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03.30

 New Welcome Screen At Official Site

- [ Jasen @ 05:04 PM . PST . Movie ]

Just a little news-worthy tidbit, the Official Site has up a new welcome screen image that features Hagrid, Snape, and Dumbledore in very serious poses, but pleasantly dark and moody nonetheless!


03.29

 Heyman to Tell Giants and the Joneses Tale

- [ M17 @ 05:59 PM . PST . Movie ]

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has optioned the feature film rights to U.K. novel The Giants and the Joneses for "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman to produce...

More from Coming Soon!


03.29

 Daniel Radcliffe - Britain's Second Richest Teen!

- [ M17 @ 02:58 PM . PST . Movie ]

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has become Britain's second-richest teenager after Prince Harry.

Daniel, 14, has reportedly earned £6m in three years from playing the fictional children's character, Harry Potter.


The second-richest teenager in Britain spot was previously held by Charlotte Church, but with five of the seven Harry Potter movies yet to be released, Daniel's current earning are just a small amount of his potential income.

Daniel Radcliffe originally received £75,000 for his performance in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 2001.

A film insider explained: "Daniel gets a cut for every Harry Potter product sold that bears his picture.

"The project would lose too much credibility if they changed any of the lead actors now so Daniel can name his price."

Predicting that Daniel will overtake Prince Harry's £14m fortune by the time all the Potter movies have been released, the movie insider went on: "Daniel has already reached scary heights but his earnings to date are only the tip of the iceberg...

Much more of this story can be found at itv.com!


03.26

 Emma Watson At The "Scooby Doo 2" Premiere

- [ Jasen @ 09:43 PM . PST . Movie ]

Check out the fan report and some pics by the folks over at EmmaWatson-Fans.com!


03.23

 Godric's Hollow Interviews Cast

- [ Scott @ 07:30 AM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Bobafett of Godric's Hollow for informing us of their exclusive interview with Jim Tavare, who will play Tom the Bartender in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (in theatres everywhere June 4th):

BoBaFeTT - We have yet to see the movie so we haven't seen you as tom yet, did it take much preparation in the makeup department to get ready for your role?

Jim - Alfonso was very passionate how he saw Tom. He had obviously put A lot of thought into the character. He wanted a strong physical presence so a hump was born, rotten teeth, grotesque fingernails and one leg longer than the other. He wanted the costumes to look more modernist in Azkaban.

For the entire interview click here. To see who else they interviewed, click below.


Godric's Hollow also was able to interview James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) at the Celebrity Autograph Expo this past weekend.

What's your favorite scene in GoF that you hope they include in the movie?

Devon: Quidditch World Cup
Matthew: The one where Harry gets the egg from under the dragon, yeah.
James: Where the Weasley's go and rescue Harry in the beginning.
Oliver: Probably the Weasley tent. (At the quidditch World Cup all the Weasley's, Harry, and Hermione squeeze into 2 pup tents but they're huge on the inside).

For the full interview, click here.


03.22

 Alicia Spinnett Turns 19!

- [ Jasen @ 10:07 PM . PST . Movie ]

Actinggal lets us know that the actress that plays Alicia Spinnett, the Gryffindor Quidditch Team Captain (in Book 5), Leilah Sutherland, celebrates her 19th birthday today! iHP wishes her a happy one, complete with lots of cake, presents, and company!


03.20

 PoA Cast Birthdays

- [ Jasen @ 08:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

Kudos to Actinggal2004 for letting us know that David Thewlis (Prof. Lupin) turns 41 today and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) turns 46 tomorrow! iHP would like to wish them both a very safe and Happy Birthday!


03.20

 Robbie Coltrane May Return To "Cracker"

- [ Jasen @ 12:33 PM . PST . Movie ]

ic Liverpool has word on Coltrane's possible new project.

Thanks to JD!


03.20

 John Cleese On His Upcoming Films

- [ Jasen @ 12:14 PM . PST . Movie ]

John Cleese talked to About.com about some of his upcoming movies, including "Shrek 2" and "Around the World in 80 Days", with a mention of HP:

And Harry Potter 3? No, I’m not in that. At least I’ve heard a strong rumor that I’m not. The Harry Potter people haven’t actually told me. I think they were a bit embarrassed and so didn’t actually ring me, which is fairly typical.

Are you committed to future Potters? Yeah, I think I’m going to be in the fourth. You see, the point is Nearly Headless Nick has nothing to do with the plot. As you know movie scripts are very unforgiving things. Anything that’s not on story finishes up on the cutting room floor, so it’s best to cut it first.

Ohh, it'll be a miss to not see him in PoA :(

Read the interview in its full at the link!


03.15

 Richard Harris Profiled On BBC Films

- [ Jasen @ 06:18 PM . PST . Movie ]

BBC will be airing a documentary special on the life and career of the late Richard Harris, who originally played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies, on March 15th.

Thanks to Stacey!


03.10

 Chris Rankin Drops By The Scholastic Store

- [ Jasen @ 06:24 PM . PST . Movie ]

The latest from Scholastic.com:


Chris sports a new, shaggier hairstyle

Chris Rankin stopped by Scholastic's world headquarters in New York City recently to talk about his role as Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. I was lucky enough to meet him and interview him for Scholastic News Online. Chris Rankin is a very kind and funny person. As we were on our way to a tour of the Scholastic store, I offered to let him walk down the stairs in front of me. He insisted that I go first. He is funny because when we were visiting the Scholastic store, he clinked the suit of armor and said, "Oh, it's metal!" I guess he thought it was going to be made of plastic or cardboard.


One of the questions I asked Chris was: Did you read the Harry Potter books before you applied for the movie? "Yeah. That's the only reason I applied to do it in the first place," he told me. He was a fan of the books to start with.

I asked Chris what he and Percy have in common.

"Not that much actually," he said. "I'm an only child, so I don't have six other brothers and sisters [like Percy does], thank goodness. However, I was a prefect at school and I've got ginger hair, and at the time the film came out I was the age Percy was in the first book." Chris also hopes he is not quite as boring as Percy.


Scholastic Student Reporter Lindsay Guastafeste interviews Chris Rankin at Scholastic's world headquarters. (Photo: Rachel Laskow)

The fourth Harry Potter movie begins filming in April. It will be released in 2005. While Chris will be busy with that, he has also just started his own theatre company in England.

I asked Chris if he would like to work on the stage in the United States.

"Yes! Are you offering me a job?" he said. (I told you he was funny.) He would love to work on Broadway, he said. Chris is a big fan of musicals and musical theatre.

So what if Harry Potter was written into a play?

"A play? That would be interesting. But how would you do Quidditch matches on stage?" he said. "It could get messy." He also thought that a Harry Potter musical would be fun.

Check out the rest at the link!


03.10

 Fiona Shaw, Kenneth Branagh Talk About Ireland

- [ Jasen @ 06:15 PM . PST . Movie ]

From The Courier Press:

Irish actress Fiona Shaw, Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter films, hails from County Cork. She thinks the Irish are such great storytellers because "They're great liars. I've had a fair amount of stories told to me when you're expecting to be paid or a contract to be done or a promise to be kept. 'Oh, yes, well the thing was the dog ran off with it.' It has something to do with the fact that if you take everything away from people, it'll heighten what they have got, and the Irish were not allowed wealth and weren't allowed opportunity or language, to speak their own language. And they weren't allowed religion. But, of course, nobody could stop them talking."

Kenneth Branagh, Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was born in Belfast. He says, "There's an ultimate certainty about not taking yourself too seriously which is not to say that one can't employ seriousness of purpose about all sorts of things, but there are just times when it's (better to laugh)... The Vikings came in, then Cromwell came in and walked all over us. The British tried to mangle our culture like they did many other cultures globally. Somehow the Irish had a sort of lyricism about it - 'Oh, don't worry about it, let's go have a drink or sing a song...' You feel it in the people. They are great survivors."


03. 6

 Send Your Poems and Short Stories To Dan Radcliffe!

- [ Jasen @ 07:33 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to all our readers who wrote in to give us this heads-up:

At DanRadcliffe.com, you can now send your own poems and "short stories" in. All selected works will be published online in a new special feature for the website, as well as in print, with the name of the confirmed literary publication to be announced at a later date.


03. 6

 Maggie Smith and the Theater Life

- [ Jasen @ 07:22 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Weekend Australian had a brief talk with the actress:

MAGGIE Smith, queen of actors, who has conquered the most exacting roles in the theatre, is palely loitering on a sofa in a Sydney waterfront hotel, marvelling at the view, somewhat wan from unaccustomed jet lag and looking forward to experiencing stagefright yet again.

On her first visit to Australia, Smith is in town to begin a much anticipated national tour of her BAFTA award-winning role in Alan Bennett's play Talking Heads, a double bill with fellow venerable Brit Margaret Tyzack.

...The 70-year-old actor says even after her many years on stage and screen she is "a jangle of nerves" before she steps on stage.

"It never gets any better," she laughed. "At least, I haven't found it so, I have to confess. I think it gets worse - worse and worse. When you start, you know, you have some sort of blind confidence, arrogance, really. The more you do it the more difficult you realise it is."

The full story's at the link!


03. 6

 Gary Oldman To Star In "Batman Begins"!

- [ Jasen @ 07:12 PM . PST . Movie ]

Yep, Sirius is making the rounds. From the official Warner Bros. press release:

Batman Begins," director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated film, has commenced production in Iceland, with Gary Oldman joining the all-star cast. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In "Batman Begins," Oldman will play Lieutenant James Gordon, a detective on the Gotham police force. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as his trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as Rachel, a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises; and Ken Watanabe as the villainous Ra's Al Ghul.

Whoohoo! This is heartening news to my Batman-fan ears ;)


03. 6

 Canadian Television To Broadcast First HP Movie

- [ Jasen @ 06:44 PM . PST . Movie ]

Reader Peitouche writes to inform us:

CBC Television in Canada will be showing HP: Philosopher's Stone on March 7th. As far as I know, it's the first time it's been broadcast in Canada (at least on a Canadian station).


02.25

 James and Oliver Phelps Turn A Year Older

- [ Jasen @ 05:49 PM . PST . Movie ]

The two, who play the Weasley twins in the movies, celebrate their 18th birthday today! iHP.net wishes them a fun-filled Happy Birthday!


02.22

 Harris's "Kaena: the Prophecy"

- [ Jasen @ 07:15 PM . PST . Movie ]

A new trailer has been released for the French CGI film, which was one of the late Richard Harris's last ones. You can check out the trailer, currently in Windows Media Player format, here (large) or here (small.


02.21

 The Harry Potter Film Crew's New Project

- [ Jasen @ 03:50 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Film Designer's Guild UK has a list of crew members, who've previously worked on the Harry Potter films and a number in the James Bond series, that are now working on the upcoming Batman movie.


02.20

 Alan Rickman Turns A Year Older

- [ Jasen @ 07:48 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to reader HarryfanLuciuslover for the reminder that today (meaning the 21st for UK folks) is Alan Rickman's birthday! Everyone at iHP.net would like to wish him a very Happy B-day, complete with cake, presents, and company!


02.20

 'The Return of the King' Beats HP's Numbers

- [ Jasen @ 07:34 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Lord of the Rings finale The Return of the King has reportedly overtaken the first Harry Potter movie to become the second most successful film ever.

The final part of the Rings trilogy is now second only to the Titanic in worldwide takings, Screen Daily said.

The Return of the King has taken $981.9m (£520m), compared with $975.8m (£516.8m) for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the website said.

We'll see when PoA comes out :) Click here for the rest!


02.17

 Happy Birthday, Bonnie Wright!

