Posts Tagged ‘harry potter’

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Spin-off FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Will Be a Trilogy

Monday, March 31st, 2014


J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be turned into a movie trilogy, a “mega” trilogy like The Hobbit the New York Times says.  The book was published in 2001 as one of Hogwarts textbooks; it will now be adapted for the screen as trilogy set years before Hogwarts classes we know about.  As we mentioned when this news was first talked about, Fantastic Beasts will take place 70 years prior.

“Three mega-movies are planned. The main character will be a ‘magizoologist’ named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.”

It’s pretty exciting to hear that J.K. Rowling is making somewhat of a return to the Harry Potter universe; there haven’t been many details announced about the plot, so we will share the news as it arrived.

FYI: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is 42 pages.

J.K. Rowling Announces New Film Series Inspired by HARRY POTTER Books

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-bookJ.K. Rowling announced on her Facebook page that she would be teaming with Warner Bros. to create a new series of films “inspired by” the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the book’s author, Newt Scamander. Rowling will be making her screenwriting debut with the series and said had this to say:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,there have been a few failed attempts at the next franchise to make waves like Potter did.  It’s interesting to note that Rowling stated that the films, which will focus on the life of Newt Scamander, will neither be a prequel or sequel to the Harry Potter series, and will be set seventy years prior to the Potter films.

FYI: The book benefits the charity Comic Relief. Over 80% of the cover price of each book sold goes directly to poor children in various places around the world. According to Comic Relief, sales from this book and its companion Quidditch Through the Ages have raised over £17 million.

Check out the full press release below:



Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Harry Potter

Harry Potter has come and gone and thus far Warner Bros have resisted the urge to reboot the whole thing and start again.  Those of us who enjoy the Harry Potter movies were very excited when the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection was announced…then we saw the price…no thank you.

Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day goes a long way to making this set more affordable.  You can get this entire set, that’s all 8 movies on both Blu-ray and DVD plus all sorts of other goodies exclusive to this set like a map of Hogwarts, a replica horcrux locket, books, art prints, plus hours of special features that are ONLY on this release, for only $154.99!  I know that might still seem like a lot  but keep in mind that this set used to go for $400!

Act now because this offer is only available today and is likely to sell out soon!

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo on for $154.99

 UPDATE: They are showing the old price now, that didn’t last long.  Check back soon, maybe they will update it again.

UPDATE 2: Well it appears as though they’re sold out already, so Amazon replaced their deal with a new one for The Dark Knight Trilogy on Blu-ray for just $23.99!  It’s a great deal for three great movies!

The Dark Knight Trilogy is $23.99 on

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Mischief Managed: Harry Potter Retrospective Video that Recaps the Entire Series

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012


Harry Potter will be known for many things; it’s the most successful film franchise of all time for starters, and likely when all is said and done will have the most versions of DVDs and Blu-rays you have ever seen.  There is a box set coming next week, the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection that can be yours for a few hundred dollars.  To celebrate, one devoted fan put together this rather awesome video you can watch below.

The video goes through all eight films in a well put together, edited and musically scored retrospective that should make even the grumpiest of Muggles smile.

The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection will be available on September 7th. This video was put together by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr.

Watch below:


CoF Presents: The Best Gifts For The Film Lover 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011


It’s that time of year again to start thinking about great gift ideas for your friends and family, it’s just easier than saying you love them isn’t it?  Here is our annual list of great gift ideas for the film lover in your life.

Whatever you decide, it’s always best to choose gifts based on what you already know about the person. Take a look at our list and I’m sure you won’t go wrong, just keep the receipt in case they already went ahead and spoiled themselves.  Mom, if you’re reading this, no more spark plugs OK?

Do you have your own gift idea we missed out on?  Let us know in the comments below!  And go:


WB Releases ‘Deathly Hallows – Part 2′ Trailer For Your Consideration

Monday, November 7th, 2011


The franchise is over, the dust has settled, and what we have been left with is one remarkable movie franchise to look back on with mostly praise.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was a great movie, now it’s time to consider it for awards.  Is it really good enough to be considered for a “Best Picture” at the Oscars?

Well, Warner thinks so, they released a promotional “For Your Consideration” video, which is very powerful.  You can watch it below as well as a list of nominations Warner Bros. is going for:


Today’s Links: Kung Fu, John Goodman Working With Coen’s Again, Adam Sandler’s Dracula Movie and More

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • Rupert Grint was almost killed-off midway through the Harry Potter series, ginger revolt! [geekologie]
  • Bill Paxton may direct an adaptation of ‘Kung Fu’. [deadline]
  • John Goodman (“the goods”) has been cast in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. [showbiz411]
  • First look at ‘Hotel Transylvania’, Adam Sandler’s Dracula movie. [facebook]
  • Here is a clip from The Muppets where Jason Segel and Walter plan a trip to California. [comingsoon]
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has a new TV spot called “Need Your Help”. [traileraddict]

Trailer for SEVEN BELOW starring Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames and Luke Goss, watch it below:


Today’s Links: ‘Sherlock Holmes 3′, ‘The Dark Tower’ on HBO, Steve Jobs Biopic, ‘Harry Potter’ DVDs To Be Pulled and More

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • Sherlock Holmes 3 gets a screenwriter. []
  • Producer Brian Grazer says $45-50 million budget cut means ‘The Dark Tower’ will happen. [playlist] Getting HBO series? [mtv]
  • Joss Whedon secretly directed adaptation of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. [muchadothemovie]
  • Metallica developing 3D feature film with Charlotte Huggins. [loudwire]
  • Eric Bana to play Elvis Presley in ‘Elvis Presley & Nixon’. [thr]
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck developing Whitey Bulger Mobster Biopic. [deadline]
  • Sony Wants Aaron Sorkin to Pen the Steve Jobs Biopic. [latimes]
  • Warner Bros will pull ‘Harry Potter’ DVDs out of circulation December 29 2011. [ew]

Today’s Links: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Dark Knight Rises At Occupy Wall Street, Electric DeLorean Happening and More

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • You saw the bad-ass trailer, now here’s the poster for ‘The Grey’ starring Liam Neeson. [image]
  • ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ teaser poster is here. [image]
  • The Dark Knight Rises will possibly film at Occupy Wall Street. [nymag]
  • No ‘Expendables’ sequel for Mickey Rourke, he will be missed. [deadline]
  • DeLorean Car Company apparently building an electric version of the car, sold. [autoguide]
  • Anne Hathaway has been cast in ‘Les Miserables’ film. [bbc]

Trailer for Harry Potter Documentary ‘When Harry Left Hogwarts – a new documentary that will be on either the Blu-ray or DVD of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2:


Box Office Report: Too Close To Call For Cowboys vs. Aliens vs. Smurfs

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

box office

With the Box Office numbers still being too close to call, I went ahead and called it anyways.  Smurfs isn’t #1 okay, it just isn’t.  Good for Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, two fine actors showing the blue jerks who’s boss.  For the nitpickers, you can check out Box Office Mojo or The-Numbers on Monday for an official winner.

1. Cowboys & Aliens – $36.2M
2. The Smurfs – $36.2M
3. Captain America – $24.9M – $116.7M
4. Harry Potter – $21.9M – $318.4M
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love – $19.3M

[MORE: Box Office Mojo, The-Numbers]

I guess we can spin it anyway we want, but Cowboys might come out a loser either way, with a projected budget of about $200M (the project started development in 1997) it’s hard to imagine the film having the legs to really stand out or merit the studio’s favorite word, “sequel”.  The Smurfs will have a sequel, new TV show and probably a “meet the chipmunks” movie too.  I’m going back to bed.