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Hmm... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593622)

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Whats peppises (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593659)

got to do, got to do with it.

who needs a poot when the butt hoal is pooping?

WHAT!!! (-1, Insightful)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593625)

not fair. why not do a world wide release all at the same time?

Re:WHAT!!! (0, Flamebait)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593633)

not fair. why not do a world wide release all at the same time?
Because it's been done.

MOD DOWN PARENT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593666)

n/t

Re:WHAT!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593684)

Pingular is a BAT (Bitch Ass Troll)!!!!

Re:WHAT!!! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593635)

Now you know how everyone else (non-USian) feel...

Lucky I have SWAT on Xvid DVD-rip, despite a UK release date of Dec 4th.

Re:WHAT!!! (4, Insightful)

meffie (526171) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593669)

Because Peter is from Wellington, and wants to spotlight Wellington on the world stage as his way of thanking NZ.

Re:WHAT!!! (5, Insightful)

old_unicorn (697566) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593681)

Why shouldn't some country other than America get the first viewing, for once? Seems fair to me - it was made in NZ after all.

Re:WHAT!!! (-1, Flamebait)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593702)

Because the US is the country that is paying for it. I guess it should only be released in NZ. That will certainly pay for the production costs, right?

Re:WHAT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593765)

It is paid for by those who go and watch it wherever they are, not by an area of land.

Re:WHAT!!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593707)

That's it. NZ has gone too far. We now be forced to liberate them.

-GWB

Re:WHAT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593743)

That was really funny.
(IAANZer)

Re:WHAT!!! (-1, Troll)

Steve Franklin (142698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593764)

Oh Gee, another billion dollars a week down the old rat hole. Not to mention the exploding kangaroos. They do have kangaroos in New Zealand, don't they?

Re:WHAT!!! (2, Informative)

Snoopy77 (229731) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594317)

They do have kangaroos in New Zealand, don't they?

Only in the zoo.

Despite the fact that our countries (Australia and NZ) are geographically close we have vastly different flora and fauna. Additionally our indigenous people only share the same skin colour.

Re:WHAT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593691)

Get over it. It's just a movie. If you are wrought with anticipation, sate yourself by reading the book.

Re:WHAT!!! (5, Informative)

darkpurpleblob (180550) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593711)

why not do a world wide release all at the same time?
Dude, this is only the premiere. The rest of us here in New Zealand only get to see it from December 18th, like (AFAIK) everywhere else.

Re:WHAT!!! (1)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593817)

Well, we may not get to see RotK before anyone else, but there is a free outdoor screening of the Two Towers down near Te Papa (near the hill thing, I think).

Re:WHAT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593795)

Don't worry. I'm sure one of those "webcams" they were setting up will "accidentally" capture the movie. Effectively bringing it to the masses on time. :-)

Re:WHAT!!! (4, Interesting)

sugar and acid (88555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593891)

Well it's the premiere, so it is an invite only kind of deal.

Kiwis will have the first opportunity to see it when it is officially released to. Comes from being on the right side of the international date line, it's the official date for release a good 12hrs ahead of the US. Also makes for good new years celebration, the first to see in the new year and it's the middle of summer to (so big outdoor parties etc.).

Re:WHAT!!! (1)

ehintz (10572) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594021)

Kiwis will have the first opportunity to see it when it is officially released to. Comes from being on the right side of the international date line, it's the official date for release a good 12hrs ahead of the US.
Yeah, except that the turkeys at New Line decided to release it here on the 18th (and in the states on the 17th) so we get our first chance about the time the Cali crowd is finishing up the film. We're 21hrs ahead of CA at the moment due to daylight savings down here, so midnight of the 18th here is 3am of the 17th there. El lamo.

Re:WHAT!!! (5, Informative)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594150)

not fair. why not do a world wide release all at the same time?

Because it is a New Zealand film, and Peter wants to have the first screening in his home town? Seems pretty fair to me. I remember when this decision was made - it was at the New Zealand Two Towers Premiere with Peter making a speech to the crowd (and there was a huge crowd). He got Mark Ordesky (high level New Line exec) up on the platform with him and put him on the spot with "And the Return of the King world premiere will be here in Wellington, wont it Mark". Ordesky, faced with the possibility of pissing of the 10,000 or so gathered people sheepishly said yes. After that Jackson just used that as New Line, saying on public record, that the premiere was going to be in Wellington so New Line couldn't work their way out of it.

