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Lego Dimensions Fantastic Beasts Story Pack gameplay trailer released

9 December 2016 11:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. Interactive has released a new Lego Dimensions trailer for the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, which allows fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to visit the magical 1920’s New York and play through the complete Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie; watch the trailer here…

Take your adventure into the wizarding world with the all-new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack! Play the complete movie and help Newt Scamander find his escaped magical creatures in New York City across 6 action-packed levels of gameplay. Use a variety of spells, including Diffindo, Reparo and Lumos, and interact with creatures like the Niffler, Swooping Evil, Bowtruckle and more. You can even build the Niffler and then rebuild it into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture. Customize the Lego Toy Pad with the MacUsa gateway build, and unlock the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Adventure World and Battle Arena. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Lego Dimensions’ Fantastic Beasts Story Pack Trailer

9 December 2016 4:35 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Still on the fence about adding the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack to your Lego Dimensions collection? Perhaps this new trailer will sway your opinion one way or the other.

The Lego Dimensions Fantastic Beasts trailer offers a first look at some of the Story Pack's levels and secret cameos. You're eyes aren't fooling you. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Scooby Doo pop up in the 1920's New York Wizarding World for a chuckle or two.

This Story Pack, the second released of three currently known for the 2016-17 Lego Dimensions collection, has been available since last month and is on sale at Amazon for a good bit off its usual price. Lego Afol fans might want to consider it for the Newt Scamander mini-figure and gateway pieces alone, much less the actual game content. You can't get a Newt Lego mini-fig »

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Oscars 2017: The 10 VFX Oscar Contenders That Should Make the Bake-Off

8 December 2016 3:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been a VFX season dominated by giants in a range of superhero, sci-fi and action-adventures. They include Mark Rylance’s 25-foot dream catcher in “The Bfg,” Christopher Walken’s King Louie in “The Jungle Book,” the heptapods from “Arrival,” the 7-foot K-2So droid from “Rogue One” and the Moon Beast and Skeleton from “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

Whittling down the preliminary list of 20 contenders to 10 for the VFX bake-off on January 7th won’t be easy. There is so much outstanding work. Yet the great hybrid achievement of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” makes it the favorite, and “Rogue One” offers a new, gritty “Star Wars” look that should provide serious consideration. Here’s a list of 10 prime contenders:

1. “The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau set out to achieve a photo-real Disney adaptation with two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato (“Hugo,” “Titanic”). The results are so impressive »

- Bill Desowitz

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Tweets His Favorite Harry Potter Moment, J.K. Rowling Approves

8 December 2016 1:25 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Are we surprised Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Harry Potter fan? No. But we are delighted. On Wednesday, the songwriting genius played a fun game on his official Twitter account called "Pop Culture Events From Which I Have Still Not Recovered, Many Years Later." Among these "pop culture events" was a very specific and special quote from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that involves Albus Dumbledore and Harry. To make matters more delightful, the lovely tweet got a response from J.K. Rowling herself and yielded one of the more gushy and heartwarming digital exchanges we've seen in recent memory. Watch the magic unfold in the tweet below, then please etch "You're deadly w a reprise, maestro" into our tombstones. Related:60 Magical Presents For Harry Potter FansIf You Only Listen to 1 Song From the Hamilton Mixtape, Please Let It Be Sia's24 Hilarious Harry Potter Pickup Lines That Are Wildly Inappropriate Pop »

- Ryan Roschke

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J.K. Rowling and Lin-Manuel Miranda Have the Same Favorite Harry Potter Moment, Duh

8 December 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Are we surprised Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Harry Potter fan? No. But we are delighted. On Wednesday, the songwriting genius played a fun game on his official Twitter account called "Pop Culture Events From Which I Have Still Not Recovered, Many Years Later." Among these "pop culture events" was a very specific and special quote from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that involves Albus Dumbledore and Harry. To make matters more delightful, the lovely tweet got a response from J.K. Rowling herself and yielded one of the more gushy and heartwarming digital exchanges we've seen in recent memory. Watch the magic unfold in the tweet below, then please etch "You're deadly w a reprise, maestro" into our tombstones. Related:60 Magical Presents For Harry Potter FansIf You Only Listen to 1 Song From the Hamilton Mixtape, Please Let It Be Sia's24 Hilarious Harry Potter Pickup Lines That Are Wildly Inappropriate Pop »

- Ryan Roschke

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Moana and Sully bobbing in the wake of Fantastic Beasts at UK box office

6 December 2016 9:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jk Rowling’s enduring pre-Potter blockbuster casts a spell over Tom Hanks’ hero pilot and Disney’s Polynesian princess

With three weeks to go, Disney released its big family film for Christmas: Polynesia-set animation Moana. The seafaring adventure failed to dislodge Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now in its third week. An opening gross of £2.21m (including previews of £33,000) seems rather modest for a Disney animation – Zootropolis kicked off in March with £5.31m, including £1.73m in previews.

