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Now, the time has finally arrived that you might actually be excited about a Twilight movie…

Warner Bros is in talks with Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films) for a new movie adaptation of The Twilight Zone. The 1983 Twilight Zone movie was presented as an anthology, each of the four stories helmed by A-list directors: Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller. Hollywood no longer likes the idea of an anthology film (note Warner Bros’ handling of the highly praised 2007 horror anthology film Trick ‘r Treat), so the new movie is one storyline, and will require a single director.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the biggest movie of the year, with a $1.1 billion-dollar take worldwide. We’ve known for years that Warner Bros. was anxious about this point in time because, without Potter, what will the studio be able to rely upon as a guaranteed cash cow? And with the afterglow of that billion-buck figure starting to fade like the taillights of a truck hauling off WB’s money-printing press, it is time to take action.

The action is this: put director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves, the architects of Potter‘s success, together on a new project. Something big. Something sprawling enough to generate a couple movies. Something like Stephen King‘s own thousand-page viral outbreak, end of the world, showdown-between-good-and-evil doorstop The Stand. I think it’s a great idea. Will the moviegoing public? That remains to be seen. Read More »

What happens when a studio dedicates a decade to adapting one of the most popular novel series in the world, and does so with an eye for quality? In the case of Harry Potter, the result is a massive payoff. Warner Bros. upset its own record for the biggest domestic opening weekend box office take, set by The Dark Knight in 2008, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opened to a $168.5 million domestic haul and earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. Read the numbers below. Read More »

Note: This review was originally posted on July 10th 2011, but is being republished to coincide with the film’s opening weekend.

Fourteen years, seven books, eight movies, billions of dollars in profit and an incalculable amount of affected imaginations all lead up to one point. Numbers might help define J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter franchise for some, but true fans know that emotion is best way to quantify the impact of the series. The mere words “Harry Potter” can elicit emotional reactions specific to the characters and the series, and help recall experiences we’ve shared with the story over the years.

The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 marks the emotional climax of an era and is laden with almost insurmountable expectations. Unless Rowling decides otherwise (and she might), this film could very well be the final piece of the Harry Potter canon. So does Deathly Hallows Part 2 live up to the hype? I’m happy to say it does. Read More »

The success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is already a foregone conclusion; the film grossed over $40 million from midnight showings alone last night, an amount most films are lucky to take in over an entire opening weekend. But does David Yates’ final entry in the franchise make for  a satisfying conclusion to one of the most critically and financially successful film series of all time?

/Film’s Germain Lussier seems to think so, and so do the vast majority of the film critics. But what did you think? Were the battle sequences suitably epic? Did the decision to split the last book into two films make sense? Share your thoughts in the comments and assume SPOILERS lie after the jump.
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After looking at preliminary box office estimates, “the sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” could easily refer to screaming fans and stacking money. According to early estimates, the eighth and final Potter film grossed an estimated $43.5 million from midnight shows alone, putting it well on the way to break the single day box office record and compete for the all time three day record as well.

Alas, that’s not what “the sound” means in this case. It refers to the actual sound of the movie and in the video that’s after the jump, the Soundworks Collection talks to several members of the audio team to show how they crafted the film’s sound effects, sound mix, score and more. Along with that, there’s some great behind the scenes footage that you probably haven’t seen unless you were actually on set. It’s a perfect video to watch after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 just to appreciate how much work went into it. Read More »

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As the Harry Potter franchise ends, one question being mulled in some executive quarters is: what will director David Yates do next? Primarily a television director prior to helming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, David Yates oversaw the last half of the Potter franchise in a way that balanced fan and studio interest. His previous television success (most notably with State of Play) will for some time be overshadowed by Harry Potter. Warner Bros. clearly likes him, so what is his next move?

Not long ago he said he would like to make something small before jumping back onto something as big as Potter, and he’s been linked to the Al Capone biopic Cicero. Now Tom Hardy is reportedly attached to play Capone, and David Yates may also be offered a couple of huge genre projects: adaptations of Stephen King‘s novel The Stand, and of the comic series Fables. Read More »

“It all ends.” So says the latest round of advertising for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which hits theaters July 15. The phrase obviously has several interpretations: the end of the Potter story, the final Potter movie, etc. But the one thing that “It all ends” apparently doesn’t mean is the end of the posters Warner Brothers is putting out to publicize the film. Four more have just come online and, I’ll admit it, like most of the other posters released, these are very attractive. But, really, did we need four more? Is this movie not going to make $400 million domestic and well over $1 billion internationally? I think it can do that in its sleep without a shred of advertising.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has begun screening so we’ll surely start to hear reviews soon but, until then, check out these new posters which – with the film being released in just over a week – could be the final ones, after the jump. Read More »

Here’s the very final trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last movie in Warner Bros. long-running Harry Potter series. You can see the trailer in front of Green Lantern this weekend, but we’ve got it online now for your enjoyment. Check it out after the break, but for those who haven’t read the books, be aware that some spoilers may be in store. Read More »