Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dom Monaghan and More

New pictures of Thranduil and Legolas revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Dominic Monaghan takes aim at reality show ‘Swamp People’

Saturday Oct 13, 2012 6:20 PM PT

“Lord of the Rings” star Dominic Monaghan has vowed to end reality TV shows that feature people who are cruel to reptiles – and he’s starting with “Swamp People.”
The animal lover has blasted the producers of the History Channel show, which features alligator hunters in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin swamp.

The third season of the show debuted in February, and Monaghan can’t believe it has lasted that long.

Taking to Twitter.com on Thursday, the actor snaps, “(It’s) shock TV… If my hero (‘Crocodile Hunter’ star and conservationist) Steve Irwin was around, those shows about killing alligators wouldn’t be on TV. I’m gonna (sic) stop them.”

Calling “Swamp People” “death entertainment that continues to demonize reptiles as monsters and animals that are okay to torture and kill,” Monaghan adds, “If alligator populations need to be controlled, I understand. But the act should not be glorified on TV. Disgusting.”

Lord of the Rings Ranks #6 on the 25 Most Devoted Fan Bases

Pop culture site Vulture has named Lord of the Rings #6 on their list of the 25 Most Devoted Fan Bases, outranking other fandom favorites like Star Trek (#14), Joss Whedon (#12), and Doctor Who (#9), but getting squeezed out of the top 5 by Justin Bieber!   TheOneRing.net also gets a shoutout by being listed as “the main fan site” hangout for Ringers/ Tolkienites.

You can check out the rest of the list on Vulture.com

Collecting The Precious – United Cutlery Sting and Scabbard

FOTR to screen with symphony and chorus in Perth

Ringer Karen wanted to share the news that lucky Aussies who live in or near Perth can now purchase tickets to screenings of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with live music and chorus being presented by the Western Australian Symphony Orchestar (WASO) on June 21 and 22, 2013. From the WASO website: “Peter Jackson’s epic vision of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is supported by some of the greatest film music of all time. Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score captures the film’s sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys through the power of a full symphony orchestra and massed voices.”

Visit the WASO website for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Hobbit tourism scatters more of Tolkien’s magic across New Zealand

WB Shop offers Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition at 40% off

Ringer Owain alerted us to a great deal at the Warner Bros. Shop site: they’re now offering the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition at 40% off the regular price. The deluxe 15-disc set includes 9 special features DVDs with over 26 hours of behind-the-moviemaking material including the rare Costa Botes documentaries. The sale price of $65.85 compared to the original price of $119.98 is a great deal. If you don’t own the extended edition blu-ray set yet, this would be a great time to buy, or throw out a few hints for your holiday wish list!

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