Helena Bonham Carter has joined British Prime Minister David Cameron's new Holocaust Comission, which will serve to find ways to educate future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust. The committee, which also includes Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, senior politicians Michael Grove and Ed Balls, and others, is cross-party and multi-faith.
Yesterday's announcement of the committee coincided with Holocaust Memorial Day, when the commissioners met with Holocaust survivors at a special reception. The Prime Minister has said of the committee's mission:
"Survivors have played a vital role in keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, but we will not always have these remarkable individuals with us. We face a real danger that, as the events of the Holocaust become ever more distant, they feel increasingly remote to current and future generations. This cross-party, national Commission representing our whole society will investigate what more needs to be done to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial and the educational resources needed for generations to come."
Bonham Carter herself, who is of Jewish descent, has said,
"I am very honoured to be asked to join this commission and do so in particular memory of those members of my family who died in the Holocaust and as an inherited responsibility to my grandfather, who made a significant personal sacrifice to save hundreds of lives. It is our generation's legacy to create a living memory that will survive the survivors and forever remind future generations of the inhumanity man is capable of committing to its own kind."
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Our talented Harry Potter alumni certainly have been busy this past year, and while there are only a few more days left in 2013, the stars are still hard at work. For the last time in 2013, it’s MuggleNet Role Call!
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) continues to expand upon her filmmaking career as a director, filming a music video for Nowness. The star tweeted her excitement about the video being published on the Nowness website.
The video stars Once Upon a Time in Wonderland actress Sophie Lowe, who both wrote and sings the song for the video, Riding Solo, which you can view here. Bonnie also explains her creative process:
“My film concepts always begin with the particular emotion I am trying to evoke, say the sadness of loss. I then collect references [and] inspiration and write lots of disjointed sentences from light directions and thoughts to actual dialogue. Then the way I work with my crew is very collaborative; I need them to be as emotionally invested as [I].”
Another poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), has been released, featuring photos of the cast in the form of hotel keys. You can view the poster here. In addition, Fiennes can be seen on December 30 when he visits the ladies of The View to talk about his film, The Invisible Woman. Check your local listings for showtimes.
Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) has been named one of the new faces for Burberry’s English Rose collection for the 2014 spring/summer campaign. You can check out some of the spoiler photos for the coming collection here.
Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown) brings you Christmas greetings! The actress performs a few Christmas carols with some friends in this comedic YouTube video, "Carollers." Enjoy by watching below!
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) may be waiting to find out if she will win the Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini-series Burton & Taylor, but she's still keeping her eye out for other roles. According to a report from Variety, the star is currently in talks to join the historic drama Sufferagette with actress Carey Mulligan. The film is based on real-life events and follows “soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse”.
For those MuggleNet fans who have access to ITV and CITV, make sure you check out a special reading of Dustbin Dad, airing on December 26 and December 28. You might recognize the narrator of the story – Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) who recently participated in MuggleNet’s holiday video and will be joining Bookaboo to read the story by Peter Bently and Russell Ayto. The actor also tells Expose Entertainment that his children give him critical feedback for his roles.
“As an actor I often have scripts at home to rehearse, and yes, I will perform them out loud for the kids and just see what they think. They're my fiercest critics sometimes but then again my biggest supporters as well.”
New images for Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been released only days after the official trailer was made available. The images further highlight the intensity of the trailer, evoking a sense of unease. The three up-close images of the major stars of the film, including Oldman, can be seen here.
Well, that’s it for 2013 casting news. We can’t wait to see what our favorite cast get up to in the new year. Bring on 2014!
Luckily for all of the Harry Potter fans out there, our favorite cast members are a talented lot and are very much in demand for new projects gracing the screen and stage.
Released only in Europe thus far, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a film that tells of a twelve-year-old cartographer (someone who studies and makes maps) who is honored by the Smithsonian Institute and makes his journey alone across the United States to accept his award. While little is known about her character, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) is a credited cast member in the role of Dr. Clair. Images from the film suggest that Dr. Clair may actually be the titular character’s mother, but we will have to wait and see! The film has no scheduled release date for the US at this time, but there is a very interactive French site you can visit to learn more about the film… if you speak French, that is.
As reported yesterday, new images of Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) Child 44 emerged this week, but that’s not all that’s new! Four new posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been released according to Monsters and Critics, just ahead of the first trailer release date, scheduled for tomorrow, December 18 at 6 AM PST. We hope that when the new trailer is released, we'll get our first glimpse at Gary as Dreyfus. The film itself will begin premiering this July in both the US and the UK. You can view each of the posters here.
