Apr 29, 2015

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Peter Jackson’s statement on the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie

Posted on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page: “Being an only child, I grew up wondering what it would be like to have a brother. It wasn’t until today, in trying to deal with the terrible news of Andrew’s passing, that I came to realise how much he had become that person for me – someone I could intrinsically love and trust – which I know now means someone who is up for all the good and the bad. Andrew was an irreplaceable part of my family and I am in total disbelief that I’ll never again hear his infectious laugh, nor benefit from his quiet wisdom, or enjoy his generous praise. Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in – he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better. On set we developed an ability to work together using a minimum of words – a rare meeting of minds. I will always remember turning up, countless times, at five in the morning – all those quiet moments I had with him when I could step on to set and know he was there – unfazed, ready, listening, interested, more importantly – ready to catch me if I faltered. He always had my back. The more anxious I became, the more calm he would be. A solid rock in the unpredictable world we both chose to work in. After 17 years and 8 movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear.”

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Feb 16, 2015

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Catching up with Peter Jackson

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings director talks to THE DAILY BEAST about leaving the world of J.R.R. Tolkien behind and his next journey. He also offers this tease… “I will tell you what, you wait for the extended cut of this film. There are a few Orc killings that we actually got knocked back. Because when we submitted this to the MPAA we got an R. So what you’re seeing is the result of heavy editing to even just get the PG-13. But there will be a little bit of Orc killing to be seen in the extended cut.”

Read the entire interview here.

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Nov 26, 2014

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Peter Jackson to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Reporter posts that Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson is set to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 8. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the award on Monday. Jackson’s star set to be placed outside the Dolby Theatre, the venue for the Academy Awards.

A number of stars who have appeared in Jackson’s two Tolkien trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, will be in attendance, including Andy Serkis as guest speaker, as well as Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood.

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Jul 27, 2014

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The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest

From Peter Jackson, via his Facebook page: As a big ‘thank you’ for your amazing support over the years, all of us who have worked on The Hobbit and The Lord Rings trilogies want to give you the chance to come and see the place they were made for yourself. We invite you to enter for the chance to visit my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand and to watch the first official screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with me. You can find out more, and register for updates, at TheHobbitFanContest.com. Hope to see you here! Cheers!

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Apr 25, 2014

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News from Peter Jackson

This just in from Peter Jackson’s Facebook page…

Inside Information…

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

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Dec 21, 2013

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Production Diary 14: Scoring The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

In his final production diary of 2013, Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes for the scoring of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack is available on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Hobbit2_a and iTunes: http://smarturl.it/smaugi .

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