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Sir Christopher Lee Passes Away at 94

The Hollywood Reporter, among other sites, is reporting that actor, WWII veteran, and musician Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 94.

It is, frankly, hard to tell what he’ll be best known for playing. Maybe it’ll be as Count Dracula in Hammer’s horror films. Maybe it’ll be as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Maybe it will be for his performance in the original The Wicker Man. No matter what particular roles he’ll be remembered for – he was one of film’s most iconic actors, and like other horror legends like Boris Karloff and Vincent Price, his work will stand the test of time long after his passing.

 

Speculative Fiction’s Best (and Worst) Politicians

It’s the first Tuesday in November, and for those of us in the States, that means Election Day!

If anyone else is living in a “Battleground State” like I am, you too are probably done with the whole affair. In an attempt to lift the mood here’s a list of the five best and five worst politicians and leaders in Science Fiction and Fantasy. While things could be better, they could also be a lot worse!.

BTW: Don’t find the political figure you think should make the list? Leave a comment and tell us why.

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Two Towers Tidbits

Whilst running through Cinescape, checking out the Saturn nominees, I stumbled across an update for the next Lord of the Rings installment, The Two Towers.

Of note: The first trailer will be available March 29th in theaters. Other interesting bits involve Shelob’s non-appearance in part II (she’ll be in part III instead). This isn’t too much surprise since Jackson’s already done some bleed over (the first movie actually ends at the closing of the second book’s first chapter).

I don’t really mind since a movie needs something concrete to end with, whereas a book can get away with a softer ending (movie audiences are used to being spoon-fed).

They also report that Jackson has somewhere between 15-20 hours of footage for the battle of Helm’s Deep. Now that’s going to make for one hell of a DVD release!