Gollum impersonator Ian Walters (Ijameswalters) is back with a new cover. This time, his Gollum covers Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” with (what we assume) is a couple more dollars from Buzzfeed who hosted the video. Walters finally leaves his room to scale some rocks and sing in a cave, just like the real Gollum would be.
As we learned while reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (sorry, we’re Canadian), music has the ability to tame the wild beast.
Watch as this ostrich gets down and jiggy with it as one man plays the Lord of the Rings song. Apparently, according to multiple YouTube comments, the ostrich just performed the mating dance, so never were truer words spoken when our music man yelled, “It love me!”
Crowd sourcing has become an efficient means fund a number of different projects — be it medical bills, video games or a Veronica Mars movie. Now you and your friends can pitch in to make a favourite t-shirt design into a reality with TeePublic.
Launched by Josh Abramson (co-founder of College Humor and Vimeo), TeePublic is making it easier for graphic designers to finally see their designs on a t-shirt. The way it works is anyone can upload their designs and if 30 people in a month (that’s one person a day) agrees to buy your shirt, the company will put it into production and with every shirt sold, $5 per shirt goes back to the designer.
Considering just how creative the internet gets (have you seen the sloth photos?), here are just some of our favourite shirts so far on TeePublic:
1. Best Buds by CorwinWebb
2. STAY CLASSY by jordansoliz
3. RASCAL by Keddie
The one and only ljameswalters strikes again with what’s sure to be a hit in Middle Earth. Things get a little darker this time around as the internet start sings “Mad World” as covered by Gary Jules and featured in the cult classic, Donnie Darko (the original was by done by Tears For Fears which isn’t as good).
The video also features a keyboardist to help keep the mood sad and sombre. Make sure to get your tissues ready as the tears will surely be flowing in this version. Also, don’t forget to watch the original Gollum “I Dreamed A Dream” video HERE.
Winning comment of the day:
So do we. So do we.
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The Oscars are this weekend and we’re placing our bets on Anne Hathaway to win Best Supporting Actress. Her rendition of “I Dream A Dream” in Les Misérables had us crying like little babies in the theatre. Except unlike babies who are adorable even when they’re crying (minus the wailing. That’s never fun), it was a full blown ugly cry session (Think Lauren Conrad with the single mascara tear running down her face).
This video of YouTuber Ijameswalters singing “I Dream A Dream” has us crying for other reasons. He had the brilliant idea to sing the iconic song as Gollum from Lord of the Rings. His facial impressions are pretty priceless. If the studios ever re-make the series (please don’t) and Andy Serkis, the actor who plays Gollum via CGI technology, isn’t available, we hope that Ijameswaters get the role.
Watch Gollum Sing “I Dream A Dream”
This column is the second of four installments hoping to inspire fandoms everywhere to wear what they love with pride (read the first here). Because why should you limit your fan experience to your home or the latest con? The answer: THERE ARE NONE.
But just in case you’re unsure on how to break out of the hoodie-jeans-tee combo, I’m going to show you a couple of ways to incorporate some of your favourite fandom-related items into every day life.
This week is all about the accessories because hey, sometimes it can be all about the details.
While most people refrain from it, it’s actually incredibly easy to incorporate fandom-related accessories into your wardrobe. Like anything in fashion, all it takes is confidence.
I find that the best accessories are always understated. That way you’re just slyly referring to your likes and interests, and it becomes a little inside joke between you and those who share those interests.
Take a simple bowtie for example. Wait, what? Girls can’t wear bowties? Blasphemy. Go and look at the wonderfully dressed women at any good menswear show because those ladies know how to work a bowtie. And like the Doctor say, “Bowties are cool.”
If you are a Doctor Who fan, I would typically suggest sticking to a red bow tie. It’s what the Doctor wears and it’s not a hard look to steal. If you are looking to get a little cheeky, Gallifreyan bowties do exist, they’re just a little harder to find.
Jewelry is always a nice touch, especially when they’re small and simple. Take these The One Ring earrings for example. They look like any other gold earrings except they have the Mordor inscription on them. Dope.
Remember when the Mockingjay wasn’t plastered on movie posters? Despite its popularity, sticking a Mockingjay pin on your backpack or shirt is a sly nod to the fandom as it’s small and still looks pretty need.
Want to get into the nail art trend but don’t have the steady hand for it? Try some some nail stickers! They’re really easy to put on and last quite a while. Here’s a trick: make sure to paint on a bit of topcoat over the decal. The design will last even longer.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll get some high fives from complete strangers on your way to class.
