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We were beyond excited to hear that a new movie called Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr is coming - but consider us well and truly trolled.
The eye-catching title is now in pre-production and has absolutely nothing to do with Jk Rowling's book series or film adaptations.
Some of you may remember a 1986 cult classic by the name of Troll, which focused on the Potter family. Not only did it feature a character by the name of Harry Potter Jr, it also told a story of magic and wizardry, as Potter teamed up with a witch to defend the world from a troll wizard.
Troll was released over a decade before Rowling's first Harry Potter book The Philosopher's Stone was published, and it's now getting an animated update.
The team behind Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr are more than aware of what people will think »
In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.
Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of worldwide distribution.
Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
The Harry Potter movie franchise has been over for the past few years, with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 bringing the beloved series to a close. Fans will get to see a new extension of this wizarding world with next year's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but it won't include any adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, since this story takes place 70 years before they even arrived at Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will start a whole new trilogy, but one filmmaker in particular would like to direct another movie featuring this magical trio. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he would love to direct a new Harry Potter movie that takes place after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
"I would love to »
Though his work on the record-breaking franchise ended with Prisoner of Azkaban, where he served as producer, filmmaker Chris Columbus has expressed an interest in directing a new Harry Potter film set after the events of the Deathly Hallows.
With Warner Bros. plotting course for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, many has assumed that Columbus would want in on the studio’s potential trilogy, but in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Radio, the director noted that it’s Harry, Ron and Hermione who remain the most interesting characters for him personally, and how he wants to spin out a story directly after the fall of Voldemort.
“I would love to go back and do another one. Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I’m just »
- Michael Briers
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them follows "magizoologist” Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he studies and searches for various magical creatures. The story, written by Potter author J.K. Rowling, takes place 70 years prior to the events of the first Harry Potter film. While there's plenty to explore in the Potter universe, the director of the original two films, Chris Columbus, is... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Steven Moffat is the latest star to make an impassioned defence of the BBC in the wake of the government's critical Green Paper.
The award-winning Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner described the corporation as a "beacon of quality" and accused the Conservative government of a desire to "turn off the people that are criticising them", blasting its ideas for reform as "all wretched [and] all wrong".
"If we limit it, or damage it, or destroy it, we have absolutely no idea how to turn [the BBC] back on, because we don't know how it happened it the first place," Moffat told The Stage.
"You could look at [the BBC's] philosophy, you could look at the fact that somehow from the work of those early pioneers it became a beacon of quality - not just for Britain, but for the entire world.
"If we allow, basically, the Tories to turn off the people that are criticising them, »
Two questions: 1) How do you feel about the first two "Harry Potter" movies, which were directed by Chris Columbus; and 2) How do you feel about a new "Harry Potter" movie following what Harry, Ron and Hermione did in that 19-year gap between the main story's end and the flash-forward?
Some fans may think we should leave Harry Potter well enough alone, and for all we -- or Chris Columbus -- know author J.K. Rowling may be among the "leave it alone" crowd. So far, she hasn't addressed the director's pitch, which he just made to Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Chris directed the first two movies, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which were very faithful to Rowling's books and the most childlike of the series. After Chris, things got increasingly dark, adult, and creative with the filmmaking and artistic license. Chris told EW »
- Gina Carbone
For those of us who want (read: Need) more “Harry Potter” books/movies/theme park rides/everything, the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film series is going to be a great addition to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. And we are as grateful for it as Harry was when he got his first choppy birthday cake from Hagrid in that musty old beach house. But it’s still not our Hogwarts trio in the lead, so it’ll always be a little less heart-saily than the day Harry, Ron and Hermione first met up on the Hogwarts Express and the magic officially began. And guess what, Potterheads? The guy who directed that very scene, Chris Columbus, is feeling pretty nostalgic about it all right now too. In fact, he’s kind of wiggling his wand in J.K. Rowling’s direction in hopes of accio-ing some more stories »
The director of the first two movies told Entertainment Weekly that he wants to helm a brand new film in the franchise, despite Jk Rowling having not written it yet.
He revealed that he originally hoped to direct the entire Harry Potter series, but exited the project as he didn't want to be away from his family.
Columbus isn't interested in making the planned Fantastic Beasts movie, but wants to come up with a new story involving Harry, Hermione and Ron.
"I would love to go back and do another one," he said. "Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
"I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, »
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them has began casting for a young girl to play a character called Modesty in the film.
According to ITV News, the audition attracted about 20,000 hopefuls this morning at London's Excel Centre.
My Ashes Saturday involves queueing with my daughter for the #FantasticBeasts open audition #bbccricket #HarryPotter pic.twitter.com/40meg83O1L
— Tim Pointer (@TimPointer) July 18, 2015
Warner Bros is on the lookout for a young girl aged between eight to 12 to portray Modesty, described as "a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness" and "an ability to see deep into people and understand them".
