A representative for Robbie Coltrane is adamant the Harry Potter star will be "fine" after he was taken ill on a flight to Florida on Thursday (29Jan15). The 64 year old was rushed to hospital upon arrival in Orlando after he suffered flu-like symptoms during his journey from London.
His agent Belinda Wright confirmed he was still receiving treatment and would remain in the medical facility for the coming days, adding, "The prognosis is that he is going to be fine."
Coltrane has been forced to pull out of an appearance at a three-day Harry Potter convention, which begins on Friday (30Jan15).
A statement from Warner Bros. reads, "Robbie took ill last night and is getting the rest he needs to feel better. We are sorry he cannot be with us this weekend and look forward to seeing him up and about soon."
Michael Gambon, who played Professor Dumbledore, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch, and James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins in the wizard franchise, will attend the event.
Potterheads will love this merch, even after all this time. They will always love Potter. Why not buy them (or yourself) something magical?
For the fan who loves to wear their Potter pride:
1. A Gryffindor bath robe, since you don't ever want to be under dressed at Hogwarts.
2. For your fellow Slytherin, they might enjoy this shirt or these pants.
3. This shirt that tells the muggles in your life to back off.
4. The most adorable sweatshirt combining Harry Potter and Disney.
5. The most detailed, hand-painted shoes you will ever see.
6. This very subtle, but sweet lightning bolt necklace.
For The die-head Potterhead who needs their stuff to look like the real deal:
7. The Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is great for those seeking knowledge and answers.
8. The Mirror of Erised will show you your deepest desires.
9. Tom Marvolo Riddle's Diary will allow you to confess your darkest secrets.
10. The Sword of Godric Gryffindor will present itself to you if you're truly deserving.
11. Harry Potter's glasses can help a Potterhead see, even in the darkest of times.
For the fan who wishes magic was actually real:
12. This flask to hide your Felix Felicis potion in.
13. Your very own Time Turner, so you can watch all eight Harry Potter movies at once.
14. A Marauder's Map, so you can stalk your crush.
15. Harry James Potter's WAND, so you can do magic, obviously.
16. A freakin' Firebolt, because who doesn't want to fly?
For the fan who is really into Divination:
17. This Espresso Patronum mug, with a Grim featured on the bottom.
18. This matching Keeper - Catch mug set for your Potter bestie.
19. This "After All This Time?" "Always." mug.
20. This planner, because you need to write down your Divination schedule.
For the fan who has their house decked out in Potter designs:
21. This Alohomora key rack because it's an adorable greeting for when you get home.
22.These wall art quotes from the extremely wise Albus Dumbledore.
23. This comforter set, so you can sleep surrounded by Harry Potter.
24. This accurate sign for the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.
25. A Lumos/Nox light decal, in case you ever forget which means which.
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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
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Can you believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley will be open to the public today? When Harry Potter's stars (with a few notable exceptions, ahem, Dan, Rupert and Emma) made an appearance at the Diagon Alley Preview a few weeks ago, it felt like it would be forever — but now the day is nigh!
As you can see, we're having a bit of trouble containing our excitement... and here are a few reasons why:
10. Remember that awesome scene from the seventh book/eighth movie when Harry, Ron and Hermione (and Griphook) break into the infamously impregnable Gringotts? Well, now it's a ride!
9. Also, according to Evanna Lynch, the dragon at Gringotts "is even more true to life than the movie sets!"
8. There's a real-life Florean Fortescue's, and they serve butterbeer soft serve!
7. You can cast spells.
6. You can grab English-style pub grub at The Leaky Cauldron!
5. You can also visit Borgin and Burke's in Knockturn Alley, if you're so inclined.
4. Three words: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
3. Yeah, it exists, and apparently you can buy Pygmy Puffs there.
2. You can finally go to Ollivanders... and wait for the wand to choose you.
1. Also, Eyelop's Owl Emporium — you know you always wanted a Hedwig of your own.
The cast of the Harry Potter films reunited in Florida on Wednesday (18Jun14) to unveil a new theme park attraction inspired by the wizard series. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, who played villains Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise, were among the stars who came together at the VIP preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando park.
Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis were among the other castmembers who turned out for the event, which marks the upcoming launch of the theme park attraction on 8 July (14).
Felton said, "It's great seeing everyone again. We've all been catching up - I love it."
Leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did not attend the event. The final film in the eight-part series was released in 2011.
Now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, the hunt is on to find her leading man. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow sufferer in a cancer support group. Agustus is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. The five young actors testing for the role aren't very famous, so we've rounded up their most well-known credits for you to figure out where you've seen them before.
If you're not hip to TFIOS, get on it. Time voted it the No. 1 book of 2012 — not YA book, all books. Stock up on tissues before you read. And if you are, here are the five young actors testing for Augustus this weekend, per Variety:
Brenton Thwaites, 24 Did you catch Lifetime's 2012 remake of the classic erotic teenage coming-of-age story The Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening? If not, then you probably haven't seen this Australian cutie unless you hail from his homeland, where he starred on the long-running soap Home and Away. But you will see him when he plays the Young Prince in the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale epic Maleficent, out next year.
Nat Wolff, 18 This star of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band played one of the titular bros (along with his real-life sibling, Alex). He appeared in the star-studded New Year's Eve, and plays one of the leads in Palo Alto, the dark drama based on James Franco's short stories.
Nick Robinson, 18 Robinson can currently be seen as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart in ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey. On the opposite end of the acting spectrum, he also appeared in an episode of Boardwalk Empire and a few smaller films.
Noah Silver The Internet doesn't have much on this young actor, who we're assuming is French or French-Canadian (due to the multiple French-language credits on his IMDb page. He has three films set for release in the next year, though, including Jamie Marks Is Dead alongside Judy Greer and Liv Tyler and The Last Nights alongside Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. You can also catch him in three episodes of Showtime's The Borgias.
Ansel Elgort Elgort's already got the advantage of working with his potential costar, Woodley, as her brother in the actress' other high-profile adaptation, Divergent. The stage actor makes his film debut in the new remake of Carrie, starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
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The Kids' Choice Awards: where humans too young to drive pick the winners, nominees range from Lebron James to Jennifer Lawrence to SpongeBob SquarePants, and everyone goes home dripping in lime green slime. What a glorious awards show.
With Josh Duhamel at the helm, this year is a battle of the heavy-hitters. Justin Bieber is pitted against Bruno Mars, The Avengers against The Hunger Games, and Anne Hathaway against Kristen Stewart. In the only awards show where it's conceivable for Taylor Swift to beat Adele in a head-to-head race and for The Rock to triumph over Robert Downey Jr. (which he did, in the category of Favorite Male Buttkicker), this is anyone's game.
Watch the Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon on Saturday, March 23 at 8 PM ET and check back here to see all the winners — we'll be updating the list during the broadcast.
Favorite TV ShowGood Luck CharlieiCarlyVictorious — WINNERWizards of Waverly Place
Favorite Reality ShowAmerica's Got TalentAmerican IdolThe VoiceWipeout — WINNER
Favorite CartoonFairly OddParentsPhineas and FerbSpongeBob SquarePants — WINNERTom and Jerry
Favorite TV ActorJake T. AustinLucas CruikshankRoss Lynch — WINNERCarlos Pena
Favorite TV ActressMiranda CosgroveSelena Gomez — WINNERVictoria JusticeBridgit Mendler
Favorite Male AthleteLebron James — WINNER Michael PhelpsTim TebowShaun White
Favorite Female AthleteGabby DouglasDanica Patrick — WINNERSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
Favorite BookDiary of a Wimp Kid seriesHarry Potter seriesThe Hunger Games series — WINNERMagic Tree House series
Favorite VideogameJust Dance 4 — WINNERMarioKart 7Skylanders GiantsWii Sports
Favorite AppAngry BirdsFruit NinjaMinecraftTemple Run — WINNER
Favorite MovieThe Amazing Spider-ManThe AvengersDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysThe Hunger Games — WINNER
Favorite Movie ActorJohnny Depp — WINNERAndrew GarfieldZachary GordonWill Smith
Favorite Movie ActressVanessa HudgensScarlett JohanssonJennifer LawrenceKristen Stewart — WINNER
Favorite Animated MovieBraveIce Age: Continental DriftMadagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedWreck-It Ralph — WINNER
Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Chris Rock (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted)Adam Sandler (Hotel Transylvania) — WINNERBen Stiller (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted)Taylor Swift (The Lorax)
Favorite Female ButtkickerAnne HathawayScarlett JohanssonJennifer LawrenceKristen Stewart — WINNER
Favorite Male ButtkickerRobert Downey Jr.Andrew GarfieldChris HemsworthDwayne Johnson — WINNER
Favorite VillainReed Alexander (iCarly)Simon Cowell (The X Factor) — WINNERTom Hiddleston (The Avengers)Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror)
Favorite Music GroupBig Time RushBon JoviMaroon 5One Direction — WINNER
Favorite Male SingerJustin Bieber — WINNERBruno MarsBlake SheltonUsher
Favorite Female SingersAdeleKaty Perry — WINNERPinkTaylor Swift
Favorite Song"Call Me Maybe""Gangnan Style""We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together""What Makes You Beautiful" — WINNER
Celebrity Slime Count: 8 (Pitbull, Dwight Howard, Sandra Bullock, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Duhamel, Nick Cannon)
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The Following is a very scary, creepy show about a serial killer and his cult full of acolytes murdering in his name. It is also the reason Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy kissed in front of a room full of journalists on a Tuesday morning.
The back story: The two men and their castmates gathered in a hotel ballroom in Pasadena to discuss their new FOX show at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, and a journalist commented on their explosive chemistry (Purefoy plays the serial killer, Bacon the grizzled FBI agent who put him in jail). While she watched one of their on-screen confrontations, she just wanted them to kiss, she told the men.
"Anything could happen," Bacon said slyly as he leaned over and planted one on his costar.
Purefoy played along. "Rule nothing in, rule nothing out," he smirked after the smooch.
Unfortunately for those watching at home, there are no on-screen kisses between the two leads during the first four episodes screened for critics, although there is a very interesting sexual storyline between some of the supporting characters.
Much of the Following panel focused on the show's violence, along with Bacon's decision to star in his very first television show. The actor said that his move to TV — after wife Kyra Sedgwick's successful seven-year run on The Closer — was actually years in the making.
Bacon told reporters that he had been looking for a suitable television project for a while. "I was looking for a long time, probably three or four years," he explained. "From the moment that I kind of made that decision, I started to read just one amazing pilot after another. What really struck me was all of a sudden the level of the scripts … I was reading all this amazing stuff."
But when The Following came across his plate, he knew it was the perfect match. "I initially had thought that it was going to be on cable. I could not put it down. It was just such a page-turner and I just thought it was such an interesting character. Given the fast-paced, heart-pounding nature of it, it still had a lot of great heart and a certain kind of sentimentality that I responded to."
The Following premieres Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. on FOX.
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Following in the thread of booking gold medalists from the 2012 US Olympic team for various spots, the CW has landed Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for a cameo on Hart of Dixie. Maroney is headed to Bluebell — the small southern town Rachel Bilson has called home for one season now — as Tonya, a friend who comes to Rose’s (McKaley Miller) defense.
This is the third member of the 2012 US Olympic team to guest star on the CW. Olympic swimmer and grill-enthusiast Ryan Lochte will appear as himself on 90210, and another member of the Fab Five gymnastic team — Gabby Douglas — just shot a cameo on The Vampire Diaries. Since this seems to be a new trend, we decided to dream cast other members of the US Olympic team we'd like to see on a CW series.
Missy Franklin (swimming): America’s Next Top Model
She’s certainly got the height for a model. But can she smize enough to wow Tyra?
