PETE'S DRAGON

David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon is a simple, beautiful and warm tale of friendship. It’s a refreshingly sparse story that hardly resembles the original Disney film. Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks lifted very little from the ’77 musical; they made a movie that stands on its own and doesn’t rely at all on nostalgia.

The film was well received when it was in theaters, but now that it’s on home video, more viewers will likely embrace Elliot and Pete’s heartfelt and tender adventure. With Pete’s Dragon now on Blu-ray, we recently had the chance to speak with Lowery again, and he reflected on some of the toughest and most enjoyable days during the shoot, not reading the reviews, the lessons he learned, and the experience of working with Robert Redford again.

Below, read our David Lowery interview.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuted this summer to a glowing reception from Potterheads. But chances are you haven’t had a chance to enjoy it in its proper form yet. The play only opened in London’s West End, so unless you live in the area or were able to travel there, you had to make do with the published script and the power of your imagination.

But it looks like things are going to get a bit easier for Stateside Potterheads in the not-too-distant future. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is looking to hop on its broomstick and fly across the pond to New York, with plans to open in 2018. Get all the details on the Cursed Child Broadway debut below.  Read More »

The Great Wall Trailer

The return of Jason Bourne this past summer wasn’t anything to write home about, but Matt Damon will be back in action again soon enough. But this time, he’ll be in China, about 1,000 years in the past.

The Great Wall stars Matt Damon as one of a trio of mercenaries from the West who have come to steal gunpowder from the Chinese and maybe a rumored legendary weapon that they want to use to conquer their homeland. But when they arrive at the Great Wall, they find something they weren’t expecting, and we get to see much more than the previous trailers have shown us in a new trailer/featurette hybrid from China.

Watch the extended international The Great Wall trailer after the jump. Read More »

Game of Thrones Wine - Peter Dinklage

In addition to all the murder, betrayal and sex on Game of Thrones, there’s also a lot of drinking. And soon enough you’ll be able to drink with the best of them with a fine alcoholic beverage inspired by the HBO fantasy series.

Vintage Wine Estates is teaming with HBO for an officially licensed Game of Thrones wine, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it before the seventh season premiere arrives on the cable network next year. Read More »

The Dark Crystal sequel

That very long-gestating Dark Crystal sequel is finally happening… but not in the form we originally expected. Boom! Studios and Henson Company have announced a 12-issue comic book series titled The Power of the Dark Crystal, based on an unproduced screenplay by David OdellAnnette Odell, and Craig PierceRead More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Kingkiller Chronicle

Lin-Manuel Miranda sure does write like he’s running out of time. The Hamilton superstar has added yet another project to his to-do list, and in a break with his recent streak, it’s got nothing to do with Disney. Miranda will produce and write music for The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy trilogy. In addition, he could be involved in a stage adaptation somewhere down the line.  Read More »

Jared Harris

Now that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has introduced Young Grindelwald, the race is on to guess who’ll fill the role of Young Dumbledore in the sequel. And one name that’s come up again and again in that conversation is Jared Harris, in part because he’s about as close as you can get to a younger clone of the existing Dumbledore — he’s the son of Richard Harris, who played Old Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

Well, it turns out Harris has heard about all that speculation too. In a recent interview, he addressed the Dumbledore Jared Harris fantasy casting talk, warning that the decision is not his to make.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Easter Eggs

In the time since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, fans have already been obsessing about every detail in the movie as if it were a new Harry Potter book. And since the screenplays for these new movies that take place in the wizarding world are written by J.K. Rowling, that makes perfect sense. But for those who haven’t taken the time to dig any deeper into the events of the movie directed by David Yates, the characters who take part in it, or what this first movie means for the sequels in the way, a new video will explain everything you need to know.

Watch the Fantastic Beasts easter eggs and Harry Potter references video after the jump. Read More »

Emerald City trailer

If you’ve ever watched The Wizard of Oz and wished it played more like a low-rent version of Game of Thrones — or, conversely, if you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones and thought it could use some Wizard of Oz insanity — then Emerald City might be for you. The new NBC series from Tarsem Singh reimagines L. Frank Baum’s classic adventure as a grown-up fantasy drama. A young cop named Dorthy Game is whisked off to a far-off realm where she must contend with witches, warriors, sky portals, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Watch the Emerald City trailer below.

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Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fantastical adventure grounded in real-world themes of prejudice and acceptance. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them uses a powerful dark wizard to stand in for the tyrants and hatemongers who’ve rained down terror on minorities throughout history. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hinges on a group of more open-minded heroes, some of whom belong to those metaphorically marginalized groups themselves.

And also like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them does all this with few actually oppressed minorities in sight. It’s time for the Potterverse to open up and become more inclusive. (Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts.Read More »