Dumbledore as death theory

A little over a couple weeks ago, a new fan theory about one of the major characters in the Harry Potter series was taking the internet by storm. And it finally made its way to the character’s creator, author J.K. Rowling.

More often than not, Rowling has to debunk wild theories or answer endless questions about whether or not she’ll write an eighth Harry Potter book, but this time she’s fully on board with the fan proposal that posits a Dumbledore as death theory, or at least as a representation of the figure as tied to the story of The Three Brothers. Read More »

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Dante's Inferno movie

Inferno, the first of three books of Dante Alighieri‘s epic 14th century poem The Divine Comedy, in which a fictionalized Dante passes through Hell, Purgatory, and finally Heaven, isn’t really a romance. It’s a social and political critique, almost a satire in places, and part of a giant allegory about a personal journey to achieve an understanding of God.

But, sure, for a movie, make it a love story. The latest attempt to make a Dante’s Inferno movie at a major studio just landed at Warner Bros. thanks to a pitch that structures the story as Dante’s quest to save his love Beatrice.   Read More »

He-Man movie

Sony and Escape Artists are still trying to bring an old series of 30-minute toy commercials back to the big screen, but somehow, cracking the approach to Masters of the Universe has proven difficult. A few approaches have been taken over the past decade, from Justin Marks’ well-regarded script Grayskull that fell by the wayside long ago, to other efforts that have also failed to hit the screen. (So far, at least. )

Now Christopher Yost, who wrote on Thor: The Dark World and has his hands in Thor: Ragnarok as well, is going to sharpen He-Man’s sword. Read More »

Lifesize Minas Tirith

Much to the chagrin of fantasy fans, Middle Earth is not a real location. While you can visit certain areas of New Zealand where shooting locations from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have been turned into tourist attractions, it’s just not the same, and a lot of fans can’t afford to fly over there.

But what if Middle Earth, or part of it, could be realized in the United Kingdom? That’s what a group of J.R.R. Tolkien fans and architects is hoping to do with a new croundfunded project that hopes to build a lifesize Minas Tirith replica somewhere in the south of England. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts book

The Harry Potter franchise lives again. Warner Bros. has announced the start of principal photography on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spinoff film set 70 years before the start of Harry’s adventures.

And as cameras begin to roll, the David Yates-directed feature has made a couple of last-minute casting additions. Samantha Morton has joined Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell in the cast, along with Jenn Murray and Faith Wood-Blagrove.

Read the full Fantastic Beasts shooting announcement after the jump.  Read More »

Pete's Dragon

One of the debuts at Disney’s live-action D23 panel today wasn’t a live-action character at all, but an animated dragon named Elliott. Disney offered a preview of their upcoming Pete’s Dragon reboot today, which is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints). Find out everything we learned from the Pete’s Dragon D23 presentation after the jump. Read More »

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The Jungle Book

We haven’t heard much about Jon Favreau‘s live-action hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book since production ended. The studio released a piece of concept art that revealed what the project might look like once it is done, and the filmmaker had Instagrammed a bunch of behind-the-scenes images showing the progress.

Otherwise, however, it’s been pretty much radio silence since December of last year. And so, this year’s D23 Expo was the public’s first major look at the new project. Happily, The Jungle Book did not disappoint. Get our Jungle Book D23 footage and panel recap — and see the first Jungle Book poster — after the jump.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass posters

Disney has revealed our first look at some of the costumes for their Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass on the show floor of D23 Expo 2015. Hit the jump to check out images of the first Alice Through the Looking Glass posters and costumes.

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Game of Thrones dragon visual effects

Just last month, not long after the fifth season of Game of Thrones came to an end, we featured a look at some of the impressive and sometimes invisible visual effects of HBO’s hit fantasy series. And before that, there was a special emphasis places on the visual effects of the exciting episode “Hardhome.” But we’ve yet to dive into the visual effects of the dragons.

That changes today with a new featurette that looks at how the dragons were created in the episode “The Dance of Dragons.” Keep in mind though that this is the second to last episode of the fifth season, so if you’re not caught up, then you will want to wait to watch this featurette to avoid spoilers. But if you’re all good, then watch the Game of Thrones dragons visual effects featurette below! Read More »