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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

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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

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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.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Tintin' Made Him "Feel Like a Painter" But Admit He Could Never Do A Traditionally Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 7:20 PM
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In an extensive interview with the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog (conducted at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con), Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson discussed their new motion-captured animated adventure "The Adventures of Tintin." While a lot of the interview covers ground that we've all heard before (like Jackson dressing as Captain Haddock in the live action screen test and Spielberg being turned onto 'Tintin' when European critics compared "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to it), but there are also some gems, like how Spielberg seemed artistically liberated by the freedom of the mo-cap world, but admitted he was probably a lousy fit for a traditionally animated movie.

Peter Jackson Tussles With 'Paradise Lost' Filmmakers Over West Memphis Three Interviews For 'West Of Memphis' Documentary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2011 6:42 PM
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Sometime over the past year it was revealed that Peter Jackson, the talented, Oscar-winning director behind the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (and, more recently, the more morose "Lovely Bones"), had been a quiet, but very involved supporter of the West Memphis Three.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says 'Tintin' Sequel Tentatively Planned For Christmas 2014 Or Summer 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2011 12:20 PM
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With the buzz reaching deafening levels for "The Adventures of Tintin," Steven Spielberg's razzle dazzled 3D animated adaptation of the beloved European comic strip (including its giant overseas haul and recent inclusion in David Edelstein's Top 10 List for 2011), it's easy to forget that when the project was initially announced, the plan was for a series of films, with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg switching off director/producer duties for at least the first batch of films. But given both filmmakers' busy schedules, when can we even expect another entry? Producer Kathleen Kennedy (who started out as Spielberg's assistant before becoming one of his closest collaborators) says we can expect the next one fairly soon.

'The Hobbit' Trailer Will Debut In Front Of 'The Adventures Of Tintin' (Which Is Killing It Overseas In Case You Were Wondering)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 1:49 PM
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While for a big chunk of the world "The Adventures Of Tintin" is old news, having arrived in theaters throughout October and November, for those of us in North America, the film still remains the holiday season treat we're eager to unwrap. The classic comic being brought to life from the minds of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is tantalizing enough, but there will be one more reason you'll want to scoot to theaters when it opens in December.

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