Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: LEGO has revealed images for their LEGO Dimensions expansion packs. Check out a gallery of images, after the jump now. Germain Lussier’s original story from April 9th 2015 follows:
The video game market is some competitive, everyone is always looking for something different. Disney found that when they released Disney Infinity, a game that changed as you bought miniature collectible figures that integrated with the game. Nintendo did something similar with their Amiibo figured and now Lego is getting into the mix. They just announced a new game called Lego Dimensions, which will use special Lego mini figures to create franchise busting scenarios. Among the properties that will be included are Back to the Future, Batman, The Lego Movie, Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Ninjago, and The Wizard of Oz. Watch a trailer and read more below. Read More »
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Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died of a heart attack at age 59. Lesnie was Peter Jackson’s collaborator for fifteen years, and therefore has a significant authorship of the director’s exploration of Middle-Earth, in addition to his many other achievements. The Australian Cinematographers Society released a brief statement saying “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew,” and noted that his family would make an official statement soon.
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Lost footage from Ralph Bakshi‘s animated film, The Lord of the Rings, finally expands on a scene fans know all too well from Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
Bakshi’s film, released in 1978, tells the story of two J.R.R. Tolkien books, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. In the live-action versions by Jackson, those films are linked by Gandalf’s battle with the massive Balrog in the Mines of Moria. Bakshi’s film has a version of that battle, but it’s very sparse and, frankly, pretty cheesy.
Now, after 36 years on the cutting room floor, Bakshi’s full early vision of the epic showdown has come to light via lost animation cells Check out some Lord of the Rings lost footage below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by David Chen
With the next 2.5 hour iteration of The Hobbit (see Germain’s review) now hitting theaters amidst a wave of non-stop publicity and hype, it’s easy to forget how awe-inspiring Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy was, both critically and commercially. Back in 2003, Return of the King scored a whopping 94% on Rottentomatoes, made over a billion dollars at the box office and won all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated,
This week, as I crammed myself into an outlandishly packed screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I realized that for me, and for a few other critics, these films have lost their feeling of wonder and anticipation. And I began to think: why did this happen? I try to explore this in this week’s video essay reviewing the film. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Wannabe hobbits may no longer have to journey to New Zealand to make their dreams come true. A new report indicates that Disney is close to finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. to bring a Lord of the Rings-themed attraction to Orlando.
Now, it’s been rumored for years that the Mouse House has an eye on Middle-earth. With no official confirmation from either company as of yet, this update could turn out to mere gossip as well. But it really seems like a matter of time before someone makes a Tolkien park happen, and as of now it looks like Disney is the best bet. More on this possible new attraction after the jump.
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“The ring is mine.” Frodo Baggins’ chilling line in the heart of Mount Doom at the end of The Return of the King is one the most shocking moments in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy. After three movies and over nine hours to get to this exact spot, Frodo (Elijah Wood) decides he doesn’t want to destroy The One Ring. He wants to keep it.
So what would have happened had Frodo kept the ring? Well, odds are Sauron would have just killed him and taken it for himself, turning all of Middle Earth into a world of darkness. But had Frodo decided earlier to break off from Sam and the Fellowship and keep the ring himself, he too would devolved into a terrible creature, much like the hobbit named Smeagol did oh so long ago. Before Smeagol became Gollum.
All this is leading to a photo that’s recently come online showing a make-up test Elijah Wood did while filming the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s a test for a scene that showed what would have happened to Frodo had he kept The One Ring. Check it out below. 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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Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy stripped of all its fantasy elements may not sound like a great idea, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the delightful “Broship of the Rings” yet. In her ongoing series, artist Noelle Stevenson reimagines of the iconic Fellowship as an oddball group of modern-day pals embarking on a road trip in their trusty van Shadowfax. While she never explains where they’re headed or why, she does have them encounter all sorts of cool folks and weirdos along the way.
In Stevenson’s interpretation, Legolas becomes a prep school pretty boy, Gimli a truck driver, the Rohirrim a biker gang, Merry and Pippin a couple of hipsters (“What do you mean you’ve never heard of second breakfast?”), and so on. Pretty apt, right? Check out her utterly charming artwork after the jump.
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A bunch of LEGO builders decided to recreate a sequence from The Lord of the Rings in LEGO. The idea quickly expanded into trying to recreate all of Middle Earth, spanning the three books/films. The resulting collaborative build was on display at BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling Illinois, where it won “Best Group Layout”.
The impressive creation spans from Hobbiton, to the town of Bree and the Inn of the Prancing Pony, Rivendell, the mines of Moria, Isengard and the tower of Orthanc, the Golden Hall of Edoras, the beacon towers, Helm’s Deep, the Pellinor Fields, Osgiliath, Minas Morghul, the Black Gate of Mordor, Mount Doom, and the tower of Barad-Dur.
Check out some photos after the jump.
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