JK Rowling / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Every day, conversations in the film community gravitate to how DC, Marvel and Lucasfilm are working on huge, interconnected universes on the big screen. Innumerable other franchises are emulating this blueprint too, whether it be the Universal Monsters or Ghostbusters. But a similar franchise largely kept out of the conversation is Harry Potter.

In the next decade, we’re going to get at least three new films in Potter’s universe. The spin-off series, set years before Harry’s story, is called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling herself is writing the screenplay and David Yates, who helmed the final four Potter films, is returning to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Warner Bros. has set a release date of November 18, 2016 for the film and latest news on the series comes from the series creator herself.

Rowling took to Twitter to confirm she’s now “tweaking” the Fantastic Beasts screenplay. Read her quotes and more on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them below. Read More »

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Richard Vale, a statistics lecturer at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, has used math to try and figure out which characters will live or die in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. His results should should cheer up some fans and depress others. Hit the jump to see what he found.

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Two of the biggest cinema chains in the country, Cinemark and Regal, have just announced that they will not be showing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (or really any other day-and-date releases) in their IMAX theaters. Hit the jump for more details.

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Interestingly, the hire pits Chbosky against his own Perks star Emma Watson, who’s attached to lead the competing Beauty project at Warner Bros. Unless she jumps ship for Chbosky, that is. Hit the jump for more about the new Beauty and the Beast writer.

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Hit the jump for more on the Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters sequel director drop-out.

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Xavier Samuel to Play Modern-Day Frankenstein Monster

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Later this year, Xavier Samuel will be seen as part of David Ayer’s Fury, a film which features giant man-made machines. Now, for one of his next films, Samuel will be a man-made monster, as he’s set to play a contemporary version of Frankenstein’s monster in a film that updates Mary Shelley’s classic tale. What more we know about this upcoming Xavier Samuel Frankenstein project is below. Read More »

Tim Burton Wants Asa Butterfield for ‘Miss Peregrine’

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Should Butterfield close his deal, he’ll join Eva Green, who previously starred in Burton’s Dark Shadows. Hit the jump for more on Burton’s desire to get Asa Butterfield for Miss Peregrine.

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