Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson happy to put cinemas out of business sooner

Good to see Peter Jackson looking to help break the monopoly on cinema releases…though at fifty dollars per movie I’m not sure there would be many takers.

Sir Peter Jackson has thrown his support behind a proposed service that would allow people to watch movies at home the same day they are released at the cinema.

Subscribers to Screening Room would pay $50 per new release and have 48 hours to watch the film.

The Oscar-winning director says the service is an inevitable move in the industry.

Blockbuster movies like Batman Versus Superman are big business, and opening night at the cinema is usually a good pointer to success or failure.

But what if you can’t make the movie theatre; what if you could pay to watch the film at home?   Read more »

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What is it with Labour voters and FREE stuff?

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Last week, thousands of Labour supporters helped choose a tea towel design to celebrate Labour’s centenary year. After counting up the votes, I can announce that the Homes for All design is the winner with 57% of the vote.

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If the results of the Labour-run tea towel competition are a reflection of their support base I think it is safe to say that Labour voters love FREE stuff. Their votes can be bought. Helen Clark bought votes with the interest-free student loans bribe in 2005 and now Andrew Little is trying to bribe voters with one year of FREE post-secondary school education as well as  FREE money for every single New Zealander.

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Erdogan upset he is being compared to Gollum

Turkey’s president is an Islamist fool, and has put in place over the years laws which prevent him being mocked.

The latest mocking has compared him with Gollum, and he has had a man arrested and charged for it….but Peter Jackson says Erdogan is wrong…it is Sméagol who he is being compared with.

The Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, has offered a defence for a man being prosecuted for insulting Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, by comparing him to the creature Gollum in Tolkien’s epic.

The Oscar-winning director issued a statement saying the images posted by the defendant, Bilgin Çiftçi, a Turk, which compared Erdoğan’s facial expressions to those of the film creature, were actually of Sméagol, Gollum’s benign alter ego.

Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey. Erdoğan’s reign has been characterised by intense pressure on the media and the prosecution of many local journalists, who have decried what they call the worst crackdown on the press in the republic’s history, saying the president has little tolerance for mockery or dissent.  Read more »

Oh dear, look who is at the bottom of the list

Readers Digest has released their “Most Trusted” list of Kiwis…and predictably Willie Apiata is at the top of the list.

Politicians are as trustworthy as sex workers and Willie Apiata, VC, is – again – the most trusted of all New Zealanders, according to an annual survey on the country’s most trusted people and professions.

The 10th annual New Zealand Reader’s Digest Trust Survey revealed a skew towards sports stars and emergency service workers as those whom Kiwis put the most faith in.

Mr Apiata took out the top spot as the most trusted of 100 well-known Kiwis, followed by Northland doctor and champion of Maori health care Lance O’Sullivan and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

But look who is at the bottom of the list:

99. Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur
100. Hone Harawira, Mana Party leader

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Hooton on Labour’s version of crony capitalism

Corporate shill Matthew Hooton calls out David Cunliffe for his own version of crony capitalism.

The most disappointing aspect of John Key’s government is its tendency toward crony capitalism and corporate welfare.

Most passionately debated were the tax breaks and employment law changes for the movie industry after lobbying from Sir Peter Jackson andWarner Bros.

The SkyCity deal involved the government foregoing future revenues from casino relicensing to get a Convention Centre at no immediate cost.

The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, with annual revenues of over $1 billion, was given a one-off handout of $30 million, an amount which cannot materially improve its viability.

The government tried to keep prices for broadband and landlines artificially high to subsidise Chorus.

These are the best-known examples but seldom does a week go by without Steven Joyce announcing a new handout to some chosen sector or firm.

I don’t subscribe to subsidies, but politicians love the pork.

In his first party conference speech as leader, Mr Cunliffe launched a fearsome assault on National for “tilt[ing] the playing field even further” towards its “mates.”

