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  • Blu-ray review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Extended Edition) has more to love

    01/02/2016 9:49:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    Celebrity Cafe ^ | 12.30.2015
    Back on Nov. 17, Warner Bros. released the long-awaited, extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film adds just 20 extra minutes, but packs a lot of emotion into those minutes. By now, most of us have seen the Hobbit movies and it can probably be agreed that Peter Jackson created amazing pieces of art. However, most of us wished for more in-depth scenes or more face time for a favorite character. With the extended edition, we get both, plus two full discs of bonus features. A few scenes were extended with just a couple...
  • vanity - Post your review of "The Hobbit"

    12/16/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Since the final Hobbit opens up tomorrow, please post your review. Tell us why, not just "it was good" or "it was bad". I will post my review early Saturday morning. Please, if you are not interested in discussing this movie, do not ruin it for any one with "I hate the CGI" or "Peter Jackson is a Marxist" or "Frodo and Samwise were a Hollywood homosexual conspiracy" - and no spoilers. From analyzing the themes the Shore use in the soundtrack, it appears that it will probably closer to the book, with a bit of sorrow at the end.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review - exactly what it promised to be (3-stars)

    12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 2 December 2014 03.02 EST
    hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jacksons Hobbit series gets underway, an outsize troll-like monstrosity with a pointed stone headpiece runs full tilt into a fortress wall, making a breach through which a bunch of orcs and other malevolent nasties can pour through. The troll, or whatever it is, lies full length on the ground, stunned; entirely disregarded as its compadres swarm past. Well, I can sympathise entirely; I reeled out of the cinema in bit of a daze myself after this extended dose of Jacksons patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.
  • Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit 3

    11/19/2014 5:51:25 PM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit
  • Blu-ray Review The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Extended Edition (2013)

    11/09/2014 7:16:15 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Flickering Myth ^ | November 5, 2014 by Gary Collinson
    snip "Filmgoers and shire admirers have become as used to Peter Jackson and his J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations over the years as they have the obligatory extended cuts of every already long film. The Hobbit films have been no different and now comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Extended Edition. The extended cut, like other Jackson extended cuts, is not a light one. Its packed with 25 minutes of new footage. I debate to simply reveal said extended and new scenes, but one of the true pleasures of this extended cut is to go in cold and discover...
  • Billy Boyd Sings Us Goodbye After Peter Jackson's Final Battle

    10/21/2014 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Movie pilot ^ | by Sarah GibsonStaff ⋅ Posted on October 21st, 2014 at 10:03am
    Remember when the The Lord Of The Rings saga ended 11 years ago, with Billy Boyd - Pippin, no less - singing out the closing credits with "Pippin's Song"? Well, coming full circle, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is about to witness the very same ending...
  • The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies ends with a 45-minute battle scene

    10/24/2014 6:51:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Perhaps explaining why those Hobbit movies cost so much damn money to make, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies will end with a 45-minute battle scene. Director Peter Jackson spoke with EW about the logistics of creating such an epic climax. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics, Jackson explains, before sharing the highly scientific way he maps out his fight scenes:
  • Here's the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    07/18/2014 3:05:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    Whilst a synopsis is maybe not entirely necessary given that the title of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies pretty much sums up what the films about - a battle involving five different armies. Warner Brothers have released the official synopsis. Okay, so it goes into a bit more detail than "there are five armies and they do battle" so it isn't entirely a lost cause like the 'Snakes on a Plane' synopsis might've been, and I'm pretty much allowing my prejudice against the third Hobbit film's name change shine through. I liked 'There and Back Again' dammit!
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone'

    07/01/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone' For 'What's Going To Happen' In 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Letteri went on to speak about how the ending of this movie would lead into and help fans better understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Yeah because it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth," he said." The whole extension of The Hobbit's story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what's going to happen when...
  • The Hobbit 3 spoilers: details about the Battle of Five Armies

    05/22/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Spoilers and details of the third installment of The Hobbit franchise, called The Battle of Five Armies, are making fans excited as the first look draws near
  • Fans petition a plot change for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    05/11/2014 6:49:28 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 49 replies
    According to Enstars on Saturday, Peter Jackson's third film "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", has fans petitioning for the plot to take a different route than that of the J.R.R. Tolkien book. The first major change that was announced with the movie title which was originally "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and now fans are demanding to change the outcome of Thorin Oakenshield's destiny. Jackson's change to the title was motivated by the appropriateness of the film as he kept up with it during its course. The director thought since Bilbo was already "there" at the...
  • 'The Hobbit 3' News: Sauron to Return and Defeat the White Council in 'There and Back Again?

