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ROTK Earns 12 BAFTA Nominations

In light of The Return of the King’s recent surge in momentum, it came as no suprise this morning when the final installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy was nominated for twelve British Academy of Film and Television Awards, one less than frontrunner Cold Mountain. [More]

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ROTK Earns 12 BAFTA Nominations

In light of The Return of the King’s recent surge in momentum, it came as no suprise this morning when the final installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy was nominated for twelve British Academy of Film and Television Awards, one less than frontrunner Cold Mountain. While the Academy have over the past two years shunned The Lord of the Rings trilogy when it came to the most coveted of categories, New Line’s prize project has faired much better across the pond, taking home Best Picture, Director and Actor for The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002. This year, with Return of the King’s growing momentum both critically and on the awards circuit, February 15th should be a very very good night for ‘Ringers around the world.

BEST FILM
BIG FISH
COLD MOUNTAIN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
LOST IN TRANSLATION
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

THE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the outstanding British Film of the Year
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
IN THIS WORLD
LOVE ACTUALLY
TOUCHING THE VOID

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for special achievement by a British Director/Producer or Writer in their first feature film
SERGIO CASCI – Writer (for American Cousins)
JENNY MAYHEW – Writer (for To Kill A King)
PETER WEBBER – Director (for Girl With A Pearl Earring)
EMILY YOUNG – Director/Writer (for Kiss of Life)

THE DAVID LEAN AWARD for achievement in Direction
BIG FISH – Tim Burton
COLD MOUNTAIN – Anthony Minghella
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – Peter Jackson
LOST IN TRANSLATION – Sofia Coppola
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD – Peter Weir

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
21 GRAMS – Guillermo Arriaga
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS – Denys Arcand
FINDING NEMO – Andrew Stanton/Bob Peterson/David Reynolds
LOST IN TRANSLATION – Sofia Coppola
THE STATION AGENT – Tom McCarthy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BIG FISH – John August
COLD MOUNTAIN – Anthony Minghella
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING – Olivia Hetreed
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – Fran Walsh/Philippa Boyens/Peter Jackson
MYSTIC RIVER – Brian Helgeland

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS
BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS
ÊTRE ET AVOIR
GOOD BYE LENIN!
IN THIS WORLD
SPIRITED AWAY

BEST ACTOR in a Leading role
BENICIO DEL TORO – 21 Grams
BILL MURRAY – Lost In Translation
JOHNNY DEPP – Pirates of the Caribbean
JUDE LAW – Cold Mountain
SEAN PENN – 21 Grams
SEAN PENN – Mystic River

BEST ACTRESS in a Leading role
ANNE REID – The Mother
NAOMI WATTS – 21 Grams
SCARLETT JOHANSSON – Girl with a Pearl Earring
SCARLETT JOHANSSON – Lost In Translation
UMA THURMAN – Kill Bill Vol. 1

BEST ACTOR in a Supporting role
ALBERT FINNEY – Big Fish
BILL NIGHY – Love Actually
IAN MCKELLEN – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
PAUL BETTANY – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
TIM ROBBINS – Mystic River

ACTRESS in a Supporting role
EMMA THOMPSON – Love Actually
HOLLY HUNTER – Thirteen
JUDY PARFITT – Girl with a Pearl Earring
LAURA LINNEY – Mystic River
RENÉE ZELLWEGER – Cold Mountain

THE ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD for achievement in Film Music
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
KILL BILL VOL. 1
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
LOST IN TRANSLATION

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
LOST IN TRANSLATION
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

BEST EDITING
21 GRAMS
COLD MOUNTAIN
KILL BILL VOL. 1
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
LOST IN TRANSLATION

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BIG FISH
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

BEST SOUND
COLD MOUNTAIN
KILL BILL VOL. 1
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
BIG FISH
KILL BILL VOL. 1
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR
BIG FISH
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

BEST SHORT ANIMATION
DADS DEAD
DEAR SWEET EMMA
JOJO IN THE STARS
NIBBLES
PLUMBER

BEST SHORT FILM
BROWN PAPER BAG
BYE CHILD
NITS
SEA MONSTERS
TALKING WITH ANGELS

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Simon Tolkien Accepts BBC Big Read Win

