Harry Potter Spotted in Penn Station

Harry Potter (or a serious look-alike) was spotted at Penn Station in New York City earlier today. It was reported that the young man was in search of Platform 9 3/4.

Accompanied by his white bird, Hedwig, the faux Harry Potter walked around Penn Station today, asking commuters for directions to Platform 9 3/4. Improv Everywhere was the company behind the stunt, which re-creates movie scenes in random public places. They recently brought Jurrasic Park to life in the city, as well a scene from When Harry Met Sally in Katz’s Deli.

Check out pictures from Harry Potter’s adventure in Penn Station below:

Google Adds ‘Harry Potter’ to Google Maps

Thanks to some kids at Google, you can now visit Diagon Alley from ‘Harry Potter’ on Google Street View. Google has put the entire set from the ‘Harry Potter’ Diagon Alley scenes on Google Maps.

The set is the main shopping street in the films, which is currently housed in the Warner Bros. Studio in London. Check out some photos of Diagon Alley on Google Maps below:

Daniel Radcliffe Signing Up for ‘Star Wars?’

After eight ‘Harry Potter’ films, Daniel Radcliffe has decided that working on a ‘Star Wars’ film would be a pretty cool idea.

It seems that Radcliffe will have a good amount of homework after confessing that the only ‘Star Wars’ film he has seen is ”Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

The first episode of the next ‘Star Wars’ trilogy is expected to hit theaters during the Summer of 2015, so it is impossible to predict what character Radcliffe might play. In the meantime, we have a couple of years to get the Harry Potter image of Daniel out of our heads.

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Reaches $1 Billion

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has now earned $1,001,134,992 in ticket sales worldwide. The film made its debut December 14, 2012. Since its release, the movie has earned $301.1 million domestically.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is the 15th film to have reached the $1 billion mark. ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ and ‘The Avengers’ are all in the $1 billion club.

‘Avatar’ currently holds the number one spot in ticket sales worldwide with $2.78 billion.

 

Ron Weasley Lands Super Hero Role

It looks like Rupert Grint’s hard work with the ‘Harry Potter’ series has paid off! The actor has just landed the lead role in the new CBS comedy pilot, “Super Clyde.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rupert plays the lead role of Clyde in the new series about  a “well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never feels like he really fits in.”

This will be Rupert’s first role in a television series. “Super Clyde” was developed by “Raising Hope” creator Greg Garcia.

WATCH: Trailer for ‘Into The White’ Starring Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint is starring in a new WWII film titled ‘Into the White’.  This looks like a good step in the right direction for the actor who played infamous Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ series.  I can only imagine how hard it might be to peel one’s acting career away from that role.  Not a lot of actors have been successful in breaking away from such iconic film roles.  For example, will you ever see Mark Hamill as anything else but Luke Skywalker.  As cool as that is, it had to be a miserable feeling not being seriously cast in much else.

Anyway!  This movie looks really good, and the fact that it’s a based on a true story makes it all the more interesting.

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Petter Næss, ‘Into The White’ also stars David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff, Florian Lukas, and Lachlan Nieboer.  Magnolia Pictures will release the film in theaters on April 12th, 2013.

Synopsis:

The film is based on a true story.  On 27 April 1940, Luftwaffe pilot Horst Schopis’ bomber, a Heinkel He 111, is shot down near Grotli by an Fleet Air Arm Blackburn Skua fighter, which then crash-lands.  The surviving German and British crew members begin to shoot at each other, but later find themselves huddled up in the same cabin.  In order to survive the harsh winter in the Norwegian wilderness, they have to stand together.  An extremely unlikely, lifelong friendship blossoms.

Here’s the trailer…

‘Harry Potter’ Director Prepares for ‘Tarzan’

Source: insidemovies.ew.com

Director of the last four Harry Potter movies, Daivd Yates, has signed up to transform ‘Tarzan’ into the next big adventure movie.

Although Warner Brothers recently convinced Yates on Monday, the production company is already discussing the film with upcoming actors. Rumor has it that Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, and Alexander Skarsgard are being considered for the lead role of ‘Tarzan.’

The film is still in the early stages of production.

Emma Watson Lands Major Role in “Noah”

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has just been cast in Darren Aronofsky’s film, “Noah.” Based on the classic tale of Noah’s Ark, the movie is scheduled to begin filming this summer.

According to Deadline, “Emma Watson will play Ila, the love interest of Noah’s older son Shem (Douglas Booth).”

Russell Crowe is set to play Noah in the film. It is rumored that Dakota Fanning was chosen to play Ila, but had to give up the role due to another film shooting.

The actress is all grown up and showing the world that she has left her Harry Potter days behind.

“Avengers” Breaks Opening Weekend Record

“Avengers” did a number at the box office this weekend, shattering the domestic revenue record with a remarkable $200.3 million.

This topped the previous record of $169.2 million set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” making it the biggest opening weekend debut of all time.

The opening weekend record-breaker pushed the films’ worldwide revenue to $641.8 million, more than the other Marvel hits took home during their entire time in theaters.

Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” cast includes: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

The success of “The Avengers” was critical to Marvel’s parent company, Disney, who recently suffered from the failed release of “John Carter” a few weeks ago. Disney and Marvel spent $220 million making “The Avengers.” This budget surpassed the $170 million it took to produce Marvel’s 2010 project, “Iron Man 2.” The star-studded cast of “The Avengers” was largely responsible for the increase in cost.

Here’s how the rest of the films at the box office performed domestically this weekend:

“The Avengers” (Disney):  $200.3 million

“Think Like a Man” (Sony): $8 million

“The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate): $5.7 million

“The Lucky One” (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow): $5.5 million

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Sony): $5.4 million

Weekend Box Office Report

Weekend Actuals (April 20-22):
1. Think Like a Man – $33,636,303
2. The Lucky One – $22,518,358
3. The Hunger Games – $14,666,007

‘Think Like a Man’ opened with $33.6 million from just 2,015 theaters. That’s about a $16,675 per-theater average which is third-highest so far in 2012.

Our last box office blog suggested surprise among the entertainment industry, but in hindsight the success of ‘Think Like a Man’ really shouldn’t be all that unexpected. The movie successfully delivers an entertaining story built around Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, making the movie a must see for millions of people who have already read the book.

Yes, people do read today.

You know Lionsgate is watching this movie’s box office success very closely as they have a similar film, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, set to release next month. This movie is clearly geared towards women and is also adapted from a book.

‘The Hunger Games’ slowed 31 percent to $14.7 million this weekend, bringing the total to $357.1 million – that’s 19th all-time. After a month in theaters, it is almost even with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2′ by no more than $300K, and is currently on pace to close even higher than Potter’s $381 million total.