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Warner Bros. Details Release Dates For Fantastic Beasts Movie Trilogy

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Warner Bros. has released some details about the plans for their project, the big screen adaptation of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling. The “Harry Potter” spinoff was confirmed to be hitting theaters as a trilogy with this first film releasing on November 18, 2016. In this week’s announcement, Warner Bros. revealed that the part 2 and part 3 would come out in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

The screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being written by author Rowling. The tale follows a character mentioned in the Harry Potter series called Newt Scamander as he journeys through New York City. It is set 70 years before the HP series takes place.

David Yates is returning as director of the series. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz, who was at the conference this week, tweeted a cryptic note that said the series would be “at least” a trilogy. Could this mean there may be more films in the future?

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David Yates Directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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The film adaptation of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be helmed by a director who at least knows what he is doing! David Yates has signed on to head the project which is based on the novel set in world of “Harry Potter.” Yates has previously directed four of the beloved “Harry Potter” film adaptations.

The novel, written by J.K. Rowling, is set in the wizarding world and is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook that was featured in the Harry Potter series also written by Rowling. It follows the adventures of the fictitious author Newt Scamander as he tracks down the mysterious, amazing, and all together fantastic beasts that are hidden among the wizarding and muggle world.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a planned trilogy. It will feature creatures, characters, and aspects of society that will be familiar to “Harry Potter” fans. However, the tale begins seventy years before Harry Potter begins.

Currently, there is no word on any actors attached to star in the project or when we can expect the film to go into production. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will release in theaters on November 18, 2016.

Amazon Crowns ‘Hunger Games’ as Its Top Seller

The captivating Harry Potter series has been dethroned as Amazon’s best seller by The Hunger Games.

Amazon announced friday that Katniss Everdeen and co. have surpassed the wizards of Hogwarts as the company’s best selling series. The sales include print and e-book formats, making the “Hunger Games” trilogy Amazon’s best-selling series.

The Hunger Games was written by Suzanne Collins and has since captivated the world in both print and film.

Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said in a statement that since the debut of “The Hunger Games” in 2008, the series has “taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before.”

“Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time,” she said.

Sarah Gelman, a spokeswoman for Amazon, declined to produce specific sales figures. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman for Scholastic, the publisher of both series, said that Scholastic has 150 million copies of the Harry Potter series and more than 50 million copies of the “Hunger Games” series in print in the United States.

The second film adaptation of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2013.

The Hunger Games Accuses Harry Potter Fans of Trademark Violation Over Charitable Campaign

With the release of The Hunger Games in theaters this past weekend, the film is still fresh on fans minds throughout the world, but it seems the Harry Potter Alliance’s Imagine Better Project is hoping to profit off the fan with their new slogan. However, Lionsgate is not to thrilled with the slogan and has issued a takedown notice to the project.

Lionsgate and The Hunger Games have accused Harry Potter fans of using their intellectual property, by way of the title of the novel and film and using it to promote their cause. The slogan, “Hunger is Not a Game” has been used for campaigning by Harry Potter Alliance’s Imagine Better Project for their charitable cause.

Lionsgate studio claims that the project which is being let by the fan group in partnership with Oxfam is attempting to “piggy back” off their incredibly successful motion picture. The studio also claims that the campaign is causing damage to their studio and their marketing efforts for The Hunger Games. 

SVP Business Affairs & Litigation, Liat Cohen, states in a letter,

We are truly making an effort to work with you on this. We have the ability to take down your sites as a violation of our trademark and other intellectual property laws. We hope that will not be necessary as this is too serious a subject.”

Along with the slogan, Imagine Better also uses references to the movie and the novels by using phrases such as “The Water Games” and the use of “Districts.”

On the other side, an activist has launched a petition in response to Lionsgate, asking fans to support the project and callings for the studio to “to stand with us, not against us.”

Elizabeth Banks Talks Hunger Games, Harry Potter & What To Expect

Courtesy of the people over at BuzzSugar, who recently sat down with star Elizabeth Banks, we have a good idea about what she thinks regarding the upcoming film The Hunger Games as well as Harry Potter and her other film What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Banks talked about how she feels about her film, The Hunger Games now that she is a parent. Banks plays the role of Effie Trinket in the upcoming film adaptation of the novel by Suzanne Collins.

She also spoke about her role in the film, What to Expect When You’re Expecting which is a film adaptation of the incredibly popular pregnancy manual. It was written by  Heidi Murkoff and is one of USA Today’s “25 Most Influential Books” of the past 25 years.

You can see the interview below:

As a parent, did you have any reservations about The Hunger Games’s dark subject matter?
EB: The movie is going to be PG-13, and I think that’s about right. My nephew’s 11, and he read it and loves it. The book has adult themes, for sure. Gary Ross, the director, and Suzanne Collins [who wrote the novels] did a great job patrolling what happens visually in the movie, what we can show and what we can’t show. But I remember taking my 6-year-old niece to a Harry Potter movie with those dark shadow things that were scary as sh*t, and the guy doesn’t even have a f*cking nose. That’s like nightmare stuff, in my opinion. This is a lot of hand-to-hand combat, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t see on a video game or an episode of “CSI.” We don’t have guns.

What was it like making the transition from The Hunger Games to What to Expect When You’re Expecting?
EB: They’re just so different, it’s literally night and day. I don’t have the same voice, I don’t have the same hair, I don’t have the same anything. Literally nothing, it’s completely and utterly opposite. The good thing about this is that it’s a role much closer to myself, so it’s easier.

What helps you get into character?
EB: Well what’s great about both of these characters, Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, and Wendy, is that there’s so much external stuff to build the character with. Effie has the great wigs and the crazy clothes, and the accent, and all that. That’s all something that really helps feed you. And this character has the boobs and the bump and the back pain, and the shoes that don’t fit, and all of those things that really feed you in the moment, which is great. It’s a lot easier than having to come up with a bunch of emotional sh*t that you have to deal with from internally. They’re nice characters that you build from the outside in, instead of from the inside out.

The Hunger Games is set to hit theaters on March 23 and What To Expect When Expecting will hit theaters May 18th.

Personally, I am super excited to see Banks in the role of Effie. From the trailers I’ve seen, she really fits the way I pictured her when I read the books. It was definitely nice hearing her opinion about her character considering we’ve heard from other members of the cast already.

And also, she is right on about Harry Potter.

10 Highest Grossing Film Adaptations

Ok, well not all time, but these are definitely the highest grossing film adaptations and from that I gleaned this: Harry Potter dominates. I think that is the obvious conclusion that can be made from this compiled list of highest grossing film adaptations. With every book on the list only to be broken up by LOTR and Jurassic Park, Harry Potter reigns at the box office. I have to say though, Twilight is not in the top ten and we have Harry Potter to thank for that.  Continue reading

Ron Weasley: The Boy Who Almost Wasn’t

Can you imagine a world where Ron died half way through the series? Where he doesn’t end up with Hermione and they don’t live happily ever after? Well it was almost a reality and fans everywhere feel relief about what could have been (but never was).

You might be surprised to know that J.K Rowling had planned on killing off one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter series. According to an interview from MTV.com, Rowling revealed she had initially intended to send Ron Weasley to the grave instead of having him end up with Hermione.

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