Mads Mikkelsen Replacing Johnny Depp in “Fantastic Beasts”

Following the apparent removal of Johnny Depp from the filming of the third #FantasticBeasts film a few weeks ago, actor Mads Mikkelsen will be taking over the role of Gellert Grindelwald. Depp resigned at the request of #WarnerBrothers Studio after losing a libel case against The Sun over a 2018 article that called him a “wife beater”.

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is known for his film roles in “Casino Royale” (opposite Daniel Craig’s James Bond), #Marvel’s #DoctorStrange and as Galen Erso in “#RogueOne: A #StarWars Story”.

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Johnny Depp Leaves “Fantastic Beasts” Franchise

Actor Johnny Depp will no longer be playing the role of Gellert Grindelwald in J.K. Rowlings’ #FantasticBeasts movie franchise, which is a series of prequels to #HarryPotter. Depp made the announcement today on his Instagram account claiming that #WarnerBrothers had asked him to leave the franchise.

Releasing a short statement of their own, Warner Brothers has confirmed that Depp will leave the franchise, but did not comment on the nature of the separation or confirm that they asked him to go.

Coming just days after Depp lost a libel lawsuit against a British tabloid that characterized him as being abusive, it’s likely that this is related to the ongoing controversy surrounding back-and-forth abuse allegations between himself and his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp did not specifically link the two in his letter, but he did bring the trial up, pledging to appeal the ruling.

His Instagram post can be seen below:

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

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Netflix Cancels “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” After First Season

Netflix announced on Sept. 21, 2020, the cancellation of its series “#TheDarkCrystal: #AgeOfResistance”. The internet series was a prequel to the original 1982 Jim Henson film and told the story of a group of young Gelflings who discover that their overlords — the evil Skeksis — are duplicitous and plan to consume their subjects’ life energy via the dark crystal in order to fuel their own.

News of the cancelation comes mere days after the show won an Emmy for best children’s series. Executive producer Lisa Henson said,

“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.’ We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of ‘The Dark Crystal’ saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant. We are so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to realize this ambitious series; we are deeply proud of our work on ‘Age of Resistance,’ and the acclaim it has received from fans, critics and our peers, most recently receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program.”

From Variety.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

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RIP Diana Rigg

#RIP: actress Diana Rigg has passed away at the age of 82. She played Emma Peel / Lola in the British TV series #TheAvengers, Olenna Tyrell in #GameOfThrones, Mrs. Gillyflower in #DoctorWho, Helena in #AMidsummerNightsDream, & much more, including Tracy in the James Bond film #OnHerMajestysSecretService.

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.

Diana Rigg (1938 – 2020)

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RIP John Saxon

#RIP: actor John Saxon has died at the age of 84. He played Sador in #BattleBeyondTheStars, Consul Tarrant in #TheFantasticJourney (TV series), Captain Radl in #WonderWoman (TV series), Nedlick in #TheBionicWoman, Nedlick / Maj. Frederick Sloan in #TheSixMillionDollarMan, Capt. Anthony Vico in #StrangeNewWorld (TV movie), Dylan Hunt in #PlanetEarth (TV movie), Ianto in NightGallery, Marco Polo in #TheTimeTunnel, Allan Brenner in the sci-fi / horror film #QueenOfBlood, Dr. Jack Costain in the sci-fi / horror film #BloodBeastFromOuterSpace, Michael Anderson / Cyrano de Bergerac / Monsieur Berandt Sabatier /  Evan Watkins / Professor Harold DeHaven / Colin McArthur / Dr. Roger Sullivan in #FantasyIsland, Dudley Stone in #TheRayBradburyTheater, Benjamin O’Connell in #Monsters (TV series), himself in #WesCravensNewNightmare, & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

John Saxon

John Saxon (1935 – 2020)

