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Report: Photos and Q&A from Feathers and Flight Launch Event
Posted by Megs

This past Friday, our correspondent Maura (of fantasticbeastsmovie.net) attended the launch for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London‘s Feathers and Flight event.  This special feature for the Harry Potter tour will run until April 27th and shows fans how animals were trained for the films.  At the event Julie Tottman and Guillaume Grange, the head animal trainers for the films, answered some questions from those in attendance.  The full Q&A can be read here, and photos may be seen over at fantasticbeastsmovie.net.

What is the strangest animal you’ve ever worked with?

Julie – The strangest animal? Well, I guess, on the third film, Alfonso, the wonderful director, kept coming up with the oddest ideas and we never quite knew what he was going to pick so we had armadillos, we had we had bats, we had baby ostrich, we had whipped scorpions, all kinds of different animals, and we did in one of the films have a baby hippo!

Did the actors who played the owners of the animals get any time to bond with the animal they had and did anyone get close with a certain one that they then had to leave?

Julie – Before we start any filming we have about four months of prep so we can get ready so nothing’s a big surprise for the animals and within that prep I’d say we try have the actors work with us as much as possible – sometimes we can get them one or two times a week, but particularly Daniel had to work so much, cause he was small on the first – he’s still small isn’t he! – he was small on the first film, and it was a big bird for him to learn to carry so we had to spend a lot of time with him with the animals.

Emma loved Crackerjack, the main Crookshanks. She’s a massive, massive cat lover so she was waiting until the third film to have her own animal so as much time as she could spend with him, she was there. She saw him just before Christmas when we were here she came and saw him.

Are any of the animals going to be working on the new movies? The Fantastic Beasts ones?

Julie – Not these particular – well, actually, I can’t say for sure but most of the original Harry Potter ones are retired apart from the birds, so possibly some birds, but haven’t had that call yet, waiting for that!

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Videos: Dan Radcliffe on Jimmy Fallon and Today Show
Posted by Megs

As we reported earlier in the week, Daniel Radcliffe is making the television rounds to promote The Cripple of Inishmaan and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night and The Today Show this morning. Videos of both appearances are now online and may be watched below:

The Today Show:

Jimmy Fallon:

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter: The Exhibition To Stop in Sweden & Germany; James & Oliver Attend Press Conference
Posted by Megs

Oliver and James Phelps attended a press conference in Germany today to announce that Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be stopping at The Odysseum in Cologne-Kalk, Germany starting on October 3, 2014.  ODYSSEUM will be the exhibition’s second stop on its European tour following a stop in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition has mesmerized audiences worldwide and we are truly excited to bring this immersive experience to Germany,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Guests will be captivated by the depth of the collection and we are thrilled to present the Harry Potter experience to even more fans around the world.”

“After successful stops in the United States, Australia, Asia and Canada, we are very proud to welcome Harry Potter: The Exhibition to the ODYSSEUM. We’re thrilled that we can be a part of the Harry Potter experience, which will make the eyes of young and old fans shine with this fantastic exhibition!“ expressed Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager Science Center Services GmbH.

“We are delighted to partner with ODYSSEUM to bring the magic of Harry Potter to Germany,” says Robin Stapley, Vice President, Design and Creative, GES. “Harry Potter: The Exhibition has enjoyed world class recognition at its landmark venues around the world and continues to thrill fans with its thousands of props and costumes.”

We have been sent a few photos of James and Oliver, courtesy of the museum, which can be seen below. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

The exhibition will be open during the ODYSSEUM’s regular opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays to Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia from 10 am to 8 pm. Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now exclusively at www.rtl.de/tickets.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: The Exhibition, James and Oliver Phelps
Final Hours to Fund ‘Enemy of Man’; New Video With Rupert
Posted by Megs

Enemy of Man has released a brand new video of Rupert talking about riding horses and wearing armor for filming.  There are only 49 hours left to fund the project and they are currently 75% funded. So, if you want to see Rupert in Macbeth, make sure to donate what you can on the film’s Kickstarter page! (Donations will only be taken if the project is funded, so no need to worry about that)

Also, if you want any of the cast to sign any of your physical rewards, just add $50 to your pledge. So you can have Rupert sign any of the physical items such as DVDs, Tshirts, etc.

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
‘The Tale of the Three Brothers ‘ Made As A Short
Posted by Megs

The New England School of Communications is making a live-action version of The Tale of the Three Brothers, one of the stories in J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard and also featured in Deathly Hallows as an animated short. Warner Bros. and Jo have approved the production of this film. The first screening of the finished film will be at 5pm on May 4th, 2014 at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Over the span of 6 shoots, students traveled to locations throughout Maine to bring the tale of the three brothers to life. From the wire suspension bridge in New Portland to historic Leonard’s Mills in Bradley, students worked alongside NESCom instructors through each step of the process.

The school’s website has a page dedicated to the short with additional details and trailer for the short may be watched below.

Filed Under: Books
Matthew Lewis Cast in ‘The Brontes’
Posted by Megs

It has been announced that Matthew Lewis will be playing the role of Branwell Bronte in a new film following the lives of the Bronte siblings. The film is aptly called The Brontes and also stars Rachel Teate as Anne Bronte. Other cast members have yet to be announced.

The film’s director and writer, David Anthony Thomas, had this to say of the casting:

I’m really excited to be working with Matthew Lewis on The Brontes. Matthew’s been my first choice to play Branwell Bronte since we first started working on the production and I’m delighted that he’s agreed to play the role.

For full information visit Matthew-Lewis.com

Filed Under: Matthew Lewis
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