August 3, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Timothy Spall
One of the busiest and most recognizable British character actors in movies, Timothy Spall cuts a unique figure of comedy and menace that's seen him play everything from Winston Churchill in The King's Speech to the nefarious Wormtail in the Harry Potter series. Along the way, Spall has worked for the likes of Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, Ken Russell and Bernardo Bertolucci, while his collaboration with longtime friend Mike Leigh yielded an acclaimed lead performance in the director's Secrets & Lies. This week, Spall makes an appearance alongside Donald Sutherland and Christian Slater in the action thriller Assassin's Bullet, and we had the chance to chat with the very charming actor about his career and five of his favorite movies.
March 27, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Lily Collins
Lily Collins was born into fame -- her dad, Phil, could bang a drum and write a hit tune or two -- but she found her own way into an acting career, performing in stage productions as a kid before working as a teenage Hollywood reporter and scoring small roles in movies like The Blind Side. This week she steps into the limelight as the star of Mirror Mirror, director Tarsem's visually energetic remix of the Snow White fairytale -- the first, and likely funniest, of this year's adaptations of the classic story. We sat down with the English-born Collins recently in her adopted home of Los Angeles, where she talked about the movie, working with Tarsem and her thoughts on Kristen Stewart's not-really-a-rival take on Snow. First up, she talked us through her five favorite films.
February 1, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Daniel Radcliffe
"It's actually a thrill to be talking about something else," Daniel Radcliffe chuckles, pausing to consider a question about his new movie The Woman in Black. He is, of course, referring to the ubiquitous presence of a certain blockbuster franchise that has consumed almost half of his life on the planet. Radcliffe was just an untested 11-year-old when cast as the eponymous hero of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone way back in 2001; now, having triumphantly wrapped the series with last year's Deathly Hallows, he's a seasoned 22 and ready to spirit himself into the realm that lies beyond Hogwarts. Audiences will have their chance to see Radcliffe's transformation (and marvel at his dashing new accoutrements) when The Woman in Black opens in theaters this week. In the meantime, we asked him to talk through his all-time five favorite films.
April 12, 2011
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
This week on home video, we've got the latest installment in a worldwide blockbuster phenomenon and a music-movie misfire to lead off the list. Then, we've also got one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the past year and a French film that largely flew under the radar. Following those are a couple of Blu-Ray reissues of note, and we finish things up with a collection of films starring the unmatched duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Check out the full list!
November 29, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Harry Potter Edges Out Tangled
This weekend, the wizard sequel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 won a narrow victory and held onto the top spot at the North American box office over a busy Thanksgiving holiday frame with an estimated $50.3M in its second weekend of release. Tumbling an expected 60% from its debut, the Warner Bros. smash raised its ten-day domestic tally to an impressive $220.4M. Compared to the last installment to open on a November Friday - 2005's Goblet of Fire - Hallows opened 22% better but after ten days the lead has been cut to just 10%. Goblet even grossed more on its second weekend when it took in $54.7M over the same turkey session for a 47% decline.
November 29, 2010
Warner Bros.' Long List of Harry Potter Trademarks
In an interesting glimpse at studio hunger for merchandising tie-ins, the Hollywood Reporter has presented a partial list of "Harry Potter" products that Warner Bros. has considered -- including, yes, Quidditch lingerie.
November 22, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Harry Potter Enjoys Monster Opening
This weekend, wizard fans united and sent the much-hyped fantasy sequel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 soaring to the number one spot with a massive opening weekend of $125.1M, according to estimates, making it the highest-grossing debut ever in the seven-film series. Launching ultrawide in 4,125 theaters, including a record 239 IMAX locations, the dark PG-13 adventure averaged a sensational $30,332 per site and ranks as the sixth best opening weekend of all-time behind The Dark Knight ($158.4M), Spider-Man 3 ($151.1M), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8M), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($135.6M), and this year's Iron Man 2 ($128.1M).
November 19, 2010
Critics Consensus: Deathly Hallows Is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got Hogwarts horrors (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson) and a prison break (The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks). What do the critics have to say? Pottermaniacs, the wait is finally over - sort of. The first installment of the series' two part finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is here, and the critics say that despite occasional lags in pacing and a (perhaps necessarily) abrupt conclusion, the movie mostly delivers, thanks in large part to the now-full-grown trio of lead actors.
November 16, 2010
David Yates Talks Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Continue celebrating "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" release week by watching this interview with director David Yates, who discusses the film, the decision to abandon 3-D conversion for it, and what we can expect in the second part.
November 15, 2010
A Screenwriter's Hogwarts Decade
As the "Harry Potter" film franchise begins drawing to a close, the New York Times speaks with Steve Kloves, the screenwriter who's spent over a decade bringing the books to theaters.
November 12, 2010
Tomatometer Watch: Will Harry Be Deathly Or Hallowed?
Another year, another Harry Potter movie -- and it's not over yet, with Warner Bros.' cleverly halving the final installment of the series to ensure audiences will be back to do it all again come next summer. But for now we have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which marks the seventh film of J.K. Rowling's publishing phenomenon, and the beginning of the end of one of history's most successful movie franchises.
November 8, 2010
Spielberg Suggested Animating Harry Potter
As the first half of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" approaches theaters, the L.A. Times takes a look back at the history of the series and unearths some trivia tidbits -- such as what might have happened if Steven Spielberg had taken the helm.
