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The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings hasn’t left the same mark on the video game medium that it has in film, though many attempts have been made. The Battle for Middle-earth strategy games? Good, but the series lasted for only a few years. The Rings Lego games? Also fun, but the Middle-earth setting is just one of several major properties to be Legoized. Even the games connected to the original trilogy films have their upsides but were never critical darlings.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hopes to change that. The game has received plenty of »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Corridor Digital has released this impressive live-action short called "Shadow of Mordor." The short is based on the upcoming Middle-Earth set video game of the same name, and it was directed and written by Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer.
These guys always tend to pump out awesome, well-made shorts, and I love how this one turned out. The story, visuals, makeup, and special effects are fantastic. The fight sequences were choreographed really well, too, and they feature lots of gushing Orc blood. Any fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are going to enjoy this.
I also included a behind-the-scenes video for the short, and a trailer for the video game that it's based on for you to watch as well.
- Joey Paur
Come December, ardent fans of J. R. R. Tolkien’s monumental The Lord of the Rings saga will bid farewell to Middle-earth and its luscious fantasy landscape for the final time (yes, even after all those false endings in Return of the King) when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters.
The conclusive chapter in Bilbo Baggins’ story, initially branded as The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is arguably one of the most-anticipated releases of the holiday season and to tease the epic scale of the trilogy-capper, Digital Spy has unveiled a rather stunning banner poster for the upcoming film.
Attendees of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will instantly recognise the tapestry, as Peter Jackson projected it on the big screen for all of Hall H to enjoy. Essentially, the artwork teases some of the key scenes from the threequel, with Smaug, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield and of course, »
- Michael Briers
Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen make up the central triumvirate of The Two Faces of January (2014), a handsome sixties-set thriller adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley scribe Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray release of The Two Faces of January this coming Monday (15 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Amini's film to give away, kindly provided by the fine folk at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
After “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “The Lord Of The Rings” (in which he played fan favorite Legolas), Orlando Bloom career was supposed to ascend into the stratosphere, but it didn’t happen. He starred in movies like Ridley Scott's "Kingdom Of Heaven" and Cameron Crowe "Elizabethtown," but both films were big flops (‘Heaven’ did well internationally, but very poorly in the U.S.), and that was pretty much a wrap on his next big thing status. He left the ‘Pirates’ series in 2007, but maybe he’s going back to simple crowd-pleasing. He’s already re-teamed with Peter Jackson for ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, and now it looks like he may join ‘Pirates 5’ aka “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” “There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it,” he apparently said during a discussion panel »
- Tess Hofmann
After 100 years of Cinema, Bollywood is set to take the leap that will finally bring the audience on the same page as 21st century filmmakers the world over! This is Vikram Bhatt’s excitement as its few decades to finally have a completely CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) character we can call our own.
It has been years since we have been applauding Hollywood for making Gollum from scratch in The Lord of the Rings or were thrilled when Jurassic Park showed us dinosaurs but it is only now with the mythological Creature that Vikram Bhatt has conjured that we have something to boast of!
Creature created by Vikram is not a fictional character but based on India’s history. It’s inspired by Brahmarakshas who were a regular feature in old Indian stories like Vikram and Vetala, Panchatantra and other old wives tales, as per Hindu mythology. Kudos to the »
- Press Releases
Rrmbllll Kkkkrrakkk goes the lightning as Frank Miller’s Batman hits the streets for the first time in 1986’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns. A faceless, lowlife pimp throws one of his girls into a cab, threatening to cut her. The bearded, downtrodden cabbie accepts a stack of bills from the pimp; he mutters to himself, “dog eat dog world…” Unseen, Batman descends onto the yellow, checkered cab’s roof. The pimp finds himself on the receiving end of some brutality off-panel. The money is shredded. And with another Krakk – end scene.
This hardly feels like pages ripped from a William Gibson novel, more like frames from a grainy, 35-mm Taxi Driver print. The synopsis for Tdkr returns dubs itself “near-future”, and the genre “cyber-punk” has been tossed around by readers and critics alike. But really (mutant punks aside) the book falls into the Death Wish genre. Aging man, urban and moral decay, »
- Dan Black
Toa Fraser’s brutal actioner “The Dead Lands” got an unexpected Twitter boost Thursday night when a fire alarm emptied the near-capacity 1,200-seat Ryerson Theatre just minutes before the film world premiere in Toronto.
