Summer 2019 Movies

Even though summer doesn’t officially begin until late in June, Marvel Studios has officially proclaimed the beginning of the summer blockbuster movie season with Avengers: Endgame. Even though it will be one of the biggest movies of the year, there are still plenty more blockbuster hits coming to theaters this summer, and a new 2019 summer movies montage has arrived to get you hyped for the rest of the films coming this season. Watch it below. Read More »

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When you want an actor to give off an air of “gravelly, Churchillian, curmudgeonly” authority, you turn to Dame Judi Dench. The legendary actress made headlines when she was cast as Commander Root in Artemis Fowl, taking on a character originally written as male. But if you’re going to gender-bend any character in this urban fantasy film, there’s no better option than with the Dame herself.

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On the set of Artemis Fowl in London, Kenneth Branagh paces a cramped old English study, filled to the brim with funky baubles and trinkets. He’s in the midst of directing Disney’s long-awaited adaptation of Eoin Colfer‘s fantasy novel, the first in a series of eight books that were devoured by thousands of young readers growing up in the early 2000s. I was one of those fans — my old paperback copies of the Artemis Fowl books are still tattered from the intense speed with which I tore through them. They’re no Harry Potter knock-offs like many reviewers at the time had brushed them off as, but could maybe be labeled as an urban fantasy series for the cool, alternative kids who thought Harry was too vanilla.

So I was eager to talk to Branagh about his upcoming feature adaptation of Artemis Fowl, which is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2019. Based on the first 2001 entry in Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series, the story follows a 12-year-old boy genius and aspiring criminal mastermind named Artemis II who kidnaps a fairy to find his missing father.

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Artemis Fowl trailer

A boy genius is on his way to fill the hole that a certain boy wizard left seven years ago. Though Artemis Fowlbased on the popular series of the same name by Eoin Colfer, has long deserved a big-screen adaptation in its own right.

The newest live-action film from Disney and Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl is a magical urban fantasy that follows a 12-year-old Irish boy genius who hatches an impossible scheme: to kidnap a fairy and ransom it for gold. But this is more than just a childish flight of fancy, the titular Artemis has discovered a sprawling world of fairies, leprechauns (or rather, LEPrecons), and tech-savvy centaurs that could aid him in his grand scheme for wealth and family.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting an Artemis Fowl movie.

Nearly a decade after the Harry Potter-inspired children’s fantasy phenomenon breathed its last fiery breath, and on the tail end of the fading YA dystopian craze, Artemis Fowl is coming. And it has a pretty impressive cast and crew. Kenneth Branagh will be taking the helm of the Disney adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s children’s book series, which follows the manipulative child genius Artemis Fowl as he kidnaps an elf to ransom her for a fortune. It’s a pretty unforgiving role for any child actor, but after months of searching, Branagh and his team have finally landed on a newcomer to play the role of the cunning, slightly cruel, and compelling protagonist.

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Disney Franchise Timeline

This morning, Lucasfilm announced a big release date change for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode 9, but there are plenty more movies under the Disney umbrella that are getting shifted around. Break out your calendars, prepare to cross some things out with your red pens, and join me below for the latest updated release date information for Magic Camp, Aladdin, and more.
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Kenneth Branagh to Direct ‘Artemis Fowl’

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The long-gestating Artemis Fowl adaptation has finally taken a big step forward. Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the sci-fi fantasy YA property, and is additionally attached to direct. Get all the details on the Kenneth Branagh Artemis Fowl news after the jump.  Read More »

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer‘s Artemis Fowl was a pretty big deal when it first hit shelves in 2001, enough so that Miramax quickly snapped up the film rights that same year. But nothing came of that deal, and even as contemporaries like Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, and Eragon have made their way to multiplexes, Artemis Fowl has been left behind.

Given the industry’s current obsession with all things YA, though, it was only a matter of time before someone got it into their heads to give Artemis Fowl another shot. That someone, it turns out, is Harvey Weinstein and Disney. They’ve just set Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) to pen the script, with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal producing. Hit the jump for all the details.

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