Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Special Screenings

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Which ROTK screening are you going to watch? (Read first post first)

  1. The Charity Premiere

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  2. The Marathon Screening

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  3. Both (I must be insane to do this...)

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  4. Neither. Just a regular screening for me...

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  5. Not going to watch it. (Yes, I'm crazy to miss such a good movie)

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  6. What is this LOTR: ROTK? (Greetings, from Mars.)

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  1. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    who's gonna watch the screening on 16th ???
    anyone here ????
  2. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    who's gonna watch the screening on 16th ???
    anyone here ????
  3. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    what do you guys think of the trailer of ROTK ??

    by they way..
    when are the extended version dvds for TTT going to be released in Msia ??
    I MUST GET EM !!
  4. Brian

    Brian Newbie

    Spoiler Alert!!!
    (whoops, forgot that :p )

    wahahahhaa, the Halls Of The Dead :mrgreen:
    the dead fulfill their oath :mrgreen:
  5. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    oo... spoilers....
  6. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    hmm.. by the way...
    reading the book, watching the movie..
    i think gimli's gay... 8)
  7. Brian

    Brian Newbie

    it's more of friendship than gay
  8. lung

    lung Just Started

    There's a screening on the 16th? I only know about the premiere on 17th... (Official opening date for M'sia is on the 18th)
  9. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    i thought there was a screening on the 16th ?
    read in somewhere in the newspaper for a credit card ad.. fogot... hmmm

    hmm.. i don't know.. i still think he's gay...
    i think they're both close to being gay..
    but i think he's more gay than legolas...
    hahaha.. i'm :nuts:
  10. lung

    lung Just Started

    Ah, yes. The RHB sponsored screening. Too bad I don't have that credit card...
  11. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    yeah that's the one!! bloody...
    anyone going to that screening ???
  12. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    Kiwi hobbit habit hooks hordes of tourists
    On the eve of the final battle for Middle Earth, New Zealand revels in new confidence and a £2bn boost to tourism
    By Victoria Fletcher in Wellington
    30 November 2003

    Within less than 24 hours, the final battle for Middle Earth will have begun. The red carpet will be rolled out and New Zealand's capital city will be transformed into a shrine to The Lord of the Rings.

    At the airport, a giant statue of Gollum reaches off a hangar to grab at a glistening ring, while in town a vast Gandalf the White image hangs down the side of the main post office building.

    Mannequins with elfin-shaped ears model clothes in the shops, and Rings fans queue to get on the tour bus to a nearby farm where Hobbiton was created. There they can crouch in the rounded doorway of Bilbo Baggins's home for photographs.

    More than 100,000 fans are expected to turn out tomorrow to see stars including Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen arrive at Wellington's Empire Theatre for the premiere of The Return of the King, the third and final movie in the Tolkien trilogy, all filmed in New Zealand in one continuous production. The first two in the series have grossed £1.1bn at the box office, and director Peter Jackson says Return of the King is the best of the three - critics are already talking Oscars.

    In the four years since the trilogy was shot, Lord of the Rings (LOTR for short) lore has become part of everyday life in New Zealand. A village near Wellington has just opened miniature Hobbit toilets, complete with grass roof and little round doorways. The centrepiece of the Auckland garden show was a Tolkien dragon made of flowers, and Air New Zealand jumbo jets have giant portraits of LOTR stars.

    Furry Frodo and Ian McKellen's Gandalf seem as familiar as the All Blacks or the kiwi bird. All the 15,000 extras in the film were local, giving New Zealanders a proprietorial view of the production.

    The day after New Zealand was knocked out of the Rugby World Cup one newspaper tried to lift its readers' spirits by listing of things people could still be proud of, with the LOTR films near the top.

    Pete Hodgson, New Zealand's science minister and unofficial minister for Lord of the Rings, said the films gave the country a huge confidence boost and dispelled its image as "a small, rural backwater with a few people and even more sheep". The minister added: "New Zealand has started to lift its sights now. Lord of the Rings has definitely made the country realise what it can achieve. We have always been a very young country but I think that this has moved us into early adulthood."

    Since the LOTR bandwagon began rolling, New Zealand has seen tourism rocket. While most countries struggled to attract travellers in the wake of the September 2001 attacks, spending by tourists in New Zealand grew by 75 per cent, to more than £2.3bn in 2003. Figures suggest tourism will next year outstrip the dairy industry to become the nation's biggest foreign money earner.

    That has heightened anxieties over the future, when there is no new segment of LOTR to maintain interest. Most of the extraordinary sets were dismantled when filming finished. Fans visiting the sites where Rivendell or Helm's Deep were created will have to use their imagination, as no signs, souvenir shops or theme parks mark the spot.

    Some locals fear that tourist interest will soon drop off. As one Lord of the Rings tour operator noted: "You are not sure how much money you should be investing in it, because you are not really sure how long it will last." The government has spent more than £3m abroad to promote tourism tie-ins, a figure some critics complain could have been spent on hospitals and social services.

