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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter’s quest to bring down his archnemesis Lord Voldemort once and for all. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Principal photography began on 19 February 2009, and was completed on 12 June 2010,with the final day of reshoots taking place on 21 December 2010, marking the series’ closure of ten years of filming. Part 2 was released in both 2D and 3D cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2011. It was also screened in IMAX cinemas from the same date.

The film opened to instant critical acclaim, and it is currently among best reviewed films of 2011. At the box office, Part 2 is currently breaking records in the US and Canada, including highest-grossing midnight opening of all-time with $43.5 million,opening day with $92.1 million, and opening weekend with $168.5 million.As a result, the film experienced the most successful opening of the entire franchise. It also broke the opening day record in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, and the worldwide opening weekend record.

Storyline

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Visual effects

Visual effects companies that worked on Part 1 (including Framestore, Moving Picture Company and Double Negative who created the Gringotts Dragon) also worked on the visuals for Part 2. Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Burke said that “It was such a major job to stage the Battle of Hogwarts, and we had to do it in different stages of production. We had shots with complex linking camera moves from wide overviews, to flying into windows and interior spaces. So, we took the plunge at the end of 2008, and started rebuilding the school digitally with Double Negative.” He went on to say that “It’s taken two years – getting renders out, texturing every facet of the building, constructing interiors to see through windows, building a destruction version of the school. We can design shots with the knowledge that we have this brilliant digital miniature that we can do anything with. With a practical Hogwarts, we would have shot it last summer and been so tied down. Instead, as David Yates finds the flow and structure, we are able to handle new concepts and ideas.”

On the quality of 3-D in film, Burke told Los Angeles Times, “I think it’s good, actually. I think people are going to be really pleased. I know everyone’s a little nervous and sceptical of 3-D these days, but the work has been done very, very well. We’ve done over 200 shots in 3-D and in the visual effects as well, because so much of it is CG, so the results are very, very good. I think everyone’s going to be really impressed with it, actually.” Producer David Heyman spoke to SFX magazine about the 3-D conversion, saying that “The way David Yates is approaching 3-D is he’s trying to approach it from a character and story point of view. Trying to use the sense of isolation, of separation that sometimes 3-D gives you, to heighten that at appropriate moments. So we’re approaching it in a storytelling way.

Box office

The film has grossed an estimated $168.5 million in the US and Canada, as of July 17, along with $307 million in international markets, as of July 17, for a worldwide total of $475.6 million. Part 2 grossed a record $475.6 million worldwide on its opening weekend, breaking the previous record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009 ($394 million).

With a record breaking opening day in 26 countries on July 13, 2011, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossed $43.6 million, placing it 86 percent ahead of Part 1 and 49 percent higher than Half-Blood Prince. The film broke the record for the biggest opening day gross in history in Australia ($7.5 million), New Zealand, Italy ($4.6 million), Sweden ($2.1 million), Norway ($1.8 million), Denmark ($1.6 million), the Netherlands ($1.7 million), Belgium ($1.4 million), Finland ($749,000), United Kingdom ($14.8 million), and Mexico ($6.1 million). It also established new Harry Potter records in Japan ($5.7 million), Brazil ($4.4 million), Spain($3.3 million) and Poland ($1.25 million). With a foreign opening weekend of $307 million, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 broke the record previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($262 million). In the UK, it brought in a record $36.6 million, marking the biggest three day weekend gross ever and biggest single day gross ever (Saturday). In Australia, it made $26.7 million from 754 screens, marking the biggest opening weekend ever and the only film ever to reach A$20,000,000 in just four days. While in Russia, it raked $19.5 million claiming the biggest Warner Bros. opening weekend of all time and the 3rd biggest opening of 2011.  The average 3D share of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was 61 percent, which was lower than the 3D share for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (70 percent) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (66 percent).

In the United States and Canada, the film grossed a record $32 million in advance ticket sales.Part 2 became the biggest midnight opening of all-time with $43.5 million, breaking the previous record set in 2010, by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million). It also broke Deathly Hallows – Part 1‘s record ($1.4 million) for the biggest IMAX midnight opening, grossing an estimated $2 million. On its opening day, the film grossed a record $92.1 million, marking the biggest opening day of all-time, and the biggest single day gross of all-time, both of which were previously set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million).Based on estimates by Warner Bros., Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossed $168.5 million on its opening weekend, surpassing The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) to become the biggest opening weekend in box office history. Although 3D enhanced the film’s earning potential, only 43% of the opening gross came from 3D venues.


