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.”
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.
‘Star Wars’ animated series ‘The Clone Wars’ to return via Disney’s upcoming streaming service
During a San Diego Comic-Con panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm animation chief Dave Filoni announced that the beloved animated series will be returning for a seventh season.
“It’s an anniversary. It’s 10 years. And you guys deserve something for being so great. A present, if you will,” Filoni told the crowd, who gave a standing ovation after the big reveal. “We got together and we thought, ‘If there is one thing we could give you, what would it be?’ So here you go.”
The Clone Wars will return with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which we know will also feature several Star Wars series, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, including a live-action series from writer and executive producer Jon Favreau.
Created by George Lucas, The Clone Wars first aired in 2008 and featured existing characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while also introducing original fan-favorites like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. The series abruptly came to a halt in 2013.
Although Filoni did not announce an official release date for the show’s seventh season, it will likely debut sometime in 2019, which is when Disney’s streaming service is expected to launch. You can check out the newly released trailer and poster for Star Wars: The Clone Wars below.
2018 Emmy nominations announced: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix top this year’s nominees
The nominations for the 70th annual Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and The Blacklist alum Ryan Eggold on Thursday morning with HBO’s Game of Thrones unsurprisingly leading the way with a whopping 22 nominations.
However, while HBO has been the most nominated television network at the Emmys each and every year for the past 17 years, streaming giant Netflix stole the honor this year with 112 total nominations, beating HBO’s 108 total nominations.
Trailing close behind Thrones are NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld with 21 nominations, while Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale came in with 20 nominations. The latter two join Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category, which also includes Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Crown, and The Americans.
You can check out the complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees below.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Outstanding Drama Actress
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Outstanding Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Justin Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)
Best Reality Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Outstanding Actor, Limited Series
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)
Outstanding Actress, Limited Series
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
Colbert, Fallon, O’Brien respond to criticism from Donald Trump in hilarious cold open sketch
After Donald Trump took a jab at them at a South Carolina rally on Monday, three of late night television’s biggest hosts teamed up for a cold open sketch like no other that kicked off both The Late Show and The Tonight Show on Tuesday evening.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien united for the unique response to the president’s criticism, in which he referred to Colbert as a “lowlife,” Fallon as a “lost soul,” and Jimmy Kimmel as “terrible,” while adding that they are “not like talented people.”
We’re told Kimmel was invited to appear on the sketch, which features the late night hosts in a mock Skype conference call, but is on vacation this week and was unable to participate. O’Brien’s show likely would’ve aired the sketch as well, but is on hiatus for the entire week.
“I heard he said some pretty bad stuff about us,” Fallon says in the sketch. “I heard he said we’re all no-talent, lowlife lost souls.”
“That doesn’t sound like him,” Colbert replied. “That’s not right. That’s Conan.” Colbert then conferences O’Brien onto the call, who is in the middle of shaving his face and is facetiously unaware that Donald Trump, “the real estate guy who sells steaks,” is the president of the United States.
The sketch ends after Fallon and Colbert agree to go out to lunch at the Red Hen, the Lexington, Virginia restaurant which made headlines last week after they asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. “Red Hen?” Fallon suggests. “Red Hen!” Colbert responds enthusiastically.