Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review the latest installment in the Harry Potter universe, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.” Did it cast a spell on us? Listen and find out. Then we talk about the legacy of Harry Potter. Is it a universe in search of a story? In our third segment, we’re going to send you off to Thanksgiving with a fun game you can play with your friends and family: Dorking Out Production Studios. We talk about the movies and TV shows we would greenlight if we were in charge so listen up, Hollywood! Plus our favorite headlines of the week.
Topic 1: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the latest entry in the Harry Potter franchise. It’s based on the 2001 book written by JK Rowling, under the name of fictitious author Newt Scamander. The book is 128 pages long, but it’s the jumping off point for five -- that’s right FIVE -- movies. I’m starting to think that Peter Jackson was showing restraint by making only three movies out of The Hobbit. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, who travels to 1920s New York City with a briefcase full of fantastic beasts. Of course, some of the creatures escape, and it’s up to Newt, a no-maj (also known as a muggle) named Jacob, a disgraced auror Tina and her oracle sister Queenie to find the creatures. Oh, and there’s a bunch of other stories, too, including an anti-magic crusade lead by Samantha Morton, Jon Voight as a newspaper baron with a son running for congress and Colin Farrell as a wizard investigator who is hunting a dangerous wizard … or is he? There’s a lot to discuss.
Topic 2: Legacy of Harry Potter - Is it a universe in search of a story?
Topic 3: Dorking Out Studios
Chris and Sonia imagine the movies, TV shows, etc. we’d greenlight if we were studio heads.
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