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Eddie Redmayne Records Audio Book for Fantastic Beasts as Newt
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced this morning that Eddie Redmayne has recorded an audio book for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Newt Scamander. The digital audio book is available for pre-order from Audible UK, Audible US and Audible Australia now and will be released on 14 March 2017.

This is NOT a reading of the screenplay, it’s for the original textbook from 2001. This new version has updated beasts from J.K. Rowling as well as a foreword from Newt.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films
Watch: BBC Radio 1 Documentary ‘The Secret Of The Wizarding World’
Posted by Megs

With the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe help Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb discover why the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has become one of the biggest and most beloved franchises ever. Watch the half hour documentary below:

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films
Video: JK Rowling and Eddie Redmayne Talk Lumos at Fantastic Beasts Screening
Posted by Megs

This past Saturday we were in attendance at a special screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne spoke at the screening to support her charity, Lumos. They shed a light on the very important issue of children being institutionalized at orphanages. Their message of the evening was that if you want to help children donate to community based organizations rather than orphanages.

The special advance screening, of the new Warner Bros. feature film, with box office ticket sales and proceeds from an online sweepstakes going directly to support Lumos’ work, is part of We Are Lumos Worldwide, a global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organization’s work to bring the 8 million hidden children in orphanages around the world to light, and get them home to families.

Lumos have sent over a short clip from their conversation.

Update: The full video is now available:

Sitting across from each other on the stage of perhaps the most celebrated concert hall in America, before an enthralled sold-out audience, the acclaimed writer and actor talked at length about the work of Lumos in helping children around the world to leave orphanages and institutions and return them to their families.

“We know that children who are raised in institutions suffer developmental delays, that they tend to be physically stunted, they normally have psychological trauma – it is just not what nature intended for children to be herded together and not given individual love and care,” said J.K. Rowling. “This is an entirely solvable issue. Lumos’ ambition – and we believe it’s achievable – is that by 2050, we will have ended institutionalization globally.”

She concluded: “The last thing I would say, particularly to young people in the audience today – I would reiterate that we need to change minds… do a little bit of research, and make sure you are supporting families to stay together.”

The two artists went on to talk about the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and were joined on stage by director David Yates and cast members Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, before introducing the film to the nearly 3,000 guests at Carnegie Hall.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
Videos: Eddie Redmayne Promotes Fantastic Beasts on Ellen
Posted by Megs

Eddie Redmayne appeared on The Ellen Show today to promote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and two clips from the episode have been posted on EllenTube. Watch below and enjoy!

The actor sat down with Ellen for the first time since winning an Oscar, becoming a father, and finding out that his “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” journey with J.K. Rowling is just beginning!

The Oscar-winning star of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” played a wild round of “Heads Up!” with Ellen!

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films
WB Announces Global Fantastic Beasts Fan Event; Sorcerer’s Stone IMAX Screening
Posted by Megs

After the release of the final Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, Warner Bros. announced via Facebook that they will have a special fan event with the cast of Fantastic Beasts on October 13. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and select theaters.

Join the cast from Fantastic Beasts for a live Q&A and be the first to see exciting new footage from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. They also revealed that fans in the US will be able to stay after the event to watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in IMAX, it’s first ever screening!

Tickets are available here. Unfortunately you have to add yourself to the waitlist now if you’re interested in attending as passes have run out.

As the excitement builds for the November 18th opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” fans will get to experience some of the film’s magic early at the global celebration A RETURN TO J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD. The worldwide fan event will kick off on Thursday, October 13th, at 8:30 p.m. GMT (3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 p.m. PDT) and simultaneously in major cities in the U.S. and internationally. The announcement comes on the heels of this morning’s debut of the brand new trailer for the film.

Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, stated, “The enthusiasm and support of wizarding world fans everywhere has meant so much to us, as well as the filmmakers. We are proud to share some exciting footage from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ at this global event created just for them, and are especially thrilled that most can experience it in IMAX.”

Attendees will first be treated to a never-before-seen reel featuring some of the thrilling moments from the much-anticipated film. Talent from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be joining the celebration, in person, at two IMAX theatres, in London and Los Angeles, to welcome the fans.

