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McKellen Heads to Hogwarts

27 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British acting knight Sir Ian McKellen will replace the late Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter movie. The 63-year-old star, who also plays wizard Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, is set to appear in the third installments of both rival films - after signing to take on the role of the Hogwarts headmaster in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. McKellen takes over the role from Harris - who died of cancer in October. Movie bosses had hoped to cast Harris in the new film - which is due to begin filming in February - by using computer animation and film footage. But they found they did not have the required film available. Fellow Brit Christopher Lee - another Lord Of The Rings star - was among those tipped to replace Harris. A source on the Warner Bros movie set says, "Everyone has been sworn to secrecy about Ian McKellen getting the role of Dumbledore. One of the production staff let it slip and now it is spreading like wild fire. He got the part just before Christmas but Warner's won't announce it until the New Year. Bosses thought he was the perfect replacement for Harris and, as we all know, he is capable of playing the part of a wizard. They are not worried about people getting The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter confused. They are two very different films." »

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'Lord of the Rings' Seeks Gollum Oscar

11 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The makers of the new Lord Of The Rings movie are campaigning for an Oscar for one of their stars - even though he's completely computer generated. The Two Towers producer, Barrie Osborne, and director, Peter Jackson, were so impressed with their animated character Gollum that they believe he deserves recognition in next year's Academy Awards. However, the filmmakers really know that actor Andy Serkis - who voices the skeletal figure - is the one who deserves the credit for making the computer generated role come to life on the big screen. Osborne says, "The performance is really driven by Andy. He deserves a nomination for a Supporting Actor Oscar and we are going to campaign for him to get one." Jackson adds, "Andy create the character. He says the dialogue, he plays the scenes and the computer captures his movement and translates that to the digital version of Gollum." »

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Jackson: "I Won't Make 'The Hobbit'"

10 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson has rubbished claims he plans to follow up the fantasy trilogy by making a movie of the JRR Tolkien novel The Hobbit. After finishing work on the third film in the series Return Of The King, next year many expected Jackson to turn to The Hobbit and make a prequel. But the New Zealander insists he has no plans to return to Middle Earth when the trilogy is completed. Jackson says, "If I didn't make it, someone else would and I could just pay 12 dollars and go to the cinema to watch it. I wouldn't have to do all the hard work." »

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Jackson slams N.Z. Film Commission

6 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Film Commission isn't commenting on accusations of stupidity and incompetence leveled at it by the country's most successful filmmaker, Peter Jackson. The director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy went public with his criticisms Friday in the business weekly NBR after six months of fruitless negotiation with the NZFC over a debt owed to his postproduction company, the Film Unit (TFU). »

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Selling 'Rings' is whole new quest

5 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the astounding success last year of the first installment in its The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema learned many things about the franchise that helped the studio develop an unconventional marketing plan for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which opens Dec. 18. For one, the franchise has a solid fan base far beyond the realm of its core sci-fi/fantasy audience, and thus New Line didn't need to launch a TV campaign two months before the release date of the new film. And just as significantly, New Line execs realized that there are no Whoppers in Middle Earth. So this time around, the company has passed on a fast-food tie-in with Burger King in favor of a two-year promotional deal with Verizon Wireless. "Probably 150 million people have seen this movie worldwide; I think we're covered for the first couple of weeks (of the new release)," Russell Schwartz, president of domestic theatrical marketing at New Line, said with a laugh. Indeed, last year's Oscar-nominated The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring grossed more than $860 million worldwide, putting it among the top 10 boxoffice hits ever in the United States and in the top five internationally. »

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Gandalf Denies Drug Allegations

4 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in The Two Towers, has denied using marijuana in his "weed pipe"! The story of the Two Towers adapted from the second part of Jr Tolkein's trilogy The Lord Of The Rings contains references to Gandalf's enjoyment of smoking "pipe weed." These references have often been associated with marijuana - however McKellen doesn't believe that this holds true. He says, "There are many groups who claim the Rings as their own. Proponents of marijuana, for instance, associate pipe weed with the taste of pot. Tolkein made it very clear that it's nicotine they're smoking. I don't think it was pot in their pipes. At least, there wasn't any in mine." »

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Hobbits Are Not Gay Lovers Says Wood

