1. The image at right is from a short article that says, "Aussie actress Cate Blanchett continues to reap the benefits of her Oscar nomination for Elizabeth. The busy star will next head to New Zealand in June for a role in The Lord Of The Rings as the Queen of the Fairies and is next considering a starring role in Heaven, the last screenplay written by Krzysztof Kieslowski, who died in 1996. Tom Tykwer, director of the acclaimed Run Lola Run, is also said to be on board."
Pop Vulture Comic.
2. This comic strip from the Listener plays on the tendencies of the rather purist Tolkien fan:
Fan on Left: ...and at frame 01:14:23 you can see that the lead orc is definitely patterned on Ming the Merciless' personal guard from episode 12 of the original "Flash Gordon" Serial...
Fan on Right:Get a Grip!! Jackson would never homage something so *\%!!ing obvious!! A close inspection of 01:15:07 will clearly, unimistakably show his inspiration to be Pinto Vortando from the "Kip's Private War" episode of the great forgotten T.V. show, "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" . Jeez, you neophytes piss me off!!!
Are you measuring up?
3. The picture at right is taken from a New Zealand paper showing the measuring of potential extras at the casting audition this past weekend in Wellington.