Screen Junkies » harry potter and the deathly hallows 2 http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:09:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 2011′s Highest-Grossing Films Were All Sequels http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stop-us-if-youve-heard-this-before-2011s-highest-grossing-films-were-all-sequels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stop-us-if-youve-heard-this-before-2011s-highest-grossing-films-were-all-sequels/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:01:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239206 And the next two were comic book movies from Marvel.

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These are the highest-grossing films of 2011 so far. And barring some sort of last minute miracle, there isn’t much likelihood that the list will change. David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, due out December 21, could possibly steal #8 or #9, but at this point, it’s a long shot.

9. Captain America – $176,654,000
8. Thor – $181,030,000
7. Cars 2 – $191,446,000
6. Fast Five – $209,837,000
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $241,071,000
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II – $249,388,000
3. The Hangover Part II – $254,464,000
2. Transformers III: Dark of the Moon – $352,390,000
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $381,011,000

Seven sequels and two comic-book adaptations round out the list. In case you were looking for the highest-grossing original premise for a film, you’ll have to scroll past #10 (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to find Bridesmaids, one of the year’s few cinematic causes celebres.

I realize that bitching about the lack of original ideas is pretty unoriginal in itself, but this list demonstrates just how little both studios and audiences want to make or experience something new. I feel like the quality of these films almost takes a backseat to the glaring lack of originality.

Almost.

The films vary in quality, as one would expect, but I’m not really inclined to hate on these movies for a variety of reasons. Mostly, though I have avoided them like the plague, and don’t feel qualified to speak on the matter. That said, the banality of this list compels me to attach each film’s Rotten Tomatoes score to it.

9. Captain America – $176,654,000 – 78% RT
8. Thor – $181,030,000 – 77% RT
7. Cars 2 – $191,446,000 – 38% RT
6. Fast Five – $209,837,000 – 78% RT
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $241,071,000 – 33% RT
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II – $249,388,000 – 26% RT
3. The Hangover Part II – $254,464,000 – 35% RT
2. Transformers III: Dark of the Moon – $352,390,000 – 35% RT
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $381,011,000 96% RT

This list contains one excellent movie, the good movies, and five bad movies. When viewed through that lens, it’s little surprise that five of the highest-grossing films of the year are bad. Four were good or better. That’s not so terrible, is it?

I think it is, given the familiarity of films. I have always viewed sequels, adaptations, and reboots as a crutch for moviegoers and studios alike. Taking an old idea and repackaging it takes away much of the fun. But people would rather buy a ticket to something they know, even something they know to be mediocre or even bad, than they would take a chance on something that could be great, but could also be a complete mess.

Take a movie like Hugo. It’s 100% family-friendly, possibly the best use of 3D since Avatar, and a seasonal (pretty much) film. It is also regarded as one of the year’s best, having garnered a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has made $26 million dollars in three weeks. It probably will get to $35 million. Twilight made $35 million dollars in the time it took you to read this sentence.

Again, this article isn’t meant to plod through the well-worn territory of “everything Hollywood makes is crap,” but rather offer up some quantitative evidence of what audiences are valuing. It doesn’t make me happy or sad. I really don’t care how much money a film makes or loses. You would have to pay me to care about that. But I do care that these box office takes indicate trends that will dictate what movies will be made in the future. Sure, if Martin Scorsese didn’t make Hugo, he probably would have made another awesome film, probably starring Leonardo DiCaprio. But I’m guessing Scorsese won’t be given another big-budget film for a long time, and that sucks.

Michael Bay, on the other hand, is currently in talks to direct a fourth Transformers film.

Looking at these lists makes me feel like someone just slid a bowl of plain oatmeal under my face. It doesn’t make me mad. It doesn’t make me feel much of anything, other than a smug sense of superiority, which was around way before the list.

So if you wanted to know how much movie goers value “Hey! I know that!” more than they do “Hmmm. That sounds like a great movie,” compare the above lists with this one:

9. Winnie the Pooh – $26,700,700 – 91% RT
8. Arthur Christmas – $25,300,000 – 92% RT
7. Source Code – $54,700,000 – 92% RT
6. Midnight in Paris – $55,900,000 – 93% RT
5. Drive – $34,600,000 – 93% RT
4. Hugo – $26,000,000 – 94% RT
3. Moneyball – $74,000,000 – 95% RT
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $381,011,000 – 96% RT
1. The Muppets – $56,400,000 – 97% RT

As much as critics and movie journalists discuss the gap between the quality of films and their financial success, the truth is it could be even bigger than we thought.

