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1. Jon Voight, Gemma Chan and Carmen Ejogo join ‘Fantastic Beasts’

The newest list of actors joining the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been announcedSelma actress Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan from Humans and Mission Impossible / Transformers actor Jon Voight.




They will be joining Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler and Samantha Morton on set, alongside director David Yates (director of the final four Harry Potter films).

Filming for Fantastic Beasts began in August 2015, following the 2014 announcement of the three-part film series. The film is set for release in November 2016.

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2. Seth Grahame-Smith to make directorial debut with The Flash

Well, this is a little unexpected… While it was known that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (they of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street) were writing a treatment for the Ezra Miller starring Flash feature film, once they had signed on for one of the “Stars Wars Story” films, WB was left to look […]

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3. Zombie Boy

People often ask me, "What do you do to pass the time up there in New Hampshire?"

Well, when we're not cavorting with moose, celebrating the glories of our granite, and generally living free before we die, some of us make silly movies.

One that I was involved with is called Zombie Boy, which was written and directed by my friend Jamie Sharps. Against all odds, it now has distribution via MVD Media. It should be coming to various streaming platforms soon, and you can order the DVD from most of the places online where you'd order DVDs. (Here's the Amazon link, for instance.) There are even rumors of it showing up in some brick-and-mortar stores.

It's a spaghetti-western-style comic adventure involving people who've been zombified by a green serum. It's not a B movie, it's (intentionally) a Z movie. ("Z for zombie, yeah!" I hear somebody say...) We didn't have much money, and it took a couple years to get it all filmed and then another year to do post-production.

And yes, I am Zombie Boy. 

I've done lots of theatre acting (not so much in the last decade, for various reasons), but had mostly avoided film acting until Jamie called me up and asked me to play the role. I don't like watching myself, don't even like pictures of myself, so I never ached to be a movie actor. One of the prime attractions of theatre for me is that I don't have to see my performance. I said yes to Jamie because it sounded like fun, and he promised it would only be a few weeks of work. It was often fun (and sometimes not; those contact lenses are awful), but it definitely took longer than a few weeks. We spent most of one summer working on it, had a few days of filming that fall, then filmed for a few more days the next summer.

Despite my dislike of looking at myself, I don't mind watching this performance. Partly, that's because it's so over the top. I shamble, mug, and grunt for an hour and fifteen minutes. I watch the movie and I don't see me, so it's not discomforting. It's just some weird guy.

But also, for what it is, I think Zombie Boy is a pretty good movie. The genius of it is that it embodies its concept completely — from start to finish, it's a super-low-budget romp made by people who wanted to do nothing more than make a super-low-budget romp. There's a guy wearing a tattered bear-skin coat and not much else. There are incompetent ninjas. There's a doctor who speaks like a Werner Herzog version of the Swedish Chef. Why? Why not?

I can't tell you how many times I've watched the movie, from looking through the footage when we shot it to helping Jamie with a little bit of the editing to watching it at the local premiere (in the theatre where as a kid I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and the first three Star Wars movies, among others, so it was quite a thrill) to showing it to various friends and family members. When I got the finished official DVD the other night, I sat down and watched it again from start to finish, for the first time just on my own. I had intended to watch only five or ten minutes to see how it looked in the MVD version. But I watched the whole thing. Partly because it was fun to see everybody again, fun to remember some of the amusing and/or arduous moments on set, but mostly just because it's great, stupid fun. Sure, there are awkward moments and clumsy moments, but that's part of what this movie is, part of the joy of it. There are also moments that are just ridiculously funny, and there's an energy to the whole that is infectious.

Well, I'm not going to review a movie I starred in (much as I'd like to, because after all, the political ontology the film limns is— okay, I'll stop). There's plenty that could be said about Zombie Boy. But perhaps nothing needs to be said. It is what it is, and, for me, what it is is something I'm thrilled and proud to have been part of.

After the premiere, a friend of mine slapped me on the back and said, "No matter what else you do, they're going to put Zombie Boy on your gravestone." I'm okay with that.

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4. Report: Taika Waititi in talks to direct Thor: Ragnarok

The Thor franchise has been sort of the “runt of the litter” for Marvel Studios, without a real guiding hand like The Russo Bros. or (at the time) Jon Favreau to steer that series of films, they’ve basically coasted on the great chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston and not a lot else…though pecs […]

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5. The Beat Goes To The Movies: The Martian

The week of its release, and The Martian's science is already outdated by the recent discovery of water on Mars. Years from now, viewers will look back and shake their heads at the barren and dry depiction of the planet, along with the size and dimensions of cell phones, probably. Or the fact that we even had cell phones. But we'll forgive The Martian for being so last week.

