Okay, thought I had better rush over here and report to you about the events at the bookstore today.
First off, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, and Sean Astin were all present. We got there at about 10am even though the discussion didn't start until
2. It actually looked like we weren't going to be able to get into the discussion because they were only allowing 50 people in. Luckily, they had some extra tickets so I was able to get inside (My friend Melanie opted to stay outside to ensure we could get into the signing too).
The discussion was great, but as you can expect Peter did most of the talking. Sean was next, and Phillipa and Fran pretty much only talked when they were addressed directly (which only happened a couple times). Still it was a good discussion. Can't recount everything, but here are the highlights. Peter is currently working on half a dozen things to do with the movie. He's editing Fellowship right now for the dvd, and there will be 30 minutes of extra footage. Some of the scenes are going to be surprises as they aren't from the books, they were written specifically for the film. Peter said much of this is going to be scenes of Aragorn, setting up his character a lot more. Specifically one scene he mentioned was between Aragorn and Boromir, should be an interesting one. Also the scene of the Fellowship receiving their gifts from Galadriel will be added. There will also be more of the rivalry between the dwarves and the elves shown, that should definelty be interesting since we didn't really get enough of that in the film.
He's also currently cutting the preview for TTT which should be released in about 5 - 6 weeks according to him (damn, was hoping for it much sooner). It's going to be 3 1/2 minutes long, and from what Peter says it'll come just after the last scene of the movie, and before the credits roll.
The reforging of Narsil will be shown at the beginning of ROTK.
He thought about showing the scene as the book states where in Bree Aragorn pulls out the broken sword, but couldn't figure out how to do it without making people who had never read the books laugh. Peter's got a point there, if you saw someone like that pull out a broken sword in a movie and you didn't understand, you'd probably laugh too.
Of course Peter's also working on TTT right now. Sounds like he's working mostly on the Gollum scenes at the moment, and they're doing a lot of shots with miniatures. He said they've written some new scenes for Sean and Elijah so both will go down in New Zealand in June (to which Sean replied "woohoo!").
Besides that there were the usual questions about the experience of working on the movie. The group seemed pretty happy to be doing this, and the crowd of course was great.
As for the signing, it went pretty well. Originally they told us we'd be able to get four items signed, but so many people showed up that the limit was immediately reduced to one. I choose to have a Variety ad for the movie signed so that I could get it framed later, and the group seemed impressed by it having never actually seen the ad themselves (not surprising, most of them never check these things out). Peter seemed genuinely pleased when I told him that Heavenly Creatures is one of my favorite movies, and Sean had a short chat with my friend, Melanie, regarding his recent appearance on The Late Late Show.
Met some great people during the lineup, and had an all around great time. John Voight even made an appearance (something he does often, I've seen him at a lot of these kind of events lately), and signed an ad in my Variety mag and took some pics with people around us. Definetly can't wait for the next LOTR related event, glad there seem to be so many around here.
I'm also attaching some pictures I took at the event which you are of course free to post on the site.