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The Missing climbed to a new high rating for its finale episode on Tuesday, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama rose by 1.3 million viewers from last week to an average 6.61m (28.5%) at 9pm, easily making it the highest-rated episode of the series.
On BBC Two, The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass appealed to 2.81m (13.0%) at 8pm, followed by The Choir: New Military Wives with 2.11m (9.1%) at 9pm. Brian Pern: A Life in Rock amused 674,000 (3.7%) at 10pm.
ITV's broadcast of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix thrilled 2.88m (12.1%) at 7.30pm (349k/1.7% on +1).
Channel 5's Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun was seen by 731k (3.4%) at 8pm, while Kids' Hospital at Christmas got 843k (3.6%) at 9pm (121k/0.7%).
On MTV, Geordie Shore entertained 399k (2.5%) at 10pm. »
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuted amid much anticipation and easily grossed the weekend’s highest per-theater averages among all limited-release titles. But that didn’t mean it could match the stratospheric numbers of The Imitation Game, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, which had the year’s biggest opening weekends.
In fact, Vice didn’t even match the PTAs of P.T.A.’s previous three films, though word of mouth may give it a great high before its theatrical run is done. Among returning films, Wild covered a lot more ground in a sizable expansion that paid off with solid box office results, as did The Imitation Game, which continues to expand and thrive. And Birdman has soared past $20M in its 9th weekend, goosed by strong showings in several year-end critics polls.
Warner Bros. opened Vice in five New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, grossing $330K. »
- Brian Brooks
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
Thompson, who is the only person to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting, commented: “It is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”
Thompson’s portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” in 1992 netted her a BAFTA Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She earned »
- Leo Barraclough
We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.
The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.
Here’s the full release.
- Paul Heath
The author revealed that she incorporated elements of a woman whom she "disliked intensely on sight" into her depiction of the callous Hogwarts teacher, played by Imelda Staunton in the film franchise.
"Dolores is one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike," explained Rowling in an essay posted on her website devoted to the series of fantasy novels, Pottermore.com, earlier today (October 31).
"Her desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort's unvarnished espousal of evil."
Of the tutor's real-life counterpart, she added: "The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest.
"Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say. »
Attention all Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling has gifted you with quite a Halloween surprise! The author released a short story on Pottermore centered around Dolores Umbridge, who has never quite been on Potter's good side. After being sentenced to life in Azkaban prison in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rowling wants us to explore a bit more of her story in the new essay. "Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters—she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry," the website wrote after announcing what Rowling had up her sleeve. We won't reveal what goes down in The »
The wait is over, this Halloween J.K. Rowling gave millions of Harry Potter fans around the world another, albeit brief, peek into the world of wizards and one particularly nasty witch. The Pottermore website today released the long anticipated short story on Dolores Umbridge, or rather a 1,700 word essay on the character first introduced to readers in the fifth book of the series (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) played so memorably by Imelda Staunton in the films. Rowling's essay also explained the origins of Umbridge revealing that she was based on a real-life
- Abid Rahman
So, J.K. Rowling didn't write a romance novel. This is so much better for the time being, right?! The mind from which the entire wizarding world of Harry Potter sprang will be publishing a new story next week on the Pottermore website, a 1,700-word essay focused on the villainous Dolores Umbridge—who, if you'll remember, was quite the thorn in Harry's side (and hand). The pink-wearing, borderline Fascist character first flounced into Hogwarts in the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, after which she ends up appointed head of Hogwarts as tensions rise. She is ultimately...Spoiler Alert... ...sentenced to life in Azkaban prison »
J.K. Rowling’s pottermore.com will post a new original story about a key character from the Harry Potter books on Halloween, it was announced Friday. The "special Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans" will focus on the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge, according to pottermore.com. Read more J.K. Rowling Reunites Older Harry Potter With Hogwarts Friends in Pottermore Post The character first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic. "Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the
- Georg Szalai
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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David Yates is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them," according to Variety. Yates previously directed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Based on the 2001 in-fiction textbook by author J.K. Rowling, "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" will be set in New York, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series. It will focus on magical creatures and feature magizoologist Newt Scamander as a protagonist. The role has yet to be cast. Having authored the original textbook and all seven books in the Harry Potter series, Rowling is also writing the screenplay for "Fantastic Beasts & Where »
There's movement brewing in the cinematic world of Harry Potter as the first of several hopeful spin-off films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, may have found a familiar face to helm its first adventure.