Cast and audience mingled outside — posting selfies snapped in front of the flashing fire engine and captioned with “hot film” comments — for several minutes before getting the all-clear.
Back inside, the coming-of-age story of tribal rivalry, warrior honor and the spiritual bond to one’s ancestors, which unfolds in pre-colonial New Zealand, clearly captivated Thursday’s audience — the first ever to witness mau rakau, the traditional Maori martial art of armed combat, on the bigscreen.
“The crazy thing is, it’s been there for the taking all along but hadn’t been done,” Fraser said. “My feeling is this is the beginning of a New Zealand genre.”
Auckland-based Fraser was introduced to the script — penned by »
- Jennie Punter
Vin Diesel has posted your first look at the actor from his upcoming actioner “The Last Witch Hunter” on Facebook. Check it out below, check it outers. The Breck Eisner-directed movie will find the V-ster playing the last remaining witch hunter, who must battle “against an uprising of witches in modern day New York.” The title makes it sound like a comedy, but I guess it’s not. Or is it? “The Last Witch Hunter” is due sometime next year and co-stars “Game of Thrones'” Rose Leslie and Frodo from “The Lord of the Rings” movies. Michael Caine also shows up. »
Vin Diesel has taken to Facebook to release the very first image from his upcoming supernatural action adventure The Last Witch Hunter, which sees the Fast & Furious star as a witch hunter in modern day New York, who has to team up with a witch (played by Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie) to stop a coven from spreading a plague across the city. Take a look…
- Gary Collinson
Earlier today, Vin Diesel ("The Pacifier") shared the very first image from The Last Witch Hunter via his Facebook page. The film will be set in modern New York, and will follow Vin Diesel's character who is on a mission to "stop a villainous witch queen from obtaining a relic and unleashing a plague upon humanity." It is being directed by Breck Eisner and also stars Rose Leslie ("Game of Thrones"), Elijah Wood ("The Lord of the Rings") and Michael Caine ("The Dark Knight Rises"). »
Normally when you think of films with visual effects, you think of sweeping big-budget fantasy projects like The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but a new video showing the amount of visual-effect work that went into The Wolf of Wall Street may change your preconceived notions about the industry. Brainstorm Digital, the VFX firm that worked on the 2013 film, released a video showing a few of their jaw-dropping transformations for the film, and not all of them involve a studio lot and a green screen. Watch the film change right before your eyes above. »
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" films) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages). »
You now know where to find your favorite Ya dystopias as TNT acquires television rights to Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises. The deal includes future movies, including Divergent films you may not have even known were sure things at this point.
You’re still going to wait a bit for these to hit, but at least you know where they’ll show up. It’s a pretty massive deal overall, and marks a major step in the continuation of the overall television market, and the trend of who is interested in airing what.
Get all the details below, and keep your eye out.
TNT has landed network television rights to the global blockbuster The Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises in a sweeping deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), it was announced today by Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Jim Packer, »
- Marc Eastman
Maybe you've been to a marathon screening of each Lord of the Rings movie. But you've never been to one like this. Lincoln Center in New York City has played host to stage productions, movie shoots, concerts and operas, but next spring, it's symphony space will be home to The Lord of the Rings in Concert for just five days. Gothamist tipped us to this extraordinary cinematic event. Taking place from April 8th through April 12th, 2015, The Lord of the Rings in Concert will screen The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers and Return of the King, twice over the course of the five days with a live orchestra performing Howard Shore's Academy Award-winning scores. The 250 musicians that make up the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus will perform these scores in time with the films. For them, it will be an endurance test. For their audience, it's a »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
In Hollywood’s ongoing quest to wring every last drop of opportunity from everything, we now have an origin story for one of the most legendary characters in literature – Dracula. Created by Bram Stoker in 1897, he has appeared in almost 220 films since slinking onto the literature scene all those years ago. The book in which he was introduced had him shrouded in mystery – describing him and his nefarious exploits, observed from afar – already a monster of many, many years. It could be argued that it is this very air of mystery that has given rise to a deep desire to fill in the blanks, and build the universe from which he sprang. That is the aim of the upcoming Dracula Untold, for which we now have a new trailer.
- Sarah Myles
The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.
The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.
Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.
The Two Faces of January Clip 1
The Two Faces of January Clip 2
- Marc Eastman
which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.
Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »
- Peter Debruge
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