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Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00
In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier surged to a stunning cume of $80.26 million after 10 days in China, taking $41.44 million its first full week of screening in the world’s second biggest film market. The movie notched up 6.538 million admissions and had 226,486 screenings, according to box office estimates from the Beijing-based Entgroup research firm. This compares to the year’s second biggest foreign movie, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which had taken $60 million after 10 days. Internationally, Disney and Marvel Studio's Captain America sequel has now earned $476.1 million worldwide,
- Clifford Coonan
If someone were to make a 20 Feet from Stardom-type documentary about actors, they'd be smart to talk to Jake Busey. We spoke with him earlier today about his role in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk till Dawn: The Series and were surprised by how honest he was about how his career didn't exactly go the way he was expecting. After all, some of his earliest jobs were in high-profile films from directors like Robert Zemeckis, Paul Verhoeven, Tony Scott and Peter Jackson. Unfortunately those films were also high-profile disappointments, from a box office perspective at least. Movies like Contact, Starship Troopers and The Frighteners have gone on to live long, great lives on home video, but as Busey told us, being in a movie that takes a decade to become a cultural hit...
- Peter Hall
In the latest news relating to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, it’s been revealed that the cell phone of co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid was on near the time in which the plane disappeared.
Did Malaysia Airlines Pilot Make Cell Phone Call?
The cell phone made contact with a cell tower in Malayasia around the time the Malaysia Airlines plane went off the radar, a U.S. official told CNN. Although the phone made contact with a cell tower, there’s no evidence that Hamid had attempted to place a call. The cell tower in Penang, Malaysia, only 250 miles from where the plane was last tracked, only registered that the phone was attempting to find service.
The information from the cell tower lends credence to the reports that the plane had been off course and flying low enough to make a connection. Furthermore, it supports reports that Hamid did »
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? Actually, it was Captain America, followed closely by talking animated birds. The new haunted mirror movie Oculus still managed to score a fair share in its third place opening weekend.
The Blumhouse Productions/WWE Studios co-production got off to a modest start with a $12 million opening. According to Box Office Mojo, that’s about on par with the last haunted mirror flick to hit theaters, Mirrors, which opened to a tad more than $11 million.
Divergent’s fifth place weekend granted another $3.4 million, bringing it to over $125 million domestically. The formula should now be obvious to Hollywood producers looking to adapt female-centric genre novels to films: dystopian future romances, yay; supernatural romance, nay. »
With its latest effort, developer Traveller’s Tales has returned to the lore-filled realm of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. The result is Lego The Hobbit, a quirky and block-built take on the Lord of the Rings prequel story. However, instead of basing its content on the book itself, the game is instead based on Peter Jackson’s film trilogy and complements its The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘s Blu-ray release.
The Hobbit is the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the short, stocky and human-like cousin of Frodo, the main character in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Within its fantastical and danger-filled narrative, the protagonist — who’s affectionately referred to as a burglar — receives an unexpected invitation from Gandalf the Wizard, who asks him to accompany himself and a large group of dwarfish allies, as they attempt to reclaim their kingdom and return home. Of course, there’s a catch that makes things infinitely tougher, »
- Chad Goodmurphy
To celebrate the release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & digital download this Monday (7 April), we have prizes in store for Five lucky winners. We've got five copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray 3D (which also includes a 2D Blu-ray and Digital Download) and a set of great goody bags, including a lenticular mouse mat, a notepad plus more. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, all you need to do is answer the movie question below. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
"Shadowfax! Show us the meaning of haste!" When you think of celebrities best known by a stage name consisting of a single word, you think of Cher, Oprah or Madonna, but there is one more that should roll off the tip of your tongue, Blanco! He was the heart, soul and glue of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he tragically passed away a few days ago. His caretaker, Cynthia Royal, explained to theonering.net that Blanco had endured "serious issues with his intestinal tract and liver." Like a loyal friend, Royal stayed with Blanco til the bitter end. "Although my heart was breaking," she explains, "as my final gift to him, I stayed strong, balanced and focused, gently repeating “Relax Blanco. Let go. Walk into the light. Relax and let go” as the Blanco I’ve known so well and loved so deeply slipped away." Blanco »
Surprise! Surprise! Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are planning to adapt the final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy into two films. So instead of three films audiences will be getting four. When adapting these young adult novel series into films the studios love to split that last book up. If it's a money thing, why don't they split every book up into two films, or they can follow the example of Peter Jackson and turn one book into a full on trilogy?!
The first film starred Shailene Woodley as a dystopian sci-fi heroine named Tris. She finds herself a target as one of few in her futuristic society who defy categorization into one of five personality-based factions. It made over $139 million world wide in the first three weeks of its release so it did well enough for the studio to want to drag it out as long as they can. »
- Joey Paur
Sister, My Sister: Brooks’ Uneven Debut Fumbles
Producer Stanley M. Brooks makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters, one of those tawdry sounding stories about familial dysfunction concerning a pair of teenage sisters that decided to kill their mother in 2006. There’s something perversely shocking about matricide, even by today’s glib standards, and the cinema is rife with similar examples, particularly in exploitation efforts and/or other morose endeavors. Brooks’ film will most likely recall Peter Jackson’s exceptional debut, 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, itself taken from the true life account of a woman that would grow up into author Ann Perry. However, Brooks’ isn’t quite as adept as Jackson with this tonally awkward exercise that is particularly grating until its second half, when the film actually manages to balance a murder with chilling detail, speckled with dark humor an a surprising alacrity considering the groan worthy extravaganza that came before. »
- Nicholas Bell
“Colbert Report’s” longevity has defied the odds and the skeptics who didn’t think the joke would remain funny week in and week out for an extended run. To the credit of Colbert and his team, they’ve been savvy about keeping it fresh with an eclectic mix of guests, performers, running gags (as elaborate as him running for President) and the occasional out-of-town stand.
