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New Zealand Rallies for “The Hobbit”

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by ghostradioworld

The recent news that Peter Jackson’s production of The Hobbit would not be filmed in New Zealand, due to labor disputes, has the population in a tizzy.  And Kiwi supporters are planning a major nationwide rally to keep the production in their country.  Here’s a video advertising this rally:

“The Hobbit” Won’t be Shot in New Zealand!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by ghostradioworld

The latest news in the saga of getting Tolkien’s The Hobbit to screen, is a report that the production will be moved away from New Zealand.  Here’s how Peter Jackson put it:

The damage inflicted on our film industry by [the actors unions] is long since done. The move has undermined Warner Brothers confidence in the industry and they are now, quite rightly, very concerned about the security of their $500m investment. Next week Warners are coming down to New Zealand to make arrangements to move the production offshore. It appears we cannot make films in our own country even when substantial financing is available.

Many see the landscape of New Zealand as a critical part of the appeal of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  These people worry that if the film is shot elsewhere, it could lose much of its magic.

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Art: New Concept Art for PANZER 88!

Posted in Art, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Our buds at Bloody Disgusting offer some cool new pieces of concept art for Panzer 88.  This WWII creature feature is about a German tank fleeing across Russia from a mysterious entity.   The film will be directed by Peter Briggs, and produced in New Zealand with effects by Peter Jackon’s WETA Workshop.

More images after the jump.  And there’s an new interview with the director here.

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Ian McKellen Sports: Best. T-Shirt. Evah.

Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2010 by ghostradioworld

We have nothing to add.  The shirt says it all.

Well, just one thing … after the jump …

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Del Toro Off the Hobbit Movies!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by ghostradioworld

In an exclusive on The One Ring, it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro will not be directing the two planned “Hobbit” films.  Here’s Guillermo’s explanation:

In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life … After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.

Okay, but what’s the really story?  We’ll grant that devoted six years to such a project might put a crimp in Guillermo’s filmmaking output.  But these are virtually guaranteed hits.  And as talented as Guillermo is, he hasn’t had many hits.   So we feel that there’s more going on here than just the time issue.

What do you think?

And, while we’re asking question, do you think this makes it increasingly likely that these films will never be made?

Video: Ghost Cat Caught on CCTV in New Zealand

Posted in Ghosts, Video with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by ghostradioworld

Ross and Donna Sowerby who took this video claim not to believe in ghosts.  But they think the image they caught on their CCTV camera might be the ghost of a neighbor’s cat which was killed by a car some months back.

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Mountain Resort Haunted by Poltergeist!

Posted in Ghosts, Weird News with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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From Stuff.co.nz:

Mt Cook village residents are stumped but not spooked by recent supernatural experiences in the national park’s oldest mountain hut.

Mountain guides, visitor centre employees, a helicopter pilot and a cafe manager have all reported paranormal experiences in and around the old hut high up on the Hooker Glacier.

The Hooker hut was built nearly 100 years ago, is a three-hour walk from the visitor centre and sits about 1100 metres above Mt Cook village.

Department of Conservation (DOC) mountain guide Jane Morris and visitor centre assistant Monica Yeoman experienced the surreal when they spent the night of their lives in the hut last Friday.

Ms Morris said she understands their account of paranormal activity could be cause for ridicule.

However, she believes there has been a lack of investigation into the countless reports of spooky happenings in the hut.

Both of them explained the spooky happenings in and around the hut and the lack of investigation surrounding events.

The pair left the village after work and arrived at the hut around dusk on March 20. It wasn’t until they had finished dinner and hopped into their sleeping bags that things started to rattle in the night.

“We’d only been in bed for about 15 minutes when I heard footsteps on the deck outside,” Ms Morris said.

“It sounded like someone was unloading a pack.

“The noise was constant until I heard the sound of an ice axe hitting the corrugated iron.

“It certainly wasn’t an animal as the disturbance sounded organised.”

Ms Yeoman had woken by that stage and both went outside to look around only to discover nothing.

After returning to bed, it was only a matter of five minutes before both women heard what they described as the sound of pots clanging.

It was a sleepless night for both of them after that as the relentless sound of clanging and shuffling continued.

“The noises were quite purposeful,” Ms Morris said.

Both of them admitted to being “freaked out” initially but agreed the experience was intriguing once they got use to the noises.

They left the hut the following morning to continue the day hike and returned in the afternoon to retrieve some gear.

Ms Morris said she felt a presence on her return to the hut although it wasn’t menacing.

Both women said they are keen to return to the hut to discount any skepticism.

For more than 50 years, there have been numerous reports of paranormal activities at Hooker hut.

Peter Graham outlined his experience with the ghost of Hooker hut in Mick Bowie’s book The Hermitage Years. Graham was the proprietor of the Glacier Hotel at the Franz Josef Glazier for many years and his infamous tale was often told in the light of an open fire late in the evening.

The original hut was built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1948.

On its original site, it was visible from the Hermitage and was considered quite a landmark.

However, in 1963 it was moved back intact some 40 metres on to new foundations, away from ominous cracks in the crumbling moraine wall and out of sight from the Hermitage.

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