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The Harry Potter Trio All Thought About Quitting The Franchise

In the words of Gilderoy Lockhart, "Fame is a fickle friend," a sentiment that echoed in the hearts of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, the three young child actors who became famous overnight, thanks to their central roles in the "Harry Potter" franchise.Warner Bros. Pictures recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first of eight blockbuster films that earned the actors their global star status. The franchise has si...
Tags: Movies, Broadway, Harry Potter, Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Radcliffe, J K Rowling, Ron, Hogwarts, Warner Bros Pictures, Rupert, Harry Hermione, Grint

Every Song We Heard In Peacemaker Episode 4

This article contains spoilers for "Peacemaker" episode four. Proceed with caution.It's Thursday and you know what that means: We get to return to the small town of Evergreen and catch up with John Cena and the gang in "Peacemaker." Episode four brings a real emotional gut punch (or more appropriately, gut stab) to the team as Peacemaker is forced to confront his past and his exceedingly terrible white supremacist father. Plus, Leota Adebayo shows some serious signs of being her mother's daughte...
Tags: Spotify, Television, Movies, Evergreen, James Gunn, Vigilante, Adrian, Chris, John Cena, Chris Smith, Goff, Economos, Cena, Clint Mansell, Kevin Kiner, Adebayo

Peacemaker Learns Some Tough Lessons On 'The Choad Less Traveled'

The first three episodes of "Peacemaker" are pure James Gunn-flavored goodness, following Christopher "Peacemaker" Smith (John Cena) as he tries to reconcile his demented worldview with his burgeoning sense of empathy. In the first episode not directed by Gunn, the series writer and creator, the formula gets a little bit darker. Guided by the steady, sadistic hand of Jody Hill ("The Righteous Gemstones"), "The Choad Less Traveled" finally cracks open Peacemaker's past, and it's not pretty. There...
Tags: Reviews, Television, Movies, Batman, James Gunn, Vigilante, Chris, Jack Daniels, Wendy, Goff, Gunn, Waller, Shar Pei, Robert Patrick, Auggie, Jody Hill

Peacemaker Star John Cena Was Rejected From Many Superhero Roles, Including Deadpool

Sometimes an actor is so perfect for the character they're portraying that we can't possibly imagine anyone else doing them justice. Ryan Reynolds was destined to become Deadpool. Nobody could have embodied the first live-action Shaggy as well as Matthew Lillard. And John Cena is absolutely perfect as Peacemaker. However, in a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on his "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, the "Peacemaker" star revealed that he faced a lot of rejection for superhero roles before finally...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Josh Brolin, Deadpool, James Gunn, Ryan Reynolds, Shazam, John Cena, Matthew Lillard, HOROWITZ, Cena, Josh Horowitz, Dikembe Mutumbo

Peacemaker Featurette Explains Why The 'Worst' Suicide Squad Character Got A Spinoff

If you're not already on board with HBO Max's "Peacemaker" series, a new featurette from Warner Bros. might get you interested. The five-minute video titled "What's Not To Love About Peacemaker?" interviews John Cena's castmates from "The Suicide Squad" about what makes the character a standout, with added insight from James Gunn and Cena himself.Gunn explains why he decided to spotlight Peacemaker with the new show, saying that when imagining a multi-season series, it makes sense to "start with...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Warner Bros, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Joel Kinnaman, David Dastmalchian, Steve Agee, HBO Max, HBO Max Read

John Cena's Tighty-Whitey Dance Scene In Peacemaker Was Filmed On Day One

The premiere of the HBO Max series "Peacemaker" features a scene that's impossible to forget, and it was also one of the first filmed. During a watch-along for the series on Twitter, writer and director James Gunn revealed that Peacemaker's tighty-whitey dance sequence towards the end of the first episode was shot on the first day of production, helping to set the tone for the rest of the remarkable and ridiculous shoot. The scene, which features Peacemaker (John Cena) really jamming out to The ...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Christopher Smith, HBO Max Read, John Economos Steve Agee

