You've Read it, Now Watch it! "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Movie Review! It's Quite Magical! 


Here's my "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" movie review.

If you want to read my in-depth take on the film, as well as the differences between the book and the movie, click here. Caution, there are many spoilers in that post.

For now, enjoy my magical review, and see why I'm calling this "Harry Potter" the best of the franchise!



"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by David Yates
Produced by David Heyman, David Barron
Written by Screenplay: Steve Kloves
Novel: J. K. Rowling
Starring

Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Michael Gambon
Jim Broadbent
Alan Rickman
Tom Felton
Helen McCrory

Music by Nicholas Hooper
Themes John Williams

Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel
Editing by Mark Day
Studio Heyday Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date: July 15, 2009
Running time 153 minutes

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The Great "Straw Dogs" to be Remade with "True Blood" Star 


Sam Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece is getting a remake makeover!

Screen Gems has attached Kate Bosworth ("Superman Returns") and Alexander Skarsgard ("True Blood") to star alongside James Marsden (he and Bosworth co-starred in "Superman Returns") in this remake.

The fantastic Rod Lurie ("Nothing but the Truth") wrote the script and is set to direct.

In the original, Dustin Hoffman starred as David Sumner who comes to rural England with his English wife. There, the couple face vicious harassment from the locals. It's nail-biting drama at its best, shown with the trademark Peckinpah style.

In the remake, Marsden will play the David Sumner character, but this time, he and his wife (Bosworth) are relocating to her hometown in Mississippi. Gothic south replaces England in this film.

Skarsgard will play Bosworth's high school sweetheart who sees the return of his ex-girlfriend as a way to reclaim victory.

The original has shades of social commentary, and I highly expect Lurie to capture its tone and spirit!

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"Taken" Director's Next Movie Will Be... 


Pierre Morel, the guy who gave us the hit "Taken" has been pursued by Universal Pictures for the action-thriller "Pursuit."

This is based on real-life events revolving around the early career of conflict photographer Jason Howe.

(Click here to see Howe's conflict pictures)

"Pursuit" will focus on Howe's involvement with a woman in Colombia who turned out to be an assassin.

Wow, intriguing! And this happened in real life!

Morel tells Variety, "Aside from the d.p. and camerawork, I have been shooting still photography since I was a kid and have been fascinated by the reportage in war zones."

"If I'd been courageous enough, I might have done that myself. There is the sentimental side of a man in love, and a journalist trying not to become involved in the story he is covering."

As far as the inevitable "Taken" sequel is concerned? Morel and producer Luc Besson are taking their sweet time to come up with a plot worthy of a follow-up. The big question -- who will be "taken" this time, and how can lead actor Liam Neeson get involved?

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Immoral! "Bruno" Banned in Ukraine, Chopped in UK 


Ukraine banned "Bruno" because it is "immoral!"

No, really?

The hit mockumentary starring Sacha Baron Cohen has been banned because of "shots of sexual organs, homosexual intercourse, and bad language." The country deemed all of the above and more obscene and improper.

"Bruno" is supposed to be released in Ukraine next week, but the gay fashionista character won't be saying "Vassup?" for fear of offending deeply religious members of the population.

Meanwhile, back in the U.K., Universal will be releasing a tamer version of "Bruno." The studio is cutting a minute and a half of footage with strong sexual scenes in order to open up the film to a younger audience.

This one's all about money.

Oh, and by the way, Cohen's masterpiece, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," was banned in, where else, Kazakhstan and Russia!

Oh dear...

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New Details on the Jennifer Aniston, Gerald Butler Comedy "Bounty Hunter" 


Sony's comedy, "Bounty Hunter" has added a new member of the cast. Christine Baranski is joining Jennifer Aniston and Gerald Butler. She will be playing Aniston's mother.

The film, which is currently shooting, is being directed by Andy Tennant ("Hitch," "Sweet Home Alabama"). Script by Sarah Thorp revolves around a bounty hunter (Gerald Butler) who is hired to find his bail-skipping ex-wife (Aniston).

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