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New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt, who played the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, recalls partying with Berliners, the best dish he’s ever had, and how he discovered paradise in New Zealand. “…

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…

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…

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…

The Hobbit Heli Mountain Biking

The Hobbit Heli Mountain Biking

Devinsupertramp go on a Hobbit adventure by mountain biking through New Zealand. Filmed by Devin Graham and TeamSupertramp using the RED Dragon in 6K resolution, with the Glidecam Devin…

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…

Stephen Hunter’s On-screen Transformations Continue

Stephen Hunter’s On-screen Transformations Continue

You might not recognise New Zealand actor Stephen Hunter, 46, from one of his biggest film roles without a bushy red beard, a huge, ring-shaped plait of red hair and a lot of bulky…

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…

Film Tourism in New Zealand Massive Earner

Film Tourism in New Zealand Massive Earner

As cinemagoers rush to see the third Hobbit film, “Tolkien-mania” is again sweeping New Zealand, where record tourist arrivals are boosting the economy and helping to offset a slump in the price of its…

The Hobbit: Middle Earth Character Guide

The Hobbit: Middle Earth Character Guide

Don’t know or cannot recall the characters from The Hobbit? The Movieclips Trailers present the Middle Earth Character Guide to keep you informed about your favourite characters.

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…

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…

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.”…

Arrow Star Manu Bennett Revels in Playing the Bad Guy

Arrow Star Manu Bennett Revels in Playing the Bad Guy

Playing the bad guy has never worried New Zealand-born actor Manu Bennett who enjoys the roles of two deliciously deviant characters at the moment: Arrow’s anti-hero Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke) and the terrifying Orc…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Is One Epic Film

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Is One Epic Film

Seventeen years after Sir Peter Jackson won the rights to film The Lord Of The Rings, he is finally taking leave of JRR Tolkien and Middle-earth with the conclusion of The Hobbit. The new film marks a magnificent,…

Stars Dazzle At The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies World Premiere

Stars Dazzle At The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies World Premiere

Oscar Winning New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson and his stars arrived on a green carpet for the world premiere of his latest film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The premiere was…

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…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

North to South Through the Hobbit’s Stomping Ground

North to South Through the Hobbit’s Stomping Ground

To take a walk in the footsteps of The Hobbit, the Huffington Post has published a guide to many of the locations where scenes from the movies were filmed, and where with the convenience…

Take a Dream Drive off the Beaten Track

Take a Dream Drive off the Beaten Track

If you are looking for an alternative, and beautiful, route to travel New Zealand, News.com.au recommends 10 “different dream trips … to get you from landmark to landmark.” “More of a dream trip than any…

The cast of ‘The Hobbit’ talk about The Book of New Zealand

The cast of ‘The Hobbit’ talk about The Book of New Zealand

The cast talk about their experiences in New Zealand and how “The Book of New Zealand” event transports them back to Middle Earth, a world between fantasy and reality.

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 12

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 12

Take a peek at Peter Jackson’s second video blog of 2013 for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this entry, Peter Jackson shows lots of behind the scene…

Just another day in Middle-earth…

Just another day in Middle-earth…

“Middle-earth is closer than you think”. Air New Zealand creates another fantastic ad revealing that New Zealand has all sorts of surprises, and before you know it, everything can…

Air New Zealand Brings Passengers to Middle-earth

Air New Zealand Brings Passengers to Middle-earth

Air New Zealand’s latest short-film sees the airline embrace the magic and whimsy that comes with Middle-earth, with airline crew and airport ground staff sporting features that might only be found in Tolkien’s fanciful…

Reaction To Reaction of the Happy Hobbits

Reaction To Reaction of the Happy Hobbits

The Hobbit actors Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace chuckle in delight to the reaction of two happy hobbits watching the new trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit:…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 11

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 11

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s first video blog of 2013 for the early production of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This time, the Hobbit crew get back…