19 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood has hit out at claims Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee have a gay relationship in the JRR Tolkien novel - he thinks they are just good friends. But the actor - who is a huge fan of Tolkien's epic adventure - admits he sees how the mistake could be made. Wood says, "They have a very close relationship that sort of transcends friends. Those feelings are probably there and they probably exist. I wouldn't say that it has anything to do with homosexuality but it is certainly one possible interpretation of it. I don't think Frodo or Sam, in the way they are portrayed, either confirm or deny it. But I personally don't really see it from that perspective. I just see them as being completely tied to each other in a very personal and emotional way. Sam sort of tends the earth and comes from a very servile background, and he kind of dotes on Frodo, who helps and guides Sam. They compliment each other in terms of where they come from. That's how I see it anyway." »

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'Lord of the Rings' Actor Injured on Set of New Movie

18 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings star John Rhys-Davies is in hospital after a stage wall fell on him during filming of his latest movie. The actor, who plays Dwarf Lord Gimli in the Tolkien film trilogy, was filming La Femme Musketeer in Croatia when the incident happened. He was taken to hospital suffering from head injuries and a broken forearm. The accident happened just hours after Rhys-Davies, 58, gave an interview in which he said he avoided all danger on set and insisted on having a stuntman for every action scene, however minor. The piece of scenery fell on him while on location at an old Castle in the western Croatian town of Pazin. A spokesperson for the Croatian co-production company Jadran-film said they were hoping the actor might be fit to return for some scenes in a few weeks time. »

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'Rings' fever heightens N.Z. meet

15 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- This year's New Zealand film and TV producers conference is taking place on the eve of not only the world premiere of the second Lord of the Rings installment, The Two Towers -- which was shot and postproduced here -- but also the release of two benchmark reports about the screen production industry's future. The three-day convention -- this year dubbed Small Country, Big Picture -- kicks off today in Auckland and will focus on business and creative development. "The industry's never been under such a strong spotlight," said Jane Wrightson, chief executive of the Screen Production and Development Assn., which organizes the convention. »

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McKellen: "I Was Offered Dumbledore Before Harris Died"

14 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings legend Sir Ian McKellen has confessed he was offered the coveted role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films - before Richard Harris died. Harris, who appears in the first two installments of the magical franchise as the Hogwarts headmaster, lost his battle with cancer on October 25 - with a replacement yet to be confirmed for the upcoming third flick. McKellen and fellow Brit Christopher Lee have been touted in the British press as possible Dumbledores. Sir Ian, who plays wizard Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, admits he has been offered the bearded part - but before Harris died. The acclaimed thespian has not confirmed or denied whether he has been approached again or if he wants to take over the part, but a posting on his official website teases, "I still haven't seen the first Harry Potter. Before Richard Harris died there was an enquiry from the Potter camp about filching Gandalf. The Grey or the White was not specified." »

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Bloom answers call to arms for Warners' 'Troy'

13 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Lord of the Rings trilogy star Orlando Bloom is in negotiations to join Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures' Troy for director Wolfgang Petersen. The big-budget Troy, based on The Iliad, Homer's epic account of the Trojan War, is set to begin shooting in the spring in the United Kingdom, Malta and Morocco, with an eye toward a 2004 release. David Benioff wrote the script to the adventure, which will see Bana star as Hector to Pitt's Achilles. Hector is the prince of Troy, who leads the Trojan army in holding off the entire Greek armada. It is Hector's brother, Paris (Bloom), who steals the beautiful Helen away from her husband, Menelaus, the king of Sparta, and prompts the war between Greece and Troy. No other roles have been cast. »

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McKellen to Replace Harris?

12 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Ian McKellen has been tipped to replace the late Richard Harris in the third Harry Potter movie. Last week Ian's Lord Of The Rings co-star Christopher Lee announced his disgust at being lined up to replace Irish star so soon after Harris lost his battle with Hodgkins Disease last month. McKellen has become the frontrunner to play Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, which stars filming in the new year. An film insider says, "They need someone with gravitas and presence to take on the role, and Ian's got that by the bucketload. It's hard to think of anyone else who could really make the part their own." McKellen's spokesperson declined to comment on the reports. »

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Correction: Second 'Lord of the Rings' Finished

