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.
Screenwriter Evan Daugherty discusses with TheWrap.com how a passion for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films inspired his idea to reinterpret the Snow White fairy tale for 21st Century audiences in Snow White and the Huntsman, opening in theatres this weekend.
Next up for Daugherty: a script for the film adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, Divergent, which Lionsgate/Summit is hoping will be the next Hunger Games (which was hoped to be the next Twilight, which was hoped to be the next Harry Potter). Divergent was reviewed last year by the Hog’s Head’s Jenna St. Hilaire.
In a blockbuster weekend competing against The Avengers and Men in Black 3, the only question remaining is: will Snow White and the Huntsman be the fairest of them all?
Well, to be more accurate, it was 35 years ago yesterday, May 25, 1977, that Star Wars debuted in theaters. The article to which I linked asks a few questions. Do you remember when you first saw Star Wars? Is the theater you saw it in still there? Are you still in touch with whoever you saw it with?
I saw it the week of the premiere in the Stuart Theater in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. I saw the movie about three times in the theater. My mom would drop me off. In 1977, I would've been 12 years old o
r something close to that. The Stuart Theater is now the Rococo Theater. Same building but it apparently doesn't show new movies anymore but serves as more of a nightclub which only occasionally shows classic and cult classic films. You can also book it for wedding receptions.
So, if you can still remember, feel free to answer the above questions. When and where did you first see Star Wars when it premiered? With whom? And is the theater still there? If you weren't born yet when Star Wars premiered, where did your parents see it? 🙂 Or when did you first become introduced to Star Wars? May the Force be with you!
Ten years after the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man franchise started Hollywood is rebooting it. As this article states, there’s a new Spider-Man actor (Andrew Garfield), a new love interest, new villain, and a new approach to the back story. Now, the character and story of Spider-Man has been around for a long time. The question this article attempts to answer is, “With such a recent connection to the previous franchise, how different could this movie be?”
And part of the answer does go back to the fact that Spider-Man has been around for awhile, starting in 1963. That’s two years before I was born and three years before Star Trek started! Talk about a long time ago! 🙂 Anyway, for those who may not know the original back story of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man here’s a brief synopsis.
Pixar is making a fairy tale movie. Now it’s official. They’ve confirmed the cast (which includes Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane), worked out difficulties with the directors, and released concept art.
Apparently, not only will it boast Pixar’s first female protagonist, it also boasts their first female director, albeit as a co-director. And I guess we’re not supposed to count Helen “ElastaGirl” Parr as a protagonist, for some incomprehensible reason.
They’re setting it in Scotland and calling it Brave. Which doesn’t remind anyone of any other movie about Scotland, OK?
Since Korg posted that visual history of science fiction the other day, I ran across a few other links that I found interesting relating to science fiction. Primarily Sci-Fi movies. The first is a top 25 list of the best science fiction movies and the second is a list of 12 essential science fiction movies for newbies to the genre.
An opinion piece here on which movies should have won an Academy Award compared to the ones that did. The piece says The Social Network should’ve gotten the nod this year instead of The King’s Speech. There’s also 9 other movie comparisons. Just some thoughts: It perhaps says something about my viewing tastes that I’ve hardly seen any of the movies being talked about. Some like Titanic and Rocky, I have seen all the way through but the others I’ve only seen bits and pieces or not at all.
There are the films critics want you to see. And then there are the films audiences actually do see…in droves.
In 2010, every one of the 20 worldwide box office champs was a fantasy film (see here). Which, to me, says reams about the kind of stories people want. They want magic, they want adventure, they want edifying, uplifting stories.
Below the break is is a list of the top 20 films in order: