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Amazon Will Create an Original, Multi-Season ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

By Christopher Boone

Amazon’s original series will explore storylines preceding Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ as part of an estimated $250 million deal.

Today, Amazon announced that it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings to create an original, multi-season series that will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Amazon Studios will produce a series that will explore storylines that precede Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, taking fans on a new journey through Middle Earth.

According to Deadline, the Tolkien estate had approached Amazon, Netflix and HBO about the project with an upfront fee of $200-$250 million, with sources claiming that Amazon secured the deal with an agreement close to the $250 million mark. That $250 million is only for the rights. Amazon will still need to pony up to pay for production, which could likely cost between $100-$150 million per season.

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From:: No Film School

10 Reasons Why “The Prestige” is Christopher Nolan’s Best Movie So Far

By Luke Brookman

The Prestige

Since his debut with Following, Christopher Nolan has steadily produced a body of work that will no doubt secure his place amongst the pantheon of brilliant directors.

As a filmmaker, Nolan has pioneered new ways to tell stories, to stage action set pieces and has reimagined the modern day blockbuster. This groundbreaking approach to filmmaking has brought him much critical and commercial acclaim and has directly affected the film industry.

With his Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan changed the way comic book movies are approached. It is an undeniable fact that since the unprecedented success of his batman films, studios such as Marvel, Warner Bros. (and its DCEU) and Fox have all attempted to add a bit more reality and grit to their stories.

With Inception, he established that there really are no limits to what can be imagined in terms of set pieces and visual-effects. From the world folding in on itself to a tumbling corridor to the decayed architecture of a mind lost in itself, he gifted the world an example of how, through film, we can manifest our strangest fantasies into believable and compelling action.

Even his foray into science fiction with 2014’s Interstellar demonstrated how, with a universal story, groundbreaking effects and real science, you can create a timeless science fiction epic that not only entertains but also can serve as an academic text to be studied.

Nolan will undoubtedly continue to break ground in cinema and change the way we experience it. However, of his existing oeuvre we can’t help but see one film standing above the rest as his masterpiece. The film that marries everything that makes Nolan such a fascinating auteur.

So, without further ado, here are 10 reasons why The Prestige is Nolan’s best film. Oh, and beware: spoilers lay within.

1. Puzzle Narrative


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From:: Taste Of Cinema