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Harry Potter : Instant Guide
According to British journalist Greg Palast, J.K. Rowling's alternate ending to the wildly popular Harry Potter series doesn't kill off Lord Voldemort, and sees Harry live until at least 2130.

The 'ridiculous' Harry Potter alternate ending

A British journalist claims J.K. Rowling had some rather odd ideas about how to conclude her blockbuster book series — but his story is irking skeptics

 
The Hunger Games : Opinion Brief
The suits behind "The Hunger Games" film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will hit theaters in March 2012, are positioning it as a big-event movie and the anchor for a franchise.

The 'fierce' Hunger Games poster burning up the internet

The first promotion for the buzzed-about movie literally crackles with anticipation — and ambition

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Opinion Brief
A new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" offers only a brief glimpse of the Caped Crusader, but still has many fans buzzing.

The 'underwhelming' Dark Knight Rises trailer

A short preview of the hotly anticipated sequel includes only a brief glimpse of Batman. Will that be enough to excite fans?

 
Harry Potter : Opinion Brief
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson attend the New York premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2': Some critics say the series' final film deserves a Best Picture nod.

Can Harry Potter win an Oscar?

The blockbuster series has come up empty at past Academy Awards — but critics are quite enchanted by the massively popular Deathly Hallows Part 2

 
Harry Potter : By the numbers
Harry Potter fans hold up signs at a New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2": The last installment in the wizarding franchise smashed box-office records this weekend.

Harry Potter's record-breaking last hurrah: By the numbers

The final film in the franchise casts a wallet-opening spell on moviegoers — busting several box office records in the process

 
Harry Potter : Slideshow
2011 Harry Potter world premiere in London

Harry Potter's biggest milestones: A slideshow

Over 14 years, the wizardry books and movies have smashed sales records and sparked a magical global phenomenon

 
Harry Potter : The List
A fan reads "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in Ahmedabad, India, in July 2007: With the release of the series' final film this weekend, the world is bidding farewell to the boy wizard.

5 ways Harry Potter changed our lives

The global phenomenon of The Boy Who Lived ends with the release of the final Potter film this weekend — but his legacy is just getting going

 
The Dark Knight Rises : The List
Is the bat-shaped patch of sky depicted in the first poster for "The Dark Knight Rises" stormy or "bright"? It depends who you ask.

Analyzing the mysterious Dark Knight Rises poster: 6 takeaways

Fans are tirelessly dissecting the first official teaser for Christopher Nolan's third Batman film for clues to the movie's closely-guarded plot

 
Harry Potter : Opinion Brief
Farmer Tom Pearsy, the man behind the Harry Potter Maize Maze, poses in costume in the thick of his creation in York, England.

The 'amazing' Harry Potter corn maze

You think you're a Harry Potter fan? Meet British farmer Tom Pearcy, who turned a million corn plants into two vast portraits of the boy wizard

 
Harry Potter : Opinion Brief
Harry Potter battles for the final time in "Deathly Hallows Part II," and an early screening has some critics hailing it as a cinematic masterpiece.

The final Harry Potter movie: Better than the book?

The first batch of reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II are hitting the web. And they're really positive

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Meet Merida, a rebellious Scottish princess, and the protagonist of Pixar's upcoming film, "Brave."

Brave: Pixar's 'dark' new action-heroine flick

The animation powerhouse's next film will feature a female protagonist, and dispense with Pixar's typical "hurried rattle and bright din"

 
Harry Potter : Opinion Brief
A teaser for a mysterious new "Pottermore" website is revving up Harry Potter fans.

J.K. Rowling's 'mysterious' new website: 7 theories

The Harry Potter author has fans eagerly speculating about her new site. Will Harry and his wizarding friends find a new life online?

 
Harry Potter : Opinion Brief
Now somewhat wizened wizards Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson first tested out their acting chops together in a decade-old screen test.

The Harry Potter cast's 'unbearably cute' first screen test

In anticipation of the franchise's dark finale, Warner Bros. releases footage of the stars' first giggly on-camera reading

 
The Hunger Games : Opinion Brief
After an editorial in The Wall Street Journal claimed that books like the popular "Hunger Games" trilogy were too dark, fans of young-adult fiction staged a Twitter protest.

Is The Hunger Games corrupting kids?

Has young-adult fiction become harmfully dark as a whole — or have teens always had to sift through subpar books to find enduring literature?

 
The Hunger Games : Opinion Brief
"Winter's Bone" star Jennifer Lawrence is the much-debated front-runner to play the lead in the film adaption of the hit teen-novel, "The Hunger Games."

Should Jennifer Lawrence star in 'The Hunger Games'?

The Oscar-nominated breakout actress from "Winter's Bone" is said to be the leading contender to play Katniss Everdeen. But is she too blonde, white, and old for the role?

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Burning Question
Is Anne Hathaway a match for the other fierce females who've played Catwoman, such as Eartha Kitt (the 1960s TV show) and Michelle Pfeiffer (1992's "Batman Returns")?

Anne Hathaway: Sexy enough to play Catwoman?

The "Love and Other Drugs" star has been cast as villain Selina Kyle in the next "Dark Knight" sequel. Does she have the erotic edge the role requires?

 
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