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.
July 14, 2009
RT Visits the Set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
As RT is brought into Leavesden Studios, past a pair of workmen poring over blueprints for a large, conical tower with a tall spire roof, the sense that we're entering a slightly different world than the one we're used to is immediately evident. Through a pair of unassuming white doors on the side of a nondescript warehouse to the north-west of London we're lead into the heart of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and, indeed, the whole Harry Potter universe. Join us as we take a look inside the world of Potter and go behind the scenes on the new film.
November 25, 2008
ABC Family Offers First Look at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Attention, "Harry Potter" fans: ABC Family's planning another "Potter" weekend, and this year's will feature the world television premiere of the special extended edition of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," as well as exclusive first looks at "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
August 19, 2008
The Battle of the Harry Potter and Twilight Bands
Maybe you waited in line at midnight to get your Harry Potter fix, but compared to Paul DeGeorge and other "wizard rockers" -- not to mention the folks starting bands inspired by Twilight -- you really aren't much of a fan at all.
January 15, 2008
Warners Splitting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows In Two?
They've all been well-received by fans and critics, but the Harry Potter films -- particularly the later ones -- have come under fire for the progressively larger chunks of the books that have been left off the screen. When it comes to the final installment of the series, however, this all might change.
December 19, 2007
Composer Patrick Doyle: The RT Interview
On January 6th the London Symphony Orchestra hosts a concert of film music selections at the Barbican Hall. Ahead of the event, in an exclusive interview, RT caught up with composer Patrick Doyle to find out more about the event and his career.
November 8, 2007
Mike Newell to Direct Prince of Persia?
You may have heard that all this nasty "Hollywood strike" business had put the long-discussed Prince of Persia film adaptation on the back burner, but Variety is here to set the record straight.
October 22, 2007
J.K. Rowling Outs Albus Dumbledore
Add "the sexual orientation of a fictional character" to the list of things that are apparently capable of dominating an American news cycle in the 21st century.
July 19, 2007
Yates Plans Harry Potter VI: Half Blood Prince
David Yates has just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but he's already planning the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Where Order is an intense film about teenage feelings of isolation, Prince will go to the next level of teenage years.
March 6, 2007
Daniel Radcliffe Will Finish Out the "Harry Potter" Series
How annoying would it have been to get a brand-new Harry Potter with only one or two movies left in the series? Well, it was pretty unlikely that that was going to happen. And now it definitely won't: The young Mr. Radcliffe just inked the deal for the remainder of the movie series.
February 12, 2007
Early Work Starting Up for "Harry Potter 6"
The fifth Harry Potter flick is still a few months away, but that won't stop the buzz from churning on the sixth Harry Potter flick. Yes, we have some news on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
October 23, 2006
Harry Potter Goes Underground
Apparently "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" has been shooting at the Westminster tube station in London -- because a few websites have the photos to prove it!
October 18, 2006
Chris Columbus Returning to Direct Another "Potter"?
There's never a shortage of Potter-related news, is there? The latest tidbit comes from young actor Rupert Grint, who either dropped a mild surprise -- or has no idea what he's talking about. It seems that Chris Columbus might be coming back to helm his third "Harry Potter" flick.
September 5, 2006
More Pics from the Set of "Harry Potter 5"
I know how much you guys love that Harry Potter kid, which is why we keep sharing all these on-set photos with you ... even when the snapshots aren't all that fascinating! Click on through for the next batch of pictures from the production of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
August 15, 2006
Harry Potter and the Purple-Haired Honey
The names Natalia Tena and Nymphador Tonks mean absolutely nothing to me, but they were both recently spotted on the set of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." And there's a Potter-crazy fansite that has the pics to prove it.
July 27, 2006
"Harry Potter" and the Recall Scheme
Specific DVDs go "out of print" all the time, sometimes due to poor sales and sometimes due to elaborate marketing schemes (koffDISNEY). Anyway, the point is this: If you want to own a "Harry Potter" movie on DVD, you better buy your copies before December.
July 8, 2006
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Sequel Loots Record-Breaking $55.5M on Friday
It looks like this summer will come away with a mark in the record books, if estimates hold. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the sequel to 2003's surprise smash hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," grossed $55.5M on Friday, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It's the biggest single-day gross ever, besting the $50M single-day debut of last year's "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."
July 7, 2006
Cast Your Vote in the Teen Choice Awards
Are you between the ages of 13 and 19? Do you like ... stuff? Then click right here and cast your votes for the 329th annual Teen Choice Awards, which is where you can tell the universe that Puffy is more illing than Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell is funnier than Brad Pitt, and Katie Holmes is cuter than Katey Sagal. Or something.
