The Shire near Brum?

A nature reserve near Birmingham, which was one of JRR Tolkien’s favourite childhood haunts, will be renamed “The Shire Country Park” in honour of the author.

According to the local authority’s cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture:

“The Shire Country Park will help raise the awareness of Tolkien’s close ties with the city and attract visitors from far and wide, keen to discover the places that were such an important influence on the writer.”

What kind of dork would travel there for something like that? Certainly not me. ;)

More Star Wars Actors in the News

Not that any news could possibly be more cool than yesterday’s announcement of the Vanity Fair cover of colliding Star Wars generations, but there were a couple of other tidbits from Star Wars actors in the news.

Natalie Portman is apparently in final negotiations for the lead female role in V for Vendetta.

And Harrison Ford remains popular with the American public. He was named, yet again, to the Favorite Movie Star list pulled together by the Harris Poll.

And please don’t forget that Ewan McGregor is asking his fans to support UNICEF in the wake of the tsunami disaster.

Universes collide on cover of “Vanity Fair”

The cover of the next “Vanity Fair” will feature Uncle George amidst the casts of all six movies. It hits newsstands on January 11th.

You can see the whole picture here (with some character spoilers). Um… wow!

There’s an article here with spoilers ahoy!

Thanks to Ewan News and ComingSoon for the great information.

ETA: Starwars.com has posted another look at the cover image, and an interview with Vanity Fair contributing editor Jim Windolf about talking to Lucas. Possible spoilers!