Showing posts with label HARRY POTTER. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HARRY POTTER. Show all posts

Thursday, November 24, 2016



Burbank, California – On December 9, 2016, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will open a reimagined exhibit offering an up-close look at authentic props and costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the beloved Harry Potter films. Highlights of the Fantastic Beasts experience include costumes worn by Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), as well as Newt’s case of creatures. Tour guests will now be able to explore how J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been brought to life on the silver screen over the past 15 years.

“We are excited to let the world peer behind the lens to see how filmmakers develop the entertainment we love,” said Danny Kahn, Executive Director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. “This expansion will transport guests from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts adventures back to 1926 New York, where Newt Scamander’s misplaced magical case has found its home.”

The expansion will take guests on a journey from concept art to final designs used on set. Tour guests will be able to see the detailed costumes of Lord Voldemort, from a young Tom Riddle to his rise as the Dark Lord. Guests will also have the opportunity to be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses by the magical Sorting Hat. This interactive experience will take place in front of a life like image of the Great Hall which will include costumes of iconic Hogwarts professors. As a finale to the exhibit, guests will be able to explore the newest film from the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

About Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is a recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Attractions in the United States. Fans get to see the real sets and soundstages where the greatest names in entertainment made history as they touch, tour and explore the iconic 110-acre studio that brought Argo and Ocean’s Eleven to the big screen. From The Big Bang Theory to Friends, the Studio Tour takes guests behind the camera for a revealing look at how the magic is made.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, who played the role of Professor Snape in the famed Harry Potter films and portrayed villains in Hollywood movies, has died aged 69,according to media reports.

Rickman got his big acting break appearing the Broadway version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in the mid-1980s before making his first major film appearance in "Die Hard" soon afterwards.

That was to be the first of many performances as a villain, including the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." In addition to the Potter films, he starred in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", "Truly Madly Deeply", and "Love, Actually".

Rickman was a fixture in and around New York City. He will be missed...

Photo By: Media Punch

Wednesday, September 26, 2012




J.K. Rowling

“Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden traveled to Scotland recently for a rare interview with one of the world’s most successful authors, J.K. Rowling. This was Rowling’s first U.S. network television interview to discuss one of fall’s most anticipated novels, “The Casual Vacancy.” The interview aired on GMA this morning. More of the interview will air tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30pm ET and “Nightline” at 11:35pm ET. News organizations using any excerpts should credit/link to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

J.K. Rowling's new novel is called The Casual Vacancy, but it might as well be called Great Expectations. It's been five years since the last blockbuster Harry Potter book was released and millions of fans around the world have been anxiously anticipating Rowling's next book. 

"I've written other things during that time, but on and off for five years, that's been my priority," Rowling, 47, said in an exclusive and rare interview for television with "Nightline" co-anchor Cynthia McFadden in Edinburgh, Scotland. "I think I've been surprised by the fact that Harry hasn't left me to the degree that I thought he would. And I'm quite glad about that." 

Rowling's Potter books have been published in 73 languages, sold more than 450 million copies, spawned popular film spin-offs, and made her the first billionaire author. 

The frenzy around this new book, her first aimed solely at adults, has led the publisher to guard it like a state secret, protecting the plot until its Sept. 27 release date. (ABC News producers read the manuscript, kept under lock and key in the publisher Little, Brown and Company's New York office).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012



Emma Watson

Emma Watson has replaced Heidi Klum as McAfee’s 2012 Most Dangerous Celebrity. For the sixth year in a row, McAfee researched pop culture celebrities to find out who are the riskiest on the web and result in bad links, including viruses, malware, and sites laden with malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information. Following Emma, Jessica Biel takes the number two spot and Eva Mendes sits at number three. Latina women, including Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara, also heat up the top 10 at numbers 9 and 10, respectively. 

