Daniel Radcliffe’s role as Harry Potter is what launched his career, but the actor doesn’t even think he was all that great in the film series. “My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across,” Radcliffe told the Daily Mail.
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This is not your mother’s college sports team. Your cool aunt’s, though, maybe.
Whether there’s one on your current campus, at your alma mater, or maybe at your dream school, student Quidditch clubs are popping up all around the country, and there’s nothing imaginary about the competition. The broom-borne game—created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series—is now a full-fledged co-ed contact sport, and the new documentary Mudbloods looks at how the once-fictional game became a phenomenon.
Directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari, Mudbloods follows a team of Quidditch players at UCLA as they compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in New York City. The doc takes a close look at the pioneers of the sport, the athletes who ensure it’s no joke, and the skeptics and fans who have their own opinions about the real-life proliferation of Harry Potter’s fictional pastime.
Sangari’s film made its world premiere at the AFI DOCS festival in June and will be available on demand and in limited theatrical release via Bond/360 this October.
Below, watch EW’s exclusive trailer for Mudbloods: READ FULL STORY
We always knew Scorpius Malfoy would be up to no good.
The spawn, er, son, of Draco and Astoria Malfoy turns up in the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and is briefly glimpsed at the end of 2011’s Deathly Hallows: Part 2. So what might Scorpius be doing now that both series have wrapped?
“He would be back at home pretending to be doing homework and doing bugger all,” says Tom Felton, who played Draco in the films. “I’m sure he’d be doing something mischievous, something he shouldn’t, and following in the footsteps of his father.”
Felton spoke to EW from inside one of his alter ego’s old haunts: Dark Arts shop Borgin and Burkes, which is part of the new Diagon Alley expansion of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The new section opens July 8. (Fun fact: Felton attended the recent media preview of the expansion with his girlfriend Jade Olivia, who appears as Draco’s wife in the last scene of Deathly Hallows.) READ FULL STORY
From the mind of J.K. Rowling to the sporting fields of America, quidditch has become an international sensation, and a new documentary will explore the real-life competition.
Mudbloods documents the Fifth Annual Qudditch World Cup in New York City and specifically the fight the underdog team from UCLA makes to claim the ultimate golden snitch. The film was directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari and will be distributed by BOND/360 on demand and special theatrical engagements in October. READ FULL STORY
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros.’ return to J.K. Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizardy, will open in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. Set in New York City 70 years before the adventures of Harry Potter, the Rowling-scripted movie is the first of a trilogy based on the 42-page guidebook purportedly written by magizoologist Newt Scamander. The book’s foreword was penned by one Albus Dumbledore, so it’s presumed that a younger version of the future headmaster of Hogwarts will play a role in the new trilogy.
No director or cast has been announced, and Rowling is still working on the script.
Fantastic Beasts come in threes.
The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released by Warner Bros. as a trilogy of “megamovies,” The New York Times reports in its profile on the studio’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara. Based on the Hogwarts textbook written by Potter author J.K. Rowling, the new franchise is an extension of her extraordinarily realized wizarding world. The films will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander and start in New York approximately seven decades before Harry Potter’s own adventures.
According to Rowling herself, Tsujihara is responsible for convincing the author to dive back into the Potterverse. READ FULL STORY
Three weeks ago, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling conjured an Internet frenzy when she and Warner Bros. announced that a new adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a popular supplement to her Potter series was in the works. The announcement revealed that the film will be set in the same wizarding world as Harry Potter — but follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, a professor of magical creatures, and take place 70 years before Harry’s journey began.
EW caught up with David Heyman, who produced all eight of the original Harry Potter films, on the red carpet of his latest spectacle, Gravity (which reunited him with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron), and asked him to dish about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — or “Fantastic Beasts” as he called it for short.
Heyman, who confirmed that he will be producing the film, said that Rowling hasn’t turned in a finished script just yet, but that “Jo is at work” and tremendously excited about the project. “She’s not doing it for any other reason other than she loves the world and she had a story that she wanted to tell,” he said.
All ended well for Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s books, but it turns out the author isn’t finished with her magical world. Rowling and Warner Bros. have announced that she will adapt her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, into an cinematic adventure about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling’s first-ever screenplay is expected to be the first of a series of new films about the wizarding world that fans know well from the Potter books and movies.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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,” said Rowling, in a statement. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Scamander has long been part of the Potter universe, ever since he got a brief mention in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. One of Hogwarts’ esteemed former headmasters, his image occasionally popped up in the wizarding school’s living portraits. Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.
Click below for Rowling’s entire statement: READ FULL STORY
Harry Potter had it easy! Daniel Radcliffe is accustomed to playing a character with a painful forehead scar that draws annoying stares, but this headache is on a whole other level.
In Horns, a supernatural mystery that premieres tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival, Radcliffe plays Ig, a small-time guy who’s suspected of brutally murdering his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple). The town seems to have made up its mind about his guilt, especially when he begins to sprout devilish horns while the police investigate the crime. Before long, though, Ig notices that his frightful horns seem to have one beneficial side-effect: people around him suddenly seem compelled to tell him the truth, the horrible truth that they’ve never told anyone else. Just maybe, those horns of his will help him find out who really committed the murder.
The film is directed by Alexandre Aja, the mind behind The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D. Two more exclusive photos from Horns below. READ FULL STORY
• Jennifer Lopez may be the latest network exec, but she’s still a movie star. The triple-threat singer is set to star opposite Antonio Banderas in The 33, a film based on the true story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for 69 days in 2010. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro have also joined the cast of the Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna)-directed drama. [THR]
•Argo actor Scoot McNairy will join Jude Law in Black Sea, about a search for sunken treasure aboard a submarine in the — you guessed it — Black Sea. Kevin MacDonald is directing the Focus Features film. [Deadline]
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