Kristen Stewart's 'Snow White' Project Planned as Trilogy

Kristen Stewart's take on Snow White will not end right after she completes filming "Snow White and the Huntsman". Joe Roth has recently said that he plans to make the folktale action-adventure movie into a trilogy with the upcoming June 1, 2012 release as the first installment. 

"It's meant to be the first in a series of films," the producer told Entertainment Weekly. "This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters," he further revealed, referring to the title characters as well as the evil queen. 

Speaking about the characters, Roth said that Stewart's Snow White will be different from the sweetly-singing princess seen before. "She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods," the 62-year-old filmmaker explained. 

As for the huntsman who will be portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, Roth detailed, "He's not a nice guy, but not only that he's someone who has lost hope and lost faith. He has lost his wife, given up on everything." Still, he insisted that the huntsman is not a killer. 

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is scheduled to kick off principal photography in August for June 1, 2012 release in the U.S. Charlize Theron is tapped to play the evil queen with Ian McShane, Sam Claflin and Ray Winstone taking supporting roles. 

'Underworld 4' Sets Date for Comic Con Panel

Expect to get sneak peeks from "Underworld 4: New Dawn" at San Diego Comic Con 2011. Sony's Screen Gems has booked Hall H on Friday, July 22 from 1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. to hold a panel for the upcoming action fantasy film. 

Kate Beckinsale, who will reprise her role as Selene, is expected to come along with co-stars Michael Ealy and Theo James. Additionally, directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein as well as producer Len Wiseman are set to show up at the event. 

Serving as the fourth installment of "Underworld" film series, "New Dawn" follows vampire Selene as she learns that she has a fourteen-year-old vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter. Together, they will prevent a creation that could kill them all. 

The movie is slated for January 20, 2012 release in the United States. 

New 'Deathly Hallows: Part II' Clip: Tiptoeing Into Bellatrix's Vault Spot

After giving a sneak peek at the Chamber of Secrets scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II", Warner Bros. teases what happens once Harry, Ron and Hermione enter Bellatrix Lestrange's vault spot at Gringotts. The clip sees them trying hard to get a hold of Lord Voldemort's Horcrux before a multiplication curse, which has been cast upon the room, swallows them all.

Harry, Ron and Hermione break into the wizarding bank with the assistance of a Goblin. It's one of their efforts to find and destroy Horcruxes, the secret to Voldemort's power and immortality, before the evil lord comes with stronger power, kills their loved ones and turns the Wizarding world into the land of darkness.

In this battle, the stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will return the upcoming movie as Harry, Ron and Hermione respectively, and Ralph Fiennes will reprise his role as the Dark Lord.

Kate Middleton Goes Casual on First Night Out in Canada

After dazzling many in a lacy-sleeved dress upon her arrival on Thursday afternoon, June 30, Kate Middleton got more casual on her first night out in Canada. Attending an informal reception for young Canadian volunteers in Ottawa, the wife of Prince William wore a black and white Issa wrap dress with birds print. 

The Duchess of Cambridge completed her casual look with wedge-style sandals for the dinner taking place at the Governor-General's 175 room mansion, Rideau Hall. The Issa number was her third dress of the day. When she boarded plane at London's Heathrow Airport earlier on Thursday, she put on a navy blazer by Canadian designer Smythe Les Vestes, over a navy Manon dress by Roland Mouret. 

Before she and William touched down in Canada, Kate traded the ensemble with a midnight-blue, lacy-sleeved dress by Erdem Moralioglu, who is based in London, but was born in Montreal. For her arrival look, the 29-year-old kept her accessories simple. She paired up the dress with nude patent platform pumps and a coordinating clutch bag. 

As for the Thursday night event, Kate and William joined 120 young people at an informal barbecue dinner, which was moved inside the Tent Room because of sudden rain showers. PEOPLE reported that when the duchess spoke to a table, one of them asked her if she and her husband were worn out from the day of traveling. To which, she replied, "We are fine, not too bad." 

Kate and William are set to take part in Canada Day celebrations, which mark Canada's 144th Birthday, in Ottawa on Friday, July 1 before heading to Montreal on Saturday, July 2 for the Montreal Jazz Festival. 

