FANTASTIC BEASTS Teaser Trailer Unlocks the Magical World of HARRY POTTER Once Again [15 Screenshots]

Amidst all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere hype this week, Warner Bros. has dropped the epic announcement trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The brief teaser, which clocks in at just under two minutes, literally invites us to return to the wizarding world. For those of us who grew up on Harry Potter, it’s like our childhood is beckoning for us to come play once more.

The short snippet, which consists largely of titles and glimpses of the characters, still manages to pack in all the wonder and magic we expect from the Harry Potter franchise. The Fantastic Beasts teaser has on display the exceptional costuming of course, from Collin Farrell’s impeccable suit to Seraphina (Carmen Ejogo) and her elaborate get up. The signature sets continue the grand detail we are accustomed to as well, which are showcased in the Magical Congress of the United States of America courtroom scene.

However, the most noteworthy moment for me is the teaser’s score. From the moment it began, I felt chills as it set the tone better than any of the visuals. While the composer has not yet been confirmed, there are a few notes that echo “Hedwig’s Theme” composed by John Williams, which in my opinion played such a large role in constructing the Harry Potter universe.

So what does the Fantastic Beasts teaser tell us? That Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has brought his mysterious case with him to the United States, and in it a collection of magical beasts. Unfortunately for Mr. Scamander, and the unsuspecting citizens of New York, he left the case open “just a smidge” thus releasing some of these fantastic beasts out into the world. And it will be up to Newt to return them back into the case. This is where we really get into meat of the plot, which revealed itself along with the character descriptions earlier last month.

To add to the conflict, the destruction from these beasts will likely cause tension among the wizards of New York and the no-maj (the term American wizards call muggles). Plus could it be we have another golden trio? Will Newt, Jacob (Dan Fogler), and Propentina (Katherine Waterson) live up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione?

 Extended commentary:

  • Seraphina’s stylist must be Effie Trinket, but she looks fab.
  • Text transitions seem to have different animal fur/skin textures? Still no beasts though. Where are the beast?!
  • Ohhh that Collin Farrell, so broody surrounded by the destruction.
  • Eddie Redmayne is like an adorable golden retriever flopping about. Again, he could not be more perfect for this role.
  • Where are the owls?

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Stay tuned for more updates, we will be sure to keep you informed on everything and anything related to the highly anticipated return to the wizarding world. Here’s the plot synopsis of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, courtesy of Warner Bros.:

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander comes to New York with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK. Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous… get out of their case.

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman. The film is set to arrive in theaters on November 18, 2016.


Source: Warner Bros.

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New BATMAN V SUPERMAN Teaser Features a Showdown of Unhappiness [23 Screenshots]

No one would blame you if you missed the new Batman v Superman teaser that aired during Gotham this evening – the series is a painstakingly hollow reminder that there is better Batman content in this world. So for those of us who did not tune into Fox, Warner Bros. was kind enough to upload the video to the Internet; as one would to get their content seen. Just a sneak peek of what’s to come, this short 50-second teaser sets the tone of one of the biggest cinematic showdowns in history.

If the brooding shown in the Batman v Superman teaser wasn’t enough, this short clip of the Dark Knight facing off against the Big Blue Boy Scout only serves as a prologue to the second official trailer, which will have its worldwide premiere during Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, December 2 at 11:35/10:35 pm CST.

It’s hard to get a read on the situation between the two DC titans without context. From what I can gather, based on the previous trailer we’ve seen, Batman (Ben Affleck) is captured by Superman’s SWAT team and then taken to Supe’s (Henry Cavill) underground lair. Why Superman is so pissed off at Batman we’ll have to wait and see. Maybe Clark and Bruce have a kinship and he feels betrayed. What will this big unmasking mean for the two heroes? And who are the Superman loyalists in riot gear?

There hasn’t been an official plot synopsis released for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet, but we can surmise, based on the Comic-Con trailer, that Batman is really pissed at Superman and sees him as a threat to humanity. There’s also Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) who is scheming per usual, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) shows up for some reason, and Zod’s body is in a plastic bag. Cool?

I’m still not entirely impressed with the whole confrontation. My inner fanboy should be geeking out hard, but because Warner Bros. hasn’t built up the mythos of their DC Cinematic Universe I don’t have any f*cks to give. If Zack Snyder and Co. can establish a good argument as to why the Batman needs to take down Superman along with setting up Affleck’s iteration of Bruce Wayne, all within this one movie, I will be greatly impressed.

I think my feelings about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can be summed up best in LEGO Batman’s hit song, “Untitled Self Portrait”:

DARKNESS

NO PARENTS

CONTINUED DARKNESS

MORE DARKNESS

GET IT?

