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  • The giant eagle of Middle Earth

    01/04/2005 11:58:53 AM PST · by Willie Green · 34 replies · 10,030+ views
    Innovations-Report ^ | January 4, 2005
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Peter Jackson´s JRR Tolkien-inspired film trilogy Lord of the Rings features enormous eagles swooping down to rescue Sam and Frodo from a desolate New Zealand landscape masquerading as Mordor. The image of giant eagles flying around New Zealand, while fanciful, is not so far-fetched as it might appear. New genetic data published in the freely-available online journal PLoS Biology this week from researchers at Oxford and Canterbury Universities shed new light on the evolution of the extinct giant eagle that once ruled the skies in New Zealand. Before human settlement 700...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-29-04 (Pied Piper Pitt Does Gandalf The Wizard Impression)

    12/29/2004 6:52:24 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 191 replies · 4,084+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 29, 2004 | DUmmies, William Rivers Pitt, and PJ-Comix
    Pied Piper Pitt, aka William RIVERS Pitt, after having his promise of something WONDERFUL happening on Monday (after the snow dog ate his homework last week) go up in smoke, is now trying to change the subject and cheer on the DUmmies with a dopey pep talk as we can see in this Dummie THREAD titled, “This is a great time to be alive.” This posting follows on the heels of a dopey story that Pied Piper Pitt posted yesterday about some guy who is a milkman who tries to be a dogcatcher (or was it the other way...
  • Return of the King

    12/20/2004 5:45:14 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 10 replies · 497+ views
    With the release this week of the Extended Edition DVD of Return of the King, here are some LOTR resources: A Triumphant Return In J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, a Legendary Friendship Myth Meets Real Life Escape into Reality Saint J. R. R. the Evangelist Tolkien, Transformer of Culture
  • Gollum gets a health check (For LOR geeks only!!)

    12/17/2004 11:22:18 AM PST · by Jimmyclyde · 54 replies · 2,711+ views
    Gollum gets a health check LONDON (Reuters) - Gollum, the creepy character in "Lord of the Rings" with the dual personality and eerie voice, suffered from a schizoid personality disorder, according to a group of medical students. Thirty students at University College London were asked to explain the odd behaviour the character displayed in the films based on the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. The students noted his solitary habits, spiteful behaviour, odd interests, difficulty in forming friendships, emotional changeability, nervousness and paranoia. "He fulfils seven of the nine criteria for schizoid personality disorder, and, if we must label Gollum's problems, we...
  • Poor diet, inherited disease made Gollum mad (duh? could it be because he murdered his friend?)

    Poor diet, inherited disease made Gollum mad Fri Dec 17, 1:50 PM ET Offbeat - AFP PARIS (AFP) - The "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum was paranoid and had a split personality but this was because he probably suffered from vitamin deficiency, anaemia, hyperthyroidism and a metabolic disease called porphyria. That's the conclusion of a group of British doctors who sift through Gollum's symptoms in a tongue-in-cheek diagnosis published this Saturday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). "Gollum's diet is extremely limited, consisting only of raw fish. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may cause irritability, delusions and paranoia," they say. "His...
  • ROTK:EE Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    12/16/2004 9:13:32 AM PST · by BibChr · 74 replies · 942+ views
    Our febrile brainia | 12/16/04 | Daniel J. Phillips
    For those who've seen the Extended Edition of the final movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, "The Return of the King."If you haven't seen it and just want to mention how superior you are to everyone else and, though you've never created anything in your life that anyone would want to see, you're sure you'd have done a better job and the pictures are total irredeemable trash... please start your own thread with that as the title.Otherwise, this is the place to discuss what you loved, what you loathed, what you found baffling, and basically other of the...
  • Extended Edition Of The Return Of The King (Vanity)

    12/15/2004 8:31:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 69 replies · 3,578+ views
    11/15/04 | goldstategop
    New Line Entertainment released the definitive "Extended Edition" of The Return Of The King . Peter Jackson worked over a year to bring this out for the fans. New and extended scenes have brought the total running length to over 200 minutes. Plus extras on the supplemental discs.
  • Lords of the Rings star embraces Buddhism (Orlando Bloom)

