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254 Flicks Battle for Best Picture
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/20031231/en_movies_eo/13197
And they though Sauron was a tough adversary. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has announced the eligibility list for Best Picture of 2003, and there are a whopping 254 films on the ballot.

2003 Tolkien Music Roundup
I’ve been performing a little experiment. Each December for the past three years I’ve been keeping a close watch on the hit counters for the Tolkien Music List website...

'Return of the King' Keeps No. 1 Spot
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040105/ap_en_bu/box_office_7
Hollywood made way for a third straight week of box-office dominance by "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as no new movies opened in wide release for the New Year's weekend.

'King' Rings in New Year Atop Box Office
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040105/en_nm/film_boxoffice_dc_3
The forces of good that wage battle in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" prevailed at the box office as New Line's majestic epic captured the top spot for the third weekend in a row, pulling in an estimated $30.8 million...

'Rings' Leads Box Office for Third Weekend
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040104/en_nm/leisure_boxoffice_dc_1
In a relatively quiet weekend at the North American box office with no new wide releases, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" held the No. 1 slot for a third round with ticket sales of $30.8 million, according to studio estimates issued on Sun...

'King' Sitting Comfortably on Box Office Throne
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040103/en_nm/film_boxoffice_dc_1
Expect deja vu all over again at the box office this New Year's weekend. No new wide releases are out to challenge the status quo, so New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," is fated to remain the most popular attraction.

Southeast Critics Crown 'King'
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/20040102/en_movies_eo/13202
Let's hear it for the Hobbits, y'all. The Southeast Film Critics Association voted The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Picture of 2003 at their annual awards ceremony.

The Free Folks vs the Orcs
http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/01-10-04/cultural_1.asp
The Lord of the Rings trilogy parallels Western civilization's current fight against radical Islamic terrorists.

Reviews and Interviews
A review of Gary Russell's "Art of the ROTK," an interview with Tolkien Scholar and author Anne Petty, and a review of Anne Petty's latest book "Tolkien in the Land of Heroes"...

Empire Magazine Poll
http://www.empireonline.co.uk/discuss/votes/default.asp
There is an interesting poll in Empire Magazine on which Rings film cinema goers prefer. Interestingly, it has polled some 37,000 votes and ROTK is well ahead, but TTT grabbed a third of the share of the vote!

Gollum the Toddler
http://cartoons.sev.com.au/archivepage.php?cartoonid=g235
Daily comic strip Terrible Twos has a Lord of the Rings theme to it today as it looks at how a toddler's "addiction" to pacifiers can be a lot like Gollum's addiction to the One Ring.

National Geographic's History of LotR DVD
In anticipation of the December 17 release of the third installment of New Line Cinema’s “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, National Geographic is releasing its latest “Beyond the Movie” DVD, “Beyond the Movie – The Lord of the Rings"...

Wood, Monaghan to Ride Mardi Gras Floats
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040107/ap_en_mo/hobbit_mardi_gras_2
Hobbits are coming to Mardi Gras.

Lord of the Nano-rings May Hold Key to I.T.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nf/20040107/bs_nf/22944
Purdue University researchers are ringing in the new year with a new technology they claim will solve the growing problem of data storage -- tiny cobalt "nano-rings" that can shrink storage space to less than 1/10,000th the width of a human hair.

'American Splendor' Earns Top Film Honors
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040108/ap_en_mo/film_la_critics_1
"American Splendor," a film biography starring Paul Giamatti as grouchy comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, was picked as the best picture of 2003 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Lord of the Film
http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/Business/SiliconInsider/SiliconInsider-1.html
This Christmas I loaded the family into the pick-up from where we were holed up in southern Oregon to watch the latest installment of The Lord of the Rings at Coos Bay's wonderful old movie palace survivor, the Egyptian Theater.

You Can't Go Home Again
http://www.morphizm.com/recommends/film/lotr_rotk.html
"Give it to us raw and wriggling," Gollum (the amazing Andy Serkis) asked in The Two Towers, and Peter Jackson consented, opening his final installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's sprawling Lord of the Rings trilogy on an extreme close-up of a worm...

Shore Scores Triple Nominations for RotK
Composer Howard Shore, who won the Academy Award in 2001 for his score for the first installment of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," can add a number of nominations to his list of honors.

Jimmy Carter: 'Compassion for Mordor'
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/dp20040106.shtml
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.

Hope in Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings'
http://archive.thejujube.com/Themes/hopeinlotr.html
In 2001, when I saw the first installment of Peter Jackson's magnificent epic "The Lord of the Rings," it struck me as having a single overarching theme: hope.

Actors' Politics Pollute 'Ring'
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-01-12-commentary_x.htm
"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.

Sean Astin Ready to Pack Up Hobbit Stuff
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040119/ap_en_ce/people_sean_astin_1
Sean Astin is ready to pack up his hobbit stuff as soon as he can. "I've been ready to move on since we finished principal photography," Astin tells Newsday in Sunday's editions during a round of publicity for "Return of the King,"...

'King' Reigns at Producers Guild
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/20040118/en_industry_eo/13299
The folks of Middle Earth are on top of the award-show world--again. A week after dominating the Critics Choice Awards, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King scored another key, pre-Oscar win Saturday, taking top honors at the 15th annual Producer...

Getting Closer to the 'Lord of the Rings'
http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0401/17saturn/
This time next year, ESA's Huygens spaceprobe will be descending through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, becoming the first spacecraft to land on a body in the outer Solar System.

Welsh Star in Race Row
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/content_objectid=13830081_method=full_siteid=50082_page=1_headline=-Welsh-star-in-race-row-name_page.html
Be sure to read the second page of this article to get a balanced picture of what is going on here...

