April 19, 2014

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“Harry Potter” theme park coming to Southern California

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: And this is how the “Harry Potter” legacy will live on: Through theme parks.
Now that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida has ironed out its kinks (or the most part, from what I’m hearing), plans are being revealed to expand the Potter experience to the West Coast with a second attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the Southern California park will closely resemble the Florida facility, with a replica of Hogwarts Castle, rollercoasters, and themed restaurants that take their cue from J.K. Rowlings’ award-winning novels.
And if the idea takes off, the sky’s the limit, as WSJ report that similar parks could be opened “in such foreign territories as Japan, Singapore and Spain.”
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Harry Potter death commemoration sweeps the Internet

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is awesome. Dedicated fans of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s legendary character are planning a moment of silence at 3 p.m.today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Harry’s parents, Lily and James, who died on this day defending their infant son from Lord Voldemort.
That’s why “RIP Lily and James Potter” became a trending topic early this morning on Twitter as Potter fans rallied in support of the deceased literary characters.
“One hour Twitter silence in honour of James & Lily Potter begins now. RIP James and Lily Potter,” types @JoRowlingNet.
THR has a solid recap as to why several “Potter” fans are planning an hour of Twitter silence in honor or their beloved characters. Maybe they’ll just be trick-or-treating at that time?
How will you commemorate the anniversary? My suggestion: Watch one of the “Potter” films. It’s far more productive, and entertaining, than moments of virtual silence.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II is the top grosser of 2011

HollywoodNews.com: As of yesterday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II is the highest-grossing film of 2011, both worldwide and domestically. On the domestic front, it surpass Transformers: Dark of the Moon and now sits at $344 million in just over a month of national release. On the worldwide front, the Harry Potter series finale is now the highest-grossing film of all-time not directed by James Cameron. Second only to Titanic ($1.8 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion), the eighth and final Harry Potter adventure now sits at $1.13 billion, surpassing the $1.119 billion gross of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Yes, we can discuss the 3D bump and the inflation argument, but Frodo’s big record (the biggest-grossing film not helmed by James Cameron) has held steady for nearly eight years as several films joined the $1 billion club but couldn’t get that extra $120 million needed to get over the hump. While it sits $7 million below Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in terms of pure overseas grosses, that will be surpassed in the next day or two, leaving the film as the third-biggest overseas grosser as well. All in just over a month of worldwide release.
So Harry Potter 7.2 stands as the biggest film not helmed by James Cameron, the highest-grossing sequel, Warner Bros’s highest-grossing film, etc etc. As far as inflation goes, it needs only $15 million in domestic sales to surpass the $360 million ‘adjusted-for-inflation’ gross of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is number two on the inflation-adjusted list (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s $445 million is pretty much out of reach). In terms of estimated tickets sold, Harry Potter 7.2 stands with 42.79 million tickets, good for fourth place in the series.
But it’s just under 2.4 million tickets away from the 45.175 million tickets sold by the fourth picture, while the tickets-sold champ (again the first film in the series) is likely out of reach with 55.9 million tickets sold. Point being, 3D bump or not, the film is likely going to become the second-most viewed (in theaters) entry of the series. And the entire series is currently at $7.5 billion worldwide, with a final total of over $8 billion certainly in the cards. Just think, if Warner Bros. had split book four [...]

Harry Potter 7.2 Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

HollywoodNews.com: Meanwhile, a little farther down the chart, the much-anticipated and raved-about by geek critics Attack of the Block was released on just eight screens by Screen Gems, with respectable results. The film earned $130,000 for a solid $16,307 per-screen average. Of course, this means little in terms of the film’s mainstream play ability, and I do not yet know the expansion plans for the British alien invasion import. But every movie geek on my Twitter feed has been begging everyone else to see this one.
As for me, I’m hoping that it goes to the much closer Arclight Sherman Oaks next weekend (as opposed to the much farther Arclight Hollywood). I’m also a little nervous about those allegedly thick British accents, as I’m a little hard of hearing and am debating on waiting for the subtitled-DVD. But for those unafraid of accents, everyone I know seems to have really enjoyed this one. Also debuting in limited release was The Devil’s Double ($95,000 on five screens) and The Guard ($80,000 on four screens).
In bad news for good movies, Captain America dropped a rather hefty 61% in its second weekend, almost as much as the much-loathed Green Lantern (-66%). The terrific comic book adventure grossed $24.9 million in its second weekend and finished its tenth day with $116 million, or $3 million behind Thor’s respective ten day gross of $119 million. To be fair, Captain America had stronger weekdays than Thor, as the Asgard fable opened in early May. But the Steve Rogers pic had a second weekend of nearly $10 million less, and a larger second weekend drop than Thor (-47%) and X-Men: First Class (-54%).
It does mean that the film will likely end up closer to Kung Fu Panda 2′s current $161 million total than Thor’s current $180 million total. In better news for good movies, the final Harry Potter film crossed two very notable landmarks this weekend. On Sunday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II crossed $1 billion worldwide, tying Avatar as the fastest film to reach said milestone. It also film sits at $318 million in domestic grosses as of today, thus surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the biggest-grossing Harry Potter film in domestic sales as well.
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Harry Potter now the “biggest grossing” series in history