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What’s Playing This Weekend: July 15th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/whats-playing-this-weekend-july-15th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/whats-playing-this-weekend-july-15th/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:11:44 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220476 Here's what's playing for the weekend of July 15th, 2011

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This weekend, Harry Potter seems to be the only thing the movie going public gives a damn about. And given the fact that Deathly Hallows: Part II marks the end of a franchise ten years in the making, it’s easy to see why. But if you’re not in the mood for wizards and (Emma) Watson, there are a few other choices, including the children’s classic, Winnie the Pooh. And as an added bonus, if you do choose to see something besides Potter, you’ll probably have the whole theater to yourself.

So, what’s playing this weekend?

Salvation Boulevard

When you save the best for last, it makes sense to save the worst for first.

The 'Salvation Boulevard' Trailer Compels/Confuses You

Unfortunately, the worst seems to be the religious satire, Salvation Boulevard.

Best Review
Salvation Boulevard isn’t groundbreaking or even consistently funny, but it is mildly inventive and the absurdities of its characters are tender and recognizably human. Best of all, we’re encouraged to laugh with them rather than at them.

Mark Holcomb – Village Voice

Worst Review
It’s a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never comes anywhere within a 10-mile radius of what I used to call coherent filmmaking.

Rex Reed – The New York Observer

Our Recommendation
The fact that Rex Reed hates a film usually means it’s at least watchable. But unfortunately, this time it looks like he’s part of the general consensus. Despite it’s more than respectable cast, Salvation Boulevard is falling flat, leaving 90% of critics unimpressed. Don’t be a hero. Go see Harry Potter with everyone else.

Winnie the Pooh

This classic children’s tale is back in an all new Disney animated film.

But how does Pooh hold up in the age of Pixar?

Best Review
In a time of shock-value 3-D animation and special effects, the look of the film is gentle and pleasing.

Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

Worst Review
Disney doesn’t offer much here that it hasn’t done as well before.

Liam Lacey – Globe and Mail

Our Recommendation
Clearly, Liam Lacey has no soul. With 90% of film critics agreeing that Pooh is a pleasing children’s film, fans young and old should not hesitate to give it a look. It’s a shame that it’s coming out the same weekend as Harry Potter. Hopefully it will get some spill over when Deathly Hallows sells out.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

It’s the end of an era for Harry Potter films.

New Clip And Photos From ‘Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: The One Where Something Finally Happens’

Whether you grew up with the franchise, or you’re still in the process of growing up, Deathly Hallows seems to offer a fitting tribute to one of the most successful film series of all time.

Best Review
A movie with no beginning and no middle but two-plus hours of thundering, momentous ending…

Andrew O’Hehir – Salon.com

Worst Review
Now that the Harry Potter series is over, maybe the truth can be realized: This has been the dullest franchise in the history of movie franchises.

Armond White – New York Press

Our Recommendation
With a staggering 97% of critics in agreement that Deathly Hallows: Part II is worth checking out, who am I to disagree? Unless your opinions are normally in line with Armond White, you’ll probably find this film to be a satisfying conclusion.

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Goodbye Letter To Harry Potter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/goodbye-letter-to-harry-potter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/goodbye-letter-to-harry-potter/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:40:04 +0000 Jenna Busch http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219876 You will be missed.

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I’ve been accused of having no heart.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m famous for my love of puppies and kittens.  I think it’s wonderful that Arwen and Aragorn got together in The Lord of the Rings, even though she gave up her immortal life for him.  I think My Little Pony toys are just adorable.  I have a heart.  I just don’t cry at movies.

Last night I saw an early screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  The streak is broken.  I cried.  I hate admitting that, but it’s true.  I know everyone has something to say about the end of this series, but I’m going to have to weigh in here.  Harry needs to know what a big deal this is for me.  No, I’m not crazy.  Doesn’t he feel a little real to you too?

