Peter Jackson's Tribute to Ian Holm

Before the weekend, veteran actor Ian Holm sadly passed away at age 88. Best known for his turn as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, an outpouring of love, memories and tributes poured out onto the web in honor of the late actor who also starred in Alien, The Fifth Element, Chariots of Fired, Time Bandits, Garden State and more. But one of the most moving tributes came from Lord of the Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson, who shared several fond memories of working with the actor. Jackson called Holm a “delightful, generous man” who was “quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye.” Read Peter Jackson’s tribute to Ian Holm below. Read More »

weta animation

Over the past 25 years, Weta Digital has created visual effects for some of the biggest pieces of pop culture the world has ever seen, ranging from The Lord of the Rings franchise to Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame. Now the company is doing something it’s never done before: producing original content under a new animation division.

A press release says filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) are both going to “play a key role in the development of Weta Animation,” and the two of them will also “write, produce and direct several animated projects for the company.”
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The Beatles Documentary Delayed

This fall, Disney would have given fans of The Beatles a wonderful gift in the form of Peter Jackson‘s documentary The Beatles: Get Back. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the movie being delayed nearly an entire year from the original September 2020 release date. Read More »

the lord of the rings reunion

In a time when the casts of cult TV shows and beloved movies are getting together virtually left and right, there is still only one Zoom reunion to rule them all and in the darkness bind them — or at least, provide us a small reprieve as the real world gets more distressing by the minute. Josh Gad has been uniting casts of Back to the FutureSplash, and The Goonies, with his Reunited Apart web series, but his latest one is the most epic reunion yet.

The cast of The Lord of the Rings got the Fellowship back together over Zoom to swap filming stories and show off the matching tattoos they got together. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Orlando Bloom all appeared and were soon joined by “many surprise” guests in the biggest Zoom reunion that Gad has held thus far. You can watch the entire hour-long The Lord of The Rings reunion below.

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peter jackson beatles documentary get back

Early last year, word broke that Peter Jackson was working on massive Beatles documentary, encompassing never-before-seen footage and never-before-heard audio from the legendary band. And now we know who is distributing the film, and when we’ll be able to see the doc. Jackson’s film, titled The Beatles: Get Back, is due out on in theaters this September from Disney.

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peter jackson aquaman

Don’t even think about asking Peter Jackson to direct a superhero movie, because he’s not interested. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker recently revealed that he’s not interested in directing a superhero film, so much so that he turned down the opportunity to direct Aquaman twice. To be fair, Jackson doesn’t say he hates superhero movies – just that he’d rather not spend his time making one.

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Peter Jackson Beatles Documentary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ final live performance together on the roof of the band’s headquarters at Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row in London. So it’s only appropriate that today also brings news that The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is working on a new documentary about The Beatles.

There have been plenty of documentaries about the British rock sensation known as The Fab Four, with Ron Howard most recently tackling the historic band in a documentary called Eight Days a Week. However, this one will be very different because it will focus on the recording of the band’s final album, Let It Be, and it will feature tons of never-before-seen footage cut from 55 hours of the band working in the studio, something that has rarely been seen on film by the public.  Read More »

they shall not grow old trailer

Documentaries about World War I don’t exactly set the box office on fire, but Peter Jackson‘s They Shall Not Grow Old bucked that trend. The doc opened late last year as part of a special Fathom Events presentation and proceeded to become the highest grossing release in the company’s history, making over $8 million.

Now, everyone is looking to capitalize on the interest in this fascinating film, which utilizes cutting edge film tech to restore life to century-old war footage. So if you missed the original Fathom Events release, don’t despair: They Shall Not Grow Old is opening in 500 North American theaters early next month.

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new peter jackson horror movie

Peter Jackson is mostly known now for his Lord of the Rings epics, but he launched his career creating ultra-gory horror-comedies that turned him into a kind of cult legend. Jackson hasn’t returned to the horror genre since 1996’s The Frighteners (unless you want to count King Kong as horror) but that doesn’t mean his gross-out days are done. The filmmaker is restoring his early splatter films, which has inspired him to admit he’d love to be “disgusting again.”

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holiday box office

Robert Zemeckis and Steve Carell attempted to welcome audiences to Marwen over the holiday weekend, and audiences replied: “Thanks, but no thanks.” As holiday box office results reveal, Welcome To Marwen is on track to be one of the biggest box office bombs of 2018. The dramedy, which features a bunch of creepy CGI dolls, will have some company at the bottom of the box office heap. Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced YA adaptation about cities on wheels, is set to lose more than $120 million.

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