Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about reprising their characters for a three-part movies series based on 'The Cursed Child'.
Rumours of a prospective movie series bringing the recent Harry Potter play ‘The Cursed Child’ to the big screen have been reignited, with an entertainment journalist claiming that Warner Bros. is in discussions with the franchise’s original stars to reprise their characters.
The two-part play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened at the Palace Theatre in London back in June 2016, and is set 19 years after the events of Rowling’s books. Shows have continued to sell out for months, and rumours of a Broadway production have recently floated.
Daniel Radcliffe has always been asked whether he'll reprise his Harry Potter role
Continue reading: Are There Plans For A Three-Part 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Movie Series?
Adele's net worth has more than doubled to £92 million in 2016, according to Heat magazine's annual list.
2016 just seems to keep delivering more great news for Adele, as it’s been revealed that she’s more than doubled her net worth to be named as the richest British celebrity under the age of 30, knocking One Direction’s band members from the top of the list.
The 28 year old singer, currently nearing the end of her extensive Adele Live 2016 tour, was ranked top of Heat magazine’s annual list with an estimated wealth of £92 million – a figure that is easily over twice as much as she was worth last year (£38 million).
Adele at the 2016 Brit Awards
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Radcliffe will feature in 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' at the Old Vic in London from February 2017.
Daniel Radcliffe is set to return to the stage in a 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s play ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ in London next year.
The 27 year old former Harry Potter actor is set to play Rosencrantz, and will star alongside Joshua McGuire’s Guildenstern at the Old Vic Theatre, in a production directed by David Leveaux that will be starting on February 25th 2017 and ending on April 29th.
Daniel Radcliffe is to return to the stage for the first time since 2013
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The 'Harry Potter' star says he’d happily get killed off on the HBO show.
Daniel Radcliffe is up for becoming the next British star to join ‘Game of Thrones’, but he isn't looking to stay on the show for long. The Harry Potter star says he’d happily join the cast of the epic HBO series, even if it was just to get killed off.
Daniel Radcliffe would like to be killed off on 'Game of Thrones'
When asked if he’d do a guest stint on ‘Game of Thrones’ by Digital Spy, Radcliffe said: "I would love to. If they want to just bring me in and f**king kill me, I would be so happy to do that.”
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First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on a true story, he avoids the usual cliches and formulas, which makes it an unusually thoughtful film. On the other hand, this means that it lacks the excitement we expect as events spiral into some extremely stressful situations. Instead, the film relies on underlying tension, strong thematic resonance and another committed performance from Daniel Radcliffe.
Radcliffe plays Nate, an FBI agent who is a bit of a loner, teased by his colleagues for his nerdy lifestyle. But this is what his superior Angela (Toni Collette) notices about him, and she thinks he'd be perfect for an undercover assignment infiltrating a neo-Nazi group that might be planning a horrific terrorist bombing. So Nate shaves his head and studies up on the white supremacist cause, befriending a racist skinhead (Seth Numrich) and his trigger-happy pals, then meeting their leaders Gerry and Andrew (Sam Trammell and Chris Sullivan). Nate's main target is the underground radio broadcaster Dallas (Tracy Letts), who is stirring up his listeners by channelling bigotry into conspiracy theories. Is he the one planning to explode a dirty bomb somewhere in Washington DC?
The film has a dark, gritty tone that remains internalised all the way through, focussing on Nate's perilous job: if he betrays his true feelings about these reprehensible white-power ideals, it's more than likely that these men will kill him. Radcliffe is excellent in the role, quietly convincing these thugs that he's committed to the cause while still maintaining his friendly, helpful personality. Since there are no women in the movement, it's great to have Collette in such a pivotal, powerful role. Angela is a feisty blast of energy in the film. And Letts is also remarkable as a man whose complexity deepens the more we get to know him. In many ways he's the true villain of the piece, encouraging hatred among his vulnerable audience.
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Radcliffe said that the movie industry, despite liking to think of itself as "very, very progressive", was still lacking in diversity.
Daniel Radcliffe has given a frank interview about the state of diversity in the movie industry, saying that it’s “pretty undeniable” that Hollywood is largely still racist.
The 27 year old actor, who made his name as the lead star in the eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire that, although the film industry liked to view itself as being at the forefront of a push for diversity in wider society, it doesn’t live up to its own standards.
Daniel Radcliffe says it's "undeniable" Hollywood is still racist
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The ‘Harry Potter’ star denied endorsing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but appeared uncomfortable when asked about his allegiances.
Politics and celebrities are always a tricky mix, but Daniel Radcliffe had a particularly rough ride when he was a guest on Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Two show. The actor denied previously endorsing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but further questions about his political affiliations caused viewers to brand the interview ‘awkward’ and ‘uncomfortable’.
Daniel Radcliffe suffered an awkward interview on Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Two show
When asked if he'd backed Corbyn, Radcliffe said: "I didn't endorse anyone. It sounds terribly official. It's one of those things that as an actor you get asked. I do have political opinions but when they appear in print I don't like people thinking that I think my opinion is worth listening to."
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If there’s a film version of ‘The Cursed Child’, Radcliffe could be willing to reprise the role.
Daniel Radcliffe has not ruled out playing Harry Potter one more time, if stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is adapted for the big screen. However the actor did say he would feel strange about returning to the part and he wouldn’t mind if another actor was to take on the role.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t ruled out playing Harry Potter again
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he’d consider playing Potter again, Radcliffe said: “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do. But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Hasn't Closed The Door On Playing Harry Potter Again
A 'well-placed' Hollywood insider claims Warner Bros. is in the process of concluding movie rights for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' - and that it wants Radcliffe to return.
Could Daniel Radcliffe possibly be about to reprise his famous role as Harry Potter? Sources claim it’s possible, with Warner Bros. studios reportedly in talks to acquire movie rights for JK Rowling’s recent play ‘The Cursed Child’ – and there’s only one person they want to play the lead!
On Wednesday (August 31st), the New York Daily News reported that Warners is looking to nail down the rights to a ‘Cursed Child’ movie, which could be ready as soon as 2020. Radcliffe played the boy wizard in eight feature films from 2001 to 2011, with actor Jamie Parker taking on the role of the adult Harry in the current stage show.
Could Daniel Radcliffe return as Harry Potter in a 'Cursed Child' movie?
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The deal is reported to be worth a much as $250 million and is the largest movie acquisition in the company’s history.
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to air the Harry Potter movies in the US, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts series from owners Warner Bros. The television rights were previously held by Disney in a seven-year deal, but NBC will take them over from July 2018.
NBCUniversal will be airing the Fantastic Beasts movies from 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal, although exact terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, it's speculated that it could be valued as high as $250 million, making it one of the largest for a movie franchise and the biggest acquisition in NBC Universal's history.
Continue reading: NBC Buys Rights To Air 'Harry Potter' And 'Fantastic Beasts' Movies
The author says the play will be the last story to focus on Harry’s generation.
Jk Rowling has revealed that West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the last story to focus on Harry and his generation of wizards. Speaking at the play’s gala opening in London, the author said she feels Harry’s story is now "complete" and it’s time to focus on the new generation.
JK Rowling has said Harry Potter’s story is now “done.”
"He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done," she told reporters at the opening. "This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realised so beautifully. But, no, Harry is done now.”
Continue reading: Jk Rowling: "Harry Potter's Story Is Complete With 'The Cursed Child'"
While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly scream out for a follow-up. But here we are, with go-to sequel man Jon M. Chu at the helm (he also directed the second Step Up and G.I. Joe movies). Most of the high-octane cast is back for more trickery, but the plot is even murkier this time.
Since their last whiz-bang stunt, the Four Horsemen have been laying low. Their leader Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) continues to work in the FBI, helping Daniel, Merrit and Jack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) plot their next caper, now joined by quirky illusionist Lula (Lizzy Caplan). Their latest project is to expose corruption at a New York conglomerate, but the stunt is ambushed, and the quartet mysteriously finds themselves in Macau, coerced by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) into staging an elaborate heist. Meanwhile, Dylan's cover is blown, so he teams up with veteran Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman) and heads to Macau himself, chased by his FBI boss (Sanaa Latham). And it all goes down in London.
The round-the-world plot gives the movie some very cool locations, and the plot races so quickly that most audiences won't notice that it makes virtually no logical sense at all. There are flashy distractions at every turn, from sleight of hand to vanishing acts to gross-out gags to enormous double-bluffs, and all of this is thoroughly entertaining even if the script itself feels strangely incomplete. Most sequences tend to end before they get to the point, while action scenes are choppy and incoherent. The only set-piece that works is the kinetic central heist, which hinges on a rapidly flung playing card. But even though it's uneven and clunky, the film remains entertaining simply because of the magical shenanigans and snarky dialogue.
Continue reading: Now You See Me 2 Review
The new trailer arrives ahead of the film's summer release.
The shaven head that Daniel Radcliffe has been sporting in recent months finally makes sense as the trailer for his new crime thriller 'Imperium' arrives, portraying the actor as an undercover FBI agent amid a violent gang of neo-Nazi thugs. The movie is set to hit theaters this summer.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in 'Imperium'
In what could be described as one of his most intense roles yet, Daniel Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, an FBI agent tasked with a dangerous mission to bring down a terrorist group of racist neo-Nazis. Directed by the award-winning Daniel Ragussis in his full-length feature directorial and screenwriting debut, it is loosely based on the career of former FBI agent and whistleblower Michael German.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Goes Undercover In Harrowing Crime Thriller 'Imperium'
Radcliffe said that shooting scenes with Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort to such memorable effect, to be incredibly daunting "for a few years".
Daniel Radcliffe answered a number of questions from young ‘Harry Potter’ fans, and has revealed which actor used to scare him most while he was filming.
The British actor, currently starring in Swiss Army Man, fielded questions submitted to People magazine by young readers aged 4-11 and answered them for the latest episode of ‘The Jess Cagle Interview’.
Fiennes’ portrayal of Lord Voldemort is one of the most memorable villains in recent movie history, and Radcliffe said that even Fiennes’ presence on set was “genuinely intimidating” – even more so than Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), whom he found friendly after a short time.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Found Ralph Fiennes "Genuinely Intimidating" On 'Harry Potter' Set
Radcliffe has not ruled out returning to the role that first made him famous.
Daniel Radcliffe is not ruling out playing Harry Potter again, but he would need some “pretty extraordinary” circumstances. The 26-year-old actor is currently starring in another film with ‘magical’ leanings, Now You See Me 2, which centers on a group of illusionists.
Daniel Radcliffe isn't saying never to a Harry Potter return.
When asked by the Radio Times if he’d play Potter again Radcliffe said: "It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there!”
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Would Play Harry Potter Again If Script Was Right
Radcliffe says sitting in a theatre with ‘enthusiastic’ fans would not be the most ‘relaxing’ way to see the show.
Daniel Radcliffe has confirmed he’s not yet seen play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but he would like to in the future. The only problem is, the actor will have to wait until fan hysteria over the play dies down, so he can view it in a more relaxed setting.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn't seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet.
Speaking on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', Radcliffe said: “I feel like I want to see the show. I am genuinely intrigued and I've heard it's fantastic. But I just feel sitting in an audience of what will for the most of the near future be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might be like not a relaxing way to see a show.”
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Wants To See 'Harry Potter' Play, But He'll Have To Wait
Radcliffe doesn't want his presence in a theatre audience to detract from the experience for 'Harry Potter' fans.
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll ever see the new play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ – because he doesn’t want to “distract or take away” from the production by being seen in the audience.
