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For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.
It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the »
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Using the proprietary powers of the Metascore, everyone’s favorite review aggregator (sorry, Rotten Tomatoes) has ranked the 25 best directors of the 21st century. The results were found by averaging the reviews of filmmakers who have released at least four movies since January 1, 2000, and thus represent more of a number crunch than a subjective list.
As the two lowest-ranked auteurs are tied with an average Metascore of 78.4, essentially anyone who’s released at least one movie that received middling reviews didn’t make the cut — meaning that everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick to Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson won’t be found here.
Topping the list is Alfonso Cuarón, whose average score of 87.5 comes from four highly acclaimed movies: “Gravity” (96), “Y Tu Mamá También” (88), “Children of Men” (84), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban »
- Michael Nordine
Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of July 3 to July 9, this is what we're most excited about:
Why We're Obsessed With 'Famously Single'
It's season two of E!'s Famously Single and with only two episodes in -- it's evident things are sure to get wild! While eight celebs embark on the journey to find love, including Khloe Kardashian's Bff Malika Haqq, Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, The Bachelorette bad boy Chad Johnson, Jersey Shore veteran Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, fitness model David Mcintosh, reality star Tiffany Pollard, #RichKids of Beverly Hills star Dorothy Wang and British personality Calum Best (returning for his second round), who's to say where the sparks will fly? All we know is this, cameras are rolling 24/7 inside a house full of big personalities. And, we can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
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Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Christopher Columbus decided not to direct the third feature after the marathon of making the first two, del Toro, Kenneth Branagh, M. Night Shyamalan, and Marc Forster were potential candidates to direct the third film. A part of the reason del Toro […]
The post Guillermo del Toro Reminisces About Turning Down ‘Harry Potter’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Alfonso Cuarón taught a packed-out masterclass at Cannes yesterday, where the Mexican filmmaker spoke about his beginnings in film, his friendship with Guillermo del Toro and directing “Gravity” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The conversation, led by French film critic Michel Ciment, was the second of two masterclasses offered at the festival, following the one given by Clint Eastwood last Sunday.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
The Academy Award winner spoke about how for him filmmaking started as just a means of survival. “I come from a middle-class family and I grew up at a time when the golden age of cinema was over in Mexico. Cinema was my survival instinct, I needed it. I wouldn’t recommend the path I took to anyone,” he said, according to the official Cannes site.
The writer-director also spoke »
- Yoselin Acevedo
In Cannes Wednesday. Alfonso Cuarón gave a Masterclass spanning his life and passions: Friendships and films, made in both Mexico and Hollywood.
As Cuarón gave the class, he said, proving humble throughout his interview with Michel Simon, that the “true masters” were elsewhere in the festival, hinting that he doesn’t count himself among them. He pointed out that his was “a journey filled with insecurities,” which he considers a catalyst for his friendship with fellow Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who Cuarón called a fellow “blue collar” filmmaker.
The two met making TV when del Toro complimented the Steven King story which Cuarón had based one of his pieces on, commenting that, “The story is so good, so why did your short suck so bad?” Although the words surprised Cuarón he says del Toro was right, and since then the two have been fast friends.
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- Jamie Lang
Sideshow and Star Ace Toys have revealed the upcoming sixth scale Hermione Granger figure which is based on the likeness of Emma Watson in the third instalment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The figure comes with Crookshanks the cat, a wand, and the Time Turner and is available to pre-order now, priced at $209.99; check it out here…
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“This is a time turner, Harry. McGonagall gave it to me first term. This is how I’ve been getting to my lessons all year.” – Hermione Granger
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione Granger’s time turner led to the climax of the film and allowed her and Harry to save lives. Sideshow and Star Ace are proud to present the Hermione Granger (Teenage Uniform Version) Sixth Scale Figure featuring her Gryffindor robes costume as seen in the finale of the film. »
- Amie Cranswick
Ian McKellen has already brought the wizard Gandalf to life on the big screen in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, but it turns out the acclaimed thespian also had the opportunity to star as another beloved wizard -- Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter saga!
As it turns out, it was McKellen's choice not to take on the mantel.
Photos: Almost Got the Part
Actor Richard Harris originated the role of the celebrated Hogwarts headmaster in the first two Harry Potter films, but he died after a battle with Hodgkin's disease in 2002, at the age of 72, before the start of production on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
While filmmakers ended up casting Michael Gambon in the iconic role for the next six films in the series, producers first approached a number of famed English actors, including McKellen.
The X-Men star recently sat down for an interview with the BBC, where he opened »
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, »
Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré has been reunited with his four-legged best friend, who was with him at the time of a near-fatal car accident that left the actor with multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
“Today Jim was able to get into a wheelchair for the first time and was taken outside the hospital to be reunited with his dog ‘Mr Kippy’, who was with him at the time of the accident,” reads a statement on the actor’s Facebook page.
The statement notes that the music played in the clip “was performed and dedicated to Jim by dear »
- Mike Miller
The wife of Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré gave fans a health update on Facebook Thursday following her husband’s car accident that left him with multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
Laura, the actor’s wife, wrote that he was “moved to a less critical ward” after spending 15 days in intensive care.
