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Fox News – Harry Potter Actors Say Final Farewells to Their Characters

Posted by 4love2love on July 6, 2011

Published July 06, 2011| Associated Press

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Actors, from left, back row, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Domhnall Gleeson, Matthew Lewis, and front row, Evanna Lynch, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, pose at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London, ahead of the world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the last film in the series.

LONDON –  Daniel Radcliffe will miss being an action hero. Emma Watson will miss being a role model. Robbie Coltrane will simply miss getting to play a good guy.

The cast and crew of the “Harry Potter” movies have been saying goodbye to their characters on the eve of the premiere of the eighth and final film in the magical adventure series.

When they met the press at a valedictory news conference Wednesday, it felt like the last day of school — a warm mixture of release and regret.

Radcliffe, Watson and Rupert Grint have grown up in the films over the past decade, playing young wizards Harry, Hermione and Ron as they progress through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and fight the dark forces of Lord Voldemort.

Watson said was it is still “difficult to process” the fact that she won’t be playing Hermione again.

The 21-year-old said she would miss the brave, brainy young witch, who was not just a role but a role model.

“I think of her like a sister,” Watson said. “She feels so real to me. … Of course I will miss the people, but actually I will just miss being her.

“I think she made me a better person, and she made me work harder, just as a result of comparing myself to her every day.”

Grint, 21, said he felt bereft that the series had ended.

“I have felt a little bit lost without it, really, not really knowing what to do with myself,” Grint said. “It’s been such a constant part of my life.”

Radcliffe — who appeared on tape from New York, where he is starring in a Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” — said he would miss the cast and crew, and the stunts.

“I don’t really have the natural frame and stature of an action hero,” the modestly sized 20-year-old actor said. “So it’s kind of a gift for a young actor to be able to do all that stuff. … Bursting out of the water surrounded by a ring of fire: I will never get to do that again.”

Scottish actor Coltrane — who has played the friendly giant Hagrid since the start of the series — said the films were “the first time in my entire career that I’ve played a thoroughly good man.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ has its premiere Thursday in London and opens around the world next week. It brings Harry’s saga to a close 10 years after the launch of the first film,

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and four years after the publication of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s adventure series.

More than 20 members of the cast and crew — from producer David Hayman and director David Yates to assorted Hogwarts teachers and red-haired Weasley siblings — spoke to reporters Wednesday under the grand neo-Gothic vaults of London’s St. Pancras Hotel.

It was a sentimental occasion. Everyone, magic or muggle, paid tribute to their colleagues. Several spoke of the Potter “family” and rejected the idea of the films as a “franchise.”

Yates, who has directed the last four Potter movies, said the cast and crew had a strong bond.

“We’ve all been to the moon together, as it were, and I think that’s special,” he said.

Evanna Lynch, the Irish actress and Harry Potter fan who was cast, aged 14, as flighty Hogwarts pupil Luna Lovegood, said she had no idea what she would do next.

“I’m distraught that this is over,” said 19-year-old Lynch. “I’ve been obsessed with this book since I was eight, so I don’t really know what I was before that or what will come next.

“Apparently they are opening a Harry Potter Experience thing where Leavesden (Studios) was. I am available as a tour guide.”

The “Harry Potter” films have been big box office hits, but largely overlooked by the Academy Awards and other major prizes.

Yates said he said he was more proud of the approval of fans, like those camped out in London’s Trafalgar Square before Thursday’s premiere in “a mini-Glastonbury of people from all over the world who have been camping out in the rain for the last three nights.”

“That’s more of a compensation than lots of trophies,” he said.

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Pop Eater – Taylor Swift Forced to Cancel Shows Due To Illness

Posted by 4love2love on July 6, 2011

By AOL Music Editors  Posted Jul 6th 2011 07:30PM

Taylor SwiftIt’s a disappointing day for Taylor Swift fans. The teen queen was forced to cancel the next three shows on her Speak Now World Tour, slotted for this weekend. The Friday evening show in Charlotte, North Carolina and both Saturday and Sunday stints in Atlanta, Georgia are postponed until the Fall.

The singer-songwriter is battling bronchitis, and her physician has advised her to cancel her upcoming performances in order to rest.

“It breaks my heart to miss out on this weekend’s shows with my friends in Charlotte and Atlanta,” Swift says. “I would never cancel if I thought I was physically able to perform these shows. I am so sorry to the fans, but I look forward to seeing you when we come back through your towns, which we will do.”

The Charlotte stop has been rescheduled for November 16, while the Atlanta shows will be moved to October 1 & 2. Taylor will resume her performance schedule July 14 in Montreal, Canada.

Last week, the 21-year-old had to postpone her her July 2 stop in Louisville, Ky. for the same reason. The show, which has been moved to October 11, marked the first time ever in her career that the ‘Mean’ singer has had to cancel.

