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Middle-Earth Menu: “Balin’s Spice Cookies”

In my original cookbook, I had a section entitled “Tea-Time.” This chapter consisted of five “sweeties” and five “savories;” I had envisioned it as a somewhat large and friendly dwarvish gathering at Bilbo Baggins’ house after all of his dragonish adventures. Now, you may recall at the beginning of The Hobbit, that Bilbo was rather annoyed with the pesky Gandalf: ...

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The Hobbit Research Project: An Interview with Ernest Mathijs

Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings made millions at the box office worldwide. Tolkien fans stretch across the gl0be, but have you ever wondered what other cultures thought about the films? Recently, I contacted Ernest Mathijs to discuss the cross-cultural film critique called the Hobbit Research Project. Mathijs is a professor of Film Studies ...

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New Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Today’s Apple Watch Launch in San Francisco included a brand new trailer for season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones (with plenty of dragons!). Watch below: Apple also announced that HBO Now will be streaming exclusively with Apple. So if you plan on using HBO’s new standalone streaming package to watch the new season of Game of Thrones, you must have at ...

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Star Wars Rebels: Season One Character Retrospective

Star Wars Rebels burst onto the scene on October 3rd, 2014 and has been going full throttle from the onset. As a life-long Star Wars fan, I wanted to take a minute to look back on central characters of Season One to discuss what worked and what did not. These are simply based on the authors own insights, but I ...

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#HarrisonFord: Hollywood Reacts to Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash

The world got quite a scare yesterday when Harrison Ford’s plane went down in Los Angeles. Thankfully, because not even Harrison Ford can take out Harrison Ford, the actor is expected to make a full recovery. Celebrities from all over the science fiction/fantasy genre took to social media to wish the best for the beloved adventure hero. Love came in from the ...

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Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash

Late Thursday afternoon, Harrison Ford’s plane went down over Penmar Golf Club in Venice, CA in his vintage World War II era training plane. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported him as alert and conscious, in fair to moderate condition, and taken to an area hospital for further treatment. Within minutes of the crash, there were multiple social media reports with ...

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Review: Star Wars Rebels Season One Finale

!!!SPOILERS FOR “FIRE ACROSS THE GALAXY” BELOW!!! Where do I even start? So much was packed into this half-hour finale, yet it worked beautifully rather than get bogged down. Standout points: the Inquisitor mocking Kanan with the one thing he probably has never even told Hera and still feels guilt over. Keeping continuity with the TIE fighter Zeb and Ezra ...

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Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi Sneak Preview

On Tuesday, March 3rd, LucasBooks (now under the umbrella of Disney) will release the third novel in the new rebooted Star Wars canon. Heir of the Jedi is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and as is evident from the title it focuses on Luke Skywalker and his struggle ...

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