Friday, July 31, 2009

Original 9 Short by Shane Acker

This is the original film by Acker that the movie 9 is based off of:

Happy Birthday, Harry and J.K!

Today is a special day for Potter fans, because it's J.K Rowling's birthday!  Also, our man Harry turns another year older today!  Leave birthday wishes in comments!!

Danny Elfman takes Woodstock

Danny Elfman orchestrates a new movie starring comedian Demetri Martin, Taking Woodstock, look for it in theaters August 28th.

9 Movie Book Review

Today I received a package in the mail from Focus Features, in which was a Burlap pouch with 9 on the front. Inside of this Shane Acker/Tim Burton-esque bag was the book of "9". Upon opening it you see a familiar image:

The book begins with the Scientist's journal. If you have been following the 9Scientist on Facebook you would recognize the posters of the Chancellor with RESIST sprawled over the phrase "Victory Demands Sacrifice".


This section of the book follows the scientist's work on the B.R.A.I.N. project (Binary Reactive Artificially Intelligent Neurocircut). The journal entries are those that have been posted on Facebook but among them are pictures and drawings of the machines and newspaper clippings, among which are headlines that read "MACHINES TURN AGAINST US!" and "SCIENTIST ENEMY OF THE STATE Chancellor Denounces Machine Inventor". So far this book is very creative in how it presents the story of the scientist and his creations, and the art makes me even more excited to see the movie and view the world that Ackner has created.

Next is a section called 'The Film' and it is full of stills and some promotional pictures from the movie, some of which I've seen, but many others that are new. Accompanying the art are quotes about the movie from Director Shane Acker, Star Elijah Wood, Producer Timur Bekmambetov, and our favorite: Producer Tim Burton, along with quotes from the film. The pictures not only show the characters, but also the amazing setting that has been created.
"It's a world composed of everything that's been discarded. From that rubble, from those bits and pieces, these new life forms are emerging, and we're experiencing their struggle in this post-human landscape" --Shane Acker


Image 1

"One of the things I responded to from Shane's short film was even though I'm a real lover of stop-motion animation, he had the same kind of textures that I love, that you get from real puppets and read dimensional characters that you can touch and feel in stop-motion, I felt the world that he was creating and the characters and just everything had that kind of texture."
--Tim Burton

Image 1

"The Seamstress is the most disturbing, although that's high praise to all the others because they are all disturbing in their own way." --Tim Burton

The final section is 'The Making of the Film' and it begins with a description of each of the character, including the 9 main characters, the Fabrication Machine ("Visit 9themovie.com/AR on how to experience The Fabrication Machine in 3D" is also included in the book), the Seamstress, the Catbeast and the Winged Beast. There is also story board art and origional sketches by Shane Acker.

Finally at the end of the book is a DVD of the origional short by Shane Acker that the movie is based off of. Tim Burton says, "The short was among the most extraordinary 11 minutes of film I've ever seen. Shane's conception was and is a stunningly detailed and hauntingly beautiful universe that resonates not only visually but emotionally."

Overall this book is a visually joy and a must have for any fan of the movie.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nighy Starts Filming Soon

Earlier this month, actor Bill Nighy reported that he would be playing the part of Rufus Scrimgeour in the final installments of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.  Nighy reportedly begins filming this coming week, according to an interview from BBC radio.

"I start filming next week and I've been in for costume fittings and things. I can't tell you too much about it because they do literally, I think they kill me or take my house or something if I tell you anything too much. And for good reasons, so that it all comes as a bit of a surprise."

We Want YOU!

Hey everyone!  Do you have any awesome Helena facts, news, or anything else?  How about Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Harry Potter, or Danny Elfman?  We want you to help us improve our site by emailing us any things that you think might be of interest to Helena Fans!  

A sneak peek at Tim Burton's MoMA exhibit

As reported earlier, Tim Burton will be featured at the Museum of Modern Art, with original burton drawings following his 27 years in film featuring of course Helena and Johnny Depp characters, among others.
Here are a few of the pieces that will be at MoMA:


Tim Burton, "Untitled (Trick or Treat)" (1980). Pen and ink, marker, and collage elements on board.

