Archive for June, 2010

Update From Peter Jackson

Sunday, June 27, 2010 20:51

Harry Knowles at his website, aintitcoolnews, has a quote from Peter Jackson and a quite profound rant regarding the rumors going on about The Hobbit and other films. Asked if things have changed regarding The Hobbit project since Guillermo left, Peter replied:

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Star Wars Versus Star Trek Part 498

Saturday, June 26, 2010 18:09

I realize with The Karate Kid kicking butt at the box office it’s further proof that the 80s are back in style and all, but really… do magazines and newspapers still have nothing better to do than stories about Star Wars versus Star Trek? Apparently the Vancouver Sun thinks there’s still more to mine in this “feud”. My take is that the two things are so different, it’s really not worth comparing them.

Gen Con Celebrities

Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:21

As I’ve previously said, I’ll be a guest author at this year’s Gen Con, an annual convention that started decades ago as a Dungeons and Dragons gathering here in southeastern Wisconsin before becoming the biggest gaming convention in the world and moving to Indianapolis. (And boy has gaming exploded the last ten years. Now instead of people picturing D&D geeks rolling dice and pretending they’re Elves, when people think of Gen Con they think of a group of 15 year olds playing World of Warcraft. Of course, there are thousands of games of all different kinds at the convention.)

Gen Con has mentioned a few of the stars that will be there this year. They include Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher of Star Trek), whom I hope to corner and get some information for my upcoming book, Felicia Day (Vi of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Sandeep Parikh, Robin Thorson and Jeff Lewis from The Guild (a comedy series Day created). No Lord of the Rings stars have been announced yet, though they’ve attended in the past.

In addition, they’re going to have speed dating this year. So if you’ve ever dreamed of dating Wesley Crusher… (Well, maybe he won’t participate.)

Hollywood Reporter and Hollywood Insider Articles

Friday, June 25, 2010 18:21

The Hollywood Reporter is… well, reporting… that Peter Jackson is in talks to direct the two Hobbit films.

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Blomkamp Will Not Direct Hobbit

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 16:32 says that Neill Blomkamp will not direct the pair of ‘Hobbit’ movies, as speculated, to be produced by Peter Jackson. The online magazine cites an insider at William Morris Endeavor, Blomkamp’s agency, with the information.

Old World Wisconsin Tornado

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 20:13

Yesterday I took some friends to an outdoor museum in Eagle, Wisconsin called Old World Wisconsin, a re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by 19th century European immigrants in this area. Just hours after we left, the place was hit by a tornado. Here is helicopter footage.

Possible Hobbit Director

Saturday, June 19, 2010 6:30

Larry Curtis of says his sources are indicating Neill Blomkamp will direct the upcoming Hobbit films.

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Portuguese LOTR Poster

Friday, June 18, 2010 17:31

A while back I mentioned that Kiran Shah, who doubled all the lead hobbits in The Lord of the Rings films, praised my book The Lord of the Films. Well, I was looking at some movie posters, and guess what! Kiran was on one of them – as Frodo. Here it is:

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Documentary About the Star Trek Captains

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 17:57

A documentary, tentatively titled “The Captains”, is underway and the producer/director plans on having it ready for television next year. Oh, and that producer/director? That’s Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner. Let’s hope this project works out better than Star Trek V. (And I wonder if he’ll include Sulu and Spock in this thing as fellow Captains?)

Here’s the story

Breaking Dawn to be Two Films

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:31

Did Peter Jackson have any idea what he was was starting when he decided to split The Hobbit into two films? First, Harry Potter followed suit, splitting the last book into two films, now the Twilight Saga is getting in on the action, doing the same thing. According to reports, the last Twilight book will be two movies. The first part will arrive in theaters on November 18th, 2011 just in time for the Thanksgiving.

Truth be told, the success of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy probably has a lot to do with this phenomenon.

Here’s the article about Breaking Dawn.

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