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San Diego — After years of false starts, Daniel Radcliffe finally made it to Comic-Con. The "Harry Potter" star was never able to physically make it to the massive pop culture festival while shooting the iconic film series because their production always conflicted with the convention's July dates. The 25-year-old actor doesn't necessarily have more free time on his hand these days, but he made his inaugural visit to talk about his upcoming fantasy thriller "Horns." Radcliffe took some time to speak to HitFix about his new movie, his first Comic-Con and a "never say never" in the video interview at the top of this post. What was most surprising was Radcliffe's initial revelation that he'd already explored the convention but in costume. "I went around as Spider-Man and took some photos with people," Radcliffe admits. "It was quite fun. It was like that and Halloween are the only time I »
- Gregory Ellwood
Harry: ‘But what does a Ministry of Magic do?’
Hagrid: ‘Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles that there’s still witches an’ wizards up an’ down the country.’
Hagrid: ‘Why? Blimey, Harry, everyone’d be wantin’ magic solutions to their problems. Nah, we’re best left alone.’
- From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone, to the American market)
The magical world envisioned by author J.K. Rowling has caught the imagination of the Muggle (non-wizard) world. In her seven books on Harry Potter and his friends, we learn that there is a wonderful world where wizards and witches are taught the wonders of magic at a boarding school called Hogwarts. Some students come from wizarding families, some come from Muggle families, and some are half-and-half. There are fantastic creatures, some we know from classic mythology, others from the mind of Rowling herself. »
- Harry Thomas
The confirmed ensemble cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Rufus Jones, Michele Austin, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Forsyth, Lolita Chakrabarti, and Richard Glover, alongside whom casting director Lucy Bevan has assembled a cast of newcomers for the younger stars.
Simona Brown (represented by Iag) plays Gaia Bawden. Simona appeared as Kim in acclaimed BBC Three docudrama Murdered By My Boyfriend, played Jazz in Cbbc series Wizards vs Aliens, and earlier this year filmed on Big Talk feature film Man Up.
15 year old Welsh actor Joe Hurst (represented by On It Artists) plays Andrew 'Arf' Price. »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Exclusive: Enid Blyton has been called the Jk Rowling of her time. The English writer who was born in 1897 is one of the biggest selling children’s authors in history with global sales of over 600M books. One of her most iconic series is The Famous Five, and I hear Working Title has just acquired theatrical rights to the full library. That includes over 20 novels which center on the adventures of a group of four young children and their dog Timmy. I understand the plan is to launch a live-action franchise based on the books, the first of which […] »
Daniel Radcliffe has been slowly working his arse off to leave the iconic role of Harry Potter behind him over the last few years, and though he’s done that with relative success, he’ll never truly escape the role. The epic Harry Potter story came to a conclusion with 2011′s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but the franchise is getting an exciting resurgence in the form of a prequel spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Ever since Fantastic Beasts was announced, fans have wondered if Radcliffe would reprise his role. Yes, the film takes place about seventy years before Harry’s beloved adventures, but as seen with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s Elijah Wood cameo, anything is possible.
We Got This Covered interviewed Radcliffe about his new film What If, and asked if there was a possibility of him showing up in Fantastic Beasts. »
- James Garcia
Ever since Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was announced, speculation as to whether Daniel Radcliffe would have a cameo has run rampant. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter back in October that he “didn’t think he was coming back” but like everyone else, he doesn’t “know anything about these new films.”
While in Toronto today to promote his upcoming romantic comedy The F Word (known as What If in the U.S), I asked Radcliffe for further clarification on if we could possibly see him in the upcoming Potter spinoff. Here’s what he had to say:
“No. None at all. Absolutely no chance.”
I then asked if he would ever consider reprising his role as Harry in future films, to which he replied:
“I don’t know. I really have no idea. I don’t know if J.K. Rowling has any plans »
- Matt Joseph
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Harry Potter film series may be the highest-grossing cinematic franchise of all time (even if it’s soon to be overtaken by the Marvel Cinematic Universe), but that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near perfect, either as a series of adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels or as a collection of standalone movie outings.
Over the epic 8-film saga, plenty of creaky, ridiculous and laughably-acted dialogue has sneaked its way in, and we’ve scoured the entire series to find the 20 most ludicrous lines, complete with an assessment of why they each make us cringe quite so much.
We’ve got wild over-acting, nonsensical dialogues that sound silly even with context, forced sexual tension that just doesn’t work at all, and plenty of earnest cornball schmaltz that might’ve worked for us as kids, but as adults, we can’t help but laugh. »
- Jack Pooley
Just when we thought we'd seen everything there is the see when it comes to the Harry Potter world, the past few weeks have brought us back into the wizarding world more than ever. Universal Orlando opened the Diagon Alley expansion to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to really give us the chance to experience the magic. J.K. Rowling released a new short story, catching us up with Harry and the gang 15 years later. Even the cast seems to have not quite let it all go - many of the movies' stars thought up alternate endings for their characters for us. And now, we're looking back at the seven books and eight movies in a whole new (and much simpler) light. Jessica Martinez, a digital artist from the Philippines, created a series of animated posters that highlight crucial objects from each of the seven books. Keep scrolling to get »
- Ryan Roschke
Book two in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter series is probably the least interesting of the lot. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, but it’s hard to care about a story that ends much like its predecessor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, forces are plotting to keep Harry away from Hogwarts but, miserable at home with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry is determined to get back to school by any means necessary.
Though the storyline doesn’t really differ all too much from the first book, Chamber of Secrets does introduce an array of fantastic new characters into the mix, including the youngest Weasley, Ron’s little sister Ginny. Eleven-year-old Ginny is new to Hogwarts, has a crush on Harry and doesn’t have many friends. This book also sees the introduction of the fabulous house-elf Dobby, the elf owned by the Malfoy family. »
- Amanda Keats
The opening of Diagon Alley down at Universal Studios in Florida has kicked up a whole pile of Harry Potter news lately, including a new short story courtesy of J.K. Rowling that updates you on the lives of a thirtysomething Harry and his two best mates, Ron and Hermione. Yes there's a potential tease of more Potter adventures to come, and of course this got folks thinking about what the continuing adventures of an older Harry might look like. The folks over at Somecards (via Design Taxi) had fun creating these fake book covers imagining titles for a middle-aged Harry Potter, choosing to focus on stories that revolve around the mundane life of your average middle-aged person. Check out our favorites below... Should J.K. Rowling ever decide to bring...
- Erik Davis
The opening of Diagon Alley down at Universal Studios in Florida has kicked up a whole pile of Harry Potter news lately, including a new short story courtesy of J.K. Rowling that updates you on the lives of a thirtysomething Harry and his two best mates, Ron and Hermione. Yes there's a potential tease of more Potter adventures to come, and of course this got folks thinking about what the continuing adventures of an older Harry might look like. The folks over at Somecards (via Design Taxi) had fun creating these fake book covers imagining titles for a middle-aged Harry Potter, choosing to focus on stories that revolve around the mundane life of your average middle-aged person. Check out our favorites below... Should J.K. Rowling ever decide to...
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Harry Potter is back in a new short story by author J.K. Rowling. Set during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the 1,500-word story -- now posted on Pottermore.com -- is presented as a news piece by Rita Skeeter, who is the gossip correspondent for the Daily Prophet. Harry, now in his 30s, is attending the match with his wife, Ginny, and friends Ron and Hermione. Skeeter describes Harry as having a mysterious scar on his right cheekbone and "threads of silver in the famous Auror's black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old." Rowling last explored the world of Potter in 2007's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in her seven-book fantasy series. However, in 2013 Rowling »
Never seen the "Harry Potter" films but intimidated by watching eight movies (or, conversely, not really interested in parking yourself in front of a TV for that long)? Never fear, the folks at Mashable are here with a nifty two-minute summary of the entire series.
In the latest installment in the Tl;Dw (Too Long; Didn't Watch) series, Mashable tackles the movies based on the beloved J.K. Rowling book series, and right off the bat points out that the films could really be boiled down to "how older men grew more and more attracted to Emma Watson," who plays Potter pal Hermione Granger. Villain Voldemort is summed up as "a pale, veiny-faced snake man who wants to kill" Harry, but is really just a "'Scooby-Doo' villain of the week" who can't manage to murder a helpless child, despite repeated attempts.
