Peter Jackson's 'West of Memphis' Reveals New Witnesses in Long-Running Case

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Movies Movies Peter JacksonMatthew Belloni Attorneys for the West Memphis Three say they have three new witnesses, friends of Michael Hobbs, Jr., who claim Hobbs told them that "my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys." read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in "week or two"

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'The Hobbit' Producers Enlist Nielsen in Legal Fight Against 'Age of the Hobbits'

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson Movies THR, Esq. Warner Bros. pushes for a restraining order against an alleged trademark infringer by pointing to a study conducted about "Hobbit" confusion. read more. Business

Comic-Con: Visionaries Jackson, Cameron Talk Future

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By far the high point of the Con for me was EW editor Jeff Giles' interview with Peter Jackson and James Cameron. Cameron signed up Weta to do the elaborate visual effects on Avatar ; Jackson wanted to visit the set but took off to shoot The Lovely Bones just as Cameron was arriving.

Spielberg Update: Tintin and DreamWorks

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Here's new info on Spielberg and Jackson's unusual collaboration on Tintin , plus an update on DreamWorks raising their funding which basically lays out much of the same info we know--while nailing down the time table.

Time's 100 Influentials: Entertainment

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Tags: Leonardo DiCaprio Peter Jackson Tom Hanks A.R.

#SDCC: Directors Visit Comic-Con for First Time

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Cameron is participating in another Thursday panel on The Future of Filmmaking with Avatar 's VFX czar, Weta chief Peter Jackson, who is also coming for the first time--he usually beams video to Hall H from Wellywood. Comic-Con 2009 is front-loaded.

Top 25 Active Directors: Did EW Get it Right?

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Also not included are Werner Herzog, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weir or Terrence Malick. Peter Jackson. Tags: Directors List Clint Eastwood EW Jon Favreau list Peter Jackson Steven Spielberg Top 25 Active Directors

"The Hobbit" Still In Negotations

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Director Peter Jackson and the studios backing the film "The Hobbit" want tax breaks and more concessions from the government of New Zealand before they will promise not to move the project to another location. More here from the Associated

"The Hobbit" To Stay In New Zealand

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From the Hollywood Reporter: Peter Jackson has made the decision to continue filming "The Hobbit" in New Zealand. The government is anteing up some $15 million (U.S.) in rebates which may increase, depending on the film's success, and will introduce

With Tolkien settlement, Warners moves beyond New Line's old tricks

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Fans of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” can toast to the news that Peter Jackson and. By Matthew Belloni The heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien aren’t the only ones raising their goblets to celebrate Tuesday’s settlement of the “Lord of the Rings” litigation.

'The Hobbit' Tops List of 2013's Most Pirated Movies

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The first installment of Peter Jackson''s trilogy and Quentin Tarantino''s "Django Unchained" were both illegally downloaded more than 8 million times this past year. read more. The Business The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Django Unchained Piracy Business

New Zealand Government Tries To Mediate Between Producers, Talent, On "The Hobbit"

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that New Zealand's economic development minister is taking charge of the dispute between director Peter Jackson and actors and others on the production of "The Hobbit." Producer Jackson and his wife, Kate Walsh, who is co-producing

'Hobbit' Affair Still Rankles NZ Unions

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and producer/director Peter Jackson ’s Wingnut Films. Normal. false. false. false. As fans of The Hobbit scanned the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Wellington last night, some New Zealand activists are still bitter about the outcome of a failed unionization attempt in 2010, even as NZ Actors Equity is finally making progress in negotiations with the country’s producers association.

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new book - The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

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It turned out they had a while to wait, as a series of troubles delayed production for years: lawsuits, studio bankruptcy, and ejection of producer/director Peter Jackson. Director Peter Jackson vowed to “fight like hell” to keep the shoot in New Zealand. My new book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, is out on Amazon. Normal. false. false. false. in paper ( [link] amzn.to/SiHUX2) SiHUX2) and Kindle ( [link] Check it out. Here's the description: Normal. false. false.

#SDCC Interview: Cameron Talks Avatar

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During Friday's panel with Cameron and Peter Jackson, the two men discussed how resistant actors have been to such acting as Andy Serkis as Gollum. Here's my Comic-Con interview with James Cameron about how his undersea expeditions informed his return to moviemaking, Avatar.

