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2008-09-15 09:00:33

By Fiona Gray THE release of Hari Puttar, a children's Bollywood film, has been postponed after Warner Bros complained its name was too similar to Harry Potter. The Hollywood company filed a lawsuit against Bollywood film- makers Mirchi Movies because the name of the film was "confusing" and could infringe their copyright. The film, whose full name is Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors, was due to be released on Friday, but a court in Mumbai ordered the date be pushed back to the end of...

2008-09-08 18:00:28

British author J.K. Rowling says a New York judge has granted her request and halted publication of a lexicon based on her "Harry Potter" books. Rowling filed a lawsuit against RDR Books in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, arguing that the lexicon violates the copyrights on her popular boy wizard novels. "I took no pleasure at all in bringing legal action and am delighted that this issue has been resolved favorably," Rowling said in a statement Monday. "I went to court to uphold the right...

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2008-09-08 13:00:00

Harry Potter fans are getting used to waiting. In addition to the delay of the release of the sixth Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Electronic Arts Inc has postponed the latest Harry Potter video game. Although the release of the game is delayed, it remains one of EA's more lucrative franchises and had been expected to increase earnings and revenue this year. As a response the delay announced Monday, shares of EA fell 3 percent. The company reasoned the postponement of...

2008-09-07 12:00:13

By Hillel Italie Associated Press NEW YORK -- On Sept. 9, the U.S. publisher of "Harry Potter" will premiere a highly ambitious series with a mystery ending for readers and a couple of puzzlers for the industry: How big is the market for a multimedia story -- and can a phenomenon be conceived by a publisher rather than created by the public? "The 39 Clues" is a planned 10-volume set about young Amy and Dan Cahill and their worldwide search for the secret to their family's power. The first...

2008-08-27 06:00:33

While Bollywood films often borrow liberally from Western movies, producers of Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors say their movie, parts of which were filmed in the Yorkshire Dales, bears no resemblance to any film in the Harry Potter series, based on books by British author J K Rowling."There is absolutely nothing to link Hari Puttar with Harry Potter," said Munish Purii, chief executive officer of Mumbai-based producer Mirchi Movies.Hari is a common name in India and "puttar" is Punabji for...

2008-08-24 15:00:24

By MATTHEWS, Philip Kate Mosse talks to PHILIP MATTHEWS about good plots and inspiration. . Kate Mosse. No, not Kate Moss. Not the supermodel most famous for coke- snorting snapshots and cavorting with rock star Pete Doherty. Instead, this more grown-up Mosse, one could argue, gathers no stoners. If she needs further introduction, Mosse is the author of two historical- supernatural bestsellers, Labyrinth and Sepulchre. She is the co-founder of the Orange Prize, which was set up in...

2008-08-22 15:00:51

By MONAHAN, Kate Who needs Trinny and Susannah, when we've got Tamsyn and Michelle? The model and makeup artist have put their pretty heads together to shake up Waikato women with makeover workshops, reports Kate Monahan. ------------------------- Work with what you've got. That's the message from Waikato's new makeover duo, international model Tamsyn Rose and top makeup artist Michelle Devereux. For 10 years, Rose modelled around the globe, from Australia to Japan to...

2008-08-18 21:00:20

By David Germain LOS ANGELES - It's summer school for Harry Potter. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise about boy wizard Harry, is moving from its planned Nov. 21 release to July 17, 2009, distributor Warner Bros. said . The move was made to take advantage of an open weekend in Hollywood's busy summer season, said Alan Horn, Warner Bros. president and chief operating officer. The film had been on schedule, and the change was...

2008-08-18 15:00:43

By ALISON CAMPSIE ANGER was brewing among Harry Potter fans yesterday after the announcement that the release of the latest movie from the boy wizard series has been delayed by eight months. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the blockbuster film franchise, is moving from its planned November 21 US release to July 17, 2009, distributor Warner Bros said. The announcement had message boards on Harry Potter fan sites groaning with complaints and speculation...

2008-08-14 18:00:29

Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that it has moved back the release date of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to Summer 2009. The sixth installment of the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise will now open day-and-date domestically and in the major international markets on July 17, 2009. The announcement was made by Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, "Our reasons for shifting 'Half-Blood Prince' to summer...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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