Category Archives: Movie News and Rumors

Articles discussing news and rumors about upcoming movies. Science fiction and fantasy connections may only extend to who is making the movies, if not the movie topics and themes.

Bringing A Star Wars Galaxy to a Middle-earth Near You

It seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.  This week “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters around the world (and advanced ticket sales surged past $100 million several days ago, setting a new record).  And fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and George Lucas are constantly comparing their stories, partly because Lucas borrowed some ideas from Tolkien and partly because that is what science fiction and fantasy fans do.  So I decided to take a new look at the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings tales side-by-side.

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Legend of the Seeker Fans Asking Sam Raimi for a Movie

Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi

Fans of the hit television show Legend of the Seeker are still hopeful that a movie deal can be worked out. The show was cancelled in 2010 when the Tribune Company, forced into bankruptcy by a badly managed leveraged buyout, dropped its support for the syndicated show. Losing the Tribune stations cost Legend of the Seeker 1/3 of its American television market and the remaining 2/3 could not generate ratings high enough to keep the show in production. ABC Studios, which own the rights to the show (based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels), made a half-hearted attempt to find a network to pick up the show (they aimed for SyFy, which did a lousy job of testing the market).
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Legend of the Seeker Fans Appeal to Sam Raimi Directly

I can’t go into all the politics behind the scenes of the fan-run campaign to bring back Legend of the Seeker — mostly because I don’t know all the details — but I can say happily that the campaign continues and just a few days ago I became aware of a new initiative.

Legend of the Seeker was a syndicated television show based (loosely) upon Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels. Goodkind always supported the show and the show’s fans, which I felt was remarkable for an author. Most authors cringe at the thought of allowing any film or TV production company near their work (at least during their lifetimes) because there are inevitably always changes.
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What We’re Saying About “Iron Man 3”

If you haven’t seen “Iron Man 3” yet — if you’re in doubt about whether to go see the movie at all while it is in the theater — then you just may want to check out the SF Fandom forum discussion “Iron Man 3 – My Take” or SciFi Guy’s review of “Iron Man 3” on Communizine.
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Comparing “The Hobbit” to “The Lord of the Rings”

Have you wondered how Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” will differ from Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings”? SciFi Guy over at Communizine has written a thoughtful comparison of the changes that will distinguish the two movie trilogies from each other.
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Denny’s Does Hobbit Fan Chow for Middle-earth

“Dinner and a movie” just got a whole new meaning, thanks to Denny’s, the American diner/restaurant company. They picked up what could be a very lucrative restaurant contract for Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy. Starting on November 6 patrons will be able to dine in Hobbitish style at their local Denny’s in anticipation of the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. However, a small group of bloggers (including me) were invited to try the menu in advance of the general campaign launch. Obviously they were hoping we would chat it up.
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