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As brash, boisterous box office spectacle, Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies are unquestionably a triumph. His early 2000s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings captured the sweep and - via that ending that never ended - the introspection of the source material.
While his Hobbit trilogy is less universally beloved, who could argue that the battle scenes pack a wallop or that, in Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, Jackson has given us one of the great on-screen dragons?
Whatever your opinion of Jackson's juggernaut, though, there is one indisputable weakness baked into his cinematic interpretation of Middle-earth. He is obsessed with orcs, those stock swords and sorcery nasties with terminally bad skin and the deportment of '80s football hooligans hopped up on Special Brew.
This was made depressingly obvious one third of the way through last year's Battle of the Five Armies as The Necromancer was casually bundled off stage, »
★★☆☆☆ Over a decade on from the success of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, fantasy is still proving a crowd pleasing genre both in cinemas and on television. Game of Thrones continues to dominate the small screen, while Jackson's own Hobbit trilogy is a multi-billion dollar success despite being anathema to many fans of the original films. Hoping to continue in this vein is Last Knights (2015), perhaps more medieval than Middle Earth but clearly aiming for similarities in tone and theme. Clive Owen takes the lead, playing a knight who gathers his comrades for revenge when his master is killed by a corrupt nobleman (Aksel Hennie).
- CineVue UK
Though there are definitely a lot of hardcore geeks in for the whole con, the rest of us are mainly interested in one panel – the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel.
Heading into theatres everywhere in December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will star Harrison Ford, Fisher, and Hamill as well as John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, Ex Machina), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist).
- Sasha James
When Guillermo Del Toro stepped down from the The Hobbit in 2010, there was incredible pressure from fans for the return of Peter Jackson. Having Peter Jackson direct the (at the time) two films would assuage all fears of them being anything less than brilliant. How could the man who directed The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy mess up? He couldn’t – it was impossible.
Flash forward five years and all three films (Jackson managed to pack in an extra film along the way) have been released. Described by prominent film critic Mark Kermode as “Hobbity Tosh”, it’s no secret that The Hobbit Trilogy failed to live up to the mastery of The Lord Of The Rings, not just in the eyes of critics but for a huge number of fans. So what happened?
There’s a myriad of significant issues, like the fact that the films are »
- Brian Wilson
Put his service to the test! Ian McKellen just landed one charming new film gig, booking the role of Cogsworth the clock in Beauty and the Beast. The beloved Brit, 75, is the latest star to join Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Variety reports. While he has yet to find his pal Lumiére, McKellen will take on the part of the witty grandfather clock that serves the Beast. The Lord of the Rings star tweeted about the exciting news on Monday, April 13, sharing [...] »
British actor Ian McKellen has become very well known for his franchise roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and now he's heading into Disney territory for a perfect role. Variety reports McKellen will play the clock Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth was the beast's butler before the curse placed over the castle turned everyone into various pieces of furniture. In the animated version from 1991, the clock was a rather worrisome uppity little fellow, constantly clashing with the suave energetic Lumiere, the candelabra, a role that has yet to be cast. The cast of Beauty and the Beast is pretty impressive so far with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens taking the title roles, Luke Evans playing the brutish Gaston and Josh Gad playing his weasel of a sidekick Le Fou. Emma Thompson has also been cast as Mrs. »
- Ethan Anderton
A cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series The Dark Tower has long gestated in Hollywood, moving from studio to studio and from proposed film franchise to planned TV series for nearly a decade. However, after Warner Bros. and HBO failed to bring King's novels to the big and small screen, Sony Pictures have announced that they'll now attempt to adapt King's self-proclaimed magnum opus as both a feature film and a television series.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital (Mrc) have agreed to co-finance »
McKellen will play Cogsworth, the Beast's butler, who was transformed into a clock when the curse was placed on the castle, Variety reports.
Dracula Untold actor Luke Evans will play the role of the villain Gaston with Frozen star Josh Gad as his sidekick Le Fou, while Audra McDonald was recently confirmed as Garderobe, another cursed inhabitant of the castle.
Disney have recently announced plans to create live-action remakes of several of their classic films, including Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and Pinocchio. »
After a successful, four-walling campaign in theaters across the U.S. for their faith-based feature Beyond The Mask through a distribution entity Gathr, producers have just pacted with Freestyle Releasing to distribute the film in more mainstream theaters on June 5 for traditional, weeklong runs. The film stars John Rhys-Davies (Killing Jesus, The Lord Of The Rings). The same writer of the faith-based phenoms Fireproof and Courageous, Stephen Kendrick, also co-wrote this… »
Symphony orchestras run around in a perpetual Easter-egg hunt for young audiences, who always seem to vanish when they’re approached. Well, I’ve found them: This week they’re packing the Koch Theater for a live performance of a three-part contemporary video opera of Wagnerian proportions. Granted, Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings comes with a pre-excited public, and for the first time, all three of Peter Jackson’s megamovies are playing on consecutive nights on a big screen above a stage crammed with choristers and musicians. But this audience belongs to a generation that will watch action epics on their wristwatch, so it’s not just the scale of the image that pulls them in.No, it’s the sheer, thrilling might of a live and very large orchestra and chorus, with double basses and percussion making the floorboards tremble and a first-class brass section ringing in Armageddon. »
- Justin Davidson
The Creativity of Lego Building Meets the Epic Story-Telling of Lego Videogames for Multi-Dimensional Fun. Fan-Favorite Worlds Converge in One Thrilling Adventure -- A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a Master Builder Traveling Down the Yellow Brick Road is Just the Beginning!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group today announced Lego® Dimensions, an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of Lego games. Launching September 27, 2015, the game will fuse many fan-favorite universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more still to be announced.
