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Five years ago this summer, the Harry Potter movie franchise came to a close with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, but most fans knew that wouldn't be the last we'd see of this lucrative property. Sure enough, Warner Bros. announced in 2014 that a new trilogy will begin with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. The story will be set 70 years before Harry Potter first set foot in Hogwarts, although fans are still wondering if there will be any connections to Harry Potter and his magical classmates. As it turns out, one of the original Harry Potter cast members is quite desperate to reprise his role in this prequel.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 brought the beloved franchise to an end back in 2011, but the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them later this year is set to give Potter fans another cinematic dose of wonderful wizardry. Even though Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts aren’t directly connected – they're set in the same universe, but decades apart – that hasn’t stopped Michael Gambon from pleading his case to be involved in the spin-off. In fact, the legendary actor has devised the perfect plan for how he can feature. Michael Gambon, who replaced Richard Harris in the role of Albus Dumbledore for the final six Harry Potter films, outlined his idea to the Express while talking on the red carpet for Dad’s Army. After admitting that he might be a tad too »
The Slifr Movie Treehouse (the acronym stands in for the title of my blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule) is a place where I like to gather a few of my movie-writing pals and exchange long e-mails on the way the movies shaped up for us in the year just left behind. It’s been a few years since I’ve undertaken this project, but the time felt right again, so I invited the very talented critical voices of Brian Doan, Odie Henderson, Marya Murphy and Phil Dyess-Nugent to take part, and to my great happiness they all agreed. (Bios for each writer can be found at the conclusion of each of their individual posts, which can be accessed by clicking below on the title of each post.)
What follows here are samples from the 16 posts we submitted over the week of January 11-17, and we’ll start »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The legend of American frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, who was left for dead after being mauled by a bear in the early 1820s, inspired Richard C Sarafian’s 1971 film Man in the Wilderness, in which Richard Harris starred as “Zachary Bass”. Now it returns to the screen in a film based in part on Michael Punke’s 2002 book The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The world is a much darker place since Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69 on Thursday. But while movie fans across the globe will be wrought with agony over the death of such a tremendous acting talent the best way to cure these blues is by re-watching his greatest achievements. Or, instead, you can watch this clip of Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon pranking Daniel Radcliffe on the set of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by making everyone think that he.s flatulent. Awesome stuff. Michael Gambon was actually making his debut as Albus Dumbledore in The Prisoner Of Azkaban, replacing Richard Harris who had portrayed the beloved wizard in The Sorcerer.s Stone and The Chamber Of Secrets. Ever the hellraiser, Michael Gambon took it upon himself to prank his youthful co-stars, and clearly Alan Rickman was instantly in cahoots with his counterpart as the »
5 items from 2016
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