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Daniel Radcliffe: Five things you didn't want to know

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe has been making the media rounds heavily this week in preparation for the release of the first film in his bold new post-"Harry Potter" world. By most accounts, "The Woman in Black" is a well-made throwback of a ghost story. Not filled with awful bloody images, but certainly not suitable for the wee ones used to cheering on the students of Hogwarts.

Maybe it's because he's looking to move into more adult fare, or maybe because he's freed up from having to support the massive synergystic hydra of the "Harry Potter" franchise, but the 22-year-old actor has been strangely revealing in his most recent interviews. And not in a way that anyone who remembers the fresh-faced kid of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" would want to see.

Among the startling things that Radcliffe has revealed over the past few days:

1. He used to get blackout drunk. In an interview with Shortlist magazine, the kind of publication in which you wouldn't expect Vanity Fair-style confessions, Radcliffe discussed his heavy drinking in the later years of the "Potter" franchise in detail, explaining, "Seriously, in the last three years of drinking I blacked out nearly every time. Blacking out was my thing."

2. He doesn't do a lot of manscaping. Radcliffe is no stranger to appearing in the buff for a role; he appeared naked on stage for the play "Equus" a few years ago. But in discussing the nude scenes for his upcoming film "Kill Your Darlings," in which he plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the actor told Britain's Heat magazine that he planned to keep things completely natural. When the film's director, John Krokidas, informed Radcliffe that he couldn't do much trimming, since it would be anachronistic to the 1940s era in which the film is set, Radcliffe replied, "I'm pretty much there anyway, mate! Not a huge amount of maintenance going on." However, he hasn't totally Burt Reynolds-ed out. He adds, "I mean, there's a little bit, obviously, for courtesy."

Ladies, this sort-of Harry Potter is thinking only of you.

3. Not only is he a smoker, he's a tobacco snob. Radcliffe told British Esquire that he has his rolling tobacco shipped all the way from England: "I have to ship this in from home because you can't get good rolling tobacco here. It's all dry and crappy like you've emptied out a cigarette."

4. He's not close friends with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) in real life. Yes, they're actors and real life isn't the same as the movies, but come on! After growing up together, doesn't every fan want to believe those kids would always be close? While Radcliffe told the Mirror that he regularly texts Emma Watson, who played Hermione, he and Grint aren't nearly as close. "Rupert and I never text each other, we never see each other. ... If I see him every six months or so, it's a friendly 'Hello, how's things with you,' but that's about it."

5. He thinks you can keep your stinking Oscars. The actor wasn't surprised that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" didn't get a best picture Oscar nomination. And he doesn't much care. He told Moviefone, "I have a kind of mixed feeling about awards for actors in general. It's a lovely thing to be recognized by either the public or your peers. That's a very gratifying thing. We like patting ourselves on the back in this industry and telling ourselves how well we've done and how amazing we are. It's all very self-congratulatory."

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Photo: Daniel Radcliffe at "The Woman in Black" premiere. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson are sure things at box office

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are box-office gold

Hey Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — we at the Ministry love a sure thing, and that you are. The "Twilight Saga" couple top a new list of actors who provide the most bang for their buck.

While some overpaid stars only break even or get labeled as the dreaded "box-office poison," Forbes has compiled a list of talent that nets big money for studios and production companies beyond their pay rates.

Stewart comes in at No. 1 on the list, fetching $55.83 for every $1 she's paid. Impressive, considering Stewart's stomping grounds as a post-adolescent actor have been indies (save for "Twilight," natch). Next she'll square off against Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Anne Hathaway comes in No. 2, nabbing $45.67 to the dollar, followed by Pattinson at $39.43 per note. Calculations were made using stars who have opened at least three films in the past five years, excluding animation.

Rounding out the top 10 are Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

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Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attend the London premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" on Nov. 17. Credit: Jonathan Short / AP Photo



Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, George Lucas hit Scream Awards

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It's that magical time of year in Hollywood when the weather turns, pumpkins are carved and super-famous people congregate in celebration of things that make us scream — and because it's Hollywood, it's safest to throw in few awards along the way. Say, some Scream Awards.

Spike TV hosted its 2011 Scream Awards bash Saturday at Universal Studios Hollywood's Falls Lake, where the likes of Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Nicolas Cage came to honor the fans of their various franchises.

