Austin Powers star Verne Troyer ‘Mini Me’ has died at 49

Verner Troyer was wildly popular as Mini Me.

Austin Powers actor Verner Troyer who became famous for his role as Mini Me has died. The star died at 49. 

Troyer’s family announced the news of his death on his Instagram and Facebook pages. ‘It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,’ the statement reads. ‘Verne was an extremely caring individual…[he] hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.’

Even though Troyer became a household name due to Austin Powers; The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember, he also acted in 25 other films in his career. One of those films was the first Harry Potter film as Griphook the goblin.

‘He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know,’ Troyer’s family added in their statement about his death. 

Troyer was never a trained actor. 

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You’ve definitely been saying these Harry Potter words wrong

Harry PotterYou might’ve thought you learned how to pronounce the name of every Harry Potter character (even Hermione) after seeing the movies. But according to a list just published by Pottermore, there’s another major character’s name — and a bunch of other words — that we’ve been saying all wrong.

The name people are still mispronouncing, according to Pottermore’s blog post, is “Voldemort.” It seems pretty straightforward, but as it turns out, the “t” is silent. J.K. Rowling has confirmed it herself: She retweeted a tweet in 2015 reading, “One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the ‘t’ is silent in Voldemort, according to @jk_rowling.” She then added, “but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.” So, he who must not be named really hasn’t been named much at all, at least not accurately.

Even more obscure, though, is the pronunciation of “knuts.” Unlike the T in “Voldemort,” the K in “knuts” is not silent, and the currency is pronounced “ca-nuts.” A few other tidbits: You pronounce all the Ts in “Amortentia” (a love potion); “Bezoar” (a stone from a goat’s stomach) has a silent A; the dark incantation “Morsmordre” is pronounced “mores-more-druh;” and the centaur Firenze’s name is pronounced like “frenzy.”

It’s nice to know that even after we’ve read and seen all things Harry Potter, there are still more secrets to uncover about the wizard world.

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Witch, please! Jourdan Dunn reveals an interesting tidbit from her past

Jourdan DunnJourdan Dunn used to think she was a witch. The 27-year-old model has admitted that when she was younger she used to think she was a sorceress and would hide in certain areas of the room and cast spells on people.

Speaking about her childhood to her close pal and fellow model Karlie Kloss on her upcoming show Movie Night With Karlie Kloss, which hits the small screen on December 28, Jourdan said: “I used to think I was a witch when I was younger. I used to be behind the curtain and just be doing spells.”

But the catwalk icon’s actions baffled her friends who would quiz her on her unusual behaviour. She explained: “And everyone would be like, ‘What is Jourdan doing? Who is Jourdan talking to? Oh, she’s in her witch phase.’”

This news comes after Karlie told the brunette beauty she thought her school would be like the institution in the Harry Potter franchise Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the programme, Karlie said: “When I think of Hogwarts, I feel like you went to Hogwarts growing up in London.”

And though Jourdan used to pretend she was an enchantress, she has admitted her school was not as “magical” as the fictional school. Jourdan replied: “My school was definitely not magical.”

The Kode with Klossy founder’s six-part series will feature several big names from the celebrity world, including Karlie’s fellow model pals Kaia Gerber, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta, as well as special guests, including actor Burkely Duffield and magician Joel Ward.

Other stars lined up for appearances over the series include Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby Rose, tennis legend Serena Williams, former Hart of Dixie star Rachel Bilson, and YouTube star Lilly Singh.

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Disney strikes gold with Beauty and the Beast

'Beauty and the Beast' star Emma Watson has revealed she had to go to 'Belle Bootcamp' to prepare for her role in the Disney remake.Beauty and the Beast achieved record-breaking ticket sales on its opening weekend.

The new Bill Condon-directed Disney movie made as much as $170 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend in North America, breaking a number of records en route, including surpassing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the biggest March opening.

Greg Foster, chief executive of IMAX’s filmed entertainment, told the New York Times newspaper: “The world is a pretty cynical place right now, and Beauty and the Beast gave audiences an opportunity to go back to a time of innocence.”

The live-action movie, which stars the likes of Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, collected an additional $180 million in ticket sales outside North America, meaning it could earn $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales by the end of its run, according to industry experts.

Emma, 26, fulfilled a long-held ambition in getting to play the part of Belle in Beauty and the Beast and the English actress recently admitted she can relate to her on-screen character because she “breaks the mould”.

Emma said: “She’s trying to move beyond the expectations that people have for her. I think everyone thinks that marrying Gaston would be the most wonderful happy ending possible, and she wants more for herself.

“She’s going against the grain and against the status quo and that’s not easy to do.”

The former Harry Potter star also explained how Belle breaks the mould of traditional Disney characters.

Emma said: “I think she was meant to be a departure from the Disney princesses that had come before her. She’s actually loosely based on Katherine Hepburn, she was written by a woman called Linda Woolverton. She was meant to break the mould so I felt very connected to her.

“Actually, Belle isn’t a princess. She’s the only Disney princess who actually isn’t a princess.”

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You won’t believe what Emma Watson had to go bootcamp for!

'Beauty and the Beast' star Emma Watson has revealed she had to go to 'Belle Bootcamp' to prepare for her role in the Disney remake.Emma Watson had to go to ‘Belle Bootcamp’ to learn how to ride a horse, sing and dance for her role in Beauty and the Beast.

The 26-year-old British actress spent three months preparing for the part in Disney’s live action remake of their classic animation and another four months shooting the movie and she admits it was a massive commitment to get her portrayal of Belle right.

In an interview on ITV daytime show ‘Lorraine’, she said: “With a movie like Beauty and the Beast it’s like three months prep, it’s like three or four months shooting, it’s in the UK. I had to be there to do that and as I was saying before it’s like you can’t half-arse a project like this, you know, you’re in or you’re out. And I was like I’ve kinda got to be all in and so this was really where my heart was and I knew I had to fully commit and make sure that I did this.”

On having to learn new skills for the role of Belle, Emma added: “I’ve never ridden a horse before [making this film] and so I was like, ‘OK.’ This is what I mean about the prep. I mean I really went in to like essentially a ‘Belle Bootcamp’. I was riding three or four times a week, singing four times a week, dancing three or four times a week. I was manic, I was so hectic but I loved it.”

Even though she had to learn so many new skills for the part, Emma insists nothing was scarier than having to sing on screen.

The Harry Potter star – who stars in the fantasy film with Dan Stevens and Luke Evans, who play the Beast and Gaston respectively – said: “Oh my god I can’t even tell you how nerve wracking it was, there were a few moments when I had a real crisis of confidence … Once I got into it I just loved it. I want to do a musical every day for the rest of my life. There is so much joy in it and like the music is just … I don’t know about you but when I hear that song ‘Beauty and the Beast’ I just melt.”

Beauty and the Beast – which is based on French author Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1740 fairy tale La Belle et la Bete – is in cinemas worldwide this week.

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