Listening

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Helpful Words and Phrases

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  1. entitle
    • ex. Her new book is entitled “Dreams at Sunset.”
  2. be related to (something)
    • ex. The police think the crime is related to another crime. Maybe the same person did them.
  3. a trilogy
    • ex. I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy.
  4. direct
    • ex. Who directed that TV show?
  5. live up to expectations
    • ex. Her new album didn’t live up to expectations. Many fans were disappointed.

Article

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Warner Bros. Animation is working with New Line Cinema to produce a Lord of the Rings (LOTR) anime movie. Entitled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, the movie will be related to the events of the first and second films of Peter Jackson’s trilogy. It will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama, who’s known for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Philippa Boyens, who previously worked on the LOTR trilogy, will also work on the new movie.

Warner Bros. Animation said that they’re proud to work with many talented people from Jackson’s film trilogy as well as new members of the team. The movie doesn’t have a release date yet, but the team is speeding up the movie’s development. Both studios have said they’re excited to bring the film to fans.

Many LOTR fans are also excited about the upcoming film. On social media, one fan wrote that the movie sounds fantastic, while another hoped that it lives up to expectations. Even Elijah Wood, who played the character Frodo in the original trilogy, tweeted that he’s excited to see it.

Discussion

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The Lord of the Rings

  • Why do you think LOTR is so popular all over the world? Discuss.
  • Do you think the new LOTR anime film will live up to expectations? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • The LOTR was originally a book series before becoming various movies and TV shows. Which format do you think is the best? Why? Discuss.

Movies

  • In your opinion, which are better, anime or live action movies? Why? Discuss.
  • Do you think the director of a movie is really important? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Both Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema will work on the new LOTR film. Do you have a favorite movie studio? Why or why not? Discuss.