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Rupert Grint Talks ‘It’s Only a Play,’ ‘Charlie Countryman,’ Harry Potter & More
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In a new interview with The Guardian, Rupert Grint talks about his various projects since Harry Potter (as well as his new pet tortoise).  First, and foremost, he talks about It’s Only a Play, which is currently running in New York City:

Your first play was Mojo with Ben Whishaw and Daniel Mays. Now you’re in a show with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing. Didn’t you ever think about starting off small? Maybe a bit of am-dram?

Ha! I know, it’s pretty amazing working with all these geniuses. After Mojo ended, I didn’t want to do another play for a long time. It was fun but so exhausting. Then this came up and it was such an incredible cast, I had to do it.

So you’re playing a theatre director?

Yeah, he’s a real nightmare, a completely ridiculous lord who is celebrated for his work but hates all the acclaim. He’s desperate for a bad review. On top of that, he’s a kleptomaniac and in therapy. An absolute mess.

Which aspects of that can you relate to?

Not too many, actually. I’m really the polar opposite. I can’t even relate to his look – the eye makeup and the mad hair. I dunno how ladies put up with makeup. I wear a lot of guyliner in the show. It’s really heavy duty and hard to get off.

He quickly mentioned Harry Potter and which film he would destroy if he had to pick one:

Actually, that’s quite easy: number four, Goblet of Fire. Nothing to do with the film, really. It’s a hair thing again – it’s just because of how my hair looks in it. It’s terrible. I’ve got no recollection of my hair ever looking like that.

When asked about the The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which was filmed back in 2012 and will be released in the UK on 31 October and the US on 15 November, he said:

This is the craziest film I’ve ever seen or been a part of. It was just ridiculous. You’ll have to be patient with me ’cos it was two years ago and I’m still trying to erase it from my mind – no, I mean piece it all together. So James Buckley from The Inbetweeners is in it and we’re best friends living in Bucharest. Shia LaBeouf comes there after his mother … no, after the ghost of his mother appears to him and tells him to find himself in Bucharest. He gets in trouble with gangsters and someone dies on his flight over – literally on his lap! This isn’t making much sense, is it?

You’re making it up as you go along, aren’t you?

It does sounds like it, doesn’t it? So Shia meets me and James in this youth hostel. I’m a wannabe porn star called Boris Pecker. My main plot is I take too much Viagra and require medical assistance. So it’s me running around with a strap-on.

Did Shia LaBeouf do lots of mad things on set?

Er, yeah. Yeah, he did. I guess you’d call him a method actor. He kind of lived that part. It was … interesting. I think he’s talked about it a bit himself.  Things happened which I probably shouldn’t go into.

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
Friday Favorites: New Harry Potter Products for Holiday 2014
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The Film Cell, an online store that sells film merchandise, have emailed to let us know they’ve received information about a few new Harry Potter items for this year!  The items will be available in December. Some of the images are a little slow, but you get the idea!

The Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw: The Diadem features the words “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure” etched onto the crown. Made to a fantastically high standard from quality silver-plated brass and blue and white crystals. This can be worn and comes in a one size fits most size measuring approx. 14 inches in length 5inches wide and 2 inches high. This Rowena Ravenclaw Diadem replica can also be displayed and comes with fantastic display box.

Diagon Alley Map: mounted on a wooden plaque and features every wizards favourite shops. So you no longer need to guess where Ollivander’s is in relation to Madam Malkin’s robe shop as they are all pictured in this highly collectable wall sign.

Daily Prophet Sign: the logo of the most popular Wizards newspaper is now available to hang on your wall.

Basilisk Fang and Tom Riddle Diary statue: the fang can be removed from the diary which is essentially it’s display stand.

