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The new ‘Lord of the Rings’ trailer stars Sauron, orcs and a balrog

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Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con, the new trailer for “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Fire” shades in some new details about the series, which takes place thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The new series will follow a mostly new cast of characters save for some familiar faces like Galadriel, the elegant elven leader and accomplished warrior.

The trailer opens with a mourning Galadriel on a scorched battlefield. She thought she was done warring, that “our joys would be unending,” she says — but she can feel the presence of evil.

“It is here, Galadriel,” a character warns our heroine. “The moment we feared.”

That moment, this trailer confirms, is the rise of Sauron, the titular lord of the rings. We finally hear a character utter his cursed name, and we see glimpses of an evil being with creepily long, razor-sharp fingernails that terrifies members of the series’ ensemble cast.

But there’s one who can defeat him — and according to the trailer, it’s a boy named Theo. He’s Galadriel’s key to snuffing out Sauron’s evil (though, as “Lord of the Rings” fans know, he of course returns).

“Find the lad and the shadow will not find you,” a character tells Galadriel. Perhaps her arc will see her journeying across Middle Earth to find Theo, who at one point in the trailer wields a black sword that appears out of thin air.

Dwarves, elves and other warriors populate the trailer, as well as new glimpses at orcs, the slimy, fearsome monsters that eventually serve in Sauron’s infantry.

And just when you think the trailer’s done, you hear the guttural rumblings of a primordial creature. Could it be … yes! It’s a balrog, one of the fiery terrors that “Fellowship of the Rings” readers and viewers will remember as the giant foe who appeared to die and take Gandalf with him.

The epic series has been in the works since 2017 and is thought to be the most expensive TV series ever made — per the Hollywood Reporter, its first season cost an estimated $465 million to create.

The series premieres on September 2, with episodes releasing weekly.

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A Guide on How to Watch All of the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies in Order

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Shaping a generation. J.K. Rowling‘s books about a wizard named Harry Potter was just the beginning for what would go on to become a cultural phenomenon.

According to the author’s website, the idea for the series came to her in 1990 while she was sitting on a delayed train in London. It took five years for Rowling to figure out the entire journey — which she broke down on pieces of scrap paper.

Several years later, Rowling revisited her manuscript and sent it out to literary agents in her area. After publishing the first novel in 1997, the series received critical acclaim from kids and adults alike.

From there, the Harry Potter franchise was born and it wasn’t long before Warner Bros expanded the world on screen. The characters from the beloved book series were brought to life by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman and more.

Rowling, for her part, continued to grow the magical world with a spinoff prequel titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In the new film series, Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Newt Scamander on a quest to save the muggle and Wizarding World.

Radcliffe later reflected on the impact that the Harry Potter series has had on its readers.

“The time in most people’s lives when they discovered it meant that it has an incredibly important place in a lot of people’s childhoods, and they still feel very protective over it,” he explained during a 2016 documentary appearance. “One of my favorite fates that we could never have ever imagined for the Harry Potter films, but that I have been told by several friends, is that they are fantastic when people are hungover and feeling really crappy about themselves.”

The actor added: “They will just watch a few movies back to back and it just takes them to a place of warmth and comfort. That is so lovely to me. That is the real-world effect that a film can have on someone’s life. I think that is great.”

Scroll on for a guide on how to watch the Harry Potter movies in chronological order — or not:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) (2001)

The first film quickly introduces the audience to Harry Potter and his ordinary life on Privet Drive. With the help of Albus Dumbledore (played by Richard Harris and later Michael Gambon) and Professor Minerva McGonagall (played by Maggie Smith), the young boy discovers his true identity as a wizard.

Harry goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers a secret world full of magic and hope. He starts to form friendships with Ron Weasley (Grint) and Hermione Granger (Watson) as the movie follows their adventures at school.

Viewers are also introduced to the series’ main antagonist Lord Voldemort (played by Fiennes) for the first time.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

After a long summer away from Hogwarts, a house elf named Dobby (Toby Jones) appears to warn Harry that he shouldn’t return to school. After breaking out of the Dursley home, Harry spends the rest of the summer with Ron’s family, the Weasleys.

As the school year progresses, Ron’s sister, Ginny (Wright), goes missing, and the second movie’s plot comes to a head.

This movie delves much deeper into the darkness that surrounds the magical world, and Draco Malfoy (Felton) grows even more antagonistic toward Harry and his friends.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Alfonso Cuarón takes the director’s chair for the third installment of this magical franchise.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban contains more drama that unfolds at the Dursley home as Harry accidentally uses magic to inflate his Aunt Marge. He is subsequently captured by the Ministry of Magic for using magic outside of Hogwarts.

The film also introduces Sirius Black (Oldman), our titular prisoner of Azkaban.

In Harry’s third year, another evil force is introduced: the dementors. These soul eaters are an obstacle Harry will face for years to come. Throughout the film, Harry slowly discovers secrets from his past that help shape his memory of his parents.

There is more talk of Voldemort in this movie as plot pieces begin falling into place, and the tension between Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) and Harry continues to grow.

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts is a fan favorite book and movie. It’s a turning point not only for our hero but the wizarding world at large.

