Weekly Round-Up: David Tennant Launches New Podcast, Matthew Lewis Stars in YouTube Series & More!

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Jan 27, 2019

Posted by: Emma Pocock

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This week in the Potterverse has been a success all round, as we celebrated ten Academy Award nominations for Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and a nomination for Alexandre Desplat, and Cursed Child even made TIME’s list of Ten Best Plays. We also received the news that Warner Bros Studio Tour London had something very special planned for Potter fans (their ‘biggest surprise yet’, in fact!), more Funko figures were revealed in time for London Toy Fair, and we released an interview with the producer of Pottermore Publishing and Audible’s Crimes of Grindelwald behind the scenes audio documentary, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic. Barnes & Noble also revealed that they would be offering exclusive digital content of Nicolas Flamel with their release of Crimes of Grindelwald!

Our round-up shares updates on wins from the National Television Awards, the launch of David Tennant’s podcast, a new YouTube series starring Matthew Lewis, an Indie film starring Christian Coulson and a first look at Helena Bonham Carter in season 3 of The Crown. We also see Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright sign on to Comic Con Brussels, and Evanna taking part in the Women’s March in London with fellow Potter alumni, Katie Leung and Scarlett Byrne, a new photo of Jude Law in Captain Marvel from Empire magazine, Late Night with Emma Thompson premieres at Sundance, new trailers for Julie Walters and Ralph Fiennes, an album inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and more!

David Tennant Does A Podcast With…

David Tennant, known best to Potter fans as Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire who can be found on almost every kind of entertainment platform these days, has launched his own official podcast, interviewing a host of famous names. The podcast, named David Tennant Does A Podcast With…, saw its first guest this week and went straight to #1 on iTunes. Tennant has long been known for his role in Doctor Who, and this week interviewed Jodie Whittaker, the current Doctor, and the first woman to ever take on the role. Listen and subscribe to the podcast here. The next episode which releases on Monday features his Broadchurch co-star and 2019 Oscar nominee Olivia Coleman! Take a listen to Tennant give a run down to “the internet” on more future guests here:

Matthew Lewis Stars in YouTube Comedy Series Nutritiously Nicola

A new seven-part YouTube series made its debut this month, telling the story of a food blogger suffering with an eating disorder. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) stars in a two-part special of the series, Nutritiously Nicola and the Celebrity Client, and it’s absolutely filled with references to Harry Potter.

Upon being discharged from an NHS facility and trying to find a job, Nicola, the show’s main character, finds herself trying her hand at being a food blogger, running into the challenges of ‘living her best life’ and the pressures of Instagram and the internet. The story is inspired by creator and writer Natalie Bray’s own 15-year battle with an eating disorder – the dark comedy is Bray’s response to the rise of the clean eating movement.

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) stars in a two-part special of the series, Nutritiously Nicola and the Celebrity Client, filled with references to Harry Potter. Throughout the episodes, Lewis’s ‘character’ comments on the pressures of the acting industry and his experience of audition processes calling for male stars to be ‘buff’. Watch the episodes below, and read more here.

By the way-if you heard that Lewis’s wallet was stolen earlier this week via his plea on social media to get back the engraved gift from his wife inside, it looks like it was returned safe and sound:

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Late Night with Emma Thompson Acquired by Amazon After Sundance Premiere

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The world premiere of the upcoming comedy Late Night starring Emma Thompson, Harry Potter’s Divination Professor Sybill Trelawney, took place at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend to rave reviews. As a result, it’s been acquired by Amazon Studios for US distribution for a record $13 million, the highest Amazon has dropped for a film to date. Below is a synopsis of the film according to Deadline,

“In the film, a veteran late-night talk show host (Thompson) feels the pressure that might cost her job to a shinier shock comic (Ike Barinholtz). She tries to switch things up and modernize the show with several stunts that backfire. She also changes the all-male writer’s room, adding the show’s first female writer of Indian descent (Kaling). Much of the film is about the relationship that develops between them.”

Thompson and co-star and Late Night screenwriter Mindy Kaling recently discussed the film in an interview with USA Today. In addition to confessing their mutual admiration for one another, Thompson shared what drew her to the project,

“Everything, really. It’s certainly about diversity of any kind, and it’s wonderful to read something which is about what’s left out, and what’s been sidelined and marginalized for so long. But it’s so subtly done and so funny, so there’s no sanctimony about it. It’s just truthful. Mindy’s writing is so trenchant and biting and satirical, and she so brilliantly made my character completely complacent and not helpful to other women. She’s emancipated herself and wants to succeed in what is still very much a man’s world. I think that’s very honest and can happen quite a lot of the time, when women get themselves into positions of power in the patriarchal systems that we live in.”

When asked if there were any real life talk show hosts that she had in mind when portraying her character she disclosed that she drew a lot from David Letterman since there are no women hosts in late night to base her on.

The wide release date for Late Night has yet to be announced but this definitely looks like a film to watch for next awards season. Congratulations to Dame Emma Thompson!

Helena Bonham Carter Seen Filming The Crown Season 3

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) was spotted over the last week on an airfield in London filming the third season of Netflix series The Crown with Olivia Coleman. Carter will portray Princess Margaret, . Read more here.

