April 19, 2014

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Early reviews praise the final “Harry Potter”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The first reviews for the final “Harry Potter” film, “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” have made their way online as David Yates’ conclusion holds its world premiere in London.
Click away if you’d like to go into the film completely unspoiled.
Still here? OK:
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is “an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now.”
Meanwhile, Philip Womack of the Telegraph calls it “monumental cinema, awash with gorgeous tones, and carrying an ultimate message that will resonate with every viewer, young or old: there is darkness in all of us, but we can overcome it.”
Tremendous. We’ll stop there, knowing that the final “Potter” film can’t fail. We are so excited for July 15, when the last “Potter” film opens everywhere.
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Emma Watson Photos: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Emma Watson.

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2010, she starred in seven Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; she will return for the final instalment: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Watson’s work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than $10 million. She made her modeling debut for Burberry’s Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.
In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $70 million in worldwide sales.
Early life
Emma Watson was born in Paris to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both British lawyers. Watson has one French grandmother, and lived in Paris until the age of five. Following her parents’ divorce, she moved with her mother and younger brother to Oxfordshire. From the age of six, Watson wanted to become an actress, and for a number of years she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting. By the age of ten, she had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince, but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. “I had no idea of the scale of the film series,” she stated in a 2007 interview with Parade; “If I had I would have been completely overwhelmed.”
Harry Potter
In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling’s best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow [...]

Harry Potter movie marathon coming to AMC Theatres

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In much the same way that the multiplex chain sponsored an “Lord of the Rings” marathon, AMC Theatres revealed plans for a “Harry Potter” film festival leading up to the release of the eighth and final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
“You’ve spent the last decade immersed in the Harry Potter epic. Now, witness the finale in its entirety and be among the first to see the final film, shown in RealD 3D,” the chain posted on its Web site.
The screenings will begin Monday, July 11, and run the entire week.
“See two of the films each night, Monday, July 11 through Wednesday July 13 at 6 p.m. Then, on Thursday, July 14, see Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 9 p.m. right before catching the premiere of Part 2 at 12:01,” AMC spells out.
For $45, fans get a ticket that includes admission to all eight films, a commemorative lanyard, and retrospective booklet.
For a complete list of participating theaters, click here.
So, will you go? Or will you watch the “Potter” films at home as you prepare for “Deathly Hallows” and the end of the franchise?
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Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Rock tapped for all-star Tony event

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Weeks before he faces off with Lord Voldemort in the series-ending “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Daniel Radcliffe will face a far-cattier crew when he presents at the Tony Awards.
We’re kidding, of course. All of our love to the Broadway crowd. The Tony producers have assembled an all-star list of trophy presenters for the June 12 event. In addition to Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Whoopi Goldberg have been tapped to present, while THR notes that celebrities expected to grace the stage in some shape or form include Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick, Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick and the great Angela Lansbury.
Neil Patrick Harris hosts this year’s Tony Awards, which will be held on June 12 and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 to 11 p.m.
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First “Harry Potter” trailer is a masterpiece

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Do we honestly need a trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final installment of his historic franchise? Couldn’t Warner Bros. simply put up a title card and a date, then sit back and wait for all of that box-office money to come rolling in?
Well, yes. But the “Potter” franchise never has been about cashing in or selling out. And so, as the series finally draws to a close, the studio has cut a magnificent trailer that teases the heartbreak, devastation and ultimate redemption that will be on screen in July.
Dying to see it? Here you go:
To say I’m merely going to “miss” this franchise undersells the emotion. J.K. Rowling’s final book was such a satisfying conclusion to an epic journey. This trailer suggests that director David Yates will be able to replicate that feeling of contentment and sorrow as I bid these beloved characters farewell … once again.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will be in theaters in 3D on July 15.
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Harry Potter DVD and Blu-ray burning up charts

