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5 Things Learned at the 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' Apple Store Panel

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If you're a Lermanite who didn't get to attend the "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Apple Store panel in New York City last week -- or was shut out due to max capacity -- have no fear, we've got all the scoop from the event in addition to the full-length podcast, which you can view for free on iTunes.

The panel featured "Percy Jackson" stars Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario as part of Apple's "Meet the Filmmakers" series and was moderated by NextMovie's own Executive Editor Kevin Polowy.

Here are five fun facts we learned from the event. Get More »

Filed Under: Interviews Movie News | Source: Apple

'Harry Potter' Director Chris Columbus Sets His Sights on… Writing

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We all know that what everyone in Hollywood really wants to do is direct, right? Apparently not. Chris Columbus, who directed and produced the first two "Harry Potter" films, is gearing up to release a new fantasy adventure book series for children… that he wrote.

That's right. Columbus is sliding out of the director's chair and into a local Coffee Bean with his laptop (OK, maybe not Coffee Bean). The Guardian reports that he has signed a deal with HarperCollins to pen "House of Secrets," a trilogy of children's books, with co-author Ned Vizzini.

The story follows the adventures of the Pagett siblings, who, after their father loses his job, are forced to move into the former house of a "troubled fantasy writer with a penchant for the occult." Once there, something (though we're not sure what) spurs them to embark on a quest to "retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Pagett family's secret history and save their parents… and maybe even the world." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Guardian

Chris Columbus Hopes For a 'Harry Potter' Spinoff

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Chris Columbus only directed the first two "Harry Potter" movies -- a gig he snagged after his friend Steven Spielberg passed on it -- but he was responsible for the most important decision in the entire franchise: casting Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

Columbus vacated the director's chair after 2002's "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" to spend more time with his own four children, though he produced the third installment, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

With the final film premiering in Los Angeles on July 11, NextMovie asked Columbus – the only American "Potter" director, how he felt about the end of the franchise he launched. Get More »

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