Alan Rickman on the End of Harry Potter

Going to miss the Harry Potter franchise when it comes to an end this summer? I think it’s safe to say you’re far from the only one–even the cast has a hard time letting go. From MTV’s Movies Blog, here’s a look at one send-off…

Saying goodbye isn’t easy. Every “Harry Potter” fan around the world is about to learn that lesson the hard way, if they haven’t already.

But it’s not just “Harry Potter” fans that are struggling through mixed emotions as the series barrels towards its conclusion this summer: it’s the actors as well. Alan Rickman, who stars in the franchise as the chronically misunderstood potions master Severus Snape, had quite a lot to say about the ending of “Potter” in a new issue of Empire Magazine (via BuzzFeed), addressing author J.K. Rowling specifically in a letter crafted for her (and the public’s) eyes.

BLACK WIDOW & WINTER SOLDIER 2-PACK

Black Widow & Winter Soldier make up the latest of the Marvel Twin Packs & Face-off box sets. Pairing the beautiful-but-deadly Natalia Romanova with Bucky Barnes’ Winter Soldier, the two-pack also includes alternate heads for each character, to allow a couple different looks. Both stand about 6 inches tall, feature a ton of articulation (especially impressive for the size) and look just great, ready for display by any Marvel fan.

And if you’re among those waiting for more from the Avengers team, then you might be pleased to at least have this to tide you over, from SoulCulture>’s write-up on the Empire Captain America cover:

“The First Avenger: Captain America” will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Chris Evans will star as Captain America and Sebastian Stan will portray Cap’s sidekick Bucky in the film.

Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Marvel Studios’ “The First Avenger: Captain America,” hitting theaters on July 22, 2011. One of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, “The First Avenger: Captain America” joins “Iron Man 2″ on May 7; 2010, “Thor” on May 6, 2011; and “The Avengers” on May 4, 2012.

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DC Direct’s 12” Deluxe Poison Ivy Figure

Just in: A new 1:6 scale Poison Ivy figure from DC Direct, showcasing Gotham City’s femme fatale of flora. Given the innocence in her expression, it’s a very different Poison Ivy than the general seductive pout the figures generally showcase, but nevertheless a striking rendering of a great villain.

She features a pair of costumes with the corset removable to reveal her more traditional skin-tight green number. She comes packaged in a deluxe 4-colour window box and boasts 28 points of articulation, meaning you can expect some great posing potential from a character known to be just as slinky as Catwoman.

But there’s more good news for Batman fans! It’s not much, but Christopher Nolan recently spoke about the end of his trilogy. Here’s the scoop from MoviesOnline.ca:

In an interview with EMPIRE Christopher Nolan talked about the upcoming and highly anticipated sequel to DARK KNIGHT. By the sounds of it this will be the last film and will ‘wrap up’ Chris Nolans involvement. He told Empire;

My brother is working on the screenplay. We came up with a story we are very excited about. We particularly like where we are taking the characters and what the ending is…[it will be] the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story.”

It should be interesting to see where this goes since at the end of Dark Knight Batman was now a wanted man and the story had taken a very dark turn. No word yet on who will be the villain but it would be fantastic to see Batman as a wanted man trying to help Gotham while evading capture.