lord of the rings tv series map

Amazon continues to tease out hints for its highly anticipated, highly expensive Lord of the Rings TV series with an updated map of Middle-earth. But like so much Lord of the Rings lore, it only makes things more complicated.

Though this series has been cloaked in mystery since its announcement, we had accepted early reports that the series would center around young Aragorn, the noble character played by Viggo Mortensen in Peter Jackson’s film series. But the updated Lord of the Rings TV series map suggests that this series could take place long before that character was ever born.

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Amazon’s very expensive Lord of the Rings TV series is still shrouded in mystery, but social media accounts for the show went live yesterday. And today, those accounts gave us our first official…something…from the series. It’s a map! And while J.R.R. Tolkien’s books were big on maps, this map is a bit underwhelming. For one thing, it’s not interactive – you can’t click on anything. It’s just an image. For another, there are no landmarks, no location names, no indicators. Still, if you’re as hungry as a Hobbit who skipped second breakfast for some sort of material from this show, perhaps this will satiate you.  Read More »

good omens opening credits

When Neil Gaiman‘s name is attached to anything, you can expect something weird and wonderful. And it already looks like we’ll get that tenfold with the upcoming Amazon series Good Omens.

Gaiman is marking his first time as series showrunner with the adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett‘s satirical fantasy novel, but it was still a question of how much of that signature Gaiman gothic flair would make it to the series. Based on the Good Omens opening credits: plenty.

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Love Death + Robots Trailer

Netflix has plenty of animated fare for adults on the comedy side of things with shows like Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, Paradise PD and F is for Family. But they’re about to step into some seriously violent and sexy territory with Love, Death + Robots, a new anthology series from the minds of Deadpool director Tim Miller and Se7en director David Fincher. You can watch the first Love Death + Robots trailer below, but beware it’s NSFW due to blood and nudity and sheer insanity. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series update

During their summer Television Critics Association panel last year, Amazon announced JD Payne and Patrick McKay would write and run their Lord of the Rings series. Announcements from this winter’s Amazon TCA session weren’t quite as major, but we still got some updates on the streaming series.

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It’s been two years since Starz had a Television Critics Association panel for American Gods. That’s because it took two years to make the second season. In that time, original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left. The new showrunner Jesse Alexander left as well and the only producer on the season 2  panel was original author Neil Gaiman. Despite the problems behind-the-scenes, the TCA panel assured fans that everything was all good for the new season.

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“The book was better.”

Even without context, those four words almost work as a manifest truth, one I have immortalized on a lapel pin and engraved on my heart. The book, by virtue of its being a story’s inception point, the very first version of a narrative where nothing’s cut for time and no grand ideas are scuttled for budget, is almost always better than any of its adaptations. And when the SyFy network first announced they’d be adapting Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, the show felt destined to become one more example of this truism. How could SyFy, with its mediocre budget and (at the time) critically undistinguished reputation, do justice to Grossman’s dark, fantastical treatise on suffering and selfhood?

The answer: with panache.

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black leopard red wolf movie

Animal-themed epic fantasies are turning out to be Michael B. Jordan‘s projects of choice. Jordan is going from Black Panther to Black Leopard, Red Wolf with his latest feature film project, which the actor is set to produce via his Outlier Society. Based on Marlon James’ epic fantasy novel described as an “African Game of Thrones,” the Black Leopard, Red Wolf movie is the first feature under Jordan’s first-look deal with Warner Bros. that he signed last month.

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The Magicians The Bad News Bear Review

It’s three episodes into Season 4 of The Magicians, and the gang’s memories are back! Also, everyone wants to kill them. At the beginning of the hour, the immediate threat comes from evil Eliot, who wants to torture them to death (you know, for funsies). Margo, however, deftly distracts evil Eliot by setting the monster’s sights on Bacchus. While she, Eliot-Monster and Josh head off to Fillory to kill a god, however, the rest of the group still has murder problems—with Fogg’s glamouring spell lifted, the McAllisters will soon hunt them down and kill them.

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HBO has been ultra-secretive about the final season of its mega-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, so it’s not too surprising that this new batch of photos doesn’t reveal much about what Jon, Dany, Arya, Tyrion, and the rest of the gang are up to. But there may be one little hint about what’s to come that’s hiding in plain sight. Take a look at the new photos below. Read More »