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Will Poulter cast in ‘Lord of the Rings’ series

  • HeyUGuys
Will Poulter has landed himself a leading role in Amazon’s venture into middle earth in their forthcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.

No further details concerning which role he will play have been revealed.

Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels ‘The Lord of the Rings’; J.A Bayona will direct the first two episodes and will serve as an executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza.

Adapting Tolkien’s fantasy tale for a multi-seasonal series, Amazon’s venture will explore new storylines that take place prior to ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ in a deal that includes a potential additional spin-off series.

Also in news – Leigh Whannell’s ‘The Invisible Man’ plot details emerge

Jd Payne and Patrick McKay will serve as writers for the original series.

The original series is set to be produced by Amazon Studios with the cooperation of the Tolkien Estate,
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Solstice Studios Hires Elissa Greer As Evp Communications

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Elissa Greer is joining Solstice Studios as Evp Communications, a post in which she’ll oversee corporate and domestic publicity and promotions, reporting to Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese.

Greer led the publicity and marketing teams at New Line Cinema, FilmDistrict, Focus Features and Blumhouse’s Bh Tilt and launched some of the film industry’s most profitable franchises and box office successes, including The Lord of the Rings (winning 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Return of the King), Austin Powers, Wedding Crashers, Insidious, Olympus Has Fallen, as well as critically acclaimed independent films A History of Violence, Precious, Bully, among others. Greer has also consulted for companies such as Lionsgate, Es Entertainment, and Roadside Attractions, while remaining committed to the intersection of social impact and media, serving as the Director of the Conscious Good’s Humanitarian Film Festival in partnership with the Un.

Solstice Studios is
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‘Guardian of the Universe’ DVD Review

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Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor, Nic Costa, Walter Koenig, Matt Zak, Bryna Smith, Jordana Ansley, Michael Friedrichs, Traben Pleasant, Bobby Ryan, Stephen Lisk, Seantos Mcdonald, Jared McClain, Matt Haley | Written by Rob Taylor, Nic Costa | Directed by Rob Taylor

Guardian of the Universe seems to be a follow up, of sorts to the 2003 film Evil Cult – both of which are directed by Rob Taylor, who also stars as hero Neil Stryker – but I must admit the 2003 offering somehow passed me by back in my heady days as a student in Bristol. Shocked that there is a hero called “Neil”? Well get used to it, this film doesn’t play by your rules. Neil is a dad but his parenting seems to boil down to him making jokes to his son (who’s mum is dead) that he killed her, banter. Damn it Neil. You wildcard.

First let’s get
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‘Lord of the Rings’: Orlando Bloom Thinks He’s Too Old to Play Legolas on Amazon Series

‘Lord of the Rings’: Orlando Bloom Thinks He’s Too Old to Play Legolas on Amazon Series
Orlando Bloom, the star of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises, has joined the Amazon family to star in the upcoming fantasy series “Carnival Row.” But even though he plays a human on the show, it’s his elfin past that still haunts him.

At the Television Critics Association press tour panel for “Carnival Row” on Saturday, one reporter asked if the actor would consider returning to the “Lord of the Rings” franchise through Amazon’s new series.

“It’s so funny because I remember being on set with Peter [Jackson] is it 20 years ago now?” said Bloom. “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.”

Of course, Amazon is indeed tackling the J.R.R. Tolkien property again, but the series
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J.A. Bayona to direct first two episodes of Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ director J.A. Bayona has jumped on board Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series to direct the first two episodes.

Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels ‘The Lord of the Rings’; he will also serve as an executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza.

J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honour and a joy to join this amazing team,” said Bayona. “I can’t wait to take audiences around the world back to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story.”

Adapting Tolkien’s fantasy tale for a multi-seasonal series, Amazon’s venture will explore new storylines that take place prior to ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ in a deal that includes a potential additional spin-off series.

Jd Payne
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Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Adele Invited to Join Motion Picture Academy

  • Variety
Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Adele Invited to Join Motion Picture Academy
Oscar winners Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Adele are among the 28 composers, songwriters and music editors invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year.

The three multiplatinum pop stars are probably the best-known of this year’s crop. Gaga won for “A Star Is Born,” Adele for “Skyfall,” and Lennox for her “Into the West” from the final “Lord of the Rings” movie “The Return of the King.”

Three other Oscar winners are on this year’s list: “Black Panther” composer Ludwig Goransson and Gaga’s “Shallow” co-writers Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt. Two other nominees from last year’s movies were added to the roster: “Mary Poppins Returns” songwriter Scott Wittman and “Star Is Born” music editor Jason Ruder.

Other composers include Michael Abels (“Get Out”), Nathan Barr (“The House With a Clock in Its Walls”), Kris Bowers (“Green Card”), Jane Antonia Cornish (“Citizen
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Lord Of The Rings: 10 Best Costumes In The Movies, Ranked

It's hard to believe that the Lord of the Rings trilogy ended sixteen years ago with The Return of the King. The most heartfelt fans will revisit the stories and their favorite characters on streaming services like Hulu, where all three movies are currently available. There's nothing like going back to rewatch old classics to see what you may have missed the first time around or to explore favorite scenes that haven't been studied in years.

