MINOR SPOILERS NewsWire: Ready for the next Lord Of The Rings? - The Straits Times Interactive

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Ready for the next Lord Of The Rings?
June 11, 2003

The bell will Ring for round three on Dec 18.

That's when the finale of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy will be fought out between the forces of good and evil.

Word is that The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King promises to knock out audiences with more of the special effects which scored winning points in the earlier two movies.

The Fellowship Of The Ring punched out 13 Academy Award nominations and won four while The Two Towers had six nominations and landed two awards.

Life! goes Ringside to see what Peter Jackson has concealed in his directing gloves.

# The props used in the movie will go on a travelling exhibition. It opens in London at the Science Museum on Sept 16. The exhibit's next stop will be the Singapore Science Centre in March next year.
# It has been confirmed that the scouring of the Shire - the restoration of the Hobbits' habitat, which the book ends with - will not make it to the big screen. The reason Jackson offered? It 'didn't really work' as an ending.
# Look out for Shelob, a giant spider which guards Cirith Ungol, the pass from Minas Morgul, a fortress, to Mordor. It has a hearty appetite for flesh. Its appearance is modelled after the Tunnel Web spider found in New Zealand.
# Denethor (John Noble), the last ruling steward of Gondor, is a new character in this sequel. This embittered soul is the father of Boromir and Faramir.
# Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, says the scene where Sam (Sean Astin) kisses Frodo's (Elijah Wood) forehead after he saves him from Shelob's lair is likely to make it to the big screen.
# The movie's video game, to be launched on Nov 4, will allow players to control characters like Gandalf, Frodo and Sam. Players can customise their game by choosing their paths at various stages.
# Liv Tyler has recorded a song for the soundtrack. Called Arwen's Song, it was sung in English and not Elvish, despite the fact that Arwen is an elf princess. However, it remains to be seen if the song will meet the director's cut.

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