Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We may not be getting a new Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling anytime soon, but the next best thing has arrived in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, is the wizarding world as interesting without any of the signature Harry Potter characters at the center of the story?

The short answer is not exactly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly entertaining extension of the magical franchise, one with just enough wonder to get by, some captivating performances (despite underwhelming characters), and the promise of a build-up to something absolutely epic. Get some extended thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after the jump, and chime in with your own reaction in the comments, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS for the movie from here on out. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Deleted Scene

The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters everywhere now, and the movie is on par to make around $75 million in its opening weekend. Granted that’s not as big as any of the Harry Potter franchise films opened, but that’s to be expected when we’re not dealing with many characters that fans aren’t familiar with, and the movie will still be a hit worldwide.

As we know, Warner Bros. Pictures already has four sequels in the works. While the first film doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, it does open up a whole new world of possibilities, and it turns out a deleted scene almost had a more obvious set up for future movies. Director David Yates explained what this Fantastic Beasts deleted scene entailed, but in order to discuss it we have to dive into major spoiler territory, both for this movie and what’s in store for the sequels. So if you want to know more, you’ll have to keep reading after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

This week Harry Potter fans can return to the wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first installment of what will eventually be a five film series, spanning 19 years of narrative time, all directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling. But will it be worth a trip to theaters? The first reactions indicated that this was the perfect follow-up to Harry Potter, delivering a different kind of magic in a simultaneously familiar and refreshing fashion, thanks to a whole new roster of characters.

Now the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reviews are in (so far resulting in 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, though that probably won’t last), and they seem to echo the first impressions, but with some key pieces of criticism.

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Ezra Miller Fantastic Beasts featurette

In just over two weeks, we’ll see the Harry Potter franchise reignited with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That’s good news for Warner Bros., because the studio and author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling have big plans for Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), like four more Fantastic Beasts films. Before we see more of J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry, though, let’s take a quick look back at the Potter series with Ezra Miller, the co-star of director David Yates‘ latest film.

Below, watch Ezra Miller’s Harry Potter history lesson.

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The Flash loses director Rick Famuyiwa

It looks like Warner Bros.’ The Flash will be slowed down by its inability to hold on to a director. Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa has just dropped out of the DC superhero project citing that old dreaded standby, “creative differences.” His departure likely delays the film’s production and, subsequently, its release. Famuyiwa is actually the second director The Flash has lost in a year — he signed on in June to replace Seth Grahame-Smith, who had departed in April.  Read More »

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman - Thomas Wayne - Batman v Superman

Right now Zack Snyder is hard at work on Justice League over in Iceland, where we just got our first look at Amber Heard as Mera, the Queen of Atlantis. The film marks the continuation of the DC Extended Universe that began with Man of Steel and grew with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter film allowed Zack Snyder to realize his dream of bringing his take on Frank Miller’s more grizzled version of The Dark Knight to the big screen. The Caped Crusader ended up being played by Ben Affleck, but at one point Snyder had someone else in mind, and it’s actually still possible for him to follow through on that. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Character Poster - Percival Graves

Were just over a month away from the expansion of the wizarding world on the big screen with the arrival of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The most recent trailer is what finally got me excited about what this franchise starter has to offer, and now a new batch of character posters offer some interesting details that provide some insight into the new characters we’ll be meeting, including Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander. Some offer little plot details while one in particular features a certain symbol that Harry Potter fans will recognize immediately.

Check out the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them character posters after the jump. Read More »

justice league alternate costumes

Every time a costume is revealed for a new superhero movie, the internet goes into overdrive to analyze it, nitpick it, and discern the purpose and meaning of every design choice. It happened when Justice League director Zack Snyder revealed Batman’s newest suit last week and it’ll continue to happen until the comic book movie craze comes to an end (which may coincide with the sun burning itself out).

Of course, every final costume design is the result of dozens of other options being thrown the wayside. Countless sketches are whittled down to stack of fully rendered paintings. The best of that stack may get a quick 3D dimension sculpt. Ideas are blended and merged. No final design is reached easily. And that’s why alternate designs are so fascinating – we can see what could have been, what was ultimately rejected in favor of what we got. Currently on the table: alternate takes on Cyborg and The Flash that are quite different from how they actually turned out Justice League.

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Billy Crudup in The Flash

Right now production on Justice League is underway, but early next year the start of another franchise will begin shooting, giving one of the superheroes from the DC Comics ensemble a chance to venture out on their own.

The Flash is set arrive early in 2018, though the character played by Ezra Miller has already appeared in some security camera footage and a surprising time travel sequence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a cameo in Suicide Squad. With the start of production looming closer, the supporting cast is starting to beef up a bit, this time with Almost Famous and Mission: Impossible III star Billy Crudup taking a key role

Find out more about Billy Crudup in The Flash after the jump. Read More »

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Rumor: ‘The Flash’ Villain Will Be the Rogues

Flash Movie Villain / Ezra Miller as The Flash in Justice League

Warner Bros.’ The Flash is assembling quite a team of good guys, including Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (a.k.a. Cyborg). But a superhero movie is nothing without a supervillain. So who’ll be the one to threaten the Scarlet Speedster in his solo movie? As it turns out, the answer may be no one baddie in particular — because, rumor has it, he’ll be facing off against an entire team of supervillains known as the Rogues.  Read More »