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Plot Details Emerge For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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Introducing us to Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander and company last year. For J.K Rowling and director David Yates, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ ultimately proved a worthwhile return to the wondrous wizarding world originally realised through Harry Potter, conjuring up $814 million at the worldwide box office.

With principal photography confirmed to be underway on its currently untitled sequel, Warner Bros have wasted little time in teasing fans about the plot.

After the *SPOILER* grand reveal of Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindewald in the finale of the first instalment, the villainous dark wizard is set to escape the clutches of MACUSA (The Magical Congress Of The United States Of America), prompting a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to join forces with his former student in Newt.

In a quest that will see the action shift between New York, Paris and London in the year 1927, the follow-up will see the returns of Katherine Waterston’s Tina, Alison Sudol’s Queenie and Dan Fogler’s Jacob, alongside notable new addition Callum Turner who will play Newt’s brother Theseus.

Also joining the cast are Claudia Kim who stars in The Dark Tower later this Summer, Ingvar Sigurdsson (Everest), William Nadylam (Good Funk), Olafur Darri Olafsson (The BFG) and Sunshine On Leith actor Kevin Guthrie, whilst the character arcs of Ezra Miller’s Credence and Zoe Kravitz’s Leta Lestrange are set to be fleshed out further.

The film which is the latest in a five-part series, will be released on 16th November 2018.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly

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So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.


Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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Ana de Armas Joins Daniel Craig In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

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Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) has officially signed on to join actors Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Michael Shannon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

The film, which Johnson also wrote, is scheduled to start shooting next month. Knives Out has been described as a contemporary whodunit, with Craig portraying an archetypal grizzled detective, tasked with getting to the bottom of a classic locked-room murder mystery.

Johnson is set to produce with his creative partner Ram Bergman, and studios are expected to bid fiercely for the rights to distribute the feature in the coming months. Craig was previously pencilled in to begin shooting Bond 25 for director Danny Boyle at the tail end of this year, but when Boyle departed that project following creative differences it freed up the Casino Royale actor’s schedule to join Knives Out.

Somewhat ironically, Ana de Armas can next be seen in an untitled project from Danny Boyle, which is likely to release prior to Johnson’s crime thriller.

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