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Video: J.K. Rowling Talks Lumos on Today Show; Launches Lumos USA in New York
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The Today Show shared a preview of an interview with J.K. Rowling on this morning’s episode. In the interview she discusses her charity, Lumos, as well as the usual “I not going to say I definitely won’t” response to writing another Harry Potter novel. The full interview will air on NBC’s Today Show, Monday morning.

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Rowling was in New York to launch Lumos USA as part of the NGO’s global mission to bring light to the lives of eight million children living in orphanages and institutions around the world. In launching Lumos USA, Patron J.K. Rowling said:

“Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children.  We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home.”

Some more information on the charity is as follows:

After a decade working with governments in Central and Eastern Europe to help them to close down State-run institutions for children and create new services that support vulnerable children to stay with families, Lumos is now also working to address the use of largely privately-funded orphanages, which is increasing in many parts of the world. Lumos has recently begun to work in the Latin America and Caribbean region, focusing on Haiti, where more than 30,000 children live in orphanages, at least 80% of them NOT orphans.

Encouraging reform of the funding that supports orphanages is a key part of Lumos’ work. It has played an important role in influencing the way that European Union aid is now spent – to support community services for children and families, not to build or renovate institutions and orphanages. Lumos USA will build on this advocacy activity by working with US Government departments – including the US Agency for International Development – and bodies such as the World Bank to promote a similar funding principle. The right of children to live in families is one of the core principles of the US Government’s Action Plan on Children in Adversity.

To celebrate the launch of Lumos Foundation USA, Lumos is raising funds to reunite children with families. For the next month, Lumos USA will run an online sweepstakes giving every eligible US resident who donates over $10, the opportunity to win one of four generously donated prizes:  two signed copies of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Very Good Lives’; a VIP trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and tickets to Comic Con in San Diego in July 2015.

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Watch ‘A Mind’s Eye’ Starring James and Oliver Phelps
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A Mind’s Eye, a short film starring James and Oliver Phelps, has been released online and can be rented for $2.95 at Vimeo.

This is a film about Plato’s ideas. It is about Stanley who thinks things into existence. He thinks of fire and fire appears. He thinks of rocks, water and trees and rocks, water and trees appear. He even manages to think a horse and a baby boy into existence. Or does he?

While Stanley is busy concentrating, his reflection is behaving inappropriately. The two begin a dialogue in the tradition of Socrates and his pupils. The reflection, Stanley Too, proves the wiser and though Stanley believes himself to be the ‘real’ Stanley and the other the reflection, he discovers this may not be the case.

Watch the trailer below.

Filed Under: James and Oliver Phelps
‘Risen’ Starring Tom Felton Gets 2016 Release Date
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Tom Felton’s most recent project, Clavius has been renamed and given a USA release date. It will now go by the title Risen and will hit theaters on Friday, January 22, 2016. A synopsis of the film is as follows:

“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Thanks Feltbeats!

Filed Under: Tom Felton
Harry Melling Cast in ‘The Angry Brigade'; Opening April 30
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It has been announced that Harry Melling has joined the cast of The Angry Brigade, a play by James Graham, which opens on April 30th at the Bush Theatre and runs until June 13th. According to the productions page on Bush Theatre’s website:

Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade.

Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens.

A world of order shattered by anarchy; the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.

Filed Under: Harry Melling
Ralph Fiennes To Receive Empire Legend Award
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It has been announced that Ralph Fiennes will be receiving the Empire Legend Award At the 20th Jameson Empire Awards this coming Sunday.

At the heart of the festivities will be acting great and national treasure Ralph Fiennes, the newly-announced recipient of this year’s Empire Legend award. The Suffolk-born actor follows in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.

Even by the vaulted standards of his 25-year career, Fiennes is experiencing a purple patch. A Golden Globe nominee for his exceptional comic turn as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s also kicked-started his directorial career in fine style with contrasting period pieces, Coriolanus (2011) and The Invisible Woman (2013), in recent years.

Fiennes, of course, is twice Oscar-nominated. He was first recognised by the Academy for his indelible depiction of SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, a tone-perfect depiction of the banality of evil, and went on to receive a Best Actor nod as The English Patient’s lovelorn Count. There’s been memorable villains, including Voldemort and In Bruges’ potty-mouthed Harry, romantic heroes, and, in the shape of Gareth “M” Mallory, an ongoing presence behind the oak desk of the James Bond franchise.

Filed Under: Ralph Fiennes
Bloomsbury Reveals Cover Of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition
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This morning, Bloomsbury have sent over the cover for their new illustrated edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, due to be released on October 6, 2015. View the cover in high resolution in the gallery. You can pre-order the book at Waterstones (UK) and Amazon (US).

Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows Harry Potter beside the majestic Hogwarts Express.

Published globally on 6th October 2015 this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread. The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world. All will be using Jim Kay’s artwork and will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this beautiful edition to life.

It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015. Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning…with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

The Harry Potter novels have now sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 78 languages. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was voted the nation’s favourite children’s book in a 2013 poll by reading charity Booktrust.

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