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 Saturday, 25th


   Columbus receives "The Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment"0 Comments

Chris Columbus has been awarded The Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment!

The Award was received at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, February 9.


  Accio Quote:
“Whether taking us to Hogwarts Academy for Wizards or to San Francisco’s Pacific Heights with Mrs. Doubtfire, Chris is truly the best of what San Francisco has to offer the film industry,” Jim McCullough, Founding President of the nonprofit Friends of the San Francisco Film Commission, said.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:10.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Chris Columbus

 Friday, 24th


   Atwood discusses "Fantastic Beasts" costumes0 Comments

In a new interview with Deadline, Fantastic Beasts costume designer, Colleen Atwood, reveals the inspiration behind the costumes that made it into the movie.


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I had a lot of weird photo albums, like pictures of college girls. It was a really different time for women. Women were really finally out there a lot more than they’d ever been before. It was fun research because you actually had photographs of people living life, instead of formal photographs. It’s really an exciting period of photography. I went a little bit later with Berenice Abbott and some of those New York photographers, for working people and things like that.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:47.10 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts

   Lynch discusses "My Name Is Emily"0 Comments

In a new interview with Interview Magazine, Bonnie Wright interviews Evanna Lynch where she discusses her involvement with the movie My Name is Emily.


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WRIGHT: Going back to the difference between independent films and large studio productions, did you find being on this film that you were able to really create a different kind of intimacy amongst the cast and crew, and how did that elevate the process for you? Or were there elements of it that you really missed from the scale of filming Harry Potter?

LYNCH: There are pros and cons to both. I feel like the main difference for an actor between studio and independent films are the opportunities to fuck up. I always felt like on Potter, there were so many people looking out for you—tweaking your wardrobe and your hair and correcting you—that you couldn’t mess up. The end result was cool and the magic is awesome, but you’re very much aware that a lot of people went into the performance. When I first started doing independent films, it was thrilling that I had to fight for myself more, that I could actually mess up. It was more stressful, but it was more rewarding artistically. Also, [on Potter> we had the luxury of time. I really missed that about studio films. I’d mess up and be like, “What? We can’t just do another one? Just one more?” And they were like “Nope! Moving on!” You have to be looking at your performance and you have to really trust the director.



 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:48.52 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch

   Rowling corrects TV show mistake0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has revealed on Twitter that the quiz show QI has incorrectly revealed information about the origins of Quidditch.




After attempting to issue an apology, the show appeared to make it worse for their "elves."







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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:50.52 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

 Wednesday, 22nd


   Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter with Strawberry Tours0 Comments

At 3.30pm every day in Leicester Square, something wonderful happens. Potterheads, families, tourists, and a whole mix of people gather to be led on a free tour of London like they've never seen it before. They're going to be shown Harry Potter's London, from the Ministry of Magic to The Leaky Cauldron, revealed as if by magic!

Strawberry Tours' Harry Potter walking tour is a great way to see some of the most iconic buildings, streets and neighborhoods which inspired JK Rowling, and appeared in the Harry Potter films. The tour guides are as educated about the Harry Potter world as any muggle can be – and luckily they’re at hand to show some of the most well-known Harry Potter attractions located in and around central London. This includes a stroll down Diagon Alley, and even some shops selling one-of-a-kind Potter-related merchandise that you can't find anywhere else in the Harry Potter world.

Of the company running as a “free tour” operator, City Manager Charles Purdue-Pulido said,

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“We believe that everyone, no matter their budget, should be able to experience and enjoy what London has to offer. We also believe that the price of the tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it. Therefore, our tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis so that everyone can choose to donate whatever they thought it was worth.”


About Strawberry Tours: Strawberry Tours, recently re-branded from Free Tours of London, is one of the very first tourism companies to offer a pay-what-you-want walking tour in London. Their tours have 4.9 or 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, which has also granted them a Certificate of Excellence. Their Harry Potter tour runs every day in English and Spanish and it's a must for Harry Potter fans, families, budget travellers or anyone looking for a unique London experience.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:10.06 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

 Tuesday, 21st


   "Fantastic Beasts" designers discuss the secrets0 Comments

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Colleen Atwood (costume designer), Stuart Craig (set designer) and Anna Pinnock (set dresser) for the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie discuss the film's "secrets."


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Another way that the architecture cleverly tied MACUSA to Hogwarts: “When you approach the main entrance of the Woolworth Building, which is a big Gothic arch, and you look right up into the point of that arch, there’s an owl carved in the stones and that [detail> for Jo Rowling must have cinched [the building as inspiration>. At one time, the script was written that the owl would actually come to life—it would animate, fly down and into the revolving doors and take visitors with it.”

Although Rowling specified how the exterior looked, Craig was able to take “total liberty” with the interior—designing a cathedral of light outfitted in the striking Art Deco style of the 1920s.

