Bosses at film studio Warner Bros. threw the lavish afternoon bash in a field near the studios in Hertfordshire, England where the popular movies are shot.
Radcliffe and Grint partied alongside other Potter actors including Tom Felton, Jim Broadbent, and David Thewlis - accompanied by his partner, Pushing Daisies star Anna Friel - to celebrate the end of filming on the popular series.
They enjoyed traditional funfair rides including dodgems and a ghost train, and a fleet of ice cream vans was on hand to keep the revellers cool.
But one star was notable by her absence - leading lady Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the wizard movies, did not attend the bash.
Shooting on the final film in the series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II - finished in June (10). It is due to hit the big screen next year (11).
The pair, along with their co-star Rupert Grint, was instructed by director David Yates to "run like maniacs" for a series of frantic scenes, and the young stars relished the challenge.
But Grint struggled to keep up with his pals - as they were secretly competing with each other.
Yates tells ABC News, "They run like maniacs and it's because they are trying to out-compete each other. Dan wants to run faster than Emma. Emma wants to run faster than Dan, and Rupert just wants to be anywhere to try to keep up with the pair of them."
Grint adds, "I didn't realise it was going to be that fast actually, I was just keeping up with Dan and Emma."
The first installment of the two-part movie will be released later this year (10), while part two hits cinemas in 2011.
The first full-length trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the two-part finale of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster teen wizard saga, is set to debut in theaters on June 30th, prior to showings of the latest chapter of that other billion-dollar literary phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. For those muggles ill-inclined to wait in line for hours with hordes of screaming Twi-hards just to get a two-minute glimpse of Harry and the gang, Warner Bros. was kind enough to release the clip online today:
Hopefully, the trailer's early internet release will diminish the potential of ugly Harry Potter vs. Twilight skirmishes outside the multiplex this week. Kudos to Warners for being proactive in working to prevent sectarian tween violence.
Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens November 19, 2010. The film is directed by David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
'Steven Spielberg' is one of those names that has such cachet that we sit up and take notice any time he does, well, anything. Although Spielberg's last project was 2008's disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, his latest, War Horse, looks to hearken back to the tone of his 1987 Empire of the Sun with its war-torn setting and human drama.
War Horse - the story of the friendship between a boy (Joey) and his horse, who is sold to the British army during the First World War (the horse, not the boy) - boasts an impressive international cast, with Jeremy Irvine (formerly of the National Youth Theatre) playing the young horse owner, Emily Watson (Gosford Park, Cold Souls) playing his mother, and Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, Children of Men) his father. Niels Arestrup (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) plays the grandfather of a young French girl (Celine Buckens) who takes Joey in.
Other renowned members of the cast include Tom Hiddleston (to play Loki in Thor and the upcoming Avengers movie), Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement), and Stephen Graham (Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies and Al Capone in the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire). Rounding out the ensemble are Nicolas Bro, Leonard Carow, Robert Emms, and David Kross.
War Horse is being adapted by Lee Hall, the writer behind Billy Elliot, and Richard Curtis from the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Expect War Horse to hit theaters August 10, 2011.
Source: Empire Online
Source: Deadline New York
Though she's been somewhat reclusive from the silver screen since her tenure as Mary Jane Watson ended, Kirsten Dunst has resurfaced, joining Danish auteur Lars Von Trier's latest production, the sci-fi disaster flick Melancholia, reports Deadline New York. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier are also attached to roles.
Penelope Cruz was previously in negotiations for the role before she took the role of Blackbeard's daughter in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides instead, which will shoot straight through Melancholia's July-September production period.
The news marks a fresh start in Dunst's career, which has been significantly pigeon-holed due to her involvement in the lucrative but time-consuming Spider-Man franchise. Having appeared in just two films since the series wrapped three years ago, it's about time that she got back in the game and Von Trier's most ambitious film to date is as good a start as any - as long as there aren't squeamish sequences like his last film, Antichrist, forced upon us.
Robert Downey, Jr., who plays the supersleuth in Ritchie's new movie adaption, recently appeared on David Letterman's U.S. talk show and hinted at a homoerotic subtext in the relationship between his character and Jude Law's Dr. Watson.
During the interview the actor also asked the audience to decide whether Holmes is "a very butch homosexual."
But Downey, Jr.'s comments have infuriated Andrea Plunket, who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story, and she's threatened to withdraw permission for a follow-up if Ritchie suggests the detective is more than just friends with his sidekick.
She says, "I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books."
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
A year has passed since the climactic events of 2007's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which culminated in the reemergence of the sinister Lord Voldemort. Darkness is spreading across the muggle and wizard worlds alike as the orthodontically-challenged Bellatrix Lestrange and the rest of her Death Eater crew roam freely between both realms leaving devastation and chaos in their wake.
Newly famous thanks to his heroic exploits Harry Potter has barely a chance to cash in on his celebrity before his old pal Dumbledore arrives to whisk him away on an urgent wizarding matter to the town of Budleigh Babberton. It’s there the two encounter the eccentric Horace Slughorn a former professor of potions at Hogwarts who now hides out in the homes of vacationing muggles. Convinced that Slughorn is withholding knowledge crucial to the defeat of Voldemort Dumbledore enlists his most famous student to help convince the starstruck professor to return to his old position at Hogwarts. He then tasks Harry with finding out what Slughorn is hiding.
As danger mounts outside the school romance blossoms within it. Oblivious to the affections of Hermione Ron Weasley has begun dating the cloying busybody Lavender Brown while Harry has developed a crush of his own on Ron’s sister Ginny who’s currently attached to Dean Thomas. It's quite the tangled teenage web; the element of magic with its love potions and other mind-altering concoctions only further complicates matters.
