This fall brings the Harry Potter franchise spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters. However, this spin-off won’t be following any of the iconic characters from the eight film franchise, and instead follows an expelled Hogwarts student named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who heads to 1920s New York City with a magical briefcase full of creatures from the wizarding world.
So far much of what we’ve seen in the Fantastic Beasts trailers has showed off Scamander attempting to keep his briefcase of creatures a secret from the Muggle population (or No-Maj as they’re called in the US). But the most recent trailer introduced the plot element of the magical creatures expert having to track down a bunch of his escaped specimens. Now some new information reveals that Fantastic Beasts will also expand the wizarding world by introducing a new kind of witch with some very special abilities, and it makes us wonder if they might turn out to be one of the franchise’s villains.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Alien: Covenant, the the sixth film in the Alien series and the third time director Ridley Scott has helmed one of these movies, has officially wrapped filming and the official Alien Twitter account has shared a new photo from the set to prove it. Despite a pretty steady series of behind the scenes photos and little updates, this has been the rare major studio film to make it this far in the process with the vast majority of its secrets intact. Outside of a cast list, a basic synopsis, and a wild (and potentially spoilery) rumor about Katherine Waterston‘s character, we know precious little about Alien: Covenant.
So let’s just ponder this set photo, shall we?
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Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
So far we’ve heard a lot about the Alien: Covenant cast — which includes Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, and Jussie Smollett — but not a lot about the characters they’ll be playing. We know Michael Fassbender will reprise his role from Prometheus as “synthetic” David, of course, and that at least some of his new co-stars will be playing members of the colony ship Covenant. Beyond that, details have been zipped up tight.
But that hasn’t stopped rumors from leaking out, and the latest one might be the juiciest yet. A new report claims to have intel on “Daniels,” the character Waterston is playing in the movie, and if true it puts the film in an interesting position. Click through for the Alien Covenant Katherine Waterston rumor (but be warned that SPOILERS might be ahead). Read More »
On Alien Day last month, director Ridley Scott offered our first look at the production of Alien: Covenant by way of the mission patch with the name of the title ship we’ll be following. This is just the first of what is meant to be two sequels (even though Scott once said this was the first in a new trilogy) that lead us up to the events of Alien in 1979. Production is still underway, and a new photo has just been shared from the set that provides us with our first look at Katherine Waterston as the new female lead character, Daniels. Will she be as cool as Ellen Ripley?
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Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a fantastic female lead. Katherine Waterston, last seen beguiling Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff starring Eddie Redmayne. Hit the jump for character details and more on the Fantastic Beasts Katherine Waterston casting. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is closing in on not one, but two female leads. A shortlist making the arounds reveals Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are in the running for one role, while Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki are eyed considered for the other.
Eddie Redmayne is already set to star as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who goes on to write the classic Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More on the possible Fantastic Beasts female lead casting after the jump. Read More »
Inherent Vice is a big movie with a lot of moving parts. Even though it cuts out a lot of material from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film still has a wealth of characters with odd names, many of whom are given pretty breezy introductions. But a set of Inherent Vice character posters and brief video introductions for many of the major characters might help you sort people out ahead of time.
The downside is that these video intros give up a few of the film’s good jokes (but not all of them by any means). The upside is that these videos feature a bunch of footage that isn’t in the film, not that most people will have a chance to know which is which until after this Friday. Read More »
Everyone who walks out of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is likely wondering why we haven’t seen more from Katherine Waterston until just now. That’s due in no small part to the fact that she doesn’t just help drive the Inherent Vice plot, but takes center stage for one of the film’s most arresting scenes, performing in an unbroken long and very vulnerable take. (In fact, Waterston has been working for quite a while, and Boardwalk Empire fans should recognize her immediately.) Now Waterston has been offered a role in the Steve Jobs film scripted by Aaron Sorkin and set to be directed by Danny Boyle. Read More »
Paul Thomas Anderson never ceases to amaze. He makes a rain of frogs look plausible, turns Adam Sandler into an actor, and makes an iconic image out of drinking milkshakes. He’s always doing something surprising and wonderful. Anderson’s latest film, Inherent Vice, is two hours of those moments loosely strung together with a detective narrative.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc, a ratty detective whose mysterious ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) asks for help with a supposed plot against her new squeeze. Doc obliges, as Doc does with many people in the film, but the movie never really cares about solving this mystery. It’s more interested in Doc’s pot-infused, Choose Your Own Adventure lifestyle where he says “yes” to everything and takes the ride that follows.
That ride introduces some absolutely insane, memorable characters played by the likes of Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Reese Withersooon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Jena Malone, all of whom pop in and out of Doc’s life on a whim. Some play significant roles, others do not, but Inherent Vice isn’t a movie about connecting these points. It’s pretty much just about the trip.
Inherent Vice had its Los Angeles Premiere at the AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can continue reading our Inherent Vice movie review below.
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