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Things We Saw Today: The Lord of the Rings Movies Considered Casting David Bowie as Gandalf

Apparently, the Lord of the Rings creative team considered casting David Bowie as Gandalf--but the rock star was too busy to even have a proper audition.

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Tolkien Expert Stephen Colbert Breaks Down the Reasons Why Gandalf Won’t Perform Weddings

It all stems from a real request someone made of Sir Ian McKellen.

If you’re looking for a late-night host who knows their Lord of the Rings, it could be argued that no one–and I mean no one–is more qualified to discuss Tolkien’s works than Stephen Colbert. Not only does he go full Tolkien nerd while answering audience questions about the series, he’s also seriously geeked out over […]

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Things We Saw Today: “Gandalf Doesn’t Do Weddings,” Ian McKellen Turned Down $1.5 Million Officiation Request

Gandalf will not go to your wedding, and he most certainly won't bust a move. In a Daily Mail interview, Ian McKellen reveals he was offered $1.5 million to officiate Silicon Valley tycoon Sean Parker's LOTR-themed wedding as Gandalf, but refused.

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Dominic Monaghan Confirms David Bowie Auditioned for a Role in Lord of the Rings

It has long been rumored that David Bowie might have been interested in a Lord of the Rings role, and in a recent interview with The Huffington Post to promote his upcoming nature show (!) Dominic Monaghan described a run-in he had with the singer during the audition process.

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Teen Girl’s “Sexy Gandalf” Costume Explodes the Internet…But Should It?

I am having some serious mixed feelings regarding a teenage girl's decision to dress up as "Sexy Gandalf." Maybe you can help me out.

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Gandalf, Batman, and the Doctor Walk into a Bar Star in New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

All the Doctors.

We've already seen some footage of a very grumpy Lego Dimensions Capaldi, but the official SDCC trailer brings us not one but all of the Doctors. For extra awesome authenticity, the Dimensions team also announced last night that the game features the voice acting talents of series stars Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Capaldi himself.

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The Last Hobbit Trailer Is Finally Here And Oh No Everything’s on Fire

Including MY HEART

All of those intense close-up teaser posters were leading up to this moment, and boy is it dramatic. Hella orcs! Thranduil being snippy! Dwarf feelings all up in the everywhere! Possibly some more Gandalf and Galadriel ones, too! It's everything we could have ever wanted.

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Gandalf Is Vaguely Concerned With Your Life Choices In New Hobbit Poster

"Do you maybe want to rethink buying that advance ticket for The Judge this weekend? No?... Okay."

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Craig Drake Illustrates Badass Female Action Stars & More In Solo Show

eye candy

I've been ogling Craig Drake's work for a while now and when I saw he was doing a solo show, I lamented not having $200 for his work featuring Buffy...on wood! Then I found out there were prints. But they were already sold out (#nerdworldproblems). However, thanks to "The Internet," I can look at his gorgeous images until my heart is content. Take a look at a few of his pieces featuring characters from Game of Thrones, Kill Bill, Star Wars, and more.

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Gandalf Branches out to Blocking New York City Pedestrian Bridges

There And Back Again

When I heard Improv Everywhere had a guy dressed up as Gandalf shouting "you shall not pass" at folks in Central Park, I assumed the video would make me cringe, but this Gandalf is just so good natured about absolutely nobody stopping when he asks them to that I'm actually pretty charmed.

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Improv Everywhere Brings LOTR to New York With Gandalf’s Infamous “You Shall Not Pass!” [Video]

This is actually Gandalf the White, but a few days in the city made his robes all grey again.

To the Grey Wizard of Central Park, we are all vicious balrogs who seek to unmake the Fellowship with our fiery whips of many thongs. Luckily, Improv Everywhere has given this noble Istari his moment in the spotlight as part of their "Movies in Real Life" series. Soldier on, Gandalf Greyhame. Eventually someone will heed your warning. Maybe.

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Watch This Woman As She Finds Out Gandalf Is Not, In Fact, Dead

There And Back Again

I know some people won't be able to comprehend how anyone could avoid spoilers for The Lord of the Rings. You know, considering the book has been around since the 1950s and the Peter Jackson films were about as wide-spread as you can get in the way of exposure. But look, some folks just don't discuss LOTR over second breakfast, ok? In any case, this woman's roommate knew she had know idea what was about to unfold in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, so the experience was documented and posted online for us to enjoy. (via Buzzfeed) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Things We Saw Today: Security Cameras In Party Hats

Things We Saw Today

It's George Orwell's birthday, and security apparatuses are celebrating world over! Someone promised they would bring cake, but I'm pretty sure that's a lie. (via Laughing Squid)

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I Put on My Wizard Robe and Hoodie

Questions! Questions That Need Answering

ThinkGeek says this wizard hoodie is all about Gandalf, with his Dwarf rune for G, Glamdring, and some crossed pipes, but I'm seeing less of a pointy hat and more of a pointy Magika hood. Ahh, well, I bet the hood is a great place to keep snacks anyway. For when you're done with the pipes.

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Watch Willie Nelson Audition for Gandalf in “The Hobbit 2” [VIDEO]

There And Back Again

"You can hire me and fire that Ian McKellen guy," says country music legend Willie Nelson to Peter Jackson in this audition tape. "He's a good actor, but hell, I'm Willie Nelson." He has a point there, Peej. (via: Laughing Squid) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Mal Reynolds, Harry Potter, Totoro, and Gandalf Have Never Been Cuter Than When They Are Mice

Awwwwww

Mice and nerdiness are bound together in eternal partnership, if just because so many of us grew up with Redwall. So Quernus Crafts' sculptures of famous geeky characters as mice is really the perfect fit. Don't question it. Just let yourself coo at Mal Reynolds, Gandalf, Harry Potter, and Totoro as mice. None of your fellow geeks will judge you.

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Essential Wizarding Gear for All Occasions (Even Balrogs)

My Precious!

The LotR Project spends most of its time quantitatively recording, researching, and presenting details and data from Tolkein's Middle Earth setting. I see absolutely no deviation between their usual work and this poster, which is being offered for sale. Previously in The Lord of the Rings

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Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife, Fake Eagles Snatchin’ Everybody Out Here

Death from the skies! There's a video on YouTube right now that allegedly shows a golden eagle swooping down in a park and attempting to carry off a small child. Golden eagles are one of the largest birds in North America, but could one actually lift a baby? Nope. They can't. There were few things about this video that made us suspicious, and with good reason. It turns out it was fake after all.

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The Best Answers To Come Out Of Ian McKellen Taking Over The Hobbit Twitter Feed Yesterday

Questions! Questions That Need Answering

We already love Sir Ian McKellen a great deal but a recent takeover of the official The Hobbit twitter feed reminds us why. The thespian was asked questions by fans via an #AskGandalf hashtag and answered so many, the account hit their maximum for the afternoon. But don't worry, plenty was said and we've documented it here for posterity. Hit the jump to see which were our favorites (the questions are on the right). We've ranked them by how many favorites they received from users.

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Three Hundred Lives of Men Gandalf Has Unicycled this Earth [Video]

Fans of The Lord of the Rings each have their own special way of celebrating the countdown to yet another film installment of their favorite franchise. Some opt to dress like hobbits and refuse to shave their feet until opening night, and others devote themselves to speaking nothing but Elvish for any and all social interactions. Portland's hometown hero the Unipiper, on the other hand, takes it one step further by combining his famous schtick -- playing the bagpipes whilst riding a unicycle -- with his reverence for Gandalf the Grey. What we ultimately get is too much nerdiness for one video to possibly contain!

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