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Jackson's Hobbit Sequel: Second 2013 Release to Top North American Chart Three Weekends in a Row? (Third If Four-Day Weekends Included)

27 December 2013 10:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Hobbit 2′ weekend box office: Third 2013 movie to top domestic box office chart three consecutive weekends (photo: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) Two weekends ago, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened way below expectations in the United States and Canada; yet, The Hobbit 2 is hanging in there. Chiefly because Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues underperformed on its domestic debut, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American box office last weekend. Chiefly because Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street debuted with less than $10 million, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American Christmas box office two days ago. And chiefly because there’s no strong competition out there, The Hobbit 2 is expected to top the North American box office once again this weekend, December 27-29, 2013 — the last weekend of the year. Budgeted at approximately »

- Zac Gille

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Top 10 Most Oscar Winning December Releases in the 21st Century

20 December 2013 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

December is a time for family and the holidays, as well as films everyone assumes will go onto Oscar glory. There are some big releases coming out this December hoping to catch the same heat and so today we’re going take a look at the films from the 21st Century that have the best success with Oscar.

10, tie. Les Miserables (2012) and Avatar (2009) with 3 wins (out of 9 nominations)

Both films that had big box office clout, only to get disappointing nomination totals and found themselves cut down by critics. These movies also were up against some serious underdog narratives with Argo and The Hurt Locker that it was never really a contest.

9, tie. The Pianist and Brokeback Mountain with 3 wins (out of 8 nominations)

There are perhaps two of the most notable losers in recent Oscar history. Polanski’s The Pianist almost caught Chicago at the end of that Oscar season, »

- Terence Johnson

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Philippa Boyens on adapting The Hobbit, deleted scenes and more

17 December 2013 2:02 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Ryan Lambie 19 Dec 2013 - 06:21

We sat down with The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings co-screenwriter Philippa Boyens to chat about Smaug, deleted scenes, Tolkien and more...

Nb: The following contains mild spoilers for readers unfamiliar with The Hobbit novel.

As both screenwriter and producer, Philippa Boyens has regularly collaborated with Peter Jackson and fellow writer Fran Walsh for well over a decade. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy came first, a sprawling, acclaimed string of fantasies which earned a combined gross of almost $3bn.

After the lavish remake of King Kong (2005) and the 2009 adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones, Boyens and her filmmaking partners embarked on what would become another Middle-earth trilogy: The Hobbit.

When we sat down in a somewhat chilly hotel room to chat about the middle film in the series, The Desolation Of Smaug, Ms Boyens seemed satisfied, relieved and perhaps »

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Costly Hobbit Sequel a Disappointment at Domestic Box Office?

14 December 2013 2:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Hobbit 2′ weekend box office: Far behind ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in North America? (Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in ‘The Hobbit 2′) First the (domestic) good news for distributor Warner Bros. and producing companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema, and WingNut Films: The Hobbit 2 aka The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in Peter Jackson’s $567 million-budgeted* The Hobbit trilogy, opened Friday, December 13, 2013, with an estimated $31.14 million from 3,903 North American venues, including $8.8 million from Thursday midnight shows. That likely means that the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have earned more than $70 million in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. Early Friday estimates indicated that The Hobbit 2 would debut below the $70 million mark at the domestic box office. Now, The Hobbit 2 bad news: A year ago, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened with a — relatively speaking — disappointing $84.61 million at 4,045 theaters. Even if it reaches $75 million, »

- Zac Gille

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Peter Jackson interview: The Hobbit, 48Fps, Cumberbatch

12 December 2013 2:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Ryan Lambie 13 Dec 2013 - 06:08

Ahead of The Desolation Of Smaug's release, Peter Jackson chats about The Hobbit, 48 frames, Cumberbatch casting and more...

For most of us, Peter Jackson needs little introduction. Having adapted Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings as a blockbusting, Academy Award-winning trilogy of films, he's become one of the most recognisable and popular filmmakers currently working. And as he entered the room for a roundtable interview on a rainy Berlin afternoon this week, a respectful hush greeted him - a sign, perhaps, of just how well-liked his movies are.

But as Jackson sat down with his gigantic mug of tea (something he takes with him everywhere, an effervescent Evangeline Lilly would later tell us), it became clear that if Jackson's considered geek royalty by many fans, he doesn't think of himself in those terms at all. As he began chatting to an assembled group of writers »

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Peter Jackson Still Plans to Direct ‘Tintin’ Sequel After ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy is Finished

11 December 2013 3:38 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Upon winning the Best Picture Oscar for 2003′s Return of the King, the final entry the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson was on top of the world. He gained enough clout to direct his passion project, the 2005 remake of King Kong, which was earnest but uneven, followed by the literary adaptation The Lovely Bones, which turned out to be a critical disaster and something of a financial black eye.

