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POLL: Is Gary Oldman due to finally join Oscars' First-Timers' Club?

Nothing makes me happier on the morning of the Oscar nominations announcement than hearing the name of a deserving actor who finally gets his due. Last year, my heart swelled for Christian Bale and Mark Ruffalo, two unique actors whose eclectic work in the past decade had been inexplicably neglected by the Academy. Now, as we head into awards season, it’s time to examine who has the best chance to join the First Timer’s Club. Last year, Bale and Ruffalo were two of seven first-timers (James Franco, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Jesse Eisenberg) so there’s room for more than one, obviously. But clearly, some have waited longer than others, beginning with Gary Oldman. His role as a sly spy master in the John le Carré classic Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is being heralded as his sure-thing performance after years of being overlooked despite delivering memorable characters in Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and The Contender. Is it his time? Or might his Harry Potter colleague, Alan Rickman, finally get some credit for his excellent work as Severus Snape in the Deathly Hallows — Part II?

The two Brits aren’t alone. There are several performers who’ve yet to be recognized by Oscar — at various stages of overdue-ness — who might contend this year. Vote below on who you hope to hear announced on Jan. 24. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Daniel Radcliffe, David Yates, and David Heyman talk 'Harry Potter'

It wasn’t quite an actual trip to Hogwarts, but it was an enchanting evening nonetheless for 50 or so lucky Harry Potter fans last night in NYC, who got to go to a special screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 in 3-D, which was followed by an occurrence rarer than finding a horcrux: A 30-minute Q&A (moderated by EW’s own Jess Cagle!) with Daniel Radcliffe, director David Yates, and producer David Heyman — and yes, the Potterphile in me was totally freaking out.

After the movie screening — which was awesome, but you knew that already — the anticipation for Radcliffe and Co., was building and, in one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever experienced, as soon as the epilogue ended and the credits rolled, the lights came up and walking down beside me onto the stage was Harry Potter himself. Seeing “Harry Potter” immediately after seeing Harry Potter was jolting. Try telling me all this magic stuff is not real now, friends haters. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe goes backstage with Alan Rickman -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

There was a Hogwarts reunion at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on Nov. 7 when Daniel Radcliffe nipped backstage to congratulate former Harry Potter co-star Rickman on his Main Stem return in Seminar. The actors, who were all smiles in Rickman’s dressing room after the show, are both currently gracing the Great White Way — at least until Radcliffe bows out of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Jan. 1.

Radcliffe picked a good date to visit. Thursday evening’s performance of Seminar — the show’s first press night before its Nov. 20 opening — was canceled at the very last minute because Rickman was suffering from an acute respiratory infection. (It’s the first time in the actor’s storied career that he’s ever missed a stage performance.) In Seminar, the 65-year-old star plays a cantankerous literary genius hosting a private seminar for four aspiring novelists in the play and obviously does a lot of talking (as well as spitting out choice insults). A rep for the show tells EW that “we expect to resume performances tonight!”

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Alan Rickman goes from Hogwarts to Broadway's 'Seminar' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Alan Rickman may have hung up his wand as Hogwarts potions professor Severus Snape, but he’s yet to relinquish his fictional teaching degree. For his first major post-Harry Potter outing, the 65-year-old British actor is returning to Broadway as an ornery writing great who hosts a private workshop for fledgling novelists in Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy Seminar. His character, Leonard, is ruthless, brilliant, unorthodox, and prone to giving writing advice like, “I don’t have to go past the first five words because I already know enough and I don’t give a s—.” Leonard is also, if you haven’t already guessed, just as insecure as his young students, who are played by Lily Rabe, Jerry O’Connell, Hettienne Park, and Hamish Linklater.

Seminar, which is currently in previews at the John Golden Theatre, opens on Nov. 20. See more photos below! READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' reaches another end: See the trailer for 'LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7' -- EXCLUSIVE

One of the most delightful sideshows of the multifaceted Harry Potter entertainment franchise has been the LEGO Harry Potter videogame series, an extension of the toy maker’s license to make play sets inspired by the Harry Potter movies. Now, this part of the whole magical magilla is coming to a conclusion, too, with the release of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, on sale Friday. It’s actually three games in one, as it contains adaptations of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, albeit it in LEGO’s trademark brick-and-whimsy language. The exclusive trailer — rich, as usual, with self-deprecation and visual pizzazz — promotes in particular the games’ play-with-a-friend cooperative mode and play-any-character-you-want functionality. Neat… but we’re never playing as Dobby, no matter how made-for-LEGO he may be. READ FULL STORY

Who's your favorite pop culture werewolf?