    Lords of the Rings star embraces Buddhism Item 9652 • Posted: Wed, Dec. 08 2004 • Weblogged by Permalink to this article (Click link to copy to clipboard) Hindustan Times (India), Dec. 6, 2004 Another Hollywood star Orlando Bloom is to become a Buddhist. The Lord of the Rings star, 27, took part in an hour long ceremony at a centre to commit himself to the faith, according to a Mirror report. Orlando, who jealously guards his private life, joined 60 other fledgling Buddhists at the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist movement HQ at Taplow Court Mansion in Maidenhead,...
  • 'Lord of the Rings' has ring of the Christian Lord

    01/03/2002 8:28:10 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 44 replies · 675+ views ^ | December 12, 2001 | Jeff Robinson News Channel - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Near the end of his life, J.R.R. Tolkien (also spelled Tolkein) received a letter from a young girl posing a question concerning the chief end of man.Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy which has now become a motion picture, provided the youngster an answer that lends insight into the worldview of the realm in which he casts his fantasy novels. "It may be said that the purpose of life for any one of us is to increase according to our capacity, our knowledge of God by all the means we have ...
  • Let go of the 'One Ring' (ORC Alert!)

    10/26/2004 12:00:50 PM PDT · by Alouette · 38 replies · 1,237+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 26, 2004 | Lloyd Green aka Wormtongue
    "One ring to rule them all" – Those are the words that echo in my head as I watch the Israeli opposition to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposal to leave Gaza and portions of the West Bank. As an American Jew who has visited Israel over a dozen times, I have a natural enthusiasm and empathy for the Zionist project. However, like many, I believe that Israel's current geopolitical course is unsustainable. As I watch the attempt of settlers to hold onto settlements scattered through Gaza and parts of the West Bank, I am forced to conclude that a segment...
  • Kerruman (LOTR Parody)

    10/17/2004 6:45:58 PM PDT · by Arnold Zephel · 610+ views
    Photoshop | October 17, 2004 | Arnold Zephel
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  • Fellowship 911

    10/16/2004 8:44:53 AM PDT · by LadyDoc · 7 replies · 672+ views ^ | 10-14-94 | Jack Thomas, RickNyholm, Michael Loftus
    One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fellowship 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's searing examination of the Aragorn administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events at Helms Deep. With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering - or if necessary fabricating - the facts, Moore considers the reign of the son of Arathorn and where it has led us. He looks at how - and why - Aragorn and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saruman connection to Helms Deep, despite the fact that 9 out of every 10 Orcs that...
  • Fun with Kerry: Lord of the Rings pics

    10/14/2004 12:07:12 AM PDT · by grandOPUS · 4 replies · 843+ views
  • LOTR Fans: Hewitt has an interesting pastime in his Blog...

    09/19/2004 10:13:37 AM PDT · by Truth Table · 11 replies · 914+ views ^ | 9/17/2004 | Hugh Hewitt
    Now, a call for help. I am trying to fashion a LOTR analogy to the events of Rathergate.
  • The CBS Eye and The Dark Tower Falls (Pic)

    09/18/2004 6:56:31 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 62 replies · 3,226+ views
    Hugh ^ | September 18, 2004 | "SpikeMike" Jejja and "Zoot" Stewart
  • Our Own Private Tower of Cirith Ungol

    07/28/2004 4:54:16 PM PDT · by LadyDoc · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Hollywood Jesus ^ | 7-25-04 | Greg Wright
    Our Own Private Tower of Cirith Ungol If I were Thórr, I’d be pretty ticked. Someone has stolen my thunder! To be precise, two different guys have made off with my big rumble this month. Way, way back last December, I started assembling the editorial plan for the year’s Lord of the Rings features on Hollywood Jesus: twelve monthly guest features, twelve featured interviews, the make-it-up-as-we-go email-of-the-month, and twelve hard-hitting, incisive (and somewhat insightful) features in the vein of the pieces I’d done for the previous two years. Now, this was no great hardship, and I didn’t have too hard...
  • Why Lord of the Rings Will – and Must – Be Remade

