K9 writes: Although it will not be formally announced until later in the week, word is that several cast members from “The Lord of the Rings” will be in attendance at the 2004 Santa Barbara Film Festival in January of 2004.

Variety has already announced that Peter Jackson has been chosen to receive the festival’s 2004 Modern Masters Award, on January 31, 2004. The awards ceremony involves a Q-and-A with the recipient, along with a retrospective involving highlights of his work. The event is held at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre.

This year, the cast of the film has been invited to be present as well. Additionally, script co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to participate in the festival’s panel on screenwriting, also to be held on January 31, 2004.

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