Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
We live in an age where pop culture never dies.
No one mourns the loss of a beloved show – they wait for Netflix or Amazon to rescue it. Beloved movies from decades past are granted sequels that double as soft reboots. If something does come to a definitive end, you can always count on the comic book series to fill in the narrative gaps, or the fan conventions that keep the spirit alive. Nearly 50 years ago, a letter-writing campaign saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. Today, it’s hard to imagine anything with a passionate following completely slipping through the cracks. It will find a way to live on, to endure. We don’t need to fight for what we love anymore, because everything finds a way of staging a return.
And the past year has seen the return of two of the most popular titles in recent pop culture history. Last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record-breaking box office. More recently, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on the London stage, continuing the former boy wizard’s adventures in a new medium while fans snatched up millions of copies of the play itself. And while one of these is a space opera and the other a fantasy tale of magic, these projects have a great deal in common. They’re bound not by creators or parent companies or even the same audience, necessarily. They’re bound by similar intentions and goals and executions.
Most importantly, they both take the concept of a happy ending behind the shed and shoot it dead.
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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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Last night, midnight madness returned to book stores as the script for the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was made available as a book for readers to soak up as a makeshift eighth installment of the Harry Potter book series. Even though this is a much different piece of writing than Potter fans are used to reading, they still turned out in droves to find out what happens to The Boy Who Lived now that he’s a 37-year old father of three children and an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic.
With all this interest in Harry Potter emerging again, despite the fact that this isn’t a traditional addition to the stories of the wizarding world, can we expect the story of Hogwarts most famous student to continue? Unfortunately, author J.K. Rowling says that with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this weekend, “Harry is done now.” Find out what else the author had to say after the jump. Read More »
Could a Harry Potter and The Cursed Child movie be in the works at Warner Bros.? J.K. Rowling‘s two-part West End stage play is currently in preview performances at the Palace Theatre in London, England. The grand opening happens at the end of the month, which coincides with the release of the script book. Touted as the eighth official installment in the Harry Potter series, the story is set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows an older Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.
Last week, Warner Bros. filed for a trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the UK, which includes motion pictures and a bevy of potential merchandise options.
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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week brings a new assembly of Star Wars and Star Trek items, as well as some new Funko POP Vinyls for characters from Labyrinth and the first ever Indiana Jones figure in the collectible line. There’s also a vinyl release of the Swiss Army Man soundtrack on the way, a couple new South Park figures, and a cuddly friend from Finding Dory.
See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box. Read More »
Suicide Squad is the most talked about movie online this past week. More people have been talking about that film than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Justin Lin‘s Star Trek Beyond or even the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. This is according to ComScore’s PreAct reports, which claim that Warner Bros’ DC Universe film has generated the most social media conversations of any of the films coming out for the rest of the year, both last week and cumulative. Lets delve into the Suicide Squad online tracking numbers, after the jump.
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Even if Daniel Radcliffe killed a man in cold blood, he would still be most famous for playing Harry Potter in the eight-film franchise that adapted J.K Rowling‘s best-selling book series. I can’t even imagine how many times Radcliffe has been asked if he would ever return to the wizarding world on the big screen, and since he’s making the rounds to promote Swiss Army Man (which is totally worth seeing), that means that same question has popped up again. However, even though he confirmed yet again that he won’t reprise the role anytime soon, he did offer some hope for the future. Read More »
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We’ve still got months until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them expands the wizarding world of Harry Potter on the big screen. The spin-off that Warner Bros. hopes will be the start of a new franchise follows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an expert on magical creatures who finds himself in New York City. The film will give us our first look at what the world of magic is like in North America, and that includes an American school for learning witchcraft and wizardry.
A new Fantastic Beasts featurette shines a light on Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, located on the highest peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. The video uses some stylish animation to tell a very brief story of how the school was founded, which includes a young Irish girl named Isolt Sayre and her aunt Gormlaith Gaunt. (That last name might ring a bell for Harry Potter fans.) Watch the video after the jump. Read More »
A couple days ago we published the first reactions to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play which is currently in previews in London’s West End. But those reactions were just from Part I, the first night of a two-part story. Last night the first preview performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part II took place and we’re going to attempt to “keep the secrets,” only presenting to your the spoiler-free reactions. Hit the jump to dive in.
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