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Sam Neill is in LA filming Jurassic 3

Sam Neill is in LA filming Jurassic 3

The grounds of his temporary residence are described as “park-like”…

Join the army and let the world see you!

Join the army and let the world see you!

New Zealand defence personnel will feature on big screens around the globe – as extras in Lord of the Rings. The soldiers were perfect when the filmmakers needed “big numbers of people who were…

Three Foot Six and still growing

Three Foot Six and still growing

Vanity Fair estimates the cost of Lord of the Rings at NZ$623 million. If correct, Wellington company Three Foot Six is producing the second-most expensive movie ever.

Top Class

Top Class

Chopper, New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik’s acclaimed bio-pic of the maniacal murderer, has received Australian Film Institute noms for Best Film and Best Direction, plus eight other nominations including Best Screenplay (penned by Dominik).

Devils’ Playground

Devils’ Playground

“If they were human they would be regarded as severely dysfunctional.” New Zealander Rod Morris on Tasmanian Devils, the stars of The Devil’s Playground, which has won him a Wildscreen Panda – wildlife film’s…

Guy Pearce’s Kiwi Dad

Guy Pearce’s Kiwi Dad

Yes, Guy is an Australian (he spent fours years on Neighbours to prove it), but his father was a New Zealander who tested planes for the Royal Air Force. Pearce, also Russell Crowe’s side-kick…

Truman to Simone

Truman to Simone

Oscar-nominated Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) has scripted and will helm Simone. Al Pacino stars alongside a mysterious actress who may or may not be real.

Tamahori: Edge iconoclast

Tamahori: Edge iconoclast

The Boston Globe profiles the Boston Film/Video Foundation, mentioning Kiwi Lee Tamahori, along with Rose Troche (Go Fish) and Whit Stillman (Barcelona) as an “international iconoclast” from their “Meet the Director” series.

Virtual Hobbits

Virtual Hobbits

“In a nondescript suburb of New Zealand’s capital, the team at Weta Digital, an offshoot of Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films, is producing more than 1,200 visual effect shots for the three Lord of…

Rena Owen on jury at Montreal Film Festival

Rena Owen on jury at Montreal Film Festival

Feisty Kiwi actress Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors, What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted), sat on the jury of the of the Montreal Film Festival. The jury awarded the festival’s major award, the…

The Piano plays on

The Piano plays on

Holly Hunter, who played a mute Scottish widow in Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993), muses on the unexpected success of the movies. “It was a $5 million movie in New Zealand, and it ended…

The purloined piano?

The purloined piano?

The Piano secured Jane Campion as a major director and catapulted her from the art-house to the multiplex, but the Oxford Companion to Australian Film recently cast doubt over the originality of the screenplay for…

Flaming Fox

Flaming Fox

“It’s difficult to pin down Kerry Fox. For every film-goer who knows her as the murderous medical student in Shallow Grave, there’s another who remembers her as the dumpy author Janet Frame in An Angel…

Edge Factor

Edge Factor

Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin is studying English literature of Columbia University and starring in two hot movies  X-Men and Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Winning the Oscar was “pretty much the flukiest cool…

Still Crowe-ing

Still Crowe-ing

Does Bill Bryson bring Russell Crowe to mind? For some book reviewers, anything south of the equator can be connected with the Edge’s hunkiest export.

Sssshhh! Silence is Regulated Golden

Sssshhh! Silence is Regulated Golden

A multiplex in Birmingham banning kissing in its cinemas prompted the BBC to investigate cinema etiquette leading them to uncover the news that an independent cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, banned crisps from its…

Crowe Songs Attract Flock of Acolytes

Crowe Songs Attract Flock of Acolytes

Crowds packed, paid up to $300 and queued for up to 12 hours to get into Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, for a performance by an unknown country-rock band called Thirty Odd Foot of…

Russell Crowe: Hollywood Actor of the Year

Russell Crowe: Hollywood Actor of the Year

Russell Crowe was named Hollywood Actor of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on August 7th. Internet users voted online at Entertainment Tonight site ETonline.com and Reel.com…

Sam Neill: vintage celebrity

Sam Neill: vintage celebrity

The Telegraph investigates the latest celebrity trend: the wine-making lifestyle: accessorise with vines, winery and bottling linel. Kiwi Sam Neill makes the star vigneron along with Aussie golfer Greg Norman, French actor Gerrard Depardieu,…