In June, »
As the battle between the government and the BBC rages on, Rowling and her legions of fans are using the hashtags #BackTheBBC and #BBCMemories to have their say.
We've rounded up some of the best tweets below:
That's an excellent idea. Let's see: Basil Brush, the Clangers, Monty Python, Blackadder... #BBCmemories https://t.co/7zjdYuXmHu
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
Saw the Good Life for the first time in ages the other day. Always reminds me of my mum. #BBCmemories https://t. »
Jk Rowling wasn’t shy when it came to pulling the trigger throughout her Harry Potter saga, killing off some of her most adored characters over the course of seven books. While some of the deaths in the series were inevitable (“neither can live while the other survives”) or were simply essential to the evolution of the plot, it’s the ones that she really didn’t have to take that seem to stick in the throat the most.
While she never quite reached a George Rr Martin level of unpredictable ruthlessness, Jk swung the axe a total of 76 times in the series, with a number of favourites meeting untimely and unexpected ends.
Dumbledore was a real kick in the remembralls, and there can’t be many fans that didn’t shed a tear for Snape (even if Alan Rickman couldn’t), but we’d be lying if »
- Phil Archbold
Four years after the Harry Potter movie franchise came to an end with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, there are still a few burning questions that fans have. One of these questions is how much a young witch or wizard would actually have to pay each year to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Mic.com attempted to answer this query earlier this week, estimating that one year at Harry Potter's beloved school would cost an estimated $43,031, with $42,000 in tuition and $1,031 in books, wands, owls and other costs. As it turns out, though, this estimate was off by $43,031 as author J.K. Rowling revealing that tuition is free!
"There's no tuition fee! The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!"
There is never any reference to tuition in J.K. Rowling's books, so it shouldn't be terribly surprising that none of these »
It's expensive to be a kid -- even a magical one like Harry Potter. Those supply lists and new robes always set the Weasleys back, and there's that long train trip from London to Hogwarts. Then at Hogwarts itself, even with House Elves doing all the grunt work, the teachers have to get paid, right? They must have to charge a tuition, at least for rich families like the Malfoys, no?
Apparently "no" is right. Mic did a story calculating how much it would cost to attend Hogwarts, based on the price of tuition for British schools. Maybe this is "hypothetical" to Muggles, but it's super important information if your kid ends up getting one of those letters. After the story came out, a fan tweeted to J.K. Rowling that she and her friend were debating the cost of Hogwarts tuition. So the queen shared an official ruling:
@emmalineonline1 @micnews There's no tuition fee! »
- Gina Carbone
They may not be together anymore, but Common still has Serena Williams' back ... and front ... saying criticism of her body is Insane -- 'cause she has a physique that people pay a Lot of money for!!! Williams' body has been the focus of a Ton of news reports lately -- especially after "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling ripped an Internet troll for comparing Serena to a man. But when Common was leaving the gym in L. »
- TMZ Staff
As the government begins negotiations over the renewal of the broadcaster’s charter, they wrote that a “diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain”.
I may be biased but the BBC is something we should be proud of and is well worth protecting. #backtheBBC http://t.co/EPI9Mdf0Cm
Beyond any self interest I may have, this is importantThe Great being slowly sucked out of Great Britain. #BackTheBBC http://t.co/RbvzUI898q
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- Kevin Rawlinson
A host of big names have lent their voices to an open letter to the government calling for it to protect the integrity and independence of the BBC. Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Richard Curtis are just some of the luminaries to offer the embattled BBC some support a day ahead of the government publishing a green paper that many expect to call for a top to bottom review of the BBC moving forward. Here is a full copy of the letter: 'Dear… »
London — A host of British showbiz stars — including J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz — have come to the defense of publicly-owned broadcaster the BBC as it struggles to defend itself from attacks from the right-wing Conservative Party government.
In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the two dozen or so celebrities from the world of film and television wrote: “In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.”
They added: “The BBC is a very precious organization. Like all organizations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.”
In the letter, they express their “concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.”
- Leo Barraclough
The stars have come out in force to defend the BBC against government criticism.
Describing the corporation as a "very precious institution", they have warned the Prime Minister that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain".
They are joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Adil Ray, Jamie Oliver, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Trevor Nelson, Annie Nightingale and Reggie Yates.
The letter reads: "The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We »
With filming due to start this summer we still don’t know nearly as much about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as we would like. However, change is in the air as official news slowly starts to emerge – and let’s face it, even the tightest lips can’t stop secrets escaping once the cameras start to roll!
So in anticipation of a new trilogy from the Harry Potter universe, let’s recap what we already know about the film series, as well as the latest news and rumours.
How ‘Harry Potter’ will the films feel?
Potter fans are no doubt praying the Fantastic Beasts series will fit seamlessly into the existing Potterverse, feeling every bit like an extension of the boy wizard franchise. Early signs are very positive too – after all, Warner Bros. approached J. K. Rowling herself about the film adaptation and the author has already »
- Gary Collinson
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