18 items from 2017
The films are lauded by fans by being largely faithful to Rowling’s beloved books, but there are a few key plotpoints that many wish had made it into the movies. In honor of the 20th anniversary milestone, Variety breaks down some of the biggest omissions.
Ask any Hermione Granger fan what the biggest injustice of the “Harry Potter” movies was, and they’ll likely tell you S.P.E.W. Hermione founded S.P.E.W. — Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare — after witnessing the gross treatment of house-elves at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. While the movement was highlighted briefly in the movies, thanks in large part to Dobby, S.P.E.W. saw Hermione as a champion for equal rights »
- Alex Stedman
Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.
Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »
Following six sold-out screenings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert, the Royal Albert Hall has announced that the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert, will follow next year.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second in the phenomenally popular eight-film series based on J. K. Rowling’s novels, and follows a thrilling year in the life of Harry, Ron and Hermione, where cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf pays Harry a visit to warn him of what lies ahead this year in the world of wizardry.
- Paul Heath
The world of “Harry Potter” has found its latest fantastic beast: Jude Law, who’s set to play young Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel. The character was first portrayed onscreen by Richard Harris in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”; after Harris’ death, he was replaced by Michael Gambon in the remaining five movies.
David Yates will return to the direct the as-yet untitled sequel. In a statement, he called Law “a phenomenally talented actor whose work I have long admired, and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”
- Michael Nordine
The 29-year-old actor, who played Draco Malfoy in the movies based on the magical book series, went undercover (in plain sight) to a recent Harry Potter Film Concert Series screening in Vancouver.
Felton rocked a Slytherin sweatshirt and green baseball cap while blending in with the other costumed muggles who came to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with live musical accompaniment.
“You can take the boy out of Hogwarts…” he captioned a selfie on Snapchat that showed off his attire. »
- Stephanie Petit
Tom Felton might as well have been wearing an invisibility cloak, because most of these Muggles had no idea they were sitting next to Draco Malfoy at a recent Harry Potter Film Concert Series screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Vancouver. The 29-year-old British star, who played the smarmy character in all eight Harry Potter films, posted on Instagram Saturday a pic of him sitting in the audience with Jesse L. Martin, his co-star on The Flash. The CW show is filmed in Vancouver. Felton even dressed the part, wearing a gray sweatshirt that bore the words "Slytherin," the name of his character's Hogwarts house. Martin, 48, also showed his »
While most fans of the Harry Potter movie franchise would associate the actor Michael Gambon with the iconic headmaster Albus Dumbledore, famed British actor Richard Harris originated the role. He appeared in the first two movies, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, before passing away in the fall of 2002, just weeks before Chamber of Secrets hit theaters. While Michael Gambon took over the role for the next six movies, another iconic big screen wizard could have played the role, Ian McKellen. The actor revealed during a BBC HardTalk interview that he was approached to take over for Richard Harris, but there was a very good reason why he didn't do so.
During his appearance on HardTalk, which recently surfaced on YouTube, interviewer Stephen Sackur mentioned that there was a time where Richard Harris himself criticized fellow British actors Ian McKellen, »
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every sensible person loves a good sports movie. Hell, even people who can’t abide actual sport can’t fail to be roused by the Rocky overture or, um, The Mighty Ducks. An occupational hazard in a sports film, though, is the increased likelihood of a bone-crunching or leg-snapping injury, something that is never more clearly illustrated than in the brilliantly visceral, utterly absorbing boxing thriller Bleed For This, available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD from March 27th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution, and as showcased in the below list of ‘look away now’ moments from sporting cinema:
Bleed For This (2016)
This underdog story starring Miles Teller as you’ve never seen before, documents one of sport’s most incredible comebacks. The film follows the cocky and sure footed Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who teams up with one of the sport’s most »
- The Hollywood News
Due to an overabundance of “cinematic universes” and sequel fodder, post-credits sequences have become such a thing in modern moviegoing that they’ve become less of a surprise and more of an obligation. These days, the post-credits sequence functions as a teaser of sorts of a new hero (as seen in the latest Power Rangers film), a new villain (à la the first Avengers), or even the foreshadowing of a forthcoming battle (who else heard that Godzilla roar at the end of Kong: Skull Island?).
In simpler times, however, the post-credits sequence could serve multiple roles. A new video from WhatCulture compiles some notable examples, some of which are truly surprising (L.A. Confidential, really?).
