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POTTER WRITER, ACTRESS BLAST PAPARAZZI

November 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

British actress Sienna Miller and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling have told the Leveson hearing into U.K. media ethics about how they have been hounded by reporters, photographers and television cameramen, who have intruded on their privacy, and, in Rowling’s case, her children’s as well. Miller, whose romance with Jude Law became fodder for the […]

BRITISH INQUIRY INTO NEWS ETHICS OPENS

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Leveson inquiry into U.K. media ethics that will focus on the telephone hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World, opened today (Monday) with allegations by the panel’s chief counsel, Robert Jay, that phone hacking became “a thriving cottage industry” at News International, the News Corp subsidiary that oversees […]

J.K. ROWLING TO TESTIFY AT U.K. MEDIA INQUIRY

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has surprisingly turned up on a list of 46 “core participants” in the upcoming judicial inquiry by Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s into the British telephone hacking scandal and other news media abuses. The list also includes a number of other politicians, sports stars, and celebrities, including actor Hugh Grant and […]

WITCHING HOUR COMES EARLY IN AUSTRALIA

July 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 obliterated box-office records in Australia as it opened with $7.44 million, a whopping 32 percent above the previous record holder, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King., which collected $5.63 million during its debut in 2003. (Although the movie is opening in numerous foreign markets on […]

WARNER BROS. PLANNING FOR LIFE AFTER DEATHLY

July 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Contrary to what Warner Bros. says in its current ads for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it all doesn’t end with the release of the movie. The studio is busily engaged in making plans to expand the Potter business in the coming months, according to today’s Wall Street Journal, which reported that, […]

ROWLING SPLITS WITH AGENT WHO DISCOVERED HER

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has terminated her relationship with Christopher Little, the literary agent who discovered her, found a publisher for her first Harry Potter novel, and represented her in the publishing and film businesses ever since. She will henceforth be represented by Little’s former business partner, Neil Blair. A spokesman for Little told […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

November 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

USA Today critic Scott Bowles’s review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows serves as both encouragement and warning to those who still haven’t made up their minds about whether to see it. It is, he says, “arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven’t kept up with previous chapters […]