Heyman "optimistic", the 3 Stars will stay
- [ Animate @ 07:04 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Harry Potter producer David Heyman has revealed that he is "optimistic" that the film's three main stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, will return for the fifth film in the series.
At the DVD launch of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Heyman said, "The kids are on for the fourth. We now will start discussing the fifth, it's the same on each film.
"You're in the middle of the third you discuss the fourth, you're in the middle of the second, you discuss the third.
"I hope they stay with us and they'll stay with us as long as they want to. There may come a point some day where they decide not to and if they do, they'll go with all of our blessings.
"But I hope they stay and they're wonderful, and I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll have them again for five."
Happy Birthday To...
- [ Jasen @ 01:56 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
We've got some belated birthday wishes to be sent:
The first goes out to John Cleese (Nearly-Headless Nick) who turned 65 this past Wednesday; Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan) who turned 16 on Thursday; Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge) who turned 79 yesterday; and finally, Molly Weasley!
May your birthdays be merry and bright :)
Radcliffe: second richest teenage actor
- [ iruhkoi @ 12:42 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is now one of the richest teenagers in the world, despite his claims he has no need for the money.
In the list compiled by America's E! TV network, Radcliffe, following the success of the global blockbusting wizard movies, is second only to the American Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - and is already worth a massive $13.5 million (GBP7.5 million) at just 15-years-old.
Read more at the link above!
Happy Birthday, Dawn French!
- [ M17 @ 02:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Happy Birthday to actress Dawn French, who plays the Fat Lady in the Harry Potter movies. Born on October 11, 1957, she is 47 years old today. Best wishes!
David Hasselhoff up for Role in Potter?
- [ M17 @ 09:31 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
If rumours are to be believed that Baywatch star David Hasselhoff may star in the next Harry Porter movie. According to the Mirror, Hasselhoff may be a part of the fourth Harry Porter flick, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire.
The Knight Rider star was seen mingling with the cast at the Leavesden Studios in Watford, according to sources.
This from Web India via The Mirror.
Time-Turner to be Auctioned for Charity
- [ M17 @ 07:15 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Newsreader Jon Snow has donated one of his famous ties while author JK Rowling has provided Hermione Granger’s "time turner" from the Harry Potter film, the Prisoner of Azkaban.
These items (and more) will be auctioned at the Olympian's Ball in the Sheraton Grand in support of the Edinburgh Maggie's Center.
Maggie’s Olympian Ball aims to raise more than £55,000 for the Edinburgh Maggie’s Centre, which receives nearly 16,000 visits a year from people affected by cancer.
Source: Edinburgh Evening News
'Hogwart's Express' Tour
- [ Bunny @ 08:46 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
A new tour available from Rail Europe takes you to the magical castle of Harry Potter fame. The one-day Alnwick Castle and Gardens unescorted tour visits filming sites used in both Harry Potter films, "The Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Chamber of Secrets."
Travelers taking Rail Europe's Alnwick Castle and Gardens tour go by rail from London to Alnmouth through England's enchanting pastoral countryside and are transferred by private coach to the castle. The tour starts at 8:30 am from London's Kings Cross station and ends at approximately 9:45 pm. Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to departure.
Rail Europe's Alnwick Castle and Gardens tour is offered daily except Sundays now through December 31, 2004. Trip features include train roundtrip from London to Alnmouth (1st and standard class options), private bus transfer from Alnmouth railway station to Alnwick Castle, reserved seats on the train to Alnmouth, independent visit to the filming site, including the castle and gardens.
Full article (castle history, prices, how to book) here
Via Yahoo News
Rickman's "Something The Lord Made"
- [ Jasen @ 02:18 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Santa Cruz Sentinel has a story on "Something The Lord Made", an HBO film that is nominated for several Emmy awards this year, and also stars Alan Rickman. Interestingly enough, this film is going head-to-head with Emma Thompson's "Angels in America" at the Emmys this Sunday (see report below).
Thompson's "Angels in America" On Video
- [ Jasen @ 02:10 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Emma Thompson's HBO television mini-series, "Angels in America" is now available on DVD and video, so be sure to check out your local video store!