They say never to judge a book by it’s cover and I think we’ve found the reason why. This 80′s cover of The Hobbit is somehow simultaneously terrifying and hilarious:
I may be judging this cover a little unfairly considering I’m going to use some references from the 2000s (about 20 years after this cover came out) to describe what is going on. Basically, it looks like Saturday Night Live’s Horatio Sanz (as Bilbo Baggins and pre-weight loss) is in some creepy romantic relationship with the Green Goblin (as Gollum) from the Tobey McGuire Spider-Man movies. I also truly believe there is some weird The 50 Shades of Grey-esque relationship going on because not only is Bilbo carrying his elvish dagger, but the cover looks like it’s been done in the cheesy romance novel style.
Did I just make this really weird and creepy? Good because it totally is. But is this cover creepier than this one:
or this one: Read more…
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has finally arrived to grace the eyeballs of my fellow nerdlingers. But for those who didn’t get their hands on advance tickets (totally not me or anything), there are ways to savour The Hobbity goodness that awaits on the Internet. This week, TheWarpZone has blessed us with a random One Direction-Hobbit mash-up that is actually unbearably catchy.
The video shows Frodo and Bilbo fighting over that “one ring,” which is supposed to be a pun for “One Thing” by One Direction. The writers behind this video are just too good. It’s like they’ve hit the hearts of every fangirl who happens to love 1D and The Hobbit simultaneously. At least now we have something to listen to whilst we weep until we finally get to see “The Hobbit.”
Screen Junkies finally took on one of the most requested titles for their Honest Trailer series, nerd bible The Lord of the Rings. The team sat through each movie AND the extended footage to pluck out the best scenes in honour of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
The movie, which employed an entire nation, ended up being a very expensive tourism commercial, showcasing hills and mountains by having the characters walk, stroll, hike and galavant across epic landscapes. Then there are the endless endings — seriously, they go on FOREVER.
Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly impossible to keep waiting for “The Hobbit” to hit theatres? Cue overly dramatic, inner nerdling reaction here:
The amazing people of the internet are not making this process easy either. Just a few days ago, I came across this glorious Hobbit-Goonies mash-up made by YouTuber Lance Ford. Today, the Internet has presented us with “Unlikely Quotes From The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Official Parody 2012.” That was a mouthful. But it’s worth every second.
In the video, made by Octavarius Comedy, Gandalf, Thorin, and Bilbo Baggins go on an unexpected journey to what appears to be a city. Misery ensues — but along the way, the characters basically namedrop a bunch of famous movie quotes and characters that would never, ever be mentioned in the real film. Not even you, Lord Voldy. The characters also use some pretty explicit language that I think would only send fans into fits of laughter if they were included in the actual film. The parody is just making it that much harder to wait for the film to come out. But I’m glad the wonderful people of the internet are doing what they do best.
Watch the video here:
It really does suck to be an avid Lord of the Rings fan who doesn’t live in New Zealand. While it’s easy to live the life of a dedicated LOTR fangirl, apparently they are just living it up in New Zealand, where the films were actually filmed. Oh and the weather is really nice there too, according to this Elvish weather man.
PureNewZealand uploaded this awesome news report that features a Sindarin speaking weather man who let’s everyone aware of the beautiful summer ahead in Middle Earth. The language is usually exclusive between the elves, but clearly this weather man wants to share his talents with the world. The report is basically coming just in time for the release of The Hobbit. Don’t be surprised if you hear people brushing up on their Sindarin for this long-anticipated film.
Watch the weather report here:
If you, like me, indulge in marathon weekends of watching The Lord of the Rings trilogies roughly once a year, you’re probably incredibly excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Bilbo Baggins journeys to the Lonely Mountain on a hunt for stolen treasure with a bunch of Dwarves. Although the new trailer is only a little more than two-minutes in length, the Peter Jackson-directed movie looks like it will include all the stunning cinematography and realistic CGI effects we’re used to.
The film stars Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom and will be out on Dec. 14.
Watch it here:
Everyone is already raving about how good the trailer looks, so when the two-part epic “The Hobbit” finally hits theatres next December, it will surely break box-office records.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (a good casting call, if you ask me) and Ian McKellen returns to the “Lord of the Rings” franchise as Galdalf.
Of course the film couldn’t have been directed without Peter Jackson, who has filmed all three previous LOTR films. In fact, many familiar faces band together once again for “The Hobbit”, such as Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will premiere December 14, 2012 and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will be released December 13, 2013. It seems like we’d have to wait forever for these films but I guarantee it will be well worth the wait.
God dangit Peter! Don’t you know you that millions of the world’s biggest, greasiest, lamest, acne-filled, Gandalf-worshipping geeks are patiently waiting for their film version of “The Hobbit”?
Sure you do, but you had to go and have an ulcer. How convenient for you, Sir Peter, to be able to take time off whenever the hell you please? Must be nice to be able to abandon one of the world’s largest film-crews in the treacherous mountains of New Zealand to schedule a doctors appointment when you have a little tummy ache.
