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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is great. It’s easily one of the year’s most impressive releases, establishing a new status quo for similar action titles moving forward. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s a tremendous first step for what is hopefully a new franchise that will elevate its competitors and bring new and old fans to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world.
Last week, Aaron Morales and I discussed our thoughts on a large portion of the game and it’s incredible Nemesis system. Having now completed the game’s story and played through a majority of the additional content, however, there’s still plenty left to contemplate about Talion and Celebrimbor’s journey.
While plenty of The Lord of the Rings games have been released, few have taken so much mind-share of the industry as Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has—and the game hasn’t even come out yet. The game promises an interesting spin on the third-person action genre, which has recently been dominated by games like the Batman: Arkham series—which is published by the same company as Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Mordor comes from Monolith Studios, however, who are no strangers to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world. The studio has aimed to make a game fun enough for both die-hard Tolkien fans and players who may have only gotten around to Peter Jackson’s film adaptations.
So is Mordor a good, or even great, game? EW‘s Aaron Morales and I, who have both played a sizable chunk of the game, shared our thoughts on the journey so far. While neither of us has finished the game, we’ve made enough progress to discuss what makes this trip into Middle-earth so special.
Thirteen years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, star Viggo Mortensen isn’t holding back in expressing his true feelings for the Peter Jackson trilogy. In a candid interview with The Telegraph, the 55-year-old actor calls the process of making the epic films an epic disaster.
Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn in the trilogy, says Jackson and producers “were in a lot of trouble” before the first film proved to be a massive hit with both critics and moviegoers. “Officially, [Jackson] could say that he was finished in December 2000 — he’d shot all three films in the trilogy — but really the second and third ones were a mess,” Mortensen says. “It was very sloppy — it just wasn’t done at all. It needed massive reshoots, which we did, year after year. But he would have never been given the extra money to do those if the first one hadn’t been a huge success. The second and third ones would have been straight to video.”
All three LOTR films were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, with the final installment, The Return of the King, taking that top prize, as well as a best director statue for Jackson. But Mortensen has a decidedly different take on the quality of the films. He believes The Fellowship of the Ring is the best movie in the franchise, in part because Jackson relied less on special effects for that outing. READ FULL STORY
We’d listen to John Noble tell any story, really. But he shared four particularly fun ones when he stopped by EW to promote his first appearance on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET). Watch the video below to hear about the time he didn’t realize he was sending a Lord of the Rings co-star a fan letter, which of his prized pop culture possessions his wife likes to show off, what Fringe moments he rewound, and which TV shows he watches when he’s alone.
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There may be a plague on both their houses, but by the look of this exclusive new pic, Broadway’s newest Romeo and Juliet look primed to set those houses ablaze.
This sexy teaser featuring the two leads in the upcoming revival of Romeo and Juliet promises to be no stiff-upper-lip affair, with The Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) essaying the ultimate in star-crossed lovers, with a bold, interracial take on the classic tale in the first Broadway production of the romantic tragedy in 36 years.
In my recent chat with star Rashad, she stated that purists need not be afraid — “We’re using all the classical text, but it’s not necessarily in a classical setting,” Rashad says.
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No, there wasn’t a new episode of Game of Thrones this week, but here’s a thought that’s been cheering us up: Sean Bean will be back on TV come 2014, starring in the new 10-episode TNT drama Legends from producers of Homeland and Sleeper Cell. Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division who begins to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. (Watch a trailer below.)
“I got a call from [Homeland and 24 EP] Howard Gordon through my agents. Of course, I like Howard’s work,” Bean told EW backstage at Turner’s upfronts earlier this month. “We had a good talk about the character and what his vision was, and that’s what excited me — the idea of this guy who goes undercover and is constantly changing his appearance, and his mannerisms, and to some extent his psyche. It’s sort of like being an actor. Because he’s so convincing in dangerous situations, he has to actually be that person, and then he gets a little mixed up in his head about who he actually is. It’s an exciting premise for a show.”
To find out who Bean really is, we gave him a quick EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch that video first to find out when he yells at the TV, which movie made him cry, what film he has to watch every time he spots it on cable, what his most prized pop culture possessions are, and which song is his guilty pleasure. READ FULL STORY
Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.
King of the world – or at least the box office – James Cameron has said that watching movies like Avatar on an iPhone “is dumb.” While I won’t totally discount the value of being able to consume entertainment on the go on a portable device, I do agree a massive screen and a quality sound system – not to mention viewing with an audience – is key to the full experience of epic blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.
So as Jurassic Park heads back to theaters for its 20th anniversary this weekend (with an added dimension), let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of the movies built for a big screen and a big audience, starting with the 1993 dinosaur epic now playing in 3-D.
Inevitably, all the popular film sagas you love will receive their own Honest Trailer, heartlessly deconstructing the franchise’s various narrative and stylistic lapses. The latest series to receive the Honest Trailer treatment is The Lord of the Rings, an “11-hour New Zealand tourism commercial” starring a “fantasy boy band” who walk and walk and walk and then keep on walking. Also, everybody is white — and when they die, they come back whiter! Anyhow, watch the video below and let the bad vibes simmer. READ FULL STORY
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