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Less than a month to go! Want your GOBLET OF FIRE fix to hold you over? A Scene and a new TV spot here!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with tons of GOBLET OF FIRE stuff to whet your appetite for the finished flick. I have a scene from the movie (one of my favorites from the book, even), but first here is Bean with links to where you can get the new TV spot that has bunches of new stuff in it!

Ho Quint,

The new GOBLET OF FIRE TV spot which is currently airing in the UK is now avaliable for download. The spot features a ton of new footage, including some great shots of Dumbledore and more of the Third Task. Enjoy!

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Alright, back! So now for the scene. This is the point in the book where Mad-Eye Moody becomes a real hero for the reader. I'm really digging on everything new I see for the flick. What about you?


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  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:05 a.m. CST

    A Long Time ago...

    by ShadowSorkin07

    I was always first. Perhaps it is time to return to my former glory.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Technically, it's a ferret."

    by Lenny Nero

    I don't know why completely, but I laughed for about a minute after that scene's line. All in the delivery, I suppose.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:22 a.m. CST

    "Your mind's as warped as your ear, Malfoy!"

    by Mr-Red

    Sorry, I just had to say it...

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:39 a.m. CST

    This is going to be good....

    by DOGSOUP

    ...not nearly as good as the book it was based on but still, for The Most Expensive Movie Ever (of it's time) I bet it'll be better than Waterworld.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:40 a.m. CST

    David Yates?

    by Phloton

    According to IMDB he's to be the next directer. I know nothing about him except he's done a buttload of British television. Do any of our brethren from Old Blighty have any thoughts on if Mr. Yates is up to the task?

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:02 a.m. CST

    google fun

    by nsomnia

    1.) go to > 2.) type in "failure" without the quotes > 3.) press the "I'M FEELING LUCKY" button (instead of the google search > button) > 4.) Laugh > 5.) repost

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:06 a.m. CST

    oh relevant and completely non-flammable

    by Holodigm

    that said, that clip bothered me. i loved bourne supremacy but that camera was WAY too jerky for a harry potter film. that and i had always imagined moody as being paranoid, but calm, with a deep growly voice and talked slowly. great, now i'm scared that i'm not going to like this movie, not because it's bad but because it's different from what i imagined. i'm never reading a book again!

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Sorry Holo...

    by nsomnia

    ...thought that would entertain a bit. All right, here are my two cents on this one: read the book, watch the movie, choose your favorite version and read/watch it again. Easy. For me only LOTR passed the test, oh, and John Carpenter's Christine too.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    He also did "Girl in the Cafe," which was an HBO movie. That film was alright. It's kind of hard to make a romantic comedy around the G8 summit, but it was pretty to look at in any case. Then again, it gave off a vibe of solitude that I'm not sure was intentional (some of that was also the script's fault). Sorry for the ramble, just trying to give random impressions of the film.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:16 a.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by nsomnia

    Just checked the trailer, it's the first Potter movie I'm excited about as for right now, and if it's half as good as the trailer I'll start reading the books once I'm done with the John Carter Of Mars series.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by durmer killik

    Prior to his Presidency, President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, where he earned a reputation for bipartisanship and as a compassionate conservative who shaped public policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by OldEnoughForMe

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Why the heck did I type...

    by OldEnoughForMe

    LO-F-cking-L??? Could be that I'm romanticizing all over myself due to the consumption of a good locally brewed micro. As much as I love and hate the Harry Potter movies, I still enjoy watching the characters biologically and genetically growing right before my very own eyes. Naruto is very enjoyable for this reason. To see the jawbones on someone shapeshift through the oceans of time make a part of me giddy. Now, I hope that by the time they make Harry Potter 18, we get to see some 'good' stuff.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Is that a ferret in your trousers?

    by Prof.Ikamono

    Or are you just happy to see me? Also, I am happy to see that the Ireland/Bulgaria match will be in the film after all, love the World Cup stadium.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    What are you a fucking park ranger now Walter?

    by I Dunno

    Nice marmet.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Yates directed State of Play a BBC drama about the fourth estate

    by TonyWilson

    He is a VERY good and intelligent choice for the next film, it being so very dense and full of "political" machinations. I assume they will have a very talented second unit director to collaborate on the action scenes. The main worry most people have with Order Of The Phoenix being transferred to film is the that the more adult events will end up being boring, but Yates made a brilliant political thriller. I have high hopes for him and the next film

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 7:45 a.m. CST

    This is gonna be the best Potter movie

    by performingmonkey

    It's been an uphill struggle to get here (well, what do you expect with that fuck Columbus directing the first two?) but now the potential is going to be fully realised. Prisoner of Azkaban was good, this will be better, but the fifth and sixth movies......they're going to be different. They're either going to go all serious with the movies or add action scenes that aren't there. Goblet of Fire is probably gonna be the last one that kids aren't gonna get bored with. Order of the Phoenix has Harry turning into an arrogant, frustrated teen, and he's angry a lot of the time. It's a more intense book.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 8:30 a.m. CST

    GOF Was My Favorite Book Of The Series So Far...

    by ZombieSolutions

    so i'm looking forward to this. Mad Eye Moody is a great character. and i cant wait to see the Beauxbaton girls in all their ingenue wonderfulness and beauty!

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST

    this shit again?!?

    by thatguyoverthere

    christ on a cracker! allah on toast! WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY are so many people on this authors dick?!?! This shit as been going on for way to long! Good Christ! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.........................

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I'll tell you why, thatguyoverthere

    by I Dunno

    Because Emma Watson is going to be hawt by the time the last film rolls around. I can't believe they are actually going to go through with seven of these. And people bitch about Star Wars. I mean if that's your bag that's cool but I definitly see everyone involved breathing a big sigh of relief when this mercifully ends.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 9:30 a.m. CST

    This one will be great but Order of the Phoenix will be very dif

    by Mahaloth

    which is a shame since Half Blood Prince is the best one yet and the seventh should be excellent.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I Was Disappointed By ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

    by ZombieSolutions

    so much so, in fact, that I haven't read HBP yet... despite how good everyone says it is. i figure i can wait for paperback...

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Zombie - In case you care...

    by Farley Flavors

    ...I didn't much care for "Phoenix" either, but I really liked HBP. GOF is still the creme de la creme, tho.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    what does this have to do with the x-men?

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Rowling hit her high water mark with Goblet of Fire

    by Prague23

    They should just cross cut 'Triumph of the Will,' with Imelda Staunton's scenes as Mrs. Blatherwick in 'Nanny McPhee' and use the end arena battle from 'Attack of the Clones,' having Spielberg digitally remove the lightsabers and replace them with 'harmless' wands. Oh, and infinite scenes of Potter whining and complaining.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 10:55 a.m. CST

    For Order of the Phoenix I mean

    by Prague23

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by zidewinder

    OotP is the best book in the series IMO. Not sure why people dislike it so much...

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 12:04 p.m. CST

    that guy over there

    by Prof.Ikamono

    If you don't like Harry Potter why are you wasting your time reading about it on the site, downloading the trailer, and then posting your insipid whining? There are all sorts of films reported on this site, talk about something you care about, or do you just get off on insulting people more successful than you? Perhaps the answer as to why "so many people are on this authors dick!?!" (sic) is simply that she's got a bigger one than you do.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Everyone, give it up to Bean!

    by MasterWhedon

    That man is on top of his shit. Granted, he told a certain select few about this much earlier yesterday... Gloating much?

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by jig98

    i gaped at the screen when harry said,"i don't give a FUCK what your father said" ok, he didn't say that exactly..

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Has a beer and cheets on his wife

    by Ender's Jeesh

    Agree that OotP and HBP will be difficult to film in a kid-friendly way, but love that the books have matured with her core audience. Either way, it's great to have HP movies.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST

    The music during the Moody-Malfoy scene kind of sucks

    by George Newman

    Ridiculous chase music should not be playing when there is so much dialogue going on, but maybe it was just mixed too loudly

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    direct link

    by vassilis

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I'm behind on all of this...

    by Silverhour

    I just finished Goblet of Fire, and haven't yet picked up Pheonix, but if the rest of the movie is as good as that clip, it should be great!

