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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' poster appropriately gritty

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The Harry Potter marketing machine continues to do it right: The new poster for the final installment of the franchise features a stare down between bruised and battered Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). I love it: Not only because the blood on Harry’s face reminds you that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 is a war film, but because you can’t help but think of what this image would’ve looked like had it been Harry circa Sorcerer’s Stone and appreciate the man he’s become. (Note how the light catches Harry’s stubble… when you’re not mesmerized by Voldemort’s fingernail.) I also love that they went with this strong image, with the wand at the center and the line “IT ALL ENDS 7.15″ and didn’t care that it left no room for the title of the movie. Eight films in, we know it.

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Warner Bros. adds 'Inception,' 'Harry Potter' to Facebook rentals

Starting today at 1 p.m. ET, The Dark Knight won’t be the only Warner Bros. title available for rental on Facebook. The next five titles included in the studio’s experiment are InceptionHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Life as We Know It, and Yogi Bear. “We’re pleased to expand our test with a variety of titles that will appeal to a broad audience,” Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, said in the announcement. “These titles have substantial followings on Facebook. The Fan Pages for Harry Potter and Inception alone are two of the most popular and active communities on the site.” In care you’re curious: Inception has more than 6 million Facebook fans, while Life As We Know It, the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel rom-com, has 214,766, and Yogi Bear has 161,031.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1': First Look at Blu-ray's 'Maximum Movie Mode' -- EXCLUSIVE

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 15, and we’ve got your first look at the Blu-ray combo pack’s “Maximum Movie Mode” feature. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) hosts the interactive journey through the film, revisiting important moments from previous movies as a walk-up to the final installment’s arrival in theaters on July 15. In the clip below, Isaacs reminds us why we fear the Dementors and that they went through a design change. Not covered: Why a Dementor Halloween costume isn’t as scary as one would expect. (It’s the nose.)  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1' Blu-ray promo -- EXCLUSIVE

What will be the movie that finally gets you to convert to Blu-ray if you haven’t already? If you’re a Harry Potter fan, it could be the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, which hits shelves April 15. Watch the promo below, which teases the hours of extras available only on the Blu-ray combo pack (that includes Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies). The DVD will boast deleted scenes, but the Blu-ray comes loaded with those plusREAD FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' to receive special BAFTA award

The Harry Potter film franchise will be recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema honor at the BAFTA Awards on Feb. 13. Author J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will accept the honor on behalf of the franchise, which has grossed $5.4 billion worldwide since the first Potter film was released 10 years ago.

'Inception,' 'Boardwalk Empire' highlight VES nominations

Inception, which featured an amazing zero-gravity brawl and a Paris that folds in on itself, earned four nominations at the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which transforms modern-day Brooklyn into 1929 Atlantic City, led all shows and movies with five nominations.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Iron Man 2
TRON: Legacy
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Tangled' wins slow weekend with $21.5 mil

Tangled-princessImage Credit: DisneyThe week after Thanksgiving is historically known for its precipitous drops, and in that regard, this weekend didn’t disappoint. The overall box office was down 54 percent from last week, as Disney’s Tangled, armed with a frying pan, bludgeoned its way past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 to claim first place with $21.5 million, according to studio estimates. Tangled declined 56 percent from last weekend — a modest drop for a weekend that’s particularly harsh to family films. The animated spin on the Rapunzel fairy tale has so far grossed $96.5 million. Deathly Hallows, which led the box office two weeks in a row, fell to second place with $16.7 million — a 66 percent drop. The PG-13 fantasy film has tallied $244.2 million domestically, and $713.3 million worldwide.

The Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque and Denzel Washington action thriller Unstoppable tied for third place with $6.1 million. The victor of this collision between two divas and a speeding train won’t be decided until Monday’s final figures are released. In fifth place, the R-rated romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs held up surprisingly well, dipping only 42 percent for $5.7 million. The weekend’s only new wide release, the R-rated Western-meets-martial-arts cocktail The Warrior’s Way, made an impact that only a seismometer could detect. Playing at 1,622 theaters, the $42 million action film debuted in ninth place with just $3.1 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Tangled' takes the lead with $5.1 mil on Friday

Flynn-tangledImage Credit: DisneyTangled rid itself of any knots as it climbed to the top of the box office on Friday, grossing $5.1 million, according to early estimates. That’s a 74 percent drop from last Friday, which, mind you, was an enormous day for moviegoing. The PG animated musical should receive a decent bump on Saturday, as most family films do, and finish the weekend with about $21 million. In second place, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 descended 77 percent for $4.8 million on Friday. It’s on track for an $18 million weekend, which would bring its cumulative gross to $245 million. The rest of the top five consisted of leftovers. The Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque fell 56 percent for $2 million, while right on its heels was the R-rated romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs, which slipped only 48 percent for $2 million as well. (Burlesque is estimated to have earned $25,000 more than Love and Other Drugs on Friday). And in fifth place was the Denzel Washington action thriller Unstoppable, which skidded 59 percent for $1.9 million.

The weekend’s only new wide release, the martial-arts Western The Warrior’s Way, might as well start selecting its coffin. The R-rated film debuted in ninth place with $1.1 million. In limited release, however, things were much rosier. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, opened in 18 theaters and collected $426,000 for a stupendous per-location average of $23,667. The R-rated ballet-horror film could conclude the weekend with about $1.5 million, and the resulting $83,000 per-location average would be the second largest ever for a film playing in at least 10 theaters. (Only last year’s Precious, which debuted in 18 theaters and registered a $104,025 per-location average, ranks higher). And the historical drama The King’s Speech continued its royal run with $85,000 from six locations. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. Tangled — $5.1 mil
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 — $4.8 mil
3. Burlesque — $2.0 mil
4. Love and Other Drugs — $2.0 mil
5. Unstoppable — $1.9 mil

Box office preview: Tangled to seize the reins from Deathly Hallows

Box office preview: 'Tangled' to seize the reins from 'Deathly Hallows'

tangledImage Credit: DisneyThe week after Thanksgiving is known for box-office declines comparable to a post-cupcake sugar crash, so it’s going to be pretty dead out there, folks. Only one new movie — the Korean/English-language/filmed in New Zealand/Western/marital-arts epic The Warrior’s Way – is being released wide, while my pick for one of the most brilliantly gutsy movies of the year, Black Swan, is being unveiled in select cities. The box office will likely be dominated by Thanksgiving weekend’s main two courses: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 and Tangled. However, the latter should actually overtake Deathly Hallows this weekend, for reasons I’ll explain right now. My predictions:

1. Tangled: $24.5 million

Disney’s fairy-tale musical surprised the entire industry by coming within $300,000 of beating Deathly Hallows last holiday weekend. While family films have historically tumbled the week after Thanksgiving, Tangled has been blessed with extraordinary word-of-mouth. CinemaScore audiences gave the animated movie an “A+” grade, the first time a film’s earned that grade since last year’s The Blind Side. In fact, The Blind Side is a perfect comparison point for Tangled. Last year, The Blind Side dropped 50 percent during the week after Thanksgiving — the smallest slip of any wide release — and overtook The Twilight Saga: New Moon to wind up as No. 1 for the first time. Expect a nearly identical drop for Tangled, giving it a $24.5 million weekend and a cumulative tally of nearly $100 million by Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

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