June 25, 2019

Thunderbirds TV Series re-make underway

Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop is teaming up Richard Taylor and ITV to re-invent the classic 1960's TV series - Thunderbirds. ITV Studios, is pairing with Weta and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures to make Thunderbirds are Go! due for launch in 2015. The 26-part show is a re-incarnation of … [Read more...]

Peter Jackson announces Orlando Bloom to star in Hobbit films

Sir Peter Jackson has announced this morning that Orlando Bloom will be joining the cast of the Hobbit movies to reprise his role of the elf Legolas from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson said "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas." "I'm … [Read more...]

Protest against ‘Wellywood’ sign gathers momentum

Protesters outraged Wellington Airport's plan to erect a giant 'Wellywood' sign are promising to "blockade" Wellington Airport tonight. The 30 metre long, 8 metre high sign that mimic's the 'Hollywood' sign in Los Angeles is due to be erected in June on a hillside next to Wellington … [Read more...]

Hobbit filming finally underway in NZ

Martin Freeman's career defining role as Bilbo Baggins is finally underway with the filming of the two Hobbit movies commencing in New Zealand. After months of delays including funding issues, actors union action and health scares for director Peter Jackson, the two Lord of the Rings prequels are … [Read more...]

Blog: The Hobbit saga is about money not unions

The saga of the making of The Hobbit movies has dragged on longer than it takes to read the book. Now we have Prime Minister John Key emerging from crisis talks with Warner Brothers executives over the filming of The Hobbit, saying the jury is still out. He couldn't resist having a dig at the … [Read more...]

Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit movies

Warner Brothers have announced that Martin Freeman, star of The Office and the Hitchikers guide to the Galaxy will play the part of Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Lord of the Rings pre-quel The Hobbit. Sir Peter Jackson said that "Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, … [Read more...]

Warner Bros confirms Hobbit may move from NZ

Warner Bros has confirmed it is considering moving location shoots away from New Zealand for The Hobbit movies. In a statement issued on Friday morning, the Hollywood studio said the actions of unions had caused it substantial disruption and damage and forced it to consider other options. … [Read more...]