Zoe Kravitz in Big Little Lies

Zoë Kravitz had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but as you’ve probably guessed, she’ll have a far bigger role in the sequels. In a recent interview, the actor discussed her character’s “complex” relationship with Newt Scamander, talking up how “excited” she is to come back for more.  Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales synopsis reveals a new detail.
  • Michael Fassbender talks about his Alien: Covenant characters.
  • New VR experiences built around Alien and Planet of the Apes are on the way.
  • The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book is getting a new edition.
  • Anna Kendrick shares a Pitch Perfect 3 cast photo as a new singer is cast.
  • Director J.A. Bayona talks about Jurassic World 2.
  • Lindsay Lohan really wants to make a Mean Girls sequel.

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Fantastic Beasts Easter Eggs

In the time since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, fans have already been obsessing about every detail in the movie as if it were a new Harry Potter book. And since the screenplays for these new movies that take place in the wizarding world are written by J.K. Rowling, that makes perfect sense. But for those who haven’t taken the time to dig any deeper into the events of the movie directed by David Yates, the characters who take part in it, or what this first movie means for the sequels in the way, a new video will explain everything you need to know.

Watch the Fantastic Beasts easter eggs and Harry Potter references video after the jump. Read More »

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Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fantastical adventure grounded in real-world themes of prejudice and acceptance. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them uses a powerful dark wizard to stand in for the tyrants and hatemongers who’ve rained down terror on minorities throughout history. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hinges on a group of more open-minded heroes, some of whom belong to those metaphorically marginalized groups themselves.

And also like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them does all this with few actually oppressed minorities in sight. It’s time for the Potterverse to open up and become more inclusive. (Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts.Read More »

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: David Heyman interview

David Heyman has been with the Harry Potter film franchise since its very beginning, producing all eight films released from 2001 through 2011. Now he’s back for the spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is slated to run for a total of five films. In an interview with /Film, Heyman discussed how the project got going, working with J.K. Rowling, the unusual new hero, and the scary appeal of Grindelwald. Plus, a minor update on his Willy Wonka movie. Read our Fantastic Beasts David Heyman interview below.

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David Yates interview / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director David Yates is already intimately familiar with the Harry Potter cinematic universe, having helmed four of the eight movies. But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them offered him a chance to do something a little different within that universe — namely, design a whole new corner of that universe from the ground up. During a recent press day in New York, he spoke with /Film about his hesitation (or rather, lack thereof) to return to the Potterverse, his plans for the sequel, and the deleted Fantastic Beasts scenes we didn’t see in the theatrical cut. Read our full David Yates interview below.
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Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss new films by Paul Verhoeven, Tom Ford, and Kenneth Longergan. Also, Angie Han joins us to discuss Park Chan-Wook’s newest film, The Handmaiden.

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Walking out of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I found myself confused. This is the first installment of an announced five-film series but the movie somehow feels like a standalone one-off movie. I know critics like to complain about films which seem to exist only to set up a potential franchise, but this felt to me like the exact opposite. As the characters concluded this adventure, I felt like I was shutting the book on their stories. What could the Fantastic Beasts sequels possibly be about? Who might they focus on? Let’s take a deep dive into the Wizarding World to discover what we know and can speculate about the Fantastic Beasts sequels.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

Even though Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was the main character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be in the four impending sequels that are set to cover 19 years of narrative time in the wizarding world.

In a recent conversation, franchise producer David Heyman confirmed that Mr. Scamander won’t always be at the center of each movie. Honestly, that’s probably for the best.

Find out more about the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the first movie. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts questions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now and it’s pretty good! J.K. Rowling‘s latest addition to the wizarding world she meticulously designed with her Harry Potter stories is slight but undeniably charming. While I’m still not sure how she and director David Yates plan to squeeze four more movies out of these characters, it felt good to be back in this familiar world, albeit in a different time period and an ocean away.

And now that the film is out and real people have had the chance to see it, Rowling took to Twitter to answer questions about the film and drop a few small hints about what to expect from future films.

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