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They may play best-friends in ‘Harry Potter’ but Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he barely speaks to co-star Rupert Grint and that despite the public’s assumption they are not friends.

The actors, who have known each other from the age of 11 completed eight films together and grew up in the spotlight along with co-star Emma Watson but now hardly talk.

The news will come as a blow to fans as the friendship between Daniel’s character Harry and Ron Weasley played by Rupert is the enduring focus of the story.

According to the Sunday Mirror the actor said: “If I see him every six months or so, it’s a friendly ‘hello, how’s things with you’ but that’s about it.”

The 22 year-old admitted that he is still close with ‘My Week With Marilyn’ Star Emma, but that he has drifted from Rupert.

He added: “I’m just going to put it out there, Emma and I text all the time but Rupert and I never text each other, we never see each other.”

The last film in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ was released last summer and since then the three stars have made an effort to strike out in their own directions.

Emma has thrown herself into her studies at Oxford University and Daniel recently completed a very successful stint on Broadway in the play, ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Even Trying’ and will next star in ‘The Woman In Black’.

Rupert has been most recently featured in Ed Sheeran’s latest video for track ‘Lego House’.

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LONDON (AP) — Writer J.K. Rowling and actress Sienna Miller gave a London courtroom a vivid picture on Thursday of the anxiety, anger and fear produced by living in the glare of Britain’s tabloid media, describing how press intrusion made them feel like prisoners in their own homes.

The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter told Britain’s media ethics inquiry that having journalists camped on her doorstep was “like being under siege and like being a hostage.” Miller said years of car chases, midnight pursuits and intimate revelations had left her feeling violated, paranoid and anxious.

“The attitude seems to be absolutely cavalier,” Rowling said. “You’re famous, you’re asking for it.”

The pair were among a diverse cast of witnesses — Hollywood star Hugh Grant, a former soccer player, a former aide to supermodel Elle Macpherson and the parents of missing and murdered children — who have described how becoming the focus of Britain’s tabloid press wreaked havoc on their lives.

Rowling said she was completely unprepared for the media attention she began to receive when her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” became a sensation. The seven Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies, spawned a hit movie series and propelled Rowling from struggling single mother to one of Britain’s richest people.

“When you become well-known … no one gives you a guidebook,” she said.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry amid a still-unfolding scandal over illegal eavesdropping by the News of the World tabloid. Owner Rupert Murdoch closed down the newspaper in July after evidence emerged that it had illegally accessed the mobile phone voice mails of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims in its search of scoops.

More than a dozen News of the World journalists and editors have been arrested, and the scandal has also claimed the jobs of two top London police officers, Cameron’s media adviser and several senior Murdoch executives.

It has also set off national soul-searching about the balance between press freedom and individual privacy.

Rowling, 46, said media interest in her began shortly after the publication of her first novel in 1997 and soon escalated, with photographers and reporters frequently stationed outside her home. She eventually moved after stories and photographs revealed the location of her house.

“I can’t put an invisibility cloaking device over myself or my house, nor would I want to,” Rowling said. But, she added, “it feels threatening to have people watching you.”

Rowling said she had always tried to keep her three children out of the media glare, and was outraged when her eldest daughter came home from primary school with a letter from a journalist in her backpack.

“I felt such a sense of invasion,” Rowling said. “It’s very difficult to say how angry I felt that my 5-year-old daughter’s school was no longer a place of complete security from journalists.”

By the time her younger children were born in 2003 and 2005, Rowling said, the scrutiny was “like being under siege and like being a hostage.”

She also described how, early on in their relationship, her now-husband Neil Murray gave personal details over the phone to a reporter who was pretending to be a tax official. An article about him duly appeared in a tabloid paper.

“That was a not-very-nice introduction to being involved with someone famous,” Rowling said.

Rowling told the inquiry she had gone to court or to Britain’s press watchdog more than 50 times over pictures of her children or false stories, which included a claim by the Daily Express that unpleasant fictional wizard Gilderoy Lockhart had been based on her first husband.

Before the final Potter book appeared in 2007, a reporter even phoned the head teacher of her daughter’s school, falsely claiming the child had revealed that Harry Potter died at the end, in an apparent bid to learn secrets of the plot.

Miller, who became a tabloid staple when she dated fellow actor Jude Law, said the constant scrutiny left her feeling “very violated and very paranoid and anxious, constantly.”

