Audition for “Cursed Child” cast on Broadway starts

//Por Aline Michel - Tuesday, 21 de February de 2017 às 07:53

The audition for the actors who will be part of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s cast on Broadway has already started.

The audition is happening in New York, between February 20th and 22th. The memo itemizes all the roles under consideration, along with short descriptions of the characters.

The casting call notes, as well, that for every role, all ethnicity are welcome. This shows that the “Cursed Child” team have continued the tradition of colorblind casting. It is important to remember that there was a big discussion when Noma Dumezweni, a black actress, was chosen to play Hermione Granger on the season in London.

Below you can check a brief description of all characters, as well as some of the requirements:

– Harry Potter:
Male, 37-40 years old
Maximum height of 5 feet 10 inches. Father of James, Albus and Lily. Married to Ginny. Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic.

Ginny Potter:
Female, 18+
Mother of James, Albus and Lily. Married to Harry. Senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet newspaper.

Hermione Granger:
Female, 37-40
Mother of Rose. Married to Ron. Minister of Magic. Strong willed.

Ron Weasley:
Male, 37-40
Father of Rose. Married to Hermione. Runs Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Comedy chops essential.

The complete list you can read on Backstage.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” takes 8 awards home

//Por Paola Galiano - Monday, 20 de February de 2017 às 20:06

”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” broke a record winning 8 awards no the WhatsOnStage Awards, that took place on Sunday, 19th.

You can check below all the prizes the play took home:

– Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin
– Best Set Design – Christine Jones
– Best Video Design – Finn Ross and Ash Woodward
– Best Actor in a Play – Jamie Parker (playing Harry Potter)
– Best New Play
– Best Direction – John Tiffany
– Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Anthony Boyle (playing Scorpius Malfoy)
– Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Noma Dumezweni (playing Hermione Granger)

The play had already broken another record on the WhatsOnStage Awards’ history, being nominated in 11 categories.

The winners of WhatsOnStage Awards were elected by the audience, on a online voting system. The complete winner’s list you can check here.

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New Featurette from “The Beauty and the Beast” shows behind the scenes

//Por Aline Michel - Thursday, 16 de February de 2017 às 17:44

A month before the expected release of The Beauty and the Beast, Disney has just released a featurette from the film.

On the video we can see some behind the scenes, as well as interviews with the cast, including Emma Watson, who plays the main role in the film.

I have loved Beauty And The Beast since I was about four-years-old. (Emma Watson)

You can check the featurette below:

Directed by Bill Condon, The Beauty and the Beast brings Emma Watson and Dan Stevens on the main roles. Emma Thompson, who gave life to Sibila Trelawney on the Harry Potter movies is also part of the cast. The Soundtrack is from Alan Menken, who was also responsible for the soundtrack of the original animated movie, as well as other classics such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The film comes to the theaters on March 17th.

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Emma Watson is awarded Woman of the Year by Elle magazine

//Por Aline Michel - Tuesday, 14 de February de 2017 às 08:40

The actress Emma Watson was awarded yesterday “Woman of the Year” by the British magazine Elle.

Emma Watson goes to the cerimony to receive the prize “Woman of the Year” from Elle magazine

In addition to the prize, the actress will also be on the magazine’s cover for the march edition, which is being released today. Watson is not only internationally renowned for her role as Hermione Granger on the Harry Potter series, but also for her powerful campaigning for gender equality. The magazine’s cover you can see below:

In interview for the magazine, Watson talked about the opportunity of play Belle for the big screen and also about how important was for to take a year out to concentrate on her activism.

‘For me, Beauty was the perfect, most joyful thing to do… There was something connected about Hermione and Belle, and it was good to be reminded that I am an actress; this is what I do.
(On taking a year off) It wasn’t about me necessarily proving anything… I was just thinking that I have this year to myself, so let’s see what we can do to ‘move the needle’ and make a difference.”

Check below other photos which will be part of the magazine’s article:

By: Kerry Hallihan

By: Kerry Hallihan

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” wins award on BAFTA 2017

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Sunday, 12 de February de 2017 às 19:08

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won the award for Production Design (Stuart Craig e Anna Pinnock) on BAFTA 2017 that happens today, at Royal Albert Hall in London.

The movie, which has J.K. Rowling as screenwriter and David Yates as director, was nominated for other four categories: Outstanding British Film, Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Sound (Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson e Ian Tapp) and Special Visual Effects (Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz e David Watkins).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out on the big screen last year, on November 17th, and exceed ed the number of 800 million dollars of box office. The digital version of the movie will be released on March 7th, 2017. The DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K editions will come out later, on March 28th.

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is nominated for Three Empire Award 2017

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Wednesday, 08 de February de 2017 às 21:45

The movie Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is nominated for six categories in Three Empire Award 2017.

The award, which chooses the best ones in the film industry during the previous year by popular vote, is organized by Empire Magazine, the biggest British magazine about movies and entertainment.

On the final list, Fantastic Beast runs for the following categories: Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Report, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up and Hairstyling and Best Production Design. Eddie Redmayne runs for The Best Actor presented by Three.

To vote, it is necessary to access the Three Empire Award 2017 website here.

The winneres will be known on March 19, in London.

