.S. this fall to

    celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. publication of The Lord of the Rings

    and the publication of a new edition of The Silmarillion. (For more information

    on these titles and others, check out out Houghton Mifflin's newly designed

    Tolkien website) Mark your calendars now!

    Tour schedules:

    TED NASMITH

    October 24 @ 1:00 p.m.
    Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop
    4093 N. Oakland Ave.
    Shorewood, WI 53211
    414-963-3111

    October 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
    University Bookstore
    711 State Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    608-257-3784

    October 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Bound to Be Read
    870 Grand Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    651-646-2665

    October 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Borders
    50 S. Main Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84144
    801-355-6899

    October 28 @ 7:00 p.m.
    University Bookstore
    4326 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    206-634-3400

    October 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Books Inc.
    301 Castro Street
    Mountain View, CA 94041
    650-428-1234

    October 31, time tk
    Texas Book Festival
    State Capitol
    Austin, TX 78711
    512-477-4055
    ** Nasmith will be joined by Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey at this event **

    ALAN LEE

    December 4 @ 12:00 noon
    Books of Wonder
    16 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212-989-3270

    December 5 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Philadelphia Free Library
    1901 Vine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215-686-5322

    December 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Olsson's
    2111 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA 22201
    703-525-4227

    December 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Borders
    830 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611
    312-573-0564

    December 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
    Borders
    50 S. Main Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84144
    801-355-6899

    December 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
    University Bookstore
    4326 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    206-634-3400

    December 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Booksmith
    1644 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    415-863-8688

    December 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Book Soup
    8818 Sunset Blvd.
    W. Hollywood, CA 90069
    310-659-3110

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    Tolkien based art competition

    As tolkien fans know, Niggle began to create his tree with one leaf being swung by the wind. Creation of the first leaf is the aim of the competition.

    Tolk Folk is a Polish website but some of their links, including the one for this competition, have an English translation available - just click the Union Jack.

    http://www.tolkfolk.pl/lisc_en.htm

    Organizer: ST WIEZA ( Tower – Tolkien’s Association ) Municipal Culture & Arts Centre in Bielawa in co- operation with The Strategy & Town Promotion Department.

    The aim of the competition is to involve Polish and foreign fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s literature into common production and into familiarization with the less popular works of that tremendous writer.

    The competition has a open formula, the age is not taken into consideration.

    As one knows, Niggle began to create his tree with one leaf being swung by the wind.Creation of the first leaf is the aim of the competition. Tolkien mentioned that Niggle was painting his tree with a big involvement paying a lot of attention to details. So let your leaf be original and unique one. The works can be made in any art technique, any size (paintings, draws, sculptures, computing graphics ).

    Your entry with the postscript “Niggle’s Leaf “ should be sent up to 15 December, 2004 at the following address:

    S.T. WIEZA M.O.K.i S.
    ul. Piastowska 19a
    58-260 Bielawa
    POLAND

    The date of the post seal is taken into consideration. The results of the competition will be announced on 3 January, 2005 during TOLK FOLK Event on the occasion of J.R.R.Tolkien’s birthday.

    The Jury, chosen from the members of the Tolkien’s Association, mass media editors and artists, will award the main prize of 150 Euro and three honorable of 50 Euro. The main prize is funded by The Strategy & Town Promotion Department. The honorable is founded by Municipal Culture & Arts Centre in Bielawa. The prizes will be transferred on winners’ saving accounts within 10 days after the competition completion.

    (not to be too pessimistic but you may want to think twice about sending your banking information overseas.)

    planet-tolkien.net
     
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    If this is your kind of thing: there is a new book coming out that mocks the Silmarillion

    Blasphemy! Heresy! Not since Bored of the Rings has there been such a blatant desecration of the sacred works of J.R.R. Tolkien! True fans of Middle-earth, rise up against this upstart and his distorted retelling of The Silmarillion. No self-respecting Dark Lord would ever enter a rapping competition, nor would beautiful elf-maidens ever behave like this! The greatest tragic love story in fantasy history was not made possible through the efforts of a ferret, nor were the great battles of the First Age covered by TV news crews! D.R. Lloyd’s The Sillymarillion dares to be the first and only – and therefore we can claim without contradiction – the funniest, most outrageous parody of the good professor’s great posthumous masterpiece.

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    Fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy can now enjoy their ultimate fantasy film experience by watching all three Oscar-winning films during one night at the bfi London IMAX Cinema.

    All three films - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King - will be screened consecutively in their original theatrical 35mm versions from Friday 19 November. The programme will start in the evening and finish by 7am, allowing customers to use public transport after the event.

    There will be a 30-minute break between each film and complimentary tea and coffee will be provided throughout the night. Snacks, sweets and soft drinks will be on sale. To add to the fun, fans who come in costume could win a prize and there will be spot prizes between the films.
    Screenings

    Fri 19 Nov
    8.00pm The Fellowship of the Ring (PG), 11.30pm The Two Towers (12A), 3.00am Return of the King (12A) Ends 6.20am

    Sat 20 Nov
    8.30pm The Fellowship of the Ring (PG), 12.00 midnight The Two Towers (12A), 3.30am Return of the King (12A) Ends 6.50am

    Fri 26 Nov
    8.00pm The Fellowship of the Ring (PG), 11.30pm The Two Towers (12A), 3.00am Return of the King (12A) Ends 6.20am

    Sat 27 Nov
    8.30pm The Fellowship of the Ring (PG), 12.00 midnight The Two Towers (12A), 3.30am Return of the King (12A) Ends 6.50am
    Tickets

    £10 for one film
    £15 for two films
    £25 for all three films

    follow the link for more details
    http://www.bfi.org.uk/showing/imax/lotr.php
     
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    LORD Of The Rings director and multi-millionaire Peter Jackson is creating a $4.5-million wonderland at his Wairarapa, New Zealand property.

    He is plans to build a 22 million-litre ornamental lake to go along with the three-storey fairytale mansion, two villas and Lord Of The Rings set pieces, including Frodo's home – Bag End, which are already on the property.

    The mansion has two towers, a 20m indoor swimming pool and a 100-seat cinema.

    Jackson's property has a listed valuation of $2.3 million, with a further $2 million in planned improvements.

    According to the plans, the ornamental lake would be the centrepiece of the sprawling property. It would have a figure-of-eight shape, with two islands with castle-like buildings.

    very cool

    http://sundaytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,9353,11095664-28784,00.html
     
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    In a recent interview with the New Zealand Herald, Sean Connery talked about how he turned down the role of Gandalf. He turned down Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. "Yeah, well, I never understood it. I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don't understand it." He says he is very impressed with both Jackson - "he obviously understands nuts and bolts", and so is obviously not one of the idiots (in Hollywood) - and the movie. "Whereas I would be interested in doing something that I didn't fully understand, but not for 18 months."

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