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Looking back at the early films of Peter Jackson

Mark Allison Sep 29, 2017

He conquered the world with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But what about the first few films from Peter Jackson?

At the 2004 Academy Awards, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King swept the board with 11 statuettes, equalling the records previously set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. When collecting the award for Best Picture, director Peter Jackson made a passing reference to the two films with which he had started his career in the late 1980s - Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles - commenting that they had been “wisely overlooked by the Academy at the time”.

Despite Jackson’s dismissal of his own early work, these films represent more than a curious historical footnote; they are the first steps from one of the most important blockbuster film-makers of the last two decades. When viewed from the lofty gaze of hindsight, they are not only
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Watch Adam Savage Build a Beautiful Replica of King Arther's Sword Excalibur!

In the latest episode of Adam Savage's "One Day Builds" we get to watch him craft King Arthur's sword Excalibur! It's based on the design of the sword from the classic 1981 fantasy film Excalibur and as you'll see it turns out beautiful. 

Using the skills he learned from Weta Workshop's master swordsmith Peter Lyon, Adam takes on a One Day Build project he's been waiting to do his entire life: make King Arthur's sword from Excalibur! 

Building this sword was no easy task, but Savage did an incredible and impressive job. It's so much fun watching this guy work! I also love how happy and excited he was when he finished it. 
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MythBusters’ Adam Savage Goes Deeper Into Ghost in the Shell

You might remember a post we ran that featured Adam Savage going to the Weta Workshop to see how they made the Thermoptic suit from Ghost in the Shell. Now the Mythbusters star is going even deeper into the complex world of props contained in Ghost in the Shell. Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the film. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props

MythBustersAdam Savage Goes Deeper Into Ghost in the Shell
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Great Job, Internet!: Adam Savage gets a behind-the-scenes look at Ghost In The Shell’s geisha robots

In his role as emcee of all things geeky, former Mythbuster/current Tested host Adam Savage released a new video of his visit to the props department of the upcoming Ghost In The Shell live action adaptation. The film’s impressive props were created by Weta Workshop, the New Zealand company famous for its work on the Lord Of The Rings franchise. And Weta founder/creative director Richard Taylor is on hand to talk Savage through the creation of the film’s robotic geishas, which were featured in the most recent trailer.

What comes through most clearly during the tour is just how much attention Weta pays to detail. That includes both the aesthetics of the designs as well as their functionality. For instance, the rigid, robotic geisha masks were designed to be as comfortable as possible for the actors wearing them. They can be taken off easily so the
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Adam Savage Gets a Close Look at The Robotic Geisha From Ghost In The Shell

In the latest video from Adam Savage’s Youtube channel “Tested,” he goes behind the scenes of the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell. He paid another visit to the Weta Workshop where the minds behind the Robotic Geisha from Ghost in the Shell work. Savage gets up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible. Of all the props that Savage takes

Adam Savage Gets a Close Look at The Robotic Geisha From Ghost In The Shell
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Adam Savage Visits Weta to Show Us Some Cool Ghost In The Shell Geisha Props and Animatronic Puppets

Adam Savage was invited to Weta Workshop to check out some of the awesome work that they did for the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. While there he talked to Weta's Richard Taylor, who showed off what they came up with for the creepy robotic geisha that we've seen in the trailers. What's so cool about these is that they are all practical effects and props with mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets! It also shows how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible. 

I love seeing this kind of stuff! Weta has done some incredibly cool work here, and I think you're gonna like what they have to show off. After seeing the stuff in this video I want to see even more of the creative work they did for the film! 
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Watch: Adam Savage Visits Weta to Show Us 'Ghost in the Shell' Props

"This may not look like a great deal of complexity to your viewers..." Weta Workshop is one of the coolest places, along with Ilm. As a preview for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, Tested host Adam Savage went down to New Zealand for a personal tour of the Weta Workshop to get a closer look at the various props and practical effects and other toys used to make the movie. This video focuses entirely on the robot geisha seen in the trailers, with the face that opens up. Savage talks with Weta's Richard Taylor about creating the robot geisha and the various development processes. I wish there was more in this video about other props and pieces from the movie, but hopefully we'll see more of them later. Take a look below. Here's the video from Adam Savage's Tested going behind-the-scenes of Ghost in the Shell,
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The Great Wall Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Emily Breen

There are precious few things in this world which cannot be improved by a measure of silliness – and Zhang Yimou’s not entirely historically accurate story of a legendary alien battle at The Great Wall of China is no exception. In combining his trademark gravity defying fight sequences with thousands of green blooded CGI monsters, Zhang has contrarily crafted a very beautiful and wildly expensive B-Movie.

