11 May 2001
Everybody's Tolkien about it
Twenty-five minutes from the first of the long-awaited Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
The excerpts show "the scope, drama, action and humour of the film", says New Line Cinema boss Rolf Mittweg.
He revealed that a two-minute trailer is being prepared for release just before Buena Vista's World War II epic Pearl Harbor opens on May 25.
New Line Cinema says its Lord Of The Rings website has had 357 million hits since it opened for business on January 12, 2001.
The Fellowship Of The Ring opens across the world on December 19, except for Japan where the movie is being held over until March 2002.
In summer 2002, The Fellowship will be available on video and DVD to boost the second Rings film The Two Towers, out December 2002.
The principal cast members of The Fellowship are in Cannes to promote the film.
They include Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Sean Bean (Boromir) and others.
New Line has invested more than $300m in the trilogy, a sum that could make or break the studio. If the Rings' website's a guide, it is on to a massive winner.
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