When Warner Bros. embarked on its journey to turn The Hobbit into a big-screen spectacle like its cousin (er, sequel, I suppose) The Lord of the Rings, there was a lot of enthusiasm in the fandom for the idea. That enthusiasm then turned into frustration, despair, and disinterest as Warner Bros. stretched out the book…
When Amazon spent $250 million to acquire the rights to make a Lord of the Rings show, we assumed it would be a completely new version of the J.R.R. Tolkien story as compared to the popular Peter Jackson film series. And yet, a new report has us wondering whether or not the two will be connected.
When it comes to epic filmmaking, Peter Jackson is a great person to have on your team. He’s done The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and King Kong; next up is Mortal Engines, a huge, post-apocalyptic story that he’s producing and co-writing. And the first trailer is here.
Amazon’s quest to become the one streaming service to rule them all has led it to greenlight a rebooted Lord of the Rings series. At least one of the actors from Peter Jackson’s Tolkien films—John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli the dwarf—has some strong feelings about that.
As recently as September, ultra-secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap entertained holding a splashy event to reveal more about its mysterious technology, according to a confidential document detailing a proposed event concept obtained by Gizmodo. The document outlines a pitch for a strange live-streamed…
Peter Jackson is hard at work on his latest adaptation: Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve’s steampunk saga that could be the latest YA series to become a big screen hit. Jackson has unveiled the first real look at the world of Mortal Engines, and it looks promising.
One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain, and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating. Everyone has their favorites and if your favorite is Gandalf, this is going to knock your socks off.
Before he started busting myths, Adam Savage worked in the special effects industry building props and models for films. His love of iconic film artifacts is reflected in some of the recent builds he’s shared online, but it’s also fun to just watch him geek out over Peter Jackson’s amazing film prop collection.
Peter Jackson helmed one of the greatest fantasy adaptations of all time, as well as The Hobbit trilogy. Now he’s shepherding another genre entry to the big screen: Philip Reeve’s steampunk saga Mortal Engines. Though the Lord of the Rings trio of Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will co-write the script,…
One of the big cinematic losses of 2015 was Christopher Lee, whose decades-long career was filled with iconic performances. But the role that Lee played so memorably in Lord of the Rings wasn’t his first choice.
Is Gollum a good guy or a bad guy? It’s a complicated question. At times, the former Hobbit is nothing but pure venom. Other times, he’s kind, sweet and caring. Plus he can change between the two in an instant. Finally, a court of law will tell us if the former ring-bearer is good or evil.
Peter Jackson just dropped a video “announcement” on his Facebook page to confirm something we first heard rumblings about three years ago: The director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies will be bringing his skills to an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.
The letter “H” is the only thing the words “honesty” and “Hollywood” share in common. It’s a cut-throat business, but most of it happens behind closed doors and we can only speculate later on what may or may not have happened when movies work, or don’t.
There’s fandom, there’s madness, and there’s total freaking insanity. A new Indiegogo campaign to actually build the fictional Middle Earth city of Minas Tirith from The Lord of the Rings is something beyond that. It’s absolutely hilarious.
When we caught up with Adam Savage at San Diego Comic Con, he was excited to talk about all things Star Wars. For one thing, he’s got a special Star Wars episode of MythBusters coming up. For another, though, he visited the set of The Force Awakens, and saw something really, really cool.
Someone sketched out the map of Middle-Earth onto a Starbucks cup and it's just a nice thing. Look at this adorable little map thing someone with great talent drew. Isn't that nice?
Well, this was inevitable. A Tolkien fan — less enthused by Peter Jackson's expansive, three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit than others — has created his own edit of the trilogy, trimming the 9+ hour-long saga into a much trimmer four hours and 21 minutes. Check it out!
We have all been made aware of how incredibly long Peter Jackson's three Hobbit movies are, especially as compared to J.R.R. Tolkien's original book. But 538's Walt Hickey actually broke down the ratio of film to page, and discovered an amazing fact: there are two minutes of TBotFA for every book page it covers.
When it comes to personality traits, how does J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf compare to Peter Jackson's movie version? An IBM researcher used the company's artificially intelligent Watson computer system to crunch the data and find out.
The Hobbit trilogy has thrown Tolkien-fans a rather rare problem: way too much screentime for some of their most beloved characters. So, what could have been cut to make the movie a little smaller and a whole lot better? So, so much.