    04/10/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Apr 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
    It is being rumored that the evil Sauron will return and battle the White Council in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3..Richard Armitage Teases Ending of Film Being Different from Tolkien's Version?

    04/01/2014 3:33:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    ENSTARS ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Mar 31, 2014 01:49 PM EDT
    In a recent interview, Richard Armitage revealed that he was quite emotional about the completion of the trilogy. The 42-year-old actor spoke with BANG Showbiz about finally wrapping the trilogy and how now that the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy was completed, he was very moved. "It will be 15 years of Peter Jackson's work, there'll be six movies to watch, but it could be the final time. There's something moving about that," he said.
  • Hobbit trilogy confirmed by Peter Jackson, Internet rejoices

    07/30/2012 10:29:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jen Chaney
    Peter Jackson formally announced this afternoon that his take on The Hobbit originally envisioned as a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens tale will be a trilogy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker who, as Smeagol scholars are well aware, directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy to much critical acclaim and financial success had hinted about a third Hobbit during a recent appearance at Comic-Con. But todays statement officially confirms that a third, not-yet-titled movie will follow The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Part three of the Bilbo Baggins saga is slated for...
  • Peter Jackson & John Key full Hobbiton media conference - Video

    10/29/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Immerito · 31 replies · 1+ views
    News 3 (New Zealand) ^ | October 28, 2011 | News 3
    The full, uncut video of filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson and Prime Minister John Key speaking at Hobbiton today
  • King Kong in Kerala? (29 inch humanoid footprint found)

    01/09/2006 7:05:00 PM PST · by voletti · 18 replies · 1,272+ views
    Times of India ^ | 1/9/06 | TS Raghavan
    KARALMANNA (Palakkad): Peter Jackson's King Kong is set on a mysterious, uncharted island. He might as well have shot it in Kerala. Or so it would seem, if and that's literally a big if claims by a team of amateur anthropologists are proved true. The team claims to have discovered footprints of a "giant-man" who had a shoe size of 29 inches, lived in a shelter 50 metres high and weighed well over 400 kg. Going by the footprint size, the creature may have been as tall as 17 feet, which would make it easily the "largest human...
  • Peter Jackson and New Line Announce 'Hobbit' Casting

    10/22/2010 7:08:58 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 47 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10/21/2010 | Borys Kit
    Martin Freeman is set to star as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit... Thorin Oakenshield...Richard ArmitageFili...Aidan TurnerKili...Rob Kazinskyetc...
  • Warner Bros. Moving The Hobbit Out of New Zealand (Look for the Union Label)

    10/20/2010 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Kaosinla · 44 replies ^ | 10/20/2010 | Russ Fischer
    This is a surprising turn of events for The Hobbit. When a small coalition of actors unions in New Zealand and Australia pushed actors guilds across the world to boycott work on the films, citing an unfair residuals arrangement, Peter Jackson responded by threatening to move the production to Eastern Europe. But that would never happen, right? The organizations wouldnt push away a huge chunk of work like the two Hobbit films by holding firm to a set of demands for which the production and backers at Warner Bros. have sought appropriate solutions that would be crazy. And yet...
  • James Nesbitt has Major Hobbit Role?

    10/16/2010 9:12:34 PM PDT · by Immerito · 4 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | October 16, 2010 | Altaira
    Message board member ranger123 alerted us to a article from Oct 3 stating that COLD feet and Murphys Law star James Nesbitt is making plans to pack up his family and move to New Zealand, having secured a major role in The Hobbit. Nesbitt, 45, and actress wife Sonia Forbes-Adam, also 45, have talked to their daughters Peggy, 12, and Mary, eight, about the benefits of staying on to make a fresh start. The Northern Irish star believes it will be good for his career and family life. A source said: The Hobbit was always going to mean a...
  • The Hobbit's Real Journey Finally 3-D!

    10/15/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Eonline ^ | October 15, 2010 | NATALIE FINN
    "What seems like eleventy years later, The Hobbit is finally a done deal. MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. have officially greenlighted the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, featuring the adventures of Frodo's uncle, Bilbo Baggins, with Peter Jackson triple-threating as writer-director-producer. LOTR partners Fran Walsh (aka Mrs. Jackson) and Phillipa Boyens will also work on the script."
  • Actors Union Acting a 'Bully Boy' Over Aussie Lord of the Rings Sequels

    10/02/2010 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/02/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Unions are the scourge of Middle Earth, or at least the upcoming filmed version of Tolkien's Hobbit set in that mythical land, anyway. Peter Jackson, heir to the Tolkien legacy on film, is trying to produce a two-part Hobbit film but the local actors union is standing athwart him Sauron-like and casting its evil union eye upon the project frustrating everyone. Jackson accused the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance of being an "Australian bully boy" after the union spurred actors to boycott the production over unmet union demands. In a public letter, Jackson railed against the union demands. I can't see...
  • New York Times: Jackson to direct The Hobbit

    10/01/2010 10:18:29 PM PDT · by Immerito · 26 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | October 1, 2010 | Calisuri
    The New York Times is busting out major headlines today: First with the revelation that The Hobbit films will be filmed in 3-D, and now, all but confirming Peter Jackson will direct the two prequels. (Woo Hoo!!! Sorry, had to get that in there) According Michael Cieplys article, an announcement to this affect will be coming in the next few days.
  • Peter Jackson Running Into Union Trouble on 'The Hobbit'

    09/28/2010 6:25:25 AM PDT · by Immerito · 17 replies
    Yahoo! Movies ^ | September 27, 2010 | Will Leitch
    You can be forgiven for being skeptical that "The Hobbit" will ever be made. Back in October 2007, Entertainment Weekly announced on its cover that Peter Jackson would be putting together a prequel to his "Lord of the Rings" films based on the J. R. R. Tolkien book series. Since then, everything has gone wrong: Jackson sued New Line over the rights to the film; the Tolkien family then sued them as well; MGM, one of the two studios planning to distribute the film, ran into the money woes (which are also holding up the James Bond films); Guillermo Del...
  • Peter Jackson Threatens to Shut Down Hobbit (Follow-up from Yesterday)

    09/27/2010 9:50:41 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 11 replies
    Eonline ^ | September 27, 2010 | PETER GICAS
    "Like the name of Bilbo Baggins' sword, threats being made by acting unions regarding production of The Hobbit are really starting to sting. So much so that Peter Jackson, the executive producer behind the Lord of the Rings prequel, is now suggesting that shooting could very well move to Eastern Europeor even shut downif things don't get resolved with the various acting unions in New Zealand that are encouraging its members not to work on a film that employs nonunion actors."
  • The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films Sneak Peak

    09/01/2010 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Immerito · 19 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | August 30, 2010 | xoanon
    Magpie writes: Doug Adams is letting us peek inside his upcoming book on the LOTR film music. Check out
  • Knighthood better than Oscar, says Peter Jackson

    12/30/2009 2:28:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 339+ views ^ | 31st December 2009
    LORD of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been knighted for services to film. Sir Peter was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit after the New Zealand government announced in its New Year Honors today. Since starting out in film with cult classics the likes of Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, Jackson's popular work has included the Lord of The Rings trilogy, a King Kong remake and most recently, a film adaptation of the best-selling Alice Sebold novel The Lovely Bones.
  • One Title to Rule Them All: Peter Jackson, Patrick Stewart Get Knighted

    01/01/2010 12:43:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies · 2,413+ views
    E! Online ^ | December 31, 2009 | Josh Grossberg
    ...In a host of end-of-year honors, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart were both feted with knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II...
  • 'The Hobbit': Peace in Middle-Earth?

    10/08/2007 12:29:46 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 25 replies · 1,286+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | Oct 04, 2007 | Benjamin Svetkey
    Fans have long dreamed ''Lord of the Rings'' director Peter Jackson would tackle J.R.R. Tolkien's ''The Hobbit,'' but a nasty legal battle with New Line Cinema has made it impossible. Now, at last, a cease-fire may be at hand
  • Sam Raimi Will Direct The Hobbit?