Pictures: Kat DeLuna Flaunts Her Hot Bod for 'Drop It Low' Video Shoot

Kat DeLuna has a fun music video coming out to promote her equally feel-good single "Drop It Low". The timing couldn't be more perfect considering July and August are the height of summer when people tend to spend the day enjoying good music while working on their tan at the beach and crowding the club at night. 

The "Whine Up" hitmaker has filmed the video earlier this week at the Chelsea Piers New York City. She's rocking hot pants and tank top while singing and dancing at what set to be a rave party. Beside strutting her stuff at the party scene, she also seduces the camera in a sexy leotard with some gentlemen in black dress pants, white suit, bow tie and suspender. 

"Drop It Low" was recorded for Kat's new studio album "Inside Out" which was long delayed and reportedly has been reworked under new title "Viva". She once said, "[The album] is vocally stronger, musically it has evolved while still keeping my Pop dance electronic sound, compared to the First album '9 Lives' I have matured and will keep on growing musically and as a performer!" 

Denying She's Sent Nude Pics to Nicki Minaj's Ex, Amber Rose Thanks Wiz Khalifa for Support

Amber Rose has thanked Wiz Khalifa for his support amidst allegations she has sent naked pictures of hers to Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend. Taking to her Twitter page, the 28-year-old model says, "No matter what I go thru or how embarrassed I am I have a man that Loves me & has my back thru everything. @RealWizKhalifa thank u." 

Recently, MediaTakeOut reported that Nicki was left upset when she found out that her then-boyfriend Safaree was keeping Rose's nude pictures on his cell phone. "At Nickis birthday in Vegas on [December 9th] weekend, Nicki caught her boyfriend Safaree in Amber's room," an insider told the gossip site, adding that "she knew something was going on." 

The insider went on to detail, "Later to find out by going into Safaree's phone, [Nicki learned] that Amber was sending Safaree naked pictures of herself via bbm." The discovery led to Nicki breaking off their relationship, but Safaree reportedly convinced the "Your Love" raptress that it was Rose who tempted him. 

Responding to the story, Rose took to her Twitter page and wrote, "These blogs do nothing but try to ruin ppls lives I DID NOT send pics to anyones boyfriend pls stop with the lies. Its so ridiculous. smh." She later posted another tweet that read, "Yall been doing this to me for 3 years now it shld be illegal to write fake stories about ppl the media never wants to see anyone happy." 

'Thor 2' Gets Release Date, Kenneth Branagh Won't Return

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios are taking no time off in working on "Thor 2". After releasing the first film this May, the studios announced they will drop its sequel in the U.S. on July 26, 2013, two months after "Iron Man 3" is released on May 3 Stateside. 

Chris Hemsworth is set to reprise his role as the God of Thunder, but director Kenneth Branagh is likely not returning for the sequel. According to Deadline, his exit was "mutual and amicable," but he may still be involved in some producing capacity. Marvel Studios would not comment on Branagh's participation in the upcoming project. 

The actor/filmmaker himself once claimed he had put all the bests in first "Thor" movie. "You hear about people saving things for film two or three," he said at a Los Angeles premiere of his film. "I don't understand that at all. I put it all in there if I thought it'd help the film be better. You can think of stuff for two or three later, if you get the chance to do them. But you won't if one isn't good enough." 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Red Hot for 'Transformers 3' NY Premiere

After invading Moscow for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" premiere, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and the other cast of the movie go to the Big Apple on Tuesday, june 28 for another screening event. The Victoria's Secret model is sizzling in a strapless gown by Antonio Berardi. 

Another star joining her at the event is the leading man himself Shia LaBeouf. Like the other male attendees such as co-starsKen Jeong, Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel as well as director Michael Bay, the Sam Witwicky depicter opts a formal tuxedo. 

Coming to the Times Square as guests were the children of celebrity couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith; Willow Smith and Jaden Smith. Willow wears a black number and white shoes, while Jaden looks comfy in casual outfit; shirt, vest and jeans. 

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is set to hit theaters across the U.S. on June 29. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day, it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. 

'Harry Potter' Stars to Appear on Larry King-Hosted One-Hour Special

"Harry Potter" movie series is set to take its final bow this summer and CNN will celebrate it by presenting an interview with the main cast. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane will sit down with Larry King in "CNN Presents: A Larry King Special - Harry Potter: The Final Chapter". 

