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Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Preview: News on Aragog, Interview with Steve Kloves, More

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Posted by: sue
April 17, 2009, 11:09 AM

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine contains their Summer Movie Previews, with a mention of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Of note seems to be confirmation from actor Jim Broadbent that his character of Slughorn will be dealing with the giant Spider Aragog. Also new are rare comments from HBP screenwriter Steve Kloves. Teaser Quotage from EW as follows:

The wait is over. Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally hits theaters July 15.  “You know the headline on this one, of course,” says Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) of the franchise’s sixth installment.  SPOILER ALERT!  “It’s the one where Dumbledore [Michael Gambon] pops his claws.” (If you’re not hip to Coltrane’s lingo, well …mystery preserved).  It’s also the one where we learn Voldemort’s origin story—although there’s much less of it in the movie than in the book. Screenwriter Steve Kloves says he chose “a few key memories instead of attempting to include all of them.” Half-Blood Prince also emphasizes Harry’s relationship with Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), the Potions teacher who holds a secret to Voldemort’s past, plus teen-romance intrigue involving Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ginny (Bonnie Wright), as well as Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and newcomer Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave). “The last film was quite intense with all that battle stuff,” says Grint. “This one is a lot lighter and much funnier.” Not that the film lacks thrills. “I worked with a giant spider,” says Broadbent. “Bloody marvelous.”

The magazine is also reviving their set visit article, (lost in the shuffle last year with the announcement of the delay of HBP) which includes interviews with cast members including Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson as well as director David Yates. Among the many new details are stories of filming scenes with Hermione's heartache over Ron and Lavender (Even after ''Cut!'' Watson continues to tear up, and Radcliffe offers comfort with a lingering side hug and whispered praise. ''Bloody f---ing brilliant, Emma. Just top-notch.''), info on the number of memories included in the movie (''We see Voldemort as a little boy, and then on two occasions we see him as a student. By doing that, we honor the spirit of what Jo [Rowling] had done but avoid getting stuck in narrative cul-de-sacs.'' Yates), and thoughts on the art of romance from Dan Radcliffe (''I never had any idea how to talk to girls until a year or so ago,'' says the 19-year-old actor during a break from shooting last April. ''I still come out with trivial crap when I'm flirting, but I like to think I'm doing it in a faintly endearing way.'')From the article itself, Mr. Kloves is cited as saying the following:

Will moviegoers still be wild about Harry? ''I'm not going to lie to you,'' says Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steve Kloves, returning to his role as official franchise scribe after taking the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, off. ''I do have some concern that because the books are over, the anticipation for the movies won't be the same.'' Yes, the films have surged in popularity since Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban set them on an edgier course. And yes, there are those who follow the saga only through the movies — which is why we'll refrain from discussing Prince's monumental 90-hanky death. Yet even within the top ranks of a moviemaking operation as bloody well run as Harry Potter, there is, well, mild freaking out. Kloves allows himself an improbable thought, then laughs. ''It would be a complete car crash if no one showed up.''

He also speaks to the issue which we first reported several years ago involving the announcement from J.K. Rowling here in New York that she always thought of Professor Dumbledore as a gay character. Quotage from Mr. Kloves:

In Kloves' first draft of the screenplay, he had written a line (not in the book) in which Dumbledore fondly recalls a Muggle girl from his youth. He was quickly, quietly corrected. ''I was walking through Leavesden with Jo on our way to the first reading,'' Kloves remembers. ''As we entered the Great Hall, she leaned toward me and whispered, 'I saw the line you gave Dumbledore, but the thing is this: Dumbledore is gay.''' After Rowling revealed the wizard's sexuality to the rest of the filmmaking team — and before she made international headlines last fall by sharing this news publicly — Yates decided to strike the line. ''I just felt the scene worked without it,'' he says. ''I think the fact that Dumbledore is gay is wonderful. It feels very authentic to the character.''

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4151 Points

yess i love EW’s coverage on HP :D

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on April 17, 2009, 01:48 PM report to moderator
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Wow! I’m really happy Aragog is in this movie!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on April 17, 2009, 02:23 PM report to moderator
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This was long! I liked it though!

Posted by phoenixes are in ravenclaw on April 17, 2009, 02:35 PM report to moderator
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I am afraid that I am inclined to disagree with him when he implies that the general public is lacking in the department of anticipation for this film; if anything, it has expanded and grown into something incomprehensible of which we could have only dreamed a few years ago. The extended wait, if anything, has not harmed the excitement but only exacerbated it for them.

As disappointed as I am to hear that they have reduced the number of memories, I hope they are as effective as the ones in the book in presenting us Voldemort’s complicated personality and psychology.

Posted by Kirk on April 17, 2009, 02:49 PM report to moderator
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daniel is so sweet.and I love the way he always encourages Emma.

no fans?please…HBP is going to be the biggest film of the year. and of course, books are finished.but books 6 & 7 are the most favourite to all.so,this one will be a BOMB.and you can only imagine what will happen with DH 1 and 2. shivers

Posted by Matea on April 17, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
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What are they talking about, no anticipation? I’m been counting down the days since they set the original release date! It’s all I ever think about! I can’t wait!
Good that Aragog’s in it. That part wouldn’t work as well without him.

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on April 17, 2009, 03:37 PM report to moderator
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I love all the news coming out, it really is getting closer finally!

The only problem I have (always) had with Kloves is that he treats each book/screenplay as an entirely singular entity instead of looking at the works as a whole, which is why he cuts things willy nilly without thought to what impact those decisions have on later films. And adds extraneous items that we don’t need.

Still, my hopes are high for this film. I think he must have been being facetious about the no one coming remark. Seriously.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on April 17, 2009, 04:01 PM report to moderator
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Dang, I was taking “pops his claws” the other way, like he’s going to go badass. You know, like Wolverine popping his claws.

Posted by KanedaX on April 17, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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So sweet of Dan to be so encouraging with Emma. Not that it’s a surprise, of course, but still lovely to see.

Posted by Sheri on April 17, 2009, 04:53 PM report to moderator
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“Pops his claws” makes it sound like Dumbledore is a cat. A gay android cat.

Also, just to quickly say my piece about Dumbledore being gay – I like that fact because it makes his life all the more tragic. It wasn’t just his friend that became Hitler, but his love. DAMN.

Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on April 17, 2009, 04:54 PM report to moderator
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“Pops his claws” makes it sound like Dumbledore is a cat. A gay android cat.

Also, just to quickly say my piece about Dumbledore being gay – I like that fact because it makes his life all the more tragic. It wasn’t just his friend that became Hitler, but his love. DAMN.

Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on April 17, 2009, 04:54 PM report to moderator
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I wish they emphasized about the GAUNT family too, because it shown in the book that Voldemort’s grandfather got one of the Horcrux. And what about the House-elves?… It’s because of the House-Elves, So Hermione Kiss Ron during the Battle of Hogwarts in the near end of the story.

Posted by EnricoDc on April 17, 2009, 05:08 PM report to moderator
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It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who “gets teary and can’t quite stop” You can’t turn such strong emotions on and off….even using Lumos and Nox! Sign of a good actor!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on April 17, 2009, 05:15 PM report to moderator
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I am holding the issue of EW in my hand. The little blub on HBP is great, but the cover pic of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is awe inspiring.

Posted by Rhiannon on April 17, 2009, 05:47 PM report to moderator
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YAY!! I got this issue in the mail today!!! :D

Posted by cghambright on April 17, 2009, 06:42 PM report to moderator
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