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Not long after Chris Columbus was talking about a desire to return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter with a sequel taking place after The Deathly Hallows, a press release has announced a new animated film called Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. But it has nothing to do with the Harry Potter […]
- Ethan Anderton
Ifans joins the ensemble to play Officer Hector DeJean, a charming agent who works for Chief Steven Frost (Jenkins). The 10-part contemporary spy series will follow case officers at the CIA foreign station in Berlin trying to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower.
“Rhys is an international star whose ability to play a wide range of characters has placed him in the rarefied group of actors who travel seamlessly between feature films and premium television,” said Mark S. Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix, in a statement.
Jenkins joined the cast earlier this month. Production on the series is scheduled to begin this fall, with the show premiering on Epix in the fall »
- Reece Ristau
Three new baddies have been added to The Vampire Diaries for season 7, and here they are...
Three "nasty, nasty girls" have been added to the character roster of The Vampire Diaries season 7, according to showrunner Julie Plec, meet Valerie, Nora and Mary-Louise, played respectively by Elizabeth Blackmore, Scarlett Byrne and Teressa Liane.
The villainous trio are all powerful heretics destined to cause all kinds of trouble in season seven.
First up is Valerie, played by Elizabeth Blackmore (Evil Dead, Legends Of The Seeker), a powerful heretic witch who, according to Variety, "has difficulty adjusting to life in Mystic Falls". Opposed to the pacifist instructions Lily Salvatore has given the heretics," Valerie is set to "start a dangerous chain of events that will change Mystic Falls".
First shown at last weekend’s HorrorCon, here’s the new trailer for director Adam J Spinks (Extinction) new film Survivors, which stars Joanne Gale (Red Dwarf X, Run FatBoy Run), Simon Burbage (Extinction, Pulp: The Movie. Hollyoaks), David Anderson (How To Live Yours, 3some), Adrian Annis (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Eva’s Diamond), alongside Vanessa Mayfield (Outside The Box), Lydia Kay (Christmas Slay) and Rich Keeble (Birds Of A Feather, The Addicted)
A story about the depth of human courage in the face of an enemy unleashed by the authorities who are meant to keep us safe. In a world without laws, without order and with nobody watching, how far would you go to survive?
Survivors is out in the UK 26th October. Find out more at www.survivorsmovie.com
- Phil Wheat
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The BBC One show averaged 2.58m (16.8%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.57m (21.3%).
Casualty was seen by 3.88m (22.1%) from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 2.72m (16.9%) afterwards.
On BBC Two, Wimbledon coverage averaged 1.3m (8.5%) between 5.55pm and 9.30pm.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.71m (16.5%).
Channel 5's latest Big Brother highlights at 9.50pm took figures of 843k (5.4%).
On the multichannels, ITV3's Midsomer Murders interested 933k (5.5%) from 8pm. »
Updated, Monday, 9:18 Am, 11:26 Am and 1:20 Pm Pt: Market breakdowns for Jurassic World, which broke records around the world this morning, are in below as is Disney, Fox and Warner Bros.’s titles such as San Andreas. Internationally, Jw's final gross ended up with a $315.3M tally, which means it officially passed Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2‘s $314M opening for the best ever international bow. To have an idea where Jurassic World is headed, the 2011 Harry… »
3Rd Update, Monday 12:20 Pm Pt: Jurassic World-domination began on Wednesday June 10 and ran wild throughout the weekend, bringing the Universal/Legendary pic to a global opening haul of $524.4M. In the process, Indominous Rex stomped on previous records held by The Boy Who Lived, for both worldwide and international openings. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 had held the worldwide title since 2011 when it bowed to $483.2M. In international markets, Jw overtook… »
Jurassic World has officially broken the record for the biggest opening ever, having grossed $208.8 million domestically in ticket sales. That was enough for the movie to surpass the 2012 opening of The Avengers, which had a total haul of $207.4 million. But that wasn't the only record the film broke this past weekend. Jurassic World also grossed $315.3 million internationally, more than enough to take the crown from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which grossed $314 million. With worldwide tickets sales of a combined $524.1 million, Jurassic World’s opening has become the highest-grossing ever. »
- Michael Lewittes
There seems to be something slightly anti-climatic brewing with the “Hunger Games” franchise. While most of these films just make money hand over fist—and “Catching Fire” made gangbusters money—the enthusiasm for Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” series seemed to wane a little bit with ‘Mockingjay—Part 1.’ And perhaps that’s because audiences are beginning to tire of the elongated franchise climax and its transparent methods. Beginning with “Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows” which was split into two parts and made zillions, every studio wants to wring and milk as much money as they can from their final episodes, sorry, film in the franchise. The “Twilight Saga” did the same thing, Peter Jackson overstayed his welcome with “The Hobbit” trilogy, Marvel intends to do it with “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and copycats DC/Warner will Xerox the formula for a two-part “Justice League” film. But as “Mockingjay—Part 1” showed at the box-office, »
- Edward Davis
Over the last few years, in an age where multiple blockbusters are vying for attention, filmmakers have had to step up their marketing game, giving us some of the best movie trailers ever. This week, I’m breaking down the most engaging trailers we’ve seen in the past five years.
[Be sure to check out last week's Movielinx article in which we broke down the origins of movie trailers and how they got where they are!]
On the outset, looking just five years back may seem like an odd choice. Truthfully, however, in my years here at Cinelinx, I’ve chronicled the best trailer from the last couple of decades already. More to the point, I feel like movie trailers have changed just in the last few years to be something else.
