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While Amazon has become an Emmys juggernaut with more intimate series like “Fleabag” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” those kind of character-based stories are not all the streaming service does — or plans to do. And no upcoming series proves that point more than Amazon's long-awaited, multi-season television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings.”
Amazon has kept news about “The Lord of the Rings” as quiet as it possibly can, but IndieWire has compiled a list of the nine must-know details about the upcoming series. One key update: on March 17 Amazon Prime Video announced that it was closing production on the series in New Zealand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure comes one month after the series started filming, and after New Zealand instituted protective immigration measures to protect the country from the coronavirus, including 14 days of compulsory self-isolation for citizens and visitors entering the country.
That being said — a closure of production is not a cancellation of the show and with a very broad and anticipated 2021 air date, there is no reason at this point to believe that the project's release will be delayed. So from its big shoes to fill as another Tolkien adaptation to its hush-hush casting, below is everything you need to know about Amazon's “The Lord of the Rings.”Photo : Shutterstock For the Newbies, It's Based on Epic Source Material
Chances are fairly high you already know about the source material of this particular Amazon series, but in case you don't: Amazon's “The Lord of the Rings” series is based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel series of the same name. A sequel series to Tolkien's 1937 novel “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings” consists of three novels: “The Fellowship of the Ring” published in July 1954, “The Two Towers” published in November 1954, and “The Return of the King” published in October 1955. Take notes, George R.R. Martin.
Both of these stories exist in a world of mythical creatures such as wizards, dwarves, elves, orcs, and of course, hobbits. “The Hobbit” follows the titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, as he embarks on an incredibly dangerous adventure far away from the safety of his home in the idyllic Shire. During his travels, he found the One Ring and took it home with him. “The Lord of the Rings” begins with an older Bilbo giving the Ring to his younger cousin Frodo, who is then tasked—with the aid of the Company of the Ring—to destroy the ring in the Fire of Mount Doom in Mordor, where it was forged and the only place it can be destroyed.
Since their original publications, there have been multiple adaptations of both “The Hobbit”...
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch the battle sequence in the Mines of Moria from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with all the sword blades replaced by lightsabers. Plus, watch as some of Ellen DeGeneres‘ frequent kid guests check out Toy Fair 2020 back in February, and watch as The Eternals star shows off his fridge and gym that helped him get in tight shape for Marvel Studios.
First up, the Mines of Moria is already an awesome sequence from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. But it’s made even more epic when Immersion VFX has all the swords are replaced by lightsabers. In fact, even the arrows shot from bows are given a glowing lightsaber tip. I’m willing to bet almost and battle sequence can be improved with lightsabers.
Next, Ellen DeGeneres had some of her frequent kid guests go to Toy Fair 2020 in New York back in February, but The Ellen Show only just recently showed off what their experience was like. See what toys captured their attention, and see what happens when they talk to Shaquille O’Neal at the Tonka trucks booth.
Finally, you’ve probably heard that comedian Kumail Nanjiani got ripped to take a superhero role in Marvel’s The Eternals. And if you’re wondering how he pulled it off, Men’s Health had him show off the kind of stuff in his fridge and the workouts he does at the gym in order to get that tight physique that Marvel Studios needs for their big screen superheroes.
On the April 1, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
Opening Banter: We did it! We finally conquered the month of March! Or did it conquer us?
At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing: Jacob wants to know which stores and shops near you are taking the pandemic seriously. Brad participated in a Google Hangout trivia night with friends, played Pictionary with his parents through Skype. HT sat on her fire escape and got drunk singing Cats songs because there’s NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. What we’ve been Reading: Peter has been reading or looking at The Art of The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak. Ben read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs What we’ve been Watching: Brad, HT and Jacob watched Tiger King. Peter watched Castaway with Kitra who had never seen it, binge-watched Ozark season 3, and the two-part season 2 opening of Darkside of the Ring on Vice, and is still enjoying Westworld even though it’s inching back towards the mystery box. Brad watched The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Ringer, the second season of A.P. Bio. Jacob is binge-watching New Girl. He also watched The Gift, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Furies. Chris watched Little Women. Ben rewatched Portrait of a Lady on Fire and watched The Long Good Friday, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Happy Death Day, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and the first two episodes of AppleTV+’s Home Before Dark. Hoai-Tran watched Little Fires Everywhere, Tower of God, the new Amazon series Tales from the Loop, Space Jam, The Rocketeer, West Side Story, rewatched Mask of Zorro. What we’ve been Eating: Brad tried Mountain Dew Frost Bite and Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale What we’ve been Playing: Brad tried the trial preview demo for Predator: Hunting Grounds Jacob is all-in and fully obsessed with The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. He also participated in his first online game night.
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Fox has ordered a second season of its animated family comedy Duncanville for 2021-2022. The series hails from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV.
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Duncanville joins fellow Fox freshman animated series Bless the Harts, which also has already been renewed for a second season.
The network has been ramping up its animated portfolio over the past two years and currently has five series on the air, veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, and newcomers Bless the Harts and Duncanville, with two more, Housebroken and The Great North, set to join the lineup next season. Animation is one film/TV area that is still going during the pandemic-related Hollywood shutdown, with production done remotely, so work can be done on current seasons as well orders for next season.
“Duncanville is another great addition to our Sunday Animation Domination block,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Amy, Mike and Julie have been fantastic partners, as have the teams at 20th and Universal Television. Our thanks also go out to the entire voice cast, including Ty, Ricki, Betsy, Yassir, Zach, Joy, Rashida and Wiz. Duncan may be an average teen. However, the show is anything but, and we can't wait for a brand-new season of Harris family adventures.”
Duncanville has been a soft linear performer, with its Live+Same day rating deliveries among the lowest for a Fox series this season, but it has done well on digital. Season-to-date, Duncanville averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is Fox's most-streamed new comedy this season, Its premiere is Fox's most-streamed animated debut on record 7-day average.
The series follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, voiced by Poehler, with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls...but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He's not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he's never anything less than amazing. Poehler also voices Duncan's mother, Annie, and Ty Burrell voices Duncan's father, Jack. Featured voices also include Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment, Duncanville was co-created by the Scullys and Poehler, through her Paper...