Dear Harry,

I’m really not alright with this parting of the ways.  I’ll never be alright with it.  You’ve been a part of my life for so many years now.  I might have been too old to wait for an owl when I turned eleven like so many of my friends, but believe me, I would have.

Your story struck me for so many reasons.  I never got over that little spark of hope that there really was magic in the world, even if we couldn’t see it.  That maybe, if I just opened my eyes a little wider, I’d see something amazing.

I think every little kid (and quite a few adults) hoped that someone would swoop down and pull them out of their misery/everyday life/ordinary existence and tell them that they were special.  That all the crap they went through (and would continue to go through) meant something.  In the absence of a real half giant on a motorcycle coming to swoop us up and away to Hogwarts, we lived vicariously through you.

Second 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' Trailer

What meant even more was that it never really did work out as planned.  It wasn’t just the sweet story from the first book/film.  I mean, your parents died saving you, but in the end, it all could have been a magical beginning to a lovely, quiet life of magical cooking and traveling through the Floo network instead of being stuck in traffic.  But no one pulls punches in real life and no one did here either.  Your story got darker and darker.  Your life got harder and more complex.  The villains were real and people you loved died.  Now, after living through your discovery that there was more to life than you knew as a little kid, we live through your discovery of mortality and pain, and what it’s like to grow up.  In a very magical and dramatic way, of course, but if you think about it, how different was it?  We all go through wonder, then disillusionment.  We just saw it amplified up on the big screen.

In a way, I think that’s why stories like yours are so well loved.  Everyone has to be built up and cut down and then build themselves back up again to move forward in life.  But to each person, it feels far more dramatic and painful…and sometimes joyful than it looks to the outside world.  Inside everyone’s head, they’re saying, ”What I just went through…yes, I know you’ve dealt with it to, but LOOK!  It’s huge for me.  Don’t you get it?”  So when we get to see you battle evil for a real cause and fall in love and lose people so dramatically, so magically, we are looking at our own battles.  You’re living them as loudly as we feel them.  Do you know what I mean?

Last night, when I watched the epilogue play out on the silver screen, it really hit home.  Seeing those who survived move on and age and realize they’ll never be as innocent as the first day they boarded the train to Hogwarts at platform 9 3/4 was like the day I visited my old elementary school.  The chairs looked so small.  The teachers so old.  There was such a sweet sadness there.  It’s a time that can never be captured again.  I think that’s why I finally shed tears at a film.  Because the phenomenon that was Harry Potter is over.  I’ll never discover the next chapter.  Your story has been told.  I’ll never hear the haunting notes of the score begin another leg of your journey.  I’ll never get to say, ”I can’t wait to see how they do that,” or hear the binding crack as I open a new book, or sit back in my theater seat and repeatedly tap my husband’s arm, unable to contain my excitement about what was about to be shown on screen.

I feel a little older today, Harry.  And a little sadder.  I’ll miss you.  Tell Ginny I said hi.

Love,

Jenna

 

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Review: ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 02:37:54 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219779 An action-packed, fitting conclusion to a monumental franchise.

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God bless the kids who can follow this whole story. The books have several thousand pages more mythology than Lord of the Rings, and the movies have 6-7 hours more than even the extended cuts. The final Harry Potter movie had more action so I liked it. The real fans will love it.

Still looking for the final horcruxes, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return to Hogwarts. The school defends itself against the final attack of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) while Harry searches for the last piece of his backstory that will reveal how to finally kill his nemesis.

Second 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' Trailer

The siege of Hogwarts gives Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II real momentum. The forces of evil wizards keep progressing closer as the students fortify themselves. This film’s flying broom chase is more thrilling than any game of Quidditch before. There’s some stellar dragon action too, and it’s hardcore. He fries some goblins.

The character moments are effective too. Snape’s (Alan Rickman) final action, Professor McGonagall’s (Maggie Smith) defense of the students, Harry’s final face-off against Draco (Tom Felton) all have serious dramatic weight. The kisses feel genuinely romantic, although a few supporting characters who I didn’t know get killed. That will upset the true fans more than me.