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Seven is a lucky number for the Harry Potter franchise.
There were seven books in J.K. Rowling’s literary series. Harry, himself, was the seventh horcrux … which ended up destroying Voldemort’s soul. The last film, “The Deathly Hallows,” should have been the seventh film, but Warner broke it up into parts 7 and 8 (though it will always be one long Part 7 in our minds).
And now the cinematic franchise has crossed the $7 billion mark as a collective series, “cementing their place as the biggest grossing series ever,” Reuters reports.
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, called the sum achieved by the Potter films a “stunning achievement.”
He couldn’t be more right. This series, with the same actors under the direction of four different helmers, ended up being unlike anything we’ve seen or will see again. The money earned is well-deserved. Congrats, Warner Bros., and thank you Harry, for everything.
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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

HollywoodNews.com: What else is there to talk about this week in movies? It’s all about a beloved literary character from books read by kids the world over and now brought to life in countless films, the latest opening this past Friday.
And if you think I’m talking about Winnie The Pooh you’re living in a cave.
Despite Disney’s pooh-pooh opening for the week’s only other wide release ,Winnie The Pooh, this week is all about the final, FINAL chapter of Warner Bros. gigantic film franchise , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of last November’s Part I, a very dark and somewhat convoluted affair that just seemed to drag out the Potter tale rather than expand it , but this finale is something else . a perfectly pitched emotionally satisfying way for the most successful franchise in motion picture history to go out. Audiences seemed to agree giving this one a solid ‘A’ Cinemascore rating and a record-breaking domestic weekend sendoff of an estimated $168 million, $10 million more than The Dark Knight scored three years ago. Worldwide the total now stands at nearly half a billion ($475 million) for the opening weekend, simply astounding. That beats Potter’s own previous best, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by over $70 million. Of course this is the first Potter film to succumb to the 3D disease that has swept the industry so those higher prices factored into the much bigger haul this time but actually with Potter fever running at an all time high and interest so intense in the final film it is clear records would be shattered even if it had only been released on 16MM prints.
When I talked to director David Yates on Thursday , the eve of the Potter phenomenon, he expressed his own basic dislike of the 3D process but said he did everything he could to make this 3D conversion the best possible, at least from a technical standpoint. Yates has directed the last four (out of eight) editions of the Harry Potter franchise spending six years solid going from one to another. He only finished this one just three weeks before opening and is now looking for a long vacation. The director had never dabbled in films of this scale before taking on his first one, [...]

“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe wants “lots” of children

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Someday, Daniel Radcliffe would like to see a ton of little wizards running around his home. But the “Harry Potter” star isn’t ready to test drive parenthood just yet.
While conducting a special interview with CNN’s Larry King on behalf of the launch of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Radcliffe said he’d like “lots” of children. But he’s ready to wait.
“Not just now. But I want kids and I want lots,” the 21-year-old actor said. “I’ve seen how happy fatherhood has made some of my best friends.
“I love kids, as well,” he continued. “I definitely want that.”
Radcliffe did say that he’s dating, but didn’t get into details.
“I’ve got a girlfriend at the moment, who I am very much in love with,” he said. “So, you know, we’ll see where that goes.”
These fine topics and more will be covered as part of “CNN Presents: A Larry King Special – Harry Potter: The Final Chapter,” which airs on Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
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Emma Watson Photos: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Emma Watson.

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2010, she starred in seven Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; she will return for the final instalment: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Watson’s work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than $10 million. She made her modeling debut for Burberry’s Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.
In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $70 million in worldwide sales.
Early life
Emma Watson was born in Paris to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both British lawyers. Watson has one French grandmother, and lived in Paris until the age of five. Following her parents’ divorce, she moved with her mother and younger brother to Oxfordshire. From the age of six, Watson wanted to become an actress, and for a number of years she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting. By the age of ten, she had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince, but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. “I had no idea of the scale of the film series,” she stated in a 2007 interview with Parade; “If I had I would have been completely overwhelmed.”
Harry Potter
In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling’s best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow [...]

Harry Potter “Part 2″ opening sequence arrives online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Have you grabbed a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on DVD and Blu-ray yet? (It streeted on Friday, April 15.)
If you have – and you should – then there’s a good chance you already saw this opening scene from the eighth and final “Potter” film, which arrives in theaters on July 15. By all accounts, part two will be a full-blown action film, which makes sense if you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s fantastic final book in the Harry Potter series.
But if you have not seen the featurette teasing “Part 2,” you are in luck. Trailer Addicts has it up today (via EW.com). We’ve also pasted a low-res version below.
Enjoy, but feel a little sadness, as “Potter” concludes … soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BBIe-QgIaI
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Neville Longbottom bloodied and battered in first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: One of the most exciting moments of any of the Harry Potter books was in the final pages of the otherwise lackluster Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There was about a paragraph where it was teased that Neville Longbottom, NOT Harry Potter was the ‘chosen one’ who would eventually confront and destroy Lord Voldermort.
The idea that Harry Potter would end up a supporting character in his own adventure, that the somewhat marginalized Longbottom was to be the true hero… that would have been an unexpected and daring narrative choice. But after tossing out the idea, Dumbledore quickly pooh-poohs the notion and once again asserts that Harry Potter is the would-be chosen one. It was the second time in just the last act of Order of the Pheonix, following the Voldermort vs. Dumbledore battle where I was hoping that Albus would finish off Tom Riddle right then and there, that JK Rowling had the chance to surprise us and take the stories in an unexpected direction I have no qualms about how the books turned out (books 6 and 7 were much better than 5), but it would have been a wonderful plot twist, leading into the ‘third act’ of the series, to completely turn the tables likes that.
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