Some of the highlights of this year’s study include:

· Latina women are on fire: Eva Mendes (No. 3), Selena Gomez (No. 4), Shakira (No. 7), Salma Hayek (No. 9) and Sofia Vergara (No. 10) spice up the top 10

· Comedian Jimmy Kimmel (No. 13) is the only male in the top 20 this year

· Supermodels are risky: Elle Macpherson (No. 16), Bar Refaeli (No. 17) and Kate Upton (No. 20) pose in the top 20

· Musicians are not safe: Selena Gomez (No. 4), Shakira (No. 7), and Taylor Swift (No. 15) all sang their ways to the top 20

Photos By: Sara de Boer/RD/Orchon/Retna

Wednesday, July 13, 2011




Daniel Radcliffe AKA Harry Potter

There was no way that this final chapter was going to be anything but spectacular. The eighth in the series, it needed to wrap everything up in snazzy fashion, while at the same time delivering the same top-flight caliber rung of excitement. Well, it certainly does in fine fashion and on all fronts. I had never heard a screening audience so quiet at the beginning of the movie as this one was. Literally, it picks up right where Part 1 ended, with a subtle reprise of the chilling final scene when Voldemort opens the cast stone casket of Dumbledore , then it's off the charts. It's a dark, dark time in Potter-dom as the three main characters (Harry, Hermoine and Ron) attempt to sever Voldemort (and his dark forces) once and for all.

All of the principal cast is back and extra kudos go to Alan Richman for his utterly brilliant portray of good guy/bad guy Professor Severus Snape. My daughter had urged me to re-watch as many of the previous movies as possible and it was damn good advice, as the one consistent thing author J.K. Rowling did was to weave an utterly delicious tale beneath the non-stop supernatural action of the books. That, plus non-stop narrative. Richman, who I've loved since his turn as Hans Gruber in the first, and best, Die Hard movie (1988) chews the scenery with a snide, yet knowing presence. His character is utter evil … but, wait, there's a big reveal here that bonds his character with Harry like never before. I didn't read it in the book, but when I saw it onscreen, I was riveted by the moment.

Rowling writes in shades of grey; so, there's always one or two ways to read and interpret each scene. It's an interesting technique, which has served her well for sure … and, provokes non-stop conversation and thought; which is always a good thing! Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, are all back and excellent. The direction by David Yates is nothing short of staggering and he again distinguishes himself as one of the premiere directors out there … right up there with Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have all grown into most formidable actors; Radcliffe in particular, not only looks great, but has developed a real affinity for his character and makes one wonder what he'll do next; he actually is terrifically capable of anything; witness his recent turns in Equus and the current How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. Watson, having developed into a beautiful young woman with terrific acting prowess can really head in any direction she wants. I'd love to see her in a full blown romantic drama or in flat-out action movie. There's also a rather romantic moment between two of the characters that has been in the works for years; its framed perfectly by Yates and produced a most satisfying, and audible reaction from the audience. You have to credit not only Rowling's efforts, but also the audience's continued support and fascination with her work. It's a symbiotic relationship that is indeed a milestone in modern movie making. If the books didn't work; how could the movies? There's a final coda, that was revealed in the book … and, it comes off exceptionally well. There's no question that in lesser hands it would have been considered a mistake, but this way it somewhat leaves the door open for future endeavors from the team. The music from Alexandre Desplat is just excellent (as good as his score from the recent The Tree Of Life) and the screenplay from Steve Kloves, who did seven of the eight scripts, is spot-on perfect. I can't sound one negative word on this epic work; just spectacular from start to finish. 'A' game indeed. Well done all around. This could be their biggest installment yet.

Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Thursday, July 09, 2009


Chevy Chase

Diane Sawyer

Freddie Stroma

Bonnie Wright

Alan Rickman

Vanessa Williams


Lance Bass

Michael Gambon

Tom Felton

Emma Watson

Rupert Grint

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe along with Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Ashanti, Vanessa Williams, Alan Rickman, Chevy Chase and many other stars attended the "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" Premiere at the famed Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City tonight.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Daniel Radcliffe

The stars of "Harry Potter" caused major chaos on the streets in London England on Monday night, when they stopped traffic to film the scenes for the latest movie in the hit franchise. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were all on-set to shoot a action sequence for the first installment of two-part film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which is due to be released next year. The actors, along with 400 extras, took over London's famous Piccadilly Circus and the surrounding roads to film scenes in a cafe and on the streets.
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Thursday, March 13, 2008


