RIP Harry Potter
In worlds both real and fictional, Harry Potter is indeed a legend. Starring in seven bestselling books and eight blockbuster films can have that effect (not to mention defeating a dark lord as an infant). Before proceeding, I should disclose that I … Read more on The Trinitonian
JK Rowling author offer denounced as 'completely false'
Authors who were hoping that Harry Potter creator JK Rowling might be induced to sprinkle a little fairy dust on their novels have been disappointed. An offer from print-on-demand press PublishAmerica promised writers that for a price of $ 49 (£30), … Read more on The Guardian
Daniel Radcliffe has been under the spell of a 22-year-old mystery woman — a mystery until now.
The lucky lady, with whom Radcliffe has confessed he’s “very much in love,” has been identified as Rosanne Coker.
Coker, the English-born daughter of a painter and interior decorator, met Radcliffe when she worked as a production assistant on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” according to the Daily Mail.
While it’s unclear when they got serious, Radcliffe confirmed to Larry King that he is serious about the brunette. The Mail report says they’ve worked on four films together, though her future career ambitions are unknown.
And perhaps they don’t need to be, as Radcliffe is reportedly worth nearly $100 million.
Coker is said to be splitting her time between the London suburb of Surrey, where her parents reside, and Radcliffe’s Manhattan digs. The Ministry wishes you luck, young lovers.
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Gladiator A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.Braveheart A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss, patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of human emotion. (His first directorial effort was 1993's Man Without a Face.) The film is nearly three hours long and includes several plot tangents, yet is never dull. This movie resonates long after you have seen it, both for its visual beauty and for its powerful story. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Gladiator A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart
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For author George Norman Lippert, September?s highly anticipated release of James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper, comes as just the latest high point in his wholly surprising writing career. His amateur fiction career (Lippert is a leading figure in the Harry Potter fan fiction movement) is already legendary. His work has attracted countless readers and provides the basis for an upcoming film. Lippert?s work has even won over Harry Potter fan fiction?s toughest critic: J.K. Rowling. The Curse of the Gatekeeper (http://www.gatekeeperscurse.com/) is the subject of wild chat room speculation from dedicated fans, all counting the days until the story is unveiled this fall.
The story of how that anticipation came to be, as befits a noted author working in the tradition of a beloved character, is a great yarn,
It was 2007 and Harry Potter fever was in full swing: tens of thousands of fans had queued up to read the story on the night of its release. The book was featured all across the international news media, with the author being interviewed by the London Times, Canadian National Radio, and Fox News all in the same week. Over a million readers worldwide devoured the story, and subsequently inundated Harry Potter websites with debate and speculation about its significance. This time, however, the topic wasn?t J. K. Rowling?s ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?, which had come out four months earlier. Now it was December, and the furor surrounded a fan-written story called ?James Potter and the Hall of Elders? Crossing?. The author, George Norman Lippert of St. Louis, Missouri, was almost as surprised as anyone by the vast response to his on-line story.
?It was a total lark,? he says. ?I was sad to see the story end with the last book, so I decided to write a sequel for myself and my wife and kids.? The resulting 350-page novel details the adventures of Harry?s firstborn son, James, as he begins his wizarding career in the shadow of his legendary father. ?I read the book to my wife, who is my toughest critic,? Lippert explains. ?She said it was worth sharing, but I certainly didn?t expect what happened.?
Lippert, 38, is an amateur novelist and computer animator by profession, so when he decided to release his book on-line, he built a custom website for it. The website, (http://www.elderscrossing.com), became a viral hit because of its professional graphics and intro movie. ?People were speculating that it was a test-market tool for a new book series, or a movie, or a video game,? Lippert confesses. ?I knew some mystery would be to my advantage, but I began to get a little worried when the response got so huge.?
Indeed, curiosity about the website became so intense that J. K. Rowling and Warner Bros. became involved, repeatedly denying any connection. The Scotsman newspaper claimed that Ms. Rowling intended to sue Lippert for copyright infringement. Consequently, Lippert communicated with Rowling via her agency, offering an advance copy of his story for her perusal. This was accepted, and shortly thereafter came the announcement that Rowling supported Lippert?s story and others like it. Lippert admits it was a huge relief. ?I told her I?d have taken down the site if she?d asked me to. It?s her world and I respect her desire to control it,? he said.
?Still, it was really cool to know the creator of the Harry Potter world reviewed my story,? he admits with a grin.
So what does a fledgling writer do with unprecedented and unexpected success? Write a sequel, of course.
?While I was writing ?Elders? Crossing?, I knew it was meant to be a part of a series,? Lippert acknowledges. ?I just didn?t know if I?d write it. Now, though, loads of people do seem to want to hear the rest of the story. What more could a writer ask for??
In fact, the official James Potter forum has nearly four hundred active members, all debating the upcoming sequel, ?James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper?, due to be released on-line in September. The sequel?s official website (http://www.gatekeeperscurse.com) has garnered over thirty-thousand hits in its first few weeks and is already causing a buzz in the Harry Potter fan community. ?I get a lot of emails, but the two big questions I see most are, will these ever be published as books, and will there be a movie,? Lippert admits.
Valid questions, considering the current legal ambiguity of Rowling?s case against Steve Vander Ark and his Harry Potter Lexicon, as well as the fact that Warner Bros. will soon begin filming the last of its wildly successful Harry Potter films. With Harry Potter fever still in very high gear and no new books or movies forthcoming, Lippert?s stories could be poised to fill a very large vacuum.
?The James Potter movie is already being made,? Lippert says with a grin. ?I shouldn?t talk much about it, but I am quite curious to see how it turns out.? For now, at least, Lippert isn?t talking about an upcoming blockbuster feature film; he is talking about the fan-film being created by a California teenager and his friends, all of whom loved Lippert?s story so much that they refused to wait for any official Warner Bros. movie deal. Like the James Potter novels, the film will be released in serial form via YouTube and the teen?s website, http://www.wix.com/thehall/elderscrossingseries. ?They consulted me by email about the screenplay and casting,? Lippert says, obviously flattered, ?but that?s about it. It?s their creation entirely, and I can?t wait to see how the story looks through their eyes.?
Strangely, Lippert?s story has even spawned its own genre of fan-fiction. ?People ask my permission if they can write their own stories based on my James Potter adventures. It feels extremely weird, but I always tell them to go for it and have fun. It?s all about the story.?
And will Lippert?s James Potter novels ever be published in book form? Lippert smiles cryptically. ?It?s all about the story,? he repeats. ?Sure, I?d love to see my books printed, since a lot of people won?t read novels off of their computers. But I won?t make a big legal mess like Vander Ark [writer of the disputed ?Harry Potter Lexicon?]. I?d love to get Ms. Rowling?s permission to publish if she thought my stories were worth it. I?ve told her that I?d split the proceeds with her for charity. But I won?t fight her over it. I just want to keep the story going.?
Does that mean a James Potter book three? Lippert shrugs. ?It already exists. I just haven?t written it yet. Let?s just wait and see what people think of book two.?
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A love spell has been cast on “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe.
The 22-year-old Brit was spotted holding hands with girlfriend Rosanne Coker (also 22) in New York City earlier this week. Click on the “Launch Gallery” button below to see photos of the young couple:
Radcliffe met Coker on the set of the sixth “Potter” film — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” She served as a production assistant on that film, as well as the two final films. She’s also a production assistant on Radcliffe’s new film “The Woman In Black.”
The couple have been dating for over a year, Coker’s dad told The Daily Mail. “They would really prefer to keep things quiet,” Coker said. “But Rosanne has worked on the last three ‘Harry Potter’ films, so she and Daniel have known each other quite a long time. But they have been going out for just over a year now. I have met Daniel and he is a lovely guy. I’m just really happy for Rosanne, and as long as she is happy that is all that matters to me.”
Radcliffe talked openly on Larry King about dating back in July. “I’ve got a girlfriend at the moment, who I am very much in love with,” Radcliffe said. “So you know, we’ll see where that goes.”
Radcliffe is one of the richest actors in Hollywood thanks to “Potter,” but they appear to be a normal, non-attention-seeking young couple. Here’s to young love!
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Harry/Draco SLASH! All scenes in this trailer is based on the ones in my fan fiction Title: Parselmouth of Slytherin Author/Vidder: Carlesjo Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action Pairing: Harry/Draco Warnings: Slash, homosexuality Summary: Harry and his classmates return for their sixth year at Hogwarts, but are being welcomed with a stunning event. When the Sorting Hat has sang its song, and sorted all the new first years, it starts to sing once more; a short song that claims that some of the sixth years aren’t placed where they truly belong, and ask them all to be resorted. Most of them stay in their old Houses, even though some of them gotta move to another table in the Great Hall. Hermione is resorted into Ravenclaw, Neville to Hufflepuff, Padma to Gryffindor, Seamus to Ravenclaw and Harry goes to Slytherin. Coming back to Hogwarts suddenly seems to turn into a nightmare. As a Slytherin, Harry finds himself being followed by Pansy Parkinson who suddenly seems to have a huge interest in him and his friendship. Even though Hermione — who exclaims to be right at home in Ravenclaw — thinks he should give the Slytherins a chance, Harry can’t help but hate Malfoy more for each day. The two old rivals start to have the most epic fights every time they are in each others’ presence. When time goes on, Harry and Ron’s friendship seems to be fading as they soon have to face each other as opponents, not only in Quidditch, but also in duels and in class. Hermione and Harry remain … Video Rating: 4 / 5
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