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Andy Serkis On Directing ‘Breathe’ And A New ‘Jungle Book’, His Tips From Peter Jackson & More – Behind The Lens

While everyone knows him from his performance-capture turns as Caesar in the latest Planet of the Apes movies and Gollum in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings franchises, Andy Serkis also made his feature directorial debut with Breathe at the same time he also went behind the camera to direct Warner Bros’ reboot of The Jungle Book, which he says will likely be retitled Mowgi And Tales Of The Jungle Book. Previously he served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s Hobbi…
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John Rhys-Davies says Tolkien “spinning in his grave” about new Lord of the Rings TV series

John Rhys-Davies has that J.R.R. Tolkien would be “spinning in his grave” regarding the newly announced Lord of the Rings TV series.

The news that The Lord of the Rings is to become a TV series via Amazon was certainly cheered by some, however, others like the actor behind Gimli in Peter Jackson’s lauded adaptation isn’t too pleased.

John Rhys-Davies apparently doesn’t see any merit in the endeavour and believes that the only reason the show is being made is to cash an easy cheque.

In an interview with Den of Geek, Rhy-Davies said that he was slightly “baffled” by the idea, and that those making the show “are so utterly unprincipled and greedy for money” that Tolkien must be “spinning in his grave.”

Rhys-Davies doesn’t believe that the show is being made for the right reasons, and that Amazon are just cashing in on The Lord of the Rings brand.
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Amazon To Spend $1 Billion On The Lord Of The Rings TV Series

Amazon’s quest to resurrect The Lord of the Rings will begin with a multi-season TV series.

Rooted in Middle-earth, the pitch itself is said to be similar to Game of Thrones in terms of scale and scope, and will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Both Netflix and HBO had been approached by the Tolkien estate in the past, but it was ultimately Amazon that shelled out close to $250 million for LotR‘s global rights, which is said to include the possibility of an additional spinoff. Like we alluded to before, this has the potential to become a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios.

Headed up by the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, no details were disclosed at the time of writing, but that hasn’t stopped industry insiders from labeling the record-setting deal as “insane,” as that alleged $250 million price
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Christopher Tolkien Resigns From the Tolkien Estate – Does This Mean More ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movies and Shows?

  • Slash Film
Christopher Tolkien Resigns From the Tolkien Estate – Does This Mean More ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movies and Shows?
Even as the Lord of the Rings movies garnered critical praise, made billions of dollars, and won fistfuls of Oscars, one man was very unhappy with the films: Christopher Tolkien. The son of author J.R.R. Tolkien was an outspoken critic of Peter Jackson’s take on his father’s fantasy novels and, as the director of the […]

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Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Gary Oldman will be honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Oldman will be presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2018 for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” in which Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Leonard Maltin will return to moderate the evening for the 27th time.

Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” said Maltin. “With ‘Darkest Hour,’ he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.”

Darkest Hour” takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also
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5 Creepy Scenes in the Lord of the Rings Films

  • Dread Central
Over the past several days the internet has been abuzz with the news that Amazon would be creating a multi-season adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. For many there was serious hesitation and consternation. After all, why would anyone want to mess with Peter Jackson’s trilogy that borders on cinematic perfection? […]

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Amazon Bag Global TV Rights To ‘The Lord Of The Rings’; Prequel Series On The Way

After some speculation last week, it is now official. Amazon has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The series is expected to debut exclusively on Prime Video in 2020.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.
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Amazon Makes One Deal to Rule Them All: 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Confirmed

  • Movies.com
Mega franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter are currently thriving with upcoming installments on the horizon. It was only a matter of time until the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings returned to the limelight. That time is now. Last week we heard early word about a potential agreement with Amazon and now the streaming service has sealed a towering deal for the property’s global TV rights, which includes the commitment for a multi-season show. Amazon paid the nearly $250 million price tag for the rights alone, Deadline reports. Amazon Studios will produce in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema (a division of Warner Bros.). New Line Cinema distributed the original Lotr trilogy, helmed by Peter Jackson, from 2001 to...

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The Lord of the Rings: Amazon Orders Multiple Seasons of New TV Series

  • TVSeriesFinale
Because the movies aren't quite long enough, Amazon has ordered The Lord of the Rings TV show to series. According to the press release, the series order is for a multi-season adaption of the Jrr Tolkien fantasy novel series, and some storylines will precede the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring. As reported last week, Warner Bros. had been shopping the series around and Amazon's Jeff Bezos was personally involved in the negotiations. Originally a sequel to Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings book series is divided into three novels, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The feature film trilogy, from director Peter Jackson, stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchette, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto,
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After Amazon’s Huge Investment In Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Shouldn’t Peter Jackson Be On Jeff Bezos’ Call Sheet?

  • Deadline
After Amazon’s Huge Investment In Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Shouldn’t Peter Jackson Be On Jeff Bezos’ Call Sheet?
Here is the curious part of Amazon’s announcement on a multi-season commitment to turn the Jrr Tolkien conceived The Lord of the Rings into an event TV series. Amazon has not tried to enlist the help of, or even reached out to Peter Jackson. With writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson visually realized the Middle Earth universe in three Lotr films, and the prequel The Hobbit trilogy. I’m told there has been no Kiwi contact at all, at least not…
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After Amazon’s Huge Investment In Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Shouldn’t Peter Jackson Be On Jeff Bezos’ Call Sheet?

