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  1. Krishtotter

    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/02/08/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-enters-production-in-new-zealand/
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/01/25/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-casts-spartacus-actor/
  3. I'm really liking the castings thus far. Amazon evidently appear to be giving WoT the professional treatment and money it deserves (at least so far as casting is concerned, I'm interested to see if they do try to squeeze 2 books into the first season as some have been speculating courtesy of the episode titles). Maria Doyle Kennedy first came onto my radar in 2007, when she starred as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors. She was excellent in the role and I subsequently saw her in Downton Abbey, Orphan Black and Outlander (as blind aunt Jocasta MacKenzie). In each role, she came across to me as a versatile and accomplished character actress, so I am very curious to see if she is Elaida as Werthead has theorised (weirdly enough, she resembles a lot of the fan art for this character physically). The Aes Sedai women all look very well selected to me and with Rosamund Pike already well locked in from the beginning as Moiraine, the sisterhood are looking pretty fierce at the minute. If I were Rand (Josha Stradowski), I'd be intimidated! I also think the social media engagement from the WoT crew & cast on Twitter, instagram et al. has been very strong, so kudos to Amazon for that. As someone who has only dabbled in the WoT books (just reading EotW & GH in full & skimming a few others, as well as reading about the wider world-building here & there), I'm very much looking forward to the show.
  4. Krishtotter

    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Agreed, I did as well. It's a bit underwhelming, although I agree that that doesn't count for anything so far as quality is concerned. I mean WoT (Amazon's sister fantasy show) has Oscar nominated actor Rosamund Pike and the GoT actor Michael McElhatton. Joseph Mawle and young Ned Stark actor aren't exactly the same (McElhatton was a more prominent actor in the show than them). I would note, though, that this isn't actually the full cast yet. One important point from the Deadline article: This is just the first, initial batch of main cast/regulars.
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    We also still have no clue what source material the licensed rights cover (I mean, we know nothing, pretty much, about this project - not even that) over and above LotR/Appendices. Given that the maps evidently relied upon the description of Númenor in Unfinished Tales (and Shippey subsequently confirmed that he and Howe did in fact use it as a source), we can legitimately surmise that material from this volume, at least, must have been part of the deal, which was concluded in May 2018 (despite being announced in November 2017). According to Variety in November 2017, the original deal did not include The Silmarillion but since the rights situation was only concluded in May 2018, that may only have been for that period in time, it might have changed in the subsequent months of negotiation between Amazon and the Tolkien Estate. There was a recent video uploaded to youtube by a composer, Ralston, who was one of the applicants to come up with the score for the Amazon series. He was rejected last year but posted his orchestral pieces online and one of them was called The Song of Firiel and used Tolkien's original Quenya lyrics from the Númenórean chapters in The Lost Road, one of Christopher Tolkien's compilations and commentaries upon his father's unpublished work in the HoME series. I have no idea if it means that the deal also covered this, and by implication all relevant Second Age material, or if Ralston did this on his own account (I think that unlikely though, given that it was an actual application & I imagine he must have acted within rights, but who knows).
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Indeed, they've been keeping a very low profile. Unlike WoT, which will be new to most folks outside the fantasy genre, they don't actually have to build any excitement or anticipation around the LotR brand, because its already a household name that everyone knows as a result of the books and films. For that reason, I wouldn't expect much fanfare about this project until much nearer the time. When a LotR show drops on Amazon Prime under the name "LotR", many fans of the books/films will pay it attention and at least give it an initial watch out of intrigue. So Amazon aren't going to be plugging it the same way they are going to be with their entirely new property, WoT (and indeed, as Netflix did with the Witcher build-up). I have no expectations of it myself, as we've seen absolutely nothing official yet as to what direction they are going for in terms of plot, visuals, tone/thematic quality or anything else for that matter. Even the casting announcements haven't been confirmed by Amazon, so its impossible for me to prognosticate or comment positively or negatively at this moment in time.
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    He was "young" Ned Stark in the GoT Tower of Joy flashbacks in season 6. He'll be replacing Poulter as one of the leads, "Beldor", according to the report. As ever, Amazon and Aramayo’s reps would not confirm or comment on the reporting.
  8. Krishtotter

    His Dark Materials Series

    On last week's episode though, the ending was so effectively delivered by McAvoy. Any doubts I had about his portrayal of Lord Asriel in episode 1 - where I found him a tad too 'thespian' / over-dramatic at times - were fully allayed by his ability to convey creepy, dark-turn Asriel in that critical moment, which must have disturbed the hell out of unsuspecting viewers who had never read the books (and were thus expecting a loving father - daughter reunion type scenario, primed to think of Asriel - as Lyra herself naively did - as this paternalistic, idealistic and free-thinking uncle/father).
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    His Dark Materials Series