- [ M17 @ 04:52 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to iHP reader HarryfanLuciuslover for tipping us that today is Bonnie Wright's, aka Ginny Weasley's 13th Birthday! Happy Birthday and Best Wishes!


02.16

 Stephen Fry and Jason Issacs At The Baftas

- [ Jasen @ 03:22 PM . PST . Movie ]

Julez writes:

Hi,

Found this cool report and picture gallery from the 2004 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards) at the Odeon Leicester Square in London lat night up on icLiverpool's site.

Great pics of Stephen Fry and Jason Isaacs!


02.16

 Cleese's "Shrek 2" Trailer Online!

- [ Jasen @ 03:03 PM . PST . Movie ]

The official Shrek 2 site has released the hilarious new trailer for the upcoming movie, co-starring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, our own funnyman John Cleese, and Julie Andrews!


02. 9

 John Williams Turns A Year Older

- [ Jasen @ 01:14 PM . PST . Movie ]

It was HP music composer, John William's birthday yesterday--everyone at iHP.net would like to wish John a very Happy Belated Birthday!


02. 1

 Emma and Rupert On Super Bowl Sunday

- [ Jasen @ 04:27 PM . PST . Movie ]

Wandless Magic has up a Windows Media video of Emma Watson and Rupert Grint's appearance on "Nickelodeon Takes Over The Super Bowl" segment, which you can check out at the link!


02. 1

 More Cast Bios!

- [ Jasen @ 02:27 PM . PST . Movie ]

Lo and behold, I'm an updating roll! I've just added four new cast bio pages up, this time for Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and newcomer Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew).

Enjoy!


01.31

 The Cast Section Returns!!

- [ Jasen @ 10:46 PM . PST . Movie ]

Yes, tonight marks the beginning of the return of the iHP Cast bios! So far, we've got pages for Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), David Thewlis (Lupin), and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) up! The rest will resurface periodically--enjoy!


01.27

 New Photos of Rupert

- [ Nick @ 12:57 PM . PST . Movie ]

For all you Rupert Grint fans out there, DigiCasey has two new photos of Mr. Grint. Check them out below:

[ Photo 1, Photo 2 ]


01.26

 Professor McGonagall Doesn't Receive the Globe

- [ Nick @ 04:59 PM . PST . Movie ]

For those who didn't get around to seeing the Golden Globe awards last night, Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) did not receive an award for her role in My House In Umbria.

Note from Jasen: A big congrats to her anyway! Hurray!!


01.25

 Tourism Increase Thanks to Potter

- [ Nick @ 05:38 PM . PST . Movie ]

From The New York Times:

Harry Potter has inspired children to visit the barrier between platforms 9 and 10 at Kings Cross Station in London looking for the Hogwarts' Express since 1997, when the first of J. K. Rowling's books was published. A number of tour companies have organized itineraries that include, if not the actual Diagon Alley or Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, then some of the sites, later enhanced by special effects, that were those imaginary settings on the big screen.

Read more at the link above!


01.24

 In the Footsteps of LOTR

- [ Jasen @ 03:40 PM . PST . Movie ]

...Percy Weasley himself (in the person of Chris Rankin, the actor who plays him in the films) will make an appearance on three tours this spring put together by Beyond Boundaries Travel. In two of them, called Live the Legend, activities include a visit to the Tower of London and a treasure hunt throughout the city, with maps and clues given out by costumed guides, as well as a visit to Oxford, with a storytelling event that focuses on Tolkien. Participants also follow Harry's route on the North York Moors Railway from Pickering to Goathland and take a class in dragon-slaying with Britain's last licensed slayer of dragons.

Another Beyond Boundaries tour created by a trio of Harry Potter fans, will take place June 1 to 6, to coincide with the release of the third Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Beginning with trips to York and Oxford, the tour winds up with a weekend at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, again with Chris Rankin joining in, for a final day of Harry Potter activities, culminating in a Hogwarts banquet. A special mystery guest is promised.

Read the entire article here!


01.24

 Matthew Lewis, CBBC Editor for a Day!

- [ Jasen @ 03:33 PM . PST . Movie ]

CBBC has an interesting little feature, in which Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the movies) was a CBBC news editor for a day! Check out the report at the link, complete with photos!


01.23

 Indian TV to show Sorcerer's Stone

- [ M17 @ 10:28 AM . PST . Movie ]

What better way to get pester power into action than show the ultimate kid's cult classic - Harry Potter - on your channel.

Pogo, which has made a none-too-auspicious Indian debut (distribution problems what else) on New Year's Day, is all set to premiere the mega blockbuster movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Indian television.

Harry Potter will air on Pogo just as Indian kids finish their exams and get into the holiday mood this summer. Now if that doesn't get demand going nothing will...

More details from Indian Television!


01.21

 Seventeen Magazine Looking For Dan Radcliffe

- [ Jasen @ 06:09 PM . PST . Movie ]

Matthew of Veritaserum writes:

The popular magazine "Seventeen" is "looking for 17 guys to make your summer sizzle", and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is one of the nominees! The online poll is updated every Monday, and the Seventeen Boys of Summer will be featured in Seventeen Magazine’s May issue. Determination of winners will be based on SMS and Online votes (70%) and votes of the Seventeen editorial team (30%).

Daniel Radcliffe is currently in 23rd place out of 50, so he needs your vote in order to make the top seventeen! Voting ends on March 31st, 2004. To vote for Daniel, click here


01.17

 Chris Rankin's New Project

- [ Jasen @ 01:19 PM . PST . Movie ]

His Official Site posted this poster, promoting his new role as Percival, the Henchman in Oakengates Theater's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"!


01.17

 Cast Report On The N Channel

- [ Jasen @ 01:05 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Kenneth for letting us know that The N Channel's show, "Real Access", will be reporting on the Harry Potter cast January 23 and 24th. Check out their schedule for full details, and be sure to set your VCRs!


01.16

 Potter Cast to Visit the United States

- [ iruhkoi @ 07:50 AM . PST . Movie ]

Harry Potter cast members Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins) will be coming to the US for a visit Spring 2004 and plan to be making public appearances over two weekends.

HPANA and TLC report that one confirmed location so far is the Westfield Shopping Mall in Santa Ana, California. If you have more informaton, be sure to let us know!


01.13

 John Hurt Stars As Alan Clark

- [ Jasen @ 11:39 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Mr. Ollivander actor...Thanks to Leaky for pointing us to this from BBC:

John Hurt plays the irrepressible Tory minister in this new six-part drama.

Controversial, irreverent, charming and vain, Alan Clark was one of our most colourful politicians during the 1980s and 90s. Adapted from his best-selling diaries, Clark lays bare personal and political landmarks of the time with unique wit and candour, from his first lowly ministerial appointment in 1983, through the glorious rises and the ignominious falls, scandals and affairs.


01.12

 Warwick Davis To Star In "Hitchhiker's Guide"

- [ Jasen @ 04:58 PM . PST . Movie ]

In a recent interview with Fangoria, Davis (who plays Prof. Flitwick in the HP movies) reveals that he will next star in the movie adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy".


01. 9

 Rupert Grint At The BAFTAs

- [ Jasen @ 06:45 PM . PST . Movie ]

DanRadcliffe.com has up a new video snippet of Rupert Grint who attended The BAFTA awards earlier this week, which was honoring Julie Walters (his on-screen mom, Mrs. Weasley)! Thanks to Bill F.

They also have a nice new picture of the keychains that are being sold with advanced ticket sales of PoA.


01. 9

 Harry Potter Helps DVD Sales

- [ Jasen @ 06:43 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter helped sales of DVDs increase by 75% in 2003 compared with the previous year.


01. 8

 Snape Spotting

- [ Scott @ 12:20 PM . PST . Movie ]

Lucky residents in Baltimore may have seen actor Alan Rickman (Prof. Snape), as he has spent time there filming a special for HBO.

Thanks to Leaky for the link.


01. 4

 Matthew Lewis Talks To MuggleNet

- [ Jasen @ 06:52 PM . PST . Movie ]

MuggleNet was lucky enough to host an online chat with the actor, who plays Neville in the movies. Read it at the link.


01. 2

 James and Oliver Phelp's 18th Birthday Project

- [ Jasen @ 01:38 PM . PST . Movie ]

Jess of the Weasley twins actors fansite Double Trouble writes:

Dear IHarryPotter.net Staff,

As we all know, the transition from a teenager to an adult can be considered one of the most monumental changes in one’s life. This important transition, otherwise known as the 18th birthday, is coming up soon for James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and their fans would like to put together a fanbook in honor of the occasion. We would really appreciate it if you could spread the word by means of a simple news announcement or a link!


All fans of Harry Potter are welcome to contribute by sending in anything from a birthday card/present and a fanfic involving them to a newspaper clipping of James and Oliver/Harry Potter and a picture of the James Ave street sign in their hometown. The theme of the fanbook is music (Bon Jovi, RHCP, the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Eagles, Queen, etc. to name some of their favorite artists) and sports (golf and pro-golfers like Sergio Garcia and Nick Faldo, as well as England rugby and the Aston Villa or Blues soccer teams) so sending in something related to the aforementioned bands/athletes would be perfect. Everything must be received by January 31st so we don’t have much time, but hopefully, with your help, we can spread the word quickly enough to reach everyone that would be interested. Please visit the fanbook page to find out more about the project!

Thank you so much for your help!


01. 2

 The HP Movie Crew...

- [ M17 @ 11:09 AM . PST . Movie ]

What we see is great actors... but what about those who work behind the scenes...

"It can be tough to get your foot in the door, but I got to know some faces in the industry and phoned around before I landed my first job on Chamber Of Secrets. It's good money, but hard work. The hours aren't very sociable and sometimes you're under a lot of pressure. "There's always another challenge. I worked on Hogwarts girls' bathroom as well as Diagon Alley. You meet some interesting characters and you get to go to the wrap parties at the end of filming."

More from The Mirror.


01. 2

 Cinemas Need Magic as Box Office Earnings Fall

- [ M17 @ 10:55 AM . PST . Movie ]

A SHAKE of a magic wand from a certain bespectacled boy wizard could have worked wonders for British cinemas in 2003.
Industry figures published yesterday show the absence of a new Harry Potter film may have contributed to a sudden downturn in the number of people going to the movies over the past 12 months.

More of this story from The Herald.


12.29

 Emma Thompson Goes On "Hardtalk"

- [ Jasen @ 03:58 PM . PST . Movie ]

Reader Andrew informs us that the BBC television program, "Hard Talk" talked with Thompson today, where she discussed her AIDS charity work:

Talking to Lyse Doucet about her campaign for action on HIV/Aids, she told HARDtalk, "this is the biggest global emergency that we've probably ever faced - the biggest plague since the Mediaeval plague. I think our response to it has been pitiful. It's time for us all to become active because we're looking at the death of a continent".

See video of the interview here.


12.29

 Double Feature Fizzles at NY Theater

- [ M17 @ 11:54 AM . PST . Movie ]

The Riviera Theatre in Tonawandan, New York, scheduled a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as a double feature this past weekend but to their dismay only eight people showed up for what was expected to be a sold-out show, leaving the usually busy theatre quiet.

Theatre manager Jim Kretz attributes the low turnout to other area events and a lack of advertising for the special show.

"There's a lot of stuff going on today. I think a lot of people are out shopping or at the Bills game. The Lord of the Rings may have had something to do with it as well."

The theatre will hold the screening over until next weekend with hopes that more people will show up for the second run, Kretz said.

Source: Tonawanda News / WizardNews


12.24

 Dan Answers 100 Questions

- [ Jasen @ 11:32 AM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to all our readers who wrote in to let us know that DanRadcliffe.com's interview with Daniel is now online!


