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Video: Jonny Duddle Shows How He Created the New Harry Potter Covers
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In a new video from The Telegraph, illustrator Jonny Duddle shows how he goes about creating his illustrations for book covers, using Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as an example. That video, as well as a snippet from the interview, may be viewed below:

“All I can really do, as an artist, is draw my vision of that scene,” Duddle says. His covers were shaped by feedback from Braithwaite, Rowling’s agent Neil Blair and Rowling herself. For each rough he submitted, Duddle would have a number of revisions suggested. He says he could never be sure which of them came from Rowling herself.

Duddle’s covers have been launched sequentially online, where Potter’s enormous fan base is active and vocal. He knows when Bloomsbury have released a new cover because his usually quiet Twitter account is suddenly inundated as the fans give 140-character verdicts.

The biggest complaint he receives, he says, is that Harry looks too young, especially on the cover for the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “He’s only meant to be 17, and he’s always described as being quite slight. Ron is meant to be tall and skinny. The problem is in the film Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are grown men by that point, and they’ve been working out.”

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Extended Preview of Alfie Enoch’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder’
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Alfie Enoch stars in the new ABC show, How To Get Away With Murder, Thursdays at 10pm starting September 25th. The show centers around the brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating and four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.   An extended preview of the show was released and may be watched below.

Alfie plays Wes Gibbons. A bio on his character is as follows:

a born leader… he just doesn’t know it yet. With his boy-next door charm, Wes comes to Middleton Law School as an outsider. But under the wing of Annalise Keating, Wes will quickly learn the dark truths of the criminal justice system while stumbling upon some of Annalise’s most personal secrets. The more time he spends with her, the less innocent Wes becomes.

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Rupert Grint Talks ‘It’s Only a Play’ with Time Out
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In a new interview with Time Out, Rupert Grint talks his newest venture, It’s Only a Play. You can purchase tickets to the show via their website, the show runs 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission. Some snippets of the interview are below:

How did you end up in this production? Were you looking to come to Broadway?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, ever since my first taste of theater last year in the West End, when I did Mojo. This just kind of came up. I was quite hesitant at first, but it’s such a fun play and a great cast that I had to do it.

You were hesitant?
Yeah, just because of the scale of it. I thought I might be a little bit out of my depth. Everyone in this cast is so experienced—people I’ve watched while I was growing up—it was quite overwhelming. I remember on the first day just looking around the table, thinking, Oh, my God, this is real. But it’s been a really good rehearsal process, and I feel comfortable. They all know comedy so well.

Your character, Frank Finger, is this wunderkind director who feels like his work is a sham. It’s nothing you relate to, I hope?
[Laughs] No, not quite. He’s not like other characters I’ve played before. He’s quite over-the-top and angry. He’s been praised since leaving RADA for everything he’s done, and he’s a bit sick of all the attention and the rave reviews. He’s already been knighted. He wants a bad review to kind of get him back on track. And he’s a kleptomaniac. It’s a fun character.

[...]

Do you read your reviews?
I avoid it whenever I can. It’s scary.

Is this your first time in New York for an extended period?
Yeah, it is. I used to come over almost every year for Harry Potter promotional things, one week here and there, but this is the longest I’ve been here. Sometimes I do feel quite far away from home, but it’s a great city, it’s got such energy. I’m really enjoying it.

Is it hard to be out and about here, or do you just blend in?
It depends on where you go. I have managed to kind of blend in. People want pictures, but nothing too crazy. It’s quite manageable. I wear a hat to cover my hair as much as I can.

[...]

Daniel said recently that he didn’t like looking at his work in the Harry Potter films. Do you have a similar response?
I don’t really look back on them. I don’t really watch them. Occasionally I catch glimpses when they’re playing on TV. It’s like watching high-quality home videos, watching me grow up. It’s quite strange. I’m really quite proud to be a part of them. They were a huge part of our lives.

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Warwick Davis To Host ‘Celebrity Squares’ on ITV
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It has been revealed today that Warwick Davis will be hosting a brand new series of Celebrity Squares! The show starts airing on 10th September at 8pm on ITV!

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New UK Trailer and Release Date for Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Horns’
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This morning Lionsgate has sent over the new UK trailer and poster for Daniel Radcliffe’s new film Horns. The film will now hit UK cinemas on Wednesday, 29 October, 2014, it was previously Halloween.

From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Danielle Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) and the talented Juno Temple (Magic Magic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend’s death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.

Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (The Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights).

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Take a Selfie with a Giant 3D Harry Potter Image at King’s Cross
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On Saturday 30th August Bloomsbury Publishing will be celebrating the new children’s editions of the bestselling Harry Potter books with a giant 3D jacket of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that people can ‘step’ in to and take their Harry Potter Book Selfie. This event has been coordinated alongside Platform 9 and three quarters, the shop that sells all things Harry Potter.

The giant jacket will be on the main concourse of London Kings Cross station from 07:00am through to 19:00pm on Saturday 30th August and is free for people to come along and take part. This is a great chance for anyone who has ever wanted to be on a Harry Potter jacket and be seen alongside Harry himself as well as Hagrid.

The collection of new books will be released separately (in paperback and hardcover) on September 1st, with the boxed sets being released on October 9th. You can order the books via the following links:

Hardcover:

Paperback:

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