Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

At the end of the 90s, famous Oscar show writer and Celebrity Fit Club contestant Bruce Vilanch claimed that, “Generally with the Oscars…there isn’t much you can do until the nominations are announced. Then you know what kind of year you’re dealing with – what’s been overlooked, what the issues are.” He was talking about preparing to write the show, but it applies to everyone from the directors, producers and stars on down to the fans. It’s fun to guess around the water cooler (your office still has a water cooler?), but until now, it’s all been speculation. Thankfully, almost all that speculation has been spot on, so we can all continue our conversations about whether Black Swan will beat The Social Network for Best Picture. Whether Natalie Portman has any true competition for Best Actress. Whether, most importantly of all, Colleen Atwood will beat Mary Zophres for Best Costume Design. Here they are. The 2011 Academy Award nominees:

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After years of being the dorkiest kid on the block (he’s into science more than sports! Ridiculous!), Neville Longbottom is about to be all grown up for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. It’s been a long road, but the boy who might have been the boy who lived looks rough and ready to take some revenge in this first picture from the highly anticipated movie. Check it out for yourself. Hopefully, Harry Potter cosplayers and Cosby cosplayers will find some common ground here and hit a few New York City subway stops with some more theatrics.

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Hope springs eternal. As we round the bases of another year, it’s important to let the average and outright crappy slough off and realize that we’re all standing on the precipice of another year of movies. The future stretches out before us full of possibilities. That cheesy trailer you saw last week could end up producing your favorite film of the year. That epic blockbuster you’ve been waiting for could be bigger than you ever imagined. There’s hope for everything, but there’s also expectation, which is why Rob Hunter, Neil Miller and Cole Abaius painstakingly put together our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. It’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to this year, put together when our hope and optimism is at its peak.

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There are two reasons why looking at the best movie posters is fascinating. The first is the inherent interest that all advertising brings. It’s art that’s meant to sell something that can’t admit it’s trying to sell anything in order to succeed. The second is that rating the best of the best in the poster world has the most potential to showcase films that never end up on lists this time of year. This is a celebration of the beauty and effect that movie posters can have. It’s for the films released in 2010, and it’s the posters from the studios (or else Tyler Stout and Olly Moss would completely dominate). The awards are broken up into five categories in order to recognize the wide array of styles and concepts, and because there were a lot of great posters this year (among the absolutely terrible photoshop jobs that still haunt us). See if your favorite made the cut.

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Some folks love trailers while others think they’re the devil’s work made to foil your plans of avoiding spoilers, but regardless which side of that particular fence you land on, few people would argue that trailers are an art unto themselves and deserve their own recognition. It’s for that reason that we present the ten best trailers of the year. They’re in alphabetical order, but in the spirit of trailers being too often filled with spoilers these days, let me just reveal right now that the best trailer of the year is the red-band one for Hobo With A Shotgun.

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The Reject Report

Audiences got derezzed, went into the grid, and disc warred all the way to end of line this weekend. And, if you followed all of that, you were probably among the masses. While TRON Legacy jumped to the top of the pile, its weekend take wasn’t up to expectations, and the future of the franchise could very well be called into question. It just depends on the legs the film has, Olive Wilde’s legs notwithstanding.

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The weather has turned cold, the end of the year is soon approaching, and the last bastion of Holiday films are coming our way. This week, we have a number of dollar-earner pictures hitting as well as a couple of heavy awards contendors expanding into wide release. The light cycles are sure to have an edge over a couple of talking bears, especially since one of those bears sounds a bit like Ray Stantz. The other bear isn’t exactly bringing sexy back, but he might be cute enough to pull in some decent money.

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Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows and cowboys and Samurai and ballet dancers and princesses with bad perm jobs and Vincent Cassel. If you thought Thanksgiving brought the buffet of eclectic tastes, wait until you get a load of these leftovers. Even with only one film opening wide this weekend, there’s a lot to talk about with the familiar and a few highly anticipated limited releases, so let’s get this microwaved plate of deliciousness on the table, shall we?

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Whether they wanted wizards, princesses, or super heroes, families were out in force this Thanksgiving weekend. The top three films at the box office, despite one having a PG-13 rating, were all aimed at entertainment the entire family could enjoy, and after the leftovers were eaten and the Christmas tree was put up, that’s precisely what the majority of the film-going audience went for.

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The Week That Was

One of the keys to running a successful movie site — I’m told — is to make your content interesting, no matter how much of it you deliver. Quantity is never a bad thing, but quality matters more. At least that’s how we do things around here. And with our man-in-charge Cole Abaius off celebrating his nuptials for a second straight week, the rest of the writing team here at FSR brought some thunderous content. Not a ton of it, mind you, but enough to keep things interesting. With that in mind, I’ve got some of the best of it listed in this latest edition of The Week That Was. Just hit the jump and find all of the best content that you may have missed this week.

