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Andy Fairhurst’s New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prints Honor Arwen, Gandalf, and Boromir

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 […]

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The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Ways The Animated Movie Was More Faithful To The Books Than The Jackson Trilogy

Understandably overshadowed by Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning live action trilogy, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is a decidedly weird beast. There’s no faulting the ambition involved – Bakshi, screenwriters Peter S. Beagle and Chris Conkling and the crew of animators do an admirable job of squeezing the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic into one flick.

Related: 10 Underrated Lord of The Rings Characters

But the film’s inconsistent visual style, hammy voice acting and disregard for the finer details of Tolkien’s mythos drag it down. Nevertheless, there’s also no denying that Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings gets more right than he and his team get credit for. Indeed, his spin on the source material is occasionally more faithful to the Middle-earth canon than Jackson’s movies. Don’t believe us? Read on, as we highlight 10 ways the animated Lord of the Rings
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Tolkien Scholar Reveals the Changes Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Is Banned From Making

Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” television series is moving full steam ahead with director J.A. Bayona and showrunners Jd Payne and Patrick McKay. As revealed by a teaser video announcing the series’ crew, one key behind-the-scenes supervisor will be J.R.R. Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey. In a recent interview after being confirmed for the series (via /Film), Shippey revealed “there’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season.” The number would make “The Lord of the Rings” the size of a broadcast drama, which often runs 22 episodes in a season. Shippey also explained some of the restrictions facing the new series.

Amazon confirmed in March that its “Lord of the Rings” series would take place during the Second Age of Middle Earth. The Second Age spans 3441 years and ends with the first downfall of Sauron. Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy large took place in Middle Earth’s Third Age,
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Michelle Williams returning for Venom 2

Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams has confirmed that she is returning to the sequel to Sony’s Venom, reprising her role as Anne Weying.

In a recent interview with Yahoo, the topic of Venom 2 was brought up, to which Williams responded with “I’m in.”

Later in the interview, Williams began praising the new director Andy Serkis for his accomplishments as a motion capture icon, before taking on the role of a director.

“I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish,” Williams said regarding Serkis. “He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.”

This announcement comes shortly after the confirmation that Andy Serkis has signed on to direct the sequel with Tom Hardy is not only returning as Eddie Brock but co-writing the script alongside Kelly Marcel.
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Venom 2 Director Says He Wants To Take The Franchise In A Different Direction

Andy Serkis was only officially confirmed to be behind the camera on Venom 2 yesterday after speculation had been linking him to the project for weeks, but the director is already eager to put his ideas for the franchise into action. The first movie may not have been universally adored, but it nonetheless managed to earn over $850 million at the box office, making a sequel almost a foregone conclusion.

Serkis may not seem like an obvious choice to many people to take over a big budget studio pic, but despite being best known for his pioneering motion capture work and performances in the Lord of the Rings series, King Kong and the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, the filmmaker also acted as the second unit director on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, as well as helming two distinct features of his own: the biopic Breathe and effects-heavy fantasy Mowgli.

Of course,
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15 Iconic Movie Roles That Were Landed at the Last Minute

Jack Beresford Aug 6, 2019

Some of the big screen's most memorable performances came from actors who were cast just before the cameras started rolling...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Good casting makes all the difference in the movie business. You can have a great script, a big budget, and the best director but without the right actors, everything can fall a little flat.

Yet even good casting can go wrong every now and then. Someone who once seemed perfect for a particular role suddenly falls flat once the cameras start rolling, unable to bring to life what they once successfully conveyed during an audition and initial screen test. Other times injuries, contractual obligations, or other unforeseen personal circumstances can put paid to the best-laid plans.

Then there are the dreaded “creative differences” where conflicts between actors and directors end with one of the injured parties exiting a project
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Venom 2 Officially Locks in Director Andy Serkis

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Venom 2 Officially Locks in Director Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis is officially directing Venom 2. Rumors started to spread at the end of July after Serkis took some meetings with Sony about potentially taking on the sequel. Now, it looks like they liked what he had to say. This is a big gig for Serkis who is better-known for his motion capture and acting roles from over the years. However, Serkis has a lot of experience working behind the camera and got his start with Peter Jackson while working on The Hobbit trilogy as a second unit director.

2018's Venom was a huge and unexpected box office success, taking in over $856 million at the global box office. The movie was a major hit in China like a lot of comic book movies have been lately. Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock for Venom 2, which will reportedly begin shooting around November of this year. The studio is
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The Lord of the Rings: 10 Facts About Frodo They Leave Out In The Movies

With great responsibility comes great power in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy series The Lord of the Rings, the lengthy collection of novels that follows the Fellowship of the Ring and its Ring-Bearer, the hobbit Frodo Baggins, from Rivendell to the shadowy lands of Mordor. It's Frodo's responsibility to cast the One Ring forged by the Dark Lord Sauron into the fires of Mount Doom, preventing anyone from obtaining its awesome power. But, can he resist the draw of the power it may grant him?

