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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 […]

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Trailer Dazzles With In-Depth Look at Legendary Band’s Final Live Performance

Fans of The Beatles were in a bit of shock on Wednesday when the trailer for Peter Jackson’s upcoming Disney+ docuseries Get Back dropped with never-before-seen footage of the legendary band. The Beatles: Get Back three-part special will showcase the Fab Four’s fascinating songwriting process, friendship and struggles. The crystal-clear restored footage was gathered from […]

Elijah Wood Claims ‘Lord of the Rings’ Orc Was Designed to Resemble Harvey Weinstein

Elijah Wood dropped by the popular Armchair Expert podcast on Monday, where he talked about his life and career dating back to his youth. And, of course, the Lord of the Rings films were a part of the conversation. Podcast co-host Dax Shepard confessed he loved the story about how the films almost did not get […]

‘Lord of the Rings’ Stars Say Peter Jackson Resisted Pressure to Kill a Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings could have been down one hobbit by the trilogy’s end. Franchise stars Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd are using their new podcast The Friendship Onion to divulge a number of behind the scenes details about the blockbuster films, which first hit theaters in 2001 with the release of The Fellowship […]

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd Talk Cut Nude Scene Gag in ‘Lord of the Rings’

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, stars of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, narrowly avoided a nude scene and a few tree branches while playing the endearing but ornery hobbits Merry and Pippin. The two actors stopped by The Late Show Tuesday night to play some trivia with host, and LOTR superfan and expert, […]

‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy Set for China Rerelease

Peter Jackson's beloved fantasy series is well known in China and could earn more on its second run than it did during its first back in the early 2000s.