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The Return of the King Receives 11 Academy Awards®!
Date: March 1st, 2004

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received 11 Oscars® at the 76th Annual Awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Best Picture and Best Director- Peter Jackson.



Ngila Dickson Wins Costume Designers Guild Award for The Return of the King
Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2004

The Costume Designers Guild (CDG) announced winners in five categories of theatrical films, television and commercials of its 2004 Excellence in Costume Design Awards. The Sixth Annual CDG Awards were presented yesterday at a black-tie banquet from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Anjelica Huston was mistress of ceremonies of the Awards for the fifth time. Presiding over the event was CDG President Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis. CDG officer Mary Rose supervised the Guild's awards competition.

Excellence in Film, Period/Fantasy
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- NGILA DICKSON



The Return of the King Wins Empire Award for Best Film of the Year!
Date: February 5th, 2005

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received three awards in the annual Empire Magazine Awards ceremony in London. The film received Best Film of the Year, the Sony Ericsson Scene of the Year (Ride of the Rohirrim), and Best British Actor (Andy Serkis- Gollum).



Vote for The Lord of the Rings to Win the BAFTA Orange Film of the Year Award
Date: January 30th, 2004

Fans around the world now have the chance to vote on their favorite films to win The Orange Film of the Year Award and be entered to win tickets to the awards ceremony in Leicester Square in London on February 15th.



The Return of the King Receives 11 Oscar® Nominations!
Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated for 11 Academy Awards® as announced this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Categories include:

Best Picture
Best Director - Peter Jackson
Art Direction
Costume Design
Film Editing
Makeup
Music - Original Score - Howard Shore
Music - Original Song - "Into the West"
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects
Adapted Screenplay



The Return of the King Wins Four Golden Globe Awards
Date: January 26th, 2004

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received four Golden Globe awards during the HFPA's 61st Annual Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. The film was awarded Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director - Peter Jackson, Best Original Score - Howard Shore, and Best Original Song - "Into the West" by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh.



Liv Tyler on cover of Seventeen Magazine
Date: December 9th, 2003

Liv Tyler graces the cover of the January 2004 issue of seventeen magazine, on newsstands now. In her interview with editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein, Liv talks about The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, her rock 'n' roll upbringing, and much more. Plus, fans have a chance to win one of three Liv- related prizes: An Urban Outfitters wardrobe selected by Liv, Very Irresistible by Givenchy perfume, or a The Lord of the Rings prize pack. Sweepstakes begins on January 1st.
http://www.seventeen.com/funstuff/an.mar.win.html



TV Guide Features 4 Collectible Hologram Covers
Dates: December 8th - 15th


For its December 13th issue (on newsstands December 8th) TV Guide celebrates the upcoming release of "Return of the King," the third and final installment in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of the "Lord of the Rings" saga, with four collector's hologram covers, each featuring a different signature character. The four covers include Eliljah Wood's hobbit Frodo Baggins; Ian McKellen's wizard Gandalf; Viggo Mortensen's warrior Aragorn; and the slippery deceiver Gollum.



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Premieres in Wellington, NZ
Date: December 1st, 2003

The cast and filmmakers for The Lord of the Rings turned out for the world premiere of the final installment of the movie trilogy- The Return of the King. The premiere took place at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, and had more than 100,000 fans, 15 people deep lined up to see the stars of the film as they made their way to the theater in a special parade. Wellington's streets were festooned with posters, up to eight stories tall, of "Rings" characters.

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Gollum and Ents greet New York City commuters
Date: Tuesday, November 18th in NYC
Where: Grand Central Station - Shuttle Train- Track #4

To celebrate the November 18th DVD and VHS release of the Special Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, NYC commuters are invited to ride the "Middle-earth Shuttle" (otherwise known as the Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle). The Shuttle train's cars-replete with Middle-earth creatures, vines, moss and stones-will carry commuters between both stops from 11:30AM- 1:30PM. Brave travelers will have the opportunity to explore the Middle-earth- themed subway station, accompany Gollum back and forth, stand tall with 12-foot- high living Ents, and much more!



New Line Cinema and PENCIL team up for Creative Writing Contest
Date: November 11th, 2003

Select high schools and middle schools in four US cities are set to join New Line Cinema in a creative writing contest leading up to the December 17 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment in Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel.

Anchored in New York by PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning); by the Board of Education, Office of Language and Education, in Chicago; Turning the Page in Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco School Volunteers, the contest is designed to not only inspire reading and creative writing, but will earn schools cash grants, books and early screenings of the film.

The children will be asked to write a 200-word essay on the theme of Gandalf's quote from The Lord of the Rings: "All you have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you."

Five finalist essays will be chosen by contest organizers in each city, with New Line selecting one winner out of each group of five. These four grand prize winners will receive promotional merchandising package tied to the film, along with a private screening for the student's friends and family.

The prizes for all schools that participate include a $10,000 grant per city applied to the purchase of new books for the school library, as well as a complete set of The Lord of the Rings book series and tie-in guides donated by publisher Houghton Mifflin.



Official Soundtrack for The Return of the King In Stores November 25th!
Date: October 28th, 2003

The original soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King, the final installment in Peter Jackson's epic The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, will be released on Reprise/WMG Soundtracks on November 25. The film opens nationwide on December 17 from New Line Cinema.

