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ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2011
Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson has reviewed all 8 Harry Potter films, awarding them grades as high as A ("Deathly Hollows Part Two") and as low as B- ("The Order of the Phoenix"). Here are excerpts from a decade of Potter punditry: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001): B "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is loyal and faithful and true, and if movies were dogs, this would be best in show. The $125 million production doesn't preserve everything from J.K. Rowling's beloved book, but it preserves an impressive amount, so much that its legions of devoted young readers will scarcely experience a bump or jolt along the way. . . . What fans of the "Harry Potter" books love is the encounter with a work of inspiration, one that produces its own kind of magic.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Dante Anthony Fuoco, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ashlee McClease hasn't slept in hours. Listen to her rapid-fire speech - jumping among sadness, euphoria, and nostalgia - and it's clear she has been anxious. "I've been crying for days," she said Friday afternoon. "I'm just shaking. " Why all the anxiety? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, naturally - the long-awaited, bittersweet, and final installment in a colossal series. It burst onto screens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, earning a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight premieres and $2 million on IMAX screens after selling out in advance on Fandango at an unprecedented 6,000 theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Ten years. Eight films. Four directors. It's official: Against all odds, Harry Potter is as stirring a film saga as Lord of the Rings . In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the final bow of the boy wizard, his boon friends, and his formidable enemies, director David Yates (who helmed films five through eight) chooses to touch audiences rather than wow them. The finale is a potion that induces euphoria, tinged with melancholy. By now, Daniel Radcliffe's owl-eyed stare, Emma Watson's nostril-flaring incantations, and Rupert Grint's slack-jawed swagger are as familiar as our own kids' facial expressions.
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Dante Anthony Fuoco, Inquirer Staff Writer
They're getting old and they know it. Millions of Harry Potter fans are at an enviable time in their lives, the point between teenage whimsy and twentysomething optimism. And they certainly have reason to be excited: Come 12:01 a.m. Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - the eighth and last film in the series - will finally premiere. But fans of the hit series about the brave young wizard can't help but get a little wistful. "[My girlfriend is]
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Friday marks the end of an era. Some, like Warner Bros. executive Dan Fellman, compare its finality to the breakup of the Beatles. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the eighth and presumably final film based on the phenom that has sold 450 million books and close to a billion movie tickets, opens this week in theaters from Lahore to Los Angeles, it will be twilight in the Potterverse. No more pajama-clad kids lining up at midnight to buy the new Harry volume.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. (a) Elder Wand. 2. (b) Harry's Cloak of Invisibility. 3. (d) George and Fred. 4. (c) Diary of Tom Riddle, the student who became Lord Voldemort. 5. (c) Black-stoned ring owned by Riddle's granddaddy Marvolo Gaunt. 6. (b) Sword of Gryffindor. 7. (b) Ginny Weasley, Ron's sister. 8. (d) Bellatrix Lestange. 9. (d) Prophecy contains all of the above. 10. (a) Snape tells Voldemort when Harry will be moved.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly a dozen years have gone by since the first Harry Potter book ascended best-seller lists, and nearly a decade have passed since it become a movie. Finally on Friday, after an intermission of more than seven months, the last film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 finishes the story of the series' seventh and concluding novel. So fans can be forgiven if they're fuzzy or confused about a lot of details. Herewith, then, is a Harry Potter quiz that should serve like a refresher course at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's certainly understandable that 10 years of playing Harry Potter would drive you to drink. But 21-year-old actor Daniel Radcliffe said he's done with alcohol, realizing he has been partying too hard since filming the sixth movie (for those living under a rock, the seventh premieres next week) in the Harry Potter series. "I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he said in a GQ magazine interview released Monday. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me. " Radcliffe became famous at age 11 after he was cast for the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling 's popular books.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
WITH "HORRIBLE BOSSES" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" due out in theaters, the publicity cavalcade has begun: "HB" star Jennifer Aniston is in a happy new relationship and "HP" star Daniel Radcliffe (below) . . . has given up drinking. Radcliffe has told GQ he began to drink too much while filming "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" in 2009. "I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he said. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me. " He added that he decided to cut out drinking altogether, instead of simply cutting down.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
L INDSAY LOHAN'S house arrest got a bit more boring yesterday. She can't have any more house parties. She can, however, still listen to house music. And watch reruns of "House. " Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner chided Lindsay for having rooftop parties at her home while serving out her probation violation, but said that the actress hadn't violated any other rules. "If you are guilty of some violation of your probation, I don't see it," Sautner said.
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