JOHNNY DEPP TO JOIN FANTASTIC BEASTS CAST

Cat’s out of the bag, Johnny Depp is in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

With the film’s world debut just around the corner, pre-screenings have already begun. News leaked Tuesday of Depp’s cameo appearance near the end of the film. Just a few weeks ago, Fantastic Beasts announced that it would become a five-film franchise and I gave my (widely accepted) speculation about the background story about Grindelwald’s rise to power.

But what role will Depp play?

Some news outlets speculate Grindelwald, but I’m on the fence about such an idea. Although I don’t doubt his talent and love his work, I can’t deny a slight disappointment in casting such a ‘celebrity’ for this part. Also, Deadline reported the exclusive that Depp will be “playing a co-starring role in the sequel” along Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander. Which tells me that the chances of Depp playing Grindelwald is slim since Newt is more associated with the workings of  Dumbledore than the evil-doings of Grindelwald. Maybe Depp will play a younger version of Dumbledore? I think he could definitely bring the eccentricities of a young-Dumbledore to life.

I guess we will all just have to wait until November 18 to see Depp’s cameo and find out his character!

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS TO BE FIVE MOVIE FRANCHISE!

J.K. Rowling announced at a Warner Bros. fan event today that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a five-film franchise.

HOLY HIPPOGRIFF!

“We always knew that it was going to be more than one movie — we knew that from the start — so we set a trilogy as a sort of placeholder, because we knew there would be more than one movie,” Rowling said at the Empire Theatre in London. “But I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”

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Warner Bros. announced back in August that a sequel to Fantastic Beasts was already in the works and would also be directed by David Yates. He teased at the fan event that the second film will take place in another global capital city, “It will be very different.” My guess is that it will either be Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro since there is a long-established and prestigious wizarding school both in Japan and Brazil (there are of course nine other schools worldwide, I just think it’s most likely to be one of these cities first).

The following featurette was also shown at the fan event, providing the most detailed look of Fantastic Beasts so far:

Although us Potter fans are accustomed to dark magic, having to deal with Lord Voldemort for so long, we forget that there was another great Dark Wizard before him: Gellert Grindelwald. You know, Albus Dumbledore’s once-BFF and believer in the Deathly Hallows, who eventually took the ideal “For the Greater Good” too far and committed mass genocide. Which lead to the duel of a lifetime between the two and ultimately his defeat, landing him in Nurmengard (and also losing the Elder Wand to Dumbledore).

Anyways… Grindelwald is at full power in the background of Fantastic Beasts. He wants to overturn the Statue of Secrecy, allowing wizards and witches to be able to live freely and openly amongst Muggles (or No-Maj). This is huge deal in America, where the reception of magic has created a more extreme separation between the wizarding and non-wizarding communities. So when Newt Scamander’s magical creatures get loose, it puts a lot at stake because of the heightened fear created by Grindelwald.

And yes, Yates even confirmed that a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald will have a cameo!

Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited for this film, it goes and makes me feel like Dobby receiving his first sock. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them apparates into theaters November 18.

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM FULL-LENGTH TRAILER IS HERE!

Finally, a full-length trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is here!

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist that finds himself in a bit of trouble when magical creatures from his briefcase escape, wreaking havoc in 1920s’ New York City. There are a lot of tensions within the American community between the muggles, or “no-maj”, and wizards to keep the magical world separate and hidden.

While the teasers have given us amazing visuals of the different settings, some clips of the creatures and the characters, this full-length is really highlighting the more dark and dangerous side to this film. Scamander comes to find out that the magical community in America is much different than at home, and facing these adversaries while catching all his creatures won’t be easy. Luckily he’s aided by a couple companions, witch Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and no-maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), who marks the Potter universe’s first ever non-magic protagonist.  We also get to see more of Colin Farrell’s character, Percival Graves, who is all about pureblood status and hates muggles. There are also more creatures that I can even name in this trailer, it’s well… fantastic. 

I’m looking forward to seeing the relationships between these characters develop and how it changes the separation of the community. But let’s be honest, I’m ready to be wowed by all the cool creatures. You should definitely head over to Pottermore to find out your patronus (Great White Horse for life) to hold you over until November 18.

What do you think of the trailer? What are you most looking forward to?