Triwizard Tournament Golden Egg: 9 inches tall. The egg doesn’t open when placed under water (haha) but this is hand painted reproduction of the task from the Triwizards tournament as featured in the Goblet of Fire

Filed Under: Friday Favorites, Other Potter Related, Products
Videos: Alfie Enoch on Jimmy Kimmel
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Alfie Enoch, who is currently starring on How to Get Away with Murder on ABC, stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night to have a chat.  Apparently Jimmy had no idea he was British, so watch out for some fun chatter. You can watch the full interview here (you will need to log in with your cable provider) and a couple snippets below. He talks about riding the bus in LA and Harry Potter.

“How to Get Away With Murder” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Filed Under: Alfred Enoch
Special Q&A Screening of Extraterrestrial this Sunday
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Last month we posted about Freddie Stroma’s new film, Extraterrestrial, out October 29th. Today we have some exciting news for Freddie/horror film fans. Signature Entertainment presents a very special Extraterrestrial Preview Screening + Q&A at the Rich Mix, E1 6LA this Sunday, 6pm start. The screening will feature a Q&A with directors The Vicious Brothers & UFO expert Robbie Graham (author of Silver Screen Saucers) Info and tickets can be found on the Rich Mix website and this Facebook Event Page.

5.30PM – 8PM (6PM sharp start)
£9.50 / £7

For those of you that missed the original post, here is a synopsis of the film:

A slick teen shocker with out-of-this-world scares and brutal surprises for Halloween!

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Defiance, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods.

Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie StromaHarry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.

Filed Under: Freddie Stroma
Katie Leung’s ‘One Child’ Premiering in Two-Night Special Event
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One Child, starring Katie Leung will air as a two-night event on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. Part One introduces Mei Ashley (Leung), a college student, adopted as a baby from China who has had a content upbringing as the daughter of professors. When she’s contacted by her birth mother in China, a journey to discover her identity turns into a dangerous fight for justice. Part Two follows Mei’s journey as she is thrown into extreme danger in her attempt to save her brother from an unjust criminal sentence. Just when things are starting to look positive, Mei encounters setback that is almost more than she can bear. A full press release, sent to us by Sundance, may be read below:

SundanceTV has the world premiere of its newest original mini-series “One Child” on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. The four-hour series stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter), features Emmy® nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”) and Donald Sumpter (“Game of Thrones,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and airs as a two-night special event.

“One Child” tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.

Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine – an American – and Jim Ashley, Mei’s adoptive parents who are challenged to both let her visit her birth mother while protecting her from the pain of meeting the woman who once rejected her. Mei must struggle with who she is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.

When Mei lands in China and begins to witness the criminal justice system through western eyes, she discovers the dichotomy between rich and poor – the connected and the unconnected – and the corruption which forms the bedrock of its governing institutions.

Penned by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) this emotionally-gripping, dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.

‘One Child’ is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle. It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core,” said SundanceTV President, Sarah Barnett. “It takes viewers on an immersive journey across the globe and shines a bold spotlight on the complexity of family dynamics and personal identity.”

“One Child” is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV (deal brokered by Drive in conjunction with BBC Worldwide North America), and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

This project follows the summer’s critical success for “The Honorable Woman” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, also a SundanceTV/BBC co-production. Previous to that “Top of the Lake” received two Golden Globe® nominations and one win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series for Elisabeth Moss; eight Emmy nominations including one win; and two SAG nominations. It was also a SundanceTV and BBC co-production.

Filed Under: Katie Leung
Video: Freddie Stroma Starring in Un-Real on Lifetime
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Freddie Stroma is set to star in the new Lifetime TV drama, Un-Real. The show is a (scripted) behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program. The show will have 10 hour long episodes, the season premiere date has not been revealed yet. Freddie plays the role of Adam, the dating show’s handsome and intelligent bachelor. A trailer for the show can be watched at A+E Network’s website.

A behind the scenes dramedy that follows the experiences of a young woman working on a hit reality dating show. In order to succeed in the job, our heroine must manipulate her relationships with the contestants behind the camera in order to get the vital pieces of outrageous footage that make the show a smash hit.

Un-Real is inspired by the award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze.

Filed Under: Freddie Stroma

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