The Browser, 6/5: Tolkien tidbits; Ray LaMontagne; U2 anniversary; best animated films; Farina in trouble

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Christopher Tolkien wants to “terminate” Hobbit movie

It’s not surprising that Christopher Tolkien isn’t happy about New Line’s plans for a movie of The Hobbit. He wasn’t happy about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy either. It will be interesting to see the judgment in his lawsuit against New Line; he claims that the master of Middle-earth’s family is owed ¬£80m under a deal for a 7.5% share of profits… a deal signed back in 1969.

Meanwhile, Saruman is trying to rise again.


Ray Lamontagne gossip!!

Paste has the scoop on Ray LaMontagne’s next album Gossip.


It was 25 years ago today…

Larry Mullen brought the band to play.
There’s a gallery of photos from the concert at G. Wigler’s site.


Best animated movies of all time?

I think I agree with Yahoo’s #1 animated film of all-time. But how could any such survey leave out The Iron Giant, or My Neighbor Totoro, or Watership Down?


Bad day for Jimmy Sorano

Dennis Farina, the actor who played the villain in one of my favorite films, Midnight Run, is in trouble.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • facesunveiled

    Any animated films list that doesn’t have The Iron Giant or Paprika on it is barely worth looking at.

    If you don’t feel like scrolling through the list one-by-one on the Yahoo page, here’s a story that has the same information:

  • striderdemme

    Regarding the animated films, I was surprised to see Enchanted on the list. (And also Shrek 2, but that’s more opinion than anything else)