Peter Jackson News




Jackson,_Peter news RSS feedSubscribe to Peter Jackson RSS news feed!

Air New Zealand's 'Most Epic Safety Video' Features Hobbit Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson

October 23rd, 2014 10:35am EDT
Air New Zealand's 'Most Epic Safety Video' Features Hobbit Elija
One way to get airplane passengers to pay attention during a flight attendant's safety speech is to air a video centering on Middle Earth and characters from "The Hobbit."

Air New Zealand really wants its customers to be safe when flying, and they also have a sense of humor. The company, which bills itself as the official airline of Middle-Earth, just released "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made."

The four-minute video begins with two "Hobbit" superfans who get on an airplane and discover Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo in the blockbuster films, sitting across the aisle. The fans are then...
READ MORE

Third 'Hobbit' Film Gets A New Title

April 25th, 2014 7:01pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The third part of Peter Jackson "Hobbit" trilogy has a new name.

Originally titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the final installment will now be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Jackson made the announcement on his Facebook page on Thursday, explaining the reason for the change.

"'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film," the director writes. "But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all...
READ MORE

The Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, Part Two

January 1st, 2014 8:03pm EST
22 Jump Street
One part wasn't enough - that's right, even more films we're hyped about in 2014. Check out Part One if you haven't read it, but for now, let's get on with part two:

22 Jump Street

Why We’re Hyped: After being held back by high school, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill get to really let loose in college.

Why We’re Worried: Comedy sequels are either great or make us wish they stopped at just one.

Maleficent

Why We’re Hyped: A dark and interesting look into one of Disney’s classic villains, portrayed by Angelina Jolie. Linda Woolverton, who helped write Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, a...
READ MORE

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

October 1st, 2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...
READ MORE

Andy Serkis Helped Peter Jackson Direct 'The Hobbit'

December 11th, 2012 9:54am EST
Andy Serkis
Actor Andy Serkis not only played the role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit trilogy, he also directed a handful of action scenes.

The British star is set to make his filmmaking debut in an upcoming adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm, and to give Serkis some practice, Jackson made him the fantasy franchise's second unit director.

He tells New York Magazine, "Directing was my main job this time - more than playing Gollum. I worked 200 days with a huge team shooting battle sequences, aerials. It was an amazing experience and one which I was very, very t...
READ MORE

Ian McKellen Defends 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Decision

December 6th, 2012 3:54pm EST
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen has defended filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit into a movie trilogy, insisting fans will be delighted to see three installments.

The director originally intended to make a two-part prequel to his The Lord of the Rings series, and came under fire after announcing he would release three epics instead.

Critics accused him of trying to make more money by stretching out the classic book, but McKellen, who plays Gandalf the wizard, refutes the suggestion.

He says, "Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Rushing To Complete 'The Hobbit' Before World Premiere

November 26th, 2012 6:09pm EST
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is rushing to put the finishing touches to the first installment of The Hobbit ahead of its world premiere on Wednesday.

The Lord of the Rings filmmaker wrapped an epic 266-day shoot in New Zealand in early July and the first movie in the highly-anticipated trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is due to be unveiled in the city of Wellington this week.

However, in Jackson's final video blog about the making of the fantasy franchise, he confesses he and his post-production team are scrambling to complete the final edit before their deadline.

In the clip, posted onli...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson: 'No Animals Died Or Were Harmed On Set' While Filming 'The Hobbit'

November 20th, 2012 8:42am EST
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent an angry letter to filmmaker Peter Jackson after reports suggested 27 animals died during the making of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Over the weekend four wranglers hired to help feed and groom the creatures reported that abuses and incompetence led to the deaths of three horses and several sheep, goats and chickens.

Jackson has fired back at the allegations and issued the following statement: "The producers of The Hobbit take the welfare of all animals very seriously and have always pursued the highest standard of care for a...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Confirms That 'The Hobbit' Is Being Extended Into A Trilogy

July 31st, 2012 1:02am EDT
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson took to his Facebook page on Monday to address recent rumors that he may be turning his two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's Rings prequel The Hobbit into a trilogy, as the source material for the story goes far beyond the planned two-part epic.

During last month's annual Comic Con in San Diego, Jackson hinted at the possibility of adding a third film to the recently wrapped part one The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and currently-in-production second installment The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

And now, after weeks of negotiations with Warner ...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Announces End Of 'The Hobbit' Filming

July 6th, 2012 12:39pm EDT
Peter Jackson
The cast of the highly-anticipated The Hobbit movies is celebrating after finally wrapping director Peter Jackson's ambitious 266-day shoot.

Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen are among the stars who have jetted out to New Zealand for filming, which began in March last year.

And on Friday, Jackson took to his Facebook.com page to share his delight after completing the two blockbusters, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

He writes, "We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit....
READ MORE

10 Book-To-Film Adaptations To Look Out For In 2012

March 20th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Being Flynn still
2012 is shaping up to be a very literate year in motion pictures. Over 30 films on the release schedule are based on books, short stories or comic books. Below are 10 of the most notable.

