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5 More Harry Potter Spin-Offs Potterheads Want To See

3 Aug

Potter Poster

As a self-confessed, diagnosed and all round Potterhead, I felt inspired to write an article after reading an article on WhatCulture about 5 Spin Offs that should be made in light of Rowling’s announcement that a movie would be made based on the life and adventures of Newt Scammander, the author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. The announcement has set the Potterworld on fire which has mostly been subdued sine the release of the final film and the announcement of Pottermore. The latest movie announcement has roused up the Potter fan-base, which is one of the biggest in the world, and has a very strong hardcore contingent that will seemingly follow Rowling to the end of the world to get another taste of the Potter franchise.

With the Potterverse now expended to include not only the main books and movies, but also a theme park, several video games, an online interactive experience as well as additional book content and now a movie that takes place outside the main narrative. Still Potterheads are hungry for more content, and while Rowling seems hesitant, she seems to once again be obliging her fans with the creation of the Scammander movie.

Following on from the previously mentioned article, this is a list of 5 more spin offs that JK Rowling should make with under the Harry Potter franchise.

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10 Villains Who Were Completely Screwed By Movie Adaptations

3 Aug

Gladiator Tongue

Even when it’s claiming to be showing us films that are “based on a true story” or “real events,” Hollywood basically just steam-rolls over the traditional notion of the truth, without concern for the impact on reality, history or literature. And why wouldn’t they?

After all, who cares about the source – whether historical or textual – when lying is so much more delightful?

Oliver Stone basically made up a whole world of lies for his version of the JFK assassination theory, Zulu turned teetotal, honourable hero Henry Hook into a drunken malingerer and Rudy turned Dan Dein – the man behind Rudy’s selection – into a pantomime villain who was overruled by his squad.

But these crimes in the name of fiction are far from the only examples: across many genres and multiple stories, characters who were basically either heroes or misunderstood in their original form have been royally screwed by Hollywood’s quest for a “better story.”

Stories have been retold, and for most of the characters on this list, myths have been wrongly built on those lies, meaning the “truth” we all now wholly accept is invariably based on great big fibs. Every single one of these victims has been pushed through a malevolent mangle and come out the other side in a totally different, far more nasty form.

And some of them are basically good guys.

Honourable Mention

Mark Zuckerberg – The Social Network

The Social Network

Facebook is great: it allows users to find old friends and look at their holiday photos, or reconnect with old flames, and look at their holiday photos, or even discover new friends, and look at their holiday photos. But The Social Network told the story of a socially awkward, downright nasty nerd who invented the site, propelled by romantic rejection, and basically just a bad egg.

However you feel about Mark Zuckerberg, the reality is probably some way off what The Social Network claimed – especially the part about his ex inspiring the entire thing.

But, let’s be honest, Zuckerberg might just deserve some of the heat, imagined or otherwise, because he invented Facebook, and then has the temerity to reinvent it every couple of months just as his self-righteous users are getting used to the last round of changes.

And that’s to say nothing of the spurious privacy practices that see your inane and useless conversations and Likes sold to the highest bidder. Allegedly.

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5 Key Lessons About Women Men Learned From Romantic Comedies

6 Jul

the proposal

I don’t know a lot about women. There, I said it. Like a recently removed plaster this unwavering scar is now exposed to the world and its elements to have its merry way with it.

Lucky though I don’t need to know a lot about women as there are plenty of tools out there to help direct men in the never ending quest to understanding the female psyche – Adverts teach us they need little else but makeup, an excuse to buy clothes, weight watchers programmes and a half price sofa. Video games taught us that the trick to keeping a woman happy and agreeing with you is a poorly fitting crop top and Taylor Swift music taught us that the only emotional pain a woman is capable of experiencing is that of a broken heart. Whilst Miley Cyrus music taught us how to hate music.

In the world of cinema we have a whole genre to help us cultivate an understanding for the female form. Where men are told by other men and the media to look down on rom-coms as ‘stupid’, it is in fact an excellent learning experience for men seeking to enhance their knowledge of the finer form and everything it takes for us to be better to them, learn their ways and be wary of their methods. We owe as much to romantic comedies as Katherine Heigl does – They keep us knowledgeable, they keep her inexplicably employed.

Here’s five key lessons about women we have learned from watching endless romantic comedies…

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10 Supposedly Terrible Actors Who Proved They Can Really Act

5 Jul

In Bruges

Every common person sitting on their futon watching Netflix has at least one actor they watch make infinitely more money than they ever will that makes them go, “How the hell did they get famous?”

Some actors make terrible movie after terrible movie, to the point where you truly wonder why anyone ever hired them in the first place. But they all have one secret: They can actually act. Well, except Keanu.

More often than not, if an actor has made it to the top of the Hollywood Elite, it’s because they actually have a special acting card up their sleeve that they’ve just been keeping secret from all of us because the Transformers money kept rolling in. Except Keanu.

