Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen looks like he really enjoys being Sir Ian McKellen. During a two and a half hour one-man show in London, the legend sent electricity through the Harold Pinter Theater with his radiant joy and passion. He relished every line of dialogue he spoke, created a personable and direct dialogue with his captivated audience, and yes, he did shout, “You shall not pass!” In fact, McKellen started his traveling one-man show by reading a passage from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring and delivering that very line; so by saying things only got better from there, you can imagine how the rest of the show was a magical experience. It was an unforgettable performance witnessing pure greatness perform right in front of your very eyes.

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Lord of the Rings show

Amazon Prime Video’s uber-expensive and highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings show has found another cast member.

English actor Maxim Baldry, best known for his role on the HBO series Years and Years, is the latest to board the series, and he’ll be joining Will Poulter (Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Australian actress Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock). Read more about the new show below.
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Andy Fairhurst Lord of the Rings Prints

As we wait for Amazon to take us back to Middle-earth with a new sprawling, epic Lord of the Rings series (which may have a staggering 20 episodes in its first season), let’s look back at Peter Jackson’s film trilogy with a new set of prints from artist Andy Fairhurst. In his trademark style, the prints pay tribute to scenes from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring featuring Arwen (Liv Tyler), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), and Boromir (Sean Bean) in heroic stances. See all of the new Andy Fairhust Lord of the Rings prints and find out when you can get them below. Read More »

Stranger Things 3 NeverEnding Story Reference

Stranger Things 3 is available on Netflix now, but you probably know that since over 40 million people reportedly watched the new season over the holiday weekend. Needless to say, there are plenty of new references and homages made to beloved movies of the 1980s, especially now that it’s 1985 in the series. But there’s one reference that is bigger and more satisfying than all the others, and it involves The NeverEnding Story from 1984. However, that particular reference almost didn’t happen at all.

In order to discuss this part of Stranger Things 3, we must dive into spoilers for the final episode, so you’ve been warned! Read More »

Avengers Infinity War - Visual Effects

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, VFX artists react to and explain the digital effects used to bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life (for better or worse). Plus, Adam Savage partakes in some swordmaking with the movie magic geniuses at Weta Workshop, and The Good Omens star Jon Hamm and David Tennant answer some of the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series writers' room

The Lord of the Rings is a very well-known story, even if you’ve never read the books. But that’s not stopping Amazon from taking secrecy to the extreme. The Lord of the Rings TV series writers’ room is reportedly on heavy lockdown to avoid leaks – we’re talking security guards, fingerprint scanners, windows completely taped up, and collars that explode if anyone tries to escape. Alright, I made that last part up, but still – this seems like a bit much.

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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 »

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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In this edition, new video essay explores how Annihilation comes to terms with the concept of self-destruction. Plus, see what Lord of the Rings might look like if it was a cheesy sitcom on ABC, and listen as awards contenders Emily Blunt and Hugh Jackman interview each other for over 40 minutes. Read More »