A Huge Lord Of The Rings Exhibit Opens This Month In NYC

A major new exhibit about The Lord of the Rings and its author J.R.R. Tolkien is opening at a New York City museum this month–and it sounds like a can’t-miss event for fans.

The exhibit, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, celebrates Tolkien and his work. Said to be the largest collection of Tolkien material assembled for several generations, the exhibit includes drawings, manuscripts, and maps that Tolkien himself put together for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

The exhibit will also contain illustrations that Tolkien etched for places like the gates of Moria, Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dur, and Lothlorien.

The exhibit was organised in collaboration with The Tolkien Estate, The Tolkien Trust, and members of the Tolkien family. The works on display come from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, Marquette University’s collection of original materials, and also from private lenders. You can see a teaser for the exhibit in the video embedded above.

In addition to the main exhibit, the Morgan Library and Museum will have lectures, discussions, workshops, and symposiums related to Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. You can visit the Morgan website to see a full rundown of events.

The exhibit will be on display at the Morgan Library and Museum from January 25 through May 12, 2019. It’s located at 225 Madison Avenge in New York City.

In other news about The Lord of the Rings, Amazon is producing a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show, while a movie about Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult as the author is in the works.

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Who Is The Punisher Season 2 Villain, Jigsaw?

The second season of The Punisher comes to Netflix this month, marking the return of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal). Featured alongside him in the first Season 2 trailer is a pissed off Billy Russo (Ben Barnes). He puts on a mask and becomes the villain Jigsaw, one of The Punisher’s biggest comic book enemies.

Before you watch Billy Russo in The Punisher Season 2, watch the video above where we dig into Jigsaw’s Marvel comic origins, abilities, movie appearances and Netflix series backstory. Go check out our review of The Punisher Season 2 here. And be sure to come back to GameSpot so you don’t miss our spoiler review video of The Punisher Season 2 coming soon!

Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Reportedly Loses Director, Status In Question

Disney’s new live-action Pinocchio movie has suffered what sounds like a major setback. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey said in a new interview that director Paul King (Paddington 1 and 2), pulled out of the project over the holidays for family reasons.

McGarvey told Discussing Film that King personally chose him to be the cinematographer for the Pinocchio movie, so now that he’s out, it means McGarvey is as well. He initially said the Pinocchio movie “has been canceled,” but he went on to say that Disney is looking for a new director, and then production may start again. Or it might not, McGarvey said.

“I don’t think it’s a secret anymore, but the film has been canceled. Over the holidays, over Christmas, the director pulled out of the film for family reasons,” he explained. “Disney are trying to find a new director. They’re trying to get it going but I’m unlikely to be involved now because Paul King, who directed Paddington 1 and 2, wanted me to be his [director of photography] on the film.

“Who knows, the director they eventually bring on, it will probably be delayed by some time now; it probably won’t shoot until July or August, if it does at all.”

When Disney finds a new director, this person will likely choose their own director of photography, and from the way McGarvey was speaking, it sounds like it wouldn’t be him.

McGarvey earned two Best Cinematography Oscar nominations, for the movies Atonement and Anna Karenina, both of which were directed by Joe Wright.

King is not the first director to drop out of Pinocchio, as Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro was originally eyed to direct. He’s not doing the Disney movie, but he is set to write and direct an animated musical adaptation of Pinocchio for Netflix. Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) was also attached to direct the new Pinocchio before dropping out.

Tom Hanks is reportedly being considered to play Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto, in the new film, though whether or not the recent director change affects this remains to be seen.

While the new Pinocchio might not be happening soon, Disney has a few live-action remakes coming up in 2019 including The Lion King and Aladdin.

2K And NBA Agree To Huge New Deal Estimated At More Than $1 Billion

2K Sports and the NBA have announced a major extension on their licensing deal for the NBA 2K series in a move that’s said to be worth north of $1 billion.

The official line is that this is a “significant, multiyear global partnership extension.” Terms were not disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reports that Take-Two, which owns 2K, is set to pay as much as $1.1 billion over seven years to the NBA and its players’ union. That information is credited to a source who is said to have knowledge of the deal.

According to the report, the $1.1 billion over seven years is “more than double” what Take-Two paid the NBA for its previous licensing deal that was announced in 2011. The figure is said to be based on a percentage of sales of NBA 2K games.

One of the reasons why the licensing fee might be so much bigger this time around is because the NBA 2K series is believed to be an even bigger revenue juggernaut now that the franchise includes microtransactions. This has been a company-wide push, as Take-Two has said it aims to put microtransactions in all of its franchises going forward. NBA 2K’s use of microtransactions, which started in 2013, has been controversial, but they are still in the game and will no doubt continue to be used in future titles.

The latest NBA 2K game, NBA 2K19, was a smash hit. It sold more than 10 million units, and it drove even more money from its microtransactions. In total the NBA 2K series has shipped more than 86 million units since it first launch 20 years ago.

