Thursday, September 05, 2002
Carnival to celebrate Rings II - Xoanon @ 19:13 PST
NessimŽ sends this in from The Dominion:

A night carnival is planned in Wellington in mid-December for the New Zealand and Australian premiere of the second The Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers.

There are also plans for a big push for Wellington to host the world premiere of the final part of the trilogy in 2003.

Former Wellington mayor Mark Blumsky is again coordinating arrangements, with Wellington City Council and the Regional Economic Development Agency.

Wellington director Peter Jackson was hailed as a hero by thousands of cheering onlookers as he strolled down a red carpet to the Embassy Theatre for last year's premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring.

For The Two Towers the focus will be on a street carnival after the screening.

"The razzamatazz will be at the end of the movie rather than the start, and that's because we wanted to do something different to the last time," Mr Blumsky said.

"We will make a decision after this one as to which worked better ... Because we have a very good shot, if we do this right, of getting the world one."