This is a huge thing for New Zealand. Pretty much everyone I know from Wellington (even me) was involved in making the film in one way or another. The whole country collectively got behind the production of this film - they deserve a little something in return.

Jedidiah.

Re:WHAT!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7594200)

Pretty much everyone I know from Wellington (even me) was involved in making the film in one way or another

"See that dismembered Orc, third along after the pile of heads? That's ME!!!"

MY Slashdot troll post investigation(fp?) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593627)

The last few months I have been doing some research into the trolling phenomenon on slashdot.org. In order to do this as thoroughly as possible, I have written both normal and troll posts, 1st posts, etc., both logged in and anonymously, and I have found these rather shocking results:

  • More moderator points are being used to mod posts down than up. Furthermore, when modding a post up, every moderator seems to follow previous moderators in their choices, even when it's not a particularly interesting or clever post [slashdot.org]. There are a LOT more +5 posts than +3 or +4.
  • Logged in people are modded down faster than anonymous cowards. Presumably these Nazi Moderators think it's more important to burn a user's existing karma, to silence that individual for the future, than to use the moderation system for what it's meant for : identifying "good" and "bad" posts (Notice how nearly all oppressive governments in the past and present do the same thing : marking individuals as bad and untrustworthy because they have conflicting opinions, instead of engaging in a public discussion about these opinions)
  • Once you have a karma of -4 or -5, your posts have a score of -1 by default. When this is the case, no-one bothers to mod you down anymore. This means a logged in user can keep on trolling as much as he (or she) likes, without risking a ban to post on slashdot. When trolling as an anonymous user, every post starts at score 0, and you will be modded down to -1 ON EVERY POST. When you are modded down a certain number of times in 24 hour, you cannot post anymore from your current IP for a day or so. So, for successful trolling, ALWAYS log in.
  • A lot of the modded down posts are actually quite clever [slashdot.org], funny [slashdot.org], etc., and they are only modded down because they are offtopic. Now, on a news site like slashdot, where the number of different topics of discussion can be counted on 1 hand, I must say I quite like the distraction these posts offer. But no, when the topic is yet another minor version change of the Linux kernel [slashdot.org], they only expect ooohs and aaahs about this great feat of engineering. Look at the moderation done in this thread [slashdot.org] to see what I mean.
  • Digging deep into the history of slashdot, I found this poll [slashdot.org], which clearly indicates the vast majority does NOT want the moderation we have here today. 'nuff said.

Feel free to use this information to your advantage. I thank you for your time.

Re:MY Slashdot troll post investigation(fp?) (0)

Neop2Lemus (683727) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594002)

Man, posting occasionally on Slashdot takes up enough time. You investigated Trolls!?

Get out Man! Take the dog to the park, have a beer with your friends, get a girlfriend. Anything but studying trolls, I mean, thats gotta be more useless than trolling itself.

This can't end well... (-1, Offtopic)

Deaper (659229) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593629)

Having a live stream get /.ed is never a good thing for servers. I'm a /. subscriber and the server already started it's downward spiral before the story went live.

Re:This can't end well... (3, Informative)

WasterDave (20047) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593708)

I am 2ms ping away from the webserver on a 10Mbit connection, and I can't get it.

I think, and I may well be wrong, that there is no description of multicasting on the server. Certainly most of NZ's Internet infrastructure isn't multicast capable, and I never did see how they were going to manage to stream this.

There was a brief effort to get Akamai involved. But ... well. Oh well.

Dave

LOTR ROFK Premier... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593644)

ROFL.

Using Linux and KDE (3, Informative)

sultanoslack (320583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593648)

It's also cool to note that they're using Linux and KDE in some of the rendering. See here [kde.org] for more details and screenies.

Re:Using Linux and KDE (4, Interesting)

Raindance (680694) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593694)

I believe they used the linux platform as well to orchestrate the battles; in the massive melees they set up a bunch of orc and human models, defined their movement, gave them scripts and defined their objective as 'stay alive, and kill those not of your type', gave them scripts pointing to these objectives, and just *let them do their thing*.

Much of the battle at Helmsdeep, for instance, is AI program vs AI program. Awesome.

*of course, the first time they tried it, the humans broke ranks and just ran away from the orcs. What does that say?

