Harry Potter star Emma Watson has officially graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island with a degree in English literature. The British actress donned the traditional cap and gown to pick up her diploma on Sunday (25May14).
The 24 year old then posted a graduation day 'selfie' on Twitter.com.
Watson spent five years studying for her diploma - she took a break in 2011 to promote the final Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Actress Emma Watson is set to graduate from Brown University later this month (May14). The Harry Potter star will receive a degree in English literature in Providence, Rhode Island on 25 May (14).
Watson began her studies at the university in 2009 but decided to take "a semester or two" off before transferring to Worcester College in Oxford for the 2011-2012 school year, and then subsequently returning to Brown.
A spokesperson for Watson confirms she will attend the commencement ceremony.
Jessica Brown Findlay's new TV adaptation of Jamaica Inn attracted a flood of complaints after it aired in the U.K. due to the poor sound quality. The Downton Abbey star plays the lead role in the small screen version of Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel about smugglers in Cornwall, England and the first installment of the three-part drama was broadcast in Britain on Monday (21Apr14).
However, BBC bosses received 117 complaints from angry viewers, many of whom claimed they were unable to understand the dialogue due to sound problems. The project's screenwriter, Emma Frost, also complained about the problems, insisting the sound on the TV show was dreadful and very different to an advance screening she had seen.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Frost writes, "It sounded like listening through mud... The director and execs were on the phone to the BBC from the off yelling 'Why can't we hear it???'... Complaints were relentless - quite rightly. None of production team know what happened with the... sound. It was fine before... Something went VERY wrong on transmission... My TV was at full volume and I was still struggling... Last night's sound was completely different to the advance screening copies watched by previewers & me. All cast were audible."
A spokesperson for the BBC says, "There were issues with the sound levels... and for technical reasons, they could not be altered during transmission. We are adjusting the dialogue levels in episodes two and three to address audience concerns so they can enjoy the rest of the drama, and would like to apologise to those viewers who were affected."
Victoria Beckham has officially ruled herself out of any future Spice Girls reunions, insisting her appearance at the London Olympics was her last with the band. The Wannabe hitmakers, who first split in 2000, reunited for a world tour in 2007 and 2008 and teamed up once again for a special performance at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012.
The Spice Girls are reportedly considering a deal to hit the road with the Backstreet Boys to mark their 20th anniversary in the U.K. later this year (14), and bandmate Melanie Chisholm recently revealed they might tour as a quartet because Beckham is no longer interested in returning to her pop roots alongside Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell.
Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, said, "We've talked about it (a reunion). Victoria doesn't want to, which we completely understand. We are so proud of her and her incredible foray into fashion; it's incredible what she's achieved as a designer. The four of us could consider it maybe. We have Victoria's blessing to do that."
And now Beckham has made it clear she will never perform as a member of the Spice Girls ever again. Making the declaration in a 40 Facts About Me survey for People magazine, she writes, "I appeared for the last time with the Spice Girls at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Beckham previously admitted she had simply become too busy to juggle motherhood and her fashion career with another reunion tour after their 2008 trek left her exhausted.
Former Spice Girls star Emma Bunton has invited Emma Stone to her house after learning the actress is a huge fan of the group. The Amazing Spider-Man star famously cried when she received a video message from Melanie Brown during a radio show last month (Mar14), and she proved her fan chops by replicating the Spice Girls stars' signatures on U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week (ends06Apr14).
Band member Melanie Chisholm heard of her behaviour and phoned in to Capital Radio station in London on Wednesday (09Apr14), where Stone was being interviewed.
During the chat, Chisholm said, "I've got a message for you, I spoke to Emma (Bunton) earlier and she said hi, I know she's your favourite. She said she still has all of her baby doll dresses, if you ever want to pop round and try them on."
Stone, who screamed when her idol's face appeared and was shaking throughout the message, replied, "Yes I would love to, I'm so happy to meet you. Thank you for calling!"
Actress Emma Watson has become a certified yoga instructor. The Harry Potter star, who graduates from Brown University with a degree in English in May (14), is hoping to get back to some of her favourite hobbies this summer, and that might find her taking charge of fans' yoga sessions.
Talking about life after university in the new issue of Wonderland magazine, the 23 year old says, "I feel like I have so much more to accomplish as an actress. I'd love to try theatre and that's a whole other thing.
"When I finish my degree, I will have a lot more time to pursue other passions, and I want to figure out what those will be.
"I love having something completely unrelated to the film industry. I want to find something that will let me use my brain in another way. I love painting, so maybe I (will) hone in on that and do more art classes? Or maybe something different. I'm a board two certified qualified yoga instructor."
"On the first day, I walked into the canteen and everyone went completely silent and turned around to look at me. I had to say to myself, 'It's OK, you can do this'. You have to take a deep breath and gather your courage. I have moments where I walk into a bar and it will take me making a joke to put people at ease, to realise I am just a girl." Emma Watson on how her fame affected her studies at Brown University.
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Here's a feat: taking what is likely the oldest, most well-known story in the world, and making a retelling feel inventive. Over the course of its two-and-a-half-hour runtime, Darren Aronofsky's Noah takes many forms — Tolkien-esque fantasy, trippy psychological thriller, merciless dissection of the dark points of abject faith — never feeling too rigidly confined to the parameters of the familiar tale that we've all experienced in the form of bedtime stories, religious education lessons, and vegetable-laden cartoons. As many forms as the parable has taken over the past few thousand years, Aronofsky manages to find a few new takes.
The director's thumbprint is branded boldly on Russell Crowe's Noah, a man who begins his journey as a simple pawn of God and evolves into a dimensional human as tortured as Natalie Portman's ballerina or Jared Leto's smack head. Noah's obsession and crisis: his faith. The peak of the righteous descendant of Seth (that's Adam and Eve's third son — the one who didn't die or bash his brother's head in with a rock), Noah is determined to carry out the heavenly mission imparted upon him via ambiguous, psychedelic visions. God wants him to do something — spoilers: build an ark — and he will do it. No matter what.
No matter what it means to his family, to his lineage, to his fellow man, to the world. He's going to do it. No matter what. The depths to which Aronofsky explores this simple concept — the nature of unmitigated devotion — makes what we all knew as a simplistic A-to-B children's story so gripping. While the throughline is not a far cry from the themes explored in his previous works, the application of his Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan ideas in this movie does not feel like a rehashing. Experiencing such modern, humane ideas in biblical epic is, in fact, a thrill-ride.
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Although Aronofsky accesses some highly guttural stuff inside of his title character, he lets whimsy and imagination take hold of the world outside of him. Jumping headfirst into the fantastical, the director lines his magical realm with rock monsters — "Watcher" angels encased in Earth-anchored prisons as punishment for their betrayal of God — and a variety of fauna that range in innovation from your traditional white dove to some kind of horned, scaled dog bastardization.
But the most winning elements of Noah, and easily the most surprising, come when Aronofsky goes cosmic. He jumps beyond the literal to send us coursing through eons to watch the creation of God's universe, matter exploding from oblivion, a line of creatures evolving (in earnest) into one another as the planet progresses to the point at which we meet our tortured seafarer. Aronofsky's imagination, his aptitude as a cinematic magician, peak (not just in terms of the film, but in terms of his career) in these scenes.
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With all this propped against the stark humanity of his story — not just in terms of Crowe's existential spiral, but in character beats like grandfather Methuselah's relationship with the youngsters, in little Ham's playful teasing of his new rock monster pet — Aronofsky manages something we never could have anticipated from Noah. It's scientific, cathartic, humane. Impressively, this age-old tale, here, is new. And beyond that feat, it's a pretty winning spin.
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"I guess everyone in their Freshman year is kind of nervous and figuring it all out. I think people kind of took pity on me. Like, 'She's English, she doesn't really know where she's going'... Brown kids were actually weirdly protective of me, in situations around Providence (Rhode Island). They kind of saw it as their role to help me have that experience somehow. They kind of got it." Harry Potter star Emma Watson on her fellow classmates at Brown University in America. The actress graduates in May (14).