The magic of "Harry Potter" is coming to an end, but at least the masterminds behind the franchise are selfless enough to share it with us.
In a follow up to the best-selling 2010 book "Harry Potter Film Wizardry," Harper Collins has announced that they'll be publishing "Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey" on October 25, a book that includes interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and more, plus commentary from director David Yates and producer David Heyman among others.
Since "Page to Screen" will be the first book to cover the creation of all eight "Harry Potter" flicks, we have plenty of questions we'd love to see answered in the compendium's 528 glossy pages. Click on after the jump to see what we hope to find.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" certainly had its share of great scenes (Malfoy Manor! George and Fred! The Ministry of Magic!), but with the film ending on such a cliffhanger, we can't help looking forward to all the even better scenes that we get to finally see in "Part 2." There are Horcruxes to find, motivations to reveal and bad guys to kill, and we cannot handle the wait for the next eight months. Seriously, can it be July 15, 2011, already?
That being said, we decided to honor the most magical number known to wizards and count down seven scenes we cannot wait to see in "Part 2." If you haven't read "Deathly Hallows" and/or spoiled the story for yourself already, please don't read any further because many spoilers lie ahead, and we recommend saving all the major plot points being unveiled on the big screen instead of in our list. You have been warned! Everyone who has read the book and does want to talk "Part 2," please join in the discussion in the comments section at the bottom of this post! Read More...
The first "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" TV spot premiered last night with "The Vampires Diaries" season premiere, and there were plenty of new peeks at the film that weren't already in its awesome full-length trailer. What's even better is that all the new footage in the television spot wasn't even shown at Comic-Con, so it's new for everyone. Hopefully you've already had a chance to watch the 30 second teaser, but if not, please watch it before we plunge away into spoiler territory!
As we reported earlier, Sir Ian McKellen might be following former "The Hobbit" director Guillermo Del Toro on his way out of The Shire. Now, if Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that we should always prepare for the worst -- you never know when a zombie epidemic is going to break out, after all. While the loss of the once and hopefully future Gandalf isn't likely to turn the legions of "Lord of the Rings" fans into mindless, flesh-eating monstrosities, the departure of the man who defined the role of the wise old wizard might very well prove disastrous for the film's future.
But worry not. On the off chance that McKellen decides to bow out, we've come up with a few replacements who might be able pick up the staff, slip on the pointy hat and make sure that "The Hobbit" comes to pass. Hit the jump for more! Read More...
Despite it having a somewhat subdued ending as compared to the book, the film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is actually quite good. There are very few things about it that I would change. It may not be a note-perfect translation of the book, but it nails the key beats and keeps the characters moving along the arc they've been traveling since the first movie.
That said, I'll never turn up my nose at a deleted scene. It's the main allure of home video shopping for me, getting to see bits of the movie that didn't make it into the final cut. This is especially true of the "Harry Potter" movies, because there's so much great material from the books which simply doesn't fit into the confines of a two and a half hour running time. In the below clip, you get to see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) preparing to embark on a journey with Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon).
FROM MTV.COM: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is one of the darkest of the Potter books, so it's no surprise that the movie version is the darkest of the films to date. What is surprising — and I say this as someone who loves the books and has loved the movies up to this point — is how sluggish the new picture is. It gets underway with a limp scene set in a train-station café — a trivial flirtation between Harry, now 16, and an admiring waitress — and proceeds in surges and sags for the next two and a half hours. There are some marvelous scenes, beautiful images, wonderful moments — it isn't a "bad" movie by any reckoning. But it isn't up to the sweeping dynamic level of some of the pictures that preceded it.
Every fan knows the story: Darkness is descending on Hogwarts and all of the wizarding world. Voldemort's Death Eaters are on the attack, and have even crossed over into the unsuspecting Muggle domain. The Dark Lord has tasked Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton, newly prominent) with an especially evil mission. Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) is in mortal danger, as, of course, is Harry (Daniel Radcliffe). And the deliciously creepy Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) appears to be up to even more in the way of no-good than usual. As if that weren't enough, there's suddenly a Horcrux crisis, too. (Need it be said that this isn't the place for first-timers to attempt to enter the Potter universe?)
Continue reading 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince': Snogwarts, By Kurt Loder
As much as we would like to see Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx just hanging out onscreen for two hours, it's probably better that they have finally found a cast to act alongside. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Gambon, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, and Theresa Randle have joined the cast of "Law Abiding Citizen." Not a moment too soon either -- the film is expected to begin shooting on January 21st.
"Citizen" centers around a district attorney (played by Foxx) who orchestrates a plea bargain that sets free the killers of another man's family. The aggrieved victim (played by Butler) then seeks personal justice from the D.A. There's no hint yet as to what roles our new castmembers will be taking on. Read More...