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New Lord of the Rings Prequel Slated for 2021

We all know there’s one ring to rule them all… But the number of films and TV shows set in the world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth just continues to grow. The latest addition, if it happens, will be a Lord of the Rings prequel series set in Middle Earth’s Second Age, to be made and released by Amazon. For those ...

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Latest Star Trek Fan Film, First Frontier, Now on YouTube

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. —Dr. Carl Sagan With these words hanging on the screen, the fan film Star Trek: First Frontier begins. It’s a fitting start, since the Star Trek franchise has always been about the wonder of discovery. And perhaps that’s why fan films like First Frontier are so pervasive. Trekkies love delving into new ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Goldberry’s Cream Buns with Honey Almond Butter”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I know it’s been awhile, but I’m finally going to continue our foodie’s journey through Middle-earth. Our four hobbits now arrive at the Old Forest, a menacing place by well-deserved reputation. After almost becoming engulfed inside some willow trees, the hobbits’ cries for help are answered by a rather musical character named Tom Bombadil. Bombadil obviously ...

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REVIEW: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

As a kid, I always saw myself as Luke Skywalker, but I always wanted to be Han Solo. As I wrote when The Last Jedi came out, I identified with Luke’s awkwardness and compassion, but envied Han’s charm and natural skill. It wasn’t until later that I began to appreciate the complexities in Han’s character arc. Han Solo isn’t simply ...

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Avengers: Infinity War Review

**Might contain spoilers** Avengers: Infinity War is action-packed as well as having its comedic moments. It’s all hands on deck and there are a few sacrifices made by several characters to save others. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor open the movie and are the first of our heroes to encounter Thanos (Josh Brolin). He is searching for the infinity stones ...

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REVIEW: “The Last Jedi” Novelization by Jason Fry

Jason Fry’s novelization of The Last Jedi is a retelling of Rian Johnson’s film, with a greater emphasis on the characters and less humor. Like most novelizations, the book sticks pretty close to the story we saw on screen back in December. However, Fry gets to spend time inside the characters’ heads, shedding light on how the characters viewed certain events. ...

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Faith and Fandom: One Man’s Quest to Take the Gospel to the Geeks

  Hector Miray is a man on a quest. As a pastor, his life’s mission is to spread the message of Jesus Christ. But Hector is no ordinary preacher. He writes devotionals that illustrate biblical themes using characters from DC Comics and popular shows like “Doctor Who.” Then he takes his work to a venue that few ministries have tapped ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Hearty Lunch Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar When visitors come to Bamfurlong, Mrs. Maggot likes to serve her “healthier” version of a classic shepherd’s pie. It’s healthier because of the spinach, which is straight out of her garden. Make Maggot’s “Mini-Mashers” first, or buy a 24-ounce container of ready-made mashed potatoes and add an egg to it. Or you could use 3 cups ...

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The Last Jedi and Me

In the weeks since I shared my first impressions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII has become the most divisive film in the Star Wars canon. Professional reviewers, who tend to prioritize the acting and themes in a film, have overwhelmingly praised the way director Rian Johnson deconstructs Star Wars tropes and subverts expectations. By contrast, fans, who ...

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