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Ian McKellen has already brought the wizard Gandalf to life on the big screen in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, but it turns out the acclaimed thespian also had the opportunity to star as another beloved wizard -- Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter saga!
As it turns out, it was McKellen's choice not to take on the mantel.
Photos: Almost Got the Part
Actor Richard Harris originated the role of the celebrated Hogwarts headmaster in the first two Harry Potter films, but he died after a battle with Hodgkin's disease in 2002, at the age of 72, before the start of production on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
While filmmakers ended up casting Michael Gambon in the iconic role for the next six films in the series, producers first approached a number of famed English actors, including McKellen.
The X-Men star recently sat down for an interview with the BBC, where he opened »
While most fans of the Harry Potter movie franchise would associate the actor Michael Gambon with the iconic headmaster Albus Dumbledore, famed British actor Richard Harris originated the role. He appeared in the first two movies, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, before passing away in the fall of 2002, just weeks before Chamber of Secrets hit theaters. While Michael Gambon took over the role for the next six movies, another iconic big screen wizard could have played the role, Ian McKellen. The actor revealed during a BBC HardTalk interview that he was approached to take over for Richard Harris, but there was a very good reason why he didn't do so.
During his appearance on HardTalk, which recently surfaced on YouTube, interviewer Stephen Sackur mentioned that there was a time where Richard Harris himself criticized fellow British actors Ian McKellen, »
Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré has been reunited with his four-legged best friend, who was with him at the time of a near-fatal car accident that left the actor with multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
“Today Jim was able to get into a wheelchair for the first time and was taken outside the hospital to be reunited with his dog ‘Mr Kippy’, who was with him at the time of the accident,” reads a statement on the actor’s Facebook page.
The statement notes that the music played in the clip “was performed and dedicated to Jim by dear »
- Mike Miller
The wife of Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré gave fans a health update on Facebook Thursday following her husband’s car accident that left him with multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
Laura, the actor’s wife, wrote that he was “moved to a less critical ward” after spending 15 days in intensive care.
“He’s awake and doing really well,” she wrote. “He says ‘Sorry my hands can’t type, but thanks guys for all the well wishes. You are all so kind. I’m looking forward to getting out of here, but not looking forward to the medical bills. »
- Alexia Fernandez
“Moonlight,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video under an extension of the ecommerce giant’s pact with studio A24.
The multiyear deal, an extension of the 2013 pact between the two companies, will continue to make Amazon Prime Video the only premium subscription service for all upcoming A24 films. However, the content agreement covers only the U.S. — so Prime Video members elsewhere won’t have access to the movies as part of their subscription.
- Todd Spangler
Now that Alfonso Cuarón has wrapped production on “Roma,” the Film Stage has put together a helpful primer on the film’s cinematographer. Emmanuel Lubezki had previously served as Dp on each of the director’s films save for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”; their most recent collaboration, “Gravity,” earned them both Academy Awards. Now that Galo Olivares is stepping up, take a moment acquaint yourself with his prior work.
Cuarón shot “Roma” along with Olivares, who’s worked on a number of productions in Mexico over the last several years: “La Rabia de Clara,” “Australia,” “Hear Me Lord.”. “Returning to my country with this specific project was something very personal, because we made a film set in the ’70s, with many elements and experiences of my childhood,” said Cuarón of “Roma, »
- Michael Nordine
He’s worked on every Alfonso Cuarón film, except for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and it looked like Emmanuel Lubezki would reteam with the director for his follow-up to Gravity, but it turns out that won’t be the case. The Children of Men director recently wrapped up production on his next drama, Roma, and we’ve got details both on his new cinematographer and the story.
It was previously known the small-scale drama chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. In a press conference this week, as filming wrapped, the director announced the drama will feature a major setpiece depicting The Corpus Christi Massacre, in which student protesters were assaulted by paramilitary forces, with a death toll estimated to be around 50 people.
Cuarón also talked about his deep ties to the project, which incorporates many experiences from his childhood, »
- Jordan Raup
Alfonso Cuarón, the creative mind behind Children of Men and the Oscar-winning Gravity, has officially wrapped filming on Roma, an intimate Mexican drama that has spent the past 16 years simmering on the back-burner.
The filmmaker, who spoke at a new conference in Mexico City (via The List), echoed the advice given to him by friend and colleague Guillermo del Toro when explaining his decision to circle back to his native homeland, before teasing that Roma is a 1970s period drama loosely inspired by Cuarón’s own experiences as a child and his Mexican identity. Beyond that, there are precious few details available for the director’s deeply personal project – no casting announcement, no synopsis – but sources claim it will involve the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre, an event in which soldiers killed liberal student protesters in Mexico City circa 1971, in some capacity.
Working in tandem with production designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan »
- Michael Briers
Actor Jim Tavare, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, was in a severe car crash and is currently fighting for his life. Jim Tavare In Intensive Care After Car Crash Tavare is currently in intensive care after being in a head-on car collision that left him with […]
- Kate Chia
A member of the Harry Potter family is in intensive care following a deadly car crash. Actor Jim Tavaré, best known as Tom, the Leaky Cauldron innkeeper and the saga's resident hunchback, is recovering from a head-on collision that left him with quite a few broken bones and a broken neck.
