'The Return of the King'

Peter Jackson's final installment in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy wins all 11 of its Oscar nominations, including Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

October 3, 2004

CLASSICAL MUSIC

'LOTR' symphony sets Elvish to music

The members of the World Festival Symphony Orchestra are accustomed to performing on strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. It's just the specific forms of these instruments that might feel a little foreign to the musicians as they rehearse this week: Ney flute. Hardanger fiddle. Bodhran drum.

October 3, 2004

SIDEBAR

CSO hopes movies lure fans to Orchestra Hall

One week after "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" sweeps into town like Gandalf lighting the way for the denizens of Minas Tirith, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will launch its first series dedicated to film music: Friday Night at the Movies.

June 10, 2004

Show puts 'Lord' trilogy in new light

Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will host a touring multimedia extravaganza this fall that aims to capitalize on the popularity of the movie versions of "The Lord of the Rings," it was announced Wednesday.

March 8, 2004

'Rings' can't work its magic on the small screen

"The Lord of the Rings" collected an awe-inspiring 11 Oscars, and its best picture win was a first for a fantasy film, but fans of fantasy, horror and science-fiction entertainment can't count on the critical success of "Rings" -- and its box-office records -- to sweep their favorite genre from the multiplex to the TV schedule.

March 1, 2004

ANALYSIS

Academy approves of 'Rings'

Talent will out -- that's the theme of the Oscars that will go down in history as The Lord of the Rings sweep.

February 29, 2004

Glam and politics return to the Oscar show

The bombs started raining on Baghdad two days before the stars were scheduled to reign at last year's 75th annual Academy Awards. Much hair tugging (or, at least, hair extensions tugging) followed.

February 29, 2004

THE 76TH ACADEMY AWARDS

Who will win? Who should win? Compare Sunday night's winners with Michael Wilmington's Oscar predictions and personal picks

December 29, 2003

Trapped with Tolkien

Trilogy Tuesday began for me at nine o'clock. The 12-hour Lord of the Rings marathon began at 1:15 p.m., but I wanted to get to the theater early to secure a good seat. I checked in one last time with the online message board I'd been visiting.

December 17, 2003

Familiar rings

With the arrival in theaters of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final filmic chapter of the J.R.R. Tolkien saga is a wrap.

December 16, 2003

Who's who in Middle Earth

The Fellowship of Hope

December 14, 2003

A trip to Middle Earth via London

If you're going to be in London in the next few weeks, and have had your fill of afternoon tea, strolls through Hyde Park and those dusty relics at the British Museum, consider a trip into the heart of Middle Earth.

December 11, 2003

He gave life to Gollum

Greg Butler traveled to Bradley International Airport this week in anonymity, no one the wiser to the contents of the carry-on bag stored in the overhead compartment.

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