THE OPPOSITE OF LIGHT!!!

BLACK HOLE

CURTAINS DRAWN

IN THE BASEMENT

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

BLACKED OUT WINDOWS

BLACK SUIT

BLACK COFFEE

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Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen aka The Flash, Jason Mmoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone aka Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. The movie is set to release in theaters on March 25, 2016.


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FANTASTIC BEASTS Plot Details, Cast, and Character Descriptions Officially Revealed

There has been much mystery surrounding the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them plot. What was originally conceived to be a faux documentary based on the life of Newt Scamander, official plot details have now been confirmed. So grab a butter beer and rejoice because not only do we know what the Fantastic Beasts plot is, we also have all the major character descriptions.

Set in the United States during the roaring ’20s, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will now be a full-blown expansion of the Harry Potter Universe. The project was warmly received by fans, but many of us muggles were wondering how they were going to turn an educational catalog into a movie trilogy. However this catalog, like Newt’s magical case he carries, is bigger-on-the-inside than it might appear.

Author and creator J.K. Rowling, who up until this point has only had creative input in the Harry Potter franchise films, penned film’s script as her first ever screenplay. Here’s the official plot synopsis for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander comes to New York with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK. Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous… get out of their case.

Yesterday we got our first look at Fantastic Beasts production images, and now we can put names to faces as Entertainment Weekly also presented character descriptions with their coverage:

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander – An eccentric globe-hopping English “magizoologist” wizard who’s far more comfortable around beasts and creatures than he is around other people. Comes to New York on a quest with his case full of magical habitats containing rare and endangered species.

As soon as this project was announced, Eddie immediately came to mind. Excited to see him take on this role.

Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein – An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what’s right.

Who did she stand up for and what was the cause she is championing? Also predicting she will be Newt’s love interest.

Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein – Tina’s younger sister and roommate, a big-hearted free-spirit “legilimens” who can read minds.

Jealous, I want to read minds.

Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski – An optimistic No-Maj (aka Muggle) factory worker/aspiring baker who gets introduced to the wizarding world when he meets Newt. Fun fact: He’s the Harry Potter franchise’s first Muggle main character.

Suh-weet, now all of us muggles can feel included.

Colin Farrell as Graves – A powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world’s president.

Collin Farrell typically goes for dark and broody. I’ll be interested to see if he will play Graves this way or if he breaks away from that.

Samantha Morton as Mary Lou – The narrow-minded leader of the fanatical Second Salemers, a group looking to expose and destroy wizards and witches.

Sounds like we have our baddy here, can she live up to the wretchedness of Dolores Umbridge?

Ezra Miller as Credence – Perhaps the cast’s most mysterious character. He’s Mary Lou’s troubled adopted son.

I love Ezra Miller, and whenever mystery and troubled are involved, you know this is right up his alley. I’m excited to see how this character pans out.

How do you think these characters will fit into the beloved Harry Potter universe? With absolutely nothing to base their characters on, do you think Newt and the rest will be as memorable as those who were fully developed over the course of seven novels?

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman. The film hits theaters on November 18, 2016.


Source: Entertainment Weekly

Comic-Con 2015: The BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Trailer is Over-Hyped [121 Screenshots]

After many debacles over leaked trailers – first with Avengers: Age of Ultron and then the Batman v Superman IMAX teaser – Warner Bros. spared no time to get the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice up on the Internets officially only an hour after its big premiere in Hall H today.

There is no plot synopsis available for the film yet, but the first full-length Batman v Superman trailer definitely provides some pretty good insights on what we can expect. But from what I read on Twitter about the trailer, since I did not attempt to wait in line for Hall H, is that I expected it to blow my mind. And when I watched it for the first time, I thought to myself, “meh.” ¯_(ツ)_/¯

As far as the genre of superhero movies is concerned, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are taking the serious route to Grimsville. Which I’m completely OK with. That’s not what I have a problem with. I wouldn’t say I have superhero movie fatigue either because I’m still looking forward to Captain America: Civil War. What I believe the cause in my lack of engagement to the Batman v Superman trailer is that we have no familiarity with this iteration of the Batman (Ben Affleck). Nothing has been built up to make this epic showdown worthwhile, and Zack Snyder will have to establish this conflict quick and hard in the short time before the two titans of DC Comics collide.

Visually, thematically, and tonally I am digging everything they are throwing at me in this trailer, but there’s something internally telling me not to let my guard down. Let us not forget how incredibly cool the trailer for Zack Sndyer’s Sucker Punch looked and how that film turned out. The same could be said for Snyder’s Watchmen too – but I liked that film. I’m reserving any joy for this movie until March 25. However, there’s a lot to digest that could still make Batman v Superman a solid experience.