James Gunn Says Vigilante Is Much More Of A Sociopath Than Peacemaker

In "The Suicide Squad," John Cena's Peacemaker is a pretty irredeemable jerk. After his third-act heel turn, it's hard to imagine rooting for him. So how does the "Peacemaker" HBO Max series make viewers not only cheer for Peacemaker, but feel empathetic towards him? James Gunn, who wrote the series and directed five of the eight episodes, uses a wide variety of storytelling techniques to make Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, more sympathetic. One that works surprisingly well is that the story...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, James Gunn, Vigilante, Chris, Rainn Wilson, John Cena, Frank, Gunn, Freddie, Cena, Christopher Smith, Auggie, Freddie Stroma, HBO Max Read

Peacemaker Was Influenced By Better Call Saul And Its 'Sad-Sack' Protagonist

"Peacemaker" is finally streaming on HBO Max, having successfully spun off from director James Gunn's well-received DC hit, "The Suicide Squad," and expanding on the backstory, motivations, and emotional layers of the villain/anti-hero/diaper-wearing vigilante, Peacemaker. John Cena used every ounce of his star power to bring the complicated character to life, though not everyone agreed upon the initial announcement that the bloodthirsty, "Peace at all costs" antagonist would necessarily be the ...
Tags: Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, Television, Movies, News, Amc, Dc, Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, Edgar Wright, Chris, John Cena, Saul, Gunn, Walter White, MCU

Raised By Wolves Season 2 Trailer: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Paranoid androids Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) are back for a second season of the disturbing HBO Max series "Raised by Wolves." The sci-fi show follows these two androids as they try to protect their human brood of children on the inhospitable world known as Kepler-22b. The planet ends up being surprisingly popular when an Ark ship carrying the religious followers of Sol crash lands, forcing the atheistic androids to question their purpose and mission. "Raised by Wolves" i...
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Every Song We Heard In Peacemaker Episodes 1-3

(This article contains SPOILERS for "Peacemaker" episodes 1-3. Proceed with caution.)Whether you've been a long-time fan or you just recently found his work, you know that James Gunn is a master needle-dropper. His entire filmography touts incredible soundtracks that not only crawl into your ear and get stuck in your head for days, weeks, and months, but they basically act as another character in his stories. While most filmmakers will use music to simply set the tone for a scene, Gunn can decon...
Tags: Spotify, Hbo, London, Television, Movies, James Gunn, Vigilante, John Cena, John Murphy, Goff, Gunn, Louis CK, Christopher Smith, Kissin, Adebayo, Eagly

Peacemaker Enters 'A Whole New Whirled' With Violence, Vulgarity And Heart

Writer and director James Gunn has an eclectic style of filmmaking that combines gross-out humor, vulgarity, and intense violence with heartfelt messages and deeper thematic meanings. His work is a mix of sweet and sardonic, earnest and extreme. After the R-rated romp of "The Suicide Squad," Gunn decided to take the character of Peacemaker (John Cena) a step further. The filmmaker wrote the series shortly after wrapping production on "The Suicide Squad," and it follows Peacemaker several months ...
Tags: Reviews, Hbo, Television, Viola Davis, Movies, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, James Gunn, Smith, John Cena, Gunn, Waller, Cena, Leota, Christopher Smith, Hummel

Harry Potter Reunion Special Mistakes Have Been Fixed By HBO Max

"Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts" premiered this weekend on HBO Max, but the network known for the great "Game of Thrones" water bottle fiasco found itself making some corrections to the special in its first days on the air.Over the weekend, eagle-eyed viewers pointed out that a childhood photo purported to be of Hermione Granger actress Emma Watson was actually of another brown-haired former child star, Emma Roberts. The photo in question shows the "American Horror Story" actr...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, News, Harry Potter, Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, Hermione Granger, Minnie Mouse, Hogwarts, LA Times, Phelps, Oliver Phelps, George Weasley, James Phelps, Fred Weasley, Emmas

