RIP Verne Troyer

#RIP: actor Verne Troyer has died at the age of 49. While he played Griphook in “#HarryPotter and the #SorcerorsStone”, he will likely be mostly remembered for playing Mini-Me in the #AustinPowers films.

Our condolences to Verne Troyer’s family, friends and fans on his passing. May he rest in peace.

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer (1969-2018)

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“Harry Potter A History of Magic” Documentary

A documentary entitled “#HarryPotter A History of Magic” was aired on BBC 2 in the U.K.  in 2017. The documentary was created in connection with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book (published in the U.K. in 1997), as well as the opening of an exhibit of the same name in the British Museum.

For those who haven’t seen the documentary, it can be watched in its entirety (with a lot of randomly inserted ads) on the DailyMotion website:

The documentary includes J.K. Rowling and several actors who appeared in the Harry Potter movies:

  • Warwick Davis
  • Evanna Lynch
  • Miriam Margolyes
  • David Thewlis
  • Mark Williams

The documentary is also narrated by Imelda Staunton.

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Copies of documentary have been released on DVD, but they are only Region 2, meaning that they won’t play on typical blu-ray or DVD players sold in the United States. You would need a blu-ray or DVD player capable fo playing Region 2 DVD’s in order to watch it. Hence, we didn’t include any links of where to purchase the Region 2 DVD, but anyone interested can google it.

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2017 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Celebrity Deaths

It’s that time of year when we remember & honor the #SciFi & #Fantasy actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017. They and their legacies will never be forgotten.

The sci-fi & fantasy franchises that experienced loss in 2017 are listed below:

  • Alien
  • Babylon 5
  • Batman
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Doctor Who
  • Godzilla
  • Harry Potter
  • Iron Man
  • RoboCop
  • Six Million Dollar Man
  • Space 1999
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • True Blood

Our condolences to all of the families, friends & fans of the following actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017.

January

Miguel Ferrer (died on Jan. 19, 2017 at age 61). He played a First Officer in #StarTrek III, Bob Morton in #RoboCop, VP Rodriquez in #IronMan, & more.

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017)

John Hurt (died on Jan. 25, 2017 at age 77). He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt is sorely missed.

John Hurt

John Hurt (1940-2017)

February

Richard Hatch (died on Feb. 8, 2017 at age 71). He played Captain Apollo in the original 1978-1979 #BattlestarGalactica TV series. He then came back in the 2004-2009 series as the politician Tom Zarek. He also appeared in a variety of other TV shows & movies. He is deeply missed.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch (1945-2017)

Bill Paxton (died on Feb. 25, 2017 at age 61). He played Jeff Tracy in #Thunderbirds, Jerry Lambert in #Predator2, Private Hudson in #Aliens, punk leader in #Terminator, John Garrett in #AgentsOfSHIELD, & much more, such as his roles in #Apollo13, #WeirdScience, #Twister & more.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

March

Lawrence Montaigne (died on Mar. 19, 2017 at age 86). He played Decius / Stonn in #StarTrek #TOS, Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more.

Lawrence Montaigne

Lawrence Montaigne (1931-2017)

May

Powers Boothe (died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68). He played Gideon Malick in #AgentsOfSHIELD, a World Security Council member in #Avengers & much more.

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

Roger Moore (died on May 23, 2017 at age 89). He played James Bond / Agent 007 in #Moonraker (& in 6 other movies), & much more.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore (1927-2017)

June

Adam West (died on June 9, 2017 at age 88). He played the original #Batman & more!

Adam West

Adam West (1928-2017)

Stephen Furst (died on June 17, 2017 at age 63). He played Vir Cotto in #Babylon5 & much more, including the character in Flounder in the comedy #AnimalHouse.

Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst (1954-2017)

July

Nelsan Ellis died on July 8, 2017 (c. 1978 – 2017, birthdate unknown). He played Lafayette Reynolds in #TrueBlood & more.
Nelson Ellis

Nelson Ellis (c. 1978 – 2017)

Martin Landau (1928-2017) died on July 16, 2017. He played Cmdr. John Koenig in #Space1999, Rollin Hand / Miguel Cordova / Gen. Rio Dominguez in #MissionImpossible, Peter Van Garrett in #SleepyHollow & much more. He also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1994 movie “Ed Wood”, as well as 2 other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in other films. He won numerous other awards, including a Golden Globe for “Mission Impossible”.

Martin Landau

Martin Landau (1928-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017) died on July 21. He played Cmdr. Barry Garner in #BattlestarGalactica & more, including playing Peter McCallister in “Home Alone”.

John Heard (1945-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017)

August

Robert Hardy died at 91 on August 3, 2017. He played Cornelius Fudge in #HarryPotter & was in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, #GawainAndTheGreenKnight & much more.

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy (1925-2017)

Haruo Nakajima has died at 88 on Aug. 7, 2017. He played the iconic kaiju monster #Godzilla in 14 different films between 1954 & 1973:

  • Godzilla 
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Godzilla, King Of the Monsters
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla 
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla 
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
  • Invasion of Astro Monster
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • Son of Godzilla 
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • All Monsters Attack
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan 
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage)

He also played several background characters in multiple movies; Kiylu / Police Captain / Kemur Man II / Jirass / Gabora / Nerongo in #Ultraman; King Kong in #KingKongEscapes; Gaira in #WarOfTheGargantuas; Baragon in #DestroyAllMonsters & #FrankensteinConquersTheWorld; Matango in #Marango (#AttackOfTheMushroomPeople); Magma in #Gorath; head of Mothra larva in #Mothra; Moguera in #TheMysterians; Rodan in #Rodan; & much more.

Haruo Nakajima

Haruo Nakajima (1929-2017)

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) died on August 31. He played Oscar Goldman in #SixMillionDollarMan & #BionicWoman; Chief Quinn in #ForbiddenPlanet; & more.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson (1926-2017)

September

Comic book author Len Wein died on Sept. 10, 2017 at the age of 69. He co-created D.C.’s #SwampThing & #Marvel’s #Wolverine; helped revive the #XMen & edited the #Watchmen.

Len Wein

Len Wein (1948-2017)

Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, 2017 at the age of 91. He played Brett in #Alien, a security guard in #TheAvengers & much more, including Carl Rodd in #TwinPeaks.

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Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

Former football star turned actor Bernie Casey died on Sept. 19, 2017 at the age of 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

October

Roy Dotrice died on Oct. 16, 2017 at the age of 94. He played Hallyne in #GameOfThrones, Commissioner Simmonds in #Space1999, Benson (voice) in #Saturn3, the Elder in #Earth2, Frederick Lantz in #Babylon5, & much more, including a lot of voice work in animated TV series. His non-sci-fi & non-fantasy work included playing Leopold Mozard in #Amadeus and he was also a well known stage actor & won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten”.
Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

December

Alfie Curtis died on Dec. 26, 2017 at the age of 87. Born on July 28, 1930, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evazan in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope” in the iconic cantina scene, where he says, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”. He also played the milkman in the Oscar-winning movie #TheElephantMan in 1980.

Alfie Curtis

Alfie Curtis (1930-2017)

May they all rest in peace.

J.K. Rowling Defends Casting of Johnny Depp

#HarryPotter author #JKRowling has defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp to play Gellert Grindelwald in #FantasticBeasts. Many fans are upset about the casting due to allegations of domestic abuse following the divorce of Depp from actress Amber Heard. Depp has denied the allegations.

Oh her website, J.K. Rowling released the following statement:

“When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise.

Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.

The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected.  Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

I’ve loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”

Cast of "Fantastic Beasts"

Cast of “Fantastic Beasts”.

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First Picture from “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel Released

The first picture (via Entertainment Weekly) from the upcoming “#FantasticBeasts: #TheCrimesOfGrindelwald” has been released! Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) finds himself in a dark and scary place: in a sewer tunnel system, with his attention fixed on… something!

Picture from "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

Picture from “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

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