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Film Awards

JKR-backed Film Wins Award

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2007, 09:54 AM

Friday Night Shirt, a fifteen-minute film about single mothers, received a "Deffie" award for Best Dramatic HD Short Film at the High Definition International Film Festival earlier this week. The film, about "a young woman's battle against a physically abusive husband" was "rescued"Continued...


UK Film Spending Rises, With a Little Help From Harry

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2007, 08:53 AM

Spending on film production in the UK jumped by 48 percent in 2006 to more than £840 million (about $1.64 billion), thanks in part to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. One hundred thirty-four films, also including Stardust, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, KennethContinued...


PotterCast 72 Now Live

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2007, 10:50 PM

Our 72nd edition of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast is up, and it's all about your Deathly Hallows theories. To listen, just hit the "Play" button on the right side of the page (--->), or use
iTunes, or direct download. Notes:
-This is the promised show where we go over all the theories about the bookContinued...

OotP Film

Imelda Staunton Talks Umbridge

Posted by: sue
January 15, 2007, 08:34 AM

Imelda Staunton is the subject of a new feature in The Times newspaper where the actress discusses her role in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Portraying the nasty Professor Umbridge in the new movie, Imelda Staunton notes:

“Dolores is a vision in pink taffeta but a nastyContinued...


New Dan Radcliffe Film Set for August Release

Posted by: sue
January 14, 2007, 06:27 PM

Warner Independent Pictures have updated their website with a time frame for the release of the new Dan Radcliffe film "December Boys." According to the website this film is to open "August 2007." The description of the film reads as follows:

"Based on the classic Michael NoonanContinued...


Audio Interview with Mary GrandPre

Posted by: sue
January 14, 2007, 06:10 PM

A podcast featuring a recent interview with US Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPre has now surfaced online. While this interview contains no new information about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (she says she doesn't know anything about it yet) the artist does say she would one day likeContinued...

OotP Film

Yates Talks Detention with Umbridge: "Horrific Abuse"

Posted by: sue
January 14, 2007, 09:38 AM

In a brief preview with the LATimes, Order of the Phoenix director David Yates gives his thoughts again on Professor Umbridge in the upcoming Harry Potter movie, and mentions the infamous detention scenes.

"Professor Umbridge is quite damaged as a person," says Yates. "She basicallyContinued...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Independent Booksellers Face Major Retailer Pricing for Book Seven

Posted by: sue
January 12, 2007, 09:53 PM

Despite a lack of a definitive release date, let alone a set price, several independent booksellers have said they will not be stocking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because they will be unable to make a profit. Facing stiff competition from major retailers who can offerContinued...


NECA Previews New Harry Potter Figures

Posted by: sue
January 12, 2007, 02:29 PM

Previously we told you about a few of the new action-figures coming this year from Cards Inc. as part of the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. NECA, which holds the North American license for the Potter products, has now unveiled some of their new figures as well. ToyFare magazine hasContinued...


Sales of HBP Paperbacks Equal OotP

Posted by: sue
January 12, 2007, 02:01 PM

USA Today has an article online about the sales of books in 2006, and mentions a curious fact about the Harry Potter novels. While the hardcover of Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince was the number one bestseller for 2005, the list for 2006 sees the paperback edition of HBP ranked at number 21. Apparently, thisContinued...


Griffiths, de la Tour Nominated for BAFTAs

Posted by: Melissa
January 12, 2007, 09:25 AM

Nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards have been announced, and Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) and Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) have been recognized for their performances in the film version of "The History Boys." Mr. Griffiths has been nominatedContinued...

OotP Film

OotP Now Featured on

Posted by: sue
January 11, 2007, 01:42 PM

The official Warner Brothers HarryPotter website has now been updated to feature the trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as well as a link to the OotP teaser website.
Thanks to everyone who mailed!

OotP Film

Jason Isaacs Talks OotP and "Deathly Hallows"

Posted by: sue
January 11, 2007, 07:08 AM

"Magnificent" is the word actor Jason Isaacs uses to describe working with actor Gary Oldman for scenes with their characters in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.Returning in his role as nefarious Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, Mr. Isaacs talks to Sci Fi Wire about the battleContinued...


The New and Improved Order of the Phoenix Countdown Clock

Posted by: Melissa
January 10, 2007, 05:36 PM

We have made a HUGE update to our Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix countdown! Firstly, it now features images from the film; secondly, you can choose your own background; third, you can choose the countdown date based on your country. If you were already using the countdownContinued...


21 Great Reads Edition of "Philosopher's Stone"

Posted by: sue
January 09, 2007, 02:36 PM

Last year, TLC first told you that Bloomsbury would be releasing a special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as part of their 21 Great Reads for the 21st Century collection. That book is now available, and it contains a new introduction from author Alexander McCall Smith, as wellContinued...

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