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In an event that he more than likely never saw coming at the beginning of his filmmaking career, the government of New Zealand has knighted Peter Jackson. Empire is reporting that Jackson will soon be adding the title "Sir" to his name.
The article mentions that he's receiving the honor because of his "service in film," with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy his utmost claim to fame. The article also implies that the country is bestowing him the title because of the effect his position has had on the country; the Rings movies amply boosted tourism, as people from foreign lands wanted to view the country's beauties; also, Jackson founded his massive effects shop, Weta, in his homeland, and has generated much money for New Zealand through it.
What strikes me most odd about this is that the younger Jackson probably never thought he'd have gone on to win Oscars and become a knight. »
Peter Jackson, Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones (Matt Mueller / DreamWorks/Paramount) New Zealand-born Peter Jackson has become Sir Peter Jackson in his native country. Jackson is now a knight as a result of his "services to film." Among the films he’s provided services for are the horror-comedy Braindead (1992); Heavenly Creatures (1994), Kate Winslet’s feature-film debut; the 2005 King Kong remake, starring Naomi Watts; and the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Jackson’s latest, The Lovely Bones, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, and [...] »
- Anna Robinson
There's no denying it. Peter Jackson knows his way around an adaptation. "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was stellar, as we all know. And "King Kong," for all of it's issues, carried with it the spirit of the original. Now he's on to "The Lovely Bones," Alice Sebold's beautiful-yet-disturbing story of a young girl's trip through the afterlife following her murder at the hands of a sadistic serial killer. He had his work cut out for him there. Making that story something an audience can stomach without succumbing to overblown emotion is nigh on impossible.
I suppose that’s why it’s so strange that Jackson came to direct an adaptation of the massively successful novel in the first place. “The Lovely Bones” is a quiet book, a narrative crushed underneath the weight of trauma and loss, it’s only release in the eventual comeuppance visited upon its »
- John Constantine
With The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson finally becomes everything that he threatened to be with his last two films: graceless, tactless, and unable to imbue his constant special effects with the slightest sense of weight or gravity. It’s been a long time coming (really, who could go from anonymity to deity in the way that he has without believing your own hype), but the worst thing that can be said isn’t that it’s his first bad film; it’s that it’s his first film that doesn’t feel like a Peter Jackson film.
At the tender age of 14, Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is killed by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci). This isn’t a spoiler, but rather the first twenty minutes of the film. Going on from there to a candy-colored vision of the afterlife, she is able to watch firsthand the effect that »
- Anders Nelson
Director Peter Jackson has had one of the most unusual journeys in contemporary film history, going from frantic micro-budgeted shock-horror-comedy grossouts shot in his native New Zealand in the mid-80s to helming some of the biggest-budgeted and highest-grossing screen fantasies ever, notably the once-deemed impossible-to-film Lord of the Rings trilogy. His latest picture is an adaptation of the horrific and hopeful afterlife saga The Lovely Bones, based on Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel about a young girl’s quest for peace and resolution in the wake of her brutal rape and murder.
Jackson graciously consented to entertain questions from The Auteurs community members for a brief interview, which was conducted by Notebook contributor and former Premiere film critic Glenn Kenny. We were able to successfully pitch five questions; they, and their answers, follow.
Kyle St-amour-brennan asks: What are your thoughts on the current economic climate in relation to film production? »
MoviesOnline sat down this weekend with Oscar winning director Peter Jackson to talk about his new film, “The Lovely Bones.” Jackson has a reputation for spellbinding storytelling on screen. He is best known for having written, directed and produced “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, creating an indelible screen life for the fantasy world forged by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Lovely Bones” is based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Alice Sebold and deals with the haunting aftermath of a crime that unfolds from the unexpected vantage point of the beyond. What begins as a shocking homicide unravels into a suspenseful and visually inventive journey through the bonds of memory, love and hope – towards a surprising and emotional reckoning.
The film centers on Susie Salmon, who was just 14 years old when she was murdered in December 1973 on her way home from school. Following her death, she continues to watch over her »
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson (Dead Alive, Bad Taste) from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Jackson, The Lovely Bones centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family and her killer from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Below you'll find two new clips, along with a whopping 30 stills from the film opening in limited theaters December 11, expanding Dec 25 and going wide on January 15. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan all star. »
So you've seen her picture in the magazine or just been to Fango's Trinity of Terrors in Vegas, and you wanna know who the beautiful girl in the tiara with the chainsaw is?
