It was bound to happen. Any movie as big as The Hunger Games is going to get it’s fair share of fan films, parody clips, and if lucky, it’s “Scarey Movie” treatment. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the slapstick geniuses behind Scarey Movie, Date Movie,Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Vampires Suck are turning their attention to The Starving Games.
The Hunger Gamesparody will take center stage in the story line, but don’t be suprised when other recent big screen hits like The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, make an appearance, it’s all part of the “Scary Movie” experience.
What are your thoughts on these parody movies. This NerdBastard has seen them all, but only after the movies hit cable channels. Even with my love of The Hunger Games I can see a lot of fertile ground for parody.
I wonder if Seneca Crane’s rug matches the chin? Did I say that right?
Warner Bros. just keeps on milking the Potter teat. On November 11th Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. If you’re a Potter fan you’d better snag that shit as soon as you can, because Warner Bros. just made an announcement that as of December 29, 2011 all copies of Harry Potter movies, including the November 11 releases of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection will be taken out of circulation.
It’s a dirty whore trick they picked up from Disney, who releases films on home video and then, after several months, puts them in “The Disney Vault” increasing the value of previously released product and creating interest in an eventual re-release.
Here are the details from the official press release:
Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital – Electronic Sell-Through & VOD – or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
So, if you don’t have the money to buy them during that short window… you’ll pretty much have to wait a decade to buy it (officially). As slasfilm points out “Limiting the availability automatically makes an otherwise normal piece of merchandise more valuable”. It’s a method that has proven successful for Disney, but they’re Disney…they can pull shit like that. If I may digress here for a moment and say – that I’m still pissed that Disney hasn’t fucking re-released Song of the South. Yes, I know the flick perpetuates a dangerously glorified picture of slavery (which is NOT COOL), but I wanna hear some “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
Disney was able to make magic happen (no pun intended) because of the transition in formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray), which warranted a re-purchase. That wave is over. It’s the year 2011. People no longer care for physical media. They want to DOWNLOAD movies, stream them…etc. Warner Bros. has some balls to think the “Limited time” ploy, especially on a dying media will work for them. Of course, knowing how crazy HP fans are, maybe they have nothing to worry about?
Radcliffe’s statements come from a excerpt of footage from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 special features in which Radcliffe discusses Harry Potter with J.K. Rowling. The featurette promises to be fascinating, a discussion on Harry by the woman who created him and the boy who played him, but still, is this really the place for such nerdy hate speech?
His argument basically boils down to this: Harry Potter is literature, originally, so readers have a more engrossing and therefor more enriching experience when reading it as opposed to only watching Star Trek or Star Wars. All right, dude, I follow you. But I’m not going to say this anywhere within arms reach of a serious Trekkie or Star Wars geek. I’d rather not receive an attempted Vulcan neck pinch or force choke anytime soon.
What do you think is the cause of this recent sci-fi/fantasy smack talk? Are they trying to begin a intriguing discussion among fans or are they inciting what will soon be some serious nerd riots?
While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an astounding end to a beloved franchise, does it deserve the prestige of being named Best Picture of the year? Well, Warner Bros. sure thinks so. They have gone all out in their campaign to get nods from the Academy for a nomination. Now according to Variety,
“Warners will ‘absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board’ push the last installment of Harry Potter hoping Academy members will consider a vote for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a wider nod to the entire franchise, a notion that very much helped propel Return of the King to Oscar glory.”
While it may assuredly claim a nomination, it seems a bit of a stretch to assume that they will take Best Picture. It will surely sweep a good many other nominations in the categories for visual effects, art direction, editing, sound and other technical categories. Warner Bros. wishes to attain notoriety for this last film in the Harry Potter franchise the way Lord of the Rings managed to take Best Picture for their last film, Return of the King.
I must say that I liked the last film, but I never saw it as anything that could hold a candle to what Return of the King did for the end of franchise/trilogy. Harry Potter was touching and made my eyes water a little bit, but did not deliver pure awesome sauce oozing from its theatrical pores.
What do you all think about Deathly Hallows Part 2 being pushed for Best Picture? Do you think it has a chance of winning?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 has been talked about greatly this week, and for good reason. This film has made an astounding worldwide debut at the box office with estimated 467 million, which shattered many of the industry’s domestic and international records. This amazing response in the box office has prompted Warner Bros. to release the following official statement on the films record breaking debut:
“With an astounding estimated worldwide box office total of more than $476 million, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” shattered multiple domestic and international box office records in a history-making opening weekend. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.
The finale of the globally beloved film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” earned a stunning $168.5 million at the domestic box office, which not only is the biggest Harry Potter opening weekend but also obliterated the industry’s opening weekend record, including holiday weekends. Among the other records broken were single-day box office (Friday at $92.1 million), Friday box office, and opening day box office.
Opening day-and-date in 59 territories, the international box office take was a staggering $307 million, making it the biggest international weekend of all time. Led by record-breaking grosses in the UK ($36.6 million) and Australia ($26.7 million), all markets have performed exceedingly well, including Germany ($25.7 million), France ($23.9 million) and Japan ($21.5 million).