In the interview, Radcliffe will open up about the last day filming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II", revealing that he "wept like a child". Looking back to her early days joining the hit franchise, Watson recalls, "I was so young, it's difficult to remember much of my life before this thing happened to me.... I was still losing my baby teeth." 

As for Grint, he admits that after 10 years of his life playing Ron Weasley, leaving the character behind was "quite a big kind of shock". Meanwhile, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps, who portray the Weasley twins, will guide viewers through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. 

The one-hour special, which is set to air on Sunday, July 10 at 8 and 11 P.M. ET, will also showcase never-before-seen footage from the final "Harry Potter" movie as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. 

"Deathly Hallows: Part II" will grace theaters across the nation on July 15.

'How I Met Your Mother' Casts Martin Short as Marshall's New Boss

"How I Met Your Mother" has tapped Martin Short for a recurring role, according to New York Magazine's Vulture. The 61-year-old comedian will reportedly portray Marshall's new boss in the upcoming season, replacing Dave Foley. 

Foley portrayed Mr. Bloom who interviewed Marshall (Jason Segel) for a job at an environmental law firm in season 6. The "Wrong Guy" actor, however, will not be able to return to season 7 since his sitcom pilot "How to Be a Gentleman" is picked up by CBS. 

It is unclear whether Short will take over Foley's role or he will appear as an entirely new character. It will be the first extended comedy role Short has tackled for American TV since his appearance on Comedy Central's series "Primetime Glick". 

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Grace 'Larry Crowne' L.A. Premiere

Earlier in June, "Larry Crowne" got its world premiere where Tom Hanks came alone. But on Monday night, June 27, a Los Angeles premiere for the dramedy flick saw Hanks hitting the red carpet with his leading lady, Julia Roberts, and his co-star/wife Rita Wilson. 

Hanks, who serves as the director and writer in addition to taking the lead role in the flick, attended the event in style. He arrived on a classic scooter, which appears in the movie. For his outfit, he opted for black jacket and matched it with a shirt. 

Roberts and Wilson also chose dark color for their clothes. While the "Eat, Pray, Love" beauty attended the special screening in black trousers and suit with green necklace, the actress of "The Art of Getting By" wore a knee-lenght dress. 

Other cast members who came to Grauman's Chinese Theatre include Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and George Takei. Henson was smoking hot in her red dress, while Cedric donned gray tux over white shirt. Takei seemed to match his outfit with Cedric's by wearing white shirt which was topped by black suit. 

The premiere attracted other Hollywood stars, include Jenna Elfman, Selita Ebanks and Brad Altman. Both Elfman and Ebanks came in their purple gown. Meanwhile, Altman opted for white outfit. 

"Larry Crowne" tells a story of the titular character, a middle-aged man who is fired from a big-box store. As he is studying at a college, he falls in love with his teacher Mercedes Tainot. This PG-13-rated movie will hit U.S. theaters on July 1. 

Shia LaBeouf Admits to Past Fling With Megan Fox

Shia LaBeouf went as far as revealing a secret past fling to create publicity for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". The movie's lead star admitted to Details magazine that he once had a hookup with Megan Fox who played his love interest in the first and second movie of the film franchise. 

"Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them," LaBeouf said. But he was not sure whether Fox was attached to her on and off boyfriend Brian Austin Green at that time. "I don't know, man. I don't know," he said, repeating "I don't know" a few more times. "It was what it was." 

The 25-year-old actor added, "I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen." Fox is now married to Green and LaBeouf is dating Hollywood stylist Karolyn Pho. 

In addition to Fox, LaBeouf opened up about other girls in his life including Hilary Duff whom he had the worst date with, Isabel Lucas whom she experimented with and Carey Mulligan whom he still loves. 

Emma Watson: Tom Felton Knows I Had Huge Crush on Him

While her character Hermione Granger has her eyes on Ron Weasley, Emma Watson apparently fell for the enemy during the filming of the first two "Harry Potter" movies. In the August issue of Seventeen magazine, the 21-year-old actress admitted that she had a "huge crush" on Tom Felton, the actor playing Draco Malfoy in the boy wizard series. 

"For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush," confessed the actress who takes on the role of Sam in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". She went on to say that she didn't hide it from Tom. In fact, she claimed, "He totally knows. We talked about it - we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool." 