It's actress Shannon Lark, Fangoria Magazine's first official Spooksmodel. If you're curious as to how the plucky young performer landed this gig, or what duties that job entails, you're in luck, because here's where you get to Know Your Spooksmodel.
Pat Jankiewicz: Shannon, Is it true that when you became our Spooksmodel, you vowed to protect Fangoria from Enemies both foreign and domestic?
Shannon Lark: I did.
Pat Jankiewicz: How were you selected for this important job?
Shannon Lark: I participated in a contest where I danced onstage with a real chainsaw to Fergie's "London Bridges". They felt like I was the most crafty for the job, particularly with my expertise with handling Craftsman chain saws. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Jankiewicz)
Two shows were out of the mix again last week, Fringe and Dollhouse, both of which will be absent this coming week as well.
Meanwhile, for the shows that did air first-run episodes this past week, the spotlight was on Thursday, which was a bit disappointing for ratings. Fox's airing of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies dominated the airwaves, garnering a 10.6/17 share, according to Fast National ratings from The Nielsen Co. By comparison, even the reality juggernaut Survivor couldn't compete with America's favorite pastime, returning a 7.1/11 for its Survivor: Samoa iteration.
Both, however, finished well ahead of FlashForward, which is settling back down a bit. The ABC skein earned a 5.7 rating/9 share, matching the all time low it had back on Oct. 15. That's an eight percent drop from the previous week, and nine-and-a-half percent below its season average so far.
FlashForward remains the highest-rated network genre show, »
For those that like a little rock with their horror, it's time for another installment of Fangoria Musick's Lists Of Doom. This is the spot where we talk with some of your favorite bands to get their takes on the world of horror.
With their latest effort Congregation Of The Damned due in-stores tomorrow via Hollywood Records, we caught up with Atreyu guitarist Travis Miguel to get his thoughts on the films that scare him.
It's time for Lists Of Doom 30...
"Cannibalism, chopping up turtles straight from the river, beating monkeys to death so they can feast on them, gratutious nudity, and rape....fun for the whole family!"
"The Lucio Fulci flick has one thing every other zombie movie never had - a shark, eating a zombie."
*Pictured left on the cover of Fangoria #8
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
According to EW, Peter Jackson's upcoming film The Lovely Bones is set to play for the UK's Royal Film performance, a charity that's attended by member of the British Royal family. Jackson and cast members will also attend. Read the brief article here.
Adam Mast reviews the Nazi-zombie flick!
Nazis are villainous enough, but - as the gleefully gory Dead Snow so chillingly illustrates - Nazi zombies are the personification of pure evil.
As Dead Snow opens, a group of Norwegian twenty-somethings are making their way to an isolated weekend retreat. Their plans? To ski, party, and get haked. The plans are cut short however, when murderous Nazi zombies show up and spoil the party.
Dead Snow certainly has a familiar set up. With it's intentionally obvious first act and self referential humor, this film knows exactly what it wants to be; a blood drenched slice of playful zombie horror. Once the Nazi zombies make their appearance, Dead Snow really comes alive in a relentless, lively bit of gory fun that evoked big time cheers from the audience I screened it with.
There are several memorable moments to speak of in Dead Snow »
The Scary Movies 3 festival being held by Manhattan’s Film Society of Lincoln Center October 12-22 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, upper level), which we first reported on last week, has updated its schedule, with the addition of fright filmmaker Eric Red and two of his movies to the lineup. And in conjunction with the Film Society, Fango is offering five free pairs of tickets to the Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m. showing of An American Werewolf In London, with writer/director John Landis in attendance!