    07/20/2004 12:26:58 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 139 replies · 3,829+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 16, 2004 | Doug Kern
    More Lord of the Rings movies — oh, yesss, preciousss, we wantsss them. And within the next twenty or thirty years, we'll get them. Children who watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy will take their own children to a complete remake of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's inevitable. Most great movies will never be remade. We will never see remakes of The Godfather, or Gone with the Wind, or even Star Wars. But Lord of the Rings is different. Why? Consider these five reasons. • The pre-existing fame of the LOTR novels prevents the actors in the...
  • Good and Evil: A Comparison of Atlas Shrugged and The Lord of the Rings

    07/14/2004 2:02:19 PM PDT · by Taka No Kimi · 40 replies · 1,463+ views
    Pierssen Consulting ^ | Fred Pierssen
    Upon reading and rereading Atlas Shrugged and The Lord of the Rings, I find comparison of the two tempting, for both of these novels display firm and compelling visions regarding personal philosophy and the rejection of Evil. One of the most unique aspects of Atlas Shrugged is its rational definition of Good and Evil based on the principles of Objectivism. Good is that which is free, independent, thinking, and productive. Evil is that which attempts to feed upon others through false premises. But fundamentally Good is strong and Evil is weak, for Evil can only perpetuate itself through the consent...
  • The Gods Must Be Tidy!

    07/02/2004 8:07:43 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies · 298+ views
    Touchstone ^ | 7/04 | Jonathan Witt
    When as a boy I read “The Scouring of the Shire” near the end of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, I could not understand why Tolkien felt the need to tack on such an anti-climactic and shabby bit of evil. Only later, as I began to notice modernity’s penchant for ugliness in the world beyond Middle Earth, did I understand that the scouring of the Shire bespoke a present evil, a malevolence insidious precisely because it lacked the stark drama of the trenches or the gas chambers. I came to understand that the demolition of the...
  • Passion Passes Return of the King at Same Point

    04/11/2004 10:53:09 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 10 replies · 325+ views
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 4/11/2004 | Box Office Mojo
    UBER-BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWNTHE PASSION VS. LORD OF THE RINGS VS. SPIDER-MAN VS. STAR WARS (Daily Gross / % Yesterday / % Last Week / Total Gross / Day No. or Day of Week)BY DAY OF WEEK | BY DAY NUMBER WK 6 $17,537,761 $8,989,770 $14,904,564 $22,317,549 WEEK 7 Fri Est. $6,543,000+189% / +161.2%$344,333,000 / 45 $1,371,409+148.3% / -9.2%$341,392,421 / 45 $2,124,686+78.3% / -28.6%$377,146,371 / 43 $2,900,000+37.1% / -23.1%$362,775,311 / 45 Sat Est. $4,905,000-25% / +19.7%$349,238,000 / 46 $2,739,574+99.8% / -13.3%$344,131,995 / 46 $3,011,494+41.7% / -28.6%$380,157,865 / 44 $3,820,000+31.7% / -33.9%$366,595,311 / 46 Sun Est. $5,639,000+15% / +40.8%$354,877,000 / 47 $1,199,820-56.2%...
  • Lord of the Rings humor

    03/28/2004 8:45:45 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 8 replies · 10,912+ views
    Use above link for Flash movie.
  • Ross Mackenzie: On Terror, Hate, Humor, LOTR, Conflict, Etc.

    03/24/2004 9:29:21 PM PST · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Town Hall ^ | March 25, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie [Tribune Media Services]
    Comments on items recently in the news. • Having missed Hamas' dialectician Ahmed Yassin in September, the Israelis now have picked him off — as they vowed they would. The mastermind of hundreds of attacks against Israel, resulting in the murder of at least 377, Yassin vowed in January: "We do not fear the threat of death. We will not bow to pressure, and resistance will continue until the occupation is destroyed." That Israel has killed him should come as no surprise. Nor should the double-standard outrage reserved for Israeli and American actions against terrorists. Yassin's successor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi,...
  • Tolkien's Ring: When immortality is not enough

    03/15/2004 5:03:11 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 11 replies · 4,635+ views
    The Asian Times ^ | 1-5-04 | Spengler
    Alone among 20th century novelists, J R R Tolkien concerned himself with the mortality not of individuals but of peoples. The young soldier-scholar of World War I viewed the uncertain fate of European nations through the mirror of the Dark Ages, when the life of small peoples hung by a thread. In the midst of today's Great Extinction of cultures, and at the onset of civilizational war, Tolkien evokes an uncanny resonance among today's readers. He did not write a fantasy, but rather a roman-a-clef. I spoke too soon when I wrote a year ago that a "reasonably faithful cinematic...
  • The re-clothing of America