Related: 7 Things in Lord Of The Rings Canon That Peter Jackson Ignored

The Frodo Baggins that Peter Jackson envisioned for his interpretation of the novels is a hobbit with his failings. The Lord of the Rings trilogy of films depicts a naive, scared, and worried hobbit that doesn't always seem up to the task. This is at odds with the literary version who, despite a few instances,
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The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Facts About Sauron They Leave Out Of The Movies

The forger of the One Ring and Dark Lord of Mordor, Sauron, was the bane of Middle-Earth throughout its First, Second, and Third Ages. Corrupted by the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, he served him as his lieutenant and later his successor, growing armies of orcs, goblins, and all manner of vile creatures to take over Middle-Earth and bend all its inhabitants to his will. His lust for power through the creation (and subsequent loss) of the One Ring provides the main antagonism for J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy of books and Peter Jackson's film interpretations.

While in the film Sauron is the very embodiment of evil, with his Lidless Eye peering out over Middle-Earth in search of the One Ring, in the books, he is revealed to have a much more depth of character. His entire backstory is conveyed at length, focusing on his time spent as a Maia,
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The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Facts About Gandalf They Leave Out In The Movies

Powerful wizard, mystical ancient, and befriender of hobbits, Gandalf is one of the most beloved characters in J.R.R. Tolkien's high fantasy literary epic The Lord of the Rings, his novel The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion. Because of his belief that the smallest of Middle-Earth's inhabitants could also be the bravest, he helped lead the Fellowship of the Ring and its Ring Bearer, Frodo Baggins, on a dangerous quest to destroy the One Ring and defeat its diabolical creator, the Dark Lord Sauron.

In Peter Jackson's exciting cinematic interpretation of the books, Gandalf is played by Sir Ian McKellen as a stately, warm, and stalwart figure of authority. In the books, he's not much taller than a hobbit, has a very sarcastic side, and is often perceived as mean. Appearances aside, there are many aspects of Gandalf that were not included in the films (including his involvement in certain
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Gandalf the Grey joins Asmus Toys’ The Lord of the Rings Crown Series action figure line

Sideshow has unveiled a batch of promotional images for Asmus Toys’ 1:6 scale The Lord of the Rings Crown Series Gandalf the Grey figure which is based on the likeness of Ian McKellen as the Wizard in Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy; check out the promotional images below…

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Sideshow and Asmus Toys are proud to present the Gandalf the Grey Sixth Scale Figure! The most famous wizard joins Asmus Toys The Crown Series. Go on a journey with Gandalf the Grey today!

Fans of The Lord of the Rings, don’t miss your chance to add Gandalf the Grey to your collection!

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Lord Of The Rings: The 10 Biggest Things Left Out Of The Movies

Tolkien's Middle-Earth is a vast and richly detailed fantasy world, to say the very least. To be a bit more accurate, practically any work of fiction rooted in a high fantasy world of dwarves, elves and wizards owes it a great deal of gratitude. While works taking heavy inspiration from Lord of the Rings had certainly made their way onto the big screen before, the idea of the classic fantasy epic itself being successfully adapted for a live action feature must have seemed like an absolute pipe dream. Until Peter Jackson went and did just that, anyway.

Related: 10 Hilarious Lord Of The Rings Logic Memes That Are Too Funny

With such a massive wealth of source material to work with, it shouldn't be surprising to see how much paring down the production needed to do in order to make itself feasible and render its resultant trilogy of films watchable.
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Andy Serkis to Receive Ibc's Highest Honor

Andy Serkis to Receive Ibc's Highest Honor
Andy Serkis will receive the Ibc's highest honor, the International Honor for Excellence, at the International Broadcasting Convention awards ceremony Sept. 15 in Amsterdam.

"The International Honor for Excellence has a long history of rewarding those who have transformed our creative vision. Andy Serkis has achieved this by bringing extraordinary humanity to computer-generated characters," said Ibc CEO Michael Crimp. Past recipients of this award have included James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee and Jeffrey Katzenberg,

With motion capture techniques, Serkis has performed roles including Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, Supreme Leader Snoke in Star ...
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Orlando Bloom Addresses If He’ll Return In The Lord Of The Rings TV Show

Given that it’s an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved and very rich fantasy saga, it’s completely understandable that The Lord of the Rings TV show is moving along at a slow and steady pace.

Set to be a multi-season revival of the legendary property, one which is in development at Amazon Studios – the company reportedly shelled out a ridiculous amount of money in order to acquire the TV rights – things are finally starting to come together behind the scenes.

