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Fantasy has seen something of a resurgence in the last decade and a half. For years consigned to the niche market, Peter Jackson changed all that, and made it cool to like tales of dungeons and dragons again. Seventh Son however, is nothing so eloquent as Tolkein's tale. With a heavy reliance on CGI and some star power in the cast, it's an entirely forgettable fantasy adventure that will neither dazzle the crowd or leave the audience with a completely sour taste. Jeff Bridges, said star power, plays John Gregory, a seventh son of a seventh son, something which gifts him extraordinary strength and agility. Because of this, he is tasked with some supernatural policing duties, as well as recruiting others like him. Using his abilities to battle shape-shifting witches, he finds himself in the unenviable position of having to take on a new recruit (Ben Barnes) with only a »
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Coinciding with the U.S. DVD and Blu-ray release this week, the folks at Screen Junkies have ventured into Middle-earth (alongside How It Should Have Ended) to give the Honest Trailer treatment to the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies…
And here’s How It Should Have Ended’s take, featuring Screen Junkies…
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- Gary Collinson
Screen Junkies couldn’t simply end their series of Honest Trailers for The Hobbit Trilogy with an Honest Trailer. They’ve teamed up with the How it Should Have Ended animation team for a mega-takedown of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Check out The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies Honest Trailer below. Thanks […]
The post ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Honest Trailer Combines Forces appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
When Furious 7 hits theaters next weekend, it will be the last time the late Paul Walker will ever be seen on the big screen. The actor passed away in November 2013, while on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from shooting Furious 7, which lead to the production shutting down for several months, not only for the actors to mourn their friend, but for the filmmakers to figure out how to give him a proper send-off. We reported last April that the actor's brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker, served as stand-ins for Paul when production resumed, but now we have new details about how visual effects artists re-created the late actor.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Peter Jackson's Weta Digital effects house took unused footage from previous Fast and Furious movies to re-create a digital version of Paul Walker for the rest of the Furious 7 production. The process is »
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, which is slated for release next July.
Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. This »
Ready Player One is an entertaining book that would make for a terrific film if not for licensing headaches. The story takes place in 2044 and revolves around the poverty-stricken Wade Watts, who’s only escape is trying to solve a decades old game from the late James Halliday creator of the worldwide, virtual reality space, Oasis. Working along the lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if Wade can progress through the Vr game, he gets to own Oasis, which is pretty much the equivalent of owning the Internet. The trick to beating the game is to figure out how to decipher the clues that are rooted in Halliday’s love of 1980s pop culture. And that’s where a movie gets tricky. In his book, author Ernest Cline could pack in 80s references to his heart’s content (sometimes to the detriment of the story; at points it »
- Matt Goldberg
The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis which enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company.
The teenager soon finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Various 1980s pop culture references feature heavily in the work and are expected to be carried over to the film. Zak Penn wrote the script.
Back in December last year the likes of Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright were all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation. »
- Garth Franklin
Gondor is the greatest realm of men in all of Middle Earth. Home to stories of heroics and legend that would make King Arthur look like C3PO by comparison, it is rightly revered in both Jrr Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogies. It is the key kingdom of the entire story – basically the Kings Landing of Middle Earth. Battles are fought here, tides of war are turned here and even the title of the last film is named after its king.
Scene of the awesome climactic battle in The Return Of The King, host to one of the most epic speeches of the entire Lotr universe, not to mention the hard hitting sibling drama of the Gondor princes Boromir and Faramir, Gondor is up there with the very greatest kingdoms ever committed to celluloid or page.
But what would it really be »
- Lee Gant
This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. No actor is indispensable. That is the blunt lesson from the fact that Universal Pictures was able to complete its April 3 tentpole, Furious 7, following star Paul Walker's death in a November 2013 car accident about halfway through the shoot. Beyond saying that brothers Cody and Caleb stood in for Walker and that director James Wan culled footage of Walker from the earlier films, Universal declines to discuss which tricks were employed to breathe life into Walker's character. But sources say Peter Jackson's Weta Digital
- Carolyn Giardina
Are ou are a big fan of the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy? Well, then you may want to turn away, as this video is about to tear it a new one. You.ve been warned! Peter Jackson has taken a lot of heat for turning J.R.R. Tolkien.s The Hobbit - a 300-page book - into nine-plus hours of movies. There.s so much walking, so much. The latest, and final chapter, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, is the best of the three installments, but it is certainly a film with a great number of flaws. As the movie hits the home video market today, it.s as good a time as any for one of Screen Junkies. famous Honest Trailers. The latest in this popular series hits on all of the biggest complaints people have levied at The Hobbit: The Battle of the »
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 2 hr 24 mins
Due Out: March 24, 2015
Plot: (courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and »
- Jeff Bayer
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies We know this won't be the last we hear of The Hobbit as there will have to be the release of the extended edition and then there are box sets to consider, but we are getting closer to the end of our association with Middle Earth and it actually reminds me, what is Peter Jackson going to do nowc
Unbroken It's amazing to think that about a year ago we all thought this one had the best chance at winning Best Picture and now here we are, a year later and no one could really care less.
