On February 29, 2004, The Return of the King won all 11 Oscars it was nominated for. It was one of the most amazing nights in the history of the Academy Awards. Here, from Issue 270 of Empire Magazine, are quotes from the people involved:
Peter Jackson: When the nominations were announced, I was in the hotel room with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. We watched it on television. When Best Adapted Screenplay came up there was such a shout — half the hotel corridor must have woken up.
This is the chapter with the shocking twist ending, where there’s a knife in the dark! Or ah… okay, maybe it’s not that much of a shock for those paying attention to chapter titles. But seriously, didn’t you wonder who would get stabbed? (Unless you’re one of them movie firsters people, where the chapter title doesn’t apply.)
Here’s my continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 11: A Knife in the Dark
The Black Riders break into Frodo’s house at Crickhollow and, discovering that Frodo is not there. Meanwhile evil men break into the Prancing Pony, or more specifically into the room where hobbit-guests usually sleep. Thus the hobbits are not discovered, but all the horses and ponies stabled at the inn escape in terror. The following day they buy a pony and Strider leads them through the wilderness to a hill called Weathertop, which offers a view over a large surrounding area. It seems that Gandalf had been there three days before them. That evening they are attacked by five of the Riders in a dell below Weathertop; Frodo cannot resist the desire to put on the Ring, and immediately after doing so he realizes that he can see the Riders very clearly in spite of the darkness, yet they can also see him very well. The captain of the Riders stabs Frodo. Frodo takes off the Ring before swooning.
Indiana has just signed into law their “right to work” legislation. The Indiana government is trying to pretend they’re looking after the little guy, to keep him from unfairly having to join a union just to work at a specific company. The truth, however, is that Indiana is interfering with Company/Union negotiations. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But Indiana has absolutely no credibility with this decision, and I’ll explain why:
This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 10: Strider
Strider comes to talk with Frodo, Sam and Pippin. He offers to be their guide, and seems to know a lot about Frodo already; because of his appearance, however, the hobbits do not trust him. Then Butterbur comes and explains that Gandalf has several months ago left a letter for a certain Frodo Baggins, which Butterbur forgot to send to the Shire. Frodo and his company seem to match the description Gandalf gave to Butterbur, so he gives the letter to Frodo. Among other things, this letter contains Gandalf’s advice to accept the help of a friend of his, a man called Strider (with the true name Aragorn), should they meet him. Thus Frodo decides to accept his help as a guide to Rivendell. Merry, who has earlier gone out to get some fresh air, now returns and tells he has seen the Black Riders, and it seems that they have spies in Bree. They decide not to go to the rooms appointed for them, and sleep in the parlour, after they have barred the window and the door.
It was great to see Sean Astin chat with Cliff Broadway on Cliff’s weekly show yesterday. There were a lot of great moments, such as:
– Sean slipping up and citing the 50th anniversary of the Goonies when he meant to say the 25th. Sean then went into his old man voice, “Way back when we was making that Goonies movie…”
– Sean wowing us all by pulling out props from The Lord of the Rings movies. He had his pack, his pots and pans, his waterskin, and Elanor’s dress. He also had some other nifty LOTR-related items to show us, including his SAG award, and a book with signatures from all the other actors in the films.
– Sean talking about the difficulty of getting verified by Twitter. Cliff mentioned that Elijah’s verified, and Sean launched into a hilarious bit of grumbling about how Elijah in the Grey Havens gets what he wants, but Sean back in Hobbiton writing the damn book doesn’t get any love.
All in all, it was Sean being Sean, and it was a lot of fun.
Sometime back I wrote a review of Sean’s autobiography, but it was deleted when I did an upgrade, so I’m reposting it here, especially for Sean’s number one fan:
New Line Cinema and MGM just issued this press release:
February 8, 2012—Billy Connolly is joining the cast of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “The Hobbit.” The announcement was made today by Jackson, who directed all three “The Lord of the Rings” films and is currently in production on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” with the films shooting back-to-back in New Zealand.
In the films, Connolly (“The Last Samurai,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”) will play Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. Peter Jackson welcomed the news of Connolly to Middle-earth: “We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of “The Hobbit” is now complete. We can’t wait to see him on the Battlefield!”
This week on Hobbit in 5, Simone talks about Nicolas Cage turning down a role in The Lord of the Rings, shows us new LEGO LOTR images, reports on the Hobbit Extra auditions getting swamped, and touches on James Cameron buying land in NZ.