June 23, 2006
Jason Isaacs Prepares for "Potter 5" Shoot
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's little denying that the "Harry Potter" movies know how to attract very talented (and almost always British) actors. One such performer would be Mr. Jason Isaacs, the ever-cool character actor who played Lucius Malfoy in "Goblet of Fire" and "Chamber of Secrets." Oh yeah, and he'll be back for "Order of the Phoenix," too!
May 23, 2006
MTV Movie Awards Builds a Cast
With Hollywood's most anticipated blockbuster only weeks away and stars lining up to attend, MTV: Music Television today announced that Colin Farrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star studded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards."
April 26, 2006
Get Your Goofy MTV Movie Awards Noms Right Here
You thought the awards season ended with the Oscars? Please. MTV's just gearing up for their movie awards, which will be broadcast worldwide on June 8th -- but we have all the nominations listed just a click away. (Interesting to note that not only were Paris Hilton & Rob Schneider nominated for awards, but also that "Hustle & Flow" earned three noms -- a movie produced by "MTV Films.")
April 7, 2006
Potter 5 Claims a Release Date
Omar at JoBlo's informs us that the fifth Harry Potter flick, entitled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will make its debut on July 13th, 2007 -- which should make for one Potter-crazy week, considering that J.K. Rowling's 7th and final chapter in the series is scheduled to hit book stores on 7/7/2007. (Book 7 of the Potter saga is as-yet-untitled.)
March 31, 2006
"Chicken Little" Hatches a No. 1 Seller
Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Chicken Little" easily crossed the road to the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ended March 26, while New Line Home Entertainment's "A History of Violence" remained the nation's No. 1 rental for the second consecutive week.
March 23, 2006
Oldman to Get "Sirius" Once Again for Potter 5
Dark Horizons shares some scoopage from HPANA (a serious Harry Potter fansite) and it's something that'll no doubt please the hardcore Harryheads: Gary Oldman has signed to reprise his role of Sirius Black in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." (Apparently there was some controversy regarding Oldman's return, but the deal seems to be signed and sealed.)
February 22, 2006
BAFTA Winners Announced!
The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) held their annual awards presentation on February 21st, and they managed to dole out some love for an interesting variety of films and filmmakers -- most of which have been on the receiving end of other awards already, but they're good choices anyway, if it's me you're asking.
February 17, 2006
Newell & Bardem Come Down with "Cholera"
International acting stud Javier Bardem and well-rounded movie director Mike Newell are about to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Love in the Time of Cholera" to the big screen for New Line. Adding just a little more pedigree to the mix is screenewriter Ronald Harwood.
February 3, 2006
Potter Part 5 Gets Production Underway
Principal photography will commence February 6 at England?s Leavesden Studios on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling?s beloved Harry Potter novel series.
February 3, 2006
Imelda Staunton Cast Added to Harry Potter Cast
The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in "Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix" will be Imelda Staunton, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Staunton will play the role of Dolores Umbridge, who is appointed by the Ministry of Magic to replace Alastor 'Madeye' Moody from the previous installment. This British actress got acclaims for her role in 2004's "Vera Drake" and can be seen playing the role of Mrs. Blatherwick in "Nanny McPhee."
February 2, 2006
CNN Film Critic Paul Clinton Passes
Known for his enthusiasm for the movies if not for any artsy-pretentious leanings, CNN.com's film critic Paul Clinton died Monday, January 30.
January 31, 2006
2005 Oscar Nominations Are In!
Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that "Walk the Line" would get nominated over "Capote" for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks...
January 10, 2006
2005 Golden Tomato Awards Winners Announced
Rotten Tomatoes, the trusted online source for gauging the critical reaction to movies, has announced the 2005 recipients of the Golden Tomato Awards, the site's annual awards given to recognize the year's best-reviewed films.
January 10, 2006
7 Flicks Eligible for Sound FX Editing Oscar
ComingSoon.net shares an Oscar-related press release regarding which movies will be duking it out for the Best Sound Editing nominations. Needless to say, most of the films are big, expensive stories full of big, expensive sounds.
December 19, 2005
Big Ape Swings Through the Weekend Box Office
OK, so "King Kong" didn't exactly storm out of the gates following its release last Wednesday, but the lovestruck gorilla enjoyed a rather impressive 3-day weekend all the same. The monkey's mega-movie grabbed just over $50 million over the weekend, giving it a total tally of $66.2 million from over 3,500 screens.
December 19, 2005
Seven Flicks Eligible for the Best FX Oscar
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a press release in which the seven films eligible for the Best Visual Effects award are revealed. It looks to be a tough category this year, what with "King Kong" and "War of the Worlds" among the options.
December 16, 2005
London Movie Critics Present Their '05 Nominations
Movie City News shares with us a press release from the London Film Critics Group in which their various nominations are announced. Keep in mind that the Brit crits use their own release dates as criteria, so don't be surprised to see a few 2004 releases in the mix.
