Feb. 03, 2012 | 3:44 p.m.
Daniel Radcliffe says he didn’t develop a drinking problem because he was Harry Potter, even though he knows that’s what most people assume. “What ‘Potter’ did do was put me around people who were older than me, and I heard all of their amazing stories about their drunk nights. I just started thinking, ‘That’s what I want,’” said the actor, 22. “I don’t think I ever had one, great drunk night, but I had heard about them, and that was what I was desperately trying to pursue.” On an early morning this week, Radcliffe looked bleary-eyed at his hotel, having just flown to Los Angeles to promote his new film, “The Woman in Black.” The movie, released Friday, marks one of the few times in more than a decade that audiences worldwide will see the actor play someone other than […]
Jan. 09, 2012 | 7:05 p.m.
The “Harry Potter” series is now just a magical memory for moviegoers and, for the young stars from the mega-franchise, the new challenge is to prove themselves beyond the stone walls of Hogwarts. Tom Felton made a nice turn in well-regarded sci-fi hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and Emma Watson will be seen this year in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (with Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev and Logan Lerman), but the focus now is on Daniel Radcliffe, who returns to theaters on Feb.3 with the very different supernatural fare of “The Woman in Black.” The haunted film looks to have a very different spirit than “Potter,” according to Radcliffe, but it’s more than a spook show. “While it is a horror story and it is very frightening, it’s also about loss and grief,” the actor told Hero Complex much earlier in the […]
Aug. 17, 2011 | 10:20 a.m.
Fresh from the wizarding world, “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe is trying his hand at horror in the upcoming film “The Woman in Black.” A new trailer shows Radcliffe in a creepy mansion, playing a young attorney sent to settle the affairs of a deceased client. There, he discovers the ghost of a scorned woman, the mysterious “woman in black.” The film also stars Ciarán Hinds, another “Harry Potter” actor, who played Aberforth Dumbledore in the franchise’s final film. The Potter story got darker with each new film, so the horror role seems like a natural (and smart) move for 22-year-old Radcliffe. The film is based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel. A stage adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt, which was first produced in 1989, is still performed in London’s West End. The story has received several TV movie treatments, but the 2012 film, […]
Aug. 05, 2011 | 2:44 p.m.
No other scene in the eight “Harry Potter” films created more angst for filmmakers than the epilogue of the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” a movie that last week crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office. There were no chained dragons, hairy hippogriffs or crackling magic energies in the sequence — it’s a few minutes of quiet dialogue between parents and their children in a train station — but the anxiety of it all was so smothering that the franchise’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, at one point wanted to sit out the scene. “I think they should do it with older actors and just leave us out of the scene,” Radcliffe said two years ago during a quiet moment on the stone-floor movie set where he has spent half of his working life […]
July 28, 2011 | 7:15 a.m.
The Harry Potter books and films are more than popular; they’ve spawned a wizard-themed amusement park, introduced new words (like “Muggle,” “apparate” and “quidditch”) into the popular vernacular and inspired pop art and culture. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ marks the end of a decade of The Boy Who Lived on the big screen, and by many accounts the final film in the magical franchise has lived up to the hype; the movie was hailed by many critics as the best of the eight installments in the series, and its creators received an outpouring of love from fans across the globe. Here at Hero Complex, we counted down to the film’s theater release with exclusive interviews, photo galleries and apps. Now that the spoiler-wary have had a chance to see “Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ in […]
July 17, 2011 | 9:52 a.m.
David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era, including his special regard for a particular cast member. We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here, the very interesting second installment right here and part three right here). In the video below Yates talks about the colossal achievement of casting the franchise’s three young stars and a bit about their personalities. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex – Geoff Boucher […]
July 15, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.
The end is here — but we’re not done yet. No one has covered the eighth and final “Harry Potter” the way we have here at Hero Complex, but we’re not going to slow down now that the film has reached theaters. The movie is on its way to a massive opening weekend and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive as well. One of the best takes is by our very own Kenneth Turan, the senior film critic for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s an excerpt from his review: The Harry Potter films, like the boy wizard himself, have had their creative ups and downs, so it’s especially satisfying that this final film, ungainly title and all, has been worth the wait. Though no expense has been spared in its production, it succeeds because it brings us back to the combination of magic, […]
July 14, 2011 | 3:59 a.m.
THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex has been counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: We travel through Harry Potter history for the ultimate look at Daniel Radcliffe‘s portrayal of the boy who lived. From the moment Voldemort marked him with a lightning-shaped scar, Harry Potter was destined for greatness. The same could be said of Daniel Radcliffe, marked for greatness when he was plucked out of throngs of children to play the boy wizard on the big screen. Harry Potter’s Hogwarts adventure began on his 11th birthday, when Hagrid whisked him away from the Dursleys and off to a place of potions and spells. At Hogwarts, Harry befriended Hermione Granger and […]
July 07, 2011 | 7:00 a.m.
THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: The final film’s world premiere, streaming live from London. Can’t apparate to Trafalgar Square for Thursday’s world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2?” Watch it from home on Hero Complex. The event, complete with “Harry Potter” cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, as well as author J.K. Rowling and other celebrities begins at 8 a.m. PDT. Flip between three camera views in the video box below. While you wait for the red carpet arrivals, check out our countdown coverage leading up to the final film’s theatrical release on July 15. Also, […]
July 06, 2011 | 4:14 p.m.
THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: Hero Complex contributor Nardine Saad chats about filming the concluding installment and how the franchise‘s lead trio matured on and off the set with Helen McCrory, the actress who plays Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Tom Felton‘s Draco Malfoy. McCrory will appear next in the Martin Scorsese mystery “Hugo” with Chloe Moretz, Jude Law and Sacha Baron Cohen. NS: What’s it like to see the films come to a close? HM: I just enjoyed being part of it. It’s an incredible phenomenon of British film and fantastic to be a part of it, so it’ll be great fun to […]