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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Early Reactions Call It Spellbinding

If you're in London and a huge fan of Harry Potter, tonight is the night you've been waiting for. The very first preview performance of the highly-anticipated stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuted. The play won't officially open until July 30, but fans have been eagerly awaiting the eighth official story in the Harry Potter canon. Tonight we have the first early reactions, and, thankfully, they heeded J.K. Rowling's spoiler warning.

Earlier today, J.K. Rowling posted a YouTube video where she plead with fans to keep the secrets that will be unveiled in this story. Of course, we likely won't know for quite some time what these secrets are, but it seems that the fans are keeping true to their word, posting a number of glowing reactions on Twitter that doesn't spoil anything for those who weren't at tonight's debut performance. With previews slated to run nearly
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First Look at Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yesterday, we gave you a first look at the adult Harry Potter (Jamie Parker), his wife Ginny Potter (Poppy Miller) and their son Albus Severus Potter (Sam Clement) in the highly-anticipated stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play debuts with previews in London starting June 7, with the first official performance set for July 30. As we get closer and closer to this play's debut, today we have even more photos which reveal the Weasley family, Ron (Paul Thornley), Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete).

The photos, which offer our first look at the actors in their official costumes, debuted on Pottermore, where these cast members also shed new light on the story and their characters. Paul Thornley revealed that the play opens as the Weasley daughter is about to follow in her parents' footsteps by attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here's what
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Harry Potter Returns in New Cursed Child Photos

Next week, fans in the U.K. will get to see a brand new Harry Potter story unfold when the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews on June 7, ahead of its first official performance on July 30. Actors Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) were cast in December, with the full cast announced in February, although it was never confirmed which characters the other actors are playing. Today we have new photos of some of these actors in character, along with details on their roles.

Pottermore revealed new photos of Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, alongside Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter and Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter. The photos below reveal some of the actual costumes these actors will be wearing, along with a glimpse at Harry Potter's infamous scar. Here's what Jamie Parker had to say about his costume.
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Judy by the Numbers: "The Trolley Song"

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

It's difficult to overstate the importance of Meet Me in St. Louis to the myth that is Judy GarlandThe Wizard of Oz guaranteed Judy immortality at age 17, but the 1944 Freed musical would be the first Garland product to assemble the pieces of her myth beyond her larger-than-life talent. Though Meet Me in St. Louis is usually known as arguably the best "adult" performance by Judy Garland in an MGM musical, this time the alternately exciting and exhausting events offscreen would be as important to her image as her sparkling turn in Technicolor as Esther Smith.


The Movie: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

The Songwriters: Hugh Martin (lyrics), Ralph Blane (music)

The Players: Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, directed by Vincente Minnelli


The Story: Long after the completion of Meet Me In St. Louis,
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Sneak Peek Goes Inside Rehearsals

People look forward to the summer months for many reasons, whether it be getting a break from school or the chance to see some of the biggest movies of the year. This particular summer, however, fans in the U.K. will get to experience a brand new Harry Potter story live on the London West End stage when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews at the Palace Theatre in London on June 7, before its first official performance on July 30. While we await any further details about this long-awaited stage play, a new preview has surfaced that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process.

The video, which was posted at the official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Facebook, features author J.K. Rowling visiting the rehearsals, and while we do see a number of actors practicing some sort of maneuvers with their wands, it's difficult to figure out what exactly is happening.
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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Full Cast Announced

Back in December, we reported that highly-anticipated London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has cast Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. We have't heard much about this production since then, but today, Pottermore has revealed the entire cast with the first photo, taken shortly before the first script read-through. Writers J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany joined the cast, creative team and producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for this photo.

The rest of the cast is rounded out by Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Bili Keogh, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Tom Mackley, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade,
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"Bridge of Spies," "Carol" Lead BAFTA Nominations! Where's "Mad Max?" What About "Star Wars?"

Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.

