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More CANNES Coverage

From: Aiglos

At 5:50GMT today Sky News did a report live from Cannes. Their reporter, Georgie Arnold, was interviewing Elijah, Sean and Dominic.

They talked about the huge amount of time and effort they put into the films and also talked about the postitive reaction by the media in Cannes. In the bachground was what looked like a set from Middle-earth, spears and animal cloth I think.

The reporter said she saw the clip and was very impressed by it, she mentioned how the FX were totally amazing. She then just talked about the numerous British actors in the movies and about the release dates, adding that “it will be worth the wait”.

Plus: Check out this link from ‘’

Entertainment: Cannes offers sneak peek at ‘Lord of the Rings’

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

Mr Showbiz talks about the Cannes footage.

These reports are starting to seem awfully similar – background explanations, yada yada, filling in the public who haven’t had the faintest idea what’s going on so far. Still, scroll down this report to Mr. Showbiz’s response to the Cannes clips. Still no negative reviews…. (Jeffrey Wells, where are ya mate?)[More]

Thanks to Plusm for the tip-off

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

Interviews: Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies

Here is the first installment of our cast interviews. These interviews were conducted in a round table format with about 9 other reporters, including Harry from AintitCool. While my analog tape of this interview turned out pretty poor, I’m hopeful Harry will post his digital audio to make up for our technological downfalls!

Our first report is a discussion with Ian Mckellen, Christopher Lee and John Rhys-Davies. The conversation was one of the more exciting of the day.

***NOTE: While I attempted to get every word spoken, in some cases I had to paraphrase. A huge thanks to my friend Amy for providing some quality editing before I posted this update. ***

Reporter: How did you get cast?

Christopher Lee: I got a call from my agent saying that Peter Jackson was directing Lord Of The Rings. “Would you go and see him and talk to him? Would you do a reading? And would mind if they videotaped you during the meeting?” Well, I said, “No,” because in the case of this particular story, this great epic, I was perfectly happy to go, be seen, photographed, and read… and do anything they like! Its not something one does all that often. So, I went along and saw him in a very small room in the back of a church in London. And he was sitting there with his wife (one of the producers and also one of the writers) Fran, and the British casting director. And I read something, I don’t remember what it was, and then he said… well, he didn’t say anything actually. But I didn’t say “Well, do I do it, or whatever you want me to play?” I found out later that he had already exactly decided everyone he wanted to for each role. And he got them all.

John Rhys-Davies: What about this business of you getting down on your knees and begging?

CL: That’s not on film. That.. ah… came later. He showed me, like he showed you, all these wonderful photographs of locations in New Zealand, and some of the characters John (Howe) designed. I thought, god this is going to be something unique in my life as an actor, something I always dreamed about… that this would become a film one day. Of course we say film, what one really means is the whole thing. And I always dreamed that maybe I would be in it. So occasionally dreams do come true! Not very often.

Reporter: First you wanted to be Frodo?

CL: No…Bilbo perhaps.

Reporter: Many people said you wanted to play Gandalf, years ago.

Christopher Lee: Oh, well…years ago, when the books came out! And, I was too young to play Gandalf. I was! When the books came out, somebody said to me, “Did you read these books, and do you think they will be made into a film?” And I said it’d be a wonderful thing, but I doubt it. And he said, “What would you like to play?” And, of course I said Gandalf, nothing strange about that. Who wouldn’t? But now, I’m far to old to play Gandalf. And when I saw what Ian did, apart from his performance, and seeing what he had to do physically, I was extremely thankful! I was even looking at you (Ian) running through the mines yesterday (in the footage).

Ian McKellen: Well, i’m not sure that was me.

CL: I wonder if that is you?

Reporter: What do you remember of meeting Tolkien?

CL : Very little. I was up in Oxford meeting some friends, and we were in the Randolph Hotel. And someone said, “What are you doing here, this is all rather correct and proper. Lets go to a pub.” This was a way long time ago. Forty-five plus years ago. And we went to this pub, it’s now world famous, but I can’t remember the name of it. I can’t honestly remember. We were sitting there talking and drinking beer or something, and someone said, “Oh, look who walked in,” it was Professor Tolkien and I nearly fell off my chair. I didn’t even know he was alive. He was a benign looking man, smoking a pipe, walking in… an English countryman with earth under his feet. And he was a genius, a man of incredible intellectual knowledge. And he knew somebody in our group. He (the man in the group) said, “Oh Professor, Professor,” and he came over. And each one of us, well I knelt of course, each one of us said, “How do you do?” And I just said “Ho… How… How…” I just couldn’t belive it. But I’ll never forget it.

