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How an artist helped put Middle Earth on the big screen

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One of John’s most iconic paintings of a Ring Wraith returning to Sauron’s tower




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Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad puts a man in the middle of a life-size Pac-Man game

For many people, the big-budget, celebrity-exploiting commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl, and Budweiser is responsible for some of the most popular ones. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change in 2015. This year, Bud Light is appealing to America’s fondness for nostalgia and super-sized things with a life-size Pac-Man game.

Dreams do come true

In the commercial, one lucky dudebro, after accepting a crisp Bud Light, gets to enter the maze. He’s shoved into a dubstep-soundtracked stadium, and a woman with a microphone says, “You. Are. Pac-Man.” He darts through the maze — sweaty, exhilarated, kind of drunk. The floor is lined with glowing pac-dots, and around every corner are big, waddling ghosts, waiting to cause…

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Jago Restaurant East London: Ashkenazi heritage meets Middle Eastern flair at Louis Solley’s new restaurant at the Second Home tech incubator

Jago Restaurant East London

by Ananda Pellerin

Anyone who attended a progressive primary school in the 1970s will feel nostalgic walking into Second Home’s optimistic interior. The multipurpose workspace, housed in a former carpet factory off of London’s Brick Lane, is a low……

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Journey to Middle Earth with this beautiful Chrome experiment

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youtube: mby6iCoKkO8 Taking place in Middle Earth, the final installment of The Hobbit will be released on December 12th. To celebrate the momentous occassion, Warner Brothers, North Kingdom and Google have teamed up to create a truly immersive experience with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies website.




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Israel eavesdropped on Secretary John Kerry during Middle East negotiations in 2013

The US and Israel have been staunch allies for decades, but that doesn’t mean that the two nations aren’t keeping an eye on each other. Der Spiegel reports that Israeli intelligence agents wiretapped US Secretary of State John Kerry the last time he tried to broker a peace deal in the Middle East, in 2013. The German paper cites “reliable sources” who say that some of Secretary Kerry’s negotiation efforts between Israel, Palestine, and Arab states were carried out using unencrypted telephone equipment. Apparently the calls were intercepted as they were transmitted by satellite. The Israeli government then used the information it obtained to try “to reach a diplomatic solution in the Middle East.”

It seems everyone spies on everyone,…

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Russian ‘Lord of the Rings’ illustrations take Middle Earth to the Middle Ages

Peter Jackson’s interpretation of The Lord of the Rings is so dominant in our collective consciousness that it’s easy to forget that it’s just one possible visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. A 1993 Russian edition of the novel provides a vey different take. The illustrations are inspired by the Medieval art styles of traditional iconography so-called “illuminated manuscripts” of the bible. It looks nothing like the picturesque, multi-million dollar world inhabited by Elijah Wood and Ian McKellan, and it gives the story a completely different feel that — one could argue — is more suited to Tolkien’s work. There are many more illustrations on this Tumblr blog — just be sure to check all four pages for the whole collection.



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ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine: Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication’s current music issue

ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine


This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of “legends and underground heroes” included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress Umm Kulthum, the informative issue…

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Speed Sisters: The Middle East’s All-Female Motor Racing Team: Amber Fares’ upcoming documentary follows five talented women unafraid to take risks on and off the driving course

Speed Sisters: The Middle East's All-Female Motor Racing Team


The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East’s first all-female motor racing team,…

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How a middle school teacher started rapping about classic video games

Chiptune and hip hop make unlikely bedfellows, but for middle-school-teacher-turned-rapper Mega Ran, the pair were a perfect match. Mega Ran (aka Random) samples theme songs from video game classics like Mega Man, Castlevania, and Final Fantasy 7 and writes his own verses inspired by the characters and stories in them. Like old school MCs, Mega Ran says he sticks to real experiences: “Normally I don’t do songs unless I’ve played the game. I try to keep things authentic as possible.” The results are eclectic but smooth, and if you can pick up the lyrics, some of the verses are worth a chuckle. Mega Ran has gone pro since his early days of illicitly sampling game soundtracks, and Vice‘s music blog, Noisey, has the full story on what he’s…

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Walter in the Middle: what if ‘Breaking Bad’ were just a dream?

During Breaking Bad’s remarkable run, there was a theory that at the end of the show, Walter White would be sent into witness protection — and he’d take on his new identity as Hal Wilkerson, the Malcolm in the Middle patriarch.

But what if, instead of a prequel to Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad was just a dream within the show? A dream where Hal was free to use the B-word, to be married to a beautiful blonde woman, and to actually enact his Scarface fantasies. A shockingly logical alternate ending explores just that. The video’s origins are slightly mysterious, though the name on the uploader’s YouTube account, Michael Davies, matches the producer of discussion show Talking Bad. And, with the Breaking Bad DVD set due November…

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