By Matt on 6 July 2009 at 21:34 GMT
Reuters has published an article about the Tokyo premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Although none of the cast or crew members were present, that didn't stop fans and Japanese celebrities from coming out in droves to attend the first of three premieres (the London premiere is Tuesday, July 7, and the US premiere is Thursday, July 9).
Thousands of fans, some dressed as wizards in long gowns with pointy hats, lined up in Tokyo to catch the sixth in the blockbuster "Harry Potter" film series on Monday, kicking off a string of such events around the world.
By Matt on 6 July 2009 at 21:14 GMT
In addition to doing a photocall, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cast members spoke with press in London today about their new film. Some early reports have popped up and can be seen below:
We'll be updating this post throughout the day. Please let us know of any other coverage we may have missed!
By Matt on 6 July 2009 at 20:40 GMT
As a lead-in to the July 15 release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, MTV is posting a series of photo galleries which show how the Harry Potter schoolchildren actors have grown up since their first appearance in 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. MTV has kicked off this series with a look at Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) "through the years", which you can see by clicking here. Expect galleries of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in the coming days.
By Matt on 6 July 2009 at 20:21 GMT
The cast of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince attended a photocall in London today to promote their new film, out next Wednesday, July 15. You can see pictures of the cast at this link courtesy of Getty Images. The cast members who attended were Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright, Jessie Cave and Jim Broadbent.
By Andy on 6 July 2009 at 13:19 GMT
Harry Potter stars Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint yesterday appeared on Australian talk show 'Rove'. A video can be seen below.
By Matt on 5 July 2009 at 00:39 GMT
The BBC is reporting that Rupert Grint recently contracted a "mild bout" of swine flu and has since recovered. "He has now recovered and is looking forward to joining his fellow cast members" at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London on Tuesday, Grint's publicist said.
Grint took a few days off from the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to cope with his illness, but filming was not disrupted because of his absence. According to his publicist, "Other scenes were shot in his absence which did not require his involvement and thus filming was not disrupted." He is now back on the set.
By Matt on 4 July 2009 at 21:19 GMT
HBO's "First Look" at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince aired for this first time last night, and you can now see the show online here (part 1) and here (part 2). The show is about 13 minutes long, and contains plenty of spoilers. We'll have screencaps for your shortly. Thanks to our friends at SnitchSeeker for uploading the videos.
By Matt on 4 July 2009 at 03:34 GMT
Andrew Pulver of The Guardian has posted an early review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Pulver gave the film three out of five stars, and here's why:
Putatively winsome all this may be, but what it actually does is throw the series' biggest weakness into sharp relief: film-making can (and does) control pretty much everything – except how the cute juvenile leads grow up. Still, director David Yates knows how to play all the cards. Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.
By Matt on 4 July 2009 at 03:01 GMT
Emma Watson appeared on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" this evening, and a video of her segment is now online. In part one, Emma talks about getting the role of Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter theme park, and her education. In part two, she talks about seeing co-star Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, working with the adult cast members, and kissing Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
In addition to the interview, a new clip from HBP aired during her segment. The clip shows Harry and Hermione talking in the library about who they are going to Slughorn's holiday party with, and also introduces Romilda Vane into the picture. The clip starts about 26 seconds into part two.
By Matt on 4 July 2009 at 02:24 GMT
The LA Times has published a new feature piece on Daniel Radcliffe. In the piece, Radcliffe talks about life at Hogwarts, saying that he has learned his way around all of the sets ("Well, pretty much.") and discussing what it has been like working with some of Britain's finest theater and film actors on those very sets.
Griffiths also once advised Radcliffe to never let the camera catch him when he wasn’t thinking because the void would be read in his eyes; the veteran prefaced that counsel by saying it was told to him by Lee Marvin, who heard it from Spencer Tracy. “Just think,” Radcliffe said, “how many young people get access to that sort of advice and that sort of history?”
The actor, who turns 20 this month, also talks about life after Hogwarts, commenting on the importance of not always being associated with J.K. Rowling's famous boy wizard that he has been playing on screen since 2001.
By Matt on 2 July 2009 at 14:22 GMT
We have a big treat for you today: more than 30 new high-resolution pictures from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Click here to see all of the new pictures. Thanks to Celebutopia via SnitchSeeker.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 15. Just 13 days, folks!
By Matt on 2 July 2009 at 05:33 GMT
The Daily 10 aired a brief sneak peek of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this evening, which included some new behind-the-scenes footage from the film. The new footage shows the trio in the Great Hall, as well as Quidditch tryouts with Harry and Ron. Check out the footage here.
By Matt on 2 July 2009 at 05:16 GMT
The New Zealand Herald has published a lengthy feature on Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). In the piece – "Harry Potter – still working his magic" – Radcliffe discusses his hopes for the final two films; why he is glad the seventh book is being made into two films; and what it's like working with Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), among other things.
"I'm very happy that the seventh book is being made as two films," notes Radcliffe, "because I was worried they would have to cut important scenes. For example in the fourth film you could cut out the house elf sub-plot and it doesn't affect the main story in any way. In the second film they cut out the Nearly Headless Nick Death Day Party. In fact that whole character has fallen by the wayside. The problem with doing that with the final book is that there is nothing that doesn't relate to the main story or drive it forward. There's not much you could cut. So we've given ourselves the room and opportunity to do it justice."
By Matt on 2 July 2009 at 04:30 GMT
The LA Times' countdown to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince continues today with a new feature piece on Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films). In the piece, Grint reflects on the Potter movies coming to an end in 2011.
“I was thinking about what it’s going to be like when we’re done, after the last movie,” Grint said. “It is going to be really weird, actually. At the moment it seems quite far away. I don’t know what I’m going to do, really. I’m going to miss it, I think, because it’s been my whole life for a long time. I really enjoy it as well, every year we’ve come back and done it. All of this, this is what I know…"
“I think it’s going to be sad when this, all of it, when it’s all over. Reading the last book, there was so much talk about who was going to die. So I was half-expecting, I mean, me, Dan and Emma to not survive. Or our characters, I mean. I was pleasantly surprised, though. I’m glad that it ended the way it did. We all make it."
By Matt on 2 July 2009 at 03:39 GMT
A new clip from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now on MySpace. The clip is a little over one minute long, and shows part of the attack on the Burrow. Fans will recall that Warner Bros. decided to add this scene to the movie in order to remind people that "the world is no longer a safe place." The clip features Harry, Ginny and Greyback, among others. Thanks to Leaky for the news.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 15.