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Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:36 pm
by hugodrax
UncleBob wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:12 pm
infidel wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:09 pm
UncleBob wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:22 pm
Amazon announces deal for ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series
Amazon announced Monday that it has obtained the television rights for “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy book series. Under the deal, which includes a multi-season production commitment and a potential spinoff, Amazon’s tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth will effectively be a prequel to “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
Old news :bacon:
Can I show you some drone video of a dam?

:oops:
No need. The market is supersaturated.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:53 pm
by FredS
To me, all this LoTR and Tolkien talk seems to be designed to make middle aged or older geeks feel better about their geekness. As if it's serious art or something. But hey, it's no skin off my nose if you guys want to prance around wearing a cape and fairy slippers while swooshing your light saber. I've mentioned before that we have our own brand of weird. I get my jollies from tricking fish who have a brain the size of a pea. Go figure.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:10 pm
by infidel
FredS wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:53 pm
To me, all this LoTR and Tolkien talk seems to be designed to make middle aged or older geeks feel better about their geekness. As if it's serious art or something. But hey, it's no skin off my nose if you guys want to prance around wearing a cape and fairy slippers while swooshing your light saber. I've mentioned before that we have our own brand of weird. I get my jollies from tricking fish who have a brain the size of a pea. Go figure.
Light sabers? As if.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:15 am
by Sir Moose
infidel wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:10 pm
FredS wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:53 pm
To me, all this LoTR and Tolkien talk seems to be designed to make middle aged or older geeks feel better about their geekness. As if it's serious art or something. But hey, it's no skin off my nose if you guys want to prance around wearing a cape and fairy slippers while swooshing your light saber. I've mentioned before that we have our own brand of weird. I get my jollies from tricking fish who have a brain the size of a pea. Go figure.
Light sabers? As if.
Brilliant! A LOTR remake set in the Star Wars universe. And by "brilliant," I mean it's a solid "idea of dubious merit."

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:59 am
by tuttle
So I think this helps us understand how the Amazon deal wound up happening...

Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

He technically resigned August 21st, so this isn't an reactionary resignation. But it is certainly the reason why any talks of any kind ever began in the first place. Christopher has always been more concerned about his father's legacy more than financial gain and he seemed to always put the break on wherever it seemed he could, which, on one had was frustrating because there are genuine fans and people looking to also honor his father's legacy who would get the C&D letter or suffer wrath. But in all honesty I think he just felt that if they put a blanket NO on everything that was in their power, it was easier than piecemealing YES to this and that. Add to that that it seems (via reports and reputation) that others on the board have dollar signs for pupils...

But I've got a feeling his resignation means that we're about to see the Disneyfication of Middle-Earth, and whoever dishes over the most dough will be able to do whatever they want. Like most things, this could be a very, very good thing. Or very, very bad. I think the expanded universe of Harry Potter, for instance, is a good example, but Rowling has a major strangle-hold over all of it. Nothing is approved without her approving. That won't be the case here.

I was really hoping for the Amazon show, that things would be held in decent check since I assumed Christopher Tolkien was still at the helm...but now that that is not the case...Saruman, the spirit of the age, might be in charge.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am
by Jester
How many gay characters do you think Disney will be able to slam into this Middle Earth series? Just ruined it for you last hopeful ones out there.
Don't forget that JJ Abrams and John Boyega confirmed that Poe and Finn will have gay romance in the new Star Wars.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:29 am
by hugodrax
Jester wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am
How many gay characters do you think Disney will be able to slam into this Middle Earth series? Just ruined it for you last hopeful ones out there.
Don't forget that JJ Abrams and John Boyega confirmed that Poe and Finn will have gay romance in the new Star Wars.
All hobbits are gay. Festive little boogers, the lot of them.

Elves? Self absorbed queens.

Dwarves? Rough trade.