“I felt like I was living in some sort of video game,” she said.

“For a number of years I was relentlessly pursued by 10 to 15 men, almost daily,” she said. “Spat at, verbally abused.

“I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal.”

The 29-year-old actress told the inquiry that a stream of personal stories about her in the tabloids led her to accuse friends and family of leaking information to the media. In fact, her cell phone voice mails had been hacked by the News of the World.

Miller, the star of “Layer Cake” and “Alfie,” was one of the first celebrities to take the Murdoch tabloid to court over illegal eavesdropping. In May, the newspaper agreed to pay her 100,000 pounds ($160,000) to settle claims her phone had been hacked.

The newspaper’s parent company now faces dozens of lawsuits from alleged hacking victims.

Also testifying Thursday was former Formula One boss Max Mosley, who has campaigned for a privacy law since his interest in sadomasochistic sex was exposed in the News of the World.

Mosley successfully sued the News of the World over a 2008 story headlined “Formula One boss has sick Nazi orgy with five hookers.” Mosley has acknowledged the orgy, but argued that the story — obtained with a hidden camera — was an “outrageous” invasion of privacy. He said the Nazi allegation was damaging and “completely untrue.”

Mosley said he has had stories about the incident removed from 193 websites around the world, and is currently taking legal action “in 22 or 23 different countries,” including proceedings against search engine Google in France and Germany.

“Invasion of privacy is worse than burglary,” Mosley said. “Because if somebody burgles your house … you can replace the things that have been taken.”

High-profile witnesses still to come include CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan, who has denied using phone hacking while he was editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper.

The inquiry, led by Judge Brian Leveson, plans to issue a report next year and could recommend major changes to Britain’s system of media self regulation.

Rowling said that she supported freedom the press, but that a new body was needed to replace the “toothless” Press Complaints Commission.

“I can’t pretend that I have a magical answer,” she said. “No Harry Potter joke intended.”

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Harry Potter may now be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean  its impact or its stars are out of our lives for good.

A new documentary titled When Harry Left Hogwarts, appearing on the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 DVD, takes an intimate look back at the making  of the final chapter and shows us more of why we all loved Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert  Grint in their iconic roles.

And what can you expect to see? Read on…

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthew had unprecedented  access behind the scenes of the last two films and his candid interviews with  the stars reveal a very humble sense of anxiety as they approached their  roles.

“What if Harry is just a role I was very, very suited to?” Radcliffe wonders  when pondering his acting career beyond the franchise. “And then when I’m off in  the real world, what if I can’t do it? That’s terrifying.”

Even Watson revealed she wasn’t immune to her own sense of insecurity: “I  feel like people are just waiting for me to screw up!”

Being a little too hard on themselves? We definitely think so.

Check out the trailer for more from the cast, crew and one sweet little  goblin who knows he can be the next Voldemort when he grows up.

PHOTOS:  Life Beyond Harry Potter

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Harry Potter fans will have to wait a bit longer to buy the magic tales in electronic form.

The creators of the online Potter portal said Friday that the launch of an e-book store has been pushed back to next year.

The seven Harry Potter books had been due to go on sale in October, exclusively through the “Pottermore” website.

The site is a combination of virtual encyclopedia, role-playing game and online community for fans of author J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard.

It launched in July and is so far accessible to 1 million registered users chosen through an online competition.

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In a blog posting on the site, “Pottermore” management said registration would be open to everyone from the end of October, and the online store would open in “the first half of 2012.”

The posting said use of the site so far had been “phenomenal,” and the delay would “allow us to focus on our first priority: opening ‘Pottermore’ to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be.”

The Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies — and made Rowling one of the world’s richest women, with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $1 billion — but have never been available as e-books.

Rowling annoyed some booksellers with her decision to circumvent established retailers and sell the e-books and digital audio books through her own site.

The creators of “Pottermore” say the books will be compatible with popular e-readers, including Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader and Apple’s iPad.

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Online: www.pottermore.com

 

Star Wars, Harry Potterhttp://www.eonline.com/news/harry_potter_better_star_wars_daniel/264960

Well, we suppose it all depends on how one defines “better.”

