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Top 10 Films & TV Shows About The English Monarchy | ScreenRant

From the Tudors to the Windsors, the English monarchy has had an extraordinary legacy, a large impact on historic policies, and has always supplied fodder for the pop culture’s canon. Most recently, cinematic culture has taken a liking to creatively reviving some of England’s most prominent monarchs.

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From a historical drama to comedic sitcoms and King Henry VIII or Queen Vicotria, the genres of films and television vary drastically alongside which generation fo monarchs the producers choose to work around. Here is a look at the top ten films and television shows centered around the English Monarchy.

10 Film: The Other Boleyn Girl

The film, starring Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, is a cinematic adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel with the same title. The Other Boleyn Girl sheds light on Anne’s sister, Mary, played by Scarlett Johanssen, whom of which King Henry VIII originally falls in love with, before Anne forces herself into the midst of the monarch.

This film follows the cunning socialite’s rise in power, which includes not only her infamous marriage to King Henry VIII but also the birth of England’s historical monarch, Elizabeth I. Her disgraceful fall from the king’s fancy is also noted in the film with Anne Boleyn’s execution.

9 Show: The White Queen

Inspired by Philippa Gregory’s novel, this STARZ show, The White Queen, is a BBC miniseries that follows the political advancements of Elizabeth Woodville amid the 1464 war between the Lancaster and York houses. This tantalizing tale is full of mystery and intrigue as the monarchy is thrown into a war between houses and many are unsettled by Elizabeth Woodville and her witch-like reputation, as Edward IV decides to marry her and make her Queen of England.

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The Lancaster house attempts to regain the thrown through not only wars on battlefields, but also warlike whispers behind closed doors. This show predominately focuses on the women of both houses and how they skillfully conspire to better their own families’ standings at court. This 10-part series only has one season, but that makes the show watchable in a single day.

8 Film: The Favourite

The Favourite is a 2018 film that centers on Queen Anne in her elder years with two women, Lady Sarah and fallen aristocrat Abigail, vying to be in the Queen’s favor. Olivia Coleman plays Queen Anne, Emma Stone is Abigail, and Rachel Weisz, who plays Lady Sarah, all star in this delectable drama that acts as a back-handed comedy.

This film is a conglomerate of award funny lines and scenarios mixed with the strict rules of England’s aristocracy. In 2019, Olivia Colman won an Academy Award for an Actress in a leading role.

7 Show: The White Princess

Inspired by Philippa Gregory’s novel, this STARZ show, The White Princess, is a BBC miniseries that follows the next generation of royals after those in The White Queen, with the princess being Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter. While England is at peace upon the union of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, their fiery, war-forged marriage is anything but easy.

While the families still conspire against each of the two houses (Lancaster and York), Elizabeth of York seeks to solidify her standing at court and proclaiming her motto to be “hidden and patient” and this applies not only to court politics, but also those within her bed chambers.

6 Film: Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul,  starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, focuses on the friendship built between a mature Queen Victoria and a clerk set to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, while the monarch’s inner family seek to destroy such an alliance, despite the new perspectives and growth that Queen Victoria embraces.

5 Show: The Spanish Princess

Inspired by Philippa Gregory’s novel, this STARZ show, The Spanish Princess, is a BBC miniseries that follows Catherine of Aragon’s ambitious political pursuits to be Queen of England. The show chronologies Catherine’s short-lived marriage with Prince Arthur, where the princess claimed to have never lain with him and thus began plotting her way into marrying Prince Henry VIII, which was said to have been a mutual love, but history tells otherwise.

Related: The Tudors: 5 Things That Are Historically Accurate (And 5 Things That Are Aren’t)

Overall, this miniseries is full of spicy characters, heated and passionate drama, and political interference. The costumes in this show are phenomenal as they work to integrate both the English fashion of the time period as well as that of Spain.

4 Film: Young Victoria

Young Victoria (2009) follows the young monarch, Queen Victoria, who is played by Emily Blunt, as she navigates England’s political requirements and her budding relationship either husband, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).

In a twist of fate, this political marriage actually turns into a romantic venture as the two historical characters fall in love.

3 Show: The Crown

Netflix’s original series The Crown is widely regarded as one of the most popular narratives to follow the English Monarchy. This drama series, which is expected to span 5 seasons in total, follows multiple generations of the modern monarchy.

Whether it be the amazing soundtrack, the phenomenal acting, or the closely followed historical timeline, Netflix’s The Crown exceeds the audience’s expectations with a very well-crafted show.

2 Film: The King’s Speech

This film, released in 2010, follows Prince Albert (Colin Firth) on his quest to take command of his stammer by hiring Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

This critically acclaimed film has won multiple awards including, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (given to Colin Firth), Best Achievement in Directing (given to Tom Hooper), Best Writing, and Original Screenplay which was given to David Seidler.

