It was designed to look as if it hadn’t been dusted for centuries, but, like all movie sets, the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was built in the expectation that it would be torn down in less than a year. Warner Bros had a good idea that Harry Potter might be a winner when it pressed ahead with plans to turn the first of JK Rowling’s family adventure stories, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, into a film. Even so, few could have expected that the sound stages of Leavesden Studios, near Watford, would be kept busy with the Potter series for the decade that followed. The Great Hall set remained standing on C Stage as eight films, by four directors, grossing a combined $7.7 billion, were shot.
On the night James Franco hosted the Oscars, the show featured a segment in which veteran Oscars host Bob Hope was digitally brought back to life to compere one more time. It typified an Academy Awards show this year that rather failed to reconcile its desire to appeal to younger audiences with its need to […]
If you believe the cries issuing from fanboy writers over the past couple of days, Kevin Smith has changed. To hear them tell it, he’s lost his way; disillusioned with critics, distributors and film-making. On the surface, the facts support the theory. Premiering his horror project, Red State, at the Sundance film festival on Sunday, […]
Dr. Brian Cox – neither the original Hannibal Lecter nor a character from Scrubs, but rather an experimental physicist – has a grin on his face the size of Saturn. We’re ten thousand odd feet in the air on a flight bound for Geneva and he’s just explained to Rotten Tomatoes UK that the universe is so large, so busy, so old and with such life ahead of it that the entire human race is not even worthy of a footnote in a fifty-volume encyclopaedia on its contents.