david lowery talks the old man and the gun

The Old Man and the Gun is David Lowery‘s next project. The Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Pete’s Dragon director is reuniting with Casey Affleck and Robert Redford for the movie, which is a remarkable true story about a man who spent much of his life in and out of jail and robbing banks, even when he was nearly 80 years old. Redford is playing that man, Forrest Tucker, in a film Lowery calls a tribute to Redford.

Below, the writer-director discusses his next collaboration with the actor.

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What’s Ahead for the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise?

Fantastic Beasts sequels

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens up a brand new chapter in the Harry Potter franchise, and we already know it’s the first in a five-film saga. So even as we prepare to hit 1920s New York with Newt Scamander and his friends, it’s hard not to wonder what’s coming next. When I sat down with director David Yates and producer David Heyman this week, I took the opportunity to ask where the series might go in future installments.

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Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We’re still over a week out from seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters, but we already know that Johnny Depp will be playing the pivotal role of the villain Grindelwald, a dark wizard whom Harry Potter fans will be very familiar with. In fact, he’ll be making a brief appearance in the first movie, and his conflict with Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore will be a key part of the sequel with casting for the latter role currently underway.

Since Johnny Depp was cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (which will likely have a different title when all is said and done), some fans haven’t been too happy with his casting. After all, Depp hasn’t been turning in the best work as of late, and his career has turned into a bit of a joke. So how did we end up getting Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2? Find out after the jump. Read More »

FANTASTIC BEASTS deleted scenes

At over two hours long, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has no shortage of magical moments. But even so, director David Yates had to cut out two of his favorite sequences. In a conversation with /Film, Yates spilled the details on the Fantastic Beasts deleted scenes — including one that involving an Ilvermorny school song written by star Alison Sudol (who’s a musician when she’s not too busy finding fantastic beasts). And in even better news, Yates told us they’d make it onto the DVD extras.

No major spoilers are ahead, so proceed without worry.
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New Willy Wonka Movie Might Be an Origin Story

Willy Wonka movie update

A few weeks ago, we got word of another Willy Wonka movie in the works from Warner Bros., with Harry Potter‘s David Heyman producing. So naturally, when I had the chance to sit down with Heyman at the recent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them junket, I had to ask him about it.

During our conversation, Heyman offered a minor status update, offering hints about what the movie might be (hint: not a remake), and explaining why he wanted to make a new Willy Wonka movie in the first place.  Read More »

beauty and the beast songs

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast features three new ballads from composer Alan Menken. Menken, who recently wrote “The Great Beyond” for Sausage Party, collaborated with the late Howard Ashman and lyricist Tim Rice on the original animated film’s tunes. 25 years later, he’s now working on director Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast, which will feature new songs sung by Belle (Emma Watson) and Beast (Dan Stevens), in addition to a song performed by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

Below, learn more about the new Beauty and the Beast songs.

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dumbledore fantastic beasts

Now and then we’ve heard Professor Albus Dumbledore might make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, which will now be five films instead of three, if all goes according to plan. While making the press rounds for the first installment in author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling‘s new series, director David Yates confirmed the headmaster of Hogwarts is going to appear in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.

Below, learn a little bit more Dumbledore’s role in the next Fantastic Beasts installment.

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Fantastic Beasts Clips

Some early buzz on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrived over the weekend, and we rounded up what we could to let fans know what the first reactions were saying. But there are probably still some fans who aren’t aren’t quite excited about the movie yet. Well, Warner Bros. has unleashed a few new clips from the film.

Most of the new footage shows off the quirkiness Eddie Redmayne brings to the character Newt Scamander. In addition, we meet a new creature, get a bit more of Queenie Goldstein, and spend some time inside Scamander’s magical suitcase. Watch the Fantastic Beasts clips after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts early buzz

It’s easy to understand why Warner Bros. wanted to make Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter movies were basically a license to print money. Done right, a spinoff could be the perfect way to keep the dough rolling in — and in fact, early box office tracking suggests this film is poised to do just that.

But the more relevant question for fans, of course, is whether the film can really conjure up that old Harry Potter magic again. Those who’ve been following this franchise for years have high hopes for this return to the wizarding world. So does it deliver? Does it deliver enough to justify the fact that Warner Bros. has a total of five films planned already? The first reactions to the film are in, and the good news is that they’re looking pretty upbeat. Get the Fantastic Beasts early buzz below.  Read More »

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Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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