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Centuries ago, American stunt performer Harry Houdini and his brother wowed audiences with their stunts, illusions and tricks. So we’re excited to hear that their story is being made into a show! Casting is already underway for the nine strong cast, with the announcement that Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch will be joining as Harry Houdini’s wife and stage assistant, but we can also announce that it was revealed today that Stuart Brennan, who won a Welsh BAFTA for his portray of Howard Winstone in Risen, will also be joining the cast as Houdini’s brother Theo Weiss.
Houdini has wide appeal; its extraordinary subject matter and true life story coupled with a great script, a nine-strong cast, thrilling stunts, inventive lighting and design, an original music score, plenty to thrill and promises entertainment for all. Everybody will be drawn in by the incredible story of this extraordinary »
- Lucy Cave
Universal Studios Orlando announced today that they are adding Diagon Alley and London expansions to their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a look at an illustration of what these additions will look like, when they open in 2014, then read the press release for more details.
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal's creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, »
Those tired of trying to make fetch happen, fear not: "G.B.F.," a.k.a. the next high school movie with enough quotable dialogue to produce Tumblr memes from now until forever, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.
"You kind of come into it and you don't know what to expect. Then once you're in, it just gets better and better," star Michael J. Willett told HuffPost Entertainment about the teen comedy. "People came up to me and said, I was laughing so hard and then you made me cry. I thought that was perfect."
Directed by Darren Stein (whose last feature film was 1999's "Jawbreaker") and written by George Northy, "G.B.F." focuses on what happens after Tanner (Willett) is unwittingly outed by some nosy classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend," the acquaintance-cum-accessary who three high school queen bees (played by Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen and Xosha Roquemore »
- Christopher Rosen
In the beginning, God and Darren Criss created Harry Potter: The Musical, a madcap Harry Potter parody originally performed at the University of Michigan in 2009. The musical, cowritten by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden and produced by StarKid Productions, arrived on YouTube that summer and quickly went viral, inspiring a 2010 sequel that helped to launch Criss into mainstream stardom. (Its popularity also inspired a name change meant to stave off the litigious Warner Bros; that’s why you now know the show as A Very Potter Musical.)
Potter’s Harry soon joined the cast of Glee, and StarKid »
- Hillary Busis
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