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A wizard's duel in 3-D? Looks like we'll see it in ORDER OF THE PHOENIX Imax!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. There's good news and bad news here. The good news is that IMAX will be releasing a day and date 3-D version of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. The bad news is they're SUPERMAN RETURNS-ing it and only the last 20 minutes of the IMAX version will be in 3-D. I guess that's the trade-off... of having it ready in time to release same day with any 3-D. That might be cool, though. I might have seen some of the set that serves as the battleground for the scene everybody's looking forward to, but I can't really say for sure... until the embargo is over... But if I have seen it... It looked badass. And it will look even more badass in 3-D. Just sayin'.

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  • April 20, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Awesome.... first?

    by DarthDooku

    That should be neat!

  • April 20, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by papabendi


  • April 20, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by papabendi

    second comes right after first!

  • April 20, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by moobit

    Looks like i'm making a trip to Brummie then....

  • April 20, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Doh- fourth...can't count!

    by moobit


  • April 20, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Rumor has it WB wants Yates back for Film 6

    by Ribbons

    They must have been reasonably happy with the job he did on 'Phoenix,' then. I'd personally like to see the director's chair continue to revolve, but I guess getting a good director to return is fine as well.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST

    We need a new trailer.

    by Evil Hobbit

    A good one this time please, without Radcliff and his crappy '..I want to fight' oneliner and without the bad music and editing but a trailer that fits with the essence of the story and the touch of the director. So that means, no need to show of any of the big action sequences. Just the politics and . The teaser was just terrible, the greatest part was the Harry Potter logo with the John Williams theme. Oh hey, we don't got John Williams anymore, HOOPER BETTER NOT FUCK IT UP AS MUCH AS DOYLE DID. Bring back some Potter themes please.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Doyle didn't F' it up.....

    by Playkins

    If you actually listen to the score to "Goblet", it was appropriately sinister, dark and foreshadowing. It did an effective job of changing the tone of the movie from the first three. That being said, "Azkaban" still has the best score, IMHO. I get the good chills when I hear the "Flight of Buckbeak" track.

  • April 20, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    No arguments here.

    by Nice Marmot

    In 3D, that space shuttle/plane sequence in Superman Returns was the shit. And the only part of that crappy movie I can remember.

  • April 20, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by all

    did not score goblet very well. his themes lacked nuance and failed to create the atmosphere that j.w. established with his more dissonant score. I hope this new guy treats the material with more of an edge. Oh, and RICKY GERVAIS for SLUGHORN!!!!

  • April 20, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    20 minutes is 20 minutes

    by Boondock Devil

    Plus anything you see on the IMAX just seems to make it much more cooler. I loved seeing Batman Begins and Supes on the ginormous screen.

  • April 20, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    by all....

    by Playkins

    Then you missed the whole point of "Goblet of Fire". A quote from the movie itself, "I guess things are going to be different from now on". I think a change from "dissonant" music would be a GOOD thing. (Are you sure you're using the right word there? 'dissonant' when describing music means unresolved or harmonically lacking)

  • April 20, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I loved book 5

    by Rumpel Tumskin

    Umbridge just takes the cake. I want a set of china plates with cute moving kittens on them.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I always think of Richard Riehle when I think

    by Rumpel Tumskin

    of Slughorn. Too bad he is not British. I think Rowling had an agreement that the cast for all the movies must be Brits (for the characters that are Brits) I can see Ricky Gervais as Slughorn, but he will have to wear a fat suit.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The dissonance isn't realy the reason why Doyle..

    by Evil Hobbit

    ..screwed up. Doyle uses plenty of it in his own score, future Potter films will be full of it. No, Doyle screwed up because he discarded all the themes and foundations that Williams was building on. <br> <br> The forced interpretations of Hedwigs theme is all that's left. JW made a superb start for that grande Voldemort theme with meeting Tom Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets soundtrack. You could feel him building to that all important moment in Goblet, the return of the Dark Lord. So what does Doyle do? He throws it away, not just Voldemorts theme but all the motifs and musical layers that gave the magical world of Potter and the castle of Hogwarts, it's own touch. The themes and underscore from Doyle are all very random and uninspired. Harry in Winter is probably one of the most annoying themes I've heared. The ultra high strings in which the theme sweeps is just, arrgg, it's just not magical. On it's own it's a descent piece of composition but it is random and not in style to the magical world of Potter. <br> <br> You see, a big difference in the writing is that Doyle chooses to play into the emotions of the characters and score only for the events that are shown on screen. Williams, on the other hand, wrote music for the everchanging magical world that Harry lives in, specially the magical world that is "Hogwarts". In this large piece of writing he creates leitmotifs and themes for characters and develops them while they grow. <br> <br> Williams crafted so much good music for the world of Hogwarts; for the castle, the stairs, the great hall. Simple motifs combined with playfull and highly inventive compositions. Doyle threw that all away and made a soundtrack to support the events on screen but forgets to give the magical world of Hogwarts it's heart and soul. <br> <br> In an ongoing series with ever changing directors it was simply amazing to have a very distinctive composer like Williams onboard to tie the entire package together. Now that the musical pattern is broken the world of the Potter films have lost the feel of Rowlings universe. The feel that Williams so superbly managed to capture in the first 3 films. ..Things are going to be different know means that the same world is going to feel a little different. Because of political influences and war and terror. But the heart of the world is still the same, no matter what evil touches it. Doyle should have developed this different sound from the same heart and not rip it out to replace it with a new one.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    After Superman Returns...

