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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Expanding – Adds Potter Broomstick Ride
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood announced earlier today that they would be adding a new attraction, Stage 48: Script to Screen, to the tour. This section will include a Harry Potter broom riding simulator, just like at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. According to the site:

We are pleased to introduce a major expansion coming to our Studio Tour opening July 16, 2015Stage 48: Script to Screen.

This innovative new addition to the Studio Tour, Stage 48: Script to Screen offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process – from the earliest scripts and casting sessions to the final touches in post-production and the glory of awards season, each component is represented step-by-step throughout the purpose-built soundstage. Among Stage 48’s various interactive elements exclusive to the Studio Tour is the opportunity for guests to re-enact a scene from “Friends” right on the iconic Central Perk set. Guests will also be able to design their own Batmobiles and movie costumes while in the pre-production section. Guests will enjoy “flying” on Harry’s broomstick at the photo opportunity, which employs the same green screen technology used in the “Harry Potter” movie productions.

Additionally, the Studio Tour will feature newly enhanced elements throughout the attraction, including specially recorded messages from the stars of “2 Broke Girls,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as well as new video montages highlighting the movies and television shows filmed over the years on the studio’s iconic backlot sets.

Book your tickets and experience Stage 48: Script to Screen for yourself later this summer!

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip!

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
New Characters in Fantastic Beasts Films Revealed
Posted by Megs

We’ve been avoiding posting any unofficial casting rumors for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but today The Wrap is reporting that casting has begun for 3 other characters in the film as well as who is testing for those roles. It has been reported for the past few weeks that Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is in talks to play Newt Scamander, but is not confirmed. Thanks to Hypable, for doing a little more digging, we have a few more details on each character:

Tina – Described as “grounded.”  Testing for this role are Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Allison Sudol, and Lili Simmons.

MM Note: It is also speculated that Tina’s full name is Porpentina, meaning she is Newt’s (future) wife. Makes sense to us!

Queenie – Tina’s older sister and described as a “bombshell.” Testing for this role are Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki

Jacob - Described as Newt’s “rival,” testing for this role are Steve Zisis, Zack Pearlman and Dan Fogler.

 

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
The Casual Vacancy Mini Series Available for Pre-Order in US & UK
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The Casual Vacancy Mini Series that aired on HBO earlier this year is now available for pre-order on Amazon in the US and UK! It will be released on August 4th 2015 in the US and you can get it on DVD or Blu-Ray. UK fans can get their hands on the DVD or Blu-Ray a bit earlier, June 15th.

The Casual Vacancy centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. The story begins with the death of beloved Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother, leaving a seat on the council vacant. Those running for a place soon find their darkest secrets revealed on the Parish Council online forum, ruining their campaign and leaving the election in turmoil.

Filed Under: Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy
Michael Gambon to Play Winston Churchill for ITV
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Digital Spy is reporting that Michael Gambon will be taking on the role of Winston Churchill in ITV’s feature film, Churchill’s Secret. The project will focus on the late Prime Minister’s health problems during his second term in 1953. A few more details may be read below:

The story will be told from the point of view of the Prime Minister’s young nurse Millie Appleyard, who cared for him after he suffered a life-threatening stroke.

The drama is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book The Churchill Secret: KBO, and will be adapted for the screen by Stewart Harcourt.

ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November, said: “Churchill’s Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our country’s most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to hold on to power.

“We’re delighted to commission Churchill’s Secret from Daybreak Pictures and to be working with Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as his wife Clemmie.”

Filed Under: Michael Gambon
Bloomsbury Releases New Philosopher’s Stone Illustration by Jim Kay
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Bloomsbury have sent over a new illustration showing Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs from the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book, illustrated by Jim Kay, is out on 6th October 2015. Pre-order your copy now at Amazon (US) or Bloomsbury (UK)!

This will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour on every spread. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition will be published in more than twenty-one languages around the world. All co-editions will include Jim Kay’s stunning artwork and join the UK and the US in bringing this edition of the book to life. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.

Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller has said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning … with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

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Filed Under: Books
Wizarding World Hollywood News Coming During Livestream on June 2nd
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Universal has announced that they will be holding a livestream on June 2nd to reveal some information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood!

The Countdown has begun for the Much-Anticipated 2016 Southern California Arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and Universal Studios Hollywood Has Exciting News to Share

On Tuesday, June 2 at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, Universal Studios Hollywood will reveal exciting news about the much-anticipated 2016 arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™”.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
TIME: 1PM ET / 10AM PT
WHERE: Here

For more information, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood and for all the latest news, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
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