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Rowling, for the first time, will pen the screenplay. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros. is trying to keep the Harry Potter franchise going. The films alone have earned $7.7 billion at the box office. The franchise has probably almost doubled those earnings on home video and TV sales. Then theres the scads of Harry Potter merchandise that fans still snatch up. But at some point, Harry Potter could seem old hat and thats not something that Warner Bros. wants to see happen. So execs had three choices: reboot the franchise, come up with sequels or spin off part of the Potter world into a new movie. Without books to support the new stories, the upcoming movies could be a tougher sell for Warner Bros. Harry and friends wont appear at all in the new movies which will be set in New York 70 years before Harry Potter heads to Hogwarts. The new stories will also net video games, merchandise and enhance Rowlings website, Pottermore .

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All of this makes Meyer a problematic feminist, to be sure. But he could also crank out a decent film every once in a while too. Like this hard-R romp about three sexy-but-tough-as-nails go-go dancers (Lori Williams, Haji, and the unforgettable Tura Satana) who get involved in murder, kidnapping, and driving cars very, very fast while they drive men crazy. “The Wild Angels” (1966) Three years before “Easy Rider” became a two-wheel totem of the counterculture, Roger Corman directed this down-and-dirty look at the Hells Angelsit would lead to a slew of knock-off biker cheapies with titles like “Naked Angels,” “Angels Hard as They Come,” and “Hells Angels on Wheels.” Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern bide their time before fame came calling as Harley-driving outlaws Heavenly Blues and Loserclassic American antiheroes who live to stick it to The Man. Corman hung out with real members of the notorious biker gang while researching the film. And it has a raw, doomed fatalism that would soon become fashionable in the New Hollywood films of the early 70s. But one of the films unintended pleasures is the knowledge that future star filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich were behind-the-camera grunts on the film. “Destroy All Monsters” (1968) If this summers disappointing tentpole “Pacific Rim” left you wondering what all the fuss about kaiju (a.k.a. Japanese sea monsters) movies was, then check out this delightfully daffy superbeast smackdown. All of the rubber-suited Tokyo all-stars are here: Ghidra, Mothra, Rodan, and, of course, the alpha-lizard himself, Godzilla. If you only have time for one completely bonkers epic set on the aptly-named Monster Island,” let Inoshiro Hondas B-movie battle royale be the one.

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Not so for horror, whichtranslates easily. The Conjuring added $135 million to its overall haul from foreign territories and recent releases like the remake of Evil Dead and Mama essentially matched or even surpassed their domestic totals in overseas markets. Also read: Insidious: Chapter 2 Jolts Expectations With $41M Haul at Box Office The primal urge to be scared is just something that resonates worldwide, Jeff Bock, a senior analyst for Exhibitor Relations, said. Given that they play so well in other countries, its surprising there arent more horror movies made. Theyre such a shot in the arm to the box office. The low-cost model employed by Blum is one that he and his disciples swear by. The cost constraints actually force the filmmakers to be more creative, and that shows in everything from how scary scenes are staged to the way studios use social media sites like Twitter to draw crowds. And dont look for the filmmakers to turn their backs on their low-budget past. Blum insisted to TheWrap that he did not equate the size of a films budget with success. Asked what he would do if offered $100 million to make any film, Blum replied, Id use it to make 35 movies. Hes not just a penny-pincher. After a summer that relied on bombast to lure the fickle teenage crowd, the breakdown of Insidious: Chapter 2s audience is instructive. Also read: J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter This was an R-rated film that appealed to and attracted a younger set on a wide scale.