1 Show: The Windsors

This parody sitcom is the perfect show if you’re looking to watch the royal family navigate comical fictional shenanigans. Unlike many other shows about the English monarchy, The Windsors seeks to poke fun at the highly privileged family through implementing dry, satire comedy within the brief sitcom episodes.

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2020-03-21 22:00:09

Mackenzi Butson

Star Wars: What Chewbacca Really Sounds Like (In English)

Star Wars Chewbacca is undoubtedly one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history, but have you ever wondered what he’d sound like if he spoke English? Ever since his first appearance in the original Star Wars, Chewie has been an irreplaceable part of the franchise, appearing in tie-in comics, books, and video games. According to the previous movies’ timelines and up until Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he is currently 234 years old. In his early life, he was married to Mallatobuck and has a son named Lumpawaroo.

Many a fans’ curiosity is piqued when watching everyone’s favorite Wookiee grunt, howl and trill in his native Shyiiwook tongue and be understood by Han Solo or Rey. However, what audiences hear when they’re in the theater is not what the actors hear during filming. In fact, Chewie is able to have conversations with his co-stars because he’s speaking their language.

Related: George Lucas Explained Why Chewbacca Didn’t Get A Medal In 1977

Yes, Chewbacca can speak English – or at least the costumed actor playing him on set does. Peter Mayhew is the voice behind this legendary Star Wars character. Film critic Marshall Julius shared a rare behind the scenes video with fans on Twitter, in which Mayhew can be heard shouting at Han Solo in his normal voice. This is a great moment during the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy, and definitely worth checking out.

Not only does Chewie speak English, but he does so in a distinctive Yorkshire accent as he argues with his friend and partner in crime. After hearing this glimpse of the real conversations having on set, Peter Mayhew’s voice will ring in the back of fans’ minds whenever Chewbacca “talks” to Han Solo during their adventures on the Millennium Falcon.

Chewbacca was originally inspired by George Lucas’ dog, an Alaskan malamute called Indiana, who acted as an unofficial copilot by often sitting in the passenger seat of his car. Peter Mayhew’s height helped him land the role in the movie, since he was a whopping seven feet and three inches tall. The original actor behind the Chewbacca mask sadly passed away in April 2019, and Chewie has been played by Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens onwards.

Mayhew was not only an actor but the author of two books, Growing Up Giant and My Favorite Giant. He enjoyed being a part of Hollywood’s most popular franchise and also shared his literary talents with the world – quite an impressive legacy. He will always be remembered as the “fuzzball” whose voice became one of the most distinctive sounds of the Star Wars universe.

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2020-02-22 04:02:10

Monique Howard

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising English Dub Trailer Releases

Funimation has released the English dub trailer for My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, the second movie in the highly popular franchise. The My Hero Academia anime premiered in 2016, and is one of the most popular anime currently airing. In 2018, Legendary Studios announced it had plans to develop a live-action Hollywood adaption of the series.

My Hero Academia follows Izuku Midoriya, a once Quirk-less individual. After being granted power from All-Might, the #1 hero, Midoriya begins a journey to becoming the world’s greatest hero. It’s not hard to see why My Hero Academia has resonated with so many people. Comic book movies are massive right now, and My Hero Academia can be called Japan’s equivalent of Western superheroes. The cast is diverse, the battles are grand, and it has that sense of optimism many Shōnen Jump titles have. Currently, the show is in its fourth season, which primarily adapts the Overhaul storyline. The first My Hero Academia movie, Two Heroes, released in 2018 to favorable reviews. The latest film released in December. It is seeing a Western release next week, and now fans can check out the English dub trailer.

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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising has received its English dub trailer, courtesy of Funimation. Unlike the previous movie, Heroes Rising features the entirety of Class 1-A. The film is seeing a limited theatrical release on February 26. Tickets went on sale in January. Check out the official My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising synopsis from Funimatiom below, followed by the English dub trailer.

Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope.

The trailer highlights a few notable things about the story. Fans of Deku and Bakugo should be in for a treat, as they are shown battling together. Also, it appears all of Class 1-A are going to get in on the action. Finally, the story is unique in that there are no pro heroes to help out. In Two Heroes, All-Might had a substantial role. This time, it looks like Class 1-A is alone against this new set of villains. All in all, it looks like Western My Hero Academia fans won’t want to miss it.

My Hero Academia has been going on for some years now, and doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Other notable Shōnen Jump series have arrived, such as Dr. Stone and Demon Slayer, but My Hero Academia remains massively popular. It was big enough to launch a successful spinoff manga titled My Hero Academia: Vigilantes. In other media, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is launching for the major consoles next month. It is certainly a good time to be a fan.