12.21

 Fansite Chats With Daniel Radcliffe

- [ Jasen @ 10:02 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to reader Bill, for letting us know that DanRadcliffe.c.uk now has an interview up with Dan, himself!


12.20

 Newell's "Mona Lisa Smile" Now In Theaters

- [ Jasen @ 12:52 AM . PST . Movie ]

In yesterday's news, GoF movie director Mike Newell's "Mona Lisa Smile" was released in theaters. So be sure to check out your local showtimes, and don't forget that the PoA teaser trailer is now playing with the LOTR: ROTK!!


12.19

 Jason Issacs On Being Hook in "Peter Pan"

- [ Jasen @ 02:14 PM . PST . Movie ]

Philip Key of Daily Post sits down with Jason Issacs for an interview:

Alas, he is not in the next Harry Potter film - his character was not in the story. But Malfoy is in the next book and he's keeping his fingers crossed that the character will be in that film.

"You know, it's a bit of a scream to go into the make-up room and see the cream of the British acting world sitting there. Personally, I'd just be happy just making the tea for people like Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman."

Much more at the link and thanks again to Julez!


12.19

 Actors Honor Julie Walters

- [ Jasen @ 02:07 PM . PST . Movie ]

Reader Julez lets us know that "BAFTA are honouring Julie Walters in a televised special show to be screened in the UK on BBC1 at 8.30pm tomorrow. icLiverpool have more details and an interview".


12.19

 Jason Issacs Up For Detective Role

- [ Jasen @ 02:02 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Hollywood Reporter has this tidbit on one of Jason Issacs's upcoming film roles, "Crash".

Written by Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash, follows a multiethnic cast through the streets of Los Angeles as they careen in and out of one another's lives. Isaacs plays Detective Grace, the chief detective responsible for solving a wrap-around murder case that is part of the plot, while Esposito will star as the love interest of Cheadle's character who also is his partner on the police force.


12.19

 David Thewlis Joins "Kingdom of Heaven"

- [ Jasen @ 02:00 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Hollywood Reporter has this:

David Thewlis has joined the cast of director Ridley Scott's epic Kingdom of Heaven for 20th Century Fox. Thewlis will star opposite Orlando Bloom in the film, which is set in 12th century Europe and the Far East.

Ridley Scott has said he "wanted to do a film with knights in armor, but thought why do some homogenous story when screenwriter William Monahan came up with such rich history? He based this drama on accurate research, which he spent 19 months compiling and writing."

Read a bit more!


12.19

 OotP Movie Director Rumor Debunked

- [ Jasen @ 01:48 PM . PST . Movie ]

Chris Faile of FilmJerk.com lets us know that Stuart Baird is not, in fact, directing the future OotP movie:

For all it has done to transform the modern landscape, the Internet can sometimes still resemble the children’s game of “Telephone.” Take the recent case of rumors circulating that director Stuart Baird would helm the fifth installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." So how did this happen and what is the reaction from Warner Bros., the distributor of the film?

The rumor began circulating when Baird’s name was suddenly found on the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" page at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com), with Baird's name there since at least December 14. Since that time, a half-dozen news articles – along with speculation found on many a film message board – have appeared.

Read on at the link!


12.16

 Mayor Nearly Headless Nick?

- [ Jasen @ 10:00 PM . PST . Movie ]

According to the Houston Chronicle, John Cleese is pondering the possibility:

John Cleese might follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger by making a run for California public office, reports The New York Post.

Cleese's Monty Python co-star Michael Palin told London's Daily Telegraph that Cleese is "very involved with his local community" in Santa Barbara and is thinking of running for mayor.

As for his acting career, Palin said, "He doesn't really want to do comedy anymore. He has a very active and inquiring mind." Cleese's appearances in the Harry Potter movies will "fund the rest of his life," said Palin.

Hmm... Mayor John Cleese...it could work.


12.16

 Dan, Rupert, and Emma...Thirty Years From Now

- [ Jasen @ 09:56 PM . PST . Movie ]

Javier of Fans de Harry Potter graciously translated a short article from Portuguese, a scan of which, you can check out here, courtesy of HarryPotterOFilme.

December's SET magazine edition brings an interesting article for Harry Potter fans: who would be the actors that would act as the characters from the series as if they were like 30 years old!

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe): Joseph Fiennes
Although he starred on movies such as Shakespeare In Love, Ralph Fiennes' brother still hasn't starred in real movies with big roles. Who knows if he wouldn't surprise us acting as a grown-up Harry Potter...

Hermione Granger (Emma Watson): Rachel Weisz
The role she played in The Mummy was very inteligent, as Hermione is. Rachel's beauty and sensuality would show how a young 'nerd' girl turn into a beautiful woman.

Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint): Jason Flemyng
His humor and strong English accent are essential for acting as Ron Weasley, and is very similar physically.

Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton): Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson usually personifies characters in funny movies and doesn't need to exaggerate very much to act as Malfoy, Harry's arrogant enemy.


12.12

 Chris Rankin To Make Tour Appearances

- [ Jasen @ 10:41 PM . PST . Movie ]

Chris's official site reports that he's scheduled to appear at two Live the Legend! tours, which you can find out more about here.


12.12

 Sean Biggerstaff Talks Harry Potter and Stardom

- [ Jasen @ 10:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

MuggleNet has up the full text of a new interview that the French magazine, ONE, had with Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), complete with a page scan.

However, Sean had this to say on his official site, regarding the interview:

I just had a look at the interview from Mugglenet. Diane put it up as there is nothing in anyway incriminating in it, but it is still the case that it deviates hugely from anything I ever said. This is pretty typical, although this one was particularly notable in that respect as I didn't even know what the word 'ephemeral' meant until I looked it up after reading the article.

I have no problem with articles being displayed on this site but everyone should bear in mind that most journalists never print an accurate account of what was said in an interview. Read them. If you enjoy them, great. If you don't, doesn't matter. Just don't place any value in them. Same goes for most of what I write, come to think of it.


12.12

 Warwick Davis To Attend Convention and Pictures!

- [ Jasen @ 10:13 PM . PST . Movie ]

Winky Webmistress of Potter World Online informs us that "Warwick Davis will come to Paris for the 'Paris Toy collections' event on the 8th Februray 2004. The entry is 8€".

Winky also lets us know that DanRadcliffe.com has four new, nice and huge scans of Dan and Emma Watson online, which you can check out at the link!


12. 8

 New "Charles II" Pics Online

- [ Jasen @ 04:56 PM . PST . Movie ]

Sean Biggerstaff's official site points us to a few new pics from the BBC website, which feature Sean on and off camera.


12. 6

 Télé Magazine Features The HP Trio On Cover!

- [ Jasen @ 12:13 PM . PST . Movie ]

Winky Webmistress writes:

Hi, in the new issue of the French magazine "Télé magazine", on the cover was a new picture of Dan, Rupert and Emma (approximativly the same kind of shots than on the vanity fair)

You'll find it here (it's huge!)


12. 5

 Timothy Spall's "Last Samurai" Is Out!

- [ Jasen @ 08:41 PM . PST . Movie ]

Timothy Spall, who plays Peter Pettigrew in the PoA movie, also stars in the new Tom Cruise flick, "The Last Samurai", which opens today! Check out the showtimes for your local theater!


12. 4

 New Interview with Alan Rickman

- [ iruhkoi @ 04:50 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to iHP reader Mandy for pointing out a new interview with Alan Rickman (also known as Professor Snape in the Potter movies) from studentnewpaper.org. While it's primarily focused on the new British hit film "Love, Actually," Rickman does reference his role in the Harry Potter movies as well:

"In many of Alan Rickman’s more illustrious roles we’ve seen him an inimitable ‘baddie’ of the silver screen. The hysterically camp Sheriff of Nottingham who ‘called off Christmas’ in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the infinitely refined terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard and, of course, the pseudo-psychotic Professor Snape in Harry Potter. As it happens, Rickman often admits a desire to escape his quintessential bad guy image."

Read more at the link above!


12. 1

 John Hurt VALIANTly Lends Voice

- [ Scott @ 08:12 AM . PST . Movie ]

John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander to you) will be lending his voice to the CG animated film "VALIANT" produced by Vanguard Animation, according to Yahoo News.


11.28

 Happy Birthday Alfonso!!

- [ Jasen @ 02:17 PM . PST . Movie ]

Today is Alfonso Cuarón's birthday! He was born on the 28th of this month, in 1961, so that makes him a healthy 42 today! Have a good one, but watch out for Dementors stealing a piece of your cake ;)


11.26

 John Williams Talks About His Music and Influences

- [ Jasen @ 11:18 AM . PST . Movie ]

The Harry Potter music composer recently sat down with CSO.org's (The Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Phillip Huscher, in which he discusses his work on composing film scores:

Phillip Huscher:
It's hard to imagine films such as Star Wars or Schindler's List or Harry Potter without your music. Where do your musical ideas come from? How do you begin?

John Williams:
My choice always is not to read scripts. I'd rather go into a projection room and look at a film that is at least in an editorial state where one can get a pretty accurate rhythm of the piece and have a sense of surprise at the events. If you know what's happening, you don't have that same pristine, unprepared reaction that the audience will have.

Read on here!


11.26

 "Charles II" DVD Coming Feb.

- [ Jasen @ 11:07 AM . PST . Movie ]

According to Sean Biggerstaff's official site, the "Charles II" DVD will be released on February 16, 2004. So if you missed your chance to see the movie (that originally aired on BBC1 a couple weeks ago), you won't have to wait long to see Sean and a few other CoS cast members starring in it!


11.26

 David Thewlis's "Timeline" In Theaters Today!

- [ Jasen @ 10:58 AM . PST . Movie ]

The new movie "Timeline", which costars David Thewlis (PoA's Professor Lupin) is released to theaters today! Check out Moviefone to catch the appropriate showtimes for your area!


11.26

 A Few Words With Crabbe

- [ Jasen @ 10:52 AM . PST . Movie ]

Okay, more than a few words, but Leaky has a great new interview with Jamie Waylett, the actor who plays Crabbe in the Harry Potter movies!


11.25

 Official Site's New Front Page

- [ Jasen @ 08:21 PM . PST . Movie ]

HP.com has a new intro-front page, which now features a Quidditch field, rather than the Weasleys' Flying Car stuck in the Whomping Willow.


11.24

 Wanna Ask Daniel Radcliffe A Question?

- [ Jasen @ 03:54 PM . PST . Movie ]

...besides "Are you single?" Well if you do, now's your chance! Jenna of DanRadcliffe.com posted this reminder today:

There are just a few days left to submit your questions to Dan for the holidays. We have already made a list, and we are checking it twice ... please make sure your questions aren't naughty, but nice! :o)

The deadline for submitting questions is November 26th at 5pm EST. No more questions will be considered after that time. Thank you to everyone who has sent in submissions so far, we have many great questions to choose from!

There's more details on the "Ask Dan" project at the link!


11.22

 Alan Rickman Talks Being Professor Snape

- [ Jasen @ 12:59 PM . PST . Movie ]

Handbag.com has a great interview with Alan Rickman who discusses his career as an actor and his playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films:

Have you noticed a big difference in your career since you've done Snape in the Harry Potter films?
Harry Potter feels like a whole other part of my life. It's somehow not part of the me who did Private Lives in the West End and the me who directed, and who did Love Actually. Harry Potter is like a pocket of life that I go and visit again from time to time.

Have you read all the Harry Potter books? Are you a fan?
You can't stop turning the pages, can you? But I haven't read them all - I have to try to catch up as we film.

