Last week, I joined a handful of other journalists to visit Oxford, England, the old stomping grounds of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, who is the subject of a new biopic called Tolkien. In addition to interviewing the stars of the film, Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, I cut together a video featuring several of the locations we visited, including filming locations used in the movie and some key places where the real Tolkien studied, worked, and drank. Check it out below.
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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been working on building a new museum in Los Angeles, and it’s set to open later this year. Information on how much it will cost to gain entry hasn’t been revealed yet, but thanks to a new “transformative grant” from the George Lucas Family Foundation, all children 17 years old and younger will get in for free – forever. Read More »
Last summer, folks attending San Diego Comic-Con were lucky enough to check out a Taco Bell modeled after the futuristic, last-remaining chain restaurant from Demolition Man. This year, people in Dallas can step into the animated world of Family Guy by throwing back a Pawtucket Patriot Ale at the signature Quahog bar The Drunken Clam. The bar normally known as The Whippersnapper has given itself a bit of a makeover so that the exterior looks exactly like the animated watering hole.
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Less than an hour from Belfast, you can travel to another world.
Northern Ireland has been the home base of HBO’s Game of Thrones since its earliest days – even since the original pilot the network didn’t pick up. The mega-hit fantasy drama has already wrapped the majority of its production for the upcoming eighth and final season, but fans can still step into the fantasy world of Westeros by visiting Castle Ward, a sprawling property that doubled as Winterfell in the first season of the show.
/Film traveled to Castle Ward in early October, and I’ve cut together a video that features some highlights from the experience, including touring multiple Game of Thrones locations on the expansive grounds, practicing archery in the Winterfell archery range, meeting the direwolves, and more. Read More »
In 1985, an expedition discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland. In the years that followed, the world renewed its obsession with the story of the doomed ocean liner. Sure, James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster had a lot to do with that, but Titanic Fever went far beyond the silver screen: I remember playing computer games on my family’s PC in which I walked around the deck of the ship, ducking into the gym or exploring corridors that led to fancy dining halls. The drastic juxtaposition between the ship’s lavish opulence and the tragic horrors that befell its passengers is still enough to capture the imagination.
On a recent trip to Northern Ireland, /Film visited Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic-related attraction. Shaped like a star as a shout-out to shipping company White Star Line, the building houses a massive, multi-story museum with interactive galleries, models, recreations of cabins, and a virtual tour of the ship’s decks. I brought some camera equipment along and made a video featuring some highlights of the experience, and you can watch our Titanic Belfast video below. Read More »
Winterfell is opening its doors to the masses. Finally, we unwashed peasants can traverse the great halls of Winterfell and the dank hallways of Castle Black with the launch of Game of Thrones Legacy, a tourist experience that opens the Northern Ireland sets of Game of Thrones to tourists. The Legacy experience will launch in 2019, which gives you ample time before the final season of Game of Thrones premieres sometime in spring 2019.
But, if you can’t afford a ticket to Ireland right at this moment, there’s another Game of Thrones-related purchase you can make while biding your time for the eighth and final season: more Funko Pops, including one of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Maybe if you yell at his toy, he’ll write faster.
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Summer is coming to a close sooner than later, which means we’ll soon be seeing the return of anything and everything with pumpkin spice and Halloween decorations will be all over the seasonal aisles of your favorite stores. But it also means cool things are afoot, like elaborate corn mazes inspired by your favorite supernatural Netflix shows.
Exploration Acres, a popular destination in Northwest Indiana for pumpkin patch exploring and corn maze running, has unveiled their latest corn maze design. It’s basically a corn grown poster for Stranger Things, and it’s easily one of the coolest corn mazes we’ve ever seen. Read More »
With the rise of Instagram, the area around Los Angeles’s iconic Hollywood sign has become inundated with tourists looking to capture the perfect selfie. The increased traffic to the residential areas below the sign have caused a huge headache for people who live there, and now Warner Bros. is swooping in with a suggestion for how to lighten the load: they’re offering to build a sky tram from their Burbank-based studio lot that travels over a mile up and leads to a visitor’s center near the sign.
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Earlier this week, the folks at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour invited me and a handful of other journalists to check out the newly-revamped DC Universe Exhibit, which now includes props and costumes from last year’s superhero film Justice League. Typically, they don’t allow video to be taken inside, but they lifted those restrictions for this event and let us bring our cameras inside to take a closer look. Read More »
4DX movie theaters haven’t quite taken off in the United States yet, but that’s not stopping 4D company CJ 4DPLEX from plowing ahead with a new innovation. That innovation: 4DX with ScreenX, which turns movie watching into something akin to a wonderful dream or a terrifying nightmare. Take your pick!
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