RD

Re:Using Linux and KDE (1)

Dylan_t_p (630258) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593718)

fuzzy logic is a strange beast :) I wonder if by mistake one of the times they tried running the ai, against all odds the orcs won :) I've never really read about the massive engine they used but I've heard a lot of funny stories

Re:Using Linux and KDE (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594000)

Fuzzy logic is a strange beast :) I wonder if by mistake one of the times they tried running the ai, against all odds the orcs won :) I've never really read about the massive engine they used but I've heard a lot of funny stories"

As much fun as the urban myth about the kangaroos shooting the helicopter down cos they forgot to remove the stinger missiles from the infantry models that were converted to kangaroo figures???

Re:Using Linux and KDE (3, Informative)

RevMike (632002) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594145)

As much fun as the urban myth about the kangaroos shooting the helicopter down cos they forgot to remove the stinger missiles from the infantry models that were converted to kangaroo figures???

Acording to snopes [snopes.com], the core of this story actually happened, but the story has been elaborated extensively. The programmers did re-use the "infantry" models in the simulation for kangaroos. As a bit of fun early in the project they intentionally left the ability of the kangaroos the kangaroos to fiure back intact, but the kangaroos did not fire stinger missiles. They fired beach balls at the helicopters.

Re:Using Linux and KDE (5, Interesting)

remou (146100) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593762)

> the first time they tried it, the humans broke ranks and just ran away from the orcs. What does that say?

Actually according to TTT extended version DVDs, the AI's in the back just started running away from the battle. The reason being that they had programmed the AIs to start running in random directions if they coudn't see an enemy AI, hoping that like this the AIs would run into an ennemy sooner or later. If your AI is at the back of a 10000 people uruquai army, then this strategy won't really work, so they changed it...

nothing to see here, move on....

Re:Using Linux and KDE (1)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593769)

Wow. That's impressive. Although I can't help think that what you just said is just a big metaphor for war in general.

Re:Using Linux and KDE (5, Funny)

u-235-sentinel (594077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593827)

"*of course, the first time they tried it, the humans broke ranks and just ran away from the orcs. What does that say?"

Sounds like that commercial was right "when the courage of men fail"... :-)

Good thing we had Aragorn eh ;-)

That humans are more intelligent than orcs? (1)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593844)

"*of course, the first time they tried it, the humans broke ranks and just ran away from the orcs. What does that say?"

Re:Using Linux and KDE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593712)

yeah, i saw a scene (on Kazaa) where there was a screenshot of them using pkzip on BASH (l33t!), I think it was running in vi bcoz, and hey i don't want to start a holy war here, emacs is a cr4p gui... it took me, like 20 minutes infront of my freelance gig to copy a 17 MB file... and then it corrupted the boot sector so I had to use GRUNT to reinstall the OS... or was it GIMP... dunno.

Linux sucks... analog rules!

w00t!

Re:Using Linux and KDE (4, Informative)

1984 (56406) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593731)

"...using Linux and KDE in some of the rendering."

Linux is a pretty popular platform in the industry. Maya seems to be a little slower on Linux than Windows (don't flame me: talk to Alias). And expect to find tens or hundreds of nodes of Linux-based renderfarm all over the place. All our shots for Matrix III were rendered on Athlons running RedHat.

Re:Using Linux and KDE (4, Insightful)

Ryan Amos (16972) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593791)

They don't use Windows because it's a lot harder to write programs and you're pretty much locked into MFC if you want to write anything reasonably complex. On Linux, you get easier access to hardware without having to worry if some of the "black boxes" in Windows are going to get fucked up by messing with certain things. I've said this before and I'll say it again: Windows is not better than Linux, nor is Linux better than Windows. If all you're doing is entering stuff into a spreadsheet and surfing the net, Windows is better. If you need to write a lot of custom applications and don't want to spend years doing it, Linux is the way to go. Different uses demand different tools, which is why Linux will probably never seriously crack the desktop market, but will be (is?) a force to be reckoned with in a lot of "middleware" applications.

Re:Using Linux and KDE (4, Funny)

McAddress (673660) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593935)

You should not be allowed to post on slashdot being that you are not a zealot of one OS.

Everybody knows they could have done this faster and cheaper if they were running BSD.

