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. ;)
I shouldn’t laugh. Especially considering the calibre of my German. But what the hell.
Here we go with bad “Engrish” subtitling on “The Two Towers.” Apparently Gimli will need to be “toasted” rather than “tossed.” And just wait til you see what Gimli demands that wolf bring to his… uh… “axe.”
Thanks to Jessa for the link.
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.
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!
The Frenzy Page offers some screen captures from a bootleg copy of “Fellowship of the Ring” with hilariously bad translations.
My personal favourites are, “So, Mr elf, you will enjoy the specialty of the drawfs” and “By night fall the hill will swamp over with ox.”
Ah, the joys of language.
Today would have been JRR Tolkien’s 113th birthday. You can post a toast in honour of the Professor on the Tolkien Society website. Or just read what others have said.
Seems a fitting way to remember a great storyteller.
The Leaky Cauldron starts out the year with some spoiler pictures from the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Also check out the first picture of that woman we all love to hate: Rita Skeeter.
Googling for ‘star wars blog‘ gives you a whole lot of stuff about that poor kid whose video got leaked. However, I did find SciFi News Blog and some interesting thoughts on the importance of the soundtrack.
Speaking of random webstuffs, looks like there’s a new issue of Saga Journal.
AICN has a link to some very interesting and apparently not officially released photos from “Revenge of the Sith.”
Needless to say… SPOILERS!
Ewan McGregor is putting his new position as UNICEF ambassador to good use by calling for donations to help the children of Asia.
‘UNICEF need $25 million (