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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Sets First UK Filming Locations



Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' Series Sets First UK Filming Locations

One of the biggest productions to hit the UK in years is getting ready to film outside London next spring. Variety can reveal.

Season 2 of Amazon Prime Video’s “Lord of the Rings”, which made international headlines when the streaming player moved locations from New Zealand to the UK, has captured its first filming locations. The move – which came as a major shock to the New Zealand manufacturing sector – is especially momentous given the move to the UK marks the first time one of the modern live-action on-screen projects of “Lord of the Rings” outside of New Zealand, including “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Sources close to production say Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield will be the first production facilities used to film the high-budget series. Pre-production will begin in the second quarter of 2022.

Bray Film Studios, located in Maidenhead, west of London, boasts nearly 54,000 square feet and a 183,000 square foot backlot. “Mamma Mia” and “Rocketman” are among the productions that have used the studio, as well as the “Bodyguard” and “Dracula” series.

Meanwhile, the Bovingdon Airfield, northwest of London in Hertfordshire, has 60 acres of open land. Movies shot there include “Justice League” and “Fast and the Furious 6”, while ITV Studios also has an on-site facility where entertainment juggernaut “Dancing on Ice” is filmed.

As expected for such a sprawling production, more “Lord of the Rings” filming locations will be scouted over time.

Amazon confirmed earlier this year that Season 1 will debut on the streamer worldwide on September 2, 2022, with episodes rolling out weekly. The show was picked up for several seasons when it was first ordered in 2017. The filming of Season 1, which will reportedly cost about $450 million (for comparison, the combined budget for the three original Peter Jackson films was $281 million). ), packaged on August 2, although post-production will continue in New Zealand until June 2022.

Amazon is keeping a close eye on the plot details surrounding the series, including the official title. All that is known is that the show takes place during the so-called Second Age, thousands of years prior to the events in both “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” books. The series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-dreaded resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. Cast members include Sir Lenny Henry, Morfydd Clark, Peter Mullan, Joseph Mawle and Robert Aramayo.

Speak with Variety as part of an in-depth account of the UK production boom, Dan Grabiner, head of originals at Amazon Studios UK, said: “I think [the move to the U.K.] speaks to the depth of talent here, the reputation, the skills, the infrastructure. It’s a big production. To make an operation like that work, you need world-class people and world-class talents working on it.”

The ‘Lord of the Rings’ shoot is gearing up as Amazon continues to entrench itself in the UK manufacturing landscape. Tentpole shows such as ‘Good Omens’, ‘Anansi Boys’, ‘Citadel’ and ‘The Power’ are all filmed in the UK. The upcoming dramas ‘The Rig’, ‘The Devil’s Hour’ and ‘Jungle’ are also calling the UK home.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is led by showrunners and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay. They are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, JA Bayona (who also directs the series), Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, co-executive producer and director Wayne Che Yip, director Charlotte Brändström and producer Christopher Newman. Ron Ames is co-producer.

Variety exclusively reported in November 2017 that a “Lord of the Rings” series was in the works at Amazon.

Joe Otterson contributed to this story.


Northern Ireland weather forecast for the next week




Northern Ireland weather forecast for the next week

After the stormy weekend, there can be no doubt that winter is coming.

Storm Arwen swept across the UK with devastating effects, including the death of a primary school principal after a tree fell on his car in County Antrim.

While Northern Ireland has managed to escape much of the snow that has covered other parts of the UK, many are hoping for a calmer week this week.

But luckily there are higher temperatures and a calmer week ahead.

The Met Office says:

Today, Monday 29 November, will be a cloudy and dull day with occasional light rain and drizzle, the best of any drier spell through Fermanagh. Milder than lately and sometimes refreshing winds. Maximum temperature 10C.

Tonight it will be cloudy with clear spells of rain and drizzle. Much of this will be light and patchy with some drier periods. A mild and frost-free night. Windy. Minimum temperature 7C.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 30 November, it will be cloudy with occasional rain showers, heavy and persistent. In the evening drier and clearer with occasional showers. Windy. Maximum temperature 10C.

Beginning of December towards the end of the week it will be clear and windy with showers on Wednesday becoming wintery.

Mostly clear and fresh on Thursday, but later rain and sleet. Friday clear with showers.


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Face masks will be required by law in hairdressers – but not in pubs or restaurants




Face masks will be required by law in hairdressers - but not in pubs or restaurants

More details are emerging about England’s new Covid Plan B rules to fight the Omicron variant of the virus – with banks, post offices, shops, public transport and hairdressers all having mandatory face coverings from Tuesday

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Edward Argar says masks in pubs are ‘not required by law’

Face masks will be required by law from tomorrow in UK hairdressers, banks and post offices, but not in pubs or restaurants.

Overnight, more details have emerged about the mask mandate to fight the Omicron Covid variant – with violators expected to be fined £200.

