The Shmooze

Which 'Harry Potter' Movie Does Daniel Radcliffe Hate?

By Anne Cohen

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If you were under the age of 17 when Harry Potter received his Hogwarts acceptance letter, chances are, you have a favorite (“Deathly Hallows”) and least favorite movie adaptation (“Prisoner of Azkaban”). Turns out, Daniel Radcliffe does too. He hates “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of the blockbuster franchise.

“I never liked watching myself on film, but I do make myself sit through it,” he told the Daily Mail. “I think it comes from not actually realizing I didn’t have to go to my own premieres and watch the film. That’s something I’ve only just realized you don’t have to do. I always went along and sat with everyone else watching the movie. And that’s why it’s hard to watch a film like ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ because I’m just not very good in it. I hate it. My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across. My best film is [‘Order of the Phoenix’] because I can see a progression.”

According to The Huffington Post, it’s not the first time that Radcliffe has been down on “Half-Blood Prince,” or as he must think of it: “The One With Angsty Lonely Harry. “

“I do think people responded to the fact that there was kissing and hormones and all that kind of stuff,” he told MTV in 2009. “It’s a very lonely film and kind of a hard film for Harry, whereas Ron’s just happy because he’s getting his rocks off with Lavender now. […] If you take out the romantic storyline, it’s pretty much two and a half hours of me looking lonely. That’s all that’s left.”

Radcliffe, is currently starring in “What If,” a romantic comedy starring fellow member of the tribe ( and director Elia Kazan’s granddaughter) Zoe Kazan.

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Daniel Radcliffe On Life Post-'Harry Potter'

By Piya Sinha-Roy

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(Reuters) — From boy wizard Harry Potter to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, actor Daniel Radcliffe has taken on a wide range of fantasy and period roles, but he finally steps into the real world with his latest film.

In the romantic comedy “What If,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a young man damaged by previous romances who becomes enamored with a girl already in a steady relationship.

The 25-year-old British actor talked to Reuters about leaving “Potter” behind and proving his critics wrong.

Q: You have taken on action, fantasy and horror, but never a romantic comedy. What drew you to “What If”?

A: I had never done a contemporary project that was set in the world we are in that we recognize, I’ve never done that. “Potter” was in its own fantasy world and everything else I’ve done has been period films, so I’ve wanted to play somebody contemporary for a long time.

Q: What did playing Wallace allow you to explore?

A: This is the first time I’ve ever played a character that’s quite close to myself, not in terms of the decisions he makes or the way he goes about things, but just in terms of his sense of humor and his speed of thought.

I used to worry that playing myself, or that not playing somebody that different from myself, would make people think of “Harry Potter.” And then I realized I hadn’t been playing myself at all in “Harry Potter.” I was playing a very different, much sterner character than I am myself. So I think I let a bit of that embarrassment go, and it definitely made it easier.

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Watch Daniel Radcliffe Sort Celebrities Into Hogwarts Houses

By Anne Cohen

Harry Potter, meet Hollywood.

In this most adorable of clips, Daniel Radcliffe sorts celebrities, including — Meryl Streep, Barack Obama, Emma Stone, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Gosling, and Beyoncé — into the four Hogwarts houses (in case you’re one of those who didn’t read the books or see the movies, they are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin).

Meryl Streep? “I’m just going to put all the cool people in Gryffindor.”

Benedict Cumberbatch? ” He’s someone I associate with great intellect.” (Ravenclaw)

Miley Cyrus? “Come on, Miley, come to Gryffindor. We’ll sort you out.”

Jon Hamm? “Because I know you, and I know you won’t take offense to this, I’m putting you in Hufflepuff.”

Only one person was deemed sneaky enough to be in Slytherin: “I think [Kanye] would kind of be happy with [Slytherin], though.” Obviously.

Watch the full clip below:

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Daniel Radcliffe Is Harry Potter No More

By Anne Cohen

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“After six years, Daniel Radcliffe is officially marking his return to the London stage.”

The lede in an article on E! Online yesterday tells us two things. First, that Daniel Radcliffe will be appearing in Malcolm McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” More importantly however, it proves that it is now acceptable to refer to the actor without making a crack about a skinny teenager in round glasses with a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Granted, Harry Potter is referenced in the next paragraph down. But that’s still a marked improvement.

Coverage of Radcliffe in the aftermath of his “High Hopes” Oscar performance with Seth Macfarlane, his refreshingly earnest presentation of the Academy Award for Best Production Design with a sallow and slightly wobbly Kristen Stewart, and his antics backstage with Joseph Gordon-Levitt prove one thing: he’s made it. He is his own person, to be thought of as “D-Rad” (as one friend recently called him) and adored as such.

Unlike Mark Hamill, who never quite managed to shake off his lightsaber, forever enshrined as Luke Skywalker, Radcliffe has managed to break through the stereotype. With two theater roles under his belt — his 2007 debut in “Equus” on London’s West End, and a run in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway in 2011 — and varied film roles including a horror credit in “The Woman in Black,” and a stint as Allen Ginsburg in the upcoming “Kill Your Darlings,” no one could accuse Radcliffe of sticking to what he knows.

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Is Natalie Portman Pregnant?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Natalie Portman’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party dress sparked rumors that she may be pregnant again. The actress arrived wearing an ivory empire-waist Dior gown with a black bow accent that led to speculation that she might be hiding a baby bump. Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied have a son Aleph, who will turn two in June.

