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Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015

January 11th, 2015 3:00pm EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015
Simple mathematics indicate that 50 years ago would make it the year of 1965. That year was a unique and troublesome time in the world as the Vietnam war really began to escalate - as well as the civil rights movement. The Counter culture began to awake as skirts got much shorter and men started to grow their hair a bit longer.

Gas was a mere 31 cents per gallon and the average rent was $118 per month.

In pop culture “The Sound of Music” was released, the Beatles played their famous live concert at Shea Stadium and the Grateful Dead played their first concert in San Francisco – just to na...

J.K. Rowling Reveals What Really Happened With Draco Malfoy

December 26th, 2014 10:23am EST
Draco Malfoy
J.K. Rowling has shared some new background information about several "Harry Potter" characters on her Pottermore website in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, and earlier this week she revealed more about villain Draco Malfoy, played on screen by Tom Felton.

The author revealed plenty over the past two weeks, including new info about a character she regrets killing off, a Jewish wizard and even vampires in the wizarding world she created.

*Spoiler Alert* The latest reveal came after fans unlocked it by solving a riddle about who was really behind the plot to kill Hogwarts schoolmaster ...

JK Rowling Reveals That There Is A Jewish Wizard At Hogwarts

December 17th, 2014 9:48am EST
JK Rowling Reveals That Yes, There Is A Jewish Wizard At Hogwart
Here's two words you probably don't hear strung together too often: "Wizard Jews." Although if you do hear those words in sequence on a regular basis, you probably live cooler lives than we do.

But the non-awesome general public got a dose of Jewish wizardry when J.K. Rowling was answering fan questions on Twitter. One fan, Benjamin Roffman, asked the renowned "Harry Potter" about Jewish representation in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

@jk_rowling my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I’m a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Though...

J.K. Rowling Had Big Plans For A Minor 'Potter' Character, But Killed Him Off Instead

December 15th, 2014 11:40am EST
J.K. Rowling Says She Has Regrets About Killing Off A 'Harry Pot
J.K. Rowling revealed on her Pottermore website over the weekend that she only feels guilty about killing one Harry Potter character.

The author took to her Pottermore website to discuss how she unnecessarily killed off Diagon Alley ice cream shop owner Florean Fortescue.

Related: JK Rowling To Release 12 Harry Potter Stories This Month

Fortescue, Rowling says, was originally in her plan to help Harry during his quest for the Deathly Hallows, but another character turned out as a better means, so she wrote Fortescue out.

"I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason," Ro...

Harry Potter Fans Rejoice!

December 6th, 2014 9:56am EST
JK Rowling To Release 12 Harry Potter Stories This Month
J.K. Rowling is giving fans a special treat for Christmas -- she's releasing 12 "Harry Potter" based stories every day until Christmas Eve. The British author revealed the news on her official Pottermore website.

Specifically, Rowling will release short stories from Dec. 12 until Dec. 24, and they will be based on fictional characters from her massively popular book and film franchise.

The website reveals: "With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don't miss out - just visit pottermore.com and...

Who Are Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors?

November 27th, 2014 5:01pm EST
Rowling, King & Martin Top List Of Powerful Authors
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has been named Hollywood's Most Powerful Author.

The Hollywood Reporter's list also includes Stephen King ("Under the Dome," "Haven," "Shawshank Redemption," "The Shining") and "Game Of Thrones" mastermind George R.R. Martin.

Rounding out the top five are "Fifty Shades Of Grey" author E.L. James and romance writer Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook," "A Walk To Remember," "The Last Song").

"Gone Girl's" Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, Michael Lewis and Laura Hillenbrand ("Unbroken") also made the trade magazine's list.

J.K. Rowling Reveals The Inspiration For 'Harry Potter' Nemesis Dolores Umbridge

October 31st, 2014 7:31pm EDT
Dolores Umbridge
J.K. Rowling has revealed to "Harry Potter" fans that the character of Dolores Umbridge was inspired by a schoolteacher she had a strong dislike for while growing up.

The author posted on her blog Thursday that Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton and one of the most hated Potter characters in the series, was inspired by one of her teachers as a child -- one whose name she won't tell, though.

