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Once He's Done With Middle Earth, Peter Jackson Wants To Focus On Smaller, New Zealand-Set Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 11:17 AM
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With the exception of the (awful) "The Lovely Bones," Peter Jackson has spend well over a decade creating some of the biggest screen spectacles ever at the multiplex. Of course, his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a massive blockbuster hit and Oscar-winning saga, and he's currently in the midst of trying to match that feat with his "The Hobbit" films. And the filmmaker also took time to tell the story of "King Kong" all over again, albeit in his trademark, lengthy and epic style. But it looks like Jackson is now ready to return to modestly sized movies.

Watch: Brand New Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Arrives From Middle Earth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 9:01 AM
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Summer might be over, and the leave may be changing, but that doesn't mean Hollywood has given up entirely on popcorn thrills. This fall will still have a couple of offerings worthy of summer spectacle, and perhaps the biggest of them all is Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." And promising returning faces from "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and a big fucking dragon, this middle chapter in a new J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy could be the escapist fantasy of the season.

Watch: Peter Jackson Talks 'The World's End' With Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost; 3 New Clips & Comic-Con Poster

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 18, 2013 9:23 AM
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In a summer of bland blockbuster flops and lukewarm indies, we've been pining for the refreshing third taste of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, "The World's End." Although there's still over a month until the film hits stateside, there have been almost enough released tidbits to tide us over until its U.S. release on August 23rd. Within the past few weeks, we've seen a trailer or two, character posters, pics, clips, and even a tracklisting for the film's soundtrack. Happily, we've got a few more treats to share with you.

Watch: 'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' Is Skipping Comic-Con So Here's A New Video Blog To Tide You Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 4:01 PM
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Peter Jackson's unveiling of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" didn't go so smoothly last year. The first look at his highly touted 48fps digital photography drew a very mixed response at CinemaCon, so no surprise that when he hit Comic-Con a few months later he kept both the advanced frame rate and even 3D out of the video presentation. So has he decided not to show anything from "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug" until its good and ready? That would appear to be the case.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Has Arrived

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 12:46 PM
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The Desolation Of Smaug, Hobbit, Legolas
It seems so long ago when there was genuine excitement for "The Hobbit" franchise, with Peter Jackson taking the reins, and two movies promising to bring audiences back to Middle Earth. But then two got stretched to three, there was that whole 48 frames-per-second thing and then when "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" arrived it...well, it was unexpectedly disappointing to some degree. While the LOTR series certainly stretched it legs, for the first time the bloat was really felt, and perhaps indicated that expanding an already thin novella may not have been the wisest choice. But maybe the middle movie will be the step in the right direction? Either way, we're cautious....

Watch: First Footage Of Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans & Evangeline Lily In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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In case you hadn't heard, diehard fans of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a treat last week with a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." However, you could only participate in the Peter Jackson-led Q&A if you had purchased the 'Unexpected Journey' Blu-Ray and entered a code from the DVD package (nifty way to make you spend that extra dough for what will be a double dip release, no?). Well, some of that footage has made it's way online now and it shows a few small first-look reveals of the cast in action.

Christopher Tolkien Trashes Peter Jackson's 'Lord Of The Rings,' Says Films Lack "Beauty And Seriousness" Of The Books

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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The Tokien Estate hasn't been too fond of Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" films. They've been ever wary of the multiplex spectacle approach to the source material, at one time suing New Line over royalties, but they've also generally stayed out of the media spotlight, preferring to pout in private. But for whatever reason an interview given to Le Monde last summer by the 88 year-old Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien, is coming to light now. And he has ripped into Jackson's trilogy of movies and expressed his concern about "The Hobbit."

Box Office: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Delivers Biggest December Opening In History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 16, 2012 12:10 PM
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Despite being the latest entry in a well-loved Oscar-winning series with a billion-dollar final installment, expectations were tempered for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Unlike the previous trilogy, reviews were a bit more mixed this time around, and some fans wondered if a trilogy was really necessary from the comparatively thin source material. The nerdcore and critics were particularly vocal about the film's 48 fps format (though it was only featured at 461 of the film's engagements, a fraction of screens). But even with those hurdles, Peter Jackson's latest foray into Middle Earth collected $84.8 million, the biggest opening weekend in December history, easily topping the $73 million 'Return Of The King' grabbed in 2004.

Peter Jackson Explains How 'The Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost One Film Directed By John Madden & How Some Careful Lies Saved The Project In Four Weeks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 9, 2012 2:02 PM
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As you can likely tell, we've been in the presence of Peter Jackson a lot lately as the New Zealand director has spent plenty of time in New York of late. Last week, Drew Taylor spent time with Jackson and "The Hobbit" cast at 'The Unexpected Journey' press day -- Jackson defended the controversies surrounding 48fps and explained why he expanded the films into three movies -- and Kimber Myers attended attended a screening of the film that included a post-screening Q&A featuring the director and his co-screenwriters, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Peter Jackson Calls 48fps & 3D A "Gift To His Style Of Filmmaking," And Says Fran Walsh Directed The Best Scene In 'The Two Towers'

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 7, 2012 4:05 PM
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The press tour for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” must be nearly as epic as the film itself. Earlier this week, we shared what we learned from Peter Jackson at the New York press conference for the film (and don't forget to read our review of the movie). Later that day, Jackson was joined by his fellow writers and producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens in a post-screening Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Deputy Managing Editor Jeff Giles.

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