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I didn't necessarily dislike Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I became increasingly aware and annoyed by just how predictable and redundant it was. It got to the point a member of my screening audience sitting behind me said, "I knew it was going to be him," and I wanted to turn around and say, "Yeah, we all knew it was going to be him... about an hour ago." Outside of a couple of instances, there isn't a moment in this film you won't see coming and what's most disappointing about that is how well made it is, how great the performances are and how utterly great some of the scenes are. Picking up ten years after the events that followed 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a disease ironically dubbed the "Simian Flu" has wiped out the majority of the human population save for a »
- Brad Brevet
July 7th, 2014, 0:24am– In 10 days, Rupert-Grint.us will have its tenth anniversary, and to celebrate this awesome event, we are starting our 10-day Birthday Countdown today! Each day is dedicated to one year, and we will take a look back with you how the site grew, changed, and became what it is today. Ten staff members (both former and present) will share their personal stories of how they came to work on the site and what their dearest memories are. And we would like to see you participate in our celebration by voting in our ten polls, and sharing your memories in the comments. We are starting today with the year 2004, when everything began shortly after the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Our webmistress Tao will tell you about her intention behind creating Rg.us and what it means to her ten years later. Click »
While it shouldn't come as a huge surprise, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be shot at Warner Bros.' Leavesden Studios in the U.K., where all eight of the Harry Potter movies were shot. U.K. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced the news during an event on Wednesday.
Unlike the Harry Potter movies, which were set in the U.K., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actually takes place in New York City, following the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander, 70 years before the Harry Potter series begins. The movie is not a prequel or a sequel to the flagship franchise, but merely an, "extension of the wizarding world," according to author J.K. Rowling, who also wrote the adapted screenplay that has been confirmed to be the first in a new trilogy.
Many fans have been wondering if some familiar faces »
One of the words that was used most frequently when describing "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" was "surprise," and with good reason. After all, the previous attempt to bring the long-running science-fiction franchise back to life was a nightmare, a truly terrible film that is a narrative disaster even among the narrative disasters that mark many of Tim Burton's lesser films. It seemed like Fox had limped along trying to get an "Apes" movie made for so long that they were willing to try anything. Scott Frank came close to getting a film make called "Caesar," and it sounded like he was on the right track. His basic idea started with a Fox-mandated remake of "Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes," but went in a very different direction. His film was designed to be a hard-science story about what might happen if we made the advance »
- Drew McWeeny
Daniel Radcliffe has admitted to finding the early Harry Potter films "hard to watch".
The actor - who played the young wizard in all eight films - said that his performances in earlier instalments of the series lacked "nuance".
"We never had an acting coach in all the time we were there and there were times we could have done with one. I know I could have.
"There wasn't a lot of nuance to my performance when we were young and I find those early films very hard to watch personally.
"There were certain things I just didn't know. There were certain things like how to break down a script, or even certain questions »
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
Believe it or not, today marks the 10th anniversary of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the film is the third -- and arguably the best -- installment in the Harry Potter series. To celebrate, Moviefone brings you a watchlist of all the Harry Potter films. Click here to reminisce!
Article photo courtesy of Everett »
- Moviefone Staff
Honestly, we're not the biggest fans of the "Honest Trailers" or the "Everything Wrong with [Inset Movie Here]" videos that go around on the internet. Don't get me wrong, they're thoroughly amusing sometimes, but they also take away from the magic of many movies that we all love. The bigger problem is that some more aggressive cinephiles will use these videos as evidence that a certain film is terrible, and that's just not fair. However, today we're calling your attention to Everything Wrong with Gravity, only because they were able to get astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate parts of the video, which is perfect because of his previous gripes about some of the scientific accuracies in the film, which are included. Watch below! Here's Everything Wrong with Gravity from CinemaSins: Gravity is directed by visionary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (watch our interview here), of Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban »
- Ethan Anderton
Ask pretty much any of his peers and they would tell you that Gary Oldman is one of the most eclectic and brilliant actors of our generation. With a list of characters under his belt that threatens to rival the greats of yesteryear, Oldman is the go-to character actor of our time, consistently delivering dependably top rate performances regardless of genre. In RoboCop, he plays Dr. Dennett Norton, the chief scientist of Omni Foundation and creator of the human cyborg, who battles with ethics and the corruption of the company he is a part of. With the Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release set for 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the ten best Gary Oldman films.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
- Phil Wheat
Who doesn’t love the wonders of the wizarding world of Harry Potter? The boy wizard has captivated audiences since the first book was published in 1997 and the movies have not only brought new fans to the novels, but have also cemented the series’ place as one of the most popular fictional tales of all time. However, although you might think you know the books from cover to cover, or the films from Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows: Part II, there are still some secret things about the much-loved characters you may not be aware of.
Here are some of the most amazing facts about Harry Potter:
1) Raucous Ron Weasley?