Rowling posted that the person in question was one "whom I disliked intensely on sight" on her Pottermore.com website on Friday.

"The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest," R...

J.K. Rowling Is Releasing A New 'Harry Potter' Story On Halloween

October 25th, 2014 9:03am EDT
JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling is planning on releasing a new story based on the "Harry Potter" franchise just in time for Halloween. The short story will center on villain Dolores Umbridge.

The story will be published on Pottermore.com and will center on Umbridge's back story. The news was announced on the website: "The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge's life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling's revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character."

Fans were introduced to the character in the fifth book, "Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling Stumps Fans With Twitter Riddles

October 7th, 2014 10:09am EDT
Author J.K. Rowling Stumps Fans With Twitter Riddles
Author J.K. Rowling is up to her old tricks again, posing riddles for her almost 4 million Twitter followers and assorted muggles and wizards.

Fans woke up to this cryptic tweet on Oct. 5.

"Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when 've finished something!"

After several fan responses suggesting she provide them with more information, Rowling then stated the following.

"See, now I'm tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation... must work..."

Even after those two bizarre tweets, Rowling finished...

Daniel Radcliffe Says He Won't Play Harry Potter Again

July 9th, 2014 9:23am EDT
Daniel Radcliffe Says He Won't Play Harry Potter Again
Even though J.K. Rowling has written a new story about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, actor Daniel Radcliffe won't be putting on his wizard's robe again.

On Tuesday he was asked during a TV critics press tour whether he would play Potter on the big screen again. According to the New York Daily News, he answered: "I'm inclined to say no. It's not even really a hypothetical question now."

He added, “I haven't read it yet, though I will. But my understanding is that it's very short, not worthy of adaptation to film."

Radcliffe, who is 24, pointed out that in Rowling's new s...

J.K. Rowling Releases A New Harry Potter Story

July 8th, 2014 7:34pm EDT
J.K. Rowling Releases A New Harry Potter Story
Author J.K. Rowling has written a new story based off the "Harry Potter" characters, which takes places following the events in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

The story is told from the perspective of The Daily Prophet gossip columnist Rita Skeeter and centers on Harry, now 34, who attends a Quidditch World Cup tournament with his sons James and Albus and wife Ginny Weasley, who is a reporter. Hermione, an employee at the Ministry of Magic, and Ron, a co-manager at Weasley's Wizards Wheezes, are also featured, along with Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.

Harry is decribed wit...

J.K. Rowling's First Adult Novel, 'The Casual Vacancy,' To Become Three-Part Miniseries On HBO & The BBC

April 24th, 2014 4:54pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," is set to become a three-part miniseries that will air on HBO and the BBC.

Released in 2012, the book received mixed reviews despite landing on the best-seller list and selling six million copies, thanks to the notoriety of its author.

The two networks will co-produce the miniseries, with Rowling also on board, and filming will begin this summer in Southwest England.

The BBC announced the miniseries back when the book was published, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Casual Vacancy" centers on the see...

J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off To Be Made Into A Film Trilogy

March 31st, 2014 6:00pm EDT
JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts textbook is going to be made in a trilogy of spin-off films.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a magical creatures expert known as a "magizoologist." The story takes place 70 years before the Harry Potter series begins and is set in New York.

The series is described as "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."

The project will be turned into three films, according to Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara.

There were eight Harry Potter films, which starred Dan...

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter Should Have Married Hermione Grainger

February 3rd, 2014 6:30pm EST
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling has admitted that she should have had Harry and Hermione marry at the end of her Harry Potter book series.

The writer recently said that she has had some regrets about not writing the epilogue to the series, which takes place almost two decades after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the way it should have been written from a literature standpoint, opting instead for having Hermione (Emma Watson in the films) hook up with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), while Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) ends up with Ron's sister Ginny (played by Bonnie Wright).

"I wrote the ...

J.K. Rowling Set To Bring Harry Potter To London's West End

December 20th, 2013 11:43am EST
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is headed for the London stage.

Author J.K. Rowling is set to co-produce a stage show about the boy wizard for London's West End theater district.

