Despite the initial excitement, fans who got their expectations too high will be disappointed to hear that Rowling isn't planning any substantial additions to the Harry Potter story.
Following J. K. Rowling’s announcement of a brand new Harry Potter short story, fans (who are now sane, rational adult humans, for the most part) went by-and-large crazy over the possibilities. Could there be a new book coming? What about a new movie? Maybe Hogwarts really is there to welcome Potterheads home, but it won't be with another HP book or film.
Jo Rowling isn't willing to mess with a good thing.
The first person the media went to in the frenzy was Daniel Radcliffe, who is not really open to returning to the franchise, unless Rowling is actually working on something movie-worthy. In the past, the author has indicated that she wouldn't be writing any more books about Harry, and a spokesperson reiterated as much to the Bookseller on Tuesday. But the Harry Potter universe is a vast and profitable place and Rowling has a whole world of short stories, spin-offs and expansions to choose from. Potter fans (this writer included) tend to eat up any new writing by Rowling, let alone things related to the boy wizard.
Continue reading: Unless Rowling Is Pulling A Beyonce, Another HP Film Is (Thankfully) Off The Cards
Harry Potter is an Auror; Ron Weasley helps George run Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes; and Hermione Granger is big in the Ministry of Magic. J.K. Rowling has released a short story in the form of a Daily Prophet article in which she imagines how Dumbledore's army are aged 34.
J.K. Rowling has released a short 1500 word story on Pottermore detailing the lives of Harry Potter and the rest of the Hogwarts gang 16 years after they defeated Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
Jk Rowling has written a short story about the famous trio aged 34.
The story is written from the viewpoint of Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter who continues to meddle and gossip monger. Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley are all attending the Quidditch World Cup Final in the Patagonian Desert where Skeeter is celebrity spotting. The four friends and now couples are still hugely popular and Skeeter reports how large crowds have turned out to see them.
Continue reading: 16 Years After Voldemort's Defeat, J.K. Rowling Reveals What Harry Potter Is Like Aged 34
The 'Harry Potter' star will be continuing his stage career with a new Broadway role.
Rupert Grint is to make his debut on Broadway in a play called It's Only A Play. The former Harry Potter star is the latest actor to sign on to director Jack O'Brien's star-studded take on Terrance McNally's famed production, according to Variety.
It was only last year that the Thunderpants film star made his stage debut, in the West End revival of Mojo, but it looks like he has been fast-tracked to the most prestigious theatre circuit in the world with his latest role.
The 25 year-old English star will be joining an A-list cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murrary Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Playing for a limited 17 weeks, the show will reportedly see Grint star as Frank Finger, the director of a new play.
Continue reading: Rupert Grint Is Broadway-Bound With 'It's Only A Play' Role
Daniel Radcliffe has worked hard to move away from his 'Harry Potter' past, what's in the actor's future?
We’ll admit, we were a little worried that Daniel Radcliffe would never be able to shake off Harry Potter. He’s a great actor (and they’re great movies) but when you grow playing such a famous role it can be hard to differentiate between actor and character.
Radcliffe has been praised for his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan
Even Radcliffe himself was worried that he would never be able to move his career forward once the movies finished: “It was not making me as happy as I want it to. It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, ‘Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?” he explained.
Continue reading: What's In Store For Daniel Radcliffe?
The 24-year-old actor has opened up on his use of alcohol
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he stopped drinking alcohol in 2010 because “it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to" in the Comments First section in The Mirror.
Daniel Radcliffe - The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Cort Theatre
The Harry Potter actor, who is making a name for himself on the stage rather than for his wizarding fame notoriety, turned to drinking when the pressures of fame and failure became all too real. “I would have benefited from not drinking as it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to,” he said.
Continue reading: Fame And Potential Failure Saw Daniel Radcliffe Turn To Alcohol Then Quit
The 24 year-old actor drank heavily to deal with the pressures of fame, and on several occasions showed up to filming 'Harry Potter' still drunk.
