Since his appearance in the Dr. 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, in a science-fiction role playing game whose trailerGhosts, 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 roles 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.
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 are 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 JJ 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 18-day movie shoot, filming for her role in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale. The indi crime film will focus on a family man and dope fiend working within the underground porn biz 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.
Currently in post-production, Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) has a new role as John Burke in the ITV film, Lucan. 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 (Nymphador 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 hit us up on Twitter!
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Bloomsbury Kids UK have revealed that Jim Kay will illustrate a new collection of the Harry Potter series. Kay has previously illustrated Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, for which he was awarded the 2012 Kate Greenway Medal. Bloomsbury tweeted the announcement this morning, together with an image of Kay’s Potter.
All seven novels will be illustrated in color by Kay. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is due for release in September 2015 in the UK. Bloomsbury are working with publishers around the world to schedule simultaneous publication dates. The rest of the novels will follow at yearly intervals, recreating, says the Guardian, the feel of the original releases.
In a Q and A, Kay said that on hearing that he had been awarded the commission, he felt
“an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror. From my point of view it is, without doubt, the best commission you can be given - I'm a bit of a control freak, so to be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children's literature, well lets just say I'm extremely excited about it. However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents, I just want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.”
Kay says that he is a Potter fan, although he “arrived a little late to the party.” Of JK Rowling’s world, he says,
“It's amazing to think, all of Potter's world, the streets, the shops, the creatures, the characters, all of these wonderful things come from the brain of one person. To me, that's magic, some grey matter in someone's head inspires others to read, play and create ideas of their own. It's like a spell that jumps from person to person, recasting itself as it goes. I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible. I hope over the years we will see lots of different illustrators having a go, in the way that Alice in Wonderland has inspired artists for over a century.”
When asked about his favorite Potter character, Kay finds it difficult to choose, stating,
“I have a soft spot for Neville, particularly because of his awkwardness, but you have to admire Hermione, because she puts the hours in at the library, she's the cement really that holds it all together, well, it would be a different story without her. I want to know more about Severus, there's so much depth there. Visually, though, it has to be Hagrid; he's got a wonderful heart, clothed in an enormous, shabby body. Hagrid's hut is, for me, like an extension of his physique: it makes him a part of Hogwarts, but keeps him at a distance too.”
To read the full Q and A, in which Kay talks more about his illustrations and his thoughts on recreating the Potter universe, please visit the Guardian website here. From what Kay has already said, it is clear that he is a huge Potter fan. The small tantalizing glimpse into the way that he imagines the world suggests that he is the right man for the job and will bring a fresh and exciting imagining of Rowling’s world.
What do you think of the two released images? Are you excited for the new illustrated books? Let us know in the comments below!
Adding to the diverse portfolio of costumes he’s donned in various roles, interesting photos have emerged of Daniel Radcliffe dressed as a vintage clown in a new episode of A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
In the fantasy scene, Daniel’s character is shown trying to win the heart of his new love interest, played by Margaret Clunie. He appears to be quite charming. Either that, or terrifying, depending on your feelings about clowns.
The dark comedy series tells the story of a young doctor working in a remote hospital in early 20th century Russia.
Both Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint have been nominated for this year's What's On Stage Awards, a British theater honor where the audience votes for the winners. Dan has been nominated in the category of Best Actor for his role as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, for which he already won the Broadway World UK Award, and Rupert has been nominated as Newcomer of the Year for his role in Mojo.
Since the winners of these awards are decided by viewers, you can vote for Rupert and Dan right here! Voting lasts until January 31, and the winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre on February 23. You can read the original article here.
Congratulations to them both and good luck in the polls!
Daniel Radcliffe has described his role as poet Allen Ginsberg as his “biggest jump forward” since Equus. He says,
"It's the first time I've ever watched myself on screen and been pleased and proud because I showed more range. That's what I've been trying to do for a long time, and I think Kill Your Darlings is the first time I've succeeded on film."
The key to achieving this, he says, was trying not to be "so self-conscious and concerned about how I'm looking.” Succeeding in this, he says, "freed me up as an actor.”
The role of Ginsberg demanded that Daniel face many new challenges, including crying on set. Daniel, who admitted that he had never cried properly on screen before, reveals that he was nervous about it. He says that Krokidas, the director of the film, "said to trust him and that he'd get me there.” It only took Daniel two weeks before he was sobbing openly on set. “It was a very cathartic experience," he says. "Crying in front of a group of people... is amazingly liberating. And once you've done it, it felt like some hurdle had been got over. It was a good feeling."
The way that Daniel decided to portray Ginsberg’s character was also carefully thought about. Daniel says that aspects of the character, such as the accent, were considered before filming, and he says, “We didn't want him to be the Allen who everyone knows, who smoked a million cigarettes and had done loads of drugs.” The film focuses mainly on Ginsberg's sexuality, and Daniel says that the film is about “young love, self-discovery, a young man finding his voice as an artist.”
Daniel also praises his co-star, Dane DeHaan, who he says plays Carr “brilliantly.” Daniel says,
“I read with eight different actors, all of whom were very good, a really interesting young group of actors, but Dane had an intensity and a charisma, and he's electric - he just switches on, and he's amazing. Dane is probably the best friend I've made in terms of actors through film-making."
To read more please visit the original BBC article here. Kill Your Darlings is out in UK cinemas from tomorrow (December 6).
Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Have you seen it already? Let us know your thoughts below!
D'you think we've got nothing better to do in Potions than listen to Snape?
Ron Weasley Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9, Page 159
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling's earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.