If you once owned the rights to a franchise that makes 10 figures every time at bat, wouldn’t you sue for more money? That seems to be the tact being taken by Bob and Harvey Weinstein who yesterday brought suit against Warner Bros, owners of New Line Cinema, stating that they’re owned more money from the franchise they sold: the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. How’s that? Well, it’s kind of a long story. In fact, you’d need a whole trilogy of three-hour films to tell it in the most excruciating detail possible. (more…)
The rumor Peter Jackson could direct an episode of Doctor Who was a pretty fervent one months ago. Since then, and all the 50th anniversary hullabaloo, there hasn’t been much said on the subject–till now. Jackson has come out to say those discussions about him directing an episode are “actually kind of serious”. (more…)
With the anticipated release of the second Hobbit movie The Desolation of Smaug hitting next week, Peter Jackson presents his 13 video production diary.
Bored actors playing Ping Pong, Stephen Fry behaving like Stephen Fry, sound engineers caring less about deadline and Peter Jackson’s astonishing refusal to wear socks… watch the magic of movie making unfold!
Air New Zealand is sporting the first full body look at the great beast Smaug from Peter Jackson‘s latest Tolkien film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Boeing 737 will fly from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles for the movie’s premiere on Tuesday. Check out the closer look and unveiling video below. (more…)
Does LEGO make actual building blocks anymore? Just curious because they only seem to do sets based on movies and video games based on sets based on movies now. But I digress. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that they’re teaming up with TT Games and The LEGO Group to produce LEGO The Hobbit, a new game to be released sometime in 2014, presumably in time for the final part of The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again. Will you be able to play it? Well, as long as you have one of the following platforms – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation, Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, as well as Windows PC and Mac – then you should be good to go. (more…)
A new featurette (a Denny’s exclusive) for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has hit, which puts attention on a fan-favorite character who’s been largely absent from the movie’s marketing thus far, Beorn the skin-changer. There’s no footage of the character himself, but we do hear from actor Mikael Persbrandt and the rest of the cast on what it was like shooting on the giant set.
One of the many things I love about director Peter Jackson is his willing us to bring us behind the scenes of his films. Offering video diaries, documentaries, featurettes, interviews… etc. He offers up every facet of the filmmaking process. As a viewer, I respect the final product more when I realize the amount of work that went into it. Ultimately, it’s amazing watching a concept evolve into reality; seeing nothing turn into something.
Hot on the heels of the seven new character posters, during the Fan Event today a new darker trailer was released for Peter Jackson‘s second film in the Hobbit series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. What dark new secrets were revealed? (more…)
And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News! (more…)
In case you’ve forgotten, the second part of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, comes out this Christmas. But if you did forget, no problem, that’s why studio marketing was invented. Below, is the third TV spot of the latest Hobbit movie… (more…)