William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) are soldiers for hire, wandering the wilds of China in search of a source of black powder – gunpowder – to sell to the highest bidder upon their return to the west. When their group is ambushed late one night William’s mercenary training ensures the pair’s safety and grants them a gory and unusual get-out-of-certain-death-free card as they stumble across a secret army preparing for the fight of their lives.

Our introduction to Commander
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Adam Savage Goes Behind the Scenes of New Zealand's Weta Workshop

I recently had the chance to take a vacation to New Zealand, and while I was there, I visited Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and took a tour of the place. It was incredible (as you might imagine), but unfortunately, they wouldn't allow me to take any photos or video inside the space. Adam Savage and his Tested team recently went to Wellington and visited as well, but it looks like they didn't have the same restrictions I did. While they apparently weren't able to give everyone a look at the main floor of the workshop (yet, anyway), they did manage to get a bunch of access to some side areas and talk to its employees about sculpting, prosthetics, model painting, and more. This may be the closest you get without flying across the world and visiting Weta yourself!
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15 facts about The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring for its 15th Anniversary!

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15 facts about The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring for its 15th Anniversary!15 facts about The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring for its 15th Anniversary!Kurt Anthony12/19/2016 3:48:00 Pm

What's more precious than The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? 15 years of it!

On December 19, 2001, The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theatres and ushered in a new era of the fantasy genre. An endeavour eluded by filmmakers for decades, J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece was brought to life by director Peter Jackson and the trilogy has since become a staple in pop culture worldwide.

With a budget of close to $100M and a box office gross of over $800M, it should come as no surprise that Fellowship remains one of the most successful – and awarded – films of all time.

Journey with us on an epic quest as we uncover 15 things you need
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Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural

Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural
Originally slated to hit theaters earlier this year through Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment, the new thriller Spectral was picked by Netflix last month and slated with a December 9 release date on the streaming service. Today we have the first trailer for Spectral, exactly one week before fans around the world can watch this thriller. Spectral was initially set for release on August 12, which would have put it up against Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Spectral follows a brilliant Darpa scientist who goes on a deadly mission with a Special Ops team of Delta Force soldiers into a war-torn city where mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral have been causing inexplicable civilians deaths. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini, Cory Hardrict and Bruce Greenwood. Production took place on location in Budapest, Hungary, with Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop creating the futuristic weapons, with Weta Digital providing the visual effects.
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Krampus Statues from Weta Workshop Celebrate the Horror of the Holidays

  • DailyDead
Towering over his victims with menacing horns and chains, the titular demonic monster in Michael Dougherty's Krampus made for a menacing cinematic creature, but his minions were equally eerie, and you can now collect a couple of them in scary, impeccably detailed statues from Weta Workshop.

Krampus Cherub Statue: "Krampus is coming, and he's left a very special delivery in a grimy sack at the front door. Don't bring it in because hidden inside are all manner of Christmas beasties, including a cherub who is anything but.

Close inspection reveals a cracked face, bloodshot eyes, sharp teeth, beastly eagle talons and clawed feet: details that cut right through this character's cute first appearances. Make no mistake, this not a creature you want to meet in the dark attic on a cold Christmas Eve.

Don't go up there.

This highly detailed collectible was crafted by Weta Workshop sculptor Jane Wenley.
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Peter Jackson announces next project Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson has been out of action since his last foray to Middle-earth with The Hobbit trilogy, but it seems he’s now ready for a return, with the filmmaker announcing on Facebook that he’s set to write and produce an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines, which is being directed by his protege Christian Rivers. Here’s Jackson’s full statement from Facebook…

Hi Folks,

It’s been a quiet few months, but I’m very happy to tell you that our next project is now underway.

WingNut Films be producing a feature film based on Philip Reeve’s book Mortal Engines, to be directed by Christian Rivers. The script has been written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and myself.

Some of you may recall that Christian was going to direct the Dambusters a few years back. Since then he’s kept himself busy, making short films,
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Watch the First Teaser Videos for Live Action Ghost In The Shell Movie, Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • DailyDead
Ahead of its release on March 31st, 2017, Paramount Pictures' live action Ghost in the Shell movie is briefly teased in several videos, including a few featuring Scarlett Johansson as the extremely skilled—and deadly—cyborg known as Major.