*ducks to avoid flames*

Re:Using Linux and KDE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7594181)

...and perl for the pipeline work! :P

Re:Using Linux and KDE (1)

mormop (415983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594289)

Seems a bit of a shame that they only provide Windows Media Player streaming video of the premier though.

Good for NZers (4, Insightful)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593657)

As I understand the people of NZ were more than gracious to the film crew. Also who can deny the lush beautiful landscapes that NZ provided. I think it's only fair they get to see the movie a few weeks before we do. On a side note, with the success of a more than excellent translation of LOTR by Jackson, anyone else hoping that one day he may do a King Arthur tale? Perhaps a Once and Future King trilogy?

Premier for the Stars (5, Informative)

AnEmbodiedMind (612071) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593686)

No, this is the premier for the stars... the rest of us New Zealanders will still have to wait a couple more weeks before it is released to the public.

Re:Good for NZers (2, Insightful)

old_unicorn (697566) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593696)

Once and Future King - YES. The only book that always makes me cry, when Arthur stands up and explains to the hedgehog what it's all about. A brilliant book. There was a Walt Disny thing "Sword in the Stone" that was based in part of it, the lessons from merlin in the moat as a fish, etc, but there is so much more to the books.

Re:Good for NZers (5, Funny)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593730)

Strange women lyin' in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a movie trilogy!

LOTR prequels? (2, Funny)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593867)

I'm waiting for the prequels: The Hobbit, episode 2, and episode 3, however the Tolkien family and Peter Jackson decide to write them.

Re:Good for NZers (5, Interesting)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593876)

Also who can deny the lush beautiful landscapes that NZ provided. Seriously. A friend of mine spent 6 months in Antarctica at a US research base (he only had an internet connection when a communications satellite was overhead... I think 8 hours a day or something) and then spent 6 months in NZ just traveling around... his photos were amazing, and I half expected to see Gandolf riding a horse in the distance. I would LOVE to go there some day, except I hear it's hard to get into the country sometimes.

Re:Good for NZers (2, Informative)

twinpot (40956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594011)

The only thing hard about getting into New Zealand is the 27 hour flight from Europe! It's at least three hours flying from Sydney to Wellington.
If you're from Europe or North America you'll get a tourist visa at point of entry.

Re:Retire to NZ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593909)

What are the pros and cons?

Re:Good for NZers (5, Informative)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594062)

As I understand the people of NZ were more than gracious to the film crew.

Yeah, but given that most of the film crew were New Zealanders that's not that surprising. A lot of people dont seem to realise, this is largely a New Zealand film. The production money is from New Line, and that's US, but the director (Jackson
), screenplay writers (Jackson, Walsh, Boyens), casting, film crew, locations, costume design, and even the special effects (Weta Workshops, and Weta Digital) etc. are all New Zealand based. Even a large number of the actors are New Zealand actors - the leads, are, of course, big names from overseas, but many of the minor roles, Haldir, Celeborn, Denethor, Eomer etc. are all New Zealanders.

And what's the easiest way to get a large army of orcs for battle scenes? Yes, that's right, they used the New Zealand Army!

New Zealand provided far more than the landscapes - these films are (except for the money) New Zealand films.

Jedidiah.

Re:Good for NZers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7594139)

Nothing new there. Films will usually use locals for extras and bit parts, especially when massive amounts of people are needed. Did you think they shipped a ton of people out of Hollywood every time a film was shot elsewhere?

Re:Good for NZers (1, Informative)

AyeRoxor! (471669) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594359)

And what's the easiest way to get a large army of orcs for battle scenes? Yes, that's right, they used the New Zealand Army!

Primer from the CIA World Factbook [cia.gov]:

  • New Zealand Military branches
    • New Zealand Army
    • Royal New Zealand Navy
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Military manpower - military age
    • 20 years of age (2003 est.)
  • Military manpower - availability
    • males age 15-49: 1,021,770 (2003 est.)
  • Military manpower - fit for military service:

    • males age 15-49: 859,505 (2003 est.)
  • Military manpower - reaching military age annually
    • males: 26,803 (2003 est.)
  • Military expenditures - dollar figure
    • $605.7 million (FY02)
  • Military expenditures - percent of GDP
    • 1% (FY02)
/partly because thinking of the NZ army is silly, and parly because I love nested <UL>'s :)

Re:Good for NZers (1)

Henk Postma (703916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594192)

I would really like for Jackson to make a movie about the Once and Future King by T.H. White. If you haven't read it yet, please do. It's a brilliant book, the descriptions are vivid, and the Arthur story is told in a very original way. E.g, Merlin is living backwards in time, and the way it is written up is very intelligent, as well as funny.