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The Oscars are still on people’s minds. Having already seen all the red carpet fashion before the show, fans shifted their attention to the after-party dresses. Elizabeth Banks took a bold chance on an orange and gold number, and Ginnifer Goodwin dazzled in a short metallic blue dress.

There were also all those Oscars behind-the-scene moments to enjoy as soon as the stars began tweeting and posting them. Here, for instance, are soft-shoe dance partners Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe having a bromance moment.

For those too young to remember, Jennifer Lawrence is not the first actress to tip on her way up to accept her Oscar. Barbara Streisand stumbled back in 1968. You can watch Babs, in her groovy pantsuit, avoid a complete face plant here.

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Andy Samberg 'Kidnapped' for Biel-Timberlake Nups

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Are we surprised that Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 84, jumped up out of her seat at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie “The Sessions” and demanded that actress Helen Hunt use contraceptives? Not at all. In fact, we would have been disappointed if she hadn’t. The film is about a sex surrogate, played by Hunt, who introduces a polio-stricken poet to the pleasures of sexual intimacy. “Every psychology class, anybody who has dealings with sexuality and education should see this film,” the famous sexologist said in giving the movie the Dr. Ruth seal of approval.

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It was kind of hard to avoid hearing the news last week that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake got married in Italy. Among the guests (or kidnap victims, as some of the gossip media is putting it) at their destination wedding was funnyman Andy Samberg.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke in front of an audience at the University of Tennessee last week. Sure, she talked law, but what really got people’s attention were her stories about hunting with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia. “I’m hoping to bag myself an antelope,” she shared.

The love spell has worn off. Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame is now single and available, following a breakup with girlfriend Rosie Coker. The couple had met on the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” set back in 2007.

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Thursday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Mazel tov to Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., who welcomed a baby boy in Los Angeles last week. The couple also has a 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte Grace.

Ivanka Trump and her “chic family apartment” are on the cover of the October issue of Elle Décor. The cover story features picture-perfect rooms designed by Kelly Behun. Trump, 30, lives in the Park Avenue apartment with her husband Jared Kushner and their baby daughter Arabella Rose.

Daniel Radcliffe was partying hard with members of the Dublin Minors celebrating their win of the All-Ireland Championship in Gaelic football. And all this time we though Quidditch was his game.

The Coen brothers are reportedly bringing Fargo to the small screen. Really? You betcha.

She’s a professor, a writer and also a former Secretary of State. But who knew that Madeleine Albright was also a drummer? In case you missed it, Madame Secretary was on stage jamming during the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and Gala Concert at the Kennedy Center.

A former consultant to Roseanne Bar’s failed Green Party nomination campaign has accused the comedienne of failing to pay her for work done earlier this year.

Gwyneth Paltrow, looking lovely in dressed-down chic, lent her support to a Stand Up To Cancer event at the Savoy hotel in London on Monday. Earlier this month the actress, who lost her father Bruce Paltrow to cancer, took part in a telethon for the same organization in Los Angeles.

Entertainment Weekly has some wild and wacky photos of Max Greenfield’s “New Girl” character Schmidt posing as a Jewish assassin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Samuel L. Jackson, among other characters. The pictures all have something to do with Schmidt’s trying to “rebrand” himself in the series’ season two premiere airing this week.

Lady Gaga has a friend and defender in Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Countering Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro’s slut-shaming of the singer for smoking a joint on stage, the New York City mayoral candidate complimented her for being a “social justice activist and a real leader for marriage equality in this country.”

Actor-writer-producer-director Bob Balaban, who has a new children’s book coming out, talks New York with New York magazine. His all time favorite New Yorker? The late Nora Ephron.

The second video from James Franco’s new band, Daddy, is now available. It’s a duet sung by Franco and Motown legend Smokey Robinson

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Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Own Rom-Com

By Hannah Rubin

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He knows how to succeed in business without really trying — but what about a platonic relationship?

Daniel Radcliffe, melter of muggle hearts worldwide, has just been cast as the lead, along side co-star Zoe Kazan (jury’s still out on her tribal status), in “The F Word,” an indie romantic comedy about two 20-somethings trying to keep it in friend zone. (Yes, that is F for F-r-i-e-n-d-s-h-i-p.)

The film brings together a whole cast of (Jew-ish) characters, with a script written by Elan Mastai, production by David Gross and direction from Michael Dowse, of “Goon” fame.

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Have you Jew-Googled Today?

By Devra Ferst

Who’s Jewish? According to Google (and Gawker ) nearly everyone in Hollywood, from Meryl Streep to Morgan Freeman, and even Mel Gibson. Well, sort of.

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A post late Tuesday on media news and gossip Web site Gawker revealed that the top search suggestions on Google for various celebrity names (when preceded by the word is) include the word Jewish. For example, if you type the words “Is David Beckham” into the search bar, a drop-down menu will appear with several options, the first of which is “Is David Beckham Jewish.”

It’s the top ranked search for Robin Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Affleck and Bill Gates.

And it’s not just celebs. Type in “Is Al Gore” and you will get suggestions including “an idiot, Jewish, a hypocrite.” (Yes, in that order!)

Go ahead. Try it with your favorite celebrities. Let us know what you find. (You know you want to.)

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