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Archive for October, 2007

‘Pearls Before Swine’ Goofs Gollum

Pearls Before Swine Goofs Gollum
The Halloween edition of Pearls Before Swine’ ‘Pearls Before Swine’ goofs on Gollum. Thanks to Arian for the heads up!

Posted in Creations, Fans

Auditions start for Peter Jackson’s Tintin

Peter Jackson Auditions are under way in Los Angeles for some of the key supporting roles in three Tintin movies to be directed by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. Movie website reported that auditions were taking place for 16 characters, included identical police officers Thomson and Thompson. Jackson and Spielberg will direct at least one movie each, with Spielberg filming his in Los Angeles and Jackson in Wellington – but the two have been tight- lipped about casting or which of the 23 Tintin books they will film. Auditions start for Peter Jackson’s Tintin

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!

Peter JacksonFor regular folks, Halloween is just another holiday to dress up and collect candy. For Oscar-winning Director Peter Jackson, this holiday has and extra special meaning – it is also his Birthday! Midway through his forties, Peter has accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. May the next year bring renewed success and energy to our favorite director! (Oh, and it would be great if he could be involved with ‘The Hobbit’ too!) Without further delay, and the entirety of the Tolkien community would like to wish Peter Jackson a very Happy Birthday!

Posted in Peter Jackson

Exploring Middle-earth: Barad Gúlaran

Exploring Middle-earth: Barad GúlaranVanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: The Witch-king of Angmar secretly built a fortress called Barad Gúlaran amid the wastes of Angmar. Learn more about its dark history in today’s update! Exploring Middle-earth: Barad Gúlaran

Posted in Gaming

Gosling Denies Being Fired from set of ‘Bones’

GoslingHOLLYWOOD – Ryan Gosling has denied reports claiming he was fired from Peter Jackson’s new movie The Lovely Bones for his “demanding” nature, insisting he was just too young for the role. [Full Story…]

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

New Line CEO’s among BAFTA/LA Recipients

Ringer staffer Garfiemao sends us this tidbit:

BAFTA/LA will be handing out their 16th set of awards on Thursday and the New Line Co-CEO’s will be among the recipients. Check the link below, the paragraph quoted is the most important part, the bulk of the rest of it is about the host, Michael Sheen, and the presenters.

Click on the following link to read the full release. [Read More…]

Posted in LotR Movies

EW Talks ‘Lovely Bones’ Recast

Lovely Bones RecastRinger Roheryn sends us this heads up:

You’ve read the news about Peter Jackson’s 11th hour dismissal of Ryan Gosling from a key role in “The Lovely Bones.” This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly offers a small feature which reminds us that, rather than being a disaster, a last minute casting change can be the best thing that happens to a movie! Can you say “Viggo Mortensen”?

Click the following link to see a scan of the mention. [Recasts of Plenty]

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

The Art of Jerry Vanderstelt

Fellowship of the Ring LithographHeads up to collectors and art aficionados alike. Artist Jerry Vanderstelt is composing a series of three LOTR Trilogy limited edition litographs, officially licensed by New Line Cinema. Each piece is 24×30 inches, printed on a Heidelburg press using archival inks on heavy 100 pound matte paper. They are also hand signed and numbered by the artist. Jerry has revealed the first lithograph representing The Fellowship of the Ring and it is absolutely stunning. For complete details, visit Jerry’s official website. []

Posted in LotR Movies, Merchandise, Posters Prints

Peter Jackson’s US fans thrilled by filming

Make no bones about it, Americans have been getting as excited about Peter Jackson filming a movie in their own backyard as Kiwis did when he made The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. In scenes reminiscent of the intense interest surrounding his fantasy trilogy, during the past week curious locals in the small rural towns of Malvern and Willistown, in Pennsylvania, have gathered to get a peek at filming of Jackson’s $US80 million ($NZ104 million) The Lovely Bones.

Pennyslvania newspapers The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News have covered filming, taking photographs of Jackson with Kiwi actress Rose McIver, despite tight security on the closed set. And as with The Lord of the Rings, some fans have also been posting blogs and photographs online of Jackson at locations for the film.

Posted in PJ's Other Films

Just In: A Journey through New Zealand Film

A Journey through New Zealand Film Ian Brodie’s latest book ‘A Journey through New Zealand Film’ landed on my doorstep earlier this week, thanks to author Kristen Thompson. The book is filled with stunning images from all over New Zealand, and gives the reader an insider look into some of the films shot there. From ‘For a long time, New Zealand film was off the beaten track — unfamiliar, charting new territory and out there. Now our rich and varied landscape, and the skill of our filmmakers, is celebrated worldwide, in The Piano, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Whale Rider, The Last Samurai, River Queen and The World’s Fastest Indian. Ian Brodie, author of the internationally bestselling Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and Cameras in Narnia, is the perfect guide to the locations and landscapes which have inspired filmmakers over the past twenty-five years. With stunning photographs, detailed location descriptions, and comments from directors, cast and crew, he has put together a fascinating tour of New Zealand for movie-lovers and visitors alike. Along with a chronology of feature films made in New Zealand and the awards they have won, he paints a superb portrait of location New Zealand.’ Just In: A Journey through New Zealand Film

Posted in Books Publications, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand

‘The History of The Hobbit’ Review

From Stephen Hubbard at Bilbo Baggins just wants to live his quiet, peaceful life in the Shire. And he’s doing a mighty fine job of it until the great wizard, Bladorthin, shows up at his door with a gaggle of dwarves. Their leader, Gandalf, tells of the vicious dragon, Pryftan, who overtook their home. Bilbo joins up with them for a grand adventure. Ultimately he saves the day and along the way happens to discover a magical ring. That is how the story originally took shape. With THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT, author John D. Rateliff pieces together fragments of history in order to present THE HOBBIT as it was originally drafted by J.R.R. Tolkien. With access to the documents at Marquette University, the project was originally undertaken by Taum Santoski, who passed away following a battle with cancer at an all-too-young age. The torch was then passed to Rateliff with the full blessing of Christopher Tolkien. ‘The History of The Hobbit’ Review

Posted in Books Publications, Hobbit Book

Philadelphia Inquirer ‘Lovely Bones’ Set Images

Lovely Bones FilmingRinger Beorn’s Mom sends in this heads up concerning Peter Jackson’s ‘Lovely Bones’ Production:

I thought some of your website visitors might be interested in this slide show of the Lovely Bones film shoot not far from my home in Chester County, PA (but not close enough for me to sneak over, unfortunately!). [Lovely Bones Gallery] (more…)

Posted in Headlines, PJ's Other Films