 

FALL FOR THESE BOOKS BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE

The fall season has officially started and with the holidays approaching, we can anticipate some amazing movies. Especially the ones that are book adaptations. I’m usually on the side of “the book is always better” and most of the time it is, but there are always exceptions. Whenever possible, I try to read the book before the movie because I like to create the story in my own imagination first.

But sometimes, it happens the other way around and I honestly can enjoy the book just as much or even more. Like when I was 13 and saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and my mind was blown, leading me to beg my Dad to take me to buy the book immediately (to which he did and I didn’t put it down until I finished). Anyways, here are some movies coming out based off books, some I’ve read and some I haven’t, but I encourage you to check them out!

The Girl on the Train

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Selling an estimated 11 million copies worldwide, Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller was #1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Rachel uncovers. Sometimes the truth isn’t easy.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Starring Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, and Luke Evans and directed by Tate Taylor, the novel’s adaptation premieres October 7.

American Pastoral

americanpastoralThe social and political turmoil in a post-war America during Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency sets the stage for this novel by Phillip Roth. Our protagonist, Seymour “Swede” Levov, a devoted family man and hard worker who inherited his father’s Newark glove factory, has his life fall apart when his daughter’s destructive political affiliation leads him into the “indigenous American berserk” from his conventional upper middle class lifestyle. Earning the Pulitzer Prince in 1998, American Pastoral was also included in Time Magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels”.

Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut for the film adaptation coming out October 21. McGregor stars in the film with Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connolley, Rupert Evans and Valorie Curry. Watch the chilling trailer here.

Inferno

inferno-coverThe fourth book in the Robert Langdon series, Dan Brown once again fuses history, art, codes and symbols in this new thriller.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces… Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust… before the world is irrevocably altered.

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, alongside new cast including Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster and Irrgan Kahn. Although the release date has moved around, it will officially be out October 28.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (5/1/12)by Ben FountainBilly Lynn’s Bravo Squad are anointed as heroes following an intense fight in Iraq and brought home only to be sent on a “Victory Tour” to encourage support for the war. During the tour, the squad is invited to be guests at the Thanksgiving game for the Dallas Cowboys, where the gap between life at war and at home resonate with Billy Lynn.

The disenchantment with military life spurred by the loss of a comrade and the treatment of heroes leads him down a reckless path of lust, pain and self-doubt. Ben Fountain’s novel depicts what many of us cannot experience: the reality of post-war life for our soldiers. The film, directed by Ang Lee, stars a heavy-hitting cast with players like Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn as Billy Lynn. The film has its world premiere October 14 at the New York Film Festival and will hit theaters on Veteran’s Day.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

fantastic_beastsSet 70 years before Harry’s story started, in 1926 New York, we follow the adventure of Newt Scamander (Eddy Redmayne) and his magical briefcase of dangerous and fantastic creatures.  When the creatures escape the briefcase, the authorities seek after Newt as the strain between the  magical and non-magical society is continuously threatened by the fanatical organization New Salem Philanthropic Society, who are determined to eliminate all of wizard-kind.

We first see J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as one of Harry Potter’s first schoolbooks in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The published book contains a foreward from Albus Dumbledore and includes notes from Harry, Ron and Hermione with their accounts of encounters with magical creatures.  The film will expand the Potter universe. enlightening viewers to experience both another era and society in the magical community. Accompanying Redmayne are Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Colin Farrell. Watch the trailer and see what kind of creatures you can spot! Fantastic Beasts will apparate into theaters November 18.

A Monster Calls

8621462Conor O’Malley has the same nightmare every night, “the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.” One night his nightmare becomes real when he’s visited by a human-like yew tree, or ‘Monster’, that is going to help him by telling three stories. During the day, Conor must cope with reality of his mother’s struggle with terminal cancer  and being bullied at school. As the story progresses, his mother’s condition becomes worse and the Monster in turn requires a story from Conor.

The novel was first conceived by Siobhan Dowd during her own battle with cancer. After passing away in 2007, the idea was then arranged for Patrick Ness to develop. Although written for children, this book can apply to all audiences with its theme of confronting your emotions. With an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson as the Monster, this fantasy-drama is set to take us on a journey December 23. Check out the trailer on our YouTube channel.