Gollum video game

From what we can tell, Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings prequel television show will be set hundreds of years before the hobbit Smeagol discovered Sauron’s One Ring and began his tragic transformation into the miserable creature known as Gollum, but that character is about to get the spotlight in a new Gollum video game. German video game developer Daedalic Entertainment announced a new game called The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which will be a prequel set years before Gollum loses his precious to Bilbo Baggins in a dark cave.
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lord of the rings series setting

Only Lord of the Rings could get their fans whipped into a frenzy over a map. But Amazon knows this, and cleverly went with an advent calendar-style release of a map of Middle-earth to reveal…the setting.

The Lord of the Rings series setting, which Amazon confirmed to be the Second Age of Middle-earth, may only be vaguely interesting for casual fans, but for mega-fans, just seeing the word “Numenor” is enough to launch a thousand excited tweets. (Really, just check out the replies on the Lord of the Rings Twitter.) Let’s dive into the significance of the Second Age setting and find out what the hell Numenor actually is.

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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 »

Lord of the Rings board game

The Lord of the Rings fans find themselves in a bit of a dead zone in 2019, years removed from the Peter Jackson-directed movies and with Amazon’s planned television series still far off in the distance. Enter Fantasy Flight Games, a company that’s held the LOTR license for years and is now back with a new Lord of the Rings board game called Journeys in Middle-earth. Players can form their own Fellowship and team up to take down Sauron and the forces of evil in this app-supported game, and you can check out a trailer below.
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Creating the Millennium Falcon

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, dive into the making of the Millennium Falcon by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn about hidden digital visual effects you never noticed in movies like Gone Girl and Brokeback Mountain, and watch as Andy Serkis breaks down his most memorable characters from his career so far. Read More »

2018 is a major anniversary for The Lord of the Rings on screen. It’s been 40 years since the release of Ralph Bakshi’s animated version, and 15 years since the completion of Peter Jackson’s live-action trilogy. This dual anniversary – in addition to an imminent new adaptation on Amazon – makes for a fine opportunity to look at the two versions that exist so far. How do they differ? How do they align? Looking back at both from a distance, the answers surprised even me.

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Movies Leaving Netflix

We’re coming up on the end of 2018, which means there’s one more purge of Netflix titles before the new year begins. Thankfully, the list of titles leaving before 2019 isn’t nearly as big as it used to be, so you should have plenty of time to check these movies out before they leave the streaming service forever (or maybe just a few months, since that’s what happens with a lot of these titles).

Below we run through the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in January 2019. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series peter jackson

No, Peter Jackson isn’t involved with the Lord of the Rings TV series. Instead, JD Payne and Patrick McKay are developing the new show inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. And Jackson can’t wait to see what they come up with. The filmmaker says that the series will give him a chance to experience Lord of the Rings in a way he never could with his own movies.

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lord of the rings tv show

Some more details have emerged about Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV show. A new report says the planned series has received a five season commitment, there’s already the possibility of a spin-off, and when all costs are factored in, the show’s budget could be more than one billion dollars. Whoa. Read More »

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Vinyl Soundtrack

The scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy from director Peter Jackson have been available for awhile now, but they’ve yet to be released on vinyl since the format has risen in popularity again. But that’s about to change with an incredible new vinyl release.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring score by composer Howard Shore is getting a huge 5xLP vinyl soundtrack release from Rhino Records in March. It looks like quite the comprehensive collectible set for any fan who has been waiting for The Fellowship of the Ring vinyl soundtrack release. Check it out below. Read More »