Red will be on hand for 1986’s original The Hitcher, which he scripted, and his new writing/directing venture 100 Feet; see the full updated schedule below. To enter to win tickets to American Werewolf with the Landis Q&A, send an e-mail by 12 noon Est on Tuesday the 13th to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must list “American Werewolf” as your subject line; plus, »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
I don't think anyone will be surprised to see George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead top last week's poll, but wow... it was an extremely close race between the top 3 choices. Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later just barely fell short of the #1 spot, while Romero's original Night of the Living Dead and Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake rounded out the top 5. I fully acknowledge that Day of the Dead should have also been on this list (as many of you have pointed out), particularly in place of Evil Dead 2 (although Evil Dead 2 did still get a fair number of votes). I guess I just thought Romero had already been fairly represented. Other than that, do you agree with the results? I'm a little disappointed that Return of the Living Dead was way down at the bottom, but then again, »
A fellow writer on another site pointed out something today: We like to complain that there isn't any good horror movie programming going on in NYC, but there's almost always something going on if you look hard enough. Of course, you're not likely to see catch NYC's finest horror programming on many of the other sites, seeing as all those shockers are far too centrally located in disgusting California. (I see what you did there...) Who has the time to search through the hundreds of theater listings in Manhattan to find a good batch of flicks playing. We do! We do!
There's the Scary Movies 3 Film series at the Walter Reade Theater by Lincoln Center (classy!), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam) has a Creepy Cat series coming up and a number of other genre flicks programmed for October, and The Sunshine Landmark Cinema in Manhattan Always has a midnight cult-flick screening every Friday-Saturday-Sunday, »
Does the zombie genre have anything new to offer? I say no, but then again I'm not a filmmaker. The only way a zombie movie can stand out in a genre crowded with the undead is to do what it does better than everyone else. The movie needs to compete with the goriest (Dead Alive), the scariest (28 Days Later (not technically zombies, I know)), or the funniest (Return of the Living Dead (yes it is funnier than Shaun of the Dead)) zombie movies already out there. But what do you do if your budget consists of little more than pocket change and your cast and crew consists solely of amateurs? And if that isn't bad enough, what do you do if you're Canadian? If you're writer/director Rob Grant you invite all your friends and neighbors to work on the movie both in front of the camera and behind, and you pool everyone's pocket change together into »
- Rob Hunter
Manhattan’s Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the full slate for its Scary Movies 3 festival, running October 12-22 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, upper level). Among the highlights are a screening of An American Werewolf In London with writer/director John Landis in attendance, the New York premiere of MacAbre by Indonesia’s Mo Brothers and a non-midnight showing of Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity.
The complete schedule is as follows:
Monday, Oct. 12
Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 p.m.: MacAbre
Wednesday, Oct. 14
8:45 p. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Gingold)
It’s time for out Top Ten of the week and this time we’re doing things a bit differently here at Wamg. Zombies in the movies are a much-loved genre favorite of fans, held close to their hearts since George Romero first introduced us to the concept on a whole new level back in 1968. Then again, they’ve also spawned some controversy amongst some fans as the genre has split into two basic categories recently… slow-moving zombies and fast-moving, even raging psychotic zombies. Which is right? Which is best? Well, that’s for you to decide. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile a two-part list, laying out our five favorite slow-moving and five favorite fast-moving zombie flicks. The list also embraces the new ultra-fun zombie comedy from Ruben Fleischer that opens this Friday, October 2, 2009. In addition, its rare that a film not out in theaters yet »
- Movie Geeks
Fango got the scoop that Manhattan’s Film Society of Lincoln Center will present a third Scary Movies festival next month at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, upper level). It’s one of a trio of genre-centric showcases hitting New York-area revival houses in time for Halloween.
Scary Movies 3 hasn’t had exact dates confirmed yet, but we hear that among the movies to be presented on the Walter Reade’s big screen are Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, Colin Eggleston’s original Aussie chiller Long Weekend and Jerzy Skolimowski’s odd and obscure 1978 film The Shout. Also part of the lineup will be a cult-classic 1980s film that, we’re told, was remade in the last few years (that really narrows it down!). Keep an eye on the Film Society website for more details to appear soon.
Over at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek at the Bam Rose Cinemas »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
It's been only six months since we launched Lists Of Doom here at Fangoria Musick, and here we are with the 25th installment!
For the quarter-mark, we've got Jason McGuire, better known to metal fans as "Evil J", bassist/backing vocalist for one of my favorite bands, Otep. Currently touring in support of their recently-released album Smash The Control Machine, J took time out to share the details on his ten favorite fright films. J said it was hard to choose just ten, but we were able to get it narrowed down.
Here's Evil J's List Of Doom...
A childhood favorite. I've watched this movie every year on my birthday since I was 10. It is the greatest collection of short horror stories ever. It made me hate cockroaches and I never wanted to look under the stairs, but it is all good, because it’s Father’s Day, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (James Zahn)
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