So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals.
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The Ee British Academy Film Awards nominations in full

This morning at BAFTA HQ in London’s Piccadilly, Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw announced the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards for the best of 2015.

Carol and Bridge Of Spies led the nominations with nine each, closely followed by The Revenant with eight. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.

We’ve already heard that Taron Egerton, John Boyega, Dakota Johnson, Bel Powey and Brie Larson will be up for the public vote in the prestigious Rising Star category, but the entire list of nominees in all categories were read out at the brief event at BAFTA HQ this morning.

The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 14 February 2016 and will be held for the tenth year running at the Royal Opera House,
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BAFTA Nominations: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ Lead Film Awards Race

BAFTA Nominations: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ Lead Film Awards Race
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for its film awards Friday at it headquarters in London. “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol” led the nominations race with nine apiece.

The Revenant” was nominated in eight categories. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nominations. “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were each nominated six times. “The Big Short,” “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” received five nominations. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took four nominations.

In the major categories, “Carol,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” all featured prominently, followed by “The Danish Girl,” “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” “Ex Machina” and “Steve Jobs.” Among the underperformers in the major categories were “Trumbo,” “Sicario” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, told Variety that the nominations were marked by the openness of the contest, with six films with more than five nominations. “It looks like
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Cuckoo is returning to BBC Three for a third series

Cuckoo is coming back to BBC Three, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.

The channel has ordered a third series of the sitcom, which will pick up six months after the 2014 Christmas special.

Taylor Lautner will be back as Dale, who returns - transformed - to throw more spanners in the family works.

Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Tyger Drew-Honey and Esther Smith will also reprise their roles for the new episodes.

"Cuckoo is the quintessential BBC Three series - a grabby concept, world class talent and writers destined for greatness," said Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning.

BBC Three has also ordered a new sitcom - originating from its Comedy Feed initiative - called Flat TV.

Created, written by and starring Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu, the series follows two flatmates who battle against the realities of living together by imagining their lives through the prism of television.

Whether they're fighting over
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Cuckoo Us remake casts Jane the Virgin actress Rachel Dipillo

NBC's remake of the BBC sitcom Cuckoo has cast Jane the Virgin actress Rachel Dipillo.

Like the original, the Us Cuckoo will tell the story of a middle-class family who react badly when their daughter marries an irritating eccentric named Cuckoo.

Cuckoo - played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg in the UK series - will be portrayed by YouTube star Flula Borg in the remake.

Dipillo will play his new wife Rachel - a part held by Tamla Kari and later Esther Smith in the UK series.

Airing on BBC Three, the original Cuckoo underwent a revamp for its second series, with Twilight star Taylor Lautner replacing Samberg.

NBC's version is under consideration for a series pick-up alongside other comedy pilots including People Are Talking starring Saved By The Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar and a remake of 1990 film Problem Child with Matthew Lillard.

Remakes, reboots and revamps: Has Us television run out of ideas?
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New UK sci-fi and fantasy shows to look out for in 2015

Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…

The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?

There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)

If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky,
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Cuckoo 2: Why Taylor Lautner swapped Hollywood for a British sitcom

Almost two years after it broke BBC Three ratings records, Cuckoo is back.

But there's been a few changes: Esther Smith is stepping in to replace The Musketeers and Inbetweeners 2 actress Tamla Kari, while Cuckoo himself - the great Andy Samberg - is no more, having met his end off-screen between series.

Meet the new Cuckoo - the original's son, played by none other than Twilight star Taylor Lautner. Yes, you read that right - Taylor Lautner.

Digital Spy spoke with Outnumbered veteran Tyger Drew-Honey - who returns as moody teen Dylan - to talk losing the original Cuckoo and working with his surprise replacement.

Wondering why it's taken so long for Cuckoo to come back? Blame Andy Samberg's schedule.

"We knew we had a second series commissioned - we actually had it commissioned before we'd finished filming the first. I was in touch with my agent, trying to find out dates,
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Cockroaches sitcom for ITV2 from Bad Education writer

ITV2 has commissioned a new sitcom from Bad Education writer Freddy Syborn.

