PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Harry Potter' star says he quit drinking

‘Harry Potter’ star says he quit drinking

LONDON — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said he has given up drinking alcohol after realizing he was partying too hard.

The 21-year-old actor said he began to drink too much while filming ‘‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,’’ the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series, in 2009.

He said; ‘‘I became so reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.’’

He added that he decided to cut out drinking altogether, instead of simply cutting down.

3-D helps lift ‘Transformers’ to $400M haul

LOS ANGELES — The ‘‘Transformers’’ robots have put their 3-D ticket-price advantage to good use.

Distributor Paramount Pictures estimated Monday that ‘‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’’ pulled in $116.4 million domestically over the four-day Fourth of July weekend and $181.1 million since opening Tuesday night.

Director Michael Bay’s third installment in the sci-fi franchise has added $217 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to nearly $400 million.

The studio said 60 percent of domestic business came from premium-priced 3-D admissions, which cost a few dollars more than 2-D screenings. Overseas, 3-D admissions accounted for 70 percent of ticket sales.

British actress Anna Massey dies at 73M

LONDON — Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died. She was 73.

Massey died Saturday after a battle with cancer, with her husband and son at her side, her agent Pippa Markham said Monday.

The actress was born in 1937 into a performing family — her father was Canadian actor Raymond Massey and her mother British actress Adrianne Allen. Her brother Daniel Massey also became an actor, and her godfather was director John Ford.

Massey made her West End stage debut at 17 in ‘‘The Reluctant Debutante’’ and her film debut in Ford’s 1958 police procedural ‘‘Gideon’s Day.’’