With music composed, orchestrated and conducted by Oscar and Grammy Award winner Howard Shore, who composed the scores to the two previous films in the Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King also features the new song "Into The West," performed by Grammy Award winner Annie Lennox, and spotlights guest appearances by acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming, renowned Irish flautist Sir James Galway, and others.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King is being made available in four separate configurations. The CD format will feature 19 original selections from the film. A special limited edition package will contain the best-selling soundtracks from all three installments of The Lord Of The Rings, including The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002), which have sold over 3 million units worldwide.

A deluxe CD DVD edition will contain The Return Of The King CD and an exclusive DVD that will feature bonus material including a The Lord of the Rings "supertrailer"; a The Return of the King photo gallery from the recording sessions; film stills; and poems and lyrics from The Return Of The King. It will also contain the special feature, "Use Well The Days: A Behind The Scenes Portrait of Howard Shore," a 20-minute documentary focusing on Shore's work in London during the recording of the film score by documentarian Elizabeth Cotnoir; as well as a second Anne Lennox track recorded especially for the DVD. Finally, an internet-only version of the CD DVD package will be available only to online buyers with additional The Lord Of The Rings extras. CD formats will contain a weblink to exclusive multi-media content from the films and liner notes written by Howard Shore and director Peter Jackson.

Standout selections of The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King include such Howard Shore originals as "Minas Tirith," "Twilight And Shadow;" "A Storm Is Coming" and "The End Of All Things." The film's title track features Sir James Galway, Renée Fleming and Lord Of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen.



Buy your tickets for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Screenings on October 9th!
Date: October 2nd, 2003

Fans can check theater listings posted today on the official site for what theaters in their areas are screening The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, Marathon and The Return of the King screenings.



New Trailer for The Return of the King to debut in theaters on 9/26 September 23rd
Date: September 26th, 2003

New Line Cinema will debut the new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in theaters around the world on Friday, September 26.

In North America, the 2 min., 30 sec. trailer will play exclusively with New Line's Secondhand Lions, now in its second weekend of release. It will be in theaters throughout the weekend and will then debut online at www.lordoftherings.net on Monday, September 29.



The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to be shown in theaters this December
Date: August 22nd, 2003

Leading up to the December 17 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final film in Peter Jackson's epic dramatic trilogy, New Line Cinema will release a limited number of 35mm prints of the Special Extended Editions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in theaters across North America. The special screening series will culminate in an unprecedented marathon of back-to-back presentations of the Extended Editions followed by a special screening of The Return of the King. The announcement was made today by Rolf Mittweg, the studio's president and chief operating officer, worldwide distribution and marketing.

From December 5 - 11, the studio will release 100-150 35mm prints of the Special Extended Edition of The Fellowship of the Ring in cities across the country. On December 12 - 15, these prints will be replaced with Special Extended Edition prints of The Two Towers. On Monday, December 8, and Monday, December 15, both films will be presented back-to-back. Then, on Tuesday, December 16, participating theaters will show a one-time-only marathon of both Extended Edition prints followed by an 11pm screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The official opening of the film will commence at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, December 17, 2003.

Advance ticketing for the screening series is expected to commence this fall.



The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards
Date: Friday, June 20th, 2003

The official website for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers received two awards at the annual Key Art Awards hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. The site received the award for Best Internet Advertising, which was voted on by a panel of industry executives, as well as the first ever Online Voter's Choice Award for Best Internet Advertising.



2003 MTV Movie Awards
Date: June 6th, 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers wins Best Movie at 2003 MTV Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers received four MTV Movie Awards in their 2003 ceremony in Los Angeles. Categories included Best Movie, Best Action Sequence (Helm's Deep), Best Duo (Elijah Wood and Sean Astin), and Best Virtual Performance (Gollum). The Lord of fhe Rings actors Sean Astin and Elijah Wood were on hand to receive their awards, with video acceptances by Director Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis and Gollum.



World Premiere of The Return of the King set for December 1st.
Date: May 27th, 2003
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand will be the home of the World Premiere festivities for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, announces Rolf Mittweg, New Line Cinema's President and COO Worldwide Distribution and Marketing. "We are proud that Wellington and the people of New Zealand will host this cinematic event to the world."

The World Premiere screening of The Return of the King at the Embassy Theatre, and the after party (venue TBD), will be held on Monday, December 1st, 2003.

Says, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings, and New Line Cinema's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Ordesky, "We look forward to culminating the wonderful cultural partnership between New Line Cinema and New Zealand with the successful mounting of the World Premiere of The Return of the King in Wellington. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the final chapter of this epic trilogy then to have the World Premiere of The Return of the King in the very city and country that has made these films unique."

Other premieres will follow the Wellington World Premiere in both the United States and Europe leading up to the mid-December theatrical release date of The Return of the King on December 17th, 2003 in the United States/ December 18th in New Zealand.



Date: May 14th, 2003

The Lord of the Rings received 4 Nominations for the 32nd Annual Key Art Awards hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. Categories include: Action Poster, Internet Web Sites, Special Recognition: Audio-Visual and Special Recognition: Home Video.

Considered the "Oscars®" for the movie marketing community, The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards is the only international competition honoring individuals responsible for the design and creation of motion picture marketing materials including posters, trailers, television spots, theatrical trailers and lobby standees representing campaigns in print, on screen, outdoors and online. Winners will be announced at the awards show on June 20th.


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