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‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ receives three Oscar nominations, snubbed in the major categories ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ receives three Oscar nominations, snubbed in the major categories

Stuart Craig has received multiple Oscar nominations for his work on the eight Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has received three nominations for the 84th Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film has been nominated for: Art Direction (Stuart Craig, pictured right, for production design and Stephanie McMillan for set decoration), Makeup (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin) and Visual Effects (Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson).

Despite a large push by studio Warner Bros., the ‘Potter’ films were once again bizarrely snubbed by the Academy for consideration in the major categories.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ takes in $24 million on opening night in America ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ takes in $24 million on opening night in America

Variety is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has earned $24 million from opening night midnight screenings. The film screened in 3,700 locations across North America.

So how does that compare? In 2009, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earned $22.2 million on opening night, while Order of the Phoenix earned $12 million in 2007 and Goblet of Fire earned $6 million in 2005.

The highest-grossing opening weekend belongs to the The Dark Knight, also from Warner Bros., which earned $158.4 million. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is estimated to earn $132 million over the weekend, though “some predictions place it as high as $157 million”.

What did you think of Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Is it the best adaptation yet?

‘Hallows’ Filming in west Wales begins May 11th ‘Hallows’ Filming in west Wales begins May 11th

Last month, HPFZ reported that filming for Deathly Hallows‘s “Shell Cottage” scene would be filmed in west Wales. Specifically, it will be filmed from May 11th to May 15th in Pembrokeshire National Park.

However, some residents have worried that filming would be destructive to the beach, believing it could potentially lead to the beach’s temporary closure in mid-May. In response, Warner Bros. has promised a maximum crew of 200 – which isn’t a bad promise (the last public Deathly Hallows scene filmed which included over 400 extras).

In addition, Pembrokeshire council cabinet member Rob Lewis insisted that the benefits of filming (mainly tourism in the current economy) would outweigh any temporary disruption.

Why ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was moved up two days Why ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was moved up two days

hbpAccording to the Associated Press, Warner Bros. head of distribution’s Dan Fellman reports that the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was moved to July 15th from July 17th in the US and UK because: “Every day the kids are out of school in summer is just like an extra Saturday.”

How very true!

‘Half-Blood Prince’ release date moved up to July 15th ‘Half-Blood Prince’ release date moved up to July 15th

gofposter2Warner Bros. has confirmed that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will now be released two days early, on July 15th, in the United States and the United Kingdom. If you guys remember, Order of the Phoenix was also released two days early in 2007.

FALSE rumours of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ secret screening FALSE rumours of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ secret screening

hbp-ddUnsubstantiated rumours have been spread online and offline about a “secret screening” taking place of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince recently. A great deal of Harry Potter fans have been skeptical, and now finally, here it is officially: Warner Bros. denies that there was a new “secret” screening. The last screening was this past September, to which the article could only be alluding.

Thanks Harry Potter’s Page for checking with Warner Bros.!

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