Peter Jackson

There and Back Again: Revisiting the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy in 2014

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by Jacob Hall a day ago
New Line
There seem to be two paths for monumentally popular pieces of art and entertainment once the initial excitement around them begins to wear off. Either they become a cultural touchstone, and become a part of the fabric of everyday communication, or they become a footnote, a piece of trivia relevant only as nostalgia and an occasional answer at bar trivia. I revisit Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy every few years, because I desperately want it to be the former and not the latter.

‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Review: Give Me Back My Precious (Time)

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by Matt Singer December 11, 2014 @ 9:32 AM
Warner Bros.
Having gone on an unexpected journey and endured the desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s bloated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ finally comes to ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which is less of a climax to this trilogy than a distended epilogue. After spending two movies and 330 minutes building up the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) as the ultimate antagonist, he’s eliminated from the story completely in the first ten minutes. He’s literally gone before the title appears onscreen.

No Matter What You May Think, Lee Pace Promises That He's Not British

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by Mike Ryan December 9, 2014 @ 12:26 PM
Warner Bros.
Before interviewing Lee Pace—who returns to Middle-earth as the Elvenking, Thranduil, in the upcoming ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’—I conducted a completely scientific poll (it was not scientific at all, I randomly asked my friends), asking “Where do you think Lee Pace is from?” Of the seven people I asked, only one knew that Pace was born in the United States. (This particular person guessed Nebraska, the correct answer is Oklahoma and/or Texas.) What’s most remarkable about this is just how shocked people look when they find out that Pace went to high school in Houston. (Honestly, this all seems like a compliment. An “actor from England” seems to have more prestige than “an actor from Houston.”)

‘Ready Player One’ Director Shortlist Includes Robert Zemeckis, Edgar Wright, Peter Jackson and More

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by Britt Hayes December 6, 2014 @ 12:49 PM
Random House
Over the last couple of days, rumors have been swirling that the folks at Warner Bros. have offered Christopher Nolan the director’s chair for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel ‘Ready Player One.’ While it seems pretty unlikely that Nolan would take the job, a few more names have emerged, also reportedly on WB’s director shortlist: Robert Zemeckis, Edgar Wright (of course), Peter Jackson, and Matthew Vaughn.

Report: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer Attached to ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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by Jacob Hall November 20, 2014 @ 9:37 AM
Lucasfilm
Yes, it’s easy to decry the permeation of film marketing and our obsession with trailers and posters and previews, but let’s just be honest with ourselves here: The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer is going to an event that rivals the release of most movies. Think back to the good ‘ol days of 1998 (”A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...”) and remember how fans would buy tickets to ‘A Bug’s Life’ and ‘The Siege’ just to watch the teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode I.’ If you’re one of those people and want to replicate that experience, you’d better pre-order your ticket for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ pretty soon.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Final Trailer: The Middle-Earth Saga Goes Out With a War

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by Jacob Hall November 6, 2014 @ 12:48 PM
The final 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer has arrived and, well, it looks like another 'Hobbit' movie. If your faith in director Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-Earth remains unshaken, prepare to get excited. If the previous two films have muted your excitement for the series, prepare to see...more of the same.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' to End With a 45-Minute Battle, and Here's the Diagram to Prove It

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by Britt Hayes October 24, 2014 @ 5:30 PM
Warner Bros. continues to tout 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' as the defining chapter of the middle earth saga, and the most epic installment yet. How epic? Well, it apparently culminates with a 45-minute battle sequence featuring dwarves and orcs and elves and all their various weapons and such. It's a big ol' middle earth war party, and Peter Jackson has the diagram to prove it.

'The Hobbit' Cast Brings You "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," and It Totally Is

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by Britt Hayes October 22, 2014 @ 7:13 PM
Back in 2012, some of the cast members from the 'Hobbit' films appeared in an in-flight safety video for Air New Zealand titled "An Unexpected Safety Briefing," and to coincide with the upcoming sequel 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' they've made a different kind of sequel: "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made." It is very epic indeed.

Epic 'The Hobbit 3' Poster Chronicles the Trilogy's Final Blowout

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by Nick Romano September 15, 2014 @ 12:54 PM
Warner Bros.
The new 'Hobbit 3' banner is basically a "Top 10"-y list of things to look forward to in the film. Taking the same storyboard format as previous key art for the earlier installments, this latest poster chronicles some of the epic moments to come, including a fiery showdown with the dragon Smaug and one blood-spattered battle.

'The Hobbit 3' Trailer: 'The Battle of the Five Armies' Begins!

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by Jacob Hall July 28, 2014 @ 1:55 PM
Warner Bros.
http://youtu.be/ZSzeFFsKEt4
With the arrival of the 'Hobbit 3' trailer, it's finally starting to sink in that our time in Middle Earth is coming to an epic finish. What began with 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' 13 years ago will...