J.K. Rowling

Moviemakers have confirmed the final new Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows movie will be split into two separate full-length feature films, a decision approved by author J.K. Rowling. Director David Yates, who directed the fifth and six movies in the boy wizard franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has signed up to make Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I, and Part II.Star Daniel Radcliffe insists the decision to split the final Potter book was unavoidable. He says, "I think it’s the only way you can do it without cutting out a huge portion of the book. There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut - although those cuts were still to the horror of some fans - but the seventh book doesn’t really have any subplots.It’s one driving, pounding story from the word go." However, producer David Heyman has denied reports the book is being split to make the Potter franchise more money.He says, "I swear to you it was born out of purely creative reasons. Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book." And Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has given the decision her blessing.Heyman adds, "I went to Jo, and she was cool with it and that was quite a relief." The seventh Potter film will be released in November 2010, with the eighth and final installment slated for a May 2011 release.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe

The last installment in the famed Harry Potter movie franchise will be released in two parts, because one edit of The Deathly Hallows will leave out way too much information about the boy wizard’s final adventures.The sixth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is due for release this November and although the characters’ futures are wrapped up in just seven novels by author J.K. Rowling, fans of the movies will be given an extra treat with a double dose of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A source says, "There’s so much to fit that the view is the last movie should be in two halves. There is a huge battle when Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, takes on (evil wizard, Lord) Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) that needs to be done really well." And Rowling has briefly commented on the reports herself, stating on her website: "It is simply impossible to incorporate every storyline into a film under four hours long." Fans of the books have previously criticised the big-screen adaptations for their lack of detail.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling has helped to raise $3.9 million for charity after a rare copy of her latest book sold at a London auction for 40 times its estimated price.The Tales of Beedle The Bard - first mentioned in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, is a hand written and illustrated book of tales relating to the boy wizard’s final adventures. Only seven copies of the book are in existence and six of them were handed out by Rowling as gifts to those "most closely connected" to the Potter series since its conception, while one was put up for auction on Thursday to help raise money for her Children’s Voice charity.The rare book, the only one bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semi-precious stones - was sold to an anonymous bidder after going under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house. It was originally valued at between $60,000 to $100,000. Speaking after the sale, Rowling said: "I’m stunned and ecstatic. Christmas has come early for me." Rowling founded Children’s Voice in 2005 with the aim of improving the rights of European children.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


J.K. Rowling has given fans permission to write sequels to the 'Harry Potter' books.The author - whose seven-book series about the young wizard has sold almost 400 million copies - will not take legal action against George Lippert, who wrote a follow-up to Harry's adventures on his website.Under copyright laws Lippert could have been prosecuted for his actions.Rowling's lawyers confirmed she is happy for spin-offs to be published online as long as the publications are not sold and it is made clear she was not involved in the stories. She also requested the follow-ups do not contain pornography or racism. Meanwhile, Rowling - who has seen the 'Harry Potter' books turned into blockbuster movies - has been voted entertainer of the year by Entertainment Weekly magazine.The publication insisted she deserved the title for getting"people to tote around her big, old-fashioned printed-on-paper books as if they were the hottest new entertainment devices on the planet".The magazine also named George Clooney a "valedictorian" because he has "deftly balanced box-office viability with personal responsibility".

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Drug Legend Kate Moss

Kate Moss stunned friends and partygoers when she allegedly begged for drugs at a recent party.The supermodel was partying with Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kelly Osbourne at Davinia Taylor's 30th birthday party last weekend when she asked DJ Elliot Eastwick for various drugs, including cocaine, cannabis and over-the-counter substance alkyl nitrate - which is popular with clubbers and gay men and is commonly known as 'poppers'. Eastwick told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "It was obvious to me she was on drugs."She kept saying, 'Make me rave', and demanded I change the music. Then someone in Kate's group started rolling cannabis spliffs. Kate then pulled out some poppers from her handbag and started snorting them. You could see her loll as it took effect."She grabbed my lower arm, pulled me towards her and yelled, 'Who's got the drugs?' I told her I didn't know and didn't have any but she said, 'I want some gear. You're a DJ, you must have some.'"She was tapping on a record sleeve in the motion of someone racking up lines of coke. It was obvious what she was after. I remember thinking, 'God, Kate Moss just asked me for cocaine.'"Then she and some mates disappeared into a back room and when she came back she was bouncier than ever. It was obvious she was on something."The mother-of-one was previously exposed as a drug user two years ago when she was pictured snorting what appeared to be cocaine, but has since revived her modelling career with new contracts with Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan and Virgin Mobile.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


