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Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’ from best-selling novelist Harlan Coben

We all have secrets. Here’s the first trailer for a limited original series over at Netflix that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. The Stranger comes to the small screen from the brilliant mind of bestselling author Harlan Coben and features a cast that includes the likes of Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Anthony Head (The Split), and Dervla Kirwan (Strike Back).

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The series is based on the novel of the same name by Coben and lands later this month.

Adam Price is a happily married father of two whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger tells him a secret about his wife. The revelation catapults him into a world of danger.

“She lied, Adam. Corinne made it up, she was never pregnant… One more thing. If I were you, I
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Christopher Tolkien Dies: Literary Executor For Father J.R.R. Tolkien Who Expanded His World Was 95

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Christopher Tolkien Dies: Literary Executor For Father J.R.R. Tolkien Who Expanded His World Was 95
Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien who helped to expand understanding of the mythical world of Middle-earth, has died. He passed in Provence, France at age 95, according to his brother-in-law and the Tolkien Society.

J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973, and his son worked to illuminate the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings for new generations. He was the overseer on two dozen editions of his father’s works. He also published a definitive work that helped compile the various threads of the stories, publishing them in 1977 as The Silmarillion. He also created a map of Middle-earth, a copy of which is now held by the British Library

To illuminate his father’s imaginative works even more – and to quell accusations that he was making up some of it – he produced the 12-volume The History of Middle-earth in 1996. The collection was
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Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV Show Main Cast Announced

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Amazon has confirmed the main cast for its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show. We first heard that the company was looking to turn the works of J.R.R. Tolkien into a series back in 2017 and work has been taking place behind-the-scenes to make it happen ever since. Now, we know who will be heading to Middle Earth, with filming expected to begin next month.

Announced cast members include Robert Aramayo (Galveston), Owain Arthur (Hard Sun), Nazanin Boniadi (Hotel Mumbai), Tom Budge (Gallipoli), Morfydd Clark (Crawl), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Miss Bala), Ema Horvath (The Gallows: Act II), Markella Kavenagh (The Gloaming), Joseph Mawle (Ripper Street), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (Treadstone), Charlie Vickers (Medici), Daniel Weyman (Gentleman Jack), Tyroe Muhafidin and Sophia Nomvete. Some of these names had been confirmed previously, with Clark said to be playing a younger version of Galadriel and Aramayo taking on a lead role that
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How ‘Star Trek’ TV Series Will Tie-In to Movies (and Each Other)

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How ‘Star Trek’ TV Series Will Tie-In to Movies (and Each Other)
The picture of how the “Star Trek” creative galaxy will interconnect on TV and in movies became clearer at the TCA winter press tour on Sunday, and the short answer is: not very much.

At the panel on Sunday for “Star Trek: Picard,” executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin said that the three “Star Trek” shows that will stream on CBS All Access this year — “Picard” on Jan. 23, season 3 of “Star Trek: Discovery” in the second half of the year, and the new animated comedy “Star Trek: Lower Decks” from “Rick and Morty” head writer Mike McMahan — will link up in the spirit of “Star Trek,” but not in their respective stories.

“I think what’s important is that all shows are connected because they’re ultimately ‘Trek,'” said Kadin, who stressed that each show carries a distinct voice and style.

After the panel, Kurtzman told Variety that
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Lord of the Rings TV Series Casts Game of Thrones’ Robert Aramayo for Lead Role

Joseph Baxter Jan 7, 2020

The recently vacated lead role on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series has gone to Game of Thrones actor Robert Aramayo.

While Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings television series seems to be tapping into the momentum of quasi-feudal themes left behind by Game of Thrones, it may have just cemented such a notion with the casting of series alumnus Robert Aramayo for a lead role.

An English actor, Aramayo – best known for his 2016-2017 Game of Thrones flashback-scenes stint as a young version of Ned Stark (Sean Bean’s ill-fated Season 1 protagonist) – will play a lead role in The Lord of the Rings previously filled by the recently-departed Will Poulter, as Deadline reports. While details on his character are still sparse, the role is said to be heroic, tentatively referred to as “Beldor.”

Aramayo recently appeared on a second season episode of Netflix’s Mindhunter,
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Sex Education Season 2 Trailer Promises More Sex, Laughter, and Drama

Otis is back at school, and the teenagers (and teachers!) have some issues they need to talk about. 

Netflix has officially dropped the first trailer for Sex Education Season 2, and it teases a lot of drama for the characters. 

Sex Education follows Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean.

In Season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice.

In season 2, as a late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve.

Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.

The better sex education
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‘Sex Education’ Season 2 Trailer: Moordale Secondary’s Got Chlamydia (Video)

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Netflix has dropped the trailer for Season 2 of “Sex Education,” and this year there have been some changes at Moordale Secondary — namely, a really bad chlamydia outbreak.

But have no fear — Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson) is here. Otis (Asa Butterfield) looks on in horror as his mother stands before the school assembly to start “an open conversation about S-e-x,” which inspires one classmate to shout out, “Didn’t you wank off a courgette?” (That’s British for zucchini).

