September 28, 2012
J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter franchise, is out with her first novel not steeped in fantasy and the New York Times says it sadly lacks magic. The novel, The Casual Vacancy , is set in an English village full of secrets called Pagford. Times book critic Michiko Kakutani says the novel is peopled with characters like Harry Potter's "aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley: self-absorbed, small minded, snobbish and judgmental folks, whose stories neither engage nor transport us. " "Unfortunately," she writes, "the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly cliched that The Casual Vacancy is not only disappointing - it's dull.
September 27, 2012
J.K. ROWLING isn't finished with everyone's favorite boy wizard. In an interview with the BBC, Rowling said she's not opposed to revisiting Harry Potter and the Hogwarts crew for another book. She doesn't want to do a sequel or a prequel, but she'd consider "a sidestep. " "If I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it," Rowling said. Despite the massive popularity of her series, Rowling expressed dissatisfaction with some of the books. "I had to write on the run, and there were times when it was really tough," she said.
April 8, 2012 |
The manipulative baddie Wes Bentley plays in The Hunger Games - the Capitol puppetmaster Seneca Crane - has heaps more face time than he does in the Suzanne Collins book whence he sprang. That's a fortunate turn of events for the actor - who gets to sport an ultra-trim steampunk beard (it looks sprayed on, not grown), and wears strange Edwardian-meets-disco era clothes. Bentley, already a fan of Collins' dystopian young-adult trilogy before he sought the role, explains that part of the reason Seneca figures so prominently in the screen adaptation is that Collins' book was penned in the first person, from the vantage of its teenage heroine, Katniss Everdeen ( Jennifer Lawrence in the film, of course)
March 18, 2012 |
Harry Potter. . . . Bella Swan. . . . Katniss Everdeen? If the bespectacled boy wizard of the Harry Potter books and films and the sulky high schooler-turned-vampire-wife of the Twilight Saga have long been imprinted in the collective consciousness, is it now time for the teenage heroine of The Hunger Games to join them? With the Suzanne Collins book perched atop the children's and young-adult best-seller lists pretty much since its publication in late 2008, and with advance ticket sales for the $100 million Lionsgate film adaptation - opening at Friday - outpacing the inaugural Harry Potter, there are strong indications that Ms. Everdeen is indeed heading for that rarefied realm of pop iconography.
February 8, 2012 |
As long as there have been bridges, trolls have hidden beneath them. Same for the Internet. As long as there have been message boards, discussion groups, and comment strings, there have been "trolls" - people who, under cover of Web anonymity, post bullying, lewd, or off-point comments, disrupting and demeaning the whole enterprise. Some comment strings are moderated, so trolls can be blocked and deleted - but most of cyberspace is, in the words of one (anonymous!) wit, "free range for idiots.
February 3, 2012 |
IT WAS A dark and possibly stormy night. OK, it probably wasn't stormy; Daniel Radcliffe can't remember. But the "Harry Potter" star was in bed expecting to drift off to sleep when he started hearing strange sounds coming from inside his flat. What's a former boy wizard to do? He popped up out of bed and grabbed "the nearest, bluntest thing" and charged what could have possibly been vengeful spirits from the netherworld. "I literally came out of my room brandishing a cricket bat [bellowing]
December 9, 2011 |
If you're from the Jersey Shore or Jurassic Park, attend Hogwarts Academy or prefer to hang out in classic locales like the West Side, movies offer a chance to escape this holiday season. DVD and Blu-ray boxed sets, large and small, abound this year for folks who also want to give the gift of film. Here are just a few recommended titles: Harry Potter. Harry Potter fans this summer bade farewell to their magical-mystical hero whose on-screen adventures ended with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 . But when it comes to movies, the end is never the end, and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)
November 9, 2011 |
The people have spoken, and their favor has fallen on Katy Perry , Glee , and Harry Potter, recipients of the most People's Choice Awards nominations. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the last installment in the saga of the boy wizard, led the way in Tuesday's nomination announcement with nine nods, including favorite movie and ensemble movie cast. Singer Perry and Fox musical Glee snagged seven apiece. Voting for the 38th annual fan-favorite ceremony, set for Jan. 11 at the Nokia Theatre, ends Dec. 6. Glee was nominated for favorite network TV comedy and in several of the TV-acting categories: Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith for favorite TV comedy actor, Jane Lynch and Lea Michele for favorite TV comedy actress, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth for favorite TV guest star.
October 16, 2011 |
As the twentysomethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out farther up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo quidditch team, one of 15 teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Caitlin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the Johns Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.
October 15, 2011 |
As the 20-somethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out further up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo Quidditch team, one of 15 quidditch teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Catilin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the John Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.