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What makes a Hollywood face "scary"?
The ways to get on the following list are indeed diverse. You could have made an entire career off of having a naturally horrifying face (reluctantly looking at you, Mr. Englund). You could have a nightmare-inducing mugshot floating on the internet forever (hi, Mr. Nolte). You could even have a relatively friendly face that still is kind of ... well ... noteworthy (Buscemi). One thing's for sure: Each and every person on this list is beautiful on the inside, and that's all that matters.
Having said that, let's talk about how scary their faces are. Look within.
Dumbledore may be gone and Professor McGonagall may be retired, but the stars who played them on the big screen are still going strong, so if you have a hankering for a little old school "Harry Potter" reunion, then look no further than the brand new trailer for "Quartet."
Turns out there's still a little bit of magic left in the team of Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith after all. Get More »
Our seven years at Hogwarts are long over and done with, and we're seriously missing our favorite wizards and witches. Sure, the books and movies will always be there, but it's just not the same as having new installments to look forward to, is it? Where's the thrill now that Voldemort is gone and the Boy Who Lived, well, lived? Where are we supposed to get our magical fix now?
Luckily, the actors and actresses behind the wands and invisibility cloaks are still going strong, and we can have fun watching them on screens big and small. We saw Daniel Radcliffe drag us back into the world of the eerie in "The Woman in Black" earlier this year and now Draco Malfoy Tom Felton is getting his creep on with "The Apparition."
In their honor, we've decided to check in on all the Gryffindors, Slytherins, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs to see just what they're up to, post-Potter. Get More »
It's no secret that we're fond of old British people here, whether it's the red-hot "Red" star Helen Mirren or the icy-cool brilliant Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." But the upcoming piece of summer counter-programming known as "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an absolute Anglophile's delight.
Based on the 2004 novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach, the film revolves around a group of retirees attracted to the newly refurbished Marigold Hotel in India. When they arrive, things are not as idyllic as they imagined.
Already a major hit overseas, "Marigold" has an all-star cast led by Dame Judi Dench, who reteams with director John Madden after he helped earn her Oscar gold with "Shakespeare In Love." But she's going to have to wait in line with four other amazing Brits for her senior citizen discount. Get More »
In "The Woman in Black," Harry Potter himself (or rather, Daniel Radcliffe) takes on the darker side of the supernatural as he investigates a haunted estate and the dark history that brought one of its former residents back from the grave for revenge.
The "Woman" of the title is kind of a pain in the butt, what with all the murdering and all; but not every similarly clad woman is quite so gloomy. Some of our favorite filmic females have donned a dark look for some memorable roles, no doubt bolstered by the fact that black is slimming.
As Wesley Snipes said in "Passenger 57": "Always bet on black."
Old people kick ass.
Okay, not all the time and maybe not most of the time, but some of the time they do, especially if they happen to be British actors. Actors like, say, "Harry Potter"'s Maggie Smith or "Pirates of the Carribean"'s Bill Nighy or "Casino Royale"'s Judi Dench or "The Debt"'s Tom Wilkinson. All old. All kicking ass.
And now all starring together in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Will you still be putting out trailers this cool when you're 70? Get More »
Dustin Hoffman is getting ready to pop his director's chair cherry with the veddy British production of "Quartet," a movie all about retired opera singers. Really! Will it be a drama, a comedy, a musical, or some crazy combo of all three?
All we know is that it's jam-packed with British talent of the highest caliber, such as "Harry Potter" favorites Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore, duh), as well as Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, and Pauline Collins.
And most of them have some pretty good lungs on 'em, too. Get More »
When "Harry Potter" fans head to the theater this weekend to check out "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," they'll no doubt be worrying about minor details like, you know, Voldemort trying to kill Harry, the Death Eaters taking over the wizarding world and basically the end of all things.
But some movie buffs will be focused on another amazing aspect of the film: all those incredible British thespians (and a couple Irishmen and Scots). Get More »
In the new action blow-out "Red," which stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," a group of ex-CIA agents led by Bruce Willis are hunted by high-tech assassins.
Two of those agents are played by Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, stars gleefully playing against their age as gun-toting badasses (also see Dames With Guns).
With this in mind, we thought long and hard about some of the best elderly actors out there still scoring big roles and monster acclaim. Here are our nine very favorite old-timers in Hollywood. Get More »
Even if "Red" weren't an awesome movie (and it is, we've seen it) we'd pay the price of admission to see Helen Mirren toting giant firearms.
The fact that she's 65 and tougher than we'll ever be is charming.
The fact that she was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 and is tougher than we'll ever be is... mind-blowing.
Dames with guns, man. Could there be anything cooler?
We thought Helen was bearing arms alone, but check out the six other famous ladies we found kicking ass in the Order of Chivalry. Get More »