The Potter Triad

Despite tabloid and internet rumors, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will star in the final two Harry Potter movies. There were some recent rumors that Emma Watson was going to leave the series because she was tired of being called “that Hermione girl,” but according to producers, that isn’t so. The chemistry between the three of them is undeniable. It is conceivable that they’d get tired of playing the same characters for seven damn movies, but I’m guessing the pay check at the end of the day more than makes up for any boredom.

It’ll be interesting to follow their post Potter careers. Grint has already done a few non-Potter flicks and Radcliffe is waving his wang around in the theater. So far, Watson has been a Potter girl. Wouldn’t it be fun to see her as a Bond girl?

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Miyazaki’s Ponyo

We here at AZM love Miyazaki! Audrey and I haven’t seen a Miyazaki film that we haven’t absolutely fallen in love with. Any Miyazaki news is good news for us!

Miyazaki’s next film is entitled Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) based on a story he created while on vacation at the beach. The film centers on a 5-year-old-boy named Sosuke and a goldfish named Ponyo who wants to become human. While more and more animation from Japan depends more and more heavily on advanced CG animation, Miyazaki wants to return to a more hand-painted feel for Ponyo.

I’m continually amazed at the amount of detail that he manages to include in every scene in his movies. From background elements to the way objects shift weight, Miyazaki’s team of animators is absolutely brilliant. Though CG can perfectly simulate real physics, nothing beats the look of hand animated objects.

I can’t wait to see Ponyo!

Radcliffe to Finish the Franchise

Despite flapping his wang in the breeze for all to see, Daniel Radcliffe has signed to play Harry Potter in the final two films. I like that Europe doesn’t care if a celebrity unfurls their wang on stage. Now, if he just whipped it out at McDonalds, then I could see the studio not signing him for the last two films.

On the subject of Radcliffe’s patronus, upon further investigation of that full frontal shot, I’m thinking it’s a fake. I’m not saying the Radcliffe doesn’t have a horse-sized wang. But that particular picture seems a bit fake from the waste down. The angle of the legs is all wrong and the build doesn’t match the rest of him. Of course, the only way to really know is to see him in Equus and I’m not going to England just inspect Harry Potter’s wang.

Harry’s Patronus


I kinda feel that if I’m going to post photos of a chick wearing naught but an iPod, I have a moral obligation to also post photos of Daniel Radcliffe doing his best horse impersonation. Although Audrey would prefer it to be Rupert Grint, you gotta give the boy credit. He’s got balls, and you can see them here (NSFW! Seriously, NOT SAFE FOR WORK!), to let his patronus hang out there in the wind for all to see.

Daniel Radcliffe is starring in Equus, a play about 17-year-old Alan Strang who has an unhealthy obession with horses. He is brought to a mental health facility after he is discovered burning horses eyes out with a red-hot metal hoof pick. So the above has some context. The role calls for Radcliffe to appear naked on stage and it appears he’s very comfortable with nudity.

I guess I’m putting this in the Happy Fun Bag tag because I don’t forsee a lot of man wang going around.

Dark Tower Movies

Stephen King has confirmed that JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof will bring The Dark Tower to the big screen:

I said no to everybody until recently, because I didn’t think much of the chances of it being a good movie. I mean, this is my life’s work, since the time I was 22 years old. It’s very important to me. Usually, with the other [books], I don’t give much of a shit. My attitude is, ‘Go make a movie, and if it’s good, that’s terrific, and if it’s bad, then it will go to the video stores and back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.’

I know J.J. Abrams’ work and Damon Lindelof, who is his collaborator on Lost. Damon is just a total comic-book freak, and he loves the Dark Tower books. I trust those guys, and they have a lot on the ball. When they said they wanted to talk about doing this, I said, ‘You know what? Why don’t you buy the option on this and see what you can come up with.’ They asked, ‘How much do you want for an option?’ I said, ‘$19.’ [It’s a key amount that comes up frequently in the books]. And that’s what they paid me, and that’s where it is.

Dayum! It’s a good day to be Abrams. First the Star Trek franchise and now The Dark Tower. Abrams is Hollywood’s geek “it” boy!

Having not read anything without pictures in almost a decade, I have no idea if this is good news or not. However, I am interested if only for the fact that he let the film rights go for $19. He must really trust Abrams and Lindelof. And though Mission Impossible III really bored the hell out of me, I’m going to be following this story with some interest. Gotta get my ass to the comic book store and pick up Gunslinger first!

More on Shaye and That Hobbit Movie

Robert Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, regrets losing Peter Jackson as a friend over statements he made against the director regarding Jackson’s lawsuit filed against New Line over moneys still owed for the Rings trilogy. However, he does not regret trash talking Jackson. According to this New York Times article, although no director has been chosen, Shaye plans on releasing The Hobbit sometime in 2009.

When the head of the studio says he’ll never work with you again, chances are, he’ll never work with you again. MGM still has a card to play in this game as New Line’s distributor, but it sounds like The Hobbit may go forth without Peter Jackson. There is mention of Sam Raimi possibly directing, but that’s an unsubstantiated rumor thus far.

You know, The Hobbit is a much smaller story than the trilogy. My personal preference is for Jackson to finish it off, but in light of the fact that Shaye wants nothing to do with Jackson, it might not be so bad if someone else gets a shot. No Jackson means no Weta which would be a big disappointment, but you don’t need awesome effects to make a great movie.

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