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How J.K. Rowling Has Tweaked With Her Own Harry Potter Canon - To The Delight (And Disdain!) of Fans

5 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With the promise of new Harry Potter material always comes the dread of how it'll affect that already established universe. Now that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to be released promising a whole lot of information that may change how we perceive the Wizarding World, it's time to take a look at how author J.K Rowling has messed with her own canon. Whether through interviews, Twitter or Pottermore, Rowling has been releasing tidbits of information not included in the books since the last one came out. Below we round up the four major ways she has altered Potter canon. »

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How J.K. Rowling Has Tweaked With Her Own Harry Potter Canon - To The Delight (And Disdain!) of Fans

5 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With the promise of new Harry Potter material always comes the dread of how it'll affect that already established universe. Now that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to be released promising a whole lot of information that may change how we perceive the Wizarding World, it's time to take a look at how author J.K Rowling has messed with her own canon. Whether through interviews, Twitter or Pottermore, Rowling has been releasing tidbits of information not included in the books since the last one came out. Below we round up the four major ways she has altered Potter canon. »

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See the Harry Potter Cast Grow Up Right Before Your Eyes

10 hours ago | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

It's been more than five years since the final Harry Potter movie hit theaters, but the magic of Harry, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley still lingers in every person that read and fell in love with the series. And while we'll forever wish we could be a part of the infamous Gryffindor gang, none of it would have come to life without author J.K. Rowling. Over the course of 10 years, the cast and writer bonded while filming the eight movies, and in turn, basically grew up in the public eye. And despite it all being in the past, the wizarding world is still very much present. In addition to the upcoming spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you can also see what a grown-up Harry is doing in the new London play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The original cast, who still hangs out together, has »

- Ryan Roschke

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Coming Distractions: Here’s the trailer for a new Beauty And The Beast movie that doesn’t star Emma Watson

13 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Obviously, everyone is really excited about the new live action Beauty And The Beast movie. But how excited are they for the new live action Beauty And The Beast movie? That is, the other new live action Beauty And The Beast movie. The one that does not star Emma Watson or that guy from Downton Abbey. Oh, are you unfamiliar with that one? It stars Léa Seydoux (Spectre, Blue Is The Warmest Color) and that guy from Black Swan.

Well then, just to fill you in, a French-German production of the classic fairy tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve premiered at at the Berlin International Film Festival back in 2014. Directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill), it contains some stunningly beautiful visuals that only veer slightly into Jack The Giant Slayer territory. It received generally positive reviews and raked in $49 million when it was released in Europe, but it ...

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6 Things to Know About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - And How it Fits Into the Potter Universe

26 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A new Harry Potter book? It feels like 2007 all over again! Potter author J.K. Rowling is finally releasing new material set in the original universe - though it's not exactly what fans were expecting. We've put together a comprehensive list of everything a Muggle (the name for a non-magical human) needs to know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before its release this weekend. 1. Cursed Child is a play, not a book.The book released on July 31 will actually be a script with new ideas from Rowling that expand the Harry Potter universe. Divided into Part 1 and Part 2, the »

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6 Things to Know About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - And How it Fits Into the Potter Universe

26 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A new Harry Potter book? It feels like 2007 all over again! Potter author J.K. Rowling is finally releasing new material set in the original universe - though it's not exactly what fans were expecting. We've put together a comprehensive list of everything a Muggle (the name for a non-magical human) needs to know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before its release this weekend. 1. Cursed Child is a play, not a book.The book released on July 31 will actually be a script with new ideas from Rowling that expand the Harry Potter universe. Divided into Part 1 and Part 2, the »

- Ale Russian

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You'll Get Emotional Over J.K. Rowling's Sweetest Moments With the Harry Potter Cast

26 July 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

If you're obsessed with the Harry Potter cast, can you even imagine how J.K. Rowling feels about them? For more than a decade, the group collaborated on the beloved Harry Potter movies, and the author shared sweet moments with the main actors at each of the films' premieres. As Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson grew up before our eyes, the story unfolded and a new movie (and book!) came out every couple years. Since J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthdays are coming up, look back at some of the author's sweetest moments with everyone's favorite wizard trio, then check out Harry Potter cast reunions and see how J.K. Rowling mapped out the stories. »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Creatives Reflect on Disney Tale 25 Years Later

25 July 2016 10:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Disney’s classic films, “Beauty of the Beast,” waltzed the floor of Comic-Con this past weekend, where the “tale as old as time” celebrated its 25th anniversary with plenty of nostalgia and gratitude for fans in attendance.

Dohn Hahn, who produced the animated “Beast” as well as the current live-action version, which opens next year, hosted the creative forum. On hand for the event were original directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise as well as animators James Baxter, David Pruksma and Nik Ranieri.

The main character of Belle, according to art director Brian McEntee, was supposed to have a pink dress (“marketing wanted everything pink and lavender, because that’s what every girl likes,” he said) but eventually convinced Disney executives to approve Belle’s gold dress and make her unique from every other princess.

Baxter, the supervising Belle animator, said that his “battlefield promotion” at age 23, gave »

- Stephanie Panisello

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10 Creepy, Weird Gifts Fans Have Given Celebrities

21 July 2016 1:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When you idolize someone, a great way to show your adoration is through gift-giving, right? Well some celebrity fans agree, but they take things too far. Celebs don’t always receive normal gifts from adoring fans – they sometimes receive gifts that would make you cringe.

1. Taylor Swift – Turtle Shell

Taylor Swift has a knack for making the celebrity world seem somewhat normal, but one gift from an adoring fan was decidedly not so. This past Christmas, Swift opened a package to find a turtle shell with her own face painted on it.

2. Harry Styles – Sanitary Napkin

Most people would give a boyfriend a customized t-shirt or a watch. These gifts are personal and show you care, but aren’t so personal that they’re awkward. But some people take a much more intimate route. For Harry Styles, that meant receiving a sanitary napkin with his name written on it in Sharpie. »

- Jennifer Gretson

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Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter Audition Will Make the Hairs Stand Up on Your Neck

20 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Once upon a time, Daniel Radcliffe was just the boy who lived through a grueling audition process. Last year, footage surfaced of the young actor's original screen test for the Harry Potter series. This must be circa 1999, given that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in 2001. It's simultaneously adorable and kind of chilling to see Radcliffe reading the lines that he'll eventually say on screen. In honor of the actor's birthday this week, let's revisit the video! Now if only we could get our hands on Emma Watson's screen test . . . »

- Maggie Pehanick

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The Doctor Convicted in Michael Jackson's Death Is Writing a Tell-All Book - Would You Read It?

19 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Our own Lindsay Miller stopped by The Talk to see what the ladies had to say about the fact that Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted in the death of Michael Jackson, is writing a tell-all book about the pop star. See their reactions and find out more about the outlandish claims Murray makes in the book - including that Mj had a crush on Emma Watson. »

- Lindsay Miller

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Disney's Elena of Avalor Debut to Tease Lego Frozen, Beauty and the Beast

19 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Those tuning in for the premiere of Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor will be privy to all sorts of additional Disney magic.

RelatedLego-Animated Frozen Tale to Reunite Original Cast, on Disney Channel

During this Friday’s double-episode debut of the animated series (simulcast at 7/6c with limited interruption on Disney Channel and Disney Junior), viewers will get a first look at at Lego Frozen Northern Lights, Disney Channel’s upcoming short-form series featuring the blockbuster film’s original voice cast as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

Elena‘s fast friends will also get an exclusive first look at »

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#Hermiones! Emma Watson Meets Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Actress Noma Dumezweni

15 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hermione meet … Hermione. Emma Watson was all smiles on Wednesday as she met Noma Dumezweni, the woman taking over her role as the beloved Harry Potter character Hermione Granger in the stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. "It was So lovely to meet you @MissDumezweni #Hermiones," Watson, 26, captioned a Twitter photo of Dumezweni holding her face. The two apparently met backstage after Wednesday's performance, which Watson called "Amazing" in a Facebook post. "Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift," Watson wrote. »

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Colin Farrell in Talks to Join Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Alongside Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning

14 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.

