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Emma Watson and her pixie haircut — soon to be covered in slime?

Emma Watson and her pixie haircut

Emma Watson has a hair problem. It's not that she has too little; rather, for some people, she apparently has too little for their comfort. 

When her locks went from profuse to pixie, she was asked by "journalists" if it meant she "was a lesbian now." 

So said Watson last week to Britain's Independent newspaper, which noted that she rolled her eyes.

The haircut conjured strong and diverse reactions, she said, with some people "crazy for it and some people just thought I'd lost my ..."

At the end of that quote is a word one might not associate with a young Hermione Granger, but Watson is 21 years old now, and it's been a long time since she was 9 and cast in the "Harry Potter" role that was to consume a major portion of her childhood.

No worries, though — Watson is now old enough to drink to her own success. As the new face of Lancôme's Rouge in Love lipsticks, she could toast her success and leave a lip print on the cocktail glass too. While cussing, even.

Meantime, on the young-things front, Watson has been nominated for a Kids' Choice Award. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" is also among the nominees for top movie — notably, it's the only movie among the four nominees that is not animated.

In the movie actress category, Watson will compete against Amy Adams, Kristen Stewart and Sofia Vergara. Notably, she's the only one among those nominees to have also been named "most influential hair" of 2011 — an honor bestowed by the Wall Street Journal.

Tune in to the Kids' Choice Awards on March 31 to see Watson and her influential hair, potentially covered with green slime.

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Photo: Emma Watson attends the pre-Orange British Academy Film Awards party, hosted by Lancôme at the Savoy Hotel on Feb. 10 in London. Credit: Tim Whitby / Getty Images

 


Emma Watson will return to Brown for final year of college

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A lot of fuss surrounded Emma Watson's exit from Brown University this year: bullying rumors, the pressures of fame and a waiting film career were whispered as reasons for her March departure from the Ivy League school.

Well, she's going back. So there.

"I'm still a student at Brown," Watson said.

Her spring departure came with comments that "other professional and acting projects" required her to defer a semester or two and that she'd make up for lost time this fall with courses at Britain's esteemed Oxford University.

"It's just that I’ll spend my third year abroad — at Oxford. Then I’ll return to Brown to complete my last year," she told the Virginian-Pilot.

She'll feasibly continue on that path, given that "My Week With Marilyn" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the films she shot to follow the end of the massive "Harry Potter" franchise, won't need her for promotion until 2012.

Don't sharpen Watson's pencils just yet, however. There's buzz that she'll join a darker adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," to be produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

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Photo: Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows — Part 2" at Trafalgar Square in London on July 7. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images.



Amid the Potterheads, Emma Watson reflects on life as Hermione

Emma Watson signs autographs for Potterheads in New York

As Emma Watson made it down the final "Harry Potter" red carpet Monday night in New York City she paused to reflect on what she'd miss most about wielding Hermione Granger's magic wand.

"I'm going to miss, just, being her," the actress told 24 Frames, somewhat wistfully. "She's such a wonderful character and geting to live in her world was -- amazing."

Photos: London premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2"

Fans had camped out at Lincoln Center for as long as six days before the stars arrived, and Tom Felton surprised a few with a pizza delivery Sunday night. Do the math: six girls from from Florida, New Jersey and upstate New York were on site in Manhattan starting Wednesday, a day before London's Trafalgar Square filled up for that world premiere -- where the NYCPotterheads they said they would have been if they'd been able to afford the trip.

"I can't wait to tell our kids we were part of this crazy fandom," Natasha Pereira, 21, told the Village Voice on Monday morning, before echoing a sentiment heard last week in London:

"This is like the end of our childhood."

The group ultimately found themselves among the lucky few granted up-close access to the red carpet, and tickets to the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" screening.

Click over to 24 Frames to watch the red carpet interview with Watson and others from the "Harry Potter" cast.

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World premiere: Fans take over Trafalgar Square for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2'

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Photo: Emma Watson signs autographs for fans at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

 

 

 


Tom Felton didn't crush on Emma Watson -- but is rap music a different love story? [Poll]

Tom Felton at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere in New York

Tom Felton couldn't have cared less, back in the day, that he was Emma Watson's first crush -- because according to the the bleached-blond "Harry Potter" bad boy, he was crushing way too hard on an older woman: Helena Bonham Carter.

Felton, 23, was in New York on Monday for the East Coast premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," which opens Friday in the U.S. after its London world premiere last week.

So, did Mrs. Tim Burton ever learn the secrets of young Draco Malfoy's heart?

Wincing at the memory, Felton told E! News that yes, he'd "embarrassingly wrote it in a card to her after the third or fourth film."

Reminiscing about how young they'd both been, he said that Watson's infatuation, which he heard about through the grapevine, was actually flattering to the 12-year-old boy who found himself a decade later to be friends with that former 12-year-old girl.