Ents are über gay.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:37 am
by Cleon
Jester wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am
How many gay characters do you think Disney will be able to slam into this Middle Earth series? Just ruined it for you last hopeful ones out there.
Don't forget that JJ Abrams and John Boyega confirmed that Poe and Finn will have gay romance in the new Star Wars.
I hope you are wrong. That would be a deal breaker.

I can't find anything that will confirm this plot line 100%.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:40 am
by UncleBob
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Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:06 am
by Jester
UncleBob wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:40 am
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That cloak is soo second age.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 am
by wosbald
+JMJ+

Ian McDiarmid: Senator Palpatine used "homoerotic power imbalance" to sway "young Anakin" to the dark side
… "There was definitely something sinister at work there," the Tony Award-winning actor said. "Perhaps a homoerotic power imbalance that spun young Anakin into a whirlwind of self-loathing? Who knows?". …

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:10 am
by infidel
wosbald wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 am
+JMJ+

Ian McDiarmid: Senator Palpatine used "homoerotic power imbalance" to sway "young Anakin" to the dark side
… "There was definitely something sinister at work there," the Tony Award-winning actor said. "Perhaps a homoerotic power imbalance that spun young Anakin into a whirlwind of self-loathing? Who knows?". …
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Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:18 pm
by tuttle
Cleon wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:37 am
Jester wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am
How many gay characters do you think Disney will be able to slam into this Middle Earth series? Just ruined it for you last hopeful ones out there.
Don't forget that JJ Abrams and John Boyega confirmed that Poe and Finn will have gay romance in the new Star Wars.
I hope you are wrong. That would be a deal breaker.

I can't find anything that will confirm this plot line 100%.
I've heard rumors but not this specific. They've already got the girrl power, part of me doubts, based purely on marketing reasons that they'd seriously be considering tossing the only male heroes into a romantic relationship with each other. If there is any merit to the rumors I'm going to bet they go the Beauty and the Beast route and give the gay roll to a side character who will be obvious enough to notice, done in a way to make it seem casually normal, but on the whole, inconsequential.

Remember when guys could just be friends?

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:27 pm
by hugodrax
tuttle wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:18 pm
Cleon wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:37 am
Jester wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:16 am
How many gay characters do you think Disney will be able to slam into this Middle Earth series? Just ruined it for you last hopeful ones out there.
Don't forget that JJ Abrams and John Boyega confirmed that Poe and Finn will have gay romance in the new Star Wars.
I hope you are wrong. That would be a deal breaker.

I can't find anything that will confirm this plot line 100%.
I've heard rumors but not this specific. They've already got the girrl power, part of me doubts, based purely on marketing reasons that they'd seriously be considering tossing the only male heroes into a romantic relationship with each other. If there is any merit to the rumors I'm going to bet they go the Beauty and the Beast route and give the gay roll to a side character who will be obvious enough to notice, done in a way to make it seem casually normal, but on the whole, inconsequential.

Remember when guys could just be friends?
Who says we can't be?

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:38 am
by Cleon
Analyst thinks Amazon could buy Target this year
Market-share numbers suggest a deal would be approved by regulators, and Walmart would still have a larger share than an Amazon-Target combination, Munster said. He estimated a takeout valuation of $41 billion, or a 15 percent premium to Target’s value. Target shares rose as much as 3.7 percent Tuesday in New York, while Amazon gained 1.6 percent.

“Investors would view this as Amazon taking over the world, and that’s a good thing,” Munster said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio.
Ugh.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:18 am
by infidel
Cleon wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:38 am
Analyst thinks Amazon could buy Target this year
Market-share numbers suggest a deal would be approved by regulators, and Walmart would still have a larger share than an Amazon-Target combination, Munster said. He estimated a takeout valuation of $41 billion, or a 15 percent premium to Target’s value. Target shares rose as much as 3.7 percent Tuesday in New York, while Amazon gained 1.6 percent.

“Investors would view this as Amazon taking over the world, and that’s a good thing,” Munster said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio.
Ugh.
Investors are f@$#ing lemmings.

Re: Ideas of Dubious Merit in the News...

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:14 am
by UncleBob