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  • Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed on website

    Author J.K. Rowling hosts fundraising evening at the Warner Bros. Studio in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - As a Halloween treat for her fans, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her "Harry Potter" stories is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike - but whose name she has not disclosed. Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations of the hugely popular fantasy series, is the seemingly sweet but innately vicious teacher at Hogwarts who bans young Harry from playing Quidditch and forces him to write the words "I must not tell lies" on the back of his hand. In an essay posted on Friday on her Pottermore. ...

  • Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

    Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.

  • Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

    This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.

  • Allman dropped from Georgia lawsuit in train crash
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a biographical movie about the Allman Brothers Band singer, attorneys said Thursday.

  • Frances McDormand's face does the talking in 'Olive Kitteridge'

    Cast member Frances McDormand poses during a photocall for the TV mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" at the 71st Venice Film FestivalBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frances McDormand's "rubber face" - ruddy, wind-burned, creased and contorted - says as much as the dialogue in "Olive Kitteridge," HBO's miniseries about a New England family and its caustic matriarch. "I've got a rubber face," McDormand says flatly. "It has always served me very well and really helps, especially as I get older because I still have all my road map intact, and I can use it at will." Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, "Olive Kitteridge" premieres on Sunday and charts the life of McDormand's bitter and self-hating Olive from ages 45 to 70, in part through that "road map." Director Lisa Cholodenko, best known for the Academy Award-nominated "The Kids Are All Right," frames the tautly told episodic and non-linear story around Olive's expressions, accentuating her tart-tongued grievances with husband Henry and son Christopher.

  • Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo Polish-French film director Roman Polanski holds his best director award during the 39th French Cesar Awards Ceremony in Paris, Friday Feb. 28, 2014. Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, Boguslawa Marcinkowska, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor.

  • A distant father-daughter duo in 'Interstellar'

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, honoree actor Matthew McConaughey, left, and actress Jessica Chastain arrive at the 28th annual American Cinematheque award ceremony honoring McConaughey at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. While only a 7-year age difference separates McConaughey and Chastain in the real world, the theory of relativity finds them playing a disconnected father and daughter in the film "Interstellar," writer-director Christopher Nolan's space-time saga, scheduled for release Nov. 5, 2014, about a last-ditch effort to find humans a new home. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Chastain doesn't even feel comfortable saying her character's name.

  • Toronto hit romance 'Meet Me In Montenegro' given 2015 ETA

    Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen in "Meet Me In Montenegro"The semi-autobiographical romantic drama "Meet Me In Montenegro," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is heading for a 2015 release after Sony's specialist distributor The Orchard tied up a deal.

  • Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz to fall in love on the big screen

    Zoe Kravitz is due to appear in three films in 2015: "Mad Max 4," "Good Kill" and "Insurgent."The two actors will co-star in the indie crime drama "Vincent-N-Roxxy," which is due to enter production in Louisiana this December.

  • Michael Bay circling feature on Benghazi attack

    Michael Bay could leave behind the robots of the "Transformers" franchise to take on a more serious subject.A veteran of action-heavy Hollywood productions, Michael Bay is in early talks with Paramount to helm "13 Hours," a feature about the attacks carried out the American compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.