Actors in the News Weekly Roundup


Mar 14, 2010

Posted by John Admin

This week, the actors from the Harry Potter films have been getting involved with all sorts of new projects in film and theatre. Starting on the 17th of March, Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will be filming “Coriolanus” in Belgrade, Serbia. Reuters reports that the actor, who is directing the adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy, also stars in the leading role of Coriolanus, “a Roman general who betrays his native city Rome and allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius for revenge.” Fiennes discussed the loss of funding that made filming a “challenge” and the choice of Belgrade in the Reuters interview which you can find at this link.

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) can be seen in the trailer for “Eclipse,” the third film in the “Twilight” saga. You can watch the trailer here on YouTube. As the trailer notes, “Eclipse” will be released on the 30th of June this year. In related news, a number of reviews have surfaced of the film “Remember Me,” in which Pattinson stars in a leading role and which was released in the U.S. and a number of other countries on Friday. Examiner reports that the low-budget film has already taken over $8.3 million in the U.S. box offices. The U.K. release date for “Remember Me” is the 2nd of April.

Actress Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) has been busy promoting the sequel to 2005 film “Nanny McPhee,” titled “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.” The film, which stars Thompson, Rhys Ifans (Xenophillius Lovegood), Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) will be released on the 26th of March. Scotland’s Daily Record interviewed Thompson about “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,” which the actress began writing while the first film was still in production. You can find the full interview on the Daily Record website via this link. Photos from Thompson’s recent Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang book signing in London Piccadilly’s Waterstones can be found here in our galleries. The Sun has a clip of Dame Maggie Smith playing Mrs. Docherty opposite Maggie
Gyllenhaal in the new “Nanny McPhee” film, which you can find by following this link to The Sun website.

Finally, it is rumoured that Dustin Hoffman will direct a BBC Films comedy called “Quartet” starring Dame Maggie Smith. reports that Hoffman will replace Richard Loncraine as the director of the comedy about four retired opera singers. Also starring are Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.

39 Responses to Actors in the News Weekly Roundup

Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: good roundup Avatar Imageleigia says: Good updates.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Tell me why does Rob Pattinson have to be in there? I consider him a traitor and a hand-me-down :)Avatar Imagerosepug says: Lots of interesting new! And a good reminder I need to check out the first Nanny McPhee soon. I love Emma Thompson!Avatar ImageHorcruxNoctus says: Bleh Pattinson, but very good update TYVM:)Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Great roundup! Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Why does Mr. Sparkly have to be in here? Other than that great round up. I never much liked the first Nanny McPhee but now with three HP actor in the new one I'll be checking it out. Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I'm with you @ LoveTomRiddle. Pattinson is in the words of a Malfoy whom I love, a 'Blood Traitor'.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Ha ha LunaLuver! You're hilarous!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Oh, I also can't wait for "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"! The first movie was awesome though I wish Emma Thompson didn't quit Deathly Hallows because of The Big Bang! I can't wait to see Lord Grey in the film!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Oh Rhys Ifans also plays in "The Big Bang"! Gees, it looks like I put a lot of comments on this article! Ha ha. (I just looked it up on IMDB)Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I'd love to see the sequel of Nanny McFee!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Sorry! meant McPhee :sAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Excellent Roundup -- thanks, Rosi! I think it's appropriate that Robert Pattinson is in the Roundup ... I mean, he will always be Cederic Diggory to me, and it would be weird to exclude him just because of his other movie series. We can hardly fault the guy for a successful career, right?Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I do wish younger HP fans would get their heads straight about Robert Pattinson. He is an actor and chooses films with scripts which are out of the ordinary. It is not his fault that someone started the comparison between HP and Twilight. He qualifies for mention on this site because he played a character in Goblet of Fire who died on Voldemort's orders.Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: It should be interesting to see the second Nanny McPhee. Totally not going to see Twilight.Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: Just watched the clip with Maggie Smith and I really love her. I really hope they include the scene in DH where she is leading the charging desks and telling them to do their duty and protect Hogwarts. Please, please, please let it be in.Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Heh...Eclipse looks even worse than the last two... but I agree that Pattinson should be in here. Ever other actor in the series is.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: I had no idea that they've made a Nanny McPhee sequel. I like the first movie so I'm happy they've made a sequel. Rhys Ifans is really cool, too so it should be a good movie with all these great stars in it.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I don't understand why Emma Thompson said she couldn't be in DH because she was filming Nanny McPhee which was her top priority. Not only is it completed while DH is not, but both Rhys Ilfans and Dame Maggie had much bigger parts in DH and they managed it. I understand why Nanny is Ms. Thompson's top priority - it is her baby, after all - but I don't get the DH brush-off.Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: If someone were to only read these weekly roundups and nothing else on this website, they would have no idea that a new Alice in Wonderland film featuring multiple HP actors debuted less than two weeks ago, that it is topping charts and setting a few records of its own. They would, however, be completely up to speed on everything Robert Pattinson.Avatar Imagehewy says: Nice roundup of news. Good to see what others are doing.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I must admit that after hearing about the array of actors from Harry Potter who are going to appear in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, I am strongly tempted to see it and hope it is as enjoyably quirky as the original.Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Great week for Potter fans :DAvatar Imagebellaohbella says: no one cares about pattinsonAvatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Congratulations Ms Thompson! You didn't have to time for a scene in DH while Ms Smith was working on both projects with a bigger role in Harry! Oh yeah! And you are done with your movie! Rated F: For FailAvatar ImageFifi says: I can't wait until I watch Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang!Avatar Imageegdillon28 says: Awesome!Avatar ImageBellatrixGranger says: nice round up!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wowAvatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Awesome roundup, thanks Leaky :)Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That's a great roundup. But.........Phew they sound really busy!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I want to see all of these movies now!!Avatar Imagealegria35 says: thanks for the update leaky.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Woo-hoo!!! As not only an HP freak but a Shakespeare freak as well, I'm SUPER excited about Ralph Fiennes doing Coriolanus!!! Can't wait to see it! :DAvatar ImageToNkS_rip says: cool. although my life was pretty good without any news of robert pattinson. ughAvatar ImageMadam Snape says: Great roundup, guys! I'll be checking out Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang - I'll be nice to spot HP actors working another series of books.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: I'm just saying that it makes us appreciate HP even more - just to be clear about it!Avatar ImageSmitch says: Pretty good round-up! That Dame Maggs - she never quits! I wonder how she's feeling now.

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