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Ian McKellen, who stars as Gandalf in New Line Cinema's worldwide hit The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will make an appearance at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. on Saturday, January 19, to speak and sign copies of Houghton Mifflin's movie tie-in books, The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion by Jude Fisher.

What: Ian McKellen appearance/signing

Where: Book Soup 8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 659-3110

When: Saturday, January 19 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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