While she had the hots on Tom, the "My Week with Marilyn" beauty noted she doesn't have celeb crushes. "I've never understood having crushes on people who you don't know in real life," she said. "I only crush on people I meet. I mean, I can appreciate that someone is good-looking, obviously, but I don't intend to fantasize about people I don't know!" 

When it comes to dating, Emma claimed she is "a terrible game player". She explained, "I'm so impatient - it's one of my worst traits! My friends are always telling me I have to play hard to get because I'll pretty much say to a guy, 'I like you - let's go hang out.' But my friends are like, 'You can't do that! You have to string this guy along.' It's a nightmare - I definitely haven't figured it out yet." 

Back in Court, Halle Berry Accuses Gabriel Aubry of Child Neglect

Halle Berry puts her bitter custody battle with ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, back on. The "Frankie and Alice" star went to a family court along with her attorney Laura Wasser on Tuesday, June 28, and accused the model of neglecting their three-year-old daughter, Nahla, and violating their custody agreement. 

According to TMZ, Halle's lawyer Laura submitted a lengthy court document that focuses on Gabriel's parenting skills. In it, the former Bond girl alleged that Gabriel put Nahla's safety at risk when he neglected her during an overseas visit. She asked the judge to rule that Gabriel violated their agreement. A hearing was set for a later date because Gabriel was not present in court at the time. 

Halle and Gabriel got into the bitter battle over the custody of their daughter after Gabriel filed paternity petition back in December 2010. Her rep confirmed weeks later that Halle was ready to go to court over the custody issues, "Halle has serious concerns for her daughter's well-being while in the care of her father for any extended period of time and is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect her." 

Halle and Gabriel ended their four-year relationship in May 2010. She went on to date Olivier Martinez whom she met on set of "Dark Tide". 

Tom Cruise Defies the Odds in 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' Trailer

The first official trailer of "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" has been released for viewing pleasure. Offering a look at the mind-blowing action and stunt sequences, this sneak peek opens with words from Tom Wilkinson's character as he explains to Tom Cruise the high stakes of his new mission.

"An hour ago, a bomb blew up the Kremlin," Wilkinson says. "The president has initiated Ghost Protocol, the entire IMF has been disavowed." As some of the action sequences intercept, he continues to explain, "Now, I've been ordered to take you to Washington where they will hang the Kremlin bombing on you and your team, unless you were to escape after assaulting Brandt and me."

Wilkinson goes on to warn Cruise's Ethan Hunt, "But if any of your team is caught, they'll be branded as terrorists." Snippets of car chases, underwater escapes, machine-gun fire and hand-to-hand combat take over. The trailer ends with Hunt repelling away from the world's tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, before making a death-defying leap.

Produced by J.J. Abrams, this fourth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise has Brad Bird serving as director. It is supported by a star-studded cast which also include Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton. December 16 will be the day this action-packed movie opens in theaters across the United States.

TRUE BLOOD Season Three DVD Review

True Blood hasn’t become a breakout hit by resting on its laurels. Each season seemingly reinvents the wheel: taking another in the series of Sookie Stackhouse novels and interpreting it in a way that places its characters in an entirely new light. Season 3 has its ups and downs, but – as the new DVD set shows – when it hits its stride, it can’t be beat. Hit the jump for my full review.
It also demonstrates how the show avoids undue gimmickry with the introduction of new monsters. In the second season, we added the terrifying maenad Maryann to the mix, with brilliant results. In Season 3, it’s werewolves: bikers and brawlers who hate vampires with a passion and live in a state of undeclared war with them. A lesser show would put them front and center, dimming its vampire characters in favor of a new flash in the pan. But here, it feels like we’re exploring a new corner of the world: developing it rather than reaching for an easy ratings boost. The real villain is a plain old garden variety bloodsucker: the King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). His intricate schemes ensnare both Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her lover Bill (Stephen Moyer), as well as most of their friends and acquaintances over the course of the season.

