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Ian McKellen Expresses Interest in Playing Gandolf on Amazon’s LOTR Series

Sir Ian McKellen has publicly stated he has a strong interest in reprising the role of Gandalf in the forthcoming Lord of the Rings Amazon series. McKellen, of course, played Gandalf in the incredibly successful Lord of the Rings motion pictures. He returned for the follow-up fi`lms based on The Hobbit. McKellen remains so fond of the role that he doesn’t wish to see anyone else play Gandolf in the planned five-season series. Amazon probably would consider McKellen’s offer to play Gandolf again. Amazon could benefit in a host of ways by casting McKellen.

Amazon’s online streaming service has not been as successful as Netflix’s. Licensing a property such as Lord of the Rings could prove to be wise from both a financial and strategic perspective. Lord of the Rings has been clearly established as maintaining a strong fan base. The billions of dollars the motion pictures earned prove how strong the popularity is.

Can that popularity be extended to an Amazon series? That question cannot be answered until the series debuts and the financial impact is measured. The Lord of the Rings program won’t be debuting on HBO or a broadcast network. Potential audiences do need to be motivated to view the series on Amazon. Casting McKellen in the role may help draw in a large number of cinematic J..R.R. Tolkien fans.

Amazon truly does need a hit. McKellen could help Amazon achieve this goal, but Amazon may want to start completely fresh with the new series. This could mean going with another actor other than McKellen. Completely rebranding the new series with a completely new cast might allow Amazon’s project to escape from the shadow of the Peter Jackson films.

No matter who eventually plays Gandolf, McKellen does deserve credit for not wanting to give up his legendary role. Few actors possess the level of passion and commitment McKellen displays. Maybe this passion would be the biggest asset the Amazon series could acquire.

Fishburne and Marvel May Have a Secret Project Planned

Actor Laurence Fishburne may be working on a secret project for Marvel, in addition to his part in Ant-Man and the Wasp (released on July 6, 2018).


In the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Fishburne will be playing Bill Foster, a former assistant of Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, and the second male character to become a size-changing superhero (called Black Goliath). He is also involved with Marvel’s competitor, DC Comics, appearing as Perry White (Clark Kent’s boss and editor) in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was offered a role in this year’s Justice League film but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.


However, in a recent Collider interview about the Marvel film, he segued into discussing a new project, offering scant but tantalizing details about what it might be.


“I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope,” he said, laughing.


He adds that he was the one who pitched the idea, whatever it was, but it involved a lot of legal red tape that was difficult to work through. He says that his Ant-Man and the Wasp role was offered afterwards.


One possible interpretation of Fishburne’s statement could be that he wanted to pitch a Black Goliath film, though it’s unclear if Marvel would want to go through with that, for several reasons: it is awfully close to Ant-Man, after all, but without as much name recognition. The talk of legal red tape could imply that Fisburne’s plan involved some sort of property owned by another company, such as Spider-Man (owned by Sony), the X-Men or Fantastic Four (owned by Fox); Marvel has limited use of the former, but not of the latter.


If the project goes through, we will just have to wait and see.

Iron Maiden Frontman Bruce Dickinson On Writing His Memoirs

Bruce Dickinson has led a colorful and active life, starting out with his rise to fame as Iron Maiden’s lead singer. Once he made it to the top, Bruce was free to pursue his dreams, like flying his own planes, fencing, and hosting a radio show. The Iron Maiden frontman also had his hard times, including a battle with cancer that almost ended his life. Now, Dickinson talks about dishing on all of that in his new memoir, What Does This Button Do?
Bruce Dickinson on the Memoir He Really Didn’t Want to Write
The Iron Maiden singer admits he’s never been a big fan of autobiographies. In fact, he never had any intention of writing his own, even though people have been begging him to do it. The book might never have been written (and Bruce says it’s still a work in progress), but his cancer battle changed his perspective.
In fact, his fight with cancer makes up the longest and last chapter of What Does This Button Do? As such, Bruce says it’s a fitting end for the book, because it marks a new turn in his life.
“It’s actually not a bad end point for a book – not that I’m planning on checking out anytime soon,” Dickinson told Rolling Stone. “It’s the beginning of a whole new chapter of the rest of your life.”
Bruce Dickinson’s Candid Cancer Confessions
Facing cancer only makes up one portion of Bruce’s life, as it only makes up one chapter of his memoir, but it’s an important piece. He says hearing the diagnosis sent him through a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions from denial to acceptance and anger. Eventually, Dickinson came to terms and focused his attention on the battle ahead.
When he had completed the treatments, enduring months of chemotherapy and radiation, the Iron Maiden singer was left in shock. Previously, the cancer left him feeling depressed and seeing only darkness ahead. He says finding out he had beaten the cancer seemed like a fantasy.
“You’re almost afraid to step out into the light, because you’ve been in this dark place for three to six months,” shares Bruce. “And then you sort of go, What do we make of the rest of life then?'”
Bruce Dickinson didn’t struggle with that question for long. He set to work writing his memoir and endeavors to give fans what they want in his autobiography. He also came to realizer that life is a gift and one that he might have taken for granted in the past. Now, facing his own mortality, Bruce Dickinson says he has a greater appreciation for life and understands it really is worth celebrating.

Recent news on men in the arts news

Latest news on men in art begins with fantastic news the artist Alex Katz who is in his early nineties but is still raising the Bar for himself and the other guys. Alex Katz who recently turned 90 lives and works on the top floor of an original Soho building. He has a studio space at his home which entails paintings of landscapes and distinct faces. In his bathroom, Mr. Katz has a series of black-and-white photographs of New York City life by Rudy Burkhardt, the Swiss filmmaker and great supporter of Katz arts.

Alex Kaitz will be on air in November on his solo show occupying all the three floors of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Halen. Some of Alex art collection includes a lithograph Edward Munch’s, a drawing of a woman by Matisse displaying his economy of line.

On other news, a proposal for London’s New Holocaust Memorial has been unleashed. Holocaust memorial is memorial held in honor of victims of Holocaust. It is a symbol of remembrance to the horrors that were encountered, this stands as a reminder to the future generation and the importance of maintaining peace. A team led by David Adjaye a British architect and Israeli Ron Arad have been named the winners of competition to design UK’s new National Holocaust Memorial and a Learning Centre for Victoria Towers Gardens.

The design is expected to entail a path that runs down the structure this route will be able to lead visitors down the narrow stairs into exhibition space at the ground level. The memorial is scheduled to open in 2021 after being approved by the building regulators.

Finally, Leo Xu is named the Co-director of David Zwirner’s Hong Kong Gallery. Leo Xu who is the icon behind Leo Xu Projects space in Shanghai has stated that he is overwhelmed and is anticipated to join Zwirner for a three-year dimensional program. This program is innovative, and it incorporates leading artists in the industry. Xu has established some artistic including the Wolfgang Tillmans.