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The Western release of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising comes out February 26.

Source: Funimation

2020-02-19 05:02:32

Daniel Alvarez

Quentin Tarantino Almost Wrote The Princess Mononoke English Dub

Quentin Tarantino almost wrote the English dub for Princess Mononoke. The director’s most recent film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, hit theaters last month.

Princess Mononoke is a Studio Ghibli film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It centers on an exiled prince struggling to maintain peace between animals and humans. Although the dark and beautiful film was a departure from Miyazaki’s previous work, it was a hit both commercially and critically upon its release in 1997. Miyazaki has crafted many incredible movies over the course of this long career, but for many fans, Princess Mononoke remains the best. The English dub featured the vocal talents of Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Gillian Anderson and more. Famously, the film’s producer sent a katana to Harvey Weinstein, then head of Miramax, with the words “No cuts” etched into the blade.

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Recently, Neil Gaiman confirmed on Twitter that the writing duties for the English version of the film were originally offered to Tarantino. Many fans of the author know that Gaiman was the one who actually penned the script, though his name did not appear on the film’s poster. Gaiman explained that he was removed because Studio Ghibli wanted some Miramax executives taken off the poster and that those same executives viewed his name as the one that was “contractually expendable.”  The author also responded to a fan’s inquiry regarding him getting the job because of Tarantino. Apparently, the director was approached first, but when he turned the job down, Tarantino then recommended Gaiman.

Although Tarantino might appear to be a strange choice, at that point in time, he already had quite an impressive resume, having released Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, the latter two of which were put out by Miramax. Gaiman certainly seems a better fit, though, since in 1997, he was best known as the writer responsible for the masterpiece from DC’s recently defunct Vertigo imprint, The Sandman. Of course, by now Gaiman is much more of a household name, having written the books behind two rather popular shows, Good Omens (co-written with Terry Pratchett) and American Gods. Both have been very well-received by both audiences and critics, and the latter was picked up by Starz for season 3. A TV show based on The Sandman was also recently ordered by Netflix.

It’s interesting to consider how different Princess Mononoke could’ve been with Tarantino behind the wheel. The director has a very specific style that doesn’t feel like it would necessarily work too well with Miyazaki’s. Gaiman, on the other hand, seems like a logical choice from the start and his script is still considered by many to be one of the better adaptations of Miyazaki’s work. We’ll never know what kind of changes Tarantino would’ve made, but obviously, it all worked out for the best for Princess Mononoke.

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Source: Neil Gaiman

2019-08-14 01:08:15

Jamie Gerber

Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

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SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.

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Harry Potter: 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had a lot of ground to cover, as Harry had to destroy the remaining four Horcruxes that were hidden around Great Britain, while Voldemort was just beginning to take control of the wizarding world from the shadows.

The fact that there was so much content in The Deathly Hallows meant that the creators of the Harry Potter films decided to split the final book into two movies, which opened the door for the creators of the Twilight and The Hunger Games movies to do the same.

The process of creating the final two Harry Potter movies was an emotional one for everyone involved, as a series that took a decade to make was coming to an end. This wasn’t helped by the many beloved characters meeting their maker throughout the course of the story, meaning that there were a lot more emotional send-offs than in the previous movies.

We are here today to see what moments from behind-the-scenes of The Deathly Hallows movies were captured on film forever – from the last time that Remus Lupin & Severus Snape smiled, to the final day of the ten-year odyssey of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Here are the 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2!

25 Lupin & Snape Getting Along

Alan Rickman so totally owned the role of Severus Snape that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing the part. It’s also difficult not to hear Rickman’s voice whenever reading one of Snape’s scenes in the Harry Potter novels.

It’s also a surreal experience seeing Alan Rickman clowning around or smiling in any behind-the-scenes footage of the Harry Potter movies, as Snape never had anything close to a light-hearted moment or laughed at anything that was funny.

Remus Lupin and Severus Snape may have had a cold relationship in the movies, but that didn’t stop David Thewlis and Alan Rickman coming together for a photo on their last day of filming, which even resulted in a rare Snape smile.

24 Voldemort & His Tracking Dots

The Harry Potter movies decided to remove Voldemort’s nose in order to give him a more serpent-like appearance. This was only accomplishable due to advances in CGI and the fact that Voldemort generally didn’t appear that often compared to the other nose-bearing members of the cast.

In order to create the effect of Voldemort lacking a nose, Ralph Fiennes needed to have tracking dots applied to his face. These were necessary in order to tell the computers where all of the parts of Fiennes’ face where in relation to each other so that they could take away the nose and remove all traces of the dots on his face. Ralph Fiennes also had to wear other prosthetics, including a gross-looking set of fake teeth.

