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Rowling: Here's the Hint I Gave Rickman About Snape

She explains how she gave actor info needed to play iconic role

(Newser) - When Alan Rickman started playing Professor Severus Snape, the end of the Harry Potter series was not yet written—but JK Rowling already had Snape's story arc figured out, and she hinted to Rickman that (spoiler alert!) there was more to Snape than met the eye so that...

Simpsons Honored Bowie, Alan Rickman ... 3 Years Ago


(Newser) - It was inadvertent, notes Entertainment Weekly , but oddly prescient: a February 2013 episode of The Simpsons that honored Alan Rickman—and David Bowie. The Simpsons Twitter account on Thursday linked to a video clip from the episode, a spoof of Love Actually, which featured Rickman. The tweet refers to as...

British Actor Alan Rickman Dead at 69
 British Actor 
 Alan Rickman 
 Dead at 69 

British Actor Alan Rickman Dead at 69

He died 'surrounded by family and friends' after battle with cancer

(Newser) - Britain has lost another legend this week : Actor Alan Rickman, perhaps best known as Hans Gruber and Severus Snape, died "surrounded by family and friends" in London after a battle with cancer, according to a family statement. He was 69. He was often picked to play the villain, but...

Love, Actually Is Sexist Junk, Actually
Love Actually Is
Sexist Junk, Actually

Love Actually Is Sexist Junk, Actually

Hugh Grant flick is ubiquitous but offensive: Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - Been channel-surfing this holiday season? Then you've had the chance to watch Love Actually, a Hugh Grant favorite that's stuffed with romantic plot lines and a rosy view of London life. But Mary Elizabeth Williams is making a plea at Salon : Don't watch it. It's a...

5 Famous People Who Succeeded Late in Life

Alan Rickman makes list for late role in 'Die Hard'

(Newser) - Good news for those still struggling to fulfill their career dreams: A few famous people have succeeded surprisingly late in life. Cracked lists five:
  • Alan Rickman. Won his first film role at age 42. He became a theater actor after abandoning his graphic design business in his late 20s. His

No Prize for Nobel Son
 No Prize for Nobel Son 
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No Prize for Nobel Son

Critics mixed on story of professor's kidnapped son

(Newser) - The story of an arrogant professor reluctant to pay ransom for his kidnapped child, Nobel Son is a mixed bag, with “moments of vengeance-filled enjoyment but also a sense of tonal haphazardness,” writes Robert Abele in the LA Times. “Signal-flare plotting” reveals a less-than-perfect screenplay, but “...

First Film Was Minghella's Finest Work
First Film Was Minghella's Finest Work

First Film Was Minghella's Finest Work

Truly, Madly, Deeply can help fans grieve director's early passing

(Newser) - He might be known for his sweep of the 1996 Academy Awards with The English Patient, but director Anthony Minghella should be remembered for his first film, Dana Stevens writes in Slate. Truly, Madly, Deeply, a 1990 made-for-TV movie that's now something of a cult classic, is a "psychologically...

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