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Daniel Radcliffe, the actor famous for playing Harry Potter, turned 23 on Monday.

Starring in the eight film adaptations of the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling, Radcliffe truly brought the title character to life. Since his role as the famous boy wizard, the young actor has forged an unconventional path towards a serious acting career, starring in everything from a twisted psychological play to a romantic comedy.

Radcliffe has embodied and shaped our understanding of Harry Potter. From reading the books, I had always envisioned Harry as stubborn, impulsive, burdened by a Messiah complex, moody when older, yet always courageous and loyal. In the movies, Radcliffe portrays all of these traits, but adds innocent charm to the boy wizard. Harry seems steady, serious, and strong-willed when he battles Voldemort’s incarnations in the first films, but the actor’s wide blue eyes, short stature, delicate cheeks, and circular glasses remind us how young the wizard is. Even in the bleak final film, Radcliffe steps towards Voldemort shakily, hesitantly. The actor physically emphasizes how much Harry is playing everything by ear – an important detail that makes him so relatable and believable as a teenage hero.

Post-Potter, Radcliffe has proven himself to be beyond maturity. Like the overburdened wizard himself, Radcliffe seems to have grown up too fast — he has already forced himself to stop drinking to prevent alcoholism. Yet professionally, he has not become a degenerate child star. On the contrary, Radcliffe has committed himself to a serious acting career. He has strayed from typical teen films; his post-Potter films include horror/thriller The Woman in Black and Beat poetry film Kill Your Darlings. In his theater debut, he won critical praise for the psychological stage drama Equus, in which he portrayed a 17-year old that blinds six horses with a spike and he went completely naked for an episode of religio-erotic worship to a horse. But he is not a fun-killer — he has starred in the comedic musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and will be in the upcoming romantic comedy, F Word. Rather than devising a career strategy, Radcliffe is true to his artistic interests, choosing only quality projects that grab his attention. His creative spirit goes beyond drama — as a bookworm, he spends most of his money on books, he writes poetry, and he publishes short stories; he appreciates underground and punk rock music.

Radcliffe, with his definitive portrayal of Harry Potter, was the heart of the Harry Potter films. While he has yet to separate entirely from the wizard, Radcliffe has proved that he is becoming a serious artistic force.

The Woman In Black

Today was the release of The Woman in Black. Like many Potter fans I was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe on the big screen. Even though he wasn’t portraying the boy wizard that many of us grew up with it was still exciting to see him once again. The Woman in Black is awesome it’ll keep you at the egde of your seat. I highly recomned that you go and see this film. So go and see The Woman in Black if you mised it tonight.


Although Robert Pattinson has been a sex symbol to millions of women, Pattinson recently revealed that he was intimidated by his sex scenes with Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn.


According to NME, Twilight Saga actor Robert Pattinson told the German website TVMovie.de that he was intimidated by his sex scenes in Breaking Dawn and his body, as compared to that of Taylor Lautner. “I felt very uncomfortable,” said Pattinson.  “No, a fear had rather something to do with Taylor and his fantastic body.  Jacob, as a werewolf, has bared all already in the last two films. And to be honest, I can’t keep up with him.”

Despite how Robert Pattinson felt about his body, Pattinson also revealed that the sex scene with Kristen Stewart was the only time he didn’t feel like a vampire.


Harry Potter update


“Captain America: The First Avenger” proved its strength at the box office this weekend, facing off against the powerful force that is “Harry Potter” and coming out on top.

The 3-D film starring Chris Evans, which was the fourth and final big-budget superhero movie to be released this summer, collected a solid $65.8 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.

Meanwhile, after grossing more in its worldwide opening last weekend than any film in history, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” saw its ticket sales tumble quite a bit. The movie made an additional $48.1 million this weekend, meaning receipts fell a sizeable 72% from last weekend. The domestic total for the final “Potter” film now stands at $274.2 million.

The weekend’s other new release, the sexy, R-rated comedy “Friends with Benefits,” started off with a decent $18.5 million.

“Captain America” was produced by the Walt Disney Pictures-owned Marvel  Entertainment for around $140 million but is being distributed by  Paramount Pictures. That means Disney will receive the majority of the  profits or incur any losses from the movie.

