Goonies 2 update

In today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Actor Sean Astin teases the return of a familiar face for Goonies 2.
  • A video of Fast 8 shooting in Cleveland.
  • 20th Century Fox has released a clip for Independence Day: Resurgence.
  • Author J.K. Rowling pleads with fans not to spoil Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Actor and the master of eloquence Ian McShane discusses John Wick 2.

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Draco

You’ve met the Potters and the Granger-Weasleys; now it’s time to get acquainted with the Malfoys. The upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has released the first official photos of Draco Malfoy, now all grown up and played by Alex Price, and his school-age son Scorpius, played by Anthony Boyle.

The pair round out the Cursed Child cast, which also includes Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), and Cherrelle Skeete (Rose Granger-Weasley). Read More »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first look

An entire generation of readers and moviegoers have grown up alongside Harry Potter, tracking him from his neglected childhood in the Dursleys’ cupboard all the way to his defeat of Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. Now this summer, the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promises to follow the Boy Who Lived well into adulthood. Jamie Parker stars as Harry, now a middle-aged father of three, while Poppy Miller plays Ginny and Sam Clemmett their son Albus. The first photos of the actors in character have just been released, and you can check ’em out after the jump.  Read More »

Ilvermorny

Any Harry Potter fan could tell you the ins and outs of the four Hogwarts houses — their quirks, their histories, their storied alumni — and knows in their bones which one they’d belong to. (I’m a Ravenclaw, myself.) But now that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them promises to open up a whole new corner of the Harry Potter universe, it’s time to get to know the four houses of Ilvermorny, the recently revealed American wizarding school.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay

This fall will bring the first in a hopeful new series of Harry Potter spin-off films with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It also marks the first time J.K. Rowling has written a screenplay adapting her own wizarding world for the big screen. And that’s enough for publishing companies Little, Brown & Company and Scholastic to package the script as a book for fans to add to their shelves alongside the rest of their Harry Potter books.

Find out when you can get the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay book after the jump. Read More »

Harry Potter Tour Dursley House set

For any Harry Potter fans who happen to be in London this summer, we have good news if you happen to be visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour to check out the sets of your favorite fantasy film series. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for a limited time the studio tour will allow fans to step foot inside Number Four, Privet Drive, the house where Harry grew up with his terrible relatives, the Dursley family. Find out when you’ll be able to tour the Dursley household after the jump. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

According to the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, we are all invited by J.K. Rowling to go back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But this time we’re on the other side of the pond, in New York, in 1926, following wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he enters the Big Apple with a mysterious suitcase of magical creatures. We don’t get to see much of any of the fantastic beasts that the title indicates, or where they were found, but this does look like the right way to spin-off the Harry Potter franchise.

Watch the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer after the jump. Read More »

a history of magic in north america

The basic storytelling in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter novels is good stuff, a fairly typical “hero’s journey” tale told with wit and verve. However, Mr. Potter is not the main reason these books (and their film adaptations) are so incredibly popular – readers and viewers all over the world fell in love with the world he inhabits. Rowling’s wizarding world is so rich with detail and so impeccably imagined that you feel like you can somehow pay it a visit yourself. It feels real in a way that so many fantasy worlds do not.

With the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looking to shine a light on a very different time and place in Rowling’s wizarding world, a new series of stories paving the way for this film have been announced. “The History of Magic in North America” will bring readers across the pond to take a deep dive into the American magical world, effectively setting the stage for the 1920s New York City seen in the new movie.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child artwork

Nearly a decade after Harry and Voldemort’s final showdown in the seventh and final book of J.K. Rowling‘s series, fans rejoiced to hear an eighth Harry Potter story was on the way — in the form of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play set to premiere on London’s West End this summer. Of course, getting tickets to that show is easier said than done, so some devotees have started speculating about the possibility of a movie. Warner Bros. is already spinning off the Harry Potter film franchise with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, after all. Might a Cursed Child film follow?

Unfortunately, Potterheads, the answer is no. According to Rowling, there are no plans to make Cursed Child into a movie — though if you just can’t get enough of big-screen wizardry, you can look forward to a whole trilogy of Fantastic Beasts movies.  Read More »