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Peter Jackson's 48fps Presentation Of 'The Hobbit' At CinemaCon Gets A Mixed Response

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 4:58 PM
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While the fact that Peter Jackson was shooting the upcoming "The Hobbit" films in 3D at 48 frames-per-second rate instead of the standard 24 frames-per-second has been around since proudction started, in gained a bit more steam last week. There were concerns about how prepared (or not) theaters would be for the blockbuster film come December, to show it in the format that Jackson intends it be viewed. The short version, is that exhibitors/theater owners will need to upgrade the software on their 3D projects to handle 48fps, and it's not cheap (about $10,000). However, the selling point is that 48 fps offers a crisp viewing experience, free of any motion artifiacts, juttering or any other anomalies sometimes present in 24 fps screenings. Win/win right? Unfortunately for Jackson, it's not quite a slam dunk. Presenting 10 minutes of footage today in the fancy new format at CinemaCon, the screening left many unimpressed.

Peter Jackson Ready To Dazzle With 'The Hobbit' In 3D & 48fps, But Will Theatres Be Prepared?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2012 11:19 AM
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Directors Peter Jackson and James Cameron have spent the past few years extolling the benefits of higher frame rates in film, with Jackson wrapping up “The Hobbit” in 48 frames-per-second and Cameron planning the same or higher for the "Avatar" sequels, but now exhibitors are finally getting a wake-up call as the first of these examples plans to hit theatres.

Sony Pictures Classics Pick Up 'West Of Memphis' Documentary

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 1, 2012 2:21 PM
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Now one of the most infamous tales of wrongful convictions and the complete failure of the American judicial system, the case of the West Memphis Three has been chronicled in the “Paradise Lost” film series, which revealed the struggles of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. as they deal with being falsely accused and convicted in the murder of three children. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg had her own film “West of Memphis” debut at Sundance in January, which we called an exhausting and exhaustive chronicle of justice, which has finally been acquired for release.

Will The 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Sequel Begin Shooting This Year?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 10:51 AM
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While the domestic box office for "The Adventures Of Tintin" barely made it over $75 million -- a disappointment to be sure -- internationally, the film slayed and the worldwide box office topped off at just over $370 million, which isn't too bad. A sequel has always been the plan, with Peter Jackson saying last year he'd get behind the camera for the movie once he was done with "The Hobbit," which we always figured meant once he wrapped up those two massive pictures entirely (he's still in the midst of the lengthy production). But recent comments by the first film's director Steven Spielberg suggest everyone could get into mo-cap suits as early as this year.

Sundance Docs: Clip From 'Bones Brigade'; Trailer For 'Finding North'; Peter Jackson & Damien Echols Talk 'West Of Memphis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 6:57 PM
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Sundance kicks off tomorrow and the journey for many films that will hit your arthouse and garner awards season heat will begin in Park City, Utah. While the lineup of feature films is always impressive, this year in particular features an equally strong array of documentaries with subject matter in a wide range of topics and interests. So here's a few that might catch fire over the next week or so.

Fifth Production Diary For 'The Hobbit' Centers On Location Shooting & Tentpole-Size Logistics

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 26, 2011 4:53 PM
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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" won't arrive in theaters until a year from now -- December 14, 2012 to be exact. But clearly Jackson wanted to give 'Lord Of The Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans an early Christmas gift and this year he delivered a two-fer. First off was the trailer for 'An Unexpected Journey' (which you can see here) and the second, an almost-unexpected treat, if you will, was the fifth installment of Jackson's 'Hobbit' video production diaries, which give fans an early peek into the making of the films before they are released.

Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Finally Arrives; Feels Awfully Familiar

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 20, 2011 10:07 PM
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Well, it screened recently at AICN's "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" -- an annual 72 hour non-stop screening of genre-minded films, plus some early sneak peeks from the new year -- and it was rumored to appear this weekend in front of Warner Bros' "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows," and that's likely the case, as here it is: the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's long-time-coming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived (almost an ironically fitting title since Guillermo del Toro was originall supposed to direct the film).

New Look At Martin Freeman As Bilbo In 'The Hobbit,' Trailer Will Appear Online Tomorrow

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 19, 2011 2:00 PM
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While the Steven Spielberg-directed “The Adventures of Tintin” finally reaches theaters stateside this week, it will also bring along a lovely gift for fans of that film’s executive producer and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy mastermind Peter Jackson. As we told you back in November, the trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is set to play in front of the much anticipated Spielberg blockbuster, but for fans eager to get another early taste of Jackson’s return to Middle Earth, a new image may provide you with the sort of sneak peek you’ve been waiting for.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says 'The Calculus Affair' Eyed For 'Tintin' Sequel; 'Prisoners Of The Sun' Won't Be Used For Third Movie

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 15, 2011 12:32 PM
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Even before "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" hit theaters, the filmmakers were planning not one but two sequels -- commissioning writer Anthony Horowitz for at least one of them, which Peter Jackson would direct. The next installments was long thought to be "Prisoners of the Sun," but producer Kathleen Kennedy told The Playlist that they have different stories in mind now for the second film, including one that Peter Jackson had previously said he's a fan of. Moreover, it seems "Prisoners Of The Sun," rumored to be the third movie instead of the second, may not factor it at all.

Steven Spielberg Talks Mentoring Peter Jackson & Collaborating For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 11:03 AM
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It’s not often you see a director dream team. Often one is hands-off as a producer, shepherding or “godfathering” the film to the screen with the director’s vision. Other times, it’s a collaboration bourne out of years and years of familiarity. And yet, “The Adventures Of Tintin” unites Academy Award-winning blockbuster helmers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to bring the story of Herge’s beloved comic strip creation to life.

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