How A Harry Potter Set Accident Led To Candles Falling From The Ceiling

HBO Max's new special, "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts," is a thing of real-life magic. The nearly two-hour special reveals behind-the-scenes tidbits from the series and revisits some of the eight films' best moments. It's even managed to make viewers nostalgic for a series that many of us will never be able to love through the uncomplicated lens of childhood again. Its best magic trick, though, is reuniting an impressive number of the series' original cast and crew members, w...
Tags: Movies, Harry Potter, Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Craig, Radcliffe, Hogwarts, Great Hall, Stuart Craig, HBO Max, HBO Max Read, Great Hall Hogwarts, CGI Radcliffe, Stuart Craig Maybe

How Daniel Radcliffe And Gary Oldman's Real-Life Relationship Reflected Harry And Sirius' Dynamic Onscreen

Before the Harry Potter trio were superstars themselves, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were just kids making a few movies ...  though said movies ended up becoming major blockbuster hits, some of which remain among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time. Given that they are the face of one of the world's most recognizable franchises, it's hard to imagine the trio getting starstruck, but thanks to the "Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts" reunion special, we now know that they t...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Dame Maggie Smith, Alfonso Cuarón, Harry Potter, Harry, Rupert Grint, Royal Shakespeare Company, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker, Sirius, Radcliffe, Gary, Dan

Who Narrates The Harry Potter Reunion Special?

The HBO Max special, "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts" has a lot of familiar faces, but it also has a familiar voice. After a magical opening sequence captures the return of the series' main cast members, we see Daniel Radcliffe walking down a snowy, shop-lined street. It's then that the special's voiceover narration kicks in, reading lines from "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone."So whose voice is that, anyway? It's none other than British actor, comedian, and writer Steph...
Tags: Hbo, UK, Movies, America, BAFTA, Stephen Fry, Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Winnie, Hugh Laurie, Robert Altman, Tony, Rowling, J K Rowling, Peterson, Hogwarts

How Mike Newell Managed To Break A Rib While Directing Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

The Wizarding World isn't exactly a safe place — it is teeming with dark wizards, unforgivable curses, and dangerous, magical beasts (even if you don't know where to find them). It turns out, filming the adaptation wasn't always safe either and occasionally led to an accident or two.Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, reunited for a special that marks the 20th anniversary of the first movie, "Har...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Harry Potter, Rupert Grint, Oliver, James, George, Fred, Hogwarts, Great Hall, Newell, Weasley, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter Hermione Granger, Mike Newell, Oliver Phelps

Chris Columbus Says He Struggled Shooting These Harry Potter Scenes

At long last, the many creatives behind the Harry Potter films have reunited to celebrate their magical 20 year anniversary — that's right folks, it's officially been two decades since The Boy Who Lived first arrived in theaters. Try not to spiral down the god-I-feel-old rabbit hole just yet, because we have a ton of trivia to unpack from the two-hour fun fact fest of "Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts." The HBO Max special wasn't kidding about getting everyone back together: the golden trio is j...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Harry Potter, Harry, Daniel Radcliffe, Columbus, Hogwarts, Chris Columbus, Stuart Craig, Jo Rowling, Wizarding World, Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe, HBO Max Read, Stone Columbus

How Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Captured The Real-Life Awkwardness Of The Cast

It turns out that the absolute awkwardness of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" wasn't just in our heads. The cast of the wizarding franchise is well-aware of how gloriously hormonal the fourth movie feels because they were living through it themselves. Or as Daniel Radcliffe says in the 20th anniversary special, "Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts," the movie is "peak hormones."By far, one of the most magical aspects of the Harry Potter saga is the fact that the main cast begins as children, ...
Tags: Movies, Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter, Harry, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Voldemort, Hermione, Radcliffe, Hogwarts, Harry Ron, Ginny Weasley, Bonnie Wright, Beauxbatons, Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint

Jason Isaacs Originally Auditioned For A Different Role In Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

No fantastical coming-of-age story would be complete without formidable villains to terrify its young heroes, and Harry Potter is no exception. In fact, the franchise is famous for a Big Bad so threatening that characters often hesitate to speak his name. But before Voldermort invaded this magical tale of childhood, his followers were there to fill the sinister void. Easily one of Harry's most memorable enemies, Lucius Malfoy stands above the rest of the henchmen and Voldemort followers, and act...
Tags: Movies, Harry Potter, Harry, Peter Pan, Columbus, Jason, Voldemort, Lucius, Isaacs, Hogwarts, Dobby, Zhao, Jason Isaacs, Malfoy, Chris Columbus, Lucius Malfoy