2 photosNew 'Harry Potter' Stills Feature Impressive Chair Fort

I still zone out when Dumbledore’s brother (Ciaran Hinds) starts explaining but that’s minimal in the finale. It’s almost a good thing to have a lousy Deathly Hallows Part I to get all the explaining out of the way, and leave all the good parts for kick-ass Part II.

The visual effects seem to be at their peak. Maybe the 3D hides the seams, but the stone guards, the light blasts attacking the Hogwarts shield and the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw (Kelly Macdonald) all look fully ingrained in the scene and believable.

The epilogue totally works. It’s heartwarming, and the age makeup is so minimal it looks more like kids pretending, which fits the denouement of the child wizard franchise. I can’t wait to have kids and show them all eight movies. They’ll ask me questions and I’ll be like, “I don’t know, you’re watching the same movie as me.” I’ll show them Labyrinth and Neverending Story first, but then the eight Harry Potters.

 

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Links Away: Look Back At ‘Harry Potter’ And Weep http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-look-back-at-harry-potter-and-weep/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-look-back-at-harry-potter-and-weep/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:30:26 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=219697 It's all coming to end.

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Warner Bros. put together this video that looks back at all the Harry Potter films, from when Mr. Potter was a bright-eyed boy wizard through his transformation into the evil-battling spell-master he’d become. Grab a box of tissues before you hit play. I know goodbyes aren’t your forte.

These links will keep your mind occupied.

Billy Mitchell as Colin Farrell (Movieline)

Giant Banana Still At Large (BarstoolSports)

Crossbows And Penis Allergies (HolyTaco)

10 Points For Jake Gyllenhaal (FilmDrunk)

Kate Middleton’s Upskirt Pics (CelebJihad)

When Worlds Collide (Unreality)

Meet The Stars Of The Change Up (MovieFone)

Amanda Seyfriend Hotness (PopEater)

Celebrity Derps (Smosh)

The Craziest Bacon Recipes (Ranker)

The Greatest Athlete Pranks (BroBible)

Jennifer Connelly Hotness (Maxim)

America’s Sweethearts (Pajiba)

The Girls Night In (NextMovie)

Ken Shamrocks Wants To Stab You (CagePotato)

The Hottest Womens World Cup Team (MadeMan)

Cargasm Recreates San Fran (GameFront)

How NOT To Visit Latin America (TuVez)

 

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Second ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/second-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/second-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-trailer/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 23:12:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=216586 This trailer highlights the path he's taken from Harry the boy to Harry the wizard.

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The second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 trailer has been posted, and this one focuses a bit more on Harry’s journey than it does the events contained in just this film. It makes for a feeling of closure on the franchise that is meant to appeal to casual fans as well as diehards.

You get a feeling from this and the previous trailer that the series isn’t being ended because they’re just done making the films, but rather that the series is ending because the entire story has been told. It may seem obvious, but that’s high praise these days when many sequels are churned out with little attention to the arc of the characters.

 

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Posters For ‘Deathly Hallows’, ‘Straw Dogs’ And ‘John Carter’ (Formerly Of Mars) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/posters-for-deathly-hallows-straw-dogs-and-john-carter-formerly-of-mars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/posters-for-deathly-hallows-straw-dogs-and-john-carter-formerly-of-mars/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:00:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216245 Only one of these films is not in 3D, which is fine with me, as I find rural bullying hits too close to home as it is.

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Posters for three upcoming films are making the rounds today, though they seem to have very little in common. Even the shapes of the posters are distinct. That said, since Straw Dogs isn’t exactly a summer blockbuster, John Carter doesn’t hit theaters for another 10 months or so, and Harry Potter has released a million other posters before this, they all have to share a round-up post. Such is life.

The Straw Dogs poster demonstrates how angry James Marsden gets when the sexiest vampire from”True Blood” breaks his glasses.

John Carter would like to say hello. Judging by the poster, the producers would like you to call him “JC.” Are there some religious undertones here? Taylor Kitsch, who plays John Carter, has long hair, so the answer is an unqualified “yes.”

Four new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 posters came out today, and they look pretty much like the other 5,200 posters we’ve seen for the final installment. They might have been taught at Hogwarts how to defeat evil, but it appears the gang was sick the day they taught everyone about respecting other people’s property.