J.K. Rowling

Author J.K. Rowling was terrified when a religious fanatic confronted her over her 'Harry Potter' novels.The books - which tell the story of teen wizard Harry and his times at magic school, Hogwarts - has angered some Christian extremists who claim the series glamorizes witchcraft and black magic.Rowling relived an incident when she was confronted by one such extremist, who ignored the fact she was with her family - 14-year-old Jessica, four-year-old David and two-year-old Mackenzie - when he verbally accosted her.She said: "One time I was in a toy store with my three children and was recognized by one girl who got all excited. The next thing that happened was a man came up to me and said, 'Aren't you that Potter woman?'"Then he brought his face close to me and said, very aggressively, 'I pray for you every evening.' I should have said he'd better pray for himself but I was stunned. It was very frightening."I want nothing to do with fundamentalism of any sort. It scares me."The 42-year-old author - who stunned fans when she recently revealed Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay - also spoke about how religion has affected her life.She added to Scotland's Daily Record newspaper: "I was officially raised in the Church of England but I was more of a freak in my family. "We didn't talk about religion at home. I was immensely curious from the age of 13 or 14, I went to church alone."I found it very interesting and I believed in it. But when I went to university, I became more critical. Now I'm back at the point where I started."

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Daniel Radcliffe and Laura O'Toole

Daniel Radcliffe's girlfriend sells breakfast to London commuters to "keep the pennies rolling in".Actress Laura O'Toole - who has been dating the millionaire 'Harry Potter' star since May - earns £7 an hour (US $14 dollars) selling juice and yogurt on health food stall Moma at London's Liverpool Street Station from 6am to 11am. She said: "I have to keep the pennies rolling in. We all have to pay the bills."Laura, 22, met Daniel, 18, while they were both starring in the raunchy West End show 'Equus', but she is determined to pay her own way in the relationship.A friend said: "She doesn't want to rely on his cash. She knows she has to stand on her own two feet."Laura - who understudied for the role of Jill, whose character appeared in a lengthy nude scene with Daniel - will work on the Moma kiosk for another two weeks before she treads the boards again for the UK tour of 'Equus'.Last weekend, Laura and Harry's blossoming romance was uncovered when they were photographed shopping together.Daniel recently said he couldn't date an actress - because they're "completely barking". He said: "I think it would be very hard to go out with an actress, because they're mad."

Sunday, November 04, 2007


J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is suing a US publisher planning to release a Harry Potter encyclopedia's.The millionaire author and Warner Bros - who make the Harry Potter films - are attempting to block RDR Books from publishing a 400-page book based on the Harry Potter Lexicon website. Rowling said: "I cannot approve of 'companion books' or 'encyclopedia's' that seek to pre-empt my definitive Potter reference book for their authors' own personal gain."The author has previously praised Harry Potter Lexicon for its accurate, detailed information about her boy wizard creation, and in 2004 even presented it with a Fan Site Award.But Rowling claims the book will infringe on her intellectual property rights and prevent her writing her own Harry Potter encyclopedia.Meanwhile, the world's most famous children's writer has just completed a set of handwritten fairytales, a spin-off from her Harry Potter books. Only seven copies of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' - which were mentioned in the final book 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' - will be published.One copy of the tales - illustrated by Rowling herself - will be auctioned to raise money for Rowling's charity, The Children's Voice. She will give the other copies away.Rowling said: "People kept saying to me 'you'll be glad to have a break from writing', when of course I wasn't taking a break at all."I was literally writing out - as these are handwritten books - these new stories which has been a wonderful way to say goodbye. It's like coming up from a deep dive."

