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Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta

A select group of film writers flew to New Zealand last week for an early look at the filmmaking process behind Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin. Our own Bill Desowitz was one of them. Building on their Comic-Con momentum, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson previewed more exclusive Tintin footage for select online journos last week at Jackson's Weta studio in New Zealand. And after viewing the thrilling and slapstick seaplane chase (culminating with the drunken Captain Haddock crawling out the plane in a storm and burping fumes into the empty engine), there's certainly less concern about the quality of the performance-captured animation and the movie's domestic commercial appeal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2011 5:43 AM
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Andy Serkis Talks Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Hobbit

The king of performance capture actors pretended to be a fan in Hall H at Comic-Con Friday, asking Steven Spielberg a question about Daniel Craig meeting Clint Eastwood on the set of The Adventures of Tintin wearing just a leotard. (Here's a full report on Spielberg and Jackson talking Tintin.) Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) talked to Andy Serkis afterward:Few in Hall H recognized Serkis because film fans don't know what the Brit actor looks like--the man who performed not only The Lord of the Rings' Gollum, but King Kong. Serkis is pivotal in the evolution of performance capture.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 25, 2011 1:14 AM
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Comic-Con: Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin Collaboration, Jurassic Park 4, 3-D

Comic-Con: Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin Collaboration, Jurassic Park 4, 3-D
Comic-Con welcomed Steven Spielberg, making his first visit to promote The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), with a standing ovation and the convention's Inkpot Life Achievement Award. Making a surprise visit during his The Hobbit hiatus was the film's producer Peter Jackson and Spielberg's favorite collaborator since George Lucas, said Spielberg. During a long conversation with the LAT's Geoff Boucher in Hall H, followed by a smaller press conference at the Hyatt, Spielberg and Jackson explained their love for Belgian Herge's comic books, how motion-capture as perfected by Weta during Avatar made it possible to bring these comics to life close to how they had been created, and when 3-D works and when it doesn't. Both men cited their connection to their inner child as the key to their creativity. When he grows up he'll stop making films, Spielberg said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2011 12:50 PM
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Gosling on Clooney Pranks, Peter Jackson’s Vlog, Scientology’s Mega-Properties

In an interview with Extra, Ryan Gosling exposes prankster George Clooney, who directed him in the political drama The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Fest: "He will come up to you and tell you something very serious ... and then he'll walk away and you realize your pants are wet. He's had like an Evian spray bottle. He's been spraying your crotch the whole time." Gosling's promo duties on his new film Crazy Stupid Love (July 29), with co-stars Steve Carrell and Emma Stone, kept him from attending the Drive panel at Comic-Con.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 22, 2011 3:59 AM
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Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile

Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile
I like interviewing up-and-coming talent because there's a curiosity factor. Like, who's this rookie writer-director out of Britain everybody's talking about, whose movie won audience awards at both SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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The Hobbit Production Video 2 Hits Facebook: Jackson Scouts New Zealand Locations

Having completed their second block of shooting, the cast and crew of The Hobbit are on a break until September 5. In their latest production video blog, filmmaker Peter Jackson and Co. share their vacation plans until they have to be back on set in New Zealand. Activities include getting drunk, visiting family, golf on Pebble Beach, and sleeping in. But first, for Jackson, there's location scouting around the glorious country. Check out some pictures from the video below and watch the video here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up

The earlier a high-prestige art house movie opens in the fall, the less likely that its distributor harbors serious Oscar hopes for it. In other words, if Sony Pictures Classics moves Pedro Almodovar's retitled Skin I Live In from November to October, and slates Roman Polanski's Carnage on November 18, it means the latter is being given the Oscar advantage. Almodovar's kinky thriller starring Antonio Banderas met a mixed reception in Cannes. "This is not a move," asserts SPC co-president Michael Barker. "We never set the date until now. We were always going in the Fall. It is a great date."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2011 1:50 AM
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The Hobbit Pics Get Official Titles and Release Dates

As is his wont, filmmaker Peter Jackson has posted news on The Hobbit's Facebook page of the two-parter's release dates --December 14, 2012 for Part One of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and December 13, 2013 for Part Two.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 12:44 PM
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First Look: Adventures of Tintin Teaser and Poster Revealed

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3-D motion-capture extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, finally has an international poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 1:51 AM
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Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event: In Theaters and On Blu-Ray in June

As we wait for The Hobbit, we can revisit Middle Earth on the big screen, as Warner Home Video promotes yet another DVD special package with The Lord of the Rings™ Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event via screenings at nearly 500 cinemas throughout the US. June will bring The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on June 14; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on June 21; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on June 28, each featuring approximately an hour of additional footage and extended scenes chosen under the supervision of Peter Jackson. Jackson will also provide introductions to each film, filmed in Wellywood on The Hobbit set.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 8:48 AM
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