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Long-Lasting Significance Of LOTR Trilogy

Long-Lasting Significance Of LOTR Trilogy

On the 15th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, actors Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen reflect on the trilogy’s indelible impression. The film series was…

15 Years as The Real Middle-Earth

15 Years as The Real Middle-Earth

“To celebrate 15 years as the real Middle-earth, Tourism New Zealand has come up with a unique way for tourists to explore the country – re-imagining New Zealand experiences through the eyes of Middle-earth’s…

Peter Jackson to Produce Sci-Fi Series Adaptation

Peter Jackson to Produce Sci-Fi Series Adaptation

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson will produce an adaptation of British author Philip Reeve’s steampunk series Mortal Engines, the script which the New Zealander has also co-written. Another Academy Award winner, Christian Rivers, Jackson’s long-term collaborator…

Economy Milks Clamour for Middle Earth

Economy Milks Clamour for Middle Earth

Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit series have proved to be as precious to New Zealand’s economy as any magical ring with millions flocking to the country for a glimpse of Middle…

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

Seventeen-time Oscar winning director Peter Jackson spent some time recently with Forbes correspondent Brian Rashid to share his ideas about creativity, his processes, and mindset around being a world-class creative. “Jackson admittedly, does not consider…

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

“New Zealand certainly brings a fair few ‘bests’ to the table. Aside from being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, responsible for some of the greatest exploratory and scientific minds,…

Peter Jackson Eyes NZ Island For Tourism Project

Peter Jackson Eyes NZ Island For Tourism Project

“Peter Jackson, the man you know as the spirited angel who bestowed cinematic genius upon the world in the form of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is set to inspire more tourism interest…

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

One director in favour of Napster co-founder Sean Parker’s potential industry-disrupting startup – to sell first-run movies to home viewers at US$50 a pop – is Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director behind The…

Fiona Pardington’s Art Earns Top French Honour

Fiona Pardington’s Art Earns Top French Honour

New Zealand photographer Fiona Pardington has been named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at a ceremony held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Pardington…

Peter Jackson Directing Doctor Who?

Peter Jackson Directing Doctor Who?

Watch this hilarious video published by Peter Jackson on his Facebook page on the possibility of directing the Doctor Who series.

Weta Partners With Te Papa for Larger-Than-Life Exhibit

Weta Partners With Te Papa for Larger-Than-Life Exhibit

“From the battlefield to the hospital ship, attendees get a unique look at the battle of Gallipoli with the Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibit” – a collaboration between the museum and Weta Workshop to…

Peter Jackson-Backed Movie Museum Wins Approval

Peter Jackson-Backed Movie Museum Wins Approval

“Hobbits, Orcs, Ents and maybe even some Na’vi are getting their own museum in New Zealand’s capital city,” writes Nancy Tartaglione in an article for Deadline. The project – a combined movie museum…

Peter Jackson: My favorite Doctor Who Episode

Peter Jackson: My favorite Doctor Who Episode

For Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, watch as Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit director Peter Jackson wishes Doctor Who a very Happy 50th Anniversary and talks about his…

Peter Jackson Ad-Libbed Shooting Hobbit

Peter Jackson Ad-Libbed Shooting Hobbit

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, 54, admits he was “winging it” and “was making it up as I went along” for much of the Hobbit trilogy’s chaotic shoot. Jackson has revealed he began filming the blockbuster…

New Zealand’s Post-Hobbit World

New Zealand’s Post-Hobbit World

Even after the end of Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of The Rings’ movies, the New Zealand film and TV business is thriving and “turning the land that once served as Middle-Earth into a host of…

Real Life ‘Lord of the Rings’ Locations

Real Life ‘Lord of the Rings’ Locations

In Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth is “composed of dozens of incredible locations around New Zealand,” and “the natural beauty of New Zealand’s lush countryside and icy blue…

Sir Peter Jackson – WW1 Exhibit Creator

Sir Peter Jackson – WW1 Exhibit Creator

Academy Award winning filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson talks about his new Great War Exhibition in Wellington, and how he used filmmaking technology to bring colour to a war that, until…

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

“In New Zealand, even a nondescript cutting in the woods can lead somewhere extraordinary. That magnetic pull to see what’s around the next bend, whether sparkling glacier or primeval forest, is my favourite thing…

Peter Jackson Celebrates Life of Friend Andrew Lesnie

Peter Jackson Celebrates Life of Friend Andrew Lesnie

Peter Jackson has taken to Facebook to celebrate the life of Andrew Lesnie – his friend, ‘brother’ and frequent collaborator, who suffered a fatal heart attack this week. “I grew up wondering what…

Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand

Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand

Peter Jackson has helped to create an exhibition to mark the Centenary of the First World War at New Zealand’s Te Papa museum with the support of the country’s government, philanthropists, and…