Lord of the Rings will forever be a cult classic, as it was spectacularly imagined by the epic fantasy director, Peter Jackson. In fact, the entire phenomenon may not have been so highly-received had it not been for the crew who had to dig into  J. R. R. Tolkien's work in order to revive such an intricate film. The costume designers, in particular, had their work cut out for them, but their costuming designs did not go unnoticed.
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‘Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time’ Review

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Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor, Nic Costa, Walter Koenig, Matt Zak, Bryna Smith, Jordana Ansley, Michael Friedrichs, Traben Pleasant, Bobby Ryan, Stephen Lisk, Seantos Mcdonald, Jared McClain, Matt Haley | Written by Rob Taylor, Nic Costa | Directed by Rob Taylor

Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time is a brilliant title. It also seems to be the least popular title for the film given its being released in the UK (in August) as Guardian of the Universe; a very generic title that has little, or nothing to do with the plot of the film, possibly designed to be confused for more popular, competently made films.

It seems to be a follow up, of sorts to the 2003 film Evil Cult – both of which are directed by Rob Taylor, who also stars as our eponymous hero – but I must admit the 2003 offering somehow passed me by back in my heady days as a student in Bristol.
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Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ be Marvel’s 3rd winner at the MTV Movie and TV Awards? It still wouldn’t match the ‘Twilight’ saga

Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ be Marvel’s 3rd winner at the MTV Movie and TV Awards? It still wouldn’t match the ‘Twilight’ saga
The 2019 MTV Movie and TV Award nominations were announced on May 14 with “Avengers: Endgame” leading the way with four bids, tied with TV’s “Game of Thrones” and the documentary “Rbg.” Now you can predict the winners in all 16 categories here in our predictions center. If “Endgame” wins Best Movie it would be the third film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to take top honors, but even then it wouldn’t be the most awarded franchise in history. That honor would still belong to “Twilight.”

These awards are decided by fans voting for the winners online, so franchises with especially passionate fan bases tend to dominate. “The Lord of the Rings” won Best Movie for all three of its installments: “The Fellowship of the Ring” at the 2002 awards, “The Two Towers” in 2003 and “The Return of the King” in 2004. Then the “Twilight” movies won four times in a row: for
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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Love Is a Battlefield

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Love Is a Battlefield
“We may have defeated them, but we still have us to contend with.”

So says Tyrion Lannister regarding the plight that faces the people of Westeros — and the show that chronicles them. Yes, the dead are no more. But will the living choose to exist together as one? Or will they return to killing each other as they always have?

These questions haunt this week’s episode, titled “The Last of the Starks.” Written by co-creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss and directed by series mainstay David Nutter, it starts of in a celebratory mood,
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Sorry, Fans: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Not Score Major Oscars

Sorry, Fans: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Not Score Major Oscars
While the “Avengers: Endgame” euphoria continues, don’t get your hopes up about seeing the movie wind up with major award nominations next January. Like all Marvel entries, “Endgame” will be dogged by its comic book origins, as well as being the 22nd Marvel movie.

Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond contending in just the technical categories. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action, or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

Sequels, with rare exceptions, don’t do well at the Oscars. “You lose points for previous characters and plot points,” said one Oscar strategist, who thinks studio directors for hire on a franchise are at a disadvantage. “The Academy always favors auteurs.”

If Marvel had
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Sorry, Fans: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Not Score Major Oscars

Sorry, Fans: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Not Score Major Oscars
While the “Avengers: Endgame” euphoria continues, don’t get your hopes up about seeing the movie wind up with major award nominations next January. Like all Marvel entries, “Endgame” will be dogged by its comic book origins, as well as being the 22nd Marvel movie.

Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond contending in just the technical categories. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action, or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

Sequels, with rare exceptions, don’t do well at the Oscars. “You lose points for previous characters and plot points,” said one Oscar strategist, who thinks studio directors for hire on a franchise are at a disadvantage. “The Academy always favors auteurs.”

If Marvel had
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ and the State of the Modern Superhero Movie

You were going to go. Of course you were going to go. Maybe you counted the hours and the days until advance tickets went on sale, and helped turn its opening weekend into a perpetually sold-out, round-the-clock-screening, $1.2 billion global juggernaut. Or maybe you went begrudgingly, complaining that this all seems like such arrested-adolescence hot air and handwringing about how keeping up with pop culture feels like homework. Or you might be one of the folks who, in an extraordinary display of restraint, planned on waiting until the foaming-mouth furor dies down a bit.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere Close-Up: Arya and the Hound

‘Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere Close-Up: Arya and the Hound
A lot happens in each episode of Game of Thrones. So every week, we’re drilling down on one memorable scene in particular. Full spoilers for the Season Eight premiere, “Winterfell,” coming up.



