Reviews, articles, rants & ramblings on the darker side of the media fringe

Posts tagged “The Hobbit

Sir Christopher Lee – R.I.P.

Sir-Christopher-LeeSad news just in, one of my all time movie star heroes, for as long as I can remember, Sir Christopher Lee, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to sources.

The decision to release the news days after was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for over 50 years.

His film career started in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 50s, when Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame. His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with fellow legend, Peter Cushing.

Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula, a role which became one of his most widely recognised although the actor wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated. “They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film Magazine in 2005. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. Eventually I told them that I wasn’t going to play Dracula any more. All hell broke loose.”

In the 70s, Lee continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he considered to be his best… he’s right.

He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011. Lee still has one film yet to be released, the fantasy film Angels in Notting Hill.


Lord of the Rings – By Aaron Horkey

horkey-lotr-reg-full_new horkey-lotr-var-full


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Comic Con Trailer

Peter Jackson’s bloated Hobbit trilogy wraps with the final chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which he gave fans a sneak peek at over the weekend at Comic-Con. Warner Bros. has now released the trailer first seen in Hall H at the convention, in which the heroes of Middle Earth must contend with the ferocious dragon Smaug and the fast-mobilizing forces of Sauron, the latter of which took center stage in The Lord Of The Rings. Here’s the new look at the December 17 release set to hit theaters in 3D, 2D, IMAX, and the awful High Frame Rate 3D.


The Witch King by Florian Bertmer

florian-bertmer-witch-king-and-fell-beast-regularflorian-bertmer-witch-king-and-fell-beast-variant


LEGO: The Hobbit

LEGO The Hobbit sends players of all ages on an unforgettable interactive journey through the first two films in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Players will follow Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. Bilbo leaves the comforts of the Shire on a journey through Middle-earth to help the Dwarves reclaim their lost Kingdom of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, he is introduced to ravenous Trolls, dangerous Orcs and, of course, Gollum and his precious Ring.
Check out the new trailer released today to see more of the highly anticipated LEGO® The Hobbit™ videogame featuring all of your favourite characters from the first two films in The Hobbit Trilogy in LEGO form, including Bilbo, Gandalf, and the Dwarves of Erebor.
I’d rather watch this than The Hobbit again…


The Hobbit – Fan Art by Franco Clun

The Hobbit_Franco Clun Franco Clun_The Hobbt


Ringwraith – Lord of the Rings Poster Art

Mike-Sutfin-Lord-of-the-Rings-regMike-Sutfin-Lord-of-the-Rings-var