    03/10/2004 10:57:19 PM PST · by kattracks · 199+ views ^ | 3/11/04 | Marvin Olasky
    "The Lord of the Rings," with its subtext of God's providential guiding, and "The Passion," with its in-your-face text of Christ's suffering for us, have been the big movie successes of the past few months. Pastor Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life" was the No. 1 nonfiction hardback bestseller last year. Many churches report increasing attendance, and some observers even speculate that a great revival is underway. At the same time, The Wall Street Journal accurately noted yesterday that "Secular absolutism is becoming the most potent religious force" in America." The WSJ blasted the "effort by liberal activists and their judicial...
  • Studios at Odds Over 'Rings' Prequel ("The Hobbit" Will Be Made If Settled)

    03/06/2004 5:20:47 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 40 replies · 1,562+ views
    AP (through WTOP News) ^ | 3/6/2004 | n/a
    Studios at Odds Over 'Rings' Prequel By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson won't be returning to the Shire any time soon. The Oscar-winning director is planning to film "The Hobbit," the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings," trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, but two studios must first fight over legal rights to the film. Jackson said New Line Cinema has the rights to make the movie, but MGM has the rights to distribute it. "I guess MGM's lawyers and New Line's lawyers are going to have a huge amount of fun over the next few years...
  • No Sean Penn: John Rhys-Davies, without Oscar censors.

    03/05/2004 12:01:46 PM PST · by xsysmgr · 86 replies · 939+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 05, 2004 | Andrew Leigh
    LOS ANGELES — Another Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone. If you're like me, you spent much of it on the edge of your seat, silently praying that none of the winning actors would launch into a noxious left-wing tirade, featuring such sagacious bromides as "War is Not the Answer" (to what?). It's a common perception that Hollywood is a liberal town, and rightly so. There are a few bold souls, however, who are willing to swim against the tide. One of these starred in the film that won the most Oscars last Sunday night. He's John Rhys-Davies, who...
  • 'Passion' Beats 'Return of the King' for Box-Office Record

    03/01/2004 3:38:56 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 25 replies · 212+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/1/04 | Limbacher
    "The Lord of the Rings" is no match for the Lord. Updated figures show Mel Gibson's foreign-language "The Passion of the Christ" with a box-office take of $125.2 million, the greatest debut in movie history by a film opening on a Wednesday. The previous record holder, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," had $124.1 million. Oh, how the studio bosses must be gnashing their teeth today after refusing to finance or distribute the movie. "The total was almost $8 million more than Newmarket first estimated, because far more people turned out Sunday to see Gibson's grisly...
  • The Passion tops LOTR's in five day ticket sales????

    03/01/2004 12:10:10 PM PST · by dawn53 · 56 replies · 216+ views
    Read this from a thread this morning. "''The Passion'' put up the second-best five-day figures for a movie opening on Wednesday, behind last year's ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' at $124.1 million and ahead of ''Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace'' at $105.6 million." It was in an article from the Boston Globe. Just checked drudges link to the box office ticket sales, and it lists the 5 day revised figure at over $125 million. If true, the The Passion has surpassed LOTR 5 day sales. Hadn't read this in any releases, wondered if...
  • Oscars showing Hollywood's hypocrisy

    03/01/2004 8:55:07 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 24 replies · 306+ views
    Lord of the Rings swept the Oscars showing Hollywood's hypocrisy. Many leftists have been critical of "The Passion of the Christ." Yet they have been silent on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, even though he was a conservative Roman Catholic like Mel Gibson and filled his books with religious themes and references. Many are on the big screen as well, but maybe most people don't notice, being victims of the public education system. Of course, LOTR has made billions of dollars, so Hollywood is quiet. However, "The Passion of the Christ" broke all sorts of records at the box office, so I’m...
  • 'Lord of the Rings' wins record-tying 11 Oscars

