Emma's in the news!
Two pieces on her role as Nicki in Bling Ring: OMG/UsWeekly and People
Two pieces on her upcoming W Magazine feature:
HuffPost and OMG Yahoo
She's is in Cannes promoting Bling Ring and seems to
be having a fantastic time, even though she can't get
her own shoes off. She looks great and there's a lot of
buzz around this movie.
More on her W feature and photos.Thanks to Rosemary for the heads up!
She talks about not being in a rush to grow up, Nicki in the Bling
Ring and her auditions for Hermione and more.
When they brought her in for the ninth audition, she was told she
was the 'preferred candidate' and by the time she got home there
were crowds waiting in front of her house. She learned she got the
role after the world did!
Her world (and ours) changed forever... Thank, Merlin!
More from the MET Gala:
And this is especially for Rosemary: Jack Bauer might be coming back to TV!
Great news! Potted Potter is coming back to NYC this summer. I'm so excited I might snot some
Yesterday's answer: Dobby
And a huge congratulations to Gina!
In a bit of housekeeping, I'd like to direct you to our facebook and twitter accounts for multiple
Also, a very special announcement: we'd like all of you to help us welcome our first B&W baby,
Congrats to RGW & Andrew! We're so proud of you and so happy about the baby!
Ril & The B&W Family
So I think we need to start the brainwashing now with subtle suggestions while he sleeps to get
Baby James - 30 years from now - to name his son Harry.
What do you think?
How awesome Taylor Swift is as a person!
Emma in Bling Ring - which I'm not really thrilled about because I remember
thinking those kids were jerks when it happened.
And Emma tweeted earlier that she's not really the star, she's like the 3rd or
4th lead...hahaha, how sweet that she thinks she's not the star or that anyone
would see this without her in it!
Go vote for Emma and Perks in the MTV Movie Awards! There are nominations
in 4 categories and the show is scheduled to air on April 14th, which is the day
before Emma's 23rd bday.
Let's give her an awesome present!
Emma made headlines this week by announcing on Twitter that she is
not interested in any '50 Shades' project. Thank you, Emma!
This is a pic of our Twitter feed from that day.
Emma's brother got his own headline story on AOL's homepage. The
story was about famous siblings, but he was the featured relative.
Remember to continue voting for Emma and Perks in the MTV Movie
Awards. It doesn't close til 10:30pm Eastern on April 14.
Courtesy of Gina: Do these counteract the effects of Fred & George's puking
And this from RGW, still working for B&W even though she's a new mom
(what dedication!), Emma is one of this week's best sound bytes in
Just a quick note about the site:
We will be running some site maintenance in in the coming weeks so some
pages will be taken temporarily offline. It won't start until later this week so if
there's anything you must read, do it now!
As always, you will have access to this page throughout the maintenance process.
Thank the Lord (and Momma & Pappa Watson) that Emma has class, good taste, intelligence &
And thank you to her for telling us (the fans) first, without going through publicists and the
media. Direct from her to us, via Twitter!
Love her, love you guys! Rock on & go vote for her!
So I just found out that Emma volunteered to help Sandy victims in October.
I wondered how I hadn't heard anything about that, but then I realized I didn't have power for a
And then I realized something else: the media doesn't really showcase anything good. If she had
driven the wrong way down a highway it would have been featured on the evening news. But
something good? Something positive? Hardly any attention. So I decided to give it some.
Emma volunteers. Taylor makes magic for a sick fan. Josh Hutcherson joins the NOH8 campaign.
This is the behavior to emulate, kids. These are the good ones.
Go vote for Emma in the MTV Movie Awards and let's give her the best birthday ever! (from a
very grateful New York City!)
Thought of the Day:
If Hagrid was kicked out of Hogwarts and had his wand broken (but it still works as seen in
Dudley's pig tail in Book 1), why did he never try a Kwikspell course like Filtch?
Or why did no one think to train him more considering they were on the brink of war basically as
soon as unicorns were being slaughtered in first year?!
Think on that and let me know what you think...
Thought of the Day:
Does Lavender Brown die?
From reading the book, I thought she was only attacked by Fenrir - I assumed she survived the
attack (like Bill did), but in the movie it looks like she's dead.
Movie distortion or real life?
Was I too optimistic assuming that unless JK used the word 'dead' or 'killed' explicitly, characters
were still alive?
Trivia of the Day:
What is Harry's first wizarding gift?
On another, unrelated note: Happy 1-month Birthday, James!
Did you know:
How famous a name is Watson? Extremely. And not just because of Emma & Alex.
Inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, had an assistant whose
name was Thomas Watson. So the first name(technically the second word)
spoken over the very first telephone ever: Watson!