Star Wars taught us that the bad guy always has the re weapon. What is this poster trying to say? Is Harry actually the villain and Voldemort the hero? Should the title have been Voldemort Jones and the Smooshed Nose of Righteousness?

This poster demonstrates that you can be both the leader of all that is evil and also be visibly self-conscious about your appearance.

If this final showdown demonstrated in the this poster and the previous one isn’t set to Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” then…missed opportunity.

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New ‘Harry Potter’ Posters: Wizards Sticking Their Wands In Your Face http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-harry-potter-posters-wizards-sticking-their-wands-in-your-face/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-harry-potter-posters-wizards-sticking-their-wands-in-your-face/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 23:06:20 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=215433 Are you excited about 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'? I know the main characters are, judging by their wands.

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5 photosNew Clip And Photos From ‘Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: The One Where Something Finally Happens’

Are you excited about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2? I know the main characters are, cause all their wands are all sticking straight up in this new set of one-sheets. See what I did there? *Nervously Adjusts Scarf*

These 11 action-packed posters feature everyone from Harry Potter, Hermoine and Ron to Voldemort, Snape and Trolly McEarguy. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes are all back for this final, magical battle between good and evil. It’s time to get really, really serious about a bunch of kids who fly around on brooms and have silly names.

Potter and pals poof into 3D and 2D theaters July 15, 2011.

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His radiant sneer, his debonaire, calculating eyes, his nose… slits? He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but who ladies call “Mr. Handsome,” is the focus of a new poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. You can check it out below.

7 photosEmma Watson

Like the counterpart poster starring The-Boy-Wizard-Whose-Name-You-Can-Say, this one is going for intensity. Those red fire magic embers all around mean business. The bits of moving earth in the background scream, “dirt’s not supposed to move like this, but magic is happening so OMG.” Also, the tag line “IT ALL ENDS” subtly implies that, as a matter of fact, “IT ALL ENDS.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, starring Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe, quidditches into theaters July 15, 2011. (Latino Review)
 
 

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Some posters you hang on your wall, others you look at on the internet to get psyched about an upcoming movie. Could you do both? I suppose… you could. We’ve got new one-sheets for The Descendants, Shark Night 3D and some movie about a wizard guy that everybody likes. Merlin? No, I think he’s younger. Teen Merlin from Teen Merlin: The Extreme Spells? Yeah, that must be it.

Harry Potter is serious business. That’s what I’ve learned from the dramatic new poster above for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, about the boy wizard (Daniel Radcliffe)fighting He-Who-Could-Use-A-Nose. The drama is visible: the dirt and scars on the face, the red dots of intensity magic, and of course, “IT ALL ENDS” in caps, barely able to stay within the poster limits. Is there a Photoshop spell for that? Magic-blasts into theaters July 15, 2011. (/Film)

Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants stars George Clooney as a rich family man whose cheating wife dies, causing him to re-evaluate his life. It opens December 16, 2011. The new poster shows Clooney looking towards the ocean. Is he staring at his daughters, or is he hearing something else? A girl screaming for her life, perhaps… ? (IndieWire)

Shark Night 3D is the follow-up to Snakes On A Plane from director David Ellis. It will feature hot bikini girls, screaming, sharks, and presumably, night scenarios. Sounds good to me. Sara Paxton stars, chomping into theaters September 14, 2011. (IGN)

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Working on the Internet has provided me a good share of nasty attention from readers who disagree with my posts. That just comes with the territory. But the last person I’d want to upset is Lord Voldemort. Look at all the destruction this guy commands. And he’s even trained a huge snake to follow him around like a loyal dog. You’ve got to be seriously bad-ass to pull that off.

Sadly, Harry Potter didn’t get the memo and now he’s gotta actually fight this guy. Judging from this new TV spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Deux, it’s going to be a hell of a fight. Even dragons are getting in the mix. Smart money’s on Voldemort!!

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Watch TV Spots On The Internet: ‘Harry Potter’ And ‘X-Men’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-tv-spots-on-the-internet-harry-potter-and-x-men/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-tv-spots-on-the-internet-harry-potter-and-x-men/#comments Sat, 14 May 2011 03:27:01 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=212179 New TV Spots for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2' and 'X-Men: First Class': Muggles vs. Mutants.