A report at Hollywood Reporter suggests that Warner Brothers is in the process of courting David Yates to direct Fantastic Beasts. It is the first Harry Potter spin-off that Warner Bros. is developing with J.K. Rowling following the end of eight hugely successful Potter adaptations for the big screen. Rowling is currently working on writing the screenplay.
Yates is no stranger to the on-screen Potterverse having directed four of the eight Harry Potter films. They included Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and Part II.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter. »
We've known for some time that Warner Bros has been preparing to make a spin-off from the Harry Potter series, with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them announced almost exactly a year ago.
The pieces seem to be moving into place for the latest fantasy project, with Jk Rowling writing the script (based on her 2001 book) and, most recently, the news emerging that David Yates is set to return to the director's chair once again.
Although it's still early days for Fantastic Beasts - The Hollywood Reporter says that Yates is "in negotiations" - it seems logical that he'd return to the fold. »
Once he finishes work on his upcoming Tarzan movie, it looks like David Yates will be heading back to the world of Harry Potter, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the director is in talks with Warner Bros. with a view to helming the upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Based on J.K. Rowling’s charity book of the same name and scripted by Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set some 70 years before the adventures of the Boy Wizard, and will revolve around “magizoologist” Newt Scamander – the “author” of said book.
Yates of course has extensive experience in Rowling’s wizarding world, having directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.
- Gary Collinson
After directing the last four Harry Potter movies (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2), David Yates is in talks to direct the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a planned trilogy.
Insiders claim that no deal has been made yet, but negotiations between David Yates and Warner Bros. are ongoing. The story is set seven decades before Harry Potter's story begins, centering on the adventures of Newt Scamander, the fictitious author of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book that was featured at Hogwarts.
Author J.K. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, revealing in an interview that this spin-off isn't a prequel or a sequel to Harry Potter's story.
David Yates is reportedly in talks to return to the Harry Potter universe to direct the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Jk Rowling reveals new Harry Potter story online
The upcoming movie is set in New York roughly 70 years before the Harry Potter series, and will centre on Newt's supernatural adventures.
Yates previously directed four films in the Harry Potter franchise, starting with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
Video: Daniel Radcliffe on life after Harry Potter
Although no deal is secured yet for Yates to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet, Variety reports that the director and Warner Bros are close to an agreement. »
He thought he was out, but they've pulled him back in.
Having directed the last four of the eight "Harry Potter" movies at Warner Bros. Pictures, David Yates is set to return to the franchise for the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Yates is in negotiations with the studio to direct the project which Warners is aiming to serve as the launchpad of a new trilogy of films.
Author J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set seventy years before the events of the Potter series and follows a fictitious author named Newton Artemis Fido Scamander.
Scamander compiled a reference guide to magical beasts, and the movies will follow his adventures after he is commissioned to write the book. Unlike the 'Potter' books, the action in 'Beasts' begins in New York.
Yates rose to fame on British television, most notably for his work »
- Garth Franklin
After directing four out of eight Harry Potter movies for Warner Bros., David Yates has been chosen by the studio to direct the upcoming spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a slim volume penned by J.K. Rowling to benefit the charity Comic Relief.
The spinoff, set 70 years before the Harry Potter series, won’t include characters from the original franchise and will instead focus on adventurer Newt Scamander. In the Potterverse, Scamander wrote a textbook titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is used by Hogwarts students. This spinoff, which is being eyed as a trilogy, will follow his journeys after he’s commissioned to write the textbook.
Before Yates got the gig, it had been rumored that Alfonso Cuaron would direct, though the Gravity filmmaker swiftly denied that he was involved. Yates is a natural pick to direct – he helmed the British miniseries »
- Isaac Feldberg
Harry Potter series director David Yates will return to Jk Rowling’s magical world, helming the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yates is a longtime member of the Potter film series, having directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both parts of Harry Potter and […]
The post ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director Revealed: David Yates appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
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