December 14, 2014
Watching Series: We Revisit The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Movies
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we here at RT decided to take a look back at the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first two films of the Hobbit trilogy. Our latest installment covers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which editors Tim Ryan and Ryan Fujitani rewatched for some fresh perspective.
December 11, 2014
Peter Jackson's 10 Best Movies
No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose final(?) venture to Middle-earth is one of 2014's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!
December 17, 2012
There and Back Again, Day 4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
So, did everyone see The Hobbit at the weekend? Our editors caught a screening of Peter Jackson's hugely-anticipated return to Middle-earth last week -- in the director's preferred 3D, 48-frames-per-second digital format -- and now, without further ado, weigh in with their reactions to the movie. What did you think?
December 14, 2012
There and Back Again, Day 3: The Return of the King
And so it ends. Having journeyed through The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, almost always conscious and (for legal purposes) resoundingly sober, we now arrive at the final -- and most epic -- chapter, The Return of the King. Will the extended edition yield another four-hundred endings? Has Gollum's lost boogaloo on the cliffs of Mount Doom been restored to the film? To Mordor we go...
December 13, 2012
There and Back Again, Day 2: The Two Towers
Yesterday we joined the Fellowship of the Ring on the first part of our quest to plow through Peter Jackson's extended Lord of the Rings movies, with everyone agreeing -- to various degrees -- that the extra dimensions worked well for what was already a solid opening chapter. Today, as the fellowship splits and Gollum leads his unsuspecting charges toward Mordor, we take on The Two Towers. How does it play?
December 12, 2012
There and Back Again, Day 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
At last it arrives. Part one of Peter Jackson's epic Middle-earth prelude The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters this week, and so, in preparation, we're taking the journey back through the movies that made the phenomenon. And lo, we're sitting through all three in their 12-hour extended edition glory. Yes, it's a hard job sitting around getting paid to watch movies. So pack some lembas bread, pour yourself some ent-draught, blaze up the halfling weed and join Ryan "36th Chamber of Rivendell" Fujitani, Luke "One of my trolls is named Teacup" Goodsell and Tim "Son of Tim" Ryan in their hole below ground as they embark upon the first chapter, The Fellowship of the Ring.
March 9, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Megan Fox
It wasn't too long ago that Megan Fox found herself at the dizzying center of the celebrity maelstrom. Through no particular fault of her own, she was teetering on the brink of media overexposure -- the kind that comes from the usual perception of someone (and more often an actress) suddenly becoming too big, and too fast. Fox's well-publicized (and rather humorous) feud with her Transformers director Michael Bay lead to her being dismissed from the third installment (quick: try and remember the name of her replacement), while her would-be star vehicle -- the hopelessly misunderstood Jennifer's Body -- bombed with critics and audiences. Yet Fox's career is taking an arguably more interesting turn now that the white light of scrutiny has subsided: she's got roles in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up sequel This is 40 and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator on the way, and this week stars as part of the ensemble cast of Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids. In the well-received comedy-drama, Fox plays Mary Jane, the much-younger girlfriend of single-dad-with-a-twist Adam Scott, while getting to act alongside a cast that includes Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
We got a chance to chat with Fox about the experience recently, as well as her thoughts on doing more of this kind of comedy in the future. Read on for that, but first, she reeled off her five favorite films.
January 14, 2008
Elijah Wood: Once a Frodo, Always a Frodo
Count Elijah Wood as one of the millions excited about the news of Peter Jackson's involvement in those planned Hobbit films -- and another member of the Lord of the Rings cast who's game for a return to Middle-earth.
October 17, 2007
McKellen Misses Middle-earth
Whether or not the rumored Peter Jackson-New Line truce actually comes to pass, one thing is certain: Sir Ian McKellen is ready and waiting to play Gandalf again.
October 17, 2007
Sam Raimi Wants Peter Jackson to Direct Hobbit
When the falling out between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema led to speculation of a new director for The Hobbit, the only satisfying rumor was Sam Raimi. Now that New Line is trying to reconcile with Jackson, even Raimi is hoping for Jackson to complete the quadrilogy.
August 13, 2007
Jackson Directing The Hobbit After All?
Few bridges are permanently burned in Hollywood -- particularly where billion-dollar franchises are at stake -- and so IGN Movies reports that white flags might be on the horizon for two notorious foes: Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson and New Line CEO Bob Shaye.
April 28, 2007
"The Hobbit" is Not in Raimi's Head Yet
"Lord of the Rings" fans couldn?t imagine an appropriate director for the "Hobbit" prequel until Sam Raimi?s name was thrown into the mix. But now that he?s available to talk about it during his "Spider-Man 3" press rounds, Raimi can?t even think about a vision for middle earth.
January 12, 2007
Peter Jackson Responds to New Line Nastiness
Just yesterday we reported that New Line chief Bob Shaye was, like, reallllllly mad at Peter Jackson, and also that he pretty much blacklisted the filmmaker from ever darkening the NL doors again. Less than 24 hours later, we have a response from Mr. Jackson.
December 13, 2005
Critical Consensus: Crown This "Kong"
The original "King Kong" is a movie so loved, and so emulated, that it would seem a foolhardy task to try to remake it. But Peter Jackson is a director who dreams big, and realizes those dreams more often than not. Will the critics go ape for his new "Kong?"
August 30, 2005
New Line and Producer Zaentz "Ring" Out a Settlement
According to Variety, Producer Saul Zaentz will receive about $20 million from New Line Cinema (on top of the $168 million he earned from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy), thereby ending a lawsuit before it goes to trial. So that's nearly $190 million bucks for the 84-year-old Mr. Zaentz; not too shabby considering he didn't actually produce the "Lord of the Rings" movies.
March 2, 2005
Jackson Sues New Line for Some of That Missing "Rings" Booty
The Hollywood Reporter fills us in on a little bad blood between filmmaker Peter Jackson and his "Lord of the Rings" studio, New Line Cinema. Seems that not all the accounting ledgers match up when you look closely at the the first chapter's profit margin.