What happens when a studio dedicates a decade to adapting one of the most popular novel series in the world, and does so with an eye for quality? In the case of Harry Potter, the result is a massive payoff. Warner Bros. upset its own record for the biggest domestic opening weekend box office take, set by The Dark Knight in 2008, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opened to a $168.5 million domestic haul and earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. Read the numbers below. Read More »
No one will ever argue that this past weekend was Pixar’s best, as Cars 2 opened with a solid but not overwhelming take and a fairly dismal critical reception. But there is a bright spot: the teaser trailer for next year’s Pixar summer film, the fairy tale Brave. The teaser is now online, and it is a small piece of beauty. Check it out below. Read More »
Editor’s Update: I have updated the story with a new super high resolution photo officially released by Disney of Brave’s main protagonist. Hit the jump to see the full image.
If you pay to see Cars 2 this weekend or in the near future you’ll be treated to a teaser for the Pixar film that is due to be released a year from now: Brave, once called The Bear and the Bow. We don’t have that teaser online just yet, but yesterday the first teaser poster arrived (complete with a small, misty look at the bear that was once in the title) and now we have good new looks at three of the main characters. Check them out, along with a high-res version of the teaser poster, after the break. Read More »
This might not be Pixar’s best week, with Cars 2 premiering to generally unfavorable reviews. (Germain was more charitable to it than others, but still said “it places near the bottom of [Pixar’s] impressive list.”)
But with Cars 2 comes a teaser trailer for Brave, the film the studio will release next June. That teaser may not appear online for a bit, but a teaser poster has been spotted in the wild for Brave as well, and you can see it in full after the fold. Read More »
The full theatrical trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has hit a bit early this evening. The eighth film in the Harry Potter series depicts the Battle of Hogwarts and the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort. The trailer, appropriately, promises a conclusion on a massive scale. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Update: Warner Bros has sent us high resolution versions of the photos released in EW. Hit the jump to check them out.
There are new photos floating around today from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which concludes the epic Harry Potter series when it opens on July 15. These images show a bit more of the massive final battle that brings the story to a close — you’ll see Harry fighting in a Gringott’s vault, and there’s a shot of Neville doing a little battle work of his own, in addition to a few other glimpses at the film.
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Next summer brings us Pixar’s first original fairy tale, Brave, and today brings a significant update. Entertainment Weekly got their hands on some very cool concept art and a couple announcements in regards to the voice cast and direction credit. First up, Reese Witherspoon will not be lending her voice to the lead character, Merida, because of scheduling issues. Instead, that character will be given life by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Trainspotting) which is appropriate because the film is set in Scotland. The rest of the cast will also be from across the pond. Merida’s parents, King Fergus and Queen Elinor, will be voiced by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, a wise woman who plays an important role will be voiced by Julie Walters and three comedic lords will be voiced by Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.
Also, while there had been some controversy surrounding Pixar’s first female director Brenda Chapman, who left the project last year, she’ll now officially receive a co-director credit with Mark Andrews, who is now finishing the film. Read some new plot details and see the concept art after the break. Read More »
We haven’t yet seen a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but tonight ABC Family aired a making-of featurette about the film featuring some pretty tasty first-look footage. That featurette is now online, via Facebook. There will be more Potter footage unveiled over the weekend, but this is a good start. Read More »
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Gnomeo & Juliet isn’t a bad concept. What if garden gnomes came to life when people aren’t around kind of like the toys in Toy Story. The idea is to use this concept to introduce Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet to kids. The film appears to go wrong is in the execution. The computer animated film has a very Dreamworks vibe to it, complete with unfunny popculture references. Gnomeo & Juliet features the music of Elton John and the voice work of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, and Ozzy Osbourne. It should be mentioned that Kelly Asbury, who last directed Shrek 2, helmed this movie.
Asbury started on the Disney film The Black Cauldron, and worked as an artist on The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story and Shrek. Before Shrek 2, Asbury made her feature directorial debut with the 2D Dreamworks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
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An official announcement about the casting of Disney’s Rapunzel has been somewhat overshadowed by a spectacular Toy Story 3 reveal. We’ll do those in escalating order of genius, and then round up a whole heap of other Disney Pixar tidbits from their big presentation held this morning in London.
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