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Remember how much you liked it when Pippin sang in Return of the King? That can't even compare to how much Peter Jackson liked it. First the director used Rotk's "Edge of Night" in the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now he's brought back actor Billy Boyd to sing a new song, "The Last Goodbye," over the end credits of the final Hobbit movie. Boyd apparently wrote the song alongside Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, which means the road to Billy Boyd, Egot winner, begins today. »
- Nate Jones
Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.” Jackson’s recent “Hobbit” films haven’t fared as well in the past two awards seasons, but that could change when Boyd gets a second chance at Oscar glory. According to information posted to Warner Bros. »
- Matt Patches
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies continues to roll out even more character posters with a new look at Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel, following one-sheets featuring Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Luke Evans' Bard the Bowman.
Tauriel is a character created specifically for The Hobbit movies, having not appeared in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel. She was created by director Peter Jackson and writer Fran Walsh, whose name literally means "Daughter of Mirkwood." She is the head of the Mirkwood Elven Guard, who was first introduced in last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Her introduction in last year's blockbuster hinted at a burgeoning relationship with archer elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), although fans will have to wait and see how that potential romance unfolds when The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies hits theaters this December. »
There are a handful of very well-known filmmaking couples in Hollywood. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, and Zack and Deborah Snyder. However, there's one unsung team that most people may not realize is a husband-and-wife dynamic duo: Luc Besson and Virginie Besson-Silla. Not only has Virginie produced several of Luc's directorial projects, most recently The Family and Lucy, but she's also one of the key players at EuropaCorp, the highly influential French production company that isn't afraid to take risks on filmmakers with some out-there visions. One of those risks happens to be Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, a delightful, romantic, quirky animated movie with an amazing soundtrack that's now available on Blu-ray and DVD...
- Peter Hall
The New Zealand Film Commission has launched several measures to help emerging writers, directors and producers to make features.
One initiative is Premiere Pathways, a new fund which will provide up to $NZ500,000 to help get features into production. Applicants can submit a short film, concept reel, scenes, a teaser trailer and a second-draft script.
Another fund will help talented teams coming out of the 48Hours competition to get features into production.
Nzfc CEO Dave Gibson announced the measures at the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland last Sunday.
.I am not convinced that the pathways have been clear or open to new talent,. he said. .I am not convinced that we have been good at identifying that talent. And I am not convinced that we have been able to help people move forward quickly and well..
Gibson said Sir Peter Jackson had given him a chart that showed in the »
- Don Groves
Hong Kong – New Zealand has picked the Maori-language “The Dead Lands” as its contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language Oscar section.
It stars James Rolleston (“Boy,” “The Dark Horse”), Lawrence Makoare (“Die Another Day,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”), Te Kohe Tuhaka (“Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business”), George Henare (“Once Were Warriors”), Xavier Horan (“The Dark Horse”) and Rena Owen (“Once Were Warriors”).
Magnet Releasing will release the film in the Us. Transmission Films will release it widely in New Zealand on Oct. 30, having previously given it a low-key Oscar qualifying run Sept. 11-17. International sales are handled by Xyz Films.
- Patrick Frater
New Zealand has selected Maori-language “The Dead Lands” as its entry in the Oscar foreign-language race.
Toa Fraser’s film centers around a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, who must avenge his father’s murder. Starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, George Henare, Xavier Horan and Rena Owen, “Dead Lands” played in Toronto earlier this month.
See also: “The Dead Lands” review
A U.K./New Zealand co-production, this is Fraser’s fourth film and was scripted by Glenn Standring.
The Kiwi selection committee includes Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, David Coulson, Ngila Dickson, John Toon and is chaired by Nzfc CEO Dave Gibson, who called the film “beautifully shot and deftly told, with an amazing cast of warriors.”
Pic has been picked up by Magnet Releasing for U.S. distribution.
The deadline for submitting films to the foreign-language race is Oct. 1. Nominations come out Jan. 15 and »
- Shalini Dore
The first teaser trailer launched over the summer to a great reception, and now Warner Bros. has released an awesome new banner, in keeping with the same tapestries it’s launched over the last two years for the first two films in the trilogy.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship »
- Kenji Lloyd
Heading to cinemas this coming December is the very last instalment in the hugely popular Hobbit series of movies from director Peter Jackson. Today, a massive banner for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was unleashed by the folks over at Warner Bros/ MGM, which we’re kind of expecting to show up in a cinema foyer near you very soon.
