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Hogwarts comes alive in trailer for Quidditch documentary 'Mudbloods'

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This is not your mother’s college sports team. Your cool aunt’s, though, maybe.

Whether there’s one on your current campus, at your alma mater, or maybe at your dream school, student Quidditch clubs are popping up all around the country, and there’s nothing imaginary about the competition. The broom-borne game—created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series—is now a full-fledged co-ed contact sport, and the new documentary Mudbloods looks at how the once-fictional game became a phenomenon.

Directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari, Mudbloods follows a team of Quidditch players at UCLA as they compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in New York City. The doc takes a close look at the pioneers of the sport, the athletes who ensure it’s no joke, and the skeptics and fans who have their own opinions about the real-life proliferation of Harry Potter’s fictional pastime.

Sangari’s film made its world premiere at the AFI DOCS festival in June and will be available on demand and in limited theatrical release via Bond/360 this October.

Below, watch EW’s exclusive trailer for Mudbloods: READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Into the Woods' drops 10 new production photos

The trailer for Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods is on the horizon—but before the trailer debuts, the studio has released ten new production photos from the film exclusively to People.

Previously, fans have only seen a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s Witch. Now, though, they can take a good look at (almost) every major character in the movie, in which a handful of fairy tale characters—including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame)—weaving an interconnected story as they each journey into the forest to find their dreams and make their wishes come true.

In addition to Streep as the rapping Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wolf (whose face has been kept hidden in the shots), Into the Woods stars a huge ensemble of both established film stars and relative newcomers from New York theater. Before the film hits cinemas on December 25, check out the production shots below: READ FULL STORY

E.T. goes bad in trailer for alien shocker 'Extraterrestrial'

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“Keep watching the skies!” warned Douglas Spencer’s reporter at the end of the 1951 science-fiction classic The Thing From Another World. More than 60 years on, that remains good advice for characters in alien-themed horror movies such as the Tribeca-screened Extraterrestrial. This third film from directors the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) details a weekend getaway by five college friends which goes horribly awry when aliens invade.

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'Atari' doc trailer digs deep into legend of infamous 'E.T.' video game

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How did computer company Atari rise so quickly and why did it collapse so horribly? What role did the infamous E.T. video game play in that disastrous corporate fall? And did the company really bury vast quantities of the Spielberg spin-off in a New Mexico landfill site?

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See the poster for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

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Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western, The Hateful Eight, hasn’t even been shot yet, and it’s already been through its fair share of ups and downs. When pages from the script were leaked back in January, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Gawker and announced that he was no longer going to make the film. Then, in April, Tarantino told a crowd that he was in fact working on a new draft of the script. And most recently, at Comic-Con, Tarantino said that the film was moving forward. Now, we have proof of that.

We’ve got a look at the poster for The Hateful Eight, which will premiere in the upcoming issue of Empire. According to the poster, the film will be shot in 70-millimeter Super Cinemascope and will hit theaters in 2015.

You won't get to see that 'Batman v Superman' footage from Comic-Con

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Even though it was one of the highlights of Warner Bros.’s Hall H presentation at San Diego this weekend, the studio has decided not to release their preview of Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Variety reports that the footage shown at the panel, which included shots of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman glowering at each other, will be kept under wraps for the time being.

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Warner Bros.' next fantasy franchise could be 'Dragonriders of Pern'

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Even though The Hobbit is ending this December, Warner Bros. isn’t quite done with dragons.

According to Deadline, the studio has optioned the long-running fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern from the estate of author Anne McCaffrey. The series, which began with 1968’s Dragonflight, takes place on a planet called Pern, where a select few inhabitants are able to harness fire-breathing dragons to combat a deadly phenomenon called Thread.

Warner Bros. is never one to be inconvenienced by their source material ending (or being too short), but should Pern be a success, it has the potential to be around for a very long time: There have been 22 books in the series, with its latest entry, Sky Dragons, released in 2012.

 

 

Katie Holmes options Annie Weatherwax's 'All We Had'

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Katie Holmes might be planning a producing gig, as EW has confirmed that the Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins actress has optioned the rights to artist Annie Weatherwax’s debut novel All We Had.

The novel is described as a portrait of a “gritty” mother and and her 13-year-old daughter, who live together on the edge of poverty. After being kicked out of their home and scrambling to find a place to live, the pair ends up in small town where a collection of quirky characters helps them out.

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Edgar Wright to direct 'Grasshopper Jungle'

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Edgar Wright will direct the sci-fi coming-of-age tale Grasshopper Jungle for Sony Pictures, EW has confirmed. The news follows Wright’s highly publicized departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man.

The film, based on the YA novel by Andrew Smith, follows a young boy and his friends who cause a genetically engineered plague, unleashing human-size praying mantises, which they must fight. Wright will direct the flick once he wraps Baby Driver for Working Title.

Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) is writing the script and will produce alongside Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Deadline first reported the news.

Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

• Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, who also wrote the script set in the cheap and crime-riddled world of 1970s New York. [THR]

• Oona Laurence, the 11-year-old actress who was one of four girls to originate the title role of Matilda on Broadway, has joined the cast of Lamb. The indie drama stars the film’s writer/director Ross Partridge (The Off Hours) as David Lamb, who goes on a mission of self-discovery. The film is an adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel. [Deadline]

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