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John Tiffany on working with J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter Play
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with Scotland Now, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany discussed working with J.K. Rowling on the project. He started the interview by telling Scotland Now that he actually met Rowling 20 years ago in this anecdote:

“I first met Jo years ago when we didn’t know who each other was. I had just started at the Traverse in Edinburgh, and now and again I would see a woman with a pram writing in longhand in the cafe. She’d write in Nicholson’s, The Elephant House and the Traverse cafe. We knew each other to nod at. I’d be having meetings with writers and actors and I’d see her. Eventually we’d say hello to each other and a year later – bam!. Then I realised that’s what she was doing.

On the actual play he says:

“We’ve been working with actors since the beginning of this year, but the characters are the stars of this – so I don’t think we’ll be saying a hot Hollywood actor will be playing Harry Potter.

“I also think it’s an important story for Scotland. It’s important that Scotland feels it has a connection. Jack (Thorne, who has worked with Rowling and Tiffany on the script) and I worked together on my last show for National Theatre of Scotland, Let The Right One In.

“I’d love for this to eventually tour to places like Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness as well as around the world. Scotland is present in the Harry Potter stories with characters like McGonagall and the viaduct at Glenfinnan. Obviously we won’t have the viaduct but the country is a place which feels very alive in these stories.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Coming to the West End
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The Daily Mail reports that the Harry Potter play that’s been in the works for quite some time is finally coming. The play will open in Summer 2016 at the Palace Theater which is on the West End in London. Tickets will go on sale in autumn of this year. The play is titled Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and follows Lily and James Potter before they were killed. J.K. Rowling developed the play in collaboration with writer Jack Thorne and John Tiffany who will also be directing the play.

The Cursed Child delves into what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily Evans Potter and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley.

Informal casting has already started, with the play’s creative team — plus producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender — keeping an eye on thespians with the potential to play the leads at the Palace Theatre.

The roles are perfect for up-and-coming young actors.

Lily was just 20 when Harry was born, and a year older when she and husband James were slain.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Emma Watson to Star in ‘The Circle’
Posted by Megs

Entertainment Weekly reports that Emma Watson will be starring opposite Tom Hanks in The Circle. “Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity, and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle,” [producer, James] Ponsoldt said.

Watson will play a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet company called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete.

The Circle is being produced by Ponsoldt, Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone and Anthony Bregman for Likely Story. Filming is due to begin this September in California.


Filed Under: Emma Watson
Harry Potter Book Night Returning in 2016
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Harry Potter Book Night

Bloomsbury has just announced that Harry Potter Book Night will be returning in February 2016. According to the press release: Find out more over at harrypotterbooknight.com.

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books, then this is the news you’ve been waiting for! Make a date in your diary now, as Bloomsbury Children’s Books are delighted to announce that Harry Potter Book Night returns for a second year on Thursday February 4th 2016.

Once again, fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books.

For the first Harry Potter Book Night in February 2015, there were an amazing 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world, and we were overwhelmed by your fabulous pictures – so we can’t wait to see where your imaginations take you next.

There will be masses of magical ideas, events and activities for you to get involved with, which we will be announcing over the coming months, so please do accept this as your official invitation to join the fun and start your own planning. Sign up at www.harrypotterbooknight.com to make sure you’re one of the first to hear all the latest Harry Potter Book Night news. If you’ve already registered, you will carry on receiving our exclusive news bulletins.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using #HarryPotterBookNight

Filed Under: Books
Evanna Lynch’s ‘Dynamite’ Renamed & Releasing Later This Year
Posted by Megs

Evanna Lynch’s film, Dynamite, has been acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures, renamed and will have a theatrical release in October 2015! It has now been renamed as “Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story.”  The film’s synopsis and trailer are below:

Based on a true story, Max Bornstein had the wit, looks, and charm that would carry him beyond the typical man’s troubles. Yet, the typical man’s troubles were the least of Max’s worries: He was a full-time dope fiend and a part-time father working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry.

Even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s truest worry was his wife and two young children: A family kept in the dark about Max’s reality and the walls of it caving in around him.

“We are thrilled to partner with Breaking Glass on the release of such a special film to us, with a very important and relevant message. Max has an unbelievable story that the world should learn about and from, and it’s wonderful knowing that our distributor recognizes this importance,” said Levine, who negotiated the deal with Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff.

Trailer not suitable for younger viewers.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch
Lumos Wins Charity of the Year award
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, has won the Charity of the Year award at the 2015 UK Charity Awards. They sent out an email message on the win, which can be read below:

Lumos is honoured and delighted to have won the overall Charity of the Year award at the prestigious UK Charity Awards 2015, held in London on 18 June. It is still sinking in that we have won the top prize in a competition that attracted initial entries from nearly 200 of the UK’s best charities.

Our entry was based on our long-running project to create a new and truly inclusive education system in Moldova for thousands of children with disabilities. That project, and our wider European work, so impressed the judges that they chose Lumos not only as the best charity in the International Aid and Development category but also as the best overall in a finals event featuring a shortlist of 30 excellent UK charities.

Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir and Lumos Moldova team director, Dr Irina Malanciuc received the awards. You can read a report about the event, with pictures and comments from Dr Malanciuc, whose team have worked tirelessly for years to improve the lives of Moldova’s children, on the website of the organisers, Civil Society Media here.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our work. You have recognised the importance of transforming the lives of eight million children worldwide living in orphanages and institutions. This award is further recognition of this vital issue and we hope it will help us to be even more successful in helping those children.

Georgette Mulheir from Lumos said:

“We are utterly delighted!There are 8 million children living in institutions around the world they are forgotten. Most of those children more than 80% have living parents who love them and want them but have been forced to give their children up because of poverty disability and discrimination. This is a completely solvable problem and by 2050 we are confident that there will be no more children in institutions”

Filed Under: JK Rowling

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