He should include the last part of the book though, The book of Merlin which was found in the private collection of White after he died. It makes the story much more complete and ends in the same sprit as the book starts in The Sword in the Stone

pathetic waste of time (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593671)

Do we really need to see more running and more running and yet more running and then more Hobbit man love?

Peter Jackson betrayed us all by not making LoTR in to a Meet the Hobbits or Dead Alive Frodo hilarious gorefest. Instead he chose to make LoTR in to a faithful adaptation of one of the most boring and cliche books ever written.

To see LoTR's box office success and to hear so many people fawning over it is to witness just how pathetic mainstream taste in movies is.

I just hope someone does a parady of this shitfest soon.

Wizards by Ralph Bakshi (0, Offtopic)

handy_vandal (606174) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593699)

I just hope someone does a parady of this shitfest soon.

It's been done, kind of: Wizards [rottentomatoes.com] by Ralph Bakshi.

-kgj

Perfect day for it (1, Informative)

marshall_j (643520) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593676)

Weather couldn't be nicer for those of us here in Welly. I'm gonna go get me a good seat now, somewhere near the fell [scoop.co.nz] beast [theonering.net] on top of the Embassy Theatre.

Player? (0, Informative)

meffie (526171) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593688)

To view image streams you will need Windows Media Player. To download Windows Media Player click on the Windows Media Player icon.

Some more webcams (2, Informative)

trystanu (691619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593715)

These don't seem to be /.ed yet, at least, they're working for me (sourced from http://www.wellingtonnz.com/cam/cam/index.html) Downtown Courtenay Place (http://palantir.citylink.co.nz/courtenay/) Uptown Courtenay Place (http://webcam.citylink.co.nz/reading/) The red carpet (live 12noon NZ time) (http://palantir.citylink.co.nz/midland-park/ and http://palantir.citylink.co.nz/traffic/) Unfortunately no cams yet running from *inside* the cinema If you live in NZ, you can get some visit live streaming cams from the link above.

Some more webcams (5, Informative)

trystanu (691619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593729)

With some HTML formatting:

These don't seem to be /.ed yet, at least, they're working for me (sourced from here [wellingtonnz.com]). Unfortunately there aren't any cams running from *inside* the cinema as yet.

If you live in NZ, you can get some visit live streaming cams from the link above [wellingtonnz.com].

Re:Some more webcams (-1, Redundant)

Johnso (520335) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593822)

Don't worry. I'm sneaking my cam and laptop with wireless Internet in and you can check out the movie in real-time here [127.0.0.1].

Big deal! (0, Interesting)

SexyKellyOsbourne (606860) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593768)

Once again, the DVD screener for this movie was leaked days ago onto IRC, and I, along many others, have had it since. Waiting outside the theatre is a waste of time, considering in this day and age, anyone truly dedicated can hop online and find it quickly, and watch it a few hours later in the comfort of their own home.

Don't believe me?

irc://81.223.243.18/DC-Warez [irc]

Then type /ctcp xDCC-SK12633M xdcc send #1

and #2 and #3, as well.

Re:Big deal! (3, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593793)

So by "truly dedicated" you must mean unscrupulous little weasels who want to access others work without contributing anything of their own or reimbursing others for their time?

It all ways amazes me that people claiming to be "true fans" do whatever they can to ensure that there wont be any thing for them to pirate in the future.

I'm starting to think that the RIAA may have a point, that's a disturbing thought. Must get drunk now.

Re:Big deal! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593887)

I had pirates of both FOTR ant TTT, saw them at the movies AND bought the DVD's. What possible fucking problem could the movie industry have with that? Of course these are films that I actually want to watch. I was given a bunch of 'blockbusting' VCD's by a friend, I've not watched any of them nor will I be bothering. Perhaps they can add that to their piracy stats, even if you give me the films I have better things to do than watch the garbage.

