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The Harry Potter franchise continues to expand, including news of a prequel spin-off trilogy (called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) that J.K. Rowling is adapting for the big screen as we speak. To partake in perhaps the ultimate act of Potter fandom, enroll at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry — a new online/social network where would-be wizzes and witches can get an education at one of pop culture's most famous institutes of higher learning. Once accepted, students are able to grab virtual textbooks and dig into the nine-week course load, which zips through seven years of magic schooling. Your experience is aided by professors, homework, quizzes and you can even join a dormitory to meet fellow Potter geeks. The site won't cost you a dime, but...
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The Harry Potter franchise continues to expand, including news of a prequel spin-off trilogy (called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) that J.K. Rowling is adapting for the big screen as we speak. To partake in perhaps the ultimate act of Potter fandom, enroll at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry — a new online/social network where would-be wizzes and witches can get an education at one of pop culture’s most famous institutes of higher learning. Once accepted, students are able to grab virtual textbooks and dig into the nine-week course load, which zips through seven years of magic schooling. Your experience is aided by professors, homework, quizzes, and you can even join a dormitory to meet fellow Potter geeks. The site won’t cost you a...
- Alison Nastasi
Warner Bros. has hired former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers as its new Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. She replaces Sue Fleishman, who will leave the company after serving in that position for nine years. Myers, who worked for President Bill Clinton during his first term, will oversee all external communications and strategy for the studio, reporting to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. She will manage relations with the media, between her own executives, philanthropy and other corporate responsibilities. She begins Sept. 2. Also read: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Talks Legendary, New J.K. Rowling Plans Jim Noonan, »
- Lucas Shaw
Jk Rowling will write a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World Cup.
Harry Potter fans will be able to read regular updates from the Quidditch tournament via the Pottermore website.
Characters from the books will feature in the reports, which will be credited to Harry's wife Ginny.
Ginny is billed as "the Daily Prophet's Quidditch Correspondent in the Patagonian desert" where the tournament is said to be staged.
The first instalment of Rowling's History of the Quidditch World Cup was posted on the digital platform last month, with the second part following shortly afterwards.
The first entry documented the historical background of the fictional sport, whilst the second part included "amusing recaps of some notable recent matches that have been held every four years since 1990".
It was recently announced that Rowling will become the first guest editor of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour later this month. »
If you, like so many others, have vainly waited years for your acceptance letter from Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry central to the Harry Potter franchise, then you're in luck. Hogwarts is now offering online courses. Hogwarts Is Here is a free, nine-week course available to "all aspiring witches and wizards." Users can receive that long-awaited acceptance letter, download textbooks and start working through all seven years of schooling, replete with professors, homework and quizzes. And the work-life balance is stellar: You can join one of Hogwarts's four houses (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, for the uninitiated), move into a dorm, »
- Alex Heigl
Burned out by the incessant opinions, snark, and sniping? Drop out of the conversation and binge on something in a vacuum.
While the rest of the world has been busy gnashing its teeth over the How I Met Your Mother finale, mourning the sudden death of Will Gardner, and snickering over Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” I’ve devoted the past week to watching the first four seasons of Parks and Recreation. Many would call this a binge – or a cry for help – but I prefer to think of it as a detox. There’s so much hashtagging and around-the-clock quarterbacking in pop culture today. »
- Karen Valby
The news that Jk Rowling's upcoming Harry Potter spinoff will be turned into a new movie series came as no great surprise - spinoffs are all the rage in Hollywood right now, although many of the big-hitters are still theoretical.
Disney's new Star Wars series and Sony's Spider-Man are among the franchises with potential standalone movies in the offing, while over on the small screen The Vampire Diaries has spawned a successful spinoff in The Originals, and its CW bedfellow Supernatural is hoping to follow suit.
So what other current properties and characters are crying out for a spin-off? The Digital Spy staff have round up a few ideas across movies and TV below...
1) The Hunger Games: Haymitch - Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
One of the great strengths of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games books – and by extension their big-screen adaptations – is the efficiency with which they flesh out supporting characters. »
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to open at Hollywood Park in 2016. The Wizarding World opened at Universal Studios Orlando in 2010. It had been previously announced that the theme park planned to bring the attraction to Hollywood, although it wasn’t known when until now.
Based on the popular Harry Potter series created by Jk Rowling and brought to life on screen by Warner Bros, the attraction promises to fulfil the expectations of fans by providing a memorable experience that will bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life. The iconic Hogwarts castle will be the main attraction and is said to be at the centre of its fantastical setting.
This news follows the theme parks announcement that their Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction is set to open next year. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, »
- Ciham Messouki
Following the news from earlier today that Universal Studios Hollywood is opening their Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction in 2015, the theme park has also announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at the Hollywood park in 2016. Check out the first image below, then read on for more details.
It's official! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is coming to @UniStudios Hollywood in 2016! pic.twitter.com/CKb7V6qrsj
— Universal Studios (@UniStudios) April 8, 2014
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Orlando in 2010. The theme park had previously confirmed that the attraction was coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, although it wasn't known exactly when until now. We reported back in January that the Orlando attraction is adding Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express.
Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter »
With the original Orlando attraction planned for expansion , "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is heading to the West coast. Universal Studios Hollywood today confirmed that a Los Angeles-based "Wizarding World" attraction will open its doors in 2016. Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, .The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a fully immersive land designed for the entire family that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with detail and authenticity. Similar to the Orlando Resort-themed land that opened in 2010, the Hollywood experience will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle that will serve as »
Has any hit ever been more sure-fire than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The eighth Harry Potter film opened just under a decade after the first one — a decade that saw Potter fandom sweep across the globe. The franchise’s rapid release schedule — with a new film hitting theaters every 18 months on average — meant that a whole generation of moviegoers literally grew up with Harry Potter, watching the stars age from humble prepubescent beginnings into grown-up megastars. The fact that J.K. Rowling released the three final books during the same period occasionally made it feel like all »
- Darren Franich
Quidditch made its way to Myrtle Beach, Sc, over the weekend, bringing with it plenty of broom-riding athletes and snitches. Created by author J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter book series, quidditch is now a very real, competitive coed sport. And while the athletes may not technically be "riding" brooms, participants do have to play with broomsticks between their legs at all times. The annual Quidditch World Cup first kicked off in 2007, and although it started as a competition between two schools in the Northeast, it's now an international affair that features the top 80 teams in the sport. This year's competitions brought out teams from big-name universities like Harvard, Syracuse, Stanford, UCLA, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, the University of Kansas, and more. It was a Texas battle in the finals, with the University of Texas beating Texas State University to capture its second consecutive championship. Keep »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Welcome, everyone, to another edition of the WhatCulture news brief. We have lots of good stuff to share with you this week, as studios kept us busy with casting updates, bizarre voice actor changes, and updates about Star Wars, Halo, and Quentin Tarantino.
But before we jump in, let’s take a quick gander at some honourable mentions that caught my eye:
Frozen Is Now The Highest Animated Film Of All Time. I guess people just can’t… let it go. (Sorry I couldn’t resist)
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Renewed For 2 More Seasons. Fans of the weirdest sitcom on TV rejoice! Charlie, Frank, Mac, Dennis, and Dee will be making us uncomfortable for a couple more years. »
- James Garcia
The Movie News and Geek Stuff: J.K. Rowling is writing a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy called Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them that takes place 70 years before the first books. Toby Kebbell has been cast as Doctor Doom in the new Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther is getting reborn, again, as a live-action/animation hybrid. Johnny Knoxville will be doing a voice in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You know you want this Ringu action figure. The discussion topics: Should Aronofsky finally make a superhero movie? How Pixar uses math in its movies. Here's an old Russian movie theater that used 22 screens to make panoramic movies. The Videos: The Trailers: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Drop Bears: Attack of the Killer Koalas, Sex Tape, The...
- Peter Hall
Colin Callender‘s first producing effort, a nine-hour TV adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage production of The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby launched UK’s Channel 4 and won him his first Emmy in 1983. After a stint as an independent producer in his native Britain, Callender joined HBO where he shepherded films and miniseries like Angels In America, John Adams, Maria Full Of Grace and American Splendor to the tune of 104 Emmy Awards, 29 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Since leaving HBO in 2008, he has kept a low profile. Having started his career in theater, as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Callender returned to his roots and built a theater slate during a break from television because of a three-year non-compete with HBO. His first play ever as a producer was Nora Ephron‘s Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
As the media frenzy around Jk Rowling publishing the History of the Quidditch World Cup online has shown, we're all still pretty damn obsessed with Harry Potter. And why not? It's a story that has all the ingredients of a timeless classic. And the films were pretty good too! Thankfully, if you're feeling you need a Potter fix over and above Jk's new writings, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour near Watford is the perfect day out. You get to go behind the scenes of the most successful film franchise of all time, and wander around the spectacular sets that they made the films on too.
Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or just a film buff, the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a truly magical experience. Here are 5 great things that you'll get to see on the tour:
If you've ever wanted to visit Hogwarts, »
- Gary Collinson
With the release of the latest teen sensation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James this Friday, it seems only fitting to examine the phenomena that is the Ya (Young Adult) movie adaptation and why they continue to increase in popularity and box-office success. Whether the setting be fantastical, dystopian, futuristic or magical, there is clearly something entrancing about these literary tales being projected on the silver screen which keeps bringing audiences back for more and more…
Big screen adaptations of beloved young adult novels date back decades; films such as the original Narnia tales, Freaky Friday, The Princess Bride and particularly The Outsiders were huge successes because they were able to teleport readers into a visual representation of the worlds and stories they held so dearly. In modern times however things are a little different. Creatively, cinema is running on empty; the vast majority of releases filling multiplexes are either adaptations (be that novel, »
- Chris Haydon
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Warner Home Video.
Burbank, Calif., March 25, 2014 – The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 -- the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus material that contains the complete eight-part documentary series, ”Creating the World of Harry Potter.”
The Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection will be offered at the new lower price of $249.99 Srp.
Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet*
· Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
While Voldemort has been vanquished and the Wizarding World has been returned to peace, there are still plenty of stories to tell from the Harry Potter universe, and we just found out that they'll be hitting the big screen in the coming years.
Hp fans will instantly recognize the Harry Potter spin-off series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Warner Bros. just announced that they'll be bringing the tales to the big screen as a trilogy of "megamovies."
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will follow the story of Newt Scamander, a writer of the wizard world who existed 70 years before the events of Harry Potter ever occurred.
We can't wait to see this brand new series, originally written by Jk Rowling, come to life in theaters. Make sure you stick with KidsPickFlicks for all of the latest news on this exciting new series! »
- email@example.com (Dave B.)
Los Angeles, April 1: If all goes well, "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" could be turn into a movie trilogy.
According to The New York Times, the book, published in 2001 and billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks, will be adapted by Warner Bros into "three megamovies".
In an interview with the publication, Warner Bros' CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed that the stories, which are not prequels or sequels, would be set in New York about 70 years before Harry Potter, reports digitialspy.co.uk.
- Smith Cox
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