The part of Snape seemed so perfect for you... there was something about it which made it look like you were stretched and yet sort of confined at the same time. Did you feel that?
Good way of putting it, actually. Because that's what Snape's like. There are such still waters in there. And the trouble is that there's so much we don't know yet 'cause JK Rowling hasn't revealed it. I know a couple of things about all that, that you don't and I'm not telling...

How do you get the dreadful Snape hair?
Easy. It's a wig.

There's more at the link above and kudos to Mandy!


11.18

 Harry Potter Actors In "Charles II"

- [ Jasen @ 05:14 PM . PST . Movie ]

Kudos to MuggleNet, who managed to get up some screenshots from the BBC 1 movie, "Charles II", which stars several CoS movie actors, including Sean Biggerstaff and Christian Coulson!


11.17

 Tom Riddle as... Superman?

- [ Mischa @ 08:29 PM . PST . Movie ]

Here's what Dark Horizons had to say on casting rumors for the caped crusader (that other one who doesn't play quidditch but still can fly):

Onto the more speculative internet gossip and whilst Brendan Fraser seems still the fave for Supes, that apparently hasn't stopped Warners from continuing to test with other actors. One such rumoured name is 25-year-old Christian Coulson, better known as the evil Tom Riddle in "Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets".

Keep in mind people that this stemmed from the UK film magazine HotDog and is right now, just a rumor.


11.15

 All Daniel Radcliffe Wants For Christmas

- [ Jasen @ 01:36 PM . PST . Movie ]

DanRadcliffe.com has this special message from Dan:

"In the past my fans have been truly generous in sending me fantastic presents especially for my birthday and at Christmas. I truly appreciate these and feel very fortunate to have such loyal fans. However, this Christmas, I would like to ask that instead of sending me a gift that they make a donation to DEMELZA HOUSE, a fantastic children's hospice outside London that I support, which does amazing work for terminally ill children and their families. The focus of the hospice is in their words about, "Adding life to days when days cannot be added to life". Please visit the website www.demelzahouse.org to find out more about this incredible place that I feel very proud to support.

Thank you for the kindness you have shown to me throughout 2003 and any help you can give to Demelza House this Christmas will be truly appreciated by me and everyone who is involved with this special place."

More details at the links above, and thanks to Jet for the heads-up!


11.15

 Squabbling Over Props?

- [ M17 @ 12:48 PM . PST . Movie ]

Jason Isaacs was quoted as saying "The set is just a big collection of great British actors in a constant battle over who gets the most extravagant wig, cane, cape and false beard. It's a luvvie's dream come true"...

Source: Godric's Hollow


11.14

 Chris Rankin to Appear on Irish Radio

- [ Scott @ 12:45 PM . PST . Movie ]

Chris Rankin will be appearing on a Dublin, Ireland radio station tomorrow afternoon (local Irish time), as announced on his forums earlier today:

just to make sure anyone (and i think there may only be one of you) from Dublin listens to me live on a dublin radio station at 1pm tomorrow - Saturday 15th November.... PLEASE listen!

Which station he'll be speaking on is uncertain, but look for updates later today.


11.13

 News From SeanBiggerstaff.com

- [ Jasen @ 05:41 PM . PST . Movie ]

First off, one of Sean's earlier movies, "The Winter Guest", which co-stars Alan Rickman, will air on the IFC channel in the US later this month. Click here for the schedule.

Second, Sean will be appearing in the first episode of "Chares II", a new movie airing on BBC 1 this Sunday. The series also stars familiar faces such as Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle), Shirley Henderson (Myrtle), and David Bradley (Filch)! More details.


11. 9

 Welsh Comic Lands Film Role!

- [ M17 @ 09:42 AM . PST . Movie ]

A touch of comedy (although we have already seen much) will be added to the Harry Potter films... can you guess what role he'll be playing?

FAST Show comic Paul Whitehouse will be adding his own touch of magic to the next Harry Potter film.

The Rhondda-born funnyman has taken on the role of Sir Caddogan, a knight who becomes the temporary guardian of Gryffindor Tower.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is set for release in June next year, but a sneak preview trailer will be in cinemas next week.

The third film in the series stars Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, who escapes from Azkaban prison.

Other famous names include Timothy Spall, Pam Ferris and Michael Gambon.

With Timothy Spall playing Peter Pettigrew, Pam Ferris as Aunt Marge, and Michael Gambon as, of course, Professor Dumbledore. Source: ic Wales


11. 8

 TV Watch: Alan Rickman On "Jimmy Kimmel"

- [ Jasen @ 12:33 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Julie for letting us know that Alan Rickman will be appearing as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel, this Wednesday November 12, 2003. Set your VCRs!

UPDATE: Thanks also to Theresa for sending us this:

Hello again Jasen! I was going through my weekly routine of looking at daytime talk shows and found that Emma Thompson will be appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show Wednesday, November 12th. Of course she will be there to talk about her new movie "Love Actually," but maybe this time she will talk about her role on Harry Potter!!! I can't wait!! Just click on the site and you can find out what channel and when you can see her!


11. 7

 Happy Birthday Chris Rankin

- [ Scott @ 06:05 PM . PST . Movie ]

Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies turns 20 today (as of this posting it's 2:00 am Saturday, November 8th in the UK) and begins the final year of his second decade of life. From all of us here at iHP, we wish you a very happy birthday with loads of great presents!


11. 6

 Parent Company of Warner Bros. Drops "AOL" Prefix

- [ iruhkoi @ 08:54 PM . PST . Movie ]

This is slightly old, but still pertinent:

The parent company of Warner Bros. studios, which distributes the Harry Potter films, has elected to change its name from "AOL Time Warner" to simply "Time Warner." The move comes after investors and corporate officials felt that the AOL and Time Warner merger that resulted in the name change wasn't as successful as had been hoped.

"We believe that our new name better reflects the portfolio of our valuable businesses and ends any confusion between our corporate name and the America Online brand name for our investors, partners and the public," AOL Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons said in a press statement.

As a result, Potter fans will now see the words "A Time Warner Company" underneath the WB logo at the start of the Prisoner of Azkaban film, which is different from what was seen in the previous two.

For more information on Time Warner, click here to visit their official site.


11. 5

 Trailer For John Cleese's "Shrek 2" Online!!

- [ Jasen @ 05:36 PM . PST . Movie ]

MSNBC has the first teaser trailer for next year's "Shrek 2", the sequel that stars John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) as Princess Fiona's father! See it at the link!


11. 5

 SS And CoS Marathon On HBO

- [ Michelle @ 05:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

I was just channel surfing and caught that Chamber of Secrets will be premiering on HBO Family this Saturday night! And just because they are so cool they will air Sorcerer's Stone right before the premiere of CoS. Now all you're going to need is the popcorn.....

Read about the premiere and get showtimes here.


11. 5

 Spall To Appear In The Series Of Unfortunate Events Movie

- [ Michelle @ 10:23 AM . PST . Movie ]

Ananova has posted that Timothy Spall, who plays Peter Pettigrew in PoA has just been added to the cast of Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Spall will be playing Mr. Poe who is the guardian of the Bauldelaire estate. The adaptation of the popular book series is scheduled to hit theaters late in 2004.


11. 5

 Phelps Twins Appearing In Nuneaton

- [ Michelle @ 10:12 AM . PST . Movie ]

From ic Coventry:

James and Oliver Phelps - who play Fred and George Weasley in the Warner Brothers movies - have agreed to switch on Nuneaton's festive lights on Friday, November 14.

Oliver Phelps, who plays George Weasley in the films, said he was delighted to be asked to help out.

He said: "Both James and I are really excited to be invited to help switch on the lights this year in Nuneaton town centre.

"With the Magic of Christmas, we hope that we can join in with the celebrations and give the town centre a night to remember. We may even have a surprise or two in store for visitors to the town centre during the night."

Read the entire article at the link above.


11. 3

 "Filmed Together" Sequels Becoming A Trend

- [ iruhkoi @ 06:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

An article from Gazette.com takes a look at how more and more movies coming out of Hollywood are being filmed together with their sequels. Notable examples include the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Matrix trilogy. The article also makes a Harry Potter reference:

"On the one hand, filming one or more sequels at once assures audiences that they will see their favorite characters exactly as they remember them from the previous movie. There is nothing worse than actors who age faster than their characters.

The "Harry Potter" kids are aging rapidly and filmmakers are trying to churn out sequels as quickly as possible, but they must wait for J.K. Rowling to write her books first. In the long run, this could spell casting changes in future "Harry Potter" movies."

Read more at the link above!


11. 2

 It's "Love, Actually" Week!

- [ Jasen @ 06:30 PM . PST . Movie ]

Reader Mrs. Lupin writes:

Hi Jason,

I went to a sneak preview of "Love, Actually" last night. In a dialogue with the U.S. President, England's Prime Minister -- played by Hugh Grant -- lists things that prove "Britain is great." Harry Potter and Shakespeare are included in this list.

I thought that was interesting since "Love, Actually" stars HP actors Alan Rickman (Snape) and Emma Thompson (Trelawney). The movie is terrific, but it's too mature for young children.

* * * * *

Amy also sends this word:

Jasen, this is another Emma Thompson appearance but I wanted to let you know about it too. This Monday, Ms. Thompson will be on Oprah, also discussing her new film (Love, Actually). This is off of the official website:

Oprah, Try Something New! (PG)
We can't believe Oprah's trying "this" on television—Oprah and Clint Eastwood where? Then, Oprah's never met him—Hugh Grant with his brilliant co-star Emma Thompson. Plus, an update straight from the finish line with "marathon man" P. Diddy!


11. 2

 Emma Thompson On Regis and Kelly This Wednesday!

- [ Jasen @ 10:58 AM . PST . Movie ]

Remember to set your VCRs...iHP reader Theresa writes:

Hi Jasen! Just wanted to let you know that on Wednesday, November 5th, Emma Thompson will be on ABC's Regis and Kelly! She will be there to talk about her new movie "Love Actually" Maybe she will talk about filming Harry Potter!! Here is this site for you if you would like to put it on the web page! Just click on "Upcoming Guests" and it gives you the entire week of guests. Ok ttyl!!


10.31

 Newell To Open Studios

- [ iruhkoi @ 03:36 PM . PST . Movie ]

from PRNewswire:

"The man chosen to direct 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' will be in Lincoln in December to officially open the University of Lincoln's media incubator centre.

British film-maker Mike Newell, who shot to fame in 1994 as the director of the smash hit comedy 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', has agreed to preside over the official opening of Sparkhouse Studios in December.

As an added bonus he will give an interview in front of a live audience to Professor Brian Winston, Dean of the Faculty of Media and Humanities at the university."


10.31

 Chris Rankin Chat Transcript Online

- [ Michelle @ 08:00 AM . PST . Movie ]

If you missed the webchat with Percy Weasley himself Chris Rankin last night, no worries, the transcript is right here. Chris talks a bit about PoA and there are some nice pictures. ;)

Thanks to Martin for the tip!


10.29

 Harry Potter Autograph Collection

- [ Michelle @ 07:55 PM . PST . Movie ]

TLC pointed us in the direction of an absolutely wonderful autograph collection. Not only does it have nearly all of the actors and actresses involved in the HP movies but several others that may interest you as well, including the stars of LOTR and Star Wars. Included with the collection are some letters from the actors. One of the more revealing ones is from Nina Young who plays the Grey Lady. She provides some very interesting insight to the story of the mysterious Ravenclaw ghost.

Dear Wendy,
Thank you for your letter. I hope we will learn more about the Grey Lady in the next book. JK Rowling wrote to me before the first movie and said she would appear later in the series. She also told me that she was a highly intellectual young lady and a bit of a blue stocking. She never found true love as she never found a man up to her standards. Although I was supposed to be in all the movies, I did not film the second and am still waiting on the third. My fingers are crossed.


