April 24, 2014

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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 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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Will PGA mess with Oscar’s Best Picture race? – Awards Tracker

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As the Academy continues to tinker with its Best Picture category, shifting from a guaranteed 10 nominees to a fluid “as many as we need” approach to the annual awards race, the Producers Guild might create a ripple that drastically affects how certain studios run.
The PGA announced that it will stay with 10 nominees for its top producing category, a shift it made with the Academy in 2009. That immediately begs the question of what will happen to the films that are honored by the PGA but overlooked in Oscar’s Best Picture race.
On the surface? Nothing. It will create minor controversies that awards bloggers can obsess over. And it might alter how studios campaign for their perceived Oscar contenders. THR brings up the blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” as an example, wondering what would happen if the film earned a well-deserved PGA nod yet failed to score a Best Picture nomination.
“The Potter-philes will be up in arms about the Oscar lockout. The PGA will look inclusive, and Oscars not so much. And the Academy will find itself back where it was three years ago, fending off accusations of elitism,” the trade speculates.
And that’s possible. But do you know how Team Potter can seek comfort? Look at their box office receipts.
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Daniel Radcliffe gets his broadway cast two days off this week

HollywoodNews.com: If you were hoping to see Daniel Radcliffe perform this week on Broadway, better adjust your schedules. Thanks to Radcliffe, the musical revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is dark tomorrow–Thursday–and Friday.
That’s because Daniel–who recently admitted to having had a drinking problem in an interview with GQ–is off to London. He’s got two days of international press and the UK premiere of “Harry Potter 7.2″ or “and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.” Warner Bros. had to buy out two nights of shows so Radcliffe could join in the London festivities.
Today–Wednesday–he’s doing two shows before getting on the Warner jet. Next Monday, July 11th, “How to Succeed” is dark anyway, so Daniel can be at the New York premiere for “Deathly Hallows.” The next day he goes right back to work with an eight performance a week schedule.
What happens at the end of “Deathly Hallows”? I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read the book, but Harry is eaten by a giant spider, Hermione opens a tranny club in Lithuania, and Rupert Grint stars as Richie in the musical version of “Happy Days.” Or the Weasley family does a reality show on MTV.
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Harry Potter Blu-ray delivers Maximum movie thrills

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The end feels closer than ever before.
Warner Bros.’ DVD and Blu-ray release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” does as much looking back as it does looking forward, promising fans a sneak peek at the opening scene from the upcoming series finale as well as countless interviews with the cast and crew reminiscing about all of the hard work that went in to bringing J.K. Rowlings’ magical world to life.
What a remarkable ride it has been. And yet, much like “Part 1” felt like the beginning of a long goodbye, this DVD comes off as a preliminary farewell that’s sure to continue when the “Part 2” DVD eventually arrives in stores (my guess is it will be available by Christmas).
So the question has to be asked: “Why would you purchase “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on DVD or Blu-ray when you know a complete set – with parts one and two – is bound to be available somewhere down the line?”
The answer, however, is up to the individual. Can you wait to see the seventh “Harry Potter” in spectacular high-definition? Or do you want to catch up with a pristine copy of the preliminary adventure before the conclusion arrives in theaters on July 15?
I, for one, would want to enjoy this film with Warner’s Maximum Movie Mode, the ultimate behind-the-scenes discussion that includes cast and crew members taking viewers inside the meticulous filmmaking process to break down key scenes like Hagrid’s motorcycle flight or the construction of Hermione’s magical tents. Warner always has maintained a standard of excellence with the Maximum mode, and “Harry Potter” continues the studio’s commitment.
The rest of the supplements are standard, with eight deleted scenes, five “Making of” featurettes, a “Behind-the-Soundtrack” feature, a clip on the grand opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Orlando, and a sneak peek at the opening scene of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
Which I couldn’t find on my disc. Anywhere. It was only after exploring other critics’ reviews that I realized Warner might have sent us review copies that did not have the sneak peek at “Part 2.” That’s frustrating.
Not frustrating enough, however, for me to bury this release. The visuals are spectacular. The audio conversion is magnificent. The three-disc set includes a digital copy of the film for [...]

First Poster for “Deathly Hallows – Part 2″, Footage to be Shown at CinemaCon

HollywoodNews.com: Warner Bros. has released the first official poster for the upcoming finale to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
The image shows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) face-to-face, with the Elder Wand between them and the caption “It all ends 7/15”. Viewers will remember that the wand, which Voldemort stole from the tomb of recently deceased Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the final scene of Deathly Hallows – Part 1, was revealed to be one of three Deathly Hallows spoken about during the animated sequence “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. The significance of the wand will play an important role in the final film, which will be in theaters July 15.