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- Charles Gant

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‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘Live By Night,’ ‘Allied’ Among Costume Design Oscar Contenders

5 December 2016 10:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From 17th Century Japan to the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling, this year’s costume design Oscar race is typically wide-ranging, featuring many of the top talents in the field.

Period pieces always stand out, and one of the most vibrant displays this year is Jacqueline West’s work on Ben Affleck’s gangster picture “Live By Night.” Outfitting the somber hues of Depression Era Boston and the brighter casual colors of Tampa, West — a three-time nominee for “Quills,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Revenant” — was given a unique opportunity and ran with it.

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How Sharen Davis Went From Actress to Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer

Live By Night” could run into trouble with critics, but thankfully this is a branch that doesn’t adhere to critical approval. That’s good news for films like “Rules Don’t Apply” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” too, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Crosses The $600 Million Mark Worldwide

5 December 2016 8:54 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Image via Warner Bros.

No one really doubted that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a successful film. It carries the credibility of both J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise, and with that, there was bound to be a minimum number of moviegoers who would head to the theaters. This is, after all, brand new canon for true fans to glom onto, and no fan wants to be left out in the storm on this one.

The first week for the film sported a relatively modest $74.4 million domestic opening — the lowest of any Potter film. Thanks to relatively positive word of mouth, however, Fantastic Beasts had a small 39% drop in its second week, and even its third weekend wasn’t terrible, with its drop currently estimated around 59%. Granted, it’s not an amazing figure in that third weekend, but considering most films suffer that drop in their second, »

- Joseph Medina

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Is Not the Magical Return to Form for J.K. Rowling We Had Hoped For

5 December 2016 8:00 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Like most people my age, Harry Potter was a cornerstone of my childhood.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone made its way Stateside when I was nearly as old as its protagonist and the series’ annualization ensured that I grew up with him.  And when the movies started coming out, I was right there in line with a hundred other screaming kids opening weekend: anxious to see the magical world of Rowling’s imagination brought to life in front of me. Now, I was never quite as fanatical as a lot of my peers.  I never stood in line for the

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Is Not the Magical Return to Form for J.K. Rowling We Had Hoped For »

- Brian Hadsell

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them passes $600 million at the worldwide box office

5 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros.Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has crossed another box office milestone this past weekend, with the film cracking the $600 million mark around the globe.

Fantastic Beasts has earned $608 million worldwide to date, including $72.5 million in China, where it is now the highest-grossing chapter of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise. It should comfortably pass the $700 million mark before Lucasfilm begins rolling out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story around the globe next week, and could yet surpass the $796.7 million haul of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from back in 2004.

See Also: Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander will not be the main focus of the Fantastic Beasts sequels

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, »

- Gary Collinson

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Moana’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Show Legs

4 December 2016 12:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The post-Thanksgiving weekend is one of a handful every year that offer no new wide studio release. Last year Universal took a successful shot with the off-beat Christmas-themed “Krampus.” Its $16 million opening weekend pushed Top Ten grosses ahead by a small margin from this year’s total.

The strength of two strong holdovers — Disney’s “Moana” and Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — almost brought the numbers to par. They also pushed the totals above three similar bleak weekends (Super Bowl, post-Labor Day and Halloween) often shunned for top films.

The only new semi-wide release was Blumhouse Productions’ “Incarnate,” directed by Brad Peyton (“San Quentin”), who took advantage of the freedoms of a low budget to make a horror film. The net returns — against a low budget, digital advertising and later earnings — make the just-over $2 million total look pretty good.

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- Tom Brueggemann

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The Week in Movies – extent of Rogue One reshoots revealed! New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer! Spider-Man: Homecoming footage and more…

4 December 2016 5:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the extent of LucasFilm’s reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being revealed, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,  footage of Spider-Man: Homecoming being screened at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience and more…

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Even Donnie Yen can see where Rogue One’s plot is going.

You might think ending Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t that difficult. Spoilers: the rebels get the Death Star plans.

Turns out, concluding the New Hope prequel isn’t as straightforward as the Death Star’s means of destruction.

A conveniently placed thermal exhaust port, if you forgot.

The reported production troubles with the movie, where Disney executives found the tone too serious, »

- Oli Davis

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits half a billion at the global box office

2 December 2016 3:52 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros.’ new Wizarding World series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may not have debuted to Harry Potter-style numbers, but the studio certainly looks to have a hit franchise on its hands, with the film having crossed the half billion mark at the global box office ahead of its third weekend of release.

The David Yates-directed film has grossed $164.9 million domestically by close of play on Wednesday, with a further $344 million from international markets for a total of $508.9 million and counting. Although it’s lost top spot to Moana, and will soon be completely overshadowed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it’s certainly possible that Fantastic Beasts could reach the $796.7 million haul of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the lowest-grossing chapter of the Harry Potter series.

