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Posted by: Rosi
March 14, 2010, 09:52 PM

This week, the actors from the Harry Potter films have been getting involved with all sorts of new projects in film and theatre. Starting on the 17th of March, Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will be filming "Coriolanus" in Belgrade, Serbia. Reuters reports that the actor, who is directing the adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy, also stars in the leading role of Coriolanus, "a Roman general who betrays his native city Rome and allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius for revenge." Fiennes discussed the loss of funding that made filming a "challenge" and the choice of Belgrade in the Reuters interview which you can find at this link.

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) can be seen in the trailer for "Eclipse," the third film in the "Twilight" saga. You can watch the trailer here on YouTube. As the trailer notes, "Eclipse" will be released on the 30th of June this year. In related news, a number of reviews have surfaced of the film "Remember Me," in which Pattinson stars in a leading role and which was released in the U.S. and a number of other countries on Friday. Examiner reports that the low-budget film has already taken over $8.3 million in the U.S. box offices. The U.K. release date for "Remember Me" is the 2nd of April.

Actress Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) has been busy promoting the sequel to 2005 film "Nanny McPhee," titled "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang." The film, which stars Thompson, Rhys Ifans (Xenophillius Lovegood), Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) will be released on the 26th of March. Scotland's Daily Record interviewed Thompson about "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," which the actress began writing while the first film was still in production. You can find the full interview on the Daily Record website via this link. Photos from Thompson's recent Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang book signing in London Piccadilly's Waterstones can be found here in our galleries.   The Sun has a clip of Dame Maggie Smith playing Mrs. Docherty opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in the new "Nanny McPhee" film, which you can find by following this link to The Sun website.

Finally, it is rumoured that Dustin Hoffman will direct a BBC Films comedy called "Quartet" starring Dame Maggie Smith. reports that Hoffman will replace Richard Loncraine as the director of the comedy about four retired opera singers. Also starring are Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.

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4565 Points

It should be interesting to see the second Nanny McPhee. Totally not going to see Twilight.

Posted by Ron&Hermione-4-ever [ROAR] on March 15, 2010, 06:05 AM report to moderator
808 Points

Just watched the clip with Maggie Smith and I really love her. I really hope they include the scene in DH where she is leading the charging desks and telling them to do their duty and protect Hogwarts. Please, please, please let it be in.

Posted by Love is the greatest magic on March 15, 2010, 10:34 AM report to moderator
502 Points

Heh…Eclipse looks even worse than the last two…
but I agree that Pattinson should be in here. Ever other actor in the series is.

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on March 15, 2010, 12:06 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

I had no idea that they’ve made a Nanny McPhee sequel. I like the first movie so I’m happy they’ve made a sequel. Rhys Ifans is really cool, too so it should be a good movie with all these great stars in it.

Posted by Moose_Starr on March 15, 2010, 12:47 PM report to moderator
799 Points

I don’t understand why Emma Thompson said she couldn’t be in DH because she was filming Nanny McPhee which was her top priority. Not only is it completed while DH is not, but both Rhys Ilfans and Dame Maggie had much bigger parts in DH and they managed it. I understand why Nanny is Ms. Thompson’s top priority – it is her baby, after all – but I don’t get the DH brush-off.

Posted by DeliaDee on March 15, 2010, 12:50 PM report to moderator

If someone were to only read these weekly roundups and nothing else on this website, they would have no idea that a new Alice in Wonderland film featuring multiple HP actors debuted less than two weeks ago, that it is topping charts and setting a few records of its own.

They would, however, be completely up to speed on everything Robert Pattinson.

Posted by Jillxoxo on March 15, 2010, 01:07 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Nice roundup of news. Good to see what others are doing.

Posted by hewy on March 15, 2010, 01:32 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I must admit that after hearing about the array of actors from Harry Potter who are going to appear in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, I am strongly tempted to see it and hope it is as enjoyably quirky as the original.

Posted by Kirk on March 15, 2010, 01:36 PM report to moderator
157 Points

Great week for Potter fans :D

Posted by IHeartHarryPotter on March 15, 2010, 02:47 PM report to moderator
461 Points

no one cares about pattinson

Posted by LilLadySnape on March 15, 2010, 03:13 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Congratulations Ms Thompson! You didn’t have to time for a scene in DH while Ms Smith was working on both projects with a bigger role in Harry! Oh yeah! And you are done with your movie! Rated F: For Fail

Posted by Mr. Brightside on March 15, 2010, 04:18 PM report to moderator
4056 Points

I can’t wait until I watch Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang!

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on March 15, 2010, 04:36 PM report to moderator
187 Points

nice round up!

Posted by BellatrixGranger on March 15, 2010, 07:58 PM report to moderator
465 Points

Awesome roundup, thanks Leaky :)

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on March 15, 2010, 09:06 PM report to moderator
1740 Points

That’s a great roundup. But………Phew they sound really busy!

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