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The Week That Was

Welcome to another scorching edition of The Week That Was. As you may have gleaned from our articles about terrible honeymoon spots and our lack of posting any weekend articles (including this day-late entry into our weekly recap series), a few of us went out into the wilderness to watch Cole Abaius tie the knot. It was adorable, he and his bride will surely be happy and she even agreed to watch movies with him (even the scary ones). We drank, we went skeet shooting, we drank some more and in the end, we had a wonderful time helping the man who has often been referred to as “the glue that holds FSR together” off into the world of marriage. That said, even though Dr. Abaius was off work this week in preparation for the big day, we did have all kinds of things buzzing on the ole site this past week. Here’s a quick round-up.

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The Reject Report

Answer: Money. Lots and lots of money. Imagine the rip-roaring wake that can be thrown in honor of a certain house elf with $125 million. That’s how much Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 pulled in these last three days, a new record for a Harry Potter opening.

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*** EDITOR’S NOTE: This review contains spoilers. Those of you who haven’t read the book or simply don’t want to know what happens in the film have been warned! *** I won’t deny the massive amount of anticipation I harbored going into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. I am an enormous fan of the books, and the subsequent films, but the final book was more far more meaningful to me than any of those that had preceded. Deathly Hallows was the book that most inspired me, most moved me, and ultimately validated my reading the entire series. It struck me as the lights went down in the theater that these were no longer just characters, these were people with whom we, the fans, were as familiar as some of the more ancillary members of our social circle. We have watched them grow up over the course of six, soon to be eight, films in an almost identical fashion as they grew in the text over seven books. No other fantasy film series can boast this. This more than any other Potter film had to deliver in order that the entire journey on which we’ve been led up to this point not seem a waste. I am happy to report that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I not only delivered, but may in fact be my favorite of the entire franchise thus far.

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One thing that the Harry Potter series has always gotten right is the humor. It doesn’t matter who directed it, each film seems to have that unique comic sensibility that mostly comes from the trials and tribulations of puberty and young love. With the last installment, the focus is decidedly off of the awkwardness and onto the bloodbath on the horizon. Fortunately, it looks like the humor is coming from giving Emma Watson the eyebrows off of Daniel Radcliffe’s face. Plus, you just can’t beat the punch line from the twins. Well played. Check it out in HD over at their facebook page.

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Because it won’t be able to get a finished print ready in time that’s up to snuff, Warners has decided to show Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 of a 2 Part Series in glorious 2D. Apparently the smell of higher ticket prices wasn’t enough to motivate them. Is this one more sign that 3D doesn’t have quite the sway people claim it did? Probably. Is it another sign that the latest edition of the 3D fad will soon be over? Possibly. Does the release of this film and the next Potter the following summer signal the end of an era for Warners? Most definitely. To fill that gap, Warners is going to be pumping out at least 2 films based on DC Comics properties, starting with Green Lantern – the trailer for which you’ll be able to see, wait for it, in front of the 2D Deathly Hallows. It’s almost like they’ve got a long term plan over there at Warners that doesn’t simply involve sending Todd Phillips to Thailand with a case of booze and his Hangover stars.

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These are just gorgeous. It’s amazing when the art of film advertising seeks to design something that will carry the tone of the film correctly while actually aiming for a bit of artistic merit. These new character posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 may be simple, and the name may be unusually long, but the effect is strong. The latest film (and beginning of the end) boasts the usual suspects all returning with the addition of Bill Nighy to what amounts to a roster of the best British actors in the business. Expect even more promotional materials, because after the Summer release of the trailer, Deathly Hallows will probably inundate fans with even more reasons to head to opening night in November. As if people needed more reasons.

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Come see for yourself! Wonders aplenty! Owls taking flight! Wizard on witch romance! Evil board meetings! The fine folks over at Warners have released some fantastic photographs taken by Jaap Buitendijk that should satiate even the biggest Potter fan along the long and winding journey to November’s release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There’s no spoilers, per se, but there are a few things that fans will definitely recognize. Just try to stay off the dirigible plums.

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Fan reaction was mixed earlier this year when it was first announced that the final book of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series would be coming to the screen as two movies. As it stands now, part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens on November 19th of this year, while part two hits theaters next summer on July 15th. Once the split was accepted the big question seemed to be where would part one end and part two resume? Mugglenet.com has posted scans from Entertainment Weekly’s upcoming Fall Movie Preview issue and amidst the images, memories, and quotes from the cast is the answer…

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Harry Potter 7

As the years have passed, many a worldy moviegoer has noticed that there’s something to this Harry Potter franchise. And as it embarks on its homeward stretch, we can’t help but think about how much the scale of said movies has grown from parts one to five. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the two-part finale, lurking on the horizon, the time has come for the big finish. Based on what we’re seeing from the marketing team over at Warner Bros., a big finish is exactly what we’re going to get. After the jump you will see exactly what I’m talking about — a new featurette that promises an epic scale for the big end of the world’s favorite wizard story.

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Warner Bros. has released the first one-sheet for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the first of the two-film finale that will release in November. And to say the absolute least, it’s very badass. Hogwarts is on fire, the tagline is ominous and when combined with the excitement created by the first trailer, I’d say we’re in for a wild ride as the Harry Potter film series comes to a close.

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