October 27, 2010
Five Favorite Films with Rupert Grint
He's instantly recognizable to millions of fans as the redoubtable Ron Weasley, loyal sidekick to Harry Potter and romantic interest to Hermione Granger in the films of J.K. Rowling's series; a phenomenon that will soon reach fever pitch with the November release of the penultimate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. But 22-year-old Rupert Grint has also been putting together a resume of smaller, character-driven films on the side, the latest of which, Wild Target, opens in US theaters this week. In this very British crime caper, Grint plays a kid who stumbles upon a deadly scenario and inadvertently becomes an apprentice hitman to Bill Nighy, all while getting to snuggle up to Emily Blunt and trade quips with the likes of Martin Freeman and Rupert Everett. RT was lucky enough to catch Rupert recently and pose that eternal question: "Will there ever be a rainbow?" We then asked him his Five Favorite Films.
October 7, 2010
18 Potential Plots for Harry Potter 8
J.K. Rowling opened the door for more "Harry Potter" books this week, and the folks at Total Film have busily assembled a list of 18 potential plots for the eighth installment in the series.
September 24, 2010
Friday Harvest: Harry Potter extravaganza! New pictures and trailer!
Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most interesting item we've added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy!
February 25, 2010
Exclusive: Helena Bonham-Carter Spills Potter: Deathly Hallows Secrets
SPOILER WARNING - RT sat down with Helena Bonham Carter in London earlier today to talk about her take on the Red Queen in husband Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. While there, we couldn't resist mining the Terminator: Salvation star for news on her third and fourth appearances in the Harry Potter films, with the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2-parter. Bonham Carter has played dark witch Bellatrix Lestrange since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In that film, she's responsible for the death of Potter's godfather, Sirius Black. This time she'll be back behind the wand, notably appearing in the Potter series' climactic battle at Hogwarts castle.
January 28, 2010
Warner Bros. Plans UK Studio
Warner Bros. have applied for planning permission to buy and refurbish Leavesden Studios in North London, which has been the base of the Harry Potter series since the turn of the millennium. The application includes plans to increase visual effects, prosthetics, animatronics and film editing facilities and outlines ideas for public access which could lead to potential studio tours, including the Harry Potter set. It would be the first major studio to have a dedicated base in the UK.
November 26, 2009
5 Facts About The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been in cinemas for almost a week. So, depending on your feelings towards sparkly vampires and extremely buff werewolves, you will either have seen it three times already (ZOMG RPattz!) or avoided it altogether. Either way, the fandemonium has subsided enough for us to look to the future. It's just seven months until Eclipse, the third instalment of Stephanie Meyer's popular book series, hits the big screen. RT caught up with the cast in LA's Four Seasons hotel during their manic New Moon press tour to get the latest on the eagerly anticipated film. We learned that Robert Pattinson hates pranks, Nikki Reed loves werewolves and got the strongest indication yet that there may well be a fifth film. Read on to find out more...
November 4, 2009
John Hurt Talks Harry Potter, Quentin Crisp and Alien - The RT Interview
John Hurt has been one of Britain's finest acting talents since his career began in the 60s, but it's his roles in films like Alien, Midnight Express and The Elephant Man -- to name a few -- which put him on the international map and for which he's best remembered. At the Dinard Festival of British Film last month to screen An Englishman in New York, a biopic of gay writer Quentin Crisp's time in the Big Apple, Hurt sat down with RT to talk about the film and his wider career, including Alien, Indiana Jones and his upcoming turn in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
October 5, 2009
Exclusive: Helen McCrory Updates on Harry Potter 7
Poor Narcissa Malfoy. If it wasn't bad enough that she had to stand by as her son, Draco, was charged with the task of murdering Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, during the course of Deathly Hallows she'll see her home used as Voldemort's headquarters and her family placed under house arrest. For Helen McCrory, the actress charged with bringing her to life on the big screen, though, the seventh and final part of the franchise -- split into two movies -- will be as exciting as anything that has come before. Talking exclusively to Rotten Tomatoes from the set of her new film, Noel Clarke's 188.8.131.52, she said that her work on Deathly Hallows was going well and promised an epic finale for Potter fans.
July 17, 2009
David Heyman Talks Harry Potter
Producer David Heyman knows more than pretty much anybody when it comes to what viewers can expect from the final two installments in the "Harry Potter" franchise -- and he shared some of that knowledge in a new interview with Collider.
July 15, 2009
RT Interview: Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
19 year-old Daniel Radcliffe wants the world to know he's a grown-up now. It's tough to walk past a magazine stand on the eve of the release of the sixth Harry Potter film without seeing him trying to look as different as possible from the wide-eyed boy wizard who brought him fame. It's no surprise, as with only two of the blockbusting fantasy films left to release, he's more determined than ever to keep on acting when they finally call "cut" at Leavesden Studios. His turns on stage with Equus and TV with My Boy Jack send the message that he wants to be taken seriously beyond Potter, but most feature pieces seem to miss just how seriously he takes the franchise itself.
January 21, 2009
Deathly Hallows Test Shoots Under Way
According to a recent post from Emma Watson at her official site, work on the first half of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" has begun, with test shoots rolling this week.