Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is shooting its first season in New Zealand but, just like Aragorn waiting for Gandalf at Helm’s Deep, there’s no end in sight for the film crew.

Cast member Benjamin Walker has no idea when the first season will wrap, saying “It is a bit nebulous at this point. We’ve been here a long time and they’ll let us go when they’re done with us.”

The series is set thousands of years before the events of the books but will feature some familiar faces (and hopefully less CGI than the Hobbit).

Rumour has it the show could hit screens sometime in 2022.

To Markets …

The S&P 500 has reached its sixth consecutive all-time closing high as a new quarter begins.

The bellwether index is enjoying its longest winning streak since early February — the last time it logged six straight all-time highs was last August.

“Historical data shows if you have a strong first half, the second half of the year was actually going even stronger,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst with Baird Private Wealth told Morningstar.

The benchmark ASX 200 Index was up 0.24% to 7,284.60 points by midday EST.


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Online wagering platform Bluebet (ASX:BBT)  immediately jumped 55% on debut.

Software company Tymlez (ASX:TYM) jumped 23% off the back of a $1.08 million capital raising and Tinybeans Group (ASX:TNY) rose 19% after reporting record advertising revenues for the quarter.

All rising 18% were; Livetiles Limited (ASX:LVT), who signed a major licensing deal with Nestlé, Cashrewards (ASX:CRW), who announced a strategic partnership with ANZ, and tech company Zimi (ASX:ZMM) who revealed first revenue from 30,000 device orders.

Lion Energy (ASX:LIO) jumped 15% after signing an MOU with Censtar for hydrogen refuelling.


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