From the Previous Press Release: Hollywood, Calif.-- Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on “Ghost In The Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Lucy”) and directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White And The Huntsman”). The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.

Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“The Amazing Spider-man 1 & 2,” “Iron Man”), Ari Arad (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”), and Steven Paul (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”). Michael Costigan
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Virtual Reality comes to Melbourne as the 65th Miff gets ready for lift off

Oscar Raby's The Turning Forest, screening at Miff via Oculus alongside Raby's Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.

Virtual reality looks set to break into the mainstream in 2016, with Australia's film festivals leading the way. The Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, and one of its most exciting new sidebars is its Vr program.

In this extract from the latest issue of If, we chat to those leading the way in the new medium (including Melbourne-based Oscar Raby, whose work is being showcased at Miff) to get the lowdown on what's happening in Vr - and what's ahead.

Australian filmmaker Matthew Bate first experienced virtual reality at last year.s Sundance, where his feature documentary Sam Klemke.s Time Machine played in the festival.s New Frontier sidebar..

.I'd never experienced it before, and I remember watching a couple of Vr works and standing up and declaring,
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Mark Ruffalo Teases A Thor: Ragnarok Scene As Karl Urban Offers Hints About His Costume

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is still in its early days of production with just two weeks of principal photography completed on the Gold Coast of Australia, but the studio’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con next week should provide new details and more. In the meantime, we can speculate and envisage based on quotes from the cast and crew. Karl Urban, who will play Skurge the Executioner in Thor: Ragnarok, recently discussed his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut with IGN. The actor reassured that he’s shaving his head and bulking up for his Asgardian role, although the latter preparation may not be required. “The irony is that you won't actually see my body in this movie under the costume that I have,” he revealed, “but it's important for me to get into the zone and feel [the part].” As IGN pointed out, Karl Urban posted an image on Twitter last
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Krampus (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD)

Blu-ray Review

Krampus

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: April 26, 2016

Plot: (courtesy of Universal) An ancient demonic avenger lays siege to an unsuspecting family in Krampus, a truly terrifying, darkly comedic tale coming to Digital HD on April 12, 2016, and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Michael Dougherty (writer and director of cult horror favorite Trick ’r Treat, writer of X-Men: Apocalypse), Krampus is “a must see film” (We Got This Covered) that delivers inventively nasty laughs as it plunges viewers into a nightmarish world ruled by a legendary monster bent on total destruction, punishing those who have lost faith. Krampus on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD also comes with exclusive bonus features including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, gag reel and extended scenes.

When his
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Krampus Blu-ray Preview Unchains a Demonic Avenger | Exclusive

Krampus Blu-ray Preview Unchains a Demonic Avenger | Exclusive
After bringing Halloween legends to life in his critically-acclaimed horror anthology Trick 'r Treat, filmmaker Michael Dougherty turned his attention to the Christmas holiday with his latest thriller Krampus. In case you missed this thriller in theaters last year, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview from the Blu-ray and DVD release, before it debuts on April 26, which features star Adam Scott discussing how Michael Dougherty pitched the movie to him. We also get plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from the set, featuring other stars such as David Koechner and Emjay Anthony, along with a tour of the creature shop, where these incredible monsters come to life.

An ancient demonic avenger lays siege to an unsuspecting family in Krampus, a truly terrifying, darkly comedic tale that is currently available on Digital HD, before arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on April 26 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From
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You Better Watch Out! Krampus is Available on Blu-ray and DVD April 26th

An ancient demonic avenger lays siege to an unsuspecting family in Krampus, a truly terrifying, darkly comedic tale coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Michael Dougherty (writer and director of cult horror favorite Trick ’r Treat, writer of X-Men: Apocalypse), Krampus is “a must see film” (We Got This Covered) that delivers inventively nasty laughs as it plunges viewers into a nightmarish world ruled by a legendary monster bent on total destruction, punishing those who have lost faith. Krampus on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD also comes with exclusive bonus features including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, gag reel and extended scenes.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus
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First Photo of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have released the first photo of Scarlett Johansson as Major in their co-production live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Shooting has started in Wellington, New Zealand, and the press release came with this official synopsis:

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost In The Shell” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

I've never read the original manga series or seen the anime feature, so I'm going into this one with very little context. Hopefully director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) will focus more heavily on the story this time around; I'm still interested in seeing him put his visual skills to good use,
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