Saturday, November 8, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe talks to Conan O'Brien about drinking anti-freeze, knowing the Star Wars title already and his worst movie pitch ever

Dan Radcliffe recently visited the Conan O'Brien show while promoting Horns is the USA and some clips have become available online. One quote that is also available concerns his accidental drinking of anti-freeze and becoming ill:
"It is very cold in Canada and as a solution to that, because they don't want the water to freeze in the pipes in the trailers overnight, they put antifreeze in it."
"So it's all non-potable water that comes out the tap. I did not know that, so I drank a full cup of non-potable water ... so I guess like half-antifreeze or whatever it would have been.
"I didn't realise, and then I got horrendously ill and didn't know why I had become so ill, and a couple of weeks later I went to drink a glass of water in hair and makeup and they were like, 'What are you doing? Don't do that, that's crazy you can't drink that water!' "
After realising the additive was the cause of Daniel's near-death experience, he raced back to his trailer on the set to discover it hadn't been fitted with signs telling him not to drink the water.
Speaking on chat show 'Conan', he added: "I just had never seen the signs. I went back and checked my trailer and there weren't signs in it that said, 'Don't drink this water,' but it was just, yeah, it was an accident."
Check out the videos below:

If you have issues with the playlist displaying, you can watch the individual videos at the links below:

Daniel Radcliffe Crashed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Potter alumni: Brendan Gleeson and more nominated BIFA Awards, first trailer for Domhnall Gleeson's Ex Machina

The nominations for the British Independent Film Awards have been released and as an Irish person I'm proud to see Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye) among the nominees for Best actor with both his project Calvary Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley's) project Frank (both with Irish directors who are also nominated) in the Best Film category. Also up for Best Actor is Wormtail actor Timothy Spall for Mr Turner. Also nominated is Tom Felton's Belle co-star  Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Umbridge actress Imelda Staunton for Pride.

In other Domhnall Gleeson news, the first trailer for his upcoming sci-fi thriller Ex Machina has appeared online. The film follows Gleeson's character Caleb "a coder for Nathan’s(Oscar Isaac) Google-like search giant Bluebook, [who] wins the opportunity to spend a week with [him and his AI creation Ava as] a kind of human guinea pig for his boss’s experiment .. trying to establish whether this machine is conscious or his Alaskan mountain retreat."
The trailer is below:

Potter: Newest Pottermore revelations, Books shortlisted as Best Toy, Hogwarts in Snow coming soon

As everyone is well aware by now, Pottermore released a startling six new backstory-esque pieces on Halloween, but if you havent quite got through all the gameplay and would like a rundown here are some articles for you.
Buzzfeed -about Umbridge
MoviePilot - about all the new stories

In other news, Warner Bros Studio Tour is preparing for Christmas with the notice it has put out for the upcoming annual celebration with snow. The entire tour will be given a Christmas makeover, including a snow covered Hogwarts (above) and a festive Great Hall. The spectacular even will run from Friday 14th November until Sunday 1st of February. For more information and tickets, head here.

Finally, K-Zone and Total Girl, magazines for young children, have shortlisted the newest Bloomsbury editions of the Harry Potter novels as Toy of the Year! Vote here!

Emma Watson: Britannica Awards, ELLE Feminism Issue, Talks Colonia and more

We recently posted the first look at Emma in upcoming film Colonia and we now have some quotes from the actress from the Luxenbourg Wort speaking about the role. Check them out below:
The film follows the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple involved in the political uprising in Chile in the 1970s. When Daniel goes missing, Lena sets out to find him, even when it means going undercover to join a cult at Colonia Dignidad. It’s there that she encounters Paul Schäfer, the abusive cult leader. This is one of Watson’s first serious leading roles in a film for adults, and she spoke a little about what drew her to the film.
I think [Colonia is] about how far you’re willing to go for someone you love. The pressures and tensions of real life, how they act upon a relationship. For me, it’s really about a very courageous woman. The narrative structure we’re used to seeing is the damsel in distress rescued by a knight in shining armor. But this is a story where a young woman goes to save her man. That immediately appealed because you get to be proactive, you get to play a character who really steers the storyline and guides the pace of the story instead of being reactionary and passive. It presented me with a really exciting opportunity and one which is unusual.
Given that we know Emma is committed to issues of gender equality, it’s unsurprising that she would be drawn to those aspects of the role of Lena. Still, Watson acknowledged that it was tough taking on such a difficult topic.
I was slightly reluctant to read the script because of the subject matter. I thought it was going to be heavy. [...] I often have to play music in the car journey on the way home [from the set], go for a walk or a run, because you carry an energy with you, and if you’re not careful it starts to seep into other parts of your life, and you have to find a way to draw a line and cut off where your life starts and work ends.
Still, Watson has found that working on Colonia is something she relishes.
The script was fast-paced. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. It’s a thriller. I think Florian [the director] has managed to balance really well darkness, lightness, heaviness and pace. [...] The truth is I’m happy to do my job for free…It’s about something that challenges me and makes me a better actress and more than that that pushes me on as a person. I was terrified to go to Chile and go to the colony. I found it difficult to absorb some of the things I was reading in the script. There’s something about that – I wanted to be challenged.

Emma Watson recently attended and was honoured at The Britannica awards. An image of her at the event is above left and her speech is now below.

In other publications, Emma spoke to ELLE (cover image left) and is it's Feminist issue cover star recently. Among other things she spoke about Womens Rights:

Her decision to become an activist on behalf of women was, in many ways, prompted by her fame as an actress. "Fame is not something I have always felt comfortable with; I have really grappled with it emotionally. And, in a funny way, doing this is my way of making sense of the fame, of using it. I have found a way to channel it towards something else, which makes it so much more manageable for me. And this is something I really believe in," she says. 

She also feels passionately that feminism can and should mean different things to all people, but that all people should embrace it. "Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for President, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too." It's an attitude she learned as a young girl. "I’m lucky I was raised to believe that my opinion at the dinner table was valuable. My mum and I spoke as loudly as my brothers."

A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot is now below:

The issue is now on newsstands and more images are in our gallery.

Daniel Radcliffe on Ellen Degeneres, The Talk, MTV Halloween Costume Shopping and more

Since our last Dan Radcliffe interview post got a little cramped, I decided to move the videos over here!

Now for some video interviews! Or at least some snippits from them since outside the US it is difficult to view the entire show.

Ellen Degeneres:

The Talk:


Dan sat down (and jumped around as can be seen from the image on the last post) with Josh Horrowitz of MTV recently and spoke about his boycott of Harry similar glasses in the future. US viewers can watch the video here, but for the rest of us I will have to continue to scour the internet for clips! In the meantime, below are some quotes. 

Daniel Radcliffe’s message is clear: he is done with glasses forever.
Daniel’s fears are justified. At 25, the actor’s impressive repertoire including stage, television, and film is constantly eclipsed by his longtime stint as everyone’s favorite boy wizard. As he told MTV’s Josh Horowitz:
It’s gonna be contacts or like triangular glasses or something just to really put some distance. I haven’t needed them yet, but maybe I will one day. That could be worrying.

I am unsure if this is the same clip, but here is a humourous clip of Dan playing awful halloween store salesman:

There was also a junket in LA, attended by Snitchseeker staff, which can be read here.