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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture. Movie Promotion of the Day: While doing publicity for Magic Mike Xxl, Channing Tatum demonstrated seven dance moves in 30 seconds for Vanity Fair, including the "Running Man" and "Vogue": Tribute of the Day: CineFix honors the late composer James Horner with an 8-bit tribute to the movies he scored, complete with video game-style covers of those scores: Vintage Image of the Day: In honor of her 99th birthday, here's a pin-up of Gone with the Wind star Olivia de Havilland from the 1930s: Movie Parody of the Day: Do you wish Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone wasn't so much of a kids' movie? Here's an animated...
- Christopher Campbell
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Find out what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating,Magic Mike gets an Honest Trailer, and check out Nicolas Cage as every Game of Thrones character. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Harry Potter gets R Rated
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating? Fine Brothers Entertainment has put together a side-splitting five-minute animated video that takes memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and gives this classic, family-friendly story an R-rated twist. In this video, Potter's aunt and uncle are far more physically abusive, the Sorting Hat is a racist prick and Quidditch gets deadly. »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Author J.K. Rowling announced a new extension of her beloved Harry Potter universe, with a London stage play entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play will debut at the Palace Theater in London's West End next summer, although the author won't divulge any specific story details. Here's what she had to say in a series of tweets earlier today about Harry Potter's immanent return on stage.
"Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in London next year. It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don't want to say too much more, because I don't »
J.K. Rowling is continuing the saga of Harry Potter – as a stage production. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere at London's Palace Theatre in summer 2016, with tickets going on sale this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The author detailed the project on Twitter Friday morning, the 18th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, announcing that the play is a collaboration with writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and producer Sonia Friedman. "I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil »
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be a movie trilogy and is assembling its cast. The title refers to a book in the Harry Potter universe (which was published in the real world in 2001), and in the movies, we'll get the story of Newt Scamander, the book's fictional author, and his life in New York 70 years before Potter's time. Though Rowling said that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Harry Potter's story, she confirmed that the new series is an "extension of the wizarding world" - and that "the laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films." More movie news is starting to roll in, so find out the details in this week's announcement and everything »
The day that "Harry Potter" fans have dreamed of for years is finally here: J.K. Rowling announced early Friday morning that there's a new story in the works featuring The Boy Who Lived, and it's set to become a stage play in London next year.
Rowling revealed the news on Twitter, writing that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" would be a brand-new tale involving an "untold part of Harry's story." Though the author declined to provide any specific details about the play -- other than saying that it is "not a prequel" -- she did say that the work would be "a real treat for fans."
The announcement was timed to the 18th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (a.k.a. "Sorcerer's Stone" to American audiences) in the U.K., which snowballed into a blockbuster seven-book and eight-movie series that has enchanted fans the world over. »
- Katie Roberts
But will Ron Weasley return? Will there be a Quidditch match? More butterbeer?! So many questions! J.K. Rowling had yet another surprise for Harry Potter fans when she revealed on Thursday, June 25, that a story about the boy with the lightning-bolt scar is heading to a London stage! "Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter [...] »
"The greatest hits of arcade game characters in one movie - it's pretty insane." Sony has debuted a set of featurettes for Pixels, the video game invasion movie still due out this summer. The first one introduces us to the "arcade heroes" that we follow - Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Michelle Monaghan as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten. Kevin James also co-stars. The other featurette focuses on Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, another video game character come to life. She plays a badass villain of sorts, fighting Ludlow with swords most of the time. From Sony: "Watch the cast of Pixels describe what it was like working with their favorite 80s arcade characters." Enjoy! Check out these two featurettes for Chris Columbus' Pixels - one about the "Arcade Heroes" + "Lady Lisa": Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, »
- Alex Billington
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone) hasn't directed a film for theaters since 2010's Percy Jackson, and if Wreck-it Ralph proved anything, it's that audiences like to see video games in their feature films. Pixels aims to bring arcade classics into a live-action realm as aliens assimilate arcade heroes and villains in order to destroy us. Sounds... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Hogwarts is headed to Hollywood after debuting in Orlando and Japan.
The hit Harry Potter attraction, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” opens in Universal Studios Hollywood next spring. Unlike its Universal Studios Orlando counterpart, the signature flight simulation attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” will be in hyper-realistic 3D.
will make its U.S. debut
A new ride, called “Flight of the Hippogriff,” will be Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.
