Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series! –

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series!


Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

September 12, 2013

Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film,” said Rowling. “I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

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Sundance Channel Acquires Zombie Film “The Returned.”


Series to Premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween at 9PM ET/PT


"Les Revenants" from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.

“Les Revenants” from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.


New York – September 10, 2013  Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama “The Returned” from Music Box Films.

The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film “Les Revenants” by Robin Campillo.  It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.

The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “’The Returned” is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.

“We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level— we made them French!” stated Sarah Barnett, President of Sundance Channel. “‘The Returned’ is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions.”

In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.  But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.

“‘The Returned’ epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens,” says William Schopf, President of Music Box Films. “We couldn’t be more excited about working with our partners at the Sundance Channel to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this phenomenal series to the North American audience”, says Marc Nowak, General Manager Zodiak Rights (Paris). “This is a sign the U.S. TV market is opening up to French drama and that the independent production and distribution companies need to continue to innovate and create original fiction to succeed internationally.”

“We are proud that Sundance Channel chose ‘The Returned’ for their audience,” says Caroline Benjo, Haut et Court producer. “Sundance Channel represents a landmark in independent programming, airing bold and innovative TV projects from all over the world. We couldn’t have dreamt being in better hands.”

Following on the heels of Emmy®-nominated “Top of the Lake” and critically acclaimed original scripted series “Rectify,” “The Returned” marks a continued commitment by Sundance Channel to offer daring original entertainment. This series precedes the debut of the network’s second fully owned original scripted series, “The Red Road,” in 2014. The channel will also premiere a second season of the critically-acclaimed “Rectify,” as well as the original mini-series “The Honourable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-produced with BBC Worldwide.


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World Of Warcraft Might Go Free-To-Play, Blizzard Says

World Of Warcraft Might Go Free-To-Play, Blizzard SaysAuthor: Pete Haaspublished: 2013-08-22


World of Warcraft, the biggest subscription-based MMORPG in the world, could eventually shed its monthly fees. Game director Tom Chilton said in a new interview that the game might be free-to-play someday.

“I definitely think that free-to-play MMOs will be around for a very long time,” Chilton said in a chat with NowGamer. “At some point its possible that World of Warcraft could end up being free-to-play, but I do think there’s always room for there to be subscription games.”

Chilton added that a monthly subscription can be a good value for some MMOs. A gamer could play WoW for dozens of hours in a month. When you consider the amount of time spent in-game, the $15 monthly subscription doesn’t seem so unreasonable. What happens when players arent spending dozens of hour a month in your game, though? What happens when they finish all the quests or raids? The onus is in the developers to keep creating new content to keep these subscribers. Chilton says that developers of subscriber-based MMOs like WoW will have to release new content on a steadier basis to keep the monthly fees palatable to gamers.

“I do think that as time goes on subscription MMOs might evolve toward becoming a little bit more dynamic and making sure that within that month time span it feels like new events and new episodes happen to keep it fresh,”

Chilton said. Yesterday, ZeniMax Online Studios confirmed that their upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online will require a monthly subscription. Their plan is pretty much what Chilton suggests: release new content every 4-6 weeks. Well see if they can stick to that pace and whether it will be enough to keep players paying the monthly fee after their first 30 days are up.

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Worf TV Series | The Mary Sue


by Susana Polo | 11:03 am, August 21st, 2013

We first learned about Michael Dorn‘s efforts to get a Worf-centered Star Trek movie or television show into development nearly a year ago, and even though nothing has come of it yet, Dorn is still optimistic.

Last September Dorn said he’d been contacted by “several individuals” interested in making a movie about a post-Next Generation Worf, the captain of his own Federation starship.

“Interestingly enough it has gotten traction. I was very surprised, I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it,” said Dorn. “Like I said, in this business you never know and I’ve been through pitching things and I never want to do that again [laughs]. It’s pretty brutal, but definitely I think once again, if Paramount or CBS or anybody thinks this is a viable thing, they’ll jump on it.”

Dorn gave J.J. Abrams‘ hold over the franchise as one roadblock the project would have to clear, and a Worf movie does seem a bit like an odd choice for a company that’s pretty heavily invested in an alternate timeline version of the universe that takes place both a generation before and in a place with a completely different visual aesthetic than Next Generation. Still, a year later, Dorn is still hoping it will happen, and talking about it as a television series rather than a movie. He told HuffPo:

Last year there was interest and I talked to a couple producers and we actually had pitch meeting with Paramount and CBS. Business things got in the way in terms of the JJ Abrams movie coming out and CBS/Paramount and their relationship with JJ Abrams. I don’t think they wanted to step on his toes by putting a new series on, but it’s not dead yet. I’ve finished the script and hopefully someone will take a look at this and say ‘we can do this.’

