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They said: "It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those who have taken this journey with us, especially to the fans whose love of these films has so often kept us going. This is why we asked Billy Boyd, who has been with us from the very beginning, and whose portrayal as Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings films is so beloved, to help write and perform the final song in this trilogy. »
With anticipation steadily building for director Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale The Battle of The Five Armies, the director has teased new details about the final installment, revealing that this sequel will end with a massive 45-minute battle sequence at the foot of the Lonely Mountain.
The filmmaker explains how planning such an immense sequence is as complex as shooting the scenes on location.
"There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."
The battle follows the five armies all vying for the immense treasure that is now left unguarded, after the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) took off at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson spoke about designing the landscape that would have to hold thousands of warring characters.
Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled "The Last Goodbye," and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers. In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those »
- Keith Staskiewicz
As each company started up, it took over warehouses or other spaces available in the suburb of Miramar. But Park Road, which debuted with 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” was built from the ground up. The massive building includes two large mixing theaters (where editors can sit next to mixers, and music and dialogue editors have their station); a smaller pre-mix room; three Dci projected Di/Grading theaters and a large picture department alongside the sound department.
There is also a 170-seat screening room with art-deco figures in deep blue and gold (one worker described it as “Hearst style,” a reference to Hearst Castle in San Simeon) and twinkling stars of Southern Hemisphere on the ceiling.
Starting in 1941, the New Zealand government oversaw post-production for local filmmakers, »
- Tim Gray
With fitting circularity, the Hobbit saga will end pretty much as The Lord Of The Rings did 12 years earlier with Billy Boyd - Pippin, no less - singing out The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies with a closing credits song. In collaboration with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, the actor, singer and once-Hobbit has co-written an original song, 'The Last Goodbye', which he'll perform over the end credits, presumably using a battered orc as a mic stand, in collaboration with. The news was spotted by Hitflix on a For Your Consideration award from Warner Bros., who'll no doubt be hoping that Boyd gets some belated Best Song acclaim at the Oscars next year.As Peregrin 'Pippin' Took, of course, he sang 'The Edge Of Night' towards the conclusion of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and has kept his vocal chords »
Billy Boyd and company were responsible for one of the most suspense filled and dramatic moments in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Pippin’s heartful rendition of ‘The Edge of Night’ is one of my favourite moments and one of the best original songs to come out of the series. With that in mind it is no surprise young Peregrin Took has been invited back to test his vocal chords once again.
A recent announcement suggests that Lord of the Ring’s Pippin – a.k.a. Billy Boyd – will be taking on the challenge of singing the final Hobbit credits song. Considering previous Hobbit original songs have not quite lived up to the reputation of Oscar-winning Lotr songs like Annie Lennox’s ‘Into the West’, Boyd has the chance to make a real mark and round off the latest trilogy in award-winning style.
A hint was dropped that »
- Alfie Nobes
The Oscar-winning producer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is putting together funds for the environmentally themed family drama Talk Is Cheep.
Jim Jarrett will direct from his screenplay and produce the story about one teenager took a vow of silence to effect environmental policy change.
Osborne, Jarrett and producer Jon Labrie said they would offer an associate producer credit to those who pledge $1, adding that if the campaign is successful the on-screen credit crawl will include the individual names of at least 1.5m Kickstarter contributors.
“It’s a rare and great privilege when you come across a project that you really like that has something very meaningful to say, while also being very entertaining,” said Osbourne, who won the best picture Academy Award in 2004 for The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. “Talk Is Cheap is one of those projects.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
By Anjelica Oswald
The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.
The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.
When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
Even with Downey’s name attached to the project and strong campaigning for the film, the $50 million movie made $4.4 million on its opening night and a total of $13.3 million as of Sunday. It fell fifth at the box office, behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made $26.8 million during its second weekend; Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which both opened this weekend; and Annabelle, which made $15.9 million during its second weekend.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We’re a little disappointed in the results for The Judge, since we were hoping to do at least $15 million,” but word of mouth could help the film find »
- Anjelica Oswald
Move your mind back through the mists of time to summer 2013 and you may recall the moment that The Conjuring manifested itself in movie theatres. James Wan's film fictionalisation of an astoundingly creepy case handled by American paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) was a huge critical and commercial hit. In fact, earning over $300 million off the back of a budget estimated around $20 million, it's one of the highest-grossing horror flicks of all time.
