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Celebrated and largely sold-out West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could be heading to Broadway. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are now in talks to open the show at NYC’s Lyric Theatre in the spring of 2018, according to sources over at Pottermore.
“The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’” Friedman told Pottermore. “So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York city.”
The New York Lyric was chosen because of its size. It remains to be one of the biggest theaters in the city.
“Having a large and spacious atmospheric front of house lobby area was as crucial to us as the space inside,” Friedman continues. “We know the moment people walk through the door, the experience begins.”
- Paul Heath
Cursed Child premiere: Red carpet opening for the West End’s most in-demand new theatre production.
On Saturday afternoon, the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had its official gala opening in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre. Harry Potter creator and author J.K. Rowling attended the red carpet event, along with the other members of the creative team behind the new play and some other very familiar faces.
Due to phenomenal demand, producers last week announced that a further 250,000 tickets will be released for sale this week on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 11am BST, booking through to 10 December 2017. Tickets are priced from £15 and for every performance there will be 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.
Related: Meet the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child… »
- Paul Heath
Kayti Burt Jul 26, 2016
Our Us chums caught a preview performance of the ambitious new Harry Potter stage play, which turns out to be really rather special...
Note: This spoiler-free review for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on a preview performance of the play.
If you've spent any time on Tumblr or Twitter in the time since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had its first preview performances, then you may know that fandom response to the plot details has been met with some concern. This is an understandable reaction. Out of context, the rough plot of the Harry Potter sequel set 19 years following the events of the books (save for the epilogue) sounds as complicated as trying to make a Draught of Peace with Professor Snape looking over your shoulder.
Some of this reaction is no doubt part of a larger anxiety surrounding a general change for the Harry Potter canon, »
The creative team of “The O.C.” reunited Sunday at the Atx Television Festival.
Series creator Josh Schwartz sat on a panel with exec producer Stephanie Savage, writer Leila Gerstein and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas at the Austin, Texas TV fest to discuss the hit teen drama, which ran for four seasons on Fox and ended nine years ago.
The panelists revealed behind-the-scenes tidbits from “The O.C.” Here’s what we learned…
1. Peter Gallagher was the first person cast on the show.
“The first person we cast on the show was Peter Gallagher os Sandy Cohen,” Schwartz revealed. “We wanted to send the message that this was a show that could be for adults, as much as for kids.”
2. The famous line “welcome to the O.C., b-tch” was inspired by water polo players at USC where Schwartz went to school — and so was the show’s title.
“When I was at Sc, there were all these waterpolo guys that refer to Orange County as ‘the O.C.’…as if they were referring to ‘the Lbc,'” Schwartz said, laughing that Orange County is not nearly as hard as Long Beach, but the blonde athletes definitely thought it was.
“It was always a bit of an ironic title for us,” Schwartz said.
3. Josh Schwartz never celebrated Chrismukkah.
“It’s not a holiday that we celebrated,” the show creator said about his childhood. So how did the famous TV holiday come about?
“It felt like it really spoke to what we were trying to do with the show,” Schwartz said. “We had a lot of Judaism on the show,” he said, bringing up the Passover sedar scene from Season 1.
Schwartz said that Chrismakkah really emphasized “the idea is that Sandy had married the ultimate shiksa goddess.”
He cracked, “It was a way to get even more presents!”
4. The Cohens were originally named the Newmans.
Stephanie Savage joked that the core family got a little bit more Jewish as the show was developed. Asked how Fox felt about the “whiny Jews” at the center of the show, Savage laughed that the network was “medium okay” with it.
Not getting Arcade Fire on the show is still a sore subject for Schwartz.
“The O.C.’s” music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas was on the panel and spoke about all the great artists that the show did get. The panel agreed that Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” is one of their favorite moments from the entire series.
6. Kailtin Cooper was originally played by Shailene Woodley (in case you forgot).
“Where is Shailene?” Schwartz joked of the actress who’s gone onto star in the “Divergent” series, among other big blockbusters. “I think Shailene’s doing just fine,” he added.
Savage shared that a young Woodley sent the writers a hand-written note and a drawing of Seth’s toy horse when she was no longer on the show.
7. The writers still think about killing off Mischa Barton.
“It’s complicated. There were a lot of factors involve and it was something we really wrestled with,” Schwartz said. “There were reasons both creative and just in terms for the show itself and where we were with the network.”
“It’s something we still wrestle with,” he admitted, adding that he got lots of “anger and fan art.”
