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‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon, Warner Bros. Ready for Tolkien Battle

When Amazon debuted its highly anticipated Most Expensive TV Series Ever Made — The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power last fall — the company had to contend with a bothersome rival from Warner Bros. Discovery: the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. Warners picked a debut date for its prestige […]

Peter Jackson Wins Two Emmys for ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

Peter Jackson won his first Emmys, for directing and for outstanding documentary, for The Beatles: Get Back docuseries, which debuted last year on Disney+. “A big shout-out to the Beatles,” enthused Jackson. For best documentary, winners also included Paul McCartney, Ring Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Get Back is based on material shot […]

Everything You Need to Know About Tolkien’s Second Age to Watch ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

After nearly three years of build-up since the project’s announcement in 2020, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has officially begun its long-awaited quest. On Thursday evening, the first two episodes of the show premiered on Prime Video, to mostly positive reviews. And while audiences may recognize the familiar nostalgia evoked by […]

Peter Jackson Considered Hypnosis to Try and Forget ‘The Lord of the Rings’

There was a time when Peter Jackson wanted to forget everything about The Lord of the Rings. The filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast this week that he “seriously considered” using hypnosis to try and forget all his work on his Oscar-winning films, and for a good reason: He wanted to watch them […]

Peter Jackson Says Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Ghosted Him

Peter Jackson is weighing in on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series. The Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies reveals the studio asked him to be involved with its upcoming megabudget series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and promised to send him scripts […]

Weta FX Opens Vancouver Office Amid Global Expansion

Weta FX, the New Zealand-based visual effects house behind Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series and James Cameron’s Avatar, has opened an office in Vancouver as part of a global expansion. An initial 75 artists will fill the Vancouver facility, which opened its doors on Monday. The move follows tech firm Unity acquiring […]

Andrew Garfield’s SAG Awards Suit Was Inspired by The Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ Documentary (Exclusive)

Andrew Garfield fans have November’s GQ Men of the Year Awards to thank for helping to spawn his custom look for Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. The November event was the first time that Garfield and his stylist Warren Alfie Baker worked with Saint Laurent. “That was the blossoming of our Saint Laurent relationship,” […]

Box Office: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Concert Doc Plays to Near-Sellout Crowds

On Jan. 30, 1969, The Beatles staged their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters on London’s Savile Row. In commemoration of the iconic event, Disney and Imax on Sunday unveiled a special theatrical version of Peter Jackson’s documentary The Beatles: Get Back that played to near-sellout crowds in nearly 70 […]

Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Replace Peter Jackson With Quentin Tarantino on ‘Lord of the Rings’

Most fans of Frodo’s long journey to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings can’t imagine any other director but Peter Jackson at the helm, but Harvey Weinstein threatened to replace him, according to a new oral history of the blockbuster franchise. In a piece celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Fellowship of the Ring, The Independent […]

Disney+’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’: TV Review

Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary chronicles an intensely productive month for the band, culminating in the legendary Jan. 30, 1969, public performance that would be its last.

Peter Jackson Sells Weta Tech Assets to Unity for $1.62B

Publicly traded tech firm Unity has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital for $1.625 billion in a combination of cash and stock, the companies said Tuesday. Weta is the Wellington, New Zealand-based VFX house behind the Oscar-winning effects on Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and James Cameron’s Avatar. The […]

Adrien Brody Turned Down ‘Lord of the Rings’ — And Regretted It

Adrien Brody turned down a chance to be in Lord of the Rings, a decision he immediately regretted when he saw the Peter Jackson epic in the theater. In a recent career retrospective with GQ, the Oscar-winning actor revealed the surprising fact, as he talked about the film he did do with Jackson, 2005’s King […]