Daniel Radcliffe was left red-faced after a recent meeting with his Harry Potter co-star Jessie Cave as he failed to recognise the actress and thought she was a "crazy fan". Cave appeared alongside Radcliffe in the wizard movies playing Hogwarts student Lavender Brown, and she is now a regular in London's West End.
Radcliffe is also currently appearing in the famed theatre district, but he didn't recognise Cave when she stopped him to say hello.
She tells Britain's The Independent, "I saw Daniel in Soho (London) a couple of months ago, but he was surrounded by bodyguards. He didn't recognise me to start with and thought I was a crazy fan, which was awkward, but then he did."
Previously on Harry Potter: Big bad Voldemort steals the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave while Harry mourns the loss of his wee elf friend Dobby and begins his search for the remaining Horcruxes.
If that recap leaves you with hazy memories of last year's Deathly Hallows - Part 1 you may want to pop in the DVD before taking on the Harry Potter franchise's grand finale Deathly Hallows - Part 2. The eighth film in the series doesn't pull any punches demanding your knowledge of the saga's previous events and crescendoing off a foundation of character and connection built over a decade of cinematic excursions. That's not a fault -- Deathly Hallows - Part 2 serves hardcore fans and dedicated patrons of the franchise alike bouncing elegantly back and forth between explosive action and emotional conclusions. At this point that's what matters.
Whereas Deathly Hallows - Part 1 took Harry Hermione and Ron on a gritty race through the real world Part 2 brings the trio back to their home base Hogwarts School of Magic and Child Death where their colleagues and professors find themselves defending it against the empowered Voldemort and his band of Death Eaters. Similarly to Transformers: Dark of the Moon Deathly Hallows - Part 2 spends most of its run time following various established characters as they navigate the epic battle. Unlike the clunky erratic action of TF3 director David Yates manages to execute the sequences in Potter with bravado making sure we give a damn every time Potter discovers a secret from the past blows a Death Eater out a window or glances upon one of his closest friends lying dead on the floor.
For all its otherworldliness Potter is and always has been a human story one that puts its characters before spectacle. But when Yates and his team of FX wizards do unleash their bag of spells on the screen they do it with a very BIG bang. Deathly Hallows - Part 2's scope is on par with the Lord of the Rings trilogy bringing everything from trolls to spiders to animate statues into the wizards' massive assault. The franchise hasn't seen action on this scale before but Yates never misses a beat or opportunity to dazzle with visual eye candy. Turning the crumbling of Hogwarts castle into a riveting poignant experience -- true magic.
Once again Daniel Radcliffe Emma Watson Rupert Grint and a cast of veteran British thespians deliver the necessary gravitas to anchor Potter's fantastical elements in reality. With everything finally on the line in Deathly Hallows - Part 2 each performance is at its best and Radcliffe steps up to the plate to make his final showdown with Voldemort one to remember. He spends most of the movie covered in dirt encrusted blood on his face and a harrowing sense of death behind his eyes. Heavy material but Radcliffe pulls it off.
Few franchises have the chance that Harry Potter has been fortunate enough to receive to follow the same familiar faces through years of ever-complicating story. Thankfully Deathly Hallows - Part 2 doesn't squander the opportunity. The saga swells with a triumphant final act one that never forgets why people love the movies in the first place. The adventure the awe the comedy the thrills the people the places the things -- those are the elements that make Harry Potter grand and they return in perfect form once more to say good-bye.
Perhaps Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows should have been a trilogy. Splitting the sprawling finale to author J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard saga into three parts — as opposed to its chosen two-part incarnation — might have come across as shameless profiteering (admittedly a not-uncommon practice in this town) but it wouldn’t have been without merit. At 759 pages Rowling’s source novel is said to be a rather dense work plot-wise; surely it could have easily warranted another installment?
I only say this because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 though certainly a decent film clearly strains from the effort required to fit the book’s proceedings into a two-act structure. While Part 2 slated to open approximately six months from now is alotted the story's meaty parts — namely the spectacular Battle of Hogwarts and its emotional denouement — Part 1 must bear the burden of setting the stage for the grand confrontation between the forces of Light and Dark magic and framing the predicament of its three protagonists teen wizards Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) in suitably dire terms. And it's quite a heavy burden indeed.
As the film opens the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) having assumed control over Hogwarts since the events of the preceding film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has wasted no time in initiating his reign of terror. As far as historical evil-dictator analogues are concerned Voldemort appears partial to the blueprint laid by Stalin as opposed to that of his genocidal pact-pal Hitler. Enemies of the Dark Lord's regime are prosecuted in dramatic show trials presided over by the Grand Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) while muggles (non-magic folk) and half-bloods are denounced as "undesirables" and “mudbloods” in Soviet-style propaganda posters and forced to register with the authorities.
As the only viable threat to Voldemort’s dominion Harry and his allies are hunted vigorously by Bellatrix LeStrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and her goon squad of Death Eaters. The Boy Who Lived now fully grown and in more or less complete command of his powers is still no match England's nasally scourge. Labeled "Undesirable No. 1" by the Gestapo-like Ministry of Magic he's is forced to go on the lam where he labors along with Ron and Hermione to solve the riddle of Voldemort’s immortality.
For those not well-versed in Rowling’s source material the film’s opening act is a frustrating blur: After an all-too-brisk update on the bleak state of affairs in Hogwarts we are hastily introduced (or re-introduced) to a dozen or so characters the majority of whom are never seen again. A few even perish off-screen. Had we gotten a chance to get to know them we might be able to mourn them as our heroes do; instead we’re left racking our brains trying to recall who they were and how they figured in the plot.
Rowling's flaws as a storyteller — the over-reliance on deus ex machina devices (in this case we get both a doe ex machina and a Dobby ex machina) the ponderous downloads of information (not unlike those of that other uber-anticipated and somewhat overrated 2010 tentpole Inception) the annoying ability of characters to simply teleport (or "disapparate") away from danger etc. — are more evident in this film than in previous chapters. And rather than obscure these flaws director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves both franchise veterans arguably amplify them.
What saves the film are Rowling's three greatest achievements: Harry Ron and Hermione who along with the actors who play them have evolved beyond the material. The film's narrative gains its emotional footing during the heroic threesome's exile ostensibly a series of camping trips — with tents and everything — during which they reflect on their journey together the challenge that awaits them and the sacrifices it will require. Though they occasionally verge on tedious these excursions into Gethsemane allow us precious quality time with these characters that we've grown to adore over the course of seven films even if the plaintive air is spoiled a bit by some rather puzzling attempts at product placement. In their rush to flee the Dementors and Death Eaters it seems that they at least took care to pack the latest in fall fashion:
As devout readers of Rowling's novels know all too well the only foolproof shield against Voldemort's minions is the Bananicus Republicum charm.
Based on Cornelia Funke’s best-selling children’s book Inkheart takes its literary inspirations literally. It revolves around a father Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett) who share a gift -- or curse -- of being able to make characters leap out of the pages just by reading aloud. Unfortunately whenever they do this a real person must then be transferred into the book as a replacement. It can get complicated especially when Mo accidentally sends his wife (Sienna Guillory) into a book called Inkheart only to bring out its villains to wreak havoc on the real world. He spends the next nine years trying to find another copy of the book and bring her back while one of the book’s main characters Dustfinger (Paul Bettany) follows Mo trying to get back into the book. An adventure waiting to happen! The entire cast is wonderfully in tune with the whimsical tone of this inventive and clever story. Fraser doesn’t stretch any acting muscles but serves the film well as its central father figure and hero. Bettany (Master and Commander) as the literary sidekick Dustfinger steals the whole show giving his character heaping amounts of irony warmth and humanity. Joining them is Helen Mirren who adds an element of elegance and uptightness as the great aunt swept along for the ride. Andy Serkis (LOTR’s Gollum) is properly villainous throughout while Brit Jim Broadbent (Iris) is daffy and hilarious as the author of Inkheart who keeps complicating matters for everyone. Inkheart uses sheer imaginative filmmaking prowess with an engaging story that feels as original and fresh as it does familiar. Director Iain Softley (Wings of the Dove) makes the most of the colorful European locations including the picturesque Italian Riviera transformed into storybook heaven. The film is well-paced carrying a great subtle message about the powers of reading and creative writing. Much like the Oscar-nominated The Reader -- a wildly different kind of movie to be sure -- this film shows the joys of getting lost and in this case found in the world of books.
Thousands of budding actresses who auditioned for a part in the new Harry Potter movie have been left disappointed after producers gave the part to an established star.
Auditions for the part of Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince went to Jessie Cave, 20, who is currently filming new movie Inkheart with Helen Mirren.