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by thatguyoverthere

    Hey asshole dont take it out on me that you havent hit puberty yet. I am impressed that you can type such wonderful inspired words like the ones you have posted. Or should I be more impressed that you got your mommy helped you? As far as posting what and where...why dont you find a nice little limp wristed site that caters to the likes off you and impress your fellow limp wrists with you dick comparisons......

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I seem to have touched a nerve

    by Prof.Ikamono

    I am not taking anything out on you, but you seem overly sensitive on certain subjects? I think most of the other posters here can see clearly who has the real issues. If you want to discuss Harry Potter with others of like minds why not Google Harry/Draco and see what fun you can have. And if you've got such firm wrists, why do you type so sloppily?

  • Is that a question? Well, she has sold more than 300 million books in about 8 years. So, there's probably a market for movie adaptaptions; although that's just a guess.

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Emma Watson is the only reason to see these Harry Potter films..

    by The_Lion

    God damn.... She's so fuckin hot! I wanna fuck Emma Watson!

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 12:40 a.m. CST

    I'm always amazed by...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...the legions of fangirls who insist that [book AND film] Malfoy is "misunderstood" and "scared deep down" and "truly good," when it's obvious to everyone else that he's a disgusting, bigoted little weasel. I love that this scene in GoF just supports this (as if Rowling herself repeatedly confirming (in interviews and in the books themselves) that he's a rat bastard weren't enough). Heh. But then again, plenty of fangirls were also convinced that Harry and Hermione are romantic soulmates -- just disregard the obvious fact that Rowling has repeatedly indicated that Ron and Hermione are destined to be a couple. I love these crazy-ass delusional fandoms...

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 2:30 a.m. CST

    How cute Lion, you're baiting me...

    by DOGSOUP

    Most Expensive Movie Ever.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Yes, I'm a Harry Potter geek

    by Monkey Butler

    So I thought it was interesting that they moved the line about curling hair to this scene rather than Rita Skeeter saying that to Hermione. Guess that means Ludo Bagman's been cut out. He was kinda pointless anyway, other than being a forerunner for the ineptitude of the Ministry that comes out in OOTP.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Hey Mr-Red.

    by benito

    "Your minds as warped as your ear Malfoy" = best post I've ever seen on ACIN. ...Rushmore was the first thing I thought of when I saw that scene too. Now if only they'd had Kumar Pallana playing Mad Eye Moody.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Does Emma Watson get NUDE in this movie?

    by The_Lion

    What are the producers waiting for? Her tits are now fine and shapely.... time to see the goods.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

    i need a muffin.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by Prof.Ikamono

    Check the postings on the Narnia trailer, he's lusting for ten year old's there.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Prof.Ikamono

    We don't actually know the-lion's own age he could be a young boy, or even a young girl him or herself. Ghastly thought that.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Prof.Ikamono STFU. Emma is legal in most countries, and 99% of

    by The_Lion

    You hypocritical fuck.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by Parallax

    Is it my imagination, or does Malfoy utter the old "Wilhelm Scream" sound effect when transfigured? Also...a few people called this movie the most expensive ever...just curious what the actual budget was?

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I was talking about Georgie, not Emma.

    by Prof.Ikamono

  • Oh fuck, I was talking about you I guess..

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to theall of the Potter movies flaws and all.

    by leesheri

    Movies are rarely ever as good as the story they are based on, but I think they have done a decent job with the Potter movies. There are a few mistakes in the movies that will hinder important scenes in the future. Like Hermione saying you know whos name in the Sorc.Stone, and how later on in the books she finally says it showing Harry how serious she is by doing so. Little things like that, but all in all these movies are great and I look forward to each and every one of them.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Avon, STFU bitch.

    by The_Lion

    nuff said.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Avon if we are going to nitpick percentages

    by Prof.Ikamono

    99% is a bit high condidering that in any group of males at least 10% would be homosexual. In geek circles it would increase to around 20-25% based on my observations, although many of these would be desperately closeted types who would have to shout out their assumed heterosexuality at all times by loudly proclaiming that they want to fuck some chick or other. They also would call "fag" or "bitch" in the mistaken belief that challenging someone else's masculinity makes them straight. So the actual percentage of "guys here" who would want to have sex with Emma Watson could be no more than 80-75%. Of course many straight guys prefer older women so the number would decrease further, especially in geek circles where there are more than a few Oedipal types. Personally if had had to choose between Emma and Miranda Richardson, I'd take Miranda every time.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Did I just type "condidering"?

    by Prof.Ikamono

    I never said I was a professor of English.

