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• Here are 8 movies that changed movies. [Mental Floss]
• These are the most controversial moments from Cannes Film Festival. [Flavorwire]
• Here's 10 great directors who've never had a hit. [Film.com]
• Here's why 'Man of Steel' didn't use "Superman" in the title. [Moviefone]
• Captain Hamerica looks yummy. [Sandwich Monsters]
• Help bring a 9-foot Hulk statue (and some computers) to a Chicago public library. [A.V. Club]
• Emma Watson believes zombies are coming. At least, in this clip from 'This is the End.' [MTV Movies Blog]
• See new notes written by J.K. Rowling in this annotated first edition of 'Philosopher's Stone.' [Hypable]
• Should marvel make a 'Luke Cage' movie starring The Rock? [ScreenCrush] »
- NextMovie Staff
LeakyCon festival goers are in for a real treat this summer. The group has announced today that it'll screen exclusive new footage from "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" during its Portland, Oregon-based convention on June 29 which will then be followed up with a video conference chat with the best-selling book series' author, Cassie Clare. For the uninitiated, Clare's ties to "Harry Potter" - the primary subject of the festival - are strong indeed as she began her writing career doing fan-fiction for the magical J.K. Rowling phenomenon. No word yet on what exact footage will be contained in the LeakyCon sneak peek. "The Mortal Instruments" film adaptation, directed by Harald Zwart and starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan, hits theaters soon after on August 23. Sony Screen Gems Photo credit: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, »
Los Angeles, May 20: Australian director Baz Luhrmann regrets leaving the opportunity to direct the first edition of "Harry Potter" franchise because he was busy with something else.
The movie adaptation of author J.K. Rowling's 10-part wizard story was a huge hit and all books were made into movies starting from 2001, but Luhrmann turned down the offer because he was filming "Moulin Rouge!", reports dailystar.co.uk. The movie starred actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in lead roles. "The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And I said,. »
- Smith Cox
Melbourne, May 19: Jk Rowling's own copy of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which started the enthralling journey of the Harry Potter series, is all set to go under the hammer.
The book, which was the first installment of the seven-part saga, is about a young wizard's adventures and will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London, the Herald Sun reported.
The novel has personal notes and original illustrations by the author.
The director of printed books and manuscripts at Sotheby's, Dr Philip Errington said that the copy could undoubtedly be regarded as the definitive copy of any Harry Potter book.
Errington asserted that not only is it a fine copy of a first edition of the first. »
- Smith Cox
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
"The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was Moulin Rouge," he explained.
"So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter."
Luhrmann reunites with his Romeo + Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio on this week's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and the Australian director said that he couldn't have made the movie without DiCaprio's star power.
"For that role you need »
Each year there are a handful of lists released of which stars have made the most money, which actor is overpaid/underpaid, etc. and usually the lists are pretty interesting. CelebrityNetWorth.com keeps track of how much celebrities are worth and the Huffington Post has compiled a list of actors, musicians, directors and media types whose massive amount of wealth is just shocking. While some of the names on the list aren't surprising at all (J.K. Rowling, Oprah, U2's Bono), »
- Jesse Giroux
Anyone who has visited Florida's Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park knows what a wholly immersive experience it is. From the wand shop to the butter beer, everything has been lovingly recreated from J.K. Rowling's influential books. Universal has just announced that next year, the Wizarding World will be joined by another area devoted to Harry Potter -- in another park altogether -- and linked via the Hogwarts Express train. Sounds downright magical. The plan is that, in 2014, a Diagon Alley expansion will open in Universal Studios, which is an entirely different park than Islands of Adventure. The Diagon Alley expansion will feature a host of new shops and restaurants (including a larger wand shop and a boutique modeled after the Weasley brothers' gag shop) and an area that replicates the London waterfront. What's more is the centerpiece of this new area will »
- Drew Taylor
Since joining Curtis Brown in 1997, Nick Marston (pictured above) has led its transformation from musty literary boutique into one of London’s largest and most dynamic talent agencies, with its own flourishing production arm.
As chairman of the theater, film and TV department, Marston reps the film rights to novelists such as John Le Carre and David Mitchell. His writing and directing clients include John Hillcoat, Rowan Joffe, Hossein Amini and Niels Arden Oplev.
- Adam Dawtrey
Universal Studios Orlando announced today that they are adding Diagon Alley and London expansions to their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a look at an illustration of what these additions will look like, when they open in 2014, then read the press release for more details.
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal's creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, »
Diagon Alley is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal Orlando has sent out the first rendering of what the expansion to their theme park will look like, and also confirmed that the new portion of the "Harry Potter"-themed area will open in 2014.
Unlike the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is located in the Islands of Adventure side of Universal Orlando, the Diagon Alley portion will be located in a separate area in the Universal Studios park. Both portions of the Wizarding World will be connected by the Hogwarts Express train which will transport visitors from London and Diagon Alley to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade village and back again.
Universal Orlando says that the new Diagon Alley area will feature new shops, a second "Harry Potter"-themed restaurant and an "innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank." Hopefully that attraction will be inspired by the breathtaking adventure Harry, »
Terry Gilliam flew into Los Angeles for the screening of his hallucinogenic time-travel romp Twelve Monkeys at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. The director and legendary enfant terrible sat down in front of the crowd with EW’s Geoff Boucher on Sunday evening for a freewheeling hour-long chat which skipped all over Gilliam’s storied career, from Monty Python to Brazil to why Hollywood won’t let him make movies to the time he almost (but not really) got to make Harry Potter. Check out a video of the chat below, and read on for the key lines from the legendary filmmaker. »
- Darren Franich
Ugh, they even make dorky magic battles look endearing.