"Creature Series drawing" (1992). Acrylic on canvas.

"Untitled (Edward Scissorhands)" (1990). Pen and ink and pencil on paper.

"Untitled (Romeo and Juliet)" (1981–84). Pen and ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper.

"Blue Girl With Wine" (circa 1997). Oil on canvas.

Keep Searching!

Good luck in all your continuing efforts to find all of the pieces to this 9 puzzle!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Visual Companion

You can pre-order your copy of "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion" at Amazon.com. With 256 pages, this hard cover book is sure to be full of screen caps, concept art, and promotional pictures from Alice. The book will be released March 2nd, 2010.

Amazon.co.uk--£27.33
Amazon.com--$31.50

Have any questions for Mr. Tim Burton?

The people from http://splashpage.mtv.com will be talking to Tim Burton on Thursday, and have offered to accept questions that fans have for Tim, which can be sent to tips@mtvmoviesblog.com before Thursday (July 30) morning. They say that questions about 9 are encouraged, but other questions are alright. Look back to HBCfanclub for the interview by splash page.

Alice Panel Pictures

IMDb has pictures of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp at Comic Con, which you can see HERE.

9 Panel @ Comic Con

http://movieblog.ugo.com has an inside look at what happened at the 9 movie panel at Comic Con:

I get a chance to talk to Timur. He has a wonderful grin, balding head, a bit of a paunch and is wearing a linen vest. He is awesome. Our conversation goes like this:
Me
: Timur. I'm such a fan. Congrats on the new film. So, before the panel, I have one quick, kinda embarrassing ques --
Timur: (with a smile as wide as the Urals) It is pronounced Bek-Mom-BET-off.

Read the entire thing here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

9experiment.com Talisman Challenge Clue




The Hunt Begins! This image is part of a larger image, with a
code that activates a decoder on www.9experiment.com. There are 9 pieces to the puzzle that you have to locate to find the code. There will be one Grand Prize winner selected who will win a pair of the limited edition Pony shoes created exclusively for "9," and 8 runner ups that will receive promotional prize packs of movie-related merchandise. The winners will be randomly selected based on their entries to www.9experiment.com once they've solved the pierced-together images and visited the site.

So go on and find the rest of the pieces, happy hunting!



This is a message from 9Scientist's Facebook page:

I NEED YOUR HELP. NOW. PLEASE READ THIS.

As I write this, armies of the globe clash outside our windows. Our Chancellor has done his best to make our once glorious nation the enemy of the world.

After the Chancellor's men confiscated my research documents, he dealt a crippling blow to my continued research. I have tried to work as hard as possible to refine my findings in the Dark Sciences, but I am missing a specific document, and seem to have hit a roadblock.

It is now up to you, my friends, to find this design. I, of course, cannot get near the Chancellor's archives, as I am being watched too closely. But I can guide you.

1. Before my design was confiscated, I scrawled 4 green alchemical symbols on it. I hope that the government has not realized the significance of these symbols.

2. The design was taken, ripped up, and the pieces were scattered across 9 secret locations.

3. You must find the pieces, in your journeys, and realign the sequence of alchemical symbols.

4. Input the appropriate alchemical symbols into my decoder and you will be able to unlock the design for me to use in my research.

5. You have 1 week before another round of War Machines rolls off the assembly line.

Good luck,
The Scientist

(CONT. ON 9EXPERIMENT.COM)

Orlando Bloom Says He's Done With Pirates

Keira Knightley has already said her "pirating days are over", and now Orlando Bloom says that he too is done with the Pirate franchise. sources close to Bloom say he wants to walk out of the franchise as producers wish to concentrate on Depp's character in the film, reports contactmusic.com.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Another Burton Interview

Here's the link to another Burton interview from Comic Con:

http://screencrave.com/2009-07-24/comic-con-tim-burton-interview-for-alice-in-wonderland/

And if you haven't seen it yet, here's a video of Johnny Depp at the Alice panel:

MTV Interviews Tim Burton: Video

Comic-Con: Tim Burton Says Johnny Depp 'Saved' Him During 'Alice In Wonderland' Panel

Posted 0 minutes ago by Rick Marshall in Video, comic-con 2009

Tim Burton Talks Dark Shadows, Alice and 9

The LA Times talked to Tim Burton at Comic Con:

G.M.: You mentioned during the Focus Features' panel on "9" that you felt you shared a certain sensibility with the film's director, Shane Acker. I can't imagine that's something you experience too often.

