Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint is an English actor and producer. He rose to prominence for his portrayal of Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11, having acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 to 2011, he starred in all eight Harry Potter films. Beginning in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, playing a co-leading role in Thunderpants, he has had starring roles in Driving Lessons, a dramedy released in 2006, Cherrybomb, a drama film of limited release in 2010. Grint co-starred with Emily Blunt in Wild Target, a comedy, his first film project following the end of the Harry Potter series was the 2012 anti-war film, Into the White, in which he has a supporting role. In 2013, Grint's new film CBGB was released and he was cast in CBS's new show Super Clyde. Grint made his stage debut in Jez Butterworth's Mojo in October 2013 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. In 2014 he voiced the character of Josh in Postman Pat: The Movie, in 2017, he starred in and was executive producer of the television series Snatch, based on the film of the same name.
Grint was born in Harlow, England, to Nigel Grint, a dealer in racing memorabilia, Joanne Grint. Grint is the eldest of five siblings, the others being James, Georgina and Charlotte, he has stated. He attended Richard Hale School, in Hertford. While in school, Grint took an avid interest in theatre, he started performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theatre group that cast him as a fish in Noah's Ark and a donkey in another nativity play. He continued. However, Grint had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. At the age of 16, he left school to focus on his acting career. "I didn't like school that much," he commented. Starting in 2000, casting began for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling novel written by author J. K. Rowling. Rowling insisted that the cast be British and assisted Susie Figgis and director Chris Columbus in casting the roles. Grint chose to audition for the role of protagonist Ron Weasley, one of Harry Potter's best friends at Hogwarts, was a fan of the book series.
Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting, he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the role. His attempt was successful. On 8 August 2000, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, an 11-year-old Grint were selected to play the roles of Harry, Hermione Granger, Ron, respectively. Grint is the oldest member of the trio; the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Grint's debut screen performance. Breaking records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings, it was the highest-grossing film of that year. With a total of US$974 million in its theatrical run, Philosopher's Stone stands as the second most commercially successful entry in the series, it was critically well-received, scoring positive reviews from critics. However, a number of critics found the adaption staying faithful to the book to be both its best and worst quality. Grint won a Satellite Award in the category of "Outstanding New Talent", a Young Artist Award for "Most Promising Young Newcomer".
A year Grint again starred as Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. The film opened to positive reviews and critics enjoyed the lead actors' performances. Both Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine observed that Grint and his peers had matured between films, with the latter pointing out that Grint had become "more proficient" and said they missed "the amateurish ardour" the actor and Watson carried in Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released on 31 May in the UK; the film sees all three of its lead characters hover on the brink of adolescence, "and while they look braver and more capable than before, the dangers they face seem far more grave and their own vulnerability more intense." Academy Award-nominee Alfonso Cuarón took over direction for Prisoner of Azkaban which remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film with US$795 million in revenue. Nonetheless it was the second highest-grossing movie of 2004 behind Shrek 2.
In 2005, Grint reprised his role for the fourth film in the series – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The adaptation, unlike previous films, included more humour. In a 2005 interview with IGN, all three lead actors singled out the humour as being a reason for the film's success; this project was directed by Mike Newell. According to the actor, the director was "really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was cool." Goblet of Fire stands as one of the best reviewed instalments within the series, is noted for the maturity and sophistication of its characters and more complex plotline and performances of the lead actors. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, was released to cinemas in 2007. A huge financial success, Order of the Phoenix set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of US$394 million, superseding Spider-Man 3 as the title holder; this entry was directed by a new filmmaker, David Yates, who would continue to direct all of the following movies.
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Albion State Bank was an historic structure in Albion, Oklahoma. Albion, located amidst the rugged and rural but verdant Kiamichi Mountains, in northeastern Pushmataha County, Oklahoma; the bank was built in the period of optimism following Oklahoma's statehood on November 16, 1907. Settlers considered the county to be an agricultural paradise, logging was an important industry in the Albion region; the town's railroad station was an active transshipment point for timber, the town's early population grew rapidly. Albion's future commercial success seemed assured to the town's businessmen, one of whom, John T. Bailey—who named the town—built Albion State Bank in 1910. Bailey built the bank on the northwest corner of the public square—no longer extant as a square. S. Highway 271—at the corner of Pearl Street. Bailey's brother, Edgar Bailey, operated a dentist office in the rear two rooms. Continued and enduring prosperity eluded Albion, in 1927 banker Bailey transferred the bank to Talihina, Oklahoma.
The building remained empty until 1930, when J. M. Armstrong, another prominent Albion businessman, opened a grocery store, he closed the store in 1950, converting it into his family residence, where he lived until his death in 1963. His widow continued living there until her death in 1972. In 1975 the building was purchased by Mrs. Lorene Barnett, who operated a succession of small businesses there. In 1979, at the time of an architectural survey, the building was vacant but in good condition, its wood plank flooring was original, in good condition. The building was a one-story structure constructed of red brick in a rectangular footprint, it measured 25 feet wide. The windows were arched; the interior ceilings were of pressed copper bearing a decorative design. The original bank vault painted with the words, “Albion State Bank” was mounted in a brick wall and was still present during the survey in 1979. A water well dug in 1933 was outside the back door; the architectural survey noted the bank's “considerable integrity” due to remaining “structurally sound and unaltered” and recommended it for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
More information on Albion may be found in the Pushmataha County Historical Society. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/koknor/4547890020/ for a photograph of the bank
The Manhattan Hunt Club is a thriller horror novel by John Saul, published by Ballantine Books on July 31, 2001. The novel follows the story of Jeff Converse, falsely convicted of a brutal crime and finds himself trapped in a secret society called the Manhattan Hunt Club; when Jeff Converse is convicted of a brutal crime he did not commit, he sees his bright future slipping away from him. He is whisked away to a secret underground Manhattan society in with mysterious, twisting tunnels and chambers, where darkness lurks around every corner, he sees the eerie underground group of the homeless and the mad, realizes what he has to do. Jeff must now find a way to escape alive from this living hell, with only his bare hands and his wit. Booklist called The Manhattan Hunt Club an "enjoyable and clever yarn", praising the book's "plot twists, improbable conspiracies, lots of two-faced characters". Publishers Weekly wrote that the book "skirts absurdity, as do the villainous members of the club, but Saul scores points about society's treatment of the homeless" and that it was "vintage Saul".
People Magazine stated "Stirring social commentary, this ain't, but it's a hot tome for summer in the city." Kirkus Reviews criticized The Manhattan Hunt Club's "barely believable premise" but praised the book's research and "supportive subplots". RT Book Reviews gave The Manhattan Hunt Club three stars, writing "Although his trademark elements of supernatural horror are missing, fans won't be disappointed"