David Yates

Dec. 30, 2011 | 12:26 p.m.

‘Harry Potter': Alan Rickman looks back on decade of dark magic

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No one sneers or snarls quite like Alan Rickman and, looking back on a cinematic decade of “Harry Potter,” his Severus Snape now stands as the franchise’s most fascinating figure after being revealed in the eighth film as misunderstood double-agent motivated by long-lost love. According to David Yates, the director of the final four “Potter” movies, there was a similar sort of aura around Rickman on the set when he wore the black robes and sour scowl of his character even when the cameras weren’t rolling. “My early reaction to Alan was, ‘Wow, he’s really prickly and quite unpleasant,'” Yates said during a recent Los Angeles visit. “But there’s a method to his madness. I realized that he has to get in that zone when he’s on the set. When I finally met him away from the job, he was […]
Dec. 01, 2011 | 10:16 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates looks to ‘Doctor Who’ future

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What do you do after the magic is gone? That’s the career question facing David Yates, the director who this year delivered his fourth “Harry Potter” film and watched it go on to $1.3 billion in worldwide box office along with the best reviews of the entire era-defining franchise. On Tuesday, sipping tea and sitting in the sun on the patio of a Los Angeles hotel, the soft-spoken 48-year-old said he was still trying to sort out his emotions as well as his ambitions, which include a “Doctor Who” feature film. “It’s so hard to contextualize. I’m not sure how I feel. I’ve gotten much more opportunity, I know that, but how do I feel? I feel … well, I’m still in recovery, frankly. I’m recovering from six and half years of incredibly intense schedules and expectations. I have post-Hogwarts Syndrome. We were joking […]
Aug. 05, 2011 | 2:44 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ stars say final scene was a challenge for the ages

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No other scene in the eight “Harry Potter” films created more angst for filmmakers than the epilogue of the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” a movie that last week crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office. There were no chained dragons, hairy hippogriffs or crackling magic energies in the sequence — it’s a few minutes of quiet dialogue between parents and their children in a train station — but the anxiety of it all was so smothering that the franchise’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, at one point wanted to sit out the scene. “I think they should do it with older actors and just leave us out of the scene,” Radcliffe said two years ago during a quiet moment on the stone-floor movie set where he has spent half of his working life […]
July 29, 2011 | 6:35 a.m.

‘Harry Potter': Did 3-D really make the film more magical?

Just like Severus Snape, Hugh Murray presented an ambiguous figure in the “Harry Potter” universe. In the end, would he be an unexpected hero — or just another 3-D bad guy? Hugh Murray, IMAX’s senior vice president of film production, performed his dark arts as the stereographer on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” guiding and filtering the 3-D conversion process for director David Yates. The stakes for Murray and Yates were high; the finale film in the Warner Bros. eight-film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Potter” epic was the first to be released fully in 3-D, and the demands of history — not to mention muggle fans all across the globe — put plenty of pressure on the team. “It’s always interesting and scary,” Murray said, “to wait and see what the world thinks.” The world seems pretty happy. The movie was released July […]
July 18, 2011 | 8:15 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: Here’s how we decided which book sections to cut

British writer J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" books, poses during the launch of the Pottermore website/ (Suzanne Plunkett /Reuters)
David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making “Harry Potter” franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″  with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era. We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here, the very interesting second installment right here, part three right here and the fourth one over here). In the video below, Yates talks about the colossal achievement of casting the franchise’s three young stars and a bit about their personalities. In today’s installment: Yates talks about J.K. Rowling’s genius and screenwriter Steve Klove’s intense challenge. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie […]
July 17, 2011 | 9:52 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director: Rupert Grint is ‘the coolest person I’ve ever met’ [Video]

YEAR 7: Ron and Harry prepare to sneak into the Ministry of Magic to retrieve the Horcrux locket from Umbridge. They use Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves and barely escape. (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures)
David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″  with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era, including his special regard for a particular cast member. We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here, the very interesting second installment right here and part three right here). In the video below Yates talks about the colossal achievement of casting the franchise’s three young stars and a bit about their personalities. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex – Geoff Boucher […]
July 16, 2011 | 5:41 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: Our biggest challenge was…

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David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″  with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here and the very interesting second installment right here). To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The ultimate ‘Deathly Hallows’ gallery ‘Harry Potter’ app: Find […]
July 16, 2011 | 4:36 p.m.

‘Harry Potter': Alan Rickman’s ‘prickly’ genius and killer glare

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David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″  with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here) and below is one that will be of particular interest to Snape fans.   To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The […]
July 15, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: My ‘incredibly intimidating’ Hogwarts moment

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David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″  with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days, the first is below. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The ultimate ‘Deathly Hallows’ gallery ‘Harry Potter’ app: Find your personal Patronus Hiss like Salazar with Parseltongue […]
Nov. 17, 2010 | 12:50 p.m.

‘HARRY POTTER’ REVIEW: ‘Deathly Hallows’ is respectful, solid and unsurprising

A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today, Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan reviews the film. What’s the latest Harry Potter film like? If you’ve seen the previous six, you already know. If you haven’t, there’s no point in trying to catch up now. It’s a tribute to how much the series’ true believers are being counted on to carry the film that this latest episode makes little attempt to bring newcomers up to speed about what’s come before. Much of the plot of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” involves the attempt to find and destroy a series of Horcruxes, and […]
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