Birthday Countdown: 2008


Did you know…

In 2004, the Gallery contained 1340 images; today we have 138.963

A look back…

2008 was the year of re-inventing the site. After years of using CuteNews for posting website news, Ice Cream Man switched to the blog program WordPress in January.
The big bang came shortly afterwards – in the form of a hacker attack, through which almost the entire site was destroyed, and everthing except for the Forum and the Media Site had to be re-built from scratch.


On 16 April, Ice Cream Man was relaunched, with the Gallery and Media Site returning two months later.


An expansion on social sites followed, such as a youtube channel and a Myspace account.

Once the site had returned to a regular schedule after the re-start, a wave of Exclusives for Rupert’s film Cherrybomb began rolling in, starting with the interview with Brian Philip Davis.
A busy year ended with the re-launch of our Rave Reviews section, which had been rebuilt and improved by staffer Ivana.

Rave ReviewsIn early 2007, we launched a new section on, the Rave Reviews. The idea behind the page was to have all reviews about Rupert’s acting talent in one place and to put a spotlight on them. Two years later, after extensive online searches for the best reviews about his films, Rave Reviews had grown so much that we decided to give it its own place and layout.
On 27 December 2008, Rupert Grint Rave Reviews went online, and until today, we have assembled approximately 1230 reviews praising Rupert’s skills, not just in his feature films, but also his other acting projects.

Karo’s story:

Karo (1)I am Karo from Germany, and I’m a medical doctor. I have been a staff member on for 5 ½ years. I had been a fan of Rupert since I first saw him in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 17 December 2001 and had discovered around the time of Driving Lessons (2005-2006). I loved that put more of an emphasis on Rupert being more than Ron Weasley from Harry Potter than any other site, something that became even more obvious when news poured in on Cherrybomb and Wild Target. Eventually, I joined the staff team on New Years Day 2009, being the ‘local’ staffer at the Cherrybomb World Premiere in Berlin barely a month later.

On the site, I’m in charge of the Biography and Filmography as well as technical stuff (such as updating the site programs, coding the sidebar etc), and the “everyday work” like News and Updates. My favourite part of the job however, are the Exclusives. Although this is almost always pretty strenuous and requires good planning, lack of sleep and nerves of steel, it usually ends up as a wonderful experience.

Karo (2)It is almost impossible to choose a favourite memory after all this time. I’ve been lucky to meet Rupert so many times over the past 5 years, and he has always been so nice and lovely that it’s probably the memory of all those encounters combined (from Berlin to London to New York to Las Vegas to Oslo). I absolutely loved having the opportunities when I had the chance to talk to Rupert in the quiet settings after Press Conferences and Interviews, and chatting with him while strolling down a street after a show of Mojo. I enjoyed the entire Cherrybomb chaos of my first year on the site, the excitement of Into the White with two German actors whom I had admired before already, and also all the Harry-Potter events that we attended.
Credit for the amazing events should also go to the people working with Rupert who have made all these things possible and who are always lovely to us.

Karo (3)Another amazing thing that I never expected was the friendships I found on the site. From the wonderful Charlie-Countryman-lets-crush-on-Rupert-Mads-and-Til Danish-German weekend in Berlin last year to the all-staff meeting for the Mojo premiere to an (almost) un-Rupert-related holiday with Kathy last year, we’ve had some really fantastic times (not to mention the after show parties…). is a really fascinating world because the work is completely different to what I do in my offline life, and it is a rather unusual hobby. It is also a great reason to travel and to meet interesting people and wonderful friends. I can’t wait to find out what we will experience together in the future!

A poll:

Hufflington Post, on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Digital Reviews Daily, on Thunderpants

Rotten Tomatoes: The Vine, on Driving Lessons

Shadows On The Wall, on Cherrybomb

ITV, on Wild Target, on Into the White

We Got This Covered, on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Entertainment Weekly, on CBGB, on Super Clyde

Exeter Northcott’s Young Critics, on Mojo

Which is your favourite Rave Review?

  • Exeter Northcott’s Young Critics, on Mojo (43%, 9 Votes)
  •, on Super Clyde (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Rotten Tomatoes: The Vine, on Driving Lessons (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Entertainment Weekly, on CBGB (5%, 1 Votes)
  •, on Into the White (5%, 1 Votes)
  • ITV, on Wild Target (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Shadows On The Wall, on Cherrybomb (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Hufflington Post, on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (5%, 1 Votes)
  • We Got This Covered, on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Digital Reviews Daily, on Thunderpants (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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What were your highlights in 2008? Let us know in the comments below!