How selfish can a film director be? Does he knot know that I, along with many others, in anticipation for the Hobbit, have almost burned out the bottom of our “Return of the King” special edition dvds because we’ve watched them too many times. With full commentary. From Gollum.
Apparently, Peter Jackson doesn’t realize any of this. Because E online is reporting that Jackson was indeed admitted to a to a New Zealand hospital “after complaining of stomach pains”. After some poking and prodding, it was determined Jackson would need emergency surgery for an ulcer.
The Oscar-winning director’s publicist, Melissa Booth, said that only a “minimal” delay is expected and the first of the two movies is still scheduled for release in December 2012, with the second due a year later.
It all sounds optimistic, but a “minimal” delay in Middle Earth can really turn into a to-do.
It seems that Peter Jackson isn’t the only person New Line Cinema failed to give a proper cut of profits.
The film studio is now being sued by the estate of the late J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, reports USA Today.
The Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins, who originally printed the books, filed the lawsuit Monday. The suit claims that 7.5% of the gross receipts from the films is still owed to the estate and other plaintiffs. With the films bringing in billions of dollars, that’s a huge chunk of change.
It took Jackson years of fighting with New Line before he got the money that was owed to him by New Line, but their relationship has been repaired. Jackson will the be producer on “The Hobbit,” also by Tolkien. No word yet on whether this new lawsuit will affect production.
Guillermo Del Toro may have won a ticket to Middle Earth.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker is in talks to take the reigns from Peter Jackson and direct “The Hobbit.” The J.R.R. Tolkien novel will reportedly be split into two films, with Jackson producing.
Del Toro has already built a strong following in the science fiction and fantasy crowd, with the Oscar-nominated “Pan’s Labyrinth” and cult hit “Hellboy.”
Jackson, who co-wrote and directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is already committed to several other projects, so he will not be able to write the “Hobbit” script. The process of picking a writer will be fast-tracked once the Writer’s Guild of America strike has been resolved.
In the meantime, Del Toro already has a full plate with 12 projects in various stages of development.
Peter Jackson will get to travel back to Middle Earth for “The Hobbit” and its sequel after all.
The Oscar-winning director has settled his issues with New Line Cinema, which were preventing him from joining the project. New Line owed him considerable profits from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and there was a public falling out that had many fans outraged.
Now that the partnership is back on, Peter Jackson and collaborator Fran Walsh will indeed be on the team as the producers, according to the press release out today. Jackson stated, “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael (the New Line CEOs), and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”
No official word has been released on who will direct. Sam Raimi was rumoured to have the job, and said he would refuse if Jackson was not producing.
Head of film studio New Line BOB SHAYE insists THE LORD OF THE RINGS Oscar winner PETER JACKSON will never be allowed to direct THE HOBBIT while he is at the company.
Jackson and his production company Wingnut Films are currently embroiled in a legal dispute with New Line Cinema over royalties from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. And the lawsuit has enraged the film studio so much they won’t allow the Jackson a chance to the upcoming fantasy prequel.
He fumes, “He’s got a quarter of a billion dollars paid to him so far, justifiably, according to contract, completely right.
“And this guy… turns around without wanting to have a discussion with us and sues us and refuses to discuss it unless we just give in to his plan.
“I don’t want to work with that guy any more. Why would I? So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I’m still working at the company.”
Lord of the Ring stars SIR IAN McKELLEN and ELIJAH WOOD have already expressed their disappointment at the news.
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Sir Ian McKellen, who pretty much made the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movies, is threatening not to reprise his role in the upcoming Hobbit movies.
McKellen is as mad as a raging fanboy over reports that Peter Jackson won’t be directing the prequel to the fantasy series.
“I’m very sad as I should have relished revisiting middle Earth with Peter again as team-leader,” he says, according to Contactmusic.com.
“It’s hard to imagine any other director matching his achievement in Tolkien country.”
New Line canned Jackson because his production company, Wingnut Films, is in a legal battle with New Line Cinema over royalties from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Toronto’s production of “The Lord of the Rings” might close as early as Labour Day, the Toronto Star reports.
Sources tell the paper that a formal announcement regarding an official closing date will come in the next days or weeks. Tickets for the show are currently on sale until Sept. 24.
Last week it was announced the musical will make it’s London premiere next year. The musical also swept the Dora awards on Monday night.
“I’m not saying a word about this,” David Mirvish said to the paper when asked to comment on the speculation.
According the Star, if a closing date were announced now, it may boost ticket sales from people who otherwise would have been waiting until the fall to buy their tickets to the show.
Critically, “The Lord of the Rings” flopped, but it has brought in quite an audience, due in part to advance ticket sales, especially from Mirvish subscribers.