Unbeknown to many, Daniel Radcliffe turned to booze while filming the 'Harry Potter' film series.
The now teetotal actor recently opened up about how drinking alcohol was his coping mechanism when it came to dealing with fame.
Radcliffe's meteoric rise to global stardom through the 'Harry Potter' character brought along a huge amount of pressure, and in some instances he would even show up to filming drunk.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Used Alcohol To Cope With The Pressures Of Success
Daniel Radcliffe has admitted he would sometimes show up to film scenes for 'Harry Potter' while still under the influence of alcohol.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he would turn up to film scenes for the Harry Potter films while still drunk. Radcliffe, who has been teetotal since 2010, confessed that he would have “benefitted from not drinking” in an interview which will be aired on Sky Arts later in 2014.
Radcliffe has admitted turning to alcohol to cope with the pressures of fame
Radcliffe claims that he turned to alcohol after struggling to deal with the fame that the franchise had bought him. “It was not making me as happy as I wanted it to,” the actor admitted, adding: “It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, ‘Oh, what if all those people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?”
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Filmed 'Harry Potter' Scenes While Drunk
Wallace has just about giving up on finding love and relationships. He's dropped out of medical school and seems quite happy to spend all of his time at home, barely venturing out of the apartment he shares with his promiscuous roommate Allen. When he is persuaded to attend a party, however, he meets Chantry; a girl determined to be friends with Wallace. While Wallace is rather taken by her initially, he is disappointed that she has a boyfriend but willing to make their special friendship work. Everyone around them is sceptical about their platonic relationship despite their insistence that men and women can indeed be just friends. Though the more they try and insist they are not falling in love, the less convinced they are making themselves. Feeling confused and guilty, Wallace and Chantry must look deep within themselves to puzzle out the meaning of their chemistry.
'What If' was originally named ‘The F Word’ and is a rom-com based on the T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi play 'Toothpaste and Cigars'. It has been directed by Michael Dowse ('Goon', 'Take Me Home Tonight', 'It's All Gone Pete Tong') and written by Elan Mastai ('Alone in the Dark', 'Fury', 'Sk8 Life'), and it has already won two awards with a further four nominations.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe wows Broadway once again, this time in The Cripple of Inishmaan
Continuing his transformation from the boy who played Harry Potter to bonafide theatre thespian, Daniel Radcliffe enjoyed a standing ovation last night for his debut performance in The Cripple Of Inishmaan on Broadway.
Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan
Radcliffe stars as disabled teenager Billy Claven, who lives a sheltered life on the isle of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland. Ridiculed by his peers, Claven becomes an introverted bookworm until one day his life is changed forever after a Hollywood film maker sets up production on a neighbouring island. Claven is soon afforded the opportunity to trade in his simple life for the glamour of Hollywood.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Works His Wizardry On Broadway Again In The Cripple Of Inishmaan
There's a lot of buzz about the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', but what is it about and what can we expect?
We have to admit, when J.K. Rowling ended the Harry Potter series with no room to ever revive the characters, we were pretty devastated. An entire lifetime of no more muggles and no more magic sounded too depressing to bear, so news that Rowling’s, sorry, Newt Scamander's 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be made into a trilogy of films may just be the best thing we’ve ever heard.
Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling will write the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
But what is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and will it quench our thirst for Potter?
Continue reading: What To Expect From 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'
The 'Harry Potter' author added to her magical franchise.
Jk Rowling has added to her already extensive Harry Potter universe by writing a new post for her fansite, Pottermore.com. Rowling may have already written all the Potter books she intends to but that doesn't mean she can't keep building her extraordinary imaginary universe. Entitled History of the Quidditch World Cup, Rowling's new writing details the origins and rich history of Quidditch, the popular sport played on broomsticks.
JK Rowling Has Delighted Her Fans With A New Addition To The Harry Potter Universe.