    03/01/2004 12:36:57 AM PST · by kattracks · 48 replies · 265+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/01/04 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third installment of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was named best picture in last night's Academy Awards ceremony.</p> <p>The Middle-earth epic "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," won all 11 Oscars for which it was nominated, including best director honors for Peter Jackson.</p>
  • Gaddafi follows his people to embrace US

    02/29/2004 7:38:09 PM PST · by nypokerface · 8 replies · 259+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 03/01/04 | NIKO PRICE
    FOR 34 years, his eccentricities have been law. When he declared green the colour of his revolution, a nation repainted its doors. When he proclaimed his Third Universal Theory, academics wrote 1,000 studies of it. When he renamed the months of the year, Libyans celebrated Valentine’s Day in "Bird". But suddenly, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi finds himself scrambling to keep up with his people. In the latest incarnation of Col Gaddafi’s Libya, the government is opening up to the Western world, making amends for its terrorist past and vowing to give up weapons of mass destruction. Col Gaddafi had little choice:...

    02/19/2004 6:00:36 PM PST · by Stewart_B · 36 replies · 2,867+ views
  • Here's the Long – and Longer – Of It (James Lileks reviews –sort of – 'The Lord of The Rings')

    02/16/2004 8:52:08 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 124+ views
    The Star Tribune [Minneapolis/St Paul] ^ | February 17, 2004 | James Lileks
    Short version of today's column: Movies are too long nowadays! I need to use the bathroom! Where's my Geritol? Long version: I avoid writing about "The Lord of the Rings" because whenever I toss out a snarky remark or fail to grasp a critical point about a minor but deeply beloved character who appears for two sentences in a very long paragraph, who also happens to be a tree, I get detailed letters telling me I am an idiot. And they're in Elvish. It's like writing about "Star Wars." The most hate mail I ever received concerned a column about...
  • Movies Worth Seeing

    02/06/2004 3:39:38 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 31 replies · 401+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 02-06-04 | Reese, Charley
    Movies Worth Seeing If you haven't done so, "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is well worth seeing, even on a DVD if you miss it in the theaters. J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy was voted in a huge survey as the greatest book of the 20th century, which naturally infuriated academic critics who seem to think that the great literature is the vomit of the authors' neuroses transferred to the printed page — the ickier, the greater. I've always believed there is one standard for any author — can he or she tell a good story? It was...
  • Lord of the Rings star sparks rumpus over race (John Rhys-Davies)

    02/06/2004 2:58:49 AM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies · 296+ views
    guardian ^ | Sunday February 1, 2004 | David Smith,
    Rings star sparks rumpus over race David Smith, arts and media correspondent Sunday February 1, 2004 The Observer The stars of The Lord of the Rings films have been feted on red carpets around the world and are now tipped for Oscars glory. One of their number, however, finds himself a hero to a less desirable audience: the far-right British National Party. John Rhys-Davies, who plays warrior dwarf Gimli in the blockbuster trilogy, has been spearheading a BNP campaign without his knowledge following an interview in which he claimed Western civilisation was under threat because white Europeans produce fewer babies...
  • The Return of the Controversy Over Tolkien (People-who-should-be-poked-with-sticks alert!)

    01/30/2004 8:26:55 PM PST · by quidnunc · 70 replies · 332+ views
    Napa Valley Register ^ | January 30, 2004 | Anna Abbott
    Over the Christmas and New Year's season, "The Return of the King" has been a box-office success, while the books by J.R.R. Tolkien have been rivaling the Harry Potter series in sales. While some evangelicals and Catholics have viewed Tolkien's series favorably in comparison to Harry Potter, Tolkien still remains a figure of controversy. Tolkien attended daily Mass, insisted his Anglican fiancée Edith convert to his faith in order to marry him, and his son John became a priest. His ethics, as well as his Catholic beliefs, make him a center of debate. Though the books and movies are popular,...
  • Gimli/John Rhys Davis on Medved Now Discussing Terrorism

    01/16/2004 2:14:39 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 144 replies · 2,488+ views
    Michael Medved Show
    He admits to having a far different view of things than fellow actor Viggo Mortensen.
  • A Triumphant Return: RETURN OF THE KING (Warning: Minor spoiler)