Oscar Wraps, Links, Updates, Video

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From the footage I've seen, Peter Jackson's Lovely Bones will be a major contender.

Mortensen Open to Role in The Hobbit

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Viggo Mortensen mentioned the possibility of appearing in the Peter Jackson/Guillermo del Toro production of J.R.R.

And a straw child shall lead them: Fan Fiction as an Example of Web 2.0 Double Rip Off

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One witness was Naomi Novik , an author who started out her career writing “fan fiction” and who has now–like a Horatio Alger newsboy–risen to writing the Temeraire franchise that she said had been optioned by Peter Jackson. Recall that Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit pictures) has optioned Temeraire.

#SDCC Comic-Con Separates Top Draws Avatar and Twilight: New Moon

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And for the first time ever, New Zealander Peter Jackson is appearing at the Con in person, to introduce District 9. Last year, I remember a few diehard fanboys mocking me when I flagged Twilight as a big deal at Comic-Con.

Knowing: Proyas/Cage Thriller Will Wow Audiences

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Simon Duggan took a trip to Wellywood to get advice from Peter Jackson on how to get the most out of the digital cameras. The results should encourage other filmmakers to follow Jackson, Proyas and Steven Soderbergh's lead.

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Monsters vs. Aliens Brings 3-D Invasion

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Spielberg is collaborating with Peter Jackson on 3-D performance capture movie Tintin. One of the surprises of the year so far is how well Henry Selick’s 3-D animated gothic fairy tale Coraline lasted at the b.o.;

Produced By Conference: Are Boomers Abandoning Movies?

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At Peter Bart's panel, Who Does What?, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's TinTin will open overseas two months before it comes stateside.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog - Untitled Article

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The movie is in 3 D and comes from Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winning producer Peter Jackson. Tintin a Hit Congratulations to our client Moulinsart SA on the success of the movie version of its classic comic book series Tintin. We are pleased to have represented our client in negotiating an agreement with Dreamworks to produce this film. Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, was the number one offshore hit with a gross of $55.8

Entertainment Law Resources Blog - Untitled Article

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The movie is in 3 D and comes from Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winning producer Peter Jackson. Tintin a Hit Congratulations to our client Moulinsart SA on the success of the movie version of its classic comic book series Tintin. We are pleased to have represented our client in negotiating an agreement with Dreamworks to produce this film. Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, was the number one offshore hit with a gross of $55.8

Oscar Watch: Summer Crop Could Go All the Way

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While David Yates may not be Peter Jackson, the Brit director has kept this franchise on track through installments five and six, and brought Half-Blood Prince 's craftsmanship to an extraordinary level.

ShoWest: Strong Sony Summer Preview

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I was also not impressed by work-in-progress from producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp, District 9, which puts an alien race under quarantine in South Africa.a I flew into Vegas Wednesday morning to catch day three of the annual ShoWest exhibitors' confab.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

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The suit claims that New Line has engaged in various “bookkeeping” practices in order to avoid paying the trust and other gross revenue participants, including director Peter Jackson. The trust that manages the estate of J.R.R. Tolkein, the author of the massively popular trilogy, has not received any profits from New Line Cinema, the distributor of the three films which have grossed nearly $6 billion.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

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The suit claims that New Line has engaged in various “bookkeeping” practices in order to avoid paying the trust and other gross revenue participants, including director Peter Jackson. The trust that manages the estate of J.R.R. Tolkein, the author of the massively popular trilogy, has not received any profits from New Line Cinema, the distributor of the three films which have grossed nearly $6 billion.

HOBBIT TITLES: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY IN CONFUSION

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New Line’s film is the first in a series of three films, all shot in New Zealand by Sir Peter Jackson, produced at a reported cost of $500 million dollars, and set to be released over the next few years. Warner Brothers, New Line, and its affiliates (“Plaintiffs”) recently achieved a rare courtroom victory by obtaining a court order restraining distribution of a film they claimed unfairly competed with one of its titles.

Nowhere Boy: Weinstein Co. Pre-Buys Young Lennon Biopic

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David Glasser, president of international distribution, and Michal Steinberg, svp of business and legal affairs and acquisitions, negotiated on behalf of TWC and Peter Watson negotiated on behalf of HanWay Films. New Weinstein Co.