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A 'Harry Potter' veteran takes a virgin to see 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2.' Will the magic work on an unenlightened Muggle?

Once upon a time, a total Harry Potter superfan took a total Harry Potter newbie to see the last Harry Potter film. This is what happened. (Be warned: SPOILERS await!)

ADAM B. VARY: The final Harry Potter movie is finally upon us, Dan, and I could scarcely be more excited. One big reason? I will be seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 seated next to someone who has never seen a Harry Potter movie nor read any of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books: you.

Before we embark on our cinematic adventure — me, the wizened Albus Dumbledore to your fresh-out-of-the-Dursley’s-cupboard-under-the-stairs Harry Potter — I have one question: What do you know (or think you know) about Harry Potter?

DAN SNIERSON: We can start here: Who’s Mrs. Dursley? Clearly, I’ll be reduced to fake-gasping at long-hinted-at revelations and totally not getting inside jokes about characters’ established foibles. Which is why I have mixed feelings about embarking on this experiment. READ FULL STORY

All is well, but what is your favorite Harry Potter film?

Now that Harry Potter’s cinematic journey is gloriously complete, the sheer magnitude of his universe is truly dizzying to behold. Eight epic films made during a 10-year span, costing more than a billion dollars to bring to life, earning more than six billion at the worldwide box-office, employing nearly every distinguished British actor of the age. The Potter films evolved along with its young heroes — from the cutesy Chris Columbus efforts to David Yates’ darker, more-adult action films — and a generation of fans grew up with them.

Asking Potterheads to select a favorite movie of the bunch, therefore, is like asking Ron’s mom to name her favorite Weasley. Does that wondrous childhood thrill of soaring above the Quidditch pitch in The Sorcerer’s Stone still hold a special place in your heart? Did the Dementors from The Prisoner of Azkaban raise the stakes when they delivered the series’ first pangs of real dread? Or have the final two films triumphantly captured the melancholic spirit of J.K. Rowling’s last book? If only there were some magic Sorting Hat to help determine where our true loyalties lie. For now, we’ll settle for a simple poll. Which Potter film is your favorite? Vote below.


'News of the World' scandal fake movie trailer casts Colin Firth as Hugh Grant, is verrrrrrrrrry British

I spent much of the weekend fantasizing about who I would cast in the inevitable movie version of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Cate Blanchett seemed like a good choice for disgraced, former newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks while Hugh Grant was surely a lock for the role of Hugh Grant. (You may not know this, but the star of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain does an excellent impression of the Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain star.)

However, the new fake trailer you’ll find below has thrown my fantasy casting into disarray. The clip is very Anglo-oriented but still worth checking out, not least for the rather compelling suggestion that Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall might actually make for a good Rebekah Brooks.

If nothing else, it would save the production a bunch of money on hair-gingerizing products. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

Baby Harper Seven Beckham makes her online debut

Victoria and David Beckham have posted pictures of their week-old baby Harper Seven to Facebook (there’s one of Posh, too) and the Internet is flipping out. Here’s Becks transmitting one of his secrets about how to look hot for the camera to his new spawn via an adorable nose-to-nose download. It’s never too early to start succeeding in life. Take it from me, Baby Harper. I’m posting this. On a Sunday!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is basically naked in a new Burberry ad

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will probably never win an Oscar, at least to judge by her pouting non-performance in the latest Michael Bay robo-stravaganza, which I believe was called Transformers: Dark of the Moon River Wider Than a Mile. But to be fair, Charles Laughton did win an Oscar, and for all of Charles Laughton’s incredible acting talent, no one ever begged Charles Laughton to pose for an advertisement wearing nothing but a trenchcoat. But that’s exactly what Huntington-Whiteley has done in a new campaign for Burberry Body. (Check out a full-sized image here.) I have no idea what Burberry Body is, but I’ll buy several, please! READ FULL STORY

Hugh Grant talks role in 'News of the World' takedown, awesomely defeats foe with charming aplomb

Despite the fact that Hugh Grant has been relatively absent from the film scene since 2009’s Did You Hear About the Morgans?, the British actor has been quite busy. Doing what, you ask? Why, helping take down Britain’s News of the World, which announced Thursday it would shut down following a hacking scandal involving murder victim Milly Dowler. (The publication had broken into Dowler’s voicemail while reporting the story.) As EW reported back in April, the 50-year-old actor wrote a piece for the New Statesman about how he secretly recorded former News of the World journalist Paul McMullan, who admitted that former editor Andy Coulson and owner Rupert Murdoch were aware that hacking occurred at the publication. Now, amidst the news that the publication is closing its doors, the actor is speaking out once again about his piece, and still fighting back against the journalist who exposed him to the publication’s immoral practice.