Full quote: "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you." He was in one room,
calling into another in 1876.
Answer to yesterday's trivia: Hedwig
Thought of the Day:
What exactly did Aberforth get up to with that goat?
I mean, there's a bad joke, but for real...what's going on there?
Thought of the Day:
Is Maggie Smith the most awesome Maggie in the world?
Trivia of the Day:
The barrier to platform 9-3/4 is closed for Harry & Ron. They think it's because they're late. The
truth is later revealed. Who is behind the blocking of the barrier?
Books and Wands
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to....
1. Emma Thompson!
2. Emma Watson & congratulations on being a Trailblazer! &....
3. US! Six wonderful years together!
Surprise! New site design! Like it? It took me a whole week to
do, long form because I don't have fancy technology to do it for
me. If you notice any bugs, links not working, words cut out, etc
- please let us know so I can fix it.
Anyway - neither RGW or I can stand MTV so we DVR'd the show
and fast forwarded to Emma.
She was great! Looked good and delivered a good speech with a moral I think a lot of people
need to hear nowadays. Perfect timing for a special girl. What an awesome 23rd birthday she's
going to have today!
Though Jonah Hill (and MTV) found a way to be gross about an award that should be more
significant than the silliness that marks MTV, Emma was as graceful & poised as ever (even
though she seemed nervous). It's funny, you don't think the pros still gets nervous...
And poor Logan broke his hand during filming and still came out to honor Emma. Makes you
wonder why MTV didn't get Rupert, Tom, Dan, Evanna and even Jessie Cave (who were all in
LA within the last few months of this year) to record something special for Emma...alas, yet
another wasted opportunity to be great, mtv.
Seriously, if you're going to do something special for someone...you gotta make them cry. Or
there's just no point in doing it. Ya' know?
Trivia answers: Both birthday girls got in on it.
1. Emma Thompson was married to Kenneth Branagh.
2. Jo knew after a few minutes that Emma Watson was the perfect Hermione.
We are very excited to be branching out to encompass more books and series. And we will be
working very hard at providing you, dear wonderful readers, with tons of stuff about each - to
the level you expect from us...the great and powerful B&W Team!
I usually have a meaningful thing to say for our birthdays, or try to...but I'm exhausted, I've
literally been up for about 40hrs straight.
I will say that it is our thoughts and beliefs that govern our emotions which in turn govern our
lives...try to be positive and remain hopeful. Work hard and try your best even when no one's
watching. Even if things don't seem to be going your way for a time, just know that you're in
'lag time' and pretty soon all your hard work and dedication will catch up to you. And by the
time it does, it'll be exponential!
Emma said it last night in her speech...anything is possible.
Very special birthday wishes to both our birthday girls! We are always very happy to share this
day with them...and you, my dear readers!
I am very grateful that Emma W seems to have her head screwed on straight. I am grateful that
Emma T had a kid for whom she agreed to play Trelawney. And, as alway, I am grateful for
you, our wonderful readers! For it is you who make all this possible and worthwhile.
Just know that when you close your eyes tonight, you have well and truly made someone's
We wish Emma & Emma nothing but the best. And nothing but the best for you too!
Thanks for sticking with us all these years! Here's to the next 6!
Ril & RGW (& all of Team B&W)
For all those curious, yesterday's interview went very well. The authors were able to make the
1890s sound fun!
Tonight, remember to check out the MTV Movie Awards, we know Emma is at least getting one
award for sure: the 2nd ever Trailblazer Award!
You can vote up until 10:30PM Eastern tonight.
On that note, some trivia to gear up for the birthday celebrations is in order.
Trivia of the Day:
1. Which HP star was briefly married to fellow Potter alum Kenneth Branagh? (Hint: It is not
2. JK Rowling knew which young star was perfect for their future role after just one phone call?
There are surprises in store... Stay tuned!
The authors of Holmes & Watson: After the Fall are scheduled to appear
on the Connecticut radio station 89.5 this Saturday at 10AM.
They tried this a few months ago but the weather blew their plans.
Anyway, it's a great book & they're fun.
Check them out.
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Under the Influence
Very excited to report that we have been sent an advance copy of the new book House of Secrets
by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini so we can read and review it on the site.
The release date is April 23rd, but we'll be reading through - actually, I can't lie - I already snuck
a peek. And it looks pretty good. Very pumped. Chris Columbus wrote Goonies and Home
Alone so this should be awesome!
Check out this adorable video from the Ellen Show, you only have
to watch the first few minutes because they interview Emma first.
She's cute with them, you can tell she's got younger sisters.
Quote of the Day:
"You're good with weird."
10 points if you can name the movie. 30 points if you can name the character.
