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 Saturday, 25th


   Coltrane and Walters win at Television Society Awards0 Comments

Congratulations to Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters!

Both Potter alumni won awards at theRoyal Television Society Awards this week in London.


  Accio Quote:

Actor - Male: Robbie Coltrane
Title: National Treasure
Production Company: The Forge
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Nominees:
Adeel Akhtar - Murdered By My Father
James Nesbitt - The Secret

“Outstanding, the very definition of creative risk-taking.”



  Accio Quote:

Lifetime Achievement: Julie Walters
Nominees:

“The recipient is one of the truly great stars of the stage and big screen, but it’s for her outstanding work in a glittering career on television that we honour her tonight.

Her journey to television began in 1970 with a chance meeting at Manchester Polytechnic with the woman who was to become her creative soul mate, Victoria Wood. Nine years later she appeared in the television adaptation of Wood’s play Talent, which led to the two of them starring in their own sketch comedy series. Many further years of incredible collaboration and peerless comedy followed.

Her work alongside Victoria Wood in Victoria Wood – As Seen on TV continues to be rightly regarded as some of the best comedy ever on British television. Has a woman carrying two bowls of soups across a room ever been funnier? The series also included, of course, the recurring spoof serial Acorn Antiques, and Mrs Overall was quickly established as one of the great comic creations of our times.

But this performer’s celebrated comedy skills mask her extraordinary dramatic range. Her work on television has included BBC Shakespeare; appearing in two series of Alan Bennett’s monologues Talking Heads; playing the anti-permissive society campaigner Mary Whitehouse; an Emmy Award-winning depiction of the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam; and a truly unforgettable performance as the reforming headteacher Marie Stubbs in the drama Ahead of the Class in 2005.

Perhaps the first time everyone sat up and really took notice came in 1982 when she played Angie Todd in Alan Bleasdale’s ground-breaking series about Liverpool in the grip of the Thatcher recession, Boys from the Blackstuff. It was a performance that’s seared into the memory of everyone who saw it. One scene in particular caught the mood of the times – a moment of fightback amid frustration, when everything looked desperate. It’s significant moment too, perhaps, because it is based upon the two elements this actor brings to all her dramatic work – it is profoundly touching, and it feels true.

Look at any of the work stretching back over three decades, and those characteristics are there in every piece: Pat and Margaret, Murder, G.B.H, A Short Stay in Switzerland, The Wife of Bath, Indian Summers and National Treasure.

Hers is, by any measure, a body of work on television of genuinely exceptional quality.”


Congratulations!

->Stefan<-


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:14.39 BST | Submit News | Tags: Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane

   Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey gets a make over!0 Comments

The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has been enhanced from 3D to 4K-HD.

The ride's film now projects at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second.


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Originally projected at 60 frames-per-second, the new ride media now displays at twice the frame rate offering superior clarity and remarkably sharper images than previously shown, with imagery that is stunningly ultra-realistic.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:16.55 BST | Submit News | Tags: Universal Studios Hollywood

 Friday, 24th


   Rowling to donate all "Fantastic Beasts" royalties to Comic Relief!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has announced that she will donate all her royalties for the revised Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them book to the Comic Relief charity.







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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:11.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts

 Sunday, 19th


   "Cursed Child" shortlisted for British Book Award0 Comments

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has made it onto The British Book Awards shortlist.


  Accio Quote:
Children's Book of the Year


The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, Shane Devries (illus) (Puffin)
Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, Clair Rossiter (illus) (Hodder)
Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field (Hodder)
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (Little, Brown and Pottermore)
The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams and Tony Ross (HC)


The Awards will be held in London on Monday 8th May 2017.

->Stefan<-


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:16.35 BST | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Book

   Kay nominated for book award0 Comments

Jim Kay, one of the illustrators for the American Harry Potter books, has been short listed for a Kate Greenway Medal award.


  Accio Quote:
A full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

An outstanding illustrated version of a modern children's classic, ready to bring a new generation of readers into the magical world of Harry Potter. These illustrations go back to the text and lure the reader away from the familiar film images. The artist has added so much more depth and detail to bring this world to life. For example there is a whole street worth of invented detail in Diagon Alley and we have intricate scientific drawings of the various species of troll that inhabit this world. There is an astonishing range of techniques and artistry shown throughout the book in a variety of full page portraits, small vignettes, chapter headings and the glorious end papers. This visualisation enhances the text and offers the reader a whole new, deeper and authentic experience.


The Medals are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, with a longlist announced in February, shortlists in March and the medal winners announced at a June ceremony.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:20.53 BST | Submit News | Tags: Jim Kay

 Friday, 17th


   Rowling reveals latest novel title0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, a fan has guessed the title to J. K. Rowling's latest novel.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:40.02 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

 Thursday, 16th


   "Snatch" available to stream now!0 Comments

Rupert Grint's Snatch is now available to view on Crackle!


  Accio Quote:
SNATCH streams free on Crackle March 16th.
www.crackle.com/snatch

The cult classic film Snatch is now a high-stakes, high-octane Crackle Original Series. Get in on the action, gangster mentality, heists and rapid-fire dialogue that earned the original movie a shite-load of fans. Snatch streams free on Crackle March 16. Starring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Gallactica: Blood & Chrome), Lucien Laviscourt (The Bye Bye Man), Marc Warren (Wanted, Hustle), Stephanie Leonidas (American Gothic), Phoebe Dynevor (Waterloo Road), Juliet Aubrey (The Infiltrator, The Constant Gardener), Tamer Hassan (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible III, Taken 3) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl).


A new trailer has also been released:



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:48.51 BST | Submit News | Tags: Rupert Grint, Snatch

   Fantastic Beasts 2 to start filming in the summer!0 Comments

The Independent is reporting that Fantastic Beasts 2 is set to start filming across Europe this summer.


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Considering Fantastic Beasts 2 was announced shortly before the release of the original, it's no surprise to learn that Warner Bros is wasting no time in starting up production on the fantasy sequel with an August 2017 date reportedly set.

As expected, the sequel will film in Europe with My Entertainment World reporting that the UK and Paris, France are listed as shooting locations; New York - the first film's setting - is not mentioned.


Fantastic Beasts 2 will be released November 16, 2018.

->Stefan<-


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:50.24 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts

 Wednesday, 15th


   Rowling asks fans to guess new book title0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has given Comoran Strike fans a treat! A partial revelation of the next book title:





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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:51.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Images of the 6 new beasts revealed0 Comments

Pottermore has revealed the six new fantastic beasts revealed in the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book.

Snallygaster



Horned Serpent



Thunder Bird



Hidebehind



Wampus Cat



Hodag


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts


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