HBO Teaming with BBC for J.K. Rowling Miniseries Adaptation THE CASUAL VACANCY; Filming Begins This Summer

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The miniseries adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is getting a high-profile partner.  We learned last year that the BBC was developing an adaptation of the novel in miniseries format, and now HBO has come aboard the project to co-produce the three-hour event.  In a story that is wildly different from the Potter universe, The Casual Vacancy revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface.  Rowling uses the story to explore themes like social class structure, the welfare state, drugs, and politics, making the miniseries format an excellent fit for the story.

Hit the jump for more on HBO and BBC’s plans for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, including how soon it might come to the small screen and which creatives will be bringing it to fruition.

HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Admits Hermione Should Have Wed Harry

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Some new comments from author J.K. Rowling may please certain Harry Potter shippers while upsetting others.  In an interview by series star Emma Watson, Rowling expressed uncertainty over the relationship between Ron and Hermione, admitting that it made more sense in hindsight to pair Hermione with Harry instead.  There are plenty of fans of the books and movies (and fanfic) who fall on either side of this divide, so Rowling may have stirred up a hornet’s nest, unintentionally or otherwise.  See what Rowling had to say after the jump.

Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump for how Wonder Woman Batman vs. Superman; plus an update timetable for Fantastic Beasts.

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Says Ben Affleck is “Perfect” as a “Tired, Weary and Seasoned” Batman, Plus More on J.K. Rowling’s New HARRY POTTER Film

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It’s good to be the king.  I imagine that when Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara took the podium during a press conference today, he didn’t even have to ask the gathered masses to take a knee in deference.  I mean, the guy walks in to talk about bringing Batman on screen against Superman for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman, and knows that none other than Ben Affleck will be given that honor.  As if that weren’t enough, Tsujihara also gets to add that “one more thing”, which just so happens to be a new partnership with J.K. Rowling, who will write the screenplay for at least one more movie set in the world of Harry Potter.  See what Tsujihara had to say on both properties after the jump.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Reteam for New Film Series Inspired by HARRY POTTER Books; Rowling to Pen the Screenplay

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Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, everyone has been talking about Warner Bros.’ attempt to find “the next Harry Potter.”  Though there have been a few attempts to fill the void created by the conclusion of the box office juggernaut series, the studio has yet to have another franchise take off like Harry Potter did.  So, what are they to do?  Well begin a “Harry Potter-inspired” franchise with author J.K. Rowling onboard, of course.  The studio announced today that it is reteaming with Rowling on “a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards” that is inspired by Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which begins in New York 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter.  Hit the jump for more on this very exciting news.

J.K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY Set for BBC Series Adaptation

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Author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel is getting the television treatment. BBC One and BBC Drama are teaming up on a series adaptation of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.  The book hit shelves this September and was met with a fairly positive response, though Rowling admittedly wrote a novel that was wildly different from her beloved Harry Potter series.  The story focuses on the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member, but it’s not exactly that simple.  Hit the jump for more details on the series.

New Clip From the HARRY POTTER WIZARD’S COLLECTION Blu-ray Set; J.K. Rowling to Participate in Live Webcast

by     Posted 1 year, 266 days ago

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A new clip from the upcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray and DVD has made it online, featuring Daniel Radcliff (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and director Alfonso Cuarón discussing the third film the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which Cuarón took over after original director Chris Columbus stepped down.  The clip is part of an epic collection that will span 31 discs, available September 7th.  However, if you want a piece of it immediately, your orders have to be in by Harry’s birthday (meaning today): July 31st.

The film discussed in the clip is a polarizing one for fans, some of whom (myself included) see it as an artistic achievement, and though it is long, it’s exceptionally engaging.  Others simply find it just long, too artsy, and very dark (especially compared to the first two films in the series).  To see the video and learn more behind-the-scenes info about the film and the upcoming collection, hit the jump.  Also, get the scoop on the all-new Harry Potter Reading Club.

A Clip of a Conversation Between J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves from the Upcoming HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray

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The upcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray box set will cost you a pretty penny ($349.96 worth of pretty pennies on Amazon), but it’s got some exclusive special features you won’t find anywhere else.  One such feature is a conversation between author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves, who penned all of the movies except for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  A clip from their conversation has gone online, and now I wish I could watch the whole thing.  I’m not sure I’d pay $349.96 to watch the whole thing, but at least we know there’s going to be worthwhile content in this set.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray box set will be available to own on September 7th.

J.K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY Book Cover Revealed and New Synopsis

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We don’t often cover books here at Collider, but when we do, we prefer to talk about J.K. Rowling.  The author of the Harry Potter series and creative mind behind a lot of the franchise’s expanded marketing has a new novel that will be released September 27th.  Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, concerns a veritable war over an empty seat on the council of the small fictional town of Pagford.  The book is basically guaranteed to be a best-seller, but I’m curious to see how fans will react to a non-Potter story.  The Casual Vacancy promises to be a good test of Rowling’s creative story-telling ability.  Hit the jump to check out the full cover and read the novel’s updated synopsis.

J.K. Rowling’s WONDERBOOK: BOOK OF SPELLS Coming to Your PS3

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Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, is teaming up with Sony to bring the magic of Hogwarts into your living room.  The new game for the PS3 titled “Wonderbook: Book of Spells” is an innovative approach at combining reading with augmented reality gaming.  “Book of Spells” is both the first release for the PS3′s new “Wonderbook” peripheral and the first product from the joint venture of Sony and Rowling’s “Pottermore.” The game will feature new written content from Rowling herself along with spell-practice via the Playstation Move Motion Controller (which is the wand Ollivander is now contractually obligated to hand out to new students).  “Wonderbook: Book of Spells” debuts this November in Europe and this December in North America, with further releases to follow.  Hit the jump to check out the press release.

POTTERMORE Review

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I rarely re-read books, but I’ve re-read J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series numerous times because I love being in the world she’s created.  I always want to see what’s behind every corner, and what’s happening beyond Harry’s point-of-view.  I wish Hogwarts: A History was a real book, and that Professor Binns had new and exciting pieces of information about the Wizarding World rather than being brushed off as a boring history teacher.  I also wanted to know about Rowling’s thought process in writing the books; a kind of “Author’s Commentary” that went beyond annotations and provided something deeper.

The new online experience, Pottermore, provides all of this through a nice interactive experience that continues to respect fans and let them be a part of Harry’s world like never before.  Hit the jump for my full review.

J.K. Rowling to Write HARRY POTTER Encyclopedia

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Last week, we reported that J.K. Rowling‘s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, would be released on September 27th.  But the Harry Potter author hasn’t left the wizarding world behind completely.  In addition to this weekend’s launch of Pottermore, an interactive experience that takes fans deeper into the world of Harry Potter, Rowling has announced on her website that she’ll be penning a Harry Potter encyclopedia and donating the royalties to charity.

Hit the jump for more.

J.K. Rowling’s First Adult Novel Gets a Title, Release Date, and Synopsis

by     Posted 2 years, 11 days ago

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J.K. Rowling‘s highly-anticipated follow-up to the Harry Potter series finally has a title, release date, and synopsis.  Rowling’s first adult novel will be entitled The Casual Vacancy and is set to hit bookshelves (and presumably e-books) on September 27th.  The book will be Rowling’s first novel since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007.  Hit the jump for the synopsis.

HARRY POTTER Now Available on E-Books

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The Harry Potter books have now breached the digital frontier.  Yahoo! reports that J.K. Rowling has finally decided to make the series available on e-Books.  The books are now available for download on the Pottermore website and are compatible with Kindles, iPads, and other e-readers and tablets (click here for a list of compatible devices).  The arrival of Harry Potter on e-Book isn’t too surprising since it’s been rumored ever since the announcement of Pottermore in June 2011.

For those unfamiliar with Pottemore, the site was developed with Rowling’s input, and will provide an interactive experience where users will be placed in Hogwarts houses, earn Galleons, learn spells, and more.  The site will also offer additional content and background on the books.  While the interactive stuff sounds fun, I’m hoping that Pottermore will provide a kind of commentary track for the novels where readers can see pages of rough drafts and notes on characters and settings.  The site (which is free) was originally supposed to move out of beta and become open to the public last October, but was delayed due to technical issue.  It’s now set to open next month.  Just remember: it’s not the worst thing to be placed in Hufflepuff.  It’s just close to the worst thing.

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