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With its U.K. December 12th air date edging ever closer, Peter Jackson has revealed in an intimate interview with New Zealand Radio News that he is still working hard editing The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final instalment of The Hobbit saga. Jackson admits that he is working “22 hours a day…so it’s pretty full on at the moment…I’ll be delighted when it’s finished…but obviously there will be a bittersweet quality to it.”
Anyone who has purchased the Extended Editions of the previous two movies will already understand just exactly how hard Jackson and company work to finish these pictures off in time. For the first movie, Peter Jackson and his team of editors were still working diligently right up until the morning of the worldwide premiere in Wellington and there was a similar story for The Desolation of Smaug.
- Gavin Logan
The actor and comedian Bill Kerr, who has died aged 92, was a master of laconic understatement. Having begun his British variety career in the late 1940s as "the boy from Wagga Wagga", he became a household name as a perfect foil for Tony Hancock in six series of the wildly popular BBC radio show Hancock's Half Hour (1954-59).
Playing Hancock's breezy and good-hearted Australian lodger, Kerr was often given the best lines by writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson because of his deadpan delivery. His main function was to relentlessly encourage Hancock's grandiose schemes, subsequently exploited by Sid James, only to be thwarted by the voice of officialdom (usually Kenneth Williams), or to suggest ludicrous ventures of his own, immediately pounced upon by the gullible Hancock: "You know, »
- Stephen Dixon
Update: DreamWorks Animation has clarified statemens by Korea’s Studio Mir which were erroneously reported in the local press late last week. The company is in the process of working with Studio Mir to finalize a possible production agreement for one series, and has not inked a deal with Studio Mir for the latter to produce as many as four cartoon TV series during the next four years. Dwa says it would be engaging the studio on a work for hire basis, meaning it would not be a co-producer and would not gain any interest in Dwa’s intellectual property. The Korean animation studio is known for 2D fantasy series The Legend Of Korra, which airs Stateside on Nickelodeon.
Bill Kerr, the Australian actor known as “the boy from Wagga Wagga,” died Thursday in Perth. He was 92. Kerr was a radio and vaudeville star before moving to the UK in »
- Nancy Tartaglione
‘Doctor Who’ actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir’s ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year of Living Dangerously,’ dead at 92 (photo: Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in ‘Doctor Who’) Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting roles in the Peter Weir movies Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, died on August 28 (or 29, according to some sources), 2014, while watching the TV show Seinfeld at his home in Perth, West Australia. Kerr, whose exact cause of death is unclear, was 92. Born William Kerr on June 10, 1922, in Capetown, South Africa, to Australian vaudevillian parents touring the country, Bill Kerr grew up in Australia, where he became a popular television, stage, and film personality. His show business career began at an early age. “My mother took about 10 weeks off to have me, and when she returned to the »
- Andre Soares
If there was a surprise about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" extended edition, it's the fact that it wasn't really that extended - the film scoring only an additional 13 minutes on top of its theatrical 169 minute runtime for a total of 182 minutes.
That quotient is being upped for the sequel. Filmmaker Peter Jackson confirmed at Comic Con that the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will clock in with around 25 minutes of extra footage. He tells Deadline:
"The Smaug movie, we've got 25 or 26 minutes of pretty good stuff for that DVD. The first one, there wasn't that much we left on the cutting room floor and it wasn't earth shattering. But this is worthwhile stuff that you haven't seen before."
'Smaug' has a 161 minute runtime, meaning the additions will bring it up to a 186 minute film.
With his work on the final "The Hobbit" drawing to a close, Jackson »
- Garth Franklin
Bananaman - a young boy named Eric who turns into an adult superhero when he eats a banana! Bananamanmovie.com, a new teaser website says very little besides the promise of a 2015 release date and that its being produced by Elstree Studio Productions, which is based in the UK. According to the Elstree Studios' website, "Some of the most famous feature films have been produced at Elstree over the years which include the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, Superman, Moby Dick, The Dam Busters, The Shining, Ice Cold in Alex, and Labyrinth. Over 800 feature films, and similar numbers of television programmes, have been produced at Elstree Studios." (Link below). The original strip, originated by Dave Donaldson and Steve Bright, written and developed by the latter, and mostly drawn by John Geering until his death in 1999, is essentially a parody of Superman and Batman with shades of Captain Marvel and »
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to find out how Sherlock survived his rooftop plunge on BBC1 on Wednesday night, the acclaimed drama's biggest audience yet.
Sherlock had the highest audience of the day but not the biggest of the holiday period, unable to top an opponent even more powerful than Moriarty – Mrs Brown's Boys, the BBC1 sitcom which drew 9.4 million viewers on Christmas Day.
It was more than the 7.5 million viewers who saw the opening episode of the first series in July 2010 and the 8.8 million who watched the start of the second series on New Year's Day 2012.
The mystery of »
- John Plunkett
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