Thursday, November 13, 2003

Uh oh.

Actor Christopher Lee has said he is shocked that his key scenes have been cut from the third "Lord of the Rings" film, the BBC reports.

As the evil white wizard Saruman of the popular film trilogy, the actor had expected to appear in a total of seven minutes of climactic scenes in the final film, opening Dec. 17.

Appearing on the British show "This Morning" Wednesday, Lee said he had no idea why his scenes were cut. He said he had not heard anything from director Peter Jackson and had no idea why his scenes were dropped, and was only bringing it up because the news had spread to the Internet.

"I can't say any more because I signed a confidentiality agreement and I honoured my word," he said.

Fans have started an online petition in an attempt to restore the deleted scenes.

Lee admitted to being a big fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy and said appearing in the first two "Lord of the Rings" films had been "a dream come true." But, he added that he would not be attending next month's premiere.

"No, what's the point? What's the point of going? None at all," he said.

Master and Commander

Heard a very cool story on NPR tonight about the "sounds" of the movie 'Master and Commander.' They have worked very hard to bring the sights and sounds of O'Brian's book to life.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Librarians least likely to get speeding tickets

CNN Money reports the stats on accidents and tickets. Cool, I will be sure to keep an extra sharp eye on the speedometer now. Cell phone use while driving contributes to accidents.