Excited to report that we're going to be working with Tom from Knightbus.org with his new
book Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan which will be published in English for the first time!
Answers from yesterday: Twilight (specifically New Moon) and Jake said it. (Edward might
have said it too so I'd have accepted that as well.
House of Secrets Quote:
"Sorry, I'm allergic to book geeks."
House of Secrets Update:
Likeable family. Likeable heroes - 3 siblings - 2 sisters and a middle-child brother at an
awkward age. ;)
Creepy 'all knowing eye' thing going on... Actually, the creepiness starts almost immediately in
We're off to a good start!
House of Secrets Update:
Like the layering of the creepy. The eye. The incident. The perfect house with a catch....
I like the artwork, it adds to the descriptions without distracting from the
One armed statues, air barrels, dead men, antique stores, bald ladies &
horses - oh my! This book's got a little bit of everything.
And no story's complete without a British character to make everything real.
Enter - Will Draper....and within 5 seconds has the American girl hooked.
House of Secrets is out now. Read our review and then go buy your own!
It's a great read. Fast and fun! We gave it an A+
(and not just because we love Chris Columbus)!
Go find out why here.
Cool news: They are constructing a Potter Park in the Universal in California.
And completely unrelated to anything, I thought this was a really well done commercial. Gets
their point across and makes you think. By Dove.
Ok, just saw this on Twitter!
"ned_vizzini: @BooksandWands thank you for live-tweet-reading the book!! #HouseOfSecrets "
He's the author! And he retweeted our review!!!
Also, you can check out this new trailer for The Bling Ring and there's an
article about Emma's accent and the jerk she's playing in the movie.
In fact, you know what, don't watch it. Those kids were jerks....
Update: Kate, Will & Harry have a Magical Day Out!
They visited Leavesden Studios and the "Making of Harry Potter"
studio tour they have there.
The trio got their own wands, had a lesson in how to use them and
visited with 500 children from their supported charities.
Very cool. And I'm very jealous. The travelling exhibit that came to
NYC looks like it's not even a fraction of the studio tour.
And, by the way, I love this photo --->
Thanks to Roe for the head's up on this story!
More on House of Secrets today.
This article from The Guardian interviews Chris Columbus and talks a bit about his career. He
talks about going to Rowling for advice on the book, what he learned from directing Home Alone
that helped him on Potter, and his kids - who inspired the book.
From the picture, he also seems to have a his own broomstick and the head of Fawkes!
Big fans of Columbus around here, bit since Vizzini retweeted us...he's edging out his co-author
for now. ;)
Happy to announce that our good friend and Knightbus.org webmaster, Tom Sailer, has gotten
his book The Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan out in English and on Kindle.
Check out our exclusive interview with Tom (or on YT). We talk about the
book, a little bit about Emma & her dad, and more!
Go and get your copy today!
Check out this link to hear an excerpt of the book, Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan, read by its
author, Tom Sailer!
It's from the section of the book where he talks about sending Emma a present for her birthday
and actually getting into contact with her dad!
Special anniversary wishes to the Imperatos and the Colonnas! Thanks for being on the team!
Jennifer Lawrence proves her bravery by appearing at the NYC premiere of The Great Gatsby
Emma and the Bling Ring gang talk about the movie in this Sneak Peek video. It was a pretty
long interview and now it's running on mtv's website in 3 minute clips. The movie (& cast) are
on their way to Cannes Film Festival.
What I learned: Emma got robbed, had her foot stabbed and the cast fake-burgled a house.
More Bling Ring news: The Hollywood Reporter has done a feature on Sofia Coppola. There's
an article and a video.
And some of our favorite ladies & gents attended the MET Costume Gala the other day. Here
are some pics with a link to the whole getty gallery.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies!
Quote of the Day:
"My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making
sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without
~Summer Island, Kristin Hannah
Ril & RGW
Quote of the Day:
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come
from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have
troubles with me!"
Written transcript of the Tom Sailer interview now up.
Good news: I choose to believe that we helped get Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus to the 3rd
spot of the Bestsellers List!
Our friend, Ned, tweeted it: "I can't believe we did it! Thanks to everyone who helped!
#HouseOfSecrets #NewYorkTimes #Bestseller"
And this photo, just because I love it!
I look outside and see gray skies and think, "gee, wouldn't it be nice to be in the south of France
right now?" And these lucky bastards are there:
Cast of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire lights up the Cannes red carpet
Emma sits down with The Hollywood Reporter and denies any involvement in stealing $1million
worth of jewelry. Once a thief, always a thief? You decide. ;-)
Another week on the NY Times Bestsellers List for House of Secrets! Woot, Woot!