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POP-Corn: Emma Watson: Despereaux's Princess

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Emma Watson stars in the new animated film <i>The Tale of Despereaux</i>. (Photo:  Gerri Miller)
Emma Watson stars in the new animated film The Tale of Despereaux. (Photo:  Gerri Miller)

While you'll have to wait till July to see Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you can hear her this month in The Tale of Despereaux. She voices the character Princess Pea in the animated movie based on the bestselling children's book about how a fearless mouse helps change lives in the kingdom of Dor.

Emma jumped at the chance to play the lonely princess, her first cartoon voice, and recorded her part over a three-year period, a few days at a time. Until she got the hang of it, "I was a bit nervous," she admits. "But it was really fun, and I'm massively proud of it."

She especially loves the movie's message about forgiveness. "I think anyone can go see it and get something from it," says Emma, who related to at least one aspect of Pea. "Everyone knows how it feels to feel lonely and isolated at times. It's part of being human."

Emma calls the princess "more gentle" than the feisty Hermione, who's on the outs with her two pals in the sixth Potter flick. "She is pretty angry with Harry for a lot of it because he becomes addicted to this potions book, which she thinks is dangerous, and of course, she's right. And she and Ron have a big argument over this silly girl he's dating."

The final Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, will be split into two movies due out in 2010 and 2011. Filming starts in February on the first one.


Nickelodeon's popular duo is back together for the holidays in a new movie called Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, and troublemaking sis Megan is joining them. "It's all about Drake and Josh trying to help these foster kids have the best Christmas ever," says Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), who's up to her old pranks in it. One of them involves house-arrest ankle bracelets, a model airplane, and helping the boys escape a parole officer who's after them!

For Miranda, working with Drake Bell and Josh Peck again "was like a family reunion, really fun. We've known each other for so long that they're like my brothers," she says, adding that playing Megan again was cool too. "Carly is so nice," she explains, "that it was fun to be a little mean again." Tune in December 5 at 8 p.m., and catch Miranda in iCarly's iChristmas special on December 13 at 8 p.m.


* Madison Pettis (Corey in the House) had fun making A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. "I got to go to New York for a week and hang out with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, and sing with them," she says. It airs on NBC December 17 at 8 p.m.

* Skateboard whiz Ryan Sheckler will guest star as himself on True Jackson December 6 at 8:30 p.m. on Nick, and Ryan Pinkston will play Miley Cyrus's shorter date on Hannah Montana December 14 at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel.

* ABC Family's holiday programming continues with Harry Potter Weekend, December 5-7, including the premiere of The Goblet of Fire with added scenes and a sneak peek at this summer's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The channel will also air the animated special A Miser Brothers Christmas December 13 at 8 p.m. and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe December 12 at 6 p.m.

* Two cool new animated specials to check out: Brenda Song is one of the voices in Little Spirit: Christmas in New York, airing on NBC December 10 at 8 p.m., and Emma Roberts is the voice of a singing weasel named Wilma in CBS's The Flight Before Christmas, premiering December 12 at 9 p.m. following Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns.

* Other classics are back too: ABC will air Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey December 5 at 8 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas December 8 & 16 at 8 p.m., and I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown December 15 & 20 at 8 p.m.


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