T.B.: I don't. Also, too it was different enough from mine, but I felt a connection to it. Having gone through this process myself trying to get films made and done and how much of a problem it is to have that happen, I thought I could help him with that, I thought I could help protect him from the forces of evil and let him focus on making his film.

Read the rest HERE.

Pirates 4 Films Next Spring

Coming Soon talked to Oren Aviv (Disney's head of production) about Pirates 4 (which presumably, based on the end of the last film, will follow Capt. Jack and Capt. Barbossa as they try to find the Fountain of Youth.)
This is what Aviv said:

We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4′ in April or May of next year,” Aviv told us during our interview. “We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.

It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger. The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tim Burton Interview

Tim Burton talked to http://www.fearnet.com about Alice at Comic Con:




What inspired you about Lewis Carroll and Alice?
It's not just the books, it's the characters, songs. There's something about the imagery that he created that still plays in people's minds. Anything that has strong dream-like imagery that stays with you is important to gets into your subconscious and creative thinking. I hadn't seen any movie version that I really liked, so the intent was to take that imagery and turn it into a movie… Every character's weird, but I tried to give them each their own specific weirdness, so that they're all different. All those characters in his imagery sort of indicate some type of mental weirdness that everybody goes through, but the real attempt was to try to make Alice feel more like a story, as opposed to a series of events.
What drew you to this narrative?
It's a fairly universal concept, these kinds of stories, like Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. It's an internal journey. These characters represent things inside the human psyche. So that's what every child does – you try to work out your problems as you go along. Same as an adult. Some people get therapy, some people make movies.
Is this your first time at Comic-Con?
I came when I was a student. There were like fifty people and a bad slide show. So this is a whole amazing, different thing.


Read the rest HERE.

Happy Belated Birthday, Dan!

Just shouting out to wish our favorite wizard/stable boy a happy 20th birthday! Leave your birthday wishes in comments! Note that his actual birthday was yesterday, but he deserves to party just a bit longer!

Johnny Depp "Crashes" Comic-Con

Johnny Depp surprised everyone yesterday when he showed up at Comic Con to be on the Alice in Wonderland panel along with Tim Burton. Check out the images from geeksofdoom.com:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Teaser Trailer!!!



It's ever so amazing, I've watched it 10 times already, isn't Johnny Depp just lovely? :D And we even get a glimpse of Helena! Oh, it's all too exciting!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Johnny Depp Interview

Kim Francis interviewed Johnny Depp for http://www.getbracknell.co.uk/ about his movies (especially Public Enemies) to try to "find the real Johnny Depp."

“The banks were the enemies and they were taking the knees out from under everyone,” explains Johnny. “And then there was John Dillinger.

“He’d spent 10 years in prison for some youthful, ignorant, drunken crime and he arrives on the scene in the ultimate existential arena and says: ‘I’m gonna stand up against you.’ I think for me what’s fascinating is the guy says: ‘I’m not going to take it. I don’t care who you are, I’m not going to take it.’”

Read the rest HERE.

Tim Burton Gallery

This arrived in my email this morning:

The Official Tim Burton Gallery now open at TimBurton.com










Coming Soon...

Hardcover and Limited Edition books - Over 400 pages & 1000 illustrations!

For more information please register at TimBurton.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Facebook Contest and Dark Shadows

Just to clear up any confusion about the Facebook contest to be the first to see the Alice trailer, you must choose an "army" (either the Mad Hatter, the Red or the White Queen) by joining one of the following Facebook groups before 7pm EST on July 23rd.
The Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen: www.facebook.com/RedQueenSubjects
The Loyal Subjects of the White Queen: www.facebook.com/WhiteQueenSubjects
The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter: www.facebook.com/MadHatterSubjects
(I personally went with the Hatter, who has almost 14,ooo followers while the Queens have less than 3,000.) The lucky winners will see the trailer before it's debut at comic-con. It will be on the site as soon as it hits the interwebz :)




Tim Burton says Dark Shadows filming will begin next year, as he told MTV Movie Blog:

“That’s something that [Depp and I] both love and are excited about,” the director told MTV News. “When I’m done with this I’ll definitely focus on that.”

