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David Yates interview: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Louisa Mellor Nov 18, 2016

Director David Yates on Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, what took the most takes, and the late, great Alan Rickman...

Five years after the Potter circus closed its doors with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the old gang is back with a new film about magical creature conservationist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

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The first of five planned pictures set against the the backdrop of dark wizard Gellart Grindelwald’s rise to power, a sequel to Fantastic Beasts has already been written by Jk Rowling. It’s reported to take place in Paris and will feature a young Albus Dumbledore alongside Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald.
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Director Jeremy Konner Reveals How ‘Donald Trump: The Art of the Deal’ Came Together

Director Jeremy Konner Reveals How ‘Donald Trump: The Art of the Deal’ Came Together
Jeremy Konner loves history. And comedy. His passions come together as one of the creative forces behind Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” a sort of “Real Housewives of the Gilded Age” sendup, and the Emmy-nominated “Drunk History.” Konner directed Funny or Die’s “lost TV movie adaptation” of Donald Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal,” starring Johnny Depp as the presumptive Republican nominee that was released earlier this year.

What was the motivation for “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie”?

It was a huge surprise. From what I understand Johnny Depp was meeting with Adam McKay and Owen Burke, who runs Funny or Die and is also a “Drunk History” producer. Owen had wanted to do an “Art of the Deal” spoof. He pitched it to Johnny: “You ever want to play Donald Trump? We’re shooting this feature film in four days.” And Johnny,
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Supernatural Stars on [Spoiler]'s Surprise Return, The Darkness' Origins

Supernatural Stars on [Spoiler]'s Surprise Return, The Darkness' Origins
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s Supernatural

Supernatural hosted a family reunion of sorts during Wednesday night’s Impala-themed hour when Sam had a vision of the younger version of his dad, as played by occasional guest-star Matt Cohen — except we found out it wasn’t really John Winchester telling him, “The Darkness is coming… God helps those who help themselves.” (As to who really appeared to Sam — could it be the holy deity himself? — that mystery lives on as the boys hunt.)

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Cinema Revisited: The Postmodern Horror of Wes Craven’s Scream

With the advent of the Internet, postmodernism found the perfect vessel. Today, a few clicks and an enter button can thrust you into any realm you so chose – along with a wink and plenty of ironic air quotations. This practice hasn’t solely applied to the common consumer either; tastemakers and artists have also sought this chic alternative in their works. Charlie Kaufman writes about his fictional self in Adaptation (2002), dreams become genres within themselves in Inception (2010), and a super- (anti-) hero mocks comic book movies in next year’s Deadpool.

It’s become so ingrained in the cinema of today that thinking back to a time before deconstructive art becomes a postmodern practice within itself. But we have to keep reminding ourselves what the archetypes of each genre are, otherwise it’s easy to miss the irony and just absorb the quotations. This was something that the late, great
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Director Terry Gilliam Apologizes for Being Dead

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Director Terry Gilliam Apologizes for Being Dead
If you were perusing the website at just the right time yesterday, you may have noticed an obituary for filmmaker and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. The article was promptly removed shortly thereafter, since the director is actually alive and well. The obituary was clearly pre-written by Variety writer Dave McNary, and published on accident, but the filmmaker took the whole ordeal in stride, posting the following statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages last night.

"I Apologize For Being Dead especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!" speculates that the article may have been published in response to a fake Facebook hoax that claimed Terry Gilliam, 74, had passed away. The filmmaker's statement on his own Facebook page included a photo that showed the director on his "death bed,
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“That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff”: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People

Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?

In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of
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The Best - and Worst - Movie Trailers of the Week

This was a huge week for movie trailers, so to make sure you don’t miss out on the big ones that didn’t make the Best Stuff cut, we’re beefing up this Best/Worst Trailers intro to incorporate the must-see lot. The first teaser of the Expendables 3 campaign will absolutely get franchise fans pumped, but it’s highly unlikely the gimmick will rouse much interest for those outside the big-guns, big-cast circle. Transcendence opened its marketing effort with a bit of a shtick of its own. For those willing to pay attention, the information is intriguing, but for those who’d rather not listen to the lengthy all-audio description, that Johnny Depp reveal won’t pack much of a punch. We’ve also got the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, and...

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Exclusive: Clifton Collins Jr. Talks Tendo Choi in Pacific Rim

Exclusive: Clifton Collins Jr. Talks Tendo Choi in Pacific Rim
Clifton Collins Jr. discusses working with director Guillermo del Toro in Pacific Rim, currently playing in theaters

Clifton Collins Jr. has always been one of my favorite actors to talk to, since we first spoke back in 2009. Naturally, I couldn't pass up the chance to chat with him recently about his role as Tendo Choi in director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. While Tendo is not one of the Jaeger pilots, his work as a Chinese-Peruvian member of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. is crucial to the success of any Jaeger mission, and the diversely talented Clifton Collins Jr. shines once again in a very unique role.

