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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Star Thomasin McKenzie on Why Watching ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Heathers’ Prepared Her for Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire [Interview]

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Star Thomasin McKenzie on Why Watching ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Heathers’ Prepared Her for Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire [Interview]
There is so much more we’re going to learn about New Zealand-born actress Thomasin McKenzie in the coming years. With each new role, we see her abilities tested and our expectations exceeded. After a small role in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when she was barely even a teenager, she continued working […]

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Peter Jackson Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Nabs Limited China Release

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Peter Jackson Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Nabs Limited China Release
The Peter Jackson produced and directed World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” will hit Chinese theaters on November 11. Though it will roll out nationwide, it will do so via the China’s National Arthouse Alliance, which has limited screens.

The 2018 documentary puts together interviews with WWI veterans and more than 100-year-old archival footage from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, restored via colorization and other production techniques to make it appear much more real to modern viewers.

The film premiered at the London Film Festival and was more broadly released by Warner Brothers earlier in February this year. It was nominated for a Best Documentary BAFTA Award, but was deemed ineligible for submission to the Oscar race for best documentary because it missed a filing deadline.

Peter Jackson is a big name in China, where all of his “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” movies have seen theatrical releases,
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New poster for Driven starring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer and Corey Stoll

With a little over two weeks to go until the release of Driven, a poster has arrived online for the 80s-set biographical black comedy crime thriller featuring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, and Corey Stoll; check it out here…

See Also: Lee Pace is John DeLorean in trailer for comedic crime thriller Driven

A fast-paced, comedic crime thriller of a bromance gone wrong between John DeLorean, played by Lee Pace, and Jim Hoffman, played by Jason Sudeikis.

Set in early 1980s California, the story follows the meteoric rise of the golden boy of the automotive industry, John DeLorean (Pace) and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company, through the eyes of his friendship with charming, ex-con pilot turned FBI informant, Jim Hoffman (Sudeikis). DeLorean turned to unsavory activities to save his financially troubled DeLorean Motor Company, and it was Hoffman who was all too willing to lure the car designer/engineer
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Orlando Bloom Thinks He's Too Old to Return as Legolas in Lord of the Rings Series

Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show is off and running, and it just so happens that one Orlando Bloom is also promoting an Amazon show at the same time.  Bloom stars in Carnival Row alongside Cara Delevingne as a human detective in a fantasy show about magical creatures (Delevingne plays a faerie) struggling to coexist with humans, so he clearly hasn't lost interest in the world of fantasy storytelling since he last played Legolas in 2014's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Naturally a reporter at the show's TV Critics Association summer tour panel asked if he'd be interested in participating in Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series, and that's when Bloom said this:...
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Lee Pace is John DeLorean in trailer for comedic crime thriller Driven

Ahead of its release next month, the first trailer has arrived online for the 80s-set biographical black comedy crime thriller Driven which stars Lee Pace as the automobile engineer and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company John DeLorean and Jason Sudeikis as FBI informant Jim Hoffman. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film features a cast that also includes Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Michael Cudlitz, and Erin Moriarty; watch it here…

A fast-paced, comedic crime thriller of a bromance gone wrong between John DeLorean, played by Lee Pace, and Jim Hoffman, played by Jason Sudeikis.

Set in early 1980s California, the story follows the meteoric rise of the golden boy of the automotive industry, John DeLorean (Pace) and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company, through the eyes of his friendship with charming, ex-con pilot turned FBI informant, Jim Hoffman (Sudeikis). DeLorean turned to unsavory activities to save his financially troubled DeLorean Motor Company,
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Peter Jackson Turned Down ‘Aquaman,’ Next Film Won’t Happen For Another ‘Year or Two’

Peter Jackson Turned Down ‘Aquaman,’ Next Film Won’t Happen For Another ‘Year or Two’
It’s been almost five years since Peter Jackson last directed a narrative feature, and it looks like fans will have to keep waiting for the filmmaker to make a return to fictional stories. Speaking to Empire magazine, Jackson said he doesn’t see himself getting started on another narrative film for at least another year or two years.

Jackson has spent the last years since his final “Hobbit” movie working on documentaries such as the World War I non-fiction feature “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The movie, which was a box office hit with nearly $20 million worldwide, found Jackson colorizing and restoring old World War I footage. The film was presented in 3D and featured narration from real war veterans. Jackson is sticking with documentaries for the foreseeable future, having already announced he’s working on an untitled project about The Beatles.