8. The writers loved Taylor Townsend.
“The writers loved writing for Taylor Townsend,” said Leila Gerstein, writer on “The O.C.” who went on to create the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” with Rachel Bilson. “She was so annoying and so delicious,” Gerstein continued, speaking about Taylor Townsend. “We as a group fell in love with her and we were like, we have to keep her around.”
9. Doing more than four seasons was never a strong possibility.
Schwartz said he knew that Season 4 was going to be it.
“Going into it, we had a pretty good sense that was going to be a final season, so it was very freeing creatively,” Schwartz said. “We took some chances that we probably would have felt uncomfortable doing before that.”
While the team didn’t ever strongly consider a fifth season, Savage explained that the fourth season was a more adult version of “The O.C.,” so the writers and producers began to understand what a more mature version of the series going forward could have been. Savage noted that transitioning teen dramas is not easy, after they graduate high school. “Once we were in Season 4, we realized we couldn’t do this forever,” she said.
10. “The Valley” was never going to be a real spinoff.
“We got really into ‘The Valley,'” Schwartz said of the show-within-a-show parody. Asked if he ever considered doing a real spinoff series, Schwartz joked that he planned 14 seasons of “The Valley.”
While “The Valley” isn’t coming to TV any time soon, Schwartz predicted where the next big teen drama may land.
“I don’t know that the next great teen drama is going to be on network [television],” he said. “I think you’re going to find it somewhere else — something else that starts with ‘N’ that’s not ‘network.'”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The annual Eurovision Song Contest concluded its 61st edition in May 2016 by crowning Ukraine the champion (sorry, PewDiePie) of the 42 participating countries (and getting a lot of views on YouTube along the way). But Europeans with a penchant for competition and newfangled and digital technology shouldn't be disappointed, for as this year's Eurovision concludes another pan-European competition begins.
The Lovie Awards honors the full gamut of the internet across the pond. Enterprising and creative entities that make great websites, online ads, online videos, and/or mobile or social applications have until Friday, June 10, 2016 to enter their wares for a shot at taking home an adorable pixelated trophy that looks like this. Finalists are announced in September 2016, and Winners in October 2016 with a celebration in November 2016 in London.
Entrants will compete not only to win an aforementioned trophy, but also The People’s Lovie Award (for fan favorites) and an opportunity »
- Tubefilter Staff
When Mischa Barton joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars, O.C. fans across the world toasted the news of her return to TV with a mojito (not made by Oliver, of course). But in case you weren't watching soapy teen dramas in the early aughts, here are five things to know about Barton, 30, before she hits the floor Monday. 1. She was a child actress. Haley Joel Osment gets all the credit, but Barton was a real scene-stealer in 1999's M. Night Shyamalan thriller The Sixth Sense as the little ghost girl vomiting all over herself. (As it turns out, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Castle, Pretty Little Liars and Scandal!
1 | Anyone else catch the Kimmy Gibbler doppelgänger on House of Cards?
2 | Does the age difference between The Originals‘ centuries-old Kol and teenage Davina bother you, too, even though it’s never been an issue with Damon/Elena, Elijah/Hayley, etc.?
3 | Was Grimm‘s “I slept with Adalind” line — blurted out by Nick to »
There's no need to welcome Artem Chigvintsev to The O.C., bitch (sorry, we had to) - he's already been there. When asked during an Access Hollywood interview earlier this week if the Dancing with the Stars pro had ever seen the teen soap that made partner Mischa Barton a star, Chigvintsev replied, "I appeared in one of the episodes. People don't know that but yes, there's actually footage of me - can I even say this? Did you see Mischa's mom in the bar?" "He seduces Melinda Clarke in this bar scene," Barton, 30, said with a smile. That's right: Marissa »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
The question of what defines happiness has confounded philosophers in the West for centuries, but in Bhutan, determining life satisfaction is a matter of national policy. The country is the only one in the world to measure Gross National Happiness, and the makers of the upcoming documentary "Crossing Bhutan" travelled to the country to discover what that actually means. Read More: The 18 Best Films Of The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Directed by Ben Henretig, narrated and featuring original music by Imogen Heap, the documentary follows four athletes who traverse the country border-to-border on foot and by bike to see how the importance of culture, the environment and various other qualities factor into Bhutan's identity and to happiness itself. Here's the synopsis: Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress. Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic. »
- Edward Davis
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