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Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain. The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its Nc-17 rated content at the time. My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump. Y Tu Mama Tambien came after Cuaron had been courted by Hollywood in the nineties, and after he had made two studio movies that he’s since come to express some disappointment about how they turned out. It’s quite possible that Cuaron -- had he not hit this breaking point -- would have transformed into a studio hack. But he wanted to do something different, something that would re-energize his love of moviemaking, »
- Andre Dellamorte
Johnny Duddle faced a huge challenge: Re-designing the Harry Potter book covers for a new generation of readers.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Duddle reveals how he was selected (the test cover that got him the job, pictured), his artistic process, and criticism received. “All I can really do, as an artist, is draw my vision of that scene,” Duddle told The Telegraph of the giant task at large.
- C. Molly Smith
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Mexican Newer Wave
At the turn of the Millennium, several film directors from Mexico were gaining attention and acclaim—guys like Alfonso Arau, Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, and this year’s Oscar-winner as Best Director, Alfonso Cuarón (for Gravity). Cuarón’s career trajectory has been, for me, the most interesting of the bunch. He broke into the international scene with the 2001 coming-of-age drama, Y Tu Mamá También, and followed that with, of all things, the megahit Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which, I argue, is the best of all eight Harry Potter movies. The terrific dystopian thriller Children of Men followed that, and then came Gravity.
Other than the superb handling of each specific film’s material, there isn’t much similarity between these pictures, and yet it’s apparent that Cuarón brings an auteur sensibility to his work. This is most »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
We last heard that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, would be a trilogy, and this week we learned that someone from the Harry Potter movies has officially signed on. The title refers to a book in the Harry Potter universe (which was published in the real world in 2001), and in the movies, we'll get the story of Newt Scamander, the book's fictional author, and his life in New York 70 years before Potter's time. Though Rowling said that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Harry Potter's story, she confirmed that the new series is an "extension of the wizarding world" - and that "the laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films." The movie news is starting to roll in, »
The third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, saw the world of Harry Potter get even darker. It also saw the introduction of a whole bunch of new characters including the fantastically demented Sirius Black, new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin, the bonkers Professor Trelawney, the chillingly creepy dementors and the magical hipogrif Buckbeak.
Sirius Black is one of the most feared prisoners held at the magical prison of Azkaban, guarded by the terrifying dementors. These dementors don’t kill you – they suck out your soul with a dementor’s kiss. Somehow, Sirius has done the impossible and broken out of Azkaban – and he is after Harry. Of course, having been sheltered from the wizarding world until his eleventh birthday, Harry doesn’t know who Sirius is or why on earth he would be after him and will soon unearth a horrific »
- Amanda Keats
Though Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's Alfonso Cuaron was at one point named as being in contention for upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it's another familiar face from the franchise that Warner Bros. have turned to to helm the movie. David Yates helmed the final four instalments of that series, including the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A deal hasn't been signed just yet, but Variety's sources state that he has agreed to direct the ambitious project once he finishes work on Tarzan. The movie is set roughly 70 years before Harry Potter was born and focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts text book of the same name. It will also be set in New York, a major departure from the previous UK settings. "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I »
Sources are telling the folks over at Variety that David Yates, who directed a few Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” installments, is in talks to direct the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
There had been talk that Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was going to be lured back to the Potter universe, but that didn't pan out, although for me I think "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was the best Potter film.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is doing the screenplay.
The project follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. This neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will hit theaters Nov. »
- Kellvin Chavez
The studio announced the new Harry Potter universe project last September, and J.K. Rowling is currently writing the screenplay for it. The story will be a trilogy set seven decades before Harry Potter’s adventure ever begins, and it's based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will follow the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. When talking about the film, Rowling said,
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”
The news of Yates involvement comes from Variety, »
- Joey Paur
He’s currently hard at work on Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson, but the filmmaker is of course best known for helming the final four Harry Potter movies, including both instalments of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
While no deal is currently in place, negotiations are said to be ongoing and Yates has agreed to return.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set around 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter movies and takes the action to the other side of the pond with a New York setting. The lead is Newt Scamander, the writer of the Hogwarts textbook of »
- Josh Wilding
After a brief flirtation with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron to return to the wizarding world for the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them didn't work out, Warner Bros. has found another seasoned director of their multi-billion dollar franchise to take on the project instead. Variety has word that David Yates, responsible for the final four films in the Harry Potter film series, had agreed to get back behind the camera for the first film in a new trilogy that will adapt the faux textbook from J.K. Rowling's magical universe into an adventure about the author Newt Scamander. The new film is set in New York about 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter franchise, so The Boy Who Lived won't even be alive yet. But that doesn't mean some other older familiar wizards couldn't pop up in the story. The »
- Ethan Anderton
Madrid — In the run-up to the Toronto Festival, where the fantasy drama plays in the Vanguard section, Media Luna has acquired worldsales rights to “Luna,” the latest film by U.K. artist-director Dave McKean (“MirrorMask”).
A celebrated illustrator of graphic novels (“The Sandman”), CD covers (for Machine Head, Fear Factory, Alice Cooper) children’s picture books (“Crazy Hair”) and concept artist on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” McKean’s first feature, Sundance 2005 premiere children’s fantasy “MirrorMask” combined live action and animation. He returns to the mix, this time targeting adults, in “Luna.”
Written by McKean, “Luna” centers on a couple who, after losing their baby, visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of their dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams that »
- John Hopewell
“Harry Potter” filmmaker David Yates has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Sources tell Variety that Yates, who directed several Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” installments, has agreed to return for the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
No deal has been made but insiders confirm both sides are in negotiations.
Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a »
- Justin Kroll
Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
J.K. Rowling is using her magic touch to help a grieving teenager. The author penned a letter to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, whose family was killed in a shooting last month, Rowling's rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. What makes the letter more special is that Rowling wrote it as Dumbledore, according to a Facebook page set up in Stay's honor, which urges Rowling to meet with the young fan. The letter from Rowling included a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts and an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, according to the Facebook
- Aaron Couch
Source: Getty / David M. Benett After 15-year-old Cassidy Stay tragically lost her parents and four siblings in a shooting, she quoted Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series at the service - and a month later, J.K. Rowling wrote Cassidy a letter as Dumbledore. Cassidy's uncle shot her family members in their home after he wasn't told where he could find his ex-wife, and Cassidy reportedly survived by pretending she was dead. During the service, she spoke and quoted Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, saying, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I'll be able to see them again one day." Source: Facebook user We want Jk Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay Cassidy's heartbreaking story made headlines, and »
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Screenterrier)
After premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival last year, Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns is on the way, with a release planned for sometime later this year. The film is poised to hit theaters on Halloween in the United Kingdom, and Empire has just debuted a teaser poster with Daniel Radcliffe looking rather menacing, and not far removed from the teaser poster that features Sirius Black for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Plus, there are two new photos from the film as well, one showing Radcliffe with his horns, and another with his girlfriend (Juno Temple) before she ends up dead. Here's the teaser poster for Alexandre Aja's Horns from Empire along with two photos from EW: Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) directs Horns with a script from Keith Bunin ("In Treatment") based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name. The story follows »
- Ethan Anderton
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 »
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