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Harry Potter Director to Make The Hobbit Films, Robert Rodriguez Jumping in Deadpool?

The cool movie blog over at RopeOfSilicon has a few new hot bits of news to report, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director Robert Yates reportedly being offered the Guillermo delToro recently departed project The Hobbit.  Keep in mind that this is only a reported offer at this point, nothing has been accepted.  Similarly, director Robert Rodriguez, whom this site has covered heavily in the past tackling his body of work last year, has been offered the director’s chair for Deadpool.  Neither of these offers have been accepted, but you can officially call these the leading names in the clubhouse for each project for the time being, and we know when that happens, things can never change later in Hollywood, right?  Mark it down.  (I jest.)

I blush that I have never even heard of movie maker Robert Yates before.  I guess that’s because I don’t follow the Harry Potter films too closely, I’ve never seen one or read any of the books, but I know some who have.  I can imagine that Yates potentially coming on for The Hobbit movies makes sense, since they are both in the fantasy realm, and he has proven himself capable of helming blockbuster films.  He has directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and parts one and two of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (ROS), alternatively Harry Potter 6 and Harry Potter 7, I believe.

Rodriguez to the comic book movie Deadpool makes sense too, since he has had such success with both action films and of course the brilliant Sin City movie.  Rodriguez has the appropriate sensibility to pull off any comic book movie, it is more a matter of desire for him and what his slate looks like.  Chime in with your thoughts on these two men potentially fitting in with the respective films.

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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Review


Even though it started in the 90s, Harry Potter has become one of the biggest pop culture phenomena of this decade, thanks to its books and extremely successful movie adaptations. Closing the decade out is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or Harry Potter 6.  It’s the sixth movie adapted from the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling.  Just like the books, Half-Blood Prince continues the fashion of taking on darkening tones.  It also continues the trend of killing off major characters, which began with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) first bit the dust in Goblet followed by Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) in Order of the Phoenix (2007).  Half-Blood Prince will probably offer the biggest surprise for those who haven’t read the book yet.

After holding Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) back in the previous film, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is now entering his sixth year at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, the presence of Voldemort is still strong and there are continuous attacks by his “Death Eaters” on the school.  While preparing to leave London via train, Harry witnesses long time rival Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) associating with some of the Death Eaters. Fearing that Draco is trying to help the Eaters find a way into the school, he warns Headmaster Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and the rest of the staff about of him. Though they take Harry’s accusations seriously, they find no evidence to kick him out.

The staff now consists of Severus Snipe (Alan Rickman) as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and taking his potions post is Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), who comes out of retirement to teach again. With Harry’s knowledge, Dumbledore secretly asks Horace back because he has vital information on Voldemort. While attending one of Horace’s potion classes, Harry stumbles upon a class textbook once owned by the Half-Blood Prince. Having being slightly modified by the Prince, Harry uses the instructions to cast more powerful potion spells than his classmates. Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), who is suspicious of the book, tells Harry the book is dangerous.

Meanwhile, Harry and the rest of the students are stuck in lovesickness. Harry is interested in Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), the younger sister of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint).  Fearing that it could damage his friendship with Ron, he keeps it to himself. Ron is also interested in Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave), but this brings great displeasure to Hermione, who also likes Ron. Harry, who is trying to help Dumbledore find out what Voldemort’s next move is, must overlook the love circle and help protect Hogwarts from an invasion.

Is this a 'Harry Potter' movie or a Sandra Bullock non-rom-non-com?

Is this a 'Harry Potter' movie or a Sandra Bullock non-rom-non-com?

The problem with Half-Blood Prince is that the cheesy lovefest between the students at Hogwarts overshadows the dark themes. Yes, the kids are 16-17 years old and you can’t blame them for being curious about the opposite sex, but I feel it focuses too much on that element and it ignored some of the more important plot details. Another problem was the anti-climatic ending.  You kind of leave the theater thinking, “that’s it?” All previous Potter movies leave a good taste in the mouth with their endings, but Half-Blood Prince feels like it was spoiled over.  I haven’t read the book yet but I would wonder if it was any different. Though it is titled “Half-Blood Prince,” this is only a secondary plot element and it feels pushed to the background or almost forgotten about as the film trudges forth. When you finally get the key to the Half-Blood Prince, it really isn’t a big deal.  Being two and half hours long, this was the first Potter that I felt dragged in some areas. When the movie does focus on the darker elements, it becomes really good.