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6. The Beat Goes To the Movies: Sicario

Judging by the first few scenes, Sicario looks like a great chance to see Emily Blunt flex her literal and figurative acting muscles – another reminder of the Black Widow that could have been – in the role of a strong female lead working on a task force to take down a Mexican drug cartel. But what actually follows is much murkier and, arguably, much more true to life.

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7. Harry Potter Memorabilia In Auction

This week, someone will own a piece of Harry Potter film history.  Prop Store, a source for movie collectibles, will be holding its world-wide live auction on Wednesday, September 23rd.  In August, Entertainment Weekly reported on the upcoming sale, and now, Moviefone and others have articles about it.  Nearly 500 items related to film production, including props and costumes for numerous franchises and cult classics, will be sold.  Three auction lots in the catalog this year are from the Harry Potter films.

The first item, #178, is a Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie poster signed by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.  The auction catalog says, “This poster was acquired directly from a crew member who worked on location with the key cast members on the film.”


The second item, #179, is a Hogwarts acceptance envelope with its wax seal (that may or may not have a letter inside).  It is one of the many envelopes in the scene where a tornado of owls and post swirls through the Dursley’s house.

Made from marbled-effect paper, Harry’s address is printed in green on the front of the envelope with the Hogwarts crest printed on the reverse. This hero envelope features an actual red wax Hogwarts seal rather than the many printed envelopes that were also used in the scene. The envelope remains sealed with paper seemingly contained within,” says the auction catalog.


The third lot, #180, is two scarves given to crew members on the sets of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  They are both in Gryffindor house colors and have embroidered logos from the respective films.  The Goblet of Fire scarf is in a color-block similar to Harry’s Triwizard Tournament uniform.


Wednesday’s auction will include a live webcast, and bids will be accepted in person, online, and by phone.  Will someone finally get a Hogwarts acceptance letter?

To see the full catalog of items for sale, see here.

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8. Emma Watson talks of her New projects in Video and ELLE

Emma Watson has been in Spain, promoting her new film projects–Regression and Beauty and the Beast. Emma will grace the covers of the ELLE Spain magazine for the October issue. In the magazine, she speaks of her work in the thriller, Regression. Some of the images from the October issue of ELLE Spain have made their way online. They can be seen here, and below.



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In a new interview in Spain, she spoke out about Beauty and the Beast. The video can be seen below. It is the first time we have heard Emma speak openly about the film (though she said there is not much she is allowed to say). In the interview she said that there were new parts of the story that did not appear in the animated version of the film.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the heads up!

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9. Weekend Wrap Up: “Omega Men” No Longer Cancelled, X-Men Facing a Slow Death, and More

This weekend turned out to be a very busy one for comics news.  As our chief steward, Heidi MacDonald, takes a well deserved rest this morning following the conclusion of Small Press Expo, let’s take a look at some of the big breaking stories from the last few days. Omega Men Lives When we broke […]

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10. Leavesden Studio Announces Expansion, September Screenings Begin

Warner Bros. is planning another multi-million dollar expansion of its Leavesden studios in Hertfordshire, England, according to a report from The Guardian.  The addition will enable the studios to better accommodate future large-budget films, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Improvements to the Harry Potter Studio Tour are also included in the expansion plan.  As The Guardian reports, the Harry Potter film archive housed in the Leavesden studios has more than 5 million visitors each year, making it one of the most visited sites in Britain.  All of this traffic doesn’t count the hundreds of people working on films there each day.

Warner Bros’ vision could give a major boost to employment and training in the UK. Some of the biggest productions employ anything up to 750 people on construction, with an average shooting crew of 250…One insider said of the backlot: “We think it’s the biggest in Europe. Some of the producers say it’s the biggest they’ve come across.”

This week is also “Harry Potter September Screenings” at the Studio Tour.  Guests will be able to watch a Harry Potter film where it was made as part of their tour package.

Tickets must be pre-booked and are priced at £49 per adult and £41.50 per child. This includes entry to the Studio Tour, a foamy cup of Butterbeer, a film ticket, a hot snack, popcorn or sweets and a soft drink.

Screenings began with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on September 19th, and will continue with a subsequent film each day this week, concluding with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, on Saturday, September 26th.

For more information about the Leavesden expansion, see The Guardian article, here; to learn more about “Harry Potter September Screenings,” see here.

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11. Warner Brothers rumored to be developing Booster Gold/Blue Beetle movie

The Tracking Board is reporting that Warner Brothers has tapped Greg Berlanti, executive producer of The Flash, Arrow, and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, to helm a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle team up movie.

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12. What?!? When!?!: Your Updated Comics Cinema Calendar, Fall 2015 Edition

Okay, wow… that was one epic summer for movies! Universal blew the previous annual box office record out of the water, with Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Minions, beating Fox’s previous record of $5.53 Billion in August, with four more months left in the year to further add to the record books! Jurassic World set numerous records, and […]

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13. “Colonia” Reviewed and Bid on at TIFF

Emma Watson’s new film, Colonia, made it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. The Hollywood Reporter noted that many American buyers were lining up to buy the film, though the film has already attracted global buyers who are in the final bid for the film.

Beta Cinema, which is handling world sales, is in final negotiations on an international deal that will see a single studio take multiple territories for Colonia, giving the title a major global push.

Beta also has closed separate deals for the picture in multiple international territories, including with Good Films in Italy, NEW in South Korea and Shooting Stars for the Middle East.

The Hollywood Reporter also wrote an article, reviewing Colonia after it premiered. The reviews were not glowing or full of praise. The opening paragraph was quite negative, calling the movie a “poor attempt,” and the rest of the review does not gain any positivity beyond that.

Starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl as two English-speaking German lovers who find themselves trapped in English-speaking Chile just as Augusto Pinochet launches his coup in 1974, the film offers neither actor the kind of material they merit — and gives Bruhl one of his more embarrassing tasks when his character is forced to play a “retard” in order to trick his Chilean captors, resulting in a performance that comes awfully close to the Simple Jack parody from Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder.

Some of this could have been tolerable if the script — by Gallenberger and Torsten Wenzel —weren’t so steeped in genre clichés from start to finish, beginning with an opening scene that has Lufthansa stewardess, Lena (Watson), and her graphic designer lover, Daniel (Bruhl), meeting by pure chance at a street rally in support of Salvador Allende.

Both Watson and Bruhl do what they can with what’s on offer, though their performances are hampered by all the flat dialogue, as well as by the film’s refusal to truly contextualize anything outside a few explanations in the opening and closing title cards. When one young nun is asked about Colonia, she answers that “there is nothing to understand.” Really? Perhaps it’s a language problem after all, though if anything should actually be said in Spanish here, it would probably be: ay, caramba!

If you wish to read this crushing review in full, you can find it on The Hollywood Reporter, here. The trailer for Colonia was also released today. It may be seen below.

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14. Agree or Disagree: Emma Thompson tired of “Spiderman” Remakes

Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland–all have been cast as the leading role of Peter Parker in Spiderman, in the last 13 years. Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) thinks three remakes in that short of time is too much. Yibada reports:


In an interview with Vulture, Thompson said that she is not very pleased with the fact that a new “Spider-Man” movie will be released again in the next couple of years. 

“If I see another ‘Spider-Man,’ I’m going to have to actually hang myself. I can’t do it anymore!” she said.

Meanwhile, Thompson clarified that she does not have anything to do with the film or the franchise. It is just that, “Spider-Man” has already been released several times, and in different versions.

“They’re all marvelous. But how many times can you make this franchise, for crying out loud? After a while, you do get a bit cynical about superhero movies. The fact that I know they’re going to win out in the end has now slightly interfered with my continuing to go to those movies,” she said.

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15. Another Harry Potter Actor joins “Game of Thrones”

As the Game of Thrones series has progressed, some of us find ourselves pointing at the screen, yelling ,”Hey! It’s Tonks,” “Look! Did you see Filch? Or Amycus Carrow?” and “Wow, Lady Stark looks a lot like Hermione’s mom…” Soon we will all be pointing at the screen quizzically, asking ourselves why Samwell Tarly’s little brother looks a lot like that punk, Cormac McLaggen.

Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) has landed the role of Dickon, Samwell Tarly’s little brother. As many may recall, McLaggen was a rather sly, egotistic laddies man. Knowing the likability of many Game of Thrones characters, or lack there of, it may be safe to say that Stroma’s new role as Dickon may not be that far off from his role as McLaggen.

Huffinton Post reports:

Dickon is part of the reason Sam winds up on the Wall in the first place. Their dad Randyll Tarly wanted Dickon, who’s considered more physically gifted, to be his heir, so Sam was basically given a choice between death or the Wall. 

Actor John Bradley, who plays Sam, previously told The Huffington Post that if his character met up with his father, Randyll, again, it would be the “peak of Sam’s dramatic narrative.” Now that Dickon is making an appearance, there could be a major conflict with him, too.

In one corner, we have Dickon. He’s physically gifted and apparently a member of the “Harry Potter” Slug Club. In the other corner we have Sam. He’s … like … scared of stuff.

Anything could happen.

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16. The Marvel Studios “Creative Committee” is reportedly dissolved

While the films under the Marvel Studios banner have proven to be enormously popular with moviegoers (even in what’s presumed to be an “off” year for the studio, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man are both currently in the Top 10 grossing films of 2015), there’s no doubt that there are certain creative difficulties behind the […]

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17. THE SCORCH TRIALS Movie Prize Pack Giveaway \\ $25 GC, Movie Tie-in Book & More

So we are SUPER huge fans of THE MAZE RUNNER series. We love the books and the first movie, and we can't WAIT for THE SCORCH TRIALS movie to come out! To celebrate the release (Sept 18), we are fortunate to have an amazing giveaway for one of you! Check it all out below!! Visit all the MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS websites - #ScorchTrials Visit the Official Website Like ‘Maze

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18. See Tom Felton in New “Risen” Trailer!

