Posts tagged "Peter Jackson"

Watch: Air New Zealand’s ‘Hobbit’ Themed Safety Video is Truly Epic

It was only a matter of time before Air New Zealand decided bring back Middle Earth into its air safety videos. (Watch part one and part two for a refresher). On Wednesday, the “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made” was finally unveiled and boy, is it epic.

By: Peggy Truong / October 23, 2014

NEW PICS: Taylor Swift More Than Likely Bought Peter Jackson’s $20 Million Tribeca Penthouses

We all know that after taking home seven Grammys, six Country Music Awards, and 15 American Music Awards, Taylor Swift is swimming in the music moola. And with mansions already in Nashville, Rhode Island, and Beverly Hills, the 24-year-old's obviously going to need more statue space, so why not spend $20 million on a crash…

By: Andrea Simpson / March 27, 2014

Emma Watson Rumbles With Rumplestiltskin? (PHOTOS)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is being released this weekend, transforming the classic fairy tale into action-packed adventure. The film follows in the footsteps of such projects as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which found America's 14th president battling bloodsuckers -- and not the ones in Congress! -- and falls in line with a spate of…

By: Todd Gilchrist / January 24, 2013

‘Jack Reacher’ vs. ‘The Hobbit': Box Office Battle (POLL)

With The Hobbit sitting comfortably in the number one slot this weekend, four films are poised to compete for the box-office bucks necessary to knock it from the throne. All of which makes it unlikely that Gandalf and his crew won’t still be king of the Misty Mountain next weekend, too. But if any the…

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 20, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ Breaks Records With $84.7M Weekend Opening

Looks like a lot of moviegoers traveled back to Middle Earth this weekend. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed a strong opening weekend at the box office, topping all other movies with more than $84.7 million in domestic ticket sales, Deadline reports. The Peter Jackson picture also grossed some $75 million internationally, bringing its worldwide…

By: Peggy Truong / December 16, 2012

‘Hobbit’ Effects Guru Joe Letteri Says Peter Jackson’s Prequel Changed Filmmaking: ‘There Are Breakthroughs in Every Area’ (VIDEO)

Ever since Peter Jackson first announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would be shot in 3D with cameras recording at a speed of 48 frames a second, pundits have analyzed how much his film might impact Hollywood as a whole. But Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, who previously worked on groundbreaking films from Star

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 14, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ Is Changing the Way You Watch Movies, So How Should You See Peter Jackson’s Prequel?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may be set in a mythical ancient past, but the new movie presents viewers with a 21st-century, cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technological dilemma. If you're planning to see the fantasy epic when it opens on Dec. 14, you may be faced with as many as six different 2D and 3D formats to…

By: Gary Susman / December 14, 2012

‘Hobbit’ Star Martin Freeman Helps ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lighten Up: ‘I’m Quite a Whore… I Like Being Funny’

Although they were a massive gamble at the time, the Lord of the Rings films have become synonymous with big-screen, epic storytelling. Their serious, sweeping take on fantasy filmmaking was something that was not simply commercially successful, but artistically credible, winning awards and legitimizing genre movies more than ever before. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 13, 2012

‘The Hobbit': 7 Things You Need to Know About Peter Jackson’s ‘Rings’ Prequel (PHOTOS)

That sound you hear belongs to legions of Tolken fans snapping on their fanny packs as they rise up to see The Hobbit. December 14 marks director Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth for the first time since 2003’s Return of the King. To celebrate one of the year’s biggest releases, Celebuzz offers a quick…

By: Phil Pirrello / December 13, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ vs. ‘Skyfall': Box Office Battle (POLL)

This weekend, the box office is in for a massive shake-up as The Hobbit challenges James Bond for the No. 1 spot. Peter Jackson's much-anticipated return to Middle Earth is the sole new release this weekend, and its expected to rake in tons of hard-earned allowance money. Holdovers like Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which have…

By: Phil Pirrello / December 13, 2012

Mark Wahlberg to Produce Hacker Movie; Emily Blunt Up for Role in Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’

Apparently “hacking” is still a thing Hollywood wants to make movies about. Mark Wahlberg is set to produce a movie about computer hacking for Universal, with a script from writer Jonathan Herman. The yet-untitled film “centers on an anonymous, ruthless, highly-skilled hacker who targets the student body of a large suburban high school.”…

By: Phil Pirrello / December 13, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri Defends High Frame Rate Filmmaking: ‘You Now See Any Motion More Clearly’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

As reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey poured in on Monday, a generally positive reaction to the story was almost invariably paired with a decidedly more mixed one about the technology used to tell it: HFS (high frame rates), which director Peter Jackson used to photograph the film in 3D. Among the criticisms of…

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 5, 2012

‘The Hobbit': How Much Do Critics Like the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prequel?

Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth and to his homeland of New Zealand – a country that appears one parliamentary vote away from calling itself TolkienLand – for the often exciting, if equally silly, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The first in a three-film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s precursor to Lord of the

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 4, 2012

‘The Hobbit': Prequel Offers Expected — and Excessive — Thrills in an Overstuffed First Film (MOVIE REVIEW)

Although three Lord of the Rings Extended Editions, a three-plus-hour King Kong remake and an interminable adaptation of The Lovely Bones certainly evidenced Peter Jackson’s problem with efficiency, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey achieves new heights of overlong-ness in the director’s expansive canon. Mind you, I’m a fan of almost all of his films –…

By: Todd Gilchrist / December 4, 2012

‘Les Miserables’ Surprises Audiences; Tom Cruise ‘Kills’ in London; ‘Hobbit’ Hurries to Finish

Even though things slowed down over Thanksgiving break, Hollywood managed to eek out a few news stories. The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Tom Cruise’s next sci-fi epic, All You Need Is Kill, kept many informed in between turkey and Black Friday craziness. Would you like to know more? Sure ya do!

By: Phil Pirrello / November 26, 2012

Movie Buzz: Nicolas Cage Enlists for ‘Expendables 3′, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Director Rumors

More days should kick off with movie news about Nicolas Cage. The Ghost Rider himself is teaming up with Rocky Balboa for a new action movie... Can you guess which one? Celebuzz has that story and more after the jump.

By: Phil Pirrello / November 6, 2012

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': New Stills With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman Evoke ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (PHOTOS)

Attention, Hobbit fans: Just in case you weren't already counting down the days until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens December 14, new stills from the movie have surfaced, and all the warm and fuzzy memories of The Lord of the Rings are coming back. In the new snaps (posted at Brazilian site Cine Marcado) from the first installment…

By: Gary Susman / October 17, 2012

Whitney Port Teams Up With ‘The Walking Dead’ to Get ‘Zombified’ for the American Red Cross (PHOTOS)

Whitney Port usually hits all the right notes when it comes to her everyday style or her fashion line, Whitney Eve. So when the 27-year-old posted a photo of herself in zombie mode on her blog, we had to do a double take. This is without a doubt the scariest pic I’ve ever seen of…

By: Whitney Port / September 28, 2012