Here is the curious part of Amazon’s announcement on a multi-season commitment to turn the Jrr Tolkien conceived The Lord of the Rings into an event TV series. Amazon has not tried to enlist the help of, or even reached out to Peter Jackson. With writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson visually realized the Middle Earth universe in three Lotr films, and the prequel The Hobbit trilogy. I’m told there has been no Kiwi contact at all, at least not…
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Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV Series Will Explore New Stories

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Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV Series Will Explore New Stories
Middle Earth is officially making its way to the small screen. After reports surfaced last week stating that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros. and the J. R. R. Tolkien estate for a Lord of the Rings TV series, it's now been confirmed that the project is moving forward. Amazon has made a multi-season commitment for the show and there's even the chance of a spin-off. The good news for Lord of the Rings fans? The series is going to tell new stories set within the Tolkien mythology. Here's what Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, had to say about it.

"We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for the Lord of the Rings. Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously
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'Lord of the Rings': Amazon Adapting J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy Novels for New Series

'Lord of the Rings': Amazon Adapting J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy Novels for New Series
Get ready to head back to Mordor.

Amazon Studios is adapting J.R.R. Tolkien'sThe Lord of the Rings novels into a new series, the company announced on Monday.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Amazon Scripted studio head Sharon Tal Yguado. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking the Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

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According to the release, the deal, which includes multi-season production and the potential for a spinoff series will explore Middle Earth prior to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.

The mega-fantasy series' jump to small screen comes after the initial
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Amazon’s Middle-earth series to take place before The Lord of the Rings

“Gandalf, Warner Bros. is moving. Amazon’s forces are massing in the East; their eye is fixed on streaming-service domination” or something along those lines would have been uttered by Elrond when the news broke that an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was being negotiated by the studio and online streaming giant. Forgive us the geeky folly, but why would you want to reimagine something so recently perfected by Peter Jackson?

Well, now The Wrap have confirmed the Amazon deal, and a few details reveal that it won’t be a re-tread of the Frodo thread, instead it will explore original storylines that precede the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tomes, over a multi-series arc, with the potential for spin-offs.

Sharon Tal Yguado, head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios said “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations
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Amazon announces Lord of the Rings TV adaptation

The streaming service has acquired the rights to Jrr Tolkien’s fantasy epic and has committed to a multi-season series with potential spin-offs

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the rest of Middle Earth are making the switch to the small screen after Amazon announced it has committed to a multi-series adaptation inspired by Jrr Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels.

The television adaptation will tell new stories based in the period preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, the novel that provided the basis for the first part of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.

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'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Heading to Amazon

'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Heading to Amazon
Amazon Studios confirmed that a Lord of the Rings TV series is in the works after the streaming service agreed to a multi-season commitment with the J.R.R. Tolkien estate and New Line Cinema, Deadline reports. The series will reimagine Tolkien's epic fantasy novel in a Middle Earth different than filmmaker Peter Jackson's vision.

Amazon – owned by Jeff Bezos, reportedly a huge Tolkien fan – was considered the frontrunner when the series was first revealed, and reportedly locked down the rights for an estimated $200 million; that figure doesn't factor in
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Amazon Officially Orders Multiple Seasons Of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series

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If you want to dive into the cinematic world of Middle Earth, there are currently over 18 hours worth of viewing waiting for you thanks to Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord Of The Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Yet, even with all of that narrative, there is so much more in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s work that never made it to the big screen.

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Amazon Moving Forward With The Lord Of The Rings TV Series With “Multi-Season” Commitment

Amazon’s quest to resurrect The Lord of the Rings will begin with a multi-season TV series.

Rooted in Middle-earth, the pitch itself is said to be similar to Game of Thrones in terms of scale and scope, and will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Both Netflix and HBO had been approached by the Tolkien estate prior to last week’s revelation, but it was ultimately Amazon that shelled out close to $250 million for LotR‘s global rights, which is said to include the possibility of an additional spinoff. Like we alluded to before, this has the potential to become a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios.

Headed up by the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, no details were disclosed at the time of writing, but that hasn’t stopped industry insiders from labeling the record-setting deal as “insane,” as that
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Lord of the Rings TV series gets multi-season commitment from Amazon

  • JoBlo
Despite what many people think, I do like to remain optimistic about things. I've been proven wrong too many times to think that initial impressions will always be the correct ones. So while my love of the original Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings trilogy clouds my judgements, I will admit the idea of Amazon's upcoming Lord Of The Rings TV show isn't necessarily a terrible idea. I mean, the... Read More...
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Amazon Officially Announces The Lord Of The Rings Prequel Series After Acquiring Worldwide TV Rights to the Franchise

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Are you ready to go back to Middle-earth? Amazon has acquired worldwide TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings franchise and is moving forward with a multi-season prequel TV series that will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring (with a potential spinoff series also in the works):

We have the official press release with more details below. There's no word yet if any of the characters from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings films will appear in the TV series, but we'll be sure to keep you posted on further updates.

Press Release: Seattle--(Nasdaq: Amzn)—Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios
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