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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Film History Lesson of the Day: For Fandor, Luis Azevedo looks at the history of werewolves, particularly in movies from Werewolf of London to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Movie Trivia of the Day: With Halloween coming up, Screen Rant looks into the dark truth behind the original script for Monster House: Movie Science of the Day: Why does Captain America's shield bounce? Kyle Hill gives a scientific explanation for Nerdist: Film Legend of the Day: Wonder Woman goes through the Film Theorists'heavy point-based analysis to determine where it ranks among film legends: Vintage Image of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Of all the items on diehard Harry Potter fans' bucket lists, getting the chance to walk through London's Harry Potter Studio Tour is up there next to drinking butterbeer Irl and joining Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe's group chat. Although the latter is likely impossible, it's easy to score tickets to the magical tour (if you can afford a ticket across the pond, that is). If it's something that you're in the process of planning, we have just one recommendation for you: go in October or November. The brilliant minds behind the studio tour's decorations have incorporated a "Dark Arts"-theme in honor of Halloween, lasting between Oct. 1 to Nov. 12. In addition to spectacularly creepy appearances from masked Death Eaters (who lurk around nearly every corner of the tour's eerie Forbidden Forest section, and will give you at least 50 heart attacks), there are also over 100 floating pumpkins hovering in the iconic Great Hall set. »
- Quinn Keaney
While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”
No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)
Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015
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- Michael Nordine
With a filmography that includes Midnight Express, Angela's Ashes, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, New Zealand cinematographer Michael Seresin found his most epic projects yet in the updated Planet of the Apes series. Entering the world of the Apes on the sequel—Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—Seresin appeared at Deadline's Contenders London event to discuss how he came to work on the Matt Reeves-directed blockbusters, which see humanity facing off against an… »
Among the devastating natural disasters that have struck several countries around the world in the previous weeks, the powerful 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico was one of the most destructive in the country’s history. The earthquake toppled hundreds of buildings, destroyed streets and killed more than 200 people including 21 schoolchildren.
As the Mexican cities affected by the earthquake rebuild from the devastation, director Alfonso Cuarón—the man behind Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban—hasn’t forgotten about his home country. With the help of his celebrity friends like Eva Longoria, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts and Robert De Niro among others, »
- Thatiana Diaz
Director Alfonso Cuaron has launched a multi-platform campaign called Mexico Rises, to provide urgent relief to communities in Mexico impacted by the massive Sept. 19 earthquake.
The fund was created with backing from Cuaron’s production company, Esperanto Filmoj. Anonymous Content and Participant Media are providing support to the initiative through the GlobalGiving organization.
“The devastating earthquakes in Mexico have elicited a deeply moving response from the Mexican people,” he said. “In the history of our community, we have never been so informed, united, and connected as we are right now. Citizens have taken this matter into their own hands and have selflessly and tirelessly worked together to come to the aid of their neighbors. Following their inspiring lead, I’m compelled to take action and join them to help begin the reconstruction of our beautiful country as it starts to recover from these tragic events.”
Cuaron won an Academy Award for directing “Gravity.” His »
- Dave McNary
The bonus features for the long-awaited Blu-ray release of The Poughkeepsie Tapes are included in today's Horror Highlights, which also features a deleted scene included on The Mummy Blu-ray, clips from Die Laughing and The Lodgers, the trailer and poster for Haze, and images from Restricted Area.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes Blu-ray: Press Release: "From the filmmakers that brought you Quarantine and As Above, So Below comes a descent into the twisted crimes of a serial killer! Long sought-after by horror enthusiasts after its original 2007 theatrical release was infinitely delayed, this highly anticipated documentary-style thriller has never before been officially released on home entertainment formats. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut October 10th, 2017 from Scream Factory, The Poughkeepsie Tapes also includes new interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky, as well as the original theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory. »
- Derek Anderson
The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, Pa, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.
Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, Pa is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.
The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall »
- Derek Anderson
For those of you lucky enough to be attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, here’s a first look at one you’ll want to check out, Brian O’Malley’s directorial follow-up to Let Us Prey! The film will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017 at Scotiabank 3 at 7:15 Pm.
From the press release:
The first screenplay by David Turpin, the film was directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and stars Charlotte Vega ([Rec] 3: Genesis), Bill Milner (X:Men: First Class), David Bradley (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”).
Synopsis: A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920’s rural Ireland. But they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, »
- Mike Hassler
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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.
Born in a neighborhood »
- 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
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