It’s beginning to look a lot like Middle Earth, everywhere you go. Off in New Zealand, Peter Jackson and crew are back at it filming two films based on The Hobbit. On June 28, the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions are finally coming to Blu-ray and, in anticipation of that, each of those films are coming back to a theater near you for one night only. But that’s not all. Beginning this Fall, each one of the films – in celebration of their ten year anniversary – will be touring with a full, live orchestral accompaniment of Howard Shore‘s award-winning scores.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Live In Concert premiered in New York in 2009 and, this October, will come to the West Coast for several stops. The event is a feature length, digital presentation of the film on a 60 foot screen while the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and the Phoenix Boys Choir perform the score live. Next year, and the year after that, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will get similar treatments. After the jump, find out if this event is coming to an arena near you. Read More »

Before June 28, when your Blu-ray player can finally take the long route to Mordor, the entire extended edition of Peter Jackson‘s Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy returns to the big screen. AMC, which has been playing a lot of classic films in anticipation of big Blu-ray releases, will show the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King on consecutive weeks in June, opening on the 14th, 21st and 28th respectively. Read more after the break. Read More »

Fans rejoiced when it was announced that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy would be coming to Blu-ray. When we realized it was only the theatrical editions, the wind went out of those sails pretty quickly. Well it took a while but it seems that Warner Brothers and New Line are finally preparing to release Peter Jackson‘s Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-ray. Amazon has begun to take pre-orders for the set and have revealed a photo of the box art along with the full details, which seem to be almost identical to the original DVD releases. Unfortunately, Amazon only list the release date as “2011 or 2012.” and Warner Home Video “hasn’t announced their release details yet.” Still, these are on the way. Check out all the information after the break. Read More »

IMDb’s Top 25 Movies of the Decade

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A couple weeks ago we ran a listing of the best reviewed films of the decade as compiled by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. We followed that up by the top 20 films of the decade, as voted on by the users of FlickChart.

Today I decided to compile the top 25 films of the decade, as voted by the users of the Internet Movie Database. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today.

# American Film Title (year)      IMDb rating       # of Votes      # on Top 250 of all Time List

1. The Dark Knight (2008)    8.8    410,450    9
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)    8.8    329,852    11
3. City of God (2002)    8.7    148,073    16
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)    8.7    355,929    20
5. Avatar (2009)    8.6    69,101    24

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IMDB’s The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium

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The Internet Movie Database have announced The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium, looking at the 15 films made since 2000 that IMDb users have rated as the best of the new millennium. Usually people are quick to write off the IMDb user ratings as fanboy controlled, but I was surprised to four foreign and three animated films on the list, films from Darren Aronofsky and Michel Gondry, in addition to the expected trilogy and comic book heros. Check out the full list after the jump.

Discuss: Forget the order of titles, as we could argue about that for a year… Which films shouldn’t have made it, and which films should be on the list, but aren’t?

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