Tonight at a live ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, The Lord of the Rings was announced as the winner of the BBC’s Big Read and is officially Britain’s Best Loved Book. With 23% of the public’s vote or 174 thousand votes, LotR was a clear winner with 39 thousand more votes than second-placed Pride and Prejudice and more than His Dark Materials, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Harry Potter combined. Simon Tolkien, who attended the event, was visibly pleased with the result. [More]

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Simon Tolkien Accepts BBC Big Read Win

Tonight at a live ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, The Lord of the Rings was announced as the winner of the BBC’s Big Read and is officially Britain’s Best Loved Book. With 23% of the public’s vote or 174 thousand votes, LotR was a clear winner with 39 thousand more votes than second-placed Pride and Prejudice and more than His Dark Materials, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Harry Potter combined.

Simon Tolkien, who attended the event, was visibly pleased with the result. “I think it’s just an unbelievable honour to be here today, and for my grandfather to be so loved in this way, and I’d like to thank everybody who voted for him, and I’d like to thank Ray (Mears, Lord of the Ring’s celebrity book champion on the show), who I thought his program was quite stunning, it was one of the best short programs about The Lord of the Rings I’ve ever seen, that really brought it across, and I think it would mean an enormous amount to my grandfather. There was just one thing that I wanted to say, which was I was looking through things that he said and just before he got his book published he said, ‘I’m dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at’. There’s been a lot of shooting over the last fifty years, but there’s also been an enormous amount of love and I think that comes through today. So it’s been a wonderful moment. Thank you.”

The BBC in conjunction with Harper Collins plan to send a copy of The Lord of the Rings to every second school in Britain to honour J.R.R Tolkien’s masterpiece – more than 6,000 copes in all.

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The Big LOTR Cast Projects Of 2004: Part 2

Yesterday we had a look at what 2004 had in store for us in the absence of The Lord of the Rings, and focused on five of the biggest movies coming soon involving LotR cast members. Today, we round off the list with another big five and take a look at some other movies which may prove to be suprise hits next year. [More]

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The Big LOTR Cast Projects Of 2004: Part 2

Yesterday we had a look at what 2004 had in store for us in the absence of The Lord of the Rings, and focused on five of the biggest movies coming soon involving LotR cast members. Today, we round off the list with another big five and take a look at some other movies which may prove to be suprise hits next year.


HidalgoHidalgo

USA: March 5th – UK: April 16th – Official SiteIMDbViggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard

From the director of Jumanji and Jurassic Park III, Viggo Mortensen once again finds himself on horseback in this true story detailing the life of Frank T. Hopkins, a courier who in 1890 travelled from the US to Saudi Arabia on his horse Hidalgo and competed in the internationally reknowned, 3000 mile-long “Ocean of Fire” race across the African desert. Disney executives believe that after The Lord of the Rings‘s success, the name ‘Viggo Mortensen’ alone should be enough to recoup the film’s $80m budget and secure a rare success for the Mouse House after a recent barren patch: we think so too.


The Life AquaticThe Life Aquatic

Worldwide: November 2004 – BVEntertainment.comIMDb – Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston

The next West Anderson Project, The Life Aquatic centers around Bill Murray’s oceanographer Steve Zissou and his documentary team on their quest to capture the camera-shy Jaguar shark on film. With The Royal Tenebaum‘s darkly comical take on the bizarre life of an insanely gifted family one of the cinematic highlights of 2001, the mind only boggles at what Anderson could do with a ship containing a group of oceanographers, a bank stooge, the illigetimate son of Bill Murray’s character and a heavily pregnant reporter played by Cate Blanchett.


TroyTroy

Worldwide: May 21st – TroyMovie.WarnerBros.comIMDb – Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

You’d think after The Lord of the Rings the cast would be eager take a long break from swords, shields, large-scale battles and armed warfare in general. Try telling that to Orlando Bloom and Sean Bean, as the pair reunite to star in Wolfgang Petersen’s blockbuster historical epic portraying the events leading up to the Battle of Troy with Pitt starring as the great Greek general Achilles. Bloom stars as Prince of Troy who kidnaps the legendary Helen, wife of the King of Greece, and Bean as the warrior Odysseus who originated the Trojan Horse plot.


