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Harry Potter 3’s Most Important Cut Story Created 2 Problems

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An important storyline cut from the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban created two major problems for the rest of the movies.

A cut storyline from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban created two major problems. While the Harry Potter movies have been a huge success with both audiences and critics, the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has always been singled out as an exceptional adaptation of its source material and arguably the best feature installment of the franchise.

In the original book of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter receives the Marauder’s Map, which shows the location of every person on the entire grounds of Hogwarts. The map was created by the Marauders: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. It is later revealed in the book that the real identities of the Marauders were Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, and James Potter, and the nicknames were based on whichever animal they could transform into.

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There are hints in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie that those four friends are the Marauders; however, it is never outright stated in the adaptation, nor is it ever confirmed in any of the subsequent movies. While film adaptions often cut storylines for time, the Marauders’ identities and backstory being omitted caused two problems. By not confirming their identities, the movie doesn’t let the audience in on major character moments for the Marauders, even changing some of their backstories. It also makes key moments in other Harry Potter movies when the Marauders are mentioned confusing for viewers who haven’t read the books.


When the Marauders’ identities are revealed in the Prisoner of Azkaban book, it is accompanied by how they came up with the names and created the map. It is explained that when Sirius, Peter, and James found out Remus was a werewolf, they decided to become animagi — wizards who can change into a specific animal — to keep Remus company when he transformed. This showed how close the group of friends were in the past, making Peter’s revealed betrayal that much more devastating. By taking this out, that emotion is lost in the movie version. In the adaptation, Remus tells Harry that while the boy’s father “had a talent for trouble,” his mother Lily was “there for me at a time when no one else was.” This implies that it was actually Lily who was there for Remus during his werewolf transformations instead of James and the others. This changes a lot about the character of James Potter, making him seem aloof and uncaring versus the loyal and self-sacrificing friend he was in the book.


The Marauders’ identities are also constantly referred to in the other movies in the series. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Peter Pettigrew is consistently called Wormtail by Voldemort. Calling a traitor by the nickname previously used by the friends he betrayed is in line with the kind of mind games Voldemort would play with his followers. This would not be evident to viewers who only watch the movies, however, as Peter is never referred to as Wormtail in the Prisoner of Azkaban adaptation. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry refers to Sirius as Padfoot several times, most importantly when he tries to give Snape a coded message that Sirius is in trouble. This moment would go over the heads of audience members who don’t know the Marauders’ identities, and therefore the tension from the scene is lost, as are the implications of Snape denying that he understands Harry’s message to save Sirius from Voldemort.


While the Harry Potter movie series managed to make entertaining and cohesive adaptions of the beloved books, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s lack of confirmation of the Marauders’ identities was more of a blunder than a necessary sacrifice. The Marauders are fan-favorite characters, and the Harry Potter audience — both book readers and moviegoers alike — should have gotten to see their whole story told rather than only see them as troublemakers who were up to no good.

Next: Harry Potter: The Marauders & How They Got Their Names Explained




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Why Orphan 2’s Julia Stiles Joined The First Kill Prequel Movie

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Julia Stiles says there was something about the script for Orphan: First Kill that convinced her it may just be on par with the original movie.

Julia Stiles says she joined Orphan: First Kill after reading a major twist in the script that had her “hooked.” The upcoming sequel is a rare foray into horror for Stiles, whose last major project in the genre was the 2006 remake of The Omen. In the first Orphan, Kate and John Coleman (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard) adopt 9-year-old Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) from a local orphanage after losing their unborn child. Before long, violent and disturbing accidents begin to plague the family, and it becomes clear that Esther is not as innocent as they thought.

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Orphan became a cult favorite for its freaky twist: Esther is actually a murderous, 33-year-old escapee from an Estonian mental hospital. She has a rare hormonal disorder that keeps her looking like a little girl, which she uses to take advantage of her adoptive families before she murders them. By the time the Colemans discover her secret, it’s already too late, and Esther kills John and one of the Colemans’ other children before Kate breaks her neck and leaves her at the bottom of a pond. Orphan: First Kill will be a prequel that follows Esther’s first adoptive family, with Stiles playing her new mother who gets more than she bargained for.


Stiles now teases that the next Orphan will be as unpredictable as the first during a recent appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan (via EW). She says she signed onto the film after reading a twist in the script that became “the reason I wanted to be in the movie,” and also confirms that Orphan: First Kill will fill in the pieces of Esther’s backstory that were teased in the original. Read Stiles’ full comment below:

“This one is before [the first one]. [Esther] is in another family. She’s escaped a mental hospital and pretends to be the long-lost, missing daughter for this family. When they sent me the script, there’s a twist that when I got to the twist I was like, ‘Oh, that’s good,’ and I was hooked. I did not see it coming, and it was also the reason that I wanted to be in the movie.”

It’s hard to imagine that there could possibly be a twist as out of left-field and unpredictable as the one in the original Orphan, but if it convinced Stiles to come back to horror after almost two decades, it must be a good one. Hopefully, it will live up to the high expectations audiences may have now. It will also be especially creepy to see this perceived-child’s origin at the mental hospital that – as fans will remember – gave her the scars she slyly covers up with ribbons on her wrists and neck. Orphan: First Kill has the ingredients to be an intriguing and genuinely chilling second installment.


It also marks something of a milestone for the horror genre itself. Fuhrman was 10 years old when she filmed Orphan, and she was 24 when she returned to the role for the prequel. Not only will she be bringing back the character, she’ll also be playing a version of Esther that’s even younger than the one she played 15 years ago. It’s a fun challenge for any actor, and fans will be able to deem Orphan: First Kill a worthy prequel for themselves when it comes out in theaters and streams on Paramount+ on August 19.

Source: Live with Kelly and Ryan (via EW)

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Jason Momoa Roasts His 2011 ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Remake: ‘Big Pile of S**t’

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Jason Momoa is reflecting on his past roles, including his 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian. In a new interview with GQ UK, Momoa roasted the remake, calling it a “big pile of s**t.

“I’ve been a part of a lot of things that really sucked, and movies where it’s out of your hands,” Momoa said. “Conan was one of them. “It’s one of the best experiences I had and it [was] taken over and turned into a big pile of s**t.”

Just one of the many films in which Momoa has played a “macho” character, the 43-year-old actor is setting his sights on new roles, ones that will allow him to show off his range.

“It’s been hard because people always think I’m just this dude who plays [macho characters],” he told the outlet. “But I want to be moved, I want something new. Things are changing, and even the villain roles I’m playing now are eccentric.”

From a maniacal villain whose toenails are painted purple and pink in the tenth Fast and Furious film, to a starring role in Apple TV+’s upcoming, Chief of War, set in 18th-century Hawaii, the Aquaman actor is switching things up.

“I’m a peacock at the highest level and I’m having the time of my life,” Momoa added.

He’s not totally departing from the action-packed flicks we know and love him for, with Aquaman 2 coming out next year, there’s still more to come from him in the superhero sphere, but with the environmentally conscious actor’s spin on it of course.

“I don’t want to give too much away. But we really get to speed up what is going to happen to this earth, and it’s not because of aliens,” he teased about the DC Comics sequel.

Last month, Momoa took to Instagram to seemingly reveal Ben Affleck’s involvement in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Sharing two snapshots with Affleck, the newly married actor was dressed to the nines in a very Bruce Wayne-looking suit ensemble, while Momoa celebrated getting to spend time with the actor yet again.

“REUNITED bruce and arthur. love u and miss u Ben,” Momoa captioned the post, which also included a video, taken by the Aquaman star, that supposedly showed a WB backlot tour inadvertently seeing Affleck and Momoa, and discovering his involvement in the upcoming Aquaman film.

“WB studio tours just explored the backlot alright. busted on set,” Momoa wrote. “All great things coming AQUAMAN 2 all my aloha.”

In the video, Momoa can be heard laughing as a tour group drives up on them on set, and exclaiming, “Well it’s not a f**king secret anymore, is it?”

“Well, we tried to keep it a secret,” he adds as he walks over to a trailer with a sign reading “B.A.” on the door. “Whoops!”

ET has previously reached out to WB for comment on Affleck’s unexpected involvement in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom — for which Momoa wrapped principal photography in January, and is slated to hit theaters March 17, 2023.

 



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Box Office: Lionsgate’s Action-Thriller ‘Fall’ and A24’s ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Hope to Benefit From Utter Lack of New Blockbusters

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After a pretty successful summer season, it’s officially the dog days at the domestic box office.

Without a major studio movie on the horizon, theater operators are banking on a smattering of smaller, lower-budgeted horror stories, comedies and dramas to take advantage of the lull in blockbusters. Basically, the next few weeks will cater to the rare ticket buyers who have been dying to return to the movies, but aren’t fans of comic book adventures or action tentpoles.

This weekend will be particularly quiet with Lionsgate’s action-thriller “Fall” and A24’s satirical slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” as the only new nationwide releases. According to tracking estimates, “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which is expanding to 1,200 locations, is aiming for $2 million to $3 million in domestic ticket sales. Meanwhile “Fall,” which is debuting in 1,548 North American venues, is estimated to bring in $1 million to $2 million between Friday and Sunday.

With those single-digit projections, last weekend’s champion “Bullet Train” is expected to repeat No. 1 at the domestic box office. The blood-soaked Sony Pictures pic, starring Brad Pitt as a hitman nicknamed Ladybug, opened to $30.1 million and looks to add $13 million to $15 million in its sophomore outing. The R-rated “Bullet Train” cost $90 million to produce, so it needs to sustain momentum in the coming weeks to justify its hefty price tag — and to convince studios to keep investing in original movies.

Already, “Bodies Bodies Bodies” has kicked off in limited release with a promising $226,526 from six theaters in New York and Los Angeles. With solid word-of-mouth and positive reviews, the Gen Z-skewing “Bodies Bodies Bodies” looks to rank above “Fall” on domestic box office charts. However, it’ll likely arrive behind holdovers like “DC League of Super-Pets,” Jordan Peele’s UFO thriller “Nope” and Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

“Bodies Bodies Bodies” features the buzzy ensemble cast of “The Hate U Give’s” Amandla Stenberg, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” breakout Maria Bakalova, “Shiva Baby” star Rachel Sennott and “Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson, and centers on rich 20-somethings who plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion that turns deadly.

There are plenty of options for moviegoers who want their palms to sweat. Directed by Scott Mann, “Fall” is an adrenaline-inducing thriller about best friends Becky and Hunter (Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner) who climb 2,000 feet to the top of an abandoned radio tower and find themselves stranded with no way down. Though the movie has received mixed reviews, Variety‘s chief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised “Fall” as a “fun, occasionally cheesy, but mostly ingeniously made thriller.”

“It’s for anyone who ate up ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ as well as the awesome rock-climbing documentaries ‘Free Solo’ and ‘The Dawn Wall,’ and wants to continue that shivery vicarious high,” he wrote.

Several films will open in limited release, including Diane Keaton’s body-swap comedy “Mack & Rita” from Gravitas Ventures, Bleecker Street’s coming-of-age drama “Summering,” the Aubrey Plaza-led heist thriller “Emily the Criminal” from Roadside Attractions, and IFC Film’s con-artist mystery “Rogue Agent.”



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