December 9, 2014 |
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
July 11, 2014 |
Bieber: Menace II society! Rebel yell! Canadian rabble-rouser Justin Bieber , 20, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home and must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program and to stay away from the victim and his family for two years. Bieber was charged after the Jan. 14 incident - his attorney had called it "a silly prank" - in Calabasas, Calif.
June 6, 2014 |
Amid the chaos of Stacy Brandt's childhood, books were her only friends. "Harry Potter saved my life," the author, 23, says. "I read those first two Harry Potter books over and over. It's how I learned to write. " Her self-published memoir, Things I Learned (available through stacybrandt.com) is about a different magical 'friend' of the most sinister sort: Heroin. "It turned me into a person I never thought I would be," Brandt says from Millville, N.J., where she has been clean and sober since Feb. 20, 2013, after an overdose.
February 4, 2014 |
J.K. ROWLING , the megaselling author who paired up Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley at the end of the Harry Potter series, is having second thoughts. London's Sunday Times excerpted a soon-to-be published interview with Wonderland magazine in which Rowling says she chose the red-haired Ron for Hermione for very personal reasons having little to do with literature. She told the magazine she "wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment" and said the couple might eventually need relationship counseling.
December 14, 2013 |
What's a poor Muggle to do? It's been a few years since J.K. Rowling published the final installation of her Harry Potter series. Since then, we've had Hunger Games and Hobbit films, but we seemed to be tapped out on boy wizardry. Enter Potted Potter 's young Brits, James and Del, a comic duo charged with keeping the magic coming for a little while longer. A whirlwind romp through all seven books (they claim 70 minutes, or 10 apiece, though the show probably runs closer to 90)
October 19, 2013 |
On Friday and Saturday, enjoy spellbinding activities as Chestnut Hill magically transforms into the Harry Potter Festival. Activities will take place between the 8000 and 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue. Opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza, 8705 Germantown Ave., with appearances by Harry Potter characters, winged thestral horses, and a Quidditch team pep rally. The fun continues at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chestnut Hill College with the fourth annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament, where fans can cheer on their favorite team.
September 13, 2013 |
WARNER BROS. and J.K. Rowling are going back to the fantasy well with a movie based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," her textbook to the magical universe she created in the Harry Potter stories. Rowling will write the screenplay. Gee, if this works, maybe they can start making movies based on textbooks for history and algebra. The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series. Rowling said in a statement that the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
April 1, 2013
Richard Griffiths, 65, one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon, died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, from complications following heart surgery, said his agent, Simon Beresford. Mr. Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical Harry Potter movies.
January 6, 2013
Julie Vick is a freelance writer in Haddonfield and works at the University of Pennsylvania For eight years, my now-22-year-old son and I were part of a mother-child book group. Three boys, two girls, and their mothers started meeting in February 2000, when the children were in fourth grade. The goal was to encourage reading and talking about reading. At the first meeting, we established the format: Go around the room and each person says what he or she liked about the book, followed by a short open discussion, then wrap up, and leave after an hour.
November 28, 2012 |
EVER WISH you could hang out at Hogwarts, mastering its magic and sharing tales of great adventure with Harry Potter and friends? Now you can, Muggle, creating something out of nothing while gaining important life lessons through the power of the Sony PlayStation 3 game system and a special gathering of software and peripherals. Bearing the highbrow and imaginative stamp of Potter author J.K. Rowling and exclusive to the PS3 system, the new augmented reality video game and storyteller "Wonderbook: Book of Spells" requires a would-be conjurer to sit cross-legged on the floor in front of a TV and game console.