John Cleese shows off his wine expertise on TV
- [ Bunny @ 04:55 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
John Cleese, who plays Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies, is bringing his wine wisdom to TV in America in the form of a new special.
The wine connoisseur will present John Cleese's 'Wine for the Confused' on The Food Network in America in October.
The show, which features Cleese inviting guests like The Mummy star Brendan Fraser to his home in Santa Barbara, California, to sample wine, includes hilarious anecdotes about the star's life.
Source: Wizard News
Gary Oldman NOT Starring In Star Wars
- [ Jasen @ 10:47 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
As previously reported earlier this year, Gary Oldman was rumored to have signed up to provide the voice of a villain in next year's "Star Wars" prequel. However, Oldman's manager's website has posted this update:
Gary Oldman's voice will NOT be heard in the upcoming STAR WARS film. Gary was offered, and agreed to perform in the film, in fact he was excited and looking forward to the work. The snag that made it impossible however is that this film is being made as a non-SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) film. George Lucas and gang agreed to hire Gary Oldman if he in fact would become a union buster, and perform work illegally overseas. As a resident of America, and also a member of SAG, out of respect and solidarity with the other members, he could not and would not consider violating his union's rules.
So there you have it -- Gary Oldman is officially out of Star Wars.
Good Guys Finish Last
- [ Jasen @ 10:34 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is shocked to discover that young female fans lust after the scoundrels in her books.
Rowling finds it unsettling that teenage girls are more attracted to actor Tom Felton, who plays villain Draco Malfoy, than they are to Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as the eponymous boy wizard.
She says, "It is very depressing. I make this hero -- Harry obviously -- and there he is on the screen, the perfect Harry, because Dan is very much how I imagine Harry.
"But who does every girl under the age of 15 fall in love with? Tom! I don't understand it."
Harry Potter Stars to attend Collectormania 6
- [ Bunny @ 03:16 PM . GMT . Collecting, Movie: General ]
Harry Potter stars Matthew Lewis (Neville), Devon Murray (Seamus) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George) have been added to the ever-growing guest list for Collectormania 6 taking place from Oct. 1 - 3 at Milton Keynes, in the UK.
Check out Collectormania's website for dates & times of appearances. There will also be a special 1-hour talk and Q&A on Sunday, Oct. 3 but details of guests have still to be posted.
Harry Potter Helps Boost Studio Success
- [ Jasen @ 11:55 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Rent from studios used to make the fourth Harry Potter film has helped boost profits at Pinewood Shepperton film studios.
Profits at Pinewood Shepperton, which hires out studios, rose 15.8% to £6.7m ($12m) in the first half of the year.
BBC News has the rest!
Alfonso Cuaron and Ian Brown Team Up?
- [ Jasen @ 11:53 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
'HARRY POTTER' director ALFONSO CUARON has offered to direct one of IAN BROWN’s videos, NME.COM can reveal.
Ian Brown famously made a cameo in the most recent Harry Potter film ’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, and is friends with Cuarón via his Mexican wife.
Speaking recently to NME.COM, Brown said that the director, who also worked on the 2001 film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’, has offered his services and that the ex-Stone Roses man would love him to be involved.
More at NME.com!
August 24th Birthdays
- [ M17 @ 09:29 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Today, August 24th, is a day filled with a few "Potter-related" birthdays...
First, today is Rupert Grint's (aka Ron Weasley) birthday. Born on August 24, 1988, Grint is 16 years old today. Best wishes on your birthday!
Next, today is also the birthday of Stephen Fry, narrator of the Harry Potter books in the UK, and is also the narrator of the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban video games. Born on August 24, 1957, Fry is 47 years old today. Happy birthday!
Finally, today is also the birthday of Jimmy Gardner, who played Ernie Prang, driver of the Knight Bus, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Born on August 24, 1924, Gardner is 80 years old today. Happy birthday!
Much thanks to WizardNews.
Kids Shine in Tom Sponsored Fishing Tournament
- [ Claire @ 03:03 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
It's well known amongst fans of the films that Tom Felton is a bit of a fishing fanatic. Now The New York Times is reporting on a children's fishing tournament, sponsored by Tom, which has inspired over a hundred children to take up the sport.