The film, about a weak military reject who is transformed into a superhero via a government program, had virtually the same opening weekend as another Paramount/Marvel production out earlier this summer — “Thor.” That movie, also based on a popular comic book hero, opened to $65.7 million in May.

Both films attracted slightly more men than women, as 64% of the audience for “Captain America” was male. But the crowd liked “Captain America” a little more than the film about the Norse god: Audiences assigned this weekend’s release an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore, compared to Thor’s B-plus grade. Paramount is hoping that means “Captain America” will hold up even better than “Thor,” which saw ticket sales drop only 47% in its second weekend in theaters and has since grossed $445.8 million worldwide.

But audiences were more willing to pay higher ticket prices to see “Thor” in 3-D than they were for “Captain America.” About 60% of the first weekend sales for  “Thor” came from 3-D ticket receipts, compared with 40% for “Captain  America.” However, “Captain America” was not released in Imax theaters,  which accounted for 10% of the 3-D sales for “Thor.”

Overseas, “Captain America” opened only in Italy, where it took in $2.8 million. The film will roll out in 23 additional foreign markets this week.

“Friends With Benefits,” starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two buddies who decide to try for a sexual but nonromantic relationship, was produced by Sony’s Screen Gems label for about $35  million. The movie appealed largely to women, as 62% of the crowd was female. Those who saw the film liked it, giving it an average grade of B-plus.

While the movie is off to a good start at the box office, it still had a slightly lower opening than “No Strings Attached,” a movie released in January with an extremely similar premise. That film, in which Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star as two buddies who sleep together and attempt to maintain their friendship, opened to $19.7 million. The film was also produced for a modest cost and went on to become a sleeper hit, grossing $147.8 million  worldwide by the end of its run in theaters.

In limited release, Fox Searchlight debuted the science fiction love story “Another Earth” in four theaters, where it collected $78,413 for a good per-theater average of $19,600. The film, starring up-and-coming young actress/writer Brit Marling, premiered to positive buzz at the Sundance Film Festival this year. And another film in limited release, “Sarah’s Key,” had an even better opening weekend. The film, based on the bestselling book about a Parisian journalist and distributed by the Weinstein Co., grossed $117,045 from five theaters for a per-theater average of $23,409.

[Updated, 10:32 a.m.: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” has  officially become Paramount’s highest-grossing film ever overseas, this  weekend passing the half-billion mark abroad. Overseas, the film  collected $62 million from 60 foreign markets, bringing its  international total to $556.6 million. The movie debuted this weekend in China, where it had the biggest opening for an American film ever in the country with $40 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic  box office, with  international grosses when available, according to  studio estimates and  Hollywood.com:

1. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Paramount/Marvel): Opened to $65.8 million. $2.8 million overseas in one foreign market.

2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” (Warner  Bros.): $48.1 million on its second weekend, down 72%. $121.3 million  overseas in 59 foreign markets. Domestic total: $274.2 million.  International total: $560.4 million.

3. “Friends with Benefits” (Sony): Opened to $18.5 million.

4. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (Paramount):    $12 million on its fourth weekend, down 44%. $62 million overseas in 60  foreign markets. Domestic total: $325.8 million. International total:  $556.6 million.

5. “Horrible Bosses” (Warner Bros.): $11.7 million on its third weekend, down 34%. Domestic total: $82.4 million.6. “Zookeeper” (MGM/Sony): $8.7 million on its third  weekend, down 29%. $9 million overseas in 35 foreign markets.  Domestic  total: $59.2 million. International total: $28.8 million.

7. “Cars 2” (Disney/Pixar): $5.7 million on its  fifth  weekend, down 32%. $17.7 million overseas in 31 foreign markets.   Domestic total: $176.4 million. International total: $173.7 million.

8. “Winnie the Pooh” (Disney): $5.1 million on its second weekend, down 35%. Domestic total: $17.6 million.

9. “Bad Teacher” (Sony): $2.6 million on its fifth  weekend,  down 50%. $7.9 million overseas in 32 foreign markets.  Domestic total:  $94.3 million. International total: $70.2 million.

10. “Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics): $1.9 million on its tenth weekend, up 1%. Domestic total: $48.9 million.]

— Amy Kaufman


Photos, from top: Chris Evans stars in “Captain America: The First Avenger”; Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star in “Friends with Benefits.” Credits: Paramount Pictures; Screen Gems

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