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My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “The First Task”

With the triumphant return of The Wizarding World in the wake of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which just announced its Blu Ray Release), we’re running back through the Harry Potter series, examining the best of each in one “My Favorite Scene” column a month.  This month we come to the halfway point and the fourth film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “The First Task”

10 Famous Actors Hidden in Your Favorite Movies

It’s always fun when a director can insert a famous actor into their movie for a quick cameo in a way that doesn’t detract from the film.  That’s a fine line to walk, but when you get it right, you usually find out about it afterward and it just makes you like a movie you already enjoyed all the more.  The most famous recent example was the discovery that Daniel Craig was slipped into Star Wars Episode VII as a stormtrooper.  It’s something that you can definitely notice if you’re listening for his vote, but I had no clue that James Bond was wandering around Starkiller Base until I found out after the fact.  Screen Rant has put together a great video going over 10 similar instances in film history where famous stars or directors made a quick appearance in famous movies.

Gene Hackman, Young Frankenstein

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POLL RESULTS: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

With the return of The Wizarding World, Killing Time readers this month mulled over the question of which is the greatest of the eight (now nine) films that make up JK Rowling’s universe?  The winner (and my choice as well) was the third film in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Azkaban is the book and the film that takes Harry Potter from an intriguing kids series to an all-ages fantasy adventure.  Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron brought a darkness and maturity to the series and broke them from the mode of being literal translations of the novels to being films in their own right.  Finishing in second was the fourth film in the series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, followed by the grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Every Potter film received at least one vote except for the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Now, come on, people.  That movie is actually the only film that’s better than its book, and it is certainly better than the first two films.  Tsk.  I can see it being no one’s favorite, but someone voted for Chamber of Secrets and THAT person, since they’ve clearly lost their mind, might have thrown Phoenix a pity vote.

Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’ll leave the results up until Thursday at midnight, at which time the Rogue One Review Poll will go up.  Now, this should go without saying, but nothing ever does, so let’s go over it.  Do not vote before you see the film.  Let it settle a bit before you did to avoid the knee-jerk BEST FILM EVER or I HATE EVERYTHING reactions.  We’ve only done this once before for Episode VII, and it worked out pretty well, so we’re verging on making this an annual tradition.  The film’s world premiere was last night, and there’s positive buzz coming out of it, though the review ban won’t be lifted until tomorrow (which is why I will be going as dark as possible between then and when I see the movie Friday night).
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Albus Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Severus Snape, Alan Rickman, harry potter, Daniel Radcliffe

POLL: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

The Harry Potter films finished just before the beginning of Killing Time, so we haven’t had a lot of cause to talk about the eight-film franchise.  That changes this month as we return to The Wizarding World for the first in a five-film series spun out of one of Harry’s textbooks at Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The new series takes place in early 20th Century America, far from the magical castle where we saw Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up from Sorcerer’s Stone to part two of The Deathly Hallows. Continue reading POLL: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

Harry Potter Actor Richard Griffith Passes Away

*Just in off of Reuters.  Sad news.  Fare thee well, Uncle Vernon.

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British actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65 after complications following heart surgery, his agent said today.

Griffiths was best known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the “Harry Potter” films and his credits included Withnail and I, Pie in the Sky, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Gandhi. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys.”

Griffiths’ agent, Simon Beresford, described him as “a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors.” He said Griffiths died in hospital on Thursday.

The actor was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in Yorkshire, northern England, the son of a steelworker. Both his parents were deaf and he learned sign language to communicate with them.  After studying drama in Manchester, he worked in radio and on theatre, building a reputation as a Shakespearean clown.

Griffiths is survived by his wife Heather.