Actor Round Up!
September 08, 2013, 07:28 PM
The cast of Harry Potter have been making a splash on the news front today. The trio is making much progress in their post-Potter endeavors. Daniel Radcliffe grew a pair of horns at the Toronto International Film Festival, premiering his new movie Horns. New stills of the movie were released, along with photos of Dan at the premiere. Those photos can be seen here and here (respectively), or below. Horns is set to be released in the United States next month. Once again, Emma Watson has attached herself to Your Voice in My Head. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma has signed Francesca Gregorini's adaption of an Emma Forest memoir. As you may remember, Emma was associated with this project before, when it was being directed by Harry Potter director, David Yates. Emma left the project not long after Yates gave up the film. The film has moved from Warner Brother's hands onto an independent track, and Emma is officially reattached. Filming for Your Voice in My Head will begin on November 4 in New York. To complete the trio news, Rupert Grint is rumored to be taking a part in Enemy of Man, a modern adaption of Shakespeare's MacBeth. The Hollywood Reporter stated that filming for this movie will begin in January 2014.
Last but certainly not least, Matthew Lewis showed himself in the press today. Though it is not movie news, Matthew Lewis is still doing admirable work for charity. Lewis will be participating in a run for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. As twitter follower know, Lewis loves his Leeds rugby and is using his passion for the sport for a higher cause. The Wharfedale Observer reports:
The actor, who found fame as Neville Longbottom, is supporting the Leeds Rugby Foundation by taking part in the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle on September 15.
Matt is a vice-president of the foundation, which runs projects to encourage people to harnesses the power of sport to improve their lives.
Matt said: “I really appreciate everyone who is supporting us whilst we take on this challenge.
“I have been training hard as I know what fantastic work Leeds Rugby Foundation does in the community and I am keen to raise as much money as possible to help them continue their great projects.
“Any support that you can give will help us to reach our fundraising target and keep us motivated for every step of the 13 miles. A huge thank you to everyone who donates.”
Just read a synopsis of the story, and all I can say is, this is going to be very confusing to all us Shakespeare fans, who are going to be wondering halfway through the story, ‘But what does all this have to do with being cuckolded?’
Reading more about the novel on which ‘Horns’ is based, and thinking about what Dan has said publicly about ‘The Master and Margarita’ being his favorite novel ever, makes me wonder if he has a particular fascination with the metaphor of the Devil. Maybe he’ll be trying out for the part of Crowley if and when the long-rumored Terry Gilliam movie or TV miniseries of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ finally gets made. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Roger Lloyd-Pack (Barty Crouch Sr), along with other notables such as the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are backing the ‘No Glory’ campaign, which aims to influence the way in which the centenary of the start of WW1 will be commemorated next year.
My pleasure! You may also like to know that Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) is playing one of the leads, a gangster matriarch, in ‘Peaky Blinders’, a new BBC drama series about criminal gangs in 1910s-20s Birmingham. There’s a long interview with her in the new Radio Times, and there’s a trailer here: http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/peaky-blinders/27198/full-trailer-for-bbc-drama-peaky-blinders
That’s good to know about the ‘No Glory’ campaign. Here in the US I always feel like a lone voice in the wilderness because I don’t go along with the overwhelming social pressure to acclaim every person who has ever ‘served’ in the armed forces as a hero protecting my rights. Nobody wants to hear that it’s really the ‘rights’ of big corporations like Halliburton to make gobs of money off war that are being served and protected, at the cost of many lives.
Oh, dear! I just wrote a long (and I hope considered!) posting about the reasons for the campaign, current British attitudes to the Great War etc: then when I posted it something happened on Leaky and it was lost without trace! To sum up briefly: a lot of people have been worried by the PM’s speech on the subject of the commemoration, particularly the words ‘A commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrated this year, says something about who we are as a people’. Most people here have no problem at all with commemorating the losses of WW1 – far from it – but many, including these campaigners, don’t like the idea of a triumphalist, even militaristic, celebration. Most see the Great War as a terrible disaster. And 100 years is not that long in our memories. Our last fighting Tommy, Harry Patch died as recently as 2009, aged 111. His experiences had made him a pacifist.
Here’s Cameron’s speech as a whole: