Tolkien director

During a recent trip to London, /Film sat down with Finnish director Dome Karukoski to discuss his newest film, Tolkien, a biopic of the author who created The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Karukoski had just finished making a different biopic when this project came his way, so he was resistant to it at first. But he quickly found a personal connection to the material through the parallels between Tolkien’s early life and his own.

In this interview, we spoke about how the script’s message of changing the world through art resonated with him, how he created the movie’s striking battlefield sequences, the intense fandom surrounding Tolkien and his work, how he reacted when the Tolkien estate released its statement about his movie, and more. Read More »

Tolkien review

Tolkien: it’s much better than it looks! That’s my one sentence review of Fox Searchlight’s new biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of novels like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the father of modern fantasy writing, but I’ll devote several more to explaining why it’s worth your time. Read More »

Tolkien locations

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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tolkien featurette

So much is known about the rich world of Middle-earth that author J.R.R. Tolkien created, but little popular thought is given to his life before he wrote The Lord of the Rings. That will soon change with the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic, Tolkien, which shows the early days of the legendary British author from his childhood through the publication of The Hobbit and his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. But what went into the choice of this time frame — of showing young, hot Tolkien other than an excuse to use that tagline? A new Tolkien featurette explains why the biopic covers the early years of a young J.R.R. Tolkien.

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tolkien estate

Update: Fox Searchlight has released a statement in response to the Tolkien estate not endorsing the film. Read it below.

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and his seminal work The Lord of the Rings might be soon lining up to see Nicholas Hoult play the young, hot version of him in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming biopic, Tolkien. But one group of people that won’t be in line are Tolkien’s family and the Tolkien estate, which have released a statement saying that they do not endorse the film.

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Tolkien contest

Fox Searchlight has been developing a movie based on the life of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien for six years, and Tolkien is finally coming to theaters this May. And if you’re a fan of the author and you live in the Los Angeles area, you’re in luck: we’re holding a contest and giving away five pairs of tickets to a special early screening that will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and the cast. Read on to find out details about the screening and how you can win.
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Tolkien Trailer

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and respected authors of all time. Through his creation of the fantasy world known as Middle-earth, Tolkien gave readers a series of epic adventures in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and more. As we all know, several of Tolkien’s books have become major motion pictures, but now the man himself will have his story told on the big screen.

Tolkien is a new biopic from Fox Searchlight staring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies) as the titular author. The first teaser trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be Tolkien’s own Finding Neverland, mixing the biographical elements of his life with flashes to the fantasy worlds that the author seemingly imagined himself in. Read More »

tolkien first look

Don’t knock the Lord of the Rings nerd: the seminal high fantasy series was created by a young, hot man who apparently looked a lot like Nicholas HoultThe Favourite actor stars in the upcoming biopic Tolkien as a young, good-looking J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of The Lord of the Rings series and the highly imaginative creator of the world of elves, hobbits, and dragons that have captured the minds of generations. See the Tolkien first look below. Read More »

Making of The Predator Dogs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the new hounds of the sequel The Predator were created. Plus, dive into the philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien to explore what deeper thinking lies beneath the epic fantasy adventure, and Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o sits down for a nearly 40-minute interview with Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Melissa McCarthy. Read More »

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Fall of Gondolin

Celebrated Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien has been dead for almost 45 years, but a new book with his name on it will hit shelves this August. The Fall of Gondolin is being described as the final work in Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories, but will it become fodder for Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series? Read More »