10 Times Actors Have Been Seriously Injured on Set

I get easily obsessed. Though I have not posted in a long time, I have not given up on my crazy, media mania, quirks. A recent example of this is that I have watched the same film every day this week. Yes, I am that level of media crazed. While viewing films over and over again, something that often crosses my mind is “they have to sometimes get hurt doing this crazy shit.” On a whim I looked up instances of actors getting hurt during filming. I have compiled a few times the show really did have to go on.

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Fire caused several serious injuries on the set of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” The actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton, and her stunt double were both seriously burned on set. In a scene where the Wicked Witch of the West was skywriting with her pyrotechnic broom, Margaret Hamilton’s stunt double badly burned her legs, landing her in the hospital for several weeks. Hamilton herself had over a months stay in the hospital after being burned on the hands and face after flames were triggered to soon. Continue reading 10 Times Actors Have Been Seriously Injured on Set

Hilariously Epic Celebrity Photobombs

     s1600_Selfie-StickIn today’s society people are obsessed with pictures. Now there is even an invention called a “selfie stick” yes, this is a real thing. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a damn stick with clamps on the end. I have heard of these things but never thought that anyone in their right mind would ever buy an expensive stick with clamps. But arriving at Disneyland negated my logical thoughts as there were a huge number of groups walking around using their “Selfie sticks.”  And let me tell you, that is a hilarious thing to watch. Continue reading Hilariously Epic Celebrity Photobombs

The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies- The Last Film…Finally

  The-Hobbit For all you Lord of the Rings/Hobbit/J.R.R Tolkien fans out there, this is it. After this, there is nothing more anyone can make regarding this story. Four books and six movies later we have the very last installment of J.R.R Tolkien’s epic set in Middle Earth. This has been a highly anticipated film for me the last few months, but I will confess that I am very glad that I knew what to expect going in to the theaters.
For those fans out there who have read the book, I am sure you know by now that the first two movies have been very different from the original story. This last movie is no different. Though the movie stays true to the major plot points in the book, there has been a TON of subject matter that has been added to the film. My friends call this creative license… I say they just made shit up that they thought would go over well. My advice for this is to compartmentalize the two in your head. Separate the book from the movie completely. The book is a great story on its own, the movie is a great action film on its own, but the moment you try to compare the two, you will hate it. Just approach this film as a quality action movie and you wont have any issues with it.

The vast majority of the film The-Hobbit-Armyis a battle…. hence the name of the movie. If you do not like war movies, then this is not the movie for you! This movie is more battles, more creatures, more not-quite-comical asides, more stern speeches and more elaborate action set pieces. If you have been enjoying “The Hobbit” so far, you’re in for a treat. But if you were hoping for something extra or different this time around-like more plot- then ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ may leave you wanting.

The-Hobbit-Elf-Army   Luckily however, Jackson’s singular talent for massive-scale insanity hasn’t deserted him, and the hour long smackdown that crowns the film gives him ample opportunities to indulge in it. With what feels like a lot more than five armies involved — I counted elves, dwarves, men, orcs, trolls, goblins, eagles, evil bats and weird giant earthworms — it is one of the grandest sequences Jackson has ever shot. And if there is a hint that his imagination is, if possible, even bigger than his special-effects budget – some of the busier shots were a bit murky — that’s perhaps inevitable when you’re working on a bigger scale than any other director has ever attempted.three_half-stars_0.pngThere are flaws in this final film with some overly ambitious effects, being somewhat overwhelmed by its own spectacle. However, with Jackson’s six-film Middle Earth series finally coming to a close, it’s also a fitting tribute to his dedication and ambition as he managed something no other director would even attempt to tackle. The Battle of the Five Armies ends Peter Jackson’s second Middle-Earth trilogy on a satisfying note.

Awesome J.R.R Tolkien Facts Even the Craziest Fans Won’t Know

s1600_Tolkien     The Lord of the Rings was one of the first books I read cover to cover when I was a kid. It sparked my imagination as well as a love for reading that has ruined many nights of sleep (and not just because I would read all night. I also was terrified that Gollum would come strangle me while I slept).
I have always been blown away with the amount of detail, thought and care that went into The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit as well as the Simarillion. J.R.R Tolkien didn’t just create a whole different world, he gave them identities, cultures, grudges, histories, poems, music, and even an entirely made up (but functional) language. Side note– I have actually met some rabid, albeit harmless, nerds that know how to read, write and speak Elvish.
A mind like this is actually somewhat frightening to me. Such brilliant originality and detail shows a true genius of more than just literature. So I decided to try and find things about this giant of a man, that even the most obsessed fan probably doesn’t know.
1. Tolkien Had A Dramatic Flair
As a linguist and expert on Old English and Old Norse literature, Tolkien  was a professor at Oxford University from 1925-1959. Although quiet and unassuming in public, Tolkien wasn’t the stereotypical uptight British professor. Tolkien would go to parties dressed as a polar bear, chased a neighbor dressed as an ax wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and was known to hand shopkeepers his false teeth as payment. As one of his students put it, “He could turn a lecture room into a mead hall.”
2. He Felt Many of His Fans Were “Lunatics”
Tolkien saw himself as a scholar first and a writer second. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were largely Tolkien’s attempt to construct a body of myth, and their success caught him largely off guard. In fact, he spent years rejecting, criticizing and shredding adaptations of his work that he didn’t believe captured its epic scope and noble purpose. He was also utterly skeptical of most LOTR fans, who he thought incapable of really appreciating the work, and he probably would have been horrified by the movie fandom dressing up like Legolas.
3. He Was Quite The Romantic (and he’s got a geeky gravestone to prove it)

s1600_JRR-Tolkien-Grave At 16 years of age, Tolkien fell in love with Edith Bratt. His guardian, a Catholic priest, was horrified that his ward was seeing a Protestant and ordered the boy to have no contact with Edith until he turned 21. Tolkien obeyed, pining after Edith for years until that fateful birthday, when he met with her under a railroad viaduct. She broke off her engagement to another man, converted to Catholicism, and the two were married for the rest of their lives. At Tolkien’s instructions, their shared gravestone has the names “Beren” and “Luthien” engraved on it, a reference to a famous pair of star-crossed lovers from the fictional world he created.4. He Liked Clubbing     -Not the kind of clubbing you are thinking of. I mean the extra curricular, after-school sort. Wherever Tolkien went, he was intimately involved in the formation of literary and scholarly clubs. As a professor at Leeds University, for example, he formed the Viking Club. And during his stint at Oxford, he formed the Inklings- a literary discussion group. I find this so delightfully nerdy!
s1600_Tolkien-Soldier5. When It Came to War He Knew What He Was Talking About
Tolkien was a veteran of the First World War. He was present for some of the most bloody trench fighting of the war, including the famously horrific Battle of Somme. The deprivations of Frodo and Sam on their road to Mordor had their origins in Tolkien’s time in the trenches, during which he contracted a chronic fever from the lice that infested him. He later said that all but one of his closest friends died in the war. Giving him an all to keen awareness of its tragedy that shines through in his writing.

6. He Invented Languages For Funs1600_Tolkien-Elvish_watermarked
A philologist by trade, Tolkien invented languages just for shits and giggles. That is what you do for fun right? He invented languages such as Elvish, Quenya and Sindarin. He even wrote songs and poems in his fictional languages. In addition, Tolkien worked to reconstruct and write in extinct languages like Medieval Welsh and Lombardic.

7. He Wasn’t Nearly as Fond of Nazis as They Were of Him
Tolkien’s academic writings on Germanic history, language and culture were extremely popular among the Nazi elite, who were obsessed with recreating ancient Germanic civilization. But Tolkien was disgusted by Hitler and the Nazi party, and made no secret of that fact. He considered forbidding a German translation of The Hobbit after the German publisher, in accordance with Nazi law, asked him to certify that he was an “Aryan.” Instead, he wrote a scathing letter asserting, among other things, his regret that he had no Jewish ancestors. He wrote “I have, in this War, a burning private grudge — which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler … Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light.” —-Now THAT is an OH SNAP moment if I have ever heard one!!

Caffeine is Going to be the Death of Me- Dragon Fire and Ruin, The Desolation of Smaug

I drank so much caffeine today in my preparation for the midnight premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, that it is now 4:40 in the morning after the movie and I am still wired. So I figured that while I am still up and have the movie fresh in my mind, I might as well write about it. 
 I would like to take a second to voice a quick warning. These movies are based on a very short book, meant for children, written by J.R.R Tolkien as somewhat of a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Because of the brevity of the actual book, Peter Jackson has added material into these movies that are not found in the book itself, The Hobbit. So if you are a Hobbit purist, brace yourself.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
As most of you know this movie is part 2 of a three part movie series which covers (the very short book) The Hobbit. The first movie ended with the company of dwarves, a hobbit and a wizard getting near their end destination which is the Lonely Mountain where King Thorin hopes to take back his homeland from the dragon Smaug. It is at this point that the film picks up to start part 2. The movie begins fast, and keeps that same quick storytelling pace, pretty much, throughout the entire thing. 

The Second installment of Peter Jackson’s the Hobbit is long, over 2 1/2 hours, so if you are going to go see this movie, make sure you carve out the proper half day needed to do it. Though, as I mentioned earlier, there are changes in the movie, even the seemingly sacrilegious addition of the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) – a character from “The Lord of the Rings” – feels sinfully good. So does the outright invention of a female elf character named Tauriel. Though some may be upset with these additions, they certainly do not hurt and are actually pretty damn cool in the movie. I appreciate the She-Elf character addition by Peter Jackson, as a strong female character in this story was badly needed. Someone needed to break up this sausage fest a little!

This movie starts right off the bat with a pulse-pounding — and yes, always photogenic — chase scene. Mere seconds in, we watch a pack of bloodthirsty orcs pursue our hobbit hero and his dwarf companions over the Misty Mountains — where, as you will recall, we last left them. After that rousing curtain-raiser, the movie follows the protagonists through a number of obstacles standing between them and their assault on the Lonely Mountain, the dwarves’ ancestral home. First, the company must pass through the enchanted forest of Mirkwood, where they tussle with giant CGI spiders. Next, they’re imprisoned in the stronghold of the woodland elves before reaching the Lonely Mountain containing a surprisingly intelligent dragon. (Who know dragons were smart?) The voice (performed by Benedict Cumberbatch) and appearance of Smaug is very impressive. He looks and sounds pretty damn creepy, they did a great job on the dragon. Everyone prepare yourselves through, this movie ends on a MASSIVE cliffhanger.
SO WHAT?! — This film is far and away better than the first one, it is action packed, a little creepy at times, but also containing plenty of humor. The visual effects of this movie were very impressive and the actors in the film did an amazing job! If you like action movies (and you have seen the first installment of this series) I would definitely recommend this film as a must see!!