“The interior has a series of sharp windows at ground level—muggle windows with muggle businesses like lawyers and accountants and things,” explained Craig. “But once you go through the door, you kind of penetrate that layer and get into the inner core of it. And that’s where MACUSA, the headquarters, is. Below are five or six floors of basement, which is where the work is done, where bureaucracy functions.”


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:07.56 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts

   Emma Watson "cried happy tears"0 Comments

In a new interview, Emma Watson states that she cried "happy tears" when she saw the future Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre show.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:08.56 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Emma Watson, Cursed Child Theatre

   "Hermione was out of my comfort zone"0 Comments

In a new interview with WhatsOnStage, Noma Dumezweni discusses how portraying Hermione Granger was out of her comfort zone.


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When asked how she felt when she was offered the part, she said: "Very shocked and very excited all at the same time. And out of my comfort zone, which I now understand is a very good place for me to be to create good stuff. "

Dumezweni explained how she was originally asked to take part in a workshop for the piece but hadn't ever thought she would end up playing the role. "It was a workshop I thought yeah I'll do a workshop, I'm not working at the moment, let's see what happens."


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:45.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Theatre, Noma Dumezweni

 Monday, 20th


   Videos: "Beauty and the Beast"0 Comments

More videoclips have been released from Emma Watson's upcoming movie, Beauty and the Beast.








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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 23:00.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast

 Sunday, 19th


   "Cursed Child" tops WhatsOnStage Awards!0 Comments

WhatsOnStage is reporting that the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre show won the most awards at the annual WhatsOnStage Awards.


  Accio Quote:

Best Actor in a Play – Jamie Parker

Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Anthony Boyle

Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Noma Dumezweni

Best New Play

Best Direction – John Tiffany

Best Set Design – Christine Jones

Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin

Best Video Design – Finn Ross and Ash Woodward


Congratulations!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:02.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Theatre

 Friday, 17th


   Radcliffe to appear on "The Graham Norton Show"0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, the BBC has uploaded a video clip of Daniel Radcliffe from tonight's upcoming show.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:34.54 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Daniel Radcliffe, The Graham Norton Show

 Thursday, 16th


   Video: Watson describes her love of "Beauty and the Beast"0 Comments

Speaking to PinkVilla, Emma Watson describes her love for the Beauty and the Beast movie.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:10.47 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast

   Visit Hollywood Studios to see "Beauty and the Beast" props0 Comments

If you visit Disney's Hollywood Studios from now until March 26th, you can see props from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:22.02 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Beauty and the Beast

 Wednesday, 15th


   See the "Fantastic Beasts" special effects0 Comments

To promote the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them DVD release on March 27th, Rodeo FX has created a video clip that shows us how 1920s New York and MACUSA was brought to life.


  Accio Quote:
Rodeo FX delivered 126 visual effects shots for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, including many featured creatures and their environments, the magical reconstruction of a destroyed room, and MACUSA – the elaborate headquarters of the wizarding world.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:04.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts

   Rowling and LEGO Voldemort0 Comments

EW recently spoke to LEGO Batman director Chris McKay.

He discussed how Rowling was a pleasure to work with and how they remained true to Voldemort during his LEGO transformation:


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J.K. Rowling obviously cares very deeply about these characters, so we absolutely had to run stuff by her. But honestly, there were no notes. The only thing that she gave us was, like, spell suggestions and things like that that Voldemort should say. It was all really positive and helpful. It was never ‘I’m uncomfortable with that.’ I can’t say enough good things about working with her.



  Accio Quote:
At one point I approached the studio and asked if I could get Ralph to do both (Alfred and Voldemort). But unless you’re going to do a scene where Alfred and Voldemort confront each other, I didn’t want something to feel like a missed opportunity. (Laughs.) I do remember when I was pitching (Fiennes) the movie, I said, ‘Yeah, then all of these bad guys are going to be unleashed like King Kong and Sauron and Voldemort—’ And then I stopped for a second because I realized who[m> I was talking to.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:14.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: LEGO

 Tuesday, 14th


   "Fantastic Beasts" takes home a BAFTA!0 Comments

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has won the "Production Design" award at the BAFTAs!

Congratualtions







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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:07.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts

   3 new "Beasts" revealed!0 Comments

Creative director Christian Manz recently explained at London's VFX Festival some of the creatures that did not make it into the Fanatstic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.


  Accio Quote:
Scrapped ideas included a tree-forming lizard, which saw hundreds of small reptiles forming and reforming large plant-like structures (an idea tried out at the visual effects stage) and a deceptively good-looking fish, which actually held a secret...



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“We came up with this idea for a fish that looked like a beautiful fish – and then it leapt out of the water and you realise it’s a bit of a crap-looking fish, but surrounded by beautiful fish that are making it look like a big one,” Manz recalled.



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“The ice turtle – another thing of trying to explain away natural things as, maybe that is hidden under there,” Manz told the crowd.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:18.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts


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