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December 3, 2002 Hail To The King

Promising to be the most spectacular of the three films, Jackson has had to pull out all the stops for the climax, including the enhancement of the film’s principal villain, the dark lord Sauron. “The Sauron in the books is sketchy at best, which makes it hard to turn him into a screen villain,” says Jackson. “But imagine not really seeing Darth Vader for all three Star Wars films. You just can’t do it.” It’s fair to say that the dark lord will have an increased presence in Jackson’s adaptation, rather than being restricted to his role so far, that of a disembodied eye, but the question plaguing Jackson and his crew has been how best to represent the lord of Mordor? “You can’t reduce him to being a big guy striding around in black armour, but he cannot be limited to a flaming eye, either.”

November 28, 2002 The Two Towers ‘certifiable epic’

Peter Jackson’s film The Two Towers has been praised as a much better one than The Fellowship of the Ring, in the first review of it.
“The Two Towers surpasses all levels of expectation, and in the process it makes everything that The Fellowship of the Ring achieved look tame by comparison,” gushed glossy British movie magazine Hotdog. The magazine gave the film, to be shown in New Zealand from December 19, a five-star rating.

The review says the two significant achievements in the second of The Lord of the Rings films are the character Gollum and a 45-minute battle sequence.
Gollum was created using computer animation and “it’s the most impressive use of (computer animation) characterisation ever seen”.

The battle sequence at Helm’s Deep – mostly filmed at a quarry next to Haywards Hill in the Hutt Valley – is “a full-on frontal assault on audiences, leaving them reeling with disbelief at what they are witnessing”.

The Two Towers also wastes little time explaining what happened in the first film, the magazine says. “(It) just rockets forward, firing on all cylinders with no shred of material you could accuse of being superfluous, let alone boring, on screen”.

JRR Tolkien purists were likely to be unhappy that some sections from the book had been left out, it says. “Still, none of this really matters when it comes down to the fact that The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a certifiable epic.”

November 21, 2002 A Pic From Shelob’s Lair

Hey folks, Harry here… Now, we’ve been told that we don’t see Shelob in TWO TOWERS, but this pic seems to indicate that we might get really really close, if this is from TWO TOWERS. Obviously what we’re looking at here is the interior of Shelob’s Lair as Sam and Frodo approach with the Light of Earendil to illuminate the darkness of that terrible inky black place. Now, one of the key things that we’ve all been curious about is where does THE TWO TOWERS end? I don’t know, truthfully, I don’t know what beat it finishes on, and frankly I don’t want to know. But since we’re all fanboys and girls sitting around the cold flame of our computers sharing feces and thoughts… I’m gonna float the theory that we get to Shelob’s lair in TWO TOWERS – that we hear Shelob – that it ends in the all time meanest cliffhanger of all time. I mean, can you imagine if that’s where he leaves us? Meanwhile, the track title… Samwise the Brave… it disturbs me, the music is great, but Samwise the Brave… isn’t that a RETURN OF THE KING moment? Again… confused, titillated and thrilled. Can’t wait to see how this plays out, but I must. Here ya go….

November 13, 2002 Jackson, Wood to Attend Wellington Rings Premiere

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and star Elijah Wood are to attend the New Zealand premiere of The Two Towers next month in Wellington.

Jackson and Wood, who plays the central character in the trilogy, will be joined by actor Karl Urban and Academy Award winner Richard Taylor, Roadshow Film Distributors said in a statement today.

The premiere will be held on Wednesday 18th December at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre.

Roadshow general manager Lisa Hubbard said today: “Peter Jackson’s trilogy evokes a sense of national pride in all Kiwis – to have an opportunity to see the stars and celebrate in Wellington is fantastic for us all”.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers opens in cinemas nationwide on December 19.

08 November 2002 Actor gets Gollum rock-climbing

LONDON: When actor Andy Serkis got to grips with Gollum, the slithery, cave-dwelling creature he plays in the latest instalment of the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, he headed for the hills.

The 38-year-old actor auditioned to provide only the voice-over for a computer-generated Gollum, but director Peter Jackson was so impressed by his physical presence that he decided to make Gollum semi-human.

The film’s producers used computer wizardry to transform Serkis into Gollum. His bone and muscle are seen rippling under translucent skin on screen as he pursues the film’s hero Frodo in his desperate search for the ring.

“On the screen he looks like an animation, but most of Gollum’s features, movements and the expressions are mine,” Serkis said, speaking in a London bookshop.

November 4, 2002 Middle Earth at Museum

A $2 million exhibition celebrating Middle Earth will open at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, a day after the second instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy has its premiere in Wellington.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition has been developed during the past two years by the museum, the film’s producers New Line and Wellington production company Story Inc using original material from the three films.