Measure Your World with a Smartphone Laser

Measure Your World with a Smartphone Laser

New Zealand-developed Spike, created by ikeGPS, “the world’s first laser accurate smartphone accessory,” is crowd-funding on Kickstarter and offering those who pledge more than $10,000 a trip to New Zealand to visit the development…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 9

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 9

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s eighth behind the scenes video blog during the post-production, leading to the release of The Hobbit. This time, we see the crew working…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 7

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 7

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s seventh behind the scenes video blog during the filming of The Hobbit. This time, Peter Jackson takes us on a tour of Stone…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 6

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 6

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s sixth behind the scenes video blog during the filming of The Hobbit. In this particular video, Peter Jackson and the crew are heading…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 5

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 5

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s fifth behind the scenes video blog of the filming of The Hobbit. This time, Peter Jackson talks to us about the idea of…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog, Part 4

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog, Part 4

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s fourth behind the scenes video blog in the early stages of the filming of The Hobbit. This time, Peter Jackson talks about 3D…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 3

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 3

Take a look at Peter Jackson’s third behind the scenes video blog in the early stages of the filming of The Hobbit. This time, the cast and crew talk…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 2

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 2

Watch Peter Jackson’s second behind the scenes video blog in the early stages of the filming of The Hobbit. Peter discusses how he and his crew went location scouting…

Long-Haul Visitor Numbers on the Up

Long-Haul Visitor Numbers on the Up

There has been a significant growth in the number of international visitors to New Zealand this year, with a 10 per cent rise in arrivals during the first half of 2013, compared to the…

Air NZ’s Hobbit Plane Lands in Middle Earth

Air NZ’s Hobbit Plane Lands in Middle Earth

Take a look at what happens when Air New Zealand’s brand new Hobbit 777-300 stops in Wellington for a visit ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere. The…

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 1

The Hobbit: Behind the Scenes – Production Video Blog Part 1

Watch Peter Jackson’s first behind the scenes video blog in the early stages of the filming of The Hobbit. In this 2011 video Peter discusses The Hobbit during its…

Hobbit Stars React to Fans Reactions

Hobbit Stars React to Fans Reactions

A video of Hobbit fans reacting to the release of a first glimpse into the next Hobbit instalment has received the same treatment, with Peter Jackson release a video with three of the film’s…

New Zealand Tourism Up Thanks to Middle-Earth

New Zealand Tourism Up Thanks to Middle-Earth

New Zealand has seen a boast to its international tourism as a result of the first Hobbit film released in December 2012, says government agency Tourism New Zealand. Figures released by the agency this…

One of the World’s Best Guided Tours

One of the World’s Best Guided Tours

Active Adventures New Zealand’s Five-Day ‘Kauri’ Essence of the North Island tour features in National Geographic Traveler’s eighth annual “50 of the World’s Best Guided Expeditions” list, which appears in the magazine’s May issue….

Sneak Peek at Smaug

Sneak Peek at Smaug

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson has given his fans a sneak online preview of the next Hobbit installment, The Desolation of Smaug. Enthusiastic and barefoot, Jackson gave a little masterclass in Middle-earth filmmaking and…

New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth

New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth

Take a journey through Middle-earth with the cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Oscar-nominee’s Homes for Hobbits

Oscar-nominee’s Homes for Hobbits

Production designer on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Hastings-born Dan Hennah, features in an Architectural Digest 2013 Oscar nominees slideshow of the year’s best in set design. “Hennah, who trained as an architect and…

What’s it Like in Paradise?

What’s it Like in Paradise?

“Even this self-consciously egalitarian society, which was first to give women the vote in 1893, is not immune to social and economic inequality,” writes Michael White for the Guardian. “What’s it like in paradise…

Sheep, Lizards and Hobbits

Sheep, Lizards and Hobbits

February 6 is New Zealand’s national day. Known as Waitangi Day, it marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between the British Crown and the Maori, New Zealand’s first peoples. Britain’s…