IM: I think meeting writers is more special then meeting…

CL: Of course, they originate the whole thing…

IM: … then meeting the Queen or stars. I remember being at the National Theater the year Arthur Miller sequestered. When the author of Death of a Salesman walked on the stage, I don’t know! Or, when I once saw Samuel Beckett rehearsing. It’s just so thrilling. CS Lewis, I used to attend his lectures at Cambridge…

CL: Well, he was a member of the same club, the Inklings, as was Tolkien at Oxford. He wrote three wonderul books.

IM: I think Tolkien has been looking down, or up, on this project. He was always there. The books were always there, just off the set in every single scene. Last minute checks… did we get it right, is that what he wanted, is that what he intended? The devotion to that man,
I think was equal to that of Peter Jackson. It was always there, it never was out.

Reporter: Like a director checking a composer?

IM: It was just like that.

Reporter: Why does he (Peter Jackson) engender such affection?

CL: He can! He is a man you come to love and respect.

JRD: He has everything a director needs. And a director needs an enormous technical facility of some sort. He knows the grammer and syntax of filmmaking. His casting is impecible. It is… present company. I never walked into a first reading of anything before and looked around and identified the characters. “That’s got to be Frodo… that’s got to be Legolas the elf. That’s got to be Sam.” I’ve never done that before in my life. And when I saw that, I saw that he knew. That there was a chance we would be making something big.

IM: You know when this film comes out, it’s just going to say “New Line productions present ‘Lord of the Rings.'” It’s not going to be “A film by Peter Jackson.” Wouldn’t you think you’d earn the right, having brought this project to life, to have your name up there? The man you’ll meet today is the man we met every day. He is always the same. He is the guy that has only got one pair of shoes. He’s wearing a long pair of trousers today I have never seen him wear. He’s always in shorts. He’s always in the same vest, shirt. And there are other people like him in that remarkable country of New Zealand. And he generates such enthusiasum just simply by being himself. He is not a star. He is absolutely reliable. You can go to him and you’ll get the answer, and his knowledge is formidable.

CL: He knows what he wants. And he will go on doing it until he gets it. You know when he says, “That’s it!” then that IS it.

Reporter: What kind of impact will these films have?

JRD: These are going to be the biggest films of all time. I don’t think there is any question about it. Because half the world has read Tolkien, and the other half will. I have to tell you, that line did not come from me.

CL: I didn’t come from me either. It’s something I read.

IM: Since it was announced these films were being made, the Tolkien estate finances in the United Kingdom alone have doubled. How do we know the film is going to be successful? Look at AintitCool News (pointing at Harry) and other sites. Look at the 400 million hits on the Lord of the Rings site. Look at the responses on my website. There are people just waiting and waiting. It will be the biggest opening of any film. The question is, will it go on then, to be bigger then that? And having seen that half an hour last night, any concerns about that have been laid to rest. It has very good appeal. And it must appeal to people who have never read the book, and will never read the books, and are just going to want to go on the journey. And I think it’s going to happen.

Reporter: Then its a pretty big deal to be in it?

CL: And so it should be. Everything to an actor should be a challange. If it isn’t, there is no meeaning to it for what we do. Everything is a challange. And if it comes off, its a victory.

Reporter: Could you be doubting your roles?

CL: Not amongst this cast. Not with this director.

IM: You know, we wouldn’t all be here. We have all dropped everything to get here, whether we were working or not. We have to be here. The call went out, Peter said, “Would you come?” we said, “Yes, of course.” Anyone who is not here is working and could not get away. It has been a very large family of friends, all of them with some particular talent, either taught themselves or been taught especially for this project… or bringing that master experience. And if nobody wanted to see our film, the experience would still have been worthwhile. But it’s thrilling, the virtue on this occasion, the proper, trying to do the right thing, is going to be rewarded by people’s response.

CL: I noticed last night, there was a cocktail party, I said to my wife, “… this is very interesting, because there are certain people that gravitated to certain people. And the hobbits more or less in one corner, and togther again. It shows you very much. And you know, Aragorn and Boromir are together, and they’re all part of the Fellowship of course.” The interesting thing for me is to see that this, this great affection amongst all of us, is still there. And believe me, after a year or more that is very, very rare. There are some people you don’t want to ever see again usually.

JRD: We can’t tell you any story of temperment or fights or things like that. It was a wonderfully great sense of comradship and comrodery.

Reporter: This was the first time you had all worked together?

CL: I worked with John, I had never worked with Ian.

JRD: On my honeymoon, we went to Oxford playhouse to see a brilliant young actor in a play . It was the third time i saw you (Ian McKellen). In Oxford.

IM: Tolkien must have been around then. Well it was over 40 years ago.

Reporter: You (John Rhys-Davies) have been in other action films before. Can you compare ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with this one?

JRD: There was a wonderful sense of improvisation with the first ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc.’ If you read the first script, honestly, it read like a comic. This was pretty well laid out. Obviously there was fine tuning and writing going on all the time. They were both wonderful experiences. But I… you can’t really compare two extraordinary opportunities of a lifetime. But, I have to carry on, not only is this going to be a big one, but i think in 10 years time, when you look back, and you compose your list of your top favorite films, I think we will find room for ‘Lord Of The Rings.’ It’s the right marriage, only now, that the technology exists to tell the story, the way it should be told. But there is a story. It’s brilliantly executed. It’s so well cast, present company excepted. It is a magical tale. And it’s about good and evil. I think good wins!

CL: Speaking again, quite personally in respect to this drama, I never believed that at my age, which in a couple weeks I’ll be in my 80th year I hope. I don’t believe in the space of a year, just over a year, I’d be working with Tim Burton, Peter Jackson and George Lucas. It’s incredible. It’s all absolutely wonderful in their own different ways.

JRD: Well, you figure you have done what… 240 pictures?

CL: 255… 255 I believe.

JRD: You are probably, about now, just finishing your apprenticeship.

Reporter: Ian, how strange is it for you, after so many years of being a theater actor, to be an action figure; to be in a big epic seen by younger people?

IM: The problem with doing the greatest text ever written, Shakespeare, is that you are impatient with anything that doesn’t begin to match up to his imagination and his expression. So, I turned down probably more films then I should have done because I didn’t think they were well enough written. But in the case of X-men, not a great text, but a great story… I mean a Shakespearian story really. And then Tolkien, who has his own imagination, which is beyond Shakespeare, something Shakespeare never really tried to do, and dialogue which is worth speaking. You haven’t really seen that. You haven’t seen the big scenes yet, but there, a lot of acting is required in this film which has naught to do with racing up mountains. It’s simply eyeballing the actor and discovering them through conversation. Then you say Tolkien is up there with Shakespeare and… I don’t feel there is a great division even though, you can catergorize them as, “Oh, here is a fantasy movie, here is an action movie…” Shakespeare hadn’t a sense and anticipated both.

author’s note: (I skipped a full blown discussion on Shakespeare’s story orgins and the Kings of England.)

IM: I hope all this wants to make you see the film


JRD: You can imagine what the conversations were like on the set.

The End

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the party of a lifetime, so I’m not sure how much time I will have to get the next set of interviews on line, but I will try my hardest to!

Once again, sorry for the lack of images with these reports. As you know, we were not allowed to have cameras at the Chateau.

Until tomorrow!


Posted in Cannes 2001, Christopher Lee, Events, Film Screenings, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Old Cannes News, Premieres

Aussie paper ‘The Age’ talks Rings.

