The exclusive online preview of New Line Cinema’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings [lordoftherings.net] registered 1.7 million downloads during the first 24 hours of its release; that’s 700,000 more than the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace, the previous record holder. The series’ first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, starring Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood, is set for a Christmas 2001 release….

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