23 Talking Through The Nagini Chase

The scene where Neville slices Nagini in two with the Sword of Godric Gryffindor is one of the all-time greatest moments in the Harry Potter series. It is meant to reflect Harry defeating the basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets, with Neville finally becoming the hero that he was always meant to be and becoming worthy of drawing the sword from the Sorting Hat.

The movie version of The Deathly Hallows botched this scene somewhat by adding Hermione and Ron to the mix, as they attempt to deal with Nagini using spells. Neville had to rush in and save them, as they both suddenly developed the aiming skills of a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. 

22 The Dark Lord Of Clowning Around On Set

Ralph Fiennes has appeared in some of the greatest movies of all time, including the likes of Schindler’s List, The English Patient, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is known for his extensive theatre work and for taking on roles in serious and somber movies.

All of these serious roles may give you the impression that Ralph Fiennes lacks a sense of humor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He would never have taken on the part of Lord Voldemort if he was going to stick to roles that would win him Academy Award nominations. Ralph Fiennes must have known early on that the role of Lord Voldemort was going to become the one that he was most associated with, so he clearly leaned into it and had as much fun as possible with the part.

21 Hermione & Ariana

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us with a lot of unanswered questions about Albus Dumbledore, especially where his sister is concerned.

Ariana Dumbledore was attacked by a group of Muggle boys as a child, which left her emotionally scarred and unable to control her magic. The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the revelations concerning Credence Barebone have led some fans to suggest that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurial and that Grindelwald’s obsession with them was sparked by meeting her. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 neglected to reveal much about Ariana’s backstory, though we were at least given the chance to see her in the flesh.

20 Wandless Magic

Wands are an important aspect of the Harry Potter series, which means that they appeared all of the time in the movies. The props department always had to make sure that there were lots of spare wands ready at any moment, as they were pretty flimsy and easy to accidentally break during filming.

Daniel Radcliffe broke over eighty wands on the set of the Harry Potter movies, either through being too rough with them or for just wearing them down with overuse. This can be clearly seen in the behind-the-scenes footage where he has a tendency to use them as drumsticks when bored on set. Luckily for Daniel Radcliffe, there were times when wands were added in later with CGI, so he just had to pretend to hold one.

19 Draco’s Fear Of Flying

You might think that the flying broom sequences in the Harry Potter movies are accomplished using only green screen effects, but there is a practical element involved that is necessary in order to make the movement of the brooms seem more natural.

The flying broom is connected to a rig that looks like the mechanism used for a theme park ride, which is essentially what it is.

This flying machine can be moved in such a way as to make it look like the broom is tipping or changing direction, while the background can be added in using CGI in order to complete the illusion. Poor Tom Felton was stuck riding on a broom while looking like a wimp, as Daniel Radcliffe got to look like a super cool wizard.

18 Griphook’s Goggles

One of the most difficult aspects of wearing a prosthetic mask that covers your whole head is what it does for your sweat. Robert Llewellyn who played Kryten in Red Dwarf has talked about how his mask was so tight that the sweat was all squeezed down onto his back.

Warwick Davis is no stranger to prosthetics and masks, which is why he was well-prepared for the outdoor scenes involving Griphook in The Deathly Hallows movies. The Griphook outfit not only covers all of Warwick Davis’ head but also his hands. This is why he is seen wearing goggles during outdoor sequences, as they protect his eyes from the elements without risking him accidentally touching his eyes with his clawed hands.

17 Filming Helena Ravenclaw

In order to discover the truth about Ravenclaw’s diadem, Harry must seek out the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, who is revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw. She is the one who reveals to Harry that the diadem was stored within the Room of Requirement, as Voldemort was dense enough to believe that no future Hogwarts student would ever discover the existence of the room.

The meeting between Harry and Helena involved two separate sets, as she was a ghost and spent almost all of her scenes floating off the ground or passing through objects. This meant that Kelly Macdonald (the actress who portrayed Helena) and Daniel Radcliffe had to shoot their scenes separately, as Radcliffe wasn’t available during her shooting days.

16 Filch & Harry Make Up

David Bradley played Argus Filch in almost every Harry Potter movie, missing out on only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Filch’s role was greatly diminished from that of the books and he was mostly used as a comic relief character in the movies.

As one of the few actors who had remained with the franchise from the beginning, David Bradley made sure he was there for the final day of shooting, where he embraced Daniel Radcliffe.

On the surface, this image makes it seem like Harry and Filch finally made amends, which seems out of character for both of them, even though Filch did aid in the defense of Hogwarts during its hour of need. The other reason why Filch may be smiling so much is that he’s already planning his party for the Stark family.

