15 items from 2014
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Tim Sommer, rock raconteur extraordinaire, recently wrote a playlist for Tim Broun's blog Stupefaction. (#1 choice shown above.) Mr. Sommer has lately been writing a daily column in The Brooklyn Bugle (motto: "On the Web because paper is expensive") that immediately became the one thing that I read every day, just so I can enjoy his combination of cultural erudition and lunatic whimsy. In one of his Bugle columns he wrote about making the list. And in that article he posited other approaches/lists that I found myself wishing he had made as well. But he's undoubtedly got better things to do with his time. I apparently do not, however (okay, I do, I just have poor impulse control), and made my own lists based on his criteria.
And here they are. I could have gone thirty deep on each of these lists just as he did on Stupefaction (well, maybe »
Book two in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter series is probably the least interesting of the lot. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, but it’s hard to care about a story that ends much like its predecessor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, forces are plotting to keep Harry away from Hogwarts but, miserable at home with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry is determined to get back to school by any means necessary.
Though the storyline doesn’t really differ all too much from the first book, Chamber of Secrets does introduce an array of fantastic new characters into the mix, including the youngest Weasley, Ron’s little sister Ginny. Eleven-year-old Ginny is new to Hogwarts, has a crush on Harry and doesn’t have many friends. This book also sees the introduction of the fabulous house-elf Dobby, the elf owned by the Malfoy family. »
- Amanda Keats
Harry Potter fans will be given the chance to watch their favourite films at the series' production home this summer.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London has launched its first ever Harry Potter Summer Screenings event, taking place every Monday and Tuesday from July 7 to August 26.
Visitors will explore the Studio Tour, before watching their chosen film from the Jk Rowling series.
Tickets will cost £45 per adult and £37.50 per child. This will include a Studio Tour ticket, a Butterbeer, a film ticket, snacks, popcorn or sweets, and a soft drink.
Meanwhile, The Making of Harry Potter will reveal how scenes and props were created for the big screen during its first Bludgers and Broomsticks feature. From July 18 to September 1, visitors will learn about the movies' visual effects and get to test green screen technology themselves.
The film dates are as follows:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: July 7 to 8
Tokyo -- Japan's love affair with Frozen continues unabated, as it spent its 10th week at number one here, increasing its two-day haul over the previous weekend and taking its total in the country to $182.75 million (￥18.52 billion). The animated hit has now grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide. Story: Cannes: Market Title 'Obsessed' Tops 'Godzilla' at South Korean Box Office Frozen passed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) to become the third-biggest grossing Hollywood film in Japanese box-office history. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) stands at number two with $200 million, which Frozen looks
- Gavin J. Blair
Calling all Cinderella fans! Disney has released the first live action teaser trailer for the upcoming Cinderella flick and it's a seriously teaser, considering it features a glass slipper and, well, not much else. The trailer begins with a close up image of the shoe as the camera zooms out to highlight the shining crystal before a sparkling butterfly lands perfectly atop Cinderella's fancy footwear. And yes, that's pretty much it. Disney's live interpretation of the classic tale is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, who played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and will also star Cate Blanchett as the iconic evil stepmother. It was also »
Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past week. For many this was long overdue as Bruce himself was inducted in 1999, but fans have been waiting several years for his backing band to receive the same honour, a wrong that was righted this past Thursday (April 10th) at Brookyln’s Barclays Center.
With the recent honour his long time band received, there’ no more perfect time to look back at the career of The Boss himself. It’s a career that spans an amazing six decades; from his earliest days as a teenager playing guitar in the Castiles to his triumphs with the E Street Band, Springsteen has left a legacy in music that few can rival.
So in that vein, here’s a collection of Bruce Springsteen’s best work. »
- Ryan Droste
The Goonies sequel is finally happening! The 1985 cult classic is being revived by the film's director, Richard Donner, who tells TMZ, "We're doing a sequel." The kids' adventure film, which was scripted by Chris Columbus (prior to his successes with Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Help, among others), featured Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Jeff Cohen and Martha Plimpton on a quest to find a pirate treasure. When asked which original cast members would be coming back for Goonies 2, Donner replied, "Hopefully all of them. »
- K.C. Blumm
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Warner Home Video.
Burbank, Calif., March 25, 2014 – The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 -- the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus material that contains the complete eight-part documentary series, ”Creating the World of Harry Potter.”
The Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection will be offered at the new lower price of $249.99 Srp.
Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet*
· Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
London, March 26: The original artwork from the first two Harry Potter books will be sold at an auction in Los Angeles soon.
The artwork was created by Brit artist Cliff Wright in ink and watercolour for the covers of 1998's Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the BBC reported.
The Chamber of Secrets artwork has a starting price of 20,000 dollars and features Harry and Ron Weasley in the flying Ford Anglia, with the boy wizard's owl Hedwig in the back seat.
The other sketch, for 1999's the Prisoner of Azkaban, shows Harry and friend Hermione Granger riding on Buckbeak , whose starting. »
- Anita Agarwal
As the parent of a 1.4-year-old, I am constantly thinking about when and how to introduce movies to my son. While I think The Muppets or Mary Poppins might be the first live-action film, Harry Potter is on the radar. Now, it looks like I can make one purchase to solve all of my Potter problems. Here’s the news release from Warner Bros. Home Video:
The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 – the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus »
- Jeff Bayer
Washington, Mar 23: Two pieces of original artwork from the covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are set to be auctioned.
The watercolours, painted by artist Cliff Wright, are featured on the second and third instalments of the book series.
One of pieces, which was featured on the cover of 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', depicts the boy wizard and Ron Weasley in a flying car and is being sold with a reserve price of 20,000 dollars, Contactmusic reported
While the second is taken from 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and has a minimum bid of 12,500 dollars.
The online sale held by Nate D. Saunders auctioneers is set to end on Thursday. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
The Shining's 'Here's Johnny!' scene has been named the most iconic door moment in film.
Third place in the survey, in which 1,277 adults took part, is Home Alone's "keep the change, you filthy animal" pizza delivery.
A Yale Door spokeswoman stated: "There are certain doors that stick out in people's minds, whether it's Monica's purple apartment door in Friends or doors that »
London, January 17: Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter books' have topped a new list of children's favorite books which have been turned into films.
The list compiled by Renaissance Learning, which has been studying the reading habits of more than 400,000 children in 2,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, features six of the author's books, the BBC reported.
'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins were jointly at the first position, while the fourth place was shared by 'Inheritance' by Christopher Paolini and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.
The online education company said that the fact that children are reading books which. »
- Arun Pandit
Like the Harry Potter franchise, the adaptation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie series got off to something of a rough start, both while helmed by Director Chris Columbus. Unlike the Harry Potter movies however, the second installment of the Greek mythology young adult series, didn’t get better by Columbus leaving, but instead found a way to get worse. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is an even bigger mess than Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, which was already a clichéd mess that even kids might find boring, and only manages to add more problems instead of fixing the ones it started with. It’s actually enough to make you look back on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and not be disappointed, and that’s saying something.
- Lex Walker
15 items from 2014
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