Dan Radcliffe Nominated for Relly
- [ M17 @ 10:22 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Daniel Radcliffe has been nominated for a Relly award - that is, Regis and Kelly. For the full list of nominees, click here. (Note, the link is a PDF file.)
Terrorist Scare for Harry Potter Set
- [ M17 @ 08:29 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
China Daily reports that security has been stepped up on the set of the new Harry Potter movie after the studio where it is being shot received a chilling terror threat.
Leavesden Studio near London answered the menacing phone call last Friday, which warned of a brutal attack on the film's young stars.
And insiders fear Al-Qaeda - the terrorist network responsible for the September 11 attacks - are behind the threat.
A studio source says, "The caller apparently said, 'It's payback time... this is for all you've done to our women and kids.'
"The film is being made by American company WARNER BROS so it sounds like it could have an Iraq or Al-Qaeda connection."
Police and dog handlers have been drafted in to patrol the perimeter fence and the number of security guards has been trebled.
A police spokesman says, "We are responding with extra vigilance."
The above is the complete article (Source: China Daily)
Matthew Lewis Supports Local Blood Drive
- [ M17 @ 12:00 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Actor Matthew Lewis is supporting a local blood drive. Click below for more.
Source: Leeds Today via WizardNews
In his fantasy life, teenage actor Matthew Lewis is the sort who might actually faint at the sight of blood. For he plays the hapless teenage wizard Neville Longbottom, the one who gets his spells mixed up, in the Harry Potter film series. But in real life Matthew, of Horsforth, Leeds, is made of stronger stuff and went along to The Headrow blood donor clinic to celebrate its first anniversary.
Matthew, 15, a pupil at St Mary's High School, Menston, said: "When I was little, my mum Lynda took me with her when she gave blood. So I know how important it is and I've always planned to do it as soon as I'm old enough."
6-Disc Collector's Edition Product Photograph
- [ iruhkoi @ 01:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Answers has several high resolution images of the upcoming Prisoner
of Azkaban DVD as well as the three-pack collector's edition that will
be released on the same day.
Before she was Prof McGonagall
- [ Bunny @ 02:57 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
More than three decades before she donned a wizard's robe to play Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, Maggie Smith won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for portraying another inspirational British teacher. And although Jean Brodie remains a far more complex and controversial figure than the firm but gentle McGonagall, Smith brings her patented eccentricity to both women, making them unique and memorable.
The DVD is released, see the full review and a picture here
Percy takes 'cool role'
- [ Bunny @ 05:12 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
From Chris Rankin Online
Says Chris: "...a part in a 3 part TV drama based on a book called The Rotter's Club - by Johnathan Coe... last week I had a recall audition for this piece, and am now VERY VERY pleased to say that i've got a part (not a huge part, but it's a cool part!) in it!..."
Check the link to read the full story.
TomFelton.com Updates With New Blog
- [ Jasen @ 12:02 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Tom Felton's added a new blog entry to his official site, which you can check out at the link!
Even MORE Movie Cast Info Pages Up
- [ Jasen @ 09:32 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Yup, I managed to finish off a few more, including ones for Tom Felton, Sean Biggerstaff, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, and David Bradley.
Order of the Phoenix Gets Tentative Release Date
- [ M17 @ 09:09 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Thanks very much to forum member divinemissm, who informs us that the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has a June 2007 release date (according to ComingSoon). This is, of course, tentative - a lot can change in three years. We'll keep you posted with details as they become available.
Robbie Coltrane Talks About Life Off Screen
- [ Jasen @ 11:16 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Sunday Herald had a sit-down interview with Coltrane, who discusses Harry Potter among other things:
No doubt the public attention engendered by playing Hagrid will influence his decision whether to continue with the Harry Potter franchise. He is contracted to make four, and is currently filming the fourth, The Goblet of Fire. He has been able to fit this interview in because production has been halted while the computer graphics wonks work their magic. Each film takes about nine months to make; it is, he says, more like a pregnancy than a production.