Take a look at our conversation, which ranged from working with Guillermo del Toro, directing music videos, his upcoming role in Wally Pfister's Transcendence (which he is currently shooting) and much, much more.

This movie is just a spectacle. It's insane.
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The Best - and Worst - Movie Trailers of the Week

CinemaCon 2013 just dished out loads of never-before-seen footage for many of the hottest upcoming releases and some of it has already made its way to the Web. Man of Steel nearly came out on top, showing off yet another beautifully moody representation of our new Superman, while The Lone Ranger hit middle ground, presenting more train footage, horses and Johnny Depp, but still falling short of justifying its epic budget. However, one CinemaCon debut did manage to crack the top three while another joined the dregs of the Worst Stuff. The Best Stuff 1. R.I.P.D.: As someone who knows nothing about Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book and, in turn, has had zero interest in the big-screen adaptation, the very first R.I.P.D. trailer is a wildly engaging nice surprise. It’s a...

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Top 7 Oscar-Winning Performances of the Past Decade

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Ah, the Oscars. We so rarely agree on the best film of the year, and yet you know I can’t quit you. There are plenty of recent Best Picture winners that I like – even love in the case of No Country for Old Men – but my personal favorite hasn’t taken the gold in decades. The same cannot be said for the acting categories. Of course there are winners that leave me less than impressed – you sure were fine in Little Miss Sunshine, Alan Arkin – but recently there have been more than a few instances where my winner is the Academy’s winner. This is especially true over the past few years, as this list will reflect.

Case in point, unless Sally Field shocks on Sunday (February 24) and wins her third Oscar, Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Misérables will earn
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21 Jump Street Blu-ray Review: A Welcome Remake

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

While Hollywood continues to go mad for remakes, 21 Jump Street shows exactly how it should be done, referencing the original in a knowing way that occasionally edges towards parody, but which never destroys the legacy of the original as other remakes tend to. The film uses the 1980s cop show that launched Johnny Depp as a clever foundation, using that show’s conceit that high-school would essentially always be the same to comic effect when the undercover duo (played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) head back to school to discover that everything has changed.

The success of the film of course relies upon the chemistry between the two leads, and indeed the comic dynamic: despite the fact that we might expect Jonah Hill to steal the show in comic terms, he is rather understated, and there isn’t a great deal of comic bogarting from either of the leads.
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Summer Movie Guide! Aliens, Johnny Depp and Zombies Are Totally Spooky

Summer Movie Guide! Aliens, Johnny Depp and Zombies Are Totally Spooky
Just when the weather starts to heat up, Hollywood trots out a whole slew of flicks to give us the chills. We've compiled an awesomely scary list of summer movies hitting the theaters that will make you scream…with delight, that is! Whether you're after creepy aliens in Prometheus, Johnny Depp's vampy swagger in Dark Shadows or even the determined undead in Resident Evil: Retribution, there's definitely a spooky flick for every summer moviegoer to enjoy. Peep our full list of upcoming supernatural movies and then hit the comments to share which thrillers you plan on catching this summer. Photos: Summer Movie Guide: Spooky Stuff!
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Which Films Will Lead In 2012?

Which Films Will Lead In 2012?
Los Angeles — Hollywood is respecting the environment and recycling – again.

The prospect of a few dozen sequels, prequels, remakes and assorted other reworkings of familiar tales might sound tiresome until you look over the guest list studios have lined up.

More Batman with "The Dark Knight Rises." More Peter Parker with "The Amazing Spider-Man." More short guys on a quest with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." More vamps and werewolves with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2." More cool sunglasses with "Men in Black 3." More Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Incredible Hulk with "The Avengers." More prehistoric pals with "Ice Age: Continental Drift." More traveling zoo animals with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." There's even more Curly, Larry and Moe with "The Three Stooges."

Add in three action flicks based on classic fairy tales and four 3-D reissues of major blockbusters, and 2012 might make good on Hollywood's aim to
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The 88 Creepiest Song Titles Of All Time

There have been plenty of creepy songs over the last thousand or so years. (Mozart‘s Requiem anybody? Well everybody, eventually.) We’ve decided to compile The 88 Creepiest Song Titles Of All Time. To be fair, we left out pretty much every death metal title because, frankly, they’re all pretty creepy. Click on the names of each artist to hear the selection. And feel free to weigh in on any song titles we may have left out in the comments. 88. “My Ding-a-Ling” Chuck Berry A no-brainer. It’s a song about a little boy discovering his penis, and it’s sung by a man well into his 40s. Perverted Justice’s favorite tune. 87. “Two Lovely Black Eyes” Charles Coborn What’s lovelier than a woman who was beaten in the face twice? According to Charles Coborn, nothing! 86. “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm” Stanley Holloway A song about Anne Boleyn,
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #318: Bridesmaids

