12:17 AM EDT 04/14/2013
Originally posted 03/29/2013 10:05AM
Richard Griffiths, the well-spoken, rotund presence perhaps best known for playing Muggle guardian Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series – and who costarred again with Daniel Radcliffe in the stage drama Equus – died Thursday from complications after heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, his agent announced Friday. He was 65.
"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him," Radcliffe said in a statement to the BBC.
Griffiths also won a Tony in 2006 for playing slightly wayward teacher Douglas Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys and was the outlandish Uncle Monty in the 1987 cult movie Withnail and I.
Originally posted 02/24/2013 04:00PM
We're not in Hogwarts anymore.
Daniel Radcliffe made an unexpected appearance at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood on Friday night. Arriving with a male pal around 1:40 a.m., the Harry Potter star was "in party mode but really friendly," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and jeans, the actor hung out at a table in the club's back VIP room, where he made himself vodka cocktails.
As DJ BeeFowl spun hit after hit, Radcliffe "started singing and dancing at the table to Nelly's 'Country Grammar' and 'Ride Wit Me'," the source adds. "He introduced himself to people at his table casually as 'Dan.' "
Originally posted 02/23/2013 01:30PM
Having recently told Katie Couric during an interview that she does have a boyfriend, Jessica Chastain made what is apparently her first public appearance with him Friday night, at the Women in Film 6th annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.
Arriving arm and arm together at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles, the Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress nominee and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo sipped Perrier-Jouët Champagne in the main room before Chastain spotted her costar from last year's The Help, Viola Davis, and Davis's husband.
Chastain, 35, hugged and kissed the 31-year-old Passi, making it clear to all who saw them that the two are, in fact, a couple.
Originally posted 02/07/2013 08:20AM
PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum, will make his debut on the Academy Awards stage this month as one of four newly announced special guests who are joining the Feb. 24 broadcast.
Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe are the other three actors who will make special appearances, producers said Thursday.
The four join a list of previously announced Oscar presenters, including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Mark Wahlberg.
Originally posted 01/21/2013 11:15AM
The stars arrived by the dozens to Park City, Utah, for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and PEOPLE has the details of their busy weekend.
James Franco was one of the last to arrive to the Stella Artois-hosted dinner for his documentary Kink on Saturday evening. Later, the Lovelace star hosted a large 1 a.m. "after, after party" at Everest Mansion powered by Saygus high up in the nearby mountains. The actor still managed to be up in time to surprise the guests at the Outfest Queer Brunch at Grub Steak Restaurant in Prospector Square Sunday morning with his Interior. Leather Bar. co-director Travis Mathews.
"James was the hit of the party," one brunch attendee tells PEOPLE. "Everyone wanted their picture with him."
Originally posted 01/19/2013 01:00PM
On screen, Daniel Radcliffe's playing adult roles now. But offscreen, he's still a young wizard, conjuring up some magic with his Kill Your Darlings costar
Erin Darke – with the two seen sharing a kiss and a cuddle at the Sundance Film Festival Friday.
At the Grey Goose Vodka Lounge dinner at the Blue Door in Sundance for the movie Kill Your Darlings – about a 1944 murder involving the literary heroes of the Beat Generation, with the actor playing poet Allen Ginsberg – Radcliffe, 23, was having some fun by dancing with costar Michael C. Hall, who attended with his novelist girlfriend, Morgan Macgregor.
But it's Darke who seems to have a leg up with Radcliffe.
While Macgregor sat on the sofa flanked by Hall (his arm around her) and Radcliffe, Darke sat in the chair next to the couch and continuously rubbed Radcliffe's knee. They also shared a brief kiss.
Originally posted 03/19/2012 12:35PM
The glasses aren't new, but the curly hair sure is.
In a bit of casting against type, Daniel Radcliffe is playing Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg in a movie now shooting in Brooklyn Kill Your Darlings – and this is among the very first looks of the Harry Potter star in character.
The independent film tells the real-life story of the young Ginsberg's meeting fellow Beat legends Jack Kerouac (On the Road) and Lucien Carr in 1944 and of the murder of Carr's former English teacher, David Kammerer, which resulted in a sensational trial and Carr's imprisonment.
Originally posted 02/03/2012 03:30PM
We'd like to buy a trend.
Less than a week after Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak admitted to being drunk at work, news of another celebrity who has revealed that he, too, was under the influence in front of the camera, is making the rounds.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe tells the British celebrity magazine Heat that he went to work on the set while drunk.
But unlike Sajak's lighthearted account of margaritas with Vanna White on filming breaks, Radcliffe, 22, shares a darker experience.
Originally posted 01/31/2012 10:00PM
There's no bad blood between Harry Potter costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
Despite an interview that Radcliffe recently did that "was blown out of proportion," the Woman in Black star says he and Grint, 23, are "very, very good friends."
"It's just ridiculous," Radcliffe, 22, told On Air with Ryan Seacrest. "Someone said, 'Are you in contact with Rupert and Emma [Watson] at the moment?' And I said, 'Emma and I have been texting recently, but Rupert and I never text.' "
Originally posted 01/06/2012 12:05PM
Daniel Radcliffe may be the star of one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, but he still has a thing or two to learn about dating.
Luckily the actor has found love with girlfriend Rosie Coker, a production assistant he met on the set of the last Harry Potter film.
"I hated dating, because I'm crap at it! With Rosie, I didn't know what was appropriate, like on which date you're supposed to try and kiss her," Radcliffe tells Sunday's Parade magazine.
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