    01/28/2007 4:33:14 PM PST · by maquiladora · 47 replies · 2,328+ views
    IESB ^ | Sunday, 28 January 2007 | Robert Sanchez
    There has been speculation about this since last November but according to a major newspaper, Sam "Spider-Man" Raimi is considering directing The Hobbit.LA Times has the following: In a move that would have ramifications for several major multi-nationals, and millions of fans, "Spider-Man" maestro Sam Raimi has been telling associates, as well as his corporate masters at Sony, that he is thinking of directing "The Hobbit," the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, "The Lord of the Rings." At least two top-level insiders who declined to be named -- have heard the words out of the director's mouth. A year...
  • Peter Jackson Takes Over Mel Gibsons Movie

    08/31/2006 8:45:18 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 99 replies · 2,153+ views
    Another movie coming up from famous director Peter Jackson who announced that hes gathering a team for a Dam Busters remake. As a child, Peter Jackson said he was a real fan of the 1954 version of Dam Busters, a movie based on the book with the same name written by Paul Brickhill, which revolved around inventor Barnes Wallis and mission commander Guy Gibson. He was 12 when he watched the movie for the first time. I always thought that out of all the World War II true stories this is one of the most extraordinary," Jackson, a longtime aviation...
  • Peter Jackson lines up Dambusters remake

    08/31/2006 2:56:55 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 17 replies · 2,292+ views
    Guardian ^ | Thursday August 31, 2006 | Staff and agencies
    Peter Jackson is to produce a remake of the classic British war film The Dambusters, about the intrepid mission of a Royal Air Force squadron. According to Screen Daily, the film is budgeted at between $30-40m and will be mark the directing debut of Christian Rivers. A long-time colleague of Jackson, Rivers served as animation director on King Kong and a visual effects director on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Speculation over a possible Dambusters remake was initially sparked in May, when Jackson reportedly spent a day filming one of the last surviving Lancaster bombers that took part in...
  • Lord of the Rings Profits Used to Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    07/17/2006 4:48:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 48 replies · 1,288+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/16/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 17, 2006 ( Profits from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy are being used to fund destructive human embryonic research at the University of California, reported the Mainichi Daily News. Filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who brought the J.R.R. Tolkien epic to the screen, together donated US $310,000 last Saturday to fund research using the stem cells of human embryos. Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled incurable, the pair said in a statement released by the University of...

    12/28/2005 3:36:50 AM PST · by Al Simmons · 83 replies · 2,768+ views
    Well, having read all the reviews, perused the comments on many discussion groups, I was fairly well prepared to enjoy myself today when I went to see the new "Kong"... I walked out MAJORLY disappointed. The movie got off to a swell start - I actually liked the first one hour of the picture the best, as I think the re-creation of Depression-era NYC was excellent, and playing Al Jolson singing "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World" juxtaposed with breadlines was brilliant. (It was also an awesome tribute to the "World's Greatest Entertainer", the greatest American Pop Singer of...
  • King Kong: Only 6.295 million on second day

    12/16/2005 1:37:44 PM PST · by loreldan · 67 replies · 890+ views
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 12/16/2005 | staff
    KING KONG 3567 screens / Wed $9,755,745 / Thurs $6,295,755 THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 3,616 screens / Wed $3,507,508 / Thurs $3,638,314
  • Vanity - My Day 1 review of King Kong

    12/14/2005 2:54:49 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 20 replies · 2,697+ views
    My team lead set up for my group to go see the first showing at the local multiplex of King Kong at mid-day today (and the company picked up the tab as our Christmas party). It lived up to every bit of hype I've seen and heard and then some. First it is long, and I knew it was going to be, so in the back of my mind I kept analyzing scenes to see if I thought they could be cut. Everytime I thought a scene could have been trimmed he throws in some bit of business that makes...
  • King Kong gets extra-special effects as quake rattles screening

    12/13/2005 10:48:27 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 6 replies · 316+ views ^ | December 13, 2005 | Staff
    Movie director Peter Jackson is the king of special effects but even he was outdone when the audience was shaken and stirred by an earthquake during a preview screening of his new blockbuster "King Kong". The quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit Wellington about an hour into the film and at first it was difficult to tell what was happening. The theatre was already filled with the sound of the roaring of the sea and scraping metal as onscreen a ship belonging to the eventual capturers of King Kong was smashed against the rocks of the sinister Skull...
  • KING KONG Reviewed

    12/06/2005 3:56:39 PM PST · by maquiladora · 19 replies · 674+ views
    Fangoria ^ | MICHAEL GINGOLD
    Lets get right to the point: Peter Jacksons KING KONG is a masterpiece, an astonishing work of cinematic art that can lay legitimate claim to the title of greatest monster movie ever made. It is also something equally impressive: a remake that truly honors, respects and outdoes the original, and like the first KING KONG back in 1933, it sets a standard by which all future films in the genre will be judged. This may all sound like hyperbole, but its hard not to come away from the experience of seeing this film with a combined feeling of admiration and...
  • King Kong Trailer Rocks!!

