Thursday, February 02, 2006

New Harry Potter Cast Suits Up

The fifth book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," will begin filming next Monday in London, Warner Bros. announced today. Stars DANIEL RADCLIFFE, EMMA WATSON and RUPERT GRINT will return along with some new Hogwarts teachers and students, including Harry's strange, yet pivotal friend, Luna "Looney" Lovegood. Fourteen-year-old EVANNA LYNCH (see below) landed the role as the sweet but spacey Looney at an open casting last month in England which drew 15,000 hopefuls. Playing Harry's sadistic new Professor of the Dark Arts, Dolores Umbridge, is older actress IMELDA STAUNTON ("Vera Drake)." And Ministry of Magic Aurors, or magical G-men, include GEORGE HARRIS ("The Interpreter," "Black Hawk Down") as Kingsley Shacklebolt; and NATALIA TENA ("Mrs. Henderson Presents," "About a Boy") as shape-shifting Nymphadora Tonks. I could totally geek out here and tell you much, much more but I'll spare you and just say the film comes out in 2007.

More Movie Fun

See why Robin strikes out with the ladies in the hilarious new short "Robin's Big Date" at The short film stars SAM ROCKWELL ("Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") as the man in black and JUSTIN LONG ("Herbie: Fully Loaded") as his nervous companion. It made a splash at the Sundance Film Fest and shows what happens when Batman tries to move in on Robin's lady at a restaurant. "So who's gonna score with her, you or me?" Batman nudges Robin. "One of us has gotta score!" (It's definitely funny in a way that reminds me of early KEVIN SMITH ("Clerks") greatness.)

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