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Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright Announced for Comic Con Brussels 

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) are both on the guest list for Comic Con Brussels this year, taking place 2nd-3rd March. The Potter alumni are both Lumos ambassadors, and previously visited Haiti together to see the work of J.K. Rowling’s charity. Let us know if you’ll be attending!

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The 2019 Women’s March took place on January 19th, seeing thousands of people in Washington D.C, and global locations from Berlin to London congregating to stand up for the rights of women worldwide.  Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung (Cho Chang) and Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) stood together in London to mark the event – take a look below, and see more of the march here.

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Helen McCrory’s Peaky Blinders Wins at National Television Awards 2019

This week the annual National Television Awards took place, and Victoria Yeates (Bunty in Crimes of Grindelwald) was in attendance. Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) had a starring role in Peaky Blinders, which was up against Yeates’s Call The Midwife for Best Drama, with Peaky Blinders being crowned winner at the awards ceremony on Tuesday. Fiona Shaw’s Killing Eve was also up for Best New Drama, along with Girlfriends, starring Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter) and Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), and featuring Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom). See the full list of winners here.

New Look at Jude Law in Captain Marvel

We’re rapidly approaching the March 8th release date of Captain Marvel, and Empire are helping with the long wait by releasing a new look at Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts), previously named ‘Mar-Vell’ in the film (though his character’s actual name is unknown) and described as a ‘Starforce leader’. His character is shrouded in mystery – he refused to speak at all of his character on The Late Late Show recently, so we’re hoping the surprise is worth waiting for!

Take a look at the image from Empire magazine below, and take a look at their subscriber cover of their latest edition, featuring Captain Marvel, here.

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Christian Coulson Stars in New Trailer For Bite Me

Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle) will star in upcoming subversive comedy, Bite Me, telling the story of a subculture of people who truly believe they are vampires, and the IRS agent auditing them. The film will debut at Cinequest on March 9th, then tour the U.S. (on The Joyful Vampire Tour of America) for three months and play in independent cinemas in 20-30 cities across the country. The Bite Me team will also be available to screen the film on request! The tour will be recorded by award winning filmmaker Kiwi Callahan, for distribution as a YouTube doc-series releasing episodes each week. 

See the trailer for the film below:

A Trailer for  Wild Rose with Julie Walters

Dame Julie Walters, who Potter fans know best as Mrs. Molly Weasley, stars as a mum who it appears wears a different attitude than the matriarch we know, but perhaps carries the same heavy burden, in the upcoming comedy drama Wild Rose. The film tells the story of a young mother just out of prison, Walter’s daughter, who aspires to leave her home in Glascow and make it big as a country music star in Nashville. Take a look at the first trailer for the film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is the opener for the first ever Hebden Bridge Film Festival this March. Wild Rose opens in UK theaters April 12 and in the US on May 10.

Ralph Fiennes Directs and Stars in The White Crow

Finally we get a first look at Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort, in his latest directorial effort, The White Crow, the upcoming true story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection from the Soviet Union which wrapped filming in late 2017. Fiennes plays Nureyev’s dance instructor Alexander Pushkin who took an interest in Nureyev as a teen and allowed him to live with he and his wife while he attended the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. Pushkin was a figure in Nureyev’s career until he left the USSR and was one of the individuals requested to help bring him back. The White Crow, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year, will be released March 22, 2019.

Fiennes has also recently joined Maggie Gyllenhaal in another yet unnamed film project about the creation of the Farnsworth House, an all glass retreat built outside of Chicago in the late 1940’s. Fiennes will play the architect of the structure, Mies Van Der Rohe, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Deadline the film is currently in pre-production.

An Album Inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s Award Winning Roma

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It’s really no surprise that the darling of awards season, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has inspired an upcoming collection of songs not necessarily related to the record breaking Oscar nominated film, nor performed by all well known talent but as interesting and eclectic as the film itself. According to Variety the list of tracks is as follows:

  1. Tepeji 21 (The Sounds of ROMA) – Ciudad de México
  2. Wing – Patti Smith
  3. Tarantula – Beck
  4. When I Was Older – Billie Eilish
  5. PSYCHO – Bu Cuarón
  6. On My Knees – UNKLE featuring Michael Kiwanaku
  7. Con El Viento – Jessie Reyez
  8. Marooned – El-P & Wilder Zoby
  9. Cumbia del Borras – Sonido Gallo Negro
  10. La Hora Exacta –  Quique Rangel
  11. Cleo Who Takes Care Of You –  Ibeyi
  12. We Are Always Alone – DJ Shadow
  13. Between These Hands – Asaf Avidan
  14. Those Were The Days – Laura Marling
  15. ROMA – T Bone Burnett

The album, which should be confused with the actual soundtrack from the film which was released in December, will be available February 8.

Fiona Shaw to Join Season 2 of Fleabag

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Fiona Shaw, who is recognizable to Potterheads as Harry’s miserable Muggle Aunt Petunia Dursley, has been getting the attention of fans of the award-winning series Killing Eve this past season as MI-6 Head Carolyn Martens. Now Shaw will be seen in another small screen project from creative genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge, when she joins season two of the BBC/Amazon comedy Fleabag. The series, which was adapted from Waller-Bridge’s one woman show by the same name for the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will air its second season sometime in 2019. Shaw’s guest starring role in the series is being kept under wraps at this point.

That’s all for this week! Be sure to read last week’s round-up here, and our latest theater round-up here.





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