The Aussies were at Cannes too, and were also impressed both with the footage they saw and the buzz it generated.
They got confused on some facts though – the Hobbiton countryside they so confidently describe as being ‘recognisably the country around Wellington’ sounds like the scenes that were very recognisably filmed in the country round Hamilton, with its hedgerows and gentle hills.The most Shire-like part of Wellington – the pinewoods of Mt. Victoria – was used for some of the hobbits’ first encounters with the Black Riders, so they’re not entirely wrong.
Nor did they film the entire trilogy in Wellington, as we well know. Filming took place in different locations all over both islands of New Zealand.
Here’s the report, though. They got in some good quotes from Jackson and the actors [More]

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

CANNES: Ottawa Citizen does CANNES

Bilbo Baggins sends in these scanns from the Ottawa Citizen. [Scan 1 Scan 2 Scan 3]

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

CANNES: does Cannes

Lord Of The Rings Works Its Magic At Cannes

Crispian Balmer

It’s not in competition, it’s not even finished, but the Hollywood adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” still managed to cast a spell over the Cannes Film Festival. [More]

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

Okay, okay…the Balrog has…

So many fans have written to me in the last 8 hours about the Balrog that I thought I would get the big question out of the way.

YES! The Balrog has wings!!!!

Highlight the blank spot above for the answer.

(I know Jincey and the Barlimans crowd are going to have a great time with this! Heh)

Ou revoir!

ps – Today’s itinerary is to relax and prepare for the PARTY. Look for a report later if I can find an adapter that works in my hotel! The ones here aren’t the normal European ones! eek!

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

E! Covers Cannes

From: Ryan

Thought that I would mention that E! News Daily will be showing a segment on LOTR at Cannes on Monday’s show. They say that they will be “inside.” I assume that this means that they will be at the thing at the castle. I don’t think that they will show footage, but anything is possible!!

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

CANNES: aftonbladet goes CANNES

From: Alexander

Here is a pic from the swedish paper aftonbladet. It was attached to the article about Cannes.

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

CANNES: Teletext goes CANNES

Everybody’s Tolkien about it

Twenty-five minutes from the first of the long-awaited Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

The excerpts show “the scope, drama, action and humour of the film”, says New Line Cinema boss Rolf Mittweg. [More]

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

The Canal+ Interview with PJ.

Fantastic work here by Ringer spy Arathorn II, who translated the interview with Peter Jackson that aired on France’s Canal + which will be available on their website tomorrow, but meanwhile here is what was said.

“The interview begins with a short presentation of movies made by PJ: Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver… Then the interview begins (PJ being probably a bit stressed, or amazed by the reaction, if it’s not just simple jetlag).

I(sabelle): We’re very glad to introduce to you Peter Jackson, director from New Zealand. Good evening. It’s a great honor to meet you.

PJ: Hi.

I: It’s true that, with some others on the set, we’re overjoyed because you’re a big legend for some of us. True, now you don’t sound very familiar to the general public, but this shouldn’t last for long, since that, thanks to you, we’ll discover at the end of the year the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first episode will be released in December 2001, in a few months.

P(hilippe): Then it’ll be in 2002 and 2003.

I: We had the pleasure to discover some 20 minutes of it. Given the feeling of this afternoon’s screening, if I tell you now that to receive you is a bit like receiving George Lucas in 1977 just before Star Wars release, I imagine you’ll be delighted by the comparison?

PJ: Oh yeah, it’s great to be back at Cannes, you know, for me. One of the outstanding events of my life was to come here with my first movie, Bad Taste, some 13 years ago. And what’s pretty weird is that, as you pointed to, for the LOTR screening the reaction was a bit like the one for the Bad Taste screening 13 years ago. So it’s good to be back in the same theatre.

P: So you’ve made Meet the Feebles, one of the most deliciously disgusting movies I ever saw, Bad Taste you showed here in 1988, and now here’s the LOTR trailer, after which you’ll tell us 2 or 3 things to understand Tolkien’s universe….”

[Theatre teaser – dubbed in French, with an awful Galadriel (voice) I definitely hope they’ll change for the real stuff.]
Back to studio, short chat with the other guest, back to PJ.

I: LOTR, before it was a movie, was a big literature phenomenon…

P: It’s a bit less read than the Bible, but just a little bit less.

I: Give us 2 or 3 keys to understand what it is about?

