From J.K. Rowling’s official website today:
Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
The second Sherlock Holmes film directed by Guy Ritchie–“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows“–recently appeared in theaters, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, respectively. While some critics have not liked the more action-oriented approach toward Holmes’s character that Downey brings to the role, I’ve accepted it for what it is and concur with Roger Ebert in the overall positive assessment of this second installment and find that it offers a reasonably satisfying blend of the cerebral and the physical. (Though I should note that I really prefer the somewhat updated, yet still rather traditional, life that Cumberbatch and Freeman breathe into the roles in the BBC’s brilliantly done Sherlock series.)
A new movie is out (directed by Pat Solomon) at a limited number of theaters: FINDING JOE, a film based on the wisdom of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell. The film explores how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and how it provides a narrative for living a fully realized life—or as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss.”
Just watching the trailer can give one the kind of courage that allows Neville to draw the Sword of Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat!