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Posted by: Rosi
March 14, 2010, 09:52 PM

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.

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4852 Points

I want to see all of these movies now!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on March 15, 2010, 09:34 PM report to moderator
428 Points

thanks for the update leaky.

Posted by alegria35 on March 16, 2010, 02:09 AM report to moderator
2062 Points

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! :D

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on March 16, 2010, 02:43 AM report to moderator
2168 Points

cool. although my life was pretty good without any news of robert pattinson. ugh

Posted by MaggieNoise on March 17, 2010, 12:53 PM report to moderator
311 Points

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.

Posted by Madam Snape on March 20, 2010, 11:48 PM report to moderator
311 Points

I’m just saying that it makes us appreciate HP even more – just to be clear about it!

Posted by Madam Snape on March 20, 2010, 11:49 PM report to moderator
4481 Points

Pretty good round-up! That Dame Maggs – she never quits! I wonder how she’s feeling now.

Posted by Smitch on March 21, 2010, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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