15 Hagrid & The March Of The Death Eaters

The role of Rubeus Hagrid was mostly played by Robbie Coltrane throughout the eight Harry Potter movies. We say mostly because another actor also played Hagrid in many different scenes. Robbie Coltrane is slightly over six-feet tall, but that still isn’t tall enough to play the role of a half-giant. This meant that Hagrid was often played by Martin Bayfield for the purpose of being a body double and performing stunts, as Bayfield is almost seven-feet tall.

The version of Hagrid from the Harry Potter books was over eleven-feet tall, meaning that it would have been impossible to recreate him on film without using CGI. This meant that Robbie Coltrane and Martin Bayfield still had to wear bulky costumes in order to increase their size in order to make Hagrid look bigger than he was, as even carrying someone that is the same size as Daniel Radcliffe needs to look like an impressive feat of strength.

14 Luna Loves Harry Potter

Evanna Lynch had never acted professionally before auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels and won the role because, as producer, David Heyman said: “The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna.”

The passing of Dobby and his subsequent burial was filmed outdoors, which meant that Evanna Lynch had to find some entertainment while she waited for the crew to finish setting up each scene. This would normally result in the smartphone or tablet being whipped out at this point, but Lynch decided to go old school and read her copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

13 Dobby Relaxing On Set

The actor who played Dobby was a notorious drama queen on-set. This was partly due to trouble that started early on in his career, brought on by the numerous fake news reports that stated he was being sued by the Russian government due to his resemblance to Vladamir Putin.

The passing of Dobby is one of the most emotional scenes in The Deathly Hallows films, which is why it took so long for his actor to get into the right frame of mind in order to expire in Harry Potter’s arms.

You may think that the Dobby guy is sneaking in a few moments of sleep while on the set, but he’s actually using an advanced method of the Meisner technique in order to get into character.

12 The Secret Of The Brooms

We mentioned earlier that the broom sequences required the use of a moveable rig and a green screen in order to make the flying sequences seem realistic, but not all of the broom scenes involved high-speed chases. There were times when the brooms sat in a static position while floating in mid-air, as they waited for their owner to climb on top of them.

In order to create these scenes, the special effects team developed a standing rig for the brooms that would suspend them above the ground. These rigs had to be strong enough to hold the weight of an adult person, while also being slender enough to be easily removed later by the special effects team. The scene shown above comes from the Seven Potters sequence, where everyone is preparing to leave Privet Drive on broomsticks, save for Hagrid, who is using Sirius Black’s bike.

11 Bellatrix & Warwick Davis

The Harry Potter franchise was very kind to Warwick Davis, as he played Professor Flitwick since the first movie and Griphook in both of The Deathly Hallows films. He also voiced Griphook in the first movie, but the physical role was played by Verne Troyer, making him one of the few American actors to appear in the Harry Potter movie series.

Warwick Davis spent much of his time in the makeup chair, as even the reworked version of Professor Flitwick still required a fancy new hairdo and mustache. The picture above gives us a glimpse of Davis out of costume, but Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t so lucky, as she was fully adorned in the Bellatrix gear.

10 Bellatrix Posing

Bellatrix Lestrange may be one of the most loathsome characters in the Harry Potter series, as she is Lord Voldemort’s most devoted follower and will gleefully commit atrocities in his name. Bellatrix is responsible for disposing of Sirius Black, which immediately earned her a significant hatedom among the Harry Potter fans.

The movie version of Bellatrix is much more difficult to hate, thanks to an incredible performance by Helena Bonham Carter, who managed to turn Bellatrix into the Harley Quinn of the Harry Potter franchise.

Helena Bonham Carter never let the fact that she was playing a crazed murderer affect her on a personal level, as she can be seen clowning around in many different behind-the-scenes photos from the Harry Potter movie series.

9 The Weasley’s Prepare For Battle

The Battle of Hogwarts is probably the most chaotic moment in the series, with seemingly every important character showing up for the final conflict between the forces of good and evil.

There were moments of the battle that were sectioned off, in order to make them easier to film. One of these involved the final duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley, which took place in the Great Hall as a battle raged on behind them. The duel scene was shot in such a way that you could only see directly behind Bellatrix & Molly, which meant that you only saw a small portion of the battle that was happening. This was likely done in order to make the scene easier to film.

8 Filming The Battle Of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts was incredibly difficult to film, which is true of all battle scenes that involve a lot of participants. The reason why the Battle of Hogwarts was even more difficult than normal was the fact that almost everyone involved was either using a supernatural weapon (usually a wand) or was some kind of magical creature.