A new trailer for the movie, Risen, starring Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) has been released. Tom Felton retweeted the news from MovieFone, with a picture of Tom Felton’s character, Lucius, grappling over a sword with Cliff Cutris’s character, Yeshua.

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Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was quick to tweet about the new Risen trailer, saying that he was “Psyched for this, pal!” The two are currently tweeting back and forth about their weekend plans–throwing in Harry Potter references, of course, because the rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin is still very real.

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J.K. Rowling has just joined the conversation–expressing the same pleasure at seeing our Harry Potter boys banter between their respective houses.

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Risen is a biblical story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story is told from the views of non-believers, attempting to find the body of Christ after it has risen, leading the worlds largest and most important man-hunt. IMDB shares Sony Pictures description of the movie:

“Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”



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19. Review: American Ultra asks “What if Jason Bourne was a stoner?”

Sometimes films take on heavy concepts: life, death, space, time travel. Other times, they take a simpler approach. Sure, it’s hard to argue that American Ultra is doing anything profound or meaningful, but it’s also hard not to have fun with a movie where the primary question seems to be: What if Jason Bourne was a neurotic pothead? […]

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20. Troubled Warners exec finds comfort in watching Batman v Superman over and over again

Last week The Hollywood Reporter ran a succinct piece about Warner Bros. and its current box office woes. Behind a string of flops and under performers like Hot Pursuit, Vacation, Magic Mike XXL (it’s a classic folks), and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., WB is finishing #3 for the summer for the second year in a […]

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21. Rupert Grint featured in New “Moonwalkers” Trailer

Rupert Grint’s new movie, Moonwalkers, is set to release in Japan on November 14. (The film made it’s USA debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and was shown at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea.) Just in time for Rupert Grint’s birthday, Japan released a new trailer of the film.

The trailer is mostly in English, with Japanese voice over and subtitles. It can be viewed below. The movie is rated R, and the trailer is not suitable for young audiences.


Thank you to The Ice Cream Man for the heads up!

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22. J.K. Rowling addresses Race in “Fantastic Beasts”

The controversy over the whiteness of the Harry Potter series, especially in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. Hypable recently posted an opinionated editorial on Fantastic Beast diversity–giving their reasoning for why the new movies series did not have to be all white. They addressed the historical accuracy of the films and why the subject of diversity matters within the Harry Potter franchise and the movie industry as a whole. The article can be read in full here.

Hypable isn’t the first news source to release a viral post about this topic. YouTuber Dylan Marron released a video completion of all lines spoken by actors of diverse nationalities. Of the thousands of minutes within the series, this video totals about six minutes for non-white actors.

It is true that the entire cast, that we know of, in Fantastic Beasts so far, is white. As we can see from IMDB’s listings.

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Even the new addition to the cast announced last week, Jane Perry (World War Z, The Three Musketeers), does not add any diversity to the cast.

J.K. Rowling addressed this issues, as it’s ever-growing presence on the internet came to her attention. She reminded us that the question at hand is an important one, but to remember that we do not have a lot of information on the Fantastic Beast films, and we are not to make judgements until the films are released and we have viewed them.

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“I sincerely hope you aren’t being sent rude tweets! You raised an important point, I just can’t address fully without giving away rather a lot.”

J.K. Rowling has been a producer for many of the Harry Potter films, and is the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts. We have no doubt that her input and opinions are valuable and highly influential within the film industry. As Jo is known for her compassionate manner, and standing up for civil/human rights, we have no doubt that she will continue to implement the same moral principals, which she abides by personally, within her franchise.

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23. Marvel has entered into talks with Mads Mikkelsen to join Doctor Strange

I seem to recall a few years back that Marvel Studios was really hot on getting Mads Mikkelsen on-board with one of their productions, to the point where he was cast as Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the then-debuting Hannibal. Given what Christopher Eccleston […]

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24. Check Out Who’ll Be Fighting Whom in “Captain America: Civil War”

Some big news came out of Marvel Studios today as they unveiled some concept art from next year’s Captain America: Civil War.  The art confirms the members of each side in the film’s hero on hero war and gives us some new information about the movie’s major players. Of note is Agent 13 Sharon Carter, who made her […]

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25. Borderlands movie on the way from Lionsgate and Take-Two

Another videogame is heading to the screen–this time, Borderlands, a FPS game is set in a comics-inspired SF universe. Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who certainly have a lot os experience with comics-inspired films, are making it with Lionsgate. The game was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K, a division of Take-Two Interactive […]

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