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I'm really looking foward to this movie…



from STUFF.co.nz…

Mortal Engines: Sir Peter Jackson on who
would win in a Kiwi battle of the cities


Sir Peter Jackson, Christian Rivers and Philippa Boyens weigh
in on who would win in a Kiwi battle of the traction cities.


ByKYLIE KLEIN NIXON  | 5:07PM — Monday, 19 November 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRsFc2gguEg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuL5yXsOAIA

SIR PETER JACKSON says if Wellington was a Mortal Engines-style city, it would be wind powered.

Jackson, his co-producer and writer Philippa Boyens, and director Christian Rivers are talking shop ahead of the release of the YA sci-fi fantasy movie Mortal Engines on December 6th.

Set 1,000 years in the future, the film follows the fortunes of Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) and Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmarsdottir) who uncover a terrible secret festering at the heart of London — the greatest of the giant, marauding “traction cities” that roll across the earth, hunting and stripping smaller towns in what they call “Municipal Darwinism”.

Rivers, from Whanganui, said he'd been asked once what Wellington would be like if it was a traction city. “I said, ‘Well, we constantly have earthquakes and gale force winds so it probably wouldn't too different’.”

Jackson said the Capital would “be a wind powered city, with sails”.

“Except when we got too far the wind would die out, and we'd be stuffed.”


Mortal Engines is scheduled to open in NZ cinemas on December 6th.
Mortal Engines is scheduled to open in NZ cinemas on December 6th.

The traction cities have been a big part of the visual FX laden teaser trailers for the Sir Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines.
The traction cities have been a big part of the visual FX laden teaser trailers for the Sir Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines.

While both Jackson and Rivers were initially reluctant to be drawn on who'd win in a traction city fight between Wellington and Auckland, Rivers eventually picked a side.

“That's an easy one isn't it?” Rivers said. “It'd be Whanganui.”

“Whanganui is a dark horse that no one pays any attention to that will surprise us all,” Jackson said.

Co-producer and screenwriter Boyens didn't think pitting Wellington against Auckland was a “fair fight”.

“I think Wellington would be more mobile… or maybe not, we've got a lot of bureaucracy here! Yeah, that's not a fair fight.”

“I think if we could draw upon some of those Taranaki boys, and the Horowhenua. It could be a Bottom of the North versus Top of the [North], I think it'd be a fair fight then.”


Mortal Engines' traction cities are a major part of the book series.
Mortal Engines' traction cities are a major part of the book series.

Large swathes of the production of Mortal Engines is about how the film looks, with its fantastical landscapes 1,000 years in the future.
Large swathes of the production of Mortal Engines is about how the film looks, with its fantastical landscapes 1,000 years in the future.

There aren't any Pacific cities in Mortal Engines this time round, but Jackson didn't rule out the possibility of seeing one if they get to make a sequel.

“Sydney shows up [in the books], which has got large corks bobbing around the top of it. So he [author Philip Reeves] does have a bit of fun with that. But he doesn't seemed to have stretched as far as New Zealand.”

“That's not to say that, with a bit of permission from Phillip, we couldn't sneak something in in the future.”

You can see London gobbling up the villages of Europe when Mortal Engines hits Kiwi screens on December 6th.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPZImNtoJdw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Q-wgosfKg

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Related stories…

 • Why Sir Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines is a world we've never seen before

 • New trailer: It's city-eat-city in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Mortal Engines

 • That's a wrap for Sir Peter Jackson's ‘Mortal Engines’, as film heads into post-production


https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/108700878/mortal-engines-sir-peter-jackson-on-who-would-win-in-a-kiwi-battle-of-the-cities

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from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Trump visits fire-ravaged California

He puts political fights aside to see damage in person, but not all victims welcome him.

By BEN POSTON, ANGEL JENNINGS, DOUG SMITH, ALEJANDRA EYES-VELARDE and TERESA WATANABE | Sunday, November 08, 2018

President Donald J. Trump in his second visit to California since his election, walks through a Malibu neighborhood on Saturday to assess wildfire damage. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
President Donald J. Trump in his second visit to California since his election, walks through a Malibu neighborhood on Saturday to assess wildfire damage.
 — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


A SOMBRE President Trump toured the devastation of California's deadly wildfires on Saturday, striking a chord of unity as he vowed to marshal the power of the federal government to help recovery efforts in a state he has long criticized.

Trump seemed shocked as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people and left 1,200 others unaccounted for, destroyed more than 12,700 structures and largely erased the picturesque town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

“Hopefully, this will be the last of these, because it was a really, really bad one,” Trump said. “People have to see this to really understand it. As big as they look on the tube, you don't see what’s going on until you come here.”

Trump was joined in his afternoon visit by Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom as they put aside political tensions to discuss how to join forces to help the state recover and prevent future wildfires.

The president vowed to help California “100%” and did not repeat controversial — and hotly contested — remarks he made last weekend that blamed the disasters on California's fire and forest management.

