The Thanksgiving holiday means several things: family, food and films. The best part about the long weekend is the chance to veg out on the couch (or curl up in a blanket) and marathoning your favorite franchise. Several film series have already become mainstays for the holiday weekend. What is turkey day without James Bond thwarting another evil-doer or Harry Potter dueling He Who Must Not Be Named? Those series have become regular marathons while Star Wars and Star Trek have faded in and out of popularity.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Grease are just two of the many iconic high school movies that have earned a more permanent place in our hearts than our own graduating class. But as much as we think we know their stories inside and out, we often forget their central lie: Their stars were way older than their roles. Prepare to be amazed (or at least to laugh knowingly!) as we take a look at some hit TV shows and movies — from The Graduate to High School Musical, Beverly Hills 90210 to Buffy — starring actors who aren’t exactly age appropriate for the parts they play. Check out the full gallery of the 30 over-aged actors who managed to fool us!
I’d like to make a personal true confession before I begin. While I was in high school, I resembled someone aged around 37. I routinely had fellow classmates coming up to me in the hallway showing me hall-passes because they thought I was a teacher. Needless to say, it was rough. So that’s why I feel for Emma Watson right now, who seems to be having the opposite problem. The lovely English rose was stopped at New York’s JFK airport by FSA agents who thought that she was a child!
The 22 year old scripted out the incident on her Twitter:
Passport control: ‘Unaccompanied minor?’ Me: ‘Sorry?’
Passport control: ‘Where is ur guardian?’ Me: ‘I’m 22!!!!!!!’ #neverwearingabackpackagain.
‘The really sad thing is that this is not the first time this has happened.
Oof, tough break Emma! But we know from first hand experience, it can be a LOT worse. Trust us. But we bet that misunderstanding would never have happened if she showed up looking like she does in the very grown up pictures below!
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Harry Potter starlet Bonnie Wright showed up at Jo Malone’s Thoroughly Proper Party in London on Wednesday lacking her long flowing locks. After years of being linked to her character Ginny Weasley with trademark titan tresses, maybe she followed in the footsteps of Emma Watson, who famously cropped her hair as soon as the series ended to get some distance from the franchise. Or she’s just hopping on the short hair band wagon!
It seems like ever A-lister has gotten the urge to hack of the hair this year. Some like Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Evangeline Lilly went super short for film roles, whereas former American Idol singer Kellie Pickler got a buzz to support her friend being treated for cancer. And then there are music mama’s like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys who went short just for the hell of it. Head on down to the gallery below to see 20 lovely ladies who took the hair plunge in 2012!
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It’s a big weekend for vets of the Harry Potter series! Emma Watson’s new movie Perks of Being A Wallflower opened yesterday, and today Tom Felton turns 25! The little toe-headed kids we knew as evil Draco Malfoy has grown up into quite the handsome dude, showing up to red carpet events looking like a walking GQ cover. His latest film The Apparition scared the crap out of us in theaters last August, and it looks like his next movie Night Wolf will definitely do the same. What is it with this guy and freaky flicks, huh? Too many years hanging around with he-who-shall-not-be-named, we guess.
On top of his acting skills, Tom’s also a musician and songwriter. In 2010 he released a collection of original songs called In Good Hands. He’s also flexed his comedy muscle with appearances in Get Him To The Greek and British sketches alongside Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Keira Knightley among many other famous faces. In honor of his quarter century on the planet, we’ve assembled his 25 most handsome looks of all time. Enjoy!
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Wingardium leviosa! Levitating yet? Wait, let us try it again … wingardium leviosa-ahhh. Still not? Sorry, that’s the best we’ve got, looks like we need to get back to our spell books after this. Annnnywaay. Our favorite wizard is turning 23 today, and we couldn’t be more excited to draw some geeky yet charming lightening bolts on our foreheads. We can’t believe how grown up Mr. Radcliffe has become! It’s hard to believe that the same boy who ran into the wall at Platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the same man who gave us a major case of the heebie geebies in The Woman in Black (we still haven’t forgiven you for that). Daniel has climbed his way to the top through eight Harry Potter movies, various other silver screen appearances like his role in December Boys in 2007, and his Broadway roles in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. No matter how hard we try, we’re still reluctant to picture him without Emma Watson and Rupert Grint by his side. If you’re as nostalgic as we are, we can’t offer you a Time-Turner, but we’ve got a gallery filled with Daniel pics, it’s the next best thing, right? So grab your owl and your wand and enjoy the show!
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Back in February, J.K. Rowling warned us that her upcoming book would be “very different to Harry,” but we’re not sure anyone was prepared for just how different she was talking about. We thought maybe more mature, since it’s for adults; perhaps more self-contained, after the exhausting process of the seven Harry Potter novels and companion books. Still, we kind of expected there to be some kind of magic or other form of entirely imaginative new world, or something wholly captivating like that. Today, her new publisher, Little Brown, announced the title and synopsis of the novel, The Casual Vacancy, and it turns out to be a story about … um … local politics?
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock,” reads the synopsis of the book, which hits shelves on September 27. “Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.”
It’s a “blackly comic” novel, the publisher promises. Actually, it sounds pretty good. Rowling is as skilled with developing interesting characters as she is at wizardy things, we know. And we’re sure most original Potter fans are all grown up and reading all sorts of different genres. Now, she stands to add to her empire by bringing in all the readers who steer clear of any hint of fantasy. OK. We’re happy for her being able to stretch her wings and all. But if this doesn’t work out, or even if it does, Jo, we’ll be here, hoping you can pick up that wand of yours again one day.
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We all get how hard it must be for the stars of Harry Potter to find new and exciting roles after the end of their beloved franchise. And brava to Emma Watson for doing so in such a chic way two whole years ago. So it should be none too surprising that Daniel Radcliffe has finally changed up his ‘do. But it kinda is. We got so used to seeing Daniel’s straight hair with bangs — high off the ear, brushed down for Potter, brushed off his face to the side for real life — that it’s a shock to the system to see these photos of him on the set of Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays a young Allen Ginsberg. So much curly hair! Can it possibly be all his? He had a lot of 19th-century bangs and sideburn action for The Woman in Black, so it could be.
Here’s a little retrospective of DanRad’s hair for his various roles. Which is your fave?
And how happy are you that he’s playing Ginsberg in 1944, not the ’60s-era version of the poet most of us think of?
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Seeing as how the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, the original generation of Potter fans are by now old enough to have jobs and utility bills and thick, lustrous facial hair. It makes sense, then, that author J.K. Rowling would want to write something for her newly adult following. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher,” the Potter scribe said in a statement today about her next book and new publisher Little, Brown and Company. We should probably give up hope that Rowling is planning to bring Snape back from the dead in a new novel, but…but what if we’re just not ready yet?
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” she explained, without divulging either the subject or the title of her new work. Having last published Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows in 2007, switching from YA and the world of magic could potentially alienate readers who were only in it for the adolescent wizards. So are you ready to pre-order a new J.K. Rowling book? Or does the lack of quiddich mean you’ll probably just wait for the movie? Because you know there will be a movie.
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What’s scarier than that decrepit clown jack-in-the-box from The Woman In Black trailer? Well, nothing, but Daniel Radcliffe’s former drinking problem runs a close second. In an interview with British magazine Heat (the same one in which Radcliffe discusses his body hair preferences at, um, length), the Harry Potter star claims he can pinpoint the exact scenes in his famous films during which he was under the influence. “I went into work still drunk,” he confesses. “I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes. I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem.” Dead behind the eyes! Oh, he means inebriated. Wait, that’s still pretty bad!
Daniel doesn’t specify exactly which scenes he’s referring to, but has discussed in the past how his drinking ramped up during the filming of 2009′s Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. “I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me,” Radcliffe told The Telegraph this past summer. Radcliffe says he stopped drinking in 2010, maintaining, “I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work.” Man, can you imagine filming Dumbledore’s death scene three sheets to the wind? We could barely stop crying as it is, and we were stone cold sober. And in a crowded movie theater!
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