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Ten Fantasy Drinking Establishments We Want to Patronize

♫Sometimes you want to go, where everybody is a mage♫

Planning a birthday party or bachelorette night? These 10 taverns, pubs, bars, inns, and other watering holes from fantasy fiction can't be beat. Sure, the barkeep might not agree to charge your phone, and Uber drivers might be few and far between, but that's all part of the fun. Join us in celebrating these 10 fantasy establishments that have us saying ''they come in pints!''

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The 9 Very Best Fictional Fashion Looks: Formal Dress Edition

My favorite foo-foo dresses I wish I had a reason to wear.

Whether the dress is costume-y or fashion, I truly love dressing up. I respect those who don't, and would never be a jerk about it, but I have a closet of lovely things and nowhere to go, you guys! Since I was a kid, I've mentally curated an imaginary "list" of my top favorite dresses from movies. Some of them made the list for my previous article about fictional fashion, and some belong here, in my top favorite dresses I wish I had somewhere to wear.

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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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Stephen Colbert Schools Scientists on Smeagol Vs Gollum

"My ears pricked up, much like a hobbit's would."

Stephen Colbert schooled some Brazilian scientists recently for some well-intentioned, but slightly misguided nomenclature.

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Things We Saw Today: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dispenses Some Pot Wisdom

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live to dispense a bit of wisdom regarding recreational pot use in a work setting. Granted, this was a writer's room with Seth Rogen, but the wisdom still stands. Oh, be sure to check out his spot-on Rogen laugh imitation at :30. It's amazing.

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7 Lord of the Rings Characters Who Should’ve Been Nicolas Cage

We would watch 25+ hours of Nic Cage's Lord of the Rings.

Did you know that Nicolas Cage was going to be in Lord of the Rings, but he turned down the opportunity? "I can't even imagine what that would have been like," you say in awed wonder. Don't worry; we've done some imagining for you with seven characters who should've been played by Nic Cage.

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Ultimate Fantasy: British Architects Want to Build an Actual Minas Tirith

How much would it cost to build Mordor?

We all know this probably isn't going to happen, but it would be every Tolkien nerd's fantasy come true.

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Whatever’s In The Extended The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, It’s Rated R

They added in "some violence."

The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is meant for adult eyes only — and not just because it moves too slowly for any kid to remain interested. The extended scenes will include "some violence," enough to earn that edition an R-rating.

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Extended Edition Hobbit Trilogy Coming to Theaters Because the Original Just Wasn’t Long Enough

An unexpectedly long journey.

If you want to be stuck in a movie theater seat until your 111th birthday, Peter Jackson has your back. The extended edition of the Hobbit trilogy is coming to movie theaters, and you'll never see the light of day again.

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Soundtracks: The Stuff Villains Are Made Of

Antagonists, beasties, and an irrational fear of French horns.

Like with heroic themes, a good villain theme reflects the complexity or simplicity of the character, entity, or event. It's probably a little bit of a misnomer to refer to them as "villain" themes, but that is the term I feel lends more symmetry to the "heroes and villains" dichotomy, so I will divide up villainous themes into Individual Antagonists, Beasties, and Events as Antagonist. But first, a little background.

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Peter Jackson Builds Bag End Behind a Bookcase in His New Zealand Mansion

Oh, we're just going to ignore the torture chamber? Okay.

If you're going to build Bag End behind a bookcase behind a torture chamber behind a series of tunnels behind a wine cellar, you better do it right or not at all.

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Things We Saw Today: Be a Critical Hit at Your Next Tea Party with This Awesome D20 Mug

See what I did there?

I know what I'm drinking out of during my next RPG! Check out this awesome D20 mug from ThinkGeek! It will change your life (or at the very least keep your warm bevarages both warm and cute). It's $12.99. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Lord of the Rings and Star Wars Star Sir Christopher Lee Passes Away at 93

Lay down your sweet and weary head/Night is falling/You've come to journey's end

After 93 years of unparalleled awesomeness and creativity, Sir Christopher Lee passed away last Sunday at a hospital in london.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: A LEGO Brickumentary Clip Celebrates Ladies Who LEGO

That Rivendell, tho.

In this exclusive clip from the Jason Bateman-narrated A LEGO Brickumentary, champion builder Alice Finch shows off her incredible model of Rivendell and talks about LEGO's increasingly gender-neutral focus and the importance of teaching girls to build.

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Things We Saw Today: Iron Man Gloves That Shoot Real Lasers

But do they have repulsors?

If these Iron Man hands are better than Hulk hands, does that make them a HulkHandsBuster? (Never been less sorry in my life.) (via Nerdist)

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Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Films Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Passes Away at 59

Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, beloved for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films as well as I Am Legend, Babe, the 2005 King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, passed away yesterday at 59 of an apparent heart attack.

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The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Beren & Lúthien, Werewolves, and Half-Goddesses

Part 2

Welcome back, fellow Tolkien fans (or just those curious about the extended edition of Middle Earth)! It’s been awhile since my last recap. I had a baby, no big deal! It’s taken some time to eek out brief minutes to write about Tolkien again, but here we are. And this one’s a doozy.

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Amazons X-Ray Feature Lets You Learn About The Actor, Character, and Even Song That’s On Screen

Where there's movies there's hope, and need for an actor's history.

Have you ever watched a movie and go, wait, where do I know that person from? Well, Amazon has a solution for that. It's called the X-Ray, and it will answer all your questions.

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Things We Saw Today: The World’s Most Adorable Scarlet Witch

Collector Corps, assemble!

So cute! So badass!

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LEGO Preparing to Take All of Everyone’s Money With Amiibo-like Video Game

Bricks on bricks on bricks.

You can build anything with LEGO! And that includes a machine to efficiently extract all of the world's money. All of it. Say hello to LEGO's new toy-based video game, LEGO Dimensions.

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