WATCH: First trailer of Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Warner Bros. Pictures has just debuted the first announcement trailer for the much-anticipated adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” giving audiences the first glimpse at a never-before-seen part of the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Watch the trailer below.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

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Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

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The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved “Harry Potter” books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander.

The film reunites a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which was home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England.

Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for a Philippine release in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX on November 17, 2016.

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The force is truly awakened in the latest addition to the widely successful epic space opera saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nostalgic with its refined take on the classic elements that have long since made the franchise memorable and beloved. The overall vibe resonates with such relevance not just to the fans of the film series but also to the moviegoers who have joined the hype and ended up loving it as well.

The original trilogy opened in 1977, 1980 and 1983 with Episode IV: A New Hope setting a milestone in producing a high-quality venture that has expanded into books, television series, comic books and computer games among others. The atmosphere of the first three episodes has been imbibed in The Force Awakens, making it almost impossible to remember the mixed reactions that the prequel trilogy has garnered in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

Visionary director J.J. Abrams is able to outdo the previous films and let go of the disappointments by executing the groundworks of a new story infused to the original premise. He has displayed the beauty of his craft through meticulous direction that is equally straightforward and neat.

As it is, the latest episode maintains the accessibility of its story, humor and action, the way the first three movies have offered a simple yet engaging universe with lovable characters that are still celebrated today in so many ways. With the addition of the core group of actors from the original trilogy, the classic feel remains to be a firm foundation in making The Force Awakens not just the first third of a sequel but an indispensable homage to the franchise itself.

Not to mention, the mixture of the old and the new has a very strong effect. The introduction every now and then to some of the original characters makes it a homey experience. This is their haven–a place they are familiar with, surrounded by creatures that cement them as important parts of the fantasy and science fiction genres. On the side, new exciting characters also grace the story with convictions that they have what it takes to embrace the force.

In this seventh episode of the film series, the setting is around 30 years after the events of the sixth episode Return of the Jedi. Previously, the Rebel Alliance became the Resistance while the Galactic Empire became the First Order.

The film stars the original crew of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Joining them are new characters Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, a dark warrior with the Force; Daisy Ridley as Rey, a scavenger on the desert planet Jakku; John Boyega as Finn, a redeemed First Order stormtrooper; Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, a Resistance X-wing fighter pilot.

Also with the cast are Lupita Nyong’o as the pirate Maz Kanata, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and Max Von Sydow Lor San Tekka.

Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

J.J. Abrams and the rest of his team have made it possible to serve pure joy as The Force Awakens kickstarts with awesome productions that go beyond massive setpieces and visual feasts. There is just a tremendous amount of special effects and production designs that are worthy of everyone’s attention as they add up to the grandness that would definitely marvel the audiences all over the world (and beyond).

Simply put, from the first note of the theme music right to the last frame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has indeed lived up to the growing expectations that Star Wars is bound to render more possibilities with more energy that pumps up extensively, pushing the boundaries even further.

Now who’s excited for the follow-throughs soon?

With PG rating from the MTRCB, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in the Philippines as distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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WATCH: First trailer of ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

The first trailer of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Roland Emmerich’s highly anticipated sequel to “Independence Day” had just been launched by 20th Century Fox.

After “Independence Day” redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter “Independence Day: Resurgence” delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth, anticipating the invaders’ return, have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The film stars Liam Hemsworth (“Hunger Games”), Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac”) , Jeff Goldblum (“Independence Day”), Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day”), Bill Pullman (“Independence Day”), Judd Hirsch (“Independence Day”), Jessie Usher (“When the Game Stands Tall”), Joey King (“The Conjuring”), Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and Travis Tope (“The Town that Dreaded Sundown”) and Sela Ward (“The Day After Tomorrow”). Dean Devlin (“Independence Day,” “Godzilla”), who produced the original film, produces with Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser (“2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow”). Larry Franco and Carsten Lorenz are the line producers. Ute Emmerich is the executive producer.

Director Roland Emmerich on the set of INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.
Director Roland Emmerich on the set of INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

The film’s creative production team includes Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Volker Engel (“Independence Day,” “2012”), director of photography Markus Förderer (“Stonewall”), production designer Barry Chusid (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012,” “San Andreas”), editor Adam Wolfe (“White House Down”), and costume designer Lisy Christl (“Point Break,” “White House Down”).

The fight for mankind continues when “Independence Day: Resurgence” opens nationwide in the Philippines on June 22, 2016 from 20th Century Fox and to be distributed by Warner Bros. (PR)