Read More: Watch: Sofia Coppola’s First Film ‘Lick the Star’ Flirts With Cliques, Punk Music and Growing Up

Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.

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Why Emma Watson's £47 flop wasn't meant to be a box-office hit

14 July 2016 8:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New films from the Harry Potter star, Morgan Freeman and Al Pacino might have scored low UK opening weekends but they’re part of a new release strategy

Emma Watson’s films have made over $8.4bn at the worldwide box office. She boasts more than 22 million followers on Twitter and more than 33 million likes on Facebook. Yet earlier this month, her new thriller The Colony made just £47 in its opening weekend. That means fewer than 10 people in the UK came out to see it.

Related: Emma Watson's new film makes £47 at UK box office

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Im Global Taps EuropaCorp Exec John Zois As Svp Acquisitions

12 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

John Zois, most recently director of worldwide acquisitions at EuropaCorp, has joined indie producer/financier/sales outfit Im Global as Svp Acquisitions. He will report to founder and CEO Stuart Ford and work alongside director of acquisitions Jr Smith. At EuropaCorp, Zois acquired James Ponsoldt's The Circle starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega, for which Im Global eventually acquired international rights. He also had a hand in deals for The Nice Guys in… »

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John Zois to lead Im Global acquisitions

12 July 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The executive becomes senior vice-president of acquisitions after most recently serving as director of worldwide acquisitions at EuropaCorp.

Zois will report to company founder and CEO Stuart Ford and work alongside director of acquisitions Jr Smith.

At EuropaCorp, Zois acquired films for distribution in the Us, France and the rest of the world. 

His credits included James Ponsoldt’s The Circle starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega, which Im Global subsequently acquired for international territories. The executive also worked on The Nice Guys for French distribution, and John Madden’s Miss Sloane.

Prior to EuropaCorp, Zois worked in acquisitions and sales at FilmNation. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Why Emma Watson’s New Film Wasn’t The Flop You Think It Was

10 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that a poor opening weekend isn’t a sign of a failure for The Colony

 

This week brought the news that The Colony, the new film starring former Hogwarts alumna Emma Watson, made just £47 on its opening weekend at the British box office. I’ve spent more on a night out, with little to show for it except a crippling hangover and an unshakeable sense of self loathing (more self loathing than my usual everyday self loathing). By any measure, that’s a disappointing return, even for a film that was only shown on three screens. When less than ten people go to see your movie, it’s not done well. It beat – if getting a lower opening weekend constitutes beating – the Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins starring Misconduct from earlier this year, which despite an extensive marketing campaign, made a piffling £97 on its opening weekend. »

- Neil Calloway

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Hollywood Bowl Outdoor Concert Screening Breathes Fresh Magic Into Original ‘Harry Potter’

8 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the first Harry Potter movie, since author J.K. Rowling’s literary creation crystallized into the form audiences followed over the course of the next decade on-screen. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” director Chris Columbus deserves credit for making that experience so iconic, of course, as do actor Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the cast, though a unique summer-night cine-concert at the Hollywood Bowl reminds just how important John Williams’ contributions were in bringing the character to life.

While an opportunity to see “Sorcerer’s Stone” with live accompaniment from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra ostensibly explains why some 18,000 fans crowded the Bowl on Wednesday night — many of them dressed in cloaks, scarves and other Hogwarts-themed accoutrements — the unique energy (some might say “magic”) felt among the crowd no doubt owed to the rare chance to revisit »

- Peter Debruge

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Emma Watson Meets New Hermione; Praises Harry Potter Play

8 July 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adapting the Harry Potter books to the big screen, one of the most beloved series of books ever made, was a major task. Most of it hinged on the ability of the three child actors who were selected to play the main characters to be able to bring the roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione to life. Emma Watson very successfully managed to do that, but now there is a new woman playing an older version of the character in a new stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Watson recently got to see the play and in a post on her Facebook page just after seeing it, she had nothing but kind words. Included in the post were several photos of her with various members of the cast and crew, most notably with the new Hermione, Noma Dumezweni. Here is what Watson had to say about it.

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