While on set, Coltrane makes use of a fabulous Forties ‘Silver Streak’ trailer which he has restored. He sits in it between scenes, chatting with co-stars Robert Hardy and Michael Gambon. The conversation is highly technical. Hardy is an authority on medieval longbows, and hand crafts them himself. Gambon, meanwhile, is an enthusiastic restorer of antique rifles. Coltrane talks cars. I like to think of the three of them, droning on like three Walter Matthaus, while, in a modern trailer nearby, Daniel Radcliffe develops PlayStation thumb.
I ask whether he will sign on for the final three films. “I don’t know. I really don’t know what the circumstances will be for the last three. I don’t know if I should be saying this, although if anyone has got any brains they’ll have worked it out, but if Jo Rowling hasn’t finished books six and seven within the next two years, the kids we’ve got at the moment will be too old to play the parts. And they may not even want to. So it depends on the variables. In some ways I would rather get on with something else, but I don’t want to say that because it sounds so f**king ungrateful.”
He pauses, and cocks his head like an owl listening for a mouse in a cornfield. He has heard a motorbike zoom past outside and is enjoying the sound of the engine.
“So, no, I don’t know if I’m going to do any more,” he continues. “They will, of course, to enchant me back, offer me frightening amounts of money.”
“And is that hard to resist?” I ask.
“Of course it is. I’ve got two young kids. I don’t know what the future holds.”
Much more's at the link (Note: beware of some adult language in this article)!
New Movie Cast Pages Up!
- [ Jasen @ 11:30 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
I've just managed to finish off a few new movie cast info pages for the following actors:
Julie Walters, Richard Harris, Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, and Robbie Coltrane!
Behold, Harry Potter Country!
- [ Jasen @ 11:54 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Thanks to reader Julez for sending us this article from ic seftonandwestlancs, about the various filming locations used for the HP movies.
Charlie Weasley, Up Close and Personal
- [ Jasen @ 01:01 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
The Burrow who presented the Richard Fish (Bill Weasley interview) now has an interview with Alex Crockford (Charlie Weasley) up on the site. Sad to say the news on Charlie's chances of returning for Goblet aren't high.
You-Know-Who was Who?
- [ M17 @ 09:22 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
A British actor claims he was hired to play Harry Potter’s arch-enemy Lord Voldemort in the big-screen adventures of JK Rowling’s hero but has been pushed out of the films by the celebrity demands of Hollywood. Richard Bremmer, a veteran theatre, television and film actor, told the Sunday Herald that during shooting in 2001 of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, he learned he would not be seen on screen nor credited as the villain.
His sequences were cut and he was credited only as the voice of “He Who Must Not Be Named” – one of the phrases that fearful wizards use to refer to Voldemort at the beginning of the first Harry Potter book.
Much more can be found at the Sunday Herald.
Happy Birthday Daniel!!!
- [ @ 07:17 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Our own real life Harry Potter turns 15 today, July 23. Happy Birthday Dan! Click here to view a short biography.
Whoa, Katie Leung Has An Online Blog?!
- [ Jasen @ 02:13 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
No, not really. Apparently, there are some people pretending to be Katie Leung, the actress who's won the coveted role of Cho Chang in the GoF movie. So for clarity's sake, anyone claiming to be Katie Leung online is most likely a fake -- unless she makes an official site or announcement of some kind.
Happy Birthday Jamie Waylett!
- [ Jasen @ 02:10 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Everyone at iHP would like to wish Jamie Waylett (Crabbe) a very happy 15th birthday, complete with lots of presents, food, and company.
Pass me some of that cake!
Harry Potter and the Internet
- [ Jasen @ 02:59 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Recent studies by Feedback Research in online behavior have tracked down the public response to films such as Harry Potter and "Spider-Man".
Movie Enthusiasts Are Likely to Purchase Video/DVD
-- Harry Potter movie enthusiasts are most likely to purchase the movie when it comes out with 48% of respondents saying they will definitely or probably buy the DVD or video. This number is followed by
-- Of those who had seen the first or earlier releases of these summer blockbuster sequels, more than half purchased the movies when they were released on video or DVD:
* 63% of those who saw one or more earlier Harry Potter movies, also bought one or more Harry Potter films.
-- Most respondents plan on seeing the movies within 1-3 weeks of the movie's release:
* Harry Potter -- 60% will go within the first few days, 91% within the first three weeks.
There's much more here.