From monkeys to ninjas, our cast never disappoints! Actress Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout) has once again joined the Disney family. Previously, she voiced a part in the Disney feature film Mulan as the voice of The Matchmaker. Now, she is set to voice the part of Nana Sheila in the Disney Junior show Nina Needs to Go, airing in February. Says Margolyes of her new role,
“I am delighted to be part of Disney Junior's Nina Needs to Go. Having voiced a Disney character many years ago in Mulan, it feels so good to return to the Disney family, voicing Nana Shelia who is a rather fabulous ninja granny!”
Keeping in the spirit of the holidays, The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), has released a winterized and motion version of its movie poster. Day turns to night, and the snow begins to fall before all the lights of the hotel go dim. To view the poster, visit the Coming Soon website. You can also view the trailer at the film’s website, found here.
Currently staying in New York for her run in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) shares her love of the city and talks about her experiences as a tourist. In an interview with The L Magazine, Shaw reveals her favorite place to stay when she’s in the city, her favorite theater to perform in, and her shopping habits.
“When I arrive, I always run to Bloomingdale’s for the sheer shopaholic potential. I don’t shop in London. I also love Saks and Bergdorf Goodman; however, I go to Banana Republic for jeans. Oh, I would buy everything in Restoration Hardware, if only I could fit a sofa in my suitcase.”
As for all the tourist spots, Shaw visits the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), takes the subway whenever possible, and recently visited the Cloisters.
“This medieval gift is there to 'escape you' for all of NYC. It’s only a subway ride away, and it's another world: woods and the views of the palaces makes you feel miles from the city.”
Shaw will remain in New York at least through December 22, when her run with Ancient Mariner ends.
In a very personal interview with the Daily Mail, Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) explains how a nun at her primary school influenced her decision to become an actor.
“I wasn’t a girly girl, and the nerviness was influenced by the nuns at my primary school, who were pretty terrifying. I liked to perform from very young. A very strict, bad-tempered nun called Sister Patrick did a lot of shouting. I don’t know what I did, but I made her laugh; she bent down and said, ‘You should go on the stage’. I’d never been to the theatre, but I knew what she meant. I felt that incredible power of being able to make someone laugh.”
Walters also talks briefly about her time on the Harry Potter sets.
“The Harry Potter sets are unbelievable. I used to walk around with my mouth wide open. In the Weasleys’ house, there were no special effects. The pans stirred automatically, and the knitting needles knitted themselves. It was just amazing.”
Turner Classic Movies released a stirring tribute to film industry stars who passed away in 2013. Included in the tribute is Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) at about 3:20. A small clip of Griffiths as Vernon Dursley is used, as well as a clip from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where all the students raise their wands in respect and honor of a fallen Dumbledore. Also included in this tribute, directly after Griffiths, is Harry Potter set decorator Stephenie McMillan. You can watch the video here.
Since his appearance in the Doctor Who 50-year-anniversary special, David Bradley (Argus Filch) has been keeping pretty busy. Not only did he join the voice cast for The Mandate, as Lord High Admiral Suvarov and is in a science-fiction role-playing game Ghosts, whose trailer, along with a press release from Gamasutra, was released a few weeks ago, but he also joined the cast of FX network’s The Strain. In the upcoming series, Bradley will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, replacing previous actor John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) in the role of a Holocaust survivor who owns a pawn shop and as the article from The Hollywood Reporter indicates, may be the only one with answers to a viral outbreak that results in vampirism. The series was rumored to begin filming in Toronto in late November and is aiming for a July 2014 premiere.
Another HP alum who is keeping her career burning is Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour). In an interview with Variety, Poesy reveals her full schedule, which includes a lot more than just acting roles. In addition to her work in both French and British productions for film and television, she’s also a brand ambassador for Chloe perfume and the clothing line G-Star, and she rocks out as a backup singer for Miles Kane. Her next project, however, is a film with Michael Caine that made its US debut last month, called Last Love. It is now available for viewing on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
As confirmation of Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s return to a sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, we here at MuggleNet can’t help but wonder – does this mean that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will also be signing on to reprise her role as the Red Queen? When last we saw her big-headed character (remind you of anyone, Percy?), she was being shackled to the Knave of Hearts and banished to the Outlands. We will continue to keep an eye on this story and report any updates as they become available.
Gary Oldman joins a music video for David Bowie? If this rumor turns out to be true, Oldman is appearing in a video for one of the tracks for Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. In addition to this, you may have seen Oldman’s comedy sketch for late night host Jimmy Kimmel, where Oldman describes what he thinks of American Thanksgiving. He throws an epic tantrum in the middle of the set and dons a pretty epic moustache! Watch the video below, and please be aware that it contains some adult language.
