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Amazon to adapt ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for television with a multi-season commitment

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In what is rumored to be a major $250 million deal, Amazon has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the beloved fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment, the company announced Monday.

According to a press release issued by Amazon, the upcoming television adaptation will, of course, be set in Middle Earth and explores new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring. And, as if that weren’t enough, the deal is also said to include a potential additional spin-off series.

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

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Amazon Studios is producing the new series in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

The series will be an Amazon Prime Original and, therefore, will be available for Prime members to stream at no additional cost to their membership.

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Michael Wolff’s controversial Trump White House tell-all ‘Fire and Fury’ is being adapted into a TV series

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Michael Wolff’s sensational new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is coming to a television screen near you as Endeavor Content has purchased film and television rights to the controversial tell-all, which has been a No. 1 best-seller since it was released on January 5.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a network is not yet attached to the project, though Endeavor, who reportedly scooped up the rights to the book for somewhere in the seven-figure range, is currently searching for a home for the adaptation. Wolff will serve as an executive producer along with BBC executive Michael Jackson.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this story, but, honestly, I’m just curious to know who’s going to be cast as who in this series and what the Trump administration’s reaction to all of this news is going to be. I mean, we saw them lose their shit over the book itself—imagine how they’re going to react to a fucking TV series.

How do you feel about Fire and Fury making the jump to the small screen? Any idea as to who should be cast in the series? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below. Also, please feel free to enjoy this live look at the Trump White House.

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‘Master of None’ star Aziz Ansari issues statement responding to sexual misconduct allegation

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Master of None star Aziz Ansari has responded to the claims of sexual misconduct made against him by a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer that took place last September at the actor’s New York City apartment.

According to a report published by Babe, the woman, given the pseudonym “Grace,” alleged that, despite giving Ansari several verbal and non-verbal cues that she wasn’t interested in sex, the actor repeatedly kissed her, performed oral sex on her, pushed her hand towards his penis, and placed his fingers in her mouth.

However, in a statement issued Sunday night, Ansari denied any wrongdoing and said that the encounter “was completely consensual.” You can read the full statement below.

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“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. 

I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

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HBO releases ‘Silicon Valley’ season 5 teaser trailer, announces the series will return again in March

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After ending season four on somewhat of a cliffhanger, HBO announced this morning that the Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley will return to the network for its long-awaited fifth season on Sunday, March 25. You can check out a newly released teaser trailer for the new season in the embedded player above.

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“It’s pretty different. If you think about T.J. [Miller]’s character represented in the show narratively, you can sort of guess the immediate ramifications of a character that big disappearing are quite big – so the show is really very different,” star Kumail Nanjiani told Metro about the forthcoming season, which was executive produced by series creators Mike Judge and Alec Berg.

The fifth season will, of course, also see the return of Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang as Jian Yang, who decides to claim ownership of Ehrlich’s incubator and evict the entire Pied Piper crew, as seen in the teaser trailer. Things can definitely only get worse from there.

Silicon Valley airs 10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO beginning March 25.

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