Half of Rowling's new Potter-based writing was made available today, with the other half scheduled for Friday 21st March. All together, the history will be a 2,400-word account of the magical sport that has seen fans across the world captivated. Harry Potter spent a great deal of his time at Hogwarts school either training for or competing in Quidditch matches, meaning the sport is tightly interwoven into the Potter lore.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Writes Harry Potter Quidditch History Post On Pottermore Site
Daniel Radcliffe's award is one thing, but that hair is very much another.
Daniel Radcliffe said he was “deeply honoured” to pick up the best actor award at the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards in London last night – an evening which saw the Harry Potter actor reunite with his erstwhile colleague, Rupert Grint, the Ron to his Harry.
Daniel Radcliffe - who knows what's going on under that hat?
Upon accepting his award, Radcliffe said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award and I accept it on behalf of the whole cast, who together helped make this production of The Cripple of Inishmaan a truly joyous experience for me as an actor," according to The Telegraph.
Continue reading: A Frankenstein-Haired Daniel Radcliffe Collects Theatre Award
What would the Harry Potter films have been like if these other actors had nabbed the roles first?
There’s a generation out there who have been practically weened on Harry Potter. The books and the films have become a religion for devout fans of the series, but would it have been the same if different actors had been cast in the leading roles? You may be surprised to hear that before the perfect cast was set in stone, there were some strange alternate actors vying for the parts!
Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore
Sir. Ian McKellen was once thought in the running to play Hogwarts’ headmaster, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He was, in fact, offered the role after original Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris, passed away just after filming the first Harry Potter film. However, Sir. Ian turned down the role, citing the reason that Richard Harris had once publicly declared what a dreadful actor he thought McKellen was! Eventually, Michael Gambon took on the role and the rest is Harry Potter history.
Continue reading: What Would 'Harry Potter' Have Been Like With This Alternative Cast?
The trio might be working together once more.
Daniel Radcliffe, of much more than Harry Potter fame, might be reuniting with a few old friends for a new project. He, alongside John Krokidas and Dane DeHaan could be set for College Republicans.
Dane Dehaan and Daniel Radcliffe hanging out in Kill Your Darlings
Radcliffe, of course, was directed by Krokidas in Kill Your Darlings - a partnership that saw the Potter star lauded for his role as Allen Ginsberg. DeHaan was his co-star in the film, playing Lucien Carr.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Set For 'College Republicans' With Dane DeHaan
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With the Harry Potter books/films all sewn up, J.K Rowling has been indulging in some other projects. Thoughts, though, often wander towards her seminal work, and her decision to see Harry off with Ginny, and Hermione off with Ron is playing on her mind; it should have been Potter and Granger walking down the aisle, she’s admitted to Wonderland magazine.
Radcliffe & Watson should have ended up together, regrets Rowling
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really,” she explained in the rare interview, which was conducted by Emma Watson while guest editing the publication. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."
Continue reading: Vote: Should The Harry Potter Story Have Ended With A Hermione And Harry Marriage?
Even though it's slightly too mannered, this true drama takes a clever approach to the beat poets long before they were famous. It's also packed with shocking twists and unnerving details that help us get emotionally involved in the story. And while the complexity of the approach kind of leaves us on the outside, sensitive performances help us see beneath the surface.
Set in 1943, the film centres on Allen Ginsburg (Radcliffe), who has been encouraged by his poet father (Cross) and needy mother (Leigh) to attend Columbia in New York. There he befriends the transgressive writer Lucien Carr (DeHaan), whose secret mentor-boyfriend David (Hall) is actually writing his coursework. Through Lucien, Allen is introduced to the druggy lifestyle of intense artist William Burroughs (Foster) and rugged womaniser Jack Kerouac (Huston). And together they decide to change the world. Then a shocking murder alters the dynamic between these young men.
