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Posts Tagged ‘Alan Rickman’

Harry Potter Fan Calls For Academy Award Boycott

After the Harry Potter franchise was not nominated for Best Picture this year, Huffington Post writer Linda Kenney Baden suggested that fans of the boy wizard consider boycotting the Academy Awards.

Here’s an excerpt: “Enough already Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences– start nominating movies that are terrific — no matter the genre. Some of the nominated movies are boring, unwatchable, obtuse or totally uninteresting to moviegoers and not just the youth audience that makes up 80 percent of the cinema going public … Is it time for the movie public — the viewers — to engage in a national TV boycott?”

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 received three nominations for this year’s Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects.

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Severus Snape Crowned Greatest Harry Potter Character of all Time

Professor Severus Snape has been crowned the winner of the Harry Potter World Cup. Over at MTV News, 64 characters were pitted against one another to determine who is the greatest Harry Potter character of all time.

MTV News asked Alan Rickman on what he will miss about playing Snape in the films. He replied: “I won’t really miss anything because it’s been such an extraordinarily complete character to play. To go back…I don’t know what the scenario would be. It’s been so much about he appears to be one thing and then you find out a bit more about him as time goes on.”

MTV created a chart to record each round of the competition, including star characters like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. After 7.4 million votes were cast, Snape emerged victorious against Weasley in the final round. Do you think the right character came out on top?

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Books for Troops, Alan Rickman Reads & Bookstore Survival Secrets: Top Publishing Headlines of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from romance novel heroes to sharing books with our troops to Jersey Shore‘s classical remix (video embedded above).

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1. Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Book
2. Top 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers
3. Most Popular Professions for Romance Novel Heroes
4. Independent Bookstores Share Survival Secrets
5. How To Share Books with Troops Overseas
6. Are Greek Myths the Next Trend for Teens?
7. Navy SEAL Memoir Expected to Generate Great Interest
8. Shakespeare & Company’s Bookstore Cat Monty Has Died
9. Jersey Shore Meets Oscar Wilde
10. Alan Rickman Reads ‘Sonnet 130′ by William Shakespeare

Alan Rickman Reads ‘Sonnet 130′ by William Shakespeare

Happy National Poetry Month!

To end the month, we’ve dug up a video featuring Alan Rickman and his recitation of William Shakespeare‘s “Sonnet 130.” While many have come to know Rickman for playing Harry Potter potions master Severus Snape, he is also a respected stage actor.

Shakespeare wrote this piece in iambic pentameter and it follows the the AB-AB/CD-CD/EF-EF/GG rhyme scheme. What’s your favorite sonnet?

BBC Two to Adapt Long Poem about Publishing Love & Lunch

bbc2.pngActors Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson will star in a BBC Two adaptation of Christopher Reid‘s long poem, The Song Of Lunch. What other poems would you like to see adapted into film?

The film will center around a book editor (played by Rickman) who meets up with his former publishing flame (played by Thompson) fifteen years after a break-up. The film centers around an increasingly rare phenomenon in this recession: the publishing lunch.

The release explained the publishing-themed plot: “The woman is now living a glamorous life in Paris, married to a world-renowned writer, whilst the unnamed editor has failed in his writing career, detests his mundane publishing job and regrets the end of their love affair. When he arrives at Zanzotti’s he finds it under new management and much changed, and this seems to fuel his resentment about growing older and being left behind.”