Hello young lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Despite what the “haters” and stereotypers might claim, we nerds are actually a very romantic lot…It’s just our taste in love stories that’s somewhat different. (more…)
As those of you in the Harry Potter fandom, or who own a computer, are probably quite aware: Author J.K. Rowling broke the internet about 10 days ago when she announced, in an interview conducted by Emma “Hermione Granger” Watson herself that she has regrets about pairing Hermione with Harry’s BFF, Ron Weasley.
Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, you can slow your roll: Here’s what Rowling actually said about the matter–in full context. (more…)
Fans were excited when it was announced Warner Bros. would continue making films set in the wizarding world, though not starring Harry, Ron, Hermione or anyone else from the Harry Potter books. But I bet they’ll be even more excited when they learn author J.K. Rowling is co-producing a new stage play focusing on Harry’s earliest days before discovering he was a wizard and before going off to Hogwarts. (more…)
(Yes, this is from that superlatively nerdy Verizon commercial with the whole family in Star Wars costumes.)
As nerds of a “certain age” (I’m making the assumption that at least the majority of our readers are “legally” adults), it is our responsibility to ensure that the hallowed traditions of our subculture are passed down to the next generation. Younglings must be schooled in the ways of comics, sci-fi/fantasy, gaming (video and otherwise), pop culture, film and television, so that the Way of the Nerd will live on long after everyone reading this has become one with the Force…
And one of the best ways to achieve this is to utilize that nerdiest of all holidays: Halloween. (more…)
J.K. Rowling is apparently working on the screenplay for a new movie in the Harry Potter universe: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, according to Warner Bros. (and totally unbeknownst to me….BAD NERD!). The film will take place before the HP series as we know it, so it’s unlikely any of the younger characters will be making appearances–but this hasn’t stopped folks from plying Daniel Radcliffe with questions regarding his involvement with the prequel.
Harry Potter is one of the biggest money-making franchises of the last ten years, so naturally Warner Bros isn’t going to let that big fish get away just because they ran out of books to adapt. That’s why lately there’s been rumblings about new movies based in the Harry Potter universe, but don’t necessarily involve Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the characters we know and love.
Undoubtedly, you’ve already heard the recent news about Warner Bros developing a new film based on the book within a book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and now, it seems that the studio is looking at two other inner-Potter tales, Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle the Bard .
Bleeding Cool is reporting that Warner Bros has trademarked those two books as potential fellow franchises. In addition, the trademark covers not just live-action movies, but cartoons, spin-offs, comics, video games and just about any other transmedia option you can name. In other words, from the sounds of it, Warners wants to turn the world of Harry Potter into a Marvel-style all you can eat franchise buffet.
Quidditch Through the Ages, in the Harry Potter books, chronicles the history of the broom-riding sport enjoyed by many of the kids at Hogwarts, so you can probably guess what this movie’s going to be about. According to Bleeding Cool, the team names Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels have also been trademarked as well as the name of the fictional book’s fictional author Kennilworthy Whisp. Presumably, he, like Fantastic Beasts author Newt Scamander, will be a main character.
Tales of Beedle the Bard, meanwhile, is the key to the adventure in The Deathly Hollows seeing as how the story about the Hollows was in the fairytale book Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was given to Hermione by Professor Dumbledore. Perhaps it will be an anthology-esque movie featuring various tales from “the Bard” like “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” and “The Fountain of Fair Fortune.”
There’s no release date or any other concrete information, but if you’re a fan of anything Harry Potter this is very good news indeed. What do you Bastards say, want to see some Potter-less Harry Potter movies?
Source: Cinema Blend
We all knew it was only a matter of time before J.K. Rowling took us back to that wonderful world of Harry Potter. Thankfully, this isn’t some reboot of the entire series or just an animated retelling of the story. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have teamed up to bring us the story of Newt Scamander and his Hogwarts’ textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Are you one of those people that just can’t get enough Harry Potter in your life? Do you happen to live in Florida or are ready to travel there on a moment’s notice? Well, we’ve got something for you then. Universal Orlando Resort, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, will be joining up with Warner Bros. to bring an extra pile of Harry Potter to the park next year with the ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ event.
Three days long, ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ will bring together fans from near and far for the weekend of January 24th to the 26th, 2014. Events include appearances and Q&As with both stars of the films and those who worked on them, a class on dueling with wands and a Harry Potter film tribute.
And while most people who attend the park will be able to experience the celebration just like everyone else, if you want to drop the extra cash you can get the VIP treatment. For an extra $395 to $675 (depending on the level of perks you want), you can get bonuses such as a private reception to the park, reserved seating at events, access to the express lines for rides, early entry into the park and some extra places to eat. The extra dough even includes a hotel room for the three days.
Interested? Ready to Harry Potter all over your pants? Well, you can start picking up your tickets on August 22nd.
Thanks to /Film for the heads-up.
The success of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games has added up to one inescapable conclusion: there’s gold in them thar young adult book sections! So despite the rather hit and miss success of turning well-lived YA novel series, Hollywood will keep trying, as it will try once again with the long in the works adaptation of Artemis Fowl. The series, by author Eoin Colfer, follows the adventures of the titular 12-year-old millionaire criminal genius who’s introduced to the world of fairies and magic, and it seems that some big talent is coming to together to bring Artemis to life.
First of all, the movie is going to come from the once unlikely re-teaming of Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein, who parted ways with Disney after failing to buy out his and brother Bob’s company Miramax, but I guess they’re all now Fowl weather friends. (hehheh)
Also signed up as producers are actor Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, as well as screenwriter Michael Goldberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) who will be penning the script.
“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”
“I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, in a statement. “This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”
The Artemis Fowl series has been in one kind of state of development or another at Miramax since 2001, and when last we heard about it was in 2011 with My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan at the helm. It’s been relegated to development hell ever since.
What do you Bastards think, interested in seeing an Artemis Fowl movie?
The guys that brought you Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck are at it again. This time Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are taking on The Hunger Games with their own parody version, The Starving Games. Much like their other films, this one doesn’t just stop at parodying The Hunger Games, they also take shots at The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and many, many other films.
I’ve seen all their movies, but have yet to actually spend money and see one in the theater. Usually I catch these type of parody films on a lazy Sunday afternoon while I am trying to procrastinate or get out of doing yard work. The films make tons of money though, the under 20 crowd really loves these films.
Take a look and let us know in the comments section if you’ll be seeing this in the theater or waiting for it to hit cable.