Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theaters on October 22nd.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As if everyone wasn’t already talking about the release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” in theaters next week, even the trailers appearing beforehand are newsworthy. Among them is the highly-anticipated full trailer for another insanely popular book adaptation. The first official trailer for the first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will run in front of prints of “Eclipse.” The trailer, which is different from the preview shown during the recent “MTV Movie Awards,” will premiere online on Monday, June 28th before being seen on the big screen beginning Wednesday, June 30th. Also rumored to be premiering in front of “Eclipse” is the teaser trailer for the sequel to last year’s horror hit, “Paranormal Activity.” According to Bloody Disgusting, sources say the first glimpse of “Paranormal Activity 2″ will preview before the new “Twilight” sequel. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hits theaters on November 19th. “Paranormal Activity 2″ hits theaters on October 22nd.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to guests today.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to guests today.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to guests today.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and the rest of the cast of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” series were on hand for the grand opening celebration of the highly-anticipated new addition to the Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Radcliffe led a crowd of thousands into casting the Lumos spell to illuminate Hogwarts Castle and its surroundings and begin an awe-inspiring fireworks finale accompanied by “Harry Potter” film clip projections and music. Also on hand were recent MTV Movie Award winner Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, James and Oliver Phelps, and Matt Lewis. Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick, conducted a performance by the Frog Choir of Hogwarts. Film composer John Williams, best known for scoring the unforgettable themes to films like “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars,” and the “Harry Potter” films, led the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra into compositions from the “Harry Potter” soundtracks. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was also in attendance and walked down the red carpet into the theme park. She worked closely with the members of Universal Creative and engineers to create the new themed land, including the signature “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” attraction, as well as the taste of Butterbeer, and merchandising. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located within Universal’s acclaimed Islands of Adventure theme park, officially opens to guests today, June 18th.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has 94% positive reviews

Jim Broadbent attends the photocall for "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" at the 61st Edinburgh Film Festival on August 23, 2007 in Edinburgh, Scotland.No Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince review will stop it at the box office, as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reviews are for the definition of a critic-proof film. But the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Reviews Among Best in SeriesHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reviews should help Potter fans to get more hyped up, or to lower their expectations. Many a Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince review hails it as the best in the series, though other reviews say it is just a time filler. However, the vast majority of reviews do come down on the positive side. In fact, the review total for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the most positive one of the series on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has 94% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and is the first of the Harry Potter series to go over 90%. The previous high marks were set by Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. Many Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reviews are raves, praising the movie for its increased darkness, its themes of teenaged love and growing up, and its tragedy. Director David Yates is said to have improved over his debut in Order of the Phoenix, which had a mere 77% positive review count on Rotten Tomatoes. Young actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are again praised for their chemistry as Harry, Ron and Hermione. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince also once again brings half of the British screen actors guild together, though only a few have anything to do – but those few, like Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman and Harry Potter newcomer Jim Broadbent – are also heavily praised in reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus for the Half Blood Prince reviews reads “Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.”  However, not every positive review is a rave. There are some Half Blood Prince reviews that are more reserved, saying that the film is too talky, that the romantic angle takes up too much time, and nothing really happens until the big finale.

‘Up’ maintains No. 1 box-office altitude with $44M

Film Q&A Up VenezuelaTwo live-action comedies were unable to bring down the animated adventure “Up.” Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up” reeled in $44.2 million to remain on top of the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday.  The Warner Bros. bachelor-bash comedy “The Hangover” came in a close second with a $43.3 million debut. Will Ferrell’s action comedy for Universal, “Land of the Lost,” had to settle for a distant third with a $19.5 million opening.  “Up” was the first movie of Hollywood’s busy summer season to take the No. 1 spot for two straight weekends. But overall revenues fell for the second weekend in a row, putting the brakes on what has been shaping up as a record revenue year for the movie business.  The top 12 movies took in $164 million, down 6 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Kung Fu Panda” opened on top with $60.2 million, according to box-office figures compiled by Hollywood.com.  For the year, Hollywood has taken in $4.3 billion, up 12.5 percent from 2008 revenues. But studios have been unable to maintain the red-hot pace of the year’s first four months.  “Definitely, things have slowed,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “But there are some potential saviors on the horizon.”  Three big sequels — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” — open within three weeks of one another starting June 24.  With $137.3 million in the bank after just 10 days, “Up” is streaking toward the $200 million mark achieved by such previous Pixar hits as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 2.”  Revenues for most big movies typically drop 50 percent or more in the second weekend, but the audience for “Up” was down only 35 percent from its opening. That puts it in line with “Finding Nemo,” the top-grossing Disney-Pixar animated tale, said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney.  “Up” likely will finish in the top three among Pixar flicks, Viane said. Leading the Pixar slate now are “Finding Nemo” with $339.7 million, “The Incredibles” with $261.4 million and “Monsters, Inc.” with $255.8 million.  “The Hangover” features Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis as pals on a wild Las Vegas bachelor party, during which they misplace the groom (Justin Bartha) and run into all manner of misadventures.  Warner Bros. had expected “The Hangover” to finish at No. 3 behind “Up” and “Land of the Lost.” But the movie found a broad audience split almost evenly between men and women and those over and under 25, said Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution. “Sunday’s always good for a hangover,” Fellman said.  “The Hangover” was directed by Todd Phillips, whose 2003 comedy “Old School” featured a breakout role for Ferrell.  Yet Ferrell had one of his weaker openings with “Land of the Lost,” inspired by the 1970s children’s TV show about adventurers hurled back to an age of dinosaurs. Ferrell’s new twist generally was trashed by critics as a crude update. Sony’s “Angels & Demons” took in $6.5 million domestically and $22.3 million overseas to hit $409 million overall, the first 2009 release to cross the $400 million mark worldwide.  In narrower release, Fox Searchlight’s romantic comedy “My Life in Ruins” had a so-so debut of $3.2 million, coming in at No. 9. The movie stars Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) as a discontented tour guide in Greece who unexpectedly finds love.  Focus Features’ road-trip romp “Away We Go” had a strong opening in limited release, pulling in $143,260 in four theaters for a healthy average of $35,815 a cinema. That compares to an average of $11,588 in 3,818 theaters for “Up,” $13,238 in 3,269 cinemas for “The Hangover,” $5,545 in 3,521 locations for “Land of the Lost” and $2,771 in 1,164 theaters for “My Life in Ruins.”  “Away We Go,” starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a couple searching out the best place in North America to raise a family, was directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”). The film expands to more theaters Friday.  Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Up,” $44.2 million.

2. “The Hangover,” $43.3 million.

3. “Land of the Lost,” $19.5 million.

4. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $14.7 million.

5. “Star Trek,” $8.4 million.

6. “Terminator Salvation,” $8.2 million.

7. “Drag Me to Hell,” $7.3 million.

8. “Angels & Demons,” $6.5 million.

9. “My Life in Ruins,” $3.2 million.

10. “Dance Flick,” $2 million.


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