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First Look: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. Pictures released the first video of next year’s film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film, written by J.K. Rowling, is about the adventures of young Newt Scamander as he tries to find some of his missing “fantastic beasts” at large in New York City.

The Fantastic Beasts Announcement Trailer starts off with the voice of Scamander (played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) saying the incantation lumos maxima twice, which harkens back (or forward, depending how you look at it) to the third Harry Potter film where Harry is practicing the same spell in his room at the Dursley’s.

Next we see Scamander’s future wife Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) in front of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) saying, “Yesterday a wizard entered New York with a case, a case full of magical creatures, and unfortunately some have escaped.” There is a shot of Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) staring outside from a room where the building’s side were blasted and heavily damaged.

Finally we see Scamander open a case slightly, hearing some bestial sounds, and closing it quickly before Goldstein asks him, “It was opened” to which he replied, “Just a smidge.” Next we hear a woman exclaiming, “Mr. Scamander” while Scamander, with a gentleman in tow with the case, points his wand and fires at an unknown person or perhaps fantastic beast.

Enjoy!

Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a fast-paced film and an improvement over its predecessor. The film doesn’t drag at all even though the running time is merely nine minutes less than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There is action throughout including terrifying Spiders, more battles with Orcs, and an escape from captivity in empty barrels from the Wood-elves while braving raging waters and arrows. Continue reading

J.K. Rowling on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

J.K. Rowling was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this past Monday where she discussed her new novel, The Casual Vacancy as well as, very inevitable in any interview with her, a certain other series she wrote. Here are the links to the two parts:

Exclusive – J.K. Rowling Extended Interview Pt. 1

Exclusive – J.K. Rowling Extended Interview Pt. 2

Trailer: Oz The Great And Powerful

The trailer for the film, Oz The Great And Powerful, was released yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con International. James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, better known as the Wizard of Oz, in a prequel film to L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard o

f Oz. The film will detail how Diggs came to Oz. Here is the synopsis that Disney provided:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

The film looks visually stunning and the trailer expanding when Diggs sees Oz for the first time in color was interesting. The film will be released in theaters on March 8, 2013.

What do you think?

Jack and Tollers

I wrote the following for an English class when I was college. The assignment was to write about a first meeting between two famous individuals. I chose Lewis and Tolkien because I grew up reading Narnia and I started reading Tolkien’s works at the time. This was a challenging assignment because not much was written on their first meeting so I scoured through several books to see what I could gather. The result is below. I made a few changes but most of the original paper is intact. Continue reading

Review: The Avengers

After the credits for the first Iron Man film, Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) approaches Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) about the “Avengers Initiative”. Ever since that exchange, the films Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America have been building up to what has been a highly anticipated film among devotees to the Marvel Universe franchise, The Avengers. And the film doesn’t disappoint.

The Avengers starts with Nick Fury and his associates at SHIELD experiencing difficulty with the Tesseract, a cube of unspeakable power. This cube opens a portal for Loki (Tom Hiddleston), adoptive brother of Thor, to Earth where he steals the Tesseract in order to summon an alien army to the planet. Fury gathers several superheroes together to form the Avengers: Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man, and Captain America (Chris Evans). They are joined by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The result is a humorous (and sometimes serious) exchanging of back and forth insults and retorts. Through the incessant fighting, the members of the Avengers have to put aside their differences and egos to unite against Loki and his army from taking over Manhattan and ultimately the world.

The Avengers succeeds where other superhero ensemble films failed (Fantastic Four anyone?). A good mixture of humor, action, and drama (not to mention Hulk Smash) to please both the Marvel fan as well as the regular person who just wants to see an action film; The Avengers is a fantastic film, and a good start to the summer movie season.

Chapter 36: The Flaw In The Plan

Note: I apologize for the very long wait for this chapter read-through.

The final chapter starts off with Harry “lying facedown on the ground again” (724). The word “again” here relates to the start of the previous chapter where Harry “lay facedown, listening to the silence” (705). There is commotion around Voldemort because he seems to have passed out. What happened to the Dark Lord? This question relates to what exactly was that thing at King’s Cross that “had the form of a small, naked child, curled on the ground, its skin raw and rough, flayed-looking…” (706)? One theory is that it was the piece of Voldemort’s soul that was in Harry. This would make sense if not for the fact that Voldemort destroyed the Horcrux by using Avada Kedavra on Harry. Why would the soul fragment be at King’s Cross when it was destroyed? The other theory, one that is supported by the novel, is that it is actually Voldemort himself, de-souled and grotesque because of his dabbling in that dark, macabre magic of making Horcruxes. Continue reading

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ Final Trailer

The final trailer for the final film, and the final trailer for any Harry Potter film for that matter (for now), was released by Apple yesterday around 7 p.m. Eastern time. Naturally it is all over YouTube and the Internet now. The trailer starts off with Lily Potter speaking to a baby Harry in his crib and then goes through a montage of past films before getting into the final film. This trailer has some interesting bits, including some awesome battle scenes. It does show Harry confronting Snape over Dumbledore’s death with students looking on in the Great Hall (definitely not in the book). However we do see a part of the Resurrection Stone scene where Harry is accompanied by Lily, James, Sirius, and Remus. Enjoy!