PHOTOS: Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood

A shrieking blond in the jaws of a giant claw crane opened the show, giving way to the Hero Award — presented this year to Robert Downey Jr. His legion of fans waved signs featuring the actor in the style of Shepherd Fairey's famous "Change" poster.

Backstage, Bradley Cooper lounged in the green room before accepting a prize for "Limitless," which was named best thriller. Amber Heard, star of the now-defunct "Playboy Club," teetered around in stilettos on the arm of a male companion, and Joseph Gordon Levitt chatted up his "Dark Knight Rises" costar Hathaway.

Hathaway and Levitt joined Gary Oldman in scooping up the trophy for most anticipated film for "Rises," which arrives next year directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. 

Speaking of bail — bad boy Cage came in recognition of his Maverick Award, through a firestorm of lights and pyro.

Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens turned some heads, even thrilling fans including Kal Penn and John Cho, while the Ministry witnessed what was possibly the best-ever run-in at the bar: George Lucas and a Darth Vader performer waiting together for some cocktails. 

To mark the end of the "Harry Potter" franchise and thank the fans one more time, Radcliffe appeared via live feed from New York's Lincoln Center, where Samuel L. Jackson introduced the boy wizard for a tribute.

The Scream Awards air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Spike.

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Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman accept the Most Anticipated trophy for "The Dark Knight Rises" at the 2011 Scream Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images



Meet Daniel Radcliffe's new girlfriend, Rosanne Coker

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe has been under the spell of a 22-year-old mystery woman -- a mystery until now.

The lucky lady, with whom Radcliffe has confessed he's "very much in love," has been identified as Rosanne Coker.

Coker, the English-born daughter of a painter and interior decorator, met Radcliffe when she worked as a production assistant on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," according to the Daily Mail. 

While it's unclear when they got serious, Radcliffe confirmed to Larry King that he is serious about the brunette. The Mail report says they've worked on four films together, though her future career ambitions are unknown.

And perhaps they don't need to be, as Radcliffe is reportedly worth nearly $100 million.

Coker is said to be splitting her time between the London suburb of Surrey, where her parents reside, and Radcliffe's Manhattan digs. The Ministry wishes you luck, young lovers.

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Photo: Daniel Radcliffe presents a trophy at the 2011 Tony Awards. Credit: Gary Hershorn / Reuters



Harry Potter fans take over Trafalgar Square for 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' premiere [Pictures]

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Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson traipsed the red carpet Thursday in London as the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" apparated in Trafalgar Square. Surrounded by droves of fans crowding into the British landmark, they headed for a screening of the eighth and final film in the franchise.

"It's a moment that you have to let yourself sit back and say 'this is really cool,' " said Radcliffe, who went through 160 pairs of glasses and wore out 60 to 70 wands playing the boy wizard. "The atmosphere is unrepeatable, so this is fitting."

Photos: 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' London premiere

Radcliffe, who took a break from his Broadway show to make the premiere, said he kept two pairs of glasses, one from the first film and one from the final film, that he would pull out if he ever felt "nostalgic."

"It's my whole childhood," said one fan, who was among an estimated 18,000 expected at the event.

Harry-potter-pictures Warner Bros. set up the massive premiere in front of the National Gallery and crews created a makeshift Diagon Alley to neighboring Leicester Square, where the cast would be viewing the film.

The day got off to a wet start as rain poured down on fans in a very British fashion, but the weather dried as the stars came out and fans waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of Radcliffe, Grint, Watson and the woman who imagined it all: J.K. Rowling, whose books have sold more than 450 million copies.  

"I knew I would one day I'd be standing in Trafalgar Square with people chanting my name, and I wasn’t even called J.K. then!" Rowling joked about the ultimate premiere.

"They're such British books. We just needed to stay true to the essence of the books and the Britishness because Hogwarts is in Scotland," added the author, who also served as a producer on the David Yates-directed film.

"Thank you for making glasses, spectacles and red hair very cool," producer David Heyman said to Rowling. "Thank you for encouraging a generation of young people to read. Thank you for allowing us to make films of your books."

"You just have to let yourself kind of revel in it because it won't happen again," Radcliffe said. "It's a day to be elated."