“Louisville, I so sorry to have to postpone this show to Oct. 11,” Swift posted on her Twitter page. “This is my first time having to do this. I’m so, so sorry.”

 

 

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Huffington Post – Noel Gallagher Details Liam Gallagher Fight That Broke Up Oasis

Posted by 4love2love on July 6, 2011

First Posted: 07/6/11 08:52 PM ET Updated: 07/6/11 10:34 PM ET

 

With over 70 million records sold, eight number one albums in the UK and more NME and BRIT Awards than they could even carry, Oasis was perhaps the largest, most consistently successful English rock band since the 70’s. And like any great rock band, they hated each other’s guts.

After 18 years of tumult, a brotherly rivalry between guitarist Noel Gallagher and trip-wire combustable Liam, amplified for the whole world to hear, the band finally called it quits in August, 2009. It came after a massive explosion of tempers in their dressing room at the V Festival in Paris, France, leading to their canceling of their set moments before they were supposed to go on stage.

Soon after, Noel posted a message on the group’s site, reading, “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer… Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan.”

Now, nearly two years later, at a press conference to promote his two new solo projects, including his new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Noel has opened up about that fateful night, detailing the argument leading up to the row, the violence involved and even admitting regret over the situation.

The fight, he said, started over fashion, not music.

“I’ve never had enough of Oasis. Our own relationship was never as bad as people made out, but it wasn’t, we weren’t like milli Vanilli… what that means, I don’t know. It kind of all started to unravel, if I’m being honest, when he started his clothing label, and demanded that in the Oasis tour program, that he be allowed to advertise it, which I was against. I didn’t think that it was right for him to be flogging his gear to our fans, and there was a massive row about that. And it kind of went back and forth for a bit, as I remember it, and I said alright, and if you want to advertise in the program, how much? And he couldn’t get his head around that…”

Then, the ultimate incident.

“It slowly went downhill from there. The night in Paris, he didn’t turn up to the V Festival gig, because he had a hangover. He claimed he had laryngitis, but whatever. There was a lot of bad press around that, and in his head, he thinks I’m some sort of f*cking puppet master who controls the media in England. So we get to Paris and he starts saying, he’s reeling off journalists names, and some of you are in this room, and it’s all manner of people I have never met, you f*cking tell Johnny Bowles Mustache I want to kick his f*cking head in, and I’m like I dont know what you’re going on about. And Elvis Costello, and he’s just f*cking off his head. And it kind of went, it was a bit like that.

And it wasn’t just a verbal altercation — fruit was involved.

“And he was quite violent. At that point there hadn’t been any physical violence, but it was kind of, it was a bit like WWE Wrestling, and he was like the Macho Man Randy Savage, and he was like oh yeah and had that going on, and it’s like f*cking hell. And I’ll never forget, and I’m looking at Andy who is sitting there, constantly how many shoe hes got on, not saying a word, and I’m like f*cking hell you know what I mean, and Liam kindly does the f*ck you and f*ck you and f*ck you and he kind of storms out of the dressing room. And I’m glad it never ended like this. And on the way out he picked up a plum and he threw it across the dressing room and it smashed against the wall. Part of me wishes it did end like that, that would have been a great headline.”

Of course, fruit was just the beginning.

“Then he kind of leaves, he goes out the dressing room, for whatever reason he went to his own dressing room and he came back with a guitar and he started wielding it like an axe and I’m not f*cking kidding. And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it was a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, he nearly took my face off with it. And it ended up on the floor and I put it out of its misery. And then I said, well look, I mean, there were people who were in the band, looking the other way, it wasn’t even a big dressing room. And I was like, you know what? I’m f*cking out of here. And at that point someone came in and said, five minutes!… I kind of got in the car and I sat there for five minutes and I just said f*ck it, I can’t do it anymore.”

But despite his new freedom, and the opportunity to do solo projects, Gallagher says he still regrets the way things went down — even if he, ultimately, knew they had to be that way.

“And I regret it really, because we only had two gigs left. If I had my time again I would have gone back and done the gigs — that gig would have been dreadful because he was out of his mind — I would have done that gig and done the next gig and we would have all gone away and we could have probably discussed what we were going to do. We may never have split up, we may have just taken a hiatus and we could have all gone and done our things. LIam always said he would bring down armageddon in the end, thats the way he kind of likes things to be. And there you go. And it’s a shame, because I was comfortable in that band. I perfected that role of that guy who just stood on the right who played the lead guitar and sang backing vocals and sang the occasional, it took me 18 years and I was brilliant at that… at the end of the day, he doesn’t like me. He doesn’t like me in a violent way. I don’t get on with him, but he kind of takes it to a level of, for me, there’s no point in being in a band with people you fight with. What’s the point? Just go on to do more tours and make more f*cking money, it’s just always the arguing about nonsense. I did everyone a favor when I left.”