Naturally, a sequel was ordered and that's due to surface and scare us all over again just before Halloween 2015. Before that, though, audiences itching for more of this particular world (and threatening other worlds) have something novel to enjoy while they wait for the return of the Warrens. »
138 is a magic number. It's the average length, in minutes, of a Best Picture winner. Here are the running times of all winnners from longest to shortest. You'll see that the majority of winners are over 2 hours long which has caused no end of padding in "serious" movies but alas, not enough padding for tender buttocks watching the interminable movies.
Here are your Best Picture winners from longest film to the shortest.
Gone With the Wind (1939) 238 minutes
Just two minutes shy of four hours, but worth every second. Lots of Gone With the Wind discussion here. Did you see its recent two day theatrical screening? Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 216 minutes Ben-Hur (1959) 212 minutes
Currently in the process of being remade because that's how Hollywood do. Although this film was itself a remake so... we'll let it pass. Still there is no way its signature scene, the chariot race, will be as thrilling with CGI. »
- NATHANIEL R
Music is a non-visual art form, so Identifying trends for the Best Score Oscar can be difficult. Recent winners include contemporary films ("The Social Network"), period films ("Atonement"), animated films ("Up"), fantasy ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Return of the King"), and sci-fi ("Gravity"). -Break- Predict Best Editing Oscar: Will it continue to line up with Best Picture? "Gravity" was the first nomination and win for composer Steven Price, who could be nominated for the second year in a row for the war drama "Fury." But he'll have to get past a number of perennial favorites, including Alexandre Desplat, who is one of the most prolific composers currently working, with six previous Oscar nominations in the last seven years, including last year for "Philomena." This year, with five eligible films in 2014, he could...' »
Best Editing is known for its close correlation with Best Picture. Since 1981, every Best Picture winner has at least been nominated in this category. And of those 33 races, 16 editing champs went on to win the top prize. -Break- Predict Best Costume Design Oscar: Will period and fantasy continue to dominate? Because editing is a non-visual art, it is not as easy to identify trends among winners. Action-heavy and suspense-driven films often prevail, including "Gravity," "Argo," "The Hurt Locker," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Black Hawk Down," and "The Matrix." Lavish epics also frequently win, like "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "The Aviator." "Traffic" and "Crash" won in large part for juggling multiple characters and storylines, while "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Social Network" featured complex flas »
Because period films often feature elaborate, detailed garments, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the extravagant, 1920s-set "The Great Gatsby." Recent winners have also been set among the European upper-class ("Anna Karenina," "Marie Antoinette," "The Duchess," "The Young Victoria") as well as Hollywood elite ("The Aviator," "The Artist"). -Break- Predict Best Cinematography Oscar: Overdue honor for Roger Deakins ('Unbroken')? A pair of fantasy films have also won in recent years: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Alice in Wonderland." Some of this year's possible fantasy contenders include "Maleficent" (by two-time Oscar-winner Anna B. Sheppard), the sci-fi actioner "Guardians of the Galaxy" (past Oscar-champ Alexandra Byrne), and "The Hobbit: The ..."' »
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
Screenings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy accompanied by live performances of the films' scores will take place at New York's famed Lincoln Center in April 2015, The New York Times reports.
The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, will perform the trilogy twice, in order, between April 8th and 12th in the David H. Koch theater. One cycle will run over the course of three straight nights, while the other will take place over a weekend with performances in the afternoon and evening. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
One of I, Frankenstein's biggest sins was that the creature effects, especially with regard to Frankenstein's monster, were pretty run of the mill. Back in the beginning effects artist Vincent J. Guastini had the reins of this bad boy, but unfortunately it was steered out of his hands.
Now Guastini has uploaded an effects/concept reel of what his vision for the film's creatures would have been like. Gotta say it... we like it so much better. What a shock. Check it out for yourselves, and weigh in below.
About I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Aaron Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- Steve Barton
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
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