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This one is actually pretty good. It's a prequel about a pivotal scene between Dumbledore, Aberforth, Grindelwold and Arianna.

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I had no idea this was coming!!

Edited to add: I was trying to post the trailer for Joss Whedon's upcoming film Much Ado about Nothing, but for some reason, the embedding feature isn't working. You can watch the trailer here.
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is from Wreck It Ralph:

"(You're a winner.)
I'm a winner!
(You're adorable.)

She looks pretty damn adorable when she cries out that last, too.

(You can see the moment from the movie trailer here at 1:34)


May. 10th, 2012 04:19 pm
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Received a call at work informing me that my entire family is going off to see The Avengers. Without me.

I feel left out.

I daresay a margarita is in my immediate future.

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The folks who brought us the Help for Haiti campaign, Andrew Slack of The Harry Potter Alliance and the rest of fannish folks he coordinated with to create the Imagine Better project, started dreaming big when news came that The Hunger Games was going to be made into a big movie. Why not harness that activist spirit to use the movie release to talk about hunger issues? And so they dreamed up a social media campaign called Hunger is Not a Game, which seeks to connect fans of the books (and movies) to the global food justice movement. See an article about it in the New York Times here.

Fans starting from the stories they love to make the world a better place. Sounds wonderful, right? But apparently not to Lionsgate, because on the very day of the movie release, Lionsgate sent a cease and desist letter, ordering Imagine Better to stop the campaign because it “is causing damage to Lionsgate and [their] marketing efforts.” See the cease and desist letter as reported here and here; the letter ends: "We are truly making an effort to work with you on this. We have the ability to take down your sites as a violation of our trademark and other intellectual property laws. We hope that will not be necessary as this is too serious a subject." Note the juxtaposition: "We want to work with you" with "We will Shut. You. Down."

Dumb move, Lionsgate. Very, very dumb. And the internet told them so. A petition was set up and the response on social media has been swift. As the Leaky reporter puts it:
What is most startling about all of this, in my opinion, is how extremely aggressive Lionsgate is being, not even bothering to veil their threats of takedown and worse. Despite all of this, Mr. Slack has responded, cool as ever: “Fans have been changed by this story and have expressed a wish to change the world based on the message of this story. I would hope that Lionsgate would celebrate fans, not pick on them, for taking the message of their own movie seriously. It’s amazing that they’re working with two great partners already to fight hunger. But why get in the way of fans who are working with a third one?”

Do you see anything wrong with Andrew’s suggestion? No? Us neither. Finally, as Leakycon Lit-Day Organizer and Queen of the Internet Maureen Johnson puts it, “PR people and all relevant others: it’s shortsighted (and stupid) to try to protect your “brand” from positive fan involvement and charity. Also, if you (again PR and relevant types) think you can control the media narrative anymore-that kind of thinking will bite you in the ass.”
Lionsgate seems to have cottoned on. The LA Times now reports that Lionsgate is backing down.

As well they should.
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I was very impressed. Screenplay/adaptation, design, cast, everything was bang on terrific. I wonder what it would have been like if it had been rated R for violence (which, of course, would have been closer to the true nature of the book, yet would have put it out of reach for much of its fan base). The hand-held camera work was both good at conveying adrenaline and immediacy, yet at times bordered on annoying. But I think it was a good choice. The design of the capital did a good job of conveying both its attractive glitter and moral rottenness.

I have not heard very detailed comments from the girls, although Delia was pining, of course, for ALL THE STUFF THEY LEFT OUT. Which is inevitable, of course, when a book is adapted for screen, but is no easier for the ardent young fan to accept.

I am feeling lazy, and so for further analysis will point you to [ profile] cleolinda's entry here. But I am curious to hear what you think.
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the midnight show of the Hunger Games.

Delia is just about ready to spontaneously combust out of sheer excitement.
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I'm a karate black belt.

I love Harry Potter.

What happens if you mix Harry Potter with a Hong Kong martial arts action flick? You get: Harry Chan - Hogwarts Action Hero:

Oh, and there's even a blooper reel, too )
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[ profile] cleolinda did a wonderful post noting the passing of legendary sword choreographer Bob Anderson, at the age of 89. He was one of seven people who played the part of Darth Vadar, he worked with Errol Flynn, and he worked on famous films and choreographed many, many legendary scenes, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Princess Bride, and Lord of the Rings. At the post bookmarked above, [ profile] cleolinda includes clips from several of the most famous.

He will be truly missed. I want to thank him for his part in making possible some of my favorite film scenes of all time.
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I went and saw the movie for the fifth time. Because, you know, I needed to. And I bawled, yet again. I've been listening to the soundtrack on endless repeat.

Shamelessly stolen from [ profile] rachet:

How many times have you seen it? Planning on going yet again before it leaves the theaters?
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I loved it.

I'm so sorry this stage of my life is now over. I've read a number of commentators whose reaction to seeing the last Harry Potter film is an acknowledgement of farewell to their childhood. I almost feel the same, even though I'm fifty-one years old. And yet I also feel it's a huge mistake to dismiss the books (or movies) as 'only for children.' Or even worse, 'merely for children.'

I had an interesting and even moving talk with Fiona the other night, where we discussed what the Harry Potter books have brought to our lives. For both of us, for our family, really, they've changed our lives. Harry Potter seized Fiona's imagination in particular and ignited what will clearly be a life-long love of reading. I was already a reader of course, but it was due to Harry Potter that I really got involved in most of the internet stuff I do today: Yahoo groups and then Livejournal, which in turn led to Dreamwidth, Twitter and Alternity. It's been a phenomenal bonding experience for our entire family. We read the books together, and for years, the girls went to sleep listening to the Jim Dale CDs, or we listened to them on car trips, including our daily runs to and from day care.

I've talked before about the common thread in all the stories I love the most: choosing the heart of flesh over the heart of stone. That's all what Harry Potter is about, and it's particularly clear in this movie. The battle was awesome. The strongest part for me was the part that stuck most closely to the book, from Snape's death (no matter what the location) through the scene in the pensieve followed by the scene in the forest. The devastation in Harry's eyes when he emerged from the pensieve said it all (and Radcliffe really nailed that moment.) Voldemort attacks the school because he knows that hurting the people Harry cares about is his strongest weapon. That, of course, is the weakness of the heart of flesh: caring will always hurt in a way that the heart of stone will never experience. Yet that caring is what leads to the heart of flesh's triumph. It's what ultimately convinces Harry he must lay his life down. "I never wanted any of you to die for me," he tells his parents, Remus and Sirius in the scene in the forest, and you utterly believe him, and still entirely understand why he takes that final sacrificial step. Heartrending.

The variations of the very last duel from the book were not pleasing, but probably unavoidable, considering all the wand lore that got dropped. But on the whole, I was extremely pleased with the whole thing.

And yay for Neville!
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Remember this guy?

If you've seen any of the Harry Potter movies, you've been watching his work since 2001. He was Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double all the way through Deathly Hallows, until a career-ending mishap on set left him paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair.

So much has been said about the wonderful work done by Dan, Rupert and Emma, and it's all true (and I'll do another post about my reaction to the movie later). But I also wanted to give an acknowledgment to this young hard working actor who gave more than anyone should ever be asked to give to the success of these films.

David Holmes, now that the movies are finished, I just wanted you to know that you haven't been forgotten. Thank you for the talent you gave to add to Harry's story in particular, and best of luck to you in your continued rehabilitation.
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Full of spoilers but oh, yeah, this is my favorite movie review so far. (if you ask 'of what movie?' then you haven't been paying attention.)
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The latest 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette recaps all eight films in the blockbuster franchise over the course of about five minutes...

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"The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or through the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

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From some more of the coverage I've been reading:
Harry Potter cast members have named their favourite lines from the entire series on the eve of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere.

Nick Moran (Scabior) : “Hello, beautful.”

Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick): “Wingardium leviosa.”

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood): “You’re just as sane as I am.” Because it gives no comfort at all.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy): My favourite line is actually one of Daniel’s. I was improvising and said, “I hope Mr Potter will always be around to save the day”. He looked around and said, “Don’t worry, I will be.” He was 12 years old! That was pretty impressive.

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy): It’s from the final film, when I stand up in the Forbidden Forest and say - “Dead.”

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy): “My father will hear about this.”

Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort): “I can touch you now.”

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger): “I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed - or worse, expelled.” It just seemed like the wittiest, cleverest line.

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley): I say “bloody” a lot and I always get a thrilled from saying it because it’s a rude word.

Julie Walters (Mrs Weasley): My favourite has got to be “Not my daughter, you bitch.” It’s so incongruous, I can’t believe Mrs Weasley would say that!

Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid): It’s in Diagon Alley and I say, ‘“You’re Harry Potter. You’re the one who got away from You-Know-Who.”

Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore): I hardly ever know my lines in the film. But my favourite is when I appear as a ghost on the station platform in the final film. I say, “Harry...” And I felt like crying.

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom): “Why is it always me?”

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley): It was my first ever line. I said “Good luck” to Harry.

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley): It’s when Harry and Ginny are kissing and George comes up behind them and goes, ‘“Morning!”


May. 31st, 2011 12:18 pm
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Can't wait to see this movie!


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