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August 22, 2013 |
Stephenie McMillan, the prolific British set designer whose meticulous eye brought the whimsical world of Harry Potter to life and earned her an Academy Award for "The English Patient," has died. She was 71. McMillan, who almost always collaborated with production designer Stuart Craig, with whom she shared the Oscar for best art direction/set decoration, died Monday from complications of ovarian cancer at her home in Norfolk, England, said her partner, Phil Hardy. An eye for even the smallest details -- and an understanding of how they swayed the story line -- set her body of work apart, said Thomas Walsh, former president of the Art Directors Guild.
August 2, 2013 |
You may have noticed that "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson has taken un-Hermione Granger-like roles as of late. That's after the 23-year-old stopped acting altogether for a bit and briefly enrolled at Brown University in 2009, then dropped out before completing a degree. Post-"Potter," the child star, who skyrocketed to fame in the big screen-adaptations of J.K. Rowling's series about a boy wizard, took on a small role in "My Week With Marilyn" in 2011, fully returned to acting in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and made serious fun of herself in the self-deprecating raunch-com "This Is the End. " But Watson said that she, and even her agent, were "surprised" by her return to acting after the juggernaut that was "Harry Potter" and the eight feature films.
July 31, 2013 |
After her recent unmasking as the writer behind the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith and the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling," J.K. Rowling announced Wednesday -- her birthday -- that the worldwide publishing royalties from the book will be donated to The Soldiers' Charity, a British charity that provides support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families. The central character in “The Cuckoo's Calling” is a soldier, and in a statement Rowling explained , "This donation is being made to The Soldiers' Charity partly as a thank you to the Army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed.” She plans to contribute net profits from the book for three years, beginning with the date Rowling was revealed as the true author of “The Cuckoo's Calling.” This decision was made public after Rowling brought legal proceedings against Chris Gossage, who is a partner at Rowling's law firm, and his friend Judith Callegari.
July 18, 2013 |
A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry. " She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat wistful. "I hoped to keep this secret a little longer," she wrote on her website. " [B]eing Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.
July 16, 2013 |
J.K. Rowling's birthday is coming up on July 31, but readers have already given her a present: a new bestseller. "The Cuckoo's Calling" is a mystery published in April by Mulholland Books. It leapt to the top of Amazon's bestseller list this weekend when it was revealed that the author, Robert Galbraith, was, in fact, Rowling. The book remains the top-selling book on Amazon . Rowling had talked openly about the pressures of following up her Harry Potter success. After the final boy-wizard novel, she wrote her first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," which received a chilly critical reception.
July 14, 2013 |
Little, Brown confirmed Sunday that "The Cuckoo's Calling," a well-reviewed crime novel, was secretly written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The book was written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Another book using that pen name is coming next year. "The Cuckoo's Calling" was published by Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books on April 30. “A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads, 'Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling,' ” Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown, said in a statement. Little, Brown confirmed Rowling's authorship of the book after the Sunday Times of London revealed the secret.
May 20, 2013 |
What does one of the world's best-known authors think when she holds the book that made her famous? J.K. Rowling looks at the title page of the first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” (as it's is known in the U.K.) and thinks this book “changed my life forever.” She also thinks: I wish I'd not made a badger the symbol for Hufflepuff in the Hogwarts coat of arms. “Perhaps Hufflepuff would have the respect it deserves from fans if I'd stuck to my original idea of a bear to represent it.” Those are Rowling's handwritten notes -- she even drew the shield with a bear inside -- that appear in the first edition copy of “Harry Potter” she's donated to English PEN . The annotated book will be auctioned off, along with 49 from other famous authors, to raise funds for the writers' rights group.
December 11, 2012 |
Boyish chef Jamie Oliver moved past Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling on British bestseller lists this week, the Guardian reports. Their books were released on the same day, Sept. 27. Oliver has penned a cookbook, "15 Minute Meals. " His cookbooks are perennially popular, landing at or near the top of British bestseller lists. While Rowling is also a bestseller, her novel released this year was not guaranteed to be a hit. She left Harry Potter behind and penned her first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy.
December 5, 2012 |
This writing thing might work out after all for J.K. Rowling - the BBC wants to make a series out of her latest novel. Rowling, the U.K. novelist who became a billionaire from the "Harry Potter" series, will have her first adult novel, "The Casual Vacancy," turned into a British series, with an expected air date in 2014. In a statement, Rowling said: "I'm thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy.' I always felt that, if...
November 20, 2012 |
It's Bad Sex Day on the Internet today. Of course, every day is bad sex day on the Internet. But today's bad sex is actually enjoyable, and it arrives via the respected Literary Review of London and its Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Call it coitus ridiculous. It's sex that's so bad as to be laughable, in a delightfully literary kind of way. Eight authors were named finalists for the Bad Sex in Fiction award Tuesday. All the buzz is that J.K. Rowling didn't make the cut. Rowling's "The Literary Vacancy" was a favorite to walk away with the award, in part for a passage in which a vulva and Santa Claus manage to squeeze themselves into the same sentence.