It begins with the Weasleys inviting the Boy Who Lived to the Quidditch World Cup, which ends tragically as cultists of Voldemort — the Death Eaters — come to destroy the game.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to school, they learn that the Triwizard Tournament is being hosted at Hogwarts this year.

Two other magic schools come to join in the games, events and competitions between the school’s best students. Harry is too young to participate, so everyone is shocked when the titular Goblet of Fire chooses him as a tournament contestant. Harry is forced to participate and struggles through each contest.

Most notably, Voldemort is seen alive and well for the first time since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

When Harry is forced to use magic to drive off a couple of dementors to save his cousin Dudley (Harry Melling), he receives another summons from the Ministry of Magic.

Luckily, Harry once again narrowly escapes expulsion and returns to the school, only to find out that a new professor has arrived: the deeply unpleasant Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton).

Harry matures this year more than any other, especially in direct contrast to Umbridge’s rise to power at Hogwarts. Audiences are also introduced to the secretive Order of the Phoenix, a group dedicated to the defeat of Voldemort.

Finally, Harry learns more about his fate: either he or Voldemort must die at the hand of the other.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

The sixth year of Harry Potter’s schooling is amongst the most dramatic of the series. Harry is set on defeating Voldemort, no matter what it takes.

Dumbledore brings Harry with him on an excursion, and Harry learns that Voldemort never actually died. He hid his soul in Horcruxes to chase immortality.

Snape becomes the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry begins taking private lessons with Dumbledore to aid in his final battle with Voldemort.

A book owned by someone who called themselves “the Half-Blood Prince” comes into Harry’s possession. Much to Hermione’s dismay and everyone else’s confusion, Harry turns into a brilliant potion master thanks to the prince’s helpful hints.

Death Eaters infiltrate the school at Malfoy’s behest and things take a turn. There are casualties of significance, and Harry decides to leave the school for good to destroy all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Ron and Hermione, the faithful soon-to-be couple, follow him.

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Harry is of age now and is finally able to practice magic outside of school.

The entire wizarding world is searching for him, Hermione and Ron. The trio suffers a difficult winter, and after an argument, Ron ditches the two of them before returning later to save their lives.

The friends destroy a Horcrux, lifting their spirits. Voldemort nearly takes over Hogwarts, and Bellatrix Lestrange (Carter) almost kills our heroes.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry hears a story that describes three magical items known as the Deathly Hallows that are said to make the wielder stronger than death itself. In Deathly Hallows Part 2, the group seeks these mythical tools to defeat Voldemort. Harry also realizes that he may need to sacrifice himself to defeat the Dark Lord.

There is a final battle at Hogwarts, in which Voldemort now has possession of the elder wand. Harry takes this chance to face Voldemort alone.

9. The Fantastic Beasts Movies

This series includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

The first movie introduces viewers to protagonist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and antagonist Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen), exploring the wizarding world in America. A young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is also shown.

While chronologically, these movies take place before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, if this is your first time watching through, watch them last.

David Yates, who directed the last four films, directs these as well, so they are at least worth one watch-through.

Summary

If you to know what happens at the end of each movie and the series at large, go read the books! They are available at every major bookstore and on Amazon.

If you really don’t have time for reading, it’s time for a movie marathon. Take a break from Marvel and Star Wars — these are worth every second. As of 2022, the movie franchise is available on HBO Max and Peacock.

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Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck Reportedly Moving Back Into Her $28M Bel-Air Mansion After Renovations

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck didn’t end up buying a new house after all. The Hustlers star, 53, is reportedly renovating her $28 million Bel-Air estate per Daily Mail, where Ben, 49, will move in with her. The newlyweds are currently living at the $60 million home of Mariah Carey‘s ex-fiancé James Packer until her renovations are complete in early 2023. Meanwhile, Ben has listed his seven bedroom, nine bathroom Pacific Palisades home for $30 million. The sprawling 13,500 sq. foot estate also includes a resort-style pool and spa area.

Jen purchased her Bel-Air home from Sela Ward back in 2016, and is a Mediterranean style mansion. The 14,000 sq. foot home is on an eight acre property, and includes seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. Outside, there’s also a swimming pool, hot tub and an extensive lounge area.

Ben and J.Lo were actively spotted house hunting this spring, shortly after becoming re-engaged with a rare $5 million green diamond ring. In May, they checked out a gorgeous $68 million home with her sister Lynda Lopez — one of many the couple visited in a short time frame. At the time, HollywoodLife reported that the Oscar winning actor and “Dear Ben” singer were looking for a “forever home” for their family of five kids: Jen is mom to twins Max and Emme, 14 with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Ben shares Violet, 16 Seraphina, 13 and Sam, 10 with ex-wife Jennifer Garner. It seems, however, that they had the home they wanted all along.

The couple tied the knot in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony on July 16, 2022, at the iconic A Little White Chapel right on the strip. Jennifer wore a “dress from an old movie” (largely believed to be Bennifer’s Jersey Girl film) and a second gorgeous gown by Zuhair Murad as they made their union legal. Just Ben’s daughter Seraphina and Jennifer’s child Emme were present as witnesses for the intimate affair, which is expected to be followed by a larger celebration at Ben’s Georgia estate in the coming weeks.

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Lady Gaga Defends Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights at U.S. Tour Opener: ‘I pray that this country will speak up’

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