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Ian McKellan

The Hobbit Part 2 picks up with a cantina scene right out of Star Wars. Thorin (Richard Armitage), the Dwarf King, sits down for some grog, fully aware that he is being watched. But before you can say…
My favorite thing about Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is that I finally figured out that R. Wynn and A.O. Wynn are not related. During the first two movies, I kept thinking they must both be m…
Just when you think director Peter Jackson is in over his head with the extravagant special effects, numerous characters, and the large scope of J.R.R. Tolkein's book, he proves you wrong. Every momen…
I've been reminded of Titanic several times over the last few years while picking up stories here and there about the production of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. One factoid in particular gave me a l…
It is with much sadness and regret that I bestow a mere four slices on this latest installment of the X-Men franchise. After the stellar X2: X-Men United, I was so looking forward to another round of …
I’ll admit that I walked into the press screening—an experience that was complete with a bag search and metal detectors!—a little skeptical. I’d seen the original X-Men movie and was impressed but not…
I grew up stealing peeks at my dad's old X-Men comics, those glory-days of the 1960's, long before Wolverine came on the scene. In high school, I suppose I became too "grown-up" for comics anymore, an…
Unlike Peter Jackson's original Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a trio of movies based on a trio of dense books, the Hobbit trilogy is based on... a single book. Not only that, but it is a single book that…