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We all knew that Harry Potter was too much of a gravy train for Warner Bros. to end for too long. Plus, J.K. Rowling is the type of author who really throws her all into creating her worlds, and as such, has created an endless well from which to pull fresh water. A short five years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, audiences were treated to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The film was set in the same world as Harry Potter, but it was by no means a Harry Potter story. Yes, it’s set in the same world, but it takes place decades prior in the 1920s in New York City. What’s more, the film didn’t follow the education of a few maturing wizards, but instead features an adult cast already living in the Wizarding World. Despite the similarities, »
- Joseph Medina
For over a decade, Warner Bros. kept “Harry Potter” fans happy with eight films based on the books by J.K. Rowling spread over eleven years. The series was a phenomenon and a huge moneymaker, and it didn’t take long for the studio and author to figure out a way to keep the money rolling in and serve up something new for fans. Five years after “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” a prequel series was launched with “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.” The film made $814 million worldwide proving there’s plenty left in the bank, and with four more movies planned, it’s full steam ahead on the follow-up.
Continue reading Synopsis Revealed For ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them 2’ As Filming Begins at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp.
Now you can own Their Finest Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Gemma Arterton (mine is Hansel And Gretel – Witch Hunters!). It’s so easy!
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- Tom Stockman
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp. From the producers of Brooklyn and Carol, Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Gideon’s Daughter) lead an all-star cast in what Andrew Barker at Variety considers “a relentlessly charming romantic comedy.” Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day), the Their Finest Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.
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- Tom Stockman
UK-Germany co-pro Trautmann, a biopic of legendary German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, has rounded out its cast and begun filming in Northern Ireland.
Joining the recently announced John Henshaw (Looking For Eric) and Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel) are: Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), Harry Melling (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), Michael Socha (Being Human), Mikey Collins (Dunkirk), Chloe Harris (Call The Midwife) and Barbara Young (Coronation Street).
The film tells the story of Bert Trautmann, the former Nazi paratrooper who became a goalkeeping legend at Manchester City, making 545 appearances and famously playing in the Fa Cup final with a broken neck.
The first image has also been released (see above »
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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 »
Do you know Moaning Myrtle’s real name? Or the reason Lupin didn’t make it past the war? How much do you think it would cost to go to Hogwarts — if your letter hadn’t gotten lost in the mail? How about what Hagrid’s Patronus is? (Trick question! The gentle giant doesn’t have one.)
All of these questions, along with plenty you probably didn’t know you had, have been answered by J.K. Rowling in the decade (yes, it’s really been that long) since the final installment of the Harry Potter books, The Deathly Hallows.
- Jami Ganz
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 »
Kirsten Howard Mar 29, 2017
The brand new trailer for Luc Besson's upcoming return to sci-fi, Valerian, has landed...
In a summer packed with sequels, remakes, reboots and franchise films, Valerian might just be the most interestingly gamble out there. It's directed by Luc Besson, and it's his first full-on blockbuster sci-fi film since The Fifth Element (although there's an argument that Lucy strays into sci-fi quite a lot too). And the new trailer for the movie has landed. It looks like this...
Previously Besson had been chatting about casting Dane DeHaan in the movie.
“With Dane, 30 seconds after I sat down at the bar with him, the restaurant, I knew that it was him, for sure,” he admitted. “After one minute, my problem is, if he says no, I’m in trouble. It was already printed in my head. »
Multiple sources have confirmed tonight that esteemed British actor John Hurt has died at the age of 77. Hurt's illustrious career spanned over five decades, starting in 1962 when he debuted in the British romantic drama The Wild and the Willing. He went on to star in over 130 films, which earned him two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe win, four BAFTA Awards, and much more. Hurt will be remembered by audiences for his brilliant and captivating performances in a number of acclaimed dramas, including The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. Hurt was also no stranger to the world of sci-fi and fantasy, leaving his mark as Gilbert Kane in 1979's Alien where he brought to life one of the most iconic horror sequences ever depicted on film. He would later go on to star as Garrick Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a role he later reprised in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 »
John Hurt, the Oscar-nominated British actor who starred in films like The Elephant Man, Midnight Express, Alien and the Harry Potter series over a career that spanned more than 50 years, died Friday at the age of 77. Hurt's agent confirmed the actor's death to the BBC.
No cause of death was immediately known, but Hurt revealed in 2015 that he was battling pancreatic cancer. "I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it,” Hurt told the Radio Times after the diagnosis. »
John Hurt‘s passing has left behind another hole in the heart of Hollywood, but his roles will live on forever.
Midnight Express (1978)
Hurt’s turn as Max in this classic film earned him his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal as a heroin addict imprisoned in a Turkish jail.
- Alexia Fernandez
The second installment of ABC’s gay rights miniseries When We Rise has been pushed back a day to accommodate the ABC News special report “President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9/8c, the network announced Wednesday.
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The limited series event will still premiere Monday, Feb. 27, at 9 pm, but the subsequent episodes will now air nightly Wednesday through Friday.
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A. Bayona.
A young boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness is visited by a talking yew tree that tells him stories.
With his first two films (The Orphanage and The Impossible) director J.A. Bayona proved himself adept at tackling emotional material that didn’t shy away from harsh realities and dark situations, and his third feature continues that trend. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy with a young mum (Felicity Jones) who is battling terminal cancer and running out of treatment options, a situation not made easier by an overbearing grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and a group of boys who are bullying him at school. Then one night he is visited in a dream by a walking, talking yew tree that says he will tell Conor three stories, »
- Amie Cranswick
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