Articles tagged with ‘Harry Potter’
Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 8:09 am by SBGLA
One of the stars of Harry Potter has stripped off for Playboy in its first naked issue since its nudity ban was abolished.
It was announced that Playboy is set to feature nudity in its pages once more, despite banning naked images a year ago and Harry Potter actress Scarlett Byrne is one of the first ladies to strip off in the March/April issue. Oo-er!
The 26-year-old, who played Slytherin student Pansy Parkinson in the sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, showed off her booty in a sultry snap from the mag which she reposted on Twitter.
The brunette held a silk shirt around her waist while she looked over her shoulder.
That isn’t all Scarlett – who also appeared in The Vampire Diaries – has contributed to the new issue of Playboy.
The London-born babe also wrote an essay advocating the Free The Nipple campaign, speaking “about the importance of owning female sexuality and the double standards that still exist between women and men”.
Scarlett wouldn’t have had to try too hard to get into the pages of the saucy publication. Miss Byrne just happens to be engaged to Hugh Hefner‘s son and the chief creative officer of Playboy, Cooper Hefner.
The pair got engaged in 2015 and Scarlett spends a lot of her time at the Playboy Mansion, judging by her Instagram profile.
Cooper was the one to announce the decision to overturn Playboy’s nudity ban, with the 25-year-old saying: “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake.
“Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”
Reaction to Playboy’s nudity revival has been mixed, with debates sparking over whether it is sexist and exploitative of women.
A long list of stars have posed nude for Playboy, including Pamela Anderson, Kate Moss and Daisy Lowe.
Posted on April 6th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by SBGLA
Hollywood’s brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened to fans earlier this week…
The “Potter” themed park has taken five years to build and recreates the magic world of the hit children’s books and movies.
The big attraction is the Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey ride into Hogwarts itself.
Guests will don Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles as they join in with the adventures of wannabe wizard Harry and friends.
Fans will also discover numerous props from the films, including Hermione’s Yule Ball gown in a display cabinet in Gladrags Wizardwear and the actual desks that Harry, Ron and Hermione sat at during their lessons in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.
It’s “the first time ever that the theme park has had to halt online ticketing transactions,” a Universal Studios Hollywood statement explained.
As for visitors who are lucky enough to be admitted through the turnstiles in the near future, they should expect the theme park to be, well, a zoo for quite some time.
Not even a recent price hike that increased the cost of a one-day adult ticket by $20 to $115, or a shift to “surge pricing” that makes it more expensive to visit the park on peak days (kind of like how airlines price their tickets), have deterred demand to Disney and Universal parks.
Observers have noted that broad price hikes have been instituted not simply as money grabs but also as crowd control measures, with the idea that some portion of guests would avoid the higher prices that go along with peak-demand periods. Certainly in the case of the new Harry Potter park’s opening, higher prices have done nothing to ease crowds.
Visitors to the park can dine in the “Three Broomsticks” restaurant and the “Hog’s Head” pub, as well as sampling wares from the “Magic Neep” and “Butterbeer carts”.
Launch Shops include Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.
Visitors at a launch preview of the park this week included ex Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, and British actor Warwick Davis, who played Prof Flitwick and goblin Griphook in the Potter films.
I can’t wait to try this one out!
Posted on February 25th, 2016 at 11:22 am by SBGLA
“I quidditch!” might be something Emma Watson‘s saying behind the scenes, as news spreads that the Harry Potter starlet is quitting acting after her latest film was a box-office disaster… Oo-er!
The former child star is stepping back from the movie industry for a while so she can focus on her campaigning work and avoid embarrassments after her latest film Regression made a measly £243 per cinema in takings.
In a snooty new interview, the beauty explained her decision was so she could focus on her “own personal development” and, er, start her own, um… book club!
Emma said: “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things.
“My own personal development is one. My own personal task is to read a book a week and also to read a book a month as part of my book club.
One thing I am going to do that I’ve been working on for a while is completing my yoga Level 3 meditation for teaching.”
Watson has been increasingly vocal in the world of feminist activism after launching the successful “HeForShe” campaign.
Now she has revealed she was nearly tempted to go back to university.
She said: “I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realised that I was learning so much by doing my reading.”
Emma is so advanced these days that she is becoming a wizard herself.
In an interview with famous American feminist bell hooks, she added: “It almost feels like the chemistry and structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes. It feels as if sometimes I’m struggling to keep up with myself.”
Emma’s star has fallen significantly since her heady days at Hogwarts cheering on Daniel Radcliffe on the quidditch pitch as clever-clogs witch Hermione Granger.
The eight-blockbuster franchise made £5billion worldwide and turned her into one of Hollywood’s hottest properties.
But with her next film Colonia looking doomed to go straight to DVD, Emma’s last hopes of more box-office glory before bowing out will be opposite Tom Hanks in The Circle and with her turn as Belle in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast next year.
Hope she won’t be too busy at book club to attend the premiere… Just sayin’…
Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 7:08 am by SBGLA
Actor Daniel Radcliffe has shaved his head for a new movie role. What a tough boy!
But the British star’s new look isn’t exactly for the armed forces — his buzz cut is for his role as a government agent posing as a as a neo-Nazi skinhead in Imperium.
A far cry from the rumpled locks of his Harry Potter days, the star’s new hairstyle (or lack thereof) is distinctly military-like, especially since he was sporting a long-sleeve camo shirt with his shorn tresses.