In an effort to create further evidence that any activity can look effortlessly glamorous, Prince William and Kate Middleton engaged in a giggly wizard fight on their recent tour of Leavesden Studios, famously known as one of the primary filming locations of the "Harry Potter" films. Honestly, it couldn't look any better if they meticulously choreographed it — the poise, the synchronized timing, the flirty "oh, you think you can defeat me?!" facial expression Kate flashes Prince William as their royal wands meet (see below) — it’s almost too perfect. In fact, it's almost hypnotic, like a battle of charm that perpetually begins yet never seems to commence. Whatever spell they both just cast, we caught it, and it is glorious.
- Nick DeSantis
It was a royal celebration at Warner Bros. Studio in Hertfordshire, England as Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry got a tour of the same studio where all the ‘Harry Potter’ movies were made. Read on for all the details!
Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry stopped by Warner Bros. Studio on April 26 in Hertfordshire, England, to receive a first class royal tour of the studios where the legendary Harry Potter movies were made.
The royals, who were joined by Potter creator J.K. Rowling and hundreds of screaming fans, officially inaugurated the newly opened studio. They were also on hand to use their high profile status to support the British creativity in the film arts.
All three of them looked dashing. In fact, the royals resembled Harry, Ron & Hermione as they waved their wands!
We have to give it up to Kate, »
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry joined "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter for the Duke of Cambridge's inauguration ceremony for the Leavesden Studios attraction. Also present at the event were "Harry Potter" directors David Yates and Mike Newell, and producer David Heyman.
This might have been a serious event, but photos taken during the ceremony show that the Royal Family were having a whole lot of fun romping around the studio where all eight "Harry Potter" movies were filmed. As for the Batmobile in the final photo below, it was there because of "The Dark Knight" trilogy's connection to Warner Bros.
"Our Nation's extraordinary capacity for talent is not a thing of the past. It is worth reminding ourselves that the 'Harry Potter' book series has become the most popular series ever to be printed, and »
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling made some regal company today as she helped welcome Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Kate to Warner Bros. Leavesden Studio Inauguration event in London, England. Interestingly enough, Rowling's dotted skirt matched quite nicely with the Duchess' own fashions, and Harry seemed to fit right into the Weasleys' "Burrow" set - redheads unite! See also: 'Harry Potter' books getting new covers for fifteenth anniversary Most importantly, though, the trio finally got wanded, and they looked to have a ball with it; see the attached video of the royal couple having a duel! According to Hypable, Prince William doted praise upon the "Harry Potter" series for being a British treasure, saying "Our Nation’s extraordinary capacity for talent is not a thing of the past. It is worth rem . »
Last Thursday, Taylor Lautner hit Cancun with Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James and David Spade to promote the upcoming summer release of "Grown Ups 2" - in which Lautner has a "cameo" role, as teased in the trailer - and while on the short tour, he discussed the matter of his social networking prowess. See also: Taylor Lautner's 5 funniest screen moments (so far) "I’m not on Twitter or Instagram," he assured UK Screen. "The only thing I do have is a Facebook page." Taylor Lautner Photo credit: Summit Ent. Lautner's been the subject of many, many false accounts over the years, some of which have been incredibly convincing. So much so that he even admitted to the cited journalist that his close friends have been duped before. "It's crazy," he said. Yeah, no joke! A lot of Lautner's fans hope he'll pull a J.K. Rowling and set »
BBC One controller Danny Cohen has been appointed director of BBC Television, rounding out the senior management team of new director general Tony Hall. Cohen will sit on the BBC’s executive and management boards and will oversee the BBC’s four main channels as well as the BBC iPlayer and online content for BBC Television. He also now oversees BBC Films as well as the broadcaster’s drama, entertainment, knowledge and comedy genres and BBC Productions, Europe’s largest TV production group. Cohen was named controller in October 2010 and is responsible for such series commissions as Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Voice UK and Ripper Street. Upcoming series include the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Starz/BBC drama The White Queen, fantasy project Atlantis and BBC America co-production Strange And Norrell. Cohen starts his new job on May 7 at a salary of £327,800. Hall »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
My late wife Kim Yale had a very tender heart; if someone was critical of her or didn’t seem to like her, it would tear her up. She would take it very personally. I told her that not every opinion matters and sometimes it registered with her. I think it was Steven Grant who I first heard say that opinions were like assholes; everyone has one. Opinions can also be a conduit for a whole lot of crap. Not every opinion matters. Not to me. Do I listen to my fans? I should and I do but, as I’ve said to different people at different times, just because I’m not doing what you’re telling me doesn’t mean I’m not listening to you. Fans, as a rule, want the same thing again next time only different. If you try to give fans what you think they want, »
- John Ostrander
One book, two films... Site member Readr has been thinking about whether it's worthwhile
It is an occurrence we have seen a lot recently. The film producers decide that one film alone won't do justice to the book and they decide to split it up into two or even three motion pictures. It has happened with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Twilight: Breaking Dawn and most recently The Hobbit. It has also been confirmed that two films will be released in the final instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Do you think such measures are necessary, should there be even more films? Can two three hours of Harry Potter films ever live up to the 600 page book? Or do such double or even triple films only prolong the painful experience the readers have, when they see their favourite book being ripped apart and dissected onscreen?
I personally find this new tendency rather disturbing. »
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