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HBO Teases Harry Potter: The Entire Adventure With New Trailer

Take heed, Potterheads: For the very first time, all eight Harry Potter films will be available to stream on the same platform (HBO), starting in January.

That’s right, the house of Westworld and Game of Thrones is kicking off the new year with the definitive Potter movie marathon, spanning Sorcerer’s Stone to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It all begins with the former on January 2nd, with a new instalment set to air each day at 8 pm Et/Pt right up until the advent of Fantastic Beasts on Wednesday, January 10th, which is rather fitting given how 2018 will also herald David Yates’ magical sequel – one which primarily takes place in the city of Paris, from what we understand.

All nine movies will also be available to stream instantaneously via HBO On Demand, HBO Now and HBO Go, so there’s perhaps no better time to sign
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Cyber Monday Week: Home Video Deals for Sunday, November 26th

The Cyber Monday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are still here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Distributor Sales Arrow Video USA sale at Barnes & Noble Criterion Collection sale at Barnes & Noble Grasshopper Films 40% off sale Cinema Guild Black Friday sale Cinelicious Black Friday sale (Use the code “M0V1ES” to save 50%) Vinegar Syndrome sale The Warner Archive Collection: 4 for $44 Deals at Amazon Blu-ray Deals Amazon.com 10 Cloverfield Lane [Blu-ray] $17.99 Buy Now - 57% Amazon.com Alien: Covenant [Blu-ray] $34.99 $14.99 Buy Now - 54% Amazon.com Arrival [Blu-ray] $21.99 $9.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Baby Driver [Blu-ray] $19.96 Buy Now - 52% Amazon.com Beauty And The Beast
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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All Eight Harry Potter Films To Stream Via HBO From January 1st

Take heed, Potterheads: For the very first time, all eight Harry Potter movies will be available to stream on the same platform (HBO) from January 1st.

That’s right, the house of Westworld and Game of Thrones is kicking off 2018 with the definitive Potter movie marathon, spanning Sorcerer’s Stone to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It all begins with the former on January 2nd, with a new instalment set to air each day at 8 pm Et/Pt right up until the advent of Fantastic Beasts on Wednesday, January 10th, which is rather fitting given how 2018 will herald David Yates’ magical sequel – one which primarily takes place in the city of Paris.

All nine movies will also be available to stream instantaneously via HBO On Demand, HBO Now and HBO Go, so there is perhaps no better time to sign up for HBO’s premium service and binge to your heart’s content.
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HBO Is Welcoming Every Harry Potter Movie With an Epic Weeklong Marathon!

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HBO is giving us all something to do while we're hungover on New Year's Day. On Jan. 1, HBO will officially welcome all eight Harry Potter movies - in addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is already available on the channel. Even better, the entire franchise will also be available anytime on HBO streaming services. Surprisingly, this will mark the first time that the nine films will air on a single network, unedited, and commercial-free. On Instagram, HBO announced the exciting news with a caption that said, "We solemnly swear that we are up to no good." We solemnly swear that we are up to no good. All eight #HarryPotter movies are coming to #HBO January 1, 2018. A post shared by HBO (@hbo) on Nov 9, 2017 at 8:35am Pst To welcome the franchise properly, HBO will host a marathon starting on the morning of Jan. 1 and ending the following day.
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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

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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
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No, You're Not Losing It: Dickon Tarly Definitely Has a New Face on Game of Thrones

When we first meet Dickon Tarly, Samwell's pompous brother on Game of Thrones, he's at a very awkward Tarly family dinner in season six. He openly mocks his brother about his claims of killing a White Walker and is generally a big assh*le (no wonder Sam has all those self-esteem issues). He's played by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actor Freddie Stroma in the episode (pictured above), who confirmed not long after it aired that he would not be returning to the series in season seven due to scheduling conflicts with his now-canceled show, Time After Time. Although we were sad to see Stroma go, the actor was soon recast with a (very hot) replacement. Meet the new Dickon Tarly: Tom Hopper. Hopper, who's appeared in Black Sails and Merlin, made his debut in season seven's second episode during a tense conversation with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in King's Landing.
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Breaking Down Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 – “Dragonstone”

Author: Chris Haydon

Spoilers For Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Throughout

Waiting for Game of Thrones to return is challenging; its absence from our screens feels almost as long as the coldest of winters in Westeros. Thankfully, after a much prolonged period, our agony has been relieved, with Season 7 surging into our homes with ferocious force.

“Dragonstone” – our season premiere – beautifully maps the political landscape following the vast ramifications of its predecessor, but much like Daenerys Targaryen returning to the titular location, it reminds us just how much we’ve missed the Seven Kingdoms. They are violent, they are uncompromising, and they are laden with dangers and dishonesties, but they’re also home.

With George R.R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter” firmly in the rearview, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working from their own script; from their own think tank. If this introductory hour is anything to go by,
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Game of Thrones: Of Course You Know Who Plays Archmaester Marwyn!

Game of Thrones added a new face to its already very large cast of characters with Sunday's season seven premiere. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester, learning at the hand of Archmaester Marwyn, played by award-winning star of stage and screen Jim Broadbent. Broadbent got his start over 40 years ago, but his first big role came in the 1985 sci-fi classic Brazil, where he played plastic surgeon to Katherine Helmond's vain Mrs. Ida Lowry in the fictional dystopian urban setting. The 68-year-old actor would go on to appear in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, including Enchanted April, The Crying Game, and Bullets Over Broadway, before his critically acclaimed turn as W.S. Gilbert (of the famed musical theater pair Gilbert and Sullivan) in Topsy-Turvy, a role that earned Broadbent a BAFTA nomination. On the heels of Topsy-Turvy, Broadbent had a big year in
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Best ‘Harry Potter’ Book Plotlines and Scenes Left Out of the Movies

Exactly 20 years ago, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit bookshelves, marking the birth of a massive franchise, both in literature and on the big screen.

