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Ian McKellen Heads, "The Academy"

The Academy stars Sir Ian McKellen, as his fictitious brother Murray, who heads the struggling Clapham Academy of Creative Arts. The Academy is a mockumentary, from producer/director Peter Hinton,that portrays the behind the scenes activities and events in a “typical” British drama school. McKellen has been greatly involved with the development of the series which includes the talents of Jonathan ...

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Leadership Lessons From Aragorn

What is Leadership?   Successful leaders are committed to “creating a world to which people want to belong”. Successful leadership involves managing relationships and communicating within a team to move towards a specific goal. Leadership is the ability to: “express a vision, influence others to achieve results, encourage team cooperation, and be an example.” – Forio.com Aragorn was describes as, ...

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The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt

The 1970’s would discover the art of The Brothers Hildebrandt through their amazing depictions of the world of Tolkien in the calendars that inspired the imagination of the fantasy world and artists alike. “The real spark came from the calendars, which showed me that it could be illustrated (The Lord of the Rings). I went through the Hildebrandt calendar, doing ...

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Sean Astin Has "Cabin Fever"

Sean Astin, (Lord of the Rings), is set to star in “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero”, a movie from director Kaare Andrews. Shooting for the “reboot”, from the Eli Roth 2002 horror, will begin in August and will also star Brando Eaton, and Ben Hollingsworth. Producer, Evan Astrowsky, is pleased to have Sean in the movie highlighting his talent and “fanboy ...

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Elijah Wood to Perform at Bushmills Live Festival

Renowned actor, Elijah Wood, aka: Frodo Baggins, has been confirmed to perform as a DJ at the Bushmills Live event. Wood will partner with friend and fellow DJ, Zach Cowie under the name “Wooden Wisdom”. Performing at Bushmills isn’t new to Wood, as he has a long history with events put on by the producers. Wood, who has recently completed ...

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Rare Tolkien Interview Found

Earlier this morning, the Tolkien Professor posted a great video on his site, one that we all should watch! From the Tolkien Professor Website: The BBC archives have just released something truly remarkable for any fans of Tolkien: a rare video interview from 1968! In the clip from In Their Own Words, J.R.R. Tolkien talks about everything from nature to ...

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"The Hobbit" Illustrated by Maurice Sendak?

In an article in the LA Times, Author Tony DiTerlizzi writes about a very interesting proposal: Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, could have done some artwork for The Hobbit. We all know that some of the early illustrations from the books were drawn by the Professor himself, but there was a chance back in ...

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Peter Jackson Responds to Complaints Made Regarding "The Hobbit" Footage

Earlier this week at CinemaCon, Peter Jackson revealed a 10 min montage of the upcoming movie The Hobbit, putting the new technology he is using to shoot the movie on display. The reaction has been largely negative, but that won’t stop Peter Jackson from utilizing it. In an interview with EW.com, Jackson supports his use of the technology and hopes ...

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Exclusive Interview with TOR RPG Developer Francesco Nepitello

Francesco Nepitello is a name long-known to fans of Middle-earth gaming. He was one of the three developers who helped to create the War of the Ring board game back in 2004 and has been an active force in the board gaming community for many years. He is known for his innovation and dedication to the source material of the ...

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Publish Movie Tie-in Books of "The Hobbit"

Announced today, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired the official US publishing rights from Harper Collins UK to publish the official tie-in books to the upcoming “The Hobbit” movies. Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the owners of the movie rights to The Hobbit, allowed the Boston based publisher the rights through a licensing agreement to continue to publish the works of JRR ...

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