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Episode 116 – Split Down the Middle

On this (long delayed) episode of Nerd & Tie, we mourn the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin, ponder the bizarre internet campaign against Black Panther, contemplate American Gods getting a new showrunner, get mad at J.K. Rowling over her cowardice regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, and get a kick over Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s alternate Chinese title.

We ended up recording this on a couple different nights due to technical difficulties, and there’s an important announcement about a change to the show’s format starting next episode.

Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

It’s been known for a while that Johnny Depp had been cast in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but his role was still unknown. Well, we now know (thanks to Leaky Cauldron) that Depp will be playing Grindelwald.

Director David Yates told the Leaky Cauldron:

The whole principal of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, “who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?” In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent.

Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.

Casting Johnny Depp as someone who seems charming at first but turns out to be composed of pure garbage seems appropriate in a way.

Via Leaky Cauldron

The Final ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Trailer is Here

The first official spin-off film in the Harry Potter universe is slowly edging closer to release, and we now have the final trailer for it. This latest tease for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gives us some new footage, and a lot more action than the earlier trailers did. It will be interesting to see if a film set in the world minus the boy who lived can be a success, but I think all signs are looking good… even if “no-maj” sounds dumber every single time I hear it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out November 18, 2016.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Already Has a Release Date

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter prequel/spinoff, doesn’t come out until November 18th, but Warner Bros is clearly betting on its success. The studio has been pretty hardcore in planning for a follow up, having already green lit a sequel.

And I mean it’s super green lit.

Besides supposedly already having a finished script for the film, penned by J.K. Rowling herself, the studio has now announced a release date. That’s right, Fantastic Beasts 2 (or whatever they call it) is coming to theaters November 16, 2018.

Premature? Maybe. I mean, Sony announced a whole mess of supposed Amazing Spider-Man follow ups that never materialized when the franchise flopped. But Rowling’s Potterverse seems like a much more sure bet.

I mean, I guess we’ll find out together this fall.

Via Deadline

The Most Notable Trailers From This Year’s SDCC

So San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Pop Culture, and that means one thing: a crap ton of new movie trailers. While we normally post these sorts of things one by one, we thought we’d instead put together a single massive post — sharing our picks for the most notable trailers from this year’s event.

Mostly because we don’t want to bury the other stuff that came out of this weekend — y’know, like this little piece of news.

So come with me, and journey down the rabbit hole of whatever footage was available for these upcoming films that could be hastily cut together for a hungry audience of fanboys and fangirls desperate for morsels from their favorite franchises. It’ll be fun, I promise. Continue reading The Most Notable Trailers From This Year’s SDCC

The New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer Tells Us More About Newt Scamander

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t coming until the fall, but last night (during the MTV Movie Awards) we were treated to what is the film’s second teaser trailer. Where the first teaser trailer seemed designed to give us the film’s setting, this new one is focused on tellus exactly who Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander actually is.

The film is a bit of a risk for the studio, as it’s a Harry Potter-universe film with none of the series’s standard characters (although Dumbledore does get name dropped in this trailer). But with a script by J.K. Rowling herself, it’s hard to debate that it won’t at least feel like a proper entry into the series.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out November 18, 2016.

The ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Teaser Trailer and Poster are Here

My god there have been a lot of big movie trailer dropping these last few weeks. The latest, of course, is the first teaser for the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In this case, we also got a poster:


The trailer itself gives a pretty good feel for the setting and characters without, y’know, ruining the plot (unlike some other film trailers we won’t mention). So far I’m pretty optimistic about the film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out November 18, 2016.

First Look at Eddie Redmayne in ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’

Harry Potter fans are pretty rabid for any details about the highly anticipated prequel/sidestory Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, but details have remained pretty scarce. Well, there’s finally something to dig into though, as Entertainment Weekly has released a photo of film star Eddie Redmayne in his Newt Scamander costume.

It may just be a tease, as they’re keeping the actual plot of the film under pretty tight wraps (beyond it being about Newt Scamander writing his infamous text and taking place in America), but hey — news is news.


Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is scheduled for a November 18, 2016 release.

Update (11/4, 4:50pm): EW has posted additional images from the film:


Via EW, EW

‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’ Starts Production

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, a film set in the same universe as the Harry Potter films, began production this week at Leavesden Studios in the UK.

It’s probably one of the more interesting ideas for a spinoff film of the franchise, focusing on a young Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), the listed author of the in-universe text book that shares a title with the film.

Other cast members include Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray and Faith Wood-Blagrove. The film is written by J.K. Rowling herself with David Yates directing.

It’s an interesting way to expand the world of Harry Potter, especially since it’s pretty much completely exiting the established corner of Hogwarts. Hopefully the film will end up being as cool as I think it can be.

The film is expected to hit theaters November 18, 2016.

Via Screenrant