lord of the rings 4k box set

Finally, the journey is at an end: The Lord of the Rings trilogy is getting a 4K box set. Uh, oh yes…there’s also going to be a Hobbit 4K box set, but it’s okay, you’re among friends here – you can admit you don’t care about that. Peter Jackson‘s epic journey through Middle-earth remains a major cinematic achievement, and fans (like me) have been wondering when we’d be blessed with 4K releases. While an official announcement from Warner Bros. has yet to arrive, links to pre-order the upcoming releases went live earlier today, and Lord of the Rings trilogy star Sean Astin confirmed the impending release as well.

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Man and Witch

A new fantasy film is in the works which aims to be a “heartwarming homage to the lo-fi fantasy films of the ’80s,” and it’s set to unite three actors who are widely known for starring in iconic 1980s movies. Tami Stronach, who played the Childlike Empress in 1984’s The NeverEnding Story, will co-star in this new movie opposite Sean Astin (1985’s The Goonies) and Christopher Lloyd (the Back to the Future trilogy).

In addition to that unlikely trio of actors, this film will also round out the ’80s homage by calling upon the Jim Henson Creature Shop to design practical puppets for a few of the movie’s characters. Get the details below. Read More »

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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the goonies reunion

Goonies never say die — at least, not on Josh Gad‘s watch. The Frozen II actor and longtime fan of the ’80s classic hosted a long-awaited The Goonies reunion, with the original cast members, including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman, joining for a special lockdown reunion.

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Rudy KFC Commercial

It’s football season again, and you might have seen Rudy being tossed around cable recently. It’s one of the most beloved sports movies of all-time, and a lot of the praise for that movie is undoubtedly inspired by the final game, where Sean Astin finally gets to bring the legacy of Rudy Ruettiger to life. It’s all to the sound of Jerry Goldsmith‘s incredible score. And now all that inspiration is being used to sell Kentucky Fried Chicken (or KFC as it needs to be called) in the goofiest way imaginable.
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The Goonies 2

The Goonies actor Sean Astin is back in the public eye with his turn as the delightfully normcore Bob Newby in Stranger Things 2, and while he was making the press rounds to promote the show, the inevitable happened: someone asked him about the possibility of The Goonies 2. But instead of shrugging it off, Astin seemed hopeful about the odds of the long-discussed sequel coming to fruition. But would it happen as a live-action movie, or something else entirely?
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Stranger Things 2 Bob

In Stranger Things 2, the latest season of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Sean Astin delivers a memorable performance as the lovably dorky Bob, boyfriend to Winona Ryder‘s character Joyce. Bob’s storyline unfolds in unexpected ways, but Stranger Things producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy recently revealed that there was a much different plan for Bob before the show began filming. Get the details below, and beware of SPOILERS.

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Stranger Things 2 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the second season Netflix’s highly anticipated Stranger Things.)

What was it that made Stranger Things season 1 such a hit? Was it the nostalgia factor, with the abundance of 1980s charm drawing viewers in? Was it the rather ingenious combination of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg-like material that tapped into an overall vibe that audiences were inherently familiar with? Both of those things likely played a part, but what truly worked best about the first season of Stranger Things was how it handled its characters. Specifically, how it created a cast of highly likable, relatable characters, cast them perfectly, and then had them work together. The chemistry was unbeatable.

Which is why Stranger Things season 2, or Stranger Things 2, as it’s officially called, seems like just an anomaly. When it came time to plan the second season for their wildly popular show, the Duffer Brothers seemingly decided to take everything that made the first season so memorable and do the complete opposite. There’s a certain amount of appreciation here: it’s gutsy to go so against the grain; to reject fan service in lieu of something different. It would’ve been very easy for Stranger Things 2 to simply remake the first season, and the fact that the Duffers avoided that is commendable. But there’s a difference between trying something different and completely jettisoning things that were working so well. You don’t throw the Demogorgon out with the bathwater.

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Strangers Things Season 2 final trailer

Stranger Things is back with a new season just in time for Halloween. The wildly successful Netflix series returns for its second season of nostalgia-tinged horror and adventure. Now a final trailer has arrived to give us one final look before the season debuts. Watch the Stranger Things season 2 final trailer below.

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stranger things season 2

Stranger Things was one of Netflix’s biggest surprise hits last year and the ’80s-set supernatural series is taking its sweet time coming back to us. The genre hit by Matt and Ross Duffer won’t return until Halloween (which is rather appropriate), depriving us of more Stranger Things for another five months.

But Season 2 has officially wrapped production, and some on-set interviews interviews featuring cast members David Harbour (the grizzled Chief Hopper) and Finn Wolfhard (Mike, leader of the Dungeons and Dragons-playing preteens), as well as the Duffer brothers themselves, have been released. Let’s run through the highlights below! Oh, and someone on set also got a pretty cool Ghostbusters care package.

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