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner star in the film. Jackson directs from his own screenplay, which he co-wrote with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. »
- Paul Heath
They say the easiest way to make your first feature is to do a horror movie. They’re cheap and have an enormous audience, and even if you don’t hit big with it, there’s a chance for either a cult following or even just the benefit of having something under your belt, to show producers when developing your next project. What kind of movie is best to do second? It’s not scientific, but I have a theory that the coming-of-age genre is a good place to go for a follow-up. Maybe it doesn’t have to be your sophomore feature, but somewhere early on you can do well to come of age yourself, as a filmmaker, by delivering a story of kids or teens growing up. The career that inspired this idea is Peter Jackson‘s. He was doing okay with his splatter films and R-rated puppets before directing Heavenly Creatures, but »
- Christopher Campbell
He’s been at the helm from the very beginning, and over a decade and five films later, he’s seeing us through to the end.
The final instalment in The Hobbit Trilogy arrives in cinemas this December, bringing a close to one of the most successful franchises of all time, and as Jackson recently promised, Warner Bros. has debuted our first good look at the epic fantasy blockbuster with the first teaser trailer.
Martin Freeman leads the cast for one final outing, joined by Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, and Mikael Persbrandt, with of course many, many more completing the substantial ensemble. »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies is the epic, action-packed third and final film in Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, opening in theatres nationwide on December 17th, 2014. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, and James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom. Jackson directed from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, with Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood serving as »
- Pietro Filipponi
Directed by Peter Jackson
1994, New Zealand / Germany
In Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson establishes the societal isolation of his protagonists right from the beginning. The movie opens with a 1950s documentary concerning the story’s setting, Christchurch, New Zealand. The area is wholesome and idyllic. People ride their bikes down busy streets. Children play in the local park. Vibrant flowers bloom in the springtime sun. Then, just as the documentary’s narrator begins to proclaim that Christchurch is New Zealand’s finest town, the distant sound of screaming is heard. It swells to a terrifying volume.
Jump to Pauline and Juliet (Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet in their extraordinary debut performances) running through a forest, blood dripping down their legs. The quick cut from picturesque small town to horrific reality serves to give the viewer a feeling of displacement. These young girls »
- Jacob Carter
Not content with making an impact forever with her role as Kate in Lost, or revitalising her career with an excellent, stand-out performance as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, the versatile Evangeline Lilly has now announced her debut kids book The Squickerwonkers – What an unforgettable title!
Alongside impressive illustrations from Weta’s Johnny Fraser-Allen, Lilly brings to life the ill-mannered and unruly Selma of the Rin-Run Royals as she wanders into a carnival ride and meets a clan of travelling marionette puppets; each of which is singular in their strange and sorry qualities.
These are the uproarious Squickerwonkers and they’re going to get up to all sorts of mischief in this first of the series – so get ready for some fun!
For fans of Dr Seuss, Guillermo Del Toro and the world of Tolkien, this poetic, eccentric, visually tantalising cautionary tale (aimed at 5-8 year olds) will appeal to all ages. »
- Dan Bullock
With the San Diego Comic-Con International fast approaching, Warner Bros. has revealed its full schedule for the con, which includes movies such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Into the Storm and Godzilla, as well as a range of TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. Oddly, there’s no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if those rumours about a teaser trailer and a big DC Cinematic Universe announcement are true, WB must be trying its best to keep it a surprise. Check out the full press release here…
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, »
- Gary Collinson
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
It’s impossible to approach this film about the West Memphis Three without acknowledging the fact that it comes in the wake of four high-profile documentaries: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost trilogy and Amy Berg’s West of Memphis, produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. That, plus the media attention the original Arkansas murder case and its aftermath have received beg the question of what a dramatized feature on the subject can possibly offer. Watch Reese Witherspoon’s performance as the heartbroken mother of an 8-year-old murder victim and you’ll find the answer. There are some things a documentary cannot do that a conventional movie can. Using the material in...
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- Leonard Maltin
Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. King Kong was directed by Peter Jackson, from a script written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson. The cast includes: Naomi Watts; Jack Black; Adrien Brody; Jamie Bell; Andy Serkis; Thomas Kretschmann; and Colin Hanks. With a budget between $207 to $243 million, that film pulled in $550.5 million at the worldwide box office. »
Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced on Friday that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.
Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all, Bilbo has already arrived »
- Michelle McCue
Chicago – It seems mean to pick on a movie for being merely entertaining. But when that film is part of the Lord of the Rings canon such criticism is fair. Peter Jackson manages to thrill here via some stunning action, and a truly memorable CGI Smaug. But Bilbo’s point of view seems lost in all the action, other characters and subplots. Clearly Jackson and Fran Walsh want The Hobbit to feel connected to their breathtaking Lord of the Rings trilogy but The Hobbit just doesn’t feel intimate enough. The second film in the trilogy is more entertaining but only marginally more moving.
Even when it’s aims are low the film falters to rise anywhere near the level of it’s source material. There’s an unevenness to the CGI which at times seems almost cartoonish. Spiders in Mirkwood and elves running across the treetops are only occasionally photo realistic. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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