Anna’s new rhythm

Anna’s new rhythm

Vanity Fair profiles the maturing of Kiwi actress Anna Paquin, from precocious Oscar winner in Jane Campion’s The Piano, to upcoming roles in Bryan Singer’s blockbusting sci-fi flick X-Men and Cameron Crowe’s 70’s rock…

Natural History New Zealand double Emmy nomination

Natural History New Zealand double Emmy nomination

Natural History New Zealand writers Ian McGee (who won NZ’s first Emmy last year) and Quinn Berentson were nominated for their for an episode “The Rat” in the 13 part series Twisted Tales co-produced…

Cate Blanchett Talks About Me, My Elf and I

Cate Blanchett Talks About Me, My Elf and I

Blanchett, Academy Award nominated for her performance in Elizabeth is in the final stages of filming another Queen, the role of elf Galadriel in Lord of the Rings. Blanchett explains why an attraction to…

More *Aussies* to join

More *Aussies* to join

Putting more Kiwis in Kangeroo skins and calling them Aussies, news.com.au reports that four more ‘Australian’ actors have been added to the cast of George Lucas next Star Wars movie, including Martin Csokas, formerly…

Wellywood

Wellywood

Hobbits boost the local carpentry trade: “They haven’t begun construction of a new Hollywood sign yet on the steep hills that encircle New Zealand`s capital city of Wellington, but it would not be surprising…

Bean Says Boromir No Gamble in Lord of the Rings

Bean Says Boromir No Gamble in Lord of the Rings

Sean Bean has trodden the tightrope between Hollywood Bond villain and small budget independent movies enough times to know that the movie world has its ups and downs, but he says “it’s definitely worth…

“It’ll make Star Wars look like a weekend in the lavatory”

“It’ll make Star Wars look like a weekend in the lavatory”

Ian Holm, the British actor who plays Bilbo Baggins, oozes enthusiasm about Peter Jackson’s big-budget adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. “There are 130 special effects people and it’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”  

Rogue Paquin: mutant rebel with a cause

Rogue Paquin: mutant rebel with a cause

Paquin stars in Bryan Singer’s blockbuster adaptation of the comic X-Men. In the high tech parable of good and evil, Paquin offers “a surprisingly poignant performance.” Expressing well the hazards of being an adolescent…

John Clarke Throws a Gumboot at Australian PM

John Clarke Throws a Gumboot at Australian PM

New Zealand comedian John Clarke has demonstrated “speechwriting at its finest” in the ABC TV spoof about the Sydney Olympics, The Games. Penning the words for John Howard, actor, Clarke showed John Howard, Prime…

The Outsider: Huck Finn on Heroin

The Outsider: Huck Finn on Heroin

Alison Maclean brings verge vision to the story of an American outsider. Jesus’ Son, an adaptation of a story by cult American author Dennis Johnson, is about a 7’s junkie who finds redemption. The…

Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

The Lord of the Rings folklore continues to spread. Fox chronicles the Ring rage: the record breaking previews, websites, esoteric and precious fans, mammoth investment and eager anticipation that the project has spawned. “To…

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate Blanchett, playing the role of the enigmatic and beautiful elf queen Gandriel in Lord of the Rings, found a unique way of keeping up with the lads on set – she wore platform…

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Chicago Tribune, backs the talent of Jackson and a “top notch cast” as Hollywood indemnity for the Lord of the Rings. Jackson was recently voted 7th most promising director for the 21st century in…

Jesus and the Second Coming

Jesus and the Second Coming

Kiwi director Alison Maclean wowed Cannes with the moody Crush, then took a seven year maturing process, through Sex and the City, Homicide and a Natalie Imbruglia music video, to release the indie-hit Jesus’…

Rogue Anna Paquin is Premiere Cover mutant

Rogue Anna Paquin is Premiere Cover mutant

Playing the character of ‘Rogue’ in Bryan Singer’s (Usual Suspects) blockbuster adaptation of comic legend X-Men, Anna Paquin makes the special edition cover of July’s Premiere. Like Paquin’s Oscar winning acting talent, Rogue is…

Romance and roadkill in

Romance and roadkill in

Director Alison Maclean’s edge aesthetic gets sharper: described by the New Yorker as having a “big messy emotional talent”, she is thrilled that audiences are connecting with the romance rather than the wierdness. But…

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From Vancouver on the edge of the Atlantic, director Jonathan Tammuz will continue a global roll to the edge of the Pacific to direct “Haka” an 1850s-set $30million British production. The production will be…