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Perhaps hinting to the dominance that’s sure to come later this summer, “Harry Potter” is pummeling the competition on the DVD charts now that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is on the streets.
The film made its debut at No. 1 on the charts, beating out “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” for the top slot.
Even more impressive, though, is the fact that six other “Harry Potter” titles “also re-emerged in the top 20, the result of an aggressive ad campaign,” Reuters reports.
“About 70 percent of Potter catalog sales were of the Blu-ray format vs. 46 percent for ‘Deathly Hallows,’” Reuters adds, explaining that many fans are upgrading their collection to Blu-ray as they take advantage of some incredible deals.
Wait until “Part 2” finally comes out, and then Warner can release a complete collection. How do you think that will sell?
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Harry Potter “Part 2″ opening sequence arrives online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Have you grabbed a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on DVD and Blu-ray yet? (It streeted on Friday, April 15.)
If you have – and you should – then there’s a good chance you already saw this opening scene from the eighth and final “Potter” film, which arrives in theaters on July 15. By all accounts, part two will be a full-blown action film, which makes sense if you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s fantastic final book in the Harry Potter series.
But if you have not seen the featurette teasing “Part 2,” you are in luck. Trailer Addicts has it up today (via EW.com). We’ve also pasted a low-res version below.
Enjoy, but feel a little sadness, as “Potter” concludes … soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BBIe-QgIaI
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Harry Potter Blu-ray delivers Maximum movie thrills

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The end feels closer than ever before.
Warner Bros.’ DVD and Blu-ray release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” does as much looking back as it does looking forward, promising fans a sneak peek at the opening scene from the upcoming series finale as well as countless interviews with the cast and crew reminiscing about all of the hard work that went in to bringing J.K. Rowlings’ magical world to life.
What a remarkable ride it has been. And yet, much like “Part 1” felt like the beginning of a long goodbye, this DVD comes off as a preliminary farewell that’s sure to continue when the “Part 2” DVD eventually arrives in stores (my guess is it will be available by Christmas).
So the question has to be asked: “Why would you purchase “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on DVD or Blu-ray when you know a complete set – with parts one and two – is bound to be available somewhere down the line?”
The answer, however, is up to the individual. Can you wait to see the seventh “Harry Potter” in spectacular high-definition? Or do you want to catch up with a pristine copy of the preliminary adventure before the conclusion arrives in theaters on July 15?
I, for one, would want to enjoy this film with Warner’s Maximum Movie Mode, the ultimate behind-the-scenes discussion that includes cast and crew members taking viewers inside the meticulous filmmaking process to break down key scenes like Hagrid’s motorcycle flight or the construction of Hermione’s magical tents. Warner always has maintained a standard of excellence with the Maximum mode, and “Harry Potter” continues the studio’s commitment.
The rest of the supplements are standard, with eight deleted scenes, five “Making of” featurettes, a “Behind-the-Soundtrack” feature, a clip on the grand opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Orlando, and a sneak peek at the opening scene of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
Which I couldn’t find on my disc. Anywhere. It was only after exploring other critics’ reviews that I realized Warner might have sent us review copies that did not have the sneak peek at “Part 2.” That’s frustrating.
Not frustrating enough, however, for me to bury this release. The visuals are spectacular. The audio conversion is magnificent. The three-disc set includes a digital copy of the film for [...]

“Harry Potter” DVD and Blu-ray street today

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The end of the “Harry Potter” franchise edges closer, with the second part of the “The Deathly Hallows” set to hit theaters in July.
But this morning, “Potter” maniacs around the globe will be hopping on their brooms and flying to the nearest retailers to pick up DVD and Blu-ray copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” which streets today and promises tons of extra features.
The main selling point, however – an opening scene from the upcoming “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” – might have jumped the gun. CBS News reported that the scene included on the “Potter” Blu-ray had leaked online days ago. But it was poor quality – a handheld video grab off of a television screen. Here it will be pristine.
We’ll have our review of the Harry Potter” Blu-ray on the site this weekend. We’re still burning through extras and supplements. Needless to say, if you are a “Potter” fan, you are going to want to add this one to the collection.
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Deleted Scene from “Deathly Hallows” Shows Different Side to Disliked Character

HollywoodNews.com: For fans familiar with the story of Harry Potter, it is an undisputed fact that Harry’s muggle relatives, the Dursleys, probably wished he’d never been born – or at the very least that he’d never been left on their doorstep.
The very first time movie viewers hear the Dursleys mention Harry’s magical parents, it is obvious that 1) they don’t approve of magic, and 2) that Petunia Dursley clearly resented her sister. Or did she?
A new clip – a deleted scene featured on the upcoming DVD release of the seventh film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, shows an unusually demure and almost emotional Aunt Petunia (Fiona Shaw) painfully reminding Harry that he was not the only person who lost someone the night Lord Voldemort murdered his parents.
Harry: “They’ll torture you. If they think for a moment you know where I’m going, they’ll stop at nothing.”
Petunia: “Do you think I don’t know what they’re capable of? You didn’t just lose a mother that night in Godric’s Hollow, you know? I lost a sister.”

Should the clip have been kept in the theatrical release of the film?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be released on DVD on April 15.
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