the lord of the rings reunion

In a time when the casts of cult TV shows and beloved movies are getting together virtually left and right, there is still only one Zoom reunion to rule them all and in the darkness bind them — or at least, provide us a small reprieve as the real world gets more distressing by the minute. Josh Gad has been uniting casts of Back to the FutureSplash, and The Goonies, with his Reunited Apart web series, but his latest one is the most epic reunion yet.

The cast of The Lord of the Rings got the Fellowship back together over Zoom to swap filming stories and show off the matching tattoos they got together. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Orlando Bloom all appeared and were soon joined by “many surprise” guests in the biggest Zoom reunion that Gad has held thus far. You can watch the entire hour-long The Lord of The Rings reunion below.

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sandman audiobook

Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series The Sandman has long been one of Hollywood’s white whales — a seemingly unadaptable series following the adventures of the physical embodiment of Dreams that the industry has tried and failed to bring to the big screen for years. But while chatter of the in-development Netflix series has (unsurprisingly) died down, The Sandman will be adapted in another medium for the first time: audiobooks. A Sandman audiobook is set to debut this July, narrated by Gaiman himself and featuring a star-studded cast led by James McAvoy, who takes on the title role of Dream.

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The Batman Details

The Batman is currently waiting to resume production after DC Comics movie starring Robert Pattinson as The Caped Crusader was put on hiatus due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. But that’s not stopping Andy Serkis, who is playing the new incarnation of Bruce Wayne’s caretaker and butler Alfred Pennyworth, from teasing what fans can expect from the new Dark Knight being crafted by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Read More »

hobbit live-stream

Andy Serkis, a guy who knows a thing or two about The Hobbit, is about to devote himself to a 12-hour live-stream for charity. Tomorrow, May 8, Serkis will live-stream himself doing a continuous reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit from start to finish, a task that is likely to take about 12 hours. And it’s bound to be more entertaining than the Hobbit trilogy movies.

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Venom Sequel

Yesterday brought the disappointing news that Venom 2 was being pushed back eight months from a theatrical release in October this year to a mid-summer release in 2021. But there was also some good news along with it as the title for the sequel was revealed to be Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Just in case you doubted that this over-the-top, on-the-nose title wasn’t real, an official Venom 2 title teaser has been released by Sony Pictures confirming that there will indeed be Carnage next summer. Read More »

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker resistance fleet

Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is wrapping up the Skywalker saga, it’s pretty much the last time for some key characters to make a significant appearance in the long-running sci-fi saga. And since it’s the end of an era in a galaxy far, far away, there are plenty of people who wanted to get in on the last chapter of the story that began all the way back in 1977.

That’s why there are plenty of cameos to behold in The Rise of Skywalker, some in the form of new characters, others being characters from previous installments of Star Wars. We’ve got a list of all the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cameos that we know of so far, but beware of major spoilers as we name them. Read More »

Andy Serkis Alfred

It looks like The Batman director Matt Reeves has found a role in the movie for one of his regular collaborators. A new report says Andy Serkis, who played Caesar in both of Reeves’s Planet of the Apes films, is now in talks to play Alfred Pennyworth, the butler for the Wayne family and the friend and father figure to Robert Pattinson’s Batman. Read More »

digital actors

As technology advances and digitally de-aged actors begin to look less shiny and more human in big blockbuster movies, it’s becoming an exciting or a disheartening time for cinema, depending on who you ask. Are fully CG characters, like the digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a touching homage to their legacies or cinematic sacrilege? Or is this just the future that Hollywood is heading toward?

Those are questions that are too tough to answer right away, but one that pioneering motion-capture performer Andy Serkis is attempting to draw more attention to. And, despite the technological innovations he himself has made as a digital actor, Serkis does think that the topic raises more “serious issues” than we may realize.

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Michelle Williams in Venom

Hot on the heels of news that Andy Serkis will be stepping behind the camera for the sequel to the surprise comic book movie hit Venom, we have word on at least one returning cast member joining Tom Hardy for another round of symbiote action.

Michelle Williams, who was a perplexing but welcome addition to the first Venom movie, has confirmed that she will be back for the sequel. Does that mean Venom 2 will end up having She-Venom come back for some more smooching with Eddie Brock? We can only hope that’s the case, if only to give the internet more weird things to think about for a little while. Read More »

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Venom Honest Trailer

Last week, the director search for Venom 2 was narrowed down to three. Andy Serkis was prematurely announced by star Tom Hardy on Instagram. Now it’s official: Andy Serkis will direct the Venom sequel. Serkis was on a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries A Christmas Carol, so reporters were able to ask Serkis about directing Venom 2.

Since Serkis just signed on to direct this week, it’s not surprising that his answers at this point are a tad vague. He did answer several questions before moving on to A Christmas Carol, so let’s dive into his visual plans, his history with Tom Hardy, and his approach to directing, as well as Serkis’ thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series.

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