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Alan Rickman entertained a select audience in London last night with stories from nearly 30 years in movies.
Speaking on stage at the latest BAFTA: A Life In Pictures event, the actor-director revealed how his first exposure to film was at school with titles like Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt, before going to art school and encountering his first major influences: Antonioni and Fellini.
“But I don’t know that I thought this would be part of my life,” he recalled. “To be perfectly honest, having a film career at all is a bit of a surprise.”
After going to Rada at 25, Rickman established himself on stage and TV, and didn’t star in his first film until his early 40s. That film just happened to be the blockbuster action hit Die Hard.
He won the »
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Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land,” multiple individuals familiar with the Lionsgate project have told TheWrap. Stone has been in discussions to star for several months, ever since Emma Watson dropped out to play Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Miles Teller recently exited the project, prompting Chazelle to offer the lead to Eddie Redmayne, the newly-minted Oscar winner who has kept his schedule open as David Yates considers him for the role of Newt Scamander in WB’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Ryan Gosling is the latest A-lister rumored to. »
- Jeff Sneider
There was a time when it looked liked Whiplash director Damien Chazelle would be reuniting with that film’s star, Miles Teller, and working with Emma Watson on his new, much less violent musical, La La Land. But with Teller out and Watson off to Disney-land for Beauty And The Beast, Chazelle is instead looking at securing Emma Stone for one of the lead roles. And though he’s recently tried to score Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne to co-star with her, it seems likely that Redmayne will be playing Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter series prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, thus knocking him out of the running. According to The Wrap, Chazelle is now looking at a possible Crazy, Stupid, Love / Gangster Squad reunion, with Ryan Gosling his current choice as leading man. There’s no indication that Gosling (who recently sat down for a chat »
The rumors are true: According to her publisher, J.K. Rowling is releasing a new book! Before you go getting too excited, we should preface with a warning that the new tome isn't the eighth Harry Potter installment. Instead, it's an entirely different tale called Very Good Lives. We say entirely different because Very Good Lives isn't even fiction—in fact, it's a print version of the author's famous 2008 Harvard commencement speech. Are you a little disappointed? Us too. We should take this opportunity to point out that Rowling's speech was not only inspiring, but the most-watched of all the Harvard commencement speeches. It offered all kinds of »
We like to think of J.K. Rowling as a pretty hip lady. She did create basically the most awesome book series of our time, after all. Plus, she's all over social media doing super cool things like putting slightly homophobic fans in their place and answering lingering Harry Potter questions. But as it turns out, she may not be quite as with it as we thought—in fact, she just got a little lesson in slang from the youth of America. Any by America, we mean Twitter. It all started when one of her loyal Twitter followers gave her a shoutout by saying "@jkrowling is what I call a Og." The author, while seemingly flattered, had absolutely no idea what Og actually means. She »
Arnie is coming back, as promised, while the troubled Marvel production Ant-Man is also scuttling into view. But which trailer promises the most movie-geek fun?
As if news that the wonderful Eddie Redmayne might be pulling on Newt Scamander’s monster-wrangling gear in the new Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t enough of a Hollywood fun-bomb for one day, the powers that be have uploaded fresh trailers for two of the most talked-about genre movies of 2015 in the space of a few hours. So which one gets Week in Geek hotter under the collar on the issues that matter?
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- Ben Child
There have been plenty of rumors swirling around just who will play the mysterious lead in "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and now, it looks like there's a frontrunner for the part.
Variety reports that Eddie Redmayne is at the top of director David Yates's wishlist for the role of Newt Scamander, the magizoologist and author of the titular textbook used by Hogwarts students in the "Potter" books and flicks. According to the trade, several other actors are also in the mix -- including "Mad Max: Fury Road" star Nicholas Hoult -- but the newly-minted Oscar winner is currently the number one choice.
No offer to Redmayne has been made yet.