In other Tom Felton talk Monday, it was reported in the Sun that the actor, who has a record deal with an indie label, had "revealed" upcoming plans to become a rapper -- more specifically, that he was "looking to get into the grime rap UK scene."

While some outlets played the story as straight news, others at least considered the possibility that Felton's dry sense of humor was again at play, especially given the nature of Felton's musical career to date, busting out gangsta tunes like "Hawaii," below.

The Ministry is firmly in the tongue-in-cheek camp -- British humor has fooled people before -- but we'd love to know where Felton fans fall. Let us know, in the poll and in comments.

 

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Photo: Tom Felton meets fans at the New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" on July 11, 2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press



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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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


Anna Faris cuts her hair, joins elite pixie squadron of fearless femmes

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Yet another starlet, Anna Faris, has hacked off her hair and ventured out, naked-necked, into Hollywood. Let's not underplay the magnitude of the situation. Around here, an actress undergoing a pixie cut is the high-fash equivalent of Harry Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell Escape. Will she pull it off? Will she? Will she?

At any given time on planet Earth, exactly four women can pull off a pixie cut. Audrey Hepburn, after all, was built like a elf from "Dragon Age 2." And Mia Farrow got away with it because she has cheekbones on her cheekbones. There are two reasons why people still refer to that cut as the "Rosemary's Baby": One, Farrow wore the cut in a film by that name. Two, just thinking about getting a pixie cut is terrifying.

So why are so many actresses doing it? Faris isn't alone. Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Elisha Cuthbert, Ginnifer Goodwin -- not to mention, in her own heyday, Halle Berry -- have gone nearly naked from the neck up in recent years. (Yes, we did say that only four women on the planet can pull off this cut at any given time. We'll let you figure out which actresses don't make the, um, cut.)

If you suspect that such a choice doesn't come easily and that there may in fact be a small conspiracy of people involved, you are correct.

Turns out, the gravity of the pixie cut has never been lost on Hollywood's most powerful suits. When a rising actress suddenly shaves her locks, the choice, likely, wasn't so sudden.

"Often it's a discussion between the talent, her agent, her publicist and manager," explains Prive salon's Carla Gentile, who maintains pop star Robyn's short locks. "They all agree that it's time to make a change.

"They might call you on the phone first to discuss it or even come in for the haircut and go over what we are trying to achieve first."

And that change isn't always for the benefit of the next director. Yes, Faris did it because she had to, for the upcoming film "The Dictator," costarring Sacha Baron Cohen. But that's not always the case. Sometimes there isn't even a gig at stake but rather a different kind of prize.

"The fashion press is always looking for the next new young look, someone who is not afraid to take that chance," Gentile points out. "It can be such an amazing transformation. It can show off an actress's whole form: face shape, eyes, cheekbones."

Ergo, when Watson finally went pixie after wrapping the final "Harry Potter" film, those scissor snips were heard 'round the world.

Maybe that's why Gentile oftentimes has company when she is giving a pixie cut?

"It can be a really intense experience for everyone," Gentile notes, "because maybe you even have the agent or publicist in there when the cut is happening. They may stop in and leave, or come back.

"But it just shows it's really a huge transformation. We rely on the hair to give us our sex appeal, and when you remove it all, that really leaves just the person you are. You're exposed."

Or, really, maybe the word is "covered." After all, didn't we just give more press to every single one of these actresses?

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Photos: Will Anna Faris, shown at left in the movie "Ally," have what it takes to pull off the pixie haircut? Fellow pixie-power starlet Emma Watson might know. Credits: Claire Folger / 20th Century Fox, left; Valerie Macon / Agence France-Press / Getty Images, right.


'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 on 'Harry Potter' childhood: 'I have had no control'

Emma Watson talks life after Harry Potter Emma Watson has learned no book smarts or mystical powers can stop coming-of-age pangs.

"I have had no control over my life," she told Vogue about her "Harry Potter"-influenced childhood. "I have lived in a complete bubble.

"They found me and picked me for the part," she said. "And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it."

Now mega-rich and globally recognized thanks to her female lead role in the "Potter" franchise, the actress is coping with a new life from a new perspective now that the final film in the series is complete, with a July 15 release date.

Emma Watson on the cover of Vogue Helping her find her way are a wheelhouse of creative interests for fashion and design, an appreciation of musician Patti Smith and a little help from costar Daniel Radcliffe

"When one or the other of us was having a tricky moment in our lives, it was often that we would confide in each other," Radcliffe told the magazine. "We would also help each other with relationship advice."

Watson bailed on Brown University after succumbing to her famous status and is now trying to operate within that space. Her first attempt is leading the film adaptation of the novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." 

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Photos: Emma Watson attends the MTV Movie Awards on June 5, left, and on the cover of Vogue, right. Credits: Kevin Winter / Getty Images, left; Mario Testino / Vogue, right.


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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