PJ: Well, the story of the Lord of the Rings. First, it’s 3 books. And I think one of the reasons why it took 45 years before someone made a movie of it is because many people wanted to but didn’t know how to make 1 movie from 3 books; it’s practically impossible. And we had the luck of making 3 different movies, so we shot the 3 books from beginning til the end, 274 days of shooting without any stop. So it’s 3 movies we’ll release one after the other.
It’s a fantasy mystical movie.
The characters, the hobbits, are appr. 1.5 m high [?? wrong conversion of 3’6″ ??], and they come into possession of an incredibly dangerous Ring, that it has an enormous evil power. And there’s just one place where it can be destroyed, that is some 2’500-3’000 km from there. And they have to make this travel through this very dangerous world.
The Fellowship of the Ring is a group of people that tries to help the Hobbits to make this travel.
So, it’s an epic movie.

I: You make my mouth water.
P: So there was the screening this morning, which was very popular. We gathered not-even-contrasted opinions.

Follow various comments by various French and foreign people that attended the screening:
– It’s hard to find words; it’s exceptional, it’s wonderful, there are incredible SFX!
– It’s an incredible adventure!
– It’s absolutely fantastic!
– Audacious!
– It’s wonderful!
– It’s powerful, it’s impressive, it shows great promises.
– It’s wonderful, it’s magic, it’s poetic, it’s…
– I can’t wait to see the rest!
– It’s extraordinary!
– It’s the best thing I’ve seen since a long time.
– There’s in my opinion one of the biggest babe I ever saw, Viggo Mortensen.
– It’s intense, very intense.
– I think that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas will be very disappointed they didn’t make that movie.

Back to interview:

I: That’s it, an eagerly awaited movie, with as much marketing as movie-making. Is there a big pressure on your shoulders, Peter Jackson?

PJ: Well, it’s fantastic to have such a reaction, frankly. You know, the movie release is only in 6 months, we’ve worked for 2 years on it. So it’s the very first time anyone saw anything from this movie [Complete scene with finished SFX, I assume]. And after such a work from everyone at the set, it’s fantastic to have a feedback and to see that people like it. It’s a great incentive because I have to go back to NZ on Monday and to work again on edition, so to be here and to have such a reaction is really something that gives me energy to go back to New Zealand and go on with my work.

P: See you all at the end of this year, then in 2002 and 2003. There was the epic shooting of Apocalypse Now, now there’s the epic shooting of LOTR. But you didn’t become crazy, unlike Coppola; though all is not as it appears.
Thank you very much to have come to the studio.

PJ: Thank you.

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

The Footage! Friday at Cannes

*** NOTE: As you can imagine, the last few days have been quite hectic! Here is the first report and look for another tomorrow. Eventhough we are not allowed to bring cameras to the official events, I do have some pictures of Cannes and Nice to share. Expect them tomorrow. . ****Want to jump to the footage review without reading my dribble? Click here.

Friday May 11th, 2001 – First Report

I woke up 3 times in the middle of the night just to be sure I would not miss my train. After all, there was no way in heck I was going to miss the Lord of the Rings press footage and a chance to talk with the cast members. Each time, I actually insisted it was 6am while staring at a clock that said otherwise. Finally, thanks to a wonderful wake-up call from Leo and Maurice ( I jumped in the shower, checked my email, and Amy (my girlfriend), and I booked out the door to catch the express train. Apparently, it was really express, because we missed it. After reaching Cannes, and meeting up with Leo and Maurice (now nicknamed ‘the Giants’), we decided to get a head start on the day and get some breakfast before the New LIne office opened for business at 9. While waiting for the New Line office to open, and right in the middle of a serious call, I was shat upon by one of Cannes’s glamorous pigeons. The shatting was not as traumatic as trying to get one of the street vendors to lend me some napkins. After being rejected I finally shelled out the 2 franks to open one of the public rest rooms and grab some toilet paper.

But anyway…back to Lord of the Rings…

I arrive at the New Line press office to claim my badge and bag of cool stuff. So whats in the bag? Well, first off, there is a REALLY unique map of New Zealand. One side of the map is designed in a Tolkien style with markers denoting where certain scenes were filmed. The other showcases New Zealand’s diverse landscape, and lists the famous movies that have been filmed in this beautiful conuntry. Next in the bag is a well designed book that showcases the entire movie with full page images and a review of the whole project. Later on, I was lucky enough to have Ian Mckellen sign mine! A page of slides, a movie synopsis, and some other random, not too critical, things round out the pack. The synopsis is absolutely amazing. While I can’t just send out the text of it, I can say that the changes in the story are very minimal. The film will flow wonderfully. On a scale of 1 to 10, this adaptation is at least a 9. (The Only reason I don’t give it a 10 is because of the absence of Bombadil.)