There were parts of the Battle of Hogwarts which involved Harry running through a battlefield that was filled with dueling wizards, huge spiders, suits of animated armor, and giants, all of whom were fighting each other. The producers and special effects team that worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 rose to the challenge and created one of the greatest looking battles in movie history. They managed to capture the chaos of a large-scale conflict while also maintaining the fantastical elements that the Harry Potter series is known for.

7 The Burrow Set

One of the new scenes that were added to the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince involved the Death Eaters attacking and burning down the Burrow, which is the home of the Weasley family.

This scene wasn’t popular with the fans, as it ignored aspects of lore and was totally pointless, as the Burrow needed to return for the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

Harry and his friends return to the Burrow at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after escaping from the Death Eaters at Privet Drive. This scene involved showing the lands around the Burrow, which was accomplished with the use of a green screen.

6 Dobby’s Funeral Is Hilarious

Dobby the house-elf was created almost entirely with CGI in the Harry Potter movies, which was a necessity due to his size and stature. Dobby helps Harry Potter and his friends escape from Malfoy Manor, but takes a knife to the chest for his troubles. This results in a scene where Harry cradles an injured Dobby and comforts him as he slowly passes away, in what is one of the saddest moments in the series.

The scene of Harry holding Dobby required the use of a physical Dobby puppet that Daniel Radcliffe could hold, which could be altered with CGI at a later date. The puppet that is seen in the picture above is clearly in an unfinished state, which may be why the cast is having such a laugh, as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are certainly not in character.

5 Stylish & Wounded

Apparition is one of the most prized skills of any wizard, or at least it would be if it weren’t possible to block apparition within certain locations. Those who wish to apparate are required to pass a test, as those who do not perform the spell properly can screw it up and cause “splinching” which is the term used for leaving pieces of your body behind.

Ron manages to harm himself in The Deathly Hallows movies through splinching, which meant that Rupert Grint needed to have injury makeup applied. This didn’t stop Rupert from looking his best and pulling off his model pose while having holes added to his arms and shoulders.

4 The Real Father Of Delphini

Daniel Radcliffe is one of those people who is impossible to hate, except by the most bitter of people who despise the fact that he was given such an important and lucrative role at such a young age. He comes off brilliantly in interviews and seems like of the most genuine and nicest people you could ever meet.

It seems that the charms of the Harry Potter actor are even effective against Death Eaters, as Helena Bonham Carter was clearly fond of her on-screen mortal enemy.

The two of them can be seen clowning around together in various behind-the-scenes clips, which must have been a way to burn off some tension before they started chasing each other with wands again.

3 The Boring Wedding Of Bill & Fleur

The hardest part of any movie/television production on the part of the actors is the waiting around between shots. It can take a long time for the crew to set up each shot for even a simple production. When you have a movie series like Harry Potter which involves huge sets that need constructing and special effects work that needs preparing for, then it can take forever to set up even a few seconds worth of footage.

The wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour would have required a lot of setting up, due to the sheer amount of extras that are engaging each other in the background of each shot. It’s no wonder that the main trio doesn’t look as interested as they should be.

2 Bellatrix’s Sound Check

The reason why Helena Bonham Carter is sitting on a set of benches is that this is the location where she filmed her final duel of the series. The movie version of Bellatrix’s demise is actually way more violent than what happened in the books.

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley ends when Molly fires a curse that strikes Bellatrix above the heart. We never find out what spell Molly cast, but it was enough to deal with Bellatrix for good. The movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shows Molly freezing Bellatrix in place and then shattering her body into pieces.

1 The Last Day

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson were cast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the age of eleven. They spent the next ten years of their lives working on the Harry Potter movie series, which meant that there formative years were spent in front of the cameras. An entire generation of Harry Potter fans grew up alongside them.

As Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 finished production, more and more of the actors were given a send-off for their final day of filming.

The most emotional of these last days was the one for the main trio, who had finally finished their decade-long odyssey and hugged on the set. These last moments can be seen on the home releases of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and it’s hard for any fan of the Harry Potter series to remain dry-eyed when seeing them say goodbye to each other and to the roles that defined their youth.

What do you think of these photos? Do they completely change Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 for you? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-08 02:10:12 – Scott Baird

Movie Review: Pacific Rim – Uprising (English)

Movie Review: Pacific Rim – Uprising (English)

Today almost every film that hits screens comes along with loads of visual effects and CGI that promise to leave the viewer spell bound. Well, this week, we see the release of one such film, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, which heavily relies on visual effects to not just take the story forward but also to give the viewer a complete cinematic experience on a larger than life canvas. The film is a sequel to 2013 release PACIFIC RIM that created quite an impact with its massive mech warriors going head to head with alien life forms that threaten to destroy earth as we know it. But will it manage to live up to the expectations that have been created by the first, or will it buckle under the pressure, is what we analyse.