Again, I feel the movie’s title actually hurts the story. The Half-Blood Prince and the book are just secondary fodder and when Harry does avoid temptation from the book, the whole idea is completely ditched.  When it is brought up again, it’s weak. Perhaps the title could have been switched to Harry Potter and the Rise of the Death Eaters since it would have set the tone better, but instead you get a title that is inferior to the overall theme. It wouldn’t be unprecedented as the first Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), was actually different then the book title, which was called “The Philosopher’s Stone.” While I feel the love story did develop the characters better, the movie spends too much time on it and this is where it drags.

Despite the drawbacks, the movie is very entertaining. Michael Gambon (as Dumbledore) is more involved than ever and it was nice to see a good actor get more screen time. Tom Felton (Malfoy) also had an expanded role, but I thought he was just okay.  Since the Malfoy character only has a limited role in the previous films, I feared Felton couldn’t handle anything beyond that and it definitely shows.  Jim Broadbent gives the best performance of the movie.  Being his first Potter movie, he certainly makes an impression right away and I’m glad to see that he’s returning for the following sequel, The Deathly Hallows. Broadbent plays Horace Slughorn as a man whose is one of the most pleasant people to be around, but he casts uneasiness about himself as he struggles with personal demons.  When these demons are confronted, Broadbent craftily switches it up.

The art direction is incredible, earning itself a possible Oscar nod. You actually feel like you are in the scene and this is one of the few movies where the set design actually helps it.  Sometimes while the characters were in frame, I couldn’t help but stare into the background because it was so amazing to look at.

Half-Blood Prince isn’t as good as its predecessors because it gets bogged down by an uninteresting love story and a lackluster ending, but it does entertain and should be required viewing for anyone who is a fan. For those new to the series, I would recommend watching some of the older ones like Prisoner of Azkaban or Order of the Phoenix to get familiar with it. Good, but not one of the best installments.


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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Preview

When the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, I expressed zero interest in reading it.  I also had no interest in seeing the first adapted movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I came to discover that most critics were raving about the film and its subsequent sequels.  Plus, all of them were doing exceptionally well at the box office. When the books were coinciding with the movie releases, Harry Potter had become one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons this decade.  The seventh and last book, Harry Potter and Deathly Hollows, was released in 2007 and the movie adaptations have almost caught up. The last film released was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007.  Finally, I decided to give the Potters a chance around last year.  I watched Sorcerer’s Stone to Phoenix and I enjoyed them all.  Now I can see why everyone has made a big deal about it.  My favorites were Prisoner of Azkaban and Phoenix.  I’m now looking forward to seeing the upcoming sequel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth movie of the series.  Like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, this might be the biggest blockbuster release of the summer.

"Just because I'm the yokiest redhead since Carrot Top, doesn't mean I deserve a party."

"Just because I'm the yokiest redhead since Carrot Top, doesn't mean I deserve a party."

Daniel Radcliffe reprises his role as Potter for the sixth time.  The two other main actors, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will also return as Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, respectively.  After a deadly encounter with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in Phoenix, Harry is now in his sixth year of seven at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Lord Voldemort has now begun to stage a full-scale war on Hogwarts and Harry must find a method to stop him.  With the help of Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), the head of the school, they must find a weakness in Voldemort’s defenses.  Dumbledore also seeks the aid of an old friend and the new potion master at Hogwarts, Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent). Slughorn may have vital information on Voldemort. During this time, Harry becomes attracted to his best friend Ron’s younger sister, Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright). Ron is also attracted to fellow student Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave), but he brings jealousy to Hermione, who also has a crush on him.  With the increasing threat from Voldemort, the romances between the students may jeopardize Hogwarts defenses against the dark wizard.

Other actors reprising their roles to Harry Potter are Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall and Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid. David Yates, who directed the last Potter film, Order of the Phoenix, will return for Half-Blood Prince. Also returning to adapt J.K. Rowling’s novel is screenwriter Steve Kloves.  Though he didn’t adapt the last movie, Order of the Phoenix, he has, however, written the scripts for the first four Potters.

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"The." "Rapists." "Therapists."

This Potter looks very good and has the potential of being the best yet of the series.  I can’t wait to see this one and it should appeal to both kids and adults alike.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens July 15th.

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One Sheets This Week: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Precious, The Expendables, more!

Here are the Best Movie Posters and One Sheets that Have Come Across the Web This Week

It’s Friday, so here are all of the best movie posters released this past week. You can always see all the one sheets from previous weekly editions of this post type by clicking our original movie poster round-up link, or the one in the header. This ought to kick start your movie weekend just right.Thanks to IMP Awards for the hookups.

Included is poster film art for two new poster premieres have emerged for Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables and we have them.  We also have a pair of new Public Enemies posters.  That is a highly anticipated film here in “The ‘Nest.”  We have to offset some of the bigger names with smaller films as you know, and Rock Slyde, Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, and Children of Invention fit that bill nicely.  We also give you a new H2: Halloween 2 poster and The Princess and The Frog.