Burton's comments jibe with what Depp said during the “Public Enemies” junket a few weeks ago. He told MTV's Josh Horowitz that he’ll be shooting “Shadows” and a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean" film next year. There's also the fact that in March, an executive in Depp's production told us that the film "is very active" and "the studio will be making some announcements regarding it pretty soon. Very soon, probably.”

“It’s another challenge because it was such a weird soap opera,” Burton explained. “Part of the energy of it was the tone and weirdness of it. That’s our challenge, to try to capture that vibe.”

Which direction does Burton plan on going?

“It’s always a fine line,” he said. “That remains to be seen. That’s a question and a challenge we talk about a lot. I haven’t arrived at the answer. That’s definitely a main issue, the tone and the vibe of it because as we all know melodrama can cross over. It’s one of the more interesting things about it.”

Limited Edition "9" Shoes!

Pony has created a cool limited edition 9-shoe, and here's a sneak peak of what they look like:
















Limited Edition 9 shoe by Pony in support of the movie.












Exclusive close-up look at the raw twine laces, which complement the rough burlap base, reminiscent of the materials the used to create the character '9' from the film.

Be the first to see the Alice trailer!

"Fans have already begun building their “armys” on Facebook to support The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). These fan pages are already getting thousands of hits, but the one who gets the most fans by 4PM on July 24th wins the battle, scoring the rights to see the trailer first, before any other fan." http://www.hollyscoop.com

You can build your army to try and score the first look, or stay posted with us and we'll give it to you as soon as we're allowed to see it. You can also keep a look out for Alice footage at Comic Con coming up this weekend (and also keep your eyes peeled for the "9" cast and crew.)


Also, we've all seen the pictures of the Mad Hatter, the Red, and the White Queen (along with Alice herself) from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland that is set to be released in 2010. I saw these posters, though, for the first time (the same pictures, they just look so spiffy with the Alice logo and the names on it.)

Bill Nighy Talks Potter



Bill Nighy will join the Potter cast for HP and the Deathly Hallows!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A New Alice Picture

This picture of Mia Wasikowska as Alice was released on July 17th (sorry it took so long to post!)













Thursday, July 16, 2009

Half Blood Prince Midnight Showing Pictures!

These are some of the pictures from our Harry Potter adventure, be sure to send yours to hbcfanclub.blogspot.com so we can post them!









Hermione has a secret love for Edward Cullen.










Ginny!










Slytherin Students













Site Owner Sierra as Bellatrix Lestrange










Site Owner Christy, as herself (a Potter Fan!)

HBCfanclub@gmail.com

Tim Burton Talks 9 and Comic-Con

From http://moviesblog.mtv.com/

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton Talks '9' And His Upcoming Comic-Con Adventure
Posted 16 minutes ago by Eric Ditzian in News

Tim Burton’s done comic book heroes, big budget futuristic adventures and sci-fi alien invasion stories, yet the director has never introduced one of his films into the hallowed halls of the geek-tastic carnival that bows down in worship to all those genres: Comic-Con. 2009, though, is going to be Burton’s year.

On Friday, July 24, Burton will pull on his producer’s cap and bring his post-apocalyptic animated escapade “9” to San Diego. And when he does, he’s hoping to get over a traumatic experience he had at the convention in the late ‘70s.

“I went when I was a student at CalArts,” he told MTV News. “I’ll never forget this, and it’s probably why I haven’t been back since, because it was so terrifying. They had a slideshow for the original ‘Superman,’ and in the middle of it some fan gets up and just very angrily goes, ‘Superman would not change into his costume on the ledge of a building! You are destroying the mythology of Superman!’ And he got up and walked out, followed by other people. That scared the s--t out of me! So I haven’t been back since then.”

In this respect -- and luckily for Burton -- “9,” unlike the Man of Steel, doesn’t have a diehard following stretching back to the 1930s. What “9” does have is serious pedigree: the short film on which it is based was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award.