In a one-on-one conversation between Daniel  Radcliffe and Harry Potter author J.K.  Rowling featured on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Harry  Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the actor compares his popular film  franchise to sagas like Star Wars and Star Trek

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It’s interesting actually,” says Radcliffe in the above clip given  exclusively to MTV. “If you start to think  for a moment, not about these  characters, but if you think of the lives  these characters actually have in the  books, and the fact that, to a  certain level, because they exist in the  collective consciousness of a  generation, they do exist.”

“I always think that that’s one of the wonderful things about Potter  and the Potter fan base,” he adds. “If you think about the other big   costume-wearing [franchises] that go with it, things like Star Wars and  Star Trek, with Potter, because it started off as a literary  thing, has  created a generation of the same kind of mentality…with an  appetite  for reading and literature, which is kind of amazing.”

But while Radcliffe is essentially expressing that Potter (and its  fans) simply benefits from having originated on the printed page, William Shatner,  on the other hand, has no problem telling folks why his beloved Star  Trek is definitely light years ahead of Star Wars.

Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships  and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions,” he says in a  recent YouTube posting. “Star Wars was special effects. It  was ILM at its best…Star Wars is derivative of Star Trek.  Derivative!”

What’s more, Shatner also points out that a character such as Princess Leia,  while “beautiful,” just “can’t compare to the wonderful heroines” on Star  Trek.

Of course, when asked if Captain Kirk would have ever considered running off  with Leia, Shatner replies: “Absolutely!”

Now that would have been a movie!

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Harry Potter’ Stars’ Big Kiss

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It was a cinematic moment ten years and eight movies in the making.  A scene fans were dying to see, and one the actors were dreading to film.  It was the long-awaited kiss between Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”

 

Fans all over the world got to see the epic smooch when the movie played this summer, bringing in $1.3 billion dollars (the most of any “Harry Potter” movie).  But now for the first time you can take a look behind the scenes to see how stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson handled the dramatic scene.

In the video, David Yates, the director of the last four “Harry Potter” films, explains that the two actors had different approaches to filming the kiss.  He said that since Emma Watson didn’t want to have to do multiple takes of the scene, she was “going to get it right the first time.”  He tells how he could see her psyche herself up before the camera rolled, but Rupert Grint hadn’t worked up to the same level of intensity.  “I think Rupert wasn’t quite expecting it,” Yates said, “and then she just went for it.” But then the kiss was quickly broken as the two friends burst out laughing.

While it might seem like kissing isn’t a bad way to spend a work day, Grint and Watson explained to the UK’s TelegraphTV why the scene was so difficult for them.  “It feels weird saying this, because I’m sure loads of guys are just really jealous,” Grint said. “I mean, she’s lovely.  I just felt so wrong, really.  Kissing this person I’ve known since she was nine.”

Watson said she also felt quite a bit of pressure to please the fans who had been waiting so long for the kiss to happen.  She said, “Can you imagine, building up to a kiss for, like, ten years?  We’ve been building up for this kiss for a decade.  How am I going to do this justice?  I felt like it’s the most anticipated kiss of all time.  So, it was intense.”

There will be many more behind-the-scenes secrets revealed in the bonus features of the upcoming Blu-ray.  In the “Maximum Movie Mode,” actor Matthew Lewis (who played Neville Longbottom) hosts a feature-length look at the making of the film’s stand-out scenes.  The Blu-ray will also have a conversation between star Daniel Radcliffe and author J.K. Rowling where they discuss how “Potter” has changed both of their lives.  And it will present deleted scenes, with moments that were left out of the final film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on November 11.

 

 

Daniel Radcliffehttp://www.teennowmagazine.co.uk/teen-tv-films/530612/harry-potter-star-daniel-radcliffe-plans-to-marry-girlfriend

Lovebirds Daniel Radcliffe and Rosanne Coker could be taking their relationship to the next level very soon – a friend of the couple has revealed that the smitten actor is considering popping the question!

‘They’re crazy about each other. Dan wants to marry her,’ a pal tells The Sun.

Daniel started dating production assistant Rosanne a year ago after meeting her on the set of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 but was forced to keep the relationship a secret by film bosses until after the movie’s release.

Now that shooting on Harry Potter has finished and they are free to flaunt their relationship, Daniel is making no attempt to hide the depth of his feelings.

‘I’m very much in love,’ he admits.

So we can expect an invite in the post then, Dan?

 

 

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The Harry Potter star has said that he is “very much in love” with his new girlfriend, Rosanne Coker.