The 26 year old, who of course made his name by starring in the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies, was asked the question that pretty much everybody’s going to badger him with for the rest of the year – will he be seeing J.K. Rowling’s new play? Probably not, he told E! News.
Daniel Radcliffe at the premiere of 'Now You See Me 2'
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The playwright died aged 90 yesterday.
Daniel Radcliffe has left a touching tribute to his friend Sir Peter Shaffer, after it's announced that the talented playwright has passed away at the age of 90 during a trip to Ireland. The actor made his West End debut in a revival of one of Shaffer's most acclaimed plays, 'Equus'.
Daniel Radcliffe will miss friend Peter Shaffer
The playwright died just weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday, according to a statement issued by his agent Rupert Lord. He passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning (June 6th 2016) while staying at a hospice in County Cork. 'He was simply at the end of his life but delighted to have been able to celebrate his 90th birthday with friends and then, I think, decided it was time', said Lord in his statement obtained by the Guardian.
Continue reading: 'An Incredibly Kind, Generous And Funny Man': Daniel Radcliffe Pays Tribute To Peter Shaffer
The 'Harry Potter' star returns to Broadway.
Daniel Radcliffe is making a return to Broadway theatre with another unique play entitled 'Privacy'. It explores the relationship people have with the digital world and sharing personal data, and follows his last theatrical appearance which was 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' back in 2014.
Daniel Radcliffe is back on the stage
Radcliffe will play the part of The Writer in this seven-person play about how the digital footprint we leave via social media can be used by the government, and potentially compromise our identities and security. It's nspired by the controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden, who will also be depicted in an upcoming movie entitled 'Snowden' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Continue reading: Please Keep Your Phone Switched On: Daniel Radcliffe Stars In Unique New Play 'Privacy'
Check out the unusual trailer for the upcoming film.
Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano star in one of the more eccentric independent flicks of the year, the Sundance-selected 'Swiss Army Man'. It follows the adventures of a stranded wanderer and his discovery of an apparently dead man with extraordinary abilities.
Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in Swiss Army Man
It's like an increasingly bizarre take on 'Cast Away', though instead of a volleyball named Wilson, our marooned man finds a friend in the washed up cadaver of a young man. Hank (Dano) believes that he's going to starve to death on this isolated island he finds himself stranded on, and makes plans to end it the easy way. But when he meets Manny (Radcliffe), his whole perspective changes.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe's Flatulence Saves Paul Dano In 'Swiss Army Man'
Hank is a man who's been pushed to the edge, he's stranded on an island with no company and limited supplies. Feeling that there's little hope of being saved, Hank decides that death is his only option. As he ties the noose around his neck and is about to take his final step the islander sees a shape on the beach in the distance that looks like a human body.
Hank accidentally trips but luckily his attempt at death is fumbled by a faulty rope. Hank discovers that the shape is a body which still has small signs of life. Manny isn't able to do anything but Hank pulls his new accomplice to his shelter and after opening up to his new quiet friend he gets a mumbled response from the almost catatonic Manny.
As their worlds collide, fantasy becomes reality in an adventure the pair must endure to survive.
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Farting corpses aren't for everyone.
The biggest WTF moment of Sundance Film Festival 2016 goes to - drum roll please - 'Swiss Army Man'. Obviously. Because it was so weird that even Daniel Radcliffe's fans walked out on his latest flick where he played a gassy corpse in this weirdly homoerotic comedy drama on Friday (January 22nd 2016).
Some may not have liked it, but Daniel Radcliffe had a ball on 'Swiss Army Man'
A lot of people were excited about the premiere of this unique indie film starring Radcliffe and 'Love & Mercy' star Paul Dano, perhaps thinking that it would be an unusual take on 'Cast Away'. However, it was so much more bizarre than that. Billed as a film about a man stranded on a desert island who finds an unlikely companion in a washed up corpse, it was exactly that but with a supernatural - and slightly immature - twist.
Continue reading: 'Swiss Army Man' Saw Revolted Viewers Walk Out At Sundance 2016 Premiere
After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
Take a look at some of the best upcoming dramas and documentaries.
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is really hotting up now with yet more films added to the 120 strong line-up which already includes the previously announced nine horrors from the Midnight Category. Introducing: the films for the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, as well as the 2016 Next showcase.
Robert Redford brings another year of awesome indie films
65 films have just been unveiled for the newly announced category line-ups as we reflect on this year's top Sundance gems like 'Dope', 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Tangerine'. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks though for the US' biggest indie film festival founded Robert Redford.
Continue reading: 2016 Sundance Film Festival: The First Half Of The Line-Up Revealed
The film takes an unusual approach to the classic monster story, combining the original Mary Shelley novel with the cultural iconography of decades of movies and comics.
Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor, and the two actors developed a close friendship on-set, despite their 10-year age difference and the challenges of making the movie. This is reflected in the film's plot. As McAvoy notes, "Igor has something that Frankenstein needs, so he harnesses him. Frankenstein is very selfish and personally driven, so he's always using, but something of Igor gets through to him and they do form a loving relationship."
But Radcliffe says that the friendship he forged with McAvoy backstage is very different from what's on-screen. "Victor and Igor's relationship is quite an abusive one," he says. "I think James and I are fairly similar in terms of our work ethic. But we're lucky that we get to work in an industry where we can have a lot of fun while doing our jobs." Intriguingly, the character of Igor isn't even in Shelley's novel, but he's been important in the movies. "Victor and the monster have had plenty of time to get acquainted," says Radcliffe. "Now it's time for Victor and Igor! Something I found very interesting is that [screenwriter] Max Landis says one of his big inspirations for writing this film was The Social Network - this idea of two young guys on the tip of the spear of technology who are forging their ways forward and being told no and really overcoming it all with youthful rebellion and a complete lack of self-doubt. I find that rather exciting."
