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J.K. Rowling Brings Dumbledore Back From The Grave! Michael Gambon Joins Forces With The Harry Potter Author For This NEW Project!

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jk rowling bringing back dumbledore actor for casual vacancy series on hbo

Potterheads, rejoice! Dumbledore lives!!!

Michael Gambon, the actor who played the iconic Professor from the Prisoner of Azkaban until the very end, has been cast in J.K. Rowling's upcoming HBO mini-series The Casual Vacancy.

Which is SO EXCITING!

The former Harry Potter actor is set to play Howard Mollison, who fans know as the owner of the Pagford deli!

Other cast members announced include Rory Kinnear, Julia McKenzie, Kelley Hawes, Monica Dolan, and Abigail Lawrie!

While the rest of the casting news will be announced at a later date, filming is set to begin on July 7th in the South West of England!

So, alright… Dumbledore doesn't exactly LIVE, but it's certainly exciting to see him in action again in another of J.K.'s novels coming to life!

We can't WAIT to watch!!

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Pregnant Inglourious Basterds Star Strips NUDE For Fish Charity

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Melanie Laurent

French actress Melanie Laurent, one of the stars from Inglourious Basterds, is absolutely stunning!!

Even though she's pregnant, it didn't stop her from taking off all of her clothing and posing with nothing more than a large crab to cover herself.

The picture is part of a series of photos for the project "Fishlove," and she looks dammmmn good!!

The whole campaign is about raising awareness of how over-fishing is destroying our marine environment.

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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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ian mckellen talks hobbit on his blog

For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

[Image via WENN.]

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