All eyes were on Daniel Radcliffe this week as friends of the star revealed that the actor could be about to propose to his girlfriend, Rosanne Coker. Radcliffe, 22, who is best known for playing the boy wizard in the movie adaptation of the J.K Rowling fantasy film franchise, is thought to be about to ask his girlfriend to marry him after months of dating. The secret romance was thought to have begun whilst filming The Deathly Hallows Part One which was released in November of last year.

Daniel Radcliffe rose to prominence back in 2001 when he wowed audiences in the first instalment of the Harry Potter series entitled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Starring fellow actors Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the movie broke records at the box office and became the highest-grossing film of 2001 – generating $974 million in ticket sales. Subsequent appearances in films such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 &2 (2011) secured his reputation as one of the most famous faces in Britain. The 22 year old is said to have a personal fortune exceeding £14 million.

Commenting on the situation, close friends said that the pair were “crazy about each other” and were hoping to marry in the future.  “I’m very much in love”, confessed Radcliffe. Fans will certainly be monitoring the relationship as it develops in the months ahead.

 

 

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Once co-stars (and quite tragically so) in the “Harry Potter” series, Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t envy his former Hogwarts classmate Robert Pattinson.

While Radcliffe just finished starring in the biggest film franchise of all time, he told The Hollywood Reporter that his gradual introduction to fame made life a lot easier for him, which wasn’t the case for Pattinson.

“I think he’s had to do with kind of a lot more,” he said. “I had a very gradual easing in to the idea of fame, because I was doing the first two films back to back almost. So, while the whole ‘Potter’ film franchise was exploding, I was in studios filming and kind of unaware that this thing was going massive outside. Where as Rob, [he] was suddenly the most famous guy in the world. I think that’s a lot harder to deal with.”

There’s also the matter of how their characters are portrayed, as well as the public’s perception of the actors themselves. Radcliffe’s Harry Potter is a boy wizard, steely and determined, but dressed in scarves and long black robes, not to mention his iconic rounded glasses. His love life in the books and film series is a late addition, and generally takes a backseat to the main action, which involves saving the entire world.

Meanwhile, Pattinson’s Edward Cullen is described in the books as an adonis, a smoldering romantic of a vampire who is both sexily complicated and wildly devout to his virginal teen girlfriend. In short, the perfect man, undead or not. The entire series is predicated on their love and his willingness to take on all obstacles to defend her; in the end, all of his problems come from this undying love.

As for the actors themselves, the public watched Radcliffe grow up on screen, going from a 10-year old child to the 20-year old man he is today. In many ways it casts him like a friend or brother, more than sex symbol. Meanwhile, Pattinson was sprung onto world fully grown, and his secretive relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart was the total wish fulfillment of everyone who wanted to believe in the movie — or gawk at two beautiful people.

With Radcliffe now done with Potter and starring on Broadway, and Pattinson wrapping up his saga in the next year and branching out his film career, it will be interesting to see which young Brit has more staying power — both in show business, and the tabloids.

 

 

Will Daniel Radcliffe Marry Rosanne Coker?

Daniel Radcliffe

Is Daniel Radcliffe already ready to marry his girlfriend
Roseanne Coker?

The identity of his mystery woman was just recently revealed to the public,
but evidently Dan knows her well enough to want to walk down the aisle with
her.

The actor met Roseanne Coker on the set of Harry Potter and the Half
Blood Prince
, and the two have been dating secretly for a year. So while it
might be shocking to the public for Dan to get engaged to the cute brunette,
they’ve actually been together quite a long time by Hollywood standards. After
all, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Nikki Reed
didn’t wait long to get engaged — none of them were together for anything close
to a year before deciding to get married.

There’s just one tiny problem with Daniel Radcliffe’s desire to marry Roseanne
Coker — he allegedly hasn’t mustered up the courage to ask her to marry him
yet. And keep in mind that the news of Dan’s planned proposal comes from “a source,” so it
could turn out to be one of the many false relationship rumors that popular
young stars like Dan have to deal with on a daily basis.

However, he and Roseanne have reportedly already met the in-laws, and
everyone gets on together just fine. So maybe she will end up being the one and
Daniel will become the first young Harry Potter star to get hitched. But if the
proposal rumors prove to be false and Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t plan on walking
down the aisle with a woman in white anytime soon, at least he gets some free
publicity for his movie The Woman in Black out of the tabloid
story.

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