This morning’s big Oscar nominations announcement had to contend with an even more major and affecting piece of breaking news. A few days after David Bowie passed into the next dimension, cancer has taken another sixty-nine-year-old Brit from us: esteemed actor Alan Rickman. Flip to the word “arch” in the newest editions of the Oxford Goes To Hollywood dictionary, and there you’ll find a photo of Rickman, single eyebrow raised, his tone of dour bemusement audible even from the printed page. The man gained the most international recognition from a choice role in a certain franchise about a boy wizard, but he was an actor of boundless versatility who gifted audiences plenty of fond moviegoing memories.
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Alan Rickman, the tremendously talented British actor behind such iconic roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 69 following a bout with cancer.
As far as these “teaser for the teaser trailer” things go, the “announcement trailer” for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a welcome change of pace. Featuring absolutely zero footage and with no hint of smug indulgence, this simple but elegant tease from Warner Bros. has us more excited about the first trailer for the upcoming film than one of those typical, obnoxious teaser-for-the-teaser-for-the-trailer videos would. Good job, WB.
Although Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in the Harry Potter universe (and is a prequel of sorts) and boasts franchise vet David Yates as director, it’s still not clear exactly how much the new film will look or feel like the cinematic world of Harry Potter. According to producer David Heyman, Fantastic Beasts will indeed evoke the Harry potter films — or at least one of them specifically, anyway.
Dear Muggles, don’t worry. You’re not gone forever.
We got our first look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just yesterday, offering a sneak peek at Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander, along with a few of his pals. While the Harry Potter spinoff is based on the fictional textbook featured in both the book and film series, very little has been said of the plot of Fantastic Beasts. Today brings some plot details as well as a full rundown of the new characters we’ll be meeting next fall.
Eddie Redmayne graces the new Entertainment Weekly cover as Newt Scamander, a preeminent “magizoologist” (hello, new dream job) who travels to New York in 1926 to visit the pictured Magical Congress of the United States of America. The States’ response to the Ministry of Magic, the art deco-influenced building resides inside the Woolworth’s building.
In the fantastical wizarding world of Harry Potter, those with adequate training can conjure ethereal defenders out of thin air, make objects zoom around in blithe defiance of gravity, and transform into animals (so long as they’ve got the proper license and registration).
Holiday dinners can be a stressful, trying times. Lots of cooking, cleaning, weird relatives, hyper kids… If you’ve had enough of the usual and want to get away and do something completely different, here’s one Christmas dinner you’ll never forget: eating at Hogwarts’ Great Hall.
Themed entertainment is a like a shark or a relationship – it has to keep moving forward or it has to die. Today, September 8, 2015, marks the day that Universal officially leaves its past behind. Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride Starring You, is closing to make way for a Fast and Furious themed ride. It’s closure marks the definitive end of the park’s original intentions, for better and for worse.