March 8, 2000

ShoWest 2000: 'Lord of the Rings' Cometh
Fiona Ng

LAS VEGAS, March 6, 2000 -- Wizard watchers, the moment has arrived. The big-screen "Lord of the Rings" is slated to make its debut here at ShoWest.

Whoops. Did we fail to mention that we meant the trailer, not the film?

Lord of the Rings

"Lord of the Rings"

Well, in case you didn't already know, ShoWest is no Sundance. First off, it's an industry trade show -- not a festival. And second, the most buzz-worthy screenings are about three minutes long -- snippets, teasers, coming attractions.

In addition to the much-awaited "Lord of the Rings" footage (being unveiled at the New Line luncheon Tuesday), the coming days will feature previews of Sony's Mel Gibson epic "The Patriot" and clips from the ultimate summer chick flick "Charlie's Angels."

Fox's also pulling out its arsenal of (would-be) summer hits. Films to be sneak peeked include Jim Carrey's new comedy "Me, Myself and Irene" and the comic-book-come-to-life "X-Men."

The first installment of the planned "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (aka, "The Fellowship of the Ring" installment) stars Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler.

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