    12/16/2003 1:47:21 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 13 replies · 616+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 15 Dec 03 | Chuck Colson
    Note: There is a minor spolier in the third paragraph, so skip that one if you haven't read the books.) After seven years in the making, the final film of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, THE RETURN OF THE KING, opens this Wednesday. The good news is that, like the others, it was worth the wait. The better news is that, even more than the others, what we see on screen respects the Christian faith of the book's author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien wrote that LORD OF THE RINGS is a "fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so...
  • Fans on Filming Tolkien

    01/20/2004 9:33:23 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 16 replies · 121+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 1/16/2004 | Alexander Osipovich
    When director Peter Jackson's highly awaited film "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" hits Russian theaters on Thursday, audiences can expect a great deal of bitter, bloody conflict on the screen. The film, adapted from the classic fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, will feature an epic battle between the defenders of Middle Earth and the dark forces of Sauron. But in the meantime, another epic battle is raging -- with much less fanfare, but equal viciousness -- on web sites such as, where Russians passionately devoted to Tolkien's books discuss their favorite author. On one...
  • Lord of the Rings Star Tells Truth, Upset PC Multicultural Dogma

    01/19/2004 4:24:44 PM PST · by Aetius · 71 replies · 533+ views
    Wales on Sunday ^ | January 18, 2004 | Lucy Ballinger
    Welsh star in race row Jan 18 2004 Lucy Ballinger, Wales on Sunday ONE of the biggest Welsh movie stars in Hollywood kicked off a race storm last night after making anti-Muslim remarks. Outraged Islamic leaders in Wales demanded an immediate apology from Lord Of The Rings actor John Rhys-Davies, who claimed an increase in Europe's Muslim population was a "demographic catastrophe" threatening "Western civilisation". The 59-year-old Ammanford actor's comments were originally made in an interview with American journalists from World magazine, but this week they were used by the far right British National Party in a leaflet to campaign...
  • Welsh star in race row (LOTR's John Rhys-Davies makes anti-Muslim remarks)

    01/18/2004 9:25:33 PM PST · by Michael2001 · 208 replies · 6,731+ views
    IC Wales ^ | Jan 18 2004 | Lucy Ballinger
    ONE of the biggest Welsh movie stars in Hollywood kicked off a race storm last night after making anti-Muslim remarks. Outraged Islamic leaders in Wales demanded an immediate apology from Lord Of The Rings actor John Rhys-Davies, who claimed an increase in Europe's Muslim population was a "demographic catastrophe" threatening "Western civilisation". The 59-year-old Ammanford actor's comments were originally made in an interview with American journalists from World magazine, but this week they were used by the far right British National Party in a leaflet to campaign for support among cinema-goers. Last night Rhys-Davies stood by his views which follow...
  • 'King' rules over PGA Awards

    01/18/2004 1:24:14 AM PST · by sourcery · 8 replies · 156+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 18 Jan 2004 | Jesse Hiestand
    The Producers Guild of America honored New Line's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" with the Darryl Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in theatrical motion pictures during its awards ceremony Saturday night.
  • Actors' politics pollute 'Ring'

    01/12/2004 1:46:45 PM PST · by trajanus_red · 129 replies · 642+ views
    USA Today ^ | 1/11/2004 | Michael Medved
    <p>"If you want to send a message, call Western Union," said Hollywood pioneer Samuel Goldwyn to filmmakers and stars who sought to use their movie projects to advance some political agenda. Although the telegraph is a largely irrelevant alternative in this Internet age, the thinking behind Goldwyn's advice remains sane and solid: Political preachments, on or off camera, only interfere with the entertainment value of creative work by major Hollywood stars. Recent comments by some of the prime participants in the triumphal box-office hit The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King illustrate the uncomfortable implications of trying to impose timely messages on timeless fantasy.</p>
  • 'Lord of the Rings' Big Winner at L.A. Film Awards

    01/11/2004 2:18:11 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies · 970+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/11/2004 | Dean Goodman
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - In a possible precursor to Oscar night next month, the final installment in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy won four prizes on Saturday at the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, an event whose picks are often echoed at the Academy Awards (news -web sites). "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the current champion at the worldwide box office, was named best picture at the ceremony, and also snagged awards for best director, ensemble cast and composer. The blue-collar crime saga "Mystic River" won two prizes, best actor and supporting actor,...
  • Gollum's Soliloquy