The film's title is age-old advice to artists: you have to get rid of the people closest to you if you want to truly express yourself. And of course the fatal plot twist is an ironic exploration of this idea, as the film delves into shadowy corners of artistic anarchy, drug use and sexuality. (Radcliffe's notorious gay sex scene is strikingly well-played and pivotal in Allen's journey.) Filmmaker Kokidas infuses each scene with dark artistry: the actors look achingly cool even when they're wallowing in a trashy, immaculately production-designed drug den.
Continue reading: Kill Your Darlings Review
The latest take on Shakespeare's historic play is a hit with critics and audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre in London
The latest stage version of William Shakespeare's historic epic Henry V is currently playing to packed-out audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre on London's West End, with critics being particularly taken by lead man Jude Law, who portrays the embattled monarch in Michael Grandage's take on the show.
Jude Law is being roundly praised for his depiction of Henry V
The last instalment of the Michael Grandage Company’s season on the West End, it may also be the best too, thanks largely to the star performance from its lead performer. After a successful 15-month season, consisting of five plays each performed at the Noel Coward Theatre, Henry V marks the end of Grandage's triumphant run, but he couldn't have ended things on higher note. Whilst praise has been distributed to the direction and stage design for the show, it is Law's lead performance that has captured critics and audiences alike, as the Dom Hemingway actor continues his good run of form as a critically acclaimed acting talent.
Continue reading: Jude Law As 'Henry V' Is (Probably) The Best Acting Performance Of 2013
Radcliffe reckons: get off social media and don't go to movie premieres when you're nothing to do with the film.
The general consensus on Daniel Radcliffe would appear to be thus: landed worldwide fame because he ‘looked’ like Harry Potter; trying to be taken more seriously by seeking out challenging roles. And while any actor would admit to luck playing a factor in their career, that general consensus is becoming widely unfounded.
Radcliffe in Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets, and [right], in Kill Your Darlings
Apart from the fact that Radcliffe has indeed embarked on a number of more challenging, adult roles, the 23-year-old Fulham-born star needs only to speak to an interviewer to display his maturity of thought. While many celebrities flaunt their activities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Radcliffe has decided to stay clear of that.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Need Adult Roles To Prove He's All Grown Up - He Just Is.
Kill Your Darlings is the previously untold story of friendship, jealousy, genius and murder that sparked the literary revolution of the 1940's. Kill Your Darlings follows the story of: Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, the four great poets of the Beat Generation and how they were all implicated by the brutal murder of David Kamerer.
Allen Ginsberg must decide whether to use his literary skills to clear his friends name or to reveal what he believes to be the truth in this biographical thriller.
Based on true events, Kill Your Darlings has been nominated for the Grandy Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is the directorial debut from John Krokidas winner of the 'Director to Watch' at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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Daniel Radcliffe will play Lord Sebastian Coe, the famous athlete and peer, in 'Gold'. The film will follow the lead up to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the rivalry between Coe and Steve Ovett.
Daniel Radcliffe has been cast in the role of Seb Coe. He will star in Gold, a film which will focus on the competition between Lord Coe and Steve Ovett, his fellow Olympian whilst preparing for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Daniel Radcliffe will play Seb Coe.
Coe won two Olympic medals at the Moscow Olympics. He raced against Ovett in the 800 metre race which his rival was awarded a Gold medal and Coe the Silver medal. However, six days later, Coe was victorious in the 1500 metres and won a Gold medal. Coe, four years later, defended his title at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Cast As Seb Coe In 'Gold'
From Potter, to Ginsberg, to Coe
Olympic greatness awaits for Daniel Radcliffe. Well not quite, but the next best thing: he’ll be playing British athletics legend in an upcoming biopic. Since his days as the potentially type-casting role of Harry Potter, the Fulham-born actor has made a concerted effort to shy away from teen roles, focussing on more dramatic turns.
Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings
And in fairness to the young actor, he’s certainly achieved a shift in perception. No longer is he simply recognized as the young magician that launched his career into stratospheric heights. Now, he demands a new kind of respect, no doubt in part to his work on Kill Your Darlings, which sees him play Allen Ginsburg. He apparently began dating one of his co-stars.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Ups His Game Further - Sebastian Coe Role Beckons
Daniel Radcliffe is set to play British Olympian, Sebastian Coe, in an upcoming biopic that will follow his great rivalry with fellow British runner, Steve Ovett.
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in a biopic about the life of British Olympian Sebastian Coe.
The film will depict Coe's great rivalry with fellow British running star, Steve Ovett.
Screen Daily reported, the biopic will be titled 'Gold' and it's vision is to tell the story of two great Olympic middle distance runners in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe To Star As Olympic Hero Sebastian Coe In Biopic
Radcliffe will step into the running shoes of a national hero.
He just can’t stop working, Daniel Radcliffe. The Harry Potter actor has signed on to play Sebastian Coe – the hero of British athelitics – in a new biopic, according to Screen Daily.
Then and now: Radcliffe in Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets, and now, in Kill Your Darlings
The four-time Olympic gold medallist’s stock was increased to ‘vogue status’ with the unrivalled success that was the London Olympics. The prevalence of athletes like Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah shot athletics back into a societal zeitgeist.
Continue reading: Break? What Break? Daniel Radcliffe To Star As Sebastian Coe In Olympic Biopic
The boys topped the poll of richest Britons under 30, with a massive worth of £59.33 million between them.
One Direction really do have everything after all. In a recently compiled list by Heat Magazine, the boy were revealed as the highest earning entertainment stars under-30's in the UK, with a combined worth of almost £60 million. Individually, the boys would be placed just outside the top ten, however when their wealth is combined they come out on top by a narrow margin.
Young, successful and very rich
Last years top spot holder, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, was ousted by the combined earning power of the mega-successful boy band, who have an estimated worth of over £12 million each. The boys were included to the list as a joint entity because most of their earnings have been made as a group, rather than through independent ventures. Narrowly missing out on reclaiming his top spot for a third time, Radcliffe came in second this year with £56.19 million. Something tells us that the Kill Your Darlings actor isn't losing too much sleep over being ousted from the top spot.
Continue reading: One Direction Are Officially The Richest Youngsters In Britain
The sex may be making headlines, but there's more reasons to see 'Kill Your Darlings' according to first reviews.
As Kill Your Darlings begins to open at film festivals across the world, the spotlight is once again cast upon Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor famous for playing Harry Potter. Though the boy wizard role will always cast a shadow upon Radcliffe's succeeding ventures, the 24 year-old has accepted some decidedly tough roles in his post-Potter career, to prove to the world that his acting is more magic than fantasy.
The Visually Superb Movie Sees Daniel Radcliffe & Dane DeHaan Cast As New York Poets.
Kill Your Darlings sees Radcliffe take the role of 40s Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsburg who heads to New York to study at Columbia University. There he meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a wild yet intelligent party animal who hangs out with future literary heavyweights Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe: There's More To 'Kill Your Darlings' Than A Gay Sex Scene [Trailer + Pictures]
Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Mitty Premieres In New York, Gravity Lands In London, Radcliffe Talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein Teases
Daniel Radcliffe talks about his own writing talents, using music to prepare for each scene and connecting with the Beat Generation in an interview for his new movie 'Kill Your Darlings' in which he plays famed poet Allen Ginsberg.
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Daniel Radcliffe discusses his frequent nude scenes in three upcoming films but claims it is not a "request" of his.
British actor Daniel Radcliffe is known worldwide for playing the role of boy wizard Harry Potter in the most successful film franchise ever. However the upcoming drama 'Kill Your Darlings' sees him take on a very different role.
