19 items from 2013
★★★☆☆ Amy Berg's sobering polemic West of Memphis (2012) shines a light on the failings of the American criminal justice system through the campaign to free a trio of wrongly convicted men after almost twenty years in prison. Having premièred at last year's Sundance Film Festival, West of Memphis was released to wide acclaim and now arrives on DVD from Sony Pictures. Following in the footsteps of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost trilogy, which presented ongoing events throughout the ordeal, Berg's film examines the case from original crime and throughout the fight to have the three men released.
One May evening in 1993, a horrific triple homicide was committed in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys was brutally murdered and within a month, a trio of teenagers were charged with one providing a lengthy, though clearly led, confession. The crimes were said to have been satanic in nature due »
- CineVue UK
Production is underway on The Hobbit…again. Director Peter Jackson announced today that filming has resumed on the trilogy in New Zealand, as there’s still a bit of footage yet to be captured in order to fill the J.R.R. Tolkein adaptation out to three films. While originally envisioned as a two-film adaptation, Jackson and fellow screenwriters/producers Philipa Boyens and Fran Walsh convinced Warner Bros. to greenlight a third film last summer, after they had already wrapped what we presumed to be the bulk of principal photography. Hit the jump for more on the additional filming, including what material it covers. Jackson made the announced of filming resuming on Facebook with the following message: Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. »
- Adam Chitwood
Andy Serkis is as much a part of the story of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies as Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. The actor returns as Gollum in the first of Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit as well as stepping into new territory as second unit director for the trilogy.
I spoke to the actor recently to talk about how his job has changed in the decade since first stepping foot in Middle-earth and how his pioneering work in the field of performance capture has led to the establishment of The Imaginarium, a studio dedicated to the art and whose first feature film, Animal Farm, is currently being worked on.
Serkis is a lovely guy, animated and enthusiastic, no mean feat considering the numerous times he has appeared to extol the virtues of Jackson’s Tolkien films.
The Hobbit is available »
- Jon Lyus
The 2013 Hugo Awards were announced. Author Paul Cornell will host the event in San Antonia, Texas at Lonestar 3 convention, August 29th through September 2. Click here for the rest of the nominations
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit) Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor) Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (Daw)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications) The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications) On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press) San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit) “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)
“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, Ps Publications) “Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012) “The Girl-Thing Who »
We've got a couple of new photos featuring Evangeline Lilly as the Elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The director revealed the images during his latest online Hobbit Q&A.
This is a new character that was created just for the movie by Jackson and his co-writers Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and is not based on any of J.R.R. Tolkien's characters. Tauriel is related to Legolas, and I'm sure it's a solid character that will help move the story along.
We’re quite excited about the storyline we have created for Tauriel. As you can see, she’s not an Elf Guard to be messed with.
In a previous interview with Lilly she discussed the character saying,
Yeah! I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film. »
- Joey Paur
There have been many feature-length documentaries over the years that have explored the same subject matter. Docs about the Holocaust have almost become a sub-genre (and usually get a slot in the Oscar nominations becoming a go to entry in Oscar ballot contests). There have been several about different wars, particularly World War II and Vietnam. Many profile celebrities and music genres. Then, there are the true crime films. Usually they begin with the crime, follow-through with the police investigation, and conclude with the trial. It’s a popular format on broadcast TV with CBS’s “48 Hours” and fictionalized with the long-running “Law and Order” franchise. There’s also a few cable channels just devoted to these stories. It’s still surprising that one true crime story has inspired countless TV reports and investigations in addition to four (!) full-length documentaries. I’m talking about the gruesome murder of three 8-year old boys in West Memphis, »
- Jim Batts
Genre: Fantasy | Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 169 minutes
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… »
- Erin Willard
J.R.R. Tolkien was fascinated with language and mythology, scratching only the surface when he sat down in 1937 to pen The Hobbit. When his publisher asked for a sequel, the professor really dug deep and built on the foundations established in his children’s novel. As a result, he took over a decade to write what became Lord of the Rings and along the way, crafted new languages, cultures, and myths, creating Middle Earth from the essence of English and European folklore.
Tolkien mistrusted Hollywood, which certainly explains why it wasn’t until the 1970s before any adaptation of his works made it to the screen. There’s the somewhat cute Rankin-Bass take from the era, but really, the studios and technology weren’t up to the demands of the source material. Within the last two decades, though, that all changed. Once Peter Jackson struck gold with his trilogy of films, »
- Robert Greenberger
Clocking in at 558 minutes (683 if you’re an elitist with the special extended editions, and a whopping 726 minutes is you’re lucky enough to have the Blu-ray editions), the Lord of the Rings trilogy requires some pretty epic commitment. Yet despite being closer to retirement age by the time Return of the King reaches its lengthy end credits, Peter Jackson’s films are widely regarded amongst certain circles as some of the best of all time.
