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Source: Ringbearer
Author: Drome
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There was a interview with George Lucas in an Icelandic newpaper not so long ago where he was asked about his feelings towards LOTR.
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In short he said he was quite curious to see how Peter jackson and crew would pull it off. Further on he said he was doubtful if it was possible to put this epic story on the big screen at all and was very concerned about technical matters. He also said that ILM were possibly the only company proficient to make the computer graphics required for a movie of this scale, doubting the talents of PJs computer wizards.

Source: Ringbearer
Author: Mikael
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I just read in one of the biggest news papers in Norway. There was an interview with Ethan Hawke about his new book, but they also mentioned the new movie. I'll try to translate what it says:
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Which person are you going to play?
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I will play Faramir, the Brother of Boromir, in the third movie. The Lord of the Rings is actually one of my favourite books.
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Why do you think it has such big appeal today?
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Because of all the myths, and all the corruption. I read it again last year, before I knew about the movie. It is one of the greatest books ever written!
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Will your wife play in the movie?
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I don't know. She has been talking with the producers. But we are a bit skeptical to working together.

Source: TheOneRing.com
Author: Steve Hall
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I got this today in a UK TV Guide called "TV Quick". One section is called 'The Goss' (as in gossip) and has an interesting titbit about Sean Connery. Here it is word for word...
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"Sean Connery could be joining an impressive cast in the new movie version of 'The Lord of the Rings'. Alongside Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Sean Bean, Connery could end up playing Witch King[sic], the leader of a band of undead henchmen. It would be his most villainous role yet - but then, he's always had a licence to thrill."