Tag Archives: Harry Potter

Fantastic Beasts is Fun, and there’s a Pandora’s Box to Worry About

19 Nov

fantastic-beasts-sequel-03aug16By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

* Spoiler Alert

A tiny bit of that familiar Harry Potter magic is all that’s needed to spin Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into its own yarn. While most of the music is original, the signature tune from the Potter films reminds viewers about where this new series fits in a greater whole. The movie has all the intrigue from, say The Untouchables (1987), but when that familiar formula from the books J.K. Rowling wrote about the titular character, the young man in this new film has hints of Nicholas Rowe (ala Young Sherlock Holmes) feeling lost, embroiled to his own world, until reality hits him hard.

The wizarding world J.K. Rowling invented is expanded upon. With this new film, the very precocious Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is getting the spotlight even though a bigger issue (which will span several movies) is afoot elsewhere. He arrives in America by boat (through New York) and meets Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol). An accidental switch of suitcases belonging to the two men opens up a Pandora’s Box of problems.

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Making a B Line (can’t say P) to Potted Potter

13 Nov

potted-potter-posterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

I’m no stranger to the ‘reduced’ format when stage performers decide to condense a very well-known work from its voluminous size down to a few minutes. The final result is often hilarious and you do not need to attempt to read the book afterwards! Take, for example, the many works of William Shakespeare (which the Reduced Shakespeare Company is famous for) or Star Wars (One Man Star Wars). There’re other works too, and when I heard about Potted Potter, I had to be there and drag James Shaw along. He saw the movies, but never read the books. Yes, shame on him!

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Shawn’s Dreaming of Spooky Gaming Hijinks

29 Oct

By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Halloween is my favourite time of year! The weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and this special day is approaching fast. It’s a time to enjoy the spookier side of life, and with that in mind here are ten recent and classic games and franchises to fit the mood.

Presented in no particular order are:

Silent Hill

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Before this game even became a franchise, the original Silent Hill had you searching a small town of perpetual fog for your missing daughter. The mountain town of Silent Hill seems quiet, serene and surprisingly deserted. If you’re a fan of the recent television hit, Stranger Things, you couldn’t be blamed to think that Silent Hill was one of its inspirations.

Harry Potter’s Draco Malfoy to Appear at Fan Expo Vancouver!

12 Aug

TomFeltonProImageBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Tom Felton, better known as villainous Draco Malfoy from J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter films, will be appearing at the 2016 Fan Expo Vancouver.

Originally hailing from Epsom in Surrey, Felton is a talented actor who established himself in two feature films before landing the role as Potter’s Slytherin house rival. Felton played Peagreen Clock in the 1997 film The Borrowers with Jim Broadbent and as Louis Leonowens in Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow-Yun-Fat.

Felton’s post Potter acting credits include Dodge Landon in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as Viscount Trencavel with John Hurt in the TV mini series Labyrinth, James Ashford in Belle, and as tech genius and prime suspect in the Steven Bocho series Murder in the First.

Felton is a noted singer who turned down a position with the famed Guildford Cathedral Choir at a younger age. His YouTube performances have racked up millions of hits. He is also one of the founding owners and talents at Six String Productions, a record company that signs young musical talent normally overlooked by major recording labels.

Fan Expo Vancouver will be held November 11-13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit their official website at http://fanexpovancouver.com/.

Source(s): Fan Expo Vancouver and InternetPerson16.