Radcliffe stars alongside Dane Dehaan in 'Kill Your Darlings'
However, it has been 2 years since 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2' was released and Radcliffe is now redefining himself as an actor.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Discusses Appearing Nude In All Three Upcoming Films
The actor revealed that he wants to put HP under the invisibility cloak for good as he looks towards the future
Daniel Radcliffe will forever be associated with Harry Potter, that's a given and something he is more than aware of, but he by no means wants to sit back and rely on his HP fame to coast through the rest of his life. On the contrary, Radcliffe is determined to make a name for himself as an established and accomplished actor, and he already has a few roles lined up that could already cement his place as a Hollywood regular, rather than another disposable child actor.
The actor is thankful of his past, but wants to concentrate on his future
The 24-year-old recently sat down with The New York Times for an interview, in which he detailed some of the impeccably thorough work he has put into honing his trade and separating himself from 'the boy who lived.' As the Harry Potter franchise continues to possess a strong, adoring fan base, and with Warner Brothers looking to expand the franchise with potentially two new films, Radcliffe has decided to put it all behind him and move on with his life and career.
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Positive He Can Put Harry Potter Behind Him And Find Own Success
J.K. Rowling accepted a charitable donation as a settlement from those responsible for leaking her pseudonym. The High Court hearing, which took place on Wednesday 31st July, coincided with Rowling and her creation Harry Potter's birthdays.
J.K. Rowling has accepted, in lieu of further legal action, a sizable charitable donation from the law firm which leaked her identity as Robert Galbraith, the author of The Cuckoo's Calling.
J.K.Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
The critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling was revealed to have been written by Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith earlier last month.
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Wins Charity Donation In Pseudonym Leak Court Case
The Harry Potter star has a demanding work-life and as such, his health is beginning to suffer somewhat (says his publicist)
Daniel Radcliffe has been spotted on a numer of occasions recently looking a little worse for wear. The Harry Potter actor was spotted in London this week looking gaunt and pale, bringing into question his current health and what might be causing him to look so unhealthy. It turns out, according to his publicist, that Daniel is looking worn out nowadays because he simply is worn out, with the actor really feeling the strain of his hectic workload.
Radcliffe looked gaunt when he was spotted at the BBC on Friday (July 19)
Radcliffe currently stars in the West End production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, by play-write Martin McDonagh, and was spotted in London on Thursday July 18 looking uncomfortably pale and skinny - a far cry from his usually healthy look. To put our collective minds at ease, a rep for Radcliffe confirmed that his appearance is down to his role in the play, one that "is a very demanding... physically."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Blames Gaunt Appearance On Demanding Work Schedule
'Harry Potter' author, J.K. Rowling authored a crime novel under a pseudonym. 'The Cuckoo's Calling', before the author's unmasking, sold less than 500 copies. The author, following investigation by a British newspaper, admitted to having written the crime novel on Sunday (14th July).
J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely popular Harry Potter series, admitted she had published a detective novel under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'. Her announcement was made on Sunday 14th July after a newspaper followed up on a hunch that the 'two' authors shared very similar writing styles. The novel, entitled The Cuckoo's Calling, was published in April of this year. Despite receiving critical acclaim the novel sold less than 500 copies.
J.K.Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.
One publishing house, Orion, has admitted their mistake in turning down the novel. The publishing director, Kate Mills, said Rowling's latest work was "perfectly decent, but quiet". She continued to say that it was "well written" but concerned that "it didn't stand out". Mills claimed this is a serious problem when attempting to launch "new authors" in crime fiction when it is already "a very crowded market".
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Published 'The Cuckoo's Calling' Under A "Liberating" Pseudonym
Daniel Radcliffe says he would be happier playing a Bond villain than 007.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe claims he is aware of his slight stature and said, as reported in The Sun, that he was "never going to be cast to play a Bruce Willis character in Die Hard".
Since completing the Harry Potter films Radcliffe has gone on to appear, most notably, in The Woman in Black and Sky's A Young Doctor's Notebook. He frequently does theatre work; his latest role in Michael Grandage's The Cripple of Inishmann has received favourable reviews.