    But Mr Hodgson believes that LOTR will have a lasting impact on the local film industry. Another New Zealand-based production, The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise, is set to keep the money rolling in. "It's made people in New Zealand realise what they can do with films, and it has made people in Hollywood know that they can make brilliant films out here for a fraction of the [usual] price," said the minister. "Maybe King Kong [Peter Jackson's latest project] will come here next, or the Narnia Chronicles - Lord of the Rings has shown what we can do."

    Ian Brodie, author of The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, points out that Tolkien's books have been best-sellers for decades, and believes the films will be equally durable. "I have met so many people who have come here simply to see where the film was made. It had this quite incredible effect on them," he said. "I think it took the film to make many people here realise what they had on their doorsteps."

  13. beyondtime

    beyondtime Newbie

    I think the final LOTR should rock, I am really looking forward for the movie also the marathon but I hate seeing it over in TGV Pyramid and TGV KLCC because pyramid does not have THX and KLCC THX cinema sucks big time!
    I luv GSC, i hope there is the same marathon for GSC cinema's because they rock!
  14. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie


    Director Peter Jackson may not have seen the full version of his latest Lord of the Rings movie, but the world's media say it will run rings around the first two.

    About 170 international media, given a sneak preview of The Return of the King two days before the world premiere, flooded through the doors of Wellington's Embassy Theatre praising the movie and backing it as an Oscar winner.

    Despite being under strict embargo rules which prevent the journalists being able to talk about details of the movie until December 8, broadcaster John Campbell said the film was "extraordinary" and a sure contender for an Oscar.

    "It's incredible, it's better than the other ones," he said. "The special effects are amazing. There's this one spider that is remarkable and shit scary."

    Broadcaster Paul Holmes said it was a "gigantic film". "It was the longest, teariest movie. It's got to have Academy Award written all over it."

    Other media representatives included Jeremy Wells, aka Newsboy, and a host of international media. Earlier in the week American magazine Newsweek, given an earlier screening in Wellington, dubbed the film a sure contender for best picture at next year's Oscars.

    The movie's stars are all in Wellington for the premiere including Liv Tyler, Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom. The Return of the King will be released in cinemas on December 18.
  15. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    Gollum faces up to the press.

    Gollum's cut

    JAMES GRIFFIN goes poolside in Hawaii to get the only (unauthorised) interview with computer-generated creature Gollum.
    The first thing you notice when meeting Gollum in the flesh (so to speak) is how much shorter he is in real life than he even appears on screen. Hobbits must tower over him. We're talking Kylie Minogue short. I reach down, we shake hands. The second thing you notice about Gollum is the smell of fish.

    We're meeting in a bar at the luxurious Grand Wailea Resort on Maui, where Gollum has been taking time off the publicity trail to "get my heads together, yes, get away from the s*#t, and working on my tan". The Hawaiian sunshine seems to have turned him a bluey-greyish colour. Whether this is a "tan" in Gollum-world, I'm not entirely sure.

    Gollum and I take our Mai Tais and a plate of sushi, and retreat to a poolside table. I ask him what it was like working with Peter Jackson.

    "The Master, yes. He who must be obeyed. Gollum loves the Master, yes he does. Gollum loves him with all his heart. Oh, yes."

    There's no truth to the rumours their on-set relationship declined to the point where Gollum would only communicate with his director by throwing dead animals at him?

    "We sees things differently, the Master and Gollum. Sometimes the way he treats us."

    He trails off into a moody silence, looks away, eats a handful of sushi, sips his Mai Tai. I ask him what he means. He turns back, suddenly bug-eyed and venomous.

    "He treats us like we not real, yes, like we are one of his precious special effects. But Gollum has feelings, Gollum hurts, but does the Master care? No, no he cares only for the Books. His precious precious."

    By "the Books" I presume Gollum means the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He nods, turns away again, has a prolonged, unintelligible conversation with himself, then orders more drinks. Only when these have been consumed does Gollum deign to speak again.

    "Gollum love New Zealand, yes, Gollum love New Zealand people, very friendly, very kind to us. Not like the Master. Gollum loves the scenery, too, much scenery for such a small country. We especially like Waitomo Caves, yes, us is thinking of buying land there."

    A few drinks later, he lets slip that his next movie role may bring him back to these shores, playing the lead in a tele-feature based on the life of American comedian Don Knotts. I make the mistake of smiling (trying not to laugh) and Gollum turns on me.

    "You think Gollum is only about the Rings? Like the rest, you think Gollum has no career after the Rings is dust? They all think that, laugh at us, hurt us with cruel words. But Gollum does not laugh, Gollum knows this is the beginning, yes. And his agent knows this too, yes, he says we are the new Yoda, the next Steve Buscemi, yes. You are like the Master, with your cruel laughter. Sting us, it does."

    Why did Peter Jackson laugh at him? Gollum turns his weepy eyes on me. They're a bit bloodshot round the edges from all the Mai Tais by now, but weepy nonetheless.