When J.K. Rowling first started developing the characters for the Harry Potter series, it was her intention that Ron Weasley would swear a lot. While there were plenty of “bloody hells” in the films, the language could have been »
"Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron isn't planning on re-visiting the world of "Harry Potter" anytme soon. In fact, he isn't planning on any cinematic endeavors for the foreseeable future. The Oscar winner has denied recent reports that he is in talks to helm Warner Bros.' upcoming "Potter" spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the first of three films based on J.K. Rowling's book which take place seventy years before the "Potter" movies. "My near-term plans over the coming months are to take my kids to school and plan what I'm going to do this summer with them," Cuaron told the Efe newswire in Italy. "Now, I'm once again connecting with life, I have no plans of any kind." Cuaron previously directed 2004's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third film in the mega-successful fantasy franchise. "It was a very beautiful experience for me," Cuaron said about "Azkaban. »
- Dave Lewis
It was reported a little over a week ago that Alfonso Cuaron was in "deep talks" to direct the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Warner Bros., but that appears to be false. Speaking with Spanish news agency Efe (via Digital Spy), Cuaron doesn't sound like he wants anything to do with heavy visual effects coming off the effects-heavy feature Gravity, at least for the time being. "Directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a very beautiful experience for me," Cuaron said. "I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don't attract me. I'm coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit." Oh, and the talk of »
- Brad Brevet
A couple of weeks ago it was said that Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) could be set for a return to the Harry Potter universe, with reports indicating that he’d entered talks with Warner Bros. about helming the upcoming J.K. Rowling-scripted spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
However, fans of Cuaron’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be disappointed to here that the director has now ruled himself out of the running, telling Global Post that:
“I have a lot of love for that universe, and I tremondously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is envisioned »
- Gary Collinson
Last week we heard that Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón was in talks to direct the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Shortly after, news hit that Warner Bros. had offered him the directing gig for their Shining prequel, The Overlook Hotel. It looks like that may be the project he ends up directing next. In a recent interview with Global Post, Cuaron says that he will be passing on the Potter film, and he explains why,
"I have a lot of love for that universe, and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don't attract me. I'm coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit."
Fantastic Beasts and Where to »
- Joey Paur
I think it’s safe to say we all got a little excited earlier this week when rumors surfaced surrounding Alfonso Cuarón and the director’s chair for the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It seems, however, that the fire has been well and truly quelled regarding said speculation.
Speaking to a Spanish news company Efe (via Digital Spy), the Gravity director was quick to dispel any ties seemingly connecting him to a return to the magical world of Harry Potter. He says:
[Directing Prisoner of Azkaban] was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire Jk Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit. »
- Dale Barham
It has been confirmed today that the Gravity director has no plans for the near future and instead wishes to spend the summer at home with his family. Of course this isn’t a direct “no” but it now looks very unlikely for the director who was only recently “deep in talks” to take on the project but, in reality, it seems that rightly so after 5-years involved in the visuals of his Gravity, he’s eager to get back to then outside world saying:
“I’m once again connecting with life, I have no plans of any kind.”
The film is »
- Lucinda Holt
Fans of "Harry Potter" the world over got excited the other week when reports emerged that Warner Bros. Pictures was keen on getting "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" director Alfonso Cuaron to take the helm of the upcoming spin-off feature "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
Speaking with The Global Post though, Cuaron himself has revealed that - in the wake of "Gravity" and the five years it took to make - he's passed on the director's chair for not just the new Potter film but VFX-focused filmmaking for the moment:
"I have a lot of love for that universe, and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don't attract me. I'm coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit. »
- Garth Franklin
When we factor in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and more recently, the visual feast that was Gravity, it's no wonder people were excited by the idea that Alfonso Cuaron might be the one to helm the anticipated Harry Potter spinoff/prequel(ish) film(s) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Unfortunately, from what Cuaron recently said, it doesn't sound like the director is interested in the project. According to Global Post, Alfonso Cuaron's only set plans for the near future involve looking after his kids during the summer. "I'm once again connecting with life," Cuaron said. "I have no plans of any kind." That in itself isn't a direct denial of the report that Cuaron was "deep in talks" to direct J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts movie. However, Cuaron goes on to speak fondly of J.K. Rowling, but stresses that he's not currently looking for »
Although it sounded last week like Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban helmer Alfonso Cuaron was planning on returning to the Wizarding World for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Global Post today has an update straight from Cuaron himself who now reveals that he'll be passing on the director's chair this time around. »
Last week, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón, who went onto find enormous success with the sci-fi thriller Gravity, was rumored to be returning to the world of Harry Potter with the new spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The director has now responded to those rumors, claiming he is not interested in taking on the project.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first in a planned trilogy, set 70 years before Harry Potter first arrives at Hogwarts, following the fictitious author Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander and his adventures throughout the wizarding world of New York City. While the laws and customs of the magical society will be familiar to readers and fans of the movies, the spin-off will introduce a new set of characters and creatures. And it will rely heavily on visual effects. This does not interest »
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