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Sir Christopher Lee

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Listen To Christopher Lee Talk About DC Villains

How do you get me excited about your project? Have Lord of the Rings’ Sir Christopher Lee talk about it. Or like, just have him say its name. It’s Christopher-freaking-Lee, I’m sold. Anyway, the video apparently played at SDCC this past summer but DC Comics held a panel about their documentary, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, at NYCC. The Beat has a brief report up.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Cover of Christopher Lee’s New Metal Album

This Friday sees the release of Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, the second metal LP by actor/secret agent/metal musician Sir Christopher Lee. Death and Taxes has song clips and a video where Lee “shares the inspiration for his calling as a metal sorcerer.”

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And All Was Right With the World

Listen To A Clip Of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Beautifully Haunting Singing Voice From Neverwhere

This audio clip autostarts so we’re putting it after the jump. But really, would anyone mind a little surprise Benedict Cumberbatch?

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

Ian McKellen Says Which Female Tolkien Character Will Show Up In The Hobbit Extended Release

The Hobbit, as well as The Lord of the Rings, are lacking in women in a big way. You can blame the guy who wrote the first book in 1937 if you feel the need, but when adapting those stories to film in 2013, the absence is noted. Peter Jackson went so far as to add a new elf, Tauriel, to his Hobbit trilogy but it turns out a few of the women who already existed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s world didn’t make the cut for theater viewings. Sir Ian McKellen explains who.

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The Cast for the BBC Radio Production of Neverwhere is an Anglophile’s Dream. Can We Get All These People in a Movie Now, Too?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is, in fact, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Natalie Dormer, and Anthony Head all in one photo, along with David Schofield (the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), David Harewood (Homeland), and radio drama director Dirk Maggs. And yes, the Neil they’re greeting is Neil Gaiman. That would be because they’re part of the casting lineup, revealed today in a blog post by Gaiman, of the BBC Radio 4 production of Gaiman’s Neverwhere. And the British awesome doesn’t stop there: Also in the cast are Sophie Okonedo, Bernard Cribbins, Romola Garai, and Sir Christopher Lee.

Hypable says that the lineup is “like something from a Tumblr fantasy-casting meme,” and I’d have to disagree, but only because of the lack of Tom Hiddleston. Otherwise that assessment is spot-on.

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G-G-G-Ghooooosts!

Happy Halloween! Let’s Listen to Christopher Lee Read The Nightmare Before Christmas

I think Christopher Lee will simply read anything you put in front of him, which would explain the number of times I’ve suddenly heard his voice while listening to heavy metal about dragons. In this case, it’s Tim Burton‘s original poem describing the plot of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has some differences from the movie (for example: no Sally, or Oogie Boogie). It’s still available as a kids storybook illustrated by Burton himself, where this animation is simply based on his designs. A good way to teach your kids vital vocabulary words like macabre.

My Precious!

One Ring Skirt Probably Won’t Turn You Invisible

From the lady who brought you the Curiosity Rover’s panoramic view of Mars on a skirt comes this fiery addition to wardrobe.

Warning: Skirt not deemed safe for Maiar (Istari or otherwise), dwarves, men, or elves over the age of 5,000. Prolonged use of the skirt by hobbits can result in: hair loss, pigment loss, ocular intumescence, sore throat, coughing, webbed digits, the loss of all friends and family due to crippling mental breaks, and, in rare cases, immortality. Talk to your local wizard to see if the One Ring is right for you.

Now, let us all rise for the traditional reading of the Ring Poem by Christopher Lee, who has it memorized in English and the Black Speech of Mordor.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Baby Wampa

One portion of the adorableness that is this series of Star Wars villains as little kids by Etsy user OctopusTreehouse. (via Geekosystem

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