    "He thinks we are joking, yes, thinks we are making funny joke, ha-ha. But it hurts us, it does, when our ideas he scorns. Must be by the Books, he says, must end like the Books say to end. Cursed books."

    Gollum is beginning to cry - salty, fishy smelling tears. "We must take the Precious into the Cracks of Doom, he tells us, because the Books say this must be so. Big hairy fool, the Master shuts his mind to other possible endings, yes, like a big, hairy, foolish thing, yes."

    How else should The Lord of the Rings end, I ask, with some trepidation.

    "Gollum and Arwen, of course. She falls in love with us, yes, they buy farm in Gondor, raise little elf Gollums, yes, yes, she bears us many little Gollums, runs across the plains of Gondor in flowing elf dress, yes, yes, yesss.'

    What about the ring?

    "What ring?"

    The one ring to rule them all, in the darkness bind them, etcetera?

    "Who cares about ring? Ring schming, yes, I boot the Master up his ring, yes, yes. Liv Tyler major hottie compared to stupid ring, yes, that what people go to movies for, not stupid ring going into stupid Cracks of Doom. You like our idea for ending better, yes?"

    I find it difficult to speak. Gollum spits sushi at me, runs across the lawn on all fours, dives into an ornamental pool, emerges with a giant carp between his teeth. He then proceeds to beat the carp to death on a rock.

    I sense the interview is over.
  16. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    major spolier !! major major spoiler!!

    I live in LA and work in the movie business, so I was able to go to the first Academy Awards screening of ROTK yesterday. Thanksgiving day, and they still filled a big theater - I think that says something about the enthusiasm of LOTR's many fans in the film industry!

    What struck me most was how much ROTK really is the third act of one huge epic. All climax and payoff. I couldn't even begin to count the number of thrilling action sequences. And yet, even more than with the other movies, the emotional focus is tight on the characters.

    The LOTR movies actually have less in common with fantasy like STAR WARS, and more in common with classic epics like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and SPARTACUS. So in a fairly traditional sense, ROTK is an old fashioned War Movie. We get the incredible battles, but also the fear in anonymous soldiers' eyes, and our heroes desperately overcoming that fear to do what has to be done - which is of course what MAKES them heroes. Happily, ROTK doesn't glorify war, but rather the impulse for sacrifice, putting yourself on the line for a greater good.

    But what all LOTR fans will be saying as they leave the theater is "I cried!" Don't bring a date if you don't want them to see you cry. Do bring Kleenex, whatever. If you love these characters, you're going to cry. Like nine times. Sad crying. Happy crying. Happy-sad crying. You get the picture.

    Legolas does a stunt you will never forget, battling an Oliphaunt (Mumak, whatever). Sam is the bravest character in any movie, ever. Just the sequence of Pippin singing for Denethor while Faramir rides off on a suicide mission should net Peter Jackson a Best Director nomination. Eowyn ROCKS as action heroine. And you really DON'T want to know what comes through that gate when Minas Tirith is breached.

    That being said, I bet this will be the LOTR pic that improves most on DVD. Obviously the Saruman sequence will be missed by fans. But some of the other character stories definitely seem truncated too.

    Aragorn has great stuff to do, but we miss a couple of beats in his transformation. No Houses of Healing - in the book, a nice moment where he "proves" his Kingship in a non-warlike way, and where we see how much the people WANT a King. Same with Denethor - we never really get the sense that he is a good and noble man who has fallen low. He seems spiteful, rather than tragic. His sons are so noble, I found that incongruous. And Arwen is barely present, seeming more like she did in the book - a gift-wrapped prize for the King. Finally, though we spend lots of time with Frodo and Sam, even their trip through Mordor is somewhat ellipsed at the end. Jackson et al seemed mainly concerned with making it clear how the Minas Tirith battles are connected with Frodo's story. This was probably a wise choice, especially for the larger audience who may never have read the books.

    But the bottom line is, this is a massive epic which even three LONG movies can barely contain, and Peter Jackson & Company did a great job of bringing it to an incredibly exciting climax and a VERY fulfilling ending. The last few scenes of the movie are particularly well crafted. There's a very subtle, understated scene after the Hobbits return to the Shire, with almost no dialogue. Everything is told by the looks on their faces. These are good actors! And then there's the Grey Havens. (See KLEENEX, above)
  17. lung

    lung Just Started

    Berjaya Times Square will be holding an LOTR carnival this coming Dec. 13th and 14th... Anyone of you here coming?

    Free marathon tickets are up for grabs during the two-day event!
  18. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    jinongman, you are in LA? Hmm... funny, I thought you were u suck's friend. :think:
  19. jinongman

    jinongman Newbie

    i don't live in LA...
    that's just some article....

    i'm too far away..
    in sarawak how to go to the carnival ????
  20. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    Ohh... eh, next time quote it la. Made me blur only. :p :lol:

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