According to the UK's Daily Mail, the production will tell the "previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast."

The play is scheduled to open within the next two years, and renowned theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are on board to co-produce. Rowling won't be involved in writing the script for the show, and she's been approached about bringing Potter to the stage numerous times ...

The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Heading Back To Hogwarts, J.J. Abrams Won't Direct 'Star Trek 3'

September 13th, 2013 9:54am EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter won't be back, but the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created for the book series will as the author has signed on with Warner Bros. to screenwrite a new film series based on a few Hogwarts textbooks she wrote in 2001 under pseudonyms of characters that live in that world. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be the first film in the new series. (story)

J.J. Abrams has announced that he won't be directing the next "Star Trek" movie, but he will be staying on as the producer of the film. The director is presumably giving up his chair because a lot of his time in th...

J.K. Rowling To Screenwrite New Series Set In Harry Potter's World

September 12th, 2013 11:31pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is heading back to Hogwarts. The Harry Potter author has signed a screenwriting deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to write a series of spinoff movies that take place in Potter's wizarding world.

The first installment, titled, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."

Rowling posted the news to her Facebook page on Thursday, writing, "It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought...

J.K. Rowling Awarded Damages Over Leak Of Secret Pen Name

July 31st, 2013 10:34pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling won a lawsuit she brought against one of the partners at the law firm that represents her for outing her as the writer of crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling."

Rowling wrote the book under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and when Russells partner Chris Gossage revealed the secret to one of his wife's best friends, she went online and Tweeted it.

Rowling took legal action against Gossage for breach of confidentiality over the leak, and his wife's friend Judith Callegari was also named in the suit.

A judge at London's High Court ruled in Rowling's favor, and in lieu of dam...

The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Angry Over Pseudonym Leak, Netflix Scores Emmy Nominations With 'House Of Cards'

July 19th, 2013 10:28am EDT
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is furious over the recent leak of her secret pen name. Despite the leak instantaneously sending her latest novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling" -- written under the name Robert Galbraith -- to the top of the best seller list, the "Harry Potter" author is upset with the law firm who leaked the information. Apparently one of the partners in the British firm Russels told his wife's friend the secret and she posted it to twitter. Horror author Stephen King praised Rowling using a nom-de-plume, but also said that based on his own experiences in using the name Richard Bachman for several o...

J.K. Rowling Angry At Law Firm For Leaking Her Secret Pen Name

July 18th, 2013 11:22pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling may have taken it somewhat lightly when news that she secretly used a pen name to release her latest novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," got out, but the "Harry Potter" writer is reportedly furious over the leak.

One of the partners at British law firm Russels, Chris Gossage, inadvertently leaked the info to his wife's best friend that Rowling had written the novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a war veteran who became a private investigator -- and she posted about it on Twitter.

London's Sunday Times newspaper did some more digging and confronted the author with t...

J.K. Rowling Publishes Critically Praised Novel Under Secret Pen Name

July 15th, 2013 2:40pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's secret is out.

The writer published a new detective novel in April under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a former policeman in the military -- and she had hoped to keep the author's real identity a secret, but Britain's Sunday Times did a little digging into the success of the unknown Galbraith -- whose novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" has been receiving rave reviews.

The Times found that the two writers have the same agent and that the new novel was written similarly to the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so they put two-and-two t...

4 Gloomy Celebrity Beginnings To Stardom

March 24th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Long ago, Brad Pitt dressed in a chicken suit and handed out restaurant fliers at an L.A. parking lot.  Absolutely bizarre, but you better believe it!  Some of the most famous celebrities today had the saddest, weirdest, and downright shocking starts.  That’s right- many of the actors you watch on the silver screen were picked off from the street while tons of the musicians you love listening to began their careers in grimy bars.  Yet, these humble beginnings are some of the more “normal” starts for the stars.  Did you know that the legendary John Wayne began working in the props department...

J.K. Rowlings, Jessica Ennis, And The Queen Voted Most Inspirational British Women

February 19th, 2013 5:07pm EST
JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling has some Olympic and Royal contemporaries when it comes to inspiring British women.

