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Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

23 February 2015 10:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.

In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.

The selections for »

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Rowan Atkinson Returns To TV As ‘Maigret’

22 February 2015 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He acquired legendary status on the small screen as Blackadder and Mr Bean. Now Rowan Atkinson swaps slapstick for The Seine as he takes on the mantle of Fifties detective Maigret for ITV.

Created in 1931 by author Georges Simenon, the French character is defined by “his laconic manner, heavy coat and trademark pipe”. Maigret was previously portrayed for the channel in the Eighties and Nineties by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon (ironically Gambon also inherited Dumbledore in Harry Potter from Harris following his death).

As with other literary figures of his ilk, it’s hoped the brand will bring in healthy ratings. The presence of Atkinson should help no end, if only so people can see how he fares in a straight role. This is the first time the comedian and actor has appeared as a serious lead. Writer Stuart Harcourt is adapting the books Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. »

- Steve Palace

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Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

9 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues. "It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it," the actor, 74, told London's Sunday Times" magazine. "It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening." In the candid interview, the Dublin-born star, who grew up in North London, revealed that he had struggled to remember his lines after reading for a new West End play six months ago. "There »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

9 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues. "It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it," the actor, 74, told London's Sunday Times" magazine. "It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening." In the candid interview, the Dublin-born star, who grew up in North London, revealed that he had struggled to remember his lines after reading for a new West End play six months ago. "There »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harry Potter: ranking the films in order of quality

4 February 2015 12:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We head back to Hogwarts, and try and sort out the Harry Potter films. Is Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets the best one, then?

This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.

The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.

The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.

Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »

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'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' Gets New Book Art

13 January 2015 9:24 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a timeless classic that will live on bookshelves and movie screens for the rest of mankind's existence. So it's nice to know that publishing house Scholastic intends to keep the magic alive by periodically offering a few upgrades to the printed edition of this first Hogwarts tale. Scholastic has released four images from it's upcoming, fully illustrated reprint of J.K. Rowling's bestselling fantasy novel, in stores this fall.

Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jim Kay created these new artistic renditions of the book's storyline. Today, we get to see four major characters from the Harry Potter series, including Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. You may notice that they look somewhat different than their movie counterparts.

The new deluxe hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be published globally on October 6 2015. The book will be full color throughout, »

- MovieWeb

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Rod Taylor Dead At 84; Heart Attack Claims Popular Leading Man Of '60S And '70S Cinema

8 January 2015 8:26 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Taylor in the 1960 screen version of The Time Machine.

By Lee Pfeiffer

If the year 2014 proved to be an exceptionally cruel one in terms of the number of legendary celebrities who passed away, the new year is off to an equally depressing start with the news that Rod Taylor has passed away at age 84. Taylor, who was two days away from his 85th birthday, died suddenly from a heart attack following a dinner party at his home. He was surrounded by friends and family when the end came.  Taylor was a solid leading man who came to prominence in the late 1950s. Although Australian by birth, the ruggedly handsome Taylor could effectively play Brits, Irishmen and Americans with convincing ease. He first gained attention with supporting roles in high profile, big Hollywood studio productions in the late 1950s such as "Raintree County" and "Separate Tables". His breakthrough role came in »

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