Continue reading: Victor Frankenstein Was A Bonding Experience For Mcavoy And Radcliffe
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Daniel Radcliffe may have left his hugely famous role as Harry Potter behind a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel envious of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne.
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
Continue reading: Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Jealous Of Eddie Redmayne?
Here's eight December movies we're really looking forward to.
Once Christmas Day is over and done with, there's always that disappointing anti-climax. You can no longer fake enthusiasm for the unwanted gifts, and the kids have already broken all their new toys. What's more, the same films as last year plague the TV set until you want to gouge your eyes out at the sight of 'Gremlins'. So what better way to enjoy the post Yuletide season than with a trip to the movies?
Star Wars returns this December
We're not saying you need to stay in the Christmas spirit by catching up on the latest seasonal movie, but there's some pretty exciting new releases coming this winter to round off the year with a thrill.
Continue reading: Star Wars, By The Sea And Peanuts! It's Worth Spending Christmas At The Movies This Year
Radcliffe's varied 15-year career was honoured with the 2,565th star on the iconic sidewalk in Hollywood.
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and attended a short unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday.
The British star began his acting career 15 years ago when he appeared at the age of 11 in the first Potter movie The Philosopher’s Stone, and proceeded to feature in all of the seven sequels alongside co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Now 26 years old, and having branched out in his screen and stage career with a number of very different projects since the end of the movie series that made him internationally famous, such as The Woman In Black, Kill Your Darlings, Trainwreck and What If, Radcliffe turned out in a smart checked suit at the ceremony outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Thursday (November 12th).
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Honoured With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The 'Victor Frankenstein' star also made the late night host recreate the 'Gangnam Style' dance.
Daniel Radcliffe stopped by 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Tuesday, but he probably wishes he’d packed some spare underwear. The Harry Potter star faced off with the talk show host in a game of ‘Water War’, which left him completely soaked, just minutes before he had to go to a premiere.
Daniel Radcliffe faced off with Jimmy Fallon for a game of 'Water War' on Tuesday.
The rules of ‘Water War’ are simple, each contestant takes a card from the deck and whoever draws the highest number gets to pour a pint of water over their opponent. The first to five wins. As the game began, things looked pretty good for Radcliffe as he took an early lead.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Shows Off New Haircut On 'The Tonight Show' With Jimmy Fallon, Before Getting Soaked
12, yes 12 new Harry Potter stories will be keeping us busy during the countdown to Christmas.
When Harry Potter die-hards were compiling their Christmas lists, new material from J.K.Rowling was probably more than most fans dared to wish for. But a Christmas miracle has occurred, as the author has promised 12 new Potter stories to help fans countdown to the 25th of December.
Merry Christmas Potterheads, J.K. Rowling has 12 new stories for you
An email sent out to subscribers of Rowling’s Pottermore site revealed that beginning on Friday, December 12th, they’ll be releasing a new surprise story every day at 1pm (UK time). Fans were also promised “even a new potion or two”, as part of the daily festive treats.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Reveals Christmas Treat For 'Harry Potter' Fans, With 12 New Stories On The Way
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar holds two blue carpet premieres, as Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple joke about Horns. Filming gets underway on London Has Fallen and Demolition, and extended clips offer more from the musical Into the Woods, the comedy-adventure Paddington and next year's Avengers sequel...
Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated sci-fi epic Interstellar held its world premiere in Los Angeles this week, followed by a European premiere in London. The blue carpet events brought out Nolan and his cast, including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. The film opens next week everywhere, and early buzz has been strong.
Photos - Interstellar Los Angeles premiere - Arrivals
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2
Daniel Radcliffe is not an "unconventional" romantic lead. Got it?
Daniel Radcliffe has discussed his post-Harry Potter career, hitting back at claims that he's an "unconventional" lead for romantic comedies, in particular. The actor said he was frustrated at being typecast as an alternative romantic hero, arguing that the male population "had no problem sexualising Emma Watson immediately".
Who's calling Daniel Radcliffe an unconventional romantic lead? Not us
In an interview with the Associated Press, Radcliffe said: "Around the time of rom com What If coming out, a lot of people were saying: 'You're really an unconventional romantic lead.' And so eventually I got bored of hearing that and kind of picked someone up on it, so I was like 'What about me is unconventional, exactly? Like, tell me."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe, "What About Me Is Unconventional, Exactly?"
It's not a revolutionary rom-com, but it's probably worth your time
In ‘What If’, Daniel Radcliffe plays a downtrodden medical school dropout, and one with a dizzyingly poor record with love at that. In attempt to rid himself of the pain of the chase, our protagonist Wallace attempts to give up on finding ‘the one’, but as soon as he does so he meets the charming Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Oh, and she has a boyfriend.
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in 'What If'
This presents all sorts of problems for Wallace, who starts to ponder: What if his soul mate is his best friend? Fans of Radcliffe’s have been waiting patiently for a rom-com starring the former Harry Potter star, and if the critics are to believed, he’s delivered the first with aplomb.
Continue reading: 'What If' Reviews: Smart, Silly And Sweet, If Not Predictable
The actor has made no secret of trying to distance himself from Potter, but a new interview shows he loved his time playing the boy wizard.
Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about his relationship with Harry Potter, the character that propelled him to stardom. The 25 year old spoke at a Q&A session at the Apple Store in London ahead of his new film What If, after he was asked about his feelings towards the boy wizard character.
Daniel Radcliffe spoke about his feelings towards his time as Harry Potter
"I don't think there's ever going to be one film in people's minds that finally separates me from Harry and I don't think I ever will be separated from Harry and I don't want to be,” the actor said.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Speaks About His Feelings Towards Harry Potter
The twenty-five-year-old star of the Harry Potter series talks about what convinced him to stop googling himself.
