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Archive for October, 2006

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!


In happier news, today is Peter Jackson’s Birthday! Peter was born on October 31st, 1961 in Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand. That makes him 45 years old today! Happy Birthday Peter!

Posted in Old Main News

Press Pause: Halo on Hold

As many of you may have heard, the PJ produced live action Halo film has been put on the back burner. Here is the press release from Wingnut Films:

As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen… [More]

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Press Pause: Halo on Hold

As many of you may have heard, the PJ produced live action Halo film has been put on the back burner. Here is the press release from Wingnut Films:

As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp’s vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait.

We will continue to follow any and all news stories on this, if you have heard anything about this send it along!

Posted in Old Special Reports

Howard Shore in France

Nicolas from www.Hans-ZIMMER.com writes: Just to let you know, our team was in Nice (France) last saturday evening for the Lord of the Rings Symphony with composer Howard Shore. We made a 14 minutes video from the event (with authorisations), but as it doesn’t concern our website directly, we put the video on a free server and a review on our forum. We thought it might interest the lord of the rings fans, although it isn’t professional work. [More] [Video] (choose “free download”, down of the page)

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DVD Tuesday: Mission Impossible III, C.S.I. Miami & More!

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! You can actually pick up some DVDs today in most stores, it is Mission: Monday with ‘Mission: Impossible II’ out on DVD, as well as a collector three pack. A ‘Baywatch Collection’ is also available today. Check out some other TV goodies like the ‘Benny Hill Collection’, ‘C.S.I. Miami – S4’ & ‘Ghost Whisperer – S1’. Some great animation out today as well, ‘Ghost in the Shell SAC Complete 1st Season Box Set’ & ‘Speed Racer 5’. Some Blu-Ray & HD DVD offerings include; ‘Mission Impossible 3’, ‘Excalibur’ & ‘Under Siege’. Personally I’m interested in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawntreader’ & ‘The Kids in the Hall Megaset’! Check out the whole list here! [More]

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TTT: The Complete Recordings Review

From soundtrack.net: Last year, we were treated with a monumental soundtrack release – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – The Complete Recordings. This four-disc box set included nearly every note of music from the Oscar-winning film score by Howard Shore, and now – nearly one year later – we are finally able to look at the next release in the series: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – The Complete Recordings.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the middle film in the trilogy, has the narrowest scope of the three, given the journey of the ring in Fellowship of the Ring and the epic battles of Return of the King. Focusing on two elements – the Ring’s journey toward Mordor and the battle for Rohan – The Two Towers also has a very focused score, tonally and thematically. A large number of minor themes and motifs permeate the score and the trilogy, but the major theme featured in this film is for Rohan. One of my favorite cues from this film is the opening cue, here heard in “Glamdring”, which tells the story of Galdalf’s battle with the Balrog. It sets a dark, grim tone that is a far cry from the bouncy Shire theme that opened The Fellowship of the Ring. Building into an epic cue with a pulsing male choir that ends the cue solo, it sets up the darker elements of the film perfectly. [More]

Pre-Order ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – The Complete Recordings’ on Amazon.com today!

Order ‘The Lord of the Rings: The The Fellowship of the Ring – The Complete Recordings’ on Amazon.com today!

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Peter Jackson hopes biography will inspire new film-makers

Top movie maker Peter Jackson is just about to launch the first book to explore behind the scenes of his films and his life. Rebecca Quilliam chats to one of Hollywood’s most influential men, who warns film-making is not for the faint hearted. Peter Jackson was six-years-old when he watched a Batman movie and first heard the words “special effects”. He says it was a moment he will never forget. The words are now synonymous with the man who started his career in Wellington’s Pukerua Bay filming splatter movies with his friends and grew to direct top-grossing box office hits such as Lord of the Rings and King Kong. [More]

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FAST CHAT Andy Serkis

England’s Andy Serkis is best known for playing the creepy or the colossal – he was Gollum, the whiny, covetous blue guy in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy; he was also the tall, dark and not-so-handsome leading ape in Peter Jackson’s “King Kong.” With a lengthy resume in British theater, Serkis has had notable screen roles playing bona fide humans – the choreographer in Mike Leigh’s “Topsy Turvy,” for instance – and is currently appearing in the movie “The Prestige.” He is maintaining his creature franchise, however: Serkis will be voicing Spike the Rat in the upcoming animated feature “Flushed Away.” John Anderson caught up with him in Los Angeles. [More]

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‘The Marvellous Land of Snergs’ Reissue

'The Marvellous Land of Snergs' Reissue Turgon writes: The book that inspired The Hobbit, The Marvellous Land of Snergs by E. A. Wyke-Smith, has just been reissued in an inexpensive facsimile edition published by Dover books (ISBN 0486452557), priced $9.95. For more information on the Tolkien connections, see my previous column and a Order ‘The Marvellous Land of Snergs’ on Amazon.com today!

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Peter’s Dream – Back to Bad Taste

The new Brian Sibley biography of Peter Jackson reveals his yearning to return to his roots – filming low-budget sequels to splatter comedy Bad Taste. The book also talks about other projects PJ and Fran have considered directing, including a film about the NZ/Australian forces at Gallipoli in WWI and a film about an American WWI flying ace. [More]

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Tolkien Lecture in Missouri

TORN Staffer MrCere sends this along: Colin Havard: An Inkling’s Son Remembers J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis. Presented with Mike Foster, today at St. Louis Community College, South County Education & Training Center, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Mark Colin Havard, the son of Dr. Robert (Humphrey) Havard of Oxford, who was the personal physician of Tolkien and Lewis as well as a member of the famous “Inklings” fellowship, occasionally attended Inklings sessions along with his father. [More]

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Monaghan Attends CelebEvents Con

Cheley sends in word of an event at the London Heathrow Thistle Convention & Events Centre. Dominic Monaghan is slated to appear at a CelebEvents event on June 9th, 2007. Take a look at the link for more info. [More]

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