Arrive for your wedding in...a Ford Anglia?
- [ iruhkoi @ 09:21 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
A Northern Ireland car buff is now offering brides and grooms the chance to arrive in replicas of vehicles that were featured in famed movies, including Starsky and Hutch's 1976 Gran Ford Torino, the DeLorean featured in the Back to the Future movies, and the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Read more from the BBC!
Dan, Rupert, and Emma On Cover of teenVogue!
- [ Jasen @ 10:06 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Thanks to reader Nancy H. for letting us know that for the June/July issue of teenVogue magazine, the trio can be spotted gracing its cover! If you have a copy of the mag and a scanner, we'd appreciate any scans for the site! Just send them here!
Potter Actors Receive Emmy Nominations
- [ iruhkoi @ 07:58 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
The Academy of Television Arts & Science announced its nominees for the 56th Annual Emmy Awards, and among them were three actors from the Harry Potter films:
John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) - for his role as "Lyle Finster" in Will & Grace (NBC)
Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) - for his role as "Alfred Blalock" in Something The Lord Made (HBO)
Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) - for her role as "Nurse Emily," "Homeless Woman," and "The Angel" in Angels In America (HBO)
Read the rest of the nominations here (Adobe PDF file). Thanks to TLC for the tip!
Time Warner Benefits from Potter
- [ M17 @ 06:44 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
As if there was every any doubt? The Harry Potter movies have pushed Time Warner's earnings to a whopping $961 million, as Newsday reports...
An outstanding box office showing for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third Potter film, has validated the firm's decision to acquire the rights to the popular series of books by author J.K. Rowling. This success follows "Return of the King," the third film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which in Time Warner's most recent quarter helped earnings more than double to $961 million.
NZ Herald Interviews Mike Seresin
- [ M17 @ 06:35 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
The New Zealand Herald has a new interview of Harry Potter cinematographer Mike Seresin:
Over the next couple of weeks Alfonso and I got to know one another a bit better and he said 'Do you want to do it?' and I said 'Yeah, I've got bugger all to do so why not? Have a bit of fun, earning Warner Brothers' money'."
That bit of fun turned into a 18-month commitment - last week Seresin was in Los Angeles helping the transfer of the film to the upcoming DVD.
You'll find more of the link above at the link above.
Happy Birthday, Fiona Shaw!
- [ M17 @ 06:30 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Best wishes on her birthday to Fiona Shaw, who plays Aunt Petunia Dursley in the Potter movies, who turns 46 years old today!
Thanks to iHP reader Mrufula for the tip.
Harry Potter Music For Your Ears
- [ Jasen @ 04:09 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
The London Symphony Orchestra will be playing music from the Harry Potter films as part of their 15-city US concert later this year.
Concert To Play Harry Potter Music
- [ Jasen @ 07:46 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]
For all you folks in Pleasanton, California, The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will be performing music from films including "Mary Poppins", "ET", and of course, "Harry Potter". Check out this link for more details.
Just a Reminder...
- [ M17 @ 07:36 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Just a reminder that USA readers can watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on the ABC Family channel this Sunday, July 11, at 4:30PM Eastern/Pacific & 3:30 Central, and again at 8:00PM Eastern/Pacific & 7:00 Central. The movie will feature additional footage not shown in theaters!
TIME For Kids Interviews Radcliffe
- [ Jasen @ 12:50 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
On July 1, the mag spoke to Daniel Radcliffe about playing Harry in the films. Here's an excerpt:
TFK: What’s it like to see yourself on screen?
Daniel: It’s really weird. It’s very surreal, because I’m, like, 30 feet high.
TFK: How many times did you see the first two movies?
Daniel: We have a ritual each year. The first time I see this third film, it will just be me, David Heyman, my mom and my dad. Then I’ll have a screening for all of my family and friends. And then I’ll go to the premieres. There are two premieres. So I see each film about four times. It gets very tiring after a while.
Read the rest here!
New Role For Radcliffe?
- [ Jasen @ 07:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
Daniel Radcliffe has apparently been tipped to star in a planned film about the Second World War. No official confirmation has been made at this time.
David Thewlis To Set Sail In "The New World"
- [ Jasen @ 03:48 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]