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LEGO Brings Fantastic Beasts Magic to London, Edinburgh and Cardiff with Seven Nifflers
Posted by Megs

To celebrate the launch of the latest film in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald, LEGO have created seven Nifflers made out of LEGO bricks and put them out for display across London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Each Niffler has been created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks, and weighing approximately 30kg each, measuring over 75cm tall!

To mark the 16th November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new big-adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The LEGO Group has brought several mischievous LEGO® brick Nifflers – the furry treasure-hunters with a penchant for anything shiny from the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling – to real world locations in the U.K.
 
The LEGO brick Nifflers have caught causing mischief in U.K. locations to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Nifflers have been spotted near some of London’s best-known hot spots for treasure, including the infamous diamond district Hatton Garden; and the keeper of the Crown Jewels, The Tower of London; before finishing their tour at their LEGO home, Leicester Square Retail Store. 
 
Two more Nifflers also sought out shiny things in Edinburgh and Cardiff on the day of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald regional premieres on 13 November.
 
Each Niffler has been created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks, and weighing approximately 30kg each, measuring over 75cm tall and requiring 60 man hours to build.

 “We wanted to inject some LEGO magic into the hearts of Wizarding World fans across the country, and what better way to celebrate the creativity and fun of LEGO bricks than to create mischievous Nifflers in brick form,” said Rory Unwin, Brand Manager for LEGO Wizarding World. “The reaction from the public has been fantastic, up and down the country – and we hope Wizarding World fans enjoy seeing them as much as we did building them!”

NIFFLERS – FACT-FILE:

  • Nifflers are long-snouted, burrowing creatures native to Britain with a penchant for anything shiny
  • Their special abilities are finding treasure and they have a pouch in their bellies where they hide their loot such as jewelry, coins or other sparkly objects 
  • The naughty LEGO brick Nifflers have been created by LEGO to celebrate the release of the new Fantastic Beasts film
  • The special LEGO Nifflers were created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks each, and weighing approximately 30kg, measuring over 75cm tall and requiring 60 man hours to build
Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, LEGO Harry Potter, The Crimes of Grindelwald
WB Games and Niantic Debut Trailer for AR Mobile Game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Posted by Megs

Niantic, creators of Pokémon Go, and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™,  the upcoming augmented reality mobile game that will put magic in the hands of players worldwide. The game launches in 2019.

“Why are traces of magic appearing in the Muggle world? Enlist immediately to help uphold the Statute of Secrecy and protect the wizarding world!”

Co-published and co-developed by Niantic and WB Games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, a games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by the Wizarding World.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will be able to explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, sign up to receive the latest information at www.wizardsunite.com and follow the game on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. We’ll be posting an updates as they come.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Video – The Filmmakers Behind Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Featurette
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Today IMAX has released a new Behind The Frame featurette featuring Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates, producer David Hayman, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law discussing why IMAX is the ideal format for bringing the Wizarding World to life. From the biggest screens to heart-pounding audio and an awe-inspiring picture, it is more fantastic in IMAX!

You want to be taken to another place and IMAX takes you there like no other format.” – Producer David Hayman

When you watch an event movie, you want to see it on the best screen you can.” – Director David Yates

“It’s somewhat out of body. It’s like you’re in the Wizarding World. I like the scale and the experience of watching everything on the massive screen.” – Actor Jude Law

The IMAX release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the Wizarding World themselves.

Watch the featurette below and make sure you get your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16th!

Filed Under: David Heyman, David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Magic Continues: From Harry Potter to Fantastic Beasts Featurette
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Warner Bros. has released another Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald video. The Magic Continues: From Harry Potter to Fantastic Beasts Featurette helps fans discover how Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is connected to the Harry Potter series.

Make sure you get your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16th!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Featurette – Distinctly Dumbledore
Posted by Megs

With just over a week away until Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters, J.K. Rowling and the cast discuss the beloved character Dumbledore in this new featurette. Make sure you get your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16th!

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Clip: ‘Red’ Starring Alfred Enoch; Screenings Today
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The West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre play ‘Red’ will be holding screenings with a recording of the production in select theaters across the UK and North America today. Alfred Enoch, best known to readers of this site as Dean Thomas, plays Ken in this production. Ken is the assistant to artist Mark Rothko, played by Alfred Molina. It is a revival of the 2009 production which also starred Alfred Molina but Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts) played the assistant. Tickets are still available for some theaters and may be purchased here.

A clip from the play may be watched below:

Filmed at the Wyndham’s Theatre, where it completes its run on 28 July, the production is based on Grandage’s original 2009 Donmar Warehouse production, that went on to win six Tony Awards including for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play.

“I am delighted that the original production of Red will be screened worldwide for all to see as part of MGC’s commitment to reach as wide an audience as possible. It has enjoyed a long life that has included the Donmar, Broadway, LA and finally the West End, so it is particularly wonderful that it will be broadcast in cinemas later this year with Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch on stage at the Wyndham’s Theatre.” Michael Grandage

“To me the release of the original production of Red in cinemas feels like a natural conclusion to a run that began a decade ago in London. I’m thrilled that a wider audience will get to share in the work of these two extraordinary actors – especially the towering presence of Alfred Molina, who began this journey with Michael Grandage and me so long ago. Working on Red has always been a joy and privilege, and I’m thrilled to have this consummate production of my play preserved on film.” John Logan

“The richness of Red is illustrated by the fantastic acclaim from press and audiences alike and we cannot wait to bring this outstanding production starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch to cinemas across the UK and USA. We are excited to collaborate with Michael Grandage and the team at MGC for the release of one of the most important theatre events of the decade.” Alice De Rosa, Director of Distribution, Trafalgar Releasing

Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Filed Under: Alfred Enoch
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