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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dominic monaghan star wars

Dominic Monaghan is no stranger to beloved genre franchises. He trekked across Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings franchise, he battled polar bears (and boats) in Lost, and made a minor appearance as the mutant Bolt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now he’s appearing in the biggest sci-fi franchise of all time, the highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And it’s because of a bet.

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rise of skywalker standees

It’s Triple Force Friday, which means there are all sorts of Star Wars-themed things being unleashed upon a defenseless public. From this comes the tiniest glimmers of new pieces of info from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As is usually the case for these movies, we know very little about what we’re in store for. A teaser has been released for the movie, as have several promotional images, but we still haven’t seen any glimpse of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Nor have we seen Dominic Monaghan‘s mysterious character.

Until now! Some new Rise of Skywalker standees have given us our first glimpse of these characters. Now it’s time to speculate!

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Episode 9 cast Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan is reuniting with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode 9. Monaghan is the latest addition to the Episode 9 cast, which includes other newcomers Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Monaghan’s character in the sequel remains a mystery at this time.

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Lord of the Rings Reunion Photo

This past December marked the 15th anniversary of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first chapter in one of the greatest film trilogies of all time. Since that’s not exactly a celebratory, milestone anniversary, there wasn’t much pomp and circumstance. But a little over a month later, a mini-reunion of some of the members of the fellowship has taken place.

In what appears to be an impromptu reunion, Aragon (Viggo Mortensen), Frodo (Elijah Wood), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) all got together for a meal, and they took some time to snap a few pictures of the occasion as well. Check out the Lord of the Rings reunion photo after the jump. Read More »

pet review

You know the drill, horror fans. A Creepy Stalker Type becomes obsessed with an Innocent Young Woman. He follows her, learns everything about her, and abducts her. And then the real horror begins. And you can predict the beats as they come, right on cue, one right after another.

Pet knows you know these beats. It knows that you think it’s a certain kind of movie and it lulls you into complacency. Yeah, you’ve seen this before. But you haven’t, because Pet zigs when you expect it to zag and takes a sharp left turn into a deep well of pitch black crazy when you least expect it. Pet is another grotesque “captive woman” movie, but it’s so much smarter and cleverer than your average horror flick. It blindsides you. It earns its nasty moments.

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Craig Drake Millennium Falcon metal

Some Episode VII speculation, lots of video game news and the ultimate Star Wars champion are all in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Peter Mayhew comments on potentially coming back for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • The creative director of Uncharted is in charge of the a new Star Wars video game.
  • Footage from a cancelled Darth Maul video game is now online.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is the 2014 Star Wars champion.
  • One of the latest rumors is Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan could be in Episode VII.
  • Check out a new poster for Star Wars Rebels, which may reveal new info next month.
  • Watch a blooper reel for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
  • Artist Craig Drake released three amazing new Star Wars posters, available now.

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Star Wars Episode VII Camera

Star Wars Episode VII has received two custom made Panavision cameras nicknamed “Death Star” and “Millennium Falcon.” Below, check those out as well as these additional Star Wars Bits:

  • Peter Mayhew drops of out convention appearance during Star Wars Episode VII filming.
  • Lost and Lord of the Rings alum Dominic Monaghan spoke to J.J. Abrams about Star Wars.
  • Meet Jedi Mickey Mouse during Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World.
  • Billy Dee Williams dances with Chewbacca on The Tonight Show.
  • Has J.J. Abrams officially made the move to London?

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Shakespeare Star Wars

A confirmed filming location for Star Wars Episode VII, a possible actor for the film, two new languages and even a national award. This edition of Star Wars Bits is everywhere. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VII is confirmed to shoot at Pinewood Studios. 
  • Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan hinted he might be up for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Gamers can now play as an Ewok in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has been dubbed into Navajo.
  • Ray Park would love to reprise the role of Darth Maul.
  • George Lucas is going to be given the National Medal of Arts.
  • Darth Vader is once again a spokesperson, this time for Pringles.
  • A new book has translated Star Wars into Shakespeare; see a trailer.

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Where do you stand on World of Warcraft? If you’re a fan of it, you’re in Dominic Monaghan‘s corner. If you hate it, you’re in Elijah Wood‘s corner. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about you probably aren’t the only one.

One of the signature events at Fantastic Fest every year is the Fantastic Debates. This is where various actors, writers, and general well-known movie people verbally debate over an issue, then really settle the matter with their fists in a legitimate boxing match. This year’s Fantastic Debates was presented by the documentary Knuckle and the main event featured Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League fighting the star of the film, James Quinn McDonagh. The undercard featured the two Lord of the Rings co-stars debating on the merits of World of Warcraft before slugging it out in front of a packed house.

Watch highlights from both fights and more after the jump. Read More »