• In London: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and director David Yates will be on hand.
• In Los Angeles: Colin Farrell and Jon Voight will be in attendance.

Fans gathered at those locations, as well as attendees watching from IMAX theatres in New York, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, as well as a non-IMAX theatre in Rome, will be able to submit questions to the stars and director during the Q&A. It will be a rare opportunity to learn more about the story and their thrilling foray into a new era of the wizarding world.

The footage shown, as well as the Q&A, will also be streamed live online at www.facebook.com/fantasticbeastsmovie so eager fans around the world can share in the excitement.

Fans at each location will be presented with a specially designed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” exclusive t-shirt, commemorating the worldwide event, as well as a collectible mini-poster.

As an added bonus, audiences in the U.S. theatres can stay for a special screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” being presented for the first time ever in IMAX.

Filed Under: Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Katherine Waterston
J.K. Rowling & Eddie Redmayne to Attend Screening of Fantastic Beasts To Benefit Lumos
Posted by Megs

It has been announced today that J.K. Rowling will attend a special screening of Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them in New York City to benefit Lumos Foundation USA. Eddie Redmayne, director David Yates and additional cast members will also be present at the special screening in support of the author‘s non-profit children’s organization. Tickets for the November 12th event at Carnegie Hall will be available today, June 27th at 11amEST.

LUMOS FOUNDATION USA — author J.K. Rowling’s international non-profit children’s organization–announced today that J.K. Rowling will join Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne on stage at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a conversation, followed by a special advance screening of the much-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Starting today at 11:00 am ET, tickets to this family event (age recommendation 10 years+) range from $25-$500 and will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and Seventh Avenue in New York City, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, and online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/

This exclusive event to benefit Lumos Foundation USA, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and publisher Scholastic Inc., will follow the film’s worldwide premiere, being held earlier that week in New York, and is prior to the UK premiere in London the following week. The film will open worldwide on November 18th, 2016 and on November 19th Scholastic will publish the screenplay of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling in the United States and Canada.

The benefit screening at Carnegie Hall will be introduced by director David Yates together with members of the cast. All proceeds will go directly toward the work of Lumos to help the eight million children in orphanages around the world get back to family life.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a new and original story by J.K. Rowling, marking her screenwriting debut. In addition to Eddie Redmayne, the film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.

Ticket revenues will support the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign in the United States, UK and across the globe. The campaign will launch in September and help raise awareness and funds to end the harmful and unnecessary practice of placing children in orphanages.

“Decades of research and evidence show us that all aspects of a child’s development suffer when they are raised in orphanages and institutions. These places can never replace what a child needs, which is love, care and attention from a dedicated parent or caregiver” said Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos. “Because most children in orphanages are not orphans, they can go home if we can put the right support in place for their families.”

“We are profoundly grateful to J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. and Scholastic for making this exciting film screening possible. Not only is it an opportunity to be among the first to see the film, but it will also help Lumos do the vital work needed to help the millions of vulnerable and voiceless children in orphanages get back to their families and family life, which is their right, and it is where they belong.”

“Warner Bros. is proud to support the important work done by Lumos” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “Jo has inspired millions with her amazing storytelling, and now Lumos is doing the same through their work on behalf of children everywhere. They are truly changing the world, one child at a time.”

“J.K. Rowling’s brilliant Harry Potter series has inspired and encouraged millions of children around the world. Now Jo and the Lumos Foundation are improving the lives of millions more children by helping return them to family life, and Scholastic is proud to support this important work,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic.

Thanks to the generosity of Warner Bros., Scholastic and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every cent donated and raised by the event will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund. The Fund will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. No portion of any donations will go to administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organization.

Visitors to the wearelumos.org/worldwide website are invited to sign up now to the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, which will launch in September. Those registering now will receive early notification of further exciting announcements.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of children – from infants to older children – return to family life in Central and Eastern Europe and more recently in Haiti. Now, in its second decade, Lumos is expanding its work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions around the world with the aim to end institutionalization of children globally by 2050.

Filed Under: David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
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