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 9:30 p.m. CST

    No, you are a professor of Bitchology.

    by The_Lion

    And ok, I agree with your numbers. But still, my point stands. Most red blooded males would pay good money for a chance to fuck Emmna Watson. That's a fact.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Farley Flavors?

    by tensticks

    A Shock Treatment fan? Please contact me. to talk shock/rocky business. sorry to interrupt everyone else's commenting....

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by roc nathan

    I agree - actually I think they improve with each book. The reason why I think people are put off with OoP is that Harry is mostly being a grumpy little prick in it - which, in my opinion, is just the good thing about it. The movie adaptation should be great: The whole Harry-Umbridge thing, Cho Chang, and of course the battle at the ministry. I only really really hope that they find a way of convincing John Williams to come back for it - the HP movies are the best thing he's done since Jusrassic Park.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 5:14 a.m. CST

    The point , the_lion

    by Prof.Ikamono

    was never how many "red blooded males would pay good money for a chance to fuck Emmna (sic) Watson". As I stated before, My concerns were always your comments about "the young chick who's the star of" (the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) Georgie Henley who is the female star of that film was born on the 12th of July 1995. She might be legal in Thailand, but that's about it. And I hope the percentages of red blooded males who'd like to shag her are very low indeed.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Getting weird in here

    by Ender's Jeesh

    The_Lion is a sick dude who probably trolls chat rooms for underage girls to meet at local coffee shops and will soon eb arrested and have his mug planted on the front page of the Picayune-Times or whatever. The books are all fantastic, though some have diff. levels of greatness. The movies are all above-average to really good, with GOF about to raise the bar considerably.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I guess all citizens of Spain, Italy and China are all sicko ped

    by The_Lion

    Take your American hypocrtical bullshit and shove it up your asses. I guarantee all you bitches who are complaining would fuck Emma if you had the chance. Don't lie, bitches.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Ender's Jeesh

    If I lived in Spain, Italy or China, where it's an accepted more, I'm sure I would be into 15-yo's. Where I live it's illegal though. What are the rules on your planet Lion?

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Age of Consent

    by Prof.Ikamono

    Somehow I doubt that the_lion is a citizen of Spain, Italy or China. But since the issue of legality has been raised, in the United States the consent age can vary from 14 to 19, depending on what state you're in. But even if you're from New Mexico where it's 14 you will go to jail if you have sex with an 18 year old in Wyoming. Emma Watson is 15, (birthdate April 1990) she is below the age of consent in her native country the UK, where the age of consent is 16. Georgie Henley is only 10 and I'm sure well below the age of consent in all the countries the_lion has mentioned. Although it's possible that he simply was ignorant as to who the star of Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe actually is. Susan is only a supporting role in the film if it's anything like the books, but if you meant Anna Popplewell, she's 16, will be 17 in December and legal in the UK, and many American States. Nevertheless we are all tired of your inane posturing. You will never fuck any of these girls, ever. With your attitude rape or prostitution is the only way you'd ever get laid. If you're so desperately horny, just go have a wank and be done with it already.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    who's who and where's wolf.

    by Prof.Ikamono

    Alright then, there's only one werewolf and he's a good guy right? The other's a weredog, he's alright too. They all had a shapeshifters club back at school with a wererat and a werestag. None of them were brothers. The rat turned bad on 'em and killed the stag whilst framing the dog. The wolf helps to clear the dog, but the rat gets away.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Were-Dogs playing poker

    by Ender's Jeesh

    As th efather of 4, 2 and 2 month old boys, the whole question of who's legal where disturbs me, so I'll pass on any more comment. My least fave part of the POA film was all the exposition needed to explain the were-animals club. Show, don't tell, my writing prof. always said. That said, GOF will rock as it almost all action. OotP will be HP's "moody" film, HBP & #7 will be HP's "Bourne" trilogy. (Yes, 3 films for last 2 book, imho.)

