lord of the rings

Movie Issues: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Movie Issues: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

A film series that started in 2001 with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series has finally come to end. Our second long journey though middle earth has reached its climax with the new film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We pick up right where we last left our hobbits. Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth. In this last of three pictures we see action, war, blood, gore, brotherhood and love. Out of the three Hobbit pictures, this is by far the best one.

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Spare Change: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition: One Blu-ray to Rule Them All.

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Spare Change: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition: One Blu-ray to Rule Them All.

Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship embarked on a long and dangerous journey.  So did I. Frodo carried the One Ring; I watched all fifteen discs, including over twenty hours of film and extra footage.

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[PAX East 2011] – Lord of the Rings Online

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[PAX East 2011] – Lord of the Rings Online

While at the WB booth I was able to check out some of Lord of The Rings Online.  The game went free-to-play last year, and has since tripled the company’s revenue.  The people working on Lord of the Rings Online believe the reason they have been so successful since becoming free-to-play is that they offer a premium MMO without the premium price tag.  They ran through several quests to show off what they are working on for the year.  One quest that was mentioned would involve a bit of time traveling and will take players back to before Isildur cut off Sauron’s ring.  Another quest that was shown involved some ice caves and one giant mamma polar bear.

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Game-play Trailer

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Game-play Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios have released a new game-play trailer for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. The trailer focuses on showcasing some of the battles you will face during this adventure. Warner Bros. and Snowblind wanted to brings us a game the depicts the battles of Middle Earth exactly how J.R.R. Tolkien envisioned it; from the trailers we can see this at work through the perfect head slices and precision of the arrows. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is set to launch later this year. Read On

Ian McKellen to Reprise Role as Gandalf

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Ian McKellen to Reprise Role as Gandalf

It’s hard not to be excited for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit.  After Peter Jackson’s wonderful direction of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the bar is set pretty high.  But before the events that set the story into motion can hit the big screen, there is one important element that needs to be ironed out.  Thankfully, for those of you worried about the possible recasting of pivotal roles, you can rest a bit easier; Ian McKellan has officially signed on to reprise his role as Gandalf the Grey.  Following news that Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, and Cate Blanchett would reprise their roles as Gollum, Frodo, and Galadriel, news broke Monday, January 10th that Ian McKellen had finally signed on.

Still in negotiations to reprise their roles for the film are Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Orlando Bloom as Legolas.  The film is scheduled to begin shooting on February 14th in New Zealand.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

[Dr. DM @ DragonCon 2010] An Open Letter from Bob to James

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[Dr. DM @ DragonCon 2010] An Open Letter from Bob to James

Dear James:

I recently noticed that you scribed a review of the Lord of the Rings Musical seminar at the 2010 DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia.  Staying in your hotel room, I also know that you penned said review at about three in the morning after watching some Firefly.  I vaguely remember you saying, “Hey Bob.  Imma write this article now.”  And I vaguely remember me thinking, “Maybe not the best idea” but then me saying, “Yeah okay buddy!  Nighters.”  Ah, the sweet ignorance of slumber.  A place of solace where the world around you cannot exist if you so choose.

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[RealTalk@DragonCon2010] Or How NOT to Run a Tolkien Seminar

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[RealTalk@DragonCon2010] Or How NOT to Run a Tolkien Seminar

So here’s the deal. I’ve been a nerd since I was very small. Very, very small. I read Heinlein when I was, seven? I know Asimov. I’m fluent in Robert Jordan. I’m legit.

But more than anything else, I know Tolkien. I do. Hardcore. I will correct your pronunciation, because I have the tapes he RECORDED BEFORE HE DIED. I have heard the man himself pronounce Elendil. I know what the Illuvatar is. I have heard, on a tape recorder from 19-freaking-80 Christopher Tolkien reading the Silmarillion. I have a F***ing signed copy, no joke. No joke.
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Top 5 Things I saw at E3 2010

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Top 5 Things I saw at E3 2010

The dust has settled and I have finally fallen into a semi-regular routine again.  E3 was sensory overload defined, and I am glad to be once again moving at a less than breakneck speed.  Still the experience was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Hopefully you have been keeping up with our E3 coverage, and have been keeping up on all the post.  Here are my personal Top 5 Things I saw at E3 200.

5) The Move


I am a skeptic when it comes to motion gaming.  Rarely do I feel it works well enough for me to get my lazy rear end off the couch and wave my arms around for an hour or so.  The main reason I usually don’t enjoy motion gaming is that usually I end up waving my arms any which way I feel, knowing that it does not really make much of a difference.  However I got a chance to demo a couple of the upcoming Sony Move games and found them to be very responsive.  Not so much with the Kinect.  The Kinect might work out the wrinkles before the holidays, but as of now I am leaning towards the Move as my motion gaming choice.

Read the rest of the list past the break.

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Got an extra $50,000? Make a prequel!

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Kate Madison from  England has pretty much lived the dream.  She saved up a ton of her money and, combined with a supplemental fund raiser, was able to — no joke here — write, direct, star in, and produce an hour-long prequel to Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The above banner is a legitimate screen shot from the prequel — that’s pretty accurate and professional make-up and costuming if you ask me.  Check out the story from the Daily Mail.

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