Soapbox: Lord Of The Rings – 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth

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Otherwise known as “the mythical kingdom of New Zealand”…

From the moment J.R.R. Tolkien first introduced readers to Middle-earth with The Hobbit, fans have been blown away by the scope of his fantasy world. With its detailed history, constructed languages and well-established geography, Middle-earth is arguably the most fully-realized imaginary environment in all of literature.

Indeed, the unmatched immersive quality of Tolkien’s life’s work has had such a profound effect on the genre that it’s spawned countless imitators over the years. Although some of these – like A Song of Ice and Fire – have made a worthwhile attempt at capturing a similar sense of reality to the one Tolkien was able to infuse into his own magical realm, none have so far surpassed the bar set by Middle-earth.

In recent years, more people than ever have become familiar with Tolkien’s world of Hobbits, Wizards and Orcs, thanks to the huge success of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, more casual fans – particularly those who haven’t read Tolkien’s wider body of work – probably don’t know as much about Middle-earth as they might think.

That’s why we’ve pulled together this list highlighting 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth, in order to bring you fully up to speed on the greatest place that never was!

This post was written exclusively for Screen Rant – click here to read the full article

Soapbox: Lord Of The Rings – 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth

Crystal Ball: The Future Is Now – Five Minority Report Technologies That Came True

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Many readers will have used this exact same technology before – and without the goofy gloves, either!

With all the hoopla surrounding Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, it’s easy to overlook another Philip K. Dick adaptation celebrating its anniversary this month. That’s right: Minority Report recently clocked up 15 years since its theatrical release.

The first collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise, Minority Report is as good as you’d expect from a pair of cinema legends. It offers up a smart, heartfelt and scarily prescient commentary on where humankind might be headed – all wrapped up in a gripping, visually stunning action-thriller detective story!

One of the things the really sets Minority Report apart from other sci-fi movies is just how plausible its fictional world feels. This is largely thanks to the think tank of actual futurists that Spielberg assembled to help him realise his vision of 2054.

It should come as no surprise, then, that so much of the futuristic hardware we see in the film is now very much a reality in our world. Whilst long-range personal jet packs unfortunately remain a mere pipedream (for now…), here are five Minority Report technologies that came true!

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Crystal Ball: The Future Is Now – Five Minority Report Technologies That Came True

Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Star Wars Isn’t Sci-Fi – It’s Fantasy

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One thing we can agree on: it definitely isn’t a musical

As regular readers already know, throughout 2017, The Pop Culture Studio is featuring a series of articles counting down to the release of Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

In this latest post – a Live From The Pop Culture Studio video – discover how the Star Wars saga has more in common with myths and fairytales than with sci-fi!

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Soapbox: Duets, Card Games And Turning Back Time – The Top 10 Big Screen Romantic Moments

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This would have looked soooo much less impressive if he’d used an iPhone…

Romance is a tricky thing to get right, not just in real life, but in the movies, too.

As in real life, when it comes to romantic moments on film – whether it’s a sweeping gesture, an emotional speech or something in-between – those that truly stand-out do so because of the genuine connection we as an audience feel between the loved-up couple on screen.

With that in mind – and in honour of Valentine’s Day today – the following list provides a rundown of the 10 big screen romantic moments where just such a connection takes place, and which are guaranteed to set your heart aflutter!

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Soapbox: Duets, Card Games And Turning Back Time – The Top 10 Big Screen Romantic Moments

Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

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Have three little words ever caused such Internet frenzy?

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about movie titles. It’s also no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about Star Wars.

So it’s not going to come as much of a shock when I say that after the recent announcement that Star Wars – Episode VIII is called The Last Jedi, I found myself spending a frankly embarrassing amount of time considering what makes a good Star Wars title, and that before too long, I had ranked all eight episode titles from best to worst.

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Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

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It may improve your mood, but singing in the rain is actually a pretty great way to get pneumonia…

With the tragic news of Debbie Reynold’s death last week, film fans around the globe have been celebrating her life by looking back at her amazing career. Of all the films Ms Reynolds starred in, perhaps the most beloved is 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain.

A breezy comedy-musical charting the struggles of a 1920s film studio to transition from silent movies to “talkies”, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most iconic flicks in cinema history, and – thanks to its strong cast, influence on the genre, eye-catching visuals, timelessness and charm – it’s arguably the greatest big screen musical ever made.

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Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

Soapbox: 10 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Quotes To Live By

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Bonus Quote: “And my axe” should always be how you offer to join a band

It’s hard to believe it, but The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring turns 15 this month.

To celebrate the anniversary of the first film in Peter Jackson’s smash-hit adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic trilogy of novels, here’s a rundown of 10 Fellowship of the Ring quotes fans can (and do) live their lives by.

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Soapbox: 10 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Quotes To Live By