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'Fantastic Beasts': Here's one video that shows why Alfonso Cuaron is the perfect choice to direct

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Any film buff knows Alfonso Cuarón is a talented, visionary director.

After a career of highlights, he’s riding particularly high after the recent Oscar haul for Gravity. He’ll have his pick of future projects — which is why it’s so exciting there are now rumors the director is in “deep talks” to direct the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. For what it’s worth, reps for Cuarón told EW they know nothing about the rumors that have been floating around the Internet for the past 24 hours, so this might all be a case of collective wishful thinking.

If Cuarón were interested, any fan who holds out hope this film might be good should be jumping for joy. Obviously, any director of Cuarón’s caliber is cause for celebration from people excited about the J.K. Rowling-penned movie, which is due to be released November 18, 2016. But, of course, there’s one past project that makes muggles particularly thrilled about the Cuarón choice: A decade ago, he memorably directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which many consider the best film in the Harry Potter franchise.

Cuarón was responsible for adding style to Hogwarts, taking Harry and Co. out of their classes (and robes) and hitting some of the biggest emotional beats of the entire tale. Particularly exciting now, Cuarón showed he knew his way around magical beasts, getting us to care about them as characters (Buckbeak’s escape), as well as using them to hit on themes and move the story.

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'Believe' react: Life doesn't wait for long

“A girl lives among us. She will change the world. If she survives.”

So begins the pilot of Believe, created by newly crowned Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón and executive produced by JJ Abrams (dream team, amirite?). It’s a show that NBC is pushing to do well — they’ve given its premiere the prime post-Voice spot in hopes of drawing in viewers — and also the network’s apparent answer to what would happen if Touch and Person of Interest had a baby (kind of). Since I like both Cuarón and Abrams a whole lot, I was inclined to go into this with a generally positive attitude. It’s usually hard to gain a true sense of how these types of shows will evolve from the pilot, anyway, but NBC is asking us to believe, and, okay, I’ll give it a shot. READ FULL STORY

The 'Stranger' tease: Five theories about J.J. Abrams' newest pop culture mystery

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J.J. Abrams cast a meaty hook into the Web waters on Aug. 19, a teaser for a new entertainment project that we may or may not know anything about. The mystery box angler loves using this kind of bait: “Stranger” is reminiscent of his puzzling promo stuff for Super-8 or the crypto-content that the Lost brain trust used to feed fans during hiatus. (Remember “The Last Supper” ads prior to season 6?) Decoding this kind of stuff isn’t for everyone. And for some, it annoys as much as it amuses. Regardless: We’re biting. Because we are easily amused, and because we ran out of Breaking Bad analysis to read, and because no one  knows how to bait a hook quite like J.J. Abrams. We love how he turns marketing hype into storytelling fun. What’s “Stranger” about? Five theories — none of which involve Star Wars Episode VII (we assume it’s still wayyy too early for that). READ FULL STORY

Who should direct new 'Star Wars' movie? Christopher Nolan? Joss Whedon? J.J. Abrams?

Breathe, Star Wars fans, breathe. Maybe lie down a minute.

Following Tuesday’s nerd-shattering announcement that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm, and the plan includes Star Wars: Episode VII, in early development and hoping for a 2015 release, the speculative race is on for who should direct.

Should it be Christopher Nolan, who exploded open the Batman franchise?  Or Star Trek reboot master J.J. Abrams? Or Joss Whedon, riding the superhero tidal wave of this year’s The Avengers? Lucasfilm founder George Lucas, who wrote and directed the 1977 Star Wars original and the later prequels, will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII, so love him or hate him, he won’t be returning to helm the next film.

Here are our potential picks:
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