the dark tower trailer

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower recently wrapped filming, and while we’ve seen photos from the seta bunch of new stills, and extensive conversations with stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, we’ve yet to see any actual footage from the film. But now we can start a countdown, as it has been revealed that the first footage from Nikolaj Arcel‘s fantasy/horror/western will be arriving in October.

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Harry Potter eBooks

Harry Potter’s story came to an end nine years ago with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or so we thought at this time. In truth, the wizarding world has continued to thrive since the “last” Harry Potter book. This fall’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them picks back up with the Potterverse in a different time and place on the big screen, while this summer’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brought back Harry himself, now all grown up. And we’re still not done.

Pottermore announced today that a trio of “bite-sized eBooks” will arrive this fall under the banner Pottermore Presents. The books will dig deeper into Hogwarts, dishing out new stories about professors like Horace Slughorn and Minerva McGonagall and new details about Hogwarts itself.  Read More »

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Box Set

Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have seen multiple releases on home video. In fact, I’ve lost count of just how many different home video releases there have been of Lord of the Rings. But now the definitive collection of all six extended cuts of Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth films is coming this fall, and it’s undoubtedly the one box set to rule them all.

Get details on the special edition Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit box set after the jump. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water

I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts Magical Creatures

This fall brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters, expanding the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, complete with a screenplay written by the novel’s author herself. The most recent trailer finally laid out the basic premise of the story for us with some magical creatures escaping from Newt Scamander’s suitcase, leaving the wizard with the task of tracking them down before they wreak havoc on the non-magical world and reveal the wizarding community.

If you’re wondering what some of these magical creatures are in the aforementioned most recent trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the names and a few details on them. One of them is even the symbol of one of the Ilvermorny wizarding school, the American equivalent of Hogwarts. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts magical creatures after the jump. Read More »

Masters of the Universe Reboot

For years Hollywood has been trying to get a new take on Masters of the Universe off the ground. After cycling through various directors and writers, the current iteration of the project lies in the hands of Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation director McG. He’s not exactly anyone’s first choice to take on such a beloved property, but that’s who Sony Pictures have entrusted with Masters of the Universe for now. So what’s the status of the project?

In a recently interview, McG talked about where they’re at in development the Masters of the Universe reboot, acknowledged meeting with Kellan Lutz for the project, and referenced a bunch of recently popular franchises and filmmakers that are influencing their approach to the movie. Read More »

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david lowery

Director David Lowery‘s reimagining of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon is a very, very loose remake. It’s more detached from the original film than any of the other live-action Disney remakes. For Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks, a boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley), and a dragon, Elliot, were all they needed to take from the 1977 musical.

Halbrooks and Lowery’s tale of friendship is character-driven and sparse. Unlike most films we’ve seen this summer, it’s not driven by set pieces or conventional spectacle. Pete’s Dragon is basically a big budget drama. At the film’s press day, Lowery was kind enough to discuss crafting his latest picture with us, how the story evolved, working with Robert Redford, and how a bank commercial inspired him.

Below, read our David Lowery interview.

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Pete's Dragon Wes Bentley Interview

Wes Bentley‘s first big breakout role was in the 1999 Best Picture Winner, American Beauty. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Bentley in all sorts of films, including InterstellarThe Hunger GamesKnight of Cups, and two comedies more people should’ve seen, Welcome to Me and Weirdsville. The actor’s latest role is in director David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon, a remake of Disney’s 1977 musical.

In this adventurous, sparse and often somber reimagining, Bentley plays Jack. His brother, Gavin (Karl Urban), is the antagonist, while his girlfriend, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), is one of the film’s heroes. Similarly to Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, backstory and past conflicts are often left unspoken and suggested. At a recent press day, we discussed the often complicated relationships within Pete’s Dragon with Wes Bentley, who also told us about working with young actors, his time at Julliard, and his experience on Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups.

Below, read our Wes Bentley interview.

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Zoe Kravitz in Divergent

Zoë Kravitz is getting her Hogwarts letter, or whatever the 1920s American equivalent is. The actress was reportedly a last-minute addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. She’ll appear alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski.  Read More »