- Cynthia Littleton
Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the Tcl Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-ao large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Fox's Schawn Belston (together with Foto-Kem and Chace Audio) have done a glorious job of adding the luster and grandeur back to "Oklahoma!" Granted, because of Fred Zinnemann's overly theatrical and sometimes static direction, it's not up there with "The King and I," "Carousel," or "The Sound of Music." But visually Robert Surtees' cinematography is stunning, thanks to both the larger format and the higher frame rate. And Agnes de Mille's revolutionary "Dream Ballet »
- Bill Desowitz
Say cheese! Sure, Prince William and Kate Middleton are used to getting their picture taken everywhere they go. But it's not every day the royals get snapped by an Oscar-winning director. Well, that's exactly what happened when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met up with none other than Peter Jackson at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim, New Zealand, on Thursday. Yep. The man behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit flicks was there to greet the duo and personally give them a tour of his collection of World War I aircraft that are housed at the museum. And, much like the many who came to catch a glimpse of William and Kate, it seemed as if Jackson himself was a bit »
New Zealanders have been vocal in professing their love of the visiting royals. And Prince George hasn't been silent, either - particularly at night. "I hope that George doesn't keep you up. He's at his most vocal at 3 a.m., as you may have noticed," Prince William told his hosts Thursday at a state dinner at the governor general's residence, where he and wife Kate have been staying with their 8-month-old son. "I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning," William joked to the 200 guests, referring to the aggressive war dance made famous by the country's All Blacks rugby team before games. »
- Simon Perry
New Zealanders have been vocal in professing their love of the visiting royals. And Prince George hasn't been silent, either - particularly at night. "I hope that George doesn't keep you up. He's at his most vocal at 3 a.m., as you may have noticed," Prince William told his hosts Thursday at a state dinner at the governor general's residence, where he and wife Kate have been staying with their 8-month-old son. "I swear I heard him doing the Haka this morning," William joked to the 200 guests, referring to the aggressive war dance made famous by the country's All Blacks rugby team before games. »
- Simon Perry
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued with their royal duties in New Zealand on Thursday when they unveiled a new portrait of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Government House in Wellington at their first State Dinner of their tour. Kate Middleton kept with her new, more conservative look in a black Jenny Packham dress which was custom made for her to include a silver fern leaf, which is New Zealand's national emblem. The leaf symbol was echoed in the queen's portrait, as it showed her wearing her special New Zealand brooch, which she had loaned to Kate for her tour and that the duchess wore when she first arrived in the country on Monday. (The queen typically wears the pin, which was gifted to her on her first royal tour as queen back in 1953, to all New Zealand-related functions.) Kate and Will were back in the capital city »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Prince William and Kate Middleton, in a blue Alexander McQueen coat, made their latest royal tour stop on Thursday at a the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, where they toured Sir Peter Jackson's Knights of the Sky Wwi aircraft exhibition. They took in a classic aircraft show before returning to Wellington, New Zealand, where they are set to meet with the prime minister and attend a state reception. Prince William will deliver a speech and unveil a portrait of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier in the day, they participated in a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony in Blenheim, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess - sans baby George - arrived at the memorial in Seymour Square and were joined by a group of WWII veterans, New Zealand politicians, and thousands of spectators. The service is held to pay tribute to those who have died in combat, including during the first World War, »
- Brittney Stephens
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** We have done a lot of critiques about Peter Jackson in this column. My predecessor lauded the divisive King Kong while I slammed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. »
- Alex Maidy
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 2 hrs 41 mins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Own “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo pack, Blu-ray Combo pack, 2-disc DVD special edition, and Digital HD on 4/8
Plot: A hobbit named Bilbo (Freeman) travels with dwarves to their stolen land of Erebor, which has been taken over by a dragon named Smaug (Cumberbatch).
Who’S It For? Skeptics of the first Hobbit to see if they can be won over, and anyone else who enjoyed Peter Jackson’s previous Lord of the Ringsmovies.
Watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last year was exactly like re-reading a long re-written prologue to a short story you already saw the 71-minute animated film of in fifth grade. »
- Nick Allen
★★★☆☆Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's fifth and penultimate venture into Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) sees J.R.R. Tolkien's First World War parable delve deeper into the role of community as his unlikely hero Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) finally reaches the fabled Lonely Mountain. This second chapter in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy adheres strictly to the rules of your classic three-act structure. Often referred to as the 'confrontation', the sophomore act sees its protagonist arrive at a higher sense of awareness in order to overcome the adversity they're facing, with Bilbo and the company of dwarves he's travelling with finally traversing the challenges of the Misty Mountains.
- CineVue UK
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