Last week, Heat magazine published an interview with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. In the article, Radcliffe confessed to being an alcoholic during his time filming some of the Harry Potter series, going as far as saying that on occasion he turned up to the set still drunk. A sad story, and if it’s true it raises questions about the ethics of propelling such a young man into superstardom. The timing of the revelation, however, leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
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The BBC is reporting this week that last year, for the first time ever, UK Box Office takings surpassed the £1bn barrier. Considering the economic crisis of the last few years, and the increasing number of people finding themselves out of work, it is perhaps a little surprising. There are several factors at work, however.