Van HelsingVan Helsing

Worldwide: May 2004 – Official SiteIMDb – Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham

While recent franchises such as Blade and Buffy have both added an interesting new twist to the monster mythology, it’s been a while since the movie-going public have seen baddies who are more bark and bite then one-liner and witty retort. Cue Van Helsing, Hugh Jackman’s next project on the back of X-Men 2 which sees him in the title role of the expert monster hunter who travels to 19th Century Eastern Europe to lead the fight against evil. David Wenham is the friar who guides Jackman’s character through the countryside, as this gritty monster movie looks set to do some serious damage at the box office.


WimbledonWimbledon

USA: September 24th – UK: August 27th – WorkingTitleFilms.comIMDb – Paul Bettany, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Neill, Bernard Hill

Not to be out-done by her Spider-Man co-star’s recent role in feel-good movie of the year Seabiscuit, Kirsten Dunst stars as the bad-girl love interest to Paul Bettany, a washed-up tennis player who looks like the end is nigh for his professional career but gives it his all in his last ever chance to win the most coveted tournament in the world of tennis: Wimbledon. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?

Other Noteworthy Projects Of 2004

Haven – Orlando Bloom is the British native who commits a crime set in motion by two businessmen (Gabriel Byrne and Bill Paxton) who flee the US for the Cayman Islands.

Jersey Girl – The last time Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez teamed up, the result was..well..horriffic frankly. Hopefully for Liv Tyler the result this time around isn’t more of the same.

National Treasure – Sean Bean goes head to head with Nicholas Cage in search of a war chest hidden by Washington, Jefferson and Franklin during the Revolutionary War.

Slipstream – A scientist plots a bank heist with his newest invention – a time travelling device. Sean Astin headlines along with footballer cum actor Vinnie Jones.

The Day After Tomorrow – Sir Ian Holm features in the latest apocalypse film, as Dennis Quaid tries to figure out a way to save the world from global warming. Jake Gyllenhall also stars.

The Great Raid – A group of US Army Rangers including Marton Csokas attempt a daring rescue mission to evacuate 500 POWs from a Japanese camp during World War II.

The Last Unicorn – The story of the last unicorn in existence who travels across the land to find the rest of her kind. With Christopher Lee adding gravitas as King Haggard.

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The Big LOTR Cast Projects Of 2004: Part 1

Last year, we at TOR.n gazed into the crystal ball and predicted what would be the big movie projects to feature LotR cast members in 2003, previewing hits such as Master & Commander, Pirates of the Carribean, Veronica Guerin and X-Men 2. With Christmas looming and the New Year around the corner, we now look to 2004 – the first cinematic year post-Lord of the Rings. [More]

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The Big LOTR Cast Projects Of 2004: Part 1

Though every fan will hate to admit it, the thought of what will become of the cinematic universe post-Lord of the Rings has at one time or another crept into the mind of many a hardcore fan ever since The Two Towers credits began to roll and we collectively realised that we only had one more film between us and the world after The Lord of the Rings. Hence, just like last year, we at TOR.n have decided to turn our attention to next year’s cinematic line-up and see what the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings have in store for us in 2004.


50 First Dates50 First Dates

USA: February 13th – UK: May 7th – SonyPictures.com/50FirstDatesIMDb – Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin, Rob Schneider

A story best described as what happens when a rom-com meets Groundhog Day, 50 First Dates sees Adam Sandler as the guy unlucky enough to fall in love with a girl who suffers from short-term memory loss and as a result must woo her over on a day to day basis. With Sandler riding high last year on the successes of Punch Drunk Love and Anger Management, critical and box-office respectively, could Sandler make it a hat-trick of hits? More importantly, can Sean Astin pull off some laughs with a script that contains not one reference to him as ‘the fat Hobbit’.


