R-rated Harry Potter

Even though the films of the Harry Potter franchise got considerably more mature and dangerous as they progressed, they never crossed into R-rated territory. That’s obviously because of the audience at which they were geared, but one can’t help but wonder what the wizarding film series would be like if it was pushed to be a little more adult.

No, we’re not talking about a porn parody, but instead, a more violent, even vulgar version of Harry Potter. Fine Brothers Entertainment have imagined what that would be like with an animated example of what Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone would have been liked if it had an R-rating. There’s cartoon blood and swearing, so it’s somewhat NSFW. Watch R-rated Harry Potter after the jump! Read More »

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Insight Collectibles

Insight Editions is already one of the best book publishers in the realm of geekerific pop culture, but now they have announced they are teaming for a collaboration with Sideshow Collectibles to launch at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015: Insight Collectibles will be an exclusive line of collectible products which will “combine the quality and artistry that has become synonymous with Insight Editions’ award-winning legacy of publishing innovations with Sideshow Collectibles figures.”

Let’s take a preview at the first three titles in the line, which will be available at Comic-Con. They are Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, Harry Potter: The Monster Book of Monsters Official Film Prop Replica, and Game of Thrones: Astrolabe Collector’s Edition. Hit the jump to get a preview, alongside full official descriptions of the first Insight Collectibles releases.

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UnReal Estate art show

Just because Germain Lussier is no longer part of the SlashFilm crew doesn’t mean we’ve lost interest in awesome artwork inspired by film and television. In fact, one of our favorite artists has an awesome new art show coming up inspired by some of your favorite movie locations.

Tim Doyle is unveiling a new show called UnReal Estate at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, California on July 2nd. And in case you haven’t guessed from the show’s name, it will feature artwork inspired by some of the most famous locations from the big screen. Doyle has previously focused on TV locations for this kind of show, but this time he’s focusing on cinema.

Check out some of the UnReal Estate art show pieces after the jump! Read More »

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Harry Potter will be Apparating to Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood has officially announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be coming to the park in Spring 2016, after opening previously at both Universal Orlando resorts and Universal Studios Japan. Get all the details on the Wizarding World Hollywood debut after the jump.  Read More »

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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Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland Interview

I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland.  I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.

I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.

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JK Rowling harry potter 8

J.K. Rowling will never say she definitely won’t write a new Harry Potter book. But, more or less, she won’t. In an interview with The Today Show, Rowling was once again posed the question about whether or not she’s prepping a new Harry Potter book. She said, “No,” but explained a bit more than that. She feels the story of Harry Potter was pretty well wrapped up with book seven. She’ll never definitively close the door because it’s her world, but she’s pretty sure she’s done.

Read the exact JK Rowling Harry Potter 8 quotes and watch the video below. Read More »

LOL: Harry Potter Meets Muggle Magic

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

As Muggles, we oohed and ahhed over the magical world introduced in the Harry Potter series. But what would happen if Harry and his wizard pals encountered Muggle magic? You know, the kind that Gob Bluth, Barney Stinson, and the Four Horsemen like to practice? A hilarious parody video answers just that question. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

severus snape story

Severus Snape is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of Harry Potter. From book to book, more than any other character, you love him, you hate him, you fear him, you’re confused by him, and author J.K. Rowling waits until the last half of the final book to finally reveal what was actually happening the whole time.

The movies mimic this structure, too, albeit with fewer details. Thankfully, the nuanced performance of Alan Rickman over the course of eight movies adds so many layers, it’s just as rewarding in its own way as the character in the novel.

For proof of that, a YouTube user has re-edited Rickman’s performance to tell Snape’s story in chronological order. Check out the Severus Snape story below. Read More »