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Fantastic Beasts has found its Dumbledore!
The film will take fans back to the world of Hogwarts, where Dumbledore, a contemporary of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is serving as the school's Transfiguration professor.
Law is the third actor to take on the role of Dumbledore. Richard Harris played the Hogwarts Headmaster and Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) mentor in the first two Harry Potter films, before Michael Gambon took over after his death.
J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with the first Fantastic Beasts film, has also written the screenplay for the second movie, which is set to explore an "increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where [link=nm »
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, »
“Beauty and the Beast” is off to the races at the box office, making $63.7 million on Friday from 4,210 screens. With this big start, Disney is now projecting a $160 million weekend for their live-action remake. This means that “Beauty and the Beast” now has the potential to pass “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” for the all-time biggest opening in March. Friday receipts have already passed the $58 million made by “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to set a new record for the highest single-day total ever made by a PG-rated film. “Beauty and the Beast” will also »
- Jeremy Fuster
With its whiter whites and blacker blacks, High Dynamic Range (Hdr) is transforming the way we watch movies. Two recent examples from Technicolor are the Oscar-winning “The Jungle Book” (Best Visual Effects) and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Best Costumes), in which the wider dynamic range heightened the use of color and light.
For Technicolor supervising digital colorist, Peter Doyle, who worked on the “Harry Potter” standalone, he’s become more of a finishing artist, thanks to Hdr and management software advances from FilmLight (watch the video below and also on Vimeo and Technicolor’s YouTube Channel).
What Hollywood Wants from Hdr: Technicolor Surveys Industry Perceptions (Exclusive)
With “Fantastic Beasts,” Doyle was able to take advantage of the extra dynamic range to make the experience more visceral. “There was an assortment of characters that would emanate their own light,” he told IndieWire. “It was an intense light source with a physicality to it. »
- Bill Desowitz
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Films from Wilder, Scorsese, Minnelli, and Hitchcock play as part of a Best Picture series.
Anthology Film Archives
Films from Cronenberg, »
- Nick Newman
A former member of the Harry Potter family is getting ready to shun her clothes and pose nude in the pages of Playboy. But it's not Emma Watson promoting Beauty and the Beast. It's Scarlett Byrne, who played Slytherin Pansy Parkinson in three of the Harry Potter movies, including 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. She will be getting naked in the name of feminism. And she has this to say about her latest endeavor.
"I'm very proud to be a part of the March/April issue of Playboy. I penned a short essay along with my pictorial titled, "The Feminist Mystique". A big thank you to @Playboy, the creative team, and @cooperbhefner for such a unique opportunity. #NakedIsNormal"
You may be thinking, 'Wait...Didn't Playboy stop publishing naked photos »
Life outside of Hogwarts has been very different for the Harry Potter stars. It has been challenging for many of them to maintain a normal, or normal-lish life after growing up in the spotlight and helping to bring a $7.7 billion movie franchise to life. Some battled personal turmoil during and after filming. Others struggled to find other acting work. But some also became even more famous. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter): In a 2011 interview with GQ magazine, the actor revealed that when he was 18 and filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the eight-part series, he had an alcohol problem. "I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy »
Did someone yell "diffindo"?! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actress Scarlett Byrne appears in the first issue of Playboy to feature nudes since the magazine banned them a year ago, and it appears someone has torn off her clothes. Though no magic was used in this photo shoot (we assume), it's safe to say the actress certainly didn't mind letting fans know that #NakedIsNormal. In one black-and-white photo Byrne, who played Pansy Parkinson in the wizarding world, stands on staircase in front of a gorgeous window wearing but a black top. She stares seductively into the camera, leaving little to the imagination as she puts her bare butt on display. In another black-and-white photo shared on »
Scarlett Byrne is stripping down. The Harry Potter actress — who played Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films — ditched her clothes for Playboy’s return to posting nude images after a year-long sabbatical, sharing one Nsfw butt-baring pic from the shoot to her Instagram. Watch: Hugh Hefner’s […] »
- Nina Aynedjian
Scarlett Byrne is stripping down.
The Harry Potter actress -- who played Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films -- ditched her clothes for Playboy's return to posting nude images after a year-long sabbatical, sharing one Nsfw butt-baring pic from the shoot to her Instagram.
"I'm very proud to be a part of the March/April issue of Playboy. I penned a short essay along with my pictorial titled, 'The Feminist Mystique,'" the 26-year-old actress wrote. "A big thank you to @Playboy, the creative team, and @cooperbhefner for such a unique opportunity. #NakedIsNormal."
Watch: 'Playboy' Brings Nudity Back to the Magazine After a Year-Long Ban on Naked Pictorials
In a way, Byrne posing for Playboy is all in the family. She and Hugh Hefner's 25-year-old son, Cooper, got engaged »
The YouTube star and host of Nerdy Nummies recreates the “love potion” from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that is said to smell different to each person, according to what is attractive to them.
Pansino, who says she smells pizza, her dog Cookie, and chocolate, designed the recipe to be easy for viewers at home. “Any time I am test baking, I like to try a recipe multiple different ways, even if it’s something as simple as a drink, »
- Jessica Fecteau
Blu-ray.com is reporting that March 28th will see the release of 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, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire following later in 2017.
See Also: Ranking the Harry Potter Films from Worst to Best
Each Combo Pack will cost $44.95 and features a 4K Hdr Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the film, complete with DTS:x audio, along with a Blu-ray disc and Digital HD versions. The special features will be available in HD, and are the same »
- Gary Collinson
The Wizarding World is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a big way this year with today's announcement that all eight Harry Potter films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be getting the 4K Blu-ray treatment.
Warner Bros. is releasing the Harry Potter 4K Blu-rays in two separate waves. The first wave drops March 28th and includes 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.
Wave 2 is scheduled for an unannounced release date later this year and includes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
You might be wondering why the last four films are coming before the first four. The best we »
13 items from 2017
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