Werewolves are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Monster world, by which I mean they gets no respect and they are completely insane. That’s the joy of the werewolf: Whereas vampires represent everything attractive and high-falutin’ about society — eternal youth, sex appeal, being vaguely European — werewolves are all about the loss of control. That can be played for drama (as in the original Wolf Man), or for comedy (see: Teen Wolf), or for terribleness (see: the remake of Wolf Man and Teen Wolf Too.) Next week sees the return to the big screen of your niece’s favorite werewolf, Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn; Part 1. So what better time to ask the big question: Who’s your favorite pop culture werewolf? Seth Green in Buffy? Jack Nicholson in Wolf? Lady wolf Katharine Isabelle in Ginger Snaps? Take the poll below! Quick, before the full moon rises! READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling almost killed off Ron Weasley

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features one of the more soul-destroying death orgies in Fantasy-lit history, with a whole cavalcade of Potter supporting players winding up as casualties in the climactic wizard battle. The series never shrank from death — Books 4 through 6 each end with a major character dying, and the whole saga begins with Harry as a newly orphaned baby. But in a new special feature on the Deathly Hallows 2 DVD, author J. K. Rowling notes that she’d planned one fatality that would have probably scarred a generation of young readers. As reported by the Guardian, Rowling says, “I did seriously consider killing Ron.” Apparently, she briefly thought about killing off Harry’s red-headed sidekick around the middle of the series, when she “wasn’t in a very happy place.” READ FULL STORY

Twitter pays its respects to Harry Potter's parents on the anniversary of their death

If you ever needed concrete proof that the Harry Potter saga and its characters (even the dead ones) will never really die, this might be it.

On Monday morning “RIP Lily and James Potter” became a trending topic on Twitter, commemorating what would mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Harry Potter’s parents.

The late couple, as we all know, died defending their infant child against He Who Must Not Be Named. Fans, who are planning a moment of Twitter silence at 3 p.m., posted messages like, “Thirty years ago today Lily and James sacrificed their lives so that their son, Harry, could live. RIP James and Lily Potter,” and “It’s 3 decades since his mother’s sacrifice saved Harry and caused the downfall of Lord Voldemort. RIP James and Lily Potter,” while another noted, “RIP James and Lily Potter, but also, happy birthday Peter Jackson! An eventful day for nerd history, Halloween is.” (Although The Roots drummer Questlove had a different outlook on the outpouring of grief on the social networking site, “”RIP James and Lily Potter” REASONS YOURE SINGLE.”)

While I’m not planning a vigil, Internet or otherwise, for James and Lily Potter (as Chandler Bing argued about the sadness over Bambi’s mom’s death, “Yes, it was very sad when the guy stopped drawing the deer“), it got me thinking about how often this sort of thing occurs with pop-culture enthusiasts. Are you planning on having a piece of anniversary cake to celebrate the nuptials (also 30 years ago!) of Luke and Laura on Nov. 17? Did you hang out by your local mall on Oct. 26 in the faint hope that the DeLorean would show up? On May 4 will you be buying little Cece Halpert something for her second birthday?

Are you mourning the death of Lily and James Potter today, PopWatchers? Which pop-culture anniversary do you acknowledge? Share in the comments section below!

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Daniel Radcliffe makes fans 'Scream' at 'Harry Potter' tribute -- SNEAK PEEK

When I say, “Harry,” you say, “Potter”: Harry! … Harry! Last night, the magical Daniel Radcliffe dropped by New York’s Lincoln Center to film a special Potter tribute for Spike TV’s upcoming 2011 Scream Awards. Cheering muggles piled in and led chants for The Boy Who (Played Harry Potter And) Lived. Accepting the Ultimate Scream and Best Fantasy Actor Awards (presented by Samuel L. Jackson), Radcliffe thanked all his fans for “the most incredible 10 years of my life on Harry Potter.” As an afterthought, he pointed out one fan in attendance, enthusing, “And that man there… has got the best Hagrid costume on I have ever seen, so well done, sir!”

Get a sneak peek of the event and see the Hagrid in question below…

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Alan Rickman returns to Broadway for 'Seminar' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Severus Snape smiles and laughs, a lot — at least in this exclusive video of Alan Rickman and the cast of Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar meeting for the first time last Monday in New York’s West Village. Sure, it’s fun to see Rickman clowning around, but Seminar — and the footage — has other delights, like Tony nominee Lily Rabe and the beautiful Hettienne Park (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…). The pair, plus Broadway newbies Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Jerry O’Connell (The Defenders), play tortured students to Alan Rickman’s writing teacher in the comedy, which opens Nov. 20.  Check out the footage below. READ FULL STORY

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