Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, and Daniel Radcliffe are a handful the latest stars to sign on for surprising new roles. Emile Hirsch has been cast as the late comedian John Belushi, while Sigourney Weaver and Noomi Rapace have scored parts in upcoming sci-fi films. Welcome to another wonderful week full of promising casting news! Click through to see all the latest tidbits from Hollywood.
Daniel Radcliffe is moving on from his Harry Potter persona with films like this week's Kill Your Darlings, where he plays a young Allen Ginsberg. Along with a few reporters, I chatted with Radcliffe at TIFF about making the film with costar Dane DeHaan (and becoming BFFs), how he has written a film script, and why he likes working on smaller productions after Potter.
How did you get along with Dane DeHaan?
Daniel Radcliffe: Dane is incredible. Dane's probably the best friend I've made through acting, certainly. He's somebody I see a lot of whenever we can — him and his wife. They're fantastic people. I think building chemistry with people is really just a matter of being curious about them, and being interested, and I think Dane and I got on very well immediately. And we worked on it — you have to work to build chemistry, even if it's as simple as sitting down and just sharing stupid stories from your teenage years about sh*t you did. Just so you build up a relationship.
Are there any unforgettable memories from shooting?
DR: Getting kicked out of Columbia University at 4 in the morning because we're not allowed to film there anymore is not something I will quickly forget. That was very cool. It's the first time in my life that I remember running away from members of our own crew to complete a shot. Our producers were kind of trying to run us off, saying 'no, no, you have to leave, you're costing us money.'
Do you have plans to work in film outside of acting?
DR: I have written a script. I've completed it; I don't know if it's any good, but it's certainly nice to have finished something. That's a huge achievement for me at this point. It's a very, very dark comedy. There's always themes I'm really interested in. They are themes that aren't dissimilar to [Kill Your Darlings], about friendship and when a friendship becomes unhealthy and what you have to do to move on from that. But it's a much more heightened scenario. It's probably sh*t! But the point is, I've finished it, and the next thing I write won't be!
Will you return to theater soon?
DR: It's rather like asking a woman who's just given birth if she's having any more. I just finished a play about a week and a half ago. Yes, absolutely 100 percent — [but] not now.
Do you have a preference for working on movies or in theater?
DR: My preference, if I had to choose one, would be film. I've grown up there; there's a sense of comfort and familiarity on a film set, which I've recently realized is unusual. There's young actors just coming out of drama school, and they have to learn stuff. Because I don't even think about that — there's stuff that's just second nature to me — hitting marks, and finding lights, and the technical side of it.
Coming from an environment of huge film sets of Harry Potter, what's refreshing about making smaller films?
DR: Everything, absolutely. It's a much better way of working, and it's a much more creative way of working to have to go quickly rather than going slow. Twenty-four shooting days — I think that adds something to the film, and I think that adds a kind of vitality you need in a film about youth and about the Beat Generation.
What are some of the differences?
DR: Really the only difference in doing big films as opposed to small films — they're very superficial, the differences — they're things like, how long do you have the crane camera for? On Potter, where I grew up, there were two crane cameras on set all the time, just because you might need one later! And I didn't even realize that was weird or unusual. And we were recceing locations for this shoot, and I heard John (Krokidas, the director) say to our producer, "OK, so this is the day we'll have the crane." And I was like, oh, we get one day with the crane, and we have to do all our crane stuff.
There's stuff like, you don't have a trailer on these films, but honestly I sort of prefer that because it means, if you have trailers, all the actors go back to their trailers and they just don't f*cking talk to each other. Whereas if you're on a film like this, you just have to sit in green rooms, and you have to actually engage with each other and it's much nicer. I hate when actors say stuff like, "there's so much waiting around on film sets, film sets are so boring. You wait in your trailer for so long." You actually don't, you don't have to wait in your trailer at all, you can just be on set, talking to people and having a nice time. I always get annoyed by that. It can only be boring if you allow it to be boring.
Sunday's Oscars wrapped up another fun award season for Hollywood's biggest stars. Over the past two months, our favorite celebrities from the big and small screens hit the red carpet and shared their favorite moments with us through social media. We've seen celebs like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lawrence posing for photos, Miranda Kerr and Hailee Steinfeld hanging out, and even sweet PDA moments from Hugh Jackman, Ian Somerhalder, and Nina Dobrev. There are lots of cute pictures from the People's Choice Awards to last weekend's Oscars to pour over, so click through now!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 isn't just the final installment of a film franchise, it's the ending of an era. The eighth movie in the series takes us to the wizarding world for one more look at Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they square off against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) for the last time. The movie is also peppered with the familiar faces we've come to know and love throughout the series, but ultimately, this film belongs to Harry as he comes to terms with the death and destruction of his peers as well as his own mortality. No film in the series has had higher stakes, more action, or quite this much anguish.