The films are lauded by fans by being largely faithful to Rowling’s beloved books, but there are a few key plotpoints that many wish had made it into the movies. In honor of the 20th anniversary milestone, Variety breaks down some of the biggest omissions.

S.P.E.W.

Ask any Hermione Granger fan what the biggest injustice of the “Harry Potter” movies was, and they’ll likely tell you S.P.E.W. Hermione founded S.P.E.W. — Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare — after witnessing the gross treatment of house-elves at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. While the movement was highlighted briefly in the movies, thanks in large part to Dobby, S.P.E.W. saw Hermione as a champion for equal rights
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Voldemort Gets an Origin Story in Fan-Made Harry Potter Prequel

Ever wonder how Voldemort got his start down the dark path to becoming 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named'? While J.K. Rowling would cover some of Tom Riddle's backstory in the books, a new fan-made short film is looking to explore the myth even further. And it looks kind of amazing. Even if it's not part of the official narrative laid out by the creator herself.

Tryangle Films dropped the first teaser trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir on their Youtube channel, and it has some pretty cool visual effects to go along with its compelling storyline. Instead of following Magizoologist Newt Scamander as the official Warner Bros. prequels have done, this early story set within the world of Harry Potter chooses to focus on the villain that rests at the heart of the tale. It's a work in progress. Says Triangle FIlms.

"We're currently shooting - [support the project: https://goo.gl/UFWzts]. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir talks
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‘Voldemort: Origins of the Heir’ Trailer: Fan-Made Harry Potter Prequel Looks Amazing

The big-screen Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” may have received a mixed reaction from Muggles, but a new fan film trailer showcases some amazing special effects and the spirit of J. K. Rowling’s original series. “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” dropped its first footage on May 28, and this non-profit film has the professional feel of a Hollywood blockbuster. Directed, written and edited by Gianmaria Pezzato, “Origins” was spun off of the sixth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Read More: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Review: The ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Is One of the Best Blockbusters of the Year

According to the film’s official site, this prequel aims to answer several questions. “What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back? There are some
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'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' animator's debut feature get sales deal

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'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' animator's debut feature get sales deal
Exclusive: Concourse Film Trade launches sales on Alex Williams-directed animation.

Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature animation My Haunted House.

Animation veteran Alex Williams directs the feature about Charlie, a normal 14-year-old who lives in a haunted house with his supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies and zombies.

Williams brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an animator on The Lion King, Robots, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, among others.

The UK’s Tigon Entertainment is producing My Haunted House in association with Vancouver-based studio Liquid Media Group (Lmg), which has a first-look deal with Concourse finance partner Productivity Media. Bob Thompson is the producer in charge of animation.

“We have been seeking a strong animation title for several market
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Cannes: Animated Movie ‘My Haunted House’ Selling Through Concourse

Cannes: Animated Movie ‘My Haunted House’ Selling Through Concourse
Concourse Film Trade has acquired worldwide rights on the feature animation film “My Haunted House,” directed by Alex Williams, Variety has learned exclusively.

Williams has animation credits on “The Lion King” as the animator for Scar, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The producer in charge of animation is Bob Thompson, who previously worked for Lego and BBC.

The story follows Charlie, a perfectly normal 14-year-old boy, who lives in a perfectly normal, ordinary town. He just happens to live in a haunted house with his strange and embarrassing supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies, and zombies.

My Haunted House” is in pre-production and is produced by Tigon Entertainment (U.K.) in association with Liquid Media Group in Vancouver. Productivity Media Inc., which has a financing pact with Concourse Media, recently signed a three-year first-look deal with Liquid.
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Supernatural? Perhaps. Baloney? Perhaps Not: Dark Shadows (2012)

Five years ago this weekend Tim Burton’s updating of Dark Shadows, the gothic/horror-themed soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC and was a seminal influence on a generation of budding horror fans (including Burton), was released on American movie screens, one weekend after Marvel’s The Avengers was still dictating the imaginations (and the wallets) of moviegoers everywhere. Given Burton’s track record with horror comedies (Beetlejuice being the primary example) and collaborations with Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands), a surprisingly low number of ticket-buyers seemed ultimately to care—the movie, which cost $150 million to make, and undoubtedly a hefty chunk of change more than that to market, would earn back only slightly more than half of that in the United States, though its final take globally came in at around $235 million. There were a few takers among critics, notably
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Jude Law to Play a Young Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

Fantastic Beasts has found its Dumbledore!

Jude Law will play a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, Warner Bros. announced via press release on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Emma Watson Says 'Harry Potter' Cast Has an Active Group Text Chain!

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
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Why Ian McKellen Didn't Want to Play Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Why Ian McKellen Didn't Want to Play Dumbledore in Harry Potter
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,
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Track for Beastly $160 Million Opening

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Track for Beastly $160 Million Opening
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...
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How Hollywood’s Latest Tech Tool Enhanced Oscar-Winning ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (Video)

How Hollywood’s Latest Tech Tool Enhanced Oscar-Winning ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (Video)
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.
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Wuthering Heights,’ Philippe Garrel, Best Picture Winners & More

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

The many adaptations of Wuthering Heights — from Buñuel to Andrea Arnold to Rivette — are highlighted in a new series.

Metrograph

A restoration of Philippe Garrel’s Les Hautes Solitudes begins playing.

Films from Wilder, Scorsese, Minnelli, and Hitchcock play as part of a Best Picture series.

Anthology Film Archives

Films from Cronenberg,
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