Cockroaches will be a post-apocalyptic romantic comedy starring Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Uncle) and Esther Smith (Skins).

The pair play Tom and Suze, two 19-year-olds hoping for a better future, before nuclear war hits. With the world about to end, they have sex, but unexpectedly survive the apocalypse.

Ten years later, the pair return from Suze's basement as 29-year-olds searching for the remnants of pre-war England.

The comedy will deal with what happens after a nuclear holocaust, including boredom, laziness, relationships, money, cannibalism and leadership.

Nigel Planer, Jaime Winstone, Caroline Quentin, Dan Renton Skinner, Sarah Daykin and Tom Davis will also make appearances.

Jack Whitehall will also cameo as Oscar, the irritating ex-boyfriend of Suze.

Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions for ITV, said: "I never thought I'd be happy to say we have Cockroaches at ITV
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'Skins Rise' review: Cook on the run in E4 drama's last ever episode

There was a heck of a lot riding on this final episode of Skins - it not only had to fulfil part one's promise and give Jack O'Connell's fantastic Cook the send-off he deserves, but also round off a series that redefined 'youth' television. No mean feat, especially given the standalone nature of these final films.

As we delve back into Cook's moody mindscape, the bad lad is on the run with the two women in his life - temptress Charlie (Hannah Britland) and girlfriend Emma (Esther Smith). The Cook we revisited last week was already a far cry from the braggart of series past, but on the run and out of his comfort zone, he's altogether different again - a forlorn, somewhat pathetic figure. Even the residents of a docile country pub sling insults his way.

With the trio out of the city and "off the grid", Rise
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TV Review: Skins: Rise – Part 1

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Warning: This review will contain spoilers

Jamie Brittain does it again. After the last time he wrote an episode featuring Cook (Series 4 Episode 7), there was some doubt in my mind about how well he’d pick up on the character and his story but here he has excelled himself with an episode that’s well-paced and exciting but also manages to have a lot of depth, along with a shockingly dark climax.

But as with basically everything, this episode’s not completely perfect. The first ten minutes are a little slow and the first of the episode’s two sex scenes feels a bit gratuitous and played for laughs, which feels somewhat at odds with the darker tone that builds up later on but those issues aren’t enough to negatively affect the whole episode.

The most experimental part of the episode is Cook’s voiceover

First look at Skins Series 7

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Series 7 of Skins marks a departure in style with former stars Hannah Murray, Jack O'Connell, and Kaya Scodelario returning to the roles which shaped their careers in three individual stories, each broadcast in two, one hour parts.

In Skins Fire, Effy (Kaya Scodelario) has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi (Lily Loveless) tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes.

Skins Fire is written by Jess Brittain, directed by Charles Martin and stars Kaya Scodelario, Lily Loveless, Kayvan Novak, Craig Roberts, Lara Pulver and Kathryn Prescott.

In Skins Pure, Cassie (Hannah Murray) is adrift, alone and invisible in London,
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'Skins' final series: First look images, new guest stars revealed

Digital Spy has first-look images from the final Skins.

The E4 drama will return for three special films - Skins Fire with Kaya Scodelario (Effy), Skins Pure starring Hannah Murray (Cassie) and Skins Rise featuring Jack O'Connell (Cook).

Guest stars for the final run include Craig Roberts (Submarine), Lucien Laviscount (Waterloo Road), Olly Alexander (Great Expectations) and Neil Morrissey, reprising his role as Cassie's dad.

Skins - the final series in pictures:Skins Fire also stars Lily Loveless (Naomi) and Kathryn Prescott (Emily) - plus guest stars Lara Pulver and Kayvan Novak - and will see Effy's life spiral out of control as she uncovers evidence of a major financial fraud and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss.

Skins Pure will follow a lonely Cassie in London as she strikes up a "strange and poignant" friendship, only for her new relationship to come under threat. Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street
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