"Fantastic Beasts" takes place 70 years before the events of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and follows the adventures of Scamander in America. Variety reports that studio Warner Bros. is also looking to »
- Katie Roberts
It looks like the “Harry Potter” franchise isn’t over yet! It was rumored a while ago that Warner Bros. Pictures was interested in adapting one of the wizarding world “textbooks” J.K. Rowling wrote, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” into a film, possibly launching a brand new series of Potterverse films. It seems like that mode of thinking is gaining steam with the announcement that Eddie Redmayne is in strong contention to play the lead role, author and magical zoologist Newt Scamander. The film will bring back “Harry Potter” film director David Yates as well as Rowling, who will be doing even more than acting as a consultant. The [ Read More ]
Production is set to start before the year is out on the first film in the planned Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them trilogy. This is the first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies, and J K Rowling is penning the screenplays for the movies, based around her short Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them book. The new films will be set around 70 years prior to the Potter stories.
Matt Smith had been rumoured at one stage, but it looks like the frontrunner now is Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything). Whilst no official offer to the actor is believed to have been made, »
The spirit of the Harry Potter cinematic universe is alive and well at Warner Bros., with the studio going full speed ahead on the first of a planned trilogy based on J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. With Potter veteran director David Yates aboard, the film might have found its leading man. Newly minted Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is Warners’ top choice.The first Fantastic Beasts film, adapted by Rowling from her novella, already has a set date of November 18, 2016, with the sequels penciled in for 2018 and 2020. That initial film and its follow-ups will be very loosely based on Rowling's universe-expanding textbook about magical creatures. It’s set in the wizarding world and boasts creatures and characters both new and familiar to Potter but is not a direct prequel to the current stories, instead set 70 years before Harry sets foot in Hogwarts. That puts the »
With J.K. Rowling currently busy on the screenplay for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the author appeared on Today, where she was asked by host Matt Lauer whether there’s any chance of an eighth book in the main Harry Potter series.
“I have always said never say never. I’ve always said I’m not going to say ‘I definitely won’t’ because — because I don’t see why I should say that. You know, it’s my world and I might choose to step back into it. I’m stepping back into that world, writing the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But I think Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen… I know that someone’s cutting this on YouTube to make »
- Gary Collinson
With the "Harry Potter" franchise set to continue in the big screen with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," questions have been raised again regarding more potential stories in the "Harry Potter" universe from author J.K. Rowling.
Rowling, who is working on the script for 'Fantastic Beasts', says that despite fans wanting another adventure featuring the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, they probably won't be getting one. Speaking with Today, she was asked if she had been writing an eighth book in the "Harry Potter" series:
"No. But even as I answer that, I know that someone's cutting this on YouTube to make it as though I just gave you hope....I'm afraid I haven't been writing the next Harry Potter.
I have always said never say nev....Well, not never say never. I've always said I'm not going to say I definitely won't because I don't see why I should say that. »
- Garth Franklin
With this year's Best Actor Oscar by his side, the acting world is Eddie Redmanye's oyster for the moment, and it looks like Warner Bros. wants to rope the young actor into their latest hot property. If recent reports are to be believed, The Theory of Everything star could lead their upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. According to Variety, Redmayne is the frontrunner in the studio's eyes to play Newt Scamander, the franchise's main protagonist. However, there are multiple actors director David Yates has in consideration for the part, including Nicholas Hoult. The Wrap notes WB heads are quite taken by Hoult's performance in next month's Mad Max: Fury Road and see him as a viable choice. Regardless of whether he gets this part or not, however, sources are confident Hoult will get some tentpole project for his liking. Of course, that didn't quite work out the first time. »
- Will Ashton
Scheduled to hit cinemas in November of next year, there has been some movement on Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with Variety reporting that Eddie Redmayne is eyed to take the lead role of Newt Scamander, magic zoologist and author of the titular text book that is required reading at Hogwarts. The trade goes on to say that a number of actors are being looked at, including Nicholas Hoult, so there is nothing official at this stage. Having auditioned for roles in The Hobbit and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it's clear that Redmayne is interested in doing a big, franchisable blockbuster to keep his star on the rise, even if he has an Oscar for The Theory of Everything on his mantel piece. If director David Yates (responsible for the last four Harry Potter movies)makes the offer, it will be very »
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Eddie Redmayne, who just won the Best Actor Oscar for "The Theory of Everything," is in talks to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in the upcoming "Harry Potter" spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." David Yates (helmer of four "Harry Potter" movies) is on board to direct. He's still considering a few other actors for the role, like Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past," but it seems that Redmayne is the frontrunner. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is being written by "Harry Potter" officer Jk Rowling, who is making her screenwriting debut. An entire trilogy is in development, starting with the first installment hitting theaters on November 18th, 2016. A sequel will follow on November 16th, 2018. The conclusion will be released on November 20th, 2020. »
There are some things that are difficult to get over: a bad breakup, when your best friend leaves for a gap year and of course Harry Potter. And to be perfectly frank, most fans have no intention of letting their love for Jk Rowling’s universe ever wane: it’s very much a big life shaper.
Chances are, if genies existed you would only need one wish and that would be to give up your muggle tendencies so that when you ran into brick walls at Kings Cross Station, you wouldn’t break your neck and looking like an idiot.
Despite the frustrating tendency of shops to sell boring pots and pans, you would love to be able to cook your meals in a cauldron; you’ve ditched “normal people” pens for a quill and ink and if you’ve probably already requested an owl for your next birthday gift. »
- Sara Weir
According to Variety, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables) is currently the frontrunner to headline Warner Bros.’ upcoming Harry Potter spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The film will focus on Newt Scamander, a magizoologist and the author of the wizarding world textbook that gives the film its name. David Yates, who helmed the last four Potter films, is attached to direct, while Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is set to make her screenwriting debut as she pens the script.
X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mad Max: Fury Road actor Nicholas Hoult is also said to be in the running for the role. The studio is also reportedly looking for four other main roles: two American boys and two American girls.
Redmayne has been searching for a big studio tentpole like this for a long time; he previously auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- James Garcia
Meet Newt Scamander. “Harry Potter” fans, you know what that means and why you should be excited. Yes, we have a star for the upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off — or, at least, a frontrunner for a star. Though Warner Bros. isn’t confirming the news, Variety reported that recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is the favorite to play Newt Scamander “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” slated to hit theaters in 2016. The spin-off will take place in New York 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” series and will center on Scamander, the fictitious author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Also in this week’s 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Meryl Streep will cover Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen in her new film, HBO sets an earlier release date than expected for "True Detective," Lego announces their version of Disney Infinity, and the on-again, off-again development »
- Emily Rome
While Harry Potter fans are excited enough about the franchise continuing on in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they'd much rather be getting a new adventure featuring Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. That isn't happening, though, and probably won't. Ever. At least according to author J.K. Rowling.
She has stated in the past that she has no plans to revisit the main characters for another full-length book. But people keep asking the question. The Today Show once again went at it. And J.K. Rowling quite firmly says 'no'. But then, she doesn't want it to be that black and white. While she has no plans to continue the series, ever, she wants to leave the door open just a crack. Asked if we'd be getting Harry Potter 8 sometime in the future, she says:
"No. But even as I answer that, I know that someone's cutting »
Is Eddie Redmayne going to be one of the stars who will soon be filling us in on where to locate all of the fantastic beasts? The Oscar winner is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film inspired by a Hogwarts textbook that was referenced in J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series. Rowling herself is penning the script, her first time writing for the screen. According to Variety, Redmayne is the No. 1 choice for the role of "magical zoologist" Newt Scamander, whose life's work is chronicled in the book—which may have only truly been read cover to cover by the likes of Hermione Granger, but still. Warner »
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