Another Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen poster graces us, as does another in a succession of posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I am kind of feeling the reflection in Harry’s glasses of “that old dude” (shows how much I know about HP, is it Gandalf or something?)  I try.  Next up is Shake Hands With The Devil, and why wouldn’t you want to really, followed by Precious (I am sure this will be great!) and Blood: The Last Vampire.  The Gamer motion poster was already posted here, but we have the base version as well now.    We wrap with Aliens In The Attic, Street Dreams (shout out to the Nike P.Rod sneakers!) and Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol.  That is 19 new posters in this poster if ya need me.  How do we do it?  With the assistance of the illustrious imp awards of course.  That and persistence, equals a great post like this.  Geez, I was all done and I realized I overlooked the great Sorority Row poster.  How could I have done that?  Shame.  Have a good weekend!




















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One Sheets This Week: The Hangover, Rudo Y Cursi, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, more!

Here are the Best Movie Posters and One Sheets that Have Come Across the Web This Week

It’s Friday, so here are all of the best movie posters released this past week. You can always see all the one sheets from previous weekly editions of this post type by clicking our original movie poster round-up link, or the one in the header. This ought to kick start your movie weekend just right.Thanks to IMP Awards for the hookups.

Included is poster film art for a whole host of new film posters greets us this week for our weekly round-up.  There are character posters for Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince and The Hangover (we give you one of each) as well as new versions for films like Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Russian), The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Hurt Locker.  We also have posters for films like Pressure Cooker and The Big-Shot Caller (we recently added the trailers), Paper Heart (ditto), and Rudo Y Cursi (if we hit it before, sorry, here it is again).

We have a cool looking Antichrist poster and Case 39 for Renee Zellwegger, which for some reason reminds me of Jim Carrey’s Number 23 movie.  That is followed by What Goes Up (with  Hilary Duff!), Tetro, starring a fellatio receiving actor Vincent Gallo, Humpday, and my response to the last poster, Outrage.  Since your car is not tinted, I Can See You and the RZA starring Life Is Hot In Cracktown.  And really, how could it be cool in “cracktown?”  We’ll see you next Friday with more Movie Posters as usual.


















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Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins

The Nest’s Film News Daily

Monday kicks off another week of film news, where it’s always crackin’ it seems.  You want to see the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince International Trailer?  You have to head here to check it out since embedding has been disabled by request.  Daniel Radcliffe does not get naked.  Sorry, you sick bastards. I kid.

[Superhero Hype] is talking about the Venom spin-off to Spider-Man film series.  A first draft of the screenplay is in.

Michael Sheen, bka ex-husband of Kate Beckinsale, will now lose that unofficial most well-known title,micah as [Daily Mail] reports that he is “Aro, the head of all vampires” in Twilight-sequel, New Moon.

You want some new Star Trek movie clips?  I thought so.  [Movies Online] has a few for you to see.  Our preview of the film is still getting mad hits too.  Written by a self-proclaimed Trekkie.  Cool.

You interested in the new Tyson documentary on the legendary boxer?  Good, ’cause I will have a review up for the film this week.  “He punches so hard.  He punches like a fucken mule kicks!”  In the meantime, [Hollywood Elsewhere] has a spirited discussion with Director James Toback.  A great conversation, I am told.

Zac Efron gets a pretty big career boost by being cast in the live-action film version of Johnny Quest. [Film Junk]

There is a boat-load of concept art images at [Film-O-Filia] showing tons of crazy stuff from Terminator: Salvation.  The motorcycle in particular is cool-looking.

William Hurt has been cast in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood movie, though I think that is still an undecided title.  [Dark Horizons]

You loved Hairspray, you really want to know more about Hairspray 2 [Collider] provides with an update from Adam Shankman.  I now retire for the day since I am sick from typing those last few sentences.

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New Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Pics Galore!

For Harry Potter fans, and I know that there are more than I care to acknowledge, a multitude of new images for the upcoming/delayed film, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, have hit the net at the fan site Potter Mania.  (My only question is is there a Half-Crip Prince as well? “C-walk” homie!) It is a Japanese site, so have patience sorting through the shots, but for those that can’t wait for Summer to get here, these will satiate your appetite, I am sure.  They have asked us not to take any images, so just click on the link above to check them out and report back to us.  BTW, MuggleNet pretty much has all most Potter freaks need to get their swerve on.  But you probably already knew that.  Thanks to IGN for the few images here.  Enjoy!

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