8 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

According to a New Line Cinema publicist, reports citing that the upcoming Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers are incomplete are in fact erroneous, and that the movie will make its December 18th release on schedule, with no delays of any kind. Previous coverage had cited that New Zealand moviemaker Peter Jackson was facing a frantic month of re-editing, due to the fact that the director had been busy ever since the first film picked up multiple awards at the Oscars and British Academy Awards earlier this year. New Line has said that this is incorrect. »

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Lee Disgusted by "Replacing Harris" Reports

4 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British film legend Christopher Lee is disgusted by media reports that he will replace the late Richard Harris in the forthcoming Harry Potter movies. The Dracula star, who stars as Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings films, was seemingly lined up to play Professor Albus Dumbledore last week, just days after Irish actor Harris lost his battle with Hodgkin's Disease on October 25. Lee fumes, "I wasn't approached about replacing Richard and it also wasn't true that the role in the first film only went to Richard after I turned it down. I was never asked, and I don't know where these rumors have come from, but I find it all a bit distasteful so soon after his death. The only thing that is sure is that I will be in both of the next two Lord Of The Rings movies, and I am considering three of four other interesting roles." »

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Lee to Be Dumbledore?

30 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Christopher Lee is tipped to take over the late Richard Harris's role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. The Dracula star, 80, is a "strong favorite" to replace Harris - who died on Friday at age 72. Executives said Lee - a James Bond villain in The Man With The Golden Gun and the evil Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings films - "fits the bill of Dumbledore perfectly." Lee was originally asked to be Dumbledore but refused because he was too busy. Harris stand-in Harry Robinson is also in the running to land the role for the third film Prisoner Of Azkaban, filmed next spring. Warner Bros will make an announcement this weekend. »

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Boxoffice leaders hold strong in bad weather; 'XXX' tops

29 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Deadly storms and gale-force winds took somewhat of a toll at the weekend boxoffice in Europe, but several high-profile standard-bearers managed to hold strong in a market absent significant newcomers. Most of the major studios are vying to move in and get their backlogs played off before the deluge of year-end powerhouses headed by Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the new James Bond installment. For the second week in a row, the Rob Cohen-directed double-agent thriller XXX emerged as the biggest international scorer, followed by Red Dragon, Signs, Minority Report, The Bourne Identity and Lilo & Stitch. Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio is still going strong in Italy, holding on to the top spot for the third consecutive week by edging out the debut of Red Dragon. Pinocchio pulled in $2.7 million (market cume: $19.3 million) from 531 screens to Red Dragon's $2.3 million from 326, but Hannibal Lecter beat Pinocchio's per-screen average. »

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Shore tops World Soundtrack nods

21 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

GHENT, Belgium -- With wins for original soundtrack of the year and the Internet-voted public choice award, Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring led the way at the second edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, which took place here Saturday during the closing night of the Flanders International Film Festival. Randy Newman was honored with the an award for best original song written directly for a film for "If I Didn't Have You" from Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Shore could not attend in person because of his work on the upcoming Rings installment The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. However, in a note read by George Martin, who received a lifetime achievement nod, Shore said, "I'm extremely grateful and pleased to be honored by you in this way and only wished that I could have been present in Ghent this evening." »

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Wood Denies Potente Romance

15 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood has finally cleared up the romantic mystery around his relationship with Bourne Identity star Franka Potente - it's purely professional. Despite reports the pair were dating, and Potente's refusal to comment either way, Wood has stated that he regard only for the German's thespian abilities. He says, "I admire her as an actress but nothing more." »

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'Two Towers' Trailer Seen First on AOL

25 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The much anticipated trailer for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers will be seen first by AOL users. It is being debuted on AOL on Monday, Sept. 30, 24 hours before the rest of the world can get a sneak preview of Peter Jackson's latest film on the official movie website. AOL users need only log on to AOL Keyword: Lord of the Rings. »

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Peter Jackson Injects Passion Into 'The Two Towers'

16 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The next installment of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy will involve a love triangle between three central character that does not appear in the book. Tolkien purists already enraged by the passion between Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn and Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, are set to be further upset by the introduction of Miranda Otto's Lady Eowyn. The character will spice up the clandestine relationship by diverting Aragon's attention from the Elvish princess. A source says, "There's going to be a romantic triangle in the next one. We sexed it up a bit. No, you won't get to see Viggo's butt. But there will be plenty of tension between the three." »

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