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    you're right Ender's Jeesh

    by Prof.Ikamono

    I too will pass on commenting further on the_lion. So he can go on with his stfu bitches till he wears out his keyboard for all I care. Although I must ask, why does he think I'm American?

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Do itashi masute HogCholera-san

    by Prof.Ikamono

    But please explain Mission Impossible 1 to me, because that plotline only made sense after a couple of absinthes.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Order of the Phoenix

    by holidill

    Order of the Phoenix is still my least favorite of the books. Though I still like it. The finale itself in the ministry should be worth the admission when it gets filmed.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Goblet of Fire

    by vinceklortho

    My favorite book as well. This movie can't get here soon enough. Like I had mentioned before in a previous talkback, my nerd factor for this is at fever pitch. This fulfills my geek void of no Star Wars or Lord of the Rings movies to watch this Holiday season. Seriously, this movie or Narnia? Cmon, geeks! No brainer. Anyway, I do like Order of the Pheonix a lot because of the Harry growing pains. Yeah, he's whiny and bitchy, but thats character development folks! Plus, the battle at the ministry will load all you action junkies' bellies full. Half Blood Prince will just simply own everyone. Mark it down! The Ending of Half Blood...oh man, no dry eye in the theatre.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I'm all zen on HP

    by Jaka

    I've read books 1-5 multiple times, bought the 6th one at my local bookstore at midnight and read it immediately - was just thinking about re-reading it this afternoon. I have enjoyed all the movies thus far, with Azkaban being my favorite. The first two are good but I find them to be a little light and leaning towards being "kids movies" as well as sticking too closely to the books. I like that JK let things get a little more loose on Azkaban and I'm looking forward to more loosening as we get further into the series. I don't think there's any other way to do it - the books are just too dense. However, I do think that they will do books 5 and 6 straight. With lots of dialogue and drama, very little action. One of the things that's good about the books is that by book 5 you have so much time and emotion invested in the characters that the long sections of dialogue effectively build tension. And if you really think about it - there is a great deal of expository descriptive writing in book five (because of new locations and new characters) that would quickly be covered in a film without having the characters say a word. No, I think the majority of the dialogue from books 5 and 6 will make it into the films. Both of which end dramatically with deaths and both have scenes leading up to the deaths that could be extremely powerful if filmed and edited correctly. But even with all that rambling, lol, assuming that 4 will be at least as good as 3, I'll have, AGAIN, so much time and energy invested in these characters that I'll go see them regardless. It's just a thing that happens without thought. The books come out - I buy them. The movies come out - I go see them. Zen. And whether or not anybody likes to hear it, or admit it, it will suck when/if they stop making these movies. LOTR is done. SW is done. No more ST movies. Comic book movies are WAY too hit and miss. The end of these movies will be the end of a nice era of genre geek films.

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 9:42 p.m. CST

    HBP Will Own

    by Saluki

    Couldn't agree more. In the right hands, Half-Blood Prince could be the best cinematic entry of the series. As a book I rate it alongside Goblet of Fire as my favorite, and as a film it could offer all the best acting some of these professionals have seen in their entire careers. Impressed by the clip, Newell is being much more original in his visuals. Then again, he says this is the only movie of his that he has been satisfied with. A $130 million budget might have something to do with that! =D

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 10:44 p.m. CST

    A Goblet of Intense Images: USA Today

    by Jaka

    By C

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Row over Potter film budget: Reuters