Gallipoli Film Restored By Peter Jackson

Gallipoli Film Restored By Peter Jackson

Take a Look at this rare Gallipoli film restored by Peter Jackson for The Auckland War Memorial Museum’s special week of activities leading up to Anzac Day commemorations. This…

In iZombie Rose McIver Devours Her Brainiest Role yet

In iZombie Rose McIver Devours Her Brainiest Role yet

New Zealander Rose McIver, 26, looks awfully alive for someone playing undead, New York Times correspondent Kathryn Shattuck writes. “In iZombie, her new series, she’s a vision of iron deficiency – ghostly pallor,…

Melanie Lynskey Reflects on Realism in Latest Roles

Melanie Lynskey Reflects on Realism in Latest Roles

From Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures to HBO’s new television show Togetherness, actor Melanie Lynskey reflects on what 20 years – and Charlie Sheen – have taught her about showbusiness. Jackson’s film introduced not only future…

Hobbit Trilogy Unmitigated Financial Grand-Slam for All Parties

Hobbit Trilogy Unmitigated Financial Grand-Slam for All Parties

“The Hobbit trilogy has been incredibly successful on a domestic and worldwide stage,” Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson writes. “The three-film trilogy cost around US$765m to produce and made US$2.916b worldwide thus far. Yet no…

Outflanking the Tolkien Fans on Tongariro

Outflanking the Tolkien Fans on Tongariro

Before Peter Jackson and his film crew rolled into town, Mount Doom went by the humble name of Mount Ngauruhoe, the fearsome volcano which forms the centrepiece of New Zealand’s Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the…

Peter the Great’s Hobbit Premieres in China

Peter the Great’s Hobbit Premieres in China

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson was joined by Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor (pictured far left) in Beijing for the Chinese premiere of the final Hobbit installment on 19 January. This was Jackson’s final stop on his…

Peter Jackson Embarking on WWI Museum Project

Peter Jackson Embarking on WWI Museum Project

Peter Jackson is leaving the battle for Middle Earth behind to dive into some real-world war history curating a collection of artifacts at a new museum in Wellington.  The temporary museum will open in…

Peter Jackson Wants Off Hollywood Blockbuster Bandwagon

Peter Jackson Wants Off Hollywood Blockbuster Bandwagon

The new Hobbit film made US$90 million in its opening weekend, but in an interview with Esquire magazine director Peter Jackson confesses he doesn’t really like the “Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon.” The third and final installment…

Esteemed Middle-earth Location Scout Dave Comer

Esteemed Middle-earth Location Scout Dave Comer

Dave Comer, who selected many of the spectacular New Zealand locations for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies for director Peter Jackson, has died aged 58. Comer started out as a still…

The Hobbit: “Peerless Fantasy, Flawlessly Rendered”

The Hobbit: “Peerless Fantasy, Flawlessly Rendered”

“The pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe,” writes Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. “There is majesty here, and not just because we’re…

Empire Reunites Peter Jackson and the Bad Taste Gang

Empire Reunites Peter Jackson and the Bad Taste Gang

For the January issue of Empire, devoted entirely to bidding “Farewell to Middle-earth,” Peter Jackson and the crew of the 1987 splatter classic, Bad Taste are reunited “to reminiscence about the crazy shoot.” “That year,…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Featurette – 17 Year Journey

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Featurette – 17 Year Journey

Take a look at all the memories throughout the 17 years of the making of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. Peter Jackson and the crew talk…

Battle of the Five Armies Packs Huge Chain Mail Punch

Battle of the Five Armies Packs Huge Chain Mail Punch

Upon its release in Britain, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was met with great enthusiasm, with UK newspapers agreeing the New Zealand director has completed his trilogy with verve. “Jackson’s…

Nine Things We’ve Learned about Peter Jackson’s Epic Saga

Nine Things We’ve Learned about Peter Jackson’s Epic Saga

“Just as there are nine members of the Fellowship, here are nine things we have learned from Peter Jackson’s six-picture behemoth …” Guardian journalist Ryan Gilbey gives us the rundown. “It’s big. But how big?…

Peter Jackson Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Peter Jackson Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Peter Jackson landed a choice section of Hollywood Boulevard for his Walk of Fame star outside the Dolby Theatre and joined by his family and friends from “The Hobbit.”…

Stone Street Studios to Produce Pete’s Dragon

Stone Street Studios to Produce Pete’s Dragon

Walt Disney has confirmed that production of Pete’s Dragon, a remake of the 1977 film and starring Robert Redford, will be based at Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios. The live-action and CGI film…

Peter Jackson to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Peter Jackson to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

New Zealand filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ahead of the release of his new film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Jackson…

