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Lord Of The Rings films, and discovering Middle Earth

Andrew Blair Nov 22, 2017

With a new TV show on the horizon, why Lord Of The Rings remains so special to Andrew, and how his perspective has changed...

This article contains spoilers for Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion.

First, some context.

I’d been introduced to Tolkien through The Hobbit, my Grandad’s hardback edition with the lovely blue, black and green illustrations on the cover, followed by the infamously long (physically as well as temporally) BBC radio adaptations of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, which were brought on long car journeys to take the edge off the M6. When I was six my parents recorded the 1978 Ralph Bakshi animated version of Lord Of The Rings off the telly, and due to the volume of rewatching I specifically remember the white box with a rainbow coloured motif on the front (I fully expect someone to
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Infinity War Gets Planet of the Apes Star as Teenage Groot

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Infinity War Gets Planet of the Apes Star as Teenage Groot
While it remains to be seen when the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War will be released, a new cast member has just been revealed. Motion capture specialist Terry Notary, best known for playing the ape Rocket in all three of the Planet of the Apes prequels, confirmed in a new interview that he will be portraying Teenage Groot in the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, and presumably in Avengers 4 as well, which is currently in production. Here's what the motion capture performer had to say while promoting his new film The Square, when asked to confirm if he's joined Marvel's epic sequel.

"Yes, I am playing teenage Groot. I'm having a blast with it. It's really, really fun. I can't say too much about him, but he's coming of age, so you'll see the teenager find a mentor to look up to and to model himself after. The character's great,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is Rumored to Be the Longest Blockbuster Since ‘Interstellar’

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is Rumored to Be the Longest Blockbuster Since ‘Interstellar’
Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the fall movie season, and it looks like everyone deciding to see the movie on the big screen is going to want to make themselves very, very comfortable in their seats.

The sequel is skipping festival season but has begun screening and sources say it runs well over the two-and-a-half hour mark. The exact runtime has not been confirmed by Warner Brothers yet, but Sony Russia has listed the movie at 163 minutes, which means we’d be getting 2 hours and 43 minutes of jaw-dropping Roger Deakins cinematographer.

#BladeRunner2049 is apparently 163 mins long (Tbc runtime from Sony Russia, via Dcp distribution service Kinoplan & https://t.co/GlhBo7IpNt) pic.twitter.com/4Rxp2TzW3R

— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) August 29, 2017

The average runtime for studio blockbusters has been way past the two-hour mark for some time now, but 163 minutes
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"StartUp" - Welcome To The 'Darknet'

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from Season 2 of the dramatic crime series "StartUp", airing September 28, 2017 on "Crackle":

"...a desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream ..."

Cast includes Ron Perlman ("Sons Of Anarchy", "Hellboy") as 'Wes CHandler', Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey") as 'Phil Rask', Adam Brody ("Burning Love") as 'Nick Talman', Otmara Marrero as 'Izzy Morales', Edi Gathegi as 'Ronald Dacey', Jocelin Donahue as 'Maddie Pierce', Ashley Hinshaw as 'Taylor', Karissa Montaner as 'Karina' and Addison Timlin as 'Mara'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Startup" - Season 2...
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Warner Bros., Tolkien Estate Settle Massive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lawsuit

Warner Bros., Tolkien Estate Settle Massive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lawsuit
Warner Bros. and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien have resolved a rights dispute over “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” the two parties said in a court filing.

The settlement ends a legal scuffle that has pitted the film studio and the author’s heirs against one another since 2012. The conflict stemmed from the digital exploitation of the hobbits, wizards, elves, and other fantastical characters from the hit films in online slot machines and other games. The Tolkien estate and publisher HarperCollins alleged that the studio never had rights to license characters for these purposes. Warner Bros. countersued, claiming that the estate cost it “millions of dollars in license fees” from merchandising when it filed a legal challenge.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a legal filing said the two parties had resolved their
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Aussie actors, directors and technicians invited to join Oscars body

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'Lion' director Garth Davis is among the Aussie invited to join AMPAS.

Joel Edgerton, Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, Garth Davis, Cate Shortland, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Eva Orner are among more than two dozen Australians who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Tanna.s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, writers John Collee (Tanna, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Luke Davies (Lion), film editors Alexandre de Franceschi (Lion) and Tania Michel Nehme (Tanna), make-up artists and hairstylists Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge), Rick Findlater (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Kerry Warn (The Great Gatsby) are also admitted into the Oscars body.

Other Aussie invitees include designer Beverley Dunn (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), sound designers Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge), Robert Mackenzie (Hacksaw Ridge) Guntis Sics (Kong: Skull Island) and
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Mortal Engines Reunites Hugo Weaving with Peter Jackson

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Mortal Engines Reunites Hugo Weaving with Peter Jackson
After starring in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies for Peter Jackson, Hugo Weaving is reuniting with the filmmaker once again. The actor has signed on to star in Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital's highly-anticipated adaptation of Mortal Engines, joining a cast that includes Robbie Sheehan, Rohan Raftery, Hera Hilmar and Stephen Lang. Peter Jackson is only writing and producing this adaptation though, with his longtime visual effects collaborator Christian Rivers set to make his feature directorial debut.

