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May. 2, 2008by:
There were some recent rumors of creative tension on Peter Jackson's adaptation of THE LOVELY BONES. Historically, this sort of thing has been a behind-the-scenes mainstay in Hollywood and beyond, but now every detail of a film's production tends to be blown out of proportion and delivered to the world at the speed of broadband.

It also often ends up not being a big deal, but is there actually something to it, in this instance? All I know for certain is that Paramount has informed us that the movie has now been pushed back from its intended release early next year to the vague "Fall 2009". The movie is based on the bestselling novel by Alice Sebold and revolves around a murdered teenage girl telling her story from Heaven.

You'll recall that the project has already seen some shakeup -- Ryan Gosling was replaced by Mark Wahlberg just days before filming started due to the obligatory "creative differences".

Extra Tidbit: I'd be more inclined to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt if it weren't for his grotesquely self-indulgent KING KONG...
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6:29PM on 05/05/2008

Lovely Bones

Turns out, the movie was never scheduled for March 13 at all, there has not been a delay or "rift," and a fall 2009 launch was always the plan. DreamWorks chief Stacey Snider cleared up the issue by telling ComingSoon.net, "It was a very smooth shoot with no dissent, and all heaven sequences requiring sets or Art Dept involvement were completed on schedule in March. The only shooting remaining involves blue-screen VFX elements, which will be shot in June."
Turns out, the movie was never scheduled for March 13 at all, there has not been a delay or "rift," and a fall 2009 launch was always the plan. DreamWorks chief Stacey Snider cleared up the issue by telling ComingSoon.net, "It was a very smooth shoot with no dissent, and all heaven sequences requiring sets or Art Dept involvement were completed on schedule in March. The only shooting remaining involves blue-screen VFX elements, which will be shot in June."
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4:10AM on 05/05/2008

KING KONG

KING KONG was a great movie. It was a movie about a monkey and a woman falling in love and you get caught up in it because Peter Jackson knows how to tell a great story. Sure it could have been shorter but what are you gonna do?
KING KONG was a great movie. It was a movie about a monkey and a woman falling in love and you get caught up in it because Peter Jackson knows how to tell a great story. Sure it could have been shorter but what are you gonna do?
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10:18PM on 05/04/2008
I liked Kong, but parts were undoubtedly self-indulgent. If you removed the horribly fake-looking dinosaur stampede scene, and the mind-numbingly tiresome "Enough Already" bug-attack scene where Andy Serkis gets eaten - just removed both scenes entirely - the flick would've been much better.
I liked Kong, but parts were undoubtedly self-indulgent. If you removed the horribly fake-looking dinosaur stampede scene, and the mind-numbingly tiresome "Enough Already" bug-attack scene where Andy Serkis gets eaten - just removed both scenes entirely - the flick would've been much better.
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10:46AM on 05/04/2008

wrong

King Kong was a breathtaking work of art. It was pure movie magic. Jackson is the definitive filmmaker of our generation. Yes, his films can get a little melodramatic at times, but no one can disagree the LOTR films are amoung the best ever made, and Kong was an effects-epic masterpiece.
King Kong was a breathtaking work of art. It was pure movie magic. Jackson is the definitive filmmaker of our generation. Yes, his films can get a little melodramatic at times, but no one can disagree the LOTR films are amoung the best ever made, and Kong was an effects-epic masterpiece.
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11:19PM on 05/03/2008

As others have said, "Ouch"

I'm not going to disagree w/you completely, but although "Kong" was still a damn fine movie. Granted he cut have cut out the whole voyage to the island & more people would have liked it. It's called developing character, and Kong vs. the Dino's is still one of the coolest things ever seen on the Big Screen!
I'm not going to disagree w/you completely, but although "Kong" was still a damn fine movie. Granted he cut have cut out the whole voyage to the island & more people would have liked it. It's called developing character, and Kong vs. the Dino's is still one of the coolest things ever seen on the Big Screen!
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6:57PM on 05/03/2008

agree with Fury159

that was definitely a cheap shot on King Kong. The only part that I didn't like was the last-second rescue by Bruce Banner when the other characters were in the bottom of the canyon being attacked by bugs. Otherwise, it was a perfect throwback to the old style of filmmaking, and MUCH better than the original 1933 film. As for The Lovely Bones, shut up and wait. That's all I can say. Who knows? Maybe PJ wanted a later date to work on Post-Prod, or just to procure that oh-so-envied fall
that was definitely a cheap shot on King Kong. The only part that I didn't like was the last-second rescue by Bruce Banner when the other characters were in the bottom of the canyon being attacked by bugs. Otherwise, it was a perfect throwback to the old style of filmmaking, and MUCH better than the original 1933 film. As for The Lovely Bones, shut up and wait. That's all I can say. Who knows? Maybe PJ wanted a later date to work on Post-Prod, or just to procure that oh-so-envied fall awards consideration release?
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10:33AM on 05/03/2008

Cheap Shot

Cheap shot on Kong! Granted, it could have been a two hour film, but you're saying your talent wouldn't have gone to your head a little bit if you had just reaped the benefits of successfully pulling off the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
Cheap shot on Kong! Granted, it could have been a two hour film, but you're saying your talent wouldn't have gone to your head a little bit if you had just reaped the benefits of successfully pulling off the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
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9:32AM on 05/03/2008

Not a bad thing at all

Personally, I think Fall makes WAY more sense for TLB than March. Having read the book, this strikes me more as a fall release (with some awards potential). Plus, a fall release would prevent from being sandwiched between two potential March blockbusters (Watchmen and Monsters vs Aliens). Jackson probably also wanted more time for post-production.

