Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien.
The Tolkien Society is organizing a toast at 21.00 GMT (That's 3pm CST (or find other)). The toast is 'The Professor'.
Go read their brief Tolkien biography. I started Carpenter's standard biography of Tolkien last night when I couldn't sleep. It didn't put me to sleep, though. I was very interested. Of course, I can't promise that you would be.
Over there I found a statement by Christopher Tolkien that he did not hate the idea of the movie. He did say he didn't think it would translate to film. I don't think he'd seen it as of the writing of this article. (I wouldn't be surprised if he never saw it.)