‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Amazon Studios’ prequel… Post Malone to donate 10,000 pairs of Crocs… Bob Dylan is cashing in… Bridgerton season 2… and Armie Hammer exits role amid social media controversy

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Amazon has been working on a big budget “Lord of the Rings” show and we’ve finally gotten some details on that. They’re dropping one BILLION dollars on this bad boy — more than three times what was spent on the movie trilogy from 20 years ago. Those three movies cost a grand total of $281M. Amazon says their version “brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history . . . thousands of years before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon . . . to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.” Amazon has reportedly ordered five seasons to start, with eight to 10 episodes each. There isn’t a release date yet, but it’s expected to debut sometime in 2022.

Post Malone wants to make sure all those hospital workers busting it on the frontlines are as comfortable as possible while spending hours on their feet, so he’s gifting thousands of pairs of his custom Crocs. The Post Malone x Crocs Duet Max Clog II were released last month and they’re still sold out everywhere. It’s a good thing Posty has connections, because he pulled some strings to hook up 10K hospital workers with a pair. These Crocs will go to frontline caregivers, housekeeping staff, and healthcare workers at 70 facilities across the nation.

While many artists like Taylor Swift are fighting to own their music catalogs, others who already own their music catalogs are selling them off. Legacy artists have been selling the rights to music a lot lately. Bob Dylan sold his catalog of 600 songs for an estimated $300M…Neil Young sold 50% of his catalog for a rumored $150M…and Stevie Nicks sold 80% of hers for a reported $100M. But Shakira just sold the rights to her ENTIRE catalog of 145 songs to a UK group called Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited. No word on how much they paid for that, but WOW.

No official announcement has been made but rumors of a second season of “Bridgerton” are boiling over after it was reported that production is scheduled to pick up in England in March. The series is based on Julia Quinn’s book series, and she gave each member of the Bridgerton family their own story. Show creator Chris Van Dusen told Collider that he would “love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings.” If that’s the case, this thing would go for at least 8 seasons — one for each sibling.

Armie Hammer is having a bad week. On top of the alleged DMs Armie sent women claiming to be a cannibal and even asking one to cut off her toe so he could keep it in his pocket, the Daily Mail has now released a couple of videos Armie filmed of himself — one where he seems to be licking drugs off a friend’s hand and another where he cracks open a beer and drinks it while driving. Armie released a statement: “I’m not responding to these bulls*** claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that.” I’m SURE Lionsgate is supporting him that because they want to distance themselves from Armie as much as possible right now! The movie he was supposed to film? “Shotgun Wedding” starring Jennifer Lopez. It’s an action comedy about a destination wedding where the couple gets cold feet and then the destination wedding is taken hostage. Ryan Reynolds is an executive producer. Originally, Ryan was supposed to play Armie’s role, so maybe he’ll just step back in.

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