Much to the chagrin of fantasy fans, Middle Earth is not a real location. While you can visit certain areas of New Zealand where shooting locations from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have been turned into tourist attractions, it’s just not the same, and a lot of fans can’t afford to fly over there.
But what if Middle Earth, or part of it, could be realized in the United Kingdom? That’s what a group of J.R.R. Tolkien fans and architects is hoping to do with a new croundfunded project that hopes to build a lifesize Minas Tirith replica somewhere in the south of England. Read More »
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If you’re a frequent reader of SlashFilm, you know that we love LEGO, and we love even more when the building block toy gets blended with our favorite films. Whether it’s an official Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set or a custom Jurassic Park visitor center, we like seeing the building blocks come together to make things from the movies we love.
Therefore, our interest is piqued by the forthcoming video game LEGO Dimensions, a new collectible figure video game which combines the likes of Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Batman (and other DC Comics heroes), The LEGO Movie, Ninjago and even The Wizard of Oz.
And now a new trailer has arrived online, showing the story behind how all these different franchises came to be mixed up with each other. But the real highlight is seeing Batman fight another Batman. Watch the LEGO Dimensions trailer after the jump! Read More »
Just because Germain Lussier is no longer part of the SlashFilm crew doesn’t mean we’ve lost interest in awesome artwork inspired by film and television. In fact, one of our favorite artists has an awesome new art show coming up inspired by some of your favorite movie locations.
Tim Doyle is unveiling a new show called UnReal Estate at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, California on July 2nd. And in case you haven’t guessed from the show’s name, it will feature artwork inspired by some of the most famous locations from the big screen. Doyle has previously focused on TV locations for this kind of show, but this time he’s focusing on cinema.
Check out some of the UnReal Estate art show pieces after the jump! Read More »
Nowadays, with the advent of realistic visual effects, most big movie sets are actually just digital extensions of much smaller practical sets and locations. However, in the earliest days of cinema, some of the biggest epics actually had to physically create massive sets. And if you’ve ever wondered just how big some of the most massive sets in cinema’s history have been, we have an infographic that takes a look at some of the biggest movie sets that we’ve ever seen on the big screen. Check out the list below! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Peter Jackson has now spent six films and most of the past 15 years in Middle-earth, but he’s still not ruling out another return. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director says he’d “probably” be up for another journey into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.
If you’ve been entranced by his Hobbit trilogy, this is great news. If, on the other hand, you’re more inclined to agree with the weary Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you’re probably groaning at the news.
In any case, Jackson isn’t planning his return trip just yet. First, he plans to spend some time making films about the parts of New Zealand that haven’t been turned into hobbit holes. Read Jackson’s comments on more Tolkien movies, and watch the Smaug Honest Trailer, after the jump. Read More »
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Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.
The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.
Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.
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One of the best movie-related April Fools gags I can remember was from a few years ago: ThinkGeek’s Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. It was a gross, hilarious idea that got so much attention, Lucasfilm actually allowed the company to make and sell the product.
This year, ThinkGeek is back with another batch of inspired movie related items that you’ll either really want because they’re so clever, or laugh at because they’re so mean. Items such as the Batman Family Car Decal above. Check out more below. Read More »
Brand new Lord of the Rings Mondo posters have immortalized one of the best moments in the series and a few of the most memorable characters. Comic book artist, and Mondo virgin, Paolo Rivera has put his spin on the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the simultaneous trek of the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King while Mike Sutfin, who previously did a poster for Blade 2, has put the evil Nazgul front and center.
Both posters go on sale Thursday January 24 and you can see them after the jump Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s the kind of topic that keeps geeks arguing late into the night: Which is more badass, Westeros or Middle-earth? Would Jaime Lannister win in a duel against Aragorn? Are Wargs scarier than direwolves? Could Gimli take on the Mountain?
Sadly, the odds of us ever finding out for certain are slim to none, since there’s unlikely to be a crossover special anytime soon. But as the creator of Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire for you book nerds) and a longtime fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin seems as well equipped as anyone to offer some answers. Hit the jump to find out what he had to say.
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