    01/09/2004 9:27:06 PM PST · by AreaMan · 102 replies · 369+ views
    Family News In Focus ^ | 07 Jan 04 | Gary Schneeberger
    Gollum's Soliloquyby Gary Schneeberger, CitizenLink editor Audience reaction to a key scene in the latest "Lord of the Rings" movie puts the culture war into perspective. It's been a few weeks since I saw "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," and one scene is still stuck in my head. It's not one of the battle sequences, as breathtaking as those are; it's not one of the concluding vignettes, as emotionally satisfying as those are; in fact, it's not even a scene that owes its impact on me to director Peter Jackson's artistry, as prodigious as that...
  • Dennis Prager: Jimmy Carter: 'Compassion for Mordor'

    01/05/2004 9:48:00 PM PST · by quidnunc · 71 replies · 358+ views
    Town Hall ^ | January 6, 2004 | Dennis Prager
    Oslo, Norway (Prager News Service, Jan. 5, 2004) – In a just-published interview with the Norwegian Society for Universal Neutrality (NSUN), former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that the blockbuster trilogy "Lord of the Rings" is sending dangerous messages to the world's young people. "For three hours in this latest installment of 'Lord of the Rings,' young people the world over watch my work in the United States and your work here in Europe — to get nations to disarm, not to make moral judgments about any nation other than America or Israel — undone. "We who love peace," the...
  • Film Of The Year - The Return Of The King

    01/05/2004 4:48:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 63 replies · 336+ views ^ | Jan 2, 2004 | Don Feder
    The final installment of Peter Jackson’s stunning screen adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" – "The Return of The King" -- premiered on December 17th. Not surprisingly, it had the highest first 5-days box office in history ($246 million worldwide). Since its publication in Britain (1954-1955), Tolkien’s Trilogy – as fans reverently refer to the epic – sold over 50 million copies, and that was before the release of Jackson’s movies, which naturally spurred sales of the books. Such is the author’s popularity that a Lycos word search of J.R.R. Tolkien turns up over 2 million entries, compared...
  • The Lord of the Rings: A Catholic View

    01/04/2004 11:33:19 PM PST · by B-Chan · 60 replies · 1,608+ views
    The Cool-Ohm Zone ^ | -- | Charles Coulombe
    “It has been said that the dominant note of the traditional Catholic liturgy was intense longing. This is also true of her art, her literature, her whole life. It is a longing for things that cannot be in this world: unearthly truth, unearthly purity, unearthly justice, unearthly beauty. By all these earmarks, Lord of the Rings is indeed a Catholic work, as its author believed; but it is more. It is this age's great Catholic epic, fit to stand beside the Grail legends, Le Morte d'Arthur, and The Canterbury Tales. It is at once a great comfort to the individual...
  • Tolkien's Epic Tale: Hidden Paths That Run West of the Moon, East of the Sun

    01/04/2004 1:39:22 PM PST · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 1,070+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | January 4, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    The following column, which first appeared in February, 2002, is modified and republished here because of the recent release of the third movie — "The Return of the King" — in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.In monumental scope, the big screen is introducing many to J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." The movie versions of "The Fellowship of the Ring" (vol. I) and "The Two Towers" (vol. II) were overwhelming, and generous representations of the book. As movies go, they chalked up some of the biggest global box-office sales ever. Tolkien groupies picked nits about the "Fellowship"...
  • The free folks vs. the Orcs:LOTR trilogy parallels West's fight against Islamic terrorists

    01/02/2004 5:15:05 AM PST · by rhema · 22 replies · 152+ views
    WORLD ^ | 1/10/04 | Gene Edward Veith
    EACH EPISODE OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS, AS IT came out year by year, resonated in an eerie way with current events. The Fellowship of the Ring showed terrifying Dark Riders breaking into the peaceful, complacent world of the Shire only a few months after Sept. 11, 2001, when ordinary hobbit-like Americans had to face up to the reality of terrorism. The next year, The Two Towers showed the battle joined between the "free folks" and the forces of the Shadow, just as Americans were reacting to the destruction of their Two Towers by fighting the war in Afghanistan....