Once again, a Harry Potter movie marathon will be included in ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas. And this time, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be among the films shown this weekend! The sixth Harry Potter film will have its television network premiere on Sunday, December 4 at 8:30pm EST/7:30pm Central on the ABC Family TV channel. The marathon itself will begin on Saturday, December 3–All Day Long (according to the program guide).
Click here for more information on the ABC Family website and here for the program guide.
According to Home Media Magazine, Warner Home Video plans to release the DVD/ Blu-Ray ultimate editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on June 14, nearly a month prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in movie theaters. Each set has a a new hour of the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary series, a digital copy of the film, over four hours of special features, and collectible items such as a 44-page photo book, limited edition character cards and a lenticular card.
The two-disc Blu-ray for the ultimate editions of the two films will be $49.99 each and the three-DVD ultimate editions of the two films will be $39.92
The ultimate editions are available for pre-orders on May 10.
HBO Latin America had their premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As part of the premiere, they also included some new behind-the-scenes footage from the film. The videos include interviews with many of the cast and crew. The intro is in Spanish, but there is no dubbing over the actors.
Variety are reporting that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince are getting a 3D conversion for their Blu-ray formats. According to the article, Warner Bros have contracted Prime Focus to do the conversion.
As reported previously, Warner Bros scrapped the 3D conversion for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 because they felt the conversion would not be done with the quality they expected by the film’s release date of November 19th. So, instead of pushing back the release date, they instead have stopped the conversion. However, the conversion hasn’t been ruled out for a later date. They still expect Part 2 to be in 3D.
There’s still no release date for the 3D formats for the 5th and 6th films, and director David Yates isn’t expected to be able to start work work on them 2011. Whether they’re going to release the films in the 3D format in theatres is still uknown.
Studio is keeping mum about its 3D plans for the “Potter” backtitles, including street dates for 3D homevideo and whether there will be a theatrical re-release for the series. With the final four “Potter” pics in 3D, however, conversion of the earlier pics seems likely. Just as Yates has had creative oversight of 3D on his pics, conversion of the earlier titles would likely require the involvement of Chris Columbus, Mike Newell and Alfonso Cuaron, who directed the first four in the series.
MTV have posted a live stream for tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. You can watch here to see all the stars walking on the red carpet!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been nominated for Best Movie.
Tom Felton, who portrays Draco Malfoy and who will be at the awards, is nominated for Best Villain. He’s going up against fellow Potter actor Helena Bonham-Carter for her role as the Red Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has received a nomination for Best Female Performance. Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is nominated for Best Male Performance and Best Global Superstar!
Some images of book props from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Half-Blood Prince are now online. They come from Wyvern Bindery and include many of the books that Hermione carries in her magical expandable bag. The books include The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore by Rita Keeter, Secrets of the Darkest Art, Advanced Potion Making, and a History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot. There’s also a photo from inside the Monster Book of Monsters. Check them out in our gallery starting here!
The filming for the Harry Potter films is soon coming to an end…only two weeks left. During the National Movie Awards, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson did a few interviews in which they spoke about the filming coming to an end.
They spoke with People where Dan admitted he’ll be devastated when it’s over and Emma went onto say that she feels as if someone is dying.
“I will be devastated [when it's over],” Radcliffe, 20, said Wednesday at the National Movie Awards in London. “There is nothing I watch without it triggering a series of memories. Everything [about the films] is so linked to my life. At the same time, it is exciting. It is the end.”
“I feel like someone is dying,” said Watson, 20, adding that she never expected just how big the franchise would get (even inspiring a theme area at Universal Orlando). “This kind of love and recognition is just incredible. It is also really emotional for me. I am proud.”
We previously reported that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was nominated for a National Movie Award in the Family category. We are happy to now report that the film won the award plus the Special Recognition Award. Although we also mentioned that the three stars (Dan Radcliffe-Harry, Rupert Grint-Ron, and Emma Watson-Hermione) were each nominated for the Performance of the Year category, along with Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) for her Nanny McPhee role, it was Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) for his role as “Edward Cullen” in the Twilight films who won that award.
Here is the video of Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), and Dan Radcliffe accepting the award in the Family category.
Here is the video of Watson, Wright, Radcliffe, director David Yates, and the producers David Heyman and David Barron accepting the Special Recognition Award.
Here is a video of an overview of the Harry Potter films that was shown at the award ceremony with a commentary by David Tennant who portrayed Barty Crouch, Jr. in Goblet of Fire but became very popular as the Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who series. There’s even a sneak peek at Deathly Hallows!
As noted, Robert Pattinson won for Performance of the Year. Due to his filming schedule for Water for Elephants, he was not able to attend the event. So, his acceptance was broadcast via video from the set.
Click here to see photos of the Harry Potter stars with the director and producers of Half-Blood Prince in the photo gallery.
We previously reported that Tom Felton was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the Best Villian category for his role as “Draco Malfoy” in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which has also been nominated for an award). Shortly after the nomination was announced, Tom Felton spoke to MTV.
“It’s a massive honor,” he said. “Especially given that it’s a fan vote. That makes it quite touching. And it’s classic for me, because for almost a decade, kids have been running onto set and hugging Daniel [Radcliffe] and shaking Emma [Watson]‘s hand. I try and be as polite as I can, and I never seem to get anywhere with them. Finally, I’m in a category that celebrates that fact!”
As we mentioned in the previous post, Helena Bonham Carter who portrayed Draco’s evil aunt Bellatrix Lestrange was also nominated for Best Villian…but it is for her role as the Red Queen in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. Here is what Felton was quoted to have said about that:
“Never my competition — she’s my idol,” …”I’ve learned more off her than anyone else.” Sure you don’t want to talk a little smack? “Of course! I’m putting a friendly face on it, but on the night, it’s all game,”…”Each dog for his own.”
Hmmm…that does seem to be the general consensus in the Malfoy family.
Click here to read the complete article to see what Felton said about his other competition in the Best Villian category. He also mentions an interesting story about how he was almost naked for a scene in Goblet of Fire when Draco was turned into a ferret. And don’t forget to go here and vote!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been nominated for Best Movie for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
Additionally Tom Felton, who portrays Draco Malfoy, has been nominated for Best Villain. He’s going up against fellow Potter actor Helena Bonham-Carter for her role as the Red Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
Tom updated his Twitter account to state he’s ‘truly honoured’ by the nomination.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has received a nomination for Best Female Peformance. Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is nominated for Best Male Performance and Best Global Superstar!