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Review & Giveaway: Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
Posted by Megs

The lovely folks over at USAopoly have sent us a copy of their new game, World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, for review. They also provided a second for a giveaway! Sadly it is only open to our fans in North America.  Details on the review are at the bottom of this post, now it’s time for the review.

Comprised of 600 trivia questions that span across the entire Potter universe, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit features 6 categories including: The Dark Arts, HOGWARTS™, Magical Spells & Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, and Animals & Magical Creatures.  Now you can answer questions like, “What is the full name of the driver on the night bus?” from the Magical People category, or questions like “What does Dumbledore conjure to protect himself and Harry from the Inferi in the cave?” from the Dark Arts category.

World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit - USAopoly

The great thing about this game is that it’s portable. It comes in a small triangular shaped box with the cards and a die so you can play anywhere you want. Long road trip ahead? Pack the game! Babysitting some Potter fans? Bring it along and teach them your ways.  Another cool thing is you can use the cards along with your full version of trivial pursuit as well.

Since this is a mini version of the game, it is also completed much quicker than the classic version. There are a few ways to play depending on the speed you want it finished.  I am the Harry Potter genius in my local group of friends so, when we played, it was a little bit one sided. However, even though I was the champion, obviously, everyone really enjoyed the game! We didn’t get through all cards, but there are some that can challenge even the smartest Potter fan.

I can’t wait to play the game with my die-hard Potter friends. Sadly we live all over the country so it may be some time before that happens. But when it does, it will be a battle royale!

And now, the giveaway! The only mandatory entry is leaving your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Everything else is optional.

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Filed Under: Giveaway, Products, Review
Video: First Trailer for Tom Felton’s ‘Risen’
Posted by Megs

The first trailer for Tom Felton’s new film Risen, formerly Clavius, has been released by Entertainment Weekly!

[Joseph] Fiennes […] is the fictional Clavius, who is assigned by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to unravel the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks after the crucifixion.

With his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), Clavius is tasked to dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent a Jerusalem uprising.

When Jesus’ body disappears from a sealed tomb, Clavius interrogates followers of “The Nazarene” to find out what really happened.

“That’s where the detective work comes in,” says Fiennes. “This is an extraordinary story and well-known to everyone. But it takes us on this journey through the eyes of a nonbeliever.”

Clavius’ doubts of a supernatural occurrence are challenged, forcing him to part ways with his warring life.

Filed Under: Tom Felton
Third Robert Galbraith Novel Releasing This Autumn
Posted by Megs

Last week Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling revealed that Galbraith’s much anticipated third novel centering around detective Cormoran Strike has been completed. The book is titled Career of Evil, which is also the title of a Blue Oyster Cult song, and will be released this Autumn.

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Roundup
Posted by Megs

Thanks to SnitchSeeker, we know that it has been announced by Warner Bros. and IMAX that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be relelased in IMAX.

“We’ve had an incredible partnership with Warner Bros. for more than 10 years, which has helped IMAX filmgoers enjoy Warner movies around the world,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We’re excited and grateful to extend that partnership.”

“With this multi-picture deal, IMAX and Warner Bros. continue a lengthy and substantial partnership, which is invested in bringing the highest-quality entertainment to the most awe-inspiring cinematic experience,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “But at its core, this deal enriches and broadens IMAX’s relationship with key filmmakers, who have always been a top priority for Warner Bros. in bringing the most compelling cinema to audiences around the world.”

Collider also released an interview with producer David Heyman where he discussed the upcoming film.

Obviously, it’s very difficult to successfully adapt any book series, and you did that, above and beyond, with the Harry Potter films. What does it mean to you to have had a hand in that, and what are the biggest concerns for you, in continuing that legacy with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

What does it mean? I don’t know. It’s just about doing the best you can, telling stories in a way that is making good films with characters that people of any age can relate to and that move an audience. It’s really exciting to be embarking upon Fantastic Beasts. I can’t wait. Jo [Rowling] has got such an incredible imagination, and it’s lovely to be in the wizarding world again.

How far along are you in the development process for Fantastic Beasts, and do you know when you’ll start shooting?

Jo is writing, and we don’t yet have a start date. We’re in the very early stages of pre-production and development.

There’s been talk about certain actors possibly getting involved. How excited are you to possibly have Eddie Redmayne as the star, and how soon do you think you’ll announce your lead actor?There are a few big parts. We’re early on in our casting process. There are some really exciting possibilities for the parts, but we’re still very early on in the journey.

 

Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
Actor News Roundup: Dan, Tom, Matt and Bonnie
Posted by Megs

There has been a lot of news for each of the Potter actors the past couple of weeks while we were away. Today we’re rounding up the latest casting news and more.

Daniel Radcliffe

It has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe will star in BBC Two’s Game Changer, a film based on Grand Theft Auto. He will still star as the creator of the famous game, Sam Houser.

Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama tells the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park.Its triumph was down to a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days, and at the heart of it all was GTA’s creative mastermind, Sam Houser. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration – GTA:V – earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

Grand Theft Auto offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values they say it encourages; and above all from moral campaigners, who fight passionately to keep it out of the hands of children. At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto.

Game Changer (w/t) tells the story of an extraordinary chapter in the history of this iconic game, and reveals the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape.

He also completed filming for Now You See Me: The Second Act, which will release in theaters next summer.

Finally, Daniel hosted BBC’s Have I Got News for You, which can be watched below or over at BBC’s website.

Tom Felton

Feltbeats reports that Tom will be starring in Message From the King as Frankie, filming has begun in LA.

A mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister’s death.