10.29

 CONFIRMED: PoA Trailer Attached To "Looney Tunes"

- [ Jasen @ 05:42 PM . PST . Movie ]

We have this word from Nikki--


Hi there –

I just wanted to let you know (as I have done the same for MuggleNet and HPANA) that it has been confirmed by Warner Bros. that the first Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer will be on Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which opens Nov. 14.

I work for a theater circuit and handle of the trailer requests from the studios – that’s how I know this (and I’ve been bugging my WB rep for weeks). I don’t mind my first name being used, but I’d rather not use my company’s name. Thanks!


10.28

 Radcliffe's Father Clarifies Fan Mail Address

- [ iruhkoi @ 06:20 PM . PST . Movie ]

DanRadcliffe.co.uk has obtained a letter from the father of Daniel Radcliffe, in which he addresses the huge amount of fan mail his son receives and provides more insight into how you yourself can send Daniel a letter.

"Daniel values each and every letter he receives from his fans, loves to hear from them and it is his intention that each letters receives a reply. Unfortunately, many letters arrive without the senders address or the writing is illegible and it is therefore impossible to reply. Sorry!

The only two addresses which should be used for Dan's fanmail are: ARG Talent, 4 Great Portland Street, London W1W 8PA or LEAVESDEN STUDIOS, PO Box 3000, Leavesden, Herts, WD25 7LT."

Read more at the link above, and thanks to reader Bill for the tip!


10.28

 Official Site Update: Beater Tryouts!

- [ Jasen @ 06:06 PM . PST . Movie ]

The latest HP.com Webmasters Newsletter informs us that Beater Tryouts is now available for you to play at the official site!


10.25

 See Jason Issacs In Newest "Peter Pan" Trailer!

- [ Jasen @ 04:59 PM . PST . Movie ]

PeterPanMovie.com provided this link to the new and very awesome trailer for the upcoming "Peter Pan", which stars Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy) as Hook!


10.22

 Radcliffe Talks Potter Future...

- [ M17 @ 05:30 PM . PST . Movie ]

It's mostly the same stuff, though...

Daniel Radcliffe, who again plays the title role in the upcoming third Harry Potter movie, told the official Potter Web site that he'll play the boy wizard at least one more time. "At the moment I am working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and I will certainly make Goblet of Fire," Radcliffe told the site. "After that? Who knows?" (Source: Sci Fi Wire)



Radcliffe also compared Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron with Chris Columbus, who helmed the previous two Potter films. "First of all, I consider myself very lucky to have worked with two great directors on these films," he said. "Chris is without doubt the most energetic director I have ever met. He was amazing in keeping us motivated and in encouraging us every step of the way. Alfonso, on the other hand, directs in a more intense way. The scenes in this film are some of the most passionate and emotional I have ever worked on, and Alfonso's style has been very helpful to me." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is currently in production, eyeing a 2004 release.
(Source: Sci Fi Wire)


10.19

 New Chris Rankin Interview/webchat

- [ Scott @ 07:40 PM . PST . Interact, Movie ]

Thanks to CRO for letting us know that Chris recently gave an interview with BBC Norfolk, and that he'll be having a webchat with them Thursday, October 30th (anyone see a coincidence?) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm GMT.


10.17

 John Williams To Visit Mexico For HP Concert

- [ Jasen @ 08:07 PM . PST . Movie ]

El Cronista de Salem of Expressohogwarts.com informs us that music composer John Williams will be going to Mexico to play some of his musical pieces from the Harry Potter films. Click here to read more about it.


10.17

 David Thewlis In "Timeline"

- [ Jasen @ 08:03 PM . PST . Movie ]

Jasen here. I was watching the "Timeline" movie trailer earlier today when I thought I recognized one of the actors shown. So when I watched it again, sure enough, it was David Thewlis (Professor Lupin in the PoA movie) who plays the part of Robert Doniger in the film adaptation of Michael Cricton's sci-fi novel. Watch the trailer for yourself here!

UPDATE: Thewlis is also making his directorial debut on the upcoming film "Cheeky". Read more about it at this link.


10.13

 Emma Thompson on Trelawny

- [ Scott @ 06:22 AM . PST . Movie ]

From Ireland Online:

Emma Thompson says she will be wearing “great, googly-eyed glases and Oxfam clothes” for her role in the new Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The British actress will play Sybill Trelawny, the eccentric professor of divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the film, which is currently shooting at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.


“I was hoping that at some point I’d be asked to do something in a Harry Potter film,” Thompson told journalists in London. “I’m doing it for my three-year-old daughter so that later she will be impressed.”

She joins a cast of new faces that includes Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Julie Christie as Madam Rosmerta, Dawn French as “The Fat Lady” and Michael Gambon taking over from Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore.

Thompson, who took a two-year break from work after her daughter was born, will soon be seen in Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy Love, Actually, playing the Prime Minister’s sister, who discovers her husband is having an affair.

Next year she will begin filming Nanny McPhee, a children’s story which she has been writing for six years.


10.11

 Thewlis: 'No Muggles!'

- [ Scott @ 01:05 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Chaz for the link from CBBC:

Actor David Thewlis, who plays Professor Lupin in the upcoming third Harry Potter film, has banned Muggles from his house.
The British star has put up a sign in his garden which says "No Muggles Allowed" on the front and "Quidditch Played Here" on the back.

The actor said: "Now kids come by and think I really am Professor Lupin".

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban stars loads of British actors, and should be out in June 2004.


Big Star

Emma Thompson was recently confirmed to playing Professor Trelawney, joining Gary Oldman and Michael Gambon as new Brits in the Potter family.

Thewlis is looking forward to the film coming out, and reckons he'll get to be really famous among kids.

"I adore children so it's a good thing. It would be terrible if I didn't like them."


10. 9

 New Trailer for Rickman and Thompson's "Love Actually"

- [ Jasen @ 03:40 PM . PST . Movie ]

There's a new trailer online for Alan Rickman's and Emma Thompson's upcoming movie, "Love Actually", which also stars Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Keira Knightley (Keira!). A movie with two Harry Potter stars in it? Whoa.


10. 7

 HP Looking For The Bigger Screen

- [ Nick @ 06:04 PM . PST . Movie ]

HPANA has this bit:

Thanks to technological strides in recent years, IMAX has positioned itself to begin offering "first-run" movie premieres in its exclusive large-screen format. The company has announced the first such film will be Matrix Revolutions on Nov. 5, 2003 - but a certain teenage wizard is also on their wish list...

Read some more on the subject...here!


10. 6

 Harry Potter at Collectormania 4

- [ Scott @ 02:13 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Syndrys for sending me this encounter with the Phelps twins at Collectormania 4!

Having just got back from Collectormania, I have to say it was one of the most incredibly weekends of my life!

I arrived on Friday afternoon. I met up with some of my friends, and we headed straight for the hotel; after a night out on the town, we were ready for bed, looking forward to a good time at Collectormania the following day.

We arrived at the centre at around 8:30am. We headed straight for the Phelps twins and Christian Coulson. I got a ticket for Christian, and then went to queue for the Phelps twins. I was wearing a Bon Jovi t-shirt I got a couple of years back at a concert I went to in Glasgow (Scotland), because I knew that the twins are huge Bon Jovi fans! When I got to see them, I said hello, and told them how to spell my name (Kristina). Oliver signed first, adding the 'To Kristina, Best Wishes,' followed by James signing it. While James was signing, Oliver chatted to me about Bon Jovi. It went a little like this:


Oliver: "I love your shirt!"
Me: "Thanks!"
Oliver: "Did you go to see them?"
Me: "Yeah, a couple of years ago in Glasgow."
Oliver: "Cool, we saw them in Northampton - they were amazing!"
Me: "Definitely, I thoroughly enjoyed the gig I went to!"

Then my friend asked if I wanted to get my photo with them. I nodded, and she took the photo; James on my right, and Oliver on my left! Unfortunately, I havent had my film developed yet, so the photos arent online!

After that, I went to queue for Christian. I got the autograph quite quickly, and he signed it "To Kristina, Best (evil) Wishes." He thanked me for seeing him, I said he was quite welcome, and then I went in search of caffine. As I approached Starbucks, I noticed a card shop. Nipping in quickly, me and my friends picked out a birthday card, and a mini cake, bought them, and while we were having coffee, wrote out the card to Christian. After we finished our coffee, we headed back up to where Christian was signing, and gave him the card and cake. He smiled brightly when he saw what we had for him, and thanked us. I got another photo with him, and another photo of him just on his own.

It had been my plan to meet Toby Jones and Matthew Lewis on the Sunday. Unfortunately, due to massive queues whenever I went to see either or them, I never got my chance. I also had to leave early because of a screening I was due to go to that evening (Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers), and I needed to get good seats!

Other than the Harry Potter stars, I also got to see Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Lawrence Makoare, Brent McIntyre, and Doug Bradley. I had wanted to see some of the Star Trek people too, but my budget (of which, I somehow managed to spend £20 more than I actually had on me - no idea how that happened) was severely stretched - I lived off cheap crisps and shared pizza all weekend...!

Pictures will follow when I get them developed and scanned.

We look forward to your pictures :)


10. 5

 PoA Set Report

- [ Nick @ 03:15 PM . PST . Movie ]

MuggleNet has a report on the PoA set. Head on over to read all about it!


10. 4

 "Mr. Harris, sir, you forgot your Rolls Royce!"

- [ Jasen @ 08:44 PM . PST . Movie ]

Hello Magazine reports:

Many absent-minded motorists have had the embarrassing experience of forgetting where they parked their car, but most manage to find it again before too long. The late Richard Harris forgot his Rolls-Royce completely, however, and left it sitting in a garage for 25 years.

His amazing oversight came to light after his widow was hit with a £329,000 parking bill. Apparently the legendary actor received the car as part of his payment for the film The Heroes Of Telemark in 1965. He parked the luxury automobile in a New York car park and subsequently forgot it existed.

The Rolls spent the next few decades racking up £250 a week in tariffs, which his widow has been asked to pay. In order to meet the costs, Elizabeth has decided to auction the vehicle at Christie's, where it is expected to fetch £143,000. "It's heartbreaking to have to let it go," she said. "But as his sole trustee I have to get his affairs in order."

Thanks to Tom!


10. 4

 Alfonso Cuaron Wants Lots of Heather Detail For PoA

- [ Jasen @ 08:41 PM . PST . Movie ]

Sunday Mail reports:

MOVIE bosses filming the latest Harry Potter blockbuster have been plundering truckloads of heather.

They have been slammed by conservation groups after ordering huge quantities for the English stage set of Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban.

It comes after author JK Rowling told her Canadian publishers to print her books on recycled paper to protect forests in Canada, Finland and south-east Asia.

In a move that would horrify everyone at Hogwarts, wild purple heather growing in Glencoe, Aviemore and Newtonmore is being ripped out, baled and driven 500 miles to Leavesden Studio inHertfordshire. One source said: ``They don't really know what to look for or how to cut it. Let's just say local Harry Potter enthusiasts are helping out.''

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron renowned for his attention to detail insisted on authentic Highland heather.

But Scottish heather has declined by a quarter since 1945 due to forestry, grazing and climate change. SimonThorp, of the Heather Trust, said: ``Heather is important for the landscape and without it red grouse would die out.''

Read on here!


10. 3

 The Heir of Slytherin Celebrates A Birthday!

- [ Jasen @ 09:45 PM . PST . Movie ]

Today, Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle in the CoS movie) celebrates his 25th birthday! Everyone at iHP would like to wish him a happy one!


10. 1

 What would you say if you met Percy Weasley?