    11/04/2005 9:09:12 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 42 replies · 2,324+ views
    Just downloaded the new trailer for "King Kong". Looks like another award winner for Peter Jackson & crew. Holy cow what a great trailer!! Kong looks awsome and I particularly loved the clip of Kong vs. a T-Rex. Can't wait to see it! Click here for the trailer. You will need Quicktime 7 to download. It also comes in High Definition. Cool!! (Yeah, yeah, I'm a geek)
  • Extended Edition Of The Return Of The King (Vanity)

    12/15/2004 8:31:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 69 replies · 3,578+ views
    11/15/04 | goldstategop
    New Line Entertainment released the definitive "Extended Edition" of The Return Of The King . Peter Jackson worked over a year to bring this out for the fans. New and extended scenes have brought the total running length to over 200 minutes. Plus extras on the supplemental discs.
  • Jack Black Cast In 'King Kong' No, Not As The Ape (as Carl Denham)

    03/31/2004 7:01:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 376+ views
    MTV ^ | March 30, 2004
    Jack Black must not have offended Peter Jackson with his "The Lord of the Rings" spoof at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards. Jackson has cast the actor in his upcoming remake of "King Kong," a Universal Pictures spokesperson said Tuesday (March 30). Black will play aspiring New York filmmaker and showman Carl Denham in the movie, which will shoot this fall in New Zealand. The only other role filled so far is Broadway actress and dancer Ann Darrow, which will be played by "The Ring" star Naomi Watts. Jackson has said he is interested in working again with "The Lord...
  • Film Of The Year - The Return Of The King

    01/05/2004 4:48:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 63 replies · 336+ views ^ | Jan 2, 2004 | Don Feder
    The final installment of Peter Jacksons stunning screen adaptation of J.R.R Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings" "The Return of The King" -- premiered on December 17th. Not surprisingly, it had the highest first 5-days box office in history ($246 million worldwide). Since its publication in Britain (1954-1955), Tolkiens Trilogy as fans reverently refer to the epic sold over 50 million copies, and that was before the release of Jacksons movies, which naturally spurred sales of the books. Such is the authors popularity that a Lycos word search of J.R.R. Tolkien turns up over 2 million entries, compared...
  • It's become a billion-dollar franchise, but, for realists, the "Ring" is hollow (PC barf)

    12/14/2003 9:43:51 AM PST · by Joe Republc · 21 replies · 348+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch | 12/13/2003 | Joe Williams
    Maybe it's the pointy ears. Whether we're talking about "The Lord of the Rings" or "Star Trek," I can never fully embrace a franchise where characters wear prosthetic earpieces. Nor, for that matter, am I crazy about swords (whether forged in a lake of fire or capped with a shaft of light), runes, hellhounds or old bachelors in flowing robes. Soon after the "The Return of the King" is released in theaters Wednesday, it will start harvesting millions of dollars and thousands of Oscar votes. Judging by the first two films in the "LOTR" trilogy, I don't doubt that "The...
  • Harry Knowles Screens ROTK and The Passion at BNTA5- Mel Gibson & Peter Jackson attend

    12/08/2003 1:41:04 AM PST · by weegee · 18 replies · 525+ views
    Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News ^ | 7Dec2003 | Harry Knowles
    Things HARRY Learned from BNAT 5! Hey folks, Harry here... Figured I'd join in on this format of Nordling's just a bit... 1. RETURN OF THE KING is the finishing flourish on what is definitively the greatest single narrative trilogy in the history of cinema. This film gives a new meaning to scope in film. A new meaning to the term epic. Peter Jackson has honestly created a final film that absolutely just owned me for every second it played. And in the way of the world, I'm just a very small hobbit in my own little shire of Austin......
  • Forty Years Later, C.S. Lewis's Influence Tops JFK (also Peter Jackson to make Narnia movies?)