Watch the trailer above.

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Season 2 premieres Jan. 17. Here are Netflix’s descriptions for both Seasons 1 and 2 to get you caught up in case you missed anything:

“Sex Education” is about Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. In season 1 Otis and his friend
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Has Way Too Many Death Stars

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Has Way Too Many Death Stars
(We’ve got some major spoilers for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in this article)

A “Star Wars” movie can only do so many callbacks before it starts to feel like a parody of itself. We saw that happen with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” last year, and it happened again in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which takes its references to the original trilogy bit too far when it trots out the “largest fleet the galaxy has ever seen” — a fleet that happens to be made up entirely of Death Stars.

Ok so let’s talk about this. At the very beginning of the movie, the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) reveals that he has a giant fleet of Star Destroyers that he’d kept hidden under the ice on Exegol for who knows how long. If Kylo Ren proves a suitable successor to Palpatine’s Sith legacy then
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10 Continuity Errors That Fans Probably Didn't Notice In The Hobbit

The Hobbit series is a trilogy of mammoth works stemming from Jrr Tolkien’s book of the same name. Somehow, they crafted three hugely ambitious films from a relatively short work, and, in most ways, it didn’t go quite as well as they’d hoped.

Related: 20 Things That Make No Sense About The Hobbit Trilogy

While the series doesn’t live up to its Lord Of The Rings brothers, it has just as many blunders. We’ve taken a look at ten of the most interesting continuity errors from across all three films.
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10 Best Practical Special Effects Seen In The Past Decade

People love to bemoan the over reliance on CGI in today's movie landscape. And we don't exactly blame them. Movies like The Hobbit permanently soured our opinions on CGI (at least its overuse), and even "good" movies like those found in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are filled to the brim with, let's face it, some pretty unconvincing CGI work.

Related: Blade Runner: 5 Pieces Of Sci-Fi Tech We Have Today (& 5 We'll Probably Never Have)

But that's not to say that the art of the practical effect is dead. If anything, the 2010s proved that the practical effect is still very much alive. It's just vastly underused! These are the ten best practical effects seen in the last decade.
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10 The Lord Of The Rings Tattoos Only True Fans Will Understand

While not the first high fantasy story, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings set the precedent for most, if not all, high fantasy stories that came after it. The entire trilogy went on to be adapted twice: once as animated films in 1978 and 1980; and the live-action Peter Jackson films from the early 2000s. A prequel series produced by Amazon Prime is also in the works.

Related: 5 Things In Amazon's Lord Of The Rings We Can't Wait For (& 5 We Don't Want To See)

Along with the books and the films, there are other books written by Tolkien about Middle Earth such as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The massive amount of canon has given fans plenty of references and information to pay homage to in their art, cosplay, and tattoos.

Tattoos especially are good for references to popular culture such as The Lord of the Rings because it provides
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‘Cats’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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‘Cats’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
After its official trailer debuted in November, many were equal parts horrified and enraged by the litany of humanoid cats preparing for the Jellicle ball and Jellicle sacrifice in “Cats.” Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the same name, said outrage came to no one’s surprise.

Unfortunately for director Tom Hopper and team, the rage has extended into the film’s debut, with critics effortlessly tearing the film to shreds.

The almost 40-year-old tale of the Jellicles has been no stranger to condemnation, annoyance and outright shame. Despite a star-studded cast including James Corden (“The Late Late Show”), Dame Judi Dench (“Skyfall”), Jason Derulo, Idris Elba (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”), Ian McKellen (“The Hobbit”), Taylor Swift (“The Lorax”) and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”), the film looks to receive no different fate.

However — based on the Broadway musical’s unprecedented commercial success and longevity — we can’t
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Will ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘Cats’ Box Office Be Immune to Reviews?

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Will ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘Cats’ Box Office Be Immune to Reviews?
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “Cats” open this pre-Christmas Friday. Rarely have two high-profile films opened head to head, particularly for Disney juggernauts — they’ve either scared off other openers, or saw only calibrated counterprogramming.

The “Skywalker” date makes perfect sense for the calendar-obsessed Disney, while choosing to go a few days in advance of December 25 is a bit riskier for “Cats.” Give credit to Universal for gambling with the long-delayed musical adaptation; its gross will be dwarfed by “Star Wars.”

“Skywalker” is the fifth “Star Wars” title since Disney took over in 2015, preceded by “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” as well as offshoots “Rogue One” and “Solo”. “Force” and “Jedi” opened on the same pre-Christmas weekend.

Both films have seen fans’ social media reactions range from rapturous to mixed. However, while “Cats” reviews are still under embargo at this writing (they go live December 18 at
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See Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Fight With a Lightsaber

Today in “Things You Didn’t Know You Needed, But Definitely Do”: ImmersionVFX has recut a scene from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to involve Keanu Reeves’ John Wick going into battle with a lightsaber. In the clip, Wick fights Mark Dacoscos’ Zero and his minions with a purple lightsaber (the villains, of course, use red ones).

