Blog Posts by Edward Bovingdon

  • Hogwarts gets a sprinkling of Christmas magic

    Calling all Harry Potter fans! Grab your broomsticks and take a look at this awesome video of the newly snow-covered Hogwarts at the Warner Bros. Studio tour in London.

    From Friday 15th November 2013, visitors will get the chance to see the castle as it has never been seen before, with its iconic festive look recreated for the first time.

    Strangely enough, the artificial snow used on the Hogwarts castle model throughout the Harry Potter film series was actually dendritic salt. It was chosen because it clumps like snow and even squeaks when walked on. During filming, a member of the crew would have climbed aboard a cherry picker and put salt on the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process has been used at the Studio Tour this November and samples of the different types of salt used will also be on display.

    Model Effects Supervisor, Jose Granell commented: “It’s great to be back at the Studio Tour and to be snowing the Hogwarts

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  • Ender’s Game: Read the first five chapters

    To get you even more excited for the new 'Ender's Game' movie we have the first five chapters for you to read - for free!

    The new trailer has just launched too so check it out here.

    Read the first five chapters of the book below:

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  • The Mortal Instruments: Read the first 100 pages

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    We have an exclusive look at the opening 100 pages from the first ‘The Mortal Instruments’ book to get you guys excited for the new ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ movie due out on 23 August.

    Written by Cassandra Clare, the first 100 pages give you a glimpse at what to expect from the theatrical release starring hot Hollywood couple Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.

    [Related story: 'Mortal Instruments' prequel already planned]

    Set in contemporary New York, the book follows a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters (a secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons).

    After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.


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  • Exclusive: Tom Cruise takes you behind-the-scenes on Oblivion

    Yahoo! Movies has got the inside scoop on Tom Cruise’s spectacular new sci-fi blockbuster ‘Oblivion’.

    In our exclusive behind-the-scenes video the Hollywood superstar, along with director Joseph Kosinski, discuss the origins of the story.

    Watch the video below:

    Set in 2073, it sees Cruise star as one of the last drone repairmen stationed on earth, which was destroyed by a war with aliens 60 years before (wait, that’s this year!).

    [Related video: Watch the 'Oblivion' trailer]

    He’s about to leave, when he rescues a young woman (played by Olga Kurylenko), who forces him to reconsider the alien war, what happened to earth, and whether he actually lives in a police state. We’re also looking forward to seeing Morgan Freeman play a 102-year-old-leader of a resistance movement.

    With nods to classic sci-fi from the 70s, director Joseph Kosinski described it as “a sci-fi adventure that spans two different worlds and two different times. It's epic in terms of its scale and scope, but it's a

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  • Watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey UK premiere LIVE

    Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit

    Yahoo! Movies is proud to present the UK premiere of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

    Watch the stars of the film grace the red carpet in Leicester Square on Wednesday 12th December. The premiere live stream will start at 5.15pm (GMT) and will end at 7pm.


    The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

    [The Hobbit: Everything you need to know]

    Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.

    Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is released in cinemas in UK and Ireland on 13 December 2012.

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  • Win tickets to our exclusive Quentin Tarantino fan event!

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    Yahoo! Movies is hosting an exclusive fan event with legendary director Quentin Tarantino and YOU could be part of it!

    We have 40 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the biggest Tarantino fans in the UK to join us in a special Q&A with the man himself.

    Winners will be invited to a luxury secret Central London location to quiz the director (in person!) on all things movies AND watch eight minutes of never-before-seen footage from 'Django Unchained'!

    Django Unchained (Copyright: Sony)


    Click here to read the full terms and conditions.

    Having made his name with cult classics 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs', Tarantino is back with his latest blockbuster 'Django Unchained'. The new movie follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter as he sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

    Check out the trailer below:

    'Django Unchained' is due to be released in the UK on 18 January 2013.

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  • The Hobbit: Ten things you should know

    1) Why did it take so long?

    'The Hobbit' adaptation was first announced back in 2007 and originally should have been finished by 2010.  Unfortunately that wasn't to be, as the production was struck by one problem after another. Legal and financial woes were the major hurdles and an acting strike almost saw filming leave New Zealand. It was epic.

    Good things come to those that wait... The Hobbit (Copyright: Warner Bros.)

    2) What happened to Guillermo del Toro?

    The movie's production difficulties meant that Guillermo del Toro — the 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'Hellboy' helmer who was originally supposed to direct - left the project despite spending two years on pre-production. He announced his decision via TheOneRing saying:

    "In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming 'The Hobbit', I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien's Middle-earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures."

    Vanishing act... Guillermo del Toro (Copyright: WENN)

    Del Toro's incarnation of 'The

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Win tickets to the UK Royal Premiere

    To celebrate the release of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', one lucky Yahoo! winner and three friends could be off to the UK Royal Premiere in London on 12 December.

    Not only that, return travel and a night in a luxury hotel is included for the lucky foursome.


    Click here to read the full terms and conditions.

    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is released in cinemas in UK and Ireland on 13 December 2012.

    © 2012 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit, names of the characters, events,  items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions. Inc

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