Here is a recent article from a popular Brazilian newspaper, ‘Zero Hora’:

Senhor dos Anéis

(Translated from Portugese)

Translation: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastic work of literature, a joined production of New Line and Miramax, is suffering the consequences of war. Director Peter Jackson was counting on the New Zealand Army to star in certain battle scenes that need millions of extras. The New Zealand army is currently available only to the United Nations, because of the conflicts in East Timor. The production is already desperately trying to reunite the number of local extras necessary for the filmings.

My Portuguese is a little rusty, but I think this is an adequate translation.

Besides the ‘Miramax’ mistake (they are not partners with New Line) it’s a fairly well written article.

Thanks to Vito for the article!

Why not check out Vito’s LOTR site?