Strong showings for "Eighth Grade" and "You Were Never Really Here" highlight the Independent Spirit Award nominations                Review: Round-Up: "At Eternity's Gate", "The Clovehitch Killer", "Jonathan", and "The Last Race"                "Green Book" is a crowd pleaser of the highest order and a definite Oscar contender                Steve McQueen and a phenomenal ensemble cast help make "Widows" look effortless                "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" offers something for every type of Coen Brothers fan                Updated Academy Award predictions for early November                Review Round-Up: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch", "El Angel" "The Long Dumb Road", and "Outlaw King"                Taking a look at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders                "The Front Runner" is a terrific and timely film for right around Election Day                Hollywood Film Awards Marked the Launch of Awards Season                Taking a first crack at Golden Globe predictions                “The Favourite” and “The Front Runner”: Films to see in November                Awkwafina to Host 22nd Hollywood Film Awards                Review Round-Up: "Bodied", "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms", and "The Other Side of the Wind"                Rosamund Pike is a force to be reckoned with in "A Private War"        

Tag Archives: Cinema of New Zealand

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – shamefully bloated

I don’t know if seeing The Hobbit part 1 of 3 in the much-discussed 48 frames-per-second diminished the viewing experience, but it certainly didn’t help. Since it’s the way Peter Jackson intended the film to be seen, it very much counts when judging the overall motion picture. It’s[...]

Melanie Lynskey shines in emotional Sundance hit “Hello, I Must Be Going” – AWARDS

Hollywoodnews.com: Tweet about Melanie Lynskey, and the actress might respond. I took to the social media tool shortly after screening Todd Louiso’s Sundance hit “Hello, I Must Be Going” to comment on Lynskey’s heartwrenching, multi-faceted performance. Not that I was surprised. She consistently has delivered engrossing turns in welcome dramas[...]

Peter Jackson posts fifth “Hobbit” production diary

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Can we pencil Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” into next year’s Oscar race? I know, I know. We’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. But the charge of nostalgic electricity that jolted through our systems last week when Jackson unveiled his first official trailer for “The Hobbit –[...]

Peter Jackson posts the latest “Hobbit” video

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson has posted a new production video for “The Hobbit” on his Facebook page, which has become THE source for “Hobbit” information as the “Lord of the Rings” director puts together a pair of fantasy epics. You can access the video here. We’re also posting it[...]

“Hunger Games” trilogy now going to be four films

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Since when did one book need two movie adaptations? Did the trend start with “The Deathly Hallows” being divided into two parts? Then there’s Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” for example. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote several novels, but only one “Hobbit.” Yet because studios know fans are willing to[...]

Peter Jackson reveals “Hobbit” titles, begins answering fan questions

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson’s two “Hobbit” films now have official subtitles, as well as release dates. The Oscar-winning director said his first “Hobbit” adventure will be called “An Unexpected Journey,” while its sequel will be titled “There and Back Again.” In addition, Jackson revealed that the release dates for[...]

Peter Jackson makes “Hobbit” casting news on Facebook

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Following the sudden departure of Robert Kazinski from the set of “The Hobbit, it became clear that Peter Jackson would need to find a dwarf Fili. Turns out, that’s not the only casting news coming from Jackson’s camp. Using Facebook to make the announcement, Jackson revealed that[...]

“Hobbit” cast gathers for media, but Peter Jackson still recuperating

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson assembled his “Hobbit” cast together and presented them to the media today in Wellington, New Zealand … the first official gathering ahead of this extremely anticipated two-part blockbuster adaptation. Oddly enough, the only one missing from the gathering was Jackson, who said in a statement that[...]

Peter Jackson released from New Zealand hospital

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson has been discharged from a New Zealand hospital following surgery for a perforated ulcer. Jackson’s “Hobbit” publicist, Melissa Booth, confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that the director “wanted to express his grateful thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at Wellington Hospital for their expert[...]

Peter Jackson recuperating, but ‘Hobbit’ still delayed

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson reportedly is on the mend following surgery for a perforated ulcer. The Oscar-winning director of the “Lord of the Rings” franchise is recovering in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he was admitted with acute stomach pains, according to the New Zealand Herald. A Wellington Hospital spokeswoman[...]
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