“Wizarding World” will also include the restaurant Three Broomsticks and the pub Hog’s Head. Food carts will also sell magic neep and butterbeer.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a game changer in the Los Angeles market,” said Larry Kurzweil, president of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We expect its arrival to set record high attendance and will have a lasting impact on L.A. and California tourism for years to come. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Warning: Spoilers ahead. With Saturday Night Live on hiatus for the summer, Pete Davidson—who at 21 is the youngest member of the current cast—spent last night watching the first two Harry Potter movies and live-tweeting his foul-mouthed appreciation for the Boy Who Lived throughout. For example: "Harry is at Hogwarts for 2 days and already becomes the Seeker. Muthaf--kas a legend," the funnyman tweeted while watching the first film in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Noting one of the key moments toward the end of the movie, he wrote, "The team is in trouble and Ron Weasley steps the f--k up and wins a brilliant game of chess." A further sampling »
Sony Pictures just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "Pixels" action comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Kevin James. Check it out below. In the movie, aliens attack earth after they get a look at some old video games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war. Desperate to defend his country, the President (James) turns to his childhood friends for help. Sandler plays the President's friend, who's a former arcade champion. Dinklage is Sandler's former video game rival. Gad is a conspiracy theory-obsessed genius, and Monaghan is Sandler's love interest who is also a military weapons expert. "Pixels" is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and is set to hit theaters on July 24th. Trailer: »
"We've never faced a threat like this before." Sony has debuted the second, full-length trailer for Pixels, the video game action adventure creation starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James and Pac-Man. It also stars Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Sean Bean. After a fun teaser trailer, they finally explain more of the plot in thist railer, introducing each of the vintage arcade players who will take on these video game invaders (this does seem a bit similar to that "Futurama" episode). Pixels does look like it's going to be fun to watch, I'll give it that. I just hope the humor isn't so bad, but you never know. Enjoy! Here's the second trailer for Chris Columbus' Pixels, direct from Sony Pictures: Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and written by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War) and Adam Sandler, »
- Alex Billington
The premise is simple: aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a hostile act of war and so in preemptive retaliation, they send characters including Pac Man, Donkey Kong, the Space Invaders and more, from those same video games back to destroy earth. Call it a high concept comedy that taps into arcade nostalgia for the 1980s and the golden age of video games. If it sounds silly, well, it is an Adam Sandler film. Written by Tim Herlihy, a frequent collaborator of the actor, Sandler haters should know, it’s also coming from the mind of Chris Columbus, the crowd-pleasing four-quadrant director of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” (2001), “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) and “Home Alone” (1990) to name a few. The movie stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski. The human »
- Edward Davis
Chris Columbus may be more known now for his directing work, on the likes of Home Alone, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Mrs Doubtfire, but it was his writing that very much put him on the map in the 1980s. He penned Gremlins in 1984, and The Goonies in 1985, and he's thus involved in the planned reboot of the former, and The Goonies 2 as well.
How closely have you watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?
Well, after hearing what Alan Rickman had to say about the film during his recent BAFTA talk, you may want to go and rewatch some key scenes.
The actor - who played Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films - revealed that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming.
He said: "In the first film, if anybody ever wants to look, of course you've got the problem of kids who can only work a certain number of hours.
"Sometimes there were 300 children on set, and at certain points they all had to go off and do some schoolwork."
While the trio obviously filmed their own side of conversations with the movie's older cast members, they were replaced by little adults "with a wig on their heads" when Rickman, »
Emma Watson's first taste of fame came with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001. Fourteen years later, the actress is barely recognisable as the cute kid who won our hearts as Hermione Granger. We've watched Emma grow into a dignified, well-spoken, smart young woman who uses her fame for more than just freebies. From appearances on the red carpet to appearances at the United Nations, we just can't keep our eyes off this woman. To celebrate her 25th birthday, we're taking a look back at Emma's life in the spotlight, her celebrity friends, and her most memorable moments in the public eye. Here's to 25 more years of fame, fashion, and being generally fabulous! »
Emma Watson was recently cast as Belle in the live reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, and Wednesday is her 25th birthday. We're here to tell you what you should really already know: Emma is amazing. It's been more than a decade since we first laid eyes on her in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since then, though, she's become so much more than just Hermione Granger. We've watched her grow into a beautiful woman who is bursting with talent, glowing with laughter, and totally an Ivy League graduate. She might have ejected herself from the wizarding world, but there's only one word that perfectly captures Emma: magic. Keep reading to see all the reasons she's actually real-life magic. Source: Getty / Frazer Harrison / BAFTA La »
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