Variety broke the news on this casting earlier today, although there was no word on who the actor is playing. Subsequent reports have revealed that Hugo Weaving is playing Valentine, which is likely the Thaddeus Valentine character from the original Philip Reeve novels. In the books, Thaddeus Valentine is a Historian, who, in serves this post-apocalyptic world by collecting and preserving artifacts, which most often can be incredibly dangerous.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Soars Past $400 Million Worldwide

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One week on from its theatrical release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has soared past the $400 million marker at the worldwide box office, and now sits at around $419.8 million as of Thursday, December 22.

That’s according to figures disclosed by Deadline, which reveal that Rogue One‘s overseas haul represents $197.9M of that total cume. It continues the strong momentum from the film’s opening weekend, when the Gareth Edwards-directed actioner became the fourth largest international opening of all-time for the month of December, behind only The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million), Avatar ($164.5 million) and The Force Awakens ($281 million).

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Speaking of which, it’s understood Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has collected around 50 percent of The Force Awakens‘ international haul across the same period. Disney
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‘Rogue One’ Dominates Foreign Box Office With $135.5 Million Debut

‘Rogue One’ Dominates Foreign Box Office With $135.5 Million Debut
It wasn’t even a contest. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” dominated the global box office, opening to $135.5 million overseas, and capturing first place in all of the markets in which it played.

That ranks as the fourth-highest December international opening in history, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avatar,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The spinoff film racked up a hefty $290.5 million worldwide, which did fall short of “The Force Awaken’s” otherworldly debut. That “Star Wars” adventure set a new global record, kicking off to $529 million.

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But “Rogue One” is something of a different beast. It is the first standalone adventure, and, unlike “The Force Awakens,” didn’t have any actors from the original series. That film brought back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in key roles.

Rogue One” follows
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Rogue One Scores $290.5M at Worldwide Box Office

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Rogue One Scores $290.5M at Worldwide Box Office
Earlier this week, a new box office report claimed that LucasFilm's first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is eyeing a worldwide opening weekend of $350 million, which would have been the third highest this year. As it turned out, Rogue One fell short of that projection, with a worldwide debut of $290.5 million, although it still secured the third highest worldwide opening this year, behind Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($379.5 million). While Rogue One's worldwide debut is impressive, it's still a far cry from the all time record of $529 million, set last year by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Deadline reports that Rogue One opened in 54 international markets with a foreign debut of $135.5 million. The tally comes in behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens($281M), Avatar ($164.5M) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138M). The
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Nears $300 Million At Worldwide Box Office

If one thing’s for certain, it’s that any film set in “a galaxy far, far way” is going to rake in some serious loot. Keeping with tradition, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already dominating the worldwide box office and we wouldn’t expect otherwise.

Not surprisingly, the spinoff film trounced the competition in the United States, debuting with a respectable $155 million. What’s also impressive is that it can boast the fourth largest international opening of all-time for the month of December with $135.5 million, placing it behind juggernauts such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million), Avatar ($164.5 million) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million).

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Now, if we do the math, that amounts to $290.5 million worldwide, which no doubt has Disney executives dancing in the streets (especially since it
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story enjoys a $290 million global opening weekend

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has pulled in a worldwide box office opening weekend of $290.5 million, which is at the lower end of the initial tracking suggesting a haul of anywhere between $280 and $300 million.

Domestically, Rogue One grossed $155 million across the Friday-Sunday period, the second biggest December opening in history behind last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens on $248 million.

In the international markets, the film didn’t quite manage to perform as well as many had anticipated, although it did open at number one in every market and pulled in $135.5 million in total. That’s the fourth-biggest international bow for December after The Force Awakens ($281 million), Avatar $164.5 million) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million).

“[We are] right where we wanted to be,” said Disney’s Evp of distribution Dave Hollis. “[Rogue One] did xactly what it needed to do as a litmus for the standalones going forward from a commercial and an artistic standpoint.
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Box Office: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Already Closing In On $300 Million Worldwide

Rogue One opened in 54 markets overseas this weekend, but has yet to reach big markets like China and Korea. Despite that, it's already earned an awesome $135.4 million , a figure which gives it the fourth highest December debut of all-time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million), Avatar ($164.5 million), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million). That's a great result! For those of you wondering, the top five markets were Germany ($12.5 million), Australia ($10.8 million), France ($10 million) and Japan ($7.9 million). The fact that the UK isn't mentioned here is surprising given the fact that the franchise has always been popular on that side of the pond, but the school holidays begin tomorrow, so many parents may be waiting to take their kids in the week.  Back home, Rogue One is on track to meet those estimates of a $155 million debut in North America as it scored $46.25 million on Saturday after a
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Box Office: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Already Closing In On $300 Million Worldwide

