J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Sketches

Even though J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marks the end of the story of The Boy Who Lived, that doesn’t mean she’s done given fans some little gems from the wizarding world she created so many years ago. By way of Pottermore, the author has unveiled some of the original sketches she created of characters such as Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape and even Peeves the Poltergeist.

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A Monster Calls Release Date

Right now we’re in a bit of a dead zone between the blockbuster summer season and awards season, but that’s going to change once Snowden arrives in the middle of September as we start to move into October. However, one of the movies that I was looking forward to quite a bit has just been bumped back from its original October release date into December.

A Monster Calls will no longer arrive this fall, but the good news is that this date looks like a vote of confidence in the film’s quality to potentially be in contention for some awards. Find out the new A Monster Calls release date below. Read More »

Daniel Danger's The Jungle Book print

Earlier this Summer it was revealed that Mondo would be teaming up with ACME Archives to produce licensed prints based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Today I’m excited to tell you that Mondo has now struck a partnership with Cyclops Print Works, the company behind the amazing Disney prints from the past couple years. And we get to premiere the first collaboration exclusively:

In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo have teamed up to release a print by artist Daniel Danger. We’ve featured Danger’s work many times over the years, and the atmospheric beauty has definitely made him one of our favorites. Hit the jump to see Daniel Danger’s The Jungle Book print and find out how you can get your hands on one of these bad boys.
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Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast)

So far we haven’t seen much from Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, just a teaser trailer teasing some of the iconic locations and our new Beauty. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) the film stars Emma Watson as the new Beauty and Dan Stevens as the new Beast. And now we get a first look at some of the other iconic supporting characters from the new film: Lumiere played by Ewan McGregor and Cogsworth played by Ian McKellen. Get a first look at the what these two characters from Beast’s castle look like in the new movie, after the jump.
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James and the Giant Peach Remake

Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature.

The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick in 1996. It’s just one more live-action remake from the animation vaults of Disney. Read More »

arrival first look

UPDATE: Fantastic Fest has unveiled the second wave of films in this year’s line-up, including Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden, and Sadako vs Kayako (which finds the monsters from The Ring and The Grudge battling it out). We have added the complete list of second wave films to the bottom of this post.

Fantastic Fest, the Austin, Texas-based film festival built around showcasing genre movies from the around the world, has announced its first wave of programming and it’s a doozy. Sure, the biggest news here is a red carpet screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, but that’s just the bait. The real appeal of Fantastic Fest, and the real appeal of this first wave announcement, is the collection of odd and unusual films that accompany the headliners. Come for the Tim Burton movie, but stay for the latest from Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold, Don Coscarelli, and a number of the most unusual filmmakers working on the international stage at the moment.

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harry potter video game ride

Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.

So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.

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Game of Thrones season 7 tone

Game of Thrones is a pretty grim show and always has been. This is a drama whose season premiere ends with a child getting pushed out a window, and whose first season ended with its noblest hero getting decapitated. But according to stars Kit Harington and Maisie Williams, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. With just two shortened seasons left, the actors are teasing a “very bleak” turn for the series. Because things weren’t depressing enough for the Starks already.

Spoilers for the most recent season ahead!  Read More »

Kubo and the Two Strings Featurette

This past weekend brought Kubo and the Two Strings to theaters, another gorgeous stop-motion animated adventure from the geniuses at LAIKA. As time goes on, stop-motion animation just gets more and more impressive thanks to the advancement of the technology used to make it. There’s some digital assistance here and there, but largely, it’s just some fine work done by brilliant animators who know exactly what they’re doing. However, one particular sequence needed a lot of digital assistance to come to life

One of the more breathtaking sequences in Kubo and the Two Strings comes from the opening scene when Kubo’s mother is navigating a roaring ocean in the middle of a storm. Thanks to a new featurette, we get the details on how digital animation and stop-motion puppetry combined to create this beautiful sequence. Read More »