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Possible David Yates, Emma Watson Reunion
Posted by Megs

A small rumor for your viewing pleasure today.  Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is in talks to make a film based on Emma Forrest’s script, which she based on her memoir.   The film will be called Your Voice in My Head and the book’s synopsis is as follows:

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.

A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

If the film is made, Harry Potter director David Yates is set to be the director of the film and he has made it known that he wants Emma Watson to star in it.  Emma would be playing the role of a young woman who attempts suicide before being saved by a New York-based psychiatrist who’s dying of cancer.  Tom Hanks, George Clooney and other high profile actors are possibilities for the male lead in the film.

Filed Under: David Yates, Emma Watson
David Yates & Helena Bonham Carter Wins Britannia Awards at BAFTA LA
Posted by Megs

The BAFTA Los Angeles awards were held last night and Potter director David Yates won the John Schelsinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Helena Bonham Carter won the Award for British Artist of the Year.  Below is a quote from the chairman of BAFTALA about David Yates (and a fellow filmmaker)

“John Lasseter and David Yates are master creators of joy and imagination,” said Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Their high standard of art, perception and pure entertainment is unparalleled. The worldwide success of Mr. Lasseter for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Mr. Yates’ contribution to the final four parts of the Harry Potter franchise makes them global wizards in their own right, and are delighted to honor these remarkable filmmakers with this year’s Britannia Award.”

Filed Under: David Yates, Deathly Hallows, Helena Bonham Carter
Daniel Radcliffe and David’s Discuss Potter’s Oscar Chances
Posted by Megs

ComingSoon has posted an article that contains interviews with David Heyman, David Yates and Daniel Radcliffe discussing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’s chances at winning an Oscar. Some snippets may be read below.

“The film was so brilliantly received–we were probably one of the best reviewed movies of the year by a long way–and for a big, popular commercial film to get that great a response is really encouraging and heartening and I think it gives us all a bit of confidence for the Oscar campaign,” he told us. […] Yates continued to tell us why he thinks the last film was special. “It’s the last film in the series and we all put so much into it and Stuart Craig and the visual FX, Tim Burke did all the visual FX, and I think Dan, it’s probably the best performance in the whole run of the eight films, and Emma and Rupert did really well. I think David Heyman’s achievement, 8 films across 11 years is an extraordinary journey, and to manage it all so brilliantly.”

“I think it’s a great film,” Radcliffe told to us in a brief interview. “It’s stirring, it’s epic, it pulls a lot of loose ends together, which is not an easy thing to do when a story still had to go at such a pace, but it’s the advantage of splitting it. It meant we took all that time in film 1 setting up film 2, so when we got into film 2, it could just be that non-stop ride. I haven’t watched it since the premieres but I’ve never liked a ‘Harry Potter’ film as much as I liked this one. Part 2 is the one I’m proudest of.”

Heyman feels mutually about his director. “I think David really pushed the envelope. One of the things I’m very proud of is that we were always pushing to make each film better than the last, and I think that David with four films never tired of that, and Stuart Craig (production designer) and Jany Temine (costume) and Tim Burke, all of whom worked on many films—Stuart on 9, Jany on 3, the make-up people on 8, Nick Dudman (special make-up FX) on 8, Alexandre on 2. It’s a real family, but nobody ever settled. I think Alexandre’s score on Part 2 is a much stronger score than Part 1, because I think he felt safe and he pushed and he let go, and I think he was sort of nervous. I look at David Yates’ first film, the fifth, which I think is a fantastic film, but it’s quite tight.”

The Hollywood Reporter also has an article on Harry Potter’s chances at taking home the coveted award. One exciting tidbit is as follows:

Comments one prominent Academy member, who asked not to be named though he has no connection to the film: “It may not exactly be my kind of film — I’m hardly a Potter aficionado — but I think it should win. In a marketplace where the movies’ connection to audiences is more tenuous than ever, the adulation and enduring love that a generation has for this series stands apart. It’s powerful. For us as an industry not to give it that level of honor is injurious. It’s not embracing what there is about the art form that truly endures.”

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe, David Heyman, David Yates, Deathly Hallows
Video: More Behind the Scenes Footage of “The Kiss”
Posted by Megs

Today we have some more behind the scenes footage from Ron and Hermione’s long awaited kiss! In the video David Yates, David Heyman, Rupert and Emma talk about the kiss and we also see a new angle of the shot.

Thanks to Incantatem!

Filed Under: David Heyman, David Yates, Deathly Hallows, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
David Yates Talks Deathly Hallows 2
Posted by Megs

I a new interview Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II director David Yates discusses the film and Ala Rickman.  He also talks about the theme park and how he couldn’t attend the grand opening this past Spring because he was finishing Deathly Hallows 2.

We hadn’t the chance to speak at the theatrical release of the film, but I must ask what your inspiration was behind the pre-credits sequence which recaps Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave, then centers on haunting images of Professor Snape in the turrets overlooking Hogwarts.  There’s no dialog, only some sound effects and music. It’s a stunning and heartbreaking way to begin a film.
DY:  I wanted to start with Snape because he’s so integral to the story and we discover so much about him in the movie.  And Alan Rickman is so amazing as an actor, and what I love about him and the way he works is he thinks rather than shows.  I know we usually open the movies with big bangs and bridges falling down and all sorts of stuff, but to open on an actor’s face, quite close was so compelling.  And it’s actually quite an enigmatic expression; he’s not giving away too much, but it completely pulls you in.  And then visually, just this notion of this shape, this black shape, and you’ve seen these Dementors just floating there in the ether and he’s almost like another Dementor.  Visually, that felt quite strong, and also we needed to remind the audience of where we left the last movie.  It was just a nice, neat reminder of our characters are in trouble, this is the guy who’s got the Elder Wand, it’s going to be scary.  So, all those things just rolled together in the first few minutes.

How did you get such completely different feel from each of the films based on this one book
DY:  It was always my intention.  I wanted the first one to feel like a European road movie.  It’s very slow, very gentle, very intimate.  Someone said to me the other day, “I can’t believe you got away with that. It felt like an art house movie, and it was like a blockbuster film. Didn’t Warner’s give you a hard time? Didn’t they watch the first film and say, ‘What are you doing? This is Harry Potter, for God’s sake!’?”  Ironically, Warner’s was so supportive, they absolutely loved that approach, and I wanted the second one to be more of an operatic spectacle and that was always the intention. I didn’t want them to feel very similar.

Filed Under: David Yates, Deathly Hallows
Video: Official Footage from Wizarding World Celebration
Posted by Megs

This morning Warner Bros have sent over some official footage from the Harry Potter Celebration that was held at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this weekend. The video includes interviews with the various cast members in attendance and highlights from the weekend. The film was released on DVD in the US last week and will come out in the UK on December 2nd!

US fans may order the movie through the following links:

Filed Under: David Heyman, David Yates, Deathly Hallows, Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Jessie Cave, Rupert Grint, Warwick Davis

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