1. BEING FLYNN

Based on: Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Basic plot: A guy who works at a homeless shelter finds his estranged, alcoholic, deadbeat dad wandering in one night.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore

Director: Paul Weitz

Why it’ll make you thankful: I’m guessing your father isn’t in a homeless shelter…

Release date: Opened March 2 (limited)

2...
READ MORE

From 'Hunger Games' To The 'Twilight' Saga: The Best & Worst Book To Film Adaptations

March 18th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Lions Gate Entertainment
The Hunger Games hits theaters Friday in what looks to be a battle for box office gold (it’s already sold more pre-sale tickets than any of the Twilight movies, according to Fandango). And while it’s current 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is reassuring, anxious fans still have a week to go before they’ll know for sure if director Gary Ross paid good enough tribute to Suzanne Collins’ literary franchise.

Before then, let’s take a look back at Hollywood’s best and worst popular franchise adaptations...

BEST: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Before Peter Ja...
READ MORE

Check Out Spielberg's 'The Adventures Of Tintin' On Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD March 13

March 12th, 2012 7:12am EDT
The Adventures of Tintin
Director Steven Spielberg kicks off the big-screen Tintin trilogy with "The Adventures Of Tintin," a computer-animated, motion-capture adaptation of Herge's beloved Tintin comic strip.

Produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy, the first installment in the series finds adventure-seeking Belgian reporter Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) and surly Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) racing to recover a treasure that was lost at sea four centuries ago. Meanwhile, the malevolent Red Rackham (Daniel Craig) is determined to beat them to it.

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones pr...
READ MORE

'The Hobbit' Cast & Crew Avoided Severe Weather, Flooding

March 3rd, 2012 9:30am EST
The Hobbit
"Hobbit" director Peter Jackson was forced to halt filming on his prequels in December when local police issued a severe weather warning and urged him and his crew to pack up as driving rains and floods hit their remote New Zealand location.

The filmmaker has posted footage of the storms in his latest behind-the-scenes video blog from the set of the top secret movie, which has been shot across his native New Zealand for the past eight months.

Jackson explains he was shooting scenes of dwarves floating down the Pelorus River for the second sequel when blue skies clouded over and the weathe...
READ MORE

Billy Connolly To Play Dain Ironfoot In 'The Hobbit'

February 9th, 2012 9:52am EST
Billy Connolly
Peter Jackson has completed the star-studded cast of "The Hobbit" after signing up Billy Connolly to play a dwarf warrior.

The actor will tackle the role of Dain Ironfoot and joins Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in the director's "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!"

"The Hobbit: ...
READ MORE

Police Called To 'The Hobbit' Casting Call

January 30th, 2012 8:40am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
An open audition for Peter Jackson's new The Hobbit movie had to be shut down on Saturday after more than 3,000 hopefuls turned up.

The director is currently in New Zealand filming the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, which stars Martin Freeman, and a casting call for a part in the film attracted thousands of applicants over the weekend.

Producers expected around 1,000 wannabes to turn out for the auditions in Lower Hutt, near the capital city of Wellington, but they were overrun when more than 3,000 arrived.

Police were called to help control the crowds and the auditions were shut...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Offering Hobbit Set Visit For Charity

December 23rd, 2011 3:26pm EST
The Hobbit-20110722-39.jpg
The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering a fan the chance to visit the set of the movie in New Zealand to raise money for charity.

The filmmaker is currently shooting the Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, with stars including Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

Now Jackson is offering up the chance to visit the set of the film as part of the Stars Come Out Auction, which launched on Trademe.co.nz this week to raise funds for scientist Sir Ray Avery's charity Medicine Mondiale.

Other offers up for auction includ...
READ MORE

Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

December 21st, 2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...
READ MORE

Blu-ray Review: 'Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version'

December 20th, 2011 9:30am EST
Heavenly Creatures photo
What did visual maverick maven Peter 'Lord of the Rings' Jackson really have in store when he made his famed flick about two gals determined to stay together no matter what the cost? Find out with the arrival of "Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version" out on Blu-ray now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Check out the spellbinding specs below.

Title: "Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version"

Grade: 4

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sara Peirse

Director: Peter Jackson

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Fl...
READ MORE

Evangeline Lilly 'Very Concerned' Over Her 'Hobbit' Role

September 22nd, 2011 11:13am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly fears "purist" fans will hate her role in The Hobbit because her character didn't feature in the book and was invented solely for the fantasy film adaptation.

The Lost actress' Sylvan elf Tauriel was created especially for director Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit.

However, Lilly admits she is terrified Tolkien devotees won't respond well when the movie epic is released next year.

She says, "The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all. I can see why additional characters were needed to round ...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Surprises Comic-Con Fans

July 23rd, 2011 10:00am EDT
Jackson,_Peter
Moviemaker Peter Jackson received a standing ovation at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Friday during a packed preview for Steven Spielberg's new movie Tin Tin.

More than 6,000 people packed into the annual convention's fabled Hall H to listen to Spielberg talk about his latest film and future ventures - but no one expected Jackson to make an appearance after the Lord of the Rings director told fans he would not be part of the 2011 Comic-Con in posts on his blog.

