Harry Potter is going to need another vault at Gringotts, because the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One made more money than any HP installment so far, and landed the number-six spot on the list of biggest opening weekends of all time. It's almost as if a lot of people really want to see how the seven-part story is going to end, even though it won't actually be concluded until Part 2 comes out next summer! Who would have thought it?! In bigger news, the HP franchise is only $80 million behind Star Wars, which means it will be the highest-grossing franchise within the month. Somewhere, George Lucas is realizing that a successful cartoon series doesn't mean squat in the annals of motion-picture history.
I realize that this review is entirely pointless. Either you're going to go see the final chapter in a seven-part fantasy epic, or you're not. Even if you haven't read the books they're based on, I'm pretty sure you didn't walk out of the sixth movie and go, "Eh, I'm done with that." Either you're definitely going to see it, or you have zero interest, having never gotten involved. That said, if, by some slim chance, you once tried the series and disliked it, I would urge you to reconsider. Just like the books, each film has gotten progressively darker and more adult, and director David Yates, who's done the last two entries, has taken advantage of the two-part split for this chapter and given every scene the time it deserves, allowing it to deliver the full dose of emotion and/or creepiness. Plus, it's got quite possibly the best movie cliffhanger of all time.
I have always liked Emma Thompson. No matter what role she's in, she always brings a real humanity to the character she's playing, and her comic timing has always been flawless. That, and sister can write! But I'm not going to lie. She's gone and kind of irritated me. She announced that she will not be returning to play Professor Trelawney in the final Harry Potter film(s), but will instead resurrect her role as the title character in a Nanny McPhee sequel. I mean, I can see wanting to work on something that you have a vested interest in (Thompson wrote and produced the original Nanny McPhee, and will do so again on the second), but Emma: This is Harry Effing Potter. You push back production on your nanny movie, lady.
Jon Favreau must really like AC/DC. Or, more likely, the band's blistering guitar rock, violent lyrics and electrically inspired name simply make them perfect candidates to provide the entire soundtrack to Iron Man 2. Rockers providing soundtracks is nothing new, but rather than featuring all-new songs, like Queen did for Highlander and Daft Punk is doing for Tron, the AC/DC soundtrack will be a "greatest hits" collection, including some of their best-known anthems from as far back as 1976. (The promo video is set to 1980's "Shoot to Thrill.") With this in mind, we looked at other tentpole films slated for this year and picked the bands (and solo artists) with suitable back catalogs to provide all of the music for each movie.
Warner Bros. is not making friends in geekdom. Even as comic fans are slowly realizing that WB may very well be at fault in the Watchmen rights dispute, Harry Potter fans are casting Cruciatus curses at them for pushing back the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The studio is getting such huge backlash, in fact, that Warner Bros President and COO Alan Horn had to issue a public response to all the complaints.