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Huffington Post – Clayton Hill: Dawoud Muhammad Murdered Notorious B.I.G., I Was An Accessory After The Fact

Posted by 4love2love on July 6, 2011

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First Posted: 07/ 5/11 11:58 AM ET Updated: 07/ 5/11 04:43 PM ET

 

Clayton Hill, a former member of the Nation of Islam and currently incarcerated at a federal prison in Chicago, has come forward and told HipHopDX.com that he played an accessory to the murder of rapper Notorious BIG after the fact, and knows who shot and killed the rapper.

BIG, or Christopher Wallace, was killed while driving away from a party in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Hill claims that, acting under orders from a higher-up at Muhammad Mosque #15 in Atlanta, he met at a Greyhound station a man from Los Angeles who called himself Dawoud Muhammad and took from him possession of a firearm that he claimed he used to shoot the rapper.

“[Dawoud Muhammad] stated to me that he was on the run for the murder [of The Notorious B.I.G.],” Hill told HipHopDx.com. “He disclosed that he was the shooter of The Notorious B.I.G. because he (Dawoud) was a former Blood gang member and was paid to do so.”

Hill will soon release the e-book, “Diary of an Ex-Terrorist,” about his time with the Nation of Islam.

“I told [Dawoud Muhammad] I had instructions to collect some property from him,” he writes in that book. “He must have been given the same instructions because he didn’t hesitate or show any signs of doubt as he bent over and removed a trash liner out of a waste can and handed it to me to hold open. He reached into the duffle bag he brought with him and pulled out a semi-automatic hand gun that could have been a .9 millimeter or a .40 caliber wrapped in a white undershirt. Carefully he placed it into the trash bag making sure his hands never touched any of the exposed parts of the gun.”

Recently, the long-frustrated inquiry into BIG’s murder was “re-invigorated” by new evidence, CNN reported in January. At the center of the case is former LAPD Detective Russell Poole, who resigned from the force in 1999 after feeling as if his investigation was being stonewalled from within.

Poole claimed that former LAPD officer David Mack, a Tupac superfan, and Amir Muhammad carried out the shooting of BIG, as ordered by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, who was incarcerated at the time. Shakur was murdered months before, part of the east coast-west coast rap rivalry, and Knight, some speculate, may have been seeking revenge.

Months later, Mack was sent to prison for bank robbery. Poole insisted that officers in the LAPD, working off duty for Death Row, thwarted the investigation, telling CNN that he, “was getting too close to the truth.”

In 2005, a paid informant who said that Knight ordered the murder pulled back his testimony, saying that he was a paranoid schizophrenic and his identification was fraudulent.

When HipHopDx.com asked Hill whether his memory of Dawoud Muhammad matches pictures of Amir Muhammad, Hill said, “I have looked at the pics… and although I cannot say conclusively and with absolute certainty because that was 14 years ago, Amir Muhammad looks like the person who used the name Dawoud.”

Hill claims — and a HipHopDx.com source confirmed — that he met with the government about the content of his confession, though his inability to identify the killer in photos hurt his credibility, at least in terms of usability in court. Hill is currently serving time for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Identity Theft.

For more, click over to HipHopDx.com.

 

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Pop Eater – Schwarzenegger to Pay Out ‘Very Generous Divorce Settlement’

Posted by 4love2love on July 6, 2011

By Kiki Von Glinow  Posted Jul 5th 2011 11:00AM

According to Radar Online, after Maria Shriver officially filed for divorce from estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ‘Terminator’ reportedly agreed to give his soon-to-be ex-wife a “very generous divorce settlement.”

In accordance with California law, due to a Community Property statute, all assets obtained during a marriage must be split 50/50. But according to reports, Schwarzenegger is seriously considering giving Shriver more than the state mandated sum.

“Arnold realized he is to blame for the collapse of his marriage,” an inside source told Radar. “Maria was a loving wife and mother, and he doesn’t think that any amount of money can minimize what he has put her through. He wants to do the right thing, and go above and beyond what is required of him under the law.”

Shriver formally filed for divorce on July 1 and had previously hired investigators to ascertain just how much her husband was worth. Settlement discussions between Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s lawyers have reportedly been underway for more than two months. The former California Governor, who fathered a child with the couple’s longtime housekeeper, Mildred Baena, can total his egregious wealth to roughly $500-$750 million, the source divulged.

“This is going to be a very amicable divorce, and it won’t be played out in the media,” the source continued. “Neither one of them wants that. Arnold hasn’t lost his mind, he is going to be giving away his fortune to her. He wants to show his children he is taking responsibility for his actions.”

The press will be the last ones clued into the details of the divorce if the public couple has anything to do with it. Their lawyers will be conversing with a private judge who will rule on the settlement before alerting the presiding judge to the decision.

But one thing the couple has already agreed on are their views on how their two minor children — Patrick and Christopher — should be parented. Both Shriver and Schwarzenegger are seeking joint custody.

 

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