Weta’s Richard Taylor Takes on Thunderbirds Challenge

Weta’s Richard Taylor Takes on Thunderbirds Challenge

The idea to adapt half-century-old television series Thunderbirds began 12 years ago when New Zealander Richard Taylor an Oscar-winning visual effects, makeup and costumes wizard, went to the UK to ask for creator Gerry…

Weta Cave Workshop Expands for Tour Groups

Weta Cave Workshop Expands for Tour Groups

Hobbit fever is ramping up in Wellington ahead of the third and final installment of Peter Jackson‘s “Hobbit” trilogy and Weta Workshop is expanding to meet demand. In a bid to cater to growing demand from tour groups…

Hobbits Fit Their Safety Masks for Air NZ Safety Video

Hobbits Fit Their Safety Masks for Air NZ Safety Video

Ahead of the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, and continuing its long tradition of entertaining in-flight videos, Air New Zealand has launched its latest “epic” pre-flight safety demonstration. The airline has done a new…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Teaser Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Teaser Trailer

New Zealand director Peter Jackson offers the first taste of the epic final chapter of his Middle Earth saga with the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of…

Peter Jackson and Paul Allen Dogfight over Warbirds

Peter Jackson and Paul Allen Dogfight over Warbirds

Filmmaker Peter Jackson, who has amassed more than 40 flyable World War I warbirds – the planet’s largest collection – and Microsoft Corp. billionaire Paul Allen are vying to build the world’s best fighter…

Secluded Waikato Getaway Carved out of the Hills

Secluded Waikato Getaway Carved out of the Hills

“Long before Peter Jackson re-created Middle-earth in the fertile hills of New Zealand’s Waikato region, Graham Hannah and his young daughter Jessie had a dream,” Rob McFarland writes for the Sydney Morning Herald. “They would…

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

“In one of the most epic feats in recent cinema history, New Zealander director Peter Jackson brought to life Tolkien’s fantastical universe with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Almost a decade later, the…

Melanie Lynskey Revising Cinematic Female Archetypes

Melanie Lynskey Revising Cinematic Female Archetypes

Melanie Lynskey has built a career on genuine, naturalistic portrayals of women in films like Up in the Air, Win Win, Hello, I Must Be Going, and, at age 16, in the Peter Jackson-directed…

Comic-Con Kicks Off Featuring Strong Kiwi Contingent

Comic-Con Kicks Off Featuring Strong Kiwi Contingent

Comic-Con begins in San Diego today, with the New Zealand representatives ranging from Peter Jackson and the Hobbit producers to a small movie made by an Auckland animation school. The Hobbit will be a major…

Jackson to Be Honoured with Walk of Fame Star

Jackson to Be Honoured with Walk of Fame Star

Sir Peter Jackson will be immortalised in brass as one of the movie world’s greats with the director set to get his name on a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star. “Being honoured with a…

Peter Jackson talks to James Nesbitt About NZ Film Industry

Peter Jackson talks to James Nesbitt About NZ Film Industry

Take a look at a small interview by James Nesbitt, also known as his character for Bofur in Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit, as he interviews…

Peter Jackson & The Hobbit cast on There & Back Again

Peter Jackson & The Hobbit cast on There & Back Again

Peter Jackson and the Hobbit cast from Desolation Of Smaug tell us what they’re most excited about seeing in There & Back Again, also known as the The Hobbit…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Production Blog Part 14

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Production Blog Part 14

Take a peek at Peter Jackson’s fourth video blog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this entry, it’s all about the amazing development of the new music…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Production Blog Part 13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Production Blog Part 13

Take a peek at Peter Jackson’s third video blog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this entry, see exclusive scenes of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves playing…

Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold

Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold

Take a look at an exclusive video clip from Warner Bros and TheOneRing.net from Peter Jackson’s film: The Hobbit. Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold is a song sung…

Jackson Hits His Personal Stride with Smaug

Jackson Hits His Personal Stride with Smaug

Peter Jackson explains how The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in his Hobbit trilogy, brought certain freedoms and how the “sole responsibility of this film foot on the…

Fans Pack Australian Cinemas in Record Numbers

Fans Pack Australian Cinemas in Record Numbers

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug recorded the second-highest Boxing Day opening in Australian history taking $AU5.465 million, with the only film topping that, his own. The first film in the trilogy,…

Middle Earth’s Man Contemplates Doctor Who Offer

Middle Earth’s Man Contemplates Doctor Who Offer

Peter Jackson has confirmed reports that he has offered to direct an episode of Doctor Who. “I’m a Doctor Who fan, certainly. I’m of the generation that hid behind the sofa, and Patrick Troughton…

Movie-Making to Rival Lucas and Spielberg

Movie-Making to Rival Lucas and Spielberg

“Peter Jackson has picked up the pace … The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it’s mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly…