In a brand new interview published by The Canberra Times, Emma Watson discussed the only thing important enough to put her acting career on hold: her education.
Emma, who graduates from Brown University this summer, says that receiving her degree from the Ivy League university will be "a big milestone for me. Brown has this tradition where you walk through a certain gate and then you walk out of it when you graduate. It's taken me five years, but the fact that I'm going to complete it and will come out with a BA in English is a really, really big deal for me."
She elaborated that she was glad that she took the time away from her career to focus on school, saying:
"I have the rest of my life to work, but I still had so much to learn. I needed space in which to figure out how to be independent, living in another country and moving away from home. It was a really valuable lesson in learning how to take care of myself.
Emma also credited her mother with keeping her focused on her education, dating back to her days on the Potter cast:
"...I would film Potter all week and then my mum would get me out of bed at 6.30 on a Saturday and make me go in and do my school work. So she really instilled this work ethic, this respect for education."
"Having an education is such a valuable asset. I took 12 months off. I've just been studying full-time, reading English literature. I love T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, William Blake."
Emma also discussed her upcoming role in Darren Aronofsky's new biblical blockbuster Noah. While the subject initially drew her in, she had a hard time envisioning the story in Aronofsky's hands.
"Darren's films are so gritty and edgy and dark and I couldn't quite mesh that with the biblical story. Then he explained his idea and it all just started to fit. ... There's a very interesting environmental aspect to the story; it's about the choices that we have to make as human beings and there's a kind of futuristic apocalyptic world."
You can read the whole interview here. You can check out the official trailer for Noah right here.
Congratulations to Emma for her soon-to-be college graduate status! Are you glad that she'll have more time to dedicate to acting once she's received her degree? Let us know in the comments!
Posted by Rachel on 03-08-2014 at 10:35 PM
It was a successful day at the Manchester Theater Awards for Sir Kenneth Branagh's (Gilderoy Lockhart) Macbeth, walking away with three of the event's biggest prizes. The play struck gold in the categories of Best Production, Best Supporting Actor for Ray Fearon who played Macduff and of course Best Actor for Brannagh himself.
This adaptation of one of Shakespeare's greats staged at an old church last year during the Manchester International Festival. It was Branagh's first Shakespeare role in a decade.
Although he didn't make an appearance at the awards, he did leave a personal message to be read out:
"In Manchester, from the moment we pelted our dear patrons with rain, mud and blood, we felt their coomplete (and literal) immersion in the experience. They were not only good sports, they were the other half of the evening and for their concentration, their support, and their reluctance to send us laundry bills, I thank them most sincerely.
"Playing Shakespeare is a privilege for an actor. To do so in a great city, under the banner of a great an creative festival was a treat from start to finish. To the Manchester Theatre Awards, my great thanks. I am sincerely grateful for this award."
Click here to read more and for the full list of winners.
We send our congratulations to Sir Kenneth on this achievement!
Posted by Toni on 03-08-2014 at 6:15 PM
Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) has spoken to The Big Issue and ShortList Magazine in a couple of recent interviews. Bill graces the cover of The Big Issue this week, and in an interview with the magazine, he spoke about the way that he approaches acting. He said,
“You don’t have to be creative to be an actor [...] No! Not at all. I’ve never ever become someone else.”
He further said that,
“I don’t see any link between actors whatsoever. You’ll find the same range of people in biochemists and tap dancers. Nah. If you want erratic behaviour, look somewhere else. The stakes are too high.”
In the same interview, Bill also spoke about the Robin Hood Tax, which is a “Europe-wide banking transition tax” that the British Government wants to oppose. Bill has appeared in a number of videos in support of the Tax, and he said that:
“The phrase ‘the money never gets through’ has entered the language. And There’s a lot of corruption’. These are catchphrases.
I’ve been there when the water pumps arrive. I’ve been there when the grain barn is built and they don’t have to walk 10 kilometres for a bag of maize at the risk of their child not making it back through the return journey.
I also get, ‘You’re just another celebrity looking for publicity’. I need publicity like I need a gun in my mouth quite frankly.”
Bill has reprised his role as the banker in the videos for the campaign. Bill stars alongside fellow Potter actress, Clemence Posey (Fleur Delacour). The video, which is set ten years in the future in 2024, considers the impact of the tax being imposed. You can watch the full video here, and find out what else Bill had to say. Check out the full interview with Bill in this week’s edition of The Big Issue.
In his interview with ShortList Magazine, Bill spoke about playing more mature roles, citing his role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
"A bunch of old people go to India' shouldn't really be box office dynamite, but in fact it took quite a lot of money. As a result, you were allowed, for a while, to explore the stories of people who were not 35.”
Bill also spoke about his role in Pirates of the Caribbean, and being involved in huge franchises, such as Harry Potter:
"It's great, it's a revelation. Pirates was a great part, great script and those movies are beloved from kids to grown-ups. I don't mind what genre, as long as it's not going to be a nuisance in the world and there's some dignity in it for everyone. If you call being a quid dignified. Which I do."
Check out what else he said here.
What do you think of Bill’s view on acting? Let us know!
Posted by Sophie on 03-08-2014 at 4:40 PM
Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron and his sci-fi epic Gravity have been all the talk since the film's release and especially recently with all the big wins during award season. Now, EntertainmentWise have set a competition for one lucky person to win some pretty amazing prizes!
To celebrate said film coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, you could end up winning a Gravity poster signed by Cuaron and Sandra Bullock; a telescope and pocket light; and to top things off, an awesome Gravity goody bag which includes a t-shirt, journal, pen, keyring and mouse mat. Three runner-ups will also get a goody bag.
To be in with a chance of winning, visit this page to view the question and then send your answers to the website's Facebook page.
Entrants must live in the UK and be 18 or over. Hurry because the competition ends March 21.
Good luck to all!
Posted by Toni on 03-08-2014 at 3:35 PM
Recently we at MuggleNet have been feeling nostalgic. There have been a lot of discussions about favorite books, how much we miss midnight release parties, the theorizing of what is still to come, etc., etc.. So, we decided to feature a game akin to the Wizard of the Month club J.K. Rowling had on her old website. Ours is simply put MuggleNet's Character of the Week.
Every week, starting on Saturday and running through Thursday at midnight, fans of Harry Potter from around the world can cast their vote via social media for their Character of the Week pick. MuggleNet will then tally the votes, and each week crown a new Potter character as king (or queen) on high for the next seven days! The winner will be announced each Friday via social media.
There are just a few simple rules:
- Always remember to use #MyPotterPick, no matter what socia media platform you are using to voice your character choice.
- We won't crown the same character two weeks in a row. There are 256 to choose from - so spread the love!
- This is for book characters ONLY. Not movie characters, not the actors, not J.K. Rowling herself. If they're mentioned in the Harry Potter series, they are eligible.
So that's it! What are you waiting for? Go cast your vote now!
Posted by Kat on 03-08-2014 at 2:30 PM
MuggleNet's global book club Alohomora! continues its reread of the Harry Potter series with Chapter 35 of Goblet of Fire. Join hosts Kat, Caleb, Laura and special guest host Micah Tannenbaum as they discuss "Veritaserum."
On Episode 73 we discuss...
→ Episode 72 recap: Priori Incantatem; Ghosts & Angels
→ PQOTW responses
→ Portkey problems
→ Is the Foe-Glass a possessive object?
→ The manipulation of Winky
→ Question of the Week
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Posted by Caleb on 03-08-2014 at 11:45 AM