Tattle: 'Potter' gang won't be just lying around

"Harry Potter" stars at N.Y. premiere last week (from left): Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
"Harry Potter" stars at N.Y. premiere last week (from left): Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. (Associated Press)
Posted: July 19, 2011

NOW THAT THE final Harry Potter movie (until the franchise is rebooted in a few years with new actors) has cast its magic over the weekend box office, what's next for the film's stars?



"Would you like fries with that?"

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) is continuing his run on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and next year he will be seen in the ghost story "The Woman in Black."

Emma Watson (Hermione), the new face of Lancome, next appears in the feature film "My Week With Marilyn" and is filming "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." She is also returning to Brown to get her degree.

Rupert Grint (Ron) has completed the World War II survival tale "Comrade" and is attached to play Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in a movie about the terrible British Olympic ski jumper.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny) has finished shooting "Geography of the Hopeless Heart" and will next film "The Philosophers."

Tom Felton (Draco) will be seen very soon in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and in 2012 he'll appear in the supernatural horror flick "The Apparition."

Matthew Lewis (Neville) has yet to decide on his next project.

The 'Rule' of law

 Rapper/actor Ja Rule (aka Jeffrey Atkins) was sentenced yesterday to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file income-tax returns. He said a combination of youthful inexperience, bad advice and an inability to manage fame and fortune was the cause of his financial troubles.

"I, in no way, attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," he said, minutes before being sentenced in a New Jersey federal court. "I was a young man who made a lot of money - I'm getting a little choked up - I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes."

Last month Ja was sentenced in New York City to up to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession.

In the federal case, U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz in Newark ruled that the majority of Ja's 28-month federal sentence could be served at the same time as his New York sentence.

Ja has also been ordered to pay $1.1 million in unpaid taxes.

Ja and his wife, who was his high-school sweetheart, have three children and live in Saddle River, N.J.

In asking the judge for leniency, Ja said he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

"My business is very 'out of sight, out of mind,' " he told the judge. "The longer I'm away, the longer it'll take me to get back to

doing what I need to do

to actually pay these


It'll be sweet for the lawyers

"Cupcake Wars" judge Candace Nelson is going to war against an upstart cupcakery.

Nelson's company, Sprinkles Cupcakes, filed a federal trademark-infringement lawsuit in Connecticut against a store named Pink Sprinkles. The suit claims the similarity in names is likely to cause confusion in the crowded cupcake marketplace.

"The resulting confusion will damage Sprinkles and injure its reputation in the trade and with the public," the suit charges.

The six-year-old Sprinkles, based in Texas, has stores in New York, California, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and is planning to open several more around the country and in London, Paris and Toronto.

Pink Sprinkles opened in 2009 and calls itself "Fairfield's first cupcake boutique."

Sprinkles has repeatedly requested that Pink Sprinkles "promptly transition to a new name" but it has refused, the suit says. The suit seeks damages and demands that Pink Sprinkles drop sprinkles from its name.

How about Pink Jimmies?

According to University of Michigan law professor Jessica Litman, Sprinkles will have to prove consumers are likely to confuse its cupcake with one from Pink Sprinkles. Making the suit more difficult, she said, is that Sprinkles is a common name for a bakery, the websites are different and the two businesses are not in the same market.

But Charles Nelson, who owns Sprinkles with wife Candace, said there has already been confusion, with people mistakenly thinking Sprinkles had come to Connecticut.

"It's not about competition," Nelson said. "It's just about our name."

If Tattle were going to open a bakery we'd call it: Hamlet - The Danish Prince.


* Cheryl Cole, the judge who

was removed from the "X Factor" bench and then returned to England to try to reconcile with her cheating dog of an ex-husband, Ashley Cole, has returned to L.A. and bought a house.

According to London's Daily Mail - which reportedly got this story without hacking anyone - during the reconciliation, Ashley cheated.

* A new nationwide poll finds the reality show "Jersey Shore" may be helping New Jersey by bringing attention to the real Jersey shore.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll, released yesterday, also found that the series is drawing attention to the state's 127 miles of beaches and generating positive buzz for the Garden State as a whole.

Kind of makes you wonder what people thought of New Jersey beforehand.

BANGShowbiz.com and Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email: gensleh@phillynews.com.

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