The Lion King 3D (2011)

The Lion King 3D

Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed that a 3D version of the studio’s 1994 animated classic “The Lion King” will hit theatres on September 16th in a limited re-release for two weeks before the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D hit stores on October 4th.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release, along with the announcement trailer:

“Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.

“‘The Lion King’ is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time—and this is ‘The Lion King’ like never before,” said Bob Chapek, president of distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. We’re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D—it’s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”

Nearly a decade since “The Lion King” last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the “Circle of Life.” The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic release—the biggest since the film’s 1994 debut—and the film’s first-ever 3D release.

The Blu-ray debut marks the first time “The Lion King” has been available in any form since 2004. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers. ”

Blue Ray Trailer 


Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (also known as Transformers 3) is a 2011 Americanscience fiction/action film, part of the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and was released on June 29, 2011. The film is presented in regular 2D, Real D 3D and IMAX, featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.

Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprise their starring roles, withPeter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving returning as the voice of Megatron. Ehren Kruger, who collaborated in the writing of the last film, was again involved in the writing. Despite having been initially confirmed for the film, and with the film already into principal photography, it was announced that Megan Fox would not be reprising her role from the previous two films. With Fox’s character Mikaela being dropped, Sam was assigned a new love interest, portrayed by English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Also, Roberto Orci andAlex Kurtzman, having written the last two films, did not return for this installment in the series, which Orci had earlier somewhat anticipated, fearing the duo would “risk getting stale”. Bay has stated this would be his last installment in the series. In May 2011 it was announced that Paramount Pictures had bumped Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s release date of July 1, 2011 two days earlier, June 29, in order to receive an early response to footage. The film officially made its premiere on June 28 in 3D and IMAX theatres, nationwide.

Storyline

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets

Video game

Main article: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (video game)

Activision is set to develop a video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.The trailer for the Dark of the Moon video game was released in February 2011.The game will be developed by High Moon Studios, who previously developedTransformers: War for Cybertron. It has also been announced that the game will also feature “Stealth Force”. Autobots Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Warpath, Stratosphere, Breakaway and Mirage have been confirmed to be in the game, and so have Decepticons Megatron, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Starscream, Mixmaster and Shockwave.

Release

Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival on June 23, 2011. Linkin Park performed a special outdoor concert at the Red Square in Moscow on the same night in celebration of the event.[1] The film was released on June 28, 2011 in 3D.[3] Originally set to be released in both conventional and IMAX theaters, it was announced in November 2010 that no IMAX 3D shots were made for the film.

Critical reception

Dark of the Moon received generally mixed to negative reviews from film critics, with many praising the film’s visual effects and 3D action sequences, but criticizing the below average acting and script; film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives Dark of the Moon a score of 37% based on 167 reviews and a rating average of 4.9/10, saying “Its special effects — and 3D shots — are undeniably impressive, but they aren’t enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script”.

Roger Ebert gave the film one out of four stars, calling it “a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies.” Richard Roeper likewise panned the film, giving it a D and saying that “rarely has a movie had less of a soul and less interesting characters.”

In a more positive review, Ain’t It Cool News called it “the best entry in the Michael Bay-directed franchise.”IGN gave the film a 7 out of 10, also stating that it was the best of the franchise. E! Online graded the film a B+ while noting if this is truly the end of a trilogy, its main antagonists should have played more of a part.

Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com believed that some elements of the film were deliberate self-references to Michael Bay’s own sense of under-appreciation after the backlash to Transformers 2. “After a few hours of seeing Shia get dissed, overlooked and mistreated, the message becomes clear: Shia, as always, is a stand-in for Michael Bay. And Bay is showing us just what it felt like to deal with the ocean of Haterade — the snarking, the Razzie Award, the mean reviews — that Revenge of the Fallen unleashed.” She went on to say that the film’s frequent, often jarring shifts in tone were an intentional endorsement of Michael Bay’s own filmmaking style. “Tone is for single-purpose machines. Consistency is for Decepticons. Michael Bay’s ideal movie shifts from action movie to teen comedy to political drama with the same well-lubricated ease that his cars become men. By the time you’ve finished watching Transformers 3, you will speak Michael Bay’s cinematic language.”

Box office

Transformers: Dark of the Moon has earned $64.7 million in North America, as of June 30, 2011, and $36.6 million in other territories, as of June 29, 2011, for a worldwide total of $101.3 million.

