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About Harry Potter (2004): "One of the things about Harry Potter that makes it so great is that young children can watch it to grannies... I mean, everyone has something on so many different levels that they can relate to with Harry Potter. And magic isn't just something the kids want to believe either, I think it's escapism. Everyone, somewhere, wants to believe that magic is real and that there is Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry... I know I would like to go! (laughs)."

Emma in La La Land

Back in June there were reports that Emma Watson was in talks for a lead role in the musical La La Land, with Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent), but since then, nothing. Then this week Teller apparently mentioned that after filming “Bleed for This” in Rhode Island he will be back in Los Angeles to film La La Land with Emma, adding “It’s with the same director as ‘Whiplash’. It’s a musical that takes place in L.A., hence the ‘La La Land.’ I’ll get to play piano, sing and dance and stuff like that.”  I’m not sure that’s confirmation, but close.

 

Director Damien Chazelle’s vision for La La Land

I’d like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis–one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires. I’d like to make a musical about the way L.A.’s peculiar rhythms can push its residents to the edge of their emotions–be they hope, desperation or love. Think the kind of teetering-toward-madness you see in “The Graduate” or “Boogie Nights”, and imagine if you were to push that further. In this case, the city pushes its residents all the way: it pushes them into song.

The characters of this movie are just people trying to make it. One thing most movies about struggling L.A. actors and musicians miss is the poetry of their struggle: these are blue-collar folks working day in and day out to make something happen. What I’m interested in is pitting their yearnings and their ambitions against the musical genre. After all, musicals are all about the push-and-pull between reality and fantasy; the heroes of this film, because of their big dreams, are constantly poised on that edge. 

At its core, this is a movie about artists in love–and what it means to be an artist in love in arguably the most competitive city on the planet. How do you juggle the need to find success as an artist with the need to share oneself with another human being? And how do you do so in a place where every poster, every street corner and every sign remind you of the glories just beyond reach? L.A. is the “Dream Factory”, and to me there’s something swooningly romantic about that: all those unsung songs and unrealized ideas clouding the air. By casting an affectionate eye on a pair of young hopefuls, while aspiring to the kind of full-fledged romanticism you hardly ever see in today’s movies, I hope to capture the spirit of the city I now call home, and make a movie that feels both classical and urgent–and, yes, intrinsically L.A.”

September 2014 Calendar

 

Congratulations to Thomas, our winner for the September Calendar Competition!

 

 

Honorable mentions to Padawan, Monika, Christian, Christopher and Martin. Thank you to everyone that entered, and thank you to those who voted. All the competition entries can be viewed here.


 

September Calendar Vote

Voting for the September calendar is now open.

Remember, you only get to vote one time. Do not vote multiple times from different emails, and do not ask your friends to come and vote on your calendar. Let’s keep the competition fair.

Please make sure you write your choices in the order you like them. Your favorite should be first, then next favorite, etc.

  1. View the calendars here. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger preview image. Take your time, make sure you scroll all the way to the end and check out all the calendars.
  2. Choose your favorite 5 calendars, and write down their numbers in order, from best to 5th place. You don’t have to choose 5, you can vote for just one if you like, but you can vote for 5.
  3. Send your vote in an email to emmawatson.contest@gmail.com or in a PM to me on the forums to dookdookdook.

Voting is open through September 1, 00:00 GMT.

September Calendar Competition

Emma news has been pretty slow lately. Hopefully it will pick up again soon. But all we have for now is the September Calendar Competition is now open.

  • The size of the calendar should be at least 1024×768. Higher resolutions are good. Widescreen is also allowed.
  • Calendars must be in a common graphics format such as jpg, tiff, gif or png.
  • It must have Emma-Watson.net and September and it should have the dates. It should be mostly original work, and images used should be respectful of Emma’s privacy.
  • The deadline to submit calendars is August 28.
  • No more than 3 entries per person please. Please send entries to emmawatson.graphics@gmail.com

August 2014 Calendar

 

Congratulations to Jia, our winner for the August Calendar Competition!

 

 

Honorable mentions to Monica, Shang, Salman and Christian. Thank you to everyone that entered, and thank you to those who voted. All the competition entries can be viewed here.

 

August Calendar Vote

Voting for the August calendar is now open.

Remember, you only get to vote one time. Do not vote multiple times from different emails, and do not ask your friends to come and vote on your calendar. Let’s keep the competition fair.

Please make sure you write your choices in the order you like them. Your favorite should be first, then next favorite, etc.

  1. View the calendars here. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger preview image. Take your time, make sure you scroll all the way to the end and check out all the calendars.
  2. Choose your favorite 5 calendars, and write down their numbers in order, from best to 5th place. You don’t have to choose 5, you can vote for just one if you like, but you can vote for 5.
  3. Send your vote in an email to emmawatson.contest@gmail.com or in a PM to me on the forums to dookdookdook.

Voting is open through August 1, 00:00 GMT.

August Calendar Competition

The August Calendar Competition is now open.

  • The size of the calendar should be at least 1024×768. Higher resolutions are good. Widescreen is also allowed.
  • Calendars must be in a common graphics format such as jpg, tiff, gif or png.
  • It must have Emma-Watson.net and August and it should have the dates. It should be mostly original work, and images used should be respectful of Emma’s privacy.
  • The deadline to submit calendars is July 28.
  • No more than 3 entries per person please. Please send entries to emmawatson.graphics@gmail.com

Emma at PFW Valentino show and Vogue Foundation Gala

Emma Watson attended the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday…

 

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…and later the Vogue Paris Foundation Gala.

 

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Emma Appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.

Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.

“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally,” added Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Ms. Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.

“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” said Ms. Watson.

Ms. Watson is the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership.

www.unwomen.org

Emma at Paris Fashion Week 2014

Emma Watson attended several events at Paris Fashion Week on Monday.

 

At the Christian Dior show, with Jennifer Lawrence.

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The Giambattista Valli show, with Derek Blasberg

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and afterwards a Dior dinner party

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