March 30, 2013 |
Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big - obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him an ideal interpreter of his magnificently articulate art. He will live on as Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon, but I shall remember him for his portrayal of Hector in Bennett's "The History...
March 29, 2013 |
The larger world may have discovered Richard Griffiths through the Harry Potter movies, but the theater world has long claimed him as one of its best. The actor died Thursday at age 65. Griffiths' most famous role on stage was that of Hector, the unorthodox history teacher in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys. " After a successful run in London (he won an Olivier Award for his performance), the play came to Broadway in 2006 and won six Tony awards, including best play and best actor for Griffiths.
March 29, 2013 |
British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for playing muggle Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, England, from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told the Associated Press. He was 65. Large in body and presence, Griffiths appeared in character roles in dozens of films and TV shows, but made his biggest mark as the boy wizard's grumpy uncle. PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe said Griffiths' true demeanor was far kinder.
February 13, 2013 |
Daniel Radcliffe's Out magazine cover story teaches us a couple of very important things. One, he seems like a really decent guy who gets along with just about everybody when he's on a movie set. Two, he's circumcised. Radcliffe, who plays Allen Ginsberg in the film "Kill Your Darlings" - it premiered at Sundance last month - was resolutely unfazed about playing a gay man, according to the mag . "You never see a gay actor getting asked...
March 31, 2012 |
Hard-core Harry Potter fans who devoured the books, camped out for the movies and trekked through the theme park now have a new way to relive the boy wizard's adventures. PHOTOS: Making of Harry Potter studio tour Debuting Saturday, the Making of Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour at theWarner Bros.studios in England will let wizards, mudbloods and muggles pull back the curtain on the movie-making secrets of the most successful film series of all time. Located 20 miles outside of London, the three-hour self-guided tour will take visitors past sets, props, costumes, models and special effects exhibits from the eight "Harry Potter" movies.
February 6, 2012 |
Not even the biggest television event of the year could shake 2012's winning streak at the box office, as ticket sales were up for the fifth consecutive weekend this year. Despite the pull of the Super Bowl, three new films held their own at the multiplex on what is traditionally one of the slowest weekends of the year for the movie industry. "Chronicle," a found-footage adventure about teenagers with superpowers, took the No. 1 spot with $22 million in domestic receipts, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox. The horror film "The Woman in Black," the first movie from "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe outside of the popular franchise, wasn't far behind with $21 million.
February 3, 2012 |
Doors creak, birds shriek and children are lured to terrible fates in "The Woman in Black," a good, old-fashioned ghost yarn of the Victorian Gothic persuasion. The handsome chiller, set in an atmospherically isolated Yorkshire village, is a production of England's revived Hammer label and features Daniel Radcliffe in his first post-"Harry Potter" screen role. He plays a character who, not unlike Harry, takes a train to an otherworldly place where he faces down immense forces of evil - albeit without the wizardly magic, and with an occasional fortifying shot of whiskey.
January 29, 2012
Not every ghost story translates well from page to screen - the 1999 movie "The Haunting," based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel, for instance - but the trailer for the upcoming film of Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black" (Vintage: 176 pp., $15.95 paper), starring "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe and set for U.S. release early next month, suggests we're in store for an effective, faithful rendering of this harrowing 1983 tale. Hill's story of a young lawyer's experience with a malevolent spirit - and how it casts a shadow over the rest of his life - has already resulted in a successful stage play and TV movie.
July 7, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has its world premiere in London. Watch the events, streaming live from Trafalgar Square. ( Los Angeles Times ) Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker top the list of highest-paid actresses. ( Los Angeles Times ) Harry Potter comes of age, one Daniel Radcliffe portrait at a time. ( Wall Street Journal ) Taylor Swift postpones her tour, citing bronchitis.
July 6, 2011 |
With the final installment in the Harry Potter film franchise soon to hit theaters, star Daniel Radcliffe sat down with GQ U.K. for an interview, revealing his recent struggles with alcohol. "I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff,” he told the magazine, later adding, "As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time — that doesn’t work for me. I do that very unsuccessfully. " At least in Britain, he doesn't seem to be alone.