The Harry Potter author was voted third in a survey conducted by Oxfam, a charity with several celebrity supporters. She is topped only by Queen Elizabeth II and Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis. 

Helen Mirren tied Rowling and Joanna Lumley was close behind. The survey was conducted in Manchester, Rowling's hometown - so maybe she got a bit of a push from her proud neighbors.

Samantha Scott, Get Together fundraising manager for Oxfam said: "It is hugely positive to see other women such as ...

J.K. Rowling's New Book Sparks Controversy In India

October 2nd, 2012 4:23pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's latest novel is facing a ban in India over its description of a Sikh character.

The Casual Vacancy, released on Thursday, has sparked criticism from readers taking exception to passages about a character named Sukhvinder, a surgeon's daughter who is teased about her looks and is described as a "hairy man-woman" and "mustachioed yet large-mammaried."

Sikh leaders are investigating complaints about Rowling's "provocative language" and plan to call for a ban if it is decided the author has insulted their faith.

Avtar Singh Makkar, head of India's Shiroma...

London Olympics Begin With Dazzling Star-Studded Show

July 28th, 2012 9:00am EDT
London Olympics
On Friday, "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle kicked off the London 2012 Olympic Games with a dazzling visual spectacular that included appearances by actor Kenneth Branagh, James Bond star Daniel Craig, author J.K. Rowling and Queen Elizabeth II.

The filmmaker presented the Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony in Stratford, East London, and the Oscar winner did not disappoint.

The sound of the Olympic Bell signalled the official start of the London Games as the patriotic hymn "Jerusalem" was sung throughout the stadium. Branagh was the first celebrity to appear as he stepped up to po...

J.K. Rowling Creating A 'Harry Potter' Encyclopedia For Charity

April 16th, 2012 6:52pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling has pledged to hand the royalties from a new Harry Potter encyclopedia to charity.

The writer revealed to fans on her website that she's working on a collection of material relating to the boy wizard's world, and informed them the proceeds will be given to her favorite organizations.

She writes, "For a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry's world, and I have started work on this now. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity."

Rowling also confirmed she has no current plans to write anothe...

J.K. Rowling's First Adult Novel Gets A Title & Release Date

April 13th, 2012 12:01am EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first novel geared toward adults officially has a title.

The author's new publisher, Little, Brown & Co., announced Thursday that Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" will be released worldwide on September 27.

After seven Harry Potter novels, which sold over 450 million copies, Rowling is hoping her success as an author will continue with her new publishing house.

"The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher," she says.

The new novel i...

From 'Hunger Games' To The 'Twilight' Saga: The Best & Worst Book To Film Adaptations

March 18th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Lions Gate Entertainment
The Hunger Games hits theaters Friday in what looks to be a battle for box office gold (it’s already sold more pre-sale tickets than any of the Twilight movies, according to Fandango). And while it’s current 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is reassuring, anxious fans still have a week to go before they’ll know for sure if director Gary Ross paid good enough tribute to Suzanne Collins’ literary franchise.

Before then, let’s take a look back at Hollywood’s best and worst popular franchise adaptations...

BEST: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Before Peter Ja...

J.K. Rowling Plots First 'Adult' Novel

February 23rd, 2012 7:23pm EST
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced plans for her first 'adult' novel and she insists it will be be very different to her books about the boy wizard.

The seven Potter books have turned Rowling into one of the world's richest women and now she's hoping her literary success will continue as she plots her next project with a new publisher.

A statement from the writer reads, "Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the worl...

Spielberg Explains Why He Stepped Down From Directing 'Harry Potter'

January 10th, 2012 9:00am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg passed on the chance to get behind the camera for the first "Harry Potter" film after helping to develop the movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller - because he didn't feel he was ready to tackle an "all-kids" project.

The moviemaker admits his own children thought he was crazy when he stepped down from the project and allowed Chris Columbus to take over - but he's still convinced he made the right choice.

He tells website Digital Spy, "I just felt that I wasn't ready to make an all-kids movie and my kids thought I was crazy. And the books were by that time popular...