‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Star Says The Studio Wanted To Kill A Hobbit

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‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Star Says The Studio Wanted To Kill A Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan revealed that the studio wanted director Peter Jackson to kill off one of the film’s main hobbits.

It’s been nearly twenty years since The Lord of the Rings hit theaters and it is still regarded as one of the best film trilogies ever made. At the center of the story were the four hobbits Frodo, Sam, Mary, and Pippin who, like most of the main characters in the film, survived the entire length of the trilogy. If the studio had had its way, however, at least one of the four would have been killed off.

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Inbetween film roles, Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd have devoted their energies to a podcast based on their experiences on the films. While discussing their podcast with IGN, Monaghan revealed that, at one point, the studio pressured Peter Jackson to kill at least one of the film’s hobbit characters but didn’t go into why or when this would have happened in the films:

“It’s a good job that didn’t happen, because it would have been me. It definitely would have. There’s no way they are killing Frodo and Sam, and the only ones that would be left would be Merry and Pippin. They wouldn’t kill Pippin because Pippin has a really strong story with Gandalf. It would have definitely been me. I think Pete quite rightly was like, ‘This is a luminary piece of written work, and we need to stick close to the text.’ So, he stuck by his guns. Yeah, I’m thankful that didn’t happen.”

Which of the hobbits do you think Peter Jackson would have chosen to kill in The Lord of the Rings? Are you glad that all four survived the length of the trilogy? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Netflix Courting Christopher Nolan For His Next Film

The next project based around J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth world is Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series. The series is being developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who will lead a writer’s room that includes Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes of the series.

Amazon has not announced a released date for The Lord of the Rings series. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!

Source: IGN

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Tubi Makes Deal with STX, Will Stream ‘Den of Thieves’, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, and More

The Internet is choked with streaming services and, at this point, some people might not know a Tubi from a Quibi. However, Tubi, which is a division of Fox Entertainment and purports to offer over 30,000 titles, has at least one thing going for it that other services don’t: it’s free. It has also now entered […] The post Tubi Makes Deal with STX, Will Stream ‘Den of Thieves’, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, and More appeared first on /Film.

Tubi Makes Deal with STX, Will Stream ‘Den of Thieves’, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, and More

The Internet is choked with streaming services and, at this point, some people might not know a Tubi from a Quibi. However, Tubi, which is a division of Fox Entertainment and purports to offer over 30,000 titles, has at least one thing going for it that other services don’t: it’s free.

It has also now entered into a content deal with STXfilms which will give it an exclusive AVOD (advertising-based video on demand) window for movies like Den of Thieves with Gerard Butler and 50 Cent, I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer, with Jennifer Garner, The Edge of Seventeen with Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, and more.

A free streaming service, you say? How is that possible? What makes Tubi tick? Well, it’s ad-supported, so that’s how it can afford to be out there without a subscription fee. The only thing that might still be confusing is the fact that Fox is now owned by Disney. Shouldn’t these movies theoretically be on Disney+?

The thing is, they’re not all Fox movies. Fox just bought Tubi last year in a multimillion-dollar deal, and Tubi works with over 250 content partners, one of which is now STXfilms, the studio behind such hits as Greenland, Hustlers, Bad Moms, The Upside, The Gentlemen, and Molly’s Game. As of August 1, Tubi will also be the exclusive home for the adventure documentary Into the Lost Desert, which “follows extreme desert explorer Max Calderan as he crosses the Rub’ al Khali on foot.”

Here are some of the other movies Tubi will now offer, based on its press release:

Tubi’s deal with STXfilms brings several additional titles to FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service, including “Desierto,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal; “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali; “Songbird,” produced by Michael Bay; “Hardcore Henry”; “Me You Madness”; “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg; “Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Boy”; “The Bye Bye Man”; “The Gift”; and “The Happytime Murders,” starring Melissa McCarthy.

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Free Streaming Content Is a Double-Edged Sword

Personally, I have subscriptions to about four different streaming services right now, but when I want to watch something, I still find myself looking at $19.99 rentals under Home Premieres on iTunes. Go figure.

Hearing this Tubi announcement, I can’t help but think of that U2 album, Songs of Innocence, which the band released for free to everyone with an iTunes account back in 2014. People who didn’t want the album, especially those for whom it automatically downloaded, complained about receiving it, as if U2 was now a group of in-your-face buskers who needed to be avoided on the sidewalk.

As strange as it may sound, when you no longer have to pay for something, maybe it loses part of its appeal as if it’s not worth your time or it’s always there and now you’re going to take it for granted. There’s something to be said for building up demand or pre-release hype for a movie or TV episode. This is arguably part of the reason why shows that drop all their episodes at once have a harder time living long at the water cooler.

The flip side of this, of course, is when there’s a movie you’ve been wanting or meaning to see, and it suddenly shows up on Netflix or some such service. Under those circumstances, there’s no better feeling than being able to stream it for free. Whether or not any of the movies or shows on Tubi meet those qualifications for you might depend on your own personal taste, but you can head on over to tubitv.com and browse or search their selection to see what’s on offer.

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