Sometimes an actor can go for decades without revealing this secret to anyone, but then they pop up in something that makes you question everything you’ve ever known about Keanu. Here are ten such people.

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5 Reasons Why Kick-Ass 2 Did Kick Ass

23 Jun

Kick-Ass 2

A lot has been said about Kick-Ass 2. Some think it’s mindless violence and not worthy of being a sequel. Others think it’s a fun, action packed ride that is great to watch.

I myself have to lean towards the latter. I just cannot understand the unnecessary hate this film is getting. This is why I felt the need to break down step by step why Kick-Ass 2 was a good film and a worthy sequel.

In a time where a lot of comic book movies are choosing to go for a very serious somber tone. It’s quite refreshing to get a film where it knows it can have those elements to it, but also can make you have a great time watching it.

Sometimes films come out and people (critics) are just determined to hate it. However, I hope to win over you guys out there that lean towards the more negative reviews and show you why Kick-Ass 2 did indeed kick ass!

5. The Action

Kick Ass 2 Jim Carrey

The criticism with this aspect of the film seems to be an overly used one these days when describing action films, that criticism being the use of shaky cam during fight scenes.

I myself did not have any problem with the action scenes in this film and found them very entertaining. At no point was I saying to myself ‘Oh the shaky cam is really distracting there!’. Like I said before it seems to be the fashionable thing now to immediately jump to shaky cam as a reason to criticize an action film. But come on guys it’s getting really old now don’t you think?

Anyone who can honestly say it wasn’t a thrill to see Hit-Girl taking out guys left right and center with ease is lying to themselves. Especially when she went up against that behemoth Mother Russia. The action sequences were well shot and choreographed. Everyone who we wanted to square up to each other happened and that is never a thing to criticize.

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Batman vs Superman: 10 Casting Choices They Must Make

21 Jun

Bryan Cranston

We were all blown away last week when it was announced that Ben Affleck will be putting on the cape and cowl to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s hugely-anticipated Batman vs. Superman.

Though it’s unlikely that any upcoming announcement could top that for the sheer WTF factor, there’s a lot of casting left to take place, presuming that no actors from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films will be joining Affleck in the Batman portion of the movie (as this would just confuse general audiences).

Recasting iconic characters who have been made as memorably their own as Michael Caine’s Alfred and so on certainly won’t be easy, and if Snyder and co. screw it up, they’ll be losing half the battle before they even think about what Supes is going to get up to in the movie, as well as the villains the pair might be facing (assuming that Bats and Supes will end up teaming up). Here are 10 casting choices that they absolutely must make…

10. Jesse Eisenberg Is Jimmy Olsen

Jesse Eisenberg

There was a lot of speculation prior to Man of Steel’s release that the young woman (played by actress Rebecca Buller) seen running away from a falling building with Perry White was, in fact, going to be a rebooted version of the Jimmy Olsen character, a female equivalent called Jenny Olsen.

Though the film itself only slyly refers to her first name, the theory about a female Jimmy was mostly debunked due to a visible nametag in a pre-release image, revealing her name to be Jurwich.

So, that leaves a spot vacant for Jimmy to show up in Batman vs. Superman, and really, is there anyone better-suited for the role than the Master of Awkwardness himself, Jesse Eisenberg? All Eisenberg would have to do is essentially reprise a less-assured version of his Mark Zuckerberg role – make him more jittery and nervous – and you’ve pretty much got solid gold.

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5 Reasons Casting Ben Affleck As Batman Isn’t Really Armageddon

21 Jun

Ben Affleck

The surprising news of Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman in the sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel has nearly broken the Internet. While some have responded with acclaim and praise on the casting call, others have derided the decision, flooding message boards with negative comments, signing White House petitions for removal, and even going so far as to make death threats.

While these contemptuous reactions can be most accurately described as hyperbole, lets all take a deep breathe and calm ourselves. It’s not like there is an impending ‘Armageddon’ as an asteroid barrels towards Earth and we have no more than a rag-tag oil rig crew to save all of humanity. Nor are we any longer confronting the ‘Sum Of All Fears’ facing down a nuclear apocalypse relying only on a rogue CIA analyst to save all of humanity. We aren’t even faced with the deadliest weapon of mass destruction of all anymore, as ‘Bennifer’ has been long defunct and their aborted love-child Gigli remains the only scant memory of their relationship as the breakup may have not only saved all of humanity, in addition to Affleck’s then-stalled acting career as well.

Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning resurgence in Hollywood has recast him from former big-time flop-artist to sure-fire hit-maker, turning out and starring in successes like The Town and Argo. While these fantastic turns have swayed Academy members and critics alike, online comic book fans appear to be polarized on the choice of Affleck.

Love him or hate him, he is due respect and here are five reasons why casting Ben Affleck as Batman isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it might be the ingredient needed to spark the “Big Bang” of the DC Cinematic Universe to truly get off the ground and flourish.

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