I’ve always felt like a trailer is an art form in and of itself, and in the new climate of mega franchises, studios are having to do more with their movie trailers to Wow audiences and snag their attention. As such, this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
We look back at M Night Shyamalan's much-vilified fantasy movie, and ask if anything could have saved it...
“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
So began Roger Ebert's review of The Last Airbender. It sounds harsh, but Ebert's half-star verdict was fairly representative of the tidal wave of criticism that engulfed director M. Night Shyamalan's most expensive and, ultimately, most derided film yet.
But unlike other misfires from Shyamalan, this wasn't based on his own original idea. It was the first of a planned trilogy based on the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was hugely acclaimed for its visual sense, engrossing storytelling and lively, vibrant characters. What went wrong? It's almost harder to try and figure out what, if anything, went right.
There's no stopping Avengers: Age Of Ultron. As audiences continue to flock in droves to the Marvel sequel, the latest box office report claims the movie has now passed $900M internationally - making it only the 5th title to do so after Avatar, Titanic, Furious 7, and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The Joss Whedon directed blockbuster is still playing in 91 territories, and though it still has a ways to go to catch the $1,518.6B accumulated by the first Avengers, it currently has a mighty worldwide gross of $1,327B. How many times have you seen Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters? »
Get a closer look at Marvel's Ant-Man with a bunch of new images from the upcoming movie...
Marvel's first release of the year, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, has currently grossed $1.32bn across the planet. It's shortly to pass Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become the fifth biggest film of all time at the global box office. That's not a bad bit of business.
Few are expecting the firm's second release, Ant-Man, to do quite the same of business, but we suspect Marvel is still cautiously optimistic that it has another hit on its hands. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas lead the cast of this one, with Peyton Reed directing (stepping in, of course, for Edgar Wright). The studio has released a bunch of new pictures from the movie, which includes a first look as David Dastmalchian as Kurt.
Here are the new pictures...
The official synopsis for Ant-Man reads as follows. »
Every now and then, Cinema Sins manages to land himself a film that he severely doesn't enjoy. We're not talking about a mild dislike, or even plain dislike for comedic purposes, we're talking pretty vitriolic levels of criticism. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I is the latest film to have earned such a crown, and you can see all 21 minutes (or less) of Jeremy's criticism below. Potter fans, you may want to brace yourselves. Cinema Sins has targeted one of the most beloved literary adaptations with this recent video, and to be fair there are some pretty good criticisms mixed in with the total package. Right out of the gate, it points out one of the biggest flaws in a pretty controversial decision that David Yates and company made when they adapted Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince.That decision is, of course, the addition of the »
Avengers: Age of Ultron has officially been in theaters a total of one day and it is already breaking some crazy records at the box office. As it turns out, the film earned over $80 million in its first day alone, which is more than than the first Avengers and has placed it as the second highest first day earning of all-time. According to Deadline, Disney first reported the earnings from the first day at $84.46 million, very close to the initial industry estimate of $85 million. That incredibly high earning is propped by Thursday night previews where Avengers 2 made $27.6 million (for comparison, the first Avengers made almost $10 million less than that on preview night). Age of Ultron.s first day earnings put it right behind the leader of opening day, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which earned $91.07 million on its day one. When you consider that Deathly Hallows Part 2 was »
Since it’s release on Good Friday, Fast And Furious 7 has been something of a box office juggernaut. Now after just four weeks on release the film has amassed an impressive $1.32 billion worldwide. Not bad for the seventh outing in a franchise. This phenomenal box office takings means that Fast And Furious 7 now ranks as the fifth highest grossing film of all time!
Previously the fifth slot had been occupied by Frozen but they’ve been given no choice but to let it go and let Vin’s team take the spot. The top four films are Avatar ($2.78b), Titanic ($2.18b), The Avengers Assemble ($1.51b) and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.34b). Although a long way off of Cameron’s double at the very top the film could still advance to at least fourth by the end of it’s run.
Unsurprisingly it was announced last »
- Kat Smith
The staggering growth of the Fast & Furious movies has continued in spectacular style these past few weeks. Fast & Furious 7 has now topped the Us box office for four weeks in a row, and the movie has - by some distance - become the most successful of the franchise to date. Fast & Furious 6, for instance, grossed $788m worldwide, and that in turn was a significant jump from Fast & Furious 5.
Neither, though, can hold a box office torch to Fast & Furious 7. The film has now taken $320m in the Us alone, but even more than that, it's taken $1bn elsewhere in the world. Its current combined take - and it's a long way from running out of (ahem) gas - is $1.32bn.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
"Insurgent," the second installment in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, is a true middle book, and the adaptation is no exception. There's less background exposition and more plot twists and character development -- not to mention a cliffhanger ending. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to escape the clenches of Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless henchmen. On the run, Tris and Four realize they must form alliances -- with the neutral Amity, the Dauntless unwilling to follow Jeanine, and the Factionless led by the mysterious Evelyn (Naomi Watts), someone from Four's past. (In case you can't remember anything from the first movie, here are seven things to know before you see "Insurgent.")
"Insurgent" is rated PG-13 "for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language." If you have an elementary-school-aged kid who read the books early, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Hot off the back of his Oscar win for scoring The Grand Budapest Hotel, one of composer Alexandre Desplat's upcoming assignments will be to go where John Williams has once trodden (not for the first time either, following his work on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2). He's going to be scoring a Star Wars film.
Desplat has confirmed that he's in charge of the music for 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One, that Gareth Edwards is set to direct. Few plot details are known about the film, although it's expected to be set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and is rumoured to be a heist movie. Felicity Jones has already been confirmed to star in the film.
Desplat taking »
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