Under the previous fine rules, repeat offenders saw their fines double each time – up to a maximum of £6,400.

Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that face coverings will be mandatory again in shops and on public transport.

Last night, Downing Street confirmed that the list of locations – to be published in full later in the day – would also include hairdressers, banks and post offices. Exemptions include medical reasons and children.

But with Health Minister Sajid Javid making a statement to Parliament at 3:30 p.m. today, ministers had to defend the decision not to enforce face coverings in pubs or restaurants, even crowded cafes.

Mouth caps are mandatory in shops and in public transport


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Health Minister Edward Argar said people standing at the bar are often only there for a short time, then “on the way back to their table, where they sit down, have a drink.”

Mr Argar insisted: “It’s about striking a balance,” he added: “It’s the nature of the venue. In a pub you drink. You can’t do that when you’re wearing a mask.”

However, government guidelines advise people to wear masks in crowded indoor areas and do a lateral flow test before interacting with other people. Mr Argar said: “We don’t mandate it by law, but people will make their own judgment.”

Restrictions are being tightened this week after three cases of the Omicron variant were found in England and six in Scotland.

Mr Argar told Sky News: “I will be honest with you and your viewers, I would expect this to rise.

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“We don’t know at what speed or at what numbers, so that’s why we’re trying to slow it down, but obviously we can’t stop it.”

But Argar also claimed he was “looking forward to a Christmas party with family and friends”.

Asked if the government might tighten the rules even further over the next three weeks, Mr Argar said: “It’s not something I’m looking forward to.”

Teachers and students in grades 7 and above are now “strongly advised” to wear masks in common areas outside classrooms in England.

Ten countries have been added to England’s red list, forcing all arrivals to be in hotel quarantine. They are Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Starting at 4am tomorrow, all travelers to the UK will be required to take a paid PCR test on or before day two after their arrival and isolate until the result is negative.

Meanwhile, Covid booster shots appear to be expanding to all over 18s in the UK, now from over 40s. And the minimum six-month gap between the second and third dose could be narrowed.

Health Minister Edward Argar said he hadn’t seen any formal advice from the JCVI yet, but “hopefully it will come later today.” He added: “We expect that within the next few hours.”

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will also need to self-isolate for 10 days whether or not they have been fully vaccinated.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner pushed for action against £96.35 a week statutory sick pay, which has still not received a raise despite the end of the leave scheme.

She told BBC Breakfast: “If people need to self-isolate or get sick, they need to get sick pay, it’s one of the most crucial things we can do to make sure everyone can do the right thing and protect people from these new ones. variant.

“The booster shot should be given as soon as possible, we said five months, hopefully that happens now, and there should be ventilation in schools.

“People should wear masks, including the Prime Minister when he visits public areas indoors.”

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SuperLotto Plus Lottery winning numbers for November 29, 2021; Winning Results




SuperLotto Plus Lottery Winning Numbers

The Superlotto Plus lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in California. This lottery takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and is played in the style of Mega Millions. This game started in 1986 as California SuperLotto; however, in 2000 the name was changed to SuperLotto Plus.

SuperLotto Plus lottery winning numbers and results for November 29, 2021

The winning numbers and results of the SuperLotto Plus lottery will be announced at 7:57 PM EST in the US. Look for the final results in some time. The last lottery took place on November 27, 2021, at the usual time.

SuperLotto Plus lottery previous winners

As mentioned before, the last Superlotto lottery took place on November 27, 2021. The winning numbers in this lottery were 1, 11, 27, 31, 36. The Mega number was 22. The estimated jackpot prize in this lottery was $38 million USD .

How do you play the SuperLotto Plus lottery game?

  • Find a SuperLotto Plus play coupon at any of 21,000 California Lottery retail locations.
  • Using a lottery ticket, which you can find at any lottery shop, choose 5 numbers between 1 and 47 and 1 Mega number between 1 and 27.
  • You can also select Quick Pick, or just ask the cashier for a SuperLotto Plus Quick Pick, and the random number generator will pick the numbers for you.
  • To play the same numbers for consecutive draws, simply highlight Advance Play. Advance Play allows you to play multiple draws with one purchase.
  • You can play 2 to 8, 16 or 20 consecutive draws on a single lane by marking the Advance Playbox. Pay $1 per game for each SuperLotto Plus ticket.
  • Your ticket is your receipt. Keep the receipt well. Remember that SuperLotto Plus has 9 winning ball combinations.
  • The more numbers on your ticket match the numbers drawn, the more you win. Don’t forget to also check the Mega Number, when the results are announced.
  • The Superlotto Plus lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in California.
  • This lottery takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and is played in the style of Mega Millions. This game started in 1986 as California SuperLotto; however, in 2000 the name was changed to SuperLotto Plus.



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