Globally, it also broke the IMAX opening weekend record with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million, which includes setting a new record in North America with $15.5 million.
The film began breaking records even before its opening, as unprecedented advance ticket sales gave the first indication of just how huge the box office bow would be. Midnight opening screenings not only met but exceeded those expectations, with $43.5 million at the domestic box office alone.
Dan Fellman stated, “These numbers are amazing, but they are only part of the story. It is impossible to quantify how thrilled and grateful we all are that both critics and audiences—especially loyal Harry Potter fans—continue to support the film. This is the culmination of an extraordinary decade, and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of many, many people on both sides of the camera, beginning with the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as producer David Heyman. We applaud them all.”
Veronika Kwan-Rubinek remarked, “Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over. Whether in German, French, Japanese, Russian, or any language, international audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is. We congratulate everyone associated with the films on this monumental achievement.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.”
Remember, if you want to be figure out what all the hoopla is all about head on over to a theater newar you and check out the film in 2D, 3D or IMAX. Plus, click here to check out all the Harry Potter news covered here on Nerdbastards .
It’s the end of an era as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2 hit the theaters to a drove of wizard loving muggles and Warner Bros. is now rolling in the money. After setting a new midnight record with over $43 million, the Warner Bros. feature went to town, besting the previous record for a single day and opening day records of $72.7 million held by Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Looks like shirtless Werewolves and glittering Vampires will have to wait till next year.
According to ERC Box Office, the final film in the Harry Potter franchise has grossed $92.1 million in its opening Friday, that’s including the $43.5 million from midnight shows. If this keeps up it may even beat the current record held by Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight. Reaching $158.4 million dollars in three days. The Christopher Nolan anticipated Batman sequel has defended it’s position for the last three years against two different Twlight movies.
Even after removing the Thursday night midnight showings Harry Potter is still anticipated to have an opening weekend total in the range of $170 million. Looks like the Dark Knight fan boys are gonna be pissed.
So, it’s over. After seven books, eight movies, unbelievable amounts of merchandising and product tie-ins, what is probably one of the largest franchises of our lifetimes has come to a close. The midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 alone pulled in a record breaking $43.5 million! Meaning this Harry Potter movie is well on it’s way to being the highest-grossing of the series. Critics loved it, fans loved it, even our Nerd Bastard’s review called it a, “true masterpiece, made with love and reverence and the gravity of the moment, and fans couldn’t ask for a better way to say goodbye.”
But what it really boils down to is, what did you think? Was it epic enough? Can is hold up as a film it it’s own right without Part 1? Were your favorite moments represented well? Was Ralph Fiennes one scary-ass mother fucker? Well, yeah, that goes without saying.
Share your thoughts in the comments and, obviously, spoilers ahead.
*Note: This review was written earlier in the week. Posting it again in celebration of the premier.
This is what every promotional item for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has promised for months. We knew it already, but to see it spelled out like that drives the point home. This. Is. The. End. No more running, no more hiding, no more days of innocent flirting and mischief in the Hogwarts corridors. No more near misses, no more almost deaths or victories. The final battle is here. For the series’ devoted fans, walking into the theater for the final time will be like walking into a spell, or a curse. There is no turning back.
Death Hallows Part 2 carries this weight from the beginning, giving it a gravity that none of the other films have carried. It also gives the film a tremendous sense of urgency and nervousness. Just as Harry and his friends have everything to lose, so do director David Yates, screenwriter Steve Kloves and the rest of the Harry Potter creative team. They have a captive audience; they have a fanbase waiting with bated breath for the ultimate final battle. All they need do is deliver.
They do deliver, and they do it spectacularly, but not in the way you might think. In the two hours leading up to the final confrontation between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), never once does Deathly Hallows Part 2 feel like a High Noon-style setup for a showdown. It’s a full, vibrant, kinetic movie, and as it turns out it isn’t really about that final showdown at all.
Lots of Harry Potter goodness today! And this includes that CNN special that aired today, with a special sneak preview of the scene in which Harry asks Griphook to get their asses into Gringotts… and the closed captioning on my TV said “greengorts”. No lie. I was not impressed.
We’ve got three new videos for y’all! The first one is a 5 minute recap of all the movies, including Deathly Hallows Part 2. There isn’t any new footage in that one, but it’s still awesome to watch — particularly in HD. (Which reminds me of the time one of my friends discovered HD porn for the first time…) The other two videos are bits of behind-the-scenes footage of the final installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise, primarily of the final battle at Hogwarts. They all look rather funny brandishing their wands around, since the wand effects aren’t done in camera. But it’s really fuckin’ cool to catch a glimpse of the entire process.
It’s just a bit over a week until the last Harry Potter movie is out in theaters! Even though it’s all drawing to a close, Warner Bros. isn’t done with its advertising efforts just yet. Which, as /film mentioned, seems rather unnecessary. It appears that WB knows that, too, since they haven’t even included the movie title on this new (and last?) set of posters; it’s assumed that everybody who’s anybody knows who these characters are. And it’s true.
Soon, guys, IT ALL ENDS.
Check out the latest posters under the cut! (more…)