J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ gets a trilogy; ‘Fantastic Four’ gets a villain

04/02/2014 4:04 PM

04/02/2014 4:04 PM

‘Fantastic’ 1

First we learned that

J.K. Rowling would return to the “Harry Potter” universe with a spinoff film based on her Hogwarts textbook, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Now comes news that she’ll make it a trilogy. In a New York Times

profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the author said, “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!” “Beasts” will start off in New York about seven decades before the first “Harry Potter” story, following the escapades of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

‘Fantastic’ 2

Toby Kebbell

has already played a thief in “RocknRolla,” and he’s a sinister simian in this summer’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” So it shouldn’t be a stretch to take on the role of Doctor Doom, the genius villain in Josh Trank’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four.” He menaces good guys Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell for an opening in June 2015.

Defying gravity

Two big Broadway musicals that have been languishing on Hollywood drawing boards seem to be moving forward:

• Composer Stephen Schwartz tells

Vulture.com that a “Wicked”

movie has “started gearing up.” With a movie, he says, creators can “really look at it again and say, ‘Oh, we can do this, and we’ve always wanted to do that and we couldn’t onstage, but we can in a movie.’ We’re actually having a blast.”

• And “Spring Awakening,” the coming-of-age musical set in dour 19th-century Germany, may get going this year, composer Duncan Shiek tells the San Diego Union-Tribune. McG is set to direct.

Such an honor

It’s been more than a month since the Academy Awards. Aren’t you starved for another ceremony? Enter the MTV Movie Awards, hosted by funnyman

Conan O’Brien at 8 p.m. April 13. In addition to your typical awards for best movie, actor and actress, there are some Very Important Categories, like best fight, best kiss, best shirtless performance and best comedic performance (Go Jason Sudeikis!). You pick the winners. Vote for your favorites at mtv.com

. Besides the awards, the show unveils new trailers for some big summer blockbusters.

The ‘Spy’ who irked me

Melissa McCarthy, who is up for best musical moment at the MTV Movie Awards (for singing “Barracuda” in “Identity Thief”), will start on her next movie this month in Budapest, says The Hollywood Reporter. It’s “Spy,” from Paul Feig of “Bridesmaids,” about a CIA analyst who goes into the field for the first time. Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson co-star. It’s due in May 2015. First, catch McCarthy in Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent” April 11 and in the road trip comedy “Tammy” July 2.

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