    by ZeroCorpse

    I don't want to see ANY summer blockbusters in IMAX 3D again. They butchered that movie to squeeze it into IMAX 3D, and since it was a pretty weak movie to begin with, it ended up being a horrible experience that gave me a headache. Fuck IMAX. Fuck it right in the ear.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Haha Gervais would make such a cool Slughorn

    by Evil Hobbit

    But then again, Gervais has a very big personality that is very iconic. I think it will be very hard to think of him as Slughorn the character instead of hey that's Gervais playing Slughorn! Ahww, look at that chubby little grin :)

  • April 20, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the summer!

    by leesheri

    Hope our Imax theaters are back up and running. Last I'd heard they weren't.

  • April 20, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    All or nothing

    by The Ref

    Partially 3D movies = stupid. Nothing takes me out of a movie more than "Oh, this is where I have to put on my glasses." Stupid.

  • April 20, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Yay! More fake 3D!

    by geekzapoppin

    Bring on AVATAR in REAL 3D! Fake 3D looks like what it is, a flat shot that has been "View Master-ized" in order to milk more money out of movie goers.

  • April 20, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by topaz4206

    I couldn't agree more. As a huge fan of 3D, and as a frequent IMAX-3D moviegoer (the documentaries), watching Superman was like getting punched in the face. Anything not shot with 3D Cameras, or 3D Animation to begin with, looks worse than poor in Imax 2.5-D

  • April 20, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Superman 3D

    by MC Vamp

    I wish I hadn't seen it first in 3D. It was headache inducing, distracting, and didn't help the movie one bit. And this is from someone who actually liked the movie.

  • April 20, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    we GET a new trailer.... SUNDAY!!

    by Evil Hobbit

    International OOTP trailer debut on Sunday According to AOL's website (and confirmed by Warner Brothers), the second Order of the Phoenix trailer will be online starting Sunday at 2 PM GMT (10 AM EST), after the broadcast debut on Channel 4 in the UK.<br> <br> In other parts of the world, the trailer will be released on the 21st in Japan, the 24th in the United States, and early May in Latin America.

  • April 20, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Put on your glasses...

    by Christopher3

    Now. Then take them off. Then put them on again. No not now. Wait... ok, now.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Just What a 3-D Lover Hates...

    by photosurrealism

    I'm a huge 3-D geek. Really. Love, love, love it. But there are two things I hate: movies that are only partially in 3-D- drawing attention more to the mechanics than the work- and movies that are "converted" from 2-D to 3-D- which, despite the care and technology of some practitioners is still not a good idea. Here we have both. Again. Cut it out and make some real 3-D movies.

  • April 20, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by LevitationHolmes

    If Frazzles the Squirrel told us when to put on and take off the 3-D glasses, I'd be cool with that.

  • April 21, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by ebrown2112

    Bob Hoskins. That's all there is to it. And Ian McShane for Fenrir Greyback.

  • April 21, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Mace Tofu

    Sure some shots ( most of the water stuff ) did look COOL in 3-D but most of it sucked because it was FAKE 3-D. The first 3-D scene in the corn field of young Clark running and jumping was the worst looking. The sad part was the few action scenes that were not converted to 3-D still looked great in IMAX and I think the whole shuttle rescue would of played better without the 3-D as having to put on and take off the glasses for each 3-D scene only made you noticed the movie looked fine in 2-D IMAX and the FAUX 3-D looked like a viewmaster still. Movies made in IMAX 3-D are fine. FAUX 3-D not so fine... After waiting 3 months for SR to come to my IMAX and $15 for a ticket I wished I would of seen just the regular SR without the 3-D.

  • April 22, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    new international trailer link here:

    by Gengar