It’s a big week for “Harry Potter” fans:
• The new ride opening in July at Universal Orlando now has a name,Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts
, says The Associated Press. It includes a 60-foot dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of vaults and a marble hall with goblins. Your mission: Retrieve a magical object to defeat Lord Voldemort.
• The spinoff movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which takes place 70 years before Harry enters Hogwarts, now has a release date, Nov. 18, 2016. Author J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay.Masked man
Director Zack Snydertweeted the first image of the Caped Crusader (is that Ben Affleck
in there?) and his new ride in “Batman vs. Superman.” Fans say it all looks more like Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” comic than any Christopher Nolan film. The movie, set for May 6, 2016, brings back the stars of “Man of Steel,” including Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and introduces Jesse Eisenberg as bad guy Lex Luthor.A new Gambit
A week before “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens, filmmakers reveal thatChanning Tatum will play Remy LeBeau, aka the Cajun mutant Gambit, in the next installment, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” arriving in May 2016. And, says The Hollywood Reporter
, he’ll get his own spinoff soon after. “He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that,” producer Lauren Shuler Donner says. “He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a Southerner, too. He’s not from New Orleans (he’s from Alabama), but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world.”Graceless
Nicole Kidman made a splash on the red carpet this week, but her new biopic, “Grace of Monaco,” received some of the worst reviews for a Cannes Film Festival opener. Variety called it a “cardboard and frequently cornball melodrama about Grace Kelly’s bumpy transition from Hollywood to actual princess. Handsomely produced but as dramatically inert as star Nicole Kidman’s frigid cheek muscles.” Ouch. No word on when (if?) the movie will arrive in America.