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Marvel films become the most successful movie franchise of all time

Marvel films become the most successful movie franchise of all time

BURBANK, Calif., April 9 (UPI) -- Marvel Studios films have become the biggest movie franchise of all time in North America.
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Daniel Radcliffe says 'Harry Potter' was an 'amazing springboard' for his career

Daniel Radcliffe says 'Harry Potter' was an 'amazing springboard' for his career

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- Daniel Radcliffe credits the "Harry Potter" movies as being an "incredible springboard" for his career.
Annie Martin
Emma Watson says fashion industry sets 'dangerously unhealthy' standards

Emma Watson says fashion industry sets 'dangerously unhealthy' standards

March 30 (UPI) -- Emma Watson says it takes a lot of cosmetics to make her ready for red-carpet events.
Danielle Haynes
J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' to be movie trilogy

J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' to be movie trilogy

March 30 (UPI) -- "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" to be made into a movie trilogy written by J.K. Rowling.
Danielle Haynes
UPI horse racing advance

UPI horse racing advance

March 28 (UPI) -- The Dubai World Cup races and a pair of $1 million Kentucky Derby preps vie for attention as this week's marquee attractions in Thoroughbred racing.
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI racing writer
Emma Watson admits to being jealous of other actresses

Emma Watson admits to being jealous of other actresses

March 17 (UPI) -- Emma Watson grew up on the silver screen as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, and she says the transition from child star to adult actress wasn't easy.
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J.K. Rowling releases new 'Harry Potter' story online

J.K. Rowling releases new 'Harry Potter' story online

March 14 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling returns to the Harry Potter universe in a new story released on her website Friday.
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Michael Fassbender stars in newly released 'Frank' trailer

Michael Fassbender stars in newly released 'Frank' trailer

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 7 (UPI) -- Michael Fassbender will take a comedic acting turn in the upcoming movie 'Frank.'
Annie Martin
Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- An adorable teaser trailer for the film "Paddington" brings the beloved bear to life.
Annie Martin
'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Ralph Fiennes relishes comedic role in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes relishes comedic role in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- British actor Ralph Fiennes says he was thrilled to play Gustave, the ambitious and charming concierge in Wes Anderson's 1930s Europe-set comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," because he is such a fascinating character.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Brendan Gleeson, son Domhnall, compete for IFTA's Best Actor prize

Brendan Gleeson, son Domhnall, compete for IFTA's Best Actor prize

Beloved Irish actor Brendan Gleeson and his son Domhnall were both nominated for the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Film Thursday.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Alfonso Cuaron: I'm not a very technical person

Alfonso Cuaron: I'm not a very technical person

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron says he initially saw "Gravity," the groundbreaking and universally acclaimed astronaut epic he directed and co-wrote with his son Jonas, as "a little, intimate story."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A brief look at some of this year's Academy Award contenders.
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Emma Watson steps out with beau Matthew Janney before Oscars gig

Emma Watson steps out with beau Matthew Janney before Oscars gig

LONDON , Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Emma Watson and her rugby player boyfriend Matthew Janney were spotted together in London over the weekend.
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Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to subjugate non-magical people, conquer the wizarding world, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Since the 30 June 1997 release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of June 2011, the book series has sold about 450 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages, and the last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.

A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age (with elements of mystery, thriller, and romance), it has many cultural meanings and references. According to Rowling, the main theme is death, although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.

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