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Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

Originally posted 02/09/2015 01:50PM

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues.

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The Casual Vacancy: See the First Trailer for J.K. Rowling's BBC Miniseries – Starring Dumbledore!

Originally posted 02/02/2015 04:15PM

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy could not be further away in theme from Harry Potter, but diehard fans of the famed book series will appreciate the upcoming television adaption's main star – the actor who plays Dumbledore, Michael Gambon.

The first trailer for J.K. Rowling's inaugural foray into TV has arrived, and it offers a glimpse into the small English town of Pagford, where the series is set.

Seemingly idyllic on the surface, "Everyone's got skeletons rattling in their cupboards," a voiceover intones.

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Natalie Portman's Longtime Love | Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman's Longtime Love

Originally posted 06/08/2004 06:00AM

Natalie Portman has had a longtime love affair with ... dance. Since age 10, the Long Island native has been attending performances by the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. So it's no wonder that she turned up at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater recently for a benefit gala that raised more than $550,000 for The Ailey School and a new theater. "I loved dancing when I was younger, I did everything from ballet to jazz," Portman, who attended the event with parents Shelly and Avner, told us at the afterparty, held in a tent behind the Apollo. "Ailey is the best staple of New York, culturally. There is so much passion and joy in the dancing, it's so much more like acting than any other dance I've seen." Another fan is Angela Bassett, who also attended the benefit.

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