Into the Woods I really disliked this movie, but Mike, our resident lover of musicals, loved it. It's a story that cares nothing for its characters and feels like two movies smushed together to form a Frankenstein of a musical, and wow, the songs, I'm »
- Brad Brevet
Hovering just under one billion dollars in worldwide gross, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies actually has the distinction of being the lowest grossing of the three films, though it’s quite close to 2013’s second installment, The Desolation of Smaug. Though each film has a distinctive leaning, beginning with the first installment’s predilection for overabundant exposition, followed by a mid-segment of breathless promises, and finally, a CGI explosion of endless battle sequences, its apparent that Jackson’s product was stretched beyond its narrative breaking point. To compare this to the wealth of material that supported the epic scope of his earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy simply points to the ways profit based zealotry has warped the sensibilities of mainstream film production.
Those familiar with J.R.R Tolkien’s novel that preceded the opus of the Fellowship »
- Nicholas Bell
Let’s all admit it, sometimes you prefer animals over people and there is nothing wrong. Animals are mostly non-judgemental, non-emotionally crippled and non-war mongering. Apart from cats.
Inevitably, sometimes their deaths can thus impact you more than when Thomas J died from so many bee-stings, and that was hard day for everyone.
Unfortunately, while animal deaths are usually restricted to narrative terms in films, some productions – like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – see reprimands for their treatment of four-legged supporting stars. And that is intolerable, particularly when the death toll is as high as the twenty seven creatures who died after filming was completed in New Zealand.
That isn’t to say that Jackson’s movies are the only films to have some whispers of animal cruelty. The Lion King anyone? That Disney classic was rife with animal on animal cruelty that destroyed the happiness of children across the »
- Sara Weir
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…
All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.
You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.
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While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »
- Scott J. Davis
Neill Blomkamp probably wouldn't be where he is today without the help of Peter Jackson, who produced District 9 after the younger director's gig helming a Halo movie fell through. Now Blomkamp is a big deal, especially with his plans to make the next Alien sequel, and it's his turn to be the benefactor. According to Deadline, he's teaming with Simon Kinberg -- writer of X-Men movies and producer of Blomkamp's Elysium and Chappie -- to oversee a feature by Ruairi Robinson based on a very hot proof-of-concept short that made the rounds on the internet last week. Based on that viral video (watch it down below), The Leviathan has been described as "Moby Dick in space," and in an interview with Film School Rejects, Robinson personally...
- Christopher Campbell
This Week: Saying buh-bye to The Hobbit, going Into the Woods with a singing Streep, and Angelina Jolie revisits an unbelievable World War II story for Unbroken. ► The backlash against Peter Jackson.s .Hobbit. trilogy is perplexing: A story fans dreamed of seeing on the big screen for years, by the same director as the .Lord of the Rings. trilogy.and you.d swear it was the Star Wars prequels all over again. Admittedly, by the end of The »
- John Law
If you haven’t been paying attention to the latest foreign horror imports, than you’ve been missing out on some tremendous films. While you might assume that a majority of these are European efforts, there’s another locale that’s making quite a genre name for itself – New Zealand. Peter Jackson started with films like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, but that was long ago, and since those years, New Zealand hasn’t bothered to traverse the waters of horror with much enthusiasm – until now. Thanks to producer Ant Timpson, a frequent collaborator with Alamo’s Tim League, New Zealand is once again making a name for itself in a forgotten genre, and Deathgasm is just the latest shining example.
- Matt Donato
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy drew to a close last year, and with the final piece of the puzzle in place fans can look at the larger picture for the films. Each film has divided fans, with some loving the adaptations and others loathing it. Personally, The Hobbit never reached the same potential, nor impact, as The Lord of the Rings despite featuring a lot of similarities and arguably bigger set pieces. Having thought on it for a while, I think I’ve figured out why Lord of the Rings worked where The Hobbit seemingly failed. Come inside to check it out!
My disappointment in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy isn't exactly a secret, but you can believe me when I say that no one is more bummed about that than I am. I was anxiously awaiting these films and the opportunity to return to Middle-earth, considering how »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Film and TV awards to be split into two events.
The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) has announced that the annual Ifta Awards Ceremony has been split into two separate distinct smaller award ceremonies: a Film & Drama Awards and a Television Awards.
Each event will honour top Irish creative talent.
Previously, the ceremony packed in more than 40 awards into one evening.The decision to split the prizes follows a consultation with industry and peer academies across Europe over the past 10 months.
The result is that the first Ifta Film & Drama Awards will take place on May 24 while the Ifta Television Awards will be held on Oct 17. Both events will be held in Dublin.
Following criticism of technical difficulties at last year’s ceremony, it has been announced the May event will not be screened live.
The IFTAs came under threat when, late last year, Irish public broadcaster RTÉ announced it would not be broadcasting the event again. Following »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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