What catches my attention the most is the plot, and how the world is at conflict about Superman (Henry Cavill). Should he be held responsible for the battle against Zod in Metropolis? I doubt it’s just me, but I get a real homophobic vibe with all the picketers at Superman’s committee hearing – one says, “You can’t be Christian and an alien” while another says “God hates aliens.” Through all of this, we can see the wheels of manipulation spinning thanks to Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg). And finally, despite only having maybe four seconds of screen time, Gal Gadot looks fantastic as Wonder Woman; how she plays into the story isn’t hinted at. I can only imagine she was thrown into this trailer to equal out the bro-chismo.

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Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen aka The Flash, Jason Mmoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone aka Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. The movie is set to release in theaters on March 25, 2016.


Source: Warner Bros.

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‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ IMAX Teaser Event Recap and Posters

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After the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaked last week, it seemed as if the Warner Bros. marketing team’s plans to for audiences to see the teaser in theaters fizzled out. How likely would folks make an extra effort to see the hi-res trailer when WB uploaded it online? Minutes later, director Zack Snyder confirmed there would be extra footage for those who choose to attend the IMAX event. Well I went, and was rewarded with five additional seconds of footage, which you can read about after the break. Continue reading

Leak Brings Warner Bros. to Release ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Trailer Early [39 Screenshots + 21 GIFs]

This past Wednesday, director Zack Synder promised the world that a teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be unleashed unto the world on Monday, April 20, 2015. Unfortunately some greedy, impatient people had other intentions. Last night, an English dubbed trailer with Portuguese subtitles was leaked and spread across the Internet like wildfire. Following Marvel Studios’ lead when it happened to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Warner Bros. released the Batman v Superman trailer today to give fans a full-HD version rather than a shaky blurred one.

As far as teaser trailers go, especially with how grandiose the new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser is, this Dawn of Justice teaser is pretty unimpressive on a visual scale for what could be a huge blockbuster in 2016. There’s been a lot of haters throwing shade at how dark and brooding this film looks, but I’m feeling it. I think fans are all upset because DC and WB didn’t set up enough mythology in their new shared Cinematic Universe to warrant this big showdown. And I’m with them. But I like the direction the story is going. The one thing I wish they included, one of many items, is the glowing red eyes of Superman that was seen during the Comic-Con teaser last year. I’m assuming they don’t want him to come off as that bad of a guy.

So many complained about Superman’s (Henry Cavill) careless destruction in Man of Steel and demanded repercussions for his actions. Well it looks to me as though we’ll be seeing those consequences take form, justice if you will. It’s just a first teaser and too many people are quick to judge less than two minutes of footage. I think the conversation that it builds up to before the “False God” statue is revealed is alluring, and you can hear Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor chime in at one point saying, “We know better now don’t we. Devils don’t come from hell beneath us, they come from the sky.”

There is certainly a power dynamic that the world is seeking to balance, and it looks like only Batman (Ben Affleck) seems up for the job; because the teaser definitely doesn’t show Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, or Cyborg. And that’s all well and good. I’m sure they’re only in the movie as brief cameos.

The one thing that does irk me about this teaser is Batman’s one line; it’s pretty silly. This is the best reaction to the last line of the teaser:

So I’m good to go for this for now until future trailers show me otherwise.

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As I said, the original plan was for the teaser to debut on Monday until this leak happened. Warner Bros. even set up special screening events at certain IMAX theaters to play the teaser on the big screen – free passes are now unavailable and all have been claimed. So why should folks go out of their way to see the teaser at a theater when it’s now available online? Well Zack Snyder claims that additional footage has been added to reward those who come out to see it.

On one side of the coin, Warner Bros. created a different kind of marketing gimmick to encourage fans to get out and see a teaser the way it should be seen, on the big screen. But on the other side, they could have waited a month to release it and put it in front of Mad Max: Fury Road to increase ticket sales for their own movie. It’s a marketing gamble that I hope won’t be a growing trend.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen aka The Flash, Jason Mmoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone aka Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. The movie is set to release in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Ezra Miller Cast as ‘The Flash’ for DC Cinematic Universe

Ezra Miller Cast as 'The Flash' for DC Cinematic Universe

Actor Ezra Miller, perhaps best known for his role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin, has been cast as the title role in Warner Bros. upcoming The Flash, due out in 2018. The news broke today at a Warner Bros. event where The Flash and many other DC superhero films were announced. More after the jump. Continue reading