It was rumored last year that Emma Watson would be starring in the musical La La Land, written by Damien Chazelle and also starring Miles Teller. It seems that the news has been confirmed by The Telegraph and Page Six. Emma will reportedly be playing Mia, an aspiring actress trying to make it in the competitive world of Los Angeles. This has not been completely confirmed as of yet.
Of the project, Chazelle says: “I’ve been trying to get off the ground since I lived in LA, in the past five or six years. I wrote the script about four years ago, and I worked with the same guy who did the music on Whiplash. We wrote it four years ago and we were just trying to convince someone to do an original, MGM-style musical, because I don’t think there are enough.”
Justin Hurwitz, Chazelle’s collaborator said:
“Most current musicals are based on stage musicals (like Chicago) or other properties, so it’s really cool Lionsgate are letting us do a totally original musical. Even the few other original musicals made today have diegetic justification for the music, like Once. Now I love Once, but the music is all on screen, as opposed to older musicals where orchestra just swells up behind the actor. Or take the film Enchanted from a few years ago, which I thought was great, but it had a high concept to justify the music – she was a storybook character. There hasn’t been a movie in a while where the music just swells up for no reason other than that the characters are moved and want to break into song.”
A little more information on the film, as seen in The Telegraph:
The film will have eclectic influences. Hurwitz started playing piano at the age of six and is influenced by people as diverse as French musician Michel Legrand and Charlie Chaplin. […] Jazz is a common love for director, composer and main star Tiller. They believe in their films that they have been able to show how much precision goes into jazz, a musical form sometimes considered to be “loose” because of the improvisation involved. But La La Land isn’t a film centered solely on jazz. The creators are taking their style from iconic Hollywood musical films such as Singin’ In The Rain, [A] Star is Born, Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Meet Me in St Louis, as well as French New Wave and Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
According to the article, ‘filming is expected to begin in March and Chazelle says they will pre-record the songs in the style of the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies for MGM. As a fan of Harry Potter, Chazelle admits he is looking forward to working with Watson and on a project with a comic touch’
Filed Under: Emma Watson
A few Harry Potter alumni have been nominated for the 2015 National Film Awards. You can vote for your favorites at this link.
Ben Affleck for “Gone Girl”
André Benjamin for “Jimi: All Is By My Side”
David Oyelowo for “Selma”
James Buckley for “The Inbetweeners 2”
Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game”
Tom Felton for “Belle”
Simon Bird for “The Inbetweeners 2”
Jack O’ Connell for “71”
Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary”
Asa Butterfield for “X +Y”
Andrew Scott for “Pride”
Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton
Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Beyond the Lights”
Quvenzhané Wallis for “Annie”
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy”
Cheng Pei Pei for “Lifting”
Alicia Vikander for “Testament of Youth”
Keira Knightley for “Imitation Game”
Imelda Stauton for “Pride”
Dorothy Atkinson for “Mr Turner”
Thandi Newton for “Half of a Yellow Sun”
This morning, Bloomsbury have sent over 4 images from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which we first reported on back in December 2013. Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the images show four major characters from the Harry Potter books – Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. The photos can be viewed in high resolution in the gallery.
“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it,” said Kay. “The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”
The book will be published globally on October 6th 2015 for £30. 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 artwork on every spread. Many of the original Harry Potter publishers around the globe will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this illustrated edition to life – and it is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.
For fans in the US, you can keep up with release information on this Amazon product page. Fans in the UK, use this Amazon page.
Filed Under: Books
This morning, British Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury has announced they will be releasing a new hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You can pre-order the book for £22.50 on Bloomsbury’s website. This gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter for new fans and a great item for those who already love Harry. The book will be released on February 5th.