Unamused by the romantic proceedings is Draco Malfoy now clad entirely in black and simmering with hatred and envy for his rival Harry. Draco’s rage and resentment make him a perfect pawn for Voldemort who recruits the angry young lad to aid in the Death Eaters’ attempts to infiltrate Hogwarts and exact revenge upon Dumbledore.
Draco’s suspicious behavior doesn’t go unnoticed by Harry who becomes convinced that his long-time nemesis is surreptitiously working in league with the Dark Lord. But when his concerns are dismissed by the Hogwarts hierarchy Harry mounts his own investigation and makes a disturbing discovery: Draco has been receiving help from someone on the inside a traitor whose efforts could pave the way for Voldemort’s ultimate triumph.
WHO’S IN IT?
Looking increasingly comfortable in his adult frame Daniel Radcliffe is back for his sixth turn as the titular boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Other notable returning castmembers include Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) and Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore). Making his Harry Potter franchise debut in the role of Horace Slughorn is veteran character actor Jim Broadbent.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix director David Yates marks his second stint behind the camera with Prince taking on what is arguably the most challenging episode of the franchise to date. But he proves more than up to the task delivering all the visual grandeur and CGI fireworks we’ve come to expect from the Potter collection while simultaneously tackling the potentially thorny issue of adolescent hormonal urges with warmth subtlety and a good dose of humor.
Though it clocks in at over two-and-a-half hours the film never feels dull. Yates establishes a brisk pace from the outset skillfully transitioning between emotionally dense dialogue exchanges action-packed set pieces and comic relief. For all the travails facing young Harry he’s never weighed down by the gravity of his situation and neither is the storyline which thankfully avoids becoming excessively dark.
Equal parts scary funny thrilling and touching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is quite simply the best Potter flick yet.
For all of its fevered set-up the film’s ending is something of a letdown: a brief unspectacular climax followed by a somber denouement. While it effectively sets the stage for the final episode of the franchise to be depicted in the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it will undoubtedly leave many a viewer feeling a bit dissatisfied.
For sheer visual and technical filmmaking wizardry the quidditch sequence is hard to beat.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
Silly muggles. Multiplex of course.
Attention, muggles: Dismayed by Warner Bros. recent announcement that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince won't debut on IMAX until two weeks after its initial release? Let six new images from the film cheer you up.
Most of the pics are behind-the-scenes shots from Harry Potter 6, save for a nice portrait of Emma Watson as Hermione Granger (left).
Click here to check out our Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince photo gallery. The film opens in regular theaters (but not on IMAX) on July 15, 2009.
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The stars of Harry Potter are getting a makeover from the team behind Brad Pitt's transformation for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- they're set to be digitally aged for the final movie.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are currently filming for the last two-part movie of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The epilogue of the J.K. Rowling novel takes place 19 years in the future, when their characters are in their thirties.
But instead of casting older actors to play them, movie bosses are using digital technology to age them -- the same technique used in Pitt's hit film.
Producer David Heyman says, "We were looking at different ways of doing it, other actors and so on. And then we saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and that aging technology, so I think we'll try that because I'd feel terrible about having other people take those parts at the last gasp."
However, Radcliffe is worried about the aging process -- insisting he'd rather another actor portray an older Harry Potter rather than risk it going wrong.
He says, "If it's good I'll be really pleased but I'm just nervous about the idea. If it's not good and that's what people are left with, that would be awful.
"If it came to a choice between having me, Emma and Rupert looking a bit stupid and it being slightly comical or having other actors play us, I would go for the other actors every time."
But he's adamant that he and his other co-stars will do their best to cast their magic in the scenes.
Radcliffe adds, "Having now seen Benjamin Button, I know that it can be done and it's going to be up to me, Rupert and Emma to look older and try to get that."
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Former cellmates Michael (Russell) and Murphy (Costner) are leaders of a posse that plans to pull off the heist of a lifetime: robbing the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during International Elvis Week. This means of course adopting full-on spangled jumpsuits sunglasses and "thank yuh thank yuh vurry much"-es. But when Murphy turns against the crew to keep all the loot for himself Michael escapes with it instead and heads for the border to launder it. He's sidelined along the way by a dalliance with a grifter (Courteney Cox) and her young son. Meanwhile Murphy's hot on his trail.
Costner turned down the chance to play Russell's part to take on the villain instead - and he looks like he's having the time of his life. Less filled out but more amoral than his baddie in the underrated "A Perfect World " Costner bats well as a foil to Russell who shows a barely visible vulnerability under the necessary roughness. Cox to her credit does a complete 180 from her uptight role on "Friends" as the sexually aggressive con-chick Cybil. Christian Slater David Arquette and Bokeem Woodbine make small appearances as part of the Elvis crew Howie Long and Ice-T kick some tail and Kevin Pollak and the long-absent Thomas Haden Church ("Wings") provide comic relief as bumbling lawmen.
"3000 Miles to Graceland" may seem like a caper reminiscent of last month's "Snatch " except there's a lot of bloodshed particularly during the casino robbery where machine gun blasts fling people across the room to land on cha-ching!-ing slot machines. Novice director Demian Lichtenstein's music video background is evident in his Guy Ritchie-esque cuts zooms and a way-bizarre computerized scorpion fight that kicks off the movie (what was that about?). His style and the Vegas ambience give the film a kitschy edge that disappears once the guys shed their Elvis garb. Stay for the credits - you'll see a costumed Russell lip-synching in his own music video as Costner Cox and crew dance about.