HOLLYWOOD – Could Roman Polanski be in the director’s chair for Fantastic Beasts 3?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is not yet in cinemas, but fans are already talking about a possible sequel. And the new director who might me taking over the reigns from veteran Potter director David Yates: Roman Polanski.

The fantasy film is a prequel to JK Rowling’s amazingly popular Harry Potter series. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as a wizard and Jude Law and Johnny Depp as other wizards. Buzz is already good and a third entry in the franchise looks inevitable. We spoke EXCLUSIVELY with JK Rowling:

We’re very excited about getting the next film off the ground and quickly. There is already a story mapped out and we want a director who can map what we have already done, and perhaps also go in new directions.

So Roman Polanski?

Yes, we’re in talks. We love what he did with Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby. I’ve always been a huge fan.

But wouldn’t he be a controversial choice?

No, I don’t think so. Why do you think so?

Because of the rape conviction.

Rape conviction? Shit. I forgot all about that.

Aren’t you worried about a children’s film being linked with such a figure?

It was Johnny Depp who suggested … oh f*ck, shit. Yep. Okay, we’re going to have to rethink this.

Fantastic Beasts: Scamander’s Baby will be released in 2020.


REVIEW – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Harry Potter-themed Pokemon Go for people too lazy to play Pokemon Go.

Following a sex change operation and a bout of Motor Neuron Disease, Eddie Redmayne is back. This time he’s off to New York with a suitcase of magical creatures which he accidentally lets loose. After bumping into a baker. With the help of a magical police woman Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her telepathic sister, he and Kolawski (Dan Fogler) the baker hunt down the magical creatures while a anti-magic zealot and Colin Farrell vaguely threaten. Jon Voigt turns up and no one looks happy.

There’s something exhausting these days about going to see a film, assured there are four more of these assholes to come. It’s not only do I like this one, but can be bothered watching the others? Short answer: no. Never has magic been more dull, magicians so annoying and a quest, so literally like a walk in the park. JK Rowling can take more blame than usual ass the screenwriter and producer. Also Redmayne is one of the most over-rated actors currently working. His smirking, gurning and blinking oddball is a charisma-free hole where an actor ought to be. Fogler is okay but is asked to do the same thing time and time again. And poor Colin Farrell is shunted aside in a final twist that reveals he was another actor who you’d apparently much prefer to see. At least before he started beating up his wife.

The franchise machine churns on and the sequels are probably already shooting. But this overlong, tedious, unfunny monster hunt fills me with dread. Dread and a wish to die.

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HOLLYWOOD – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Reedmayne has stopped smirking.

The movie world was in shock today following the news that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne had stopped smirking. Redmayne watched Danny Bols told the Studio Exec:

It’s the weirdest thing. If we all know Eddie for one thing it’s his enormous emotional range. From smirking and looking sad in The Danish Girl to smirking and looking clever in The Theory of Everything. Hopefully, he’ll make eye contact with someone one day as well.

Many believe that the smirking was a result of some sort of thing. But other people said this couldn’t be true.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in cinemas.


HOLLYWOOD – J.K. Rowling’s world of magic returns with Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The trailer for J.K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the internet today, but what do we really know about it? The Studio Exec FACT Squad grabbed their wands and broomsticks and headed to England to find out. Lumos Maxima!

One. It isn’t Star Wars: the Force Awakens and so not really of interest.

Two. Eddie Redmayne stars in it, but he doesn’t have motor-neuron disease or wear a dress, so hopes of another Oscar nomination are thin. He does say the word ‘smidge’ though.

Three. Like all best Harry Potter stories, it’s set in New York. This will please many Potter-heads who were dismayed when the original Harry Potter novels were all relocated to England for tax reasons. As anyone who has read the books can tell you, they were originally set in Arizona.

Four. Eddie Redmayne was in all of the original Harry Potter movies but you can’t see him because he was hiding.

Five. This will be the first screenplay that J.K. Rowling has ever written herself. Talking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec she discussed her unique technique for adapting her book. She said, ‘I cut out all the bits where they don’t speak and where the scene changes I write INT or EXT just beforehand.’

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