Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Being on a movie set can be a blast – especially when you don’t have to do anything. It’s not hard to imagine that with every great actor or director there’s probably a nagging cousin or sibling who wants to be part of that sweet sitting around action. And how the hell are they going to say no? Giving mom a line is a small price to pay for 18 years of guaranteed food and shelter, right? How can an actor resist sticking their kid in a shot or two? It happens a lot – so much so that the following 15 are only the tip of the iceberg.

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In a move that would make Walt Disney cheer from his cryochamber, Warner Bros has announced they will halt all shipments of the Harry Potter films starting December 29th. Existing copies will be allowed to sell out, but once they’re gone the eight films will no longer be available for sale. Per Deadline Azkaban, WB is taking a page from the Disney playbook and pulling all eight films from circulation on that date. It doesn’t appear that they’ll actually remove unsold product from store shelves but instead will just stop shipping new orders. What’s interesting is that the final film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, doesn’t hit shelves until November 11th, meaning it will only be available for six weeks before the moratorium starts. Obviously WB will flood stores with copies of the title, so no one should worry about not finding it for sale, but this window of availability is incredibly small for such a major title. Like Disney has done repeatedly with their animated titles, WB is hoping to increase demand for the franchise by decreasing the supply. My guess is next November will see a marketing blitz announcing special editions, box sets, and more available for a limited time only. There’s little chance this will backfire for the studio, but will it actually increase sales? Is the draw of the series the same as it is for classic Disney films like Dumbo and The Lion King? We’ll all find out next […]

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Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

There seems to be more discussion about this category than usual, even from casual movie-goers, for one big reason — Avatar. The inclusion of James Cameron’s latest indie featuring copious amounts of CG imagery begs a very basic question: what is cinematography? All that and more is just one click away.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has released the list of the seven films that are in the final running for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. We break down the finalists, telling you exactly who may or may not win.

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Welcome to the 2009 Reject Report Box Office Year in Review, and what a record-settiing year it was. As it turns out, the race for the title of 2009 Box Office Champ remains up in the air as we speak.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves rescuing dolphins from culturally misguided Japanese fishermen. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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Friends, lovers, countrymen… lend me your wallets. (Or something like that). It is time once again for This Week in Blu-ray, our look at what is hip and happenin’ in the world of those weird, formerly expensive high def.

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Anyone who has seen or read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will realize that there’s a lot of potions in this movie. Some might call it a metaphor for wizardly childhood adolescence. I, in my infinite maturity, consider it a reason to drink your own potions while watching the DVD or the Blu-ray.

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Late last week, a reader emailed me a link to a poorly-shot pirated look at the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow – Part 1 footage that will be seen on the DVD release of Half Blood Prince. At the time, it wasn’t worth posting. Now we’ve got a better version.

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Americans + sitting on asses + it’s hot outside + reasonably kickass movies = CA$H. Now that’s an equation that balances, to the tune of $4.17 billion fucking dollars. Come inside, check out the winners/losers recap, and cash some checks with this year’s top ten.

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Well, why don’t we just officially come out and say it, now? “Summer season at the movies has been crap!” Okay, maybe it really hasn’t been that bad, but it sure feels that way to some people.

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It’s another edition of the Reject Report and we have some big wide releases on tap this weekend, including the family adventure Alone in the Attic and the Judd Apatow laughfest Funny People, starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

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This weekend we had an upset at the box office. G-Force, that Disney movie with the funny animals, took down Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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It sure does feel like a down weekend at theaters. What else is there to say? This weekend we are looking at three movies coming out — G-Force, The Ugly Truth and Orphan — and quite simply I don’t know anyone who’s been waiting all summer to see this.

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We’d love to hear what you loved (or hated) about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Spoilers inside, friends, so if you haven’t seen the movie…move along…I hear there’s an awesome news story just below this post.

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We had a lot of fun while Neil was out of town, but now that he’s back, the show actually has to do with movies. Lame, we know.

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This week Landon watched Harry Potter 1-5 in a row, and wants to share with you every passing thought he had along the way.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and (500) Days of Summer.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil continues to lurk around our nation’s capital on a clandestine assignment, so FSR’s Features Editor Cole Abaius steps in as guest Fat Guy this week (although he insists he’s very appropriately body-proportionate).

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I’m not sure how your day went. Maybe you finally got that nap in that you wanted, your boyfriend brought home flowers or something. But no matter what, you didn’t have as good a day as Harry Potter.

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