At only 5'5 the actor says he is "not nearly strapping enough to play Bond" but would be a "much better villain". Should Radcliffe be considered for a Bond villain he would be following in the footsteps of such actors as Antony Dawson (Dr.No); Peter Lorre (as Le Chiffre in the original Casino Royale) and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger).
Continue reading: Harry Potter VS. James Bond? Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Be Bond Villain
Actor is keen on having children.
Daniel Radcliffe has long insisted that he’s now done with Harry Potter; but a cameo playing his dad? That would be a different matter entirely. In the unlikely event that the author J.K Rowling opted to write a sequel to the existing books and films, Radcliffe commented “No more schoolboy stuff. A cameo as Harry’s dad? That would be perfect!”
Radcliffe was talking to Time Out magazine, and revealed that he did fancy being a father. “I definitely want to have kids,” the 23 year-old told the publication. “I’ve grown up around lots of people who were having kids when I knew them, because a lot of them were a lot older than me. And I saw the wonderful change in them.”
Continuing, he added “I see that it gives you a sense of purpose that up till now I only really get from work. I want that. I don’t know when or [with whom] but I want it. And I’d like to get started on it before my thirties. I like the idea of being a youngish parent. So I’ve got energy to play football even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four.” He also reckons that he’ll be a demanding parent, commenting: “I’m definitely going to be one of those parents who pushes their kids into things.”
Continue reading: Is Daniel Radcliffe Going To Play Harry Potter's Dad?
The 23-year-old hasn't ruled out a return
Exciting news for Harry Potter fans; Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he would be interested in returning to the franchise, but with one little caveat: he’ll only make an appearance as Harry’s father.
Talking to British chat show host Graham Norton, Radcliffe replied to a question on a possible return, saying: “A cameo as Harry’s dad? That would be perfect!” Radcliff will probably be in a good position to play a father by the time that opportunity comes around. He’s very keen to add little Harrys to the world. “I definitely want to have kids,” he said in an interview with Time Out magazine. “I’ve grown up around lots of people who were having kids when I knew them, because a lot of them were a lot older than me. And I saw the wonderful change in them.” He added that he expects to be a demanding parent: “I’m definitely going to be one of those parents who pushes their kids into things.”
Having vowed to cut out the ‘schoolboy’ roles, Radcliffe has been taking on some particularly adult ones, like playing a gay poet Allen Ginsberg in new flick Kill your Darlings. “I was doing a gay sex scene and the director was giving step-by-step instructions…and the favourite note I have ever had was when we were kissing and the director shouted, “Not like that. Crazy sex kissing!"
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Daniel Radcliffe's new movie, set in Tokyo, could turn out to be pretty interesting.
Daniel Radcliffe cannot be accused of playing it safe with his movie roles since wrapping up the Harry Potter movies. He's played a ghost hunting accountant in The Woman in Black, beat poet Allen Ginsbert in Kill Your Darlings and now, he's signed up to play an American journalist reporting on Japan's criminal underworld in Tokyo Vice.
The film, set to shoot in early 2014, will be directed by music video veteran Anthony Mandler, based on a script by JT Rodgers, which is in turn based on the memoirs of Jake Adelstein. The U.S. journalist worked as a crime reporter on the Yomiuri Shimbun, the largest newspaper in the world by circulation. He became the first westerner in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club and went on to deliver a game-changing expose on a yakuza boss given a live transplant in California. "I had a number of people interested in adapting the book, but I was concerned what would happen if I didn't have some say in what happened to the screenplay. I would have issues if a lot of liberties were taken, as this is the story of my life," Adelstein told The Hollywood Reporter. The journalist appeared happy with Radcliffe's casting, "Daniel Radcliffe is 24, about the same age as I was when I began as a cub reporter. I think he's really maturing as an actor and will be great for the role," he said.
