by Jason Barr Posted: November 19th, 2011 at 11:48 am
As I write today, in the back of mind rests more than a handful of permutations for my Black Friday plan of attack. Do I really need a new 42 inch HDTV? How about various seasons of television on DVD/Blu-ray for rock bottom prices? What about one of those sweet Dyson vacuum cleaners with the roller ball? The answer to all of the above is most likely a resounding “no”, but need isn’t what Black Friday is all about. Not even close. Black Friday is all about getting something/anything on the cheap if for no other reason than because if you don’t, then the person behind you in line will. Oh, America. How I love thee.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find our set visit coverage for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, our review and interviews for a little movie you may have heard about called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the first trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s Snow White-tale Mirror Mirror, a new trailer for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games adaptation, and Steve’s coverage from his visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 getting released on DVD/Blu-ray a few days ago, Warner Bros. Home Video invited a number of reporters from around the world to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida to help promote its release. While there, I got to speak with the cast as well as some of the filmmakers behind one of my favorite films of the year. Over the weekend I posted the interviews with director David Yates and Warwick Davis, and now I’ve got James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).
During the interview they talked about how the theme park’s Butterbeer compare to the Butterbeer they drank onset, their reaction to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, their memories from making the movies, were there any deleted scenes that still haven’t shown up on the home video releases, the camaraderie with the other actors, the best pranks they pulled during the run of the series, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
What will I miss most about the Harry Potter franchise? Probably the 800 posters that accompany every single film. There have already been seven released for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but apparently that’s not enough so here are 11 more. That’s 18 in total and we both know there are more on the way. Hit the jump to check them out and puzzle over who has the most pained expression (I vote Grint). The film opens in 3D on July 15th.
Earlier this year, I got to visit the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when the production was still shooting at Leavesden Studios outside London. As you might imagine, it was an amazing experience and you can read about it here. In addition, while on set, I got to participate in group interviews with a lot of the cast. Here’s Daniel Radcliffe, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), and director David Yates. However, I also spoke to a few other cast members and with the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 getting released next week, it’s time to post my last on set interview and it’s with James Phelps and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).
During the interview, the Phelps twins talked about the series ending and what it’s been like for them, what items they could have “hypothetically” taken home from set, memorable moments from the films, their reaction to reading book seven and finding out what happened to their characters, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say: