Viggo Mortensen Almost Died During the Filming of ‘Return of the King’

Viggo Mortensen Almost Died During the Filming of ‘Return of the King’

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Most people know that filming for the Lord of the Rings franchise took place in New Zealand, widely known for its pristine natural landscape that seems almost closer to fantasy than reality. People even pay for Lord of the Rings tourism to see for themselves. So yes… everyone knows about the mountains. Fewer people know about the un-detonated explosives. Viggo Mortensen definitely didn’t when he rode his horse straight into them.-   Image via Vulture.com   The Return of the King definitely has its life-and-death moments, but one of them was a lot realer than anyone would have liked. Shooting for Aragon’s …

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

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In the wake of Darwinism, the world was left with one loaded question: what does this discovery say about God and the afterlife? This search for meaning helped to spawn the Victorian Era obsession with the supernatural, a movement that sought the answers to life’s big questions- by any means necessary. Seances, astral projection, and psychic readings caught the interest of the era’s intellectuals, including some of your favorite authors.   1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   As it turns out, the author and creator of famous detective Sherlock Holmes was supernaturally gifted. Doyle was a devotee of the Spiritualist movement, a widespread …

We’ve Got Your Halloween Covered With This Awesome, Last Minute ‘The Shining’ Costume

We’ve Got Your Halloween Covered With This Awesome, Last Minute ‘The Shining’ Costume

There are plenty of last minute Halloween costumes out there if you don’t want to do the same thing you did last year (or if throwing on a bedsheet and going as a ghost doesn’t exactly showcase your best physical features). The right reference can make the simplest costume something to show off to your friends. If you’re a horror fan, try this dress with the carpet pattern from the film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel The Shining. Trust us, it’s a million times better and spookier than a self-deprecating comment slapped onto a name tag.   Image via Redbubble.com   Director …

5 Most Bizarre Works of Genre Fiction You’ve Got to Read

5 Most Bizarre Works of Genre Fiction You’ve Got to Read

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Books that fall under the category of genre fiction (including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror, and many more) have no restrictions but the limits of the imagination. These five authors decided to take that as a challenge, and it worked out pretty damn well for them.     Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith    Image via Goodreads.com   Teens hide in a bunker from the giant mutant grasshoppers destroying Iowa. In Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle, the end of the world is weirder than anyone ever could have imagined it. The giant grasshoppers destroying Iowa mostly want what Smith’s protagonist wants: to mate and destroy. …

John Green Announces New Book Club ‘Life’s Library’

John Green Announces New Book Club ‘Life’s Library’

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You’ve probably already heard of John Green, YouTube sensation; YA superstar; and the author of the novels The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, whose movie adaptations crushed both the box office and our fragile little hearts. But maybe you haven’t heard about his latest project. Teaming up with Rosianna Halse Roja, literary critic, YouTube personality, feminist, and Green’s own personal assistant, Green has just announced his new book club, Life’s Library. Maybe you recognize the name from the Looking for Alaska passage that features the same phrase: “I’ve read maybe a third of [the books in her collection]. But I’m going to read them all. I …