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Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.
Potus is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.” With his presidency coming to an end this Friday, EW looked back at Obama’s lit picks over the years »
- Mark Marino
Written by Charles Soule | Art by Jordan Boyd, Ryan Browne | Variant Cover by Skottie Young | Published by Image Comics
Wow! Where do I begin with Curse Words. Another new number one from Image Comics and once again I was sat feeling pretty damn happy and excited (one might think I only review the books I like). Right… think about Jk Rowling sitting in a cafe absolutely off her face whilst writing Harry Potter and you are slightly close to Curse Words.
This book is big, bold and bloody beautiful. On paper Curse Words didn’t sound like my cup of tea, you know being wizards and whatnot. However upon flicking through and seeing Ryan Browne’s (God Hates Astronauts) art and how vibrantly striking it was… I had to read this. Sprinkle in some very strong Charles Soule (Daredevil, Death of Wolverine, Star Wars) dialogue and a cracking story of »
- Kevin Haldon
Liam Hoofe reviews the first season of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events…
‘Look away, look away’ warns the ominous, and irritatingly catchy opening theme song of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those who’ve had the pleasure of reading Daniel Handler’s delightfully wicked series of books, which often start with similarly discouraging remarks, however, will know that this piece of advise is best ignored.
A Series of Unfortunate Events, as a series of books, had a huge influence on me as a young child. I remember turning each page in both horror and awe at the impressionable age of 10. The books introduced me to themes I was not likely to find explored in such macabre detail in the literature of C.S. Lewis, or J.K. Rowling, for example.
They were also written with a flair that really caught my young imagination. Lemony Snicket’s »
- Liam Hoofe
“I see dead people.”
It was the plot twist heard around the world when writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense hit theaters in 1999 and surprised everyone with one of the most shocking reveals in cinematic history. The film, starring Bruce Willis and newcomer Haley Joel Osment, earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan. It was also a monster success at the box office, grossing over $672 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and turned Shyamalan into a household name.
Born in India, raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Shyamalan followed the success of The Sixth Sense with even more twists and turns over the next two decades. 2000’s Unbreakable -- also starring Willis -- 2002’s Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and 2004’s The Village -- also with Phoenix -- saw the director reach new heights »
Zoë Kravitz had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but as you’ve probably guessed, she’ll have a far bigger role in the sequels. In a recent interview, the actor discussed her character’s “complex” relationship with Newt Scamander, talking up how “excited” she is to come back for more. The […]
The post ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: Zoë Kravitz Teases Newt and Leta’s “Complex” Relationship appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Simon Brew Jan 17, 2017
Commercially, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them certainly did its job. An $800m box office haul isn’t quite at the level of the later Harry Potter films, but for Warner Bros – knowing that four more films are following in this particular boxset – it’s nothing to be sneezed at.
In terms of audience reaction, we sense there’s still a bit of work to do. There was clearly a lot of joy at being back in the Harry Potter world. However, a few story and character issues have been raised too, that it’s hoped future instalments will build upon.
Production on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2 will kick off in the summer, with »
While last year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally pitched to audiences as its own standalone story set in the Wizarding World, the movie itself was chock-full of wonderful Easter eggs and nods to the Harry Potter books and film. In addition to the little details and nods, this first movie made it perfectly clear that the future movies will have more than just passing references. In placing Gellert Grindelwald at the center of this story, they have, for better or worse, linked it strongly to the original Harry Potter lore.
One of the other key ways they acknowledged the Harry Potter franchise was in a seeming romantic interest for Newt Scamander, our quirky protagonist. While walking around his fantastic beast zoo inside his suitcase, Queenie (a psychic), noticed a photo of Zoe Kravitz nearby. Without Newt mentioning it, Queenie instantly knew her name: Leta Lestrange. »
- Joseph Medina
If you're scratching your head and wondering if you somehow missed Zoe Kravitz in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, you're likely not alone. Although her character, Leta Lestrange, was discussed several times throughout the film, we only ever briefly saw Kravitz as Leta in a photo kept by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The two characters were once quite close during their... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Last fall, Harry Potter fans got to explore a whole new timeframe in this magical universe with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which earned $229.8 million domestically and $801.5 million worldwide, from a $180 million budget. It was recently confirmed that this movie is actually the first in a series of five epic movies, with Fantastic Beasts 2 already set for release on November 16, 2018. It was announced shortly after the first movie's release that Zoe Kravitz will be back as Leta Lestrange, with the actress recently teasing that she'll have a much bigger role this time around.
Collider caught up with Zoe Kravitz, who was promoting her upcoming HBO TV series Big Little Lies. When the talk eventually turned to Fantastic Beasts 2, the actress revealed that there is a "complex relationship" between Leta Lestrange and Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander. Here's what she had to say below, when asked how »
If Fantastic Beasts introduced Leta Lestrange via a blink-and-you’ll-miss it cameo (read: a photo buried amongst Newt Scamander’s belongings), 2018’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 will dramatically expand the canvas for Zoe Kravitz’s “tragic figure.”
A former flame to Eddie Redmayne’s brilliant Magizoologist, Lestrange is poised to have a strong, compelling arc in Fantastic Beasts 2, and Kravitz has assured Potterheads that the David Yates-directed sequel will lend Lestrange “a lot of time to grow and develop” when it roars into theaters late next year.
