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Author Archives: Melanie McMinn

An expat American, Melanie lives in the magical land of Middle Earth or, as the Muggles would put it, New Zealand. She writes about green, sustainable living at the Frugal Kiwi. Follow her on Twitter at @frugalkiwi

Peter Capaldi Cast as New ‘Doctor Who’

Peter Capaldi

Oscar award winning Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the 12th Doctor Who. At 55 years old, he's the same age as William Hartnell when he originated the role in 1963.

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Dive Into the Melbourne Jazz Age with Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Phryne Fisher

Melanie McMinn reviews Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Acorn Media's stylish female detective series starring Essie Davis and Miriam Margolyes.

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Peter Jackson’s Early Films Show Taste for Murder, Mayhem & Gore

Peter Jackson

This week, director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theatres world-wide. But his early films show that he has a taste for murder, mayhem and gore.

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Frugal Kiwi Visits the Hobbiton Set in New Zealand

hobbiton set visit

Our favorite Frugal Kiwi, Melanie McMinn, recently visited Hobbiton, a picturesque farmland (and working sheep and beef farm) near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand.

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Giant Gollum Comes to Wellington, New Zealand

Gollum at the Wellington Airport, New Zealand

Weta Workshop, Peter Jackson's design company, has installed a suspended 42 foot long and 10 foot high Gollum sculpture in the main terminal at the Wellington, New Zealand airport. Frugal Kiwi's Melanie McMinn brings us the video.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer #2 Brings More Wonders of Gandalf, Bilbo and Middle Earth

the hobbit

The second official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out, bringing yet more wonders of Middle Earth, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins. Needless to say, we can't wait for the movie to hit theaters Dec. 14, 2012.

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Lark Rise to Candleford: A Costume Drama to Watch With Your Daughters

larkford to candleford

Looking for a gentle series with beautiful costumes, lovely settings, and most importantly, independent women? Melanie McMinn reviews Lark Rise to Candleford, a British drama that's perfect to watch with your daughters, moms, grandmas, and all the other women in your life.

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Best of British Crime TV: Cracker, Prime Suspect, The Singing Detective

helen mirren

Before the Harry Potter films, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and many others starred in beloved British crime TV shows. Melanie McMinn takes a look at three of those shows.

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Waiting for More Downton Abbey? Check Out These Five Costume Dramas


Waiting for more Downton Abbey? Melanie McMinn has five suggestions to help the time pass, including Cranford, Gosford Park, and The House of Eliott.

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Guest Post: Three Films About Life in New Zealand

Today I have a special treat for all of you – a guest post from my favorite Kiwi film fan, Melanie McMinn, who blogs at The Frugal Kiwi. She keeps me updated on Hobbit goings-on and other Kiwi-related film projects. ...

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