News Roundup: Get Ready to Tour Hogwarts, and Radiohead Sets ‘SNL’ Date
Harry Potter fans, do you fancy a stroll around Hogwarts? You DO? Well you may be in luck. Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, where all eight films were made, is setting up a tour around some of their best loved sets, called “The Making of Harry Potter.”
Locations include the great hall at Hogwarts and Dumbledore’s office (bring your own phoenix).
• Gentlemen, if you fancy becoming the topic of Adele‘s next multi-million selling album, why not brush up on your one-liners? It seems the best way to woo our soul titan is to make her smile: “I would like someone with humor. If they make me laugh, I’m in the bed. I really don’t care how they are physically.” (via The Sun)
• Wanna see a photo of cutie Bingham Hawn Bellamy? Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has taken to Twitter to share his baby joy.
• Ah, judges on the X Factor, why must you be such alpha-male loudmouths? Apparently now Louis Walsh, the UK X Factor‘s voice of experience now Simon Cowell has left, wants to create some kind of competition between the two versions of the show. This despite the fact that Simon is his boss, and no matter which one is the bigger, Cowell is the winner. (via Channel 4)
• And while we’re on the topic, Cher Lloyd has some words of wisdom to offer this year’s clutch of hopefuls: “Run away and get out now,” she told Metro, before going on to explain, “I’m joking. Just keep your head down. Don’t get involved with everything and don’t go in a little dream world of thinking everything is fair and nice.”
• Did you hear the story about the British film that starred Damian Lewis, but forgot to put him in the trailer? Well it’s true. The film is called Will, and it’s about a young boy who runs away so he can see his beloved football team, Liverpool FC, play a match. The trailer is here, and as I say, does not feature Mr. Lewis. It does, however, feature Bob Hoskins, which isn’t quite the same.
• Take That‘s Gary Barlow says his band’s current reincarnation could have never happened without the appreciation for Coldplay. Gaz reveals that he gave his pop chops a rest upon the band’s 1996 demise, and it was after hearing Chris Martin that he envisioned stepping up to the mic again.
“I spent years telling everyone around that I didn’t want to be an artist again, Barlow recently told The Sun. “I didn’t sing for six or seven years. I seldom sang on demos and if I could get someone else to sing then I would, right until I heard the first Coldplay album. I realized that you could be in a rock band and not have a husky rasp – Chris has the most beautiful voice.”
• After over a decade away, Radiohead is heading back to Saturday Night Live. They’ll open the long-running comedy show’s 37th season September 24 on NBC. (via USA Today)
• Orlando Bloom‘s mum, Sonia Copeland Bloom, has written a book called Crystal, the Small Miracle, which is “aimed at helping children engage with the natural world.” Her son has backed the project, of course, by teaming up with the Butterfly Conservation.
“Butterflies are powerful symbols of the beauty and vulnerability of nature,” Bloom says. “I am delighted to back Butterfly Conservation and their efforts to ensure that these wonderful insects are conserved for future generations to enjoy.” (via AFP)
• Like we told you in April, there is definitely going to be another Suede album. Now, frontman Brett Anderson has given us somewhat of a timeline. In a recent interview with Xfm, he divulged that things will begin coming together once he’s done touring in support of his fourth LP, Black Rainbows. We. CANNOT! WAIT!!