Lego Dimensions, developed by Tt Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and »
- Matt MacNabb
WB Games made Lego Dimensions official today following first word of the upcoming Toys to Life gaming genre entrant that spilled online a couple weeks ago. Make no mistake: WB Games and developer Tt Games is aiming directly at Disney Infinity and Skylanders with this expansive and expensive new franchise.
Lego Dimensions was formally unveiled via a Skylanders-esque live-action trailer starring Community actor and comedian Joel McHale. He stumbles onto the game components after a package is delivered to his home, then proceeds to "build" the toy elements so that they can "come to life" inside the game.
Like Disney Infinity before it, Lego Dimensions will leverage existing and popular brands both created by The Lego Group and licensed from third parties. Some of the launch brands include DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lego Movie. Additional »
Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and amiibo, there's no shortage of toys-to-life games, but Warner Bros. is looking to add to the genre, with everyone's favorite childhood toy: Legos. Come inside to learn more about the game and why it might be time to invest in the genre.
Over the last few days, Lego has been teasing an announcement and this morning they revealed Lego Dimensions, a new title from Tt Games (the makers of all the awesome Lego games) that will bring together a wide variety of Lego universes plus your own custom creations together. The game will combine physcial brick-building, with sets specific to the game and traditional gameplay, much like what you've seen in Skylanders and Disney Infinity...Except this is Lego, and thus might be way more interesting for people who've held off on the toys-to-life genre.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group today announced Lego® Dimensions, »
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group have today announced Lego Dimensions, which will fuse together many fan-favourite universes including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago and Back to the Future in what is being described as “an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of Lego games”.
“When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” said Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director, Tt Games. “Now for the first time in a videogame, Lego fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. »
- Gary Collinson
Up to now, Lego video games have mastered the adaptation of movie franchises like The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Batman. With the amalgam of those disparate worlds in The Lego Movie, Warner Bros found a way to capitalize on everything that makes Lego unique and fun. But, with all of the development that goes into making a video game for a single movie, the game developers would always be lagging behind. Now they have found a way to overcome that hurdle with the open world »
- Alex Maidy
After an untimely leak sent speculation into overdrive earlier today, Warner Bros. has put the rumors to bed by unveiling Lego Dimensions, a new installment in the popular video game franchise that will bring together characters from The Lord of the Rings, Batman and Back to the Future.
Due to hit stores on September 27, the crossover is essentially a merging of universes, with the publisher hinting that it plans to introduce new worlds and characters post-release. Built around similar Nfc technology found in the likes of Skylanders and Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines, Dimensions will come packing a Lego toy pad, allowing players to set their collectibles on the platform to transport saved data into the game itself.
WB Interactive is by no means the first to capitalize on such a popular market, but given the array of IP at its disposal, there’s every chance that Dimensions could grow into »
- Michael Briers
Lego Dimensions has been officially announced by Warner Bros.
The toys-to-life Lego adventure - similar to games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity - is expected to launch on September 29 for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Priced at $99.99 (£67), the starter pack contains Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle toys, as well as a Lego Toy Pad, a Lego Batmobile vehicle, and enough bricks to build a gateway.
"When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favourite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games," explained creative director Jon Burton.
"Now for the first time in a video game, Lego »
Warner Bros are set to release the Skylanders-like Lego Dimensions, which unites Batman and Gandalf minifigs, Lego bricks and a videogame...
Be still our screaming wallets. The toys-to-life gaming sector's a rapidly growing one these days, with Skylanders joined by Disney Infinity and Nintendo's amiibo range.
To those we can now add Lego Dimensions, a joint venture with Warner Bros Games which unites the world of videogames with physical Lego toys.
Emerging first on Reddit, Lego Dimensions will initially take the form of a Starter Pack, which will include the game itself, a set of three minifigures - Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle from The Lego Movie - a Toy Pad, which lets players link the figures to the game itself, and also a Lego Batmobile.
"When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds," a description on Reddit reads,"different characters from DC Comics, Lord Of The »
By this stage in the game, Mark Millar has certainly developed a knack for teeing up projects with various studios. Fresh off his work on Kingsman: The Secret Service, the esteemed comic writer has now signed a deal with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to bring Jupiter Legacy to the silver screen.
ere’s a brief synopsis of the ambitious project:
The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage?
With a story that spans generations, Jupiter Legacy could be that »
- James Garcia
Paul Mason’s interesting analysis of Westeros economics (A Marxist Game of Thrones, G2, 7 April) had a couple of important lacunae. The first came with his throwaway appeal to social psychologists to explain fantasy’s continuing appeal. I don’t doubt that my colleagues in that field have much to contribute, but a lot of this work has already been done – in the much maligned field of media studies. In 2004 an international team of researchers gathered 25,000 responses to the films of The Lord of the Rings and learned (among many other things) that for those who most valued them, these films did the exact opposite of what Mason supposes. Their appeal lay precisely in the courage that people saw in the small characters who made a difference despite their size.
The second lacuna is in missing all the ways in which, recently, works of fantasy have provided motifs for emergent »
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