- [ Scott @ 07:55 PM . PST . Interact, Movie ]

Well you now have an opportunity to do just that!

On Sunday 30th November 2003 meet Magenta in person, as Chris hosts "An Audience With Patricia Quinn".

The evening includes:

-Fancy Dress Competition
-Rocky Horror Karaoke
-Question and Answer Session
-Autograph & Photo Opportunities

And is followed by...

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
on the Big Screen at Ster Century Cinema, Castle Mall, Norwich.

Tickets are £10 in advance and can be booked from Kulture Shock 10-12 St Benedicts Street Norwich NR2 4AG, or by phone at 01603 625557.

For further information, please see Kulture Shock's event webpage.

Thanks to Chris's Official Website for the info!


10. 1

 Michael Gambon Talks About Being Dumbledore

- [ Jasen @ 06:12 PM . PST . Movie ]

The actor recently spoke to Newsround:

The actor who plays Professor Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film, Sir Michael Gambon, has revealed that his new fans won't leave him alone.

Sir Michael said all the attention has changed his life a fair bit, especially since lots of kids have worked out where he lives.

He says he gets letters from children all over the world, and sometimes they even knock on his front door, although he doesn't mind really.


Sir Michael - who took over the role after Richard Harris died - said it was sometimes a bit of a nuisance but it's important to keep smiling and be nice to his young fans.

He said: "My friends' children come round and see me now, which they never did before.

"Being Dumbledore is a big responsibility."

But playing Dumbledore obviously hasn't proven that big a job, because since filming began in February he's had time to make three other films!


10. 1

 Gambon and His Newly Gained Popularity

- [ Nick @ 05:50 PM . PST . Movie ]

From CBBC Newsround:

The actor who plays Professor Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film, Sir Michael Gambon, has revealed that his new fans won't leave him alone.
Sir Michael said all the attention has changed his life a fair bit, especially since lots of kids have worked out where he lives.

He says he gets letters from children all over the world, and sometimes they even knock on his front door, although he doesn't mind really.

Read much more at the link above.

Thanks to Leaky for this bit!


09.28

 Harry to Lead BBC One's Xmas Lineup!

- [ M17 @ 07:24 PM . PST . Movie ]

DigitalSpy reports...

The terrestrial premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will spearhead BBC One's Christmas Day schedule this year, according to The People today.

The children's movie will go out in an afternoon / early evening slot on the channel. The "last ever" episode of Only Fools and Horses will air in the prime evening slot, sandwiched between two episodes of EastEnders featuring a "will she, won't she" wedding plot.

A festive edition of Top of the Pops and classic Morcambe and Wise also form part of the schedule.


09.28

 Newest Film to Contain Romance?

- [ M17 @ 11:24 AM . PST . Movie ]

According to Contactmusic...

Longtime HARRY POTTER fans are set for a shock when they see new movie the PRISONER OF AZKABAN - because it contains a romance that wasn't in JK ROWLING's book...

In the new movie, the young pair begin to notice each other when Ron, played by RUPERT GRINT, starts paying a lot of attention on Hermione's pet cat CROOKSHANKS.

Is it true or not? We'll see eventually! For now, you can read the complete article.


09.24

 John Williams Selected As Rose Parade's Grand Marshall

- [ Jasen @ 05:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) The theme of the 2004 Rose Parade is "Music, Music, Music," and few people have made more of it than the man who will be grand marshal of the New Year's Day extravaganza.

Composer John Williams was named to the honorary post Wednesday by the Tournament of Roses.

"I've never been to the Rose Parade, so I can't wait," Williams said. He said he was excited that the parade would be a "celebration of music and musicians."

Click here to read on!


09.24

 Confirmed HP Guests At Collectormania 4!

- [ Jasen @ 05:22 PM . PST . Movie ]

We've received this from Andrea Swinsco of Showmastersonline:

We have now confirmed that Harry Potter actor Christian Coulson, along with Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, and James & Oliver Phelps will now be attending Collectormania 4. (I have included the press release below).

All of the Harry Potter actors will also be giving an exclusive 1 hour talk and Q&A on the Saturday night and we do still have a limited number of tickets left for it.

If you need any more information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or alternatively our website is regularly updated and has lots of extra information posted on it. A Collectormania banner is also available for use here.

Regards,
Andrea Swinsco


09.23

 Celebrating Our Beloved Dumbledore

- [ Nick @ 04:07 PM . PST . Movie ]

Celebrities recently gathered to pay tribute to great actor, Richard Harris. These celebrities included such actors as Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Richard Griffiths, and other film-makers. The event, organized by Harris' children, took place at London's West End at Strand Theatre, where the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was booked for the night.

Read much more from Ananova.


09.22

 Happy Birthday Tom Felton!

- [ M17 @ 04:24 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thank you to iHP reader HarryPotterRocks for informing us that today is Tom Felton (aka Draco Malfoy)'s 16th birthday! Happy 16th!


09.21

 Maggie Smith Wins An Emmy!

- [ Jasen @ 09:56 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Dame won an Emmy award tonight for her performance in HBO's "My House In Umbria"--congratulations to Maggie and the other winners!

"Alias" will sweep the Emmys next year I say! *sigh*


09.20

 Christian Coulson To Attend Collectormania!

- [ Jasen @ 02:37 PM . PST . Movie ]

Coulson, who played Tom Riddle in the CoS movie, has been the latest special guest added to the list of other attendees. Check out their site for more info and thanks to Leaky!


09.20

 The Return of the Hogwarts Express!

- [ Jasen @ 02:34 PM . PST . Movie ]

IT has taken more than a wave of a magic wand to repair the damage...
But the Hogwarts Express returns to Scarborough on Saturday, for its first public engagement since the official Harry Potter train was attacked by vandals in the resort.

An estimated £3,000 damage was caused to two 64ft carriages, which were sprayed with graffiti while in sidings near Seamer Road, Scarborough.

The Hogwarts Livery and maroon paintwork was completely covered by a silver cityscape and signed "Slobs" in the attack.

But the West Coast Railway Company said yesterday that repairs had been completed and a visit by the train to Scarborough, planned more than two months before the vandalism, would still go ahead.

Hogwarts Express Guard John Dooley said yesterday: "The carriages have been repainted and will be part of the train. We have had a tremendous response from the public, who thought what happened was dreadful.

Yorkshire Today has the rest!


09.17

 Warwick Davis To Appear At MegaCon!

- [ Jasen @ 05:31 PM . PST . Movie ]

Meet and greet Professor Flitwick in Orlando, Florida!


09.14

 Jason Issacs Talks More "Peter Pan"

- [ Jasen @ 11:42 AM . PST . Movie ]

" 'Peter Pan' is a great romantic adventure and love story between two kids on the edge of growing up,' says Jason Isaacs, who plays the dual roles of Capt. Hook and Mr. Darling.

"It's not about middle-age men on cell phones. And it doesn't have a menopausal woman slapping on green tights and inviting everyone to sing along.'

Now that we have that straightened out, we'll let Isaacs -- who has cornered the market on childhood terror between his role as Lucius Malfoy in "Potter' and now Hook in "Pan' -- explain what Barrie was onto 100 years ago.

Read more from U-Redlands Daily Facts!


09.13

 Daniel Radcliffe Wins Junior Achiever Award

- [ Jasen @ 10:14 AM . PST . Movie ]

...from Regis and Kelly. Leaky (they also have video from the segment here) points us to the show's homepage, where Dan and other nominees won awards in the "Relly Awards" yesterday. Thanks to Brittany!


09.11

 Chris Rankin to Appear in London

- [ Scott @ 04:34 PM . PST . Interact, Movie ]

Thanks to Lynn of Chris Rankin Online for this info:

Chris will be signing autographs and talking to fans at the first London Film and TV Memorabilia Fair in Leicester Square! There will be a charge for autographs, but fans are more than welcome to come along and chat and take photos. Be sure to introduce yourself and mention that you visit CRO[Chris Rankin Online]!

This appearance will be from 10:00am to 6:00 pm London time from Saturday, September 20th through Sunday, September 21st. If you happen to drop by, mention iHP, too:) Shameless publicity never hurts.


09.10

 Happy Birthday Chris Columbus!

- [ Jasen @ 10:29 PM . PST . Movie ]

Kristy Zielke let's us know that today is HPSS/HPCS director, Chris Columbus's birthday--He was born on September 10, 1958, so that makes him 45 today! Everyone at iHP would like to wish Chris a very happy birthday with lots of cake, company, and presents! :)


09. 8

 New Project For Steven Kloves

- [ Jasen @ 03:58 PM . PST . Movie ]

Coming Soon! has this news on the HP screenwriter:

Right on the heels of "Charlie" will come Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Steve Kloves (the "Harry Potter" films) has adapted and will direct Mark Haddon's novel about an autistic 15-year-old who uses the sleuthing methods of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, to uncover the killer of a neighbor's dog. Plan B's producing with David Heyman's Heyday Films, and the film will shoot in London next summer.


09. 6

 Rail Worker Comments On Hogwarts Express Vandalism

- [ Jasen @ 01:27 PM . PST . Movie ]

From Reuters Notable Quotes:

"It's just a shame Harry is not around at the moment to turn them into frogs."

--A rail worker after the steam train used in the Harry Potter (news - web sites) films was forced off the tracks from vandals causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Leaky also has up two pictures of the train that appeared in The Sun, which you can check out here and here.


09. 6

 News for Your Desktop

- [ M17 @ 10:44 AM . PST . Movie ]

Warner Bros will give fans of movies, including the Harry Potter series, access to news via a desktop alert service called WB Alerts.


Users of the WB Alerts, developed by Skinkers Communications, will receive the latest movie, DVD and television news from Warner Bros, as well as being the first to hear about competitions and hot gossip. Fans will also be able to opt in to receive additional movie news on titles such as 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', 'Scooby Doo' and 'Looney Tunes', which will be delivered by their favourite animated characters. Barney Loehnis, director of marketing for Warner Bros international new media, said: "The development of a single communication channel through which we can talk to our core audience across a range of properties is very exciting. Through our WB Alerts Pod, we can serve both the fanatic who selects to receive all updates on our new releases, and the 'interested browser' who simply wants to be informed of our latest trailers." Users can download the WB Alerts Pod here: http://www.warnerbros.co.uk/

Source: Coming Soon!


09. 3

 The Hogwarts Express Vandalized?

- [ Jasen @ 07:08 PM . PST . Movie ]

Sadly, it seems so:

THE train used to depict the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies has been spray-painted with graffiti by vandals, a British newspaper revealed.

A gang broke into the depot housing the train in Scarborough, northern England, and proceeded to give it a space-age makeover, The Sun tabloid said.

More here.


09. 1

 A Chat With Aunt Marge

- [ Jasen @ 02:45 PM . PST . Movie ]

Pam Ferris, the actress who plays Aunt Marge in PoA, talks to The Mirror about her career in film and more.


09. 1

 Who's Your Favorite Celebrity?

- [ Jasen @ 02:31 PM . PST . Movie ]

Right now in a Newsround poll, Ant & Dec is leading as fan favorites, with Keira Knightley (Keira!), our own Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton following. Cast your vote at the link!


08.30

 BBC Defends £10 Million for Harry Potter

- [ M17 @ 01:01 PM . PST . Movie ]

BBC bosses have launched a robust defence of their decision to spend up to £10 million on the terrestrial rights to the first Harry Potter film, saying that rival broadcasters were not prepared to invest in family viewing at Christmas.

Lorraine Heggessey, the BBC1 controller, rejected accusations that the deal with Warner Bros was a waste of licence payers' money.