Daniel, 26, shared the photo of his new ’do on his Google+ page and the picture has since been widely circulated by Radcliffe fan sites.
He wrote: “Hi Everyone. Here’s the first look of me as FBI agent Nate Foster in IMPERIUM.
“We began filming the movie this week. I’m very excited about it and will tell you more about it soon!”
‘Imperium’ is based on the real-life story of Michael German, an FBI agent who went spent several years posing as a neo-Nazi so he could infiltrate and investigate US white supremacist groups.
Radcliffe will play an up-and-coming agent called Nate Foster who goes undercover in a bid to prevent white supremacists from building a dirty bomb.
Daniel Ragussis is making his feature film directorial debut and also wrote its script based on German’s experiences. Imperium is expected to be released in 2016.
Radcliffe may look like he’s cut his own hair with a cheap pair of clippers, but being worth £64million, we doubt that’s the case.
Posted on December 26th, 2014 at 8:38 am by SBGLA
British actress Emma Watson has graduated from Hogwarts to some decidedly more adult roles.
According to The Sun newspaper the “Harry Potter” actress goes topless in the drama “Regression”.
The 24-year-old starlet’s latest role, however, is anything but sexy. The drama, which co-stars Meryl Streep and Ethan Hawke is about Angela Gray the daughter of a man who sexually abuses her.
“Regression” isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until August 2015, but reports say that the movie is being previewed in U.S. theaters, and viewers are expressing concerns over Watson’s allegedly revealing scene.
One moviegoer reportedly described the scene as “useless and ineffective” adding:
“You can see her breasts but they are partially obscured. I think she may have been wearing pasties to cover her nipples.” Oo-er…
Watson has recently made some deliberate career choices to move away from her iconic “Harry Potter” character, the brainy teen wizard Hermione, including starring in the Biblical epic “Noah” and her upcoming political drama “Colonia Dignidad.”
Meanwhile, Watson has been named “Feminist Celebrity of 2014” by an online poll conducted by Cosmopolitan in partnership with Ms. Foundation For Women.
Foundation president and CEO, Teresa Younger, said in a statement: “We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we’re giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women’s equality.”
The actress notably made headlines this year when she delivered a widely acclaimed speech about feminism at a United Nations meeting in September.
Sounds like young Emma is getting rather edgy these days… I like it!
Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 7:03 am by SBGLA
We all miss the days when Daniel Radcliffe was rocking the wand and wizards hat back in his Harry Potter days!
Take heart in the fact that Radcliffe is at least back to the illusionist world of Now You See Me.
Lionsgate studios announced Tuesday that Now You See Me 2 will feature Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan — joining the cast as more magic and a bigger heist is summoned.
The 2013 caper about a group of illusionist bank robbers — Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco — is gearing up for a sequel.
The sequel’s plot will still revolve around the Four (now Three?) Horsemen, one year after the first film.
The group’s services are enlisted by an enemy who asks them to partake in one of the Horsemen’s most dangerous heists yet—presumably until Now You See Three-D brings the heist action into a new dimension.
Those other guys are good at magic. But are they Hogwarts good? Think not.
Radcliffe told said last week that he’s interested in finding “weird, eccentric” roles since the Potterfranchise ended in 2011. And he’s lived up to that, playing a horned murder suspect in Horns, and he will likely look even stranger with his Igor in the upcoming Frankenstein (2015).
Jon M. Chu is directing the film, while Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are all set to return. The film is set to release on June 10, 2016.
Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 7:26 am by SBGLA
British star Daniel Radcliffe reckons his prowess between the sheets is all down to keeping off the booze… Good boy!
The 25-year-old actor said: “For some people sex might be better drunk. But for me and the person I’m doing it with it’s much better sober.
“I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time.
“It was with somebody I’d gotten to know well. I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since then.
“But it wasn’t as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people’s were, like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge.”
“I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since then”
Daniel quit booze four years ago after realising his drinking had got out of control. At the time, he told a magazine he often turned up to work on the Potter movies still drunk from the night before.
But he cleaned up his act in 2010 to focus on his career. And his girlfriend Erin Darke, no doubt benefits from his magic in the bedroom now he is sober. But Dan credits more than just staying on the wagon for his success with women.
He has found his nude roles have helped, too. Daniel famously got his kit off when he was starring in the stage show Equus.
He said: “I went out with quite a few girls at that time. I would just say: ‘Oh cool, you’ve seen me naked.’”
Posted on June 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am by SBGLA
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he’d love to star in an upcoming ‘Batman’ movie as the Dark Knight’s sidekick Robin in the upcoming super-flick Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Asked which franchise he’d like to join next, his rapid-fire answer said it all.
“Batman,” he said. “If they reboot that again, I’ll do that, too. It’s happening isn’t it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin. I’m perfect.”
It’s no secret that DC fans would love to see Dick Grayson on the big screen. There’s even been plenty of rumours that we might see Nightwing team up with Ben Affleck’s Batman in ‘Batman V Superman’.
But will he appear as Robin? And who will play him? I’m willing to bet that ‘Daniel Radcliffe’ isn’t the name that instantly comes to mind.
Of course, after starring in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, he’s already built up a very solid relationship with Warner Bros. Studios. But is that really enough to land him a part as the big-screen Boy Wonder?
“Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” is scheduled for a May 2016 release.