Over 10 years, Radcliffe's boy wizard faced dementors, Death Eaters, boggarts, backfiring spells, love and He Who Must Not Be Named, played by a serpentine and noseless Ralph Fiennes, with whom he'll have a final showdown in "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2."

"I got used to [not having a nose] now," Fiennes said. "Now it's strange to see myself with a nose!"

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'Harry Potter' fans camp in Trafalgar Square for 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' premiere [Pictures]

 

Harry Potter fans in Trafalgar Square for the "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere

Judging by pictures coming in of Harry Potter fans setting up shop in Trafalgar Square ahead of the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" -- well, let's just say those "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" fans have some serious competition. And in L.A. last June outside Staples Center, it wasn't even raining.

Harry Potter fans in Trafalgar Square for the "Deathly Hallows" premiere Hard-core Potterites began showing up Monday in anticipation of the Thursday world premiere of the final installment in the franchise, which opens in U.S. theaters on July 15. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be on hand in central London to launch the movie, and fans are hoping to catch a glimpse, snap a photo or perhaps snag an autograph off the red carpet.

"We've grown up in the Harry Potter generation," said Rhys Bowen Jones, 18, speaking with Reuters. "I read the first book when I was five so now it's weird that it's coming to an end ... like the end of childhood." Bowen Jones was in London from Wales.

Added Lucy Nee, also 18: "I can't remember a time when there hasn't been a book or film to look forward to. It's a nice coincidence that Harry finishes school at the same time as me; it feels like we've grown up together."

Trafalgar Square has been shut down for the premiere of "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the first Harry Potter film to come out in 3-D.

Check back with the Ministry of Gossip in a bit for more pictures of the "Harry Potter" scene in Trafalgar Square.

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Harry Potter fans in Trafalgar Square for the "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere

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Reuters contributed to this post.

Top photo: Harry Potter fans arrive in Trafalgar Square in London a day ahead of the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the final film in the franchise. Credit: Ben Stansall / Agence-France Presse / Getty Images 

Middle photo: Fans take shelter from the rain. Credit: Kerim Okten / European Pressphoto Agency

Bottom photo: Harry Potter fans fill a shut-down Trafalgar Square. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press


'Harry Potter's' Daniel Radcliffe admits past drinking problem

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe just turned 21, and he's already given up drinking. It turns out the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 " star partied a little too hard over the years and decided to call it quits a while back.

Radcliffe admitted to boozing it up while filming the 2009 blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" (for non-Potterites, that would be the sixth flick in the franchise).

"I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he told GQ-U.K. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."

And no, it wasn't butter beer he was guzzling: Radcliffe said he was a whiskey guy before going dry in August 2010. However, he couldn’t be happier with his sober new life.

"I'm actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I'm really pleasant and I'm not [messing up] totally all the time," he said.

Sweet, right? Get this, he added, "I'd just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh."

And don't expect him to be having even a single drink to celebrate the opening of "Deathly Hallows — Part 2" on July 15.

"As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time — that doesn't work for me. I do that very unsuccessfully," he said.

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Photo: Daniel Radcliffe. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.


'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' final trailer arrives [Video]

Daniel Radciffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint's newest "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" trailer has hit the Web, and may we say: ultra-nostalgia alert.

The eight-film franchise comes to a close July 15, and filmmakers haven't wasted a frame in indicating that this. Is. It.

The trailer, which builds on the momentum of the previous teaser, comes off as a greatest-hits collection from the franchise. That is, only to say that all the greatest hits are going to be destroyed because of the pending showdown between Harry and He Who Must Not Be Named, which shakes the boy wizard to the core. Gone are the charm and wunderkind of the first films, replaced by an apocalyptic war zone that befalls the magical world. Watch it above.

Also spotted in the fast-paced thrill ride are Harry's parents, baby Harry, Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Quidditch, Dementors, Death Eaters, fiendfyred Hogwarts, goblins, dragons, fights, flights and confrontations galore. There's tons of hand-holding, almost hand-holding and also a desperate kiss between Harry and his best friend's sister, Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright). 

Oddly, we didn't see any house elves, who seem to be replaced by knight statues in the battle of Hogwarts. (P.S.: Their story line is directly related to Ron and Hermione finally kissing, so we'll see how filmmakers have chosen to set that up.)