Commercial rivals, such as ITV and Sky, refused to spend money on their Christmas schedules because it was not profitable, she said.

More from the Telegraph!


08.28

 Disney Channel Kids Awards...

- [ M17 @ 07:38 PM . PST . Movie ]

And included...

Nominations for Best DVD include Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones and Spiderman.

The awards take place on Saturday, September 20, at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast on the Disney Channel the following day.

More from Ananova!


08.26

 CSO to Play HP Music!

- [ M17 @ 01:45 PM . PST . Movie ]

John Williams will be conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on November 28th and 29th, as well as on December 2nd! Music included is from "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Hook," "Jurassic Park," "Jaws," "Superman" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." More details at The Chicago Tribune!


08.24

 Another Virginia Waters Report

- [ Scott @ 08:11 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Phil, from PercyWeasley.com for this latest update from one of the days of shooting at Virginia Waters. Also, thanks to Amy for getting the report in the first place.

The second I walked up to the fence covered in a horrible green gauze mesh (presumably to stop the photographing everyone wanted to do) I could see a whole range of cast members. Rupert Grint (. you just wait), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas), Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle), Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe), Emma Watson, Tom Felton and Robbie Coltrane. Daniel Radcliffe seemed to spend the entire day hiding, as did Tom and Emma, which disappointed a lot of young fans.

Full report is at the link.


08.24

 Radio Listeners Vote For The Best Movie Music

- [ Jasen @ 11:22 AM . PST . Movie ]

While Classic FM radio listeners voted "The Lord of the Rings" soundtrack the best music ever, Harry Potter composer John Williams' scores for "Star Wars" and "Schinder's List" came in third and fourth. Find out who else won here!


08.24

 Happy Birthday Rupert Grint!

- [ Jasen @ 11:16 AM . PST . Movie ]

Today is Rupert Grint's (Ron Weasley in the movies) birthday! He was born on August 24, 1988, so that makes him 15 today! Jeez, only a year younger than me :p

Everyone at iHP would like to wish Rupert the best of birthdays, complete with lots of cake, company, and of course...PRESENTS!!!


08.23

 Jason Issacs Likes "Not Being Me"

- [ Jasen @ 06:37 PM . PST . Movie ]

Susan King of The Los Angeles Times talks to Issacs (Lucius Malfoy in HP) about his career in acting and movies. Read it here!


08.23

 Nine Indicted for Copyright Infringement

- [ M17 @ 12:02 PM . PST . Movie ]

A federal grand jury indicted nine Hawaii residents in what is considered the largest nationwide infringement of Hollywood movie and video game copyrights...

Some of the copyrighted movies involved include "Lilo & Stitch," "Harry Potter," "Spiderman," "Star Wars 2"...

Details on this can be found at Pacific Business News.


08.22

 Coltrane's New Look?

- [ M17 @ 03:22 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Daily Record reports on Robbie Coltrane's "new look"...


ROBBIE Coltrane soon won't need padding to play the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies.

Robbie, 53, was a bigger presence than ever as he left luvvies' bar Groucho in London this week.

The star, who was 23stone, has been piling on the pounds after splitting from his wife in April.

Robbie and sculptor Rhona, 34, were married for 13 years.

But friends say he has moved on. One pal said: "He is happier than ever."

(Daily Record)


08.21

 A Sit Down With Moaning Myrtle

- [ Jasen @ 03:46 PM . PST . Movie ]

Scotsman talks to Shirley Henderson about her career and Harry Potter. Read all about it here!


08.17

 Molly Weasley: Runner Up for "Best Movie Mom"

- [ iruhkoi @ 03:06 PM . PST . General, Movie ]

from the Daily Record:

Julia Roberts' Oscar- winning role as Erin Brockovich has been voted the best movie portrayal of a mum.

Molly Weasley - mother of Harry Potter's pal Ron, played by Julie Walters - was the runner-up in the best movie mums chart.

Read more at the link above; thanks to Wizard News for the tip!


08.17

 VisitScotland Asks Warner Bros. for Help

- [ iruhkoi @ 02:41 PM . PST . General, Movie ]

from sundayherald.com:

Scotland's tourism chiefs are in talks with film giant Warner Bros to investigate how Harry Potter might help boost visitor numbers in the Highlands.
The boy wizard, born in a cafe in Edinburgh where his first adventures were fleshed out by author JK Rowling, has maintained his connection with Scotland through blockbuster movies filmed in Lochaber, Glenfinnan and Glencoe.


A memorable scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the trilogy, was set against the backdrop of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and featured the Jacobite Steam Train. The forthcoming third film, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, also includes scenes in Scottish locations.

Read more at the link above!


08.14

 Hogwarts Express Causes More Fires

- [ iruhkoi @ 09:02 AM . PST . Movie ]

from This Is York:

The famous Harry Potter Hogwart's Express train left a trail of fire behind it as it steamed along the York to Scarborough line.

But it wasn't mischievous young wizards practising their spells. Instead, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said a faulty cinder box had meant red hot cinders were spilling out on to the bone dry trackside. Several of the smouldering cinders ignited railway sleepers, causing two small fires at Strensall, two at Norton, two at Rillington, near Malton, and a further three at nearby Scagglethorpe.

The article reports that there were no passengers aboard, and thankfully, no injuries. Earlier this year in February, the Hogwarts Express was responsible for setting fire to nearly 100 acres of land (link thanks to HPANA).

Thanks to TLC for the tip; read more here.


08.14

 "Chill Cheater" Suits Help Keep Potter Cast Warm

- [ iruhkoi @ 08:39 AM . PST . Movie, Movie: PoA ]

from the North Devon Gazette & Advertiser:

Feats of magic and daring would be much harder for Harry Potter if he were wet and cold, but luckily for him an innovative North Devon company has the answer. Movie stars from Johnny Depp to Nicole Kidman have come to appreciate the insulating qualities of thermal suits crafted by Reed Chill Cheater of Braunton.

Even wizards like to keep warm and the company has just completed a large order for the cast of the next Harry Potter film, entitled “The Prisoner of Azkaban.”

“Of course you won’t see our suits, as they will all be under capes and other wizardly gear. Four suits were made for Harry Potter himself — together there was 10 dry suits and 18 full sets of thermals,” said owner Chris Reed.

Read more at the link above!


08.12

 Greet and Meet Stars At Collectormania!!

- [ Jasen @ 03:20 PM . PST . Movie ]

Andrea Swinco from Showmasters Online writes:

Please find below a news article on the forthcoming Collectormania event and the actors who will be attending, including Harry Potter actors Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, and James & Oliver Phelps. (I have included both a short and long version of the article, and I have photographs of the previous events available to use along with the article if required).

If you need any more information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or alternatively our website is regularly updated and has lots of extra information posted on it. A Collectormania banner is also available for use (it is located on the links page).

Regards,
Andrea Swinsco


08. 8

 the HP M0vies HavE a Wh0Le L0t oF bL00pers

- [ Jasen @ 03:55 PM . PST . Movie ]

The errors in that headline were intended :)

SMH has a whole list of bloopers, one of which is:

The first two Harry Potter films each had 107 bloopers, including a visible cast on the broken wrist of Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, and the wires controlling an owl and a giant spider in the sequel.

You can also check out a bunch of errors found by fans at MovieMistakes.com for the first and second movie.

Thanks to TLC!


08. 7

 More Quidditch At Official Site!

- [ Mischa @ 12:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

There's a new game over at the official site (Hey, at least it's good for some things) called Seeker Tryouts. And not to brag or anything, but yours truly has a high score in the 50s. Note: This is not the old seeker game, but a new one.

UPDATE from Jasen: The latest newsletter sent has word that the CoS DVD has been nominated for an award at the 6th Annual DVD Awards, which you could help win by casting your vote here.

You can also take another look at three pictures that were originally released by The Sun last week here. It's too bad they're the same small size; you'd think they could at least make them high-res or *something*...


08. 7

 The BBC May Not Screen Harry Potter Film

- [ iruhkoi @ 08:49 AM . PST . Movie ]

from Guardian Unlimited:

"The BBC's plans to screen the first Harry Potter film and other blockbuster movies are under a cloud because of a potentially damaging row with the big Hollywood studios.

Warner Bros, Universal and 20th Century Fox have called in their lawyers to sort out a dispute that has arisen from the BBC's decision to broadcast its channels unencrypted: the studios are concerned that their films can now be picked up in countries around Europe in which the corporation does not own the relevant rights."

Read more at the link above!


08. 3

 Jamie Lee Curtis Had An "Eye" For Harry Potter

- [ Jasen @ 02:41 PM . PST . Movie ]

Casting-wise, anyway. Calgary Sun has this:

In 2001, Curtis starred opposite Pierce Brosnan in the spy drama The Tailor of Panama. Her son was played by a young British child named Daniel Radcliffe.

"One day I was looking at Daniel, who was standing beside the swimming pool. I turned to his mother and said: 'He could be Harry Potter.'

"She vowed she'd never do that to her son because it would be such a burden for him. She obviously had a change of heart."


08. 3

 Top Ten Woes

- [ Mischa @ 08:30 AM . PST . Movie ]

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" has been kicked out of the Top Ten Grossing films of all time (In the US) by "Finding Nemo." Granted, no, this isn't official, yet, but it either happened yesterday or will happen today according to estimations by various sources. In fact, as I'm writing this "Nemo" has probably already passed "Harry." When the official figures come out on Monday it will be official, so I'm just breaking it to you before it happens. Hopefully "Azkaban" will give "Nemo" a run for its money. Literally...


07.30

 Russian Networks Team Up To Buy Blockbusters

- [ M17 @ 12:09 PM . PST . Movie ]

Russian TV networks NTV, Rossia, and CTC have all bought the rights to show Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:

Rossia, formerly RTR, will be the first to show "Harry Potter"...Arkady Tsimbler, NTV's director for movie programming, said his channel got the biggest part of the deal despite not "fighting" for "Harry Potter."

"Why would we pay so much money for [a movie] that is not intended for our target audience?" he said.

Read more from The Moscow Times!


07.29

 Fiona Shaw on Acting...

- [ M17 @ 06:43 PM . PST . Movie ]

Still, the Potter franchise has had some effect on her life. “It’s all-pervasive,” she admits. “It’s everywhere I go. The other day I was having my dinner out of doors at a medieval festival near Assisi. I was with all these people wearing medieval garments; and of course in no time a thousand little boys under ten came up. It’s amazing how they spot me … but it’s not a bad thing...

Read more from the Sunday Herald, thanks to HPANA.


07.29

 Sorceror's Stone Wins Home DVD Award!

- [ M17 @ 04:37 PM . PST . Movie ]

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone won the award for "Best Overall Use of DVD-ROM Features" at the 2003 Home Entertainment DVD Technical Awards. However, Fellowship of the Rings dominated the awards winning five. Read more from BusinessWire!


07.24

 Norwegian Lands Dream Job

- [ M17 @ 12:01 PM . PST . Movie ]

Thanks to Leaky for this article:

A 26-year-old Norwegian from Kvam in Oppland has landed a dream job - creating the animation for the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which premieres next summer...

"Until March of next year I will primarily be working with modelling figures and other animation work in connection with the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Pretty intense," Kolloen told Doelen..."

Read more from Aftenposten!


07.23

 Warner Bros. Tops $1 Billion

- [ M17 @ 05:29 PM . PST . Movie ]

Warner Bros. has topped $1 billion in the overseas box office:

...Warner Bros. Pictures International reported Tuesday that it has topped $1.012 billion at the overseas box office this year...

Other major contributions to the overall total in the seven-month period were "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which brought in $136.4 million this year of the film's combined 2002-03 total of $610 million...

Read more from Reuters!