“No, that starts in June or July, I think. It’s sometime in the summer. I’m very excited. The one day I was on set for that, »
- Michael Briers
Despite being overshadowed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the last few weeks of the year, Warner Bros. Harry Potter spinoff prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has managed to scrape together another box office milestone with the film hitting $800 million worldwide.
Fantastic Beasts has grossed $229.9 million domestically, but performed much better in the international markets, where it has added a further $570.1 million. The $800 million figure also means its no longer the lowest-grossing instalment of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise, having surpassed the $769.7 million haul of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
See Also: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find the Material to Fill a Five-Film Franchise
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, he »
- Gary Collinson
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has now officially been confirmed to have reached $800 million at the worldwide box office. Domestically it has made $229.9 million while it has also made $570.1 million overseas. That is exactly $800 million. This $800 million dollar mark means that the Harry Potter spin-off is the 59th highest grossing film worldwide surpassing Shrek The Third's $799 million. This milestone always means that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is no longer the lowest grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise; that title now belongs to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($796.7 million). This is great news for Warner Bros. since it is now their second highest grossing film of 2016 after Batman v Superman ($873 million). It also means that the Jk Rowling-written flick has received great reception and word of mouth despite opening to only $74 million in North America. There are several sequels planned for the near future. »
Rupert Grint is trading his wand for a menacing, real-life weapon.
Based loosely on the 2000 Brad Pitt and Jason Statham film of the same name, Snatch follows a group of young hustlers whose serendipitous discovery of a truck of gold bars leads them into the dangerous London crime underworld.
In the exclusive first trailer from the series, Grint – who portrays Charlie Cavendish – plots, plans and narrowly avoids getting shot by a gun-toting Ed Westwick.
- Lindsay Kimble
Growing up, I was a huge reader. I absolutely devoured books left and right, and I’d like to credit that early love of reading for helping to shape me into the person that I am today. While I loved most books that I read, two series in particular left the biggest mark on me. The first was J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, which I was able to see adapted in full on the big screen (you can read my thoughts on those eight films here). The second, if you can’t tell, was Lemony Snicket’s (the pseudonym of author Daniel Handler) A Series of
A Series of Unfortunate Events Review: “The Bad Beginning” Is Actually So, So Wonderful »
- Jasef Wisener
Last year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a film that was a difficult film to predict for. Yes, given its connections to the world famous Harry Potter franchise — and the involvement of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling as screenwriter — it seemed like a given that the film would do decent business at the box office. At the same time, this was a film that didn’t necessarily piggyback on the Harry Potter name as much as one would think. Nowhere to be found in the advertising are any connections to Harry Potter, and to those not steeped in the industry or in the Potter fandom, those connections may not have been evident to you.
So what could we expect from this film? Would it break $1 billion internationally, or would it underperform at somewhere around $500 million? It’s worth noting that with a budget around $180 million, the »
- Joseph Medina
Warner Bros. had a financially successful year in 2016, even if it was a bit rocky in some ways critically speaking. Most notably, the DC Extended Universe movies, both Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, were trashed by critics on arrival. One of the biggest releases for Warner Bros. last year was the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and it is now very safe to say the movie is a big success. Not only was it well-received by critics and fans, but as of today, the movie has officially crossed the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had a production budget of $180 million. While that is certainly high, a take of $800 million at the box office makes the first Harry Potter spinoff movie quite the successful endeavour for Warner Bros. Sue Kroll, »
The Harry Potter spinoff has topped $229 million domestically and $570 million internationally, making it the studio’s top international title of 2016. China is the top international market with $85 million, followed by the U.K. with $65 million and Japan with $57 million.
“Fantastic Beasts” was the 11th highest domestic grosser released in 2016. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and was written by J.K. Rowling. It cost $180 million to make and will serve as the springboard for a five-film franchise.
The first film follows Scamander as he tries to retrieve magical creatures that have escaped from his valise, and are running wild through 1926 New York City. The cast boasts Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, and Samantha Morton. David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” movies, is already on board for the second movie. »
- Dave McNary
Oh, Harry Potter. The franchise that’s launched a thousand careers. Okay, that may be overselling it a bit. However, there’s no doubt that no matter your opinion on the Harry Potter books or the Harry Potter films, they've had an immeasurable impact on pop culture, and while it may not have launched a thousand careers, it definitely launched two healthy ones with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. A good five-plus years after the final film hit theaters, these two are still as relevant today as they ever were. In addition to the careers the films have launched, there’s also the fact that they were released over the course of an entire decade, after all, and with such a release schedule comes the fact that it’s a film series that’s shaped millions of childhoods.
It’s with all this in mind that we go into the »
- Joseph Medina
Ronda Rousey may be down, but her new Instagram post hints she’s not out.
The mixed martial artist, 29, has remained silent on social media since her Dec. 30 Tko loss to Amanda Nunes just 48 second into round one at Ufc 207. However, Rousey returned to Instagram on Monday night with a message about rebuilding.
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life,” the quote by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says.
The quote comes from a 2008 commencement address at Harvard that Rowling titled, “The fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.”
- Stephanie Petit
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2017 nominationsBEST Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiOUTSTANDING British Filmamerican Honey Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van HoyDENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, [link »
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