Check out on the extension of this news all nominees in the same categories of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.

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Pottermore announces management changes

//Por Aline Michel - Wednesday, 08 de February de 2017 às 08:12

The Pottermore website announced Susan L. Jurevics, company’s Chief Executive Officer, will be stepping down at the end of February. The control of the business remains with Chairman Neil Blair.

Susan, who has been the CEO since 2013 was responsible by introducing a successful new strategy in 2015: the global availability of its content through online retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo. This led to revenues more than doubling in Pottermore’s most recently completed financial year.

According to Pottermore the company will remain with a big flow of new content and its longer-term prospects remain strong. On March 14th a new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find will be released and it will include a new foreword from J.K. Rowling. On the same day an audio book version of the same title will also be released. The audio book will be narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander in the movie.

Pottermore’s president has spoken about the CEO:

“After three years as CEO, Susan leaves the business in incredible shape, having put in place a new business strategy and forged new commercial partnerships that have helped deliver an excellent financial performance along with beautiful and award-winning digital products, features and campaigns. Under her leadership, we’re proud of what Pottermore has achieved in recent years. Her commitment, creativity and dedication to the business have been fantastic and we are all immensely grateful for everything that she has done and achieved. We wish her well for the future.”

About her work at Pottermore, Susan L. Jurevics revealed:

“It’s been a joy working at Pottermore and taking the company to the next level. As J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has expanded, we repositioned Pottermore’s brand and business strategy, doubled our revenues, expanded our retail relationships, and launched new digital publishing products and features. I’m proud of the team’s extraordinary work, which has been validated by both our financial results and our industry awards. Because I accomplished what I set out to do when I joined Pottermore in 2013, now is a great time for me to explore the next chapter in my career.”

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//Por Marcelo Neves - Tuesday, 07 de February de 2017 às 21:42

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the British Publisher, Bloomsbury, will release the book with new covers.

This special edition will have four different covers, each one representing one of the Hogwarts houses. The new covers were drawn by Levi Pinfold and were disclosed through Pottermore.

According to the award-winning illustrator, choosing crests helped him to tell something about each house. A coat of arms is a special piece of art that has been used throughout history to represent small towns, families, countries and more, representing their story through images. 

You can check each cover below, as well as the explanation given by Pinfold about what each illustration means:

“Gryffindor red is meant to signify military strength, a unicorn is for purity and courage, and the antlers are for strength and agility.”

“In the Hufflepuff crest, for example, there are beech leaves to symbolize tolerance and a little lamb to show gentleness. In heraldry, gold or yellow is seen to represent generosity.”

“The Ravenclaw crest gets a parchment scroll to symbolise academic achievement, an owl for wisdom, a spearhead for sharpness of wit and a book for knowledge. Owls have cropped up a lot in European heraldry.”

“The crescent in the Slytherin crest represents glory and honour, and has been used in several coats of arms throughout history, including the Fitzsimmons family, and Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. Slytherin green is for endurance and the dragon-like cockatrice suggests Slytherins are fierce warriors.”

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Revised by: Ana Alves Rolim

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John Tiffany talks about next actors to be on Cursed Child

//Por Ana Beatriz Fontes - Tuesday, 07 de February de 2017 às 18:45

John Tiffany, director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, revealed that will announce soon the next group of actors who will star on the play in London. There is a chance the main stars Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley, who play Harry, Hermione and Rony, won’t be in the play anymore.

The original West End cast’s contracts end this May, with the possibility to renewal and continuations in the roles. Parker, Dumezweni and Thornley will have priority play Harry, Hermione, and Ron again in New York City if they so chose to, according to Tiffany.

The play is expected to debut in the United States on Fall 2018. The auditions for the new cast will happen until the end of this month, and the director expects the cast to be a mixture of British and American actors.

During interview to Time Out, John talked about the commotion when they chose Dumezweni, a black actor, to play Hermione:

People still say to me, “why did she change from a white woman to a black woman?” and I say “she didn’t really change, it’s just that the films chose to cast a white woman not a black woman”. There was stuff being tweeted directly at Noma like “does Hermione have to go offstage between scenes and eat bananas?”, and because she was tagged in we were able to do something about that. But I felt very responsible. Those comments that always start with “I’m not racist, but…”, what they’re basically saying is “I can’t see a black person as the heroine of my story”.’

When asked how difficult would be to redo the play cast, John said that everything is almost done. He said he had to work hard, but good actors are interested in being part of the play and he knows their abilities are essential for the play’s success.

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Zoe Kravitz Talks About The Importance of Her Character in Fantastic Beasts

//Por Aline Michel - Tuesday, 17 de January de 2017 às 10:35

Zoe Kravitz had a small part in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All we could see was a picture of her character, Leta Lestrange, amongst Newt Scamander’s belongings.

Although, in an new interview, the actress revealed that her part will be more important on the following movies of the series, thanks to her involvement with Eddie Redmayne’s character:

The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will be fun.”

The actress also said she still didn’t have any access to the sequel’s script and, therefore, still doesn’t know how the relationship will be developed.

The complete interview can be found on the Collider‘s website.

Stay tuned on Potterish for more news!

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