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Monday 26 December 2011
A fan barely moves the warm, soupy air inside the packed pub back room. It’s the sort of place where Ian Dury played with his band Kilburn and the High Roads in the early 1970s, one leg ravaged by polio, his Essex guttersnipe wit and intransigent attitude influencing a watching Johnny Rotten. But it was his next band the Blockheads who provided the jazz-funk, pub-rock engine which powered his greatest work, often co-written with Chaz Jankel.
Thursday 15 December 2011
Can Peter Jackson's Weta studios allow anyone to play a gorilla? David Phelan dons a motion-capture suit to try to ape CGI superstar Andy Serkis
Thursday 15 December 2011
David Phelan dons a motion-capture suit to try to ape CGI superstar Andy Serkis
Friday 09 December 2011
"Are you sure you're not rushing?" James Franco's Will is reasonably asked.
Saturday 13 August 2011
When a reviewer writes of an animal themed film that the chimpanzee/rabbit/St Bernard gives a better performance than the lead actor, it's generally meant as a poor reflection on the human star. In the case of this week's biggest release, it's a measure of the brilliance of the beast.
Monday 20 June 2011
The former 'Lost' actress has signed on to play a new character, Tauriel, but director Sir Peter Jackson refused to give any further details about the woodland elf.
Friday 28 January 2011
Budget blow-outs, an industrial dispute, even a race row have threatened to derail the latest JRR Tolkien blockbuster, The Hobbit. To that list can now be added a perforated ulcer, courtesy of director Sir Peter Jackson, who was taken to hospital in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, on Wednesday.
Sunday 12 December 2010
Tuesday 30 November 2010
Just 5ft tall and a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Naz Humphreys believed she would make a perfect hobbit. So when the chance of a bit-part in Peter Jackson's new film project came up, she seized it. What she did not expect was to be told she was not white enough.
Saturday 06 November 2010
Yesterday's Arts & Books section carried an interview with the Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who resigned from the Hobbit project some months ago when it looked as if the money men would never give the films the green light.
Friday 05 November 2010
Friday 29 October 2010
Thursday 28 October 2010
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was honoured by the UK movie industry last night as he was awarded a British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Thousands of New Zealanders took to the country's streets yesterday to protest against possible plans to move production of Peter Jackson's hobbit movies overseas.
Tuesday 19 October 2010
An influx of familiar faces into Middle Earth is expected after the announcement that filming of The Hobbit will finally begin next February, bringing to an end years of delays.
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