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Cali talks Cannes Party!

Calisuri called me a few times during the LOTR party, literally…I think he wanted to taunt me.

He called to tell us all about the experience of being there! He said that there was a full Hobbit hole set re-constructed! walk past that and there were Dark Riders! mounted! Actual horses and swords and everything! He also said there were massive pillars with bird-like skeletal features on them.

He mentioned that many many people were walking around in costune, hobbits and orcs and all types of men from different lands. He tried to make the Men of Gondor and a band of Orcs fight, but they weren’t into it (I do think the champagne was free and flowing quite a bit…if only you could hear his excitement).

He spoke with many LOTR cast and crew members, including Clair Raskind, Richard Taylor, PJ, and more. He said there were fireworks going off outside the castle and everyone was having a marvelous time!

He will have something up for you to read soon.

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

Operation Tolkien

From: Soren

“An exclusive group of affluent film-merchants got to see 20 minutes of very temporary and incoherent footage from Peter Jackson’s filming of Tolkien’s trilogy LOTR at last years filmfestival in Cannes. More hasn’t been leaked from the topsecret project until last thursday night, when New Line Cinema invited the world press and showed 25 incredible minutes from the coming 3 movies – each lasting 2-3 hours.

Here, my ladies and gentlemen, were the otherwise so blasé filmjournalists given such a treazt that you have to go back to Star Wars times for a parallel. Many even thought that George Lucas might as well sénd Han Solo, Anakin Skywalker, R2D2, and the rest on retirement, and forget everything about competing with LOTR – so much do the hobbits, elves, and dwarves kick ass!

The records do cling to this monster of a filmproduction. Roads have been constructed and demolished again, along with houses, cave systems, and castles. Adding to the production budget of 2,5 billion kroner, the company plans on spending 400 million kr. – or what equals the production of approximately 50 dogma-movies – to market the trilogy.

But much is also at stake. Even though Mark Ordesky from New Line, who also was involved in Lars von Triers “Dancer In The Dark”, claims that the 34 yr. old company will survive a flop, he looks very pale by the thought of it. Earlier this year New Line had to sack one fifth of their staff, and therefore many argues that the company’s very existence directly depends on the trilogy’s succes.

Peter Jackson: “Hollywood – in this case Miramax – would compress the trilogy into only one movie, but from the beginning I told them that it would be impossible. Surely, from a novel of 1000 pages you can’t bring everything on to the screen, but we really have tried to include all of the most important characters and events. you can say this is not solely a film FOR Tolkien-fans, it’s a film made BY Tolkien-fans,” says PJ, who has spent 7 yrs. of his life on the project.

Most of the starcast attend the several days lasting press offensive that almost can be compared to a military operation. Among others the Danish American Viggo Mortensen who plays Aragorn.

“Viggo was the last actor to be hired for the movie. We were lacking the perfect Aragorn, when a colleague asked me to re-watch some of the films he had done. And there he suddenly was as large as life in front of me. Viggo has during the shooting been completely synonymous with Aragorn, to such an extent that it’s hard to see him as Viggo again and not Aragorn. I have never ever witnessed an actor enter into the spirit of a role the way he did,” Peter Jackson says, and adds: “Even though the 3 movies first and foremost are the result of a supreme teamwork, I’m certain that Viggo Mortensen will be a world-famous star already from film no. 1. He has exactly what will make most people see him as the great hero.”

As for himself, Viggo Mortensen, who has a Danish father and who speaks a perfect Danish, says to Politiken:

“I don’t really know exactly what happened myself, but I lost myself completely in the role of Aragorn. I am a man who likes to withdraw myself into solitude, and walk long hikes in the woods and in the mountains. So is Aragorn. We just fit perfectly together.”

The Danish distributor is careful not to market the movie too massively in Denmark: “I don’t think we Danes are into that kind of overfeeding. I know from myself, if I hear and see too much of a certain thing in too short a time, I instinctively turn against it. We wouldn’t wnat that to happen in this case. Of course we will have a gala opening a week before the official release, where we will invite members of the royal family – as you know, Queen Margaret herself has illustrated Tolkien’s works – and I sincerely hope that we will get Viggo Mortensen to Denmark to promote each movie.”

