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'Harry Potter' Returns For New Short Story

9 July 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

Harry Potter is back in a new short story by author J.K. Rowling. Set during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the 1,500-word story -- now posted on Pottermore.com -- is presented as a news piece by Rita Skeeter, who is the gossip correspondent for the Daily Prophet. Harry, now in his 30?s, is attending the match with his wife, Ginny, and friends Ron and Hermione. Skeeter describes Harry as having a mysterious scar on his right cheekbone and "threads of silver in the famous Auror's black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old." Rowling last explored the world of Potter in 2007's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in her seven-book fantasy series. However, in 2013 Rowling »

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'Lazer Team' Becomes Most Funded Indiegogo Film

8 July 2014 7:58 AM, PDT

"Lazer Team," the first feature film from internet production studio Rooster Teeth, ended its crowdfunding campaign with over $2.4 million, becoming the No. 1 all-time most funded film on Indiegogo.com. The campaign began June 6, hitting its original $650,000 goal in less than 10 hours, and it finished on July 6 during Rtx, Rooster Teeth's annual video game convention in Austin, Texas. With over 37,000 backers, "Lazer Team" beat out the previous number one film on Indiegogo -- the politically charged documentary "Gosnell" -- by almost $250,000. "Lazer Team" is a science-fiction comedy following the antics of four losers who are forced to become humanity's greatest heroes. After being invited to join a galactic society of alien races, the United States military begins training a genetically »

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Takes Break, Expands Cast

7 July 2014 5:49 PM, PDT

As "Star Wars: Episode VII" prepares for a two-week hiatus in August, the film's cast has expanded to include two new actors, Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. The casting was part of an open call by Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios late last year that attracted over 37,000 hopefuls. Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, U.K., who has both stage- and screen-acting experience and will make her feature-film debut in 2015's "The Moon and the Sun." British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour. He was recently seen in a Spider-Man ad for Sony. "The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting 'Episode VII' we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition," said producer and Lucasfilm president »

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Starz To Adapt 'American Gods' For Television

7 July 2014 1:49 PM, PDT

Starz is developing a television show based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel "American Gods," to be produced by FremantleMedia North America. The project was previously in the works at HBO, but the show never got off the ground thanks to script problems. Once the rights became available, Starz jumped at the opportunity to adapt Gaiman's coveted novel. The pilot for "American Gods" will be written by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") and Michael Green, who also worked on "Heroes" in addition to "The River" and "Kings." No word yet on who will direct, but Fuller and Green will serve as showrunners for the series. Gaiman, author of "American Gods," will executive produce. Published in 2001, "American Gods" posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional »

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Meet The Team

7 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT

The following individuals make up Nexus Media Group Inc., which runs Airlock Alpha. Feel free to contact them with questions, comments or concerns in their areas of expertise pertaining to the site. Founder/Editor-In-Chief Michael Hinman, mhinman@airlockalpha.comMichael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus. He's a veteran print journalist and lives in Tampa, Fla. Managing Editor Bryant L. Griffin, bgriffin@airlockalpha.comBryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha and 1701News. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting »

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'Nightbreed' TV Series Stirs To Life

7 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

As the director's cut of Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" finally heads to Blu-ray later this year, Morgan Creek has announced a television series based on the film is now under development. Morgan Creek's Michael Plumides has reportedly written four episodes for the proposed show with Barker and Seraphim Films' Mark Miller overseeing the process. No network has been announced, but "significant interest" exists, according to Plumides. "We're staying true to the source material but also modernizing the concepts to appeal to this millennium's viewer," Plumides explained. "We think the fans will be very pleased. By incorporating great writing, character development, and mind-blowing practical and visual effects with a product that has achieved legendary cult status, we see a winner, especially »

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