Oh get a grip! (3, Interesting)

Snaller (147050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594257)

Everybody decent on the production has been paid for their work. Its only the greedy bastards at newline which expect to keep cashing in again and again on the work of other people. Its fair they make their money back, its fair they make a profit - but its sick amoral greed when that profit ends up being 40000%

Re:Big deal! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593824)

Now this is the sort of thing where I really wouldn't mind if the responsible parties if are bent over and repeatedly violated by the MPAA's lawyers.

Re:Big deal! (1)

marshall_j (643520) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593833)

Most (if not all waiting) are waiting for the parade not the movie. The premiere isn't something you wake up and decide to get some tickets for :P Go you for getting it before everyone else tho.

Re:Big deal! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593871)

Retards. Thank you for giving the MPAA some very juicy ammunition.

Who the fuck is more stupid, you or the MPAA / RIAA? Right now, you are.

It's also interesting (2, Interesting)

Snaller (147050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594275)

that Peter Jackson supposedly finished the last cuts, this wednesday - would be awfully fast to make a DVD screener.

Jackson Says Best of the Series (4, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593782)

Follow the link [utusan.com.my]. Not much else, statistics, dollars earned, blah blah blah.

Here's hoping he's right. November's been a bit of a let down. Matrix Revolutions blew chunks (but nice CGI), Cat in the Hat is outright stupid and Timeline was underwhelming. Kill Bill Vol 1, however, was very cool and I'm looking forward to Feb. 20 to see Vol 2. (Did anyone else think of Sergio Leone's work while watching Kill Bill?)

Re:Jackson Says Best of the Series (1)

Slashamatic (553801) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593880)

(Did anyone else think of Sergio Leone's work while watching Kill Bill?)
Not exactly a Clint paen to Sergio, was it but if anything it reminded me of a Python take of of him. I still think it was one of the best so far, but I still have great expectations of ROTK.

Kill Mike first (0, Troll)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593895)

Kill Bill Vol 1, however, was very cool and I'm looking forward to Feb. 20 to see Vol 2.

I'm not looking forward to Disney's Kill Bill Vol. 2 by Tarantino, primarily because it's published by The Walt Disney Company, and I don't feel the need to feed the lobbying machine. In case you're wondering, "Mike" in the subject refers to Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who cost the company its credibility.

Bugger Australia!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593784)

Ehhh pass me some V.B. and get yer arse fucked mate!

I'm here... (5, Interesting)

deminisma (703135) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593808)

Sitting in my living room about 20mins walk from the Embassy where the premiere is taking place. To be honest, I find the excitement the whole city is experiencing a little embarrassing. All four of our free-to-air television stations are doing specials tonight, the Dominion Post newspaper devotes the entire first three pages to it. I mean, really it is just a film premiere.
Nevertheless, some of the buildings around Wellington look fantastic, a few adorned with giant models from Weta. I believe the red carpet is over 400 metres long, spanning the length of Courtenay Place, one of our largest streets.
Should be interesting, but really the hype is almost unbearable.

Just letting Slashdot know not every Wellingtonian is so damn excitable!

Yes, but... (4, Funny)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593894)

"Just letting Slashdot know not every Wellingtonian is so damn excitable!"

Yes, but then you did just post to /. about the story, so...

;)

Here is your chance! (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594230)

Take some pictures and upload them to your website!

Don't have a website... get one! Plenty of free!

Don't have a camera? Borrow one!

We are waiting :)

Re:I'm here... (1)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594305)

I dunno, I would think that as a whole NZ would be eager to proclaim to the world that "the greatest film epic ever was filmed HERE!"

Beats being mistaken as part of Australia all the time ;-)

It's even better publicity if you remember the Matrix films were mostly shot in Sydney!

In related news... (LOTR onion-style humour) (4, Funny)

stendec (582696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593810)

Islidur dissapointed to find Gladden Fields already littered with corpses, rings.
Dwarven metal-detector only turns up bottlecaps, shattered armor of comrades.