It opens on December 19. After its 10-week season at Te Papa, it will be shown at London’s Science Museum, the science museums in Boston and Singapore and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

November 1, 2002 ‘Back to Middle Earth’ Music Project

“Back to Middle Earth” is a musical project inspired by the magical realms created by J.R.R Tolkien. The project is a collection of musical pieces related to main plot landmarks of the trilogy Lord of the Rings.

“Back to Middle Earth” is a tribute to the phenomenal work of J.R.R. Tolkien, It was composed by a dedicated Tolkien fan and it is free for downloading for all the tolkienians out there…

October 29, 2002 Ian McKellen Interested in Making ‘The Hobbit’

Sir Ian McKellen has said he would be interested in playing Gandalf again if Peter Jackson were to make The Hobbit.

McKellen recently asked about the film rights to JRR Tolkein’s novel, which he says are controlled by Jackson. He says he would be “intrigued” to return to Middle Earth. Speaking on his official website, , he says: “I thought it might be possible to make a really long screen version, probably for television, with every episode of the book covered week by week in a multitude of episodes.”

But McKellen admits he doesn’t think Ian Holm should portray Bilbo if they were to make the film.

October 24, 2002 Hobbit village for Rings fans

Hundreds of Tolkien devotees in Oslo are expected to wait for several days for tickets to the country’s first showing of The Two Towers, which go on sale on 4 November. A “Hobbit” village, built by a film distribution company will open on Friday in a park near central Oslo to cater for up to 1,000 waiting fans. It will include a miniature inn, houses and tepee-style tents. Fans can win prizes for building dwellings and making costumes inspired by Tolkien’s fictional sword and sorcery tales.

October 16, 2002 DVD Enhances First Rings

Director Peter Jackson significantly altered the theatrical-release version of the movie, which itself ran nearly three hours in length, extending most of the film’s scenes and adding important new scenes, new visual effects and a new soundtrack with nearly 50 minutes of new score music by Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore. All told, Jackson inserted about 30 minutes of new footage into the movie.

The new version of the movie occupies two discs of the upcoming four-disc special-edition DVD, which will be available Nov. 12 with a suggested retail price of $39.99. A limited collector’s edition of the special version will also come out with a price of $79.92.

October 9, 2002 Some Will Buy That DVD Again

Pasadena City College student Michael Schneider stares at the back of the new “Reservoir Dogs” 10th anniversary DVD and decides to plop down the $27 for the two-disc set. Which will strike some as strange since Schneider already owns the movie on DVD.

“But this is a re-release of the film,” he explains, “and it has all the extra features I’ve been waiting for.” This scenario isn’t an uncommon one.

Film fanatics and casual movie viewers alike increasingly are placing a high priority on a DVD’s supplemental features. A DVD stores considerably more data than a VHS tape or laserdisc, so movie studios are using this space to pack bonus materials onto the disc. Typically, these include audio commentaries by the director and/or other creative personnel, documentaries, deleted scenes and outtakes, cast interviews, trailers and interactive content such as DVD-ROM materials accessible on a personal computer.

October 4, 2002 Lord Of The Rings actor ‘had nightmares’ about new character

As well as voicing the new character, Rhys-Davies will again be seen playing the dwarf Gimli in The Two Towers.

He says when director Peter Jackson first asked him to provide the voice of the Ent he thought “Oh good, more money!”
“Then my nightmares began,” Rhys-Davies tells “I’ve had more cold sweats, more waking up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘God, how do I play this bloody thing?’ than you can imagine.

“How the hell do you make a walking and talking tree work? What does a tree sound like?
I asked this question to a talk-show host in New York City. He had three friends who were Tolkien experts and he faxed them the question, ‘How does a tree talk?'” he says.

October 2, 2002 Wood Wants Fellowship DVD

Elijah Wood told SCI FI Wire that he’s eager to see the “special extended edition” of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which New Line Home Entertainment will release as a four-disc DVD set on Nov. 12. “I can’t wait,” Wood said in an interview. “I want it now, because it is a half-hour longer. They’ve cut a half-hour back into the movie.”

The actor, who stars in the Rings trilogy as the heroic hobbit Frodo, added, “Instead of having the release with the deleted scenes section, [director Peter Jackson] has literally cut 30 minutes back into the film and added new musical cues that [composer] Howard Shore wrote for the DVD. There are also two discs of supplemental material. So there is a bunch of bonus documentaries and an in-depth study of how the movie was made. It’s pretty unbelievable.” The second chapter in the Lord of the Rings adventure, The Two Towers, opens nationwide on Dec. 18.

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