Slapstick and Zombies: Films That Have Inspired Peter Jackson’s Work

From mindless zombies to Buster Keaton, Peter Jackson has been inspired by them all.

The moment you mention Peter Jackson’s name, you immediately think of what? Middle Earth, the Shire, hobbits, and epic battle sequences between the courageous Fellowship and disgustingly repulsive orcs. But even though The Lord of the Rings series made Jackson one of the most successful directors in the industry, he actually got his start directing low-budget horror comedies, like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, a genre that is clearly miles away from the fantasy adventure films he’s known for today.

This departure from form and content might seem strange at first glance, but once you know which films influenced the work of the New Zealand-born filmmaker, you might get a much clearer understanding of his creative origins. Fandor shares five of these films in the video below.

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Watch Tom Petty’s classic ‘Free Fallin’ tribute by Coldplay and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck

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Tributes are flowing for American rock ‘n’ roll everyman Tom Petty, who passed away at 66 on Monday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

One notable live tribute came from Coldplay, performing to thousands at The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday.

After opening the show with a minute’s silence for Petty, Coldplay was joined by guitarist and co-founder of R.E.M. Peter Buck for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 classic “Free Fallin’,” the opening track from his solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.

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Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” (1953)

Behind the scenes photos of voice actors serving as visual reference models for Walt Disney’s 14th animated masterpiece, “Peter Pan” (1953). Kathryn Beaumont as “Wendy Darling”, Paul Collins as “John Darling”, a Mickey Mouse doll as “Michael Darling”, Heather Angel as “Mrs. Darling”, and a sack of clothes with a plunger strapped to a metal […]

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First Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi Film ‘Rememory’ Starring Peter Dinklage

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“The machine is incredible!” “Pure, unfiltered truth.” Ready to remember all of your memories? Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for an indie sci-fi film titled Rememory, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is one of a few subtle indie sci-fi films that played at the festival, along with Marjorie Prime and The Discovery. The gimmick in this is a device that can extract, record and play a person’s memories. The inventor is found dead, and his wife retreats into her home until a mysterious man shows up and begins investigating what exactly happened. Peter Dinklage stars, with Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Evelyne Brochu, Henry Ian Cusick, and the late Anton Yelchin. The film received pretty bad reviews out of Sundance, and while I am somewhat intrigued, this trailer doesn’t really grab me. ›››

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Watch /Film’s Peter Sciretta Talk About the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer at Star Wars Celebration

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By now, you’ve probably watched the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer a few times and have all kinds of thoughts and opinions. We do, too – just look for our trailer breakdown very soon! But in the meantime, /Film’s editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta was invited on the official Star Wars Celebration stage to talk about the trailer and discuss its handful of reveals and many mysteries. And yes, you can watch it below.

For the discussion, Peter was joined by Eric Vespe of Ain’t It Cool, Germain Lussier of io9, and Michelle Buchman from Nerdist. Their discussion got off to a slightly chaotic (and very amusing) start, with Finn himself, John Boyega, crashing the stage and taking over as they were analyzing the very first shot. Of course, getting interrupted by a lead actor from the Star Wars movies while at a Star Wars convention has got to be on a geek’s bucket list, right?

Naturally, Peter was able to capture the moment. We’ve included another image as well, so Peter will have definitive proof that he shared the Star Wars Celebration stage with John Boyega:

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But now, let’s turn our attention to the main event, where this quartet of geeky film bloggers watches the trailer together, pausing every so often to speculate and discuss and analyze everything that’s going on. Using the video embed below, scroll about 39 minutes from the start of the live stream to watch the whole discussion!

If you want more from today’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi shenanigans, you can read our post about everything we learned from the panel and check out Rian Johnson’s photos from the set. The film itself will hit theaters on December 15, 2016.

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Re-imagined trailer reveals Peter Parker’s dark secret, and it’ll blow your mind

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Peter Parker has a secret. No, we don’t just mean his secret identity as Spider-Man, but rather his unhealthy obsession with Gwen Stacy. In this re-imagined trailer, we explore the darker side of Parker as a creepy stalker.

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Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines Adds Stephen Lang, Jihae and Leila George

Stephen Lang is one of the additions to the Mortal Engines movie cast.

Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines adds Stephen Lang, Jihae and Leila George

Mortal Engines has just gained three new cast members. The upcoming Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh adaptation of the British series of novels has cast Stephen Lang (Avatar), South Korean singer and actress Jihae (Mars), and Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?), according to THR. They’ll join the previously-cast Robbie Sheehan (Fortitude, upcoming Geostorm) and Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, AMC’s upcoming The Terror) and Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons).

Here is the official synopsis for the film: “Mortal Engines is set in a world many thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.”

Stephen Lang’s character remains a mystery. Jihae will play Anna Fang, “a member of the violent league that fights against the mobile cities.” George will play Katherine Valentine, “the daughter of one of the most powerful men in London society and one who is trying to get his hands on a weapon of mass destruction.” Sheehan will play Natsworthy, Hilmar will play Hester Shaw, and Raftery will play Bevis Pod.

Jackson and Walsh optioned the rights from Scholastic several years ago. They’ve co-written the screenplay with collaborator Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies). The film is based on the award-winning book series from author Philip Reeve and will be directed by Christian Rivers. Rivers has worked with Jackson for over two decades as a story board artist, on visual effects and as a Splinter Unit Director on The Hobbit trilogy. He won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on King Kong, though this his directorial debut. MRC and Universal are co-financing the film. Universal will also serve as worldwide distributor.

Mortal Engines will hit theaters on December 14, 2018. Are you guys excited for the film? Let us know in the comments.

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First Members of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines Cast

First Members of Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines Cast

First members of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines cast

Robbie Sheehan (Fortitude, upcoming Geostorm) and Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, AMC’s upcoming The Terror) are the first members of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines cast, reports Variety. The trade says that Sheehan will have a lead role, while Rafferty plays a supporting one.

Production is scheduled to begin in New Zealand this spring for a theatrical release on December 14, 2018. MRC and Universal are co-financing the film. Universal will also serve as worldwide distributor.

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) are making the Mortal Engines movie, based on the award-winning book series of the same name from British author Philip Reeve. Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights from Scholastic. They have co-written the screenplay with collaborator Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies). Ken Kamins – Jackson, Walsh and Boyens’ longtime manager – brought the project to MRC.

Christian Rivers is attached to direct Mortal Engines. Christian has spent the majority of his 25-year career working closely with Jackson, beginning as a Story Board Artist, later moving into supervising visual effects and finally serving as Splinter Unit Director on The Hobbit trilogies. Christian won an Academy Award for his work on the 2005 film, King Kong (Best Achievement in Visual Effects). He also recently served as second unit director on the remake of Pete’s Dragon. Mortal Engines is his first project as director.

Zane Weiner (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit) and Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass, Goosebumps) are serving as producers, along with Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy, District 9, Jack Reacher) will executive produce. Philippa Boyens will co-produce.

Based on the first novel “Mortal Engines”, the film is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy and is the first in a planned series of films based on Philip Reeve’s novels. The series is comprised of four books: “Mortal Engines”, “Predator’s Gold”, “Infernal Devices” and “A Darkling Plain.”

Published in 2001 by Scholastic, Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” books have won several prestigious awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award and Blue Peter Book of the Year.

Mortal Engines is set in a world many thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.

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Influential Writer of ‘The Exorcist’ William Peter Blatty Has Died

The creator of one of the horror genre’s all-time great films has sadly passed away.

William Peter Blatty’s death was announced earlier this morning in a tweet sent out by The Exorcist director and frequent collaborator William Friedkin. The famed screenwriter who wrote not only the screenplay for The Exorcist, but the original novel as well, was 89 years old.

William Peter Blatty (center) with Ellyn Burstyn and Jason Miller. Credit: Rolling Stone

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Meet Your Sundance 2017 Jury: Peter Dinklage, David Lowery, and More

A group of actors, industry veterans, and filmmakers will decide who wins big at Sundance this year.

Today, the Sundance Institute announced the festival’s 2017 jury members, a diverse group that includes actors, such as Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, who also stars in Sundance 2017 premiere Rememory; industry heavyweights, such as Jacqueline Lyanga, the director of AFI Fest; and filmmakers, such as Julie Goldman, who produced last year’s Sundance award-winning Weiner.

In previous years, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Shane Carruth, Cary Fukunaga, Jonathan Nolan, and Taika Waititi served on Sundance juries.

Each jury will award one film the top prize, announced at the closing night ceremony hosted by Jessica Williams. Audiences decide which five films will receive an Audience Award.

Here are the 2017 jury members (synopses provided by the Sundance Institute):

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