As a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I’ve been skeptical of whether or not Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them can deliver a quality magical adventure that lives up to the hype of the primary franchise. So far the trailers haven’t indicated much about the plot, and they haven’t been particularly exciting. But that all changes with the latest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. Not only does it take us inside Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) magical suitcase, but it also shows off some new magical creatures, and gives us a better idea of who the villains turn out to be. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Director Denis Villeneuve talks about making Blade Runner 2 his own.
- Colin Firth teases his return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
- A Jurassic World exhibition is coming to the United States.
- How you can watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the best possible circumstances.
- Watch a new TV spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
- The new Power Rangers won’t feature any members of the original cast.
- The story of how Tron Legacy recruited Daft Punk.
- No, Ghostbusters‘ title has not changed.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.
So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.
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This fall brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters, expanding the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, complete with a screenplay written by the novel’s author herself. The most recent trailer finally laid out the basic premise of the story for us with some magical creatures escaping from Newt Scamander’s suitcase, leaving the wizard with the task of tracking them down before they wreak havoc on the non-magical world and reveal the wizarding community.
If you’re wondering what some of these magical creatures are in the aforementioned most recent trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the names and a few details on them. One of them is even the symbol of one of the Ilvermorny wizarding school, the American equivalent of Hogwarts. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts magical creatures after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Zoë Kravitz is getting her Hogwarts letter, or whatever the 1920s American equivalent is. The actress was reportedly a last-minute addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. She’ll appear alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen a bit of Ezra Miller as the Flash in Warner Bros.’ growing DC universe, but today we’ve got a look at his role in the studio’s other flagship franchise. Miller stars in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Credence Barebone, a shy young man who comes under the sway of a powerful auror played by Colin Farrell. Read More »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ride is rumored to be replacing Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster has finally reopened following a lengthy refurbishment.
- Take a video tour of the the Incredible Hulk Coaster‘s new queue.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is bring The Purge: Election Year to Halloween Horror Nights.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
We won’t see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for another few months, but Warner Bros. is already planning its next trip to the wizarding world. The studio has just set a 2018 release date for the next film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series, which will once again be directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling. Read More »