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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review

When I’m locked in an epic battle with Fyrus, a fiery boss that looks like a Balrog ripped out of Lord of the Rings, I can barely notice that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a graphical update to a 10-year-old Gamecube game. This elegantly designed encounter takes place inside the Goron Mines, and you have to make smart use of arrows and the heft of Link’s metal boots to trip the creature up and put him away. It’s a great fight; one of many emotional high points in the adventure. Twilight Princess HD doesn’t always manage to look this slick, but when it does, it’s a great example of how a new coat of paint can bring back the magic of a classic Zelda game.

The fact that Twilight Princess holds up 10 years later is a testament to its ambitious scale, its memorable set pieces, and of course, its finely-tuned dungeon puzzles. You have to get through a slow opening hour, but once the story kicks into gear you’re tossed from the quaint activities of small-town life and thrust into a struggle to save Hyrule from the encroaching minions of the Twilight realm. Along the way you’ll meet interesting characters like Mayor Bo, the highest authority in Ordon Village, whose secret sumo wrestling training will help you enter the Goron Mines, or Midna, a sassy sidekick who hides her motivations for helping Link. The campaign jumps skillfully between the personal plights of these characters and exploring the devilishly clever dungeons for which Twilight Princess is so rightfully remembered.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review

When I’m locked in an epic battle with Fyrus, a fiery boss that looks like a Balrog ripped out of Lord of the Rings, I can barely notice that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a graphical update to a 10-year-old Gamecube game. This elegantly designed encounter takes place inside the Goron Mines, and you have to make smart use of arrows and the heft of Link’s metal boots to trip the creature up and put him away. It’s a great fight; one of many emotional high points in the adventure. Twilight Princess HD doesn’t always manage to look this slick, but when it does, it’s a great example of how a new coat of paint can bring back the magic of a classic Zelda game.

The fact that Twilight Princess holds up 10 years later is a testament to its ambitious scale, its memorable set pieces, and of course, its finely-tuned dungeon puzzles. You have to get through a slow opening hour, but once the story kicks into gear you’re tossed from the quaint activities of small-town life and thrust into a struggle to save Hyrule from the encroaching minions of the Twilight realm. Along the way you’ll meet interesting characters like Mayor Bo, the highest authority in Ordon Village, whose secret sumo wrestling training will help you enter the Goron Mines, or Midna, a sassy sidekick who hides her motivations for helping Link. The campaign jumps skillfully between the personal plights of these characters and exploring the devilishly clever dungeons for which Twilight Princess is so rightfully remembered.

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Christopher Lee Has Died at the Age of 93

Legendary star of stage and screen Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

The actor, who is best known for his work in the Hammer Horror films as well as villainous turns in the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies, was being treated for respiratory problems when he passed away.

Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man. Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man.

Born in Westminster in 1922, Lee found fame playing Count Dracula in a series of films for Hammer throughout the 1960s, and continued to play bad guys for the rest of his career. He was a terrific Bond villain in The Man With the Golden Gun, while perhaps his greatest performance was as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, both of which made it into our list of his 10 greatest movies.

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McKellen Voicing Cogsworth in Beauty & the Beast

Sir Ian McKellen is set to voice the talking clock Cogsworth in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of their animated classic Beauty and the Beast.

According to Variety, the British actor (famous for his roles as Magneto in a string of X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) will be lending his instantly recognizable vocal chords for the upcoming Disney film, which will begin production later this year.

Joining Mr. McKellen is Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who will be playing the film’s leading lady Belle. Bill Condon — who previously helmed McKellen in Gods and Monsters and Mr. Holmes — will direct.

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Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut

Production is underway on Andy Serkis’ 3D Jungle Book adaptation, Warner Bros. Pictures announced yesterday. Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings films, etc.) will make his feature directorial debut with the film.

Featuring a mix of live-action and performance capture, Serkis’ take on The Jungle Book will explore Mowgli’s human origins.

Mowgli will be performed by child actor Rohan Chand (Lone Survivor), with Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Serkis performing characters in the film, as well.

Jungle Book: Origins is produced by Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), while Nikki Penny (Gravity) will serve as an executive producer.

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School Suspends Boy For Threatening a Classmate With The One Ring

In today’s ridiculous news, a Texas boy has been suspended from school for ‘threatening’ to make his classmate disappear via The One Ring from the fictional world of The Lord of the Rings.

Aiden Steward, a 9-year-old from Kermit Elementary School, was suspended for threatening another child with purported magic powers. According to Aiden’s father Jason, the Steward family had seen The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies the previous weekend, inspiring Aiden to bring a ring to school and tell a classmate that he was going to make him disappear by putting it on his head.

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” Jason Steward wrote in an email to The New York Daily News. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

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Amazon readying $9.99 a month Kindle Unlimited service with 600,000+ e-books and audiobooks

Amazon Kindle Unlimited (teaser 001)

Amazon has been testing a new subscription service dubbed “Kindle Unlimited,” said to bring unlimited access to 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks on any device for a flat fee of just ten bucks per month. That’s according to company webpages that have been pulled down yesterday.

The service appears to provide unlimited access to both books from Amazon’s publishing imprints and those that were already available through Amazon’s Kindle Owners Lending Library, including such titles as the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series…… Read the rest of this post here


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$14.99 iTunes movie collections: The Dark Knight, LOTR, Matrix, Lethal Weapon and Ocean’s

iTunes Movie Bundles (teaser 006)

I’m a big spender on digital warez sold on Apple’s content stores. Typically, I would pick up various digital books and iOS/Mac apps on a regular basis – music not so much, that’s what Spotify is for.

I’d also rent TV shows and buy movie downloads from time to time. You couldn’t go as far as to say that I’d buy anything because I’m very particular and as such purchase only items that have really piqued my curiosity. The problem is, my interests are very diverse and my wallet can only bear so much.

But if you’re a movie buff and don’t mind having your movies tied to Apple devices (hello, FairPlay DRM!), you must have spotted Apple’s movie bundles before, some of which are sold at a deep discount.

In this not-to-be-missed opportunity the California firm is currently offering several memorable movie trilogies in high-definition, including The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and more, priced at $14.99 each…… Read the rest of this post here


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Shadow of Mordor Accused of Using Assassin's Creed II Code

A former Ubisoft developer who worked on the first two Assassin’s Creed games is claiming that the latest Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, appears to be using code and animations from Assassin’s Creed II.

Charles Randall shared his suspicions on Twitter today following the release of a trailer for Shadow of Mordor, a new open-world game set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Linking to the debut trailer seen below, Randall joked, “Check it out guys! I apparently made a Middle Earth game!” He followed this up with a series of tweets expanding on what he meant, first stating, “Seriously, can someone tell me how Assassin’s Creed 2 code and assets are in this Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor game?”

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