Lord of the Rings

10 Literary Parodies That Work

Well, at least there’s one decidedly delicious thing to have come out of the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. Quite literally delicious: this week sees the release of 50 Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook, which details the sordid adventures of a young, inexperienced chicken as she gets her breasts and thighs handled by a chef — while serving up some excellent recipes for roasting chicken as well. It’s enough to make you snort that cooking wine right out of your nose. Inspired by this new and hilarious release, we’ve put together a list of ten literary parodies that totally work on their own merit — no mere joke books these. Click through to see which we chose, and if we missed your favorite parody, be sure to add it to our list in the comments. … Read More

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10 Iconic Films That Used Talent Doubles

A filmmaker’s job is akin to that of a magician. Many films are just cleverly crafted fantasies devised to make us forget the miserable and mundane for two hours and transport us to a far away place. Movies are an illusion that audiences can’t get enough of. So what happens when the veil is lifted, and we get to take a peek behind the curtain? We found out earlier this week when we spotted this video on io9 centering on fantasy cult film Labyrinth. In the 1986 movie, David Bowie’s Goblin King can twirl a trio of crystal balls like no other, but the English musician can’t take full credit for his magic skills. His talent double did all the behind-the-scenes work.

Thanks to a group of invisible performers who posses the skills and expertise in the fields of fine art, dance, and more, Hollywood stars get to look like believable pros on the big screen. See how some of films’ most famous had a little help from their talent doubles,… Read More

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10 Iconic Film Performances That Almost Never Happened

“Always listen to your mother,” is a saying that has been ingrained in most people, and in the case of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, the adage proved to be crucial for her career. The actress recently chatted with press at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she admitted that she almost turned down the part of the fearless film heroine Katniss Everdeen — a role that has since skyrocketed her career. Up until this year’s Hunger Games, Lawrence was puting her focus on independent films, such as Like Crazy and Winter’s Bone. The prospect of a Hollywood blockbuster was a bit intimidating for the young star.

“Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better,” she told USA Today. Lawrence’s mother stepped in to support her daughter and give her the patented mom wake-up call. “She was like, ‘You’re being a hypocrite, because you always say you don’t care about the size of the movies.’ Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, ‘Why don’t you ever do a studio?’ I’d say, ‘Because I don’t care about the size of the movie. I care about the story,'” Lawrence said. “And my mom was like, ‘Now you have a story you like, and you’re not going to do it because of the size.'” So, thanks mama Lawrence for convincing the soon-to-be Catching Fire star to lead the kick-ass role with gusto.

Lawrence’s story reminded us of the many major movie roles that actors almost said no to. It’s hard to imagine film classics like The Godfather or Back to the Future without the cast members that captivated audiences with their memorable performances. Find out what stars almost turned down iconic film roles past the break, and feel free to partake in a collective sigh of relief in the comments below. … Read More

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Lovely Stained Glass-Style Illustrations for ‘Lord of the Rings’

Traditionally, stained glass windows are meant to immortalize great deeds and heroic acts, not to mention give life to magic and mysticism. So obviously, if you’re geeky like us, they strike you as the perfect medium to depict the grand events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Jian Guo’s stained glass window-style illustrations, which we spotted over at i09, give Tolkien’s tale its due, depicting five scenes from the series in such lovely colors and intricate patterns that it almost feels like we can already see the light coming through them. Now if only someone would turn these into real windows! Check out Guo’s illustrations after the jump, and check out more of his artwork here. … Read More

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Our 10 Favorite Voice-Only Film Performances

Critics and audiences weren’t entirely enamored of The Lorax (out today on DVD and Blu-ray), but it was tough to complain about the casting of the title character: Danny DeVito is spot-on, investing the character with the curmudgeonly lovability that’s always been part of his screen persona, and is a perfect fit for the orange creature who speaks for the trees.

Voice-over acting, whether in live action or animated films, is in many ways a tougher task than conventional on-screen work; the performer must do all of their acting with only the voice, unable to rely on other tools (movement, eyes, facial expression, etc.) to convey meaning and emotion. After the jump, we’ve selected — with considerable difficulty — our ten favorite voice-only performances in feature films (let’s face it: if we were just talking shorts, it’d be a list of ten Mel Blanc roles). Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More

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Literature’s Greatest Author and Illustrator Duos

Some of our favorite book illustrations have become just as near and dear to our hearts as the stories themselves. What would Winnie-the-Pooh be in our minds without those beautiful drawings of the pleasantly rotund, honey-colored bear? The best illustrator and author collaborations make the text inseparable from the images, to the point where we cannot picture the stories without the pictures, or vice versa. To honor the magical relationship that takes place when the right writer and artist meet, we have rounded up some of our favorite author and illustrator duos of all time after the jump.  … Read More

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Gorgeous New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Poster Set from Mondo and JC Richards

In case you haven’t heard, Mondo is pretty much every pop culture geek favorite poster design team, and the goodies keep on coming with this awesome Lord of the Rings poster set that they debuted this weekend at Comic Con. Designed by artist JC Richard and each featuring a hypnotic, iconic scene from the beloved Lord of the Rings story, the set of these three limited run posters (only 390 will be produced) retails for $150. Click through to check out the posters, and if you happen to find yourself at Comic Con this weekend, see if you can snap one up for yourself! … Read More

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A Selection of Pop Culture-Inspired Hair Tutorials

YouTube is a huge and diverse place, but over the years, certain types of video content have proved more popular and widespread than others. There’s the cat videos, the dudes-playing-bass-guitar videos, the teenage vloggers — and then there are the hair and makeup tutorials, which may just be the best things to ever come out YouTube that don’t feature adorable animals. In fact, for the pop culture-obsessed among us who’ve always wanted to look like our favorite characters without having to spend money on wigs, hair tutorials are a must. We’ve rounded up the coolest hairstyles we could find, and surprise! Most of them are pretty easy to do, provided you have a lot of hair and a lot of time. … Read More

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A Selection of Amusing Pop Culture-Inspired Cars

Folks, if you love something, don’t set it free. Instead, unabashedly paint your vehicle so that your favorite film, TV show, or band is with you wherever you may drive. Have a big thing for Pikachu? Turn your headlights into cutesy eyes, your brake lights into rosy cheeks, and exchange your “honk” for these noises. Will fellow drivers think you’re recruiting them for Poké Battles whenever you lay on the horn? Yes, but that’ll just put a fun new twist on road rage, eh? Or, if you’d rather get it out there that you, in fact, want to rock and roll all night, go ahead and turn your car into Gene Simmons’s head, creepy tongue and all. After the jump, we’ve gathered 13 examples of drivers who have transformed their cars into really strange pop-culture homages. Check ‘em out, and let us know what you’d request from Xzibit if Pimp My Ride were still a thing. … Read More

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15 Stylin' Pairs of Pop Culture-Inspired Shoes

Remember the good old days when it was commonplace to wear supremely lame, pop culture-themed shoes? Of course, at the time, you felt awesome stomping around in your Velcro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles light-up sneakers, but at some point, you grew up and transitioned into normal, boring shoes without even realizing. Well, if you’re anything like us, you thought they didn’t really make themed shoes for adult-size feet, but boy, were we wrong! After the jump, we’ve gathered 15 pairs of grown-up shoes that pay homage to noteworthy TV shows, films, and the occasional David Bowie. Click through for your favorite new kicks. … Read More

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