This announcement comes as Bloomsbury is preparing for their “Harry Potter Book Night, ” which we reported on back in October. They have also released some new details on the book night, which can be read below:
Filed Under: Books
• Major schools competition launch: We have just launched a major new competition for schools in the UK and Ireland, to win an illustration workshop with the new official HARRY POTTER illustrator Jonny Duddle PLUS a money-can’t-buy wall art. Plus, the winning child will get a hardback box set of the new editions of HARRY POTTER and a signed Jonny Duddle print. 6 runners-up will each win a paperback box set of books and a signed Jonny Duddle print.
How do you enter? In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Ron shows Harry the cards that come inside packs of Chocolate Frogs. Bloomsbury wants YOU to create your own witch or wizard card for a school. To find out more visit harrypotterbooknight.com/schoolscompetition
• We have teamed up with First News who are offering a free edition of First News (30th January edition) to all UK schools who will be running a Harry Potter event on 5th February. This edition will include an exclusive 8-page Harry Potter pullout which would be great to have at your Happy Potter event.
• Schools can also take part in the action with a range of brand new discussion guides for the series, which outline ideas for discussion and other activities for use in the classroom or in a reading group.
While out promoting his new film Paddington, which was released in the UK back in November and will hit US theatres on January 16th, David Heyman briefly discusses the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films and reveals that production designer Stuart Craig will be back for the films. Stuart was the designer for all the Potter films as well as Universal’s theme parks.
“The experience of conjuring up these worlds is such fun. So to do it with [Rowling] and with Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram is involved too, and with David Yates, and Stuart Craig will be designing it; it’s great. It’s exciting, and it’s a great world to return to.”
He also revealed that shooting will begin this Summer: “We will shoot later on this year. The plan is to shoot late summer.”
On the subject of casting he say: “Early, early, early days. Really early days. I mean we’re at the very beginning.”In regards to three films he states: “We’re making just one film, but I believe there’s been talk about it being three. But we’re just talking about it as one.”
Thanks to Hypable for the tip!
Filed Under: David Heyman, Fantastic Beasts Films, Stuart Craig
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Universal has released details on how to win tickets to their Social Media Meet-Up taking place during A Celebration of Harry Potter at the end of the month.
The lucky winners and their guests will tour the grand marble hall of Gringotts Wizarding Bank with Alan Gilmore, Art Director for a number of the Harry Potter films and visionary for the new attraction in Diagon Alley, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Then descend into the bank vaults to meet with MinaLima, the design team responsible for bringing the Daily Prophet, and more, to life. There will be a chance for Q&As at both stops before you embark on an adventure as you ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. There may even be another surprise or two along the way…
January 8: Twitter
Click the link below to Tweet us with “I wish to enter my vault! #HPCelebration” to enter for your chance to win one of six credentials for you and a guest to join the Social Media Meet-Up during A Celebration of Harry Potter.
Tweet Us Here
January 13: Facebook
Next Tuesday, January 13, we’ll ask which house the Sorting Hat has placed you into – just comment with your Hogwarts house for your chance to win one of six credentials for you and a guest to join the Social Media Meet-Up during A Celebration of Harry Potter. If you don’t know which house you’re in, head over to Pottermore.com to find out and get ready to share it with us in the comments!
January 15: Instagram
Next Thursday, January 15, we’ll post a photo of hot Butterbeer. To enter for your chance to win one of six credentials for you and a guest to join the Social Media Meet-Up during A Celebration of Harry Potter, double-tap if you’d like to take a sip of hot Butterbeer in Diagon Alley!
Be sure to gulp down some Felix Felicis before you enter and good luck!
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Packet Pick-Up: Universal Studios Arches: 8:30–9:30 AM
Meet-Up Check-In: Universal Studios Arches: 5:00–6:00 PM
Social Media Meet-Up: Diagon Alley: 6:00–7:30 PM
Each winner will receive:
- General Parking at Universal Orlando Resort
- A one day, two-park ticket for the winner and their guest
- Access to the A Celebration of Harry Potter Social Media Meet-Up
Make sure to check out Universal’s blog for official rules and more information.
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park
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