If you’ve been living under a rock, Lord of the Rings – based on J.R.R Tolkien’s novel from 1955 – tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from The Shire who inherits a golden ring from his uncle; a ring that naturally turns out to the One Ring (or Ring of Power, depending who you ask), forged by the Dark Lord Sauron to rule Middle Earth. Simply put, what follows is an »
- Claire Fulton
Let’s just start with the bad news and get it out of the way. Since the third movie was first announced back at the end of July 2012, we’ve been telling you about the Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters on December 14, 2012. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released Dec. 13, 2013; the third installment in the series, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will hit theaters July 18, 2014.
Well, not so much any more, as far as that last bit goes. Deadline broke the news that the third movie has been pushed out a bit. New premiere date: December 17, 2014. Sorry, friends.
So let’s move quickly on to the good news: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out on Blu-ray and DVD this month! March 19, in fact! And if you get yours home before March 24, you will get the access code to see a live »
- Erin Willard
It's been almost a decade since Peter Jackson completed The Lord of the Rings, the $3 billion trilogy for which he swept up bucketloads of Oscars and, in the process, became one of the rarest of Hollywood players: the supernerdy outsider who can make his own way in big-budget blockbuster land. But since that triumphant moment, Jackson, now 51, has directed only two movies, 2005's King Kong and 2009's The Lovely Bones, both successful films but not even close to Lotr altitudes. He has dipped his hands into a few other hits, »
Burbank, CA, February 5, 2013 – From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving on Digital Download on March 12 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. All disc versions feature UltraVioletÔ and more than 130 minutes of bonus content. The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is nominated for three Academy Awards*, is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19 home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition available just in time for the holidays.
- ComicMix Staff
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Five-Disc Blu-ray 3D $44.95
Studio: Warner Home Video
Martin Freeman (TV’s The Office) takes over the role of Bilbo Baggins, a sensible hobbit who gets pulled into an unexpected adventure with a group of dwarves (including Richard Armitage, Captain America: The First Avenger) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen, X-Men: The Last Stand) to reclaim the stolen mountain from a dragon called Smaug.
Jackson and the rest of his adaptation writing team from The Lord of the Rings, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, tackled Tolkien’s earlier book, the story of how Bilbo (played in Lotr by Ian Holm) became the adventurous hobbit we know and love. The screenplay also was co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos), who was »
Details have been unveiled for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The first chapter in Peter Jackson's new Middle-earth trilogy will be available on Digital Download from March 12, and will then be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 19.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office by March.
It was announced last year that The Hobbit will be split into three films, rather than two as was originally planned, and the next two films will be released in December 2013 and 2014.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving on Digital Download on March 12 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. All disc versions feature UltraViolet and more than 130 minutes of bonus content. The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is nominated for three Academy Awards, is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19 home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition available just in time for the holidays.
Directed by: Peter Jackson
New Zealand, UK, Us, 2012
There is an argument to be made that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the best series of films of the naught decade, if not of the new century. And while the massive group of Tolkien scholars and fans can debate the page by page honesty of the series ‘til the cows come home, the consensus is usually that while some small changes were made, Jackson got the spirit of the novels right. Nearly ten years after that series ended, Jackson is back with the far more controversial and divisive Hobbit movies. While there is plenty to debate about the quality of the film as a whole, the more interesting debate is how the spirit of the movie poses a larger »
- Jonathan Marsellus
(In no particular order)
1: Zero Dark Thirty – The Opening Shot
Zero Dark Thirty opens in darkness, with a montage of 911 calls from the victims in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks: A title fades in announcing the movie is “based on first-hand accounts of actual events.” From there the film cuts to a CIA “black site,” where a man named Ammar is being tortured by a CIA agent named Dan (Jason Clarke) while another agent, Maya (Jessica Chastain) looks on. The juxtaposition of the suffering of 9/11 with the payback that follows is intense, sincere, and sets the stage for 157 minutes of powerful filmmaking. Those first few minutes of audio, will deeply move any viewer, no matter where you stand in the controversy. Director Kathryn Bigelow, along with her sound editor, handle the sequence in a way that honours the victims without being sloppy or crass. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, »
#1: West of Memphis
Directed by Amy Berg
Following from the original Paradise Lost film and its two sequels, West of Memphis follows the events of one of the most media-covered American crime stories of the last two decades: The West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin), were arrested for the murders of three eight-year old boys. The case spawned four documentaries, several books, and a campaign from high-profile celebrities such as Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Henry Rollins. Much like the Paradise Lost films, West of Memphis chronicles the history of the incarcerated men, all the way up to the eventual release.
Chicago – The story of the West Memphis Three is not over. Yes, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley are finally, mercifully, out of jail but questions still linger about who really killed three children two decades ago. And Echols has to deal with life outside of prison with his wife Lorri Davis as the whole world is new to him and thousands are so grateful for his release. The two recently came to Chicago to speak about “West of Memphis,” the fourth major film about the West Memphis Three from director Amy Berg and producers Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh. They are are insightful and nearly zen-like as you would expect they’d have to be to deal with so much pain. They’re looking forward to life while considering the amazing path they took to get here.
Hollywoodchicago.Com: What’s happened since the movie? What’s life been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
19 items from 2013
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