The AviatorThe Aviator

Worldwide: December 2004 – WBMovies.comIMDb – Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Sir Ian Holm

If one were to look at the list of movies for the coming year and had to pick candidates for the Best Picture Oscar at the 2005 awards, it would be hard to look past Martin Scorsese’s bio-pic of entrepeneur Howard Hughes. Beginning with Hughes’ life in the early 1930s and concluding with the test run of the Spruce Moose in 1947, the film portrays both Hughes many and varied business ventures his many and varied romances, with celebrities such as Cate Blanchett’s Katherine Hepburn and Kate Beckinsale’s Ava Gardner. With an ensemble cast so stellar it has to be seen to be believed and a director who has so far been criminally ignored by the Academy, this film’s future looks blindingly bright.


The Bourne SupremacyThe Bourne Supremacy

USA: July 23rd – UK: September 3rd – UniversalPictures.comIMDb – Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Karl Urban

After the success of the first installment, Matt Damon returns to reprise his role as Jason Bourne, the CIA operative who comes to terms with his past life as a trained assassin for the US government after he regains from his temporary amnesia. The second installment in the series sees Bourne’s life once again in danger as the Chinese government believe him to be the man behind the assassination of the Vice-Premier. Bourne soon finds himself in a race against time to prove his innocence and find the actual assassin who is killing using his identity – played by Karl Urban.


The Chronicles of RiddickPitch Black 2

USA: June 11th – UK: August 20th – PitchBlack.comIMDb – Vin Diesel, Dame Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Karl Urban

When Pitch Black completely snuck under the radar in 2000 and proved itself to be one of the best science fiction movies of 2000, it instantly gained cult status and a devout following. On that basis, Vin Diesel returns to star as the surgically enhanced anti-hero Riddick, in what will now be the second in a four-part saga. Based five years after the events of Pitch Black, Riddick not only has to contend with being once again on the run from the law but inadvertantly finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Galactic war between two rival factions, with Karl Urban featuring somewhere in all the chaos.


Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless MindEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

US: March 19th (Limited) – FocusFeatures.comIMDb – Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood

The latest masterpiece from the desk of Charlie Kauffman, who cemented his reputation as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood with recent efforts Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Adaptation, which was frankly robbed of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar at the Academy Awards. Focusing, on a man (Carrey), who after discovering his ex-girlfriend (Winslet) had all memory of him wiped from her mind, decides to undergo the same procedure, the movie is as intricate as you would expect from a Kauffman script, with the narrative constantly jumping from one timeline to another. With a quality cast, including Elijah Wood in his first role after Mr.Frodo as the memory-wiping scientist, ‘Sunshine looks certain to be a fantastic film, but can Carrey & Winslet bring Kauffman into the mainstream?


Check back tomorrow to see the second half of the must-see list, including Viggo Mortensen riding horses in Hidalgo, Sean Bean and Orlando Bloom doing battle in Troy and David Wenham fighting evil in Van Helsing. Nice to see the cast branching out after The Lord of the Rings, isn’t it?

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ROTK UK Premiere Live On Sky

For those who don’t feel like making the trek down to Leicester Square in London for the UK premiere of The Return of the King, Sky News are broadcasting coverage from the red carpet live from 5.30pm.

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PJ Talks ‘Kong Casting & Locations

‘Director Peter Jackson, fresh from the Return of the King world premiere, will start work on his $200 million King Kong film in Wellington next month. Universal Studios is to pay Jackson a record $32 million to direct the film which is expected to provide between 1500 and 2000 jobs. “It’s actually going to be easier. . . (than The Lord of the Rings) the logistics involved don’t seem as daunting.”‘ [More]

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And The Winner Is…

In another opinion piece, two of The Telegraph‘s writers go head-to-head in a debate over whether or not The Return of the King merits the Best Picture Oscar and a general clean sweep at the Academy Awards next year. [More]

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The Difficulties Of Adaptation

Anyone who has purchased the FotR or TTT Extended Edition on DVD will know that each one has a documentary on it dedicated to the titanic struggle PJ and company faced with adapting Tolkien’s masterpiece to the big screen. On that note, The Daily Telegraph today posted an op-ed piece discussing those exact difficulties and the similar challenges faced by those adapting New Line’s next big franchise, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, for its theatrical run in London. [More]

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