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

“Hollywood’s golden girl Meg in marriage split … Crowe has become Hollywood’s latest heart-throb since starring as Maximus, in the summer’s most successful blockbuster. Ryan is reported to have spent considerable time with Crowe…

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Kiwi Neill has become the first major actor to sign on for more encounters with a blue screed/rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3. He will reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant from the…

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Literary fans who are devoted to the purity of Tolkien’s Middle Earth ouevre are angry at rumours that Frodo Baggins is ready to flirt. The introduction of glamorous Hollywood stars such as Liv Tyler…

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Feed gets a shot in the arm from director Alison Maclean. “We all know what to expect from ’70s smack movies. So why is Jesus’ Son so unexpectedly good? Maclean’s movie, like the much…

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

The $200m epic, in production in New Zealand and not due for release for a year and a half, is already burgling box-office treasure and causing a storm on the internet, with a promotional trailer breaking…

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Award-winning doco “Pop & Me” charts father/son relationships around the world as the father/son makers work out their own. The film’s defining moment comes when Chris persuades his Dad join him in a tandem…

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

Known for her willingness to thematically peer over the edge ‘to the centre in her head’, Maclean is attracting attention for Jesus’ Son (starring Billy Cudrup and Samantha Morton). The film, about alienation, ennui…

Alison Maclean gives

Alison Maclean gives

The story of a grunged out herion addict ‘FH’ (Billy Cudrup), based on the stories of Dennis Johnson and inspired by the Lou Reed lyric, also stars Oscar nominated Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and…

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Sir Ian McKellen takes a break on Auckland Harbour from playing the wise wizard Gandalf in the 16 month long shoot of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.  He is immersing himself in the…

Heavenly Creatures: In New York not all angels are innocent

Heavenly Creatures: In New York not all angels are innocent

From New York Daily News TV preview: “Lynskey and future “Titanic” star Winslet are phenomenal as two alienated teens in 1950s New Zealand who construct their own, ultimately lethal fantasy world in Peter Jackson’s…

New Zealand: Hottest destination of movie makers

New Zealand: Hottest destination of movie makers

It’s official: Bollywood star Hritihik Roshan has been made a singing-dancing- fighting icon in the Bollywood smash hit Kaho Naa … Pyar Hai (Say you Love me), a romantic musical thriller shot in the…

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Kiwi Andrew Niccol is to write and direct ‘the Hollywood project’, rumoured to star Al Pacino as a down and out movie producer. Niccol was Oscar nominated for the screenplay to The Truman Show and…

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

“What we do in life echoes in eternity,” Russell Crowe as General Maximus says while admonishing his battle-ready troops in Gladiator. And what we do at the box office echoes in our paychecks”.

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Russell Crowe is being hailed here as the best-looking guy in a skirt since Mel Gibson. The showbiz press have gone crazy over the New Zealander’s performance in Gladiator, just like Mel’s in Braveheart. …

G’Day Caesar

G’Day Caesar

Crowe’s accent crosses the expanses of the globe and the distance of time in the Gladiator – Owen Duggan corrects the notion that it’s Bondi-based, and Christine Kenneally muses on the sound of things ancient…

Rome with a View

Rome with a View

Ridley Scott’s exhilarating and ferocious Gladiator brings the epic back to life.  The movie is dominated by Russell Crowe’s towering Maximus, a man of intelligence, probity and Roman virtue.  He’s the most virile presence…

The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again…Already?

The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again…Already?

Currently being filmed in New Zealand on a mammoth 18 month shoot, the first film won’t even be released until Christmas 2001. Despite this the film’s official site is up and running. “Preview” footage…

Star Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott: an irresistible pairing

Star Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott: an irresistible pairing

“Scott, the big name auteur, and Crowe, the acting wunderkind, in the same room.  The director, with his well-bred English manners, and the thespian, with his New Zealander ease and laconic wit, are a…

Tragic death of activist remembered in Punitive Damage.

Tragic death of activist remembered in Punitive Damage.

The Kiwi-made documentary traces the life and tragic death of Kamal Badmadhaj, slaughtered in the 1991 Dili Cemetery Massacre by the Indonesian military.  The film won the Audience Award at the 1999 Sydney International Film Festival…

Russell Crowe: A Gladiator Even a Woman Could Love

Russell Crowe: A Gladiator Even a Woman Could Love

“Why would a woman want to see Gladiator: 1. It’s a love story. Really. 2. An intelligent female character.  3. Russell Crowe … Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Crowe’s got that take-no-mess…