December 13, 2005
Critical Consensus: Crown This "Kong"
The original "King Kong" is a movie so loved, and so emulated, that it would seem a foolhardy task to try to remake it. But Peter Jackson is a director who dreams big, and realizes those dreams more often than not. Will the critics go ape for his new "Kong?"
December 12, 2005
The Lion, the Witch, and the Very Impressive Weekend
Disney & Walden's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" had a pretty fantastic opening weekend at the box office, pulling in just over $67 million from 3,600 theaters. "Narnia" became the #3 biggest opening of the year, behind only "Star Wars Episode 3" and "Harry Potter Episode 4."
December 5, 2005
Potter Pilfers Flux's Bucks
Harry Potter continues to reign supreme at the box office, handily overpowering the debut of Paramount's "Aeon Flux" to enjoy his third consecutive weekend at the box office.
November 28, 2005
WB Gives Thanks for Potter's Magical Holiday Weekend
Proving that not even a big handful of new releases can not keep a good wizard down, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" continued its impressive box office ways, handily dominating the holiday box office and remaining #1 for a second consecutive weekend.
November 21, 2005
Harry Potter and the Box Office of Plenty
It's no big shock that the fourth entry in the "Harry Potter" series was, far and away, the number one draw at the weekend box office. But the flick turned out to have the fourth biggest box office weekend in the history of moviedom: Harry snagged over $101 million from nearly 3,900 North American screens ... in only three days!
November 21, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Superman Returns
If you were out buying popcorn prior to the beginning of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," you might have missed the rather swanky "Superman Returns" trailer. If that's the case, just click on over to the film's trailer page and check it out there!
November 17, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Harry Potter," "Walk the Line" Both Certified Fre
This week's wide releases find us within both a goblet and a burnin' ring of fire. We've got legends, both fantastic ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") and musical (the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line"). Will these heavily anticipated films generate warmth, or be scorched by the critics?
November 16, 2005
Check Out 13 New Harry Potter Clips!
With only two days to go before "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" hits theaters, we've got 13 new clips to give you a sneak peek at Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts!
November 14, 2005
"Little" Stays Big for a Second Weekend at the Box Office
Disney's "Chicken Little" managed to stay atop the box office charts for a second consecutive weekend, despite family-friendly competition of the outer space kind. "Little" added a big $32 million egg to an omelette presently worth $80.7 million, and the folks over at Disney Animation think the thing's pretty delicious. Debuting in second place was Sony's "Jumanji" in Space" adventure "Zathura," which tallied a fairly decent $14 million from 3,200 screens.
November 10, 2005
Superman & Shyamalan to Piggyback Potter
Superhero Hype! has confirmed that the teaser trailer for "Superman Returns" will be attached to WB's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," opening in theaters on Friday, November 18. The teaser, which runs one minute and thirty-three seconds, will play with (most) screenings of the fourth "Harry Potter" installment.
October 25, 2005
Check Out the Whole "Goblet of Fire" Soundtrack ... for Free!
AOL Music is offering you Potterfans a nice little treat. Click right here to hear all 24 tracks of Patrick Doyle's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" score. The CD doesn't hit stores until November 15th, but you can listen to it right now, score-fans!
September 22, 2005
Four New International "Potter" Posters
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for pointing us toward Yahoo!'s Hong Kong movie-site, because that's where they found a quartet of all-new international one-sheets for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
July 18, 2005
Comic-Con 2005: "V for Vendetta," "Harry Potter," "Futurama" and "Superman Returns"
Lots of movie news coming out of Comic-Con 2005 and IGN FilmForce is there to bring it all back for those of us who couldn't attend.
First off, the trailer for "V for Vendetta" made its premiere this past Friday with Natalie Portman and producer Joel Silver on hand for a Q&A session afterward. According to FilmForce's Chris Carle, the trailer is "[f]illed with action" and appears to "stay true to the style and design of the graphic novel."
May 9, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: "Harry Potter Part 4" Teaser
Those who love and admire the Harry Potter books and films, which is pretty much all of us (to one degree or another), will want to head over to Apple Quicktime's Movie Trailer Page for a first (and flashy!) look at "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
April 15, 2005
Get a Peek at "Harry Potter 4" on May 7th
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing this piece of Potter-intensive news from ABC: those who tune in on May 7th to watch the network's broadast of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" will be treated to "an exclusive first look at film clips, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the fourth "Harry Potter" film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Expect these bits to be sprinkled throughout the broadcast, so you Potter fans better set your VCRs (and TiVos!)
March 15, 2005
Emma Watson and Jason Isaacs on "Potter"
Contrary to early press reports, work has not yet begun on casting the fifth Harry Potter film, "The Order of the Phoenix," as FilmFocus learned when it talked to two of its potential stars, Emma Watson (Hermione) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), recently.