Peter Jackson

This Week In Buzz

Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!

On Saturday, reports abounded of a Supermoon: a moment when the moon comes 14% closer to the Earth than average, which we’re told occurs once every 18 years. People were quick to post photos of the rare occasion, though it should be noted that a telephoto lens can make the moon look huge at any time of year. … Read More

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A Chronology of R-Rated Animals in Pop Culture

Beyond the big bad wolves of medieval folk tales, animals are mostly appropriated these days for innocent children’s entertainment. From Looney Tunes‘s Bugs Bunny to Ratatouille‘s Remy, fuzzy woodland creatures are now regularly stripped of their primal natures in the name of cuddly, moral-leveraging amusement. But David Sedaris’s Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary — essentially an R-rated answer to Aesop’s Fables — reaffirms that pop culture has had an equally engaged, if somewhat less overt, relationship with animal characters intended for mature audiences. From books to comics, movies to street art, and puppets to paintings, the following artists have created a spectrum of grown-up animal iconography that’s best kept away from young eyes. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were intrigued by a video game adaptation of The Great Gatsby but confused about what the goal would be. We agreed that whatever your problem is, it’s probably our fault for being female. We learned that, trustafarians be damned, in the 21st century, worker = hipster. We… Read More

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10 Great Films That Were Never Made

You might not believe in heaven, but you should believe in development hell. This is a place where entertainment-industry ideas go to die. Since most people are already familiar with the greatest films in movie history, we decided to look at the greatest films that, for various reasons, unfortunately didn’t survive the production phase.

Just recently, Slate published a post on the Worst Movies Never Made. While this might be a good thing, our list is a bit more of a downer if you’re a cinephile. So grab a bucket of popcorn, put your feet up, and witness what you could have been watching this weekend if it was a perfect world. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: Sam Raimi has been hired to direct Robert Downey Jr. in Disney’s Wizard of Oz 3D prequel; Downey will play the Wizard, pre-Oz. [via Deadline]
2. Perez Hilton tweeted a link to an upskirt photo of Miley Cyrus, who’s still a minor. Because it’s legally considered child pornography, he could… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois — known for her abstract sculptures — died yesterday at the age of 98. [via NYT]
2. Last night Apple shut down Lala, the streaming music service it acquired back in December, replacing it with nothing. [via MediaMemo]
3. Check out the trailer for This… Read More

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The Lovely Bones Can’t Suck, Can It?

A few months back we pored over the trailer for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lovely Bones. The film, which stars fifteen-year-old Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon (the murdered main character who narrates the story from heaven), Stanley Tucci as the local pervert/murderer, and Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon as her parents and grandmother, looked promising. It was going to be scored by Brian… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Bob Dylan responds to the critics’ takes on his holiday album, Christmas in the Heart. [via TwentyFourBit]
2. Steven Spielberg‘s Tintin is done filming, but it will take two years for the computer animation to be completed, says producer Peter Jackson. [via BBC]
3. What does the work of Claude… Read More

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Quote of the Day: Harry Potter Renounces Wizard Lifestyle

Daniel Radcliffe — now at work on films seven and eight in the Potter franchise — tells the LA Times he will not be involved with Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit movie.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. House Majority Leader Tom Delay will be on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. [via Mediaite]
2. New Yorker critic David Denby says Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is too silly to be enjoyed, even as a joke. [via The Daily Beast]
3. Peter Jackson-produced District 9 topped the… Read More

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