POTTERMORE In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson for Wonderland, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling revealed that she made a mistake by having Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley end up together at the conclusion of the series, calling the pairing "a form of wish fulfillment." Realzing that she might be "breaking people's hearts" by saying that, Rowling apologized to the fans, but said that Hermione should have married the title hero instead.
I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
Watson, who played Hermione in the WB-produced movies based on the books, agreed with Rowling and said that many fans will too.
I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.#AlwaysTrending
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PITCH 2 A couple weeks ago, it was announced that a sequel to the 2012 hit comedy Pitch Perfect is in the works with Elizabeth Banks, who produced and starred in the original, at the helm. Now, Vulture reports that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on to reprise their roles in the sequel, which is slated for release on May 15, 2015. Kay Cannon, writer of the first movie, an adaptation of the book by Mickey Rapkin, will write the sequel.
ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT Hot off of his Oscar-nominated performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Mattthew McConaughey has landed a leading role opposite Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant's new movie, Sea of Trees. Written by Chris Sparling (Buried), the movie follows two men who meet in Japan's "Suicide Forest," a place where people go to commit suicide. The two decide against killing themselves and set out on a "reflective journey through the forest," reports THR.
GRRRL POWER Everyone thought Sylvester Stallone was living a pipe dream when he decided to dust off his dentures to fight bad guys with an all-star cast of "vintage" action heroes, but The Expendables and its sequel grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, proving that he-man action heroes and practical stunts never go out of style. Among critics, the biggest problem with the franchise has been the lack of estrogen, a problem that Stallone aims to fix. Enter: The ExpendaBelles, an action-comedy spin-off starring an all-grrl cast. Here's the synopsis, courtesy of Deadline:
The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.
Stallone is producing with Kevin King. Robert Luketic will direct, re-teaming with writers Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, who penned Legally Blonde.
WOLF PACK Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill seemed an unlikely pairing, but their chemistry in The Wolf of Wall Street — coupled with its box office and critical success, no doubt — has prompted Fox to re-team the duo in a new biopic based on the Vanity Fair article "The Ballad of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner. Jewell was the hero-turned-suspect of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing incident. Though later cleared, Jewell's life was effectively ruined by pervasive media coverage that painted him as a terrorist. Hill is expected to play the role of Jewell, with DiCaprio playing Jewell's attorney, reports THR.
IDOL TIME American Idol contestant-turned-pop star Clay Aiken is ready to take his message of caring and compassion to the masses, as the Democratic nominee for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District. In a video message posted on his campaign website, Aiken said that the domestic violence he experienced at home and his work as a special ed teacher were factors that inspired him to be a voice for the powerless.
The years I spent as a special education teacher for students with autism was my first window into the difference that a person can make in someone's life.
Aiken told CNN that his story qualifies him as a candidate because "empathy and caring for the people you represent is a really important qualification for Congress."