Following on from the wildly successful Harry Potter blockbuster adaptations, J.K. Rowling’s spin-off book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is set to become a “three megamovie” series. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara has been rather secretive about the adaptation but the latest news that the franchise will be made into not one, but three films will thrill Potterheads across the globe. What Potter lover wouldn’t want to see the wizarding world extended, though we’ll all miss Hazza and co. The spin-off story follows magizoologist Newt Scamander seven decades prior to the start of the Harry Potter tale.
At the beginning of last week we reported the news that Paramount Pictures had revealed the trailer for their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film at CinemaCon. Later on in the week the trailer was let loose on the Internet world, with mixed reactions. Megan Fox looks as plastic as usual but if you ignore her in favour of focusing on the mysterious masked turtles, it’s an exciting first glimpse of the green heroes. Check out the trailer below:
Also revealed is Ceasar’s Ape Army in a new teaser for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The TV spot, which aired in America last night during The Walking Dead season closer, might be a mere 43 seconds in length but it’s more than enough time to build the already growing excitement levels surrounding the sequel. Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits UK cinemas in July this year and could very well be this Summer’s big blockbuster.
We all love a bit of Disney, so it should come as no surprise that the latest animated musical featuring princesses and a singing snowman called Olaf has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Knocking record-holder The Lion King off the top spot, Frozen is also now the 10th highest grossing film of all time too – that’s quite a feat, even for Disney.
Finally, the annual Jameson Empire Awards took place yesterday and it was a great night for the Brits. The World’s End took home Best British Film, with the film’s star Simon Pegg also receiving a special award for Empire Hero. Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was awarded Best Comedy, whilst James McAvoy and Emma Thompson received the Best Actor and Best Actress prizes. The awards also honoured Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who were awarded Legend of Our Lifetime and Hero of Our Lifetime respectively. The full list of winners can be found here.