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An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, "Ender's Game" frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth's fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven't even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
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There are really three movie stars headlining "The Internship": Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Google. Actually, it's a surprise Google doesn't get top billing over the humans, so adoringly is the company displayed.
Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff: Take a fly-over of the seven Harry Potter books in this funny retelling of the popular fantasy series, featuring the main characters, a fire breathing dragon and a game of Quidditch.
London • Bubbling with excitement, devotees of Harry Potter enter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter with a sharp warning: You’ll never look at quidditch the same way.
LONDON – Bubbling with excitement, devotees of Harry Potter enter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London-The Making of Harry Potter with a sharp warning: You’ll never look at quidditch the same way.
One of the Golden Snitch props used in the making of the Harry Potter movies is on display at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter. The Golden Snitch is part of a game called quidditch, the main sport played in the magical world of Harry Potter.
One of the rigs used to simulate flying in the Harry Potter movies is on display at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter. In the fictional world of Harry Potter, the main sport is quidditch, a game in which players fly around on broomsticks and score points using a variety of balls and hoops.
In quidditch, the main sport played in the fictional world of Harry Potter, players fly around on broomsticks. This presented a challenge to filmakers, who used special effects and two custom-made rigs to simulate the actors flying. Two of these rigs are on display at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter.
‘Those Harry Potter fanatics actually want a made-up game to become an Olympic sport!”
“Those Harry Potter fanatics actually want a made-up game to become an Olympic sport!”
Anticipation surrounding the Quidditch World Cup was nothing next to the excitement at Tempe Marketplace’s Harkins Theatres early Thursday morning.
They call themselves "Dumbledore's Army," in reference to Harry Potter and his friends who battle the "Dark Arts."
The biggest news in the theme park world this summer is the June 18 opening of the long-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in Florida.
MIAMI — It sounds like a new book in the Harry Potter series, but "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" will be a high-tech ride and the marquee attraction at the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a new theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.
It’s a little-kid rite of passage: lugging Harry Potter to and fro, begging for toy wands and Hogwarts birthday parties. But the boy wizard is nearly grown, and the love of magic he inspires in the very young is now tinged with pure evil, dripping with teen hormones.
If only the wave of a wand could make a big-budget, effects-laden film magically appear. Alas, that's not the case, so it's been two years since we've seen Harry Potter on screen and four years between the publication of Book 6 and its movie translation, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," is finally in theaters now.
Review: Harry Potter has kept his fans waiting for two years, the longest school break they have had to endure for a new movie adventure about the teen wizard. It's been worth the wait.
Parties and events celebrating the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”:
In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the beloved boy wizard — now fully immersed in puberty — pines for girls, endures the ridicule of classmates and is subjected to horrific displays of self-mutilation.
LONDON - A sense of magic and excitement was in the air in London's Leicester Square on Sunday as Harry Potter fans waited in the rain to greet cast members attending the premiere of the latest Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
LONDON - In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the teenage wizard faces new terrors. A face-to-face encounter with his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, for one. Girls, for another. And, still fresh in the mind of 16-year-old star Daniel Radcliffe - ballroom dancing.
SALEM, Mass. - Hundreds of Harry Potter fanatics have turned this historic seaport, best known for its witches and their trials, into a makeshift college campus fit for a young wizard.
Harry Potter fans Casey Fiesler, left, and Marilyn Cole, right, both of Atlanta, Ga, take a walk after watching a game of Quidditch, Saturday, in Salem, Mass.
If East Valley streets seem unusually empty this weekend, there will be one person to blame: Harry Potter. Thousands of residents will be holed up in living rooms, coffee shops and book stores reading the most anticipated book since ... well, ever.