In the USA and Canada, from its early Tuesday screenings (9 pm showings), Dark of the Moon brought in $5.5 million. It also earned $8 million in midnight showings, which is lower than what its predecessor made ($16 million). In its first two days, Dark of the Moon has grossed $64.7 million, with a $37.3 million Wednesday (including $8 million from Tuesday-midnight showings), making it the best opening-day gross of 2011 and the sixth best Wednesday opening day of all time. But it’s still behind Revenge of the Fallen which grossed $62 million on its opening day.

Overseas, the film grossed $32.5 million on its opening day, pacing 38% ahead of its predecessor and marking the largest opening day for a 2011 film (out-grossing the $18.5 million record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Including some early Tuesday previews, it earned $36.6 million in one-and-a-half days. In Russia, it made $4.2 million on its opening day which was the second-largest of all time behind On Stranger Tides ($5 million). In South Korea, it earned $5 million, where it was the largest opening day of all time.

 


The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn . Movie (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is an upcoming 2011 American performance capture 3D film based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges “Hergé” Remi. It is directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright andJoe Cornish. The script is based on three of the stories: The Crab with the Golden ClawsThe Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Spielberg first acquired rights to Tintin after Hergé’s death in 1983, and re-optioned them in 2002. Filming was due to begin in October 2008 for a 2010 release, but release was delayed to 2011 after Universal opted out of producing the film with Paramount, who provided $30 million on pre-production. Sony chose to co-produce the films. The delay resulted in Thomas Sangster, who had been cast as Tintin, departing from the project. Producer Peter Jackson, whose company Weta Digital is providing the computer animation, intends to direct a sequel. Spielberg and Jackson also hope to co-direct a third film.

The film is currently in post-production.

The Adventures of Tintin will be the first animated movie directed by Spielberg. Although Spielberg is not completely unfamiliar with digital cinematography, the director has firmly stated that he still prefers working with film.

Storyline

Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Capt. Haddock’s ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt.

Filming

Filming began on January 26, 2009, and the release date was moved from 2010 to 2011.Spielberg wrapped his film – after 32 days of shooting – in March 2009. Jackson was present for the first week of filming and supervised the rest of the shoot via a specially made iChat videoconferencing program. Simon Pegg said Jackson’s voice would “be coming over the Tannoy like God.” During filming, various directors including Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Daldry and David Fincher visited. Spielberg would try to treat the film like live-action, moving his camera around. He revealed, “Every movie I made, up until Tintin, I always kept one eye closed when I’ve been framing a shot,” because he wanted to see the movie in 2-D, the way viewers would. “On Tintin, I have both of my eyes open.” Jackson took the hands-on approach to directing Weta Digital during postproduction, which Spielberg will supervise through videoconferencing. Jackson will also begin development for the second film for which he will be officially credited as director.Spielberg says “there will be no cell phones, no TV sets, no modern cars. Just timeless Europe.” His cinematographer Janusz Kamiński serves as lighting consultant for Weta, and Jackson said the film will look “film noirish, very atmospheric”. Spielberg finished six weeks of additional motion-capture filming in mid-July.

Release

Sony will release the film during late October and early November 2011 in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and India. Paramountwill distribute the film in Asia, New Zealand, the UKand all other English speaking territories. They will release the film in the United Stateson December 23, 2011.

 

Video game

A video game entitled The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is to be released to coincide with the release date of the film. Game developer/editor Ubisoft acquired the rights.

 


Puss in Boots Movie (2011)

Puss in Boots, is an upcoming 3D computer-animated adventure film being produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller (who directed Shrek the Thirdin 2007), executive produced by Guillermo del Toro (HellboyHellboy II: The Golden ArmyBlade IIPan’s Labyrinth), starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, and written by Tom Wheeler. It is set to be released in theaters November 4, 2011 in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.

The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots from Shrek and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004’s Shrek 2. The prequel’s story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing new characters as well.

Storyline

A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.

Cast

  • Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, the main protagonist of the film.
  • Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws. She is a Tuxedo cat who is Puss’s female counterpart and love interest.
  • Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty. Humpty is the mastermind who intends on retrieving the Golden Eggs from the one-of-a-kind Goose.
  • Billy Bob Thornton & Amy Sedaris as Jack & Jill, two murderous outlaws and the film’s main antagonists. It is not yet known if they’re brother and sister or husband and wife.
  • Walt Dohrn as Narrator.
  • Zeus Mendoza as Rancher.