The actor has been further broadening his repertoire in recent months, shooting both the supernatural thriller Horns, with Juno Temple, and comedy-drama The F-Word.
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The Harry Potter actor paid his respects at his former co-star's funeral
The Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe led a tearful farewell to his former co-star Richard Griffiths, who passed away last week. The Daily Express reports that the 23 year-old was sobbing as he paid tribute to Griffiths, aged 65. The portly Withnail and I star was buried in a 3 foot wide coffin and a number of well-known figures from the world of entertainment were present at the funeral to pay their respects.
In his speech, Daniel said that Griffiths made any room “twice as funny.” A mourner told the newspaper “Daniel was clearly very fond of Richard, as anyone who ever met him was, and was crying quite openly in church. It was a beautiful service and Richard would have been touched by how many people turned up to say goodbye… Richard was a tremendous character and the service was full of laughter and tears as his life was remembered with immense warmth and affection.”
A well-loved figure. Griffiths’ funeral was attended by the actors Nigel Havers, David Bradley and John Nettles. The comedian Jack Whitehall, also Richard’s godson, was also present, to say goodbye, at the church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Griffiths’ former Withnail & I co-star Richard E Grant sent a vegetable wreath, as a nod to a scene in the film, according to the report.
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Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly signed up for a new Frankenstein movie.
Daniel Radcliffe just needs to dot the i's and cross the t's before becoming the next Igor The Hunchback. Yep, you heard us correctly, the boy wizard himself who began his post-Potter movie career with The Lady In Black will play Igor in Fox's revisionist take on Mary Shelley's classic horror story, Frankenstein, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie is set to be directed by Gangster No.1 filmmaker Paul McGuigan and has a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. It's a strange casting for the clean cut Radcliffe, with Igor described as "pathologically dirty, with long hair and wearing old clown clothes." A circus theme runs through much of the new project, according to sources, and production is set to start in the UK late this summer. The last notable adaptation of Frankenstein came in 1994, when Kenneth Branagh directed the likes of Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter.
Radcliffe recently made headlines for his role as poet Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance hit 'Kill Your Darlings.' Prior to that, he appeared in 'The Woman in Black' and starred on Broadway in the musical 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying' and in London's West End play 'Cripple of Inishmaan.' Later this year, he will appear in the fantasy film 'Horns' by director Alexandre Aja.
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'Woman In Black' star Daniel Radcliffe is snapped frantically trying to sign as many autographs as possible while chatting animatedly to fans on his arrival at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. Photographers yell his name to try and get his attention so that he will pose for a picture and one paparazzo tries to get his attention over the others by calling him 'Harry Potter' after his title role in the Warner Bros. wizard flicks.
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Kristen Stewart appeared distant and disinterested while presenting at the Oscars 2013
When movie fans look back on this year's Academy Awards, Kristen Stewart may well be at the forefront of their minds. The Twilight actress, fresh from winning the Razzie for Worst Actress, appeared severely dishevelled while presenting an award with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Stewart, who was hardly out of the headlines last year after a well-documented cheating scandal, limped on-stage and muttered her lines. Stewart appeared distant and even failed to come in on-time to introduce the nominees - leaving Radcliffe looking pretty uncomfortable. Of course, the Twitter universe gave the actress a severe beating, with one user joking, "Kristen Stewart looks like one the chicks Liam Neeson leaves behind in Taken," and another saying, "A hobbling, disheveled Kristen Stewart is scarier than any vampire movie she's been in."
It's unclear exactly what happened to Stewart, though she seemingly wanted to be anywhere but the Oscars - watched by millions across the world. One Academy Award viewer said, "Kristen Stewart is limping because she sprained her ankle from being excessively disinterested." However, it was perhaps Heather Robinson who summed up the whole bizarre episode, "Why does Kristen Stewart always look like she's on crack," she said.
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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!)
Continue reading: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone Review
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