Contemporary movie buffs count the film as one of the most anticipated of the Con. Joining Burton at the Friday panel will be stars Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly, director Shane Acker and producer Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”).

The movie tells the story of a group of small, Frankenstein-esque clockwork creations as they battle an army of machines that has destroyed the world. “I just love the texture and stop-motion feel to it,” said Burton, who connected with Acker after watching the short. “I know animation is broadening its horizons but this just felt different… I liked the world that [Acker] created and the texture. It felt like a different type of animated film. The visuals were helping to create the story. I just felt very in tune with the look and feel of it.”

“Our goal as producers—if you see someone you like, you don’t want to suppress them—the goal was to create an environment where he can do his thing,” Burton continued. “My attitude is always to give suggestions and if he uses them fine, if not, okay. We wanted this to be grounded and slightly realistic in the similar vein to stop-motion, let the film breathe. We wanted it to have mystery and let it breathe.”

So, in addition to the cast and crew from “9,” what can we expect at Burton's inaugural SDCC panel? The man himself wouldn’t reveal what footage he planned on showing. “Probably a sequence or two,” Burton teased.

And what happens if some indignant fan decides to confront the panel? “It’ll be interesting to see how it’s changed over the years,” said Burton.

Johnny Depp: Drag Queen

A few days ago many sites began reporting Johnny Depp saying this:
"My dream role would be to play musical legend Carol Channing in a biopic of her life. I love her, I really do. She's amazing. With all the digital technology available these days, I could probably pull it off."

Just thought I'd let you all know of this, I guess Johnny misses his angora sweater that he wore in ed Wood ;)
Also notice how many biopics Johnny is wanted for! We'll keep you posted on all of Johnny's projects.

Bellatrix Review

http://www.metroweekly.com had this to say about Helena in Half-Blood Prince:

No one in the film even comes close to Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Granted it’s a great, sinister part, and she usually succeeds in this type of role, but Bonham Carter manages to increase the creep-factor by 10. And with Voldemort not even making an appearance in the film, Bellatrix is the embodiment of evil throughout.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another Review!

  Hey everyone!  As you all know, the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was this morning at one minute past midnight.  As a HUGE Potter fan, I obviously have more than a few thoughts about the film, but first, let me just say this:  even if you aren't happy with all of the reviews you read, go see the film, because there's truly something for everyone in this one.  

Alright, so first-off, I'm just going to put this out there:  if you're looking for an action-packed, plot-thick, somber Potter, this one might not be for you.  Not that the film was absent of those things, but there was significantly less focus on them.  Overall, I was happy with it, but as a fan of the books, I always have to lower my expectations - after all, it's impossible to fit every detail from the books into a movie that people are willing to sit through.  

David Yates, the director, did a wonderful job showing the emotional side of Hogwarts and it's inhabitants, which is a huge theme in the sixth book as well.  You find yourself following closely behind the characters... even those who seem the least likely to be able to feel for.  You want to throttle Ron (Rupert Grint) when he's just too thick to get his act together, and your heart absolutely aches for Hermione (Emma Watson) as she cries over Ron, and looks to Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) with what can only be described as a lost feeling in her eyes.  Harry is really, in truth, the middleman in this one.  Obviously being the main character, he's important, as is his mission, but with a lovely loss of focus on his story, we get delicious insight into the love story of Ron and Hermione, and the travels and despair of Draco Malfoy.  Oh yes, Malfoy.  If anything, the movie was just as much about him as Harry.  And actor Tom Felton pulled it off triumphantly.  With sobbing scenes in bathrooms, and ever the nervous air about him, you're always wondering  what's going on with Draco.  

Admittedly, there were many scenes that, if left out, the film would have seemed much more like a typical Potter film... and yet, it would not have been nearly as hilarious.  The best example that comes to mind is the sequence of scenes in which Harry has just taken a steroid-like potion to give him luck.  But I think the potion gave fans more luck, because Harry on stimulants is utterly hilarious.  There were just perfect scenes that had the theatre rolling, and many people uttering "What the heck?  This is the best!"