Google's auto complete feature has been well documented for it's hilarious suggestions. Whether you're trying to find out 'how to raise your self-esteem' but are offered 'how to raise your IQ by eating gifted children', or you receive an equally unhelpful line of questioning, sometimes the feature is enough to put people off searching for an answer to their problem.
The actor stopped googling himself after becoming annoyed by the automatic suggestions.
This is the apparent reasoning for Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe no longer googling himself. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Radcliffe talked about the auto-results he used to see if he ever googled his own name. "Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic. Daniel Radcliffe gay. Daniel Radcliffe girlfriend."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Why He Doesn't Google Himself
Daniel Radcliffe hates Harry Potter. There, he said it.
Daniel Radcliffe has risked irking the Harry Potter community by suggesting he "wasn't very good" in the multi-billion dollar franchise. The 25-year-old, currently starring in indie rom-com What If, admitted that it was a drag watching himself recently in 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Daniel Radcliffe [L] and Zoe Kazan [R] in 'What If'
"I'm just not very good in it," he told the Daily Mail, "I hate it. My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent, and what I was trying to do just didn't come across."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe On Harry Potter, "I'm Not Very Good In It. I Hate It"
Daniel Radcliffe effortlessly proves that the indie rom-com could be his thing.
Daniel Radcliffe is eliciting another couple of thousand words this week, on whether he can safely navigate a "post-Harry Potter" movie career. The reason for this is What If - a new indie romantic-comedy starring the Wizard Boy himself as medical school dropout Wallace who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships.
Daniel Radcliffe [L] and Zoe Kazan [R] in 'What If'
It's got all the hallmarks of a sort of...new...(500) Days of Summer. It's got the cool guy from Girls (Adam Driver), who plays Wallace's roommate Allan. It's got the cool girl from Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), who plays an animator living with her steady long-term boyfriend. The thing is: Wallace forms an instant connection with Kazan's character - but can they ever be just friends? Yep, so it all sounds horrendously formulaic - but isn't that what we want from our indie romantic comedies? We want Brooklyn apartments that the characters couldn't ever afford in real life. We want coffee shops and skinny lattes and little dogs and Adam Driver and maybe, just maybe, we want Daniel Radcliffe.
Continue reading: 'What If': We Now Know That Daniel Radcliffe Does Indie Rom-Coms, Well
Star seems intent on establishing himself as a credible screen presence outside of Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe, star of upcoming independent comedy What If, has revealed his ambition to one day become a director.In a feature interview for Variety, Radcliffe spoke about his willingness to get involved with the wider aspect of filmmaking. “I would love to direct,” he said. “I do it in my head when I’m watching other directors direct: ‘No, don’t say that to them!’ I think I’m quite good with people. Part of being a director is knowing how different actors work in different ways. I’d enjoy it.”
Daniel Radcliffe has ambitions to direct films in the future, he told Variety
Of course, Radcliffe has had plenty of opportunities to learn from the best in the business, as the Harry Potter films were directed variously by Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates and Chris Columbus. He also mentioned some of his favourite films such as A Matter of Life and Death, Dr. Strangelove and 12 Angry Men, showing him to be a knowledgeable and curious consumer of cinema.
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From Gone Girl to Fifty Shades which novels are we most excited to see on the big screen?
In the coming months many of our favourite books will be making the leap to the big screen as Hollywood seemingly goes adaption crazy. From young adult favourites such as The Maze Runner to the family friendly Boxtrolls and of course Fifty Shades of Grey, here’s our pick of 10 book to screen movies we just can’t help getting excited for!
Gone Girl - In Gone Girl Ben Affleck stars as the husband we’re just not sure we can trust as Gillian Flynn’s thriller makes its way onto the big screen. After coming home on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife Amy is missing, Nick Dunne is left trying to figure out what possibly could have happened to her. But as details of the couple’s seemingly blissful marriage are revealed in the media, suddenly more and more fingers start to be pointed at Nick. From the trailer, this one looks like it could be even better than the book thanks to Affleck’s believable performance and the casting of Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl hits theatres this October, but in the meantime you can watch the trailer here.
Fifty Shades of Grey - Perhaps the most anticipated book to movie adaptation in recent years, Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as the seductive Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. While the book has famously been described as ‘mummy porn’, there are some fearful that the upcoming movie may be a little too tame for E.L. James’s loyal readers. Directed by Sam Taylor Wood, there’s no doubt that Fifty Shades of Grey will have one massive box office opening when it hits theatres on Valentines Day 2015. But if you just cant wait, you can first get a taste of the action with the newly released trailer here.
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Following the vicious rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig Perrish goes on a grief-ridden binge and awakens the next morning with the mother of all hangovers. He also discovers two horn like growths pushing through his temples which appear to be growing larger. He visits a friend and shows her his new appendages, but to his surprise she seems untroubled by the unusual deformity - as do the reporters that Ig is struggling to shake off since being acquitted of Merrin's murder. More unusual still, he also finds that everyone is sharing their darkest secrets and desires with him, including his doctor who is also unfazed by his appearance. As he becomes used to the horns, Ig also discovers he has another ability - he has the power to control the actions of nearly everyone he comes into contact with.
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The interview that accompanies the Radcliffe Out cover reveals that the former Harry Potter star is feeling pretty nonplussed about his gay sex scenes in Kill Your Darlings, despite the fact that it’s caused a bit of a stir in the movie world. The transition from Harry Potter to… well, anything else, really, was never going to be easy and Daniel Radcliffe decided to make life a little challenging and really go against type with Kill Your Darlings. When asked about those sex scenes, though, Radcliffe insists that it’s no big deal.
“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight - to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.” Of course, it’s not just his sexuality that makes Daniel Radcliffe seem like an unlikely candidate to play the role of Allen Ginsberg. “I don’t look like him,” Radcliffe confesses “and I’m English and middle-class and not from New Jersey. But that’s what I think is so exciting about it, because people have no idea.”
