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How Howard Shore’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Score Elevated The Story (Video)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If you’re a fan of movies, chances are you’re a fan of movie scores. But while the music of a film can elicit emotions and enhance our experience viewing it and overall appreciation of it, sometimes there’s so much more going on in those compositions than most of us ever realize.

With an example of this, YouTube user The Nerdwriter has released a new video exploring composer Howard Shore‘s work on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how his music actually elevated the already stellar story it told.

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Peter Jackson Had Replica Of ‘The Hobbit’s Bag End Built Behind Secret Doors At His House
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Peter Jackson On The Set Of The Hobbit

What happens when a geek finds themselves abundantly wealthy? They purchase massive homes and add lots and lots of amazing stuff to them. We’ve seen it with Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House, and now we have another example with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies director Peter Jackson‘s 1930s mansion in New Zealand.

Jackson has had all sorts of cool stuff built to make his home unique, but perhaps most notably is the addition of an exact replica of Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit house, Bag End. And better yet, Jackson had it built underground, behind secret doors.

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Sir Christopher Lee – Remembering a Legend
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Christopher Lee

This is not an obituary or a career retrospective. This is simply one fan discussing his memories of an amazing man and tremendous actor — Sir Christopher Lee, who passed away earlier this week. There’s a popular meme making the rounds on Facebook detailing the accolades of Christopher Lee, ending with the line, “Now let’s see Chuck Norris top that.” I won’t discuss Lee’s absolutely badass life in great detail, but suffice to say he served in the military every year of WWII, was a highly ranked British officer, hunted Nazi war criminals, and was knighted for his contributions to the arts. This is about Christopher Lee the performer, a man born 93 years ago who had 281 IMDb credited roles and was probably the greatest screen villain in history.

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Legendary Actor Sir Christopher Lee Has Died
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Christopher Lee as Saruman The Hobbit

Legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, best known to modern audiences for his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings film trilogies, died on Sunday in a London hospital after suffering from respiratory problems and heart failure, according to The Guardian. He was 93. Danish former model Birgit Kroencke Lee, his wife of over 50 years, reportedly delayed releasing the news until today so that family could be notified first.

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St. Patrick’s Day: ‘Kiss Me I’m Elvish’ Lord Of The Rings Shirt Sale
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St. Patrick's Day Sale - Kiss Me I’m Elvish Lord Of The Rings Shirt ThinkGeek

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, ThinkGeek has brought back a variation on their limited edition Kiss Me I’m Elvish t-shirt and is offering it for FREE today with the purchase of $30 or more.

This Lord Of The Rings-inspired 100% cotton kelly green t-shirt features the words “Kiss Me I’m Elvish” in white letters. The same phrase is also written in Tengwar in Feanorian script resembling that of the inscription on the One Ring. The background design is inspired by the white Tree of Gondor.

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 144 Minutes
Release Date: December 17, 2014

“In all the mountains there was a forging and an arming. Then they marched and gathered by hill and valley, going ever by tunnel or under dark, until around and beneath the great mountain Gundabad of the North, where was their capital, a vast host was assembled ready to sweep down in time of storm unawares upon the South.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Co-written and directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third and final chapter in a trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel, The Hobbit.

At the conclusion of 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and the Dwarves reclaimed the Lonely Mountain, but failed to kill the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Unable to reclaim his precious treasure, the dragon fled the mountain and set his sights on laying waste to Lake-town.

The Battle of the Five Armies picks up only moments after, with Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) defending his home against the “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities.” Meanwhile, Sauron sends forth legions of Orcs to the Lonely Mountain to attack Bilbo and the Dwarves. With Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) at their side, the races of Men, Elves, and Dwarves must unite to save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord and his minions.

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FREE: ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring’ On Google Play
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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If you have an android-based device of any kind, then you might wanna head over to Google Play and nab today’s FREE gift, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

The “purchase” will add the movie to your Google Play library and become accessible (in HD, no less!) from anywhere with an Internet connection on a device or conveniently on your Chromecast-equipped television.

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Deal: Movies & TV Box Sets: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Avengers, Batman & More!
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Lord of the Rings blu-ray trilogy set

Right now, Amazon is having a mega-sale on Movies and TV Box Sets! Below is some of the selections available for a discounted price:

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray – $34.99
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Episodes I-III – $53.88
Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD) – $34.99
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray (all six movies) – $76.49
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection — Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Combo – $145.66
Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection Blu-ray – $54.96
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Editions Blu-ray – $53.48
Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray – $49.99
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel Blu-ray – $149.99
Jurassic Park: Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray – $39.99
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray – $79.99
True Blood: The Complete Series Blu-ray – $194.99
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Blu-ray – $109.99

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Deal: ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Media Collections
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Lord of the Rings blu-ray trilogy set

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day today over at Amazon today is up to 75% off The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Media Collections, with items in them like the Shadow of Mordor video game on PS4 or Xbox One, the Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Editions on Blu-ray, and the J.R.R. Tolkien Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Paperback Box Sets.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Ultimate Media Collection [PS4]
$72.70 [66% off the list price of $215.93]

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Ultimate Media Collection [Xbox One]
$72.70 [66% off the list price of $215.93]

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Media Collection [PS4]
$54.98 [69% off the list price of $179.97]

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Media Collection [Xbox One]
$54.98 [69% off the list price of $179.97]

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Extended Edition Blu-ray]
$29.99 [75% off the list price of $119.98]

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Must Watch: ‘Hobbit’-Themed Air New Zealand Safety Video With Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, More
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Elijah Wood in Air New Zealand Safety Video

Air New Zealand has created what they have dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” and it would not be easy to argue otherwise.

The safety video is inspired by the world of Middle-earth and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies that are set there. It features cast and crew from those movies, such as star Elijah Wood, director Sir Peter Jackson, actor Dean O’Gorman (Fili), actor Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), and Weta co-founder and five-time Oscar-winning special effects, makeup, and costume design wiz Sir Richard Taylor.

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