The werewolves themselves come along as garnishes in that equation, letting the vampires plot against each other without falling into undue repetition. They also provide another potential love interest for Sookie – the hunky yet sensitive Alcide (Joe Manganiello) – which turns her love triangle with Bill and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) into a full-bore quadrangle. Season 3 definitely waxes soapy with these and other developments, but escapes potboiler status by keeping its tongue firmly planted in its cheek at all times.
Indeed, the perfect balance between sudsy horror and self-parody produces some of the greatest moments in the series. The scene where Russell yanks out the spine of a newscaster on national television may never be topped, and Eric’s lengthy plot for revenge never cheats on the juicy details. A few of the less interesting subplots get lost in the shuffle – as when Sookie’s dipshit brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) scores a job as a sheriff’s deputy – but they don’t linger the way the show’s best elements do. Creator Alan Ball never tries to top his various stunts, and the characters remain true to themselves even when the narrative surrounding them starts to overheat. Season 3 even finds its share of genuine heartfelt moments, notably in the burgeoning relationship between “baby vamp” Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and her lunkhead mortal boyfriend Hoyt (Jim Parrack).

It goes without saying that interested late-comers should pick up the first two seasons of the show before grabbing this one, though True Blood’s comparatively self-contained nature makes it easier to hop into the proceedings late than other shows do.  The five-disc DVD set comes in a very handsome package, and includes a decent array of extras: including the “post mortems” which ran on HBO after each episode and audio commentary on six of the twelve parts of the season. A funny/ludicrous music video from Snoop Dogg and an engaging “Anatomy of a Scene” breakdown with Alan Ball round out the set. If you need a quick refresher or want to catch up before Season 4 comes around, this no-nonsense collection makes an excellent buy.


Warner Brothers has attempted to create ultimate editions for the films in the Harry Potterfranchise to tie into the final title in the series – which opens this summer. The problem is that this made more sense for the early films, as those DVDs and those supplements were nearly a decade old – new transfers and new insight could be had. With the Ultimate editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince both were done after the inception of Blu-ray, and already had fairly elaborate special editions. These ultimate editions are for fans and completists. Daniel Radcliffe, Michale Gambon, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, and Emma Watson all return in the series fifth and sixth installments. My review of the Ultimate edition Blu-rays of Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince follow after the jump.
Order of the Phoenix was the first film in the franchise entrusted to David Yates. And though the division of the final book into two halves may have robbed the series of a trilogy feel, Order of the Phoenix does feel like the moment franchise becomes locked in to the conclusion – everything after is forward motion. Indeed, looking at the franchise again the first three films are mostly set-up with Goblet of Fire the moment – at the end – where the everything starts coming into focus. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is a real threat, and the games are over.
Like J.R.R. Tolkien, author J.K. Rowlings was influenced (especially as a Brit) with the rise of Hitler and the Nazi regime. With Order of the Phoenix, censorship and sedition begin to show their hands. Censorship is shown in the rise to power of Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), who takes over Hogwarts from Dumbeldore through thousands of tiny little cuts. Sedition is shown in how the students deal with this, by breaking the rules, and by joining Dumbledore’s army – which is taught by Harry Potter (Radcliffe).
The series slows down a lot in this to let the characters go through the melodrama of teen years. Harry’s romance with Cho Chang (Katie Leung) after the death of her boyfriend (some say at the hands of Potter) is strong in it’s mixed emotions for both, and the film hints strongly at Ron (Grint) and Hermoine (Watson) eventually falling in love.
Director David Yates was not a well-known talent beforehand, but his command here of the scale and the characters is top notch, and the weight of what the characters are going through – a world on the precipice of war – is deeply felt. To that end, I really wish they hadn’t broken Deathly Hollows into two movies (though I may regret saying that when I see the final chapter), because five six and seven really do fit together, and trilogy has a better ring to it. But this is an impressive work. Giving the film a rewatch, I was struck by how involved I was – perhaps because I was all too aware the series is coming to an end. But how things add up here is now all the more evident.

