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Baz Luhrmann has learned first hand that you can't repeat the past. Luhrmann, whose adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" just crossed the $100 million barrier at the North American box office and continues to chug toward $200 million in global grosses, told talk show host Graham Norton that he turned down a chance to direct "Harry Potter."
"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?'" Luhrmann told Norton (via Digital Spy). "I said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical,' and that was 'Moulin Rouge.' [...] So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken 'Harry Potter.'"
- Christopher Rosen
While promoting his latest interpretation of a classic work, “The Great Gatsby,” director Baz Luhrmann revealed that he once had a chance to adapt an even more lucrative feature: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.” During an interview on Britain's “The Graham Norton Show,” Luhrmann discussed how after he directed Warner Bros.'s “Romeo + Juliet,” the studio approached him with an offer to helm the first “Harry Potter” film. Luhrmann admitted that since he was unfamiliar with Rowling's then fairly new books -- and in the midst of planning his next feature -- he turned down the job. “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,'” Luhrmann said. “So I'm an obvious idiot, »
- Katie Roberts
Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann is rehashing his career choices as he does world press for his latest splashy spectacle The Great Gatsby. And while appearing on The Graham Norton Show he talked about the films he has done as well as one he shockingly turned down. And according to Digital Spy, the director revealed that after helming his flashy Romeo + Juliet, Warner Bros. actually approached him to helm Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. But unaware of the books and their fast-brewing fanbase, he turned it down: "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..So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter." While the Harry Potter »
Not sure how many of you went out to see The Great Gatsby when it released, but my Facebook feed was filled with some rather harsh reviews of the flick. Most saying that F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was just not meant for the big screen. One novel that shone brightly in theaters-- Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was once offered to director Baz Luhrmann. The director revealed this during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show: "The first one came along and they rang me, »
- Niki Stephens
The exceptional copy features handwritten notes by the author, a 43-page commentary and 22 original illustrations, the Sun reported.
The book, which was bought by a telephone bidder, was published in 1997 and it not only made the author a star but also fetched her millions.
- Arun Pandit
While promoting "The Great Gatsby," director Baz Luhrmann was asked about the time Warner Bros approached him to direct the first "Harry Potter" installment. Luhrmann turned down the offer due to lack of knowledge about the books, but now seems to regret the decision. "The first ['Harry Potter' film] came along and they [called] me," he said. "And while I love the [movies] and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing 'Moulin Rouge.'" Luhrmann added: "So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken 'Harry Potter.'" "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in 2001 and went on to gross $975 million on a budget of $125 million. Seven installments followed, with the last film grossing $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. "Moulin Rouge" grossed only $179 million on a budget of $50 million, but was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. »
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
"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 »
Eleven years ago, on May 5, 2002, the Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man" swung its way into theaters and shattered box office records, wrapping up $100 million into its lucrative web. It was the first movie to break the $100 million barrier on its opening weekend, surpassing previous records held by 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and 1999's "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," both of which took five days, instead of three, to collect the same amount.
Eleven years later, breaking $100 million is often a fait accompli for big-budgeted summer blockbusters. Just last weekend, "Iron Man 3" was the latest movie to turn the trick, earning $174.1 million over three days, good for the second highest opening ever behind last year's "Marvel's The Avengers."
- The Huffington Post
ment, they also had the following short, snarky synopses: "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone": "The one that started it all" "Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets": "The one everyone hates." "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban": "The one everyone loves." "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire": "The one with shovelface." "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix": "The one with the raging hormones." "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince": "The one where Dumbledore dies." "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1": "The one you can skip." "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2": "The one that ma ... »
by Brett White
The first official image for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has arrived along with an extensive synopsis, both courtesy of Marvel. The image itself is quite striking and expertly sums up Cap's internal conflict as he fully steps into the modern world. How will he reconcile the shield behind him and the S.H.I.E.L.D. in front of him?
I have to say, this is a great teaser image for the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger." If there was one thing fans wanted more of from "Marvel's the Avengers," it was time-displaced Steve coping with the new world around him. This one image pretty much says, "hey, we're dealing with it now." And that's great.
Check out the full synopsis, and a rundown of its major reveals, below.
Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Splash Page Team
The "Harry Potter" film franchise was finally completed once "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" hit theaters in July, 2011, but that doesn't necessarily mean the dynamic wizarding trio won't grace the big screen once again. In fact, as sleuthed out by the folks at Muggle Net, the entire eight-part series may be magically marathoning its way back into U.S. theaters in July, 2017! An eagle-eyed fan noticed that the IMDb page for "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone" included a re-release date set for four summers from now, and lo and behold most of the movies' pages have the following consecutive re-release dates noted as well: "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone": July 7, 2017 "Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets": July 8, 2017 "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban": July 9, 2017 "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire": July 10, 2017 "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix »
British stage, film and television actor Richard Griffiths died yesterday due to complications in the aftermath of heart surgery at Coventry hospital. He was 65 years old. Though best remembered for his performance as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter flicks, Griffiths was a well-respected name on the British stage, having won a number of awards ( Tony. Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk awards.) for playing a free-spirited gay teacher -- who likes his male teenage students a tad too much -- in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. (Pictured above: Griffiths in the film version of The History Boys, co-starring Dominic Cooper.) Griffiths was also a well-regarded movie actor -- though not as a result of his work on the Harry Potter movies. His prestige lay on his work on low-budget, independently made British efforts such as Nicholas Hytner's outstanding film adapation of The History Boys (released in 2006) and »
- Andre Soares
Veteran British character actor Richard Griffiths passed away yesterday March 28th aged 65, after suffering complications following heart surgery. Best known for his role as Harry Potter's uncle Vernon Dursley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, Griffith enjoyed a long and distinguished career on both the stage and screen, winning a host of accolades including a Tony Award for his work in the play The History Boys, as well a BAFTA Award nomination for Leading Actor for the 2006 film adaptation.
Born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1947, Griffiths began his career treading the boards with the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his feature film debut in 1975's It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet. Minor roles in the likes of Superman II, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Chariots of Fire and Ghandi soon followed in the early 80s, which also saw him making the transition to television, appearing in the lead in the BBC's 1982 techno-thriller TV series Bird of Prey. »
- Flickering Myth
Scholastic Books has now set aside plans to release new bonus content within its upcoming "Harry Potter" cover redesign series hitting shelves this fall. As Hypable confirmed today, a representative of the publishing house explained the decision to forego releasing new materials alongside the redesigned (by artist Kazu Kibuishi) paperback line by stating, "When it comes to the 'Harry Potter' series, we always want to deliver for the fans. Since we determined that our plan fell short of that expectation, we will not be offering bonus content." According to the site's observations, fan opinions were pretty mixed on the apparent offering of new materials anyway. The newly-designed "Harry Potter" books are expected to hit shelves on Aug. 27, fifteen years after "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in the U.S. as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." //// »
'Who would play me in the film of my life? Robert Downey Jr'
Zoë Wanamaker, 63, was born in New York. The family moved to England because her father, actor Sam Wanamaker, was identified as a communist sympathiser in 1951, at the height of McCarthyism. After drama school, she went on to win Best Actress Olivier Awards for her 1979 role in Once In A Lifetime at the National Theatre and for playing Electra at the Donmar Warehouse the following year. On television, she starred in the hit sit-com My Family, and her films include 5 Children And It, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and My Week With Marilyn. She plays PG Wodehouse's wife in Wodehouse In Exile on BBC4 on Monday.
When were you happiest?
Getting married at Islington register office in 1994.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my memory.
What is your earliest memory?
A donkey called Ali Baba when »
Everybody has at least one friend who is obsessed with Batman. They collect the comics, put the pointy ears and cape on for Halloween, or watch "The Dark Knight" like it's their job.
There's probably a part of these incurable obsessives that wishes either A) they could live in Wayne Manor with Alfred or B) that Batman was in every movie, and luckily that second fantasy has been fulfilled with the YouTube vid "Batman in Classic Movie Scenes."
It's all Batman, all the time thanks to the Norwegian comedic group PistolShrimps, who seamlessly weave a guy in a cheesy Batman mask into some increasingly ridiculous cinematic situations.
Watch as the Caped Crusader gravel-voices with Ron Weasley in "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone," wanders angrily through Munchkin Land in "The Wizard of Oz" and scornfully tells his mom that "families suck!" in "Home Alone." »
- Max Evry
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
This just in from the Bill Oberst Jr. camp. Oberst (Take This Lollipop, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, Children Of Sorrow), one of our favorite genre actors has officially signed with Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier for theatrical and commercial representation.
By signing with the agency, Oberst joins a list of talented actors including a couple of my personal favorites Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's Halloween).
This is exciting news for horror fans as it will undoubtedly open up many more acting opportunities for Oberst and will hopefully land him some much deserved higher profile gigs.
Check out the full details below from today's official announcement.
From the Press Release:
The Boy Who Lived is getting a spiffy new look. A California artist has been commissioned to create new covers for all seven Harry Potter books, timed to fall on the 15th anniversary of the U.S. debut of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Meaning, those books featuring images by Mary GrandPré are about to become collector's items, folks! The first new cover by Kazu Kibuishi, who penned the graphic novel series Amulet, was revealed Wednesday and the fresh set of paperback editions—also available in a box set—featuring his art will start rolling out in September. All of the covers will show a key scene from the book, kicking off »
Ya FictionHarry PotterJK Rowling Advertisement Fifteen years ago, new author J.K. Rowling brought the world to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy with the release of her relatively short phenomenon starter, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, released in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since then six other books, eight films, two theme parks, several video games, a giant interactive website and millions upon millions of fans around the globe have emerged for her series. While Rowling's done penning the story of her young wizard (at least, for now), publisher Scholastic Books has found a new way to service its fanbase: re-releasing the novels with all-new covers. Per Publisher's Weekly, graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi has been tapped to give new cover life to the Harry . »
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