Lord of the Rings
AI is coming for Hollywood scriptwriters – this is how they are going to do it
Artificial intelligence mashups of Lord of the Rings, Pixar and Wes Anderson are amusing novelties, but how long before the robots are generating whole screenplays – and can we be sure they’re not already?
12, May, 2023 @3:30 PM
‘Rimmed with fire’: rare butterfly genus named after Sauron in Lord of the Rings
Newly discovered species with vivid orange and black markings named for evil ruler of Mordor to pique interest in conservation
07, May, 2023 @6:00 AM
Return of the king: what can the movies teach us about the coronation?
Icy rejection in Welles’s Chimes at Midnight, Chalamet stripped to the waist, a swaggering Chris Hemsworth – which will Charles channel on Saturday?
04, May, 2023 @7:00 AM
Are we right to be nervous about the new Lord of the Rings movies?
Elijah Wood has expressed his ‘surprise’ over plans for new movies of Tolkien’s fantasy classic – but they couldn’t be any worse than the book-butchering Hobbit trilogy
21, Apr, 2023 @9:02 AM
Hits and myths: why has Hollywood abandoned ancient Greece?
Tolkien-inspired mythology has taken over our screens while a treasure chest of epic fantasy tales lies unused
24, Mar, 2023 @11:57 AM
New Lord of the Rings films in the works at Warner Bros
Announcement comes 20 years after Peter Jackson’s trilogy was released and amid a scramble for franchises at Warner Bros Discovery
23, Feb, 2023 @10:22 PM
Refuse firm Lord of the Bins ordered to change its name by Tolkien franchise
Two-man business contacted by lawyers of Middle-earth Enterprises, which owns rights to Lord of the Rings
04, Feb, 2023 @4:12 PM
Serious concerns raised in NZ about environmental impact of major productions including Amazon’s Rings of Power
In response to workers’ claims of high emissions and waste, Amazon says it complied with all laws and ‘either met or exceeded industry standards’
Tess McClure in Auckland
08, Nov, 2022 @9:00 PM
Larry Rew obituary
Other lives: British stage and film actor who spent a number of years working in theatre in New Zealand
Ross Berkeley Simpson
18, Oct, 2022 @6:23 PM
‘They scan your eyeballs just to get on set!’ Charlie Vickers on The Rings of Power
The actor, who plays Halbrand in the Lord of the Rings show, talks about auditioning in secret, fleeing sea beasts with Galadriel … and what Tolkien would think about the racist backlash
12, Oct, 2022 @4:30 PM
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power recap episode seven – is that Gandalf I spy?
Ahead of next week’s finale, it’s high drama with Middle-earth’s answer to Pompeii. And have we really met everyone’s favourite grey wizard?
07, Oct, 2022 @8:00 PM
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power clip prompts barrage of gleeful parodies
The short clip, which some falsely claimed was the show’s opening credits, has earned comparisons to Kath & Kim, The Young and the Restless and a strangely similar episode of Community
02, Sep, 2022 @8:07 AM
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