The director also revealed to Empire that
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My Lover, My Lazy Boy Offers a Front Row Seat in 2019: A Preview

My Lover, My Lazy Boy is an upcoming horror comedy. From the twisted mind of director Bernie Rao (The Badlands), this film envisions a serial-killing armchair. A movie clip was released for the film a year ago. Currently, director Rao is completing production on the film, which is slated to show in film markets later this year. This is a New Zealand production. And, My Lover, My Lazy Boy stars: Jed Brophy (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Harley Neville (I Survived a Zombie Holocaust), Grant Kereama, Piimio Mei and many others. An unofficial trailer, for the film, is available here - along with a few other details. The official plot mentions a Dybbuk-possessed reclining chair. This chair becomes infatuated with its new owner (no seriously?!). Now, this recliner will do whatever it takes, including murder, to have her. Not even a Jewish Rabbi, nor a Voodoo sorceress can help.
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The 8 Best Gifts for ‘Lord of the Rings’ Fans

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It’s been 15 years since the last “Lord of the Rings” film was released, and four years since “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” premiered, yet the franchise remains a cultural touchstone. J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe of high fantasy adventure and epic battles continues to resonate with pop culture fans both young and old, while inspiring the imagination like nothing else. Whether you’re a big “Lotr” fan or have one in your life, here are eight gifts that are as memorable as the films themselves.

1. “Lord of the Rings” Holiday Sweater

Just in time for your holiday parties, you’ll look precious in this green, “Lotr”-themed “ugly” Christmas sweater. The cozy, nostalgic design includes memorable motifs from the film, including elvish inscriptions, the Eye of Sauron, and “Filthy Hobbitses” text on the sleeves. Purchase: $54.95 from WBShop.com.

2. Funko Pop! “Lotr” Characters

There’s a reason why Funko Pop!
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Peter Jackson Talks Transition From ‘Hobbit’ Movies to World War I Documentary

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Peter Jackson Talks Transition From ‘Hobbit’ Movies to World War I Documentary
Peter Jackson remains a bit astounded at his transition four years ago from the Shire of Middle Earth to the French battlefields of World War I.

Jackson introduced his documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” Friday night at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood, four weeks after it aired on Armistice Day on the BBC. He explained that the project originated in 2014 at the London premiere of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

“The people at the imperial War Museum asked me if I could do a movie for the centennial of the Armistice and four years seemed like a long time — easy,” he recalled. “They wanted me to use their footage and use it in a fresh and original way.”

Jackson and his collaborators at WingNut Films spent several months pondering how to proceed and decided that they would use the voices of the actual British soldiers.
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Listen To The Music That’s Reportedly Being Used In The Avenger 4 Trailer

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently said that the Avengers 4 trailer will definitely drop before the end of the year. Like many of you, I’m hungry for even the smallest peek at what’s coming next Spring and the glimpses at costumes in promotional material and Lego sets just aren’t cutting it like they used to.

With rumors mounting that the trailer will release at some point during November though (which makes sense as that’s when the Infinity War trailer dropped last year), the user ‘Trailer Music’ on Russian social media site vk.com claims that they have a couple of bits of information as to what it’ll contain. First’s a confirmation that Marvel Studios are targeting a November release. Second’s that the title is, as has been mentioned for a couple of weeks now, Avengers: Annihilation. And last but not least is that
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Lord Of The Rings: 20 Weirdest Things About Legolas' Body

Orlando Bloom is certainly one of the reasons why Legolas made such a big splash in The Lord of the Rings movies. After all, author J. R. R. Tolkien limited his time on the character in his books, even though he was undeniably an important part of the Fellowship.

Legolas has appeared in more movies set in Middle-earth than almost any other Lord of the Rings character, with the notable exception of Gandalf. Even Gollum has been in fewer movies, and, after all, he's pretty well one of the most famous of Tolkien's characters. That's a big accomplishment for a character who only had a couple lines in Fellowship of the Ring. Therefore, it's difficult not to give Bloom's movie performances a great deal of the credit.

Although some could argue that Legolas' inclusion in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Disney's Ant-Man and the Wasp Arrives on Blu-Ray & Digital This October

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One of the funnest movies of the summer, Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp becomes one of the funnest Blu-Rays of the Fall! More within...

Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp had the lofty task of being the first Marvel film to release after Marvel's Avengers Infinity War. While the Ant-Man sequel doesn't follow the events of Infinity War, fans flocked to theaters to see if maybe, just maybe, there would be some reference to Thanos and the Infinity Stones. Now, Marvel fans that didn't get the chance to experience the hilarious, thrilling Ant-Man and the Wasp or did and want see it again can own it when Ant-Man and the Wasp releases on Digital HD and 4K Uhd on October 2, 2018! If you're more of the physical collector, the Blu-ray is set to release on October 16, 2018!

Whatever your viewing preference, Ant-Man and the Wasp will feature a slew of extra scenes
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Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen Have ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion (Photo)

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Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen Have ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion (Photo)
Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and their “The Hobbit” co-star Adam Brown had a mini “Lord of the Rings” reunion on Monday.

“A dwarf, a wizard, and an elf walk into a bar…,” Bloom wrote in a caption under the photo, which featured the three men smiling into the camera and was posted on Instagram.