But as Sierra and I sat there, we had eyes for only one witch, and whenever she entered, our hearts beat just a bit faster.  Helena was absolutely and undeniably perfect.  Putting an even bigger spin on her character, Bellatrix, and adding her own Helena touches, she was quite something.  She had a fairly large amount of screen time, and as she promised, she milked every moment.  If you're a Helena fan (and why wouldn't you be if you're on this site?) then this is a must see!

Finally, I leave you with a weak ending, much like the film did.  Enough said, but overall, "FILM GOOD"  

Half Blood Prince Midnight Showing




I am very pleased with what I saw last night at the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The film itself was very enjoyable, full of humor and action, and was worth the wait (although I'm still bitter about it's release being put off, but I've seen it now so it's alright). Our wonderful Helena did a fantastic job as Bellatrix Lestrange, you can see how much thought she put into her character and her improvising, showing how great of an actress she really is. If you haven't seen the movie yet, do so. I will say though that the ending was pretty weak (which has been said in almost all of the reviews of the movie) and I was sad that there wasn't a funeral scene (note my attempt to not ruin anything, though I assume everyone knows what I'm talking about).

Don't forget, if you dressed up to the premiere send your pictures to hbcfanclub@gmail.com so we can post them on the site, we'd love to see them!

Be sure to pop on over to http://www.wired.com/ for "3 Half-Blood Prince Bits Fans Will Love (and 3 They Might Not)".

New Exclusive 9 Movie Stills

New pictures from Burton produced 9 have arrived from Focus Features!
(Special thanks to rocketXL.com!)
















#6 (voiced by Crispin Glover) is beset by visions in Shane Acker's epic
adventure fantas
y 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.

Photo Credit: Focus Features















#9 (at left, voiced by Elijah Wood) uncovers a posthumous message from the
Scientist (at right, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) in Shane Acker's epic
adventure fantasy 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.


Photo Credit: Focus Features

Remember to keep checking the 9 scientist Facebook page and
the 9experiment.com website where they have been unveiling the dramatic moments leading up to the film. The Chancellor's factory just began creating its own menacing automatons, and things are about to get a lot darker. Check out the new Radio on 9Experiment.com, and stay tuned for upcoming fan challenges in the coming days!

Follow the underground resistance at www.twitter.com/rebel123456789

Visit on your cell phone at 9.msite.tv

Sign up for mobile alerts by texting '9" to 4FOCUS (436287)

Be sure to download the reader by texting 'READER' to 4FOCUS (436287) so you can decipher the secret messages on the street and gain access to exclusive content!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

6 Things to Know About Potter #6

From http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/

1. THE PLAN

Under orders from Voldemort himself, Slytherin snob Draco Malfoy must carry out a sinister plot. His mother, Narcissa (Helen McCrory, far right), is terrified. Here, with her twisted sister Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) as witness, she has Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) make an unbreakable vow to help.

2. THE PROFESSOR

Meet Horace Slughorn, a bit vain, a lover of good food and good company, who reluctantly returns to his old job as Hogwarts’ potions master. He’s played by Jim Broadbent (the college dean in “Indiana Jones IV,” Bridget Jones’ dad, an Oscar-winner for “Iris”). Broadbent isn’t as portly as his character, so the costume designer had to pad him.

3. THE PLAY

Unlike the most recent “Potter,” “Half-Blood Prince” is filled with Quidditch, that souped-up soccer on a broomstick. But flying equipment used in earlier films had to change. “The broomstick rigs we had in the past were all designed for little kids, and now we’re dealing with big, strapping lads and lasses,” says effects supervisor John Richardson. “Everything had to be redeveloped.”

4. THE PREDATORS

Fenrir Greyback, a notorious werewolf (played by Dave Legend, left), terrorizes the countryside for Voldemort. His specialty? Children. Also, beware of Inferi — corpses re- animated by dark magic. Zombies!

5. THE PAST

In magical flashbacks, 11-year-old Tom Riddle is played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin — nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the grown-up Riddle, Lord Voldemort. Though his character is gloomy and chilling, Hero is “absolutely the sweetest kid you’d ever want to meet,” says director David Yates. Frank Dillane plays 16-year-old Riddle — so charming, so menacing.