The New Blu-ray has the same focus points as last time, and it seems to be the exact same transfer. Saves time. The film is presented in widescreen (2.35:1) and in DTS-HD 5.1 surround – previously the soundtrack was just 5.1 PCM, so if you’ve got a top of the line receiver you might notice a slight difference (though probably not). There are 28 focus points, which can be played with the movie (63 min.), and can be watched out of the movie, though Daniel Radcliffe hosts the “in movie experience.”
Disc two also has the same nine deleted scenes (11 min.), making of’s “Behind the Magic” (SD, 47 min.). “Building the Magic: Behind the Sets of Harry Potter” (20 min.) “The Rebellion Begins” (23 min.), “Fulfilling a Prophecy” (13 min.), “Trailing Tonks” (19 min.), “The Magic of Editing” and the same two trailers.
All then that’s new here on the second disc is “Evolution” (57 min.), which offers more perspective than the original supplements, but this is also a 2007 film. Since most everyone is done making the films, there is some new insights to be had. The package also comes with a digital download of the film, a behind the scenes booklet, and two trading cards.
In the sixth film, Harry Potter (Radcliffe) has grown up and is almost nearly on his own. He’s dealing with the aftermath of the last film’s mess, he doesn’t really live at home any more, and is joined by Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in recruiting the latest potions professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent). Potter is able to entice Horace, and all return to Hogwarts for what could be Harry’s final year as the war approaches. Things are heating up, and Dumbledore is gone more and more, while the relationship between Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) grows between both of them, as they partly deny interest but both see themselves dating other people. Harry is not left out of the dating rituals as the film suggests that Harry Potter and Gunny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) get their hump on.

One of the great things about such an elongated series is also one of its negatives. You have people like Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall showing up for the briefest of bits. That said, more isn’t necessary, and at this point the tapestry of characters is rich and relationships are defined. And after Order of the Phoenix, David Yates upped his game. This feels like the most lived in and confident of the sequels in the sense that he keeps hitting mature notes that play well with the characters. Yes, both David Newell and Alfonso Cuaraon elevated the game, but here it no longer feels like the playtime and adventure of the earlier entries, and the film ends on a funeral for an important character, while trusts are betrayedin ways that will lead to even more violence. The cast knows what they’re doing, and it’s been fun to see the ensemble return, grow and get older, partly because they have the bedrocks of talent like Alan Richman’s delicious Snape, who has always been leading to what should be the killer scene in the final film of the series.
Again, there’s not much difference here. The film is widescreen (2.35:1) and in DTS-HD 5.1 surround (it used to be True-HD, it seems WB switched brands). A digital copy, booklet, and trading cards are also included here. On the first disc there’s the maximum movie mode which offers PIP commentary and photo and storyboard galleries, with fourteen branching points (38 min.) covering important sequences like two of the kissing scenes. New soundtrack, otherwise, same disc.

Disc two repeats a “J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life” (50 min.), a TV doc that appears to be thrown on the set, “Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter” (29 min.) which talks to the main stars, like the three leads, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and Neville Longbottom (Mathew Lewis). One Minute Drills (7 min.) has James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Emma Watson (Miss Granger) telling what their characters have been throw at this point. “What’s on Your Mind?” (7 min.) is trivia for the cast hosted by Tom Felton. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” (12 min.) is a sneak peak at the Universal Orlando resort ride, and a first look at the new Harry Potter (2 min.).  Rounding out the old supplements are eight additional scenes (7 min.).
New here are the five Interstitials (must have been done for TV showings of earlier films), four trailers, and two new featurettes. There’s a behind the scenes TV documentary (47 min.), and the new “looking back” featurette “Creating the Magic” (64 min.), which focuses on the integration of magic into the world of Harry Potter. It’s nice that this one has a little more. But again, for these last two films, the need to upgrade to this box will likely be more for the super-fan. But as fan service goes, this is good.

Michael Bay Writes Thank You Note, Continues Trumpeting 3D for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Transformers: Dark of the Moon finally hits theaters this week, and with the recent decline in 3D box-office Michael Bay is doing everything he can to make sure people see his film in the third dimension. A couple of days ago, we reported that Bay and Paramount had contacted theater owners across the country to ask that they increase the brightness on their projectors for 3D prints of Dark of the Moon, in order to improve image quality. Now Bay has written a thank you note that he uses as another opportunity to talk about the high quality 3D used on the film:
“‘Dark of the Moon’ has some of the most technically challenging sequences ever shot. And shot in 3D. I must urge you to find the very best theatre and see this movie in that format. 3D was a forethought, not an afterthought in this movie. I’m glad Jim Cameron and Steven Spielberg really convinced me to shoot in this new technology.”
Even though it’s hard to deny the financial boost Paramount and Bay would receive from more people seeing the film in 3D, it’s definitely nice to know that theaters will (hopefully) be projectingDark of the Moon in the highest quality possible. Hit the jump to read his note in its entirety.Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film opens everywhere on Wednesday June 29th.
Here’s Bay’s full note, courtesy of his blog:
“I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the fans around the world for letting me have fun with the Transformers franchise. It has been a wonderful opportunity to have worked with about 4000 crew members around the world. These artists are some of the very best in the entire film business. I’m honored to have had you work along side me. We had an amazing time.
‘Dark of the Moon’ has some of the most technically challenging sequences ever shot. And shot in 3D. I must urge you to find the very best theatre and see this movie in that format. 3D was a forethought, not an afterthought in this movie. I’m glad Jim Cameron and Steven Spielberg really convinced me to shoot in this new technology. We used and invented many new techniques to make the 3D sharper, brighter and more color contrast. I think theatre owners heard their audience that they need to respect the specs of the projectors and not dim the bulbs to save money.
Many theaters are presenting it in the brand new 7.1 sound, which is awesome. This is the most complex, intricate sound track that me and my Academy Awarding winning sound team have done. They really out did themselves to make this a big picture experience. Hopefully you will have as much fun watching this movie as we all had making it.
Michael Bay”

Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s BRAVE

The first teaser trailer for Pixar’s Brave has been released and naturally, it looks incredible. The visuals are breathtaking, and it teases a darker tone than we’ve seen before from Pixar. Seriously, if the idea of the studio taking on a fairy tale set in the Scottish Highlands wasn’t enough to get you excited, that logline in visual form is fantastic.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser. The voice-cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters. Brave hits theaters June 22nd, 2012.
Here’s the official synopsis for Brave:
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

JURASSIC PARK Trilogy Hits Blu-ray October 25th, Trailer Released

The number one item on your Christmas wish list this year has been announced. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is finally being released on glorious Blu-ray. The film will be packaged with the two sequels (let’s just pretend they don’t exist for now) but hey, it’s Jurassic Park on Blu-ray. The films have been restored and remastered in high definition, and those kick-ass sound effects have been upped to 7.1 surround sound. Additionally, the set contains new and exclusive special features including a six-part documentary entitled “Return to Jurassic Park,” with all-new interviews from castmembers, filmmakers and Spielberg himself.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the Blu-ray, as well as the full press release detailing all the features included on the set (Warning: Trailer causes longing and loss of patience). TheJurassic Park Trilogy on Blu-ray will hit stores on October 25th.
Here’s the full press release:
The wait is finally over to experience one of the most anticipated motion-picture trilogies of all time like never before when Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III debut as a trilogy set on Blu-ray™ October 25, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s award-winning cinematic franchise, based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, generated nearly $2 billion combined at the worldwide box office and featured groundbreaking visual effects that changed the art of movie-making forever. Now, all three epic films have been digitally restored and remastered in flawless high definition for the ultimate viewing experience. Additionally, the films’ visceral sound effects and the unforgettable music from legendary composer John Williams can now be heard in pristine 7.1 surround sound. Arriving in stores just in time for holiday gift giving, this collectible three-movie set also features hours of bonus features, including an all-new, six-part documentary and digital copies of all three films that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy is also available on DVD, as well as in a spectacular Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set which includes a custom T-rex dinosaur statue.
“From the moment T-rex first towered over worldwide movie audiences, the Jurassic Park Trilogy has electrified fans with its heart-pounding action and awe-inspiring technological innovations,” says Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “With this newly remastered and digitally restored edition, we continue the franchise’s legacy by delivering to home viewers spectacular picture and sound that keeps the films as fresh and visceral now as they were when audiences first experienced them.”
The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy features an all-star cast including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mozzello, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, William H. Macy and Tea Leoni. In addition to the talented cast of actors, the Trilogy features stars of a different magnitude—from the huge Tyrannosaurus rex to the vicious Velociraptor, the Jurassic Park films showcase an extraordinary level of realism and technical innovation brought to life by a talented design team which include: Stan Winston, Live Action Dinosaurs; ILM’s Dennis Muren, Full Motion Dinosaurs; Phil Tippett, Dinosaur Supervisor; Michael Lantieri, Special Dinosaur Effects and Special Visual Effects by Industrial Light & Magic.
“Return to Jurassic Park” – this six-part documentary features all-new interviews with the many of the cast members from all three films, the filmmakers and Steven Spielberg.
- Dawn of a New Era
- Making Pre-history
- The Next Step in Evolution
- Finding The Lost World
- Something Survived
- The Third Adventure
BD-LIVE™ – Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch exclusive content, the latest trailers, and more!
MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the film.
pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™, PC and Mac® to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Plus iPad® owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
- ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
- VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
- MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
- BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
- KEYBOARD: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
The following bonus features also appear on the both the Blu-ray™ and DVD:
- The Making of Jurassic Park
- The Making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- The Making of Jurassic Park III
- Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park
- Early Pre-Production Meetings
- The World of Jurassic Park