See Also: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find the Material to Fill a Five-Film Franchise

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- Gary Collinson

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is probably heading to Broadway

2 December 2016 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Celebrated and largely sold-out West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could be heading to Broadway. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are now in talks to open the show at NYC’s Lyric Theatre in the spring of 2018, according to sources over at Pottermore.

“The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’” Friedman told Pottermore. “So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York city.”

The New York Lyric was chosen because of its size. It remains to be one of the biggest theaters in the city.

“Having a large and spacious atmospheric front of house lobby area was as crucial to us as the space inside,” Friedman continues. “We know the moment people walk through the door, the experience begins.”

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- Paul Heath

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Is Coming to Broadway in 2018

2 December 2016 8:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After wowing audiences on London's West End this summer, the hit stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is looking to cross the pond. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have revealed they are in "detailed talks" to bring the stage play to a "totally transformed" Lyric Theatre in New York in the spring of 2018. Discussions are said to be in the final stages, with theatre owner Ambassador Theatre Group (Atg) financing a huge multi-million-dollar transformation of the New York's Lyric Theatre. Here's what producer Sonia Friedman had to say about the play's move to Broadway.

"The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was 'when are you going to Broadway? So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York City."

The producers revealed to Pottermore that the Lyric Theater will »

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Newswire: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child may have found its Broadway home

1 December 2016 6:29 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The lucky jerks in London have already been able to enjoy Harry Potter And The Cursed Child—J.K. Rowling’s stage-based sequel to her original book/movie series—for some time, but the show is about to take a huge step toward its eventual debut in the United States. According to a press release, the show is currently in “advanced discussions” with Ambassador Theatre Group for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child to open at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in 2018. The timing of that news is fairly interesting, as Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour, which is currently performed at the Lyric, just announced that it’s leaving this spring so the theater can undergo massive renovations.

The press release specifically mentions how well these renovations will suit Cursed Child’s set and staging, so it sounds like Cirque Du Soleil might be getting forced out so Ambassador Theatre ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Books Broadway Theater for Spring 2018

1 December 2016 2:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

J.K. Rowling’s hit West End play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be opening on Broadway in spring 2018, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender announced Wednesday. The show will open at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre, whose current tenant, Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour,” will vacate this April to make way for an extensive renovation. The theater will be scaled down from its current 1,900-seat size to a more intimate playhouse seating 1,500 theatergoers. Also Read: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Keeps Magical World Alive in London The London production has been a massive hit since its July premiere — and. »

- Thom Geier

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'Moana' To Repeat at #1 Over Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

1 December 2016 1:38 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Following the hustle and bustle of the extended, Thanksgiving weekend it makes sense this weekend would be a bit quieter. Set to repeat atop the weekend box office is Disney's Moana followed once again by WB's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the rest of the field settles in below. The weekend features one new wide release in Bh Tilt's Incarnate, offering horror fans a little something as the lone horror film currently in wide release, while Freestyle issues the moderate release of the faith-based feature Believe. At the top, Moana should drop somewhere around 54% from its $56.6 million three-day weekend for a second weekend around $26 million pushing its domestic cume a couple million shy of $120 million by the end of the weekend. For comparison, Frozen dipped 53% following its record-breaking three-day wide release and Tangled dipped 55.7% after its $48.7 million Thanksgiving weekend three-day debut. In the runner-up position, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ and ‘The BFG’ Tap Into Magical Musical Worlds

1 December 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magic, wizarding, giants, strange creatures — fantasy always needs music to help us suspend disbelief and imagine new worlds.

This year, two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers tackled big special-effects fantasies: five-time Oscar winner John Williams, in his 27th film with director Steven Spielberg, “The Bfg”; and eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, launching the new J.K. Rowling franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

“I loved doing it,” says Williams of “Bfg,” “because it was a change from a lot of the things we’ve done. It was done with such feeling and such humanity that it represented a charming palette for me.”

For Williams, the orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her adventure with a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) “was really an opportunity to compose and orchestrate a little children’s fantasy for orchestra.” He likened the experience to working on “Home Alone” 26 years ago, especially »

- Jon Burlingame

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Fantastic Beasts Crosses $500M at the International Box Office

30 November 2016 4:19 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has managed to successfully capitalize further on the good name of Harry Potter in a big way. Or at least capitalize on a property related to the good name of Harry Potter with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Even without the name of the famed wizard in the title, the movie is bringing in big dollars at the box office and has passed a major milestone.

Deadline is reporting that Fantastic Beasts has grossed $161 million domestically and a very impressive $344 million internationally in just two weeks of release. That brings the movie's grand total to $505 million so far and it has a long way to go, meaning it is a huge hit for Warner Bros. Here is what Warner Bros' Sue Kroll had to say about the success the movie is enjoying at the box office.

"We are thrilled by the success of this new adventure, »

- MovieWeb

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