The Homes of Middle-Earth (Infographic)

Am I on too much of an infographic kick right now? Maybe yes. Maybe no. But maybe I stumbled upon an even better one than last week’s. While our old friends at Movoto didn’t put together this look at the homes of Middle-Earth, it’s a fairly comprehensive look at many of the homes, cities and lands that you’ll see in Lord of the Rings. You might even be able to figure out where in Isengard that the Hobbits were taken.

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The Hobbit’s Five Armies (Infographic)

hobbit-battle-of-five-armies-infographic-headerA six-movie saga that has spanned thirteen years in cinemas and 77 years since The Hobbit was first published is coming to an end this weekend. Yesterday was the North American release date for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last movie in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit dual trilogy.

To celebrate the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we have not only a handy infographic with a look at the titular five armies but also an interactive flash graphic with the armies and a map.

By the way, SPOILERS! So many spoilers! Well, I suppose it’s a spoiler if you haven’t read the book.

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Entertainment Link-Off: An Expected Journey

Welcome back to our weekly look at the worlds of entertainment and pop culture in the Entertainment Link-Off. I’m covering for Jackie this week after I slightly forgot about it last week… Anyway, there’s only one major wide release at the theatres this weekend. That would be the first part of The Hobbit trilogy. Yes, we’re going back to Middle Earth with Dr. Watson Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Don’t worry, though. Some old friends will be back including Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett who stars as the only woman with a character in Middle Earth. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: ‘Tis the Season…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Anyway, Merry Christmas to all the Lowdown readers out there. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, enjoy the holidays! Let’s kick off this edition of the Entertainment Link-Off with Noomi Rapace. She’s having a solid week. Sherlock Holmes sequel is currently in theatres and also the highly anticipated trailer for another one of her upcoming films Prometheus was released this week as well.

After the jump, Oh Christmas Troy, trailers for Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, John Carter and The Hobbit, buddy song for Optimus Prime and the iPhone4S can be very dangerous. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Do You Believe In Magic?

zooey deschanelForget about the little boy wizard known as Harry Potter. Since the screaming fangirls will be crowding the theatres to see that, let’s take a look at an alternative option. This weekend also marks the release of the quirky comedy 500 Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel (pictured). Seriously, if you already read the Harry Potter books, you’ll know how it ends. Go watch something fresh instead and check out the amazing chemistry between Zooey and her talented co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since this is a FOX Searchlight release, expect the platform rollout which means the film will hit the larger cities first before spreading to other areas. Here is the release schedule so that you can check if it’s going to be playing in a theatre near you this weekend. (

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Weekend Link-Off Part Deux: Geekgasm Alert!

megan-fox-2 I just have a picture of Megan Fox here for no apparent reason.  Actually on second thought, there is a reason.  Michael Bay has released new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen footage today and fanboys everywhere are celebrating (including me!).  Check out the video after the jump.

Who said you needed to be hired at a restaurant in order to make money as a waiter? (Toronto Star)

Over in Conover, North Carolina, two Dominos employees decided to videotape various unsanitary acts while working at one of the stores.  Clearly they didn’t think this through.  The company has decided to fire the two employees and file a criminal complaints against them.  Those poor customers… now they know how ass tastes like… (ABC News)

Speaking of someone that knows what ass tastes like, a strip search was performed on a man charged with drug possession and the police officer found a bag with a white powdery substance in his rectum.  They guy grabbed the bag from the officer and stuffed it into his mouth!  You know you’re an addict when… (Olivia Munn)

A man in Waco, Texas was stabbed twice because he farted.  I supposed he needed a few extra openings to let the gas out. (Metro)

A man committed suicide in the middle of a late night screening of Watchmen.  I never knew the movie was that bad! (Slashfilm)

A 32 year old woman jumped into the polar bear exhibit at the Berlin Zoo during feeding time.  The woman jumped into the pool willingly since she was expecting to be welcomed by the polar bears, but instead she was attacked and bitten.  Bears are dangerous, of course you’ll get mauled! Duh! (Daily Mail)

A British man killed his partner of 30 years after she became obsessed with Grand Theft Auto!  Hey World of Warcraft gamers, I think you should be concerned about your personal safety too! (Daily Mail)

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