18 items from 2015
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 »
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
The latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine was already shaping up to be a special one, with Slipknot's Corey Taylor guest-editing the issue, but it became an absolute dream for metal and horror fans when Taylor asked The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard to illustrate the cover and participate in an exclusive interview. We take a look at that cover (and the behind-the-scenes process of its creation) in our latest round-up, in addition to details on the feature film adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants graphic novel and Arrow Video's impressive limited edition Blu-ray/DVD release of Society.
Charlie Adlard's Metal Hammer Magazine: "Charlie Adlard – acclaimed illustrator from the Walking Dead comics – has designed Metal Hammer magazine’s special gatefold front cover with Exclusive artwork of every member of Slipknot. Trust us, it looks badass.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has taken over »
- Derek Anderson
Obsessed with Harry Potter? Then you probably already know about the upcoming fully illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Back in January, we got to see some pictures from the book, and now the colorful cover is available. Bottom line: it's beautiful. Jim Kay is the illustrator, and the cover features Harry Potter on Platform 9 3/4. He's the only person you can really make out, but other people are around him, as are pigeons and a white cat. It's a lot less terrifying than that original concept art from The Creature Vault. The book, which will be available on Oct. 6, will have over a hundred full-color illustrations. Scholastic is also planning on releasing illustrated versions of the rest of the books, so this is just the beginning, people. »
Sony Pictures recently unveiled the trailer for the upcoming Adam Sandler action comedy "Pixels." And now comes word that the trailer generated a whopping 34.3 million views worldwide in just the first 24 hours online, making it the studio's bigger trailer launch of all time. The previous record of 22 million views was held by "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." 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 (Kevin James) turns to his childhood friends for help. Sandler plays the President's friend, who's a former arcade champion. Peter Dinklage is Sandler's former video game rival. Josh Gad is a conspiracy theory-obsessed genius, and Michelle 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. »
When aliens use some of Earth's most popular video game characters, including Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Space Invaders, it's up to a group of 80s arcade champions to save the day. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner, now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone) off a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the short film of the same name by Patrick Jean, »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sony Pictures just unveiled the 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: »
You’re either going to love or hate this concept, but the recent posters from “Pixels” — that feature Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede characters — promise a potentially fun, high-concept throwback treat. Directed by Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"), “Pixels” is a 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film that Sony is releasing next summer (presuming North Korea doesn’t terrorize the studio out of business). Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski. The movie is about aliens who misinterpret feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They attack Earth using the games as models for their various assaults and so the U.S. government enlists three former 1980s video game champions (Sandler, Gad and Dinklage) to fend off the space invaders (Monaghan plays a »
- Edward Davis
Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming movie Pixels, a feature adaptation based on the animated short film directed by Patrick Jean (watch it here) featuring a number of iconic video game characters including Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. The story comes together when aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them. The aliens ultimately attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. »
- Brad Brevet
"Some alien life force has sent real-life video games to attack us." You've never seen an alien invasion quite like this. Pixels is coming this summer, a sci-fi action comedy starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage that sees aliens taking the form of classic arcade game characters from Donkey Kong, Centipede, Space Invaders and Pac-Man and wreaking havoc on the world. And that means only a group of gamers from the 80s can stop them. This easily looks like it could be Sandler's best film in a long time. It's even more epic than we thought, but there's definitely some humor here too. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Chris Columbus' Pixels, originally from Sony Pictures: Check out the previous awesome teaser posters for Pixels right here. Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and written by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been a whopping 14 years since Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone made its big screen debut.
A lot has changed since then - most notably the child stars which the movie franchise made famous.
Now - after the internet was astonished to see what Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom looks like now - Digital Spy has donned our sorting hat to see what the now-muggles look like today...
1. Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
Post-Potter, Harry Melling has had parts in Merlin, Just William and Garrow's Law. Last year, he also performed a one-man play in New York called peddling and starred opposite Scarlett Johnson, Patsy Ferran and Felix Scott in The Angry Brigade.
2. Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
We nearly lost our Snitch when we saw the transformation Matthew Lewis has had since his days as Neville Longbottom. He's gained a beard, good looks and also a role in BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42. »
This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.
The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.
The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.
Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »
If you can't get enough Harry Potter, you're about to be really happy. This week, images from an upcoming fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone were released. As expected, they're beautiful. While there's no picture of Harry yet, we do get to see Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, and Draco. They're whimsical, and not nearly as scary as that original concept art from a few months ago. Though, be warned that Draco does look a little creepy. The book will be published in full color and available on Oct. 6, so you better put in your order for a deluxe hardcover as soon as possible. »
Imagine if Steven Spielberg had directed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? It could have happened, as Spielberg was offered the job, but he turned it down, deciding to take his career in "another direction." That direction, as it happened, was Minority Report and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. As you may or may not remember, it was around this time, fifteen years ago, that Spielberg's name was linked to the anticipated Philosophers/Sorcerer's Stone adaptation. This was back when J.K. Rowling's now-beloved magical series was only just starting to generate real buzz stateside. Take a look at this recently resurfaced news clipping, which announces that Steven Spielberg would not be directing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone... We have the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Oscars.org to thank for showcasing this 15-year-old clipping. It's included in the new Harry Potter Highlights page, which was recently »
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a timeless classic that will live on bookshelves and movie screens for the rest of mankind's existence. So it's nice to know that publishing house Scholastic intends to keep the magic alive by periodically offering a few upgrades to the printed edition of this first Hogwarts tale. Scholastic has released four images from it's upcoming, fully illustrated reprint of J.K. Rowling's bestselling fantasy novel, in stores this fall.
Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jim Kay created these new artistic renditions of the book's storyline. Today, we get to see four major characters from the Harry Potter series, including Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. You may notice that they look somewhat different than their movie counterparts.
The new deluxe hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be published globally on October 6 2015. The book will be full color throughout, »
Chris Columbus' "Adventures in Babysitting" is one of those Disney movies that is really quite good but gets glossed over a lot of the time because it wasn't a big hit when it was released and the studio has never really gotten behind it since (although, somewhat surprisingly, a high definition 25th anniversary edition was released on Blu-ray). While a sequel or remake or something has been floated around over the past decade, with both Raven Symone and Miley Cyrus having been linked to the project, it looks like things are finally getting underway on a proper follow-up (according to AdWeek). That's right folks, coming soon to the Disney Channel is.... "Further Adventures in Babysitting."
Set to debut in 2016, almost 30 years after the original film was released (shortly after Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg came to Disney and injected fresh blood and a new sensibility), "Further Adventures in Babysitting »
- Drew Taylor
18 items from 2015
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