12 items from 2016
It's the small decisions along the way that shape major successes - and Harry Potter had lots of potential turning points...
Spanning a series of books, films, merchandising prospects, an amusement park and - soon - a spin-off film and West End show, Harry Potter is one of the most iconic franchises in the history of fandom.
But things could have been very, very different…
Spoilers lie ahead for the Harry Potter series.
It’s been well-documented that J K Rowling struggled to get her first book published.
Almost a dozen houses, including Penguin, TransWorld and Harper Collins, rejected Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone outright.
When a first chapter arrived at Bloomsbury Publishing, it was destined to remain in the slush pile until its curious black binding caught the eye of a lowly assistant. On a whim, »
While the critics may not have been too kind to Batman v Superman, movie audiences came out in droves to see the Man of Steel and Caped Crusader clash for the first time on the big screen. Much has been said about the projections for the film, as well as the records it was set to break.
When last we reported, it was set to make around $170.1 million domestically on Easter weekend. Now that the final tallies have been made, it turns out that the number is a bit lower than that. According to Variety, the actual number is $166.1 million -- about $4 million less than initially reported.
Though this is by no means a bank-breaking difference, but the outlet is quick to point out that this does change some of the supposed records the film would break. Originally, the film was declared to have the sixth best domestic opening of »
- Joseph Medina
'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Decline of Western Civilization': Packard Campus movies Movies set in the world of music and/or radio are among the April 2016 highlights at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Packard Campus Recorded Sound Curator Matt Barton selected the documentaries and narrative features in this particular program, which, according to the Theater's press release, includes “several rarely projected films in original release prints from the Library's holdings.” Radio/music titles include: Clint Eastwood's 1971 feature film directorial debut, the thriller Play Misty for Me, starring Jessica Walter as a woman obsessed with both a late night disc jockey (Eastwood) and the song “Misty,” jazzily played by Errol Garner at the piano. Also in the cast: Donna Mills, frequent Eastwood director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, »
- Andre Soares
A few weeks ago Harry Potter fans started to buzz about the possibility of a continuation for the beloved series. Reason being that there's a play opening in London called Harry Potter And The Cursed child which is, essentially, a sequel to the final Potter book. What's more, it's actually based on a story by J.K. Rowling herself. So that got people thinking: "Hmm, it's already a play. The story is canon. Now a book version of the play is on the way. It's only a matter of time before it's adapted into another movie!"
To that, Rowling says: Not so fast!
You heard wrong, I'm afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though! https://t.co/7tvw4rolcR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016
Yes, Rowling took to twitter to reply to a fan who said they'd "heard" Cursed Child was becoming a movie. She said, "You heard wrong, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The reason Hollywood keeps making sequels? They make the most profit, on the whole...
A new piece of research by Forbes has concluded that if you want to make serious cash from a blockbuseter movie then you need to be in the sequel business.
Taking figures provided by The Numbers, it analysed a list of what it reckoned to be the most profitable films ever – albeit by a fairly crude formula, that we’ll come to in a second – and discovered that 15 of the 20 films concerned were sequels.
The crude formula? It took the estimated cost of production of the film concerned, a figure that in truth is impossible to gleam at the best of times, and took away the worldwide income to the studio. Income, though, isn’t the same as profit. $1 taken at the box office in the Us returns more money to a movie »
Is the movie comedy that pushes two hours and change really a modern problem? And why are so many comedies so long?
Shakespeare wrote "Brevity is the soul of wit", which partly explains why there's only one good joke in Hamlet. John Michael McDonagh (Calvary, The Guard) said in an interview with this site “if it takes you two hours to tell a story you have failed as a filmmaker. 105 minutes tops is all you need if you're talented.”
The recent Tina Fey/Amy Poehler film Sisters is two hours long. While I enjoyed it, and laughed a lot, it starts to drag slightly in the middle of the party sequence, and feels like it might have benefited from a more brutal editing, killing some darlings and indulgence. It is a film with more to it than creating laughter, but not to the extent that it doesn't »
It’s rare for any actor to have as big of a year as Irish breakout Domhnall Gleeson had in 2015. The 32-year-old actor, whose father is longtime character actor Brendan Gleeson, had an unprecedented year by any standard, appearing in four Oscar-nominated films last year (Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VII, Brooklyn, and The Revenant) two of which are nominated for best picture, Brooklyn and The Revenant.
Until his meteoric rise in 2015, Gleeson was perhaps best known for his small supporting role as the eldest of the Weasley brothers in the Harry Potter series, but now, with supporting roles of varying degrees in two best picture nominated films and a lead credit in Ex Machina, it can safely be said that Gleeson is among the top stars to watch in 2016.
While his father has been appearing in films for nearly three decades, Domhnall’s »
- Patrick Shanley
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 brought the beloved franchise to an end back in 2011, but the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them later this year is set to give Potter fans another cinematic dose of wonderful wizardry. Even though Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts aren’t directly connected – they're set in the same universe, but decades apart – that hasn’t stopped Michael Gambon from pleading his case to be involved in the spin-off. In fact, the legendary actor has devised the perfect plan for how he can feature. Michael Gambon, who replaced Richard Harris in the role of Albus Dumbledore for the final six Harry Potter films, outlined his idea to the Express while talking on the red carpet for Dad’s Army. After admitting that he might be a tad too »
It’s difficult to believe, but it’s almost been a decade since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows was released, closing off an incredible series of books. Perhaps it doesn’t feel so long because the world that author J.K. Rowling created is so unique and expansive that fans are still discussing excitedly, and will surely do so for a very long time to come.
Even despite this expansiveness, Rowling continues to flesh out the Harry Potter canon, revealing character details, post-Potter story-lines and confirming/debunking some of the innumerable outlandish fan theories.
Many of these reveals are subtle, adding texture to the series without radically changing how fans perceive it. Yet every so often Rowling drops something absolutely huge, a revelation that stuns Harry Potter enthusiasts and reinvents how everyone sees elements of the series.
From the familial relationship between Harry and Voldemort to a certain »
- Brian Wilson
The milestones are coming a bit more spaced out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as it enters its 5th frame. But they are indeed still coming. Having added $10.9M on Wednesday and $8.8M on Thursday internationally, the offshore cume is now $966.7M. That sees it ascend the No. 5 spot ever at the overseas box office, moving just past Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($960.5M). The global total will pass $1.8B when today’s figures are tallied. The cume is… »
With Tuesday's figures added in, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has moved up a notch on the all-time international box office chart. Picking up $14.2M on Monday overseas, followed by another $11.5M yesterday, the offshore cume is now $946.9M. That takes Tfa to No. 6 ever internationally, passing Disney's own Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The next stop this week is No. 5 when it waves a wand at Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2's $960.5M. This puts the $1B mark within… »
As it nears Avatar‘s all-time domestic box office record, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues blasting its way up the global chart. With Friday’s figures factored in, the global cume on the sci-fi saga’s continuation is now $1.39B. That pushes it past Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to snag the No. 7 slot at the all-time worldwide box office. But it won’t rest there for long. Today Swtfa will overtake Avengers: Age Of Ultron to become the No. 3 movie of… »
12 items from 2016
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