Radcliffe’s performance in the movie has been widely praised, with the relationship between Radcliffe’s Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan’s Lucien Carr being the focal point and most compelling element of the entire film. Kill Your Darlings received its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last month (January 2013), where Radcliffe received a great deal of praise for his performance.
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Kill Your Darlings, a movie starring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg, has been snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal is for U.S, Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV and Eastern European rights.
The film explores how a 1944 murder brought together the young college students who would go on to become the voices of the Beat Generation. As well as Radcliffe, Kill Your Darlings stars Ben Foster, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston and Elizabeth Olsen. “This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940′s as you have never seen on screen before,” Sony said in a statement. “With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker.”
There has certainly been a clear buying trend at Sundance 2013, with Radcliffe’s movie the latest to be snapped up in super-quick time. The most high profile acquisition was The Way, Way Back – a comedy starring Steve Carell, Toni Colette and Sam Rockwell that Fox Searchlight thought was strong enough to splash $10 million on. The film has a pretty decent pedigree, with Academy Award winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash getting behind the camera for their debut flick. Elsewhere, Jennifer Coolidge’s comedy Austenland found a home at Sony ($4 million), though all eyes were on big-wig Harvey Weinstein, a man known for picking up undiscovered gems at film festivals and turning them into Oscar contenders. This year, he opted for Fruitvale, a drama starring The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan that focuses on police brutality. “I was completely amazed by this incredible film. This earth-shattering story is one that needs to be told, and we are honored to be able to share Oscar’s story with audiences everywhere,” said Weinstein in a statement.
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The former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe takes on a very different role from the young wizard, in his latest movie Kill Your Darlings. In the movie, which is making a showing at the Sundance Festival in Utah, Radcliffe plays the role of the famous beat poet Allen Ginsberg and had to tackle his first gay love scenes, in a story which sees Ginsberg’s idol Lucien Carr murder David Kammerer.
Through the course of the movie Radcliffe’s character comes to embrace his own homosexuality. The movie’s director, John Krokidas revealed that he gave Radcliffe a few pointers, when it came to making the love scenes convincing and believable. Talking at the Sundance Festival, Krokidas told Associated Press “Radcliffe simply asked, 'John, you're gay. How does this work?'" Krokidas said. "I'm not kidding. And so perhaps there was a little dry run-through — oh, she's going to kill me — with me and the director of photography Reed Morano.”
Radcliffe is keen that his Harry Potter fame should feed into Kill Your Darlings and thinks it’s great that people who may not otherwise have watched such a movie, will be drawn to it by his celebrity. “I don't care why people come and see films,” said Radcliffe. “If they come and see a film about the beat poets because they saw me in Harry Potter, fantastic. That's a wonderful thing. I feel like I have an opportunity to capitalize on 'Potter' by doing work that might not otherwise get attention. If I can help get a film like this attention, that's without doubt, that's a great thing."
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The Sundance Film Festival has become a staple date in the film year's diary. It exhibits the best of the upcoming offerings to the genre for the year ahead and is committed to pushing and promoting the most exciting and boundary pushing movies that we are encouraged to catch in the coming year. They rarely make bad choices, and these are the movies that are potentially some of the best for the 2013 festival.
Kill Your Darlings
This movie is not eye opening in terms of cast (it stars Daniel Radcliffe) but has first time director John Krokidas at the helm. Most excitingly though, it's all about Allen Ginsberg. Anyone that has ever read Allen Ginsberg probably loves him. Kill Your Darlings is all about how Ginsberg meets the three men who become the other literary heavyweights of his era (Lucien Carr, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac), the group that formed the beat generation. Not only is it an exploration of literary boundaries and how to cross them, but of love, companionship and sexuality... Definitely one to watch.
What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love
It has a long title, but it's just bound to be beautiful. Mouly Surya is the directorial drive behind an unusual film that centres on the capacities and capabilities of love alongside disability. Set in a school in Indonesia "[w]ith gentle humor, playfulness, and heightened realism, [the film] draws out the poetry in its characters, highlighting the magic in their lives and respecting who they are." Surya has won an award for Best Directing at the Jakarta International Film Festival for her first feature Fiski, so her skill has already been shown, What They Don't Talk ABout... will prove it.
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The members of One Direction have displaced the likes of Adele, Cheryl Cole and Leona Lewis in the annual list of Britain's richest under-30s. Though we've no idea how Heat magazine managed to get hold of the bank details of the X Factor stars, they've apparently earned a combined £26.33 million since arriving on the pop music scene.
It means Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are in at No.5 on the list - which seems slightly unfair to those relegated this year. Anyone can lump five very rich people together and say they're a collective moneymaking outfit, watch us. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Brad Pitt. Anyway, the rules seem to have been bent for the young pop-stars, who knocked Rupert Grint out of the No.5 spot (though Grint teamed up with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson would be another matter). It was in fact Radcliffe who continued to dominate the chart with a net fortune of £53.33 million. Robert Pattinson moved up to No.2 with £38.73 million, while Keira Knightley was No.3 with £32.7 million.
One Direction become worldwide stars after their debut album Up All Night topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Their second record Take Me Home is scheduled for release on 12 November 2012, once again through Syco Records.
Daniel Radcliffe has well and truly shed his Harry Potter image now. If there was any doubt that the one-time child star had fully moved on from the set of films that made him a worldwide name, then it will be extinguished by these new images of a new darker and, dare we say it, eviller Radcliffe.
That's right, the man who once signified all that was good and pure about the fictional wizarding community in the Harry Potter films is turning into Satan himself, as these new pictures show. However, Radcliffe hasn't really aligned himself with the dark side, he's just in costume for a forthcoming role in the film Horns - which is disappointingly not about a group of heavy metal fans. Dressed up as his character Ignatius 'Ig' Perrish, Radcliffe looks like he's gone a few days without sleep, giving him a sadistic glare. More striking though is the fact that he has two horns growing out of his head wear his, well, nothing should be.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Perrish is accused of the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend and, one morning, wakes up to find these rather inconvenient signifiers of the devil growing out of his mop. Irritating. Less irritating for him is the fact that he also learns that he can induce people to tell the truth or compel them to give into their worst desires. Every cloud eh.