Rogue One opened in 54 markets overseas this weekend, but has yet to reach big markets like China and Korea. Despite that, it's already earned an awesome $135.4 million , a figure which gives it the fourth highest December debut of all-time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million), Avatar ($164.5 million), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million). That's a great result! For those of you wondering, the top five markets were Germany ($12.5 million), Australia ($10.8 million), France ($10 million) and Japan ($7.9 million). The fact that the UK isn't mentioned here is surprising given the fact that the franchise has always been popular on that side of the pond, but the school holidays begin tomorrow, so many parents may be waiting to take their kids in the week.  Back home, Rogue One is on track to meet those estimates of a $155 million debut in North America as it scored $46.25 million on Saturday after a
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Rogue One Is Targeting a Big $350M Worldwide Box Office Opening

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Rogue One Is Targeting a Big $350M Worldwide Box Office Opening
The wait is almost over, Star Wars fans! Starting tomorrow night Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally hitting theaters and people all around the world are going to be packing into theaters to see the very first ever Star Wars standalone movie. The fact that it isn't part of the main saga doesn't seem to be hurting it either, because the movie is tracking for a truly massive opening weekend.

According to Deadline, Star Wars: Rogue One could be eyeing a worldwide opening as high as $350 million. Even the lowest end of projections have it bringing in $280 million, which would still be an excellent start for Disney and Lucasfilm. Only two other movies, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, opened with more than $300 million worldwide in 2016. It won't come anywhere near the ridiculous worldwide opening that Star Wars: The Force Awakens did last year,
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When You Can Watch Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines,' 'Avatar 2' and Two New Marvel Movies

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Recently we heard that Peter Jackson (above) will produce Mortal Engines, the first in what's hoped to be a new movie franchise. It's based on five books written by Philip Reeve set in a far distant, post-apocalyptic world where a few young people battle an ambitious man's dastardly plans. Now comes word via Deadline that Universal has already set December 14, 2018 as the release date for the movie. At the moment, Mortal Engines faces no competition from other big studio projects on that date, which likely reflects their confidence in Jackson, his fellow producer and writer Fran Walsh and the very popular source material. Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) have already completed the screenplay. Christian Rivers will direct; he's...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tracking $130 – $150 million domestic opening, Kathleen Kennedy says no opening crawl

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set to open in just a few short weeks, the first box office tracking reports for Disney and Lucasfilm’s hotly-anticipated Anthology movie are now in, with predictions for its domestic opening weekend ranging between $130 million and $150 million.

While recent box office projections for blockbusters films have proven to be little more than guesswork, what is certain is that Rogue One will enjoy the second-biggest ever December opening on record – a position currently occupied by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on $84.62 million following the record-breaking $247.97 debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December.

And one other thing that is looking more and more certain is that Rogue One won’t feature the series’ iconic opening crawl, with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy telling Variety that: “We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are. Initially, we probably will begin the
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'Fantastic Beasts' Tops Weekend With $75M While Fellow New Releases Struggle

'Fantastic Beasts' Tops Weekend With $75M While Fellow New Releases Struggle
The weekend didn't quite turn out as Mojo had forecast as the top twelve grossed a combined $149.4 million compared to Mojo's forecast, which foresaw the top twelve grossing over $180 million. Part of the blame lay on an over-estimation of the weekend's top new release, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which did deliver a solid #1 opening, but couldn't match Mojo's lofty expectations. To that point, the vast majority of films fell below expectations including the weekend's two other new wide releases, The Edge of Seventeen and Bleed for This, neither of which managed to top $5 million as well as Sony's expansion of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which can't be looked at as anything more than a flop at this point. Yet, there were some other notable performances to focus on, particularly in limited release where Amazon and Roadside's Manchester by the Sea delivered strong opening results and Moonlight
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'Fantastic Beasts' Eyes Fantastic Opening that Could Top $90 Million

'Fantastic Beasts' Eyes Fantastic Opening that Could Top $90 Million
Fifteen years ago J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series made the leap from its place in literary history to its place in film history. Since then, the eight-film franchise has generated nearly $2.4 billion domestically and over $7.7 billion worldwide with the last of the Harry Potter films being released five years ago. This weekend a new adventure within J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World begins in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise, debuting in over 4,000 theaters and looking at a #1 opening that could top $90 million. Meanwhile, fellow new releases this weekend include the coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Bleed for This starring Miles Teller. Additionally, Sony's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk expands into over 1,100 theaters and limited release standout Moonlight gets a moderate nationwide release into 650 theaters. As already mentioned, it has been five years since the last Harry Potter film,
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‘100 Streets’ Trailer: Idris Elba Plays a Retired Rugby Player Who Spirals Out of Control

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‘100 Streets’ Trailer: Idris Elba Plays a Retired Rugby Player Who Spirals Out of Control
Idris Elba has spent most of 2016 lending his voice to animated projects, such as Chief Bogo in “Zootopia,” Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” and Fluke in Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” But before the year is over, Elba also stars in the new film “100 Streets,” about three different stories in London. He plays Max Moore, a retired rugby player who struggles to adjust to his new life. He soon spirals out of control with alcohol, drugs and womanizing, losing his wife (Gemma Arterton) and kids in the process. Out of anger and frustration, he soon turns violent. Watch a trailer for the film below.

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The film is directed by Jim O’Hanlon, who has mostly directed TV projects, including episodes of “A Touch of Cloth,” “Casualty” and “Coronation Street.” It co-stars Tom Cullen (“Weekend”), Franz Drameh
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