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July 10th, 2014, 0:04am– Here is the next part of our 10-day Birthday Countdown for Rupert-Grint.us‘ Anniversary! While Rupert Grint promoted Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Ice Cream Man became more established as a news source. We shared our first exclusive news and covered several red carpet events. Our UK-based Ivana talks about her experiences as a staff member – and it is thanks to her that you can find Ice Cream Man‘s news on both Google and imdb.com, and she improved many things with her technical knowledge. You can find that and a new poll in today’s countdown below: »
Happy 4th of July everyone! It's not hard to imagine that my favorite part about this holiday is the fireworks! I love lighting them up and watching them go off. I even attempted to make my own at one point… I'll never do that again. As a tribute to this patriotic American holiday celebrating our independence, I've put together a top 10 list of great fireworks scenes from the movies.
This is by far one of the most American 4th of July scenes ever put on film. You've got a group of kids playing baseball in the 1950s on the 4th of July.
Behold, the Giant Mouse of Minsk! This scene is both thrilling and incredibly scary. It's such a cool fireworks scene though.
- Joey Paur
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 »
Kids say the darnedest things! Isn't that what Bill Cosby taught us back in the 1990s? Well, the legendary comedian was right, obviously, especially when it comes to memorable movie quotes. We wanted to take a look back through the decades at some of the most hilarious, touching, unforgettable lines said by kid characters (most are live-action, but there are a few animated characters too). We even asked some of our friends and readers what their favorites were and came up with this list of 25, but it just as easily could have been 50.
And if you notice we paid extra attention to the '80s and '90s, let's just say that's when many of us were growing up; we're sure younger (and older) readers could come up with an entirely different lineup of quotes. Feel free to share them in the comments!
"So never kick a dog / Because he's »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
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
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
As they say, hindsight is 20-20. And in the big, sprawling universe that is the Harry Potter films, there’s a lot of things that can be subjected to hindsight. So it’s time to turn a critical eye on the film characters and second-guess what they did and could have done.
While Harry commits some serious mistakes (which to be honest, is what makes for good storytelling), there’s also plenty of blame to go around on the adults surrounding him and his friends. Harry’s unwelcoming relatives, the Dursleys, are obviously on the list; but the Ministry of Magic is a lot worse than anyone else when it comes to egregious errors.
We know that some of the following points can be refuted in the books; but our focus here is on the film series. Why? Because, while the Potter series is the most read book series of the past 17 years, »
- Harry Thomas
Every other superhero franchise has been started over and over, but the X-Men keep going. Mark looks at why...
In the time since Bryan Singer’s X-Men revived the comic book movie in 2000, we have had two big screen versions of Clark Kent, two Peter Parkers, and three Bruce Banners. Yet Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine all the way through.
Rebooting a franchise has clearly become a more palatable way of remaking films, even though the difference in terminology is six of one and half a dozen of the other. This much seems to have been accepted pretty readily, albeit with no small amount of online grumbling from certain fans, and the cycle of reboots is steadily accelerating.
Both within and adjacent to this trend of blockbuster filmmaking is the »
Happy Valley topped the ratings on Wednesday outside of soaps, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama climbed back by around 300,000 viewers from last week, being watched by 5.7 million (26.8%) at 9pm.
Later, Comedy Playhouse special Monks amused 1.8m (14.5%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, the penultimate Big Allotment Challenge appealed to 2.0m (10.0%) at 8pm. Great British Menu also attracted 2.0m (10.0%) at 7.30pm, while Watermen gathered 1.5m (7.1%) at 9pm.
ITV's airing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix thrilled 2.2m (10.6%) at 7.30pm (431k/2.3% on +1).
On Channel 4, Embarrassing Bodies brought in 1.2m (6.0%) at 8pm (196k/0.9%). Mr Drew's School for Boys interested 1.2m (5.6%) at 9pm (386k/2.5%), followed by 16 Kids and Counting with 745k (4.9%) at 10pm (144k/1.9%).
On Channel 5, Ben Fogle's Animal Clinic attracted 806k (4.1%) at 8pm, followed by Behind Closed Doors with 871k (4.1%) at 9pm (113k/0.7%). The Mentalist continued with 845k (5.3%) at 10pm.
BBC Three's The Call Centre was seen »
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Exclusive: Mister Smith boards futuristic love-story set to shoot in Japan and Singapore in August.
Breathe In and Like Crazy director Drake Doremus will direct screenwriter Nathan Parker’s (Moon) futuristic love story set in a society where emotions have been eradicated. Stewart and Hoult will play the film’s young couple rebelling against their society.
Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One, who are also financing. Executive producers are Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo, Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.
UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project – which was previously with Exclusive Media - and will sell the North American rights to the film, which is due to start in Japan and Singapore in August »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
There are posters that are clever, and that know how to sell the movie they're designed for, and then there are posters that are so embarrassing even the studio doesn't want them out in the universe. The latter are the posters that don't understand the tastes of the audience and the main thrust of the film they're representing. Fan-made posters, however, like the ones you'll find above and below from Imgur , strike a balance between outlandish ideas and quality graphical content, like the example above mixing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with Trainspotting. Behold the power of fan art : posters by the fans, for the fans. Sometimes it serves to help visualize a concept that hasn't found a look yet, and sometimes it serves to mash up two concepts that shouldn't be together. Done right, it can result in the creation of something that's visually cohesive, »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Warner Home Video.
Burbank, Calif., March 25, 2014 – The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 -- the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus material that contains the complete eight-part documentary series, ”Creating the World of Harry Potter.”
The Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection will be offered at the new lower price of $249.99 Srp.
Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet*
· Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As the parent of a 1.4-year-old, I am constantly thinking about when and how to introduce movies to my son. While I think The Muppets or Mary Poppins might be the first live-action film, Harry Potter is on the radar. Now, it looks like I can make one purchase to solve all of my Potter problems. Here’s the news release from Warner Bros. Home Video:
The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 – the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus »
- Jeff Bayer
Disney’s Oscar-winning animated pic “Frozen” was just released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, but based on pre-order sales alone, it has already iced out the competition and landed the top spot on Amazon.com’s list of bestselling kids’ titles since 2001.
The list includes several other popular recent releases like “Despicable Me 2,” “Brave” and four installments from the Harry Potter franchise as well as classic titles such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”
“Frozen” took home the Academy Awards for best animated feature and original song, and its sales are expected rise now that the film is available for immediate purchase.
Here is Amazon’s complete list of bestselling kids’ titles since 2001:
2. “Despicable Me”
4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”
5. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II »
- Andrea Seikaly
London, January 17: Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter books' have topped a new list of children's favorite books which have been turned into films.
The list compiled by Renaissance Learning, which has been studying the reading habits of more than 400,000 children in 2,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, features six of the author's books, the BBC reported.
'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins were jointly at the first position, while the fourth place was shared by 'Inheritance' by Christopher Paolini and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.
The online education company said that the fact that children are reading books which. »
- Arun Pandit
16 items from 2014
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