Harry Potter Works His Magic in New York
Plus: P. Diddy turns political, Sopranos shocker, and more
PREMIERED: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third entry in the movie series, had its world premiere Sunday before 6,000 fans at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, where the crowd outside stood eight-deep for a glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, and his costars, Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron). Said Radcliffe, 14: “We have worked on the film for 11 months, and it’s really gratifying that everyone came out to support it. It’s amazing.” The movie will have its European premiere next weekend in London and will open around the world on June 4.
PRODUCED: Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, 34, is heading back to MTV, this time with a new political show tentatively called Project Change, on which the entrepreneur hopes to grill President Bush and likely Democratic nominee John Kerry. Combs tells the New York Post he’ll scout the streets of Harlem, Brooklyn and Detroit for “real people” to ask the questions. “The people who usually ask the candidates questions are screened, and I’m going to use real people off the streets to get their questions out there,” Combs promises. “I’m going to make Kerry and Bush squirm.”
OPENED: Paul Newman, joined by buddy Bruce Willis and other celebrities, unveiled the sixth of his Hole in the Wall Gang camps for chronically ill children in Lake Hughes, on the edge of California’s high desert, reports the Associated Press. “A lot of people have ideas and never do anything about them,” Newman, 79, said at Saturday’s dedication of Painted Turtle Camp. “A lot of people have dreams and never do anything about them. When you have ideas and dreams, you do something about it, and that’s what we’ve done here. There’s going to be a lot of comfort here, a lot of sweetness here.”
RENEWED: Kirk and Anne Douglas reaffirmed their marital vows – originally taken in 1954, in Las Vegas – at a Los Angeles mansion Sunday before 300 friends and family members in a traditional Jewish ceremony, says a rep for the 88-year-old Spartacus star. (Anne is 74.) Guests included former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Merv Griffin, Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Vidal Sassoon and Anjelica Huston. Son Michael Douglas, said to be in Europe where his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is filming a new movie, did not attend.
UNVEILED: Michelangelo’s 14-ft. white marble “David,” who will turn 500 this fall, will be presented in his newly cleaned and refreshed state on Monday in Florence, Italy, reports The New York Times. While some blotches will still be evident on the handsome lad, despite the months spent on cleaning him, David is now expected to be able to last another century or two.
WHACKED: (Sopranos spoiler alert: Important details of Sunday night’s episode to be revealed.) Well … It’s all over for Drea de Matteo and her role of Adriana La Cerva, the Mafia moll who turned FBI snitch. After proposing to “Chris-tuh-fuh” (Michael Imperioli) that they accept the Feds’ offer to enter a witness-protection program, she is popped following a setup by Tony (James Gandolfini). Besides giving de Matteo an Emmy-caliber performance, the turn of events allows the actress to devote her full attention to costarring on Joey, next season’s NBC Friends spinoff. Also on Sunday’s episode: Christopher is back on booze and drugs, cousin Tony B (Steve Buscemi) is clearly not long for this world, and Tony and Carmela (Edie Falco) are back together again, in a domestic situation that son AJ (Robert Iler) describes as “f—ing weird.”