Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22nd News

Today, from oldest to newest news.

The first time appearance of legendary director Steven Spielberg was a big, big deal at the San Diego Comic Con. Despite all his top-grossing and critically acclaimed movies that fit the genre, it had never worked out. So knowing he would show up to talk about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn set the popular culture celebration all abuzz. When co-producer Peter Jackson shocked the movie-loving world and showed up Friday morning, the shock and euphoria shook the convention hall to its foundations.

Jackson, who is directing a TinTin sequel in the partnership between the two producers and directors, told audiences the decision to do the films with Spielberg was easy. “I took two or three seconds to decide to work with him,” he said.

Jackson first appeared on screen

Jackson said he has no new interests since the age of 17 and those interests still inform his decisions about what films to make.

Andy Serkis, Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and in the coming two Hobbit was on hand and was the first person in line to ask the directors a question. Disguised in sunglasses and a wig with a new accent, he wasn’t immediately recognizable.
More updates soon!

Thanks to Lissuin for the heads up! Andrew Sorcini writes: The The Adventures of Tintin panel began with something very special for the Comic-Con audience today in San Diego: a retrospective of Steven Spielberg‘s career, and the presentation of Comic-Con’s Inkpot lifetime achievement award to the respected filmmaker himself, which he receieved to a standing ovation. Spielberg discussed how even before he knew about Tintin, his films had been compared to Herge’s work for years. When preparing to develop the film, he approached Weta to ask them to show him a test of Tintin’s dog Snowball, to see if CGI would be a proper medium. He then showed that presumed test, which featured producer Peter Jackson as Capt. Haddock, with a CGI Snowy behind him, performing tricks and getting drunk from Haddock’s whiskey. More... 

Turbine announced today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Rise of Isengard™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) will launch its Beta Program on July 27, 2011. The Rise of Isengard Beta Program is Invite-only. Players across North America and Europe can pre-purchase Rise of Isengard to receive special benefits including preferred access to the Beta Program. More... 

ShireHorse writes: Richard Armitage has just been interviewed in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. Most of it is about his past career and his stuntwork in Captain America where he plays the Nazi villain, Heinz Kruger. But, in the last couple of paragraphs, he refers to his training on the set of The Hobbit for his part as Thorin. More...

Dr Dimitra Fimi and the Enterprise Team at the Cardiff School of Education write: UWIC’s online MA-level course J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context will run again in the autumn semester starting in October 2011. Enrolment is now open! More... 

2 comments:

Miss Gwenea said...

This was lots of fun to read!

P.S. You can take me off of your blog now, if you like!

alaw said...

Thanks! Okay, but before I do, I had a question. Would you like to do a guest post for this blog? I've never had a quest post before.