Every year, the nerdlinger-centric San Diego-based event that gets far and away the most attention is, without a doubt, Comic-Con International, that annual orgiastic explosion of genre fans and promotion for comic books, videogames, television series, and movies.
But what of the San Diego Film Festival, an event that offers a five-day marathon of unique films, workshops, short films, Q & A's, and assorted bits of cinephile goodness? This year, the San Diego Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary from September 28th-October 2nd, kicking off with an opening night premiere for 50/50, the new comedic drama from The Wackness director starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick.
This summer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 capped off the decade-long, eight-film franchise in appropriately epic fashion, essentially demolishing Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while becoming the biggest film of the series. The series which, not adjusted for inflation, is now the biggest franchise of all time. Prior to the last film's release, the tagline was simply, "It All Ends," but of course we seasoned consumers knew that wasn't exactly true, since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 still has it's Blu-ray and DVD release on the way. Today, Warner Bros officially announced that the film arrives in stores on November 11th, along with Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection.
Long before he threateningly cast spells at child wizards as Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise, Ralph Fiennes was an accomplished Shakespearean actor. It's natural, then, that his first attempt at directing a feature film would be an adaptation of a play by old William Shakespeare. Based on the trailer for Coriolanus, though, he also made his first movie as a director an epic war film, visually channeling the likes of Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Seriously, watch that international trailer, which hit last week. Today, the Weinstein Company released the first poster for Coriolanus, with Fiennes as the title facing off against his nemesis, played by Gerard Butler. And they're both blood-red Kalashnikovs silhouetted onto their faces to make clear in no uncertain terms that this is a war movie.
The plays of William Shakespeare have been transplanted to so many settings both contemporary and historical that there's very little novelty to be found in cleverly repackaging the Bard's words in a shiny new package, but every once in awhile, a new take on one of Shakespeare's works makes a big impression.
Coriolanus, the upcoming film which places Shakespeare's Roman tragedy in a contemporary, war-torn context, earned all manner of effusive praise when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and based on the new UK trailer, it's not difficult to see why. Two-time Oscar nominee and world-class thespian Ralph Fiennes is not only starring as the title character, he's making his directorial debut. Watch the Coriolanus trailer and share in the enthusiasm for what looks to be an incredible Shakespearean action film.
After spending a lot of time going nowhere due to the financial troubles at MGM, the next cinematic adventure of Ian Fleming's famous superspy is finally proceeding apace, with director Sam Mendes knee-deep in casting. Daniel Craig is back for his third turn as James Bond in the as-yet untitled Bond 23, with Javier Bardem as the latest Bond baddie and Ralph Fiennes as a mysterious character about whom we know pretty much nothing. Judi Dench returns as M, and we recently learned that Naomie Harris is in talks to play Miss Moneypenny, as well. Now, it seems Rhys Ifans will also partake in the next round of espionage and action in an unspecified role.
In less than 48 hours, a whole lot of Americans will have already seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and in doing so partaken in their last new Potter film. Since the end of this decade-spanning eight film series is finally coming to a much-anticipated end, it is absolutely imperative that we cram in every possible nugget of perspective-inducing Harry Potter information to properly convey the enormity of this occasion. It's not another batch of pictures or even yet more posters of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and/or Ralph Fiennes wielding wants. No, this is a handy inforgaphic which conveniently and eye-pleasingly presents a plethora of numerical stats related to the entirety of the Potter franchise.
In just a few days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will close out the decade-spanning film franchise while most assuredly raking in enough money for Warner Bros to fill a pool with gold coins, Scrooge McDuck-style. To prime themselves for the impending finale of the series, Potter fans the world over are watching all the previous installments of the series, starting with 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and working up to Deathly Hallows: Part 1. If you want to put the final adventure of the Boy Who Lived into the proper context but don't have a cumulative 1,048 minutes to spare, the WB has courteously provided a new video featurette that serves as a nostalgia-inducing retrospective running through the cinematic adaptations of JK Rowling's novels. It clocks in at a handy five minutes and change, so there's no excuse not watch. Unless, of course, you're waist-deep in revisiting the films themselves.
As long as there's been an internet rumor factory, unsubstantiated stories about whichever James Bond film is on the way have come down the figurative conveyor belt with regularity. The delay in getting underway on the as-yet untitled Bond 23 – due to the insolvency of MGM – has not caused rumors to abate one bit, but some of the rumors turn out to be true. A month ago, Naomie Harris was reported to have met with director Sam Mendes for an unspecified role in the next Bond adventure, and according to The Daily Mail today, Harris is now in negotiations to play Miss Moneypenny, a sassy lass not seen since 2002's Die Another Day.
If you have an acute case of Potter-fever, then the only real cure is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but the big event's release is just about a week away. Besides, the conclusion of the franchise based on JK Rowling's novels has serious side effects, like uncontrollable weeping and post-series depression. To treat your potentially-fatal fever until July 15th, your doctor is going to prescribe these six new clips from Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Beware, though, if you're allergic to spoilers, even if you've read the books you'll be seeing footage from all over the film, including pivotal scenes and a good joke or two.
With every new batch of posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 emphatically declaring little more than, "It All Ends," the more we as an audience become convinced, in our desperate state, that it does not all, in fact, end. In our need to believe we'll continue seeing the cinematic adventures of JK Rowling's boy wizard, the prolific output of character posters seems to spring from a never-ending source, an infinite well of muggle-baiting movies that will star Daniel Radcliffe well into senility. Anyways, with just nine days until the franchise finale hits theaters, Warner Bros has unveiled four more posters, counter-intuitively promising that the series will never, ever, ever end.