J.K. ROWLING’S ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO:
Well, we finally know what Pottermore is! Here’s a quick summery: J.K. Rowling has written extensive new material about characters, places and objects from the Harry Potter universe. Pottermore will later incorporate an online shop where people can purchase exclusively the long-awaited Harry Potter eBooks. The shop will evolve into selling other Potter-related products. The story will be brought to life with new illustrations and interactive ‘Moments’, starting with the first book. Pottermore will be open to all users from October 2011 An online challenge will be launched, whereby the first million people to complete their registration will gain early entry into the website, on July 31st!
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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The featurette is more of a retrospective than a look at the new movie, but it’s still remarkable to look at Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint’s first screen test and not be impressed at how far they’ve come as actors.
In anticipation of its 36-page feature on Harry Potter, Empire Magazine continues to release written and video interviews online.
Tonight, they have released a letter from Alan Rickman, the actor plays Professor Severus Snape to author J.K. Rowling. In it, he discusses how he has just returned from speaking into a microphone as Snape for the final time. He cannot believe how fast time has passed.
“Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but dedicate narrative in the surest of hands.”
As part of Empire Magazine‘s commemorative Harry Potter feature, two new interviews with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) have been published online.
Grint spoke about Ron’s darker turn in the “Deathly Hallows” and what it was like filming the final battle.
So when you read the book, and you see what happens, did you become excited?
That’s been the case with a lot of the later books, really. The character’s had a lot more dimensions to him. In previous films Ron was usually quite scared all the time, that was always kind of him, but it was great to see that there was a lot more heavy emotion. Because he really falls in love, so there’s all that story, and that really develops in Part Two particularly. And then there’s the family stuff as well. There are some quite dark things that I never really got before with Ron.
Was it a case of ‘no acting required’ as Hogwarts comes down there?
Yeah. It really nailed that down, that this was the end. Seeing the Great Hall… The place had become quite a familiar one in our lives; we’d spent a lot of time there. And now it’s on fire. There are dead bodies, dead children everywhere. It’s really dark.
Felton meanwhile talked about the tight bond between the cast and crew on the Harry Potter set and what his final few days of filming were like.
What was your last scene?
There were a couple. One of my last scenes as a group was us, 19 years on, on the platform at King’s Cross. That was really quite fitting, because one of my first scenes was as a 10 year old being put on the train there, ten years ago literally to the day, so it was really weird and suitable that that fit. My very last one was a night shoot on 2nd unit just by myself. I was shot walking away after the battle, I believe, so again, that was really nice because there’s always a tighter feeling with the 2nd unit crew.
There was a lovely moment at the Empire Awards one year when you were both there and she immediately went into Bellatrix mode.
I always get really taken aback by that! It’s all very different when you’re working together, but when you’re outside work you always think, “I wonder if they still have a clue who I am”. And she literally pounced on me! I’ve learnt a lot from her. She’s the complete Jekyll and Hyde, if you will: she’s the sweetest British lady and slightly in her own world and then when the cameras roll she goes berserk, which is amazing. It’s brilliant to watch. I could name more: every single one of those actors has been incredibly nice to me, which makes a big difference.
Empire Magazine hits shelves tomorrow, May 26. Fans can also order a copy of the publication online.
New images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 have been released. If you want to get a good look at Harry fighting through Gringotts, Draco holding hands with his Slytherin compatriots, or Neville looking like a total badass, then scroll down..!
Images via Entertainment Weekly.
The teaser trailer for Tom Felton’s upcoming thriller, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also costarring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, and Frida Pinto, has been released online. Tom’s featured very briefly, however; the story, a prequel to the classic Planet of the Apes, revolves around a scientist who tries to find a Alzheimer’s disease by testing it on apes, specifically one named Caeser, who mutates drastically as a result of the treatment. Caesar then leads a revolt with his fellow apes against mankind; Tom plays Dodge, one of the villains, and son of Brian Cox’s character. The trailer can be seen here.
Exclusive: Producers David Heyman and David Barron talk HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 at CinemaCon
Before Warner Bros. took the stage at CinemaCon, Collider.com’s Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub got to speak with Harry Potter producers David Heyman and David Barron on the red carpet. With the final installment set to hit theaters in July, this was the final time they would be promoting Harry Potter to theater owners. Thankfully, the pair brought some incredible footage from the final installment (read about it here) .
Here An Excerpt from their post:
Collider: How did you guys decide what footage you wanted to show the theater owners today?
Heyman: Well part of it was what was ready, quite frankly. Because we’re still very much editing and also still very much doing the visual effects. So a lot of the visual effects being shown here will be very rough, and the footage is still rough. But we just showed some exciting bits and some really good dramatic scenes.
Barron: What the movie’s about.
Heyman: To let people in, a little bit.
When you guys first presented Harry Potter, I believe it was last year but maybe 2 years ago, but you guys actually showed a scene from Harry facing Voldemort for the final time. And it was in the very beginning of the footage you showed, and for me, I gasped, because I couldn’t believe you were showing this.
Barron: (laughs) Just teasing.
Heyman: You had to wait a little while before you actually saw it in the film.
Are you showing anymore of that scene today?
Barron: There’s one shot of each, I think.
Heyman: Yeah there’s a couple of shots, but we’re not showing cut footage.
You guys decided not to do the 3D conversion for Part 1, but you said 3D for Part 2. Is Part 2 still being released in 3D?
Heyman: Yes it is. The reason we didn’t do it on the first part was because we didn’t feel that we could do it justice. And actually the 3D would actually compromise the film, so we didn’t have the time.
Barron: We were diving into 3D for the first time, it was a new world for us, and so we didn’t get off to a fine start. There wasn’t time to do it properly, and so Warners very very kindly supported us. I’m sure they were wishing it was not the case, but they were hugely supportive to not put out something that we weren’t happy with.
You mentioned that you guys were eventually gonna release Part 1 in 3D whether it be on Blu-ray or a re-release theatrically.
Heyman: We’re doing Blu-ray.
Barron: It’s going really well.
Heyman: We’re in the process of doing it right now and we’re really excited about the quality, we feel it adds something to the film and is really immersive as opposed to taking out, which I think a lot of 3D can do. And it’s been great for us going through that process to lead into the theatrical because I think we’ve learned an awful lot.
Barron: We have learned a lot.
Heyman: David Yates is approaching 3D from a character point of view.
Barron: It’s a storytelling aid. Rather than being a special effect gimmick where it’s like “Oh that’s cool.” We’re using it to help tell the story better.
Heyman: It’s probably gonna be more subtle than on some films, we’re not gonna have tons of stuff flying out the screen, we’ll have some but not much. The depth will not necessarily be as great as some films. But it will make the film feel larger, be more immersive, and I think it will add to the stories as opposed to take away.
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