Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen a bit of Ezra Miller as the Flash in Warner Bros.’ growing DC universe, but today we’ve got a look at his role in the studio’s other flagship franchise. Miller stars in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Credence Barebone, a shy young man who comes under the sway of a powerful auror played by Colin Farrell. Read More »
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ride is rumored to be replacing Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster has finally reopened following a lengthy refurbishment.
- Take a video tour of the the Incredible Hulk Coaster‘s new queue.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is bring The Purge: Election Year to Halloween Horror Nights.
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This fall brings the Harry Potter franchise spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters. However, this spin-off won’t be following any of the iconic characters from the eight film franchise, and instead follows an expelled Hogwarts student named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who heads to 1920s New York City with a magical briefcase full of creatures from the wizarding world.
So far much of what we’ve seen in the Fantastic Beasts trailers has showed off Scamander attempting to keep his briefcase of creatures a secret from the Muggle population (or No-Maj as they’re called in the US). But the most recent trailer introduced the plot element of the magical creatures expert having to track down a bunch of his escaped specimens. Now some new information reveals that Fantastic Beasts will also expand the wizarding world by introducing a new kind of witch with some very special abilities, and it makes us wonder if they might turn out to be one of the franchise’s villains.
Read about the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them witch after the jump. Read More »
It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The man even interviewed Smaug back when he still had The Colbert Report on Comedy Central as part of an entire week of guests centered around the release of one of the chapters of The Hobbit. And now even over at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he’s still getting admirably geeky about Tolkien’s fantasy stories from Middle-Earth.
For those who don’t know, before an episode of a late night talk show is recorded, or any program with a live audience for that matter, there’s a warm-up so the crowd is ready to have a good time. Usually a stand-up comedian comes out to tell some jokes and talk to the audience just to get them ready for the show. Then the star of the show comes out for a bit to mingle with the crowd, usually taking questions from the audience. Stephen Colbert consistently gets nerdy questions about Lord of the Rings, and you can see his passionate responses after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
We won’t see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for another few months, but Warner Bros. is already planning its next trip to the wizarding world. The studio has just set a 2018 release date for the next film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series, which will once again be directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Justice League good guy Willem Dafoe is ready for a return to the dark side. And when he goes dark, he goes really dark. Dafoe has just joined the cast of Adam Wingard‘s Death Note in the role of Ryuk, a literal death god who sets the entire murderous plot in motion. He’ll star alongside Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), and Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys). Read More »
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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The story of Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has evolved over the years to become the horror story parents tell young filmmakers. Gilliam set out to make his fantastical re-imagining of Cervantes’ legendary novel back in 1998, but a series of increasingly insane on-set disasters halted production and the already stretched financing fell apart, forcing the film to shut down early in its shoot. This story was told in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, which began its life as a future DVD making-of doc and ended up being a tragic and darkly hilarious chronicle of a film production falling apart in slow motion.
And now, after nearly twenty years of false starts, Gilliam is closer than ever to bringing this seemingly cursed passion project to fruition. The film is cast. Location scouting has begun. Shooting starts in October. A bunch of behind-the-scenes photos has been revealed and everything. This could be actually happening.
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Even though we won’t be getting any new Game of Thrones until the summer of 2017, HBO is using their insanely popular fantasy show to help get you through this nightmare of an election year in the United States. The sixth season came to an end a little while ago, but HBO is coasting on the wave of excitement that came with the finale right into the heart of election season with a little Westeros politics fun.
Any Game of Thrones fan will tell you that the show is about the endless struggle for power in Westeros, and now fans can vote to determine who will be the leader of what has been dubbed The GOT Party. There are four primary candidates, each with a running mate, and you can help determine who comes out on top. Read More »