0:00 - Intro 4:06 - Headlines: P.T. Anderson’s Next Movie is Happening, Terminator Rights Change Hands Again, NBC Passes on Wonder Woman Pilot 21:15 - Review: Bridesmaids 46:25 - Trailer Trash: Horrible Bosses, Fright Night 57:52 - Other Stuff We Watched: The Last Detail, Get Him to the Greek, Something Wild, Oceans, Avatar, The Crazies, Murder Rock aka Slashdance, Vanishing on 7th Street, Talking Funny 1:34:25 - Junk Mail: Episodes 200 and 207 in 4 Minutes, Johnny Depp, Music Recommendations, Quality vs. Quantity in Directors, Young Frankenstein, Headphones vs. Subtitles, Violence at the Theatre, The Ideal Vacation 2:07:55 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:10:15 - Outro » Download the MP3 (61 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] » Rate us on iTunes! [4] Subscribe to the podcast feed: [5] [6] [7] Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month: [1] [2] http://www.
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'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Comes To Life In 3-D At Disneyland

'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Comes To Life In 3-D At Disneyland
In "Jurassic Park," Jeff Goldblum's character argues that, unlike that prehistoric theme park gone awry, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland didn't come to life and eat the people. But it looks like he was wrong, and Ian Malcolm's second worst nightmare is about to come true -- well, sort of.

Disney announced that beginning this Friday, March 25 through May, Disneyland will have a 3-D sneak peek and interactive stage show centered on the eagerly anticipated "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Find out some of the details after the jump!

Calling All Captains. Jack, That Is.

No, you won't get to see Johnny Depp in the flesh (though the superstar will appear in extended 3-D segments from the film) but an undoubtedly capable Disneyland actor will pose as Captain Jack, calling on park goers to become part of his crew and embark on the Thunder Mountain Trail.
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What's at the Movies This Weekend?

What's at the Movies This Weekend?
Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller comedy "Little Fockers," the fantastical "Gulliver's Travels," the Coen brothers' "True Grit" and the country music drama "Country Strong."

In Theaters Now (December)'Little Fockers' (Dec. 22)

Who: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner; directed by Paul Weitz What: Stiller and De Niro are back for with this holiday focking-stuffer, as the ultimate son-in-law,
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Conjures Little Magic

Chicago – On a good day, Nicolas Cage can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable actors in the business. Whether he’s angrily reciting the alphabet in Robert Bierman’s 1988 satire “Vampire’s Kiss,” or hallucinating about iguanas in Werner Herzog’s 2009 comic masterpiece “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Cage has proven to be the most fun to watch when granted the opportunity to cut loose.

Unfortunately, Cage’s most profitable films have nearly always been his weakest, thanks to the master of commercial mediocrity, Jerry Bruckheimer. The man is incapable of producing a picture that doesn’t have his dumbed down thumbprint engraved on it. His so-called family entertainments are nothing more than watered down versions of his standard action blockbusters sold to adults, with a few cutesy in-jokes thrown in to give audiences the impression that they’re watching a Disney movie (a Buzz Lightyear alarm clock here,
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Albarn 'wants to finish Flea side-project'

Damon Albarn has confirmed that he is finishing off his previously-announced record with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The Blur and Gorillaz frontman told Stuff that the project also features Tony Allen, who drummed on 2007 supergroup album The Good, The Bad & The Queen and previously worked with Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Albarn said: "[The album is] three-quarters of the way through; I need to get this finished... [It's] another band with Tony Allen; centred around what he does. "But this time it's him and me and Flea from the Chili Peppers and some of my favourite African musicians will be involved also. Flea of course is an anagram for Fela and Flea is so into this music - so that's been great." He added of his (more)
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Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn to a create a musical supergroup

Not to be outdone by Thom Yorke, Gorillaz singer and former Blur frontman, Damon Albarn is creating a supergroup. He's enlisted the services of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, who is also in Yorke's band Atoms for Peace. The group will also feature afro beat drummer Tony Allen, a collaborator on Albarn's other side-project the Good, the Bad, and the Queen. The new project doesn't have a name yet.  This exciting news came during an interview with Stuff, a New Zealand magazine, where the forty-two-year old Albarn talked about other future projects, which include another Gorillaz album that he called "my love letter to America." According to Albarn, the U.S. has made quite an impression on him during the current Gorillaz tour, but he also still finds the country confusing.  Unfortunately, Albarn also shot down any chance of a Blur world [...]
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