The poster has been seen at CinemaCon, which is taking place this week and will screen new footage from Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on Thursday at 2:30pm, with producer David Heyman in attendance, according to Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet. Heyman will also be present later that evening to accept the CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award, which is being presented to the Harry Potter franchise.
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Deleted Scene from “Deathly Hallows” Shows Different Side to Disliked Character

HollywoodNews.com: For fans familiar with the story of Harry Potter, it is an undisputed fact that Harry’s muggle relatives, the Dursleys, probably wished he’d never been born – or at the very least that he’d never been left on their doorstep.
The very first time movie viewers hear the Dursleys mention Harry’s magical parents, it is obvious that 1) they don’t approve of magic, and 2) that Petunia Dursley clearly resented her sister. Or did she?
A new clip – a deleted scene featured on the upcoming DVD release of the seventh film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, shows an unusually demure and almost emotional Aunt Petunia (Fiona Shaw) painfully reminding Harry that he was not the only person who lost someone the night Lord Voldemort murdered his parents.
Harry: “They’ll torture you. If they think for a moment you know where I’m going, they’ll stop at nothing.”
Petunia: “Do you think I don’t know what they’re capable of? You didn’t just lose a mother that night in Godric’s Hollow, you know? I lost a sister.”

Should the clip have been kept in the theatrical release of the film?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be released on DVD on April 15.
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Harry Potter sneak peek teases “Deathly Hallows” Blu-ray

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A two-minute teaser for the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” Blu-ray has been posted online, and it promises more supplements than you can shake a wand at.
As if you needed any more reason to snatch the Blu-ray up once it hits shelves on April 15.
The big surprise hidden somewhere on the disc will be a full scene from Warner’s upcoming “Part 2,” which won’t be in theaters until July.
In addition, though, “Potter” fanatics will be able to surf the Maximum Movie Mode – a staple of top-notch Warner home video packages as of late. This one will be hosted by Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy in the “Potter” films. The set also promises a promo for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida, a soundtrack featurette, several extensive clips on the making of the seventh “Potter” film, and much more.
It’s all one big tease. The adventure doesn’t conclude until July. But the arrival of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on Blu-ray on April 15 should tide us over until director David Yates and his team are ready to bring this monumental series to a close.

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Details Released for “Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ DVD Release

HollywoodNews.com: Details have begun to emerge regarding the anticipated DVD release of the first half of the Harry Potter finale.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will have an April 11 release date, according to the British Board of Film Classification’s website. It also lists several deleted scenes that will be included in the extras, including the following:
*The Burrow’s Shed (Ron discusses radios with his father)
*The Dursley House (Harry and Petunia leave the house; Harry and Dudley shake hands)
* The Granger House (The Death Eaters search Hermiones deserted home)
* Ministry of Magic Lifts (Harry interacts with Mr. Weasley)
* Tent (The Trio discuss destroying the locket horcrux)
* Rabbit chase in the forest
* Montage: Ron & Hermione skimming stones
The DVD will also include a few featurettes; the Blu-Ray release is rumored to also include a sneak peek at Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which is due in theaters July 15.
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Casting for Young Snape, Youngest Malfoy for “Deathly Hallows – Part 2″

HollywoodNews.com: Fresh off of the December reshoots for the Epilogue scene in next summer’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, more casting has been revealed for younger roles in the series finale.
First, 14-year old Benedict Clark will play the role of a much younger Severus Snape, which seems to indicate that fans of the books will get to see scenes from Snape’s memories that will finally reveal his part in the Harry/Voldemort saga and just how deep his duplicity ran between the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix.
The role of Scorpius Malfoy – Draco’s son – will be played by 13-year old Bertie Gilbert. Scorpius will be seen in the Epilogue scene, which takes place 19 years after the Final Battle at Hogwarts that determines the fate of both Harry and Voldemort.
The reshoot of the epilogue took place in December, after photos of the earlier shoot were released and fans complained about the look of the actors in the final scenes. In the books, the main characters are around age 35 for the final chapter; photos from the scenes previously filmed showed the actors looking more into their 40s and 50s, with receding hairlines and wrinkles.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be in theaters July 15, 2011.
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