Top Stories

Peter Jackson Breaking News, Photos, and Videos

'Lord of the Rings' Director Peter Jackson Pays Tribute to the Late Ian Holm, Who Play Bilbo Baggins

Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings film franchise, is paying tribute to the late Ian Holm, who passed away this week.

Holm played the role of Bilbo Baggins in the movies. He died on Friday (June 19) following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I’m feeling very sad at the passing of Sir Ian Holm. Ian was such a delightful, generous man. Quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye,” Jackson wrote in his lengthy tribute.

Peter told many stories about working with Ian, which you can read in the Facebook post below.

“Watching Ian Holm perform taught me so much – as Ian was being his usual quiet self, that just somehow happened. It was a privilege to work with him, and a blessing to know him,” Jackson said. “I’ve always loved Ian’s performance in the final scenes of Return of the King. ‘I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.’ Farewell, dear Bilbo. Safe travels, darling Ian.”

See what Ian‘s daughter-in-law wrote in her tribute.

Cate Blanchett Pitched a Secret Second 'Lord of the Rings' Role!

Cate Blanchett originally had some other plans for the Lord of the Rings series!

The 51-year-old actress, who played Galadriel in the Peter Jackson movie series, originally pitched a secret cameo role to the director, she revealed on Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cate Blanchett

“For me it was super quick,” she said of her experience filming on set.

“There’s not too many chicks in the Tolkien universe. I loved it so much and I did say to Peter and [co-producer and co-writer] Fran [Walsh], they were doing a banquet scene with a whole lot of dwarves. I always wanted to play the bearded lady, so I asked them, ‘Could I be your hairy wife woman when you pan across the banquet table of dwarves?’ Of course I couldn’t because the timing shifted. But it takes them forever. For me, Galadriel it was just three weeks,” she said.

Cate first played Galadriel in 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, and is one of the only actors to be included in every Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie.

Despite the current shutdown, Cate just boarded two new upcoming films. Find out what she’s planning to star in…

Peter Jackson Photo Gallery

Robert Sheehan & Hera Hilmar World Premiere 'Mortal Engines' in London!

Hera Hilmar strikes a pose on the red carpet while attending the world premiere of her anticipated film Mortal Engines held at the Cineworld Leicester Square on Tuesday (November 27) in London, England.

The 29-year-old actress was joined at the event by Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving and his partner Katrina Greenwood, Leila George, Colin Salmon, Jihae, Ronan Raftery and Sophie Cox.

Also in attendance was screenwriter-producer Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Philip Reeve, as well as the film’s director Christian Rivers.

Mortal Engines marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning visual effects artist Christian and it was produced by Peter and the team behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – Watch the trailer here!

robert sheehan hera hilmar world premiere mortal engines in london 01
robert sheehan hera hilmar world premiere mortal engines in london 02
robert sheehan hera hilmar world premiere mortal engines in london 03
robert sheehan hera hilmar world premiere mortal engines in london 04
robert sheehan hera hilmar world premiere mortal engines in london 05

Prince William Supports Peter Jackson at 'They Shall Not Grow Old' London Premiere!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is dapper in a suit as he hits the red carpet at the world premiere of They Shall Not Grow Old held during the 2018 BFI London Film Festival on Tuesday (October 16) in London, England.

The 36-year-old royal stepped out in support of the film’s director Peter Jackson, who walked by his side, as well as Dominic Monaghan and Edgar Wright.

William‘s appearance comes after it was revealed that his sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy – making him an uncle for the first time.

The film brings to life the reality of war on the front line during the First World War, using original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives.


‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ – Official Trailer (2018)
prince william supports peter jackson at they shall not grow old london premiere 01
prince william supports peter jackson at they shall not grow old london premiere 02
prince william supports peter jackson at they shall not grow old london premiere 03
prince william supports peter jackson at they shall not grow old london premiere 04
prince william supports peter jackson at they shall not grow old london premiere 05

Mortal Engines' Robert Sheehan Wears Sheer Shirt & Sarong to Comic Con!

Robert Sheehan poses with co-star Hera Hilmar while attending a Mortal Engines panel during New York Comic Con on Friday (October 5) at the Javits Center in New York City.

The 30-year-old actor, best for starring in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, wore a sheer shirt, a sarong, and sandals for the appearance.

Robert and Hera were joined at the event by co-stars Stephen Lang, Leila George, and Jihae, as well as screenwriter Peter Jackson.

Here is the movie’s synopsis: Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

mortal engines robert sheehan comic con 01
mortal engines robert sheehan comic con 02
mortal engines robert sheehan comic con 03
mortal engines robert sheehan comic con 04
mortal engines robert sheehan comic con 05

Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' Gets First Teaser - Watch Now!

The teaser trailer for Universal’s latest film, Mortal Engines, from producer Peter Jackson, has just debuted!

Here’s a synopsis: Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)”who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London”finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang also star in the film, in theaters December 14, 2018.

mortal engines trailer 01
mortal engines trailer 02.
mortal engines trailer 03

Peter Jackson Responds to Harvey Weinstein's Denial of 'Lord of the Rings' Casting Story

Peter Jackson has released a lengthy statement in response to Harvey Weinstein‘s denial of blacklisting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino during the Lord of the Rings casting process.

The Weinstein brothers were involved with the fantasy franchise when their studio Miramax was helping develop the films. The studio didn’t end up green-lighting the movie and the franchise moved to New Line, where the final decisions were made.

Harvey‘s rep claims that he had no input on casting as “all casting was done by New Line.”

Peter says that during his initial conversations with Weinstein, he brought up Ashley and Mira as possibly casting choices and he was told to “steer clear” of them “because they claimed to have had ‘bad experiences’ with these particular actresses in the past.”

“This type of comment is not unusual – it can happen with any studio on any film, when different actor’s names come up in conversation – but once you hear negative feedback about somebody, you don’t forget it,” Peter said in his statement to Deadline. He added, “The movies changed hands from Miramax to New Line before casting actually got underway – but because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we’d been told the truth, Fran [Walsh] and I did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations.”

Click inside to read the full statement… More Here! »