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2005-11-07 02:11:46

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of fans including pop star Madonna descended on central London on Sunday for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth installment of a hugely successful series of films. The darkest movie episode yet from J.K. Rowling's bestselling, seven-book series features young wizard Harry being tested to the limit in a magic tournament and meeting his nemesis Lord Voldemort in a dramatic climax. With death, danger and the first...

2005-11-06 15:45:00

LONDON -- Thousands of fans including pop star Madonna descended on central London on Sunday for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth installment of a hugely successful series of films. The darkest movie episode yet from J.K. Rowling's bestselling, seven-book series features young wizard Harry being tested to the limit in a magic tournament and meeting his nemesis Lord Voldemort in a dramatic climax. With death, danger and the first blossoming of teenage...

2005-10-24 13:55:00

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - He had the backing of one of Hollywood's biggest studios and a budget he called "colossal," but British director Mike Newell was continually fighting over money while filming the latest Harry Potter blockbuster. In a weekend interview to promote "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Newell said his experience was not unlike that on smaller movies where he felt there were never enough funds to get the job finished. But he praised Warner Brothers...

2005-10-24 07:41:40

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - He had the backing of one of Hollywood's biggest studios and a budget he called "colossal," but British director Mike Newell was continually fighting over money while filming the latest Harry Potter blockbuster. In a weekend interview to promote "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Newell said his experience was not unlike that on smaller movies where he felt there were never enough funds to get the job finished. But he praised Warner...

2005-10-12 10:37:45

(Please read in sixth paragraph ...Erica Jong presented the award as Sue Monk Kidd's... instead of ...Erica Jong's "The Mermaid Chair" won for fiction....) By Richard Satran NEW YORK (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling led the list of writers winning prizes at the first Quill Book Awards on Tuesday, and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the biography/memoir prize. The Quills, aiming to become a flashier event than other literary awards, added "Oscar" touches like a red carpet for...

2005-10-12 10:42:23

By Richard Satran NEW YORK (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling led the list of writers winning prizes at the first Quill Book Awards on Tuesday, and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the biography/memoir prize. The Quills, aiming to become a flashier event than other literary awards, added "Oscar" touches like a red carpet for authors, comedy stars to entertain guests and some well known hosts from the television world. The winners were determined by online consumer voting from a list...

2005-10-12 03:07:27

By Richard Satran NEW YORK (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling led the list of writers winning prizes at the first Quill Book Awards on Tuesday, and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the biography/memoir prize. The Quills, aiming to become become a flashier event than other literary awards, added "Oscar" touches like a red carpet for authors, comedy stars to entertain guests and some well known hosts from the television world. The winners were determined by online consumer voting from a...

2005-10-10 16:47:43

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Irish writer John Banville was the surprise winner on Monday of the Booker Prize, one of the literary world's most prestigious awards, for "The Sea," his poignant and dark novel about childhood memories. The judges said it was a close-run contest, but they eventually picked Banville for what they called his "masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected." The result had not been expected, after Banville was made a 7-1 outsider by bookmakers...

2005-10-10 06:06:32

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - British author Julian Barnes was hot favorite on Monday to land the prestigious Booker Prize with a quirky tale of Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. In the annual literary horse race for a first prize of 50,000 pounds, Barnes was 5-4 favorite to land the Booker at his third attempt with "Arthur and George." It tells the tale of Conan Doyle figuratively donning the legendary detective's deerstalker hat to solve the case of a clergyman's...

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2005-07-21 07:45:00

BEIJING -- Less than 24 hours after the English edition of the latest Harry Potter book went on sale in China's capital on the weekend, the full text of the 672-page tome was available for free on the Internet as an unauthorized e-book, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday. The Shui Mu Tsing Hua bulletin board service posted the full text of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on Sunday, according to the Chinese language daily. Author J.K. Rowling has long warned readers against...


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