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Archive for June, 2004

McKellen, Eckhart Will Say ‘Never’

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy and Nick Nolte are in negotiations for the indie drama “Never Was.” The project marks the directorial debut of writer Joshua Michael Stern, and is headed for a September shoot in Vancouver. [More]

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Bloody Good Mates at the 48hr Film Fest

Paul writes: There’s an NZ 48hr film BLOODY GOOD MATES that parodies the story of how Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor got together. It features Philippa Boyens (Queen of the Geeks!) son Calum as a ‘jogger’. Andrew Beattie (a prosthetics stalwart who was with Weta for five years) providing a dead ringer impersonation of Mr Peter Jackson himself. Andrew also did all of the splatter FX in the film. Richard Taylor is played by Steven Grey – a well known kiwi movie critic. (Language/Content Warning) [More]

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Happy Birthday Marton Csokas!


Today is Marton Csokas’ Birthday! Marton was born on June 30th, 1966 in New Zealand. That makes him 38 today! Happy Birthday Marton!

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Kong Reports & ‘Wellington 48 hr’ Update

Deni sends along more info on the interesting ‘Wellington 48 hour film project’, the finals of which were this saturday. He/She/It/They also give us the latest news regarding the goings on in Miramar, Stone Street and Park Road Post. [More]

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Kong Reports & ‘Wellington 48 hr’ Update

Deni writes: Well, as I wrote a few weeks ago, there were a few WETA people involved in the local Wellington 48 hour film project, the finals of which were this saturday. As far as the rumours can tell, there was only one group including WETA digital that made it to the finals. Their’s was an interesting story about a relationship which is being threatened by a blow up doll that comes to life. The only real WETA impact that was easily spotted in the film was a morph between the doll and actor, although it is also possible that I just blinked, and some interesting credits. Unfortunately they didn’t win any prizes, and as far as I know it was a completely amateur team that won the competition.

As for the goings on in Miramar, it is actually quite quiet at the moment. Construction races ahead at Stone Street and Park Road Post although the big shipping containers do block the view somewhat, but I’m working on a new place to spy.

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One Ring Makers on BBC

Halfdan Hansen, part of the team that made the real One Rings writes: We’ve just been told by the BBC that they are running a short news clip featuring our workshop in Nelson including an interview with Thorkild. It is being shown today on BBC World at 05:00 June 30th London Time and 21:00 Los Angeles Time tonight June 29. I’m going to try to get a video clip and permission to view or link to it from them too but this might not be possible.

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Brian Sibley Launches Official Site

Brian Sibley, dramatist of BBC Radio’s The Lord of the Rings and author of the books on the making of the film trilogy has launched his official web site with background information of his various projects past and present – including those with a familiar Ring to them! – and albums of photographs of New York, Venice — and Wellington, Middle-earth. [BrianSibley.com]

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Jack Black Talks King Kong Script

From MTV.com: When it was announced that Jack Black would be starring in the new remake of “King Kong,” a lot of people wondered: He’s not going all serious-actor guy, is he? “There are some funny things about my character but, yeah, it is a different thing for me,” Black revealed backstage at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards. [More]

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Golden Compass Script News

In the same way we’re keeping an eye on the Narnia films, we’re following the “His Dark Materials” film project because we know it’s of interest to many LOTR readers. Yesterday, industry insiders leaked news that Tom Stoppard’s script for “The Golden Compass” had been “junked,” and director Chris Weitz [“About a Boy”] was tipped to take over on the writing. Industry sources described him as a “huge dork-level fan of the books [who] wants to do them justice.” He’s won praise for his understanding and direction of the boy character in “About a Boy.” The ability to write convincingly about teenagers would be an advantage in “The Golden Compass.”

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Decipher’s Flooded Isengard

Decipher's Flooded Isengard

Enedumiel writes: Decipher just posted a beautiful picture of flooded Isengard for the Mount Doom series. [More]

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Jackson to pick film school talent

Some of Hollywood’s brightest young things, hand-picked by director Peter Jackson, are expected to be among the first student intake at Massey University’s new School of Film. The university has just received $750,000 from Wellington City Council to help with start-up costs. The school, due to open next year, aims to become one of the top film schools in the southern hemisphere. Massey deputy vice-chancellor Ken Heskin said it would be an “elite” institution catering for students who wanted to make their mark internationally. [More]

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Urban Warrior

djdeathskiss writes: Just thought I’d pass on these scans of an interview with Karl Urban in the August issue of Alternative Press Magazine. [More]

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