Production

The film has been in development since 2004, when Shrek 2 was released. As a Shrek 2 spin-off, it was originally planned for release in 2008 as a direct-to-videofilm, but this was changed in 2006 in favor of a theatrical release. Production on the film began after the release of 2010’s Shrek Forever After. Banderas said in an interview in early 2010 that he had completed the first recordings of his character. The film is scheduled to be released as a 3-D film. Late in 2010, Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, had signed on as executive producer.

Except for Puss, the film will feature all new characters. Citing the co-writer, David H. Steinberg, “It doesn’t overlap with Shrek at all. Partly that was done to tell an original Puss story, but partly because we didn’t know what Shrek Forever After was going to do with the characters and we couldn’t write conflicting storylines.” The film was teased in Shrek Forever After when Shrek finally put the book of Shrek away and put it next to a book titled “Puss in Boots”.


Happy Feet Two Movie (2011)

Happy Feet Two (also known as Happy Feet Two in 3D) is an upcoming computer-animated film directed by George Miller, who co-directed the original film Happy Feet. Animal Logic Films in Santa Monica, California, and Dr. D Studios in Sydney, Australia are producing the film which is currently set to premier in North American theaters on November 18, 2011 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. The film will be released with a Looney Tunes short called Daffy’s Rhapsody

 

 

 

 

Storyline

Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to brings together the penguin nations and their allies to set things right.

Development

Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are set to repeat their previous performances as Mumble, Ramon, and Lovelace. Also set to work on the film are Carlos Alazraqui,Johnny A. Sanchez, Lombardo Boyar and Jeffrey Garcia as Nestor, Lombardo, Raul, and Rinaldo. No other actors have been confirmed as repeating their earlier performances.

Brittany Murphy, who originally voiced Mumble’s love interest Gloria, was set to reprise her role and begin recording sometime in 2010, but her death on December 20, 2009 has rendered that impossible. Pink appears to be Murphy’s replacement and Miller has confirmed that she will contribute a song, and Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will voice the tiny krill. Hank Azaria has also signed on to play a new character. Elizabeth Daily, who played young Mumble in the previous film, will play Mumble’s choreo-phobic son Erik and Sofía Vergara will also appear in the film as a new character. There is to be a live action scene in the movie as in the firstHappy Feet. Mitchell Hicks has signed up as the movie’s choreographer.

A promotional image of all the penguins from the first movie with the title “Happy Feet 2” has been relased at CineMovie.tv.

Video game

Happy Feet Two – The Videogame is being made by KMM Games for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. WayForward Technologies is producing a version for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS.

Books

There are several books available for sale based on Happy Feet Two. Whether they follow the storyline of the movie or not is currently unknown. Also to be released with these books is a 2012 calendar. These books and the calender are due for release on August 1, 2011.

 

 

 


Cars 2 Movie (2011)

Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and it is the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. In the film, racecar Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage.The film is directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Brad Lewis, written by Ben Queen, and produced by Denise Ream. Cars 2 is also the first movie John Lasseter has directed since the release of the original Cars in 2006.

The film is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and will be released in the United States on June 24, 2011 and the United Kingdom on July 22, 2011.The movie will be presented in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, as well as traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. The film was first announced in 2008, along sideUp, Newt, and Brave (previously known as The Bear and the Bow), and it is the 12th animated film from Pixar Animation Studios.

Storyline

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Production

Development

Finn McMissile (left), Mater (center), and Lightning McQueen (right) driving throughTokyofor the first time.

Cars is the second Pixar film, after Toy Story, to have a sequel. John Lasseter, the director of the film, said that he was convinced of the sequel’s story while traveling around the world promoting the first film. He said:

I kept looking out thinking, ‘What would Mater do in this situation, you know?’ I could imagine him driving around on the wrong side of the road in the UK, going around in big, giant traveling circles in Paris, on the autobahn in Germany, dealing with the motor scooters in Italy, trying to figure out road signs in Japan.

Cars 2 was originally scheduled for a summer 2012 release, but Pixar moved the release up by a year. No explanation for the shift in release dates has been publicly announced.

In 2009, Disney registered several domain names, hinting to audiences that the title and theme of the film would be in relation to a World Grand Prix.

On March 2011, Jake Mandeville-Anthony, a U.K.screenwriter, sued Disney and Pixar alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. In his complaint he alleged that Cars and Cars 2 are based in part on work that he had submitted early in the 1990s and he sought an injunction to stop the release of Cars 2 and requested actual or statutory damages. On May 13, 2011 Disney responded to the lawsuit, denying “each and every one of Plaintiff’s legal claims concerning the purported copyright infringement and substantial similarity of the parties’ respective works.”