In early 1900s London, single dad Arthur (Radcliffe) is a young lawyer in trouble with his boss (Allam), so his next case is make-or-break. To settle an estate, he heads to an isolated Northeast village that gives him a cold-shouldered welcome. And when he gets to the abandoned seaside mansion, he sees the spectre of a woman (White) lurking in the corners. A friendly local (Hinds) is cynical about this, even though it also haunts his wife (McTeer), who is grieving over their son's death. And dying children are a theme in this village.
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Daniel Radcliffe explains the occasional arguments he had with his co-star, Emma Watson, during filming of the Harry Potter franchise.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admitted in a recent interview that he co-star and Emma Watson used to get into huge arguments on the set during filming, sometimes causing the pair to refuse to talk to each other for days on end. Radcliffe spoke about how their differing points of view usually began to debate simple topics which eventually spiralled into something altogether more dramatic.
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During an interview with Britain's Radio Times, Radcliffe explained, "Oh, God. We used to argue about everything. Religion. Politics. I remember one of the big arguments we had on the fourth film - we didn't speak to each other for a couple of days - was about... She was arguing about the Latin language, that nobody knows what it sounds like, what a Latin accent should be. And I was like, 'Yeah, but it's still spoken a lot in the Catholic church.'
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Arthur Kipps is a young yet successful lawyer who loves his work. One day, he is asked to travel to a small, remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased client. However, it does mean leaving his young son behind. Arthur is reluctant to leave his son but he does so anyway.
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Arthur Kipps is a lawyer whose work takes him to tend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh house, a building the village residents try to avoid. Leaving his infant son behind, he sets off through the snow on his horse and cart, unaware of the terror he's abnout to face.
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Harry Potter and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, continue their search for Voldemort's Horcruxes - dark magical objects that help the user gain immortality. Having found and destroyed one Horcrux - a locket belonging to Hogwarts founder Salazar Slytherin - the three friends travel from Ron's older brother Bill Weasley's house by the sea to the wizarding bank, Gringotts and then to Hogwarts to look for the final remaining Horcruxes.
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The final instalment of the Harry Potter series is almost upon us! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will bring the much loved set of films to a close.
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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe quipped that he could put a revolutionary new twist on the character of James Bond.
The 18-year-old actor was celebrating with fellow cast members after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was voted best film and Radcliffe named best male at the first ever National Movie Awards.
After beating sex symbol Daniel Craig to the best male award, Radcliffe was asked whether he'd like to one day take over as 007.
"It would be weird to suddenly be involved in another big franchise, but hey, it takes a big man to turn down Bond."
When quizzed as to who his ideal leading lady would be, he quipped that his top choice would be co-star Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.
"I'm going to say Rupert," Radcliffe joked. "I'll be the first gay James Bond!"
But the young star who is expected to reprise his critically-acclaimed performance in Equus on the Broadway stage accepted that he might not have the goods to play the spy with a licence to kill.
"I don't think the world's ready for a short-a**e Bond," he moaned.
Questioned if he'd fancy playing the role in a decade, Radcliffe, only 5ft 5ins, admitted: "I'll still be a short a**e!"
Radcliffe is currently starring in Australian coming-of-age drama December Boys and is set to soon begin filming on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth feature in the Jk Rowling franchise.
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It's gotten to the point where the quality of the films don't really matter: Now I feel like I'm committed to the whole Harry Potter series. I've reviewed the first five now, so by golly, I'm going to stick it out and finish the lot... even though I still can't bring myself to read any of the books. As always, consider yourself warned that I don't know the intricate backstory developed over thousands of pages in J.K. Rowling's writing. And really, I'm happy to keep it that way.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues in the tradition of following another year at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry, where Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has faced nothing but grueling struggle after grueling struggle. His most recent year (Goblet of Fire) saw a friend get killed by his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who's gaining more power every day and giving Harry severe nightmares. With few exceptions, his friends have largely abandoned him, and the new term comes with even more headaches in the form of Dolores Umbridge (the perfect Imelda Staunton), sent from the Ministry of Magic to teach the defense from the dark arts class and eventually taking over the school as an iron-fisted, fun-crushing bureaucrat.
After much pottering about (ha ha!), the film finally finds its groove as Umbridge goes too far, refusing to teach magic in the classroom, instead preferring to rely on theoretical knowledge so the students can pass their year-end standardized tests. With Voldemort approaching (this guy is always just around the corner), Harry becomes more nervous that he will be unable to defend himself, finally recruiting a handful of students to his cause to teach them what he knows about magical combat. Together they prepare for the day when they know they'll have to use those skills. (In case you haven't seen any of the first four movies, rest assured it isn't far off: This end-of-movie showdown between Harry and the forces of evil has almost become a cliché that pans out every single time.)
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In The Tailor of Panama -- based on John Le Carré's novel and directed by John Boorman (Beyond Rangoon, Zardoz) -- Brosnan trades in the sophistication of James Bond for the identity of crude, disgraced spy Andy Osnard, an MI-6 operative that has to be shipped off to Panama on account of his loathsome behavior. Once he arrives in Panama City, the bad behavior doesn't stop: Osnard immediately sets upon the task of uncovering "what's going on" with the Panama Canal. Rumors swirl that it will be sold to another country now that Panama has it back from the U.S. Or perhaps there will be a coup from a populist underground?
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Welcome back, Potter.
The beloved Harry Potter returns to screens, a scant year after his most debut, with the film version of book two in the unfathomably popular Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately, while the Potter-obsessed will likely find few faults with the film, this sequel captures much less of the original's magic. (And while I've not read the books, I understand the same can be said for the second novel as well.)