As evidenced by films as diverse as Django Unchained, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, and Lethal Weapon 3, the post-credits sequence was more often than not a punchline for some unresolved joke, though »
- Randall Colburn
It's King Kong versus Wolverine this weekend as Kong: Skull Island serves as the weekend's lone new wide release. Not only is Skull Island hoping to top the weekend box office as it could be looking at a neck-and-neck finish with last weekend's champ, but it hopes to join the ranks of recent hits such as Jordan Peele's low budget horror breakout Get Out and last weekend's $88.4 million debut of Logan, the fourth largest R-rated opening of all-time, as the box office has seen its share of star performers as of late. Debuting in 3,846 theaters, Warner Bros. and Legendary's Kong: Skull Island is the second feature in the planned universe of films following 2014's Godzilla. Expected to follow Skull Island is the release of Godzilla 2, slated for 2019, and a Godzilla vs. Kong monster mash-up in 2020. Of course, first things first. 2014's Godzilla opened with a massive $93.1 million and went »
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Scholastic has been rebooting the Harry Potter book (so to speak) with illustrated editions, and the latest one deserves a spot on your wall. Jim Kay is doing the art, and so far we've loved both the new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Now we've gotten a peek at the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which hits shelves on Oct. 3. Every square centimeter of this cover is thoughtfully crafted, from the destination sign - "Anywhere & Everywhere (Except Underwater)" - to Harry jumping out of harm's way in the bottom right corner. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Soon, fans will be able to revisit J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world when Pottermore’s highly anticipated audiobook, the Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, becomes available on Audible on March 14. And Et has an exclusive first peek -- or listen, rather -- at Eddie Redmayne’s delightful narration.
In the clip above, Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in David Yates’ 2016 film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts, reads the passage about basilisks, giant serpents that can instantly kill anyone who looks into their eyes, which first appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
More: Richard Armitage's Voice May Cause You to Swoon
“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic »
Blu-ray.com is reporting that March 28th will see the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire following later in 2017.
See Also: Ranking the Harry Potter Films from Worst to Best
Each Combo Pack will cost $44.95 and features a 4K Hdr Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the film, complete with DTS:x audio, along with a Blu-ray disc and Digital HD versions. The special features will be available in HD, and are the same »
- Gary Collinson
Burbank, CA, January 27, 2016 – Immerse yourself in the wizarding world when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina, Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob, Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie, Ezra Miller (Trainwreck, Justice League) as Credence, two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, »
- ComicMix Staff
The Wizarding World is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a big way this year with today's announcement that all eight Harry Potter films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be getting the 4K Blu-ray treatment.
Warner Bros. is releasing the Harry Potter 4K Blu-rays in two separate waves. The first wave drops March 28th and includes Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Wave 2 is scheduled for an unannounced release date later this year and includes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
You might be wondering why the last four films are coming before the first four. The best we »
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Three Spielberg pictures screen this weekend, while Rohmer is highlighted with Pauline at the Beach and Full Moon in Paris on Friday.
A Rocky-Creed mini-series run on Friday and Saturday.
The Rules of the Game shows this Sunday.
- Nick Newman
Sideshow Collectibles and Star Ace Toys have revealed the upcoming sixth scale Dobby figure from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The House-elf collectible stands at just under six inches tall and is available to pre-order now, priced at $89.99; take a look at the promotional images here…
See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles
One of the most heart-breaking characters in the Harry Potter series is the ever loyal house-elf, Dobby. His misguided attempts to protect Harry make him one of the most endearing of all the magical creatures in the series. This sixth scale figure of Dobby from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets features the house elf in his signature pillow case clothing and includes interchangeable arms for different poses. He comes with a magic flash, his freedom sock, Tom Riddle’s diary and the basilisk tooth that killed it, as well as Bellatrix’s dagger. »
- Amie Cranswick
With every new year brings a new beginning, a chance to wipe the slate clean and set some new goals to accomplish. Each year also brings new anniversaries and milestones that are passed with each coming day, and as we look forward to see what 2017 may have to offer, this year marks a very important milestone in the Harry Potter franchise, albeit one that may not be readily identifiable. While it isn't stated or confirmed anywhere in the Harry Potter books or movies, a deep dive into the franchise reveals that 2017 is the year that Harry Potter's son Albus first starts at Hogwarts.
The epilogue of J.K. Rowling's final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the finale movie of the same name, features an adult Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron Weasley as they all take their children to Platform 9 3/4, as Harry's middle son Albus heads off »
18 items from 2017
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