“[National]’s Hall of Shame,” Mr Cunliffe boomed, “involves those shabby deals with Warner Brothers, Sky City, Rio Tinto and Chorus.”

Quite accurately, Mr Cunliffe reported businesspeople telling him they wanted no part of it. “They want a level playing field that’s fair and transparent, not one set of rules for National’s mates and another for everyone else,” he said.

It was a superb issue for Labour because it unifies everyone from the anti-business far left to the New Zealand Initiative, the resurrected Business Roundtable.

Now Labour has gone and blown it.  Read more »

Do the Green party have a copyright issue?

It was to be expected really, after Russel Norman bent his knee in supplication to Kim Dotcom, but it would appear that the Green party has a massive copyright issue on their plates right now.

I’m pretty sure that neither Peter Jackson, Wingnut Films nor Warner Brothers will have given permission to the Green party to use their images political advertising.

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Leopards never change their spots

MEGA was busted with illegal copies of Eleanor Catton’s Luminaries on their servers, at the time they blamed me and a full court press all out attack ensued from Vikram Kumar and their tame reporter at the Herald. Not a shred of evidence was provided to match their allegations…despite my challenge at the time.

Now TV3 has run an investigation and they are still up to their old tricks.

A 3 News investigation has raised questions about the amount of copyrighted material available on the file-sharing website Mega.co.nz.

Numerous files on the site appear to be films, music and television programmes, including New Zealand-made content, all available to download for free.

But founder Kim Dotcom says Mega’s done nothing wrong.

First there was Megaupload. Then came the raid and the shutdown of the site. A year later Mega rose from the ashes in true Dotcom extravagance.

And now, a year on, it seems file-storing site Mega is being used like its predecessor was.

“There’s a difference between running a business that is purely for legitimate reasons and one that gives other people an opportunity to engage in illegal activity, and file-sharing sites do that,” says Copyright Council of New Zealand chairwoman Paula Browning.

Mega doesn’t allow users to search for content directly on its website but at least three other websites do. The sites can search for Mega links that have been posted online by its users, many of which appear to lead to copyrighted films, music and computer programs.

One US-based site has more than 500,000 links. Some are dead, but most tested by 3 News work.

New Zealand-produced titles, including Lorde’s music and The Hobbit films, are included in the long lists of link names available to download for free on Mega.  Read more »

Two spiels setting the narrative for the election

Fran O’Sullivan writes in the NZ Herald about the two spiels we are being fed. One from John Key and one from David Cunliffe.

The Key spiel shapes up to a “Why put it all at risk?” scenario that goes like this: National has ensured a return to strong financial management (when many other economies are still at risk) after the global financial crisis, it has held its nerve and managed partial privatisations instead of taking on more debt, the country is in good heart despite the ravages of major earthquakes; and positive growth will kick up next year.

That is a good spiel. Why would you risk a Green/Labour coalition?

Cunliffe’s spiel goes like this: there is too much inequality and National is complacent, embedded in “last-century thinking” and guilty of crony capitalism by cuddling up to SkyCity and Sir Peter Jackson.  Read more »

The film that Helen Kelly and Labour didn’t want

Keeping in mind, most of the money was spent in New Zealand, this phenomenal success was well worth some tax and employment law changes.

Making the movie trilogy The Hobbit has cost more than half a billion dollars so far, double the amount spent on the three movies in the “The Lord of the Rings” series.

That figure includes the major 266 days of filming with actors that was completed last year, although it doesn’t include an additional two months or so of “pick-up” shoots done this year. There will likely also be additional post-production costs as the next two movies are completed.   Read more »

Irrelevant? Helen Kelly thinks so

Helen Kelly thinks I am irrelevant.

Yet she took time out of her busy schedule trying to screw over Peter Jackson and other Kiwi employers to comment about a supposed irrelevant blogger.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said there had been a concerted attack on unions by Mr Slater. She said Mr Slater was “irrelevant” but was concerned about the port “putting the knife into its own staff”.  Read more »