Jackson bounced back in a big way with the first part of his return to Middle-Earth, and last year’s An Unexpected Journey turned out to be a worthy kickoff to the new trilogy. The year before, Jackson served ...

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Season 10 Of Cinema Retro Is Here! Subscribe Or Renew Today!

5 December 2013 8:30 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro enters its tenth year of publishing with issue #28 which is now at the printers. It will be mailed to all UK/European subscribers before Christmas. Subscribers throughout the rest of the world will get their issues in January.

We launch our landmark anniversary with one of our best issues ever. Here are the highlights:

Sheldon Hall presents major coverage of the 50th anniversary of the British war movie classic Zulu starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins...complete with rarely seen images.  Dave Worrall takes you behind the scenes for the filming of the James Bond blockbuster Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios and presents some rare behind-the-scenes production shots as well as a "now-and-then" guide to specific studio locations from the film. Ray Morton provides an exclusive interview with famed cinematographer Richard H. Kline, whose credits include Soylent Green, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Camelot, Body Heat, The Mechanic »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Director Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man': 'I think people will be surprised' -- let's cast the hero!

21 November 2013 3:52 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Another day, another bread crumb of scoop from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview with Et, The World’s End director Edgar Wright discussed his latest project, a little Marvel movie called Ant-Man. Wright states that the Phase 3 McU film may not be the type of superhero movie audience are expecting.

I want to make him into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, »

- Maricela Gonzalez

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Sliff 2013 – Ray Harryhausen Tribute Friday Night

14 November 2013 6:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Cinema St. Louis presents, as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), a special evening dedicated to the late special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. The event will take place on Friday November 15th beginning at 7pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium.

It’s a double bill of the new documentary Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, one of Harryhausen’s showcase masterpieces. One ticket price covers both films.

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) plays at 7:00pm and follows legendary Sinbad the Sailor (Kerwin Mathews) and his betrothed, Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), as they tussle with evil magician Sokurah both in Baghdad and on the island of Colossa. The film includes several iconic Harryhausen creations: the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton. TV Guide calls the film “one of the greatest »

- Tom Stockman

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Full International Trailer For Russia’s Epic ‘Stalingrad’

14 November 2013 10:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad, Russia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, broke records earlier this month when it played in China. As Russia’s first film shot in 3D and IMAX, it is, like Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal. Now, Sony has released the first full international trailer so audiences everywhere can get their first look at what the fuss is all about.

Based on the bloody battle for the city of Stalingrad during WWII, the film tells the story of a small group of Soviet soldiers who survive a disastrous operation against the Nazis. Moving away from many action-oriented war films, Stalingrad focuses on the emotions of these six men and even takes on a romantic element when they discover a girl taking refuge in an abandoned house.

Check out the incredible trailer (it’s worth it, there’s fire and guns and a »

- Tom Durbin

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PGA Taps Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri, Weta Digital for 2014 Vanguard Award

11 November 2013 10:59 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Past recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas and John Lasseter.

The Producers Guild of America has has tapped Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital for its 2014 Vanguard Award.

The award will be presented to the three honorees at the 25th annual PGA ceremony Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

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Jackson and Letteri's Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital is a trailblazer in all areas of digital visual effects production, having created some of the most celebrated effects ever seen onscreen. Their film credits include such hits as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong, among many others.

The Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan LeeGeorge Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and »

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Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri and Weta Digital to Receive Producers Guild 2014 Vanguard Award

11 November 2013 10:48 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19. Jackson and Letteri‘s Oscar-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital includes in its resume the ongoing “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Avatar” and “King Kong,” among many others. Previous Vanguard recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, and game designer Will Wright. »

- Beth Hanna

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Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri, Weta Digital Tapped for PGA’s Vanguard Award

11 November 2013 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital as the recipients of its 2014 Vanguard Award.

The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Jackson and Letteri‘s Weta Digital has created effects for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Avatar” and “King Kong.”

The Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, game designer Will Wright and RealD’s Michael V. Lewis and Joshua Greer.

“Visual effects are a great tool to inspire the audience’s imagination and encourage them to take that extra step into the story,” Jackson said.

Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri have created some of the most epic visionary fantasies in the history of filmmaking, »

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Afm 2013: Panzer 88 Artwork Ready for Combat

7 November 2013 2:30 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

And the American Film Market wave of news keeps right on crashing against our shores. Next to hit is the sales artwork for the new horror flick Panzer 88. Dig on it, and look for more on this one really soon.

Carnaby International is in talks with Gary Oldman (RoboCop, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jay Baruchel (RoboCop, This Is the End), and Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Dracula 3D, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) to star in Peter Briggs' film.

From Gary Kurtz and Ivor Powell, the producers of Star Wars, Alien, and Blade Runner, Panzer 88 takes place in 1944 on the Eastern front of Russia.

Synopsis:

An invincible German King Tiger tank retreats across icy tundra. Battle-weary, hungry and cold, its crack five-man crew are unbroken. But fate twists when they reluctantly pick up a stranded SS officer. Unaware of his part in the massacre of a local Jewish village, »

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Heads Up for Another New International Snowpiercer One-Sheet

6 November 2013 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Yet another new international poster for Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' has arrived. This rather disappointing Asian effort features the worst of all poster styles, the floating heads. The heads in question of stars Chris Evans ('Avengers Assemble'), Tilda Swinton ('Vanilla Sky'), Jamie Bell ('King Kong'), Song Kangho ('Thirst') and Ko Asung ('The Host'). The adaptation is still yet to get an official Us and/or UK release but no doubt this will all be sorted out very soon. 'Snowpiercer' is based on the French graphic novel 'Le Transperceneige' by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The feature also stars John Hurt ('Dr Who'), Ewen Bremner ('Trainspotting') and the Oscar winning Octavia Spencer ('The Help'). Check the poster below. »

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Ray Harryhausen Tribute at The St. Louis International Film Festival November 15th

3 November 2013 7:23 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Cinema St. Louis presents, as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), a special evening dedicated to the late special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. The event will take place on Friday November 15th beginning at 7pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium.

It’s a double bill of the new documentary Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, one of Harryhausen’s showcase masterpieces. One ticket price covers both films.

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) plays at 7:00pm and follows legendary Sinbad the Sailor (Kerwin Mathews) and his betrothed, Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), as they tussle with evil magician Sokurah both in Baghdad and on the island of Colossa. The film includes several iconic Harryhausen creations: the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton. TV Guide calls the film “one of the greatest »

- Tom Stockman

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Sunday Shorts: ‘Never Date an Actress’, starring Naomi Watts

3 November 2013 8:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2001 short Never Date an Actress. The film is written and directed by David Baer, who also stars alongside Scott Coffey and Naomi Watts. With an acting career that spans over 25 years, Watts gained the attention of film fans in 2001′s Mulholland Drive, before finding commercial success the following year with The Ring. She has subsequently been seen in films such as King Kong, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Eastern Promises. Her newest feature, titled Diana, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.

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Watch: Sharlto Copley Has A Nasty Wake Up Call In Trailer For Horror 'Open Grave'

31 October 2013 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sharlto Copley, antagonist of the recent “Elysium” and South Africa's finest sayer of the word “fuck,” is a man who most likely first came to your attention soaked in a variety of mysterious bodily gunk and viscera, playing the transmogrifying Wikus in Neill Blomkamp's clever sci-fi flick “District 9.” Well, here he is again, covered in blood and unsure of who he is: but at least this time the blood is human (we think?).Copley is the lead in the forthcoming horror “Open Grave,” and he's got some stuff to work out in this first trailer. Heading an international cast that also includes Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”, “Downfall”), Copley plays John, who wakes up in a pit surrounded by the bodies of violently murdered strangers with no idea how he or any of the corpses got there. The people in the nearby house are all similarly amnesiac, and that's »

- Ben Brock

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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 50

27 October 2013 10:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!

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Special Mention:

Shock Corridor

Written and directed by Samuel Fuller

USA, 1963

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »

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Andy Serkis To Produce "The Bone Season"

23 October 2013 8:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Andy Serkis, the actor best known for mo-cap performances like Gollum, King Kong, Caesar the Ape and Captain Haddock, is set to become a producer.

Serkis' UK production company The Imaginarium has signed a one-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox.

The first project from that deal is an adaptation of young author Samantha Shannon's debut novel "The Bone Season". The Imaginarium will co-produce the film with Chernin Entertainment.

The story centers on a 19-year-old clairvoyant named Paige Mahoney, who roams the streets of London in 2059 as a criminal.

An otherworldly race wants her in their army of clairvoyants, so they kidnap and imprison her in what used to be Oxford.

Serkis, Jonathan Cavendish and Peter Chernin will produce what could be a potential franchise launcher.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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