So back to the Cinema Olympia. I have never been in a theater that had leather lounge chairs as its main seating. Those huge US theater chains should consider this extraordinary luxury for us normal folk. Even so, the theater was gorgeous. Perfect to experience our first look at LOTR on screen. Also, Peter Jackson had a sound system flown in from Paris just for this screening.

It’s at this point (10 minutes before the film begins) that I met Harry from AintitCool and Joram from Ringbearer. Both were just as excited about these films as I am. Harry was particularly interested in hearing some of Howard Shore’s score before the day had ended. By the end, he got his wish.

And so it begins…

Rob Shea, a big wig at New Line, took a few moments to remind the audience that the footage was not finished and not representative of the complete movie. To quote him, “THIS IS NOT A MOVIE.” I guess the traditional media usually take these screenings and review them as if they were the movie. So the point was made, and Mr. Shea then introduced, the man, the myth, the legend…

Peter Jackson!

(rounding applause)

PJ, like Shea, emphasised that the footage was in its early stages, but very close to done. He described the three parts to the footage and mentioned that the music for the second clip (The Mines of Moria) was in fact that of Howard’s Shore.

The first clip was about 6 to 7 minutes long and emphasised the story, the plot, and the characters of Fellowship of the Ring. The major highlight of this clip was the scene with Gandalf visiting Bilbo before his 111th birthday. The use of forced perspective, and human to hobbit scale was absolutely perfect. Any doubts that this process would not work should be laid to rest now. It is seamless and completely believable. To quote Maurice, sitting next to me, “It was just amazing!” More details on this clip to come in the future.

The second clip was simply mind-blowing. 14 minutes of the Mines of Moria scene! I can safely say, Lord of the Rings will surpass mine, and your expectations after seeing this footage. The character interaction, fight sequence, and CG (even in its unfinished state) worked so well. I honestly believed that I was in the Mines of Moria being hunted by hundreds of orcs, a cave troll, and the balrog. Yes, I said the Balrog. I HAVE SEEN THE BALROG! But anyway, this clip is absolutely amazing. With Aragorn and Legolas wielding bows, and Gimli raging with Dwarfish anger, the orcs charging Balin’s tomb didn’t have a chance… until the Cave Troll showed up. Talk about identifying with the characters in peril. Peter Jackson masterfully edits this scene to bring you into the excitement. You will not be disappointed. But what about the score Calisuri? Tell us about the score!!! Well, the music definitely fit with the images and mood on screen. As it turns out, the music from this scene was deliberately made to be ‘dwarfish.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to listen for really fine details, but I do know that Harry was listening for that. I’m sure he will write in detail about it in the future. The only possible negative was a quick couple of seconds that sounded like the beginning of the ‘Hercules’ theme. I’ll try to find the clip online in a few days to explain more.

The last section of the footage was a montage of clips from ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘Return of the King.’ Basically, we had a lot of quick shots of armies, the remaining characters, and some absolutely beautiful landscapes. We saw Frodo talking to Faramir about the Ring; David Wenham is perfect for this role. Leo, Maurice and I actually mistook him to be Sean Bean as Boromir! There are also a few shots of Eowyn, and a grizzly shot of Theoden, in a very old and degenerated state (almost to the point of diseased looking). At one moment, in the montage, I think we actually saw Wormtongue being tossed out of Edoras down some stairs. There was so much in this footage that it is nearly impossible to relate it all. When I get back in the States, I will try. Everything ended with a quick glimpse of Frodo in Mount Doom.

And that was it. The audience, made up of mostly hardened media, burst out in applause. Everyone was psyched. Not a nay-sayer in the bunch. If there is any proof that these films will rock the world, just look at how the print press relay their experience. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of positive responses and down-right excitement in the near future.

With the screening over, we boarded a bus and headed to the Chateau de Casdelleras to the interviews. At the time of our arrival, they had lots of LOTR props and scenes under construction. I’ve just seen a hobbit hole in real life, and I don’t think I’ll forget it!

Tomorrow look for our reports from the interview circuit with Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee and John Rhys-Davies.

Then on Sunday, the Party.


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