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J.K. Rowling: Hermione Shouldn’t Have Ended Up With Ron

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While Harry Potter was fulfilling his heroic destiny in J.K. Rowling’s seven novels, as well as the eight film adaptations, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were slowly but surely becoming a romantic pair.

But despite how the series ended, in a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, Rowling admits that history has changed her perspective on the Ron/Hermione pairing. In the author’s mind, Hermione and Ron should not have ended up together.

The Wonderland interview was conducted by none other than Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the eight Harry Potter films.

“For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron…I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”

Rowling added that as it is, Ron and Hermione would likely need relationship counseling.

In response, Watson said: “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”

Source: Yahoo! News

Image from telegraph.co.uk

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Jesse Eisenberg Cast as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Cast as Alfred in Superman/Batman Movie

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Warner Bros. announced this week that Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially been added to the cast of Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film.

Eisenberg will portray Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch nemesis. Since the character’s debut in Action Comics #23 in 1940, Luthor has been most notably played on the big screen by Gene Hackman (SupermanSuperman IISuperman IV: The Quest for Peace) and Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns).

Meanwhile, Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s faithful butler, who made his debut in 1942′s Batman #16. The character has been played in major motion pictures by Michael Gough in Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher’s Batman films, and by Michael Cain in Christopher Nolan’s three films.

The Superman/Batman film is set to star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The movie is set for release on May 16, 2016.

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Ninja Turtles Movie Promo Art Spotted at Toy Convention

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The image at left was captured at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. It depicts versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that are consistent with recent imagery leaked online that is linked to the upcoming film from Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes. Thus, this may be the first official image associated with the movie.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and co-produced by Michael Bay, the film stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, William Fichtner as the Shredder, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, and Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson. The movie comes out August 8, 2014.

Source: Comics Xaminer

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Ant-Man Moved to Old Superman/Batman Movie Release Date

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

In the wake of Warner Bros. moving its Superman/Batman movie to 2016, Disney and Marvel are moving Ant-Man from July 31, 2015, to the Superman/Batman film’s original release date of July 16.

This is the Disney/Marvel camp’s first reaction to the Superman/Batman move by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. The Man of Steel sequel is still competing with a yet to be announced Marvel film, also being released on May 6, 2016.

Ant-Man will star Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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Leaked Halloween Costume Image Offers Sneak Peek at Ninja Turtles Movie

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Details about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes have been scarce. But this week, fans got a taste of things to come from, of all things, a photo of a tie-in Halloween costume.

The leaked photo is of a Michelangelo costume. The character, wearing his trademark bandana and holding his signature nunchaku, But in addition, the character appears to be wearing a backpack, a necklace, torn pants, among other articles of clothing.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the film stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, William Fichtner as the Shredder, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, and Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson. The movie comes out August 8, 2014.

Source: TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com

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Superman/Batman Film Moves to 2016, Competes with Yet to be Announced Marvel Film

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The upcoming Superman/Batman film, originally slated for release on July 17, 2015, has been moved to May 6, 2016, Warner Bros. announced today.

The company announced via press release that the film was pushed back to give ”the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” A currently untitled Peter Pan film will take the film’s place on the July 17 release date.

This move places the Superman/Batman film in direct competition with a currently untitled Marvel Studios film. The company marked that date for a film release this past summer. This obviously raises several questions, but perhaps none more pertinent than whether one of the studios will eventually opt to vacate the May 6, 2016 release date.

“We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016.  Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”

The Superman/Batman film is set to star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Sources: Yahoo!, Newsarama

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Michael Douglas to Play Hank Pym in Ant-Man

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

It’s tough to argue that Michael Douglas is having a tremendous week. Less than 24 hours after winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Film for his role in Behind the Candelabra, Marvel Studios announced that Douglas will play Hank Pym in 2015′s Ant-Man.

Conversely, the studio also announced Paul Rudd’s role in the film: Scott Lang.

In the Marvel Universe, Hank Pym, a character who made his debut in Tales to Astonish #27 in 1962, is a brilliant scientist, and was the first man to assume the Ant-Man identity. After Pym retired the identity, Scott Lang, a a reformed thief and electronics expert, took on the role.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. ”We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Ant-Man, which kicks off “Phase 3″ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hits theaters July 31, 2015.

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Star Wars News: Episode VII Rewritten? Fisher and Jones on Big Bang Theory

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Numerous re-writes to Star Wars: Episode VII have recently taken place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Since the departure of Michael Arndt as screenwriter, and the insertion of director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in his place, the scripted has reportedly shifted to focus more on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Arndt allegedly had the focus on their offspring. Episode VII will reportedly give the stars of the original trilogy a send off, while Episode VIII and Episode IX will allow their children to take center-stage.

Actors reportedly being considered for roles in Episode VII include Jesse Plemons, Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving.

Meanwhile, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, executive producers of The Big Bang Theory, revealed to TV Line on the Golden Globes red carpet that Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the show. The actors will be playing themselves, and crossing paths with Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

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A Review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – The Ludicrous Climax

TITLE: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
STARRING: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh
DIRECTOR: Christopher Landon
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Solana Films, Room 101 Inc.
RATED: R
RUN-TIME: 84 min
RELEASED: January 3, 2014

***WARNING: A MAJOR SPOILER LAYS AHEAD FOR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES.***

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

Some movie franchises simply keep going strong, while others go bad. On the other hand, some just throw crazy stuff out there and hope it sticks. I thought the Paranormal Activity series couldn’t get any crazier after the third film. But Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the fifth film in the series, has managed to up the crazy, and not in a good way.

Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) break into the apartment of a neighbor who was recently murdered by one of their classmates. The next day, Jesse wakes up with a bite on his arm. He starts displaying special powers, and a creepy events begin to happen. The more they dig into why this is happening, the more it appears to be demonic in nature.

The film does have its share of positives. Most of the movie expands the franchise’s universe in a good way by hinting at larger conspiracy compared to the limited frame we have previously viewed. There are some nice jump scares that make use of the move from stationary cameras to handheld cameras.

In terms of positives, there are two moments that really stand out. The first is when Jesse grabs the camera from Hector and films him. That was a nice touch, as the person shooting these found footage movies rarely gets the tables turned on them like that. The other is when our protagonists go for the big showdown, and they have the common sense to go find some guns.

But it is still more of the same.  If you have seen one or two of the previous movies, you know when the monster is going to jump out to scare the audience. You know it is going to end badly. And at the end of the day, there is nothing very interesting or compelling about any of these characters. It still would have been a okay movie, but then the ending happened…

Time travel. Out of all the things they could have used to wrap things up, they used time travel. I thought the ending of the third movie, where everything was part of some witch conspiracy was a bit much. But throwing in time travel is pushing it too far for me. Why did it have to be time travel? What about a portal to hell? There is no reason for this to be here that makes any sense, except just throwing some craziness at the audience for craziness’ sake. What’s going to happen in the next movie? Is there going to be a period theme for every movie after this one? A PA film set in the ’60s, maybe? Or are they going to set one in the 1920s and make it a silent film? The time travel element is just too much for this series. It’s not the good kind of crazy. It’s crazy stupid.

While there are some positive developments over the previous films. But Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones still churns out a bunch of stuff that we have all seen before, and the end is too ridiculous to justify.

RATING: 4/10

Front page image from starnewsonline.com. Image 1 from rottentomatoes.com. Image 2 from digitalspy.co.uk.

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Sam Neill on Jurassic World: “They Don’t Need Me.”

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Alan Grant in 1993′s smash hit Jurassic Park, as well as 2001′s Jurassic Park III, has apparently not been asked to reprise his role for the upcoming Jurassic World.

The actor recently told The Examiner that he’d “never say no. I think there’s a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that’s great. As I said, I’d never say no, but I wish them… well, I’m sure it’s going to be great, but they don’t need me.”

Jurassic World, which comes out June 12, 2015, will star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan. The film is being directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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