Chadwick Boseman stars as Jacob, a South African who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister’s death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he’s been sold. Natalie Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob’s missing sister Bianca who he recruits to help find the woman’s murderer.

Matthew Lewis

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Matt Lewis has been cast in MGM and New Line’s new film, ‘Me Before You.’ The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes. It has not been revealed who Matthew will be playing, but we will of course keep you updated on the film as more is announced!

The story centers on Lou (Emilia Clarke), a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (Sam Claflin), a successful man who finds himself wheelchair-bound after an accident. He can find no reason to live, until they meet when he hires her as his caretaker, and she becomes determined to prove to him that life is worth living.

According to Matthew-Lewis.com, he will be on the cover of Attitude magazine‘s June issue.

Bonnie Wright

SnitchSeeker interviewed Bonnie Wright recently about her long-awaited film, Sweat, and other roles.

SnitchSeeker: We’ve seen the trailer for Sweat and it looks like an intense love story.
Bonnie Wright:
It’s definitely a love story. It’s pretty much led through the guy’s perspective, who’s played by actor Matthew McNulty. It’s basically about him in the present time reflecting over a previous relationship he had while he’s walking home and how he basically let the relationship end without maybe realizing that maybe she was the one he should’ve been with. So it’s basically about the loss of her and understanding what went wrong in the relationship.

SnitchSeeker: Was there a challenge in filming your first love story?
Bonnie Wright:
I think, in that sort of way, in terms of small moments of intimacy. And a lot of the scenes were memories – flashbacks and improvised moments – so it was a challenge, but it was really enjoyable.

SnitchSeeker: What can you tell us about Sweat?
Bonnie Wright:
I was really drawn to the material. It first sat within a series of short films that link together as a feature film [Geography of the Hapless Heart] as one, tying in the theme that was the element of love. The idea is that each story is meant to be told in a different city. However, Sweat worked so well and powerfully as its own short film and that’s basically why they’re releasing it now as its own short film. We shot it all in London. For a lot of it we went down there, to different locations around there. At the time, I’d just started … my first year at university and it was all in that area, too. So it was an area I was spending a lot of time with, funnily enough, while I was shooting it. And Matthew’s great. He plays the lead in the film.

The main theme of it is there are nuances of a relationship. How we read people, and how we can misread people when we’re in relationships – this idea that he obviously misread what the relationship was or what the relationship could have been for her. In terms of my performance, that was really interesting because it was all about mannerisms. So those fine details certainly were enjoyable and I know pretty well in the film. It’s a project I did quite awhile ago so it’ll be nice when an audience gets to see it.

SnitchSeeker: Are you planning to make any more films yourself?
Bonnie Wright:
I’m making my first short film at the end of this year, and I’m currently writing my first feature that’s set in New York – that’s what I’m doing here [in New York] at the moment.

SnitchSeeker: Have you started filming The Highway is For Gamblers in the Mojave Desert in California yet?
Bonnie Wright:
Yeah, we shot a bit of it at the end of last year, which was shot for the ending section of the film – which actually wasn’t the stuff that’s in the Mojave Desert – that was stuff that was in Ventura, California. The film ends by the sea.

SnitchSeeker: How did you get involved with that production?
Bonnie Wright:
That was a great script sent to me by Alex [Alexandra McGuinness] the director. I read the script and had a few conversations with her. It came about because of the material, which I really love.

SnitchSeeker: I’ve heard you’ll be doing a Scottish remake of A Christmas Carol, is that right?
Bonnie Wright:
Yeah, I already shot that a few weeks ago.

SnitchSeeker: What drew you to that?
Bonnie Wright:
I like the modern retelling of it – the way they brought it into modern times. It’s a story that I grew up watching, and a theme that is so prevalent in today’s Scrooge-money driven culture.

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton
Video: J.K. Rowling Talks Lumos on Today Show; Launches Lumos USA in New York
Posted by Megs

The Today Show shared a preview of an interview with J.K. Rowling on this morning’s episode. In the interview she discusses her charity, Lumos, as well as the usual “I not going to say I definitely won’t” response to writing another Harry Potter novel. The full interview will air on NBC’s Today Show, Monday morning.

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Rowling was in New York to launch Lumos USA as part of the NGO’s global mission to bring light to the lives of eight million children living in orphanages and institutions around the world. In launching Lumos USA, Patron J.K. Rowling said:

“Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children.  We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home.”

Some more information on the charity is as follows:

After a decade working with governments in Central and Eastern Europe to help them to close down State-run institutions for children and create new services that support vulnerable children to stay with families, Lumos is now also working to address the use of largely privately-funded orphanages, which is increasing in many parts of the world. Lumos has recently begun to work in the Latin America and Caribbean region, focusing on Haiti, where more than 30,000 children live in orphanages, at least 80% of them NOT orphans.

Encouraging reform of the funding that supports orphanages is a key part of Lumos’ work. It has played an important role in influencing the way that European Union aid is now spent – to support community services for children and families, not to build or renovate institutions and orphanages. Lumos USA will build on this advocacy activity by working with US Government departments – including the US Agency for International Development – and bodies such as the World Bank to promote a similar funding principle. The right of children to live in families is one of the core principles of the US Government’s Action Plan on Children in Adversity.

To celebrate the launch of Lumos Foundation USA, Lumos is raising funds to reunite children with families. For the next month, Lumos USA will run an online sweepstakes giving every eligible US resident who donates over $10, the opportunity to win one of four generously donated prizes:  two signed copies of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Very Good Lives’; a VIP trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and tickets to Comic Con in San Diego in July 2015.

Filed Under: JK Rowling
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