    by Jaka

    By Mike Collett-White Mon Oct 24, 3:00 PM ET LONDON (Reuters) - He had the backing of one of Hollywood's biggest studios and a budget he called "colossal," but British director Mike Newell was continually fighting over money while filming the latest Harry Potter blockbuster. In a weekend interview to promote "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Newell said his experience was not unlike that on smaller movies where he felt there were never enough funds to get the job finished. But he praised Warner Brothers executives for giving him creative freedom and allowing him to explore the dark side of the world of sorcery in his movie based on the fourth of seven books planned in J.K. Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter series. Scenes of death, destruction, and a graveyard confrontation between Potter and his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, mean the movie has been rated unsuitable for pre-teenagers to watch unaccompanied by adults, limiting its box office potential. "I very clearly remember that within a couple of months of starting work I was intensely angered by the lack of money, that there wasn't enough money to make the film properly and that really pissed me off," Newell told Reuters. He gave the example of the effects-laden opening scene, set at the Quidditch World Cup, which was the subject of heated debate among filmmakers and producers. Eventually he argued successfully for its inclusion, saying that without it Potter fans would feel short-changed. Creatively, however, he had an easier ride. "Warner Brothers and the producers were quite extraordinary about letting me go." FUN, FEAR Newell believes he was chosen to direct the fourth film in the hugely successful Potter series because of his reputation both for romantic humor, as in "Four Weddings and a Funeral," and for darker films like "Donnie Brascoe." The result is a movie that ranges from the comic awkwardness of teenage romance as the pupils of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry prepare for the Yule Ball, to fear and danger as Voldemort tries to destroy Harry. The 63-year-old director described the resulting two-and-a-half hour feature as "a kind of fusion of a children's film and an adult's film." He did not disclose the budget of Goblet of Fire, which goes on general release on November 18, though Web sites have said it was between $130 and $170 million. Not that bigger budgets means bigger box office. The first Harry Potter film released in 2001 cost an estimated $125 million to make and amassed $976 million at the box office, while the third film, released three years later, cost around $130 million to make and took in $790 million. Newell, the first Englishman to make a Potter film, said he would like to direct the seventh and final episode in the Potter series. He is also in talks to bring Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera" to the big screen. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry in the films, said he felt growing pressure as the series progressed. "There's so much pressure on them now to be getting better and better, and also we felt we were going to have to go an extra mile to top what Alfonso (Cuaron) did (with the third film)," the 16-year-old told Reuters. As well as dueling with Voldemort, Potter faces the equally daunting task of asking his teenage crush, Cho Chang, to the annual prom, a problem Radcliffe himself has faced. "I'm getting better now, but I used to be incredibly awkward with girls," said Radcliffe. "I think any guy who says 'I've never had an awkward moment with a girl' is a liar."

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    HP vs. Narnia

    by Ender's Jeesh

    I have my full geek-on for both, though sentiment (and old age) have me slightly more buzzed for Narnia, having just reread the books to my sons. HP 1 & 2 were way too "greatest hits" for me, but I still enjoyed them. People kill Columbus for COS, but it IS the worst (meaning least best) in the series. Though the spiders freaked me out. Narnia, if done well (and it appears to have been) can be equal parts HP & LOTR and simply own the world. And doesn't matter how much HP films cost, they will eventually earn.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Ender's Jeesh

    Anyone geek enough to know where I got my nick?

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The Ender's series by Orson Scott Card of course.

    by Prof.Ikamono

    I am a geek, through and through.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 5:43 p.m. CST

    The Enders part was easy....

    by Jaka

    The name Ender that is...but I don't get the Jeesh....mmmm, nope. Not wringing any bells.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 5:50 p.m. CST

    A jeesh is a group of friends

    by Prof.Ikamono

    Ender, Bean, Dink, Petra, Alai, Vlad and Shen. God, Im such a geek it gives me a wiggins.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 6:21 p.m. CST

    A big 'ol Wiggins

    by Ender's Jeesh

    Good work Prof. What don't you know? All the Battle School kids that Ender won the Bugger War with are his Jeesh. If you haven't reas the "Shadow" sequels they're worth picking up. Interesting to see where the aforemention Jeesh kids end up, specifically Bean, Petra, Alai and Hot Soup. Supposed to be an ENDER'S GAME movie in '07 by Wolfgang Petersen, but we'll see. Would love to see it, obviously, but it has to be done right. Sean Connery for Mazer.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Ender's Game the movie

    by Prof.Ikamono

    I think Orson would like for Joss Whedon (speaking of wiggins) to make this, check out his review of Serenity at his website.

  • Oct. 25, 2005, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by Ender's Jeesh

    I know Card LOVED Serenity and made me want to go see it... but didnt last after opening weekend here at the Jersey Shore. I've always kinda felt that Ender should be a CG movie by Pixar or Dreamworks, but trust me, I'll be happy with ANY filmed version of EG. Wish they made it 10 yrs. ago when Elijah Wood was still a baby, he'da been perfect. Now I hope it takes a few more years until my oldest boy (4) is big enough to audition.