Lord of the Rings 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, watch as visual effects artists react to more scenes from Lord of the Rings, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Balrog fighting Gandalf. Plus, an SAS soldier reviews the accuracy of military scenes in movies like Commando and American Sniper, and the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy reveals which questions they never want to answer again. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series cast

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series has found its new lead in Game of Thrones alum Robert Aramayo. The actor best known for playing young Ned Stark in the HBO fantasy series will lead the Lord of the Rings TV series cast, replacing Will Poulter, who exited the project due to scheduling conflicts, in the young hero role referred to as Beldor.

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Lord of the Rings 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, watch as VFX artists react to the movie magic of all three installments of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as we get closer to the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson‘s adaptation. Plus, see how glorious life is when you’re not a Star Wars fan and don’t care what anyone thinks about the movies, and listen as Michael B. Jordan takes a look back at his career so far. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series cast Ema Horvath

The Lord of the Rings TV series cast has added another name, and as is par for the course for this show, we have no idea who they’re playing. Ema Horvath is the new addition, and the actress is probably playing an orc, or an elf, or a hobbit, or something. We can only guess, because nearly every detail of this show is being locked up tighter than Fort Knox.

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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 »

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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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