“I was revolted and astonished,” Grant told the BBC about when he learned his phone had been hacked. READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais on 'The Office' at 10 -- EXCLUSIVE

Ray Burmiston

So The Office is 10 years old.

Well the first episode of Series One aired at 9:30 p.m. on a Monday night, 9 July, 2001.

Obviously the concept existed sometime before that. The BBC pilot was shot in January 2000, and we shot our own pilot two years before that. It was shot in a day in the “real Office” that I worked in for eight years from 1989 to 1997.

I had David Brent as a character from about 1995 I’d say, and he is based on people I’d met throughout my adult life.

The very first scene of the series, where he is talking to the forklift truck driver, is based on an interview I had at a temp agency when I was 17, in the school holidays. He was in his mid thirties wearing a bad suit. His opening sentence was, “I don’t give sh—y jobs”; I just looked at him and nodded. He said “If a good guy comes to me,” (he pointed at me to let me know he already knew I was a good guy), “and says I wanna work hard because I wanna better myself, then I will make that happen.” He phoned his friend and at one point said, “Yes of course he’s 18″; then he winked at me and did the Pinocchio nose mime. (It was nothing to do with fork lift truck driving but it was for work in a warehouse). I never saw him again, but I used to do impressions of him as I told the anecdote over the years. He was the very first Brent I can remember. There have been many since. READ FULL STORY

Follow Harry Potter through the pages of the 'Wall Street Journal'

No one will ever confuse the staid Wall Street Journal with the work of Andy Warhol, but the newspaper’s hedcuts — those iconic ink illustrations made entirely of dots — of Daniel Radcliffe evoke the nostalgia of the artist’s famous Marilyn Monroe painting. The daily collected six of artist Randy Glass’ “Harry Potters” from its archives, and sewn together, they capture not only Radcliffe’s evolution from cherub-faced innocence to furrowed determination, but their own sublime aesthetic. (The only thing that hasn’t changed are his glasses.) Each drawing finely embodies the tone of its respective film, and the seventh and final portrait (right) rightfully stands alone. It’s the darkest of the set, the only one in which Radcliffe is depicted not looking at the “camera.” Well done, WSJ. Take a look at the Harry collage: READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks says Pixar is working on 'Toy Story 4'; Should Woody and Buzz make sequels to infinity and beyond?

When a movie grosses more than a billion dollars at the global box-office, you better believe there’s going to be a sequel (or two). So I know I shouldn’t have been surprised when Tom Hanks, currently in England promoting Larry Crowne, let slip that the Toy Story gang was not about to be packed away in the Disney/Pixar attic. “Yeah, I think they’re working on it now,” he answered interviewer Tim Muffett when asked whether fans can expect another helping of Woody and Buzz. Disney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about any plans for a Toy Story 4, but after seeing them in the short that played before Cars 2, it’s clear these characters are still very much in play. READ FULL STORY

'The Onion's Pulitzer campaign shifts into semi-celebrity overdrive

Tom Hanks didn’t start The Onion‘s campaign to win a Pulitzer Prize, but the grassroots movement has really taken off since the Oscar-winner chastised the Pulitzer committee for making him angry. Today, author Neil Gaiman is the latest to join Hanks, Ricky Gervais, Pulitzer-winning writer Dave Barry, Paul Reiser, a cat, and an army of advocates at Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes. “We here at AFAJP (pronounced Affahjjp) are dedicating our lives to exposing the Pulitzer committee’s despicable bigotry against the Onion and making sure that America’s finest news source receives the prize it so richly deserves,” said the organization’s president Stephen Forbeck, in a video. “Americans from all walks of life are standing up and telling the Pulitzer committee to stop the ignorance, stop the bias, and stop the neglect.” Watch some of the latest video pleas after the jump: READ FULL STORY

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