12 items from 2012
With the nostalgia-induced worldwide attractions and Ultimate DVD Collections settling in, one thing has become very clear for fans of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise- the series as we know it is over. Far from letting it all end on a downer, though, we should look ahead to what the Potter lore can do for us in the future, just as Peter Jackson is bringing us new Lotr goodness every Christmas for the next three years!
Our suggestion? The next obvious route for the Potter franchise to go down would undoubtedly be that of the television industry- throughout the course of the seven novels and eight films, there were plenty of untapped storylines that could very well thrive and flourish on the small screen with the faith of a strong studio.
Indeed, it’s hard to think that the cash wouldn’t be there for the taking, especially »
- Tom Buxton
Last night, Sky Movies invited us along to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London for a rather fabulous evening in the Great Hall. Sky have this week launched a brand new section to their ever increasing catalogue of movies which boasts all 8 Harry Potter movies in one place and on demand whenever you feel the need to watch one. Sky do seem to be snapping up as many epic franchise as possible with both James Bond and now Potter all in the last few months. Our guess is that Star Wars is next although that may well be fun negotiation on how it will work after Disney have snapped up Lucasfilm!
I didn’t really know what to expect when we went along to the event so I took along my pal Fiona from Mum blogging website Curious Mum as backup! Joined by 60 other bloggers and competition winners, we »
- David Sztypuljak
Anthea Turner and Harry Potter actor Oliver Phelps have reportedly been lined up to appear on Dancing on Ice next year. The pair were apparently spotted trying out for the ITV show at Alexandra Palace ice rink last week along with Olympic star Luke Campbell, who won a gold in the boxing. Producers have since offered Turner a £50,000 fee to take part in the competition, according to The Sun. "Anthea is still a household name and someone who ITV chiefs are convinced that their viewers will want to see on the ice rink," (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
David Hasselhoff has signed up to compete in a triathlon. The 60-year-old will take part in the race later this month (September 22 and 23) in London. Hasselhoff will join Harry Potter actor Oliver Phelps and popstar Michelle Heaton on Sir Richard Branson's celebrity team for the upcoming event. After confirming that he will race, the former Baywatch star took to Twitter (more) »
- By Alice Stewart
On the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' Otr adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (above photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that Tiff 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews. The 2hr20m drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as Otr has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box-office success. [Check out the On the Road trailer. Check out Kristen Stewart On the Road poster; Garrett Hedlund On the Road poster.] Otr movie reedit hardly unique On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore, »
- Zac Gille
Now that we’ve got most of the major players (okay… now that we’ve got our Finnick) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we thought we’d go ahead and cast the rest of the film. Take a look at some of our picks for the film’s more minor characters below. (Warning: Spoilers Follow!)
David Strathairn as Beetee: I know, Tony Shalhoub is rumored for this part. And to be honest, I’m not all that opposed to this casting. But, if it falls through and the Hunger Games casting agents need another opinion, might I suggest Strathairn »
- Tara Fowler
Louie Spence, Chelsee Healey and Jeff Brazier are among the celebrities who have been chosen by Sir Richard Branson to take part in the 2012 Virgin Active London Triathlon. The three are confirmed for the Img Challenger World event along with the likes of Sky News anchor Kay Burley, Harry Potter star Oliver Phelps, Nicola McLean and Michelle Heaton. The world of reality TV is represented by Towie's Lydia Bright and Ricky Rayment, Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke and Dancing on Ice (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
The Harry Potter magic is spreading to Asia - an amusement park inspired by the hit franchise is to open in Japan.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka will feature a reconstruction of the enchanted Hogwarts school, as well as rides and themed snacks.
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the Potter movies, will be guests of honour when the attraction opens in 2014.
Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, says, "Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan. Usj will recreate to the highest level of authenticity The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
The theme park first debuted at Florida's Universal Studios Orlando in 2010, and another Wizarding World is due to open in Los Angeles. »
Harry Potter is taking his act to Japan as Warner Bros. and Universal team to bring the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” to the Universal Studios in Osaka. Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, will make the announcement on Thursday alongside Brad Globe, President of Consumer Products at Warner Bros., and Michael Silver, President of Global Business Development for Universal Parks & Resorts. James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in the Potter Films, will be the guests of honor. “Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to »
- Lucas Shaw
Last night saw the announcement of the London Evening Standard British Film Awards. Looking down at the full list of winners, which we received shortly after they were announced last night, they seem to be one of the only award lists that have got pretty much all of the winners bang on. In fact, I believe I agree with all of them.
The Best Film award went to We Need To Talk About Kevin, a superb film that many critics agree is the best film of 2011. Michael Fassbender won for Shame and Jane Eyre; I agree with the first part of that for sure but cannot comment on his performance in Jane Eyre and I personally haven’t seen it, but I still cannot believe that he was largely overlooked at this year’s Oscars. Olivia Colman deservedly won Best Actress for Tyrannosaur and Senna also bagged Best Documentary. Andrew Haigh »
- Paul Heath
Harry Potter stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have appeared in a new online video thanking their fans for making the franchise a phenomenal success. Thousands of Potter lovers camped out for days to see the cast in London's Leicester Square last summer (2011) as the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, made its premiere. The eight movies came to a close after a decade, making huge stars of Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Grint and taking more than $7 billion at the box office. Now bosses behind the films have compiled a special video to the franchise's loyal followers, featuring messages from the cast and footage from the final premiere. In the clip, Grint and Watson, as well as co-stars Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright, thank fans for their unwavering support. Grint says, "I just want to say thanks for being so »
Thousands of Potter lovers camped out for days to see the cast in London's Leicester Square last summer as the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, made its premiere.
The eight movies came to a close after a decade, making huge stars of Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Grint and taking more than $7 billion at the box office.
Now bosses behind the films have compiled a special video to the franchise's loyal followers, featuring messages from the cast and footage from the final premiere.
Grint says, "I just want to say thanks for being so supportive and dedicated throughout these ten years, it really means a lot to everyone that you still get really excited about these films every year. Thanks for everything."
Watson adds, "We just have the most amazing fans in the world. Thank you so much for your support over the last decade." »
12 items from 2012
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