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You know the commercials you regularly TiVO past? Now you can watch them here, on the internet. The wonders of the modern age.

First up, a new 30 second ad for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. My opinion is: this conclusion will be epic. I don’t know why I think that. Maybe it’s the epic music, the epic explosion sequences, or maybe it’s the fact that they literally call it “The Epic Conclusion.” Who knows? I do know the last Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and quidditches into theaters July 15, 2012.

Second, it’s a new TV spot for X-Men: First Class. For some reason, the Fox marketing department hasn’t shown us any trailers, clips, character trailers, stills or set photos for this movie. Oh wait, the opposite of what I just said, times a billion. Here’s a new compilation of clips to excite your latent mutant genes. Starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class evolves in theaters June 3, 2012.

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‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ Trailer Is Here OMG Harry Potter http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/deathly-hallows-part-2-trailer-is-here-omg-harry-potter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/deathly-hallows-part-2-trailer-is-here-omg-harry-potter/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:04:37 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209318 Time to grab yourself a bag of disgusting magical jellybeans and watch the brand new trailer for 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: Revenge of the Hallows'.

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Attention, muggles. Time to grab yourself a bag of disgusting magical jellybeans and watch the brand new trailer for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: Revenge of the Hallows. This is the very last Harry Potter movie ever, and it’s the one where everybody dies, especially all the good guy characters you’ve come to love all these years, so you’ve gotta watch. A higher quality version from Apple is due later tonight.

Directed by David Yates, it’s the last time Daniel Radcliffe plays Potter before going off and making less interesting movies. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are back as Potter’s posse of Hermione Granger and Ron “Bonghead” Weasely, along with Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter.

Judging by the trailer, this could be the darkest, most explodiest of the Potter movies. Oh man, a lot of Harry Potter’s friends have been killed at this point, and Voldemort is not afraid to push that button. On the other hand, Harry Potter isn’t afraid of a little cliff-diving, so I guess good and evil really do balance each other out.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 rides into theaters on a Quidditch-regulation broomstick on July 15, 2011.

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New Clip And Photos From ‘Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: The One Where Something Finally Happens’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-clip-and-photos-from-deathly-hallows-pt-2-the-one-where-something-finally-happens/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-clip-and-photos-from-deathly-hallows-pt-2-the-one-where-something-finally-happens/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:11:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=207484 Harry meets in private with a creepy old man in a cozy little beach house to discuss wands, and the way they feel.

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We’ve have a bounty of assorted wares from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: The One Where Something Finally Happens. As you can see from the photos above, it is time for Harry and friends to finally eff up Voldemort‘s S. He’s had it coming for a long, long time.

The clip below is the film’s opening scene. Harry meets in private with a creepy old man in a cozy little beach house to discuss wands, and the way they feel. Kids, it’s really important that you don’t try to reenact this scene. It can only end badly for you.

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Malick Hipster-izes His Poster, Harry Potter Does Not http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malick-hipster-izes-his-tree-of-life-poster-harry-potter-does-not/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malick-hipster-izes-his-tree-of-life-poster-harry-potter-does-not/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:28:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204020 Terrence Malick is fully aware that the 'Tree of Life' poster looks like something Wes Anderson would do, so avert those judging eyes.

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I say “POSTER,” you say “yes, please.”

I say “POSTER,” you say “yes, please.”

And so on and so on…

Two new posters were released today. One looks like a Wes Anderson poster, and the other looks like a Harry Potter poster.

Enough with the suspense. It’s the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 poster that looks like a Harry Potter poster. A good Harry Potter poster at that. Even the most causal fan can tell that some bad stuff is gonna go down in the final episode. It is reminiscent of an HBO boxing poster, which seems very apt, considering the rivalry between HP and Lord Voldemort. “This time, it’s personal.” Get excited for the finale. Lord knows this guy is.

If that hubbub and lightning and stuff is all too overstimulating for you, then perhaps Terrence Malick‘s Tree of Life will be more up your alley. Since it’s Malick, you know it’s bound to offer slowly-panning, sweeping landscapes. Also, it will have dinosaurs. But not those ritalin-addled Jurassic Park dinosaurs. These dinosaurs will probably lumber slowly, thoughtfully and conflict-free, much like the story to his films. If the Harry Potter poster is speed, then the Malick poster would be purple drank.

