Alas, Hermione Granger doesn’t have a Time Turner to relive the past this time, so as the final Harry Potter wraps filming, it’s official: The saga has ended.
The stars of the films, some of whom have been acting in the same roles since they were ten years old, are pretty sad to see the franchise they’ve spent half their lives working on come to a close. Daniel Radcliffe said at the National Movie Awards in London “I will be devastated [when it's over]. There is nothing I watch without it triggering a series of memories. Everything [about the films] is so linked to my life. At the same time, it is exciting. It is the end.” Emma Watson said the end of Potter “[feels] like someone is dying,” but also sees the positive, explaining that “This kind of love and recognition is just incredible. It is also really emotional for me. I am proud.”
The final installments of the Potter series will be released as two films. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will release in November this year, and part 2 will release in July 2011.
Here’s some circumstantial evidence Katie Holmes isn’t just Tom Cruise‘s brainwashed bride. If Tom was really forcing Katie to take dance lessons and keeping her under constant watch, would he have allowed her to wear a long dress with height-enhancing diagonal stripes at the National Movie Awards in London yesterday? With heels? Though she was nice enough to tilt her head and lean forward on occasion (Tom-boosting tricks we’ve seen in films since Kelly McGillis hugged the doorway in Top Gun), there was no mistaking her giant stature compared to the diminutive action star. Then again, maybe Tom wants us to see her as some kind of amazon. “Me, domineering? Katie could toss me in the air like a baby, guys.”
Also attending the ceremony were stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Chris Rock, Simon Pegg, Crispin Glover and Gwyneth Paltrow, who was probably furious at TomKat for upstaging her space age tribute to Jackie O. Check it out in the red carpet gallery below.
Sure, handing the Oscar winner an award in order to lure her into the spotlight for the first time since her husband’s sex scandal broke is a clever ploy, but there’s no doubt that the crowd will show her some serious love and support. In order to keep the rumormongers and awkward moments at bay, Bullock reportedly will not be doing interviews there, however.
Oh, hell yeah. We are 100% behind Russell Brand‘s decision to wear gold boots with a white suit and open shirt to the Get Him To The Greek premiere in LA last night. With Katy Perry vamping it up like a super-villain, this mackadocious outfit was clearly the only way to go—now we’re just worried they’ll blow up the world if they don’t get a billion dollars in 48 hours.
Apparently hesitant to compete with Brand’s swagger, Diddy showed up in casual clothes, joined by his mom— a move that makes us miss the guy who might have brought eight dancers, some doves and a suit actually made of ivory a decade ago. Befitting the premiere of a Judd Apatow production, Greek‘s stars were joined by comedy all-stars like Ed Helms, Kristin Bell, Jon Hamm, Alison Brie and Christopher Mintz-Plasse on the red carpet, as well as Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson. See what they wore in the gallery below.
Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road is a rough ride. His prize-winning novel is set after an unspecified disaster leaves Planet Earth a big hunk of charcoal. The crazed survivors are left looking for meat—usually of the human variety. Across this blasted landscape, a man and his son head south, dodging cannibals and savoring simple pleasures like a found can of Coke. Where McCarthy took a dismal view of the future, the filmmakers choose to emphasize how their bond represents undying virtues in a dying planet. As the Man, Viggo Mortensen expertly displays humanity hidden beneath a tough shell. The Road may lack the crowd-pleasing stunts of post-apocalyptic fare like I Am Legend, but it’s elemental celebration of what makes us good will stick with audiences a lot longer. A great soundtrack by Nick Cave, too.
Extras: Commentary from director John Hillcoat (The Proposition), deleted/extended scenes, making of featurette.
But before you weep for the talented young actresses skipped over for the high-profile role, remember that Megan’s biggest moment in Revenge Of The Fallen was either when she straddled a motorcycle while talking about “internet dating” or when that little Decepticon humped her leg. And who knows? Maybe Rosie will do a great job helping Shia LaBeouf bring the “heart” back to the franchise. Check out the gallery and imagine how smoking she’ll look all tussled and grimy under Bay’s boiling lights.
Despite what you might think, there were actually men at the Sex And The City 2 premiere in NYC last night—and not just men from the cast or men married to castmembers (hello, Matthew Broderick). For instance, Valentino was there. He’s a dude! Also, Johnny Weir—yes, a male athlete who enjoys Sex And The City! A jock! Howard Stern went along with wife Beth Ostrosky and his daughter (bet he had a great time, totally wasn’t just there to get his ladies on the guest list or anything), and he may well have talked about the film later with other good husbands like Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump and George Stephanopoulos, who certainly weren’t gritting their teeth as Sarah Jessica Parker and her pals enjoyed the luxuries of Abu Dhabi.
Despite the obvious cross-gender appeal, women definitely dominated the event, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Whitney Port, Gabourey Sidibe, Ashanti, Jessica Szohr and many more joining the cast on the red carpet. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.