Spy Nia sends in an entertaining open letter to Peter Jackson from Wired.com. It touches on a lot of concerns or thoughts that fans express every day on our message boards and with a dose of humor:

Mr. Jackson … Can I call you Peter? . . . Frankly, between the Star Wars prequels and the Matrix sequels, if it weren’t for you I would have lost my faith in the whole idea of corporate-backed blockbuster geek franchises. I’m also glad to hear about the casting, specifically that Nic Cage will not be playing Bilbo Baggins. I heard a rumor he was gunning for the part. If so, good for you for not giving in. Nic Cage is like a peanut allergy to me. I can’t even go see a movie that was processed in the same factory as a Nic Cage movie.

You can read the whole entry right here.

The L.A. Times blog recently did a big story on Gary Kurtz who was a guiding hand in the Star Wars galaxy until he left after “The Empire Strikes Back.” He talks a lot about those films and his split from George Lucas over creative differences but he drops a little nugget about what Weta will be up to as well. It says,

He’s now working on a ramping feature-film project called “Panzer 88” that he says will begin filming later this year and will feature visual effects by Weta, the same New Zealand outfit that populated Middle-earth in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

It isn’t thought that this should have any effect on the pair of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” but people in New Zealand are certainly staying busy. Read the whole story here.