It was very sad news yesterday when it was revealed that Christopher Lee had passed away. The iconic actor had more than 280 roles to his name in a career that spanned 67 years with parts on TV, in movies, and for video games. Part of Lee’s continued popularity in recent years was his appearance in Middle Earth films directed by Peter Jackson, in which he played the wizard Saruman the White, so you can imagine that the filmmaker would have a very emotional reaction to such an important key to his films succeeding passing away. Indeed, Jackson posted a very touching tribute to Lee, and how much the actor’s involvement in the Lord of the Rings series meant to him over the years. (more…)
For the record, Christopher Lee was a tall guy. At an imposing 6’5″ frame and with a hypnotically basso voice (and naturally accented as British), this was a man born to make horror movies. That was Lee’s bread and butter for much of his career, but the actor will be fondly remembered for so much more than playing Dracula for years and years. As you may have noticed, we are now talking about Christopher Lee in the past tense because he passed away from respiratory problems and heart failure while hospitalized Sunday (the delay was so that his family would not find out through the news_. For movie geeks the world over, Lee defined intimidation and regality in equal measure, and continued to be very much in demand and working well into his 93rd year. But to quote Edwin Stanton when he remarked on the massing of another tall man, Abraham Lincoln, now he belongs to the ages. (more…)
And by the way, don’t point out the irony of hating franchises after completing two movie trilogies because Peter Jackson‘s already aware of that! Yeah, this is something that Jackson said in a recent interview while promoting the third film in The Hobbit trilogy, and the sixth Middle Earth film overall, The Battle of the Five Armies. Considering that Jackson owns a pretty big share of the credit for the Hollywood obsession with huge franchise pictures with big budgets and bigger box office, his comments are either bold self-examination, or hypocritical B.S. from someone who’s sold out and has too many regrets to allow himself to be able to live with them, so he’s spreading the guilt around. Either way, yes, The Hobbit director now says that franchises are ruining the business. Deal with it. (more…)
The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, has finally hit the U.S. theaters, and Peter Jackson has been doing the rounds to promote the movie, however, that’s not all he’s been talking about. It’s no secret that The Hobbit movies have received their fair share of criticism for myriad reasons; but one of the most ubiquitous critiques, has been Jackson‘s heavy reliance on CGI effects, as opposed to the practical effects that he used in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, coming off the back of these criticisms, Jackson has been ruffling feathers in the contemporary movie-making world with his critique on the state of the industry today; the Hollywood zeitgeist if you like, and it’s all rather dumbfounding indeed. (more…)
Having spent the best part of 15 years in Middle-earth filming six films, it’s easy to see how Peter Jackson will be having a hard time saying goodbye to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world of hobbits, dragons, elves, orcs and the magical world of Middle-earth. However it turns out that Jackson may be suffering to let go; harboring a ‘never-say-never’ complex, which is further testament of his reluctance so say good-bye to the franchise completely. (more…)
Martin Freeman hosted Saturday Night Live last night and really hit it out of the park with this Lord of the Rings skit, The Office: Middle Earth. If you’ve watched the BBC version of The Office with Ricky Gervais, or even if you’ve only watched the American version with Steven Carell, you’ll immediately notice the incredible attention to detail. This just might be the best skit of the entire SNL season! (more…)
Shed a Tear While You Listen to Billy Boyd Sing “The Last Goodbye” For ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies’
Seems the more and more people hear/talk about Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, the more fans grumble and shake fists about the shit that should not be.
Yes, turning the book into 3 movies was likely 2 movies too much. Yes, there are characters, love triangles and scenes that are based on supplemental material, if at all. Yes, the movies are laden with an overuse of CGI. Yes, the movies do everything they can do remind you they’re connected to The Lord of The Rings. Yes, the heroes of the movies seem to repeatedly fall from ridiculous heights and walk away unscathed (a personal gripe of mine). However, despite its flaws, it has been quite the adventure. Through LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring and now The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies, Peter Jackson has taken us there and back again. And, unless Peter Jackson decides to adapt The Silmarillion (I can hear the resounding “NO” stemming through the screen), this movie marks our last trek into the (cinematic) world of Middle-Earth. (more…)
Why wait or the official release of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer later today when you can watch the leaked version now? Better check it out quick though, those hobbit lawyers will mercilessly crush this leak under their knobby, hairy toes. (more…)
It cost over 3 times as much to make ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy than it did ‘Lord Of The Rings.’ I know they’ve got awesome weed in that fantasy universe, but who knew it would be so goddamned expensive?? When news got out that crazy man Guillermo del Toro signed to direct ‘The Hobbit,’ fans were mildly okay with it but wanted Peter Jackson instead. The studio wanted him too. But Jackson was busy, and compromises were made. Hands were shook, del Toro quietly exited, and boom – the king returned. Well, they must’ve wanted him something powerful because the budget Jackson ended up with could rebuild Metropolis after ‘Man Of Steel’ left it crumbled. Wait, I’m mixing genres here. That Shire mary jane must be getting to me. Let’s all get stoned just from talking about how much freakin’ money went into this wholly average production. (more…)
Surely by now those of you back home have heard about the insanely long line for San Diego Comic-Con‘s Hall H. It began forming about mid-afternoon yesterday and soon stretched three miles long (according to the convention gossips, that is). Yet–friend of the site, Rush Urbalejo has managed to grab a spot in the room and will be doing his best to recap today’s announcements. First up, Warner Bros.