Cool Stuff: GandALF T-Shirt

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Teefuy t-shirt of the day is designed by Sergio37. GandALF is a mash-up of Alf and the wizard Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings series. The bad news is that the t-shirt is only being sold for 24 hours, today (Saturday, January 2nd 2010) only. The good news is that the t-shirt is only $9, plus $2 shipping. Check out the full design after the jump.
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Peter Jackson Goes Blu-ray

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The only Peter Jackson title so far available on Blu-ray is King Kong, a beautifully transferred rendition of the rather underrated film that comes with both theatrical and extended versions on the one disc. Indeed, it is a nice reminder of the superiority of Blu-ray that you can watch the entire extended cut without having to switch discs half way through.

When the Lord of the Rings films hit Blu-ray on April 6th next year, however, they’re coming only in their shorter, theatrical cuts. How long until the extended cuts come? Nobody really knows, but as if rubbing salt into a wound, these short-cut BDs are going to contain a special feature plugging the imminent extended editions. More details on what else the discs will offer after the break.

Another altogether less antagonising tease for some upcoming Peter Jackson Blu-ray releases came when the director made a guest appearance on Cinemagic’s Reel Time show on the Sirius network. Simply put, he revealed that he was currently working on restoration of some of his “early films” for Blu-ray release. But which early films, Peter?

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Cool Stuff: XKCD’s Movie Narrative Charts

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XKCD has produced a series of highly detailed charts showing the character interactions in the narratives of some of the most popular films of all time, including the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (original trilogy), Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and the insanely complicated to follow indie sci-fi film Primer. Click on through to see the chart in high resolution.

The Hunt For Gollum

A couple months ago we posted a trailer for a Lord of the Rings fan film titled The Hunt For Gollum. The full 38-minute film has premiered online and is available for free. Over the weekend we were bombarded with e-mails from Ringers telling us to post about it. The story was adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows the Heir of Isildur; the “greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth” as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.

It’s amazing to think that this movie was created for only $3,000. Just goes to show you what passionate talented fans can do if they combine their efforts and donate their time. Watch the impressive short film embedded after the jump, or in High Definition on the official website thehuntforgollum.com.

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Fan Film Trailer: The Hunt For Gollum

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Lord of the Rings fan Chris Bouchard adapted the upcoming 40-minute $3,000 fan film The Hunt For Gollum from the appendices of JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. The plan is to release the full film online for free on May 3rd on thehuntforgollum.com. The story follows the Heir of Isildur; the “greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth” as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer. Check out the impressive trailer after the jump.

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VOTD: See Film Differently

Volkswagen has been a strong supporter of independent film through their sponsorship of film festivals and indie cinemas. The car company has produced a series of fun “See Film Differently” videos which feature film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies.

Toy Story is a Meditation on the Trials of Puberty and Sexuality

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Star Wars is a Remake of The Wizard of Oz

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Die Hard is About One Man’s Fight Against the Fashion Industry

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Questioning the Responsibility of Lord of the Rings

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Ghostbusters is a Warning about the Obesity Crisis in America

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Mary Poppins is the Exorcist with Songs

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Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro has OFFICIALLY signed on to direct The Hobbit and it’s sequel. The Hobbit sequel, which is currently untitled will deal with the 60-year period between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will executive produce the project which will be co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Brothers distributing domestically and MGM distributing internationally. del Toro will have to move to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and WETA on the back-to-back film projects. Del Toro won’t leave for New Zealand until later this year as he’s still doing post-production work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which will hit theaters in July. If the production begins next year, The Hobbit and it’s sequel could hit theaters in late 2011 and 2012.

I’m extremely excited to see what del Toro will be able to bring to the Lord of the Rings universe. No screenplay has been set for the epic prequel, but it is expected that the Lord of the Rigns scripting team of Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens will work on the two screenplays in collaboration with Del Toro. I hope he Guillermo given a chance to make the project his own. At the same time I am disappointed that this will cannibalize Guillermo for the next four years, as I know he has so many great films in him itching to come out.

Discuss: What do you think now that it is official that Guillermo del Toro will be directing The Hobbit?

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Like any smart 20something, I am looking to retire in the next year or so, or at least go far far away to a land where the Drudge Report and Nick Denton have no reach. A loyal Slashfilm reader in Miami named ‘Hot Turtle Sex’ directed me to the following link belonging to a Welsh family of four (two cute kids). Using the architectural technique of “earth sheltering,” they have created a cozy home literally built into the earth that shares a helluva lot of resemblance to a hobbit hole and The Shire in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

The Dale family claims to have no real knowledge of architecture and says they built the home for 3,000 pounds (about $7,000) over a three month period using, get this, a “chainsaw, hammer, chisel, little else really”; also “men, lots of heavy lifting.” I dig/relate to how the men ended up being mistaken for “yetis” near project’s end. The home is insulated with straw, has solar panels, a skylight, a spacious loft bedroom, a “compost toilet,” charming slugs and charm for days. I’m left wondering if the children were delivered by storks and if those storks deliver beer (oh wait, they brew their own).

They want to inspire others to create eco-friendly, low-impact hobbit-like homes and frown upon exposing infants to toxic modern day construction materials. Are you up to it? I’m so down. If you’re a Slashfilm reader residing in Wales, get involved directly.

More photos after the jump.

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Middle Earth Street

You know it’s a slow news day when we’re posting photos of stop signs. May-be we just don’t care about a Barbarella remake written by the Casino Royale guys. Or may-be this street sign is really that cool. You decide.

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has posted this photo of a Las Vegas street sign. Who knew that Middle Earth was in Las Vegas. In addition to the two streets photographed above, the area also has a Rivendell Ave (an Elven outpost in Middle Earth), Barrow Downs St (Hills east of the Shire), Entwood Dr. (The great Ents), and Grey Havens Ct. (Mithlond, the Grey Havens consisted of the Elven ports on the Gulf of Lune). You can check out the Lord of the Rings area of Las Vegas at this Google Maps link.