Michael Phelps (swimming): Nikita
Far be it from me to even suggest that someone come between Michael and Nikita, but Phelps has the looks and muscles to be another rogue Division agent that catches Nikita’s eye.
Nathan Adrian (swimming): Gossip Girl
He has the looks of an Upper East Sider for sure, but can he bring the deception and schemes we’ve all come to love expect on the series’ last season?
LeBron James (basketball): Beauty and the Beast
Maybe the Beast has a brother or cousin?
Kyla Ross (gymnastics): Emily Owens, M.D.
Since it hasn’t premiered yet, I don’t know how much patients will be focused on in this new medical series, but Ross could play a twist on herself—a gymnast who, despite a career-ending injury, wants to get back to competing. This could give our titular character a chance to show off her bedside manner when breaking bad news to a patient.
Season 2 of Hart of Dixie premieres Oct. 2 at 8 PM ET on The CW.
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You know that sadness you feel every January when you realize you have to say goodbye to your beautifully decorated Christmas tree? Well, every Olympics enthusiast should be currently nursing a broken heart knowing they have to say goodbye to our beautifully decorated (22 medals!) Michael Phelps, who finished his final Olympic race before retirement Saturday night. Of course, it's misleading to say Phelps merely "finished" the 4x100-meter medley — along with Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen, and Nathan Adrian, Phelps picked up the gold medal, finishing the race in three minutes and 29.35 seconds, two seconds ahead of Japan's silver medalists. The win marked his 18th gold medal — twice as many as any other Olympian in history. (Take that, Mark Spitz!) That's quite the bling to match with his tracksuit in Boca. Happy retirement! So, though it was difficult to upstage Phelps' legendary career, what were Saturday's other notable, golden moments? Read on!
Missy Hits Her Mark: Olympic breakout and adorable human being Missy Franklin helped the Americans secure the gold during the women's medley relay Saturday. The 17-year-old and teammates Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, and Allison Schmitt locked in a world record to boot, finishing in three minutes and 52.05 seconds, two seconds ahead of the Australian silver medalists. Franklin will be returning to her senior year in high school this fall with five medals. Remember when you thought owning five gelly roll pens granted you bragging rights? Yeah.
Play Misty For Me: In the beach volleyball quarterfinals, that is. Power volleyball couple Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have advanced after beating the Netherlands' Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13, 21-12 in less than 30 minutes. Continue their domination, and the duo could soon be misty-eyed on the Olympic podium.
Maria Sharapova Not so Sharp: Of course, that was to the benefit of Serena Williams, who bested the No. 3-seeded Sharapova in straight sets to win the gold in women's tennis. The 6-0, 6-1 match was an impressive victory for the No. 4-seeded Williams, who has been enjoying an epic six-match run, losing just 17 games. Williams did, however, receive a surprise during her medal ceremony — wind blew the American flag off its pole while the tennis star stood on the podium. Too bad she didn't have a Canon PowerShot for that photo-friendly moment.
LeBron Gets LeLucky: LeBron James led the U.S. Basketball team to victory against the Lithuanian team... but just barely. The U.S. team, coached by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, finished with 99 points, besting their Saturday night rivals by just five points. The team fought back from Lithuania's two-point lead in the final six minutes, winning redemption after a disappointing loss to the team eight years ago during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. James scored an impressive 20 points during the course of the game, while Kris Humphries tuned into a rerun of Khloe and Lamar.
Worth its Pryce in Gold: Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sprinted to victory during the women's 100-meter final Saturday, finishing in 10.75 seconds. Good news for her, bad news for America: U.S.'s Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line just 0.03 seconds behind Fraser-Pryce. Of course, Fraser-Pryce's win was hardly unexpected: The sprinter became the first Jamaican female to win the gold in the same event in Beijing's 2008 Olympics. But, hey, let Team U.S.A. take solace in the childhood mantra: Second is the best!
More golden days ahead for Team U.S.A. — and more days spent indoors in front of our TV screens. Fresh air? What's that? Onto Day 9!
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