BTW, Ryan Gosling, as far as I understand, asked to be replaced. He did not think he could be convincing as the father Jack Salmon (who's in his
Personally, I think Fall makes WAY more sense for TLB than March. Having read the book, this strikes me more as a fall release (with some awards potential). Plus, a fall release would prevent from being sandwiched between two potential March blockbusters (Watchmen and Monsters vs Aliens). Jackson probably also wanted more time for post-production.

BTW, Ryan Gosling, as far as I understand, asked to be replaced. He did not think he could be convincing as the father Jack Salmon (who's in his mid-to-late 30s; Gosling's only 28) and elected to drop out. If PJ was so hard to work with, why does the LOTR cast enjoy working with him so much?
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6:48AM on 05/03/2008
"Grotesquely self-indulgent?" What the F*CK is THAT supposed to mean?!?!
"Grotesquely self-indulgent?" What the F*CK is THAT supposed to mean?!?!
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2:48AM on 05/03/2008
Excuse me but I have to take issue with that. There were problems with King Kong, don't get me wrong. But as a work of popcorn entertainment in this era it's hard to be be beat. With Lord of the Rings, Jackson established his series as THE film saga of our generation, but with Kong i felt that he stepped up and established himself as THE blockbuster filmmaker of our generation even despite the film's flaws. I for one can't wait to see The Lovely Bones, and hope that it confirms what i've
Excuse me but I have to take issue with that. There were problems with King Kong, don't get me wrong. But as a work of popcorn entertainment in this era it's hard to be be beat. With Lord of the Rings, Jackson established his series as THE film saga of our generation, but with Kong i felt that he stepped up and established himself as THE blockbuster filmmaker of our generation even despite the film's flaws. I for one can't wait to see The Lovely Bones, and hope that it confirms what i've suspected, that Peter Jackson is one of the defining filmmakers of our time.
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1:29AM on 05/03/2008

hm

APzombie speaks the truth, King Kong's actors serve the special effects when it should be the opposite. However, Jackson is a master of special effects and he does it so well, you don't notice or care about this fact, which is why I did like King Kong.

The brilliance in Peter's special effects are that he bring humanity to them. Gollum and Kong both were extremely real and emotional, felt sympathy for both of them, not easy to do.

But armed with just a strict drama, less emphasis on
APzombie speaks the truth, King Kong's actors serve the special effects when it should be the opposite. However, Jackson is a master of special effects and he does it so well, you don't notice or care about this fact, which is why I did like King Kong.

The brilliance in Peter's special effects are that he bring humanity to them. Gollum and Kong both were extremely real and emotional, felt sympathy for both of them, not easy to do.

But armed with just a strict drama, less emphasis on effects, I'm intrigued to see what Jackson will do. I hate to be a nay-sayer but I have this itching feeling that this movie will fail to perform and will disappoint a lot of people causing Jackson to hide away for a while and retrace his steps. I say this because the "tensions" aren't good signs and because this is seemingly out of Jackson's "comfort zone" which in some ways is good. Then again, hearing about the tensions on the Departed set, I thought that movie would be a disaster and it turned out the opposite, so who knows. But this is just my prediction. I hope I'm wrong.
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1:27AM on 05/03/2008

I don't understand "creative difference"

I liked King Kong. I thought that it greatly improved on the original film, so I am not going to knock Jackson. What I don't get is this "creative difference" bullshit that happens. Only the directors vision matters. If an actor does not like that then don't sign up to do the fucking movie. They are paid so much money and do nothing but bitch. They get the script ahead of time and often sit down with the director, so what do they have to complain about. Nothing. Basically, if you are an
I liked King Kong. I thought that it greatly improved on the original film, so I am not going to knock Jackson. What I don't get is this "creative difference" bullshit that happens. Only the directors vision matters. If an actor does not like that then don't sign up to do the fucking movie. They are paid so much money and do nothing but bitch. They get the script ahead of time and often sit down with the director, so what do they have to complain about. Nothing. Basically, if you are an actor and do not like the directors vision for a film, taking a fucking hike or shut your damn mouth.
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12:42AM on 05/03/2008
I was in complete awe when I saw King Kong and completely loved it. As for the Lovely Bones..I read the book and I think Jackson can do something great with this, hope everything eventually works out.
I was in complete awe when I saw King Kong and completely loved it. As for the Lovely Bones..I read the book and I think Jackson can do something great with this, hope everything eventually works out.
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12:16AM on 05/03/2008
King Kong is very self indulgent and incredibly overrated. the characters support the effects, when it should be the other way around.
King Kong is very self indulgent and incredibly overrated. the characters support the effects, when it should be the other way around.
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10:40PM on 05/02/2008
I didn't like King Kong, however, I think this news is really good. Maybe now it'll have some award consideration. What the hell were they thinking releasing it early in the year anyway?
I didn't like King Kong, however, I think this news is really good. Maybe now it'll have some award consideration. What the hell were they thinking releasing it early in the year anyway?
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10:40PM on 05/02/2008

Alot

of people liked King Kong
of people liked King Kong
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10:29PM on 05/02/2008
I liked King Kong.
I liked King Kong.
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10:18PM on 05/02/2008
I really liked King Kong.
I really liked King Kong.
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10:05PM on 05/02/2008
I kind of liked King Kong.
I kind of liked King Kong.
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