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Recap of HBP Tokyo premiere Recap of HBP Tokyo premiere

090706 tokyoReuters 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.

You can read the article here and see some photos of the event here courtesy of the Associated Press.

Coverage from the HBP press conference in London Coverage from the HBP press conference in London

090706 pressIn 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:

Print Articles: AFP, Press Association
Videos: Associated Press, CBBC Newsround

We’ll be updating this post throughout the day. Please let us know of any other coverage we may have missed!

HP cast members ‘through the years’ HP cast members ‘through the years’

090706 tomAs 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.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ cast attend London photocall ‘Half-Blood Prince’ cast attend London photocall

090706 emmaThe 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.

Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint appear on ‘Rove’ Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint appear on ‘Rove’

Harry Potter stars Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint yesterday appeared on Australian talk show ‘Rove’.  A video can be seen below.

Grint has recovered from ‘mild bout’ of swine flu Grint has recovered from ‘mild bout’ of swine flu

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.

Video of HBO’s “First Look” at HBP Video of HBO’s “First Look” at HBP

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.

The Guardian gives HBP three out of five stars The Guardian gives HBP three out of five stars

090703 ReviewAndrew 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.

Emma appears on Jonathan Ross; new HBP clip airs Emma appears on Jonathan Ross; new HBP clip airs

090703 Emma jonathanEmma 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.

Radcliffe talks life at, after Hogwarts Radcliffe talks life at, after Hogwarts

090703 harry la timesThe 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.

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