Indeed, the upcoming small screen adaptation is overflowing with potential. Peter Jackson may not be involved with the project, but Amazon’s assembled a ridiculous roster of talent to help bring the TV show to life and earlier today, they revealed the key creative team, which is made up of producers, writers and more from properties like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

But what about casting? Well,
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First Lord Of The Rings Teaser Reveals The Team Behind Amazon’s Show

No one knows Middle-earth quite like Peter Jackson does, so it’s not hard to see why Amazon Studios was interested in roping the Kiwi director in for their lavish Lord of the Rings TV series.

The award winning filmmaker has already gone on record though to say that he’s happy that he’s no longer tied up with Middle-earth and all of its many characters and storylines. And, frankly, after putting together six fantasy blockbusters based on Tolkien’s work, you can hardly blame him.

But even without Jackson’s involvement, Amazon has still managed to assemble quite an impressive creative team for the series, from Game of Thrones producers and writers to folks who worked on major motion pictures like The Last Jedi and The Aviator. Suffice it to say, it’s an impressive roster of talent, and you can find the complete list, along with a brief promo teasing their roles,
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‘Lord Of The Rings’: Peter Jackson Predicted Return 20 Years Ago But Orlando Bloom Rules Out Appearance On Amazon Series

‘Lord Of The Rings’: Peter Jackson Predicted Return 20 Years Ago But Orlando Bloom Rules Out Appearance On Amazon Series
Orlando Bloom was at the TCA summer press tour to promote a forthcoming big-budget fantasy drama for Amazon. However, while the Svod service teased some crew news on the TV adaptation of Lord of the Rings, Bloom was on stage to talk up Carnival Row.

But Bloom did reveal that Peter Jackson was prescient during the making of the original feature films, suggesting that the franchise would likely be brought back to screen in the future.

“It’s so funny because I remember being on set with Peter… is it 20 years ago now? He said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to think about people doing a remake of Lord of the Rings?’ This was amidst doing this remarkable shot. I [said] that’s never going to happen.”

Bloom also talked down the chances of reappearing in the franchise – he starred as Legolas in the original trilogy as well as The Hobbit.
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Amazon Studios head: ‘We’ll be known for a level of quality and curation’

Amazon Studios head: ‘We’ll be known for a level of quality and curation’
Platform names teams of writers, producers on Lord Of The Rings series; open to Good Omens follow-up.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke told the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Los Angeles on Saturday (July 27) that the platform will thrive in an increasingly competitive streaming market by curating top-notch content for its worldwide audience.

As Disney, WarnerMedia and Apple all prepare to launch rival services besides Amazon Studios, Netflix and Hulu, Salke noted her company’s edge was that “We’re constantly thinking of our customers. They’re global and diverse and we will curate shows to bring to that audience.
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‘We’ll be known for a level of quality and curation’ – Amazon Studios head tells TCA

‘We’ll be known for a level of quality and curation’ – Amazon Studios head tells TCA
Platform names teams of writers, producers on Lord Of The Rings series; open to Good Omens follow-up.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke told the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Los Angeles on Saturday (July 27) that the platform will thrive in an increasingly competitive streaming market by curating top-notch content for its worldwide audience.

As Disney, WarnerMedia and Apple all prepare to launch rival services besides Amazon Studios, Netflix and Hulu, Salke noted her company’s edge was that “We’re constantly thinking of our customers. They’re global and diverse and we will curate shows to bring to that audience.
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‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon TV Show Confirms Writing Staff and Creative Team

The upcoming Amazon Prime Video adaptation of “Lord of the Rings” might be the most ambitious impending project in all of TV. While there are many details left to uncover about this new addition to the iconic fantasy saga, the team bringing it to life is a lot clearer now.

The writing team behind “Lord of the Rings” now includes Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, and Helen Shang. “Toy Story 4” writer Stephany Folsom will also serve as a consulting producer, with Lindsey Weber, Gene Kelly, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado also on board as executive producers. With writing consultant Glenise Mullins, the team will tackle a new chapter in adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Middle Earth source material.

The announcement comes via a video from the series’ official Twitter account, which shares photos and relevant credits from a number of the newly announced team members:

Meet our Fellowship. pic.
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Amazon Sets Creative Team For ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series Including ‘GoT’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Producers – TCA

Amazon Sets Creative Team For ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series Including ‘GoT’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Producers – TCA
Amazon has set a slew of creative execs for its forthcoming Lord of the Rings TV series including Eps from Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos as well as former head of genre Sharon Tal Yguado.

This comes a year after setting feature writers Jd Payne and Patrick McKay to develop and write the company’s high-profile adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, which was brought to life by Peter Jackson in his blockbuster movie franchise..

Exec producers including Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire) and Tal Yguado as well as writer/executive producer Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad); writer/executive producer Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) writer/executive producer Justin Doble (Stranger Things).

Consulting producers include Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4), producer Ron Ames (The Aviator), writer/co-producer Helen Shang (Hannibal), and writing consultant Glenise Mullins.
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