GQ ITALIA: Eddie Redmayne by Michelangelo di Battista

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MADAME FIGARO FRANCE: Eddie Redmayne by Simon Emmett

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St: Sylvie Clemente

Ph: Simon Emmett

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ESQUIRE UK: Eddie Redmayne by Greg Williams

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IMPROVING FANTASTIC BEASTS: Making the Sequels Even More Fantastic

Improving Fantastic Beasts. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, who leads an adventure through a magical 1920's New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, who leads an adventure through a magical 1920’s New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts continues to get a lot of press. Reviews for the movie, which is the first in a series of five, have been generally positive. Fantastic Beasts currently rates a 76% on the Tomatometer and an Audience Score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, Beasts is at a mostly positive 66%. Not surprisingly, it opened globally with $200m at number one, beating Doctor Strange and Trolls. Is this a big enough opening to launch a new Wizarding World series? Apparently, yes.

Improving Fantastic Beasts

However, that hasn’t kept some from speculating on improving Fantastic Beasts. Entertainment Weekly, for example, lists five suggestions with which we’d more or less agree:

  1. Focus on fewer beasts (We called this one earlier, as the beast sequences can be a little distracting.).
  2. Lure Newt out of his shell, as he can be a little repressed (except for when he’s in action mode, wrestling a beast).
  3. Improved CGI.
  4. Escape from New York (Is it just us or do the American witches seem either beaurocratic and heartless, or gangster and heartless? Maybe we just didn’t get see enough of them outside of Queenie and Porpentina.).
  5. More Credence (Please.). A less campy Johnny Depp (Grindelwald isn’t The Mad Hatter or Willy Wonka, so hopefully Depp will give us a villain we can sink our teeth into.).

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    Johnny Depp plays villain Grindelwald, one of Fantastic Beasts’ biggest surprises.

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VOGUE MAGAZINE: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Annie Leibovitz

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Mo: Karlie Kloss, Tami Williams, Rianne Van Rompaey, Edie Campbell, Grace Hartzel, Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston

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Ph: Annie Leibovitz

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RED CARPET MOVIE PREMIERE: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, London Leicester Square Premiere

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, London Leicester Square Premiere

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J.K. ROWLING’S FANTASTIC BEASTS: Story of Tolerance and Intolerance, Premieres in London

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock (7438945dj) Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Rowling, Carmen Ejogo, Fine Frenzy and Dan Fogler 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' film premiere, London, UK - 15 Nov 2016
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Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Rowling, Carmen Ejogo, Fine Frenzy and Dan Fogler
at the Fantastic Beasts premiere in London.

Producer David Heyman Discusses Importance of Tolerance at Fantastic Beasts Premiere

J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne, and Ezra Miller joined director David Yates, and the rest of the Fantastic Beasts cast on the red carpet Tuesday night for the movie’s European Premiere. Producer David Heyman took the opportunity to discuss the movie’s timely message of tolerance.

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Ezra Miller’s character suffers as a result of intolerance.

“She writes about our world, about outsiders, it’s about tolerance and intolerance. These are our issues. This is our world. These characters are us. I think that’s why it resonates in the way it does.”

Indeed, Fantastic Beasts explores intolerance in regard to the beasts, which the witches are largely prone to kill, and between humans and witches. Significantly, the effects of intolerance resonate most emotionally in the story of Credence (Ezra Miller). Rowling’s story and Miller’s performance combine to deliver some of Fantastic Beasts’ most poignant moments. The budding, yet forbidden, relationship between Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) explores tolerance in a touching, more positive, light.

From Variety:

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Producer Spells Out J.K. Rowling Story at U.K. Premiere: ‘It’s About Tolerance and Intolerance’

Magical chaos hit the blue carpet on Tuesday night at the European premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Ripped from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s script, a sudden and saturating downpour fell upon a glut of unsuspecting muggles – better known in the U.S. as no-majs.

Rowling’s on-carpet incantations proved rusty. Her best spell to stop the rain failed when it was needed most, forcing the masses to resort to a roof of roaming umbrellas around the Leicester Square carpet.

Fresh from his 1926 expedition to a spellbound New York City, lead beast-loving naturalist Eddie Redmayne was enjoying himself, divulging his fanboy love of the wizarding world. “I used to go and watch the [Harry] Potter films for a J.K. Rowling hug every few years,” he said.

Joining the worldly wizard on the carpet came a new generation magical cast including Alison SudolKatherine WaterstonCarmen EjogoEzra Miller, and Dan Fogler. “Potter” alumni were still aptly represented however – faced by director David Yates, producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. U.K. head Josh Berger.

Heyman gave his insight into Rowling’s fantastically timely relevance when he stated, “She writes about our world, about outsiders, it’s about tolerance and intolerance. These are our issues. This is our world. These characters are us. I think that’s why it resonates in the way it does.”

Following the big screen wrap, guests headed eastbound to the Grand Connaught Rooms. Celebrating the resurgence of Rowling’s fantastical world, partying in a vast magical illusion set in 1920s Manhattan. One area of the party was themed after New York City Hall and subway, where some of the film is set.

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