Earlier today, The Observer wrote an article that detailed the controversy surrounding the deaths of 27 animals at a Warner Brothers-owned farm in New Zealand. The Wellington farm housed trained animals for Warner’s $500 million production of The Hobbit.
While we cast some doubt over the timeline of the events that apparently exonerated both Peter Jackson and the American Humane Association (which is the only organization allowed to issue those “No Animals Were Harmed”™ disclaimers) from investigating the deaths, PETA–which is protesting the film’s release–offered us some insight into the matter.
Yesterday afternoon, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit hit its first scandalous speed bump after the AP spoke to several animal wranglers who claimed to have witnessed the deaths of at least 28 animals housed at a Warner Brothers-owned Wellington farm that was being used as a holding pen for the film’s four-legged characters.
After the leak about the avoidable demise of horses, sheep, goats and chickens, all there is left to do is find out who will fall on their mighty Glamdring for this PR disaster.
So far, the likely candidates include:
Unless you’re Nikki Finke and/or Mike Fleming, keeping track of how the floundering MGM continues to flounder while it’s up for sale is probably low on your list of concerns. But as savvy pop culture devourers, it might be a good idea to start getting a bit riled up. In fact, the list Read More
The Lovely Bones
Running time 135 minutes
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
I’m no fan of Peter Jackson, but as much as I hated the 2005 remake of King Kong and all of those silly, Read More
We love a good round of blogosphere-led hand wringing, so the news that Vertigo Entertainment is planning a reboot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise totally tickles our fancy. Rather than include creator Joss Whedon or any of the beloved supporting characters he created for television, Vertigo is relying on Read More
After a brief misunderstanding of information, it appears that, yes, Steven Spielberg, and not his fellow producer Peter Jackson, will be directing the first installment of a planned Tintin trilogy, hitting theaters sometime in 2010.
Now at the risk of getting our geek bonafides torn to pieces by irate comic fans, and at Read More
Peter Jackson, that jumble-haired, once obese New Zealander, whose massively fantastic Lord of the Rings trilogy makes the Star Wars franchise look like a feeble little video project by comparison, is not a name that simply pops up on a real estate deed in city records. (A Queens man named Peter A. Jackson and Peter Read More
Entertainment Weekly‘s Hollywood Insider tells us that New Line and MGM have finally green-lighted Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit project. Mr. Jackson will executive produce the Lord of the Rings prequel for a 2010 release, but the studios are still searching for a director.
Production on The Hobbit will begin immediately, though no Read More
We told you yesterday that Ryan Gosling left the Peter Jackson-directed film adaptation of The Lovely Bones this weekend, but now The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a little chub might have been the reason behind those so-called "creative differences."
Peter Jackson was said to be quite surprised that Gosling Read More
Architecture blog and Curbed cousin The Gutter is back from holiday hiatus, with this observation about Christmas blockbuster King Kong:
… [T]he period set of Ye Olde Nieue Yorke that erstwhile wizard Peter Jackson assembled is lined—no: studded—with lamp posts of a retro-nostalgic type that only began to appear en masse in NYC Read More