This article provides a nice roundup of a bit of information that, somehow eluded me for nearly a month. Namely, that New Line and Peter Jackson are not playing nice and that one or more future movies set in Middle-earth will not involve Jackson as director. Here is the open letter from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh about there rift with Newline over the accounting on the Lord of the Rings films and how it has basically led to New Line telling Peter Jackson to fuck off, in regards to any future projects.
I for one really want the Hobbit to be made, but I would rather have it not made than done poorly. Sorry but I just don’t see Sam Raimi doing this and god forbid, Lucas should get to ruin yet another fantasy saga. Some have speculated that they may cut this story into two parts and then add an additional prequel to make for a second trilogy – a path I would love to see taken, if Jackson were at the helm. My desire would be for Jackson and Newline (and MGM) to understand that there is more than $1 billion to be made, resolve their differences, and get going on these projects while Sir Ian McKellan can still hold up his, ahem, staff.
Over 56,000 people have signed this petition to the parties involved to get their act together and get Peter Jackson on board. You can too.
If I am a little late to the party on this you can blame a lot of people but you can only blame Mark for me actually participating.
Four jobs I’ve had
- Stocked shelves and helped people feed their consumerism at the very first Target Greatland store
- Called cabs for drunkards at the long defunct Mississippi Live group of bars and clubs
- Decided the fates of small, short-term student loan applicants
- Part of a team of people, who if together today could be doing really great things, that helped two less brilliant people make fistfuls of cash
Four movies I can watch over and over
- Any movie containing at least 15% hobbits
- Blazing Saddles
- Army of Darkness
Four places I’ve lived
- A room in a house shared with a crazy, roid-rager who would throw his furniture around in the room next-door.
- A small room atop a run-down fraternity house in Minneapolis
- A large concrete co-op (where I served as president) in Dinkytown (Minneapolis)
- Mexico for 4 months, 3 weeks (cumulative)
- A town home in New Brighton (Minnesota) where I spent the first nights married to my beautiful wife and playing with my crazy puppy. (those were separate occasions)
Four TV shows I love
- Arrested Development
- The West Wing
- The Daily Show / The Colbert Report (not cheating as one is basically an extension of the other)
Four places I’ve vacationed
- Europe (Paris, Amsterdam, Bruges)
- Wisconsin Dells
- The Dominican Republic (where I proposed to Jena)
Four of my favorite dishes (soooo many things!)
- Dark chocolate truffles and milk
- Lobster scampi
- Sushi (though not sashimi)
- Authentic Mexican tacos (al pastor)
* If you ever corner me in a bar or such place have me tell you the story about Bob Sagat that Paul Provenza told the entire theater at SXSW 2005 after the preview screening.
Here’s a few bits of news and links I have been collecting the past few weeks, relating to my home state of Minnesota. Don’t ever say I don’t represent!
- Christopher Riley plays Radiohead in a piano concerto at Minnesota Orchestra Hall.
- I almost forgot. MNSpeak is a great (new?) website that pulls together a ton of news pertaining to Minnesota. Who would have thought there would be so may posts to peruse?
- The Chicago Tribune has a great article comparing downtown Minneapolis with the Mall of America. “Minneapolis has 30 live theater venues, including two that have won Tonys…The Mall has 32 shoe stores.” People who get upset by the those visitors guides to the U.S. that mention only one stop in our poor “fly-over” state, will take heart in this article.
- Because “more people live in a revitalized downtown Minneapolis today than, we’re told, live in downtown Denver, Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis combined” (quoted from ChiTrib article above) this will be needed: The Nicollet is a huge new residential building set to go up downtown Minneapolis soon. It will still be a foot or two shorter than the IDS Center. Come on!
- hourcar is up and running in the Twin Cities and with prices as low as $2.95/hour and
$0.39/mile it may just convince a few to forgo the cabs or sell their second car.
- A Prairie Home Companion is filming now so there have been several Lindsay Lohan sightings in the cities. I can’t believe this is being made into a movie! But with Robert Altman and now Paul Thomas Anderson taking the directing roles can it be less than good?
- The Minnesota Center For Photography has, what looks like, an amazing exhibit that opened this weekend called: Musicapolis: scene & seen 1965-2005 that chronicles the rich musical history of the Twin Cities from performances by the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Prince and Snoop Dogg. Here is an accompanying story from the Star Tribune
- Battleground Minnesota is “hip hop documentary musical starring Chris “Shakademic” Johnson, Glenn Scott, former Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Norm Coleman, Senator Mark Dayton, and Governor Tim Pawlenty.” If that description doesn’t get you interested, this preview will.