• Macaulay Culkin taps J.K. Rowling for Fantastic Beasts role
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    Ben Arnold

    Macaulay Culkin taps J.K. Rowling for Fantastic Beasts role

    Had Harry Potter arrived in the 80s, there's every chance the part of the boy wizard could have been snared by Macaulay Culkin.

  • 10 Family Films With Really Dark Backstories
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    Yahoo Movies UK

    10 Family Films With Really Dark Backstories

    Lest you think filmmaking is all sunshine and lollipops, here are 10 reminders that showbusiness is an ugly business, and the family films which you hold dear to your heart were actually the cause of more than a little psychological scarring… ‘The Railway Children’ – The girl’s age was hushed up 
Casting producers on the 1970 children’s adventure 'The Railway Children’ liked actress Sally Thomsett’s audition for 11-year-old Phyllis so much, they were willing to overlook one fairly significant point – that she was actually 20 years old. Thomsett was three years old than her on-screen big sister, Jenny Agutter, but was treated like a child by crew members, who gave her sweeties for good behaviour. For starters, shooting on the movie very nearly led to tragedy, when Kym Karath, the actress playing Gretl, fell out of a boat and almost drowned – she couldn’t swim and Julie Andrews was unable to fetch her as planned. Andrews was disliked by co-star Christopher Plummer, who likened her presence to “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card every day”.

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