As the threesome arrives at their former school, Neville Longbottom informs Harry, Ron, and Hermione that "Hogwarts has changed." It doesn't take a wizard to see what he means: the once warmly lit castle is now shrouded in gray, the laughter of the students has been replaced with fear, and the once-bubbly professors are now panic-stricken and unsmiling. It's only fitting that Hogwarts, where Harry's wizarding life began, is also where it all ends, and so begins the much-anticipated battle between good and evil that comprises the majority of the movie.
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In what is sure to be a bittersweet moment for Harry Potter fans, the final film in the series hits theaters today. Before you watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint embark on their final adventure, journey back to their first year at Hogwarts when they had high-pitched voices, baby faces, and Watson was still rocking Hermione's trademark bushy mane. Watch as Harry discovers he's a wizard, the trio learns how to fly, and Dumbledore (originally played by Richard Harris) warns them about the Forbidden Forest for the first time in the 2001 trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!
Emma Watson addressed the partying habits of her Harry Potter pals yesterday while on The Late Show with David Letterman. When asked about her own drinking routines, the proper English actress adorably dodged the question for a while until finally admitting to having gotten drunk on one occasion. The actress first assured everyone that she was of legal age and then proudly stood up and took a bow — check it out below!
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson stuck together on the red carpet at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in NYC this afternoon. Emma got gorgeous in a strapless Bottega Veneta dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Giuseppe Zanotti heels, and dramatic eye makeup, while Rupert and Daniel both looked dapper in suits and ties. The trio made their first appearance for the movie at last week's London premiere and followed up the excitement with a star-studded Harry Potter afterparty. The costars then made the trip to the East Coast for the film's press junket, and their leading lady continued press when Emma Watson stopped by The Late Show in a sexy Balmain mini before arriving at this evening's main event. We were on the red carpet to chat with Emma, Daniel, and Rupert on our live Harry Potter red-carpet feed, which you can watch back through now! Plus, watch highlights of all the action on PopSugar Rush. There was plenty of energy at the Lincoln Center with stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and her son James Wilkie stepping out to see the movie. Whoopi Goldberg also made her way down the carpet and talked about being a huge fan of the series as did Seth Green and his wife and NY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and J.K. Rowling Bid Farewell to Harry Potter With Their London Fans
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and the extended cast of Harry Potter came together in London's Trafalgar Square today to premiere the final installment of the saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Emma arrived in a beautiful floor-length Oscar de la Renta gown and raced over to greet fans and sign autographs before taking her place on the red carpet. Her best friends in the film, Rupert and Daniel, followed closely behind, also thanking fans and posing for pictures. The principle cast took the stage with J.K. Rowling and spoke to the audience of millions watching across the globe. Daniel first thanked fans and the cast and went on to say, "This isn't the end as fans will carry this story with them through the rest of their lives."
Emma then took to the podium and professed her love for her costars and especially Rupert and Daniel, saying, "Dan didn't get lucky, you were and are the perfect Harry and will be forever" and thanked "Rupert for making me laugh, I'll miss you so much," then broke down into tears before thanking J.K. for playing such a "great role model" in her life. Rupert was the final of the trio to take the mic, saying a simple "I love you" to the fans and crew and thanking J.K for everything she's done "for ginger people." It was a day full of mixed emotions for all of those involved with the franchise, and J.K. even joked, "I should write another one!" before wrapping up the event with her final words, saying, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
Summer is just a few weeks away, which means we're inching our way closer to one of the biggest movie events of the season: the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! We've been looking forward to it for what feels like ages, and now there's some extra eye candy to go along with the trailer for the final Harry Potter installment. Warner Bros. has released new posters for the film, featuring Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson). I personally prefer the first poster for the movie, which featured Harry coming face-to-face with Lord Voldemort. Then again, maybe I'm just sore about the fact that these one-sheets are reminding me that "it all ends," and I'm not quite ready to let go. What do you think of the new posters?
When Harry Potter ends this Summer, Daniel Radcliffe may have his fallback career already worked out. On last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, guest Radcliffe told Jimmy about his desire to try stand-up, so Jimmy gave him a chance right then and there. Watch "Danny Radcliffe" (as Jimmy has anointed him) as he makes his debut as a comedian — he's got one pretty good joke, even though he admits that it's a stolen one.