- The Magic of Industrial Light & Magic
- Location Scouting
- Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors In The Kitchen
- The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton
- Industrial Light & Magic and Jurassic Park: Before and After The Visual Effects
- Industrial Light & Magic and The Lost World: Jurassic Park Before & After
- The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel
- A Visit to Industrial Light & Magic
- Hurricane in Kauai Featurette
- Dinosaur Turntables
- The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III
- Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs
- Animatics: T-Rex Attack
- The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III
- The Sounds of Jurassic Park III
- The Art of Jurassic Park III
- Tour of Stan Winston Studio
- Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team
- Production Archives: Storyboards, Models, Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Drawings
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailers
- And MORE!
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in worldwide box-office history. On a remote tropical island, an amazing living theme park becomes a game of survival for humans foolhardy enough to set foot on it. Meticulously recreated dinosaurs spring to astonishing life as the film’s breathtaking special effects and thrilling action sequences keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Each chapter of the history-making saga delivers even more action and spectacular visual effects than its predecessor, as nature’s ultimate killing machines once again rule the earth. Almost 20 years after its inception, the Jurassic Park Trilogy remains an unmatched cinematic experience.
Jurassic Park
A multimillionaire (Richard Attenborough) unveils a new theme park where visitors can observe dinosaurs cloned using advanced DNA technology. But when an employee tampers with the security system, the dinosaurs escape, forcing the visitors to fight for their survival. Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern star in this thrilling, action-packed blockbuster from acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Four years after Jurassic Park’s genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) by revealing that Hammond has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove (Julianne Moore) and a wildlife videographer (Vince Vaughn) join an expedition to document the lethal lizards’ natural behavior in this action-packed thriller.
Jurassic Park III
In need of funds for research, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) accepts a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of the infamous Isla Sorna. It isn’t long before all hell breaks loose and the stranded wayfarers must fight for survival as a host of new — and even more deadly — dinosaurs try to make snacks of them. Laura Dern, Michael Jeter, Alessandro Nivola and Trevor Morgan co-star.
Street Date: October 25, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number:
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85:1
Rating: PG-13
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French 2.0, English SDH, Spanish Subtitles
Run Time:
Jurassic Park – 2 hours, 7 minutes
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 2 hours, 9 minutes
Jurassic Park III – 1 hour, 33 minutes
Street Date: October 25, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61114696
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG-13
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Sound: English, French & Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:
Jurassic Park – 2 hours, 7 minutes
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 2 hours, 9 minutes
Jurassic Park III – 1 hour, 33 minutes
Jurassic Park
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay By: Michael Crichton and David Koepp
Based on the Novel By: Michael Crichton
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Film Edited By: Michael Kahn, ACE
Music By: John Williams
Live Action Dinosaurs: Stan Winston
Full Motion Dinosaurs By: Dennis Muren, ASC
Special Dinosaur Effects: Michael Lantieri
Dinosaur Supervisor: Phil Tippett
Special Visual Effects: Industrial Light & Magic
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Gerald R. Molen and Colin Wilson
Screenplay By: David Koepp
Based on the Novel “The Lost World” By: Michael Crichton
Executive Producer: Kathleen Kennedy
Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski, ASC
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Film Editor: Michael Kahn, ACE
Music By: John Williams
Live Action Dinosaurs: Stan Winston
Full Motion Dinosaurs By: Dennis Muren, ASC
Special Dinosaur Effects: Michael Lantieri
Special Visual Effects: Industrial Light & Magic
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard
Jurassic Park III
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Larry Franco
Written By: Peter Buchman and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Based on Characters Created By: Michael Crichton
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Director of Photography: Shelly Johnson, ASC
Production Designer: Ed Verreaux
Editor: Robert Dalva
New Music By: Don Davis
Original Themes By: John Williams
Live Action Dinosaurs: Stan Winston Studio
Animation and Special Visual Effects By: Industrial Light & Magic
Cast: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Michael Jeter

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