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Evanna Lynch Starring in ‘My Name is Emily’
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IFTN reports that Evanna Lynch will be starring in My Name is Emily, a film by Simon Fitzmaurice. Evanna will be playing the title character of Emily, while Michael Smiley will play her father Robert and George Webster will play Arden (her love interest.) Simon suffers from Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) and, even though he is completely paralyzed, typed out the script for the film using his eyes and iris recognition software.

My Name is Emily is love story between two teens and a road movie. On her 16th birthday, Emily escapes from her foster home and with the help of Arden, the boy who loves her, she sets out to find her father Robert, a visionary writer locked up in a psychiatric institution.

Evanna had the following to say about the film: “After I read the script, it and Emily were all I could think about for weeks; it is so different to anything I’ve read and yet so real and dynamic, and it is an absolute privilege and a joy to have the opportunity to help bring My Name is Emily to life with Simon and his team. Simon is an incredible person and he is embracing challenges the like that no director has had to contend with before and it is awe-inspiring simply to be in the midst of that.”

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Alan Rickman Discusses ‘A Little Chaos’ with Variety
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Alan Rickman recently sat down with Variety to talk about his new project A Little Chaos, which he is directing as well as starring in. The film is ‘a period drama about a female landscape gardener who finds herself thrust into the court of Louis XIV.’ The film debuts at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday and hopes to find a distributor. A piece of the interview may be read below; read the full thing here.

You direct as well as act in the film. Was that difficult to juggle?

I think there should be a law against it, but other people manage somehow. Of course, you think about Orson Welles and think shut up and get on with it. It was an economic necessity for me to do it, and I was gifted with an incredibly supportive crew. Secondly, Louis doesn’t move very much. People come to him.

It’s been more than a decade since the last film you directed, “The Winter Guest,” came out. Why the delay?

A little thing called Harry Potter got in the way. That came along in 2000 and though it was just seven weeks out of year, it made it impossible to direct a movie. I’ve spent a year and half of my life on this one. Once my throat was attacked by a snake, it freed me up to go and do this.

Kate’s character and her struggle to be taken seriously for her work seems so modern despite the period trappings. Was that part of the project’s appeal for you?

As a man in society, it’s always salutatory to be reminded of a time when women had to fight to have any proper function other than being decorative and not having a job or being controlled by men.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more or less fascinated by Louis XIV and the whole Versailles thing than anybody else. I would not have ever predicted I’d have made a movie about that period, let alone make a period piece. But the contemporary nature of the writing appealed to me and the highest compliment I’ve received is that people tell me they forget it’s a period movie because the relationship between Kate and Matthias is so strong and subtle.

Was it difficult to bring the court of Louis XIV to life and all its opulence on a limited budget?

From my years in theater I know that limitations are sometimes good for the imagination.

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Harry Mellings Talks His Post-Potter Career; New Play
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Harry Melling, who played Dudley Dursley in the Potter films, recently discussed his post-Potter career in a new interview with Digital Spy.  Since being in Potter, Harry has appeared in numerous stage plays as well as his own one-man show (which will be going to London next year after a successful run in New York.)  His newest project is another play, The Angry Brigade, which runs from September 19 to October 4 at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Read the full interview here and some snippets below.

His new play The Angry Brigade takes him back to the 1970s

“It’s a great piece of theatre I think, the writing is exceptional: so full and brimming with ideas. Paines Plough are such a great company to work for. I’ve always wanted to work with them because I love all the new writing stuff they do, and James Graham is a brilliant, brilliant writer.

“I play quite a few [characters]. In the second act I play a guy called Jim, he was one of the Angry Brigaders, one of the Stoke Newington 8. He went to Cambridge where he met John Barker, who’s a fellow Angry Brigader. And they just got bored of the way the world ran really, and they tried to change it. Especially in Britain they were bored of the government, and the types of people that were running the country, and how the country was organized… they just didn’t want to be a part of it.”

“I think it’s extremely funny because James’s writing is always very funny. It’s extremely sharp, the wit is very clever, very witty. But also there’s some really heart-breaking scenes, you see their relationships corrode and you see them splintering. So it’s constantly going between those two things, from being very funny to going very serious. It’s a time in history that was kept under wraps. So that’s what is fizzing underneath this production: the need to tell this story.”

He still looks back fondly on his time in the Harry Potter universe

“It was so many years of doing it. And although I wasn’t on the yearly commitment that perhaps the others were on – because they were needed throughout the year for the shoot – I think maybe I got the best of both worlds. Allowing myself to live in the same world as movie making and then try and get back to school.

“I was very lucky in that sense. I had a great time, I learned a lot. It was a wonderful experience. It’s kind of odd to talk about it because it’s like talking about your childhood, it’s sometimes quite slippery what you remember and what you don’t remember. But I just remember it being such a blast.”

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Video: Watch Oliver Phelps in New Short, ‘Ears’
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Comedy Central has released a brand new short film entitled Ears that stars Oliver Phelps, who we know best as George Weasley in the Harry Potter films.  The 3-minute short follows a young man with enormous ears who tries to disguise them to get a job interview. He fails, but is inspired by a girl with enormous feet to finally be himself.

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WB Studio Tour London to Unveil 1st New Permanent Feature Devoted to the Dark Arts
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This October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artifacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening. The press release may be viewed below.

This October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening.

The current Malfoy Manor fireplace will be expanded to showcase the full set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Visitors will be able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat.

The mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage will be suspended above the set, while a life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini will sit on the mahogany table, which will be framed by the costumes of the rat-like Peter Pettigrew and Potions master Severus Snape.

Officially launching on Tuesday 14th October, the new section will also include a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. Visitors will be able to see these weird and wonderful props up close, including the mysterious Hand of Glory, the Vanishing Cabinet and the sarcophagus that hid Harry during a deleted scene from the second film.

A section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, will be on show as well as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin’s costumes, magical projector and gramophone.

Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Hallowe’en. It will showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”

To celebrate the launch of the new permanent additions, the Studio Tour will also offer extra Dark Arts activities throughout the October half-term. From Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November, a section of the Hallowe’en feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be on display in Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

For these two weeks only, visitors will be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters. Those who choose to take part in an interactive wand combat lesson can practise their duelling techniques.

The new permanent Dark Arts section will be launched with a two-week event highlighting the Dark Arts from Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

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Video: Jonny Duddle Shows How He Created the New Harry Potter Covers
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In a new video from The Telegraph, illustrator Jonny Duddle shows how he goes about creating his illustrations for book covers, using Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as an example. That video, as well as a snippet from the interview, may be viewed below:

“All I can really do, as an artist, is draw my vision of that scene,” Duddle says. His covers were shaped by feedback from Braithwaite, Rowling’s agent Neil Blair and Rowling herself. For each rough he submitted, Duddle would have a number of revisions suggested. He says he could never be sure which of them came from Rowling herself.

Duddle’s covers have been launched sequentially online, where Potter’s enormous fan base is active and vocal. He knows when Bloomsbury have released a new cover because his usually quiet Twitter account is suddenly inundated as the fans give 140-character verdicts.

The biggest complaint he receives, he says, is that Harry looks too young, especially on the cover for the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “He’s only meant to be 17, and he’s always described as being quite slight. Ron is meant to be tall and skinny. The problem is in the film Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are grown men by that point, and they’ve been working out.”

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