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'The Lord of the Rings:' One Tree to Rule Them All

Orlando Bloom in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" New Line

For anybody who loves a good story, genealogy is a fascinating thing. There's nothing quite like the thrill of uncovering a tale of an ancestor's life and learning how they lived, how they came to America, where they worked, the wars they fought in or who they loved. There's something magical about it.

Now just imagine how magical it would be if your family was from Middle-earth. Get More »

The History of Middle-earth: One Big Chart to Rule Them All

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As much as we love "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" and all that Middle-earth whimsicality, we have to admit that, frankly, we have just about no damn idea what's actually happening most of the time. Seriously, the first "Lord of the Rings" movie has a seven-minute prologue just to introduce the ring. Our high school history teachers would be amazed we stayed awake through that much backstory.

Well, if you're like us, then today is your lucky day, because once again the internet, in the form of's exhaustive explainers and graphics, has come to the rescue in the form of this amazing chart, detailing all 4860 years of the One Ring's deadly history. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This | Source: LOTRProject

Keep Calm and Carry A Magic Sword: 'The Hobbit' PSAs


Everybody loves a good public service announcement. Okay, that's a complete lie; chances are you haven't read a public service poster other than "Keep Calm and Carry On" in the past decade; after all, there are only so many messages about not littering or not touching the third rail or fastening your seat belt you can take before your eyes start to glaze over. Seen one and you've seen seen them all, right?

Unless, of course, you're a hobbit.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Middle-earth PSAs. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Dorkly

10 Movie-Related Budget Gifts for Broke Asses

It's been a rough year. Whether you've been laid off or just laid around a bit more than you should have, you're counting quarters this holiday season.

And that's where we come in. We've rounded up 10 awesome gifts that come in under $20. And, no, we're not including any DVDs or Blu-rays in this one. Something tells us you already know your way around (but you can find the must-haves for the year here).

1. 'Lord of the Breeze' T-shirt

$14.95 at NeatoShop
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The 50 Must-Have Movie-Related Gifts of 2012

'Tis the season, y'all. And we're not just talking about colored lights and carols. We're talking about presents.

Of course, after a year filled with "The Hunger Games," "Star Wars" news and "The Hobbit" anticipation, we searched high and low for the coolest stuff from the coolest movies, including those three and loads more. And we came up with 50 things every movie lover really must have.

A "Star Trek" oven mitt? It's in here. "Lord of the Rings" cufflinks? Check. The chance to sit on Ryan Gosling's face? That too. In other words, get clickin'.

Also Check Out: The 10 Best Blu-ray & DVD Holiday Gift Ideas of 2012

(Originally published on Nov. 19, 2012)

Filed Under: Holiday Gift Guide

10 Fantasylands Where Characters Inexplicably Speak in Vaguely British Accents

Ian McKellan in "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" New Line

Death. Taxes. Keith Richards. Attractive girls being inexplicably interested in Wilmer Valderrama. And characters with vaguely British accents in fantasy or historical fiction movies.

We are brought up with the understanding that these things are the lone certainties in life. Today, we'd like to closely examine that last guarantee. Presenting 10 fantasy movies featuring characters with vaguely British accents who do not need to have British accents.

(Editor's Note: Yes, we know Ancient Greece and Rome were very real places, but "Gladiator" and "300" are hardly non-fiction accounts of them. So... humor us.)

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Filed Under: Features

'Lord of the Rings' Was Almost One Movie Directed by John Madden

Cate Blanchett in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" New Line

Peter Jackson has been making the rounds promoting this latest fantasy epic but recently, "The Hobbit" director and his co-screenwriters, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, revealed they almost lost "The Lord of the Rings" series to a different director and screenwriting team.

When Jackson and the writers went to Harvey Weinstein for the green light, they pitched doing "The Hobbit" first and (if it was successful) two "Lord of the Rings" movies after. Because of the way the rights were set up, however, Weinstein wanted them to do "The Lord of the Rings" first, and in only one movie. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: IndieWire

Billy Boyd: Where You At?

The Lord of the Rings New Line

"The Lord of the Rings" was one of the most popular series in film history, earning over $2.9 billion worldwide and raking in an amazing 17 Oscars.

And, to nobody's surprise, the stars of "The Lord of the Rings" have since gone on to become major film and television stars: Viggo Mortensen has had acclaimed turns in movies like "A History of Violence," Orlando Bloom topped the box office again with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, Dominic Monaghan anchored the cult classic TV show "Lost." The list goes on and on.

But one name is conspicuously absent from that list: Billy Boyd. Get More »

Filed Under: Features Holiday Movies

Get Ahead of Yourself and Check Out Orlando Bloom in the Third 'Hobbit" Movie

Warner Bros.

Wanna see your future? All you need to do is read on and you'll catch a glimpse of a movie you'll probably be seeing in December 2014.

And the glimpse is made even better by the fact that it's Orlando Bloom. In the third "Hobbit" movie. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Entertainment Weekly

Most 'Lord of the Rings'-y Moments in 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros.

"The Hobbit: There and Back Again" was first published in 1937. And yet, somehow, I feel compelled to say SPOILER ALERT!

Peter Jackson's unexpected journey actually leads to some wonderfully familiar places. When you don your giant grey wizard's hat and venture off to Middle Earth to see "The Hobbit" (in 24 fps, for the love of Smaug) there will be more than one occasion where you'll be cued to go "Oh, hey, I remember that from the other movies!"

Of course, the short, kid-friendly book is getting the trilogy treatment of "Lord of the Rings'" three weighty tomes, so there's more than enough wiggle room to throw in a number of callbacks – many of which never existed in the original texts. Get More »

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