    Couldn't agree more, it looked like a pile-on to me as well. Ruth Wilson is easily the best thing about this adaption imho - I think her ability to convey the character of Mrs Coulter has been exceptional. Through her portrayal, I've discovered so many more layers to the character compared with her book version. A complicated and strangely relatable villain - despite her monstrous deeds, psychosis and undeniable wickedness. And she looks great in the role too, which is a plus but a very secondary consideration to her prodigious skill as an actress. I think in particular of the scenes between her and Lyra in Bolvanger. I found them so powerful. The mother - daughter relationship was fascinating in the books but I'm finding it even more riveting on screen. Not every actor works for everyone, I'll concede (which is A-OK, Ann-Marie Duff's portrayal of Ma Costa personally hasn't worked for me) - but talking about her looking like a simpson's character or finding her alleged overbite (?) off-putting is just.....
  10. Krishtotter

    The Witcher on Netflix 2: Man of steel and silver

    I've watched a few of the episodes and my verdict is that its a very mixed bag, with some decent aspects and some much less so. Not a 'terrible' show, certainly not a 'great show' either - just passable for me, with something "lacking" compared to a few of the other modern fantasy re-makes/adaptions I've watched so far this year (i.e. Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and His Dark Materials which I thought were both , overall, brilliant forays into the fantasy TV bidding wars). The dialogue, in particular, was often a bit sub-par imho. Cavil actually handled the lead role very well - as the emotionally stunted monster-hunter with flashes of nobility and chivalry - and he certainly looked the part, he has quite the physicality and charisma on screen. The actresses playing Ciri and Yennefer I thought were great as well. So the casting was strong. And contrary to some overly critical professional reviews, I didn't find it 'boring' in the least - it was visually interesting (even if some of the CGI didn't look realistic) and there was a lot I found "fun" about the show (i.e. well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat). But the timeline shifts didn't work for me - I thought the narrative structure was all over the place. It didn't give me the time or ability, frankly, to properly invest myself in the plot. I have never read the books or played the games, so the names and events alluded to were often confusing for me. Like, the stuff in episode one with the sorcerer (Stregobar?) mentioning past lore about something called "lilith" and cursed girls...I didn't have a clue what all that was about tbh. The Renfri character - absolutely no idea what all the backstory brought up in her regard was about. A princess that turned evil and sadistic? That was all I really got, along with her brief love affair and then fight scene with Geralt. I was especially disappointed that no wider context was provided for the invasion of Cintra by Nilfgaard, even though they did the 'worldbuilding' work for other more obscure elements of the lore (as with the aforementioned 'cursed girls' thing). This entire series of events seemed to transpire much too quickly for me to have any emotional connection with the inhabitants of the besieged city. The feast scene involving the Queen, her husband and Ciri was too expositionary in my opinion. It literally amounted to (if I may paraphrase from memory of the sequence): Royal husband: "What if the Nilfgaardians invade?" Queen Calanthe: "Nilfgaard isn't going to invade" Ciri: "I want to know about Nilfgaard!" Queen Calanthe: "It doesn't matter child" Messenger arrives Queen Calanthe: "Oh, I was terribly wrong. We're all screwed - the Nilfgaardians are going to invade after all". ....Couldn't that sequence of events have been handled in a better way dialogue-wise and for dramatic tension, with greater emotional depth and subtlety? There is the kernel of a compelling and gripping epic tale in The Witcher - but the confusing presentation, timeshifts, expositionary dialogue and underdeveloped backstory (in places, with far too much over-development of lore thrown at the viewer in other regards), along with some very dodgy CGI, just didn't work as well for me as I'd been hoping from the trailers. That's my honest take on it.
  11. Krishtotter

    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Hey, she was only in her "young" 2000s - 5000s compared to her 8000s in LotR Honestly, I agree the "young" stuff is really pushing things and I'm not entirely sure where they're coming from. Elrond was conceivably young by Elvish standards as he was only in his "50s" at the begining of the Second Age....but an already thousands of years old Galadriel is, umm, taking creative liberties shall we say.
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    She played the nurse in HDM whose daemon had been cut as a child: "This is the best place there could possibly be".
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-galadriel-morfydd-clark-1203446284/
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Or, Elros could appear only at the beginning (in a prologue explaining the foundation of Númenor after the War of Wrath and the choices of the Half-Elven brothers to join different races?) and maybe only in memory-flashbacks thereafter? Since Elros elects to become 'human/subject to the Doom of Man' and was Númenor's first king (and thus the cause of both the Elvish strain in the royal bloodline and of his successors' bitterly-rued mortality) and Elrond joins the Eldar, I think this is important backstory to establish. Yep, the casting descriptions are soap-opera-level stuff - but none of these are official. They are based, so far as can be deduced, on the audition scripts (which are not, under ordinary industry standards, bound to be actual drafts of the real script but rather mock-ups). So I wouldn't worry about that at this stage.
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