Fantastic Beasts

Universal Studios has been granted a couple of exciting new patents and they look like they could be for new Harry Potter-themed attractions being planned for their theme parks. Rumors continue to circulate that the Dragon Challenge coaster in Universal Islands of Adventure may be replaced with a new ride (or rides) based on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Check out these crazy new patents and ponder whether or not they’re for new Fantastic Beasts rides below!

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Ghostbusters Extended Cut

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake wasn’t the resounding hit that Sony hoped it would be when it was released last year, and since then, the studio has been fairly quiet about a potential follow-up. But Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters film and a producer on the new film, has been tasked with keeping the Ghostbusters cinematic universe on track. And according to him, those plans are still in motion. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in WonderlandSleeping BeautyCinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »

beauty and the beast compared to the original

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast.)

Once Walt Disney Pictures began adapting its animated classics for live-action, starting with Tim Burton’s 2010 take on Alice in Wonderland and moving into villain-centered fairy tales like Maleficent, it was a safe bet that a new version of Beauty and the Beast wouldn’t be too far behind. The 1991 film is beloved the world over and was a central part of pop culture for countless Millennials growing up. Plus, it garnered heaps of critical praise and a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, the first for an animated film. So it’s no surprise that Disney has gone all-in with its live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast: it boasts an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, and more; its director, Bill Condon, has directed everything from entries in the Twilight Saga to the Dreamgirls musical adaptation; and its reported $160 million budget is evident in the sets, costumes, and extensive CGI.

But can the new Beauty and the Beast compare to the 1991 classic? Does this remake feel as timeless as the film that inspired its existence? Or do its changes — and there are quite a few — feel dull and lifeless? Let’s dive in and compare the original and its remake to find out.

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Game of Thrones season 6 blooper reel

At the end of the first season of Game of Thrones, three tiny dragons were born and they’re so cute and you just wanted to hold them and hug them. Then the dragons grow up a bit and became dog-sized and they were still so cute and you still just wanted to hold them and hug them. Then they grew up to be about the size of automobiles and…well, they were still so cute and you still just wanted to hold them and hug them.

Well, pretty soon, our dreams of holding and hugging Daenerys’ three dragon companions will soon be coming to an end because they’ll be as big as jet airliners in Game of Thrones season 7.

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bill condon directing beauty and the beast emma watson on set

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down filmmaker Bill Condon to talk about his live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. We discussed the changes he made to the Disney classic, hiding Universal horror homages in his work, the film’s incredible production design, and a taste of the deleted scenes fans can expect on the inevitable home video release. Read our full Bill Condon interview below!

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american gods trailer

With Game of Thrones coming to an end and Westworld taking its sweet time getting around to a second season, the upcoming geek television void may have a new contender for your affections. Starz’s television adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel American Gods arrives next month and the newest trailer is full of stunning visuals, terrific actors, and lots and lots (and lots) of blood. It looks like showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have a real winner on their hands.

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godzilla vs kong

In the third part of my interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the filmmaker talks about how Kong: Skull Island might set-up the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters, the 2020 event showdown film Godzilla vs. Kong, and the future of Warner Bros’ Monsterverse.

Parts one and two can be found at those links. Read on for the conclusion!

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american gods tv show

When we discuss the stunning and bizarre and frequently hilarious first hour of Starz’s American Gods, we may very well be discussing your next television obsession. At the very least, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green‘s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s beloved novel has a stunning opening filled with astonishing images, bizarre characters, and evocative mysteries.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix has confirmed that A Series of Unfortunate Events will return for a second season. The confirmation/announcement comes via a strange video released by Netflix that included a code leading fans to message from Lemony Snicket on a website. Learn more details about A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 after the jump.
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