Also, it would appear that he hired Wes Anderson to make his poster. And possibly his movie. (Caution: hipster futura font lies below.)

I keep scouring those little photos for Bill Murray, but no dice thus far.

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First Footage From Last ‘Harry Potter’ Reveals Hallows And Deathlies http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-footage-from-last-harry-potter-reveals-hallows-and-deathlies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-footage-from-last-harry-potter-reveals-hallows-and-deathlies/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:01:33 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=202421 Watch Harry face off against He Who Has A Weird Face in this behind the scenes video of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2'.

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Worried about the fate of that brave young wizard Harry Potter? I’m guessing the answer is “yes… very worried.”

Since that’s the case, get ready to get more worried as you watch Harry face off against He Who Has A Weird Face in this behind the scenes video of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2. These are the first clips we’ve seen from the second half of the last chapter in a series of films that have been going on for what feels like forever.

It’s all coming to a magical, fiery end this July in 3D. Join Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes and all the Hogwarts wizards as they die miserable deaths. However, the worst death of all is reserved for Harry Po– ah, oh, er… I’ve said too much.

Bonus: Below is a new image from the film. Harry Potter loves bridge-standing. (Collider)

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THE NERVE! Warner Bros Expects Daniel Radcliffe To Promote Final ‘Potter’ Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-nerve-warner-bros-expect-daniel-radcliffe-to-promote-final-potter-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-nerve-warner-bros-expect-daniel-radcliffe-to-promote-final-potter-film/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 22:56:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31260 Daniel Radcliffe isn't out of the Forbidden Forest just yet.

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Daniel Radcliffe isn’t out of the Forbidden Forest just yet. Although  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, marks the end of the series, it doesn’t mark the end of his having to pretend he likes it.

Warner Bros is reportedly furious that Radcliffe is trying to duck out of promotional duties in order to star in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The studio has agreed to buy up all the tickets for several nights because the producers refused to release him for the July 7th premiere in London.

“Warner Bros. is furious that Radcliffe committed to Broadway when he should be promoting Harry Potter. This is the final film, so it’s a big deal,” reports the NY Post’s Page Six. Because if there’s one thing Harry Potter needs, it’s more promotion. ::dials random strangers, whispers ‘Harry Potter’, hangs up, repeats::

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Spoiler For Potterheads: New Death For Major Character In ‘Deathly Hallows 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spoiler-for-potterheads-j-k-okays-new-death-for-major-character-in-deathly-hallows-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spoiler-for-potterheads-j-k-okays-new-death-for-major-character-in-deathly-hallows-2/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 02:40:48 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21550 The siren song of Harry Potter movie spoilers is impossible to resist...

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I have some information that you may or may not want to know. If you:

…you should not read past the picture below of Harry Potter handling another wizard’s wand, cause there are spoilers ahead about a major character’s death.

Spoilers ahead.

You have been warned.

Okay, let’s stop shitting around here. Snape totally bites it in the last movie. He gets killed by Voldemort, who believes Snape’s wand will allow him to kill Harry Potter. In the books, Snape is killed in a place called Shrieking Shack, but they changed his final wizarding place to the Boathouse. Here’s art director Andrew Ackland-Snow on why they diverted from the book:

“We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn’t really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boathouse from there – Are you listening Harry? – but also the school is in flames…and she loved it. Besides, it’s a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say.”

Snape dies. New location. Rowling approved. Consider yourself somewhat spoiled. (HPANA via Screenrant)

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New ‘Harry Potter’ Stills Feature Impressive Chair Fort http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-harry-potter-stills-feature-impressive-chair-fort/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-harry-potter-stills-feature-impressive-chair-fort/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:40:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=21094 Hot on the heels of a toe up Neville Longbottom, comes two more pics from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

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Hot on the heels of a toe up Neville Longbottom, comes two more pics from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Not entirely sure what is happening in these pictures but it looks like Harry is taking a moment to show Hermione the Face Time app on his iPhone. That’s cool and all, I guess, but teenagers don’t really need such sophisticated devices. Especially ones who should be in the middle on fighting a war for the survival of the human race. I blame television. (via Bleeding Cool)

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