“The first two movies end with a cliffhanger, followed by an appetizer for the next to come,” Peter Jackson explains.

As for the merchandise, Mark Ordesky says: “The actors have the right of veto against every single toy; if Elijah Wood doesn’t like a particular Frodo-figure, it just has to be made all over again. I think that’s the first time in movie history that such is the case”

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

Big Breakfast covers Cannes

From: Sean

BBC Breakfast news featured a small segment on the Cannes film festival, with their reporter showing off her visit to the LotR party. There were some elvish looking guards in the background and, even better, a Ringwraith on a horse! it looked excellent… there was a short interview with Christopher Lee (about how he always dreamed about playing in LotR) and a few clips from the teaser trailer. I think the reporter that was at Cannes also works for the BBC’s movie programme FILM 2001, so maybe there will be more on the LotR Cannes Extravaganza on thursday (BBC 1). She ended her piece by showing off her goodie bag from the party, and her pleasure at getting – instead of the usual keyrings and stuff- a copy of the LotR trilogy in a single volume!

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

RealVideo PJ Interview

Canal + has posted their RealVideo of the PJ interview they had this week-end. Check it out, they ask PJ only 1 question and show the trailer (in french, which is kinda neat). Get the streaming file and move the progress bar to about 20 minutes into the show. [More] (RealPlayer is needed)

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Peter Jackson, Premieres

Peter Jackson trains New Zealand’s military elite.

Well, not really. Auckland’s newspaper ‘The Herald’ had the usual stuff about LOTR and Cannes, but finished with this quote from Peter Jackson:

“..Since New Zealand is a small country, the Government was keen to help in whatever way.
The Prime Minister actually came to visit us early on and she said ‘What can we do to help?’ And we said ‘Have you got any spare soldier?’ and she immediately contacted the Minister of Defence who made a battalion of soldiers available.

“It was kind of fun with the soldiers – we got to train them in the use of swords and shields and spears, and with the defence cutbacks we have in New Zealand, it will be useful training for them.”

(Didn’t “Braveheart” use real soldiers for its army? Maybe we can still do military excercises with Scotland. – T )

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Other Cast, Premieres

The Party – TV One describes it.

You get a few more details of the atmosphere at the Chateau, and a nice pic of Gandalf in the mountains – not one I’ve seen, but then it’s getting hard to tell what’s new and what isn’t. [More]

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

One More Pic

Kryel sends along another great pic of the cast at Cannes. [More]

Posted in Billy Boyd, Cannes 2001, Elijah Wood, Events, Film Screenings, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Orlando Bloom, Premieres, Sean Astin, Sean Bean

Leo Talks LOTR Party

From: Leo our good buddy at lotr.nl

leo just called me to report from the party in Cannes:

There are Elves, Hobbits, Orcs, Men from Gondor and Rohirrim walking around at the party.

Outside of the castle they built the entire set of Bag End (real life size), the tents which they used at bilbo’s farewell party, and there was a pool in which Galadriels boat was floating.

Inside the castle there was some sort of exposition where you could see the phial of galadriel, some swords (including Narsil) and pictures of the cast.

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres, Props

More CANNES

Hobbits go to Hollywood

Fantasy rules at Cannes

You Liked This Movie, Or Else

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

UK Sunday Times reviews the clip

This is an interesting report, apart from a few neekerbreekerisms – confusing Sauron and Saruman for instance. It does answer the concern about whether the film’s G13 rating will make the violence bloodless and cartoonish. [More[

Thanks to Phillip for this.

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

More CANNES Links and Newspaper Clips

Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Ring spell cast at Cannes – hit looks likely

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Production

Ambushed By Hobbits

From: RD

I have an article for you from this mornings Sun Herald. I didn’t include the headline in my scan but it says: “AMBUSHED BY HOBBITS: Nicole’s film takes a back seat to Lord of the Rings” [More]

Posted in Cannes 2001, Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres