IMDb might be the largest sample of user submitted movie ratings on the internet, but Flixster is a close second. After IMDb released their list of the top 10 user rated movies of 2010, Flixster has released their own listing. Find out which films ranked highly, after the jump.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
This is only the first cut, though. Next, members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee will select seven of the final 15. At that point, all the members of the visual effects branch watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and then select the five nominees. Eventually, one film will be given the Oscar on February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. After the jump, look at the full list and join along in guessing which films will make the cut and which won’t. Read More »
It’s amazing what one simple little sticker can do. The New York Daily News recently snagged a picture of a subway sign at the 14th Street Union Square Station in which someone replaced the now out-of-service “W” Train with a “9 3/4.” Nine and three quarters, of course, is the train platform where witches and wizards can catch the Hogwarts Express as first revealed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. No one has fessed up to the prank but The News surmises that’s it’s probably the work of a “design savvy fan.” That or just a Potter fan with a G-rated Banksy fetish.
Leave it to hard nose, take no guff entertainment reporter Judd Apatow to uncover the real dirt on Harry Potter. Apatow, best known as the writer and director of films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People, recently did an interview related to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 . In the interview, he was able to unearth a vital piece of information we’d all suspected but were never able to prove. Daniel Radcliffe isn’t Daniel Radcliffe at all. He is, in fact, Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived. The Chosen One. The mortal enemy of He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry Potter is real, ladies and gentleman, and he moonlights as a serious actor named “Daniel Radcliffe.”
The fact that the interview appeared on some site called Funny or Die doesn’t change the facts that Apatow has uncovered. See the truth revealed after the jump. Read More »
Last week I had the chance to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter series. We will be posting the interviews throughout the week leading up to the latest and next to last installment of the series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The third interview is with star Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the lead role of Harry Potter throughout the whole series.
Daniel talks about growing up throughout the Potter experience, declaring that he is probably not the father of the pregnant Potter fan with the sign at the premiere, not letting playing a beloved role get to his head, his experience in New York City, fan encounters around the world, realizing that he wants to continue acting, going from huge budget Potter films to $100,000 budgeted indie movies, questions he’s never been asked, returning to the stage, props he took home from the Potter set, being a leader on set, filming in London vs. America, Part 2 of Deathly Hallows, reshooting the epilogue, and working with James Watkins on a Hammer horror movie.
You can read the interview transcript now embedded after the jump.
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Last week I had the chance to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter series. We will be posting the interviews throughout the week leading up to the latest and next to last installment of the series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The second interview is with director David Yates, who has helmed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the final two installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Yates talks about the big London premiere which happened the night before, the reason for splitting Deathly Hallows into two films, the decision not to post convert Part 1 into 3D, how much action we might expect from the Battle at Hogwarts in the final film, the child actors coming into their own, shooting more on location than previous installments, the dance sequence, the evolution of Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as actors, what he hopes to do next after the Potter films are completed, how the Potter series has changed his career as a filmmaker, the wrap party, the tale of the three brothers, and more.
You can watch the video interview now embedded after the jump.
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Last week I had the chance to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter series. We will be posting the interviews throughout the week leading up to the latest and next to last installment of the series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1. The first interview is with Emma Watson, now age 20, who plays Hermione Granger in the films. Topics ranged from the gradual goodbye between cast members, reshooting the epilogue, props she took home, the kissing scene, initially being cynical about the book being split over two films, what she plans to do with her career post-Potter, her new haircut, studying history at Brown, participating in a college stage production, and even her fashion interests. You can watch the video interview now embedded after the jump.
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Sunday’s Los Angeles Times has a fantastic article about the legacy of the Harry Potter franchise, something we mused about a few weeks ago too. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 less than two weeks away, looking back at how Warner Brothers handled what has become one of the biggest franchises ever is a marvel: eight movies in ten years with most of the same cast and very few scandals or speed bumps.
However, when Hollywood first got wind of the franchise, Warner Brothers offered it to Steven Spielberg, who had some radical ideas about adaptation including animating the whole thing. Read all the details, and more, after the jump. Read More »
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Though a good number of fans have already purchased their tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at midnight on November 19, most of us have not. Two weeks away still feels a little too early to make plans. Well, AMC has upped the ante with an event that’s sure to sell out from coast to coast. They’ve announced a mini Harry Potter Marathon at over 140 theaters on November 18 leading up to the opening of Deathly Hallows Part 1. It’ll begin at at 6 p.m. with a screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, followed by Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then, at midnight, you’ll be seated and primed for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. We’ve got more information after the jump. Read More »
We’re just over two weeks away from the first half of the final Harry Potter movie ever and anticipation is reaching fever pitch. I know Peter has been rewatching all the previous films in anticipation of this momentous event and that theaters all over are already selling out. Now, just in time to feed your Potter appetite, we’ve got two of the best looks yet at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Sure, we’ve posted other featurettes before, and those were cool, but the two new ones that just surfaced blow them away. One is about story, the other is about horcruxes and each basically takes the viewer on a four minute ride through the movie Beware though. Both clips shows snippets of scenes and characters we haven’t seen yet so, suffice to say, if you haven’t read the book, these featurettes are filled with SPOILERS. If you do know what is going to happen in the film though, they’ll only get you more amped than you already are. Check them out after the jump. Read More »