Spielberg introduced what appeared to be a clip of Jackson auditioning for the part of Captain Haddock in Tin Tin. As fil...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Snubs 'Hobbit Comic-Con Presentation

July 21st, 2011 11:06am EDT
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson has disappointed film fans by turning down the chance to talk about The Hobbit at Comic-Con later this week - because it is "too early" to discuss the project.

More than 120,000 people are expected to attend the massive comic book convention in San Diego, California to see Hollywood's biggest filmmakers and stars talk about their upcoming movies.

Jackson was invited to chair a presentation on his highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel, but the director snubbed the offer because the film is still in the first stages of shooting.

In a post on his Facebook.com page, J...
READ MORE

Liv Tyler Hoping For A 'Hobbit' Cameo

June 27th, 2011 11:29am EDT
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler is eager to re-team with her Lord Of The Rings cast mates Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood by joining the cast of the highly-anticipated prequel The Hobbit.

The actress played Arwen in the first three films in the fantasy franchise, but she has so far been left out of the line-up for Peter Jackson's new epic adventure.

Tyler admits seeing the rest of the Lord Of The Rings cast get back together has made her long for a cameo role.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I've seen some of the other actors. I had such an amazing time making those films. I wish that I co...
READ MORE

Evangeline Lilly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

June 20th, 2011 1:54pm EDT
Evangeline Lily | Photo Credits: Marcia Campbell Photography/Fil
Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined The Hobbit.

"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

Read More >

Other Links From TVGuide.com

Lost, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Barry Hump...
READ MORE

Check Out The 'Middle-earth Midnight Madness' Launch Celebration Next Week

June 20th, 2011 11:10am EDT
Lord of the Rings
On June 28, Warner Home Video will release all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces on Blu-ray in a 15-disc stunning collection entitled "The Lord of the Rings The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition."

To celebrate the occasion, Warner Home Video has announced a count-down to "Middle-earth Midnight Madness" celebratory event at Best Buy’s West Los Angeles location, 11301 W. Pico Blvd., where fans can join in the anticipation of the magic moment when they’ll finally be able to own the new extended edition trilogy on Blu-ray.

Brimming with enthusiasm, fans from all over the co...
READ MORE

Dame Edna Actor Barry Humphries Lands 'Hobbit' Role

June 20th, 2011 8:37am EDT
Barry Humphries
Dame Edna Everage is the latest addition to The Hobbit cast - Australian comedian Barry Humphries has signed up to the highly-anticipated Peter Jackson movie.

Shooting began on the much-delayed project earlier this year, with British actor Martin Freeman playing the film's lead role of Bilbo Baggins.

Now, director Jackson has confirmed beloved funnyman Humphries - most famous for donning a purple wig to play the acid-tongued Dame - will play the Goblin King, with the help of motion capture technology.

He writes on his Facebook.com page, "I'm highly excited that Barry Humphries will be...
READ MORE

Two Crew Members Injured In 'Hobbit' Set Explosion

May 24th, 2011 8:23am EDT
30 Days of Night
Two crew members working on The Hobbit have been taken to the hospital after an explosion at the New Zealand studio where the movie is filming.

Emergency services were called to the Stone St Studios in Miramar on Tuesday morning after a blast in one of the workshops where technicians were working on a statue prop. Two men suffered minor burns and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The Hobbit unit publicist Ceris Price tells the New Zealand Herald, "A couple of the guys... (were left with) mild burns but nothing serious... One of them had some burnt nostril ...
READ MORE

Saoirse Ronan Turns Down 'Hobbit' Role

May 10th, 2011 11:49am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has been forced to turn down a role in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit because of her busy schedule.

The Irish actress was in talks to reunite with her The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson for the two-part project, which is currently filming in New Zealand, but Ronan has decided to pass on the offer.

She tells Digital Spy, "I won't be able to do The Hobbit unfortunately. I would have been tied up for quite a long period of time and there's a lot of projects in the meantime that are also really interesting and I'd like to be a part of."

However, Ronan can't wait t...
READ MORE

Peter Jackson Recovering From Stomach Surgery

January 27th, 2011 7:50am EST
Peter Jackson
Director Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer after he was admitted to the hospital with acute stomach pains on Wednesday.

The moviemaker, who is in his native New Zealand, began suffering discomfort earlier this week and on Wednesday he checked into Wellington Hospital. He underwent an operation to treat a perforated ulcer and is now resting comfortably, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Production on the highly-anticipated Lord Of The Rings prequel, The Hobbit, will be postponed to allow Jackson to make a full recovery.

A statement from the movie's production c...
READ MORE

Cate Blanchett Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

December 8th, 2010 8:20am EST
Cate Blanchett
The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is "thrilled" after confirming Cate Blanchett as the latest star to join the highly-anticipated film.

Blanchett is set to play elven leader Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien - the part she played in the Lord of the Rings trilogy - and Jackson is ecstatic the Oscar-winning actress has agreed to be involved.

He says in a statement, "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films."

British actor Martin Freeman and Northern Irish star Jame...
READ MORE