“He’s awake and doing really well,” she wrote. “He says ‘Sorry my hands can’t type, but thanks guys for all the well wishes. You are all so kind. I’m looking forward to getting out of here, but not looking forward to the medical bills. »
- Alexia Fernandez
“Moonlight,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video under an extension of the ecommerce giant’s pact with studio A24.
The multiyear deal, an extension of the 2013 pact between the two companies, will continue to make Amazon Prime Video the only premium subscription service for all upcoming A24 films. However, the content agreement covers only the U.S. — so Prime Video members elsewhere won’t have access to the movies as part of their subscription.
- Todd Spangler
Now that Alfonso Cuarón has wrapped production on “Roma,” the Film Stage has put together a helpful primer on the film’s cinematographer. Emmanuel Lubezki had previously served as Dp on each of the director’s films save for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”; their most recent collaboration, “Gravity,” earned them both Academy Awards. Now that Galo Olivares is stepping up, take a moment acquaint yourself with his prior work.
Cuarón shot “Roma” along with Olivares, who’s worked on a number of productions in Mexico over the last several years: “La Rabia de Clara,” “Australia,” “Hear Me Lord.”. “Returning to my country with this specific project was something very personal, because we made a film set in the ’70s, with many elements and experiences of my childhood,” said Cuarón of “Roma, »
- Michael Nordine
He’s worked on every Alfonso Cuarón film, except for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and it looked like Emmanuel Lubezki would reteam with the director for his follow-up to Gravity, but it turns out that won’t be the case. The Children of Men director recently wrapped up production on his next drama, Roma, and we’ve got details both on his new cinematographer and the story.
It was previously known the small-scale drama chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. In a press conference this week, as filming wrapped, the director announced the drama will feature a major setpiece depicting The Corpus Christi Massacre, in which student protesters were assaulted by paramilitary forces, with a death toll estimated to be around 50 people.
Cuarón also talked about his deep ties to the project, which incorporates many experiences from his childhood, »
- Jordan Raup
Alfonso Cuarón, the creative mind behind Children of Men and the Oscar-winning Gravity, has officially wrapped filming on Roma, an intimate Mexican drama that has spent the past 16 years simmering on the back-burner.
The filmmaker, who spoke at a new conference in Mexico City (via The List), echoed the advice given to him by friend and colleague Guillermo del Toro when explaining his decision to circle back to his native homeland, before teasing that Roma is a 1970s period drama loosely inspired by Cuarón’s own experiences as a child and his Mexican identity. Beyond that, there are precious few details available for the director’s deeply personal project – no casting announcement, no synopsis – but sources claim it will involve the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre, an event in which soldiers killed liberal student protesters in Mexico City circa 1971, in some capacity.
Working in tandem with production designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan »
- Michael Briers
Actor Jim Tavare, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, was in a severe car crash and is currently fighting for his life. Jim Tavare In Intensive Care After Car Crash Tavare is currently in intensive care after being in a head-on car collision that left him with […]
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A member of the Harry Potter family is in intensive care following a deadly car crash. Actor Jim Tavaré, best known as Tom, the Leaky Cauldron innkeeper and the saga's resident hunchback, is recovering from a head-on collision that left him with quite a few broken bones and a broken neck.
Tavare first appeared in the 2004 movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He was involved in a automobile accident this past Monday, which resulted in 15 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken leg and fractured breastbones. At this time, no further details have been revealed about what caused the accident. There was an update on the actor's official Facebook page. It came accompanied with a photo, which you can see below.
"This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, »
One former Harry Potter actor has sustained severe injuries in a head-on car accident. Fans of actor Jim Tavare, who played the Leaky Cauldron innkeeper Tom in the third film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, were updated about his condition on his Facebook page.
“This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision,” the post read. “He's currently in ICU intensive care.”
Tavare’s injuries were rather severe. Laura wrote, “He has 15 broken ribs, fractures in both breastbones, a punctured lung, multiple breaks in his right leg, and a broken neck. He's had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery. This is for »
Actor suffers serious injuries in head-on collision.
British actor, writer and stand-up comedian Jim Tavaré is in intensive car after he suffered a broken neck and punctured lung in a car crash.
His wife Laura posted a photo of him in hospital on Facebook, writing: “This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head-on collision.
“He’s currently in ICU intensive care. He has 15 broken ribs, fractures in both breastbones, a punctured lung, multiple breaks in his right leg, and a broken neck.
“He’s had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery.
“This is for »
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Jim Tavaré was involved in a serious car crash on Monday. The Harry Potter actor - who played the owner of the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - was in a head-on collision that left him with several injuries, including 15 broken ribs, a broken neck, and a punctured lung. His wife, Laura, shared the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing, "Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision. He's currently in ICU intensive care. . . . He's had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery. This is for real, not a movie role. Please hold some good thoughts for him as he fights his way out of this." While there are no further details at the moment, »
- Monica Sisavat
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