Saturday, October 06, 2007


Daniel Radcliffe wants his ashes to be fired from a cannon.The 'Harry Potter' star plans to go out in style when he dies after being inspired by a TV show.The 18-year-old actor, who plays a World War I soldier in his new TV movie 'My Boy Jack', told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "I'd like my ashes to be fired out of a cannon with 'Let him RIP' on the urn. I saw it on TV once -brilliant!"Daniel also revealed he has a crush on sexy actress Scarlett Johansson.He said: "I'm slightly in love with Scarlett Johansson, she's stunning brilliant and incredibly sexy."Daniel recently vowed to go wild on his 21st birthday.The star - who spent his 18th birthday watching an England cricket match with friends - is planning a night to remember when he reaches the landmark age.He said: "I'm certain my 21st will be a more raucous affair than my 18th. I hope so anyway, why not?"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the school movie fans would most like to attend.The fictional school, which features in the hit movies based on J.K.Rowling's magical book series, took 38 per cent of the vote in a survey which asked 3,000 film enthusiasts 'Which school from the movies would you like to return to this September?'.The poll - compiled by cinema portal - saw Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, the training school for mutants from the 'X-Men' films, claim second place with 17 per cent.In third position was fictional girls-only boarding school St. Trinian's,whose pupils ran havoc in the slapstick comedy franchise of the 50s and 60s. Rydell High School, where love-struck teenagers Danny and Sandy where reunited after a summer fling in 'Grease', came in fourth with eight percent, while Horace Green Preparatory School, from Jack Black's comedy 'The School of Rock' rounded off the top five with seven per cent.The top 10 also featured South Park Elementary, from the animated movie 'South Park The Movie: Bigger, Longer and Uncut', Michael J. Fox's Hill Valley High School in time-travelling hit movie 'Back to the Future', and the New York City High School For Performing Arts, attended by the ambitious characters of hit musical 'Fame'. Shermer High School, where Emilio Estevez and his fellow wayward classmates endured a morning detention in 'The Breakfast Club' was in ninth place,while Matthew Broderick's Lake Forest High School in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' rounded off the top 10.

Monday, August 20, 2007


'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling is writing a crime novel.The Scottish writer - who recently confessed she broke down in tears after finishing the seventh and final book 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - has been seen "scribbling away" on a detective plot in an Edinburgh cafe.Rowling is refusing to reveal the plot of her new tome, but said on her website: "I want to write something completely different. I can take my time. And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where it takes me for a while is just bliss."She added: "I'll do what I did with 'Harry Potter' - I will write what I really want to write."Rowling wrote the boy wizard's first adventure, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', in an Edinburgh cafe when she was a struggling single mother.The magical tales of Harry and his Hogwarts pals have made Rowling one of the highest earning writers of all time, and one of the richest women in the world with an estimated fortune of £576 million, according to Forbes magazine's annual rich list.Earlier this year, Rowling revealed plans to write another 'Harry Potter' book.The 41-year-old writer said: "I might do an eighth book for charity - a kind of encyclopedia of the world, so that I could use all the extra material that's not in the books."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Author J.K. ROWLING is upset so many impatient HARRY POTTER fans skipped to the last pages of her latest book - just to see how the fictional series ended.Rowling had hoped her faithful fans would read the entire Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and not race to the end, and now she regrets not putting the final chapter out separately.She says, "I should have published the last chapter separately and forced you to read ’til the last."(After) 17 years work you kind of want people to reach it in the way you want them to reach it."


Harry Potter is set for success at the first ever Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards to be held in the UK after receiving four nominations.'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' - the fifth instalment in the series - will battle it out against three other popular fantasy films 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End', 'Shrek the Third' and 'The Simpsons Movie' in the Best Movie category. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays heroic wizard Harry Potter, faces stiff competition in the Best Movie Actor category from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' co-stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and British comic Rowan Atkinson. Emma Watson, who plays Harry's friend Hermione Granger, is up against Cameron Diaz, Dakota Fanning and Keira Knightley for the Best Movie Actress prize.'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' - author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final tome in the series - has been nominated for Best Book.Cameron Diaz, who has won several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the past, is thrilled with her Best Movie Actress nomination. She said: "What a cool honor to be nominated for the first UK Kids Choice Awards. I'm going out for scones and some yummy clotted cream to celebrate."Thanks, UK kids! Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards rock. I've had a blast every time I've gone to the show."Fall Out Boy will battle it out against Girls Aloud, McFly and Sugababes in the Best Band category. Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff and Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloudare set to contest the Best Female Singer prize. Justin Timberlake, a previous host of the awards ceremony, received two nominations. He is up for Best Male singer, while his single 'What Goes Around' was nominated in the MTV Hits Best Music Video category.The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK, hosted by British boy band McFly,will take place on October 20 at London's ExCeL arena. Fans can vote by logging onto or by utilising the interactive features of their digital TV box.Voting begin yesterday and closes on September 30.