“I think everybody's seen the light,” he said. “We're all on the same page now. It's all going to work out well.”

Trump even had warm words for Brown, a political nemesis who has loudly criticized him on climate change, environmental regulations and immigration.

“I've known Jerry for a long time but I think we've gotten closer today than we've got over the last 20 years,” Trump said. “We both want to come to the right conclusion. And the right conclusion is we have to get these forest fires to stop.”

Brown, for his part, thanked Trump for putting a spotlight on the tragedies, and Newsom praised him for issuing major disaster and emergency declarations, which will provide federal funding to cover up to 75% of California's cost to remove debris, conduct emergency activities and provide transitional sheltering.

The Trump administration has also issued three grants to provide similar levels of funding to states to cover the costs of assistance to California.

On Saturday, authorities announced that eight more bodies had been found the day before in Butte County and that the number of people unaccounted for jumped from 631 to 1,276.

Authorities are continuing to comb through 911 calls, emails and other reports of missing people.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, however, that the list of the missing is dynamic and may include people who were counted twice, whose names were misspelled or who may not know they are considered missing.

Trump also met on Saturday with survivors of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks in a private meeting at Point Mugu Naval Base. A gunman opened fire at a local bar on November 7, killing 12 people before taking his own life.

Trump did not address his views on gun control, but he called the shooting a “horrible event in a great area.”

It was just his second trip as president to the nation's most populous state. He made his first visit in March to inspect border wall prototypes outside San Diego.

To survivors of the blazes, Trump's visit was welcomed, criticized, or largely ignored amid the urgent need to find shelter, arrange schooling, seek financial help and worry about pets left behind.


President Trump, second from left, is accompanied by first responders on Saturday as he tours parts of Malibu devastated by recent wildfires. He seemed shocked as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
President Trump, second from left, is accompanied by first responders on Saturday as he tours parts of Malibu devastated by recent wildfires. He seemed shocked
as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


At a disaster recovery center at the Chico Mall, hundreds of survivors of the conflagration that destroyed Paradise stood in line to replace documents and apply for federal aid.

Pam Kopping, 46, still gets the chills when she thinks about her escape: ash falling like rain, smoke so thick she could hardly see or breathe.

She and her two sons, ages 6 and 10, are fortunate to have a place to stay with an aunt in Chico, but they are scrambling to figure out whether the children's charter school will resume classes.

Those concerns weighed more heavily on her mind than Trump's visit.

“I'm so thankful to be here,” she said.

Another survivor, Pam Weaver, recalled the surreal scene on the day the Camp fire broke out: talking to her sister on the phone about last year's wildfires in Santa Rosa — then seeing embers flying everywhere outside her window.

She had to evacuate and later learned she had lost her home.

Weaver said the president's visit made her feel that her town is “not forgotten.”

“I think it's going to make the community feel like they're important,” she said.

But Sean Bandstra, 43, was one Trump supporter who was offended by the president's comments blaming California fires on mismanagement.

“That's the first thing he comes up with?” Bandstra said. “I could do without him.”

A similar scene played out in Malibu, where dozens of federal, state and local agencies set up tables inside a Los Angeles County courthouse to help residents with aid.

Carol Bretonne, 78, stood behind more than a dozen people to find help to rebuild her Malibu home.

It was the second time she'd lost everything. A 1978 blaze destroyed her house. A year later she started construction on a new one, which was charred by the Woolsey fire.

She worried about the high cost of debris removal, which her insurance doesn't cover. She was still grieving the loss of her neighborhood — and, a week later, her mother, who died of old age. The double tragedies left her unconcerned about Trump's visit.

“What is he going to do?” she asked. “He doesn't do anything.”


Trump put aside his political tensions with Governor Jerry Brown, right, and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, left, on his second trip to California since his election. “You don't see what's going on until you come here,” he said. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
Trump put aside his political tensions with Governor Jerry Brown, right, and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, left, on his second trip to California since his election.
“You don't see what's going on until you come here,” he said. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


Carrie Armstrong, 57, of Topanga Canyon, spent six days holed up in her niece's Van Nuys apartment with her cat and dog. She returned, grateful to be alive, with her home still standing.

The worry has turned to anger as she thinks about Trump visiting her home state.

“He's only visiting because he got so much flak and negative feedback” from his tweet blaming the state for the disaster, she said.

“He's still the president,” she said. “He shouldn't speak so badly about people [in crisis]. He hates California.”

Steven Cordrey, 52, stood nearby. He lost his house in the 1994 Malibu fires but said this time was worse because he has not been able to get any information about his house.

“It's 2018!” he said, his voice shaking with emotion. “This is a travesty. We have not been allowed in [his neighborhood] for nine days. We're treated like criminals when I go to checkpoints to ask.”

He believes he spotted rubble where his home once stood when Caitlyn Jenner posted a video from her hilltop home that panned across the neighborhood.

