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Peter Jackson Suggests Even Longer Cuts Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' Could Be Released

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2014 3:25 PM
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Peter Jackson The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Many many epochs past, before claiming its rightful status as the beloved Oscar-winning trilogy known the world over, "The Lord Of The Rings" was planned to be a single movie, directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare In Love," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"). Obviously, that didn't come to pass, and Peter Jackson went in the opposite direction.

Watch: Explore 136 Years Of Special Effects In 3-Minute Supercut

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 20, 2014 10:27 AM
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Tron Legacy
Official announcement from The Internet ™: these videos of lots of special effects from across the ages are A Thing now. We had one from the Academy themselves and one that was heavy on the recent releases. And now comes a very even-handed one that, while including the genre-obligatory Epic Music, takes us all the way back to 1878, before there even really were movies: it's an Eadweard Muybridge zoopraxiscope shot you're seeing.

Viggo Mortensen Throws Shade On Peter Jackson; Says ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & ‘Hobbit’ Films Sacrificed Subtlety To CGI

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2014 7:25 PM
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Viggo Mortensen Lord Of The Rings
If “The Lord Of the Rings” movies were universally beloved with Peter Jackson sweeping the Oscars for “Return Of The King” as a kind of “well done” overall achievement award, then his “Hobbit” films thus far have received possibly the opposite response (or at least a far more divisive one). Jackson’s predisposition for CGI seems to have taken over from practical effects and not only have fans noticed.

Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 2000s

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 1:21 PM
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Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 2000s
We're about enter the summer season of movies that will test the limits of CGI and spectacle, so perhaps it's a good time to take a moment to remember that there will be movies of substance beyond the explosions. They're the films we spend the last part of the year talking about their Oscar potential, but before we look ahead (oh wait, we already did) let's look back.

Watch: 4 Clips, TV Spot & New Pics From 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' & Everything Wrong With 'Fellowship Of The Ring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:07 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Running times don't really mean anything until they make their presence felt. Which is why even with Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" clocking in just a shade under three hours making it his longest film, folks are more concerned about numbing their butts in December with "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." Peter Jackson's latest jaunt to Middle Earth will apparently spread out over two hour and forty minutes, and if it's anything like 'An Unexpected Journey,' it means there will a lot of moments when you wish things were moving along a bit quicker.

Jake Gyllenhaal Auditioned To Play Frodo In 'Lord Of The Rings' And It Was The Worst

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 3:25 PM
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Frodo Jake Gyllenhaal
The road not taken is sometimes as fascinating as the one folks went down, and in the case of "The Lord of The Rings" movies, one could probably talk all day about the versions that never came to pass. As Peter Jackson's trilogy was gearing up back in the day, Elijah Wood was officially revealed as the first cast member, landing the crucial role of Frodo Baggins. And he was perfect in the part. But as tentpole projects go, there was probably no shortage of actors trying out for the role, and among them was someone who was an unlikely candidate at best.

25 Blockbuster Threequels: Did They Sink Or Save Their Franchises?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 2, 2013 3:04 PM
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A lot's been written over the years about sequels -- when they go right and bring us a welcome return to characters and themes we'd flocked to see the first time out and, more often, when they do not, and instead deliver diminishing returns in everything except box office terms. But what of the second sequel, the so-called "threequel"? It's a franchise entry that presents its own specific challenges -- is it the conclusion to a trilogy (like "The Dark Knight Rises") or just the continuation of a franchise (such as "Die Hard With A Vengeance")? Does it have lost ground to make up after a disappointing second entry ("Mission: Impossible 3") or are expectations at an all-time high following a mark II triumph ("Return of the Jedi")? This weekend, we all get to see whether "Iron Man 3" rises to or sinks beneath its particular set of challenges -- you can read our judgement here -- but it's a situation with pitfalls Marvel head Kevin Feige, for one, was fully aware of.

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."

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.

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