Isildur, eldest son and heir of Elendil, was dissapointed late afternoon last Monday when his attempt to find the ring which slipped off his finger failed. "I was lookining all through the muck, between the reeds and shrubs, and I even wrestled a Gladden Gator to see if it accidentally swallowed it." The King of both Arnor and Gondor then employed his three sons to aid in the search. After much searching amongst the reeds, Elendur, eldest of Isildur's four sons, shouted in the gloom, "I have located it, father!" Unfortunately, upon putting the ring on, Elendur did not dissappear, leaving the red embarrasement on his face plain to the eye. "Must be some other ring," he grumbled. The many corpses strewn across the Gladden Fields did not help the endeavour either. "All of this cracked and broken armor is really throwing off the metal detector. It's like trying to find a needle in a bloody, corpse-strewn haystack. I can only hope my insurance covers this." When pressed for comment, Lloyd's of London only said that "Insurance for rings of power laden with the capability of invisibility is not available, not even for a king of the Numenoreans, largely because "invisible rings" are a huge source of insurance fraud." Later on in the day, the heir of Elendil was slain by an orc. "I can only hope the One Ring is not found by some scheming, hideous halfling-like creature which eminates bubbling-like noises, or else all is lost," he said in his dying words, before another arrow punctured his larynx.

Here's another (4, Funny)

stendec (582696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594190)

Undead Witch King Riding Through Hobbiton Raises Only A Few Eyebrows

Late Thursday evening, local hobbit Ted Sandyman was only mildly surprised to see the Witch-king of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgul, riding down the road leading up and over The Hill. "Aye, sir, I was a-walkin' down the road to go do some fishin' at the Bywater Pool when up comes this surly fellow all in black," the miller's son commented. "He says to me, he says 'Where can I find Bagginsssss' in a real gruff voice, as if he's the Lord of Angmar, much like. I give him the ol' long look and says straight to his face, 'If it's Baggins you want, then go up-on The Hill. But you look mighty famished, sir, as if you didna' eat for a few centuries.' I then offers him to come over to the mill for some biscuits and the like but 'ee says he hasn't 'et anything for a few centuries 'cuz he's been dead for a few centuries. Than he went a-gallopin' up to the Hill, not even bothering to bid me a good day." Another hobbit, Millo Burrow, also saw the forsaken slave of the second dark lord stroll through the town. "It musta been noon-day when I sees him. He was a-ridin' a black horse, and so at first I thought it was old Mr. Butterbur come from Bree on an errand, but no: I look closer and, bless my hide, it's the Lord of Angmar. I shrug my shoulders and go on my way, seein' as it's no business of mine as to what an eternally damned witch king is doin' in town. Prolly buying some fine Hobbiton cheese, no doubt."

Feeling sorry for stuff.co.nz (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593883)

Do note New Zealanders pay a lot for internation bandwidth.

Re:Feeling sorry for stuff.co.nz (1)

Xybot (707278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7593923)

I know, my friend was up till the wee hours working on the stuff articles last night. I guess she was repayed by being able to see the preview release last week. All I managed to get out of her was that it was really good, and better than T2T's. (sigh)

Windows only web streams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7593978)

Is there anything on Linux that will play these asx streams? Is MPlayer up to the task? I realise the streams are NZ only but that's not a problem for me :-)

Re:Windows only web streams? (4, Informative)

LightStruk (228264) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594156)

Yes, MPlayer will play them. Just make sure you have the latest codec packs [mplayerhq.hu] installed. Or, on Gentoo,
# emerge mplayer
# emerge win32codecs

The biggest creche in Wellington (2, Interesting)

phobonetik (522196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594064)

Woah - walk to work at 9am along coutenay place, and I'm sure every teen girl is along the red carpet -- heaps of them with sleeping bags ! :P Can't imagine how busy it will be this afternoon - given the 'parade' is what - atleast 5km long?

Re:The biggest creche in Wellington (2, Funny)

phobonetik (522196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594195)

Hah - just found out my (15 yo) sister went down with her friends there at about 2am in the morning :P

Where do you get the tickertape from? (1)

phobonetik (522196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594088)

"Every shop" along courtenay place was supposed to issue tickertape to throw on all your friends, foes and celebraties --- anyone know where to get it from? The bookstores (Whitcolls) and StarMarts have no idea...

It's the little touches (5, Funny)

robschone (621997) | more than 10 years ago | (#7594240)

My cellphone has just started reporting that I am now located in "MiddlEarth" instead of "Wgtn CBD", you can't do anything here (Wellington obviously) today without some Lord of the Rings theme affecting it.

SPOILER!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7594261)

The hobbits destroy the ring, Sauron is overthrown, the King returns to Gondor.

Of course, you could read the books like I did 20 years ago...

Does it have Saruman in it? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7594362)

If not, who cares?
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