New Amazon-produced Lord of the Rings television series confirmed

Amazon has acquired the rights to produce a new multi-season television series based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The new adaptation will be based on events before both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, The Guardian reports.

Amazon head of scripted programming Sharon Tal Yguado said the franchise has captured imaginations and generations of fans.

"We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth," she said.

The Lord of the Rings movies, adapted by Sir Peter Jackson, won 17 academy awards, including Best Picture, and grossed billions of dollars worldwide.

Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in the trilogy, told Entertainment Weekly last week that he always suspected there would be more Lord of the Rings series or movies made.

"I've been saying for 15 years that maybe like 12 years after Lord of the Rings came out, that it would get remade," he said.

"And people always said, 'Oh no, it'll never get remade! It's a classic! They could never top it!' And I'm like, 'No, it'll get remade. It's a massive story! The characters are so beloved."

Asked whether he would consider reprising his role, Astin said he is already "carrying the Samwise banner for the Peter Jackson version".

"When I saw the Amazon thing, that didn't even occur to me. I just sort of thought, 'What would it be like to see the next Sam there?' I think it's an intriguing idea [but] the devil's in the details. How would they do it? How? Who?

"In a core way, Peter was making Peter's movie. So I don’t know. The challenge would be, could they find some team to do it that they could let to their thing, or are they going to squat on it? It's hard to make a TV series like this by committee."

The location of where the series will be shot or whether Sir Peter Jackson will be involved has not been disclosed.


The trilogy went on to win 17 Oscars and established NZ as the real Middle Earth. Source: Seven Sharp



Jay-Jay Harvey leaving The Edge after two decades - 'Massive, life-changing decision'

After 23 years at The Edge, radio presenter Jay-Jay Harvey announced today she is leaving the station. 

Harvey started at The Edge in 1994 in Hamilton, when it was founded. 

She said she is looking forward to some time away and is ready to welcome the next phase.

The Edge host returned to work today having 'hit the wall'. Today, she bravely gave an insight into her past. Source: The Edge

"This has been a massive, life-changing decision," Harvey said in a statement today.

"I've been at The Edge for more than half my life and I feel very ready now to move on.

"I really want to thank all the amazing, hardworking and talented people I've worked with at The Edge over the years and especially give a big thanks to our incredible and supportive listeners."

Harvey will remain on air with The Edge Breakfast team, with co-hosts Dominic Harvey and Clint Randell until just before Christmas. 

Megan Annear will be joining The Edge Breakfast and will take over Harvey's role when they officially launch their show in early 2018. 

Husband Dom gave an update on The Edge about his wife's struggle, and co-host Clinton Randell shared a text from Jay-Jay. Source: The Edge

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Exclusive: Seven Sharp interview with 'Young Dumb and Broke' artist – How Kiwis influenced the global superstar

US pop sensation Khalid sat down with Seven Sharp's Tim Wilson for an exclusive interview while on tour in New Zealand.

Fresh out of high school, the 19-year-old has been called the voice of a generation, and he has a Kiwi connection which helped him attain success.

Khalid's smash hit Young Dumb and Broke was co-written by Kiwi Joel Little, the music producer who helped unleash Lorde.

"Joel Little and I have this certain chemistry we have when we work together. I mean, we've made some of my favourite songs off the album. 'Young, Dumb and Broke' is a big song we made," Khalid said.

New Zealand's the first country where 'Young, Dumb and Broke' went gold.

The US singer also has a good relationship, not just with the adoring Kiwi public, but also our pop royalty.

"Lorde is awesome. She's amazing. She's so talented. We went on tour in Europe and it was the greatest time of my life."

The US singer was greeted with a haka by local iwi before the final show of his American Teen world tour at Auckland’s Spark Arena. Source: 1 NEWS

"Just seeing her perform and learning a lot about her mannerisms on stage, and how I can influence my own performance was awesome, it was a great learning experience," Khalid said.

The Kiwi connections meaning we're likely to see more of the singer on our shores in the future.

Khalid Robinson has been called the voice of a generation, and has a bit of NZ flavour with Lorde, Joel Little and Parris Goebel in the mix. Source: Seven Sharp