Why Emma Watson Almost Left The Harry Potter Franchise

"Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts" is a trivia fest, chock full of more than enough fun facts to make the world's Potterheads squeal with excitement (yours truly included). But much like the rest of the franchise, the special also comes with a tinge of bittersweetness, reflecting on some details that can be harder to swallow. Midway through the special, as the conversation approaches the fifth film ("Order of the Phoenix"), the Golden Trio discuss something they've never talked through before: E...
Tags: Movies, Harry Potter, Watson, Tom Felton, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Hermione Granger, Hermione, Phoenix, Dan, Emma, Hogwarts, Rupert, Draco Malfoy, Grint, David Yates

The Matrix Resurrections Production Designer Peter Walpole On Turning San Francisco Into The Matrix [Interview]

Peter Walpole has been working with the Wachowskis for over 15 years. The co-production designer of "The Matrix Resurrections" first collaborated with Lana Wachowski on the film adaptation of Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta." Walpole spent years as a set decorator, helping to create the vast worlds presented in "Speed Racer," "Cloud Atlas," and "Jupiter Ascending." He stepped into the role of production designer for the series finale of "Sense8," and all of that work led to the glorious vision that...
Tags: Movies, News, Berlin, Alan Moore, San Francisco, Walpole, Financial District, Hugh, Wachowskis, Owen Patterson, Lana, Lana Wachowski, Thomas Anderson, San Francisco That, Hugh Bateup, HBO Max Read

Hunter X Hunter Is An Anime Adventure Like No Other

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)Undoubtedly the most popular genre of anime, the shonen anime (or manga) is one with a well-established formula that works nearly every time, but it's still a formula that does not allow for that much experimentation, in what's essentially the medium's answer to the hero's journey. Some shows manage to change just enough to feel a bit different, while others simply ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Hunter, Naruto, Ani, My Hero Academia, Yoshihiro Togashi, HBO Max Read, Jujutsu Kaisen, Atsushi Maekawa, Tsutomu Kamishiro, Naruto Fullmetal Alchemist Hunter

Here's Where You Can Watch The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Reunion Online

Are you ready to take a trip back to the Wizarding World?Oddly enough, it'd be easy to feel as if we never even left in the first place. Between the end of the "Harry Potter" saga in 2011 and the beginning of the "Fantastic Beasts" prequel series in 2016, we've hardly gone without the beloved fantasy franchise in some form or another since, well, 2001. That's the inevitable side effect of our current franchise-or-bust approach to blockbuster filmmaking these days, which seemingly dictates that n...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Harry Potter, Johnny Depp, Espn, Hulu, J K Rowling, Hogwarts, Evanna Lynch, Grindelwald, Daniel Radcliffe Emma Watson, WarnerMedia, HBO Max, HBO Max Read

The Matrix Resurrections Co-Writers Explain Its Relationship To The Original Movie [Interview]

Writing a sequel to a revolutionary film? No pressure there. In the face of sky-high expectations, co-writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell succeed with grace. With an inherent nostalgia associated with the franchise, the screenwriters don't run from it but embrace it, even question it. The past is in the present in "The Matrix Resurrections," which has a hilarious meta quality. Hemon and Mitchell previously worked on Lilly and Lana Wachowski's Netflix series "Sense8," and Mitchell wrote t...
Tags: Movies, News, Germany, Time, San Francisco, Chicago, David, Netflix, Silicon Valley, David Mitchell, Keanu Reeves, Mitchell, Alexander, Lilly, Matrix, Lana

The Matrix Resurrections Co-Writers Reveal The New Morpheus Was Planned All Along