    11/24/2003 1:59:41 PM PST · by ZGuy · 33 replies · 603+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/24/03 | Rob Moll
    Forty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, only half of Americans are alive to remember it, and many Americans are looking away from the Kennedy's Camelot to the fairytales of another man who died that day: Clive Staples Lewis. C.S. Lewis's death was overlooked on that November 22 in 1963, but historian Mark Summers of the University of Kentucky argues that today Lewis is more relevant to those who cannot answer the question "where were you when JFK was shot?" "In terms of how he's affected the kids of my generation and the rest, I have a...
  • Return of the King makes cover of Newsweek

    11/23/2003 6:17:48 PM PST · by The Iguana · 5 replies · 215+ views
    Newsweek/MSNBC ^ | December 1, 2003 | Jeff Giles
    Secrets of The KingCant break this hobbit: Will Frodo destroy the ring? Will Aragorn wear the crown? An exclusive first look at director Peter Jacksons exhilarating Lord of the Rings finale, The Return of the Kingand at the battles the cast waged on-screen and off By Jeff GilesNEWSWEEK Dec. 1 issue Peter Jacksons The Return of the King begins with a flashback to what seems like the beginning of timeyoung Deagol is fishing with his creepy brother Smeagol when suddenly a fish on his line pulls him out of the boat and underwater, where he spots a gold ring...
  • LOTR Director Signs on to remake of "KING KONG"

    04/01/2003 6:21:05 AM PST · by yankeedame · 84 replies · 719+ views
    King Kong's comebackApril 2 2003 'Twas Beauty that killed the Beast Los Angeles: Lord of the Rings film director Peter Jackson is switching his focus from hobbits to giant apes after signing up to remake the classic monkey movie King Kong, sources said today. The New Zealander responsible for the Rings films - the last volume of which is to be released late this year - has finally been contracted to make the new picture for Universal Studios after nearly a decade of trying. "No film has captivated my imagination more than King Kong," Jackson was quoted as saying in...
  • The Two Towers: A FReeper Review

    12/18/2002 8:15:42 AM PST · by egarvue · 75 replies · 459+ views
    Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a midnight showing of The Two Towers. What follows is my attempt at a spoiler-free review. Of three books of the trilogy, "The Two Towers" was always my favorite - I looked forward to the movie in fevered anticipation. I decided to throw caution to the wind and go to the midnight showing; I knew I would be hurting at work today (quick nurse, my caffine IV is low!) I was very surprised to get to the theater in our small city and find it utterly packed, my friend and I were...
  • Preparatio Evangelica [Chuck Colson on The Two Towers]

    12/18/2002 7:20:33 AM PST · by ksen · 31 replies · 367+ views
    Breakpoint Online ^ | 12/18/02 | Chuck Colson
    Preparatio Evangelica BreakPoint with Charles Colson December 18, 2002 The Two Towers Today, millions of people will go to see The Two Towers, the second installment in the trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. If they pay close attention, they'll see more than an epic adventure. They'll also get a glimpse of Christian truth. It's well known that Tolkien rejected allegorical interpretations of Lord of the Ringsthe notion, for example, that the ring represented the atom bomb. But Tolkien's Christian faith was a different matter. And it's no surprise that his faith found its way...
  • Tolkien Trilogy Has Given New Line Boost Inside AOL

    12/09/2002 3:43:11 PM PST · by JameRetief · 12 replies · 239+ views
    Yahoo Business ^ | December 9, 2002 | John Lippman
    "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" is the story of a Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who sets out on a quest to destroy a magical ring with evil powers. But the movie version has achieved an equally formidable goal: elevating the status of New Line Cinema Corp. inside corporate parent AOL Time Warner Inc. When New Line was still making "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy with its $310 million budget, Hollywood insiders joked that the movies would become the most expensive made-for-cable miniseries ever on TNT, the AOL-owned cable channel where, the joke went, the sequels would be dumped if...
  • [Lord Of The Rings] Oscar hopeful Serkis 'Towers' over CGI brethren [Gollum seeks *precious* Oscar]

    11/25/2002 1:23:16 PM PST · by JameRetief · 16 replies · 294+ views
    Variety ^ | Nov. 21, 2002 | MICHAEL FLEMING
    Oscar hopeful Serkis 'Towers' over CGI brethren As Gollum in 'Rings' sequel, thesp puts his lifeblood into a central figure By MICHAEL FLEMING Andy Serkis did yeoman cyber-work as Gollum in 'The Lords of the Rings: The Two Towers.' There was never any Oscar buzz for the performances of Jar Jar Binks or Dobby, but New Line is hoping that Gollum will be up for an acting Academy Award in March.Andy Serkis is the British actor who performs the centerpiece role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's second installment of the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Only you might...