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RIP Sir Ian Holm

#RIP: we are saddened to report the passing of British actor Sir Ian Holm at the age of 88. He played old Bilbo Baggins in #TheHobbit film saga (#AnUnexpectedJourney & #TheBattleOfTheFiveArmies) and #TheLordOfTheRings film saga (#TheFellowshipOfTheRing & #TheReturnOfTheKing); Father Vito Cornelius in #TheFifthElement; Napoleon in #TimeBandits; Ash in #Alien; Terry Rapson in #TheDayAfterTomorrow; Jonas Muller (voice) in #Renaissance; Skinner (voice) in #Ratatouille; Sirius / Boris / the Devil in #SimonMagus; Naville in #ALifeLessOrdinary; Walter Bailiff in #LochNess; Pod in #TheBorrowers (miniseries); Dr. Murnau in #Kafka; Reverend Charles L. Dodgson / Lewis Carroll in #Dreamchild; Mr. Kurtzmann in #Brazil; Puck in #AMidsummerNightsDream; & more.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Ian Holm

Ian Holm (1931-2020)

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RIP Malcolm Dixon

#RIP: actor Malcolm Dixon has died at the age of 66. Born in Sept., 1953 (his exact birthdate is unknown), he played Leektar the Ewok Warrior in “#StarWars VI: #ReturnOfTheJedi” (he was also a film extra in “Star Wars IV: #ANewHope), an Oompa Loompa in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, a dwarf in #FlashGordon, Strutter in #TimeBandits, an additional performer in #TheDarkCrystal, Goblin Corps in #Labyrinth, Diddy in #SnowWhite (1987), Nelwyn Band Member in #Willow, & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace and may the Force be with him.

Malcolm Dixon

Malcolm Dixon (1953-2020)

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The British Library’s “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic” Exhibit Is Available Online

With the #BritishLibrary currently closed due to current #pandemic, they have made the “#HarryPotter: #AHistoryOfMagic” exhibit available online!

The online collection was highlighted as part of #HarryPotterAtHome by the Wizarding World franchise team, promoting ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also includes J.K. Rowling opening up licencing for teachers to read Harry Potter to their pupils online.

The exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017 as a result of a collaboration between #Pottermore (now known as Wizarding World Digital), The British Library, and #Bloomsbury.

The exhibition includes historical artifacts related to magical topics, including:

  • The six-meter long Ripley Scroll, which is a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone as seen in the first book “Harry Potter and the #PhilosophersStone”, a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the #SorcerersStone”.
  • Old drawings
  • Manuscripts
  • Synopses created by J.K. Rowling herself when she was writing Harry Potter.
  • Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.

The collection is divided — like the original exhibition — into various subjects, most of which are taught at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

  • Potions
  • Herbology
  • Charms
  • Astronomy
  • Divination
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Alchemy.

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RIP Max von Sydow

#RIP: we are saddened to report that actor Max von Sydow has died at the age of 90. He played Lor San Tekka in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”, Doctor Kynes in #Dune (1984), Emperor Ming in #FlashGordon (1980), Three-Eyed Raven in #GameOfThrones, King Osric in #CononTheBarbarian (1982), Director Lamar Burgess in #MinorityReport, Judge Fargo in #JudgeDredd, Henry Farber in #UntilTheEndOfTheWorld, Vigo (voice) in “#Ghosbusters II”, Doctor Paul Novotny in the sci-fi / horror film #Dreamscape, uncredited role in #TheIcePirates, & more, including playing Father Merrin in the horror films #TheExorcist & “#Exorcist II: #TheHeretic”.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace. The Force  will be with him always.

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow (1929-2020)

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RIP Terry Jones

#RIP: we are saddened to report that actor actor, writer & director Terry Jones has died at the age of 77. He played Dennis’s Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe in #MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail, which he also co-wrote and co-directed. He played King Arnulf in #EricTheViking, which he also wrote & directed. He played Toad in #MrToadsWildRide, which he directed and co-wrote. He played Scientist Alien (voice) / Van Driver in #AbsolutelyAnything, which he directed and co-wrote. He played poacher in #Jabberwocky, Prof. Mac Krill (English voice) in #AFishTail (“Hjælp! Jeg er en fisk”), Messenger Bird (voice) in #Dinotopia (2002 miniseries), Mr. Kreosote in #StrangerThanFiction, & more, including playing a variety of characters in the British sketch comedy series #MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, for which he also wrote a number of the sketches.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones (1942 – 2020)

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