Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Warner Bros. is high on Ezra Miller. The future Flash is now closing in on a major role in the studio’s other big franchise, the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He joins Eddie Redmayne, who plays protagonist Newt Scamander, and Katherine Waterston.

Meanwhile, the project is getting close to casting a couple of other major roles as well, with Josh Gad and Michael Cera said to be among those in contention. More on the Fantastic Beasts Ezra Miller news after the jump.  Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts Katherine Waterston

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a fantastic female lead. Katherine Waterston, last seen beguiling Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff starring Eddie Redmayne. Hit the jump for character details and more on the Fantastic Beasts Katherine Waterston casting. Read More »

Hogwarts wizard school in america

Everyone knows the best school for witchcraft and wizardry is Hogwarts, which is in England. But wizards aren’t only in that country. As we saw in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are wizarding schools all over the world. In fact, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling recently said there are 11 across the globe. She’s confirmed a few more beyond the obvious ones but never one in the United States. That may change, however, when audiences see Rowling’s latest work, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The author, who wrote the screenplay for 2016 adventure film set in the same world as Harry Potter, has teased that the film will reveal the name and locations of the American school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts star

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.

The Harry Potter film series had the opportunity to find young new talent to fill the major roles the series followed for years, but for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the casting choices are a bit different. Well-established actor and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been a top choice among several actors to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in author JK Rowling‘s book set in the Harry Potter world. Now the actor is in talks for the film, likely putting to rest speculation about who’ll lead the film.
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Best Stories of the Week

Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week.

This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar’s Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week’s worth of the biggest stories.

Update: The news of Disney shutting down Tron 3 broke after this roundup was published, but definitely factors into the big news of the week. We’ve added that below.

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Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is closing in on not one, but two female leads. A shortlist making the arounds reveals Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are in the running for one role, while Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki are eyed considered for the other.

Eddie Redmayne is already set to star as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who goes on to write the classic Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More on the possible Fantastic Beasts female lead casting after the jump.  Read More »

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It’s a pretty magical time to be Eddie Redmayne. Weeks after winning an Oscar, the actor is eyeing the lead role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the David Yates-helmed Harry Potter spin off written by J.K. Rowling herself. Read more on the Fantastic Beasts casting news below. Read More »

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After the jump:

  • Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage
  • Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer
  • Seth Grahame-Smith teases Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie
  • Duncan Jones addresses the possibility of Warcraft sequels
  • James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
  • Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot

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JK Rowling / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The last volume of the Harry Potter series was published in 2007, but author J.K. Rowling has returned to the wizarding world several times since. Most recently, she completed the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as confirmed by producer David Heyman.

David Yates is set to direct the Harry Potter spinoff, which is inspired by a made-up Hogwarts textbook that became a real Harry Potter companion volume in 2012. Hit the jump for the latest update on the JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them script. Read More »