07.21

 Dave McKean Production Designer on PoA

- [ Scott @ 08:29 PM . PST . Movie ]

Lynnith of CountingDown sent me this article on her trip to Comic Con 2003:

The far more exciting news came from a most unexpected source - Sunday's conversation with Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (of Sandman and now MirrorMask fame!). An audience member asked the pair what they thought of Harry Potter, and Dave McKean revealed that he'd been hired as a production designer for both the 2nd and 3rd films!!

For Chamber of Secrets, he helped design the spiders, and on Prisoner of Azkaban, he worked on the design of the Dementors and Hippogriffs.

If you're unfamiliar with Dave McKean's work, take a look at our MirrorMask countdown, or browse through any Neil Gaiman graphic novel. Trust me - this is FANTASTIC news!!

In all, Comicon wasn't too important on the Harry Potter front this year. But the hiring of Dave McKean does tell us that the film will most definitely have wonderfully dark and scary creatures. Exciting news!!

The full article is at the link. Click Here to see some samples of Dave McKean's work.


07.21

 The Dursley's House To Go On Bid Tomorrow

- [ Jasen @ 11:22 AM . PST . Movie ]

Tomorrow, Sandra Smith is auctioning off the three-bedroom, English residence that was used as Harry's home in the movies Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (search) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (search)

And because of the notoriety the property has received, there's a minimum bid of $425,000 - more than $100,000 over its actual market value.

"It would be brilliant if somebody pays a million [pounds] for it!" Smith, an office secretary and mother of two, gushed to London's The Mail on Sunday.

Read more at FOX News.


07.19

 Harry Potter at Comic Con

- [ Scott @ 07:51 PM . PST . Movie ]

In a post on the Chris Rankin Online forums, webmistress Lynn described the 'footage' of PoA that was previewed.

"...including the PoA stuff. Which was utter crap. It was Dan Radcliffe and Alfonso Cuaron telling the audience everything we already knew about the films (and no, Quidditch was not cut...). AND NO FOOTAGE! Gr"

So those of you (myself included) who were worried that you'd miss something really cool, guess WB lived up to its' reputation of being stingy with details.

Editor's Note: Chris Rankin will also be making an appearance at the Basildon Sports Center. Thanks to CR.com!


07.17

 Worldwide Interest in 'Privet Drive'

- [ Scott @ 04:47 AM . PST . Movie ]

From ITV:

The Harry Potter magic could be working for the sellers of a house that became famous when it appeared in the films featuring the boy magician.

The house that played host to the loathsome Dursleys and their magical nephew in the Harry Potter movies is up for sale by auction and attracting potential buyer interest from around the world.

FPD Savills auctioneer, Chris Coleman Smith is surprised at just how widespread the interest in the property has been.

"We have had loads of interest. It's quite amazing, quite extraordinary. We have had all sorts, local interest, interest from London, other parts of the UK, plus, would you believe, I had a lady calling up from Moscow last week, said she'd heard about it and might be interested. So, who knows?"

The going rate for this house is £250,000. I wonder how much its will sell for given its association with Harry Potter. The auction commences July 22nd in London. The link above has the full article.


07.15

 Dementors, Werewolves, Dumbledore, Galore!

- [ Jasen @ 08:34 AM . PST . Movie ]

Moriarty from Aint-It-Cool-News has a report from a reader, who's apparently seen various scenes and other things from the sets of PoA.

Click the link below to read, but SPOILERS are ahead!


Okay, first of all, looks like those Dementors pictures last week were indeed superfake. TheOneRing.net ran a very effective proof of this that showed how they were doctored up. That’s good news, though. The e-mails I got from the effects guys working on the Dementors make it sound like they’re something very, very different. In the meantime, I had to edit up the opening paragraph of this e-mail to protect the identity of the source, but it sounds like a pretty solid, if brief, bit of info. Seems they showed some footage recently at a halfway party for the production, and as a result, we’ve got some new buzz for you...

hi harry

love the site,

The look is much much darker and creepier, the sets are the same but the lighting etc is much more shadowy

The scenes she saw were pam ferris being blown up, the initial train scenes with the dementors (who hadnt been put in yet), michael gambon as dumbledore (more commanding, threatening and moody), and a scene with dumbledore racing upstairs which she thought looked a bit odd as you wouldnt think he would be so nimble.

There was more but she hasnt read the books so she couldnt really say what they were.

Gary Oldman as Sirius is as described in book – really greasy long black hair and shabby clothes. The werewolf is enormous and the different heads for the transformation are quite horrific. She thinks that this might get a twelve rating over here. The animagus sirius is also huge and effective with someone inside controlling the animatronics

i know its all a bit sketchy but if theres anything else, il send you the gossip.

Quick reminder: Footage from the film will be shown at Comic-Con this Saturday!


07.13

 Harry Potter Filming Locations

- [ Scott @ 07:29 AM . PST . Movie ]

The Seattle Times has a fairly extensive article describing the locations of where some of the various scenes from the Harry Potter films have been shot.

LACOCK, England — Remember when Professor Dumbledore discovers Harry Potter sitting bemused before the magical Mirror of Erised in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first movie of the wildly popular book series?

That scene was filmed here in the Lacock Abbey cloisters. Two other rooms in the cloisters were used as movie classrooms, and a nearby house was seen as the site where Harry's parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.

Lacock is one of a number of Harry Potter filming locales in England and Scotland that have become tourist attractions since the release of the movies.

Full article is at the link above.


07. 9

 Richard Harris Tells His Story

- [ Jasen @ 10:00 PM . PST . Movie ]

Richard Ouzounian of The Star, had an interview with the late Richard Harris last year, but as his editors told him then: "Play up the Harry Potter angle and forget about the rest". Here's what Harris said:

...Another thing Harris likes is the fact that this Lear has no Fool, but spends his time instead with his grandson, and Harris is well known for his devotion to his grandchildren.

In fact, were it not for one of them, he would not have agreed to take part in the Harry Potter films.

"Look, I had never even read the books," admits Harris. "All I knew was that they kept offering me the job and raising the salary every time they called me. And I turned them down for a very good reason."

"You see, anyone who signs up for the Potter films has to agree to be in the sequels, all of them! I didn't know if that's how I wanted to spend the last years of my life, and so I said no."

...Harris, suddenly tired, looked at me. "There, I gave you the stuff about Harry Potter. That's what the papers want. But try to use the rest of what I said as well.

"Because, you see, I don't just want to be remembered for being in those bloody films, and I'm afraid that's what going to happen to me."

The full interview can be found here. Thanks to TLC.


07. 9

 Warner Bros. To Present PoA Film Footage

- [ Jasen @ 09:32 PM . PST . Movie ]

The programming schedule for Day 3 of Comic-Con:

SATURDAY, JULY 19:

10:30–11:30 Warner Brothers— Special guest Halle Berry appears in person to introduce the first look at her upcoming film from Dark Castle, Gothika. Warner Bros. will present footage of Matrix Revolutions, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy...

Find out more info here and thanks to TLC.

Note: If you make it to the convention, please take some pics, write a report, and send it in to iHP!

Another note: With the first footage of the PoA movie finally being unveiled next weekend, it's only a matter of time before the first teaser trailer arrives! Stay tuned.


07. 8

 Yes, I'd Like To Buy The Dursley's House!

- [ Jasen @ 08:44 AM . PST . Movie ]

Yahoo! News reports:

For sale: a prim suburban house in middle England that boasts a boy wizard and an owl among its former residents.

The house that played host to the loathsome Dursleys and their magical nephew in the Harry Potter movies is on the market, newspapers reported on Tuesday.

With fans gripped by the fifth book in J.K. Rowling's series, the owner of No 4 Privet Drive -- in reality No 12 Picket Post Close -- is putting the house up for auction with a price guide of 250,000 pounds.

Click for more.


07. 7

 Filming Sites Information

- [ M17 @ 12:20 PM . PST . Movie ]

The Chicago Tribune has information on all the sites used for filming in the Harry Potter movies, including Gloucester, Oxford, and others! Sites of specific scenes are mentioned, as well.


07. 5

 Order of the Phoenix in 2007?

- [ Scott @ 08:09 PM . PST . Movie ]

Reader Jodie sent us this link from Yahoo! Movies:

Because of the lengths of the fourth and this fifth novel (nearly 900 pages!), there have been reports that each of these books may actually each be produced as two separate films at the same time (like Lord of the Rings and the Matrix sequels), and then released in the same year. With the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, scheduled for release in June, 2004, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire seems likely for 2005 or 2006, which suggests a 2006 or 2007 (or maybe even 2008) release for this movie(s).

A reminder that this is just speculation and conjecture, and nothing has been hinted at by Warner Brothers. For the full story, check out the link above.


07. 5

 Maggie Smith Talks About Her Career As An Actress

- [ Jasen @ 01:33 PM . PST . Movie ]

ThisisLondon has this:

It has taken more than 50 years of appearing on stage and in films for Maggie Smith to achieve the superstar status where children stop her in the street. "They mostly ask me to turn into a cat, which is very, very tricky because I can't do it," she says. "I wish I could."


Dame Maggie, 68, treats her Harry Potter bonanza with down-to-earth amusement, though the stern, shapeshifting Professor Minerva McGonagall is not her most challenging role.

"I look on the part as a sort of pension," she says. "In the one we're filming now (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) I'm not very involved. I'm always telling the children to go back to their dormitories. I trail around after Dumbledore and then tell them, 'Go back to your rooms immediately.'" She smiles slightly. "It's not a taxing role to learn, I have to say."

An intensely private person, Maggie Smith gives few interviews. We meet in a hotel room in New York where she is discussing an appearance on Broadway in David Hare's play The Breath of Life. She sits primly on a chair and talks in clipped sentences with an appealing disregard for her standing as one of the most revered actresses on earth.

"You just keep hoping something will turn up, and God willing, it does," she says. "I just dread the time, if it ever comes, that I have to stop. I don't want to, so hopefully I can go on and on and on."

Continue reading here.


07. 3

 Official Site Update

- [ Jasen @ 10:43 PM . PST . Movie ]

HP.com has added a new "Herbology" game, where you take part in Professor Sprout's class--play it here!


07. 1

 Kids Give Pay to School

- [ Scott @ 05:01 AM . PST . Movie ]

From the BBC:

Schoolchildren who worked as extras on the new Harry Potter film have been told they must forfeit their wages by their headmaster.

Donald Campbell has told pupils at Lochaber High School in Fort William, Inverness-shire, that the money they earned from The Prisoner of Azkaban will have to go into a school fund.

He said that because the work on the set in Glencoe was carried out during school hours, it counted as work experience and they could not receive payment for it.

For the entire article, click the link above.


06.26

 Chris Rankin Interview to Air on BBC

- [ Scott @ 02:16 PM . PST . Movie ]

Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) said today in his forums that an interview he gave to the BBC today will air tomorrow evening on CBBC at 5:30 GMT. Be sure to check it out!


06.25

 Branagh's New Role...

- [ M17 @ 07:26 PM . PST . Movie ]

Actor Kenneth Branagh, a.k.a. Gilderoy Lockhart, has some new roles:

Kenneth Branagh, who stole the second Harry Potter film as the vain Gilderoy Lockhart, is a busy man these days.

Not only is he about to open in the British National Theatre production of David Mamet's stage play, Edmond, but he's set to star alongside comic Eddie Izzard in a E25m children's film.

In Five Children and It, based on the classic by E. Nesbit, writer of The Railway Children and set for shooting in the Isle of Man in July, Branagh plays the uncle of a group of children staying in a strange seaside house where they dig up a 8,000-year-old sand fairy.

Source: BreakingNews.ie / Darkmark.





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