While I’m not personally certain that Star Trek returning to television is something that’s in the cards right now, I’d love to see it happen, and I’d love to see it happen in a way that wasn’t based on Abrams’ Star Trek.

(HuffPo via Blastr, top pic via Flickr.)

via Worf TV Series | The Mary Sue.


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Harry Potter Turns 33! You, the Fans, Gave Us 33 Reasons Why You Love Him! | Fan Voice

Harry Potter Turns 33! You, the Fans, Gave Us 33 Reasons Why You Love Him!


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Harry Potter is one of my all-time favorite book and film series. I’m still reeling from the fact that eight films managed to take a book series I love and actually make me love it even more. According to the interwebs, today is Harry’s 33rd birthday. In honor of the event, I solicited some fan love on my Twitter feed and my Facebook and Google+ pages. Here is what you had to say about the boy wizard.

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@elguapo1: “I love Harry Potter because he exists in a world that fuels the imaginations of both children and adults the world over.”

@bonniegrrl: “Harry Potter was more than just the underdog wizard kid with a bad childhood. He showed us that even when life hands you lemons you can still turn it around and make Polyjuice Potion. Though everything and everyone seemed to be against him, he still had his friends to pull him through the darkness. I will always love him for never giving up and for always standing up for what’s right, which isn’t easy when you’re a teenager with a price on your head.”

@BSGesus: ” I love how the books are structured to go through each season. Summer to Spring. There is nothing like Autumn at Hogwarts.”

@WH_Woolhat: “When the Sorting Hat yells out “Hufflepuff” in the movies, I laugh every time”

@geekgirldiva: “I love Harry’s bravery. No matter how scared he is, he fights anyway. For his friends, for his family, for Hogwarts. Without question.”

@evildorina: “Not only has J. K. Rowling created wonderful, complex role models, but she’s also come up with a world as dark as our own. I think we can all relate to the fear Harry and his friends live through every day. As we get older, we learn that life isn’t magical, we’re not invincible, and our loved ones won’t be here forever. Rowling reminds us that life is still worth living, there are always people out there worth fighting for, and we can beat the darkness.”

@DavinCleary: “I love Harry Potter because even though I was in my late twenties when I started reading the series, it makes you feel like you are a kid, seeing the magical world through Harry’s eyes.”

@thestephthorpe: “He brought out the child in all of us. Both kids & adults alike could experience & share this wondrous new world together through his eyes. He always tried to do the right thing, even when it seemed hopeless”

Bryan Hardbarger: “Aside from the painfully obvious reasons why this story is so amazing… like the character development, the films lush landscapes and rich effects is the simple fact that J. K. Rowling’s writing sent countless numbers of children and adults alike to sit down and READ. Bless her, and her talents, her imagination, her determination and influence on so many to persevere through the hardest times. She created an entire world in our imaginations, full of hope and friendship, laughter and tears. We fell in love with SO many of her individual creations, I for one have been forever enriched by her work. If I ever see J. K. in person, I owe her the biggest and most heartfelt hug!”

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Michael Dorn Confirms He’s Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series

Michael Dorn Confirms He’s Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series
11 months ago by Sandy Schaefer

star trek worf tv show Michael Dorn Confirms Hes Working on a Star Trek: Captain Worf TV Series

Geek favorites Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer have been forthcoming about their hopes for bringing “Star Trek” back to the small screen, after the release of J.J. Abrams’ elusive sequel to his Trek movie reboot next summer. However, it turns out those two aren’t the only ones with big dreams about a new TV series set in that sci-fi universe – Michael Dorn is also taking steps to reprise his signature Trek role on a spinoff, tentatively titled “Star Trek: Captain Worf.”

Worf, Son of Mogh, of course, is the first Klingon main character on a “Star Trek” TV series. He appeared on The Next Generation throughout its seven-season run, then became a Deep Space Nine regular for its last four seasons. Dorn portrayed Worf in all four Next Generation films; in addition, he played Worf’s grandfather, Colonel Worf, in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

Rumors and reports about a prospective Worf spinoff began circulating earlier this year – which, perhaps not-so-coincidentally, marks the 25th anniversary of The Next Generation. Trek News caught up with recently with Dorn, who gave them the following exclusive “scoop” on the project:

“I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this. ”

via Michael Dorn Confirms He’s Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series.


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Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’ | /Film


Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Angie HanThis weekend’s big reveal that the Avengers sequel would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron immediately got comics geeks wondering what that meant for Ant-Man.

In the books, Ultron is created by Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man — but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man isn’t due out until after Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters.Whedon clarified soon afterward that they’d be “doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron,” which would not involve Hank Pym. But don’t worry, Wright has asserted that he’ll still crop up when Ant-Man hits later that same year.

Hit the jump to get the latest info.io9 was able to confirm in an interview with Wright that we’d get to meet Hank Pym in Ant-Man. That’s not really a shocker, since I think most people figured as much.

See the full story via Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’ | /Film.

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