Tavare first appeared in the 2004 movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He was involved in a automobile accident this past Monday, which resulted in 15 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken leg and fractured breastbones. At this time, no further details have been revealed about what caused the accident. There was an update on the actor's official Facebook page. It came accompanied with a photo, which you can see below.
"This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, »
One former Harry Potter actor has sustained severe injuries in a head-on car accident. Fans of actor Jim Tavare, who played the Leaky Cauldron innkeeper Tom in the third film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, were updated about his condition on his Facebook page.
“This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision,” the post read. “He's currently in ICU intensive care.”
Tavare’s injuries were rather severe. Laura wrote, “He has 15 broken ribs, fractures in both breastbones, a punctured lung, multiple breaks in his right leg, and a broken neck. He's had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery. This is for »
Actor suffers serious injuries in head-on collision.
British actor, writer and stand-up comedian Jim Tavaré is in intensive car after he suffered a broken neck and punctured lung in a car crash.
His wife Laura posted a photo of him in hospital on Facebook, writing: “This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head-on collision.
“He’s currently in ICU intensive care. He has 15 broken ribs, fractures in both breastbones, a punctured lung, multiple breaks in his right leg, and a broken neck.
“He’s had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery.
“This is for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Jim Tavaré was involved in a serious car crash on Monday. The Harry Potter actor - who played the owner of the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - was in a head-on collision that left him with several injuries, including 15 broken ribs, a broken neck, and a punctured lung. His wife, Laura, shared the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing, "Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision. He's currently in ICU intensive care. . . . He's had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery. This is for real, not a movie role. Please hold some good thoughts for him as he fights his way out of this." While there are no further details at the moment, »
- Monica Sisavat
Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré — who played Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron — was involved in a serious car accident that left him with multiple injuries, including a broken neck, a punctured lung and 15 broken ribs.
His wife, Laura, took over the actor’s Facebook page on Tuesday, writing, “This is Laura here. Now that his family have been informed, Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision.”
“He’s had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery, »
- Alexia Fernandez
Jim Tavaré -- best known for playing Tom the Innkeeper in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" -- is in ICU after suffering a broken neck and punctured lung in a nasty car accident. The 54-year-old actor and comedian also broke 15 ribs and has fractures in his right leg and breastbone ... according to his wife, Laura ... who posted hospital pics. It's unclear where the head-on crash took place. Laura wrote on Tuesday ... "Jim has »
- TMZ Staff
Jim Kay, the artist behind the upcoming Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, had his own vision of what Severus Snape would look like and that image has just been released on Pottermore. While many of the Harry Potter characters in the films didn’t fully match the characters from the books, there’s no doubt that the Alan Rickman played Snape is a dead ringer to this illustrated version. The illustrated editions of Harry Potter have dropped one a year so far, with Prisoner of Azkaban set to arrive in October 3, 2017. According to Pottermore, we
Here’s What Severus Snape is Supposed to Look Like »
- Nat Berman
There are countless memorable personalities that populate the pages of the Harry Potter series. From Hermione to Dumbledore to Kreecher and Buckbeak, the novels have no shortage of quirky, dark, and likable characters that readers fell in love with. However, chief among these characters may very well be that of Severus Snape, the embittered potions master whose loyalties were unclear until the very end.
While Snape was a great and fully realized character in the novels, most audience will forever associate him with the wonderfully hammed up portrayal by legend Alan Rickman. With his black hair, unmistakable cadence, and slimy personality, he was a pitch perfect interpretation of what was on the page.
Related: Why Harry Potter Needs To Be Rebooted...As A TV Series
But how did author J.K. Rowling actually envision him? While we may never get a perfect representation of that, we may be one step closer »
- Joseph Medina
Scholastic has been rebooting the Harry Potter book (so to speak) with illustrated editions, and the latest one deserves a spot on your wall. Jim Kay is doing the art, and so far we've loved both the new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Now we've gotten a peek at the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which hits shelves on Oct. 3. Every square centimeter of this cover is thoughtfully crafted, from the destination sign - "Anywhere & Everywhere (Except Underwater)" - to Harry jumping out of harm's way in the bottom right corner. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The drink that has become synonymous with the Potter universe makes its first appearance in the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In it, Harry takes a drink for the first time and describes it as “the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.”
Beyond that, “there’s no real description of what it tastes like,” says Universal Orlando‘s Ric Florell, »
- Ale Russian
Mark Harrison Feb 27, 2017
“Last one to die, please turn out the light.”
The tenth anniversary of Children Of Men came at the end of a tumultuous year in politics. You don't have to look far on the web for thinkpieces about how the results of the Brexit referendum or the election of Donald Trump as Us President have brought us closer to the grim forecast of Alfonso Cuarón's superb dystopian thriller, but rewatching it now, the film feels a triumph of preparation rather than prescience.
Based on Pd James' novel, the film takes place in the year 2027, in the midst of a global epidemic of infertility. Britain has closed its doors to immigrants and refuses to acknowledge the status of 'fugees' as human beings. The day after the »
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