The clip also takes issue with the revisionist history of Professor Snape, »
- Katie Roberts
Back in February, NBC surprised viewers watching their Olympic coverage by debuting a brief teaser for Heroes Reborn, a 13-episode mini-series that revisits the hit series Heroes. It has already been announced that Heroes star Jack Coleman is returning as Noah Bennet (a.k.a. The Man in the Horned Rim Glasses/Hrg), but other original cast members such as Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Ali Larter have expressed doubts about whether they will return or not.
Series creator Tim Kring revealed in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that the story will primarily focus on a number of brand new characters.
"The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we'd miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new. »
The man behind NBC’s Heroes is giving some hints about his miniseries revival plan. NBC intends to air Heroes: Reborn sometime next year as a 13-episode miniseries. Already on board is the man in the horn-rimmed glasses, Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet). But how many other returning favorites will be cast? And what’s the creative vision for the new show?
In the past few days, two Heroes veterans have expressed some thoughts to the press about returning to the project. Ali Larter (Niki and Jessica Sanders) told reporters she couldn’t join due to her commitment to TNT »
- James Hibberd
Tokyo — The $444 million (￥45 billion) Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, which opens July 15 at Universal Studios Japan (Usj) in Osaka, is predicted to bring in an extra 2 million admissions annually to the park. Day passes, express tickets, along with many travel and accommodation packages are all sold out for the park for the first few days of the new attraction based on the Harry Potter franchise. Photos World Cup Final Highlights: Germany Defeats Argentina in Extra Time J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books were huge sellers in Japanese, while the first movie in the franchise,
- Gavin J. Blair
It’s Saturday, so you know what that means! It’s time for the latest edition of the WhatCulture.com News Brief, where we bring you the hottest movie and television related news to hit the web over the last week. In the last installment I mentioned that the Hollywood news cycle was slowing down a bit… but that has seemingly changed this week, as we have a lot to talk about today!
These recaps tend to be a bit superhero and blockbuster heavy, but this week Tinseltown gave us a bit more to work with, creating a more evenly balanced array of news items to talk about. On one end of the spectrum we have updates on Ridley Scott’s next biblical epic, and the upcoming spin-off of The Conjuring (which gives me nightmares from the premise alone). Then we’ve got news about TV shows like True Detective, »
- James Garcia
The Important News Shane Black's '70s crime comedy Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling has found a home at Warner Bros. Mission: Impossible 5 has found its leading lady, whom you have probably never heard of. Meanwhile, Scarlett Joahansson and Jonah Hill have joined the cast of Hail Caesar! and Dwayne Johnson will headline The Janson Directive, based on a book from the writer of The Bourne Identity. Star Wars: Episode VII will be filming in IMAX, and it just cast two new fresh faces. Richard Linklater's remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet may star Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. Oh, and J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter story online. Because nothing screams heartwarming family movie like the writer of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Disney...
- Peter Hall
When a book series as well known and well-loved as Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter books get made into films, it is fairly predictable that they are never going to manage to be wholly accurate conversions. Plot twists will get lost along the way and certain things may not always look the way you imagined them.
With the impressive Harry Potter film series, despite alterations, there remains something totally magical about seeing the world of Hogwarts and muggles on the big screen and the films have, collectively, done amazing things for the British film industry. It also helps that the cast lists read like a who’s who of British actors.
It all began with The Philosopher’s Stone. Harry Potter is eleven years old and living with his mean auntie, uncle and cousin in a small house in Surrey, more specifically in the cupboard under the stairs. As his »
- Amanda Keats
YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley and Popsugar's Becca Frucht have your weekly pop culture fix - are you ready?! This week, they're breaking down the biggest viral hits, including Tom Hanks dancing to "This Is How We Do It," the Beyoncelogues, J.K. Rowling's brand-new Harry Potter story, the buzzed-about potato salad Kickstarter campaign, Miley Cyrus in "SuperFreak," and more! So sit back and enjoy as Tyler and Becca guide you through the latest and greatest from the weird and wonderful web! »
- Becca Frucht
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