Warning: This article includes frank discussion of spoilers from "The Matrix Resurrections.""The Matrix" series has always been as cerebral as it is action-packed, with a penchant for leaving viewers with more than a few lingering questions after the credits have rolled. The Wachowski sisters have created an incredibly imaginative world, but in the franchise's latest entry, "The Matrix Resurrections," it can be tough to tell where creative choices end and practical ones begin. For example, when ...
Tags: Movies, News, Michael Bay, Trinity, Dc, Gizmodo, Smith, David Mitchell, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Mitchell, Agent Smith, Groff, Jonathan Groff, Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss

The Matrix Resurrections' Cinematographer Breaks Down The Real-Life Roof Jump [Exclusive]

Remember the brouhaha that erupted in the wake of Kevin Feige's endearingly doe-eyed comments about how remarkable it was that "Eternals" director Chloé Zhao had the unprecedented idea to film in, you know, the outdoors and stuff? (I know, I know, don't say "And stuff.") Zhao has already made a permanent impression on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her formula-shattering approach to filmmaking, but she's not the only director using the idea of natural light and perfectly-timed "golden hour" ...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, News, San Francisco, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Reeves, Don, Zhao, Kevin Feige, John Wick, Lana, Lana Wachowski, Carrie Anne Moss, Jack Giroux, Lilly Wachowski

The Matrix Resurrections Cinematographer Daniele Massaccesi On Embracing Natural Light [Interview]

Lana Wachowski is embracing quantum magic moments now. In the past, "The Matrix Resurrections" director wanted to control the image and the light as much as possible. Now, she often wants to wait and see what happens. "When I was very young, I was afraid of the sun," she once said. "I was afraid of natural light. I really loved control over light. I loved to model things and make things perfect. The thing about the sun is, it is just moving and changing. Every moment is different. That was too t...
Tags: Movies, News, Jupiter, Keanu Reeves, Lana, Keanu, Lana Wachowski, John Toll, Thomas Anderson, HBO Max Read, Daniele Massaccesi, Daniele Massaccesi Wachowski, San Francisco Lana

The Matrix Resurrections Star Jessica Henwick Helps Bring The Matrix Back To Life [Interview]

Audiences couldn't have asked for a much cooler tour guide through The Matrix than Bugs. The new hero, played by actress Jessica Henwick, helps ease viewers back into the Wachowskis' world with a bang in "The Matrix Resurrections." Bugs is, as Henwick says, the audience's eyes, and the performer has a lot of heavy lifting to do, not only with the action, explaining the how and the why of this new movie, but she makes it all play cool and smooth. Bugs is a great new addition to the world of The M...
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Jessica Henwick Explains Why She Almost Quit Acting Before The Matrix Resurrections [Exclusive]

Jessica Henwick is no stranger to big franchises, having played the "Sand Snake" Nymeria Sand on "Game of Thrones," martial artist Colleen Wing on Marvel and Netflix's "Iron Fist," and Resistance fighter pilot Jess Testor in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Henwick can now be seen co-starring in "The Matrix Resurrections," a continuation of the mind-bending sci-fi film series. Henwick plays Bugs, a blue-haired hacker who plays a key role in the movie's story. However, before she decided to take t...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, News, France, America, Netflix, Rian Johnson, Yahya, Lana, Lana Wachowski, Jessica Henwick, Henwick, Jess Testor, Abdul Mateen II, HBO Max Read, Colleen Wing on Marvel

The Real Reason Jessica Henwick Turned Down A Role In Shang-Chi

If you've already re-entered the Matrix this week, you know Jessica Henwick's Bugs is on her way to becoming a fan-favorite character within the sci-fi franchise. In "The Matrix Resurrections," blue-haired Bugs is a rebellious new leader who has a special connection to Neo (Keanu Reeves) and his simulation alter ego, Thomas Anderson. Henwick recently revealed that she almost starred in another blockbuster this year, Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," but turned down the role f...
Tags: Movies, News, Netflix, Colleen, Charlie Cox, Jessica Henwick, Henwick, Shang Chi, Neo Keanu Reeves, HBO Max Read, Colleen She, Xialing Meng, Thomas Anderson Henwick, Colleen Henwick

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