Your Christmas stars

It's pantomime time again, which can only mean one thing .

Let's do the movies right here, says MP

The North-East can boast Get Carter, Billy Elliot, Harry Potter and even Alien 3 among its list of movie credits.

Classics case of a horrible trilogy

Excitement is never a long time coming in a book by Terry Deary.

Qurios - and yet so very animated

The talents of a North-East born illustrator and animator will be showcased again this week on national television.

A higher degree of helping

I've just got a big gob that's all! protests Estelle Vasey - using the tool of her trade.

Children of Men

Set more than 20 years in the future, Children Of Men is a brilliantly orchestrated, nightmarish thriller adapted from the PD James novel about a world teetering on the brink of anarchy.

Potter sales boost

Publishing house Bloomsbury said the launch of the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince helped it to a 6.5% hike in revenues.

Potter magic boosts Bloomsbury

Publishing house Bloomsbury said today the launch of the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince helped it to a 6.5% increase in revenues.

Return of screen's high rollers

The studio home of Harry Potter and James Bond has said it hopes to lure even more big-budget movies as tax breaks entice filmmakers back to the UK.

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has signed up to play Rudyard Kipling's son, who was sent to the First World War trenches by his father, in a new ITV drama about The Jungle Book author.

Fang's for rescuing us all

Two stray dogs have gone on to star in the Harry Potter movies.

Home truths

Adventure, i tell my bored 10-year-old son who's nagging me to put the Sunday supplements down in favour of yet another game of Cluedo, can only happen to children in the absence of parents.

Tony who?

More Americans know who Harry Potter is than can name Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a new survey.

Weaver's hope on autism

Hollywood superstar Sigourney Weaver last night said she hoped her latest movie would help improve people's understanding of autism.

Jack's family find a haven in home

For more than two years little Jack Smith and his family have been coming to terms with a rare form of cancer which is attacking the nine-year-old's body.

Harry's final episode

Harry Potter author JK Rowling admitted yesterday that part of her would be relieved to see the back of the adventures of the teen wizard that have made her a world-famous multi-millionaire.

On your marks for No1 spot

Two familiar faces are looking for a worthy number one to run a magical charity run.

How ghost of heroic Harry slew dragon

Alnwick Castle launch for `ripping yarn'

Rooms open

A dinner to launch the opening of Wynyard Park's function rooms raised more than £1,200 for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.

International tourism boost is just magic

Visitors from across Europe are heading to the North-east thanks to Harry Potter, Captain Cook and Hadrian's Wall.

Audience helps get the laughs

Paul Merton's Impro Chums, The Journal Tyne Theatre.

Author says: I'm not a hypocrite

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has hit back at critics who accused her of hypocrisy for attacking skinny models.

Potter's magic is a money spinner

Record-breaking sales of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has ensured publisher Bloomsbury broke the £20m barrier for annual profits.

Harry Potter hot-spot can pass on a lesson or two

Alnwick has already experienced the benefits that winning a number of accolades can bring to a town.

Potter magic rubs off on young Scottish star

The stars of Harry Potter had a wizard time last night at the world premiere of their new film.

All grown up

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When I first met Daniel Radcliffe he was a shy boy of very few words with a passion for Pokemon, Worldwide Wrestling Federation and chocolate, who was only just embarking on his senior school years.

Website transports firm into the spotlight

A transport business whose vehicles have starred in Harry Potter, 55 Degrees North and Byker Grove is moving up a gear after joining the information superhighway.

Pinewood need a blockbuster

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Film studio Pinewood Shepperton has warned it needs at least one blockbuster film this year if it is to hit its annual financial targets.

Potter profits

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury should maintain its strong growth record when it unveils annual results on Wednesday.

Catapulted into the public eye

Frances Lawrence describes herself as an "intensely private person".

Jockeys in horror pile-up at Ayr

Jockeys Kevin Darley, Eddie Ahern and apprentice Chris Ely were lucky to avoid serious injury in a frightening pile-up at Ayr yesterday.

Financial rewards of screen success

There is more to the region's film industry than Get Carter and Billy Elliott, according to Will Mapplebeck.

Baby for TV star

Friends star Courteney Cox Arquette has given birth to a baby girl named Coco, according to People magazine.

Another little touch of Harry

The sun may have been shining brightly yesterday but thousands of devotees to the fantasy world of Hogwarts were happy to spend a large slice of the Bank Holiday in a darkened room.

City is on show in Cannes

Newcastle-based movie School For Seduction will have its world premiere at Cannes tomorrow.

Now They All Want A Piece Of Gazza Again

For the past decade Paul Gascoigne has been in the stocks with a basketful of over-ripe tomatoes by the side for everyone to have a pot shot.


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