Sweets And Treats Event

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Thanks to Warner Bros Studio Tour London, we got to be one of the first to experience their new event Sweets And Treats yesterday!

This event showcases how the prop department artists created the mouth-watering looking food for all eight Harry Potter movies and is running from July 20th – September 6th. All of these same techniques will be used on the Fantastic Beasts movies, which we were told concept work for is currently ongoing.

Most of the delicious treats created for the movies are a mixture of both real and fake food (though mainly fake for food nobody will be on-screen ‘eating’) – for example, the profiterole tower is made of real profiteroles (stale ones as they’re harder & sturdier) stuck on to a styrofoam inner, with fake chocolate ‘sauce’ made of resin to give it that smooth, shiny appearance.
            

 

A few more fun facts we learned:

It took 12 days to make a single fake apple

The butterbeer you see on screen was actually apple juice as it was the same colour – the butterbeer for set dressing had a layer of cotton on top to act as the foam

The ice cream towers are large, heavy “scoops” of a resin and glass mixture with a ring attached to keep them in place on a centered spoke

Even the cookies were fake in order to prevent food going off

All the sauces and syrups were made with resin as they look more appealing on camera than the real thing

Butterbeer icecream tastes amazing

You can view all our photos by clicking here!

All in all, this event is an incredible insight into the world of behind-the-scenes food preparation/making which we would highly recommend for you all to visit and see for yourselves. We cannot wait to see what foods they make for Fantastic Beasts and to play the game – real or fake?

Thank you again to Warner Bros Studio Tour for inviting us & don’t forget to book your tickets soon! You can do this by clicking here!

Posted on July 21, 2015


Twitter Round-Up

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If you’re not following us on Twitter, you may be missing out on small tid-bits of movie news! Here’s what we’ve learned the past week:

Thanks to Dan Fogler who’s set to play Jacob in the first movie, we know that filming is due to begin in Leavesden Studios soon, and that some filming will take place in New York:  

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing!

Posted on July 20, 2015


Dan Fogler Talks Fantastic Beasts

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Dan Fogler has broken his silence since being announced as playing Jacob in Fantastic Beasts.

He spoke to Comic Vine at the San Diego Comic Con last weekend, where he was promoting his newest comic book.

 

 

First of all congratulations on the big news – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Yeah, man, Fantastic Beasts. I mean, I had all sorts of stuff lined up that we could talk  about, but that’s gotten just smashed to the side by Fantastic Beasts! That’s basically what I’ll be doing for a little while.

When we talked earlier, you said you’re going to have an accent, sort of

Yeah, i mean it’s like, somewhere in the..I think it’s somewhere in the Lou Costello 1920’s early-Brooklyn “How’ya girls doin’?” – I dunno, somethin’ like that! That’s what I’m imagining. It takes place in the early 20’s in New York – it’s a very fun era.

You remember it clearly?

I feel like I definitely have a past life that was there. I know how to do the Charleston pretty good – I’m not gonna do it!

You didn’t know that news was gonna break this weekend, or did you?

No idea. I was walking up here, hauling my boxes of comic books, just schlepping, sweating, ya know, and then my manager calls me up and was just like ‘oh, and by the way, now you’re part of this franchise’

I think I saw when you were on that phone conversation, cause I ran into you outside yesterday and I didn’t want to interrupt you, you were like, happy –

I was like, weeping

So it makes sense that, that must’ve been it!

I’m in shock

I’m in excitement?

I’m in excess of excitement right now

[later]

And thanks to Fantastic Beasts, and hopefully sequels [touch wood], we’ll have a lot more Moon Lake and comic books coming out of me.

This Fantastic Beasts thing has definitely changed the course in my career

Well the casting director’s made a  fantastic choice with you!

 

Filming on Fantastic Beasts is due to begin this August.

Posted on July 15, 2015


First Set Construction Photos (UPDATED)

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The first images of the Fantastic Beasts set being constructed have emerged online, thanks to Mark!

 

These images were taken last month & thanks to Kitty, we know that staff at Leavesden Studios have confirmed this is the Fantastic Beasts set. 

Production is well under way on the first movie, with casting almost complete and crew currently working on all aspects of the movie.

Filming is due to being next month.

 

UPDATE: We visited Warner Bros Studio Tour today, July 20th, and took lots more photos of the ongoing construction. Take a look:

 

Also, thanks to Paul, we may now know what some of the set is:

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Open Casting Call – This Saturday

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Warner Bros has today announced an open casting call for a female character named “Modesty”, aged 8-12, in the first Fantastic Beasts movie:

 

Warner Bros Pictures and the makers of the Harry Potter films are casting a role in their new film ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’.

We are looking for a girl between the ages of 8- 12 yrs for the role of  ‘Modesty’.

‘Modesty’ is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.

If  you would like to apply to be considered for this role and you fit the criteria below, please come along to make an application and to meet a member of the Casting Team and have a photo taken.

Saturday 18 July 2015
Excel Centre Hall
Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway
London E16 1XL

Queue will open at 9:00am and will close promptly at 1:00pm. No one will be permitted to join the queue after 1:00pm.
Application process will begin at 10:00am.
There are no facilities for overnight queuing and camping is strictly prohibited.
Please‎ wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Even if sunny it may be advisable to bring a sweater for air conditioned areas.

Application Criteria/ Restrictions.

– All girls between the ages of 8-12yrs may apply.
– All applicants must be available for the shooting dates between August 2015 – January 2016.
– All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK
– All applicants must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 yrs.
– Additional guests cannot be admitted into the venue.
– Unaccompanied minors will not be permitted to make an application.
– Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

 

Continue…

Posted on July 13, 2015


Dan Fogler Cast As Jacob

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Dan Fogler has officially been cast as ‘Jacob’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie. According to Deadline, Jacob is actually non-magical – meaning he could either be a Muggle (non magical person born to non magical parents) or a Squib (non magical person born into a magical family).

He’ll play the role of Jacob, a non-magical person whom Newt (Redmayne) befriends while on his adventure in New York.

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(Dan Fogler)

This also goes against previous reports that Jacob was to be a ‘rival’ for Newt, which will now possibly be the one male character left to be cast.

You can find his IMDB page here and his official website here.

Posted on July 10, 2015


Alison Sudol Cast As Queenie

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Alison Sudol has officially been cast in the role of “Queenie”, Porpentina’s younger sister, in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

 

Sudol was among a group of girls who recently tested for the part along with Katherine Waterston, who has been tapped for the role of Tina. Warner Bros. has also met with Josh Gad and John Krasinski for the character of Jacob. The studio is expected to make a decision in the next few days on who will round out the cast.

Sudol, who’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Atlas Artists, is known for her musical career as a singer-songwriter with the band A Fine Frenzy. She has devoted more time to her acting career over the past year, most recently appearing in the USA drama series “Dig” and Amazon show “Transparent.”

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(Alison Sudol)

You can find her IMDB page here.

There are reports of Ezra Miller also being cast as a character named Kredan, though this is yet to be confirmed. Filming is due to begin this August.

Posted on July 9, 2015