The clip, titled “John Wick With Lightsabers,” lasts nearly five minutes, with every original weapon replaced with one of the glowing Jedi swords. It’s part of a series ImmersionVFX has created,
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‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Morfydd Clark Cast As Young Galadriel In Amazon Series

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‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Morfydd Clark Cast As Young Galadriel In Amazon Series
His Dark Materials star Morfydd Clark is set for a lead role in Amazon Studios’ high-profile Lord of the Rings TV series, sources close to the production confirmed to Deadline. Amazon declined comment.

Set in Middle Earth, the Lotr TV series will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. In the show’s core cast, which is yet to be confirmed by Amazon, Clark is joining Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh and Joseph Mawle.

Clark will play young Galadriel, the character portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, we hear.

As pre-production on the Lord Of the Rings TV series is gearing up in New Zealand, the streamer recently moved ahead with an early Season 2 renewal for the sprawling adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. As part of that, Amazon commissioned the reassembling of
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (Exclusive)

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (Exclusive)
His Dark Materials” star Morfydd Clark has landed a lead role in Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series.

She joins a cast that includes Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Maxim Baldry. Sources say Clark will play young Galadriel, the character famously portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films. This would mark one of the first major characters from the book or film announced for the show.

Amazon declined to comment. Reps for Mawle did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is being developed by the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Additionally, “Game of Thrones” alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consulting producer on the project with J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes. Amazon gave the series a two-season order when it was first announced.
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Thankfully, Someone Finally Put a Lightsaber in the Hands of John Wick

Have you wondered what a John Wick/Star Wars mashup might look like? Well, the folks over at ImmersionVFX certainly have. The YouTube channel, which has deftly sneaked lightsabers into Indiana Jones, The Hobbit, Daredevil, Game of Thrones, and Thor Ragnarok is at it again. But the effects wizards have outdone themselves this time. Observing the motorcycle fight scene and our hero’s glass shattering battle against Zero (Mark Dacascos) from John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, handguns, knives, and swords have been replaced with lightsabers. The bad guys swing red ones, naturally, and Wick prefers purple. The video is so …
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Anne Heche, Graham McTavish & Michelle Randolph To Star In ‘Chasing Nightmares’ Thriller

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Anne Heche, Graham McTavish & Michelle Randolph To Star In ‘Chasing Nightmares’ Thriller
Exclusive: Anne Heche, Graham McTavish, and Michelle Randolph have signed on to star in Chasing Nightmares, a horror thriller from Specter Pictures, the new genre label recently launched as part of producer David Brown’s Clear Horizon. Christopher McGowan wrote the script and is directing the film, which is the first under Specter Pictures’ label.

The plot involves a college student (Randolph) who risks her and her friends’ lives to track down the meaning behind the nightmares she has about a girl and a delusional masked man.

Spencer Daniels, Aubrey Cleland, Jay Huguley, and Dana Daurey are set to co-star as filming is currently underway in Los Angeles. Brown is producing the 828 Media Capital-financed pic alongside Todd Lundbohm of 828 Productions.

Heche was last seen on the big screen opposite Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell in The Best of Enemies from Stx as well as NBC’s Chicago P.
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‘The Emperor’s Blades’: Legion M Acquires Brian Staveley Novels, Weta Workshop On Board

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Exclusive: Legion M has acquired Brian Staveley’s bestselling fantasy epic The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne and brought Weta Workshop aboard to begin the visual concept work for a one-hour fantasy drama series that will share the title of the bookshelf trilogy’s first entry: The Emperor’s Blades.

The fan-owned Legion M plans to shop The Emperor’s Blades in early 2020 and join the Hollywood derby of sword-and-sorcery properties that yearn to be the rightful heir to The Game of Thrones and it’s historic international success.

The project is imports expertise from Middle-earth with Executive Producer Rick Porras, co-producer and second-unit director for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Also Executive Producing: Legion M’s Terri Lubaroff and David Baxter along with writer/producer Robbie Silverman.

Also from Middle-earth: Weta Workshop is on board to create concept artwork for The Emperor’s Blades and continue contributing throughout production.
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‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show

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‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show
Exclusive: Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has promised fans that season 12 is going to open with the biggest and most ambitious episode ever of the BBC sci-fi drama.

Chibnall told Deadline that Jodie Whittaker’s Tardis-travelling time lord will be thrown into action in a “movie-like” two-part curtain-raiser called Spyfall, which will premiere on BBC One and BBC America on January 1, 2020.

“Episode one is probably the biggest episode of Doctor Who we’ve done, or has been done, I would imagine. Physically, there’s a lot of stunts, there’s a lot of locations, it’s a globe-trotting action thriller,” he said. “But you don’t want to lose sight of character and intimacy and emotion. You can’t do everything at 11.”

Guest-starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry, the episode features Whittaker’s Doctor coming to the assistance of British intelligence agencies who are under attack from alien forces. It
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