Author: Rick Ceballos

A new collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories of Middle-Earth is coming this fall. “The Fall Of Númenor” takes place during the Second Age, which is described in “The Lord of the Rings” as a dark time where history was sparse. Just because Tolkien said the era was lost to time, doesn’t mean he didn’t have mythology for it. Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R.’s son, had previously been working on adapting those stories into its own tome. After Christopher passed away in 2020, editor Brian Sibley took the reins to turn what had been collected into a single volume. Sibley says that he…

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Actor John Cena is being celebrated by The Make-A-Wish Foundation for his contributions to the organization. Since doing his first wish for the foundation, Cena has granted over 650 wishes to critically ill children. According to Make-A-Wish and the WWE, this is the most wishes any celebrity has granted. Cena is also the most requested Make-A-Wish visit by children. The two organizations marked the occasion on social media, where they recognize efforts comforting children and their family. https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1538657881175859200?s=20&t=YM2NEGjhKizxblTzUXd6kw The number is impressive, but it hardly seems to matter to Cena himself. In interviews, Cena maintains he does it simply because…

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The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco is getting ready for a legendarily foul plant to bloom. The 4 foot, 4 inch tall flower is an endangered plant known as the titan arum, or, the corpse flower. The name comes from the odor it emits, which is described as smelling somewhere between dead animals and moldy gym socks. Despite smelling worse than anything, the Conservatory is preparing for a flock of tourists eager for the chance to get a whiff of the flower, who is ironically named Chanel. Staff made the announcement when they noticed the flower beginning to change…

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After a two year break, “Westworld” is returning. As long time fans of the show probably expect, the trailer doesn’t provide any real clues about what’s going on. “Westworld” has always been a show you had to actively pay attention to understand what is actually going on. Between telling stories non-chronologically, episodes would frequently bounce around between the virtual and the real. Characters you thought were human are suddenly robots, and those robots may be possessed by the minds of others. In keeping with the tradition of not being easy to decipher, this trailer only offers a glimpse of what’s…

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A protection order has been granted against actor Ezra Miller following an incident that occurred in February 2021. It was requested by a mother for their 12 year old child after they encountered Miller at a party. The family agreed to speak to the press under the condition their names not be released due to privacy concerns. The day in question According to The Daily Beast, this event happened at a social gathering held in Massachusetts held by a friend of Miller’s. The family, who lived upstairs from the friend, came to visit during the gathering. Things were apparently going…

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Three new animated films set in the world of “Avatar” are in the works at Paramount Pictures. They will be handled by Avatar Studios, a new division of Paramount and Nickelodeon, founded by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, co-creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” They will be full-length animated feature films. While we don’t know a lot, we do know Konietzko and DiMartino will produce. The first film will be directed by Lauren Montgomery, and will have a theatrical release. Montgomery has a long history with the franchise, having worked as a storyboard artist on “Avatar,” and producer for…

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Warner Bros. Pictures is putting out a new feature length movie starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck called “Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical.” The studio has been working hard to keep Looney Toons relevant for modern audiences. Along with last year’s “Space Jam: A New Legacy” starring LeBron James, there have been a whole slew of new toons on HBO Max. A lot of the animated shorts put out on the streaming service have been pretty solid, proving the characters still have plenty of comedic energy. What they haven’t done is bring Looney Tunes back to their roots-…

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With the success of Don Mancini’s “Chucky” series at SYFY, new blood seemed inevitable. Stars Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif will be joined in season 2 by some pretty impressive talent. Many of the new actors are people who have previously worked with series star Tilly. The most notable additions are Gina Gershon and Joe Pantoliano, who costarred with Tilly in the film “Bound.” Also coming to the show is Jennifer’s sister Meg Tilly, who is also an accomplished actor and writer. Sutton Stracke, one of the stars of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is also on cast for season…

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