But the major goose-pimple-inducing line comes from the Boy Who Lived himself, and the epic music playing during its delivery doesn't do anything to calm our nerves.

"I never wanted any of you to die for me," he tells the ghosts of his parents and godfather and everyone else who's faced death and lost, trying to keep him alive.

Like we said: This. Is. It.

Is it July 15 yet??

What do you think of the newest trailer? Are you sad to see the series end? Tell us in comments.

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Emma Watson says she left Brown because of fame, not bullies

Emma Watson: fame from Hermione Granger made her leave Brown

Emma Watson, the "Harry Potter" star rumored to have been bullied out of Brown University, is finally addressing the real reason she ended her collegiate run: fame.

"I was in denial," Watson told Britain's Sunday Times' Style Magazine, explaining how the spotlight affected her decision to leave the Rhode Island university. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."

Emma Watson Last August, after wrapping filming on the eighth movie in the franchise, she famously opted for a pixie haircut to distance herself from her character Hermione Granger's long tresses.

In March, she announced she would be taking time off from Brown to complete her responsibilities on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" and focus on "other professional and acting projects." 

Rumors that the 21-year-old had been bullied out of the institution followed soon after, when a report said quip-slinging classmates had mocked her for her fictional bookworm persona.

"It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied," she said. "It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite."

At the time, her rep denied bullying caused the actress to leave Brown, and Watson now insists that her cohorts didn't even seem to care about her celebrity.

"I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students, and not a single person put a photo on Facebook," she said. "Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor.'

"I've been dealing with the media since I was 9. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse."

Watson was said to have arranged a transfer to another university to pursue a course of study not offered at Brown; however, her recent declaration implies that she may be taking a longer academic hiatus.

The face of Lancome, who took a break from filming "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to present a clip from the ultimate chapter in the "Harry Potter" saga at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, added that her intimidating "fame wall" also made it harder to date.

But Watson isn't the only "Harry Potter" star trying to divorce her magical child-star persona. Franchise lead Daniel Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard for a decade, has also said he's ready to move on from Hogwarts and its magical realm. Read more about that here.

Was Watson wise to leave Brown? Are you sad to see her run as Hermione Granger end? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Emma Watson, top, in character as Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1," and sporting an anti-Hermione pixie haircut, left, in November. Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures, top; Marcel Thomas / FilmMagic, left.


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Emma Watson gets snubbed, misses Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's kiss and debuts exclusive 'Harry Potter' clip at MTV Movie Awards

Emma Watson may have been bested by Kristen Stewart and fellow Brits Robert Pattinson and Tom Felton at the MTV Movie Awards, but "The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" star said she saw the best-kiss snub coming — and revealed that she can be insecure when it comes to dating because of her fame.

"I mean, I was really up against it. Kristen had two kisses, and Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman making out," Watson told MTV News. "I mean, I couldn't really compete!"

Though "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1" was the third most-nominated film after "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Inception," chances that the wizarding franchise would beat the vampire juggernaut were slim. Maybe that's why the 21-year-old face of Lancome hit the award show sans costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint?

However, she brought a sneak peak of the film instead, and Potter fans have already vowed to beat the Twi-hards next year. Watch the trailer below.

After presenting the clip, wearing a curve-hugging little white dress by Marchesa and revealing that Hermione Granger does in fact have a booty, the actress slipped backstage and missed one of the most talked-about moments of the night: Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's lip-lock following the announcement of best kiss.

"I was like, 'Damn!' " Watson said. "I was still backstage, so I missed it. But, I mean, yeah, good on them!"

But the actress, nominated for her own lip-lock with Radcliffe, has admitted that she worries when she doesn't get action off-screen.

"I ask my friends, ''Why hasn't X called me? Why doesn't anyone ever pursue me?'" she told the Sunday Times' Style Magazine. "My friends tell me, 'Probably because they're intimidated.' It must be the fame wall. It must be the circus that goes around me."

The currently single star, who has previously dated financier Jay Barrymore and male model George Craig, chalks up her unlucky-in-love track record to her personality. 

"I'm this very weird mix. In some senses, I feel as if I'm 100 years old. In others, I still feel incredibly young, very naive and as if I haven't seen much of the world at all."

Poor, sweet Emma. Maybe she should consider taking that mini-dress for another spin?

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Photo: Emma Watson at the MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.


 


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