“That's how all of us found out,” he said. “Nine homes. Nine neighbors. That's not OK that's how we found out there's no neighborhood and nobody's there.”

Despite the tremendous devastation in the Malibu hills, Cordrey said on Saturday that some things remained the same: surfers catching waves, trees tinged with fall colors swaying in the wind, and the sun reflecting off the rippling ocean.

“It's very surreal,” he said. “Because where we're at, there is nothing.”

In Topanga, people streamed in and out of the post office to pick up mail as they struggled to return to normalcy.

Ryan Victor, 47, was among the thousands of area residents forced to flee their homes when the fire began nine days ago.

First on his list: Pick up the pile of mail that had accumulated since he evacuated from his Topanga home.

As he went about his errands, he said that he had become numb to Trump's rhetoric, but that this was different.

“The idiotic things that come out of his mouth doesn't register much anymore,” he said. “But I'm outraged over the hypocrisy.”

He noted the president's accusatory tweet, followed by what now seems like a show of support and compassion by visiting.

“With him, as long as he signs the check” to help with the recovery “and doesn't withhold federal funds for forest management, that's all that matters,” Victor said. Everything else is just “a lot of noise.”


Nick Schuler, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, guides Trump through a Malibu neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire. The president said he would help California “100%”. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
Nick Schuler, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, guides Trump through a Malibu neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire.
The president said he would help California “100%”. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


Jesse Gordon, 49, said he opposes many of Trump's policies and thinks his visit could be positive, but it would take more than that to make a difference.

Trump could redeem himself through action by supporting and crafting policies that protect the coast, parks and addresses climate change, he said.

“It's not about pointing the finger,” he hopes Trump learns. “It's what can we do to keep us all safe in this planet that is changing so quickly and dangerously.”

Last week, Trump upset Californians after tweeting that forest mismanagement was to blame in large part for the fires.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he tweeted. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

Representative Doug LaMalfa (Republican-Richvale), who was traveling with the president on Saturday, briefed reporters shortly before Air Force One landed in California about the significance of forest management, according to a White House pool report.

“The president wants to get something done on this,” LaMalfa said. “We need to be a lot more aggressive.”

LaMalfa dismissed criticism of the president's earlier tweet on forest management as having more to do with its timing and politics than the substance of the argument.

He said that forest management does not mean clear-cutting but rather thinning and creating buffers around populated areas.

“Without forest management, things can go wrong,” he said.

Trump continued to talk about forest management on Saturday.

“We've got to take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It's very important,” the president said.

He also alluded to Finland, saying that country focuses “on raking and cleaning. They don't have any problem, and when it is … I know everyone is looking at that.”

The reference to Finland puzzled some, because its ecosystem is so different from California's.

Trump, however, made it clear on Saturday that his embrace of California and its environmental values will only go so far.

Asked about whether his views on climate change had shifted, the president said no: “I have a strong opinion,” he said. “I want great climate.”

And the political polarization toward him is also not likely to change.

On the way to Point Dume, some utility workers held a sign on the side of the road that read: “Make America great again.”

Another cardboard sign read: “Not my President.”


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Los Angeles Times staff writers Nicole Santa Cruz in Paradise, California, and Noah Bierman in Washington contributed to this report.

• Ben Poston is a data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he worked on “Behind the Badge”, a series that detailed the flawed hiring practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He also published an investigation that found the Los Angeles Police Department routinely misclassified violent crime data. A three-time Livingston Award finalist, Poston has won several national awards, including a George Polk Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, a National Headliner Award and Sigma Delta Chi’s award for First Amendment reporting. Prior to working at the L.A. Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

• Angel Jennings is a reporter for the metro section of the Los Angeles Times. She covers issues that affect residents in South Los Angeles. Since joining the L.A. Times in 2011, Angel has written for the Business section and covered education. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Nebraska.

• Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city for the Los Angeles Times. As past database editor from 2004 through 2015, he hunted down and analyzed data for news and investigative projects. Besides “Grading the Teachers”, he contributed to investigations of construction abuse in the community college system and the rising toll of prescription drug overdoses. Smith has been at the L.A. Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times' coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to our foreign desk.

• Alejandra Reyes-Velarde started as a Metpro reporter at the Los Angeles Times in 2017. She previously wrote for the San Francisco Business Times and covered local news and crime for the Sacramento Bee. She received her bachelor's degree in communication studies from UCLA, where she worked at the student-run Daily Bruin. Originally from Duarte, California, Reyes is a native Spanish speaker.

• Teresa Watanabe covers education for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the L.A. Times in 1989, she has covered immigration, ethnic communities, religion, Pacific Rim business and served as Tokyo correspondent and bureau chief. She also covered Asia, national affairs and state government for the San Jose Mercury News and wrote editorials for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A Seattle native, she graduated from USC in journalism and in East Asian Languages and Culture.

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