6. THE PASSION

Romance, jealousy, unrequited love: The teen love triangles get so tangled, we’ve diagrammed them for you.

| Sharon Hoffman, shoffman@kcstar.com, with help from Warner Bros.


Have fun at the Midnight Premiere tomorrow night, don't forget to take pictures of your costumes to send to us (send them to hbcfanclub@gmail.com so we can post them on the blog!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Biopics for Johnny Depp?

It seems that Johnny Depp's latest movie, Public Enemies, has given Hollywood the idea that he is the man for biopics. As reported earlier, Johnny Depp is supposedly wanted for a biopic of Michael Jackson's life. It is now said that he is wanted for a movie of Dean Martin's life. Read the complete story at http://www.examiner.com.
Dean Martin's daughter, Deana, says the Johnny Depp is her first choice for a movie about the late singer. She says that the movie is in the beginning stages, and it will be directed by Joe Mantegna and written by the actress, Bonnie Hunt. We'll keep you posted if Johnny Depp becomes involved officially.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Half-Blood Prince London Premiere Photos!




Today is the London premiere of the latest Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  Thanks to GettyImages, some cool photos have surfaced!


See LOADS of photos with Helena and a few with Tim, here.

What if Tim Burton Were to Direct a Superman Movie?

Comicbookmovie.com has pondered what a Burton directed Superman movie would look like, apparently in the '90s a film was in the making but it didn't work out (we know how that is, anyone recall a little thing called Ripley's Believe it or Not?). Well, in Burton's addition to the Superman franchise, "Superman Lives" was to star Nicholas Cage (who, by the way, got Johnny Depp his first audition for Nightmare on Elm Street, kick starting Mr. Depp's acting career and steering him away from life as a musician) the main villain was to be Brainiac. You can see what Brianiac was going to look like in this youtube clip from www.timburton.jp (Pictures set to some wonderful Elfman music from Mars Attacks!) :




Are you anticipation Half-Blood Prince as much as I am? Check out http://www.telegraph.co.uk
for a list of 50 facts about the movie! Some that would go nicely on this site include:

– Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix Lestrange, appeared in Sweeney Todd with Alan Rickman (Snape) and Timothy Spall (Wormtail).

– Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd, had hoped to get cast for Half-Blood Prince but instead appears in the Deathly Hallows as the young Gellert Grindelwald.

– Rickman, Spall and Bonham Carter are all set to appear in Tim Burton's forthcoming Alice in Wonderland.

– Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) both provided voices in Wallace & Gromit in the The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Bonham Carter voiced Lady Campanula Tottington and Fiennes Victor Quartermaine.

Monday, July 6, 2009

HBC on her role of Bellatrix Lestrange

Helena talked to the daily record about her role in the Potter films among other things in the following interview:

Harry Potter star Helena Bonham Carter insists she and gothic director Tim Burton are just another couple

WHEN first came to fame in a string of period dramas, she was hailed as film's ultimate English rose - and no one hated the title more than Helena Bonham Carter.

Yet for a decade, she won legions of fans as Britain's corset queen, twirling her parasol in A Room With a View and Howard's End. But the actress is now best known for her gothic characters, such as Bellatrix in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

"It's always puzzled me," she said. "I look very much like my mother's side, which is heavily Jewish. There's Austrian, Czech and Russian blood, so I couldn't look less English.

"And now I'm 42, so God knows that English rose has definitely wilted."

Yet Helena admits that when partner Tim Burton confessed he had never seen her early movies, she made him sit through her old period pictures.

When the director finally emerged from the movie marathon, she said: "He said, 'I can't believe it. I must be in love.'"

Despite their shared taste in big hair-styles, Helena and Tim couldn't seem more different. Helena is the great-great-granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Herbert H. Asquith, while Tim is from Burbank, a suburb of Los Angeles.

However, despite many predicting it wouldn't last, the couple have found an eccentric contentment together.

They currently sleep in his house, have breakfast at hers, and conduct their lives in their own spaces.

"It's fine, you can see each other when you want to,'' she explained."I'm surprised when people find it weird.''

Read the rest HERE.