Secrets finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) back at home with his Muggle family on summer vacation, locked in his room (though no longer under the stairs). Before long, Harry is set to return to Hogwarts -- despite the insistence from his uncle that he is no longer allowed to study magic. But a daring prison break, courtesy of the Weasley family -- including Harry's best bud Ron (Rupert Grint), gets Harry back to school, despite the meddling of a Yoda-like "house elf" named Dobby (very obvious CG). The masochistic Dobby tries to convince Harry that his life is in danger if he returns to Hogwarts -- though in reality his life appears more in danger due to Dobby's "helpful" meddling.
Harry of course does return to Hogwarts, where all his familiar experiences await him. Hermione (Emma Watson) is still the class brain. Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) is still the school clown. Snape (Alan Rickman) is still Snape. The new additions to the cast include a new Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a narcissistic wizard with questionable ability, as well as the father of Harry's platinum blonde archrival Malfoy, Lucius (Jason Isaacs).
While the cast is still in fine form (the exception being a shockingly haggard Richard Harris as headmaster Dumbledore; Harris died a few weeks before the film's release), it's the story that is decidedly lacking in this episode. The titular Chamber of Secrets is a legendary room inside Hogwarts fabled to hold a menacing creature. It can only be opened, we're told, by an heir to the Slytherin family. When a mysterious message appears on the Hogwarts walls in blood, Harry begins hearing hissing voices, and students begin to turn up paralyzed. It appears the Chamber of Secrets has been opened -- and suspicions fall on Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) as the heir. Or is it Harry?
What follows is another nearly-three hours of exposition as Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempt to crack this riddle, Nancy Drew-style, while the body count at Hogwarts keeps rising. Mercilessly padded, the movie drags us through ages of all-too-familiar territory: a Quidditch match ends predictably; spells go awry; the trio works on a potion together; one-note characters appear only to say their line and soon exit the story. Finally, invariably first-on-the-scene Harry coincidentally discovers a blank diary -- it's amazing how much coincidence drives the plot -- that leads him on a circuitous path to discover the Chamber, just in time for a final showdown with what looks astonishingly like a miniature-golf hazard.
Jeez, I'm bored just writing about it. So much of Secrets is so unnecessary that my audience was way ahead of the circuitous yet ultimately very simplistic story. Kids spent the three hours running up and down the aisles -- only their parents had the fortitude to stay with the plot. That said, this installment is much funnier than the original, and it has a bit more of a grown-up sentiment to it. Still, it's going to take more than an ominous voice in the walls and a flying car to keep even the most patient adults interested in a three-hour movie.
Chamber of Secrets is enjoyable for many of its stretches, and it's unfortunate that director Chris Columbus (giving up the reins for episode 3) didn't take more chances with the source material, excising the many irrelevant parts and adding in a bit of his own vision. As such, we have a movie that plays out in fits and starts of fun alternating with boredom. Sad to say, the kids will probably want to leave midway through this one and ask you to replay the original on DVD when you get home. Poor Harry, when we see you again (in two years' time), I hope you'll have regained a bit of your magic.
As with Potter #1, the film comes to DVD in an exhaustive and impressive two-disc package, headlined by one of the most aggressive 6.1 channel audio tracks I've ever had the privilege to hear on DVD. This film thankfully makes it much easier to find the deleted/extended scenes, all of which are well worth checking out and add a bit of depth and flavor to an otherwise so-so movie. There are also tons of games for the kids and a few interviews for the adults, including one with J.K. Rowling.
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In his second big-screen outing, adolescent wizard Harry Potter is blessed with enough cinematic magic to overcome several of the very same problems that left last year's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" feeling a little protracted and rambling.
Sure "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" spends twice as much screen time on atmosphere and adventure scenes than on plot and character. But this time around every episode seems relevant, which is a vast improvement over last year's film, bloated as it was with Quidditch matches and monster moments that didn't advance the plot one iota.
Returning director Chris Columbus retains the enchanted ambiance as Harry heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year of instruction in the black arts. But nothing is ever easy for our young hero, as unseen forces seem to be conspiring against him -- not the least of which is some kind of elusive beast that's loose in Hogwarts' halls, turning students to stone.
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Harry Potter is growing up, and so is his movie franchise.Under the tutelage of a new director -- Alfonso Cuarón, known for both children's fare (the 1995 remake of "A Little Princess") and an edgy, insightfully soulful, sex-charged teen road-trip flick ("Y Tu Mama, Tambien") -- the boy wizard has graduated from the world of kiddie movie spectacles with tie-in toys.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is a film in which depth of character, cunning humor and hair-raising chills come shining through the visual blitzkrieg of special effects -- which are also magnificently improved over the series first two installments. Case in point: a half-horse, half-eagle creature called a Hippogriff that gives "Lord of the Rings'" Gollum a run for his money as the most life-like CGI creation in cinema history.
Beyond just its detailed feathers (which fluff when it shakes) or its golden eyes (which bore holes in the screen with obstinate personality), this winged equine's every movement, from its canter to its peck, is a studied yet natural, amazingly fluid amalgam of the two beasts that were combined to create it.
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Overly self-indulgent director Chris Columbus could have cut out the entire middle hour of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and if you hadn't read the popular children's book, you'd never know the difference.
A good 70 percent of the picture consists of showy set pieces that don't service the plot (which we'll get to in a minute) so much as obligingly recreate unrelated passages that would be missed by the boy wizard's enthusiastic and possessive fan base had they been omitted.
One 10-minute episode is spent watching a sport called Quidditch, sort of a flying-broom version of field hockey with more than one puck and incredibly intricate rules that go largely unexplained. It's a lot like the pod race scene in "The Phantom Menace" -- irrelevant but spirited -- although with 1/10th the special effects budget. (Oh, that blatant blue-screening!)
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