LotR Fans Create Charitable Fellowship
Following in the footsteps of their literary and on-screen heroes and idols, on January 22, 2004, a group of Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fans kick off the ROTK Challenge, a year-long drive calling on all LOTR fans and others to increase their charitable...

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Reclamation of the West
http://isi.org/forum/tolkien_vs_jackson/birzer1.html
If anything of Western civilization still remains half a millennium from now, J.R.R. Tolkien's works will be read by students of English literature as well as by historians of the twentieth century. With his vast, penetrating mythology, Tolkien created...

Is Hollywood About to Sing 'Hail to the Hobbits?'
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040124/en_nm/leisure_globes_dc_1
It is a minuscule group -- only about 90 members -- sometimes ridiculed unmercifully by mainstream media. But on Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is once again set to look mighty big.

RotK Soundtrack Wins Two Golden Globe Awards
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/040128/285211_1.html
The soundtrack album to "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment in Peter Jackson's epic "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has won two Golden Globe Awards.

LotR Best Oscar Bet, Bookies Say
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040128/film_nm/film_oscars_odds_dc_1
From the Las Vegas Strip to the betting shops of London, odds makers said on Tuesday that "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is nearly a sure thing to win the Oscar for best picture this year.

Rings Gets 11 Oscar Nominations
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2797967a2202,00.html
Wellington film-maker Peter Jackson is a hot favourite to come away with a number of Oscars after the third film in his Lord of the Rings trilogy scooped 11 nominations this morning.

A Nit-pickers Guide to LotR Movie Deviations
http://jackflannel.org/lotr/
Lengthy list of deviations to be found when comparing the text of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and the translation of those texts to film as undertaken by Peter Jackson, et.al.

The Voice of Many Angels
http://entropyhouse.com/baillie/candme/essays/voiceofmanyangels.html
Since its posthumous publication in 1977, The Silmarillion has been considered by many readers to be the crowning achievement of J.R.R. Tolkien’s long and complex writing career. Filled with fantastic imagery...

Book-a-minute Condensed Version of LotR
Found the funniest thing. At Rinkworks they've condensed hundreds of books and many, many movies until they're nothing but three or more lines long.

Empire Online's Poll Results
I thought you might be interested in the results of our largest online poll ever, which gathered opinion on which Rings films our readers preferred. Over 67,000 votes were collected- and the verdict was not what one would expect!!

New Zealand Parade Quicktime VR
http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen3/f2.html
Experience the Parade at the world premiere of the Return of the King in Wellington New Zealand. A fullscreen interactive Quicktime VR, almost like being there.

Gimli Battles the Race Card
http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=11870
Muslim advocacy groups in the West are making skillful use of the race card against anyone who points out uncomfortable truths. One of the most recent targets of this is John Rhys-Davies, the Welsh actor who plays Gimli the dwarf...

Tolkien vs Jackson: Part 2
http://isi.org/forum/tolkien_vs_jackson/birzer2.html
Just before the film version of "The Fellowship of the Ring" appeared in the December of 2001, one of the student members of the Hillsdale College Tolkien Society complained rather sagely...

New York Tolkien Society 2004/2005 Events
The Staff of the New York Tolkien Society is very happy to announce its 2004/05 schedule of events...

‘Lord of the Rings’ Wins Democratic Nomination
http://www.borowitzreport.com/archive_rpt.asp?rec=788
The Democratic Party ignored the triumph of Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) in the New Hampshire primary last night and instead handed the Democratic nomination for President to the movie blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” (Spoof)...

Why Won't America Watch Our Awful Movies?
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/2/2/132436.shtml
Hollywood is in a huff that Americans are staying away from the movies in droves. It just can't seem to make the connection between the horrible quality of its recent releases and the disastrous box-office figures.

Annie Lennox to Perform on the Tonight Show
Oscar®-nominated singer and songwriter Annie Lennox will be performing "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Two Towers Surpasses Phantom Menace
Hope you have noticed on Box Office Mojo that TTT has now overtaken Phantom Menace to become the world’s third highest grossing film of all time!

Two Tolkien Songs
My reviewer’s pen has been very busy these past three years, struggling to keep up with the legion of musicians bent on riding the wave of Tolkien enthusiasm occasioned by the movies.

Vote for RotK As Orange Film of the Year
Fans around the world now have the chance to vote on their favorite films to win The Orange Film of the Year Award and be entered to win tickets to the awards ceremony in Leicester Square in London on February 15th.

Tolkien 50 Years Web Site
The official site of the Tolkien Fifty Years, the great event which will occur in Brussels between the 22th and the 28th of march, is online, both in English and in Italian, here...

Live in the UK? Attend Lord of the Rings Weekend!
Lord of the Rings Weekend at Chichester Cinema at New Park, the 14th and 15th of February...

Tolkien vs Jackson: Part 3
http://isi.org/forum/tolkien_vs_jackson/birzer3.html
While one can certainly find an adamant defense of pre-modern Western civilization within The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien also offers a means by which to reclaim society in the name of Christendom. The answer is frustratingly simple.

RotK DVD Cover Art? Spoiler
http://www.dvddebate.com/article.php?sid=3929&mode=&order=0
Thanks to Ngylax, we have managed to get hold of what looks to be the official art work and contents listing for EIV's Region 2 release of Lord Of The Rings Return Of The King.

DGA Hails Jackson
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/20040209/en_movies_eo/13459
It's good to be the king. As Peter Jackson can attest. The Lord of the Rings master was crowned with the Directors Guild of America's top honor Saturday night for the final chapter of his blockbuster trilogy, The Return of the King.



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