Movie Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (English)

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is set 10 years after the epic ‘Battle of the Breach’ which acted as the climax of the 2013 release. With a brief recap of what transpired in the first film, the sequel dives head first into telling a new tale on epic proportions. With the cataclysmic events behind, the surviving human race has moved on with life. However, there is still a division prepping in the wings just in case another such event happens. But with the advancement in technology, we see the rise of new breed of automated Yeagers that can be remotely piloted. Things seem to be progressing idyllically in the global neighbourhood when out of the blue; a rogue Yeager lays waste to the city of Sydney. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju assisted by pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) must defend what is left. Stunned by this sudden attack, Pentecost and Lambert undertake a mission to investigate a base buried in ice. Here they are waylaid once again by the rogue Yeager. But the duo piloting Gypsy Avenger, manage to overpower it and haul it back to base. Back home, they learn that the rogue Yeager has been developed after cloning a secondary Kaiju brain. However, the battle is far from over with multiple such rogue Yeagers appearing opening up a new rift for the Kaiju to pass through. Will the battered and bruised team of motley Yeager pilots be able to defend Earth, is what forms the rest of the film.

Right from the onset PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING directed by debutante feature film director Steven S DeKnight is a visual treat. With a throwback to the previous film, this one too gives viewers a feel of watching something larger than life unfold. The film does feature some of the best mecha warrior action with well-choreographed fight sequences, wanton destruction, thrilling after-effects and of course some touching dramatic sequences. However, the film does not feature anything new in the overall scheme of the story. In fact, like the first film, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING still toes the line of an alien species invading earth aiming to cause an extinction level event, being fought off bravely by a rag tag team of defenders ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. While the first half of the film starts off well laying the foundations for a thrilling second half, the on screen progressions do not really connect with the seasoned viewer. On the other hand though, the film does come across as one that is aimed more at catering to kids/ teenagers who would love the dollops of destruction and action on offer. Progressing further, the second half of the film doesn’t get any much better. Though replete with nail biting action sequences, unlike the first film, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING does not manage to develop a similar kind of awe in the viewer. Instead the film comes across as a valiant effort to live upto the cracker of a movie Guillermo del Toro gave us in 2013.

Coming to the performances in PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, John Boyega as Jake Pentecost does well in his given role, however, the burden of living up to his father Stacker Pentecost’s image played by Idris Elba seems to be too much. Though Boyega does a decent job, his enactment of an inspiring speech session to mimic that of Elba’s from the first film falls flat. Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert, Cailee Spaeny as Amara Namani, Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb and Charlie Day as Dr. Newton ‘Newt’ Geiszler do similarly well in their given roles. However, it is the visual effects of the film that are truly its main lead. Unlike the first film, that features a slightly darker theme, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is surprisingly light both in terms of theme and overall doomsday proclamations. Sadly, though the film is a fun watch, it does not compete with Del Toro’s ode to the monster films of old.

Coming to background score, something that has become rather major when telling a large canvas story, is severely lacking in the film. With no memorable scores that help build the tension and overall weight of the on screen happenings, the viewer feels rather disconnected.

On the whole, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, though not as good as the first part, does manage to hold its own. If you enjoy the thrill of watching giant mecha robots go head to head with monstrous aliens, this film is certainly meant for you. At the Indian box office, with a bit of competition coming in from the Bollywood release HICHKI, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING that enjoys a wide release across four languages, looks set to register decent numbers.

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Movie Review: Death Wish (English)

Movie Review: Death Wish (English)

It is known that the remakes and reboots are kind of Hollywood’s thing. In the recent past, many remakes like JUMANJI and MURDER IN THE ORIENT EXPRESS have made its way to the big screen. While some have done a little justice to the original movies, others have failed to impress the audience. Going on the same lines is the Bruce Willis’ gritty violent action-thriller, DEATH WISH, a remake of 1974 controversial film. For the uninitiated, the original DEATH WISH film starred Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Wallace, and Stuart Margolin among others. The original film was a dark drama which revolved around a man who becomes a one man vigilante after his wife’s murder and assault on his daughter. Will this Bruce Willis version of the film impress the audiences? Lets analyse.

Movie Review: Death Wish (English)

DEATH WISH (2018) follows the story of a doctor Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) who is leading a normal life working in an ER in Chicago until tragedy hits him. His wife Lucy Kersey (Elisabeth Shue) is murdered and daughter Jordan Kersey (Camilla Morrone) is in coma after a break-in at their house. This leaves him grieving and frustrated at the same time because the lack of the progress on the case by the police. Eventually, Paul Kersey decides to take justice in his own hands and follows the path of vigilantism. From getting untraceable weapons to taking lessons from Youtube, Paul takes the vigilante path to seek vengeance. Not only does he question that his actual profession as a doctor is about saving lives but somehow he has chosen now to take crime out of the streets. When he does get the lead on the goons who had broken into his house, he plans to seek revenge.