Bloom played the elf Legolas in the “Lotr” trilogy, while McKellen played the wizard Gandalf the Grey. They both also reprised their roles in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” in which they starred alongside Brown’s Ori.

Peter Jackson directed the fantasy series, based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The first film was released in 2001, with the two sequels coming out in
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Stephen Merchant joins Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Stephen Merchant has become the latest addition to the cast of Jojo Rabbit, the World War II satire from Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.

Merchant announced his casting on Instagram, with a photo of him in costume as his character, Gestapo agent Captain Deertz.

See Also: Taika Waititi is Adolf Hitler in first image from Jojo Rabbit

Merchant joins a cast that includes Waititi alongside Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Infinity War), Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Roman Griffin.

See Also: Taika Waititi says Jojo Rabbit “is going to piss off a lot of racists”

In Jojo Rabbit, writer director Taika Waititi, brings his signature style of humor and pathos to a World War II satire. The story follows an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin) raised by
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Taika Waititi is Adolf Hitler in first image from Jojo Rabbit

After kicking off production last week, 20th Century Fox has now released the very first image from What We Do In the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi’s next film Jojo Rabbit, which sees young German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) having dinner with his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Waititi).

See Also: Taika Waititi says Jojo Rabbit “is going to piss off a lot of racists”

In Jojo Rabbit, writer director Taika Waititi, brings his signature style of humor and pathos to a World War II satire. The story follows an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin) raised by a single mother (Scarlett Johansson), and whose only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi). His naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) who upends his world views, forcing him to face his biggest fears.
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Taika Waititi says Jojo Rabbit “is going to piss off a lot of racists”

20th Century Fox has announced that principal photography is now underway on Jojo Rabbit, the new film from writer director Taika Waititi.

“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire,” said Waititi. “We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy.”

“Taika is a master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story, all while allowing us to laugh,” added Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “We could not be more thrilled to join him in the remarkable journey of Jojo Rabbit.”

Featuring alongside Waititi in the cast of Jojo Rabbit are Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Infinity War), Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Thomasin McKenzie (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and newcomer Roman Griffin Davis.
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How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?

How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?
Though a film's success isn't based solely on how much money it pulls in, box-office numbers are still crucial to determining what type of movies make it to the big screen. It's no surprise that family-friendly blockbusters, hero flicks, and animated movies bring in the most dough, but some of the films that cracked the list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all time just may surprise you. Take a look for yourself!

Avatar (2009): $2.7 billion Titanic (1997): $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2 billion Jurassic World (2015): $1.6 billion Avengers: Infinity War (2018) $1.6 billion Marvel's The Avengers (2012): $1.5 billion Furious 7 (2015): $1.5 billion Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1.4 billion Black Panther (2018): $1.3 billion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011): $1.3 billion Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.3 billion Frozen (2013): $1.2 billion Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 billion The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.2 billion
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Peter Jackson Deciding Between DC Movie or Lord of the Rings Show?

Peter Jackson Deciding Between DC Movie or Lord of the Rings Show?
Is Peter Jackson considering taking on a DC movie for Warner Bros.? A new rumor certainly suggests that to be the case. If this rumor has any truth to it, it appears as though Jackson is currently weighing whether or not to join Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series, or if he's going to step into the world of DC. In either case, there are a lot of things to consider.

We must caution that this information is coming from a fan site, so it should be regarded as rumor for the time being. That said, TheOneRing.net claims that Peter Jackson and his crew are weighing two options; a return to Middle Earth in the recently announced Lord of the Rings TV show or a trip to the Dceu. Beyond that, there are precious few details, but either option would represent a major project for Jackson.
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Luke Back in Anger: The Best of Luke Evans so far…

Pity poor Luke Evans at the premiere of Clash of The Titans (2010). As Apollo, half brother of Perseus, Evans had scored himself a major part in a huge Hollywood blockbuster. Ten years treading the boards in the West End building up a reputation as a charismatic leading man with rich Welsh baritone were about to pay off.

Imagine the crushing disappointment on the night to find out that all his scenes, bar one had been cut – several scenes of Evans dressed like a Quality Street toffee are available to watch on YouTube. To make matters worse, he had to stay and watch the rest of the film, a tortuous prospect for anyone.

For a while that seemed to be the story of Luke Evans’s life: close but no cigar. He scored parts in big movies with high expectations that went nowhere (Immortals) and franchises that foundered on the first attempt (Robin Hood,
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Mpse Golden Reel winners: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘Dunkirk’ in key category

All five of Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 18). Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent — Sound Editing (Effects and Foley)– to “Blade Runner 2049.” The WWII epic did win for music over the sci-fi film.

Both films lost the dialogue & Adr race to “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which was snubbed by the sound branch of the academy. The other three Oscar nominees were shut out at the Golden Reel ceremony. “Baby Driver and “The Shape of Water” contended in those same three races while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was only nominated for its sound editing.

The 65th annual edition of these awards took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal was feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow received the Filmmaker Award.
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