The casting stated no acting experience was necessary and attracted 7,000 hopefuls.
Director David Yates and Cave were unavailable for comment.
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Kid Rock is tired of the rumors about his relationship with Pamela Anderson, who he's been dating since they met at the VH1 Divas 2001 tribute to Aretha Franklin in New York City this past spring. The latest rumors going around allege that the couple is engaged and that Anderson is pregnant with Kid Rock's kid. According to Launch.com, reps at Lava/Atlantic Records, Kid Rock's label, have denied those rumors.
"You know what? I'm not even gonna comment on any of that stuff anymore," Kid Rock told the online music publication. "It's just ridiculous...I'll tell you this much: There's not...people that make up a lot of things, and I have no idea where they start at. And I understand my life is public and people have a right to know, but until I say something I don't think anyone has a right to pry. That's why I live in the woods." Well Kid, maybe if you stopped rubbing against Pamela and talking about your bedroom behavior in public, like you did at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, people wouldn't think you were doing that in the woods. Keep it indoors, buddy!
Jackson's fans take over Times Square for in-store appearance
Those who thought Jacko would never have a second shot at success were surprised to see fans stopping traffic as the gloved star made an in-store appearance at Times Square's Virgin Megastore on Nov. 6 to promote his latest album, Invincible. Emerging in front of the store on a small stage covered with red carpet, Jackson bopped to the sounds of his single "You Rock My World," and threw kisses to the crowd before going into the store to sign autographs for his adoring fans, SonicNet.com reported.
Earlier this week, Jackson proved he is still the King of Pop, when Invincible landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 366,272 units in its first week. Invincible also debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.
'N Sync among celebs attending 2002 Olympic Winter Games
The closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will explode with music, as 'N Sync, Bon Jovi, and Christina Aguilera are among those who have signed on to perform at the Feb. 24 event, Billboard magazine reported. The extravagant event will be held at the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vedder, Black Crowes unite for I Am Sam soundtrack
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Black Crowes, Sarah McLachlan, the Wallflowers, Ben Harper, and Nick Cave are among the artists who have recorded Beatles covers for the soundtrack to I Am Sam. The movie stars Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. The album, due out Jan 8., also features covers by Aimee Mann, Ben Folds, Paul Westerberg and Heather Nova.
"When Eddie recorded his track, he sang it to the movie," director Jessie Nelson told Rolling Stone magazine. "He had the movie playing in the recording studio, and he was playing his guitar and singing to the scene."
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" to be released on CD
The Sept. 21 benefit concert, America: A Tribute to Heroes, will be released as a two-CD set and DVD/VHS on Dec. 4, with sales proceeds going to the Sept. 11 Telethon Fund, Rolling Stone reported. Interscope and Universal will release the CD set, featuring twenty-one songs from the broadcast. Sony will begin the international distribution of the album on Dec. 3. Warner Bros. will release the DVD/VHS, which will include the event in its entirety, including words of inspiration from Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, among others.
Nickelback donates to N.Y. Firefighter Fund
Rock group Nickelback has set up a collection for the New York City Firefighter Sept. 11 Disaster Relief Fund at its shows, Launch.com reported. The band started collections at the Boise, Idaho show on Nov. 11 and will continue to do so at all their shows until Nov. 30. At that time they will hand the proceeds to the firefighters during the band's show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. "That feels good for sure, because people need it," Nickelback's singer/ songwriter Chad Kroeger told Launch.com. "We've been feeling that ever since the attack. We've been playing shows where the crowd's responses have been just fantastic." Nickelback's tour will end Dec. 12 in Philadelphia.
Scott Weiland to undergo knee surgery
Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland is going under the knife to repair a bum knee after the band finishes its current string of live dates, the band's official Web site, www.stonetemplepilots.com reported. The band ends its run on the Family Values Tour on Nov. 17 in Tacoma, Washington and then will play two short shows in Las Vegas on Nov. 19 and 20. Not to worry, devoted STP fans will be able to see the band in action again after Weiland's surgery. The band will perform at a New Year's Eve show at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
U2 extends Elevation tour
U2's third leg of their Elevation tour, which began on Oct. 10 and was slated to go through mid-November, will now wrap up on Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla., Allstar.com reported. No Doubt is currently serving as the band's opening act, but it is still unknown who the opening band for the tour's extension will be.