Elli Roth’s DEATH WISH starts off a little slow as the story of the family is set up first and every key character is introduced. Even after the tragedy takes place, Bruce Willis’ character takes time for the reality to sink in, while his daughter recovers from her injuries. However, once Willis turns into a vigilante, the film goes into a fast track mode with its action thriller theme. The best part about the film is that director Roth maintains subtle humour throughout the film, especially after a doctor who has never even used a gun, turns into an amateur vigilante at night and shoots down the bad guys.

Bruce Willis who essays the role of Paul Kersey is just as good as he is in his previous films. Every DIE HARD fan knows what he is capable of when it comes to acting and action. He takes over the role of Charles Bronson but nothing like the original character. He is angry, flippant and just in shooting spree. Dean Morris of Breaking Bad fame essays the role of Detective Kevin Raines. He makes a strong impact on screen. Elisabeth Shue, who essays the role of Lucy Kersey, has less screen time but is good in whatever time she has. Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Paul Kersey’s ex-con brother, has literally nothing to contribute in the story. Camila Morrone is impressive in her role as Jordan Kersey.

The screenplay by Joe Carnahan is average. It does build an emotional connect with the Kersey family but one does feel that the writing could have been stronger, especially when you have such a stellar cast to perform the material on screen.

Cinematographer Rogier Stoffers uses stunning camera angles, especially while shooting the city at night during the vigilante scenes. Mark Goldbatt’s editing is tight and crisp. Ludwig Goransson’s music is catchy and helps build the momentum. The action scenes are shot very well as the gun fights are quick and action is very situational.

On the whole, DEATH WISH is an action thriller which has a basic storyline but manages to entertain with its action scenes and subtle humour. The film will appeal to the hardcore Bruce Willis fans.

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Movie Review: Black Panther (English)

Movie Review: Black Panther (English)

With so many superhero films releasing in a year, it often comes to feel like they all look the same. As Marvel continues to make more expensive and larger than life films, there comes Marvel’s 18th superhero film, BLACK PANTHER. There arrives Ryan Coogler’s sprawling saga which blends mythical tones with classic drama in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther was a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, the son of the king of the African nation Wakanda. The film opens with a monologue from King T’Chaka while he introduces his son T’Challa to the big world of Wakanda. Cut to the story about King T’Chaka’s brother played by Sterling K Brown who betrayed Wakanda. The film finally begins with Wakanda in flux over the death of its leader during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is ready to take the charge as the King but is struggling to be the voice of continuity. He’s regal, gracious and well- mannered to take the charge. The story moves to another part of the world where the main antagonist Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) is prepping to take over Wakanda and it’s leadership and plans to turn it into an interventionist world power. As seen in trailers, Killmonger also turns into gold plated Black Panther who is one man army hellbent to kill T’Challa. The story unfolds as the director begins to tell the story of leadership, loyalty and black power.

Black Panther (English)

Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, was introduced back in 2016 in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. While the seed was planted earlier, his first appearance as Black Panther impressed the comic book fans. In 2018 film BLACK PANTHER, Chadwick Boseman brings gravitas to T’Challa’s struggle of becoming suddenly becoming a King from a Prince after his father’s assassination. He brings charisma and charm to the table as he isn’t just any superhero. He is a leading black superhero who makes the part his own.

Michael. B. Jordan, the main antagonist Killmonger, plays the classic comic book villain and exudes spellbinding performance. His character channels the childhood pain and faces of the Black Panther. His complex and nuanced character plays the central part in the film which absolutely grabs attention.

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o essays the role of T’Challa’s ex Nakia who is one of the nation’s undercover war dogs helping the community in need. Letitia Wright essays the role of T’Challa’s super smart kid sister, Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s proud mother, to Daniel Kaluuya as a shifty ally to Andy Serkis as a side villain. The breakout star of the film is Okoye played by Danai Gurira who happens to badass warrior standing up for the King and Wakanda.

The script, co-written by director Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, is a dramatist who makes this mythical superhero come to life. Ryan Coogler has managed to assemble his own set of crackerjack Avengers aka actors who give texture to every character.

On the whole, BLACK PANTHER is in some ways a world of fantasy but also seems to be a very real world. It blends dynasty drama with global politics very maturely. After 52 years since its first mention in comic books, BLACK PANTHER rises high on being bold, vital and brings a welcome refreshment to Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the story continues, Black Panther will be seen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. And of course, lastly but definitely not the least, WAKANDA FOREVER!

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