With A Young Doctor’s Notebook having premiered on the Ovation network in the US in the last few months and the second season now showing in the UK (see the newly released photos of Dan dressed as a clown here!), we can only hope that the hint of a third season will come true. In an interview with What’s on TV, Dan’s co-star, Jon Hamm, discusses his experience on-set for the second season and Dan’s waltzing skills.
“Dan's by far the more talented dancer - he's been on Broadway. The last time I had to do any dancing was at high school, and it was as embarrassing then as it is now. But it was very funny and a perfect example of the tone of the show - irreverent, funny, sad, macabre."
As for the third season...
“Well, never say never, but the way it ends is a little bit tricky to continue... but anything's possible when you're dealing with myself and Dan..."
Genevieve Gaunt, best known to Potter fans as Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has taken on the role of a character based on Amanda Knox, the college student who was convicted and then acquitted of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Filming took place in Tuscany in mid-November. No word on when the film, The Face of an Angel, will debut.
While not really casting news, we did get our hands on a great still of Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) from the international trailer of Noah. You can view the picture here!
Ian Kelly, who played the role of Hermione Granger’s father in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, will be honored in Cambridge’s 2014 edition of Who’s Who. The world-famous reference book contains thousands of biographies of some of the most talented and most celebrated people, written by the subject themselves. Each person is selected to join by invitation only and is required to write their own biography. Kelly lists his Cambridge birthplace in his biography and also mentions his children and cooking as some of his favorite recreations.
In a global rebranding move for Bacardi rum, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will be the voice behind the new campaign, which will focus on the history of the brand “during Prohibition, Cuban exile, war and revolution.” The feature campaign will air on television around the world.
Composer John Williams has signed on to compose the new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5. His credits include the first three Harry Potter films and the upcoming film The Book Thief. If you’ve ever wondered how the scores for the films have been created, Williams gives us a little insight.
“The process begins with me writing a passage and rejecting it, writing another passage and liking some part of it and trying to keep that. It becomes a process in my mind, like sculpting. You keep cutting on something, and eventually, it reveals itself to you.”
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) is currently slated to take part in a new eighteen-day movie shoot, filming for her role in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale. She tweeted the following in support of the film:
The indie crime film will focus on a family man and dope fiend working within the underground porn business in 1968 New York City, running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the East Coast while trying to keep his family in the dark.
Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) has a new role as John Burke in the ITV film Lucan, currently in post-production. Based on the disappearance of the titular character, this true story brought to life speculates on what may have led up to the disappearance of the aristocrat over 40 years ago after a nanny in his employ was found murdered. No current release date has been announced.
Finally, two of our favorite Order members are hitting the tour buses. Both Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) can be seen in upcoming music festivals in 2014. Gleeson will tour Ireland with his new folk band beginning in January as part of a Music Network initiative, funded by the Arts Council. Tena’s six-piece band, Molotov Jukebox, briefly put a few of their shows on hold for an acting role but have since announced that they will participate in the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August.
That’s it for this edition of Role Call! What project are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know by commenting here, our Facebook page, or on Twitter!
The Lone Ranger, Disney's 2013 action film starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Helena Bonham Carter, has been given a DVD and Blu-ray release date. The movie is set to be released in the USA on December 17, 2013, on Blu-ray combo, digital HD, and On Demand.
The Lone Ranger tells the story of John Reid, The Lone Ranger (Hammer), and Tonto (Depp), a mysterious vigilante, who team up to seek vengence after justice fails them. Helena Bonham Carter (our favorite Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange) plays Red Harrington, a brothel madame who assists Reid and Tonto on their quest.
The Lone Ranger is already available on DVD and Blu-ray for Australian fans, and its American release comes just in time to make the perfect Christmas present.
It's that time of year again, a time of joy and merriment. Yes, Christmas is almost upon us and already the annual adverts have started to clog our televison and computer screens. This year, Harry Potter's very own Helena Bonham Carter appears in a festive advert for the UK-founded department store, Marks and Spencer (M&S). She is instantly recognizable as the villainous witch we all love to hate, Bellatrix Lestrange. In M&S's holiday advert, she plays a wizard... of sorts.
This year, M&S decided to give their ad a magical, fairytale theme, and Bonham Carter plays the head of the great and powerful wizard from L. Frank Baum's famous children's favorite The Wizard of Oz.
Bonham Carter is not unknown to taking the more quirky role, and she commented on this appearance:
"I live with Tim Burton, so for me to play the dismembered head of a wizard is a normal thing to do."
The ad revolves around two other well-known fairytales, Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland, and stars British models Rosie Huntington-Whitely and David Gandy. It airs for the first time on television today.