Take-Two chief Strauss Zelnick said he’s excited to work together with the NBA to “find new and innovative ways to captivate and engage basketball fans, and expand further the success of the NBA 2K brand.”

The NBA also has a licensing deal with Electronic Arts for the NBA Live series. However, it’s not immediately clear if the NBA has reached a new deal with EA as well.

In addition to the NBA 2K series, 2K Sports published last year’s NBA Playgrounds 2, which is an arcade-style title.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, the MMO’s next major expansion, will be released on June 4, ZeniMax Online Studios announced today.

Elsweyr, which will be “similar in size and scope to last year’s Summerset zone,” features a thirty-hour, “year-long” main story told over four quarterly releases, beginning with the Wrathstone DLC in February. The story will see players side with the Khajiit as they defend their homeland from both invading Imperials and dangerous dragons.

Dragons are being added to The Elder Scrolls Online for the first time in Elsweyr and will be more difficult to defeat than the ones players may have encountered in Skyrim, according to Creative Director Rich Lambert.

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Spider-Man Theory: Is Mysterio Basically the New Syndrome?

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home dropped today, giving fans their first look at Peter Parker’s Eurotrip and Jake Gyllenhaal’s spellbinding take on one of Spidey’s classic villains, Mysterio.

But what we saw of Mysterio in the trailer, in his first live-action portrayal, seemed far from the maniacal machinations we’ve come to expect from the self-aggrandized “Master of Illusion.” By the end of the reel, Peter’s classmates were in awe of Mysterio, calling him “Iron Man and Thor rolled into one” as they watched footage of him battling a giant water monster in Venice.

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Jumanji Sequel Adds A Veteran Big-Name Actor

The untitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel has added yet another big name to its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover will appear in the movie, joining other newcomers like Danny DeVito and Awkwafina. All of the major stars of the first movie–The Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas–are also expected to return for the sequel.

“From Awkafina to Danny DeVito to now one of my action heroes, Danny Glover–it’s been awesome having so many actors and OG legends raise their hands wanting to come and play in our Jumanji universe,” The Rock told THR.

In the 2017 film, Jumanji is a video game that teenagers in detention get sucked into. They then become new people in a jungle world, and it appears the sequel will do this all over again. For now, The Rock isn’t giving away the details on who becomes who just yet.

“‘Who turns into who?’ will always be the fun magic sauce for our audience,” he said.

Welcome to the Jungle was an enormous success, banking more than $962 million on its way to becoming the 43rd biggest movie in the history of film. Jake Kasdan, the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, directed the 2017 film and he’s coming back for the sequel.

The Jumanji franchise is based on the Chris Van Allsburg book, and it was first made into a movie in 1995 with Robin Williams in the lead role.

Plot details are under wraps for the Jumanji sequel, but The Rock teased that Kasdan gave a “dynamite pitch” for the plot. The film hits theatres in December 2019.

The Flash Drops a Batman Easter Egg in Midseason Return

Warning: Full spoilers for The Flash, Season 5, episode 10, “The Flash & the Furious” follow.

The Flash’s recent 100th episode may have been somewhat underwhelming, but it did at least lay the groundwork for a much more compelling story direction in the remainder of Season 5. Unfortunately, that episode’s refusal to wrap up the Cicada storyline right then and there also made it clear the writers aren’t in any hurry to take full advantage of Eobard Thawne’s return. First we have to slog through more “meta of the week” episodes before getting to the good stuff.

The best that can be said for the return of Joslyn Jackam/Weather Witch is that there was an earnest attempt made to bring depth and nuance to a very underdeveloped villain. The problem, though, is that the show pulled a complete 180. One episode Joslyn is trying to callously murder her father, the next she’s deeply remorseful and desperate for a second chance. Can you really blame Nora for wanting to throw her back in prison and be done with it? This episode counts on viewers have an emotional attachment to the character that hasn’t been earned. The whole “can villains ever be made to change?” angle still worked, just not as well as it might have.

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Ariana Grande Got a Huge Pokemon Tattoo

Ariana Grande got a Pokemon tattoo. The 25-year-old pop sensation revealed her very large Eevee tattoo recently through her Instagram story. Additionally, tattoo artist Kane Navasard showed off the tattoo in another post on Instagram, writing that the ink was for “the best Pokemon trainer in the game, [Ariana Grande].”

It’s a nice-looking tattoo. With colour it might have looked too flashy; the black-and-white style is more classic. You can see the tattoo in the image below.

Grande is a big fan of the Pokemon series, it seems, telling a fan that she played the Nintendo Switch game Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee for 15 hours during a recent day off. “Honestly,” she said. She also cosplayed as Eevee one at least one occasion.

This was not Grande’s first tattoo. She also has Chihiro from the Studio Ghibi movie Spirited Away on her arm, as well as the Harry Potter spell “Lumos” written on her hand. She has many, many more, and you can do a quick Google search to see them all.

Ariana Grande is no stranger to video games. She appeared in the Final Fantasy video game Brave Exvius, and now Katy Perry will be featured in the game as well.