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Will Daniel Radcliffe ever return as Harry Potter? Possibly, somewhere down the road. Harry Potter is without question one of the most popular franchises of all time, and not just the movies either. The book series that spawned the movies are intensely popular and there is even a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, that is one the hottest tickets on the market right now. No matter what other Harry Potter movies, books, plays or anything ever get made though, Daniel Radcliffe is always going to be the face of the franchise.
Radcliffe moved on from the wizarding world after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, which makes sense. But J.K. Rowling is continuing to make new Harry Potter stuff, and there is probably going to be a point in the future that might call for Radcliffe to return to the role of Potter. In a recent interview with Radio Times, »
Harry Potter fans all over the world are on the edge of their seats awaiting the opportunity to find out what happens in the eighth story that J.K.Rowling is telling in the wizarding world. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being done as a two part stage play in London and will not be released as a book, however the play is being released for fans to read. The author has taken to the web in advance of the play's preview run to ask fans not to spoil it for others.
Rowling was featured in a YouTube video on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child channel in which she said some kind words about her fans but also urged them not to spoil the story for anyone. The video was uploaded yesterday in anticipation of the preview run for The Cursed Child, which starts tonight. Here »
Though it has been quite some time since J.K. Rowling has wrapped up her Harry Potter book series, she has kept fans very happy and kept herself very busy in the wizarding world. Outside of the amusement parks, spinoffs and Pop figures, Rowling has also written a continuation of the main Harry Potter story in the form of a two part stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. However, some fans have been pretty outraged about a particular casting choice and Rowling is not happy about it.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Rowling addressed the recent outcry, which came as a result of actress Noma Dumezweni landing the role of Hermione. The problem? Well, it hasn't sat right with many fans that Dumezweni is black. Rowling, on the other hand thinks she is perfect for the job and has went as far as to call the criticism "racist. »
All this week Pottermore have been giving an eager public their first look at the cast of the new Harry Potter story, a theatrical two-parter which takes place almost two decades after the death of Voldermort in The Deathly Hallows. A new Harry, Ron and Hermione have been revealed (as have their children) and you […]
The post First look at Draco Malfoy and his son from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
It's not often I get to write about my first love, theatre, but thanks to the buzz surrounding Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts One and Two, I get to do just that today. Why is everyone talking about this production? Well, because it's based on a story "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling had a hand in writing and is an officially-sanctioned sequel to her now-classic books about the boy wizard. Those books famously gave way to eight movies, and now this new story she's written is getting the stage treatment.
The play, coming to the Palace Theater London in July, will be the eighth story in the Potter series and it takes place 19 years after the events depicted in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Basically, it's set in the same period as that epilogue scene at the end that depicted Harry, Ron, and Hermione as adults with »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Some good news for Harry Potter fans who didn’t manage to snap up some Cursed Child theatre tickets. J. K. Rowling has announced a special charity performance of her new play – which is set in the Wizarding World some years after the end of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures in The Deathly Hallows – which the famously reclusive author will attend herself.
The showing, which takes place on 18th September 2016, is in aid of Rowling’s charity Lumos, which provides aid and opportunities to children living in institutions due to poverty or disability. Fans hoping for tickets have been invited to bid on special ‘packages’, which include tickets to the two-part show as well as special Potter collectibles, such as a rare fabric map of Hogwarts, a poster signed by the cast of the play, scripts and other goodies.
Fans on a budget might be disappointed, though, as the »
- Kirsty Capes
“Game of Thrones” star Michelle Fairley will play Henry VII’s mother in the Starz limited series “The White Princess.” Plus, FX has set summer premiere dates for Season 3 of “The Strain” and “You’re the Worst.”
“Game of Thrones” actress Michelle Fairley will star in Starz’s limited series drama “The White Princess,” the follow-up to the premium cabler’s original miniseries “The White Queen.” Based on a novel in Philippa Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, “The White Princess” offers a female perspective on the string of late 15th century battles in England known as War of the Roses.
Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort, the plotting mother of Henry VII and mastermind behind his ascent to the British throne. The actress appeared as Catelyn Stark in the first three seasons of “Game of Thrones” and has also starred in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, »
- Alyssa Sage
Though today is just another Monday for most people, devoted fans of the Harry Potter franchise remember this date as one that is quite significant. Today marks the 18th Anniversary for the Battle of Hogwarts in J.K. Rowling's final book Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. The epic war saw several beloved characters pass away. In honor of this anniversary, author J.K. Rowling spoke out about why she decided to kill off one particular character in this battle, Remus Lupin.
Remus Lupin was played by David Thewlis in five of the eight Harry Potter movies, and he was quite beloved by fans of both the books and movies alike. Remus was afflicted with lycanthropy as a child and he could transform into a werewolf, which could be curbed with the help of Wolfsbane Potion. He eventually became Hogwarts' Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and later joined the Order of the Phoenix, »
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… »
20 items from 2016
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