(The Leaky Cauldron summed up the same interview, only including the bits about Harry Potter, you can read that HERE.)

Half-blood Prince Photos

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk





"Interrupted: Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's first kiss is brought to an abrupt halt by an unexpected visitor"

Check out the rest HERE.

Also watch this interview with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe from TVAUSCAST.com:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New HBP Clip, Feat. HBC

This is part two of an HBO special on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, featuring comments and footage of HBC!  Part one can be seen on youtube as well!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tim Burton+Johnny Depp=Brilliance

Johnny Depp has been talking about his upcoming projects with Tim Burton (and Helena, of course!) He had this to say about his character the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland:
“Well, certainly the book. The book has a basis for everything. There are little mysteries, little clues in the book that I found fascinating, that were keys to at least my understanding of the Mad Hatter, like him saying, ‘I’m investigating things that begin with the letter M.’ That was huge for me, because when you do a little digging, you realize you’re talking about a hatter, a man who made hats, and you go back and look at some of the history. ‘Hatters’ — there’s the term that this guy or that guy is ‘mad as a hatter.’ There was reason for that, and the reason for that was mercury poisoning. They got mercury poisoning because there was mercury in the glue. So they start to go a little sideways. (laughs) So I found out what the ‘M’ was and why they went nuts. So that became a huge thing.”

He also had this to say about their adaption of the TV series, Dark Shadows:
“I loved the show when I was a kid. I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins, and I have like photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was five or six or something. (laughs) I’m very excited to do it.”
He also says that the movie "is happening". :D

Friday, July 3, 2009

More Alice Pictures

Here are the latest character pictures from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland:

Johnny Depp being sweet....

Johnny Depp Surprises Sick Children At London Hospital

July 3, 2009 12:25 p.m. EST


Shannon Moore - Celebrity News Service Reporter

London, England (CNS) - Johnny Depp dropped in to surprise sick children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital on Wednesday in London.


Much to everyone's surprise and delight, Depp dressed up as his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Captain Jack Sparrow.


Depp visited several wards in the hospital and posed for pictures with the children and staff. It is the same hospital where Depp's 10-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, was treated for kidney failure in 2007.


Depp has been in London promoting his latest film "Public Enemies."


It isn't the first time Depp has gone out of his way for the hospital. He previously gave the hospital a hefty donation of $1.5 million as a way to thank them for taking such good care of Lily-Rose during her stay.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Looking forward to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Actor Bill Nighy (who played Phillip in Shaun of the Dead and is a very well known and a very talented British actor) has told The Independent that he will be joining the cast of Harry Potter in HP and the Deathly Hallows, presumably as the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour (though his role has not been confirmed). Remember HP and the Half-Blood Prince comes out July 15th, The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is looking at a November 19, 2010 release, with part two coming out July 15, 2011.


Johnny Depp talked to latinoreview about Public Enemies, Alice, Pirates 4, and more. Read the article HERE.

New Pics From "Potter"



As you all know, our dear Helena plays the evil witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the new movie
Harry Potter and  the Half-Blood Prince (due on July 15).  Thanks to snitchseeker.com, new pictures of her are available!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

HBC the Star of New Film?

imdb.com is reporting that Helena Bonham Carter is rumoured to be in a new film called "Lorelei."  Let us know if you hear anything more!

New Exclusive "Potter" Clip Shows Helena's First Appearance

Hey everybody!  Alright, so thanks to myspace and moviefone.com, a new clip from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featuring HBC has surfaced!  Check it out here!  It's also most likely on youtube, so make sure to go there as well! 

Midnight Showing of "Potter" Pic Opportunity!

Hey Everyone!  Just reminding you all that the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which features our own Helena as evil witch Bellatrix Lestrange) draws closer!  On July 15th, at midnight, we encourage all fans to go out and see the film.  But there's more!  If you are a REAL fan, you'll probably DRESS UP, and so, we at HBCfan want you to send in your photos, and we'll post the best ones on the site!  Obviously dressing up like any Potter character is awesome, but can any of you make yourselves look like Bellatrix?  Ha ha, let the dress-up begin!

New Alice Concept Art


From http://www.bscreview.com/