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Jk Rowling has been winning at life so consistently lately that her 50th birthday - which is today, July 31 (a birthday she shares with Harry himself) - feels like even more of a cause for celebration than it already would. To mark the conclusion of Rowling's fifth decade, Digital Spy is taking on the challenge of ranking the Harry Potter movies in order from worst to best.
Additional writing by Simon Reynolds
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Lacking the 'brand new franchise' sheen and the sheer sense of wonder that Philosopher's Stone had, Christopher Columbus's second outing was always going to come up slightly short. But his sentimental approach really rubs up awkwardly against Chamber's sinister central mystery, »
It's a long time since director Chris Columbus launched the Harry Potter movie series. He directed the first two films in the series - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - before handing the controls over to Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates for the subsequent movies.
Columbus is just about to release his new feature, Pixels, and while promoting that, he's revealed that he'd been keen to revisit the world of Potter.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly radio, he said that "I would love to go back and do another one".
"Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing", he said, referring to the new spin-off trilogy about to go before the cameras, and set »
All aboard the Hogwarts Express! There could possibly be more Harry Potter movies in the works — at least if director Chris Columbus has anything to say about it. The filmmaker, who helmed 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, revealed in a new interview that he is interested in revisiting Harry Potter and his magical world on the big screen. Columbus, 56, caught up with SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio on Monday, July 20, and took a break from [...] »
Two questions: 1) How do you feel about the first two "Harry Potter" movies, which were directed by Chris Columbus; and 2) How do you feel about a new "Harry Potter" movie following what Harry, Ron and Hermione did in that 19-year gap between the main story's end and the flash-forward?
Some fans may think we should leave Harry Potter well enough alone, and for all we -- or Chris Columbus -- know author J.K. Rowling may be among the "leave it alone" crowd. So far, she hasn't addressed the director's pitch, which he just made to Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Chris directed the first two movies, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which were very faithful to Rowling's books and the most childlike of the series. After Chris, things got increasingly dark, adult, and creative with the filmmaking and artistic license. Chris told EW »
- Gina Carbone
“Pixels,” the sci-fi comedy based on classic video games and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, is heading for a box office opening in the mid-$20 millions. That’s not the kind of number a studio would typically look for from a summer tentpole movie, particularly one with budget of at least $85 million and directed by Christopher Columbus (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”). And Sony currently ranks last among the major studios in market share. This isn’t a typical summer. The box office has been white hot, with numerous films overperforming and three — “Furious 7, »
- Todd Cunningham
Four years after the Harry Potter movie franchise came to an end with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, there are still a few burning questions that fans have. One of these questions is how much a young witch or wizard would actually have to pay each year to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Mic.com attempted to answer this query earlier this week, estimating that one year at Harry Potter's beloved school would cost an estimated $43,031, with $42,000 in tuition and $1,031 in books, wands, owls and other costs. As it turns out, though, this estimate was off by $43,031 as author J.K. Rowling revealing that tuition is free!
"There's no tuition fee! The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!"
There is never any reference to tuition in J.K. Rowling's books, so it shouldn't be terribly surprising that none of these »
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
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
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
When Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1st, it’s going to be big at the box office. And by big, I mean massive. Herculean, even. This isn’t a surprise to anyone paying attention, since Age of Ultron is the sequel to the film that holds the record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time. Moreover, Marvel Studios has been on a roll as of late, with its recent string of films all opening to over $85 million. But the question now is, can Avengers: Age of Ultron surpass The Avengers’ $207.4 million opening weekend? Per THR, pre-release tracking currently has Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead of The Avengers in nearly all categories, though it is officially projecting an opening weekend between $190-$200 million. It’s hard for sequels to surpass the opening weekends of their predecessors when the first films broke out huge. Spider-Man 2 opened nearly $20 million under Spider-Man, »
- Adam Chitwood
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
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 »
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000 and 2001 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. In 2002, the name of the game was bigger is better. Cinemagoers got a year full of sequels including "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, »
- The Playlist Staff
Everyone likes to cut corners, especially when it’s a job you’ve done a zillion times before. (I’ve tried re-submitting the same lists from a few months ago a bunch of times, but the editors keep noticing.) The same apparently applies to the music part of the movie-making business. It makes sense when you really think about it. 99% of viewers probably never even notice the music anyway. The whole point of movie music is to exist in the background, silently lurking, waiting for its chance to… wait, I’m confusing movie music with Jason Vorhees again. That’s been happening a lot lately. I probably need to see a doctor. 5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The second Harry Potter film tried to be more or less a direct continuation of the first. Same director (Chris Columbus), same cast, same Dumbledore… but John Williams, he of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame, couldn »
- Ashe Cantrell
Now that 2014 has come to an end and all the statistics and box office results are coming in, it has become clear that last year saw another increase in ticket prices and the lowest movie theater attendance in two decades. According to estimates, about 1.26 billion people purchased movie tickets in 2014 in North America, which is the lowest result since 1995, when 1.21 billion people went to watch films in theaters. In 2013, attendance was at 1.34 billion, which is still lower than the all-time high of 1.57 billion, which happened in 2002, thanks in part to "Spider-Man," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Average ticket prices are up to $8.15, compared to $8.13 in 2013. But even though ticket prices are on the rise, overall revenue ($10.36 billion) at the North American box office is down »
North American cinema attendance hit a 20-year low in 2014.
At 1.26 billion, box office numbers were the lowest in the Us and Canada since 1995 (which recorded 1.21 billion), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chinese attendance figures rose by 34.5% to 830 million compared to 2013.
The country is projected to surpass North American figures by 2017.
Average ticket prices rose in North America, but revenue fell by 5% from 2013 to $10.36 billion (£6.72 billion). This was the greatest drop in revenue in nine years.
2002 marked an all-time high in the Us and Canada, with the release of Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
16 items from 2015
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