Narratively, there is no good reason for the scene we’re spotlighting this week, a brief interlude where Arya catches up with both the Hound and Gendry. Yet no scene better encapsulates the goals and strengths of Game of Thrones‘ final season premiere.

Early in “Winterfell,” as the bulk of the show’s surviving hero types assemble at Winterfell,
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Maury Laws, Rankin-Bass Composer-Arranger, Dies at 95

  • Variety
Maury Laws, who as musical director for Rankin-Bass productions supervised the scoring of such animated TV classics as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Hobbit,” died March 28 in Appleton, Wisc. He was 95.

Laws’ greatest achievement in TV was arranging and conducting all of the music for the 1964 stop-motion animation version of “Rudolph,” which featured new songs by original “Rudolph” songwriter Johnny Marks. Laws’ warm orchestral settings for such songs as “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “There’s Always Tomorrow” and the title tune helped to make the hour-long show a holiday season perennial.

The success of “Rudolph” led to a series of animated specials by the Rankin-Bass company. Laws worked with Fred Astaire on “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970), Danny Kaye on “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” (1971), Angela Lansbury on “The First Christmas” (1975) and Judy Collins on “The Wind in the Willows” (1987), often writing the songs with lyricist and
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Former New Line co-chairman Michael Lynne dies at 77

Former New Line co-chairman Michael Lynne dies at 77
Executive established thriving international output network.

Michael Lynne, the former attorney who served as co-chairman and CEO of New Line Cinema alongside Bob Shaye, found success with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and established a pioneering international distribution output network, has died. He was 77.

When Brooklyn-born Lynne bumped into Shaye, an old acquaintance from Columbia Law School, in New York in the 1980s, they discussed ways of working together. Shaye had founded New Line in the late 1960s and retained Lynne as outside counsel. Lynne became president and COO in 1990, rising to co-chairman and co- CEO in 2001.

At the
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Peter Jackson Says ‘Kiwis Stand United’ After New Zealand Shooting

Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said he and his countrymen are “devastated” in the wake of Friday’s mosque shootings in New Zealand, which left 49 dead and many more injured. Jackson — the first and only New Zealand filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Director, a feat he achieved with 2003’s “The Return of the King” — most recently helmed the well-received “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a World War I documentary in which he colorized and restored existing footage of what was once dubbed the War to End All Wars.

“New Zealanders are devastated,” Jackson said in a statement to Variety. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate. Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy.
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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Show Confirms Second Age of Middle Earth and Númenor Setting

Amazon has confirmed its upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series will be set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, which for diehard fans of J. R. R. Tolkien’s franchise is exciting news to say the least. The setting nullifies the long-standing rumor that the series would focus on the adventures of a young Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy). Aragon was born in the Third Age. Some had believed the series could focus on Aragorn’s predecessor, Prince Eärnur of Gondor, but he too was born in the Third Age.

Over the last several days, Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” Twitter account filled in a map of Middle-Earth that sent fans down a rabbit hole of theories as to what age the show would be set in. The finalized map was revealed March 7 with the island of Númenor in the lower left hand corner,
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Screenwriter Reflects on Éowyn’s Iconic ‘I Am No Man’ Line, 15 Years Later

‘Lord of the Rings’ Screenwriter Reflects on Éowyn’s Iconic ‘I Am No Man’ Line, 15 Years Later
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, and Polygon celebrated by talking with co-screenwriter Philippa Boyens about crafting one of the most iconic feminist moments in blockbuster film history: Éowyn’s “I am no man!” Boyens won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing the J.R.R. Tolkien film with Fran Walsh and director Peter Jackson.

“It’s one of the great lines,” Boyens said. “[Fran and I] were female screenwriters who had to write for all these male characters, and then we finally get this woman to write for, and she has to pretend to be a man.”

Rings” fans know the Éowyn moment well. After being ordered by her uncle Théoden (Bernard Hill), King of Rohan, not to ride into battle, Éowyn (Miranda Otto) disguises herself as a man and finds herself staring down the Witch-king of Angmar, the Lord of the Nazgûl.
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The Return of the King Soundtrack Is Perfect Unwinding Music

Chris Cummins Oct 22, 2018

In a time when getting through a day feels like a personal victory, Return of the King score resonates more than ever.

It's been nearly 15 years to the day since Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King first hit theaters, and movies -- to say nothing for the world itself -- have changed so much in that cosmic blink of an eye that the early aughts seem so much further away then they actually are. Time is moving at the same pace it always has, yet the rate of acceleration due to modern life feels out of whack -- as if we are all permanently stuck aboard a Scrambler carnival ride that continues to yank and thrust us through our days without ever giving us a moment to get out, stretch our legs, and unrelentingly vomit until the dizziness subsides. Such is life in 2018.

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