New Harry Potter Movie Featuring None of the Original Cast Okayed by Warner Bros.

newt scamander illustrationIf I were you ask you if a movie set “in the Harry Potter universe” but without Ron, Harry, Hermione, Snape, the Keebler Elf, Mary Poppins, Looney Toonbad and the gingersnap twins is still a Harry Potter movie, you’d say no, right?

Me too. But Warner Brothers have given the green light to an adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with a screenplay by the author, J.K. needs-no-introduction Rowling.

The film, which takes place in New York 70 years before Harry and friends, will feature magizoologist/author Newt Scamander.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement.

If you’re looking for a premise, Scamander had many adventures with winged and horned creatures between working at the Ministry of Magic and writing, eventually moving on to a prestigious job as headmaster of Hogwarts, according to Harry Potter Wiki.  Continue reading “New Harry Potter Movie Featuring None of the Original Cast Okayed by Warner Bros.”

J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym

The cuckoo's calling coverIn April of this year, a first-time author named Robert Galbraith released a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling through Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown that received rave reviews.

Turns out, the person behind Cuckoo’s Calling is not the debut of some former military official, as “his” bio suggested, but Britain’s favorite modern-day author, J.K. Rowling.

The mother of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and so many other iconic wizards and witches confessed the truth after London’s Sunday Times received an anonymous tip about her pseudonym.

From The New York Times:

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”  Continue reading “J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym”

Emma Watson Talks To W About ‘The Bling Ring,’ Fame and Sex Appeal

Emma Watson W 2013 Inside the June/July issue of W Magazine, Emma Watson discusses her upcoming film and her past, before and right after scoring Harry Potter. And on The Bling Ring, Watson said, in the most demure way possible, that she was actually too classy to understand why her character would want people to see her bra.

In related news, Emma told reporters at Cannes that she watched “a lot of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians and ‘The Hills,’” to understand the psychology of Nicki/Alexis Neiers. She added that she “thought a lot about what her parents must have been like.”

I find this weird because Pretty Wild (with the real-life Alexis Neiers and her mother) is on Netflix streaming.

(Maybe she’s not allowed to say that was her real point of reference for legal reasons?) The dynamic between Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian is not exactly the same. Just watch. You’ll see.  Continue reading “Emma Watson Talks To W About ‘The Bling Ring,’ Fame and Sex Appeal”

Luna Lovegood As Britney Spears? Get On This, Hollywood!

It’s apparent by now to all of you that actors are called upon for a variety of roles daily, whether for TV or movies or depressing ad campaigns like Shannen Doherty’s Education Connection commercials.

Because of this, the news of a Harry Potter side-character actress wanting to play Britney Spears might roll off of you like raindrops on a waterproof coat.

I’m excited because I’m a huge Britney and HP fan (dork alert) so when Evanna Lynch, who played the lovably spacey Luna in J.K. Rowling’s big-screen adaptations told BANG Showbiz“People laugh when I say this but I would love to play Britney Spears in a movie,” I was thrilled.  Continue reading “Luna Lovegood As Britney Spears? Get On This, Hollywood!”

Daniel Radcliffe’s Alcoholic Harry Potter Antics

During his promotional tour for The Woman In Black, which, by the way, doesn’t have enough backstory for a movie with that title, Daniel Radcliffe admitted to being drunk during certain Harry Potter filming sessions.

During a sit down with Heat Magazine, the interviewer hinted that perhaps at his age it’s normal to drink too much, to which Radcliffe responded,

“People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad. I don’t want to go into details but I drank a lot and it was daily – I mean nightly. I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work.”

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Sinead O’Connor Looks Like Harry Potter’s Fat Cousin

Sinead O’Connor, is a respected artist right? Her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the wispy, teary-eyed anthem of 1990 and beyond. It was also a number one on the US Hot 100 Chart, and Connor herself gained notoriety in 1992 by tearing and burning a picture of the pope during a performance of her song “War,” on Saturday Night Live. She was also the hip, sensitive, bald activist/extremist 90’s singer version of Natalie Portman.

So explain this new look to me, which the Irish singer debuted while she was singing backup for former Bob Marley keyboardist Natty Wailer and Celtic folk singer Damien Dempsey at Bray Summerfest 2011.

The festival takes place south of Dublin, Ireland, and Connor took the stage to support Dempsey and Wailer on August 7th, where she showed of her business lady jacket, mullet-bowl haircut, glasses, multiple-chin, giant hip-hop cross, sheer belly-net and black camel-ball pants.

She’s 44, but really really looks like a rebellious little boy chanting scripture from the Torah at his Bar Mitzvah, attempting to piss off his parents with leftover prop jewelry from a Madonna video.

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
since you took your wand away
I go out every night drinking butterbeer all day
since you took your wand away
since you’ve been gone I hear Moaning Myrtle’s haunts
I can see Snape if I choose
I can eat dinner at Hogsmead restaurants
but nothing can take away this news
cause nothing compares to
nothing compares to you (Hermione)

[Sung by Irish sensation Harry Potter Connor Jr.]

Emma Watson’s New Man-Meat, Johnny Simmons

Harry Potter star and England’s sweetheart, Emma Watson, has a new boyfriend! He’s that guy Chip from Jennifer’s Body oh and the guitarist kid from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Johnny Simmons.

He’s kind of understated, and perhaps boring, at least in those movies, but maybe he’s a nice guy? He’s 24, but uhhh looks 15? So there’s that. The two lover-vultures were spotted in Santa Monica, scarfing food and sucking face. (Not in that order or at the same time? Though who knows what they’re into)

They are set to star in the movie version of the controversial novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, controversial to parent-teacher groups that is. Because it covers topics like gay sex, drugs, alcohol and date rape.

Ummm I read it several years ago and don’t remember finding it controversial at all? But maybe that says something scary about my nature, or maybe these book-burning cougar Republicans need to find better things to do with their time than protesting items that could help their children LEARN about real life.

Anyways, happy trails, Emma Watson. I really liked Deathly Hallows Part 2 but was that a silent film for you or what?