Tag Archive: Peter Jackson


Benedict Cumberbatch already faced off against Chris Pine in “Star Trek Into Darkness” as Khan. And he’s starring in Guillermo del Toro’s (“Pacific Rim”) upcoming film “Pacific Rim”. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, del Toro said he wants Cumberbatch for his adaptation of “Frankenstein”. This sounds good to me! Though del Toro has so many projects this will probably be a while. Cumberbatch will voice Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” out this December.

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Yep. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will be released its first full-length trailer very soon. The trailer will be in front of “Man of Steel”, which opens June 14 and will hit online on June 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The film picks off where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” ends as Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Thorin (Richard Armitage) are set to face off with the dragon. Peter Jackson, of course, is directing.

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A year before Peter Jackson took people to Middle Earth in “The Lord of the Rings”, “Dungeons & Dragons” hit theaters. Starring Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans the film was a critical and financial disaster. But WB has the rights and is bringing it back to the big screen. And it’ll happen fast since the studio is using a completed script called “Chainmail” and converting it to work in the DD universe. Bad news is the screenwriter, David Johnson, wrote “Wrath of the Titans” and “Red Riding Hood”.

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He’s already battling Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson in “Fast and Furious 6”. Now reports are that Luke Evans has signed on to play Dracula in upcoming film “Dracula”, formerly called ‘Dracula: Year Zero”. The film, as you might imagine from the former title, tells the origin of Dracula, mixing mythology and the true story of Prince Vlad the Impaler. Looks like this could be a big couple years for Evans. He’s also in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” from Peter Jackson.

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“The Adventures of Tintin”, which was directed by Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) and produced by Peter Jackson (“The Hobbit”) was a modest success, grossing $370 million worldwide. The two are switching roles for the next film, which both are now saying will be out Christmas 2015. Rumors are that “Seven Crystal Balls” and “Prisoners of the Sun” will be the basis of the second film. The first film featured the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg.

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has passed “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers” on the worldwide box office list. It trails “Return of the King”. Domestically, however, “The Hobbit” still trails all three LOTR films. Where would you rank Peter Jackson’s latest? I’d have to say near the bottom. It was entertaining in parts. But the film lacked the pacing, magic and drama that the LOTR trilogy had.

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“Total Recall” director Paul Verhoeven said he would be open to directing the planned Conan film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“If they asked me, I’d certainly love to — let’s put it that way,” Verhoeven said in an interview with Moviehole. “But I don’t know what the script is. I don’t know what Arnold wants. I’m a big fan in fact of Conan. That’s a great movie and I found that the composer, Basil Poledouris, basically inspired many of my movies [the soundtracks] like Flesh and Blood, RoboCop, Starship Troopers and Total Recall. The score of Conan is great. The style of editing that Milius used was very beautiful, and Arnold does a great job. He was really the perfect choice.”

Meanwhile, Fredrik Malmberg, a producer on the film, titled “Legend of Conan” said Peter Jackson would be one of his top picks.

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Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” held off “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained” to take the top spot at the box office once again. Jackson’s prequel earned $32 million, slightly above “Django Unchained”, which came in at $30 million and “Les Miserables”, which earned $28 million.

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Gary Ross helped kicked things off with “The Hunger Games” starring Jennifer Lawrence back in March. Since then, we’ve seen some flops like “Wrath of the Titans” but with giant sized hits like Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and some surprises like “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Hollywood had a record year. In all, $10.8 billion in ticket sales happened in 2012, up from $10.6 last year. Now of course inflation, 3D and stuff like that has something to do with it. But it was also the first time that Hollywood saw in increase in total ticket sales, with attendance up 5 percent from the previous year.

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Before a plethora of movies hits theaters on Christmas Day, three new movies get released this weekend. Can any unseat Peter Jackson or will “The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’ have a “Return of the King” weekend.

Opening a movie before Christmas probably doesn’t seem like a good idea. But the good news is those movies are almost guaranteed to have legs through the next week. That being said the film that will do the best of any new movie is “Jack Reacher” starring Tom Cruise. Cruise in an action role seems like solid money once again, thanks to the surprising success of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. This, though based on some popular novels, won’t have the same name recognition. Still, it should open well and be a solid choice for a couple days.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Judd Apatow returns with a sort of sequel to “Knocked Up” with “This is 40” which brings back Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from that film. Its reviews aren’t great and “Funny People” rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Still, this one should have solid legs.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

The final new movie to be released is “The Guilt Trip” starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. I doubt Rogen’s fans want to see him in a PG-13 film and I’m not sure Streisand fans will flock out to see this one opening weekend.

Opening weekend: $7-12 million

Check back early next week for a special Christmas edition of the Box Office Battle!

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