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Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule Released By Universal Orlando
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando has released the schedule for their third annual Celebration of Harry Potter. Events for the Celebration will be taking place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. You can download the schedule and read more about the event here.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 6PM | Soundstage 33
  • Movie in the Park: 1:30PM – 4:30PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Opening Night Event: 7:30PM – 8PM | Music Plaza Stage

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 4:30PM | Soundstage 33
  • Kids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris: 10AM – 10:30AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 10:45AM – 11AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Bringing the Harry Potter™ Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™: 11AM – 11:30AM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 11:30AM – 12PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition: 1PM – 1:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 2PM – 2:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima: 2PM – 2:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 2:45PM – 3:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna: 3PM – 3:45PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session: 4:15PM – 5PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • House Rally: 5:30PM – 6PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Film Tribute: 6:45PM – 7:45PM | Music Plaza Stage

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 6PM | Soundstage 33
  • Kids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris: 10AM – 10:30AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 10:45AM – 11AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna: 11AM – 11:45PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 11:30AM – 12PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Bringing the Harry Potter™ Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™: 1PM – 1:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 2PM – 2:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima: 2PM – 2:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 2:45PM – 3:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition: 3PM – 3:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session: 4PM – 4:45PM | Music Plaza Stage
Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter Theme Park, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint
Universal Studios Hollywood to Send Lucky Winner on Harry Potter Trip Around the World
Posted by Megs

Today Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a contest where a lucky fan will win a Harry Potter “Trip Around the World” to celebrate the April 7 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

Universal is partnering with TripAdvisor to launch the Ultimate Harry Potter Trip Around the World sweepstakes sending one winner and three guests on a magical journey to experience the wonders of Harry Potter experiences across the globe. The prize includes visits to the Grand Opening at Universal Studios Hollywood, visits to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan, as well as a trip to “The Making of Harry Potter” at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Fans can enter to win at http://www.tripadvisor.com/wizardingworldhollywood.

 

The press release may be read in full below:

Universal Studios Hollywood and TripAdvisor to Send One Lucky Winner and Guests on the Ultimate Harry Potter Trip Around the World to Experience

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Theme Parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Japan and “The Making of Harry Potter” at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Sweepstakes Winners Begin Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure at the Highly-Anticipated Grand Opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016

In celebration of the opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, the global entertainment destination and TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel site, are launching the Ultimate Harry Potter Trip Around the World sweepstakes sending one winner and three guests on a once-in-a-lifetime magical journey to experience the wonders of Harry Potter experiences across the globe.

This exciting contest, which kicked off on January 14, will whisk the sweepstakes winner and three guests on a spellbinding voyage to visit “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” locations around the world beginning with the Grand Opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and including lands at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan.  The winners will also visit “The Making of Harry Potter” at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where they can discover behind-the-scenes filmmaking secrets at the home of all eight Harry Potter blockbuster films. Fans can enter to win at www.tripadvisor.com/wizardingworldhollywood.

More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is being masterfully recreated at Universal Studios Hollywood and will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will transport guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.

Upon entering the land through the archway, Hogsmeade will bustle to life with the same vitality of a quaint local village: merchants hard at work, a train conductor welcoming new arrivals and a pub packed to the gills with hungry patrons, but with the added element of enthusiastic guests intent on experiencing them all, including the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” and the family outdoor coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff™.”

An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” will make its U.S. debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in hyper-realistic 3D-HD designed to further immerse guests in an already engaging storyline.  The multidimensional thrill ride features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects.  In this updated adaptation of the ride, guests will sport Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles as they venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime.

Also within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the enchanting family coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff™ will open as Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will resonate with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™, and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops will add to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods™.

The Ultimate Harry Potter Trip Around the World sweepstakes began on January 14. Fans have until February 24 to register and can enter to win at www.tripadvisor.com/wizardingworldhollywood. The winner will receive a trip for four people, including airfare, four night accommodations at each location, ground transportation, 2-day theme park tickets for each theme park and tickets for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. U.S. citizens, 18 years of age and older are eligible to enter. Additional eligibility information is available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/wizardingworldhollywood. No purchase is necessary.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood
Video: Emma Watson Introduces the New HeForShe
Posted by Megs

Emma Watson introduces the new HeForShe.org, a crowdsourcing platform for gender equality solutions. Your voice matters. Your actions make it real. Make the commitment and take action for gender equality now at www.HeForShe.org. HeForShe wants every voice to be heard in classrooms and corner offices around the world. Everyone has a say. Everyone has a role. Every unique contribution is essential to achieving gender equality.

The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now.

HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world

The new site asks you to get involved in the gender equality issues that matter to you. They have categories for Work, Education, Politics, Health, Identity and Violence.

Filed Under: Emma Watson
Review of Moonwalkers Starring Rupert Grint
Posted by Aimee

Rupert Grint’s new film Moonwalkers will be released in the U.S. on January 15, 2016 in select theaters and online streaming sites such as iTunes, Netflix and We Are Colony. A streaming copy of the film, special interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes extras were provided for review by We Are Colony. Moonwalkers will be available for viewing on January 15, 2016!

After failing to locate the legendary Stanley Kubrick, an unstable CIA agent (Ron Perlman) must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager (Rupert Grint) to develop the biggest con of all time: staging the moon landing.

A trailer for the film may be watched below and you can read our review following. It has no spoilers apart from a general plot outline.

If you’re a fan of Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or RocknRolla, then this film will hit you in all the right places. While it lacks a bit of the wit that fans of Ritchie might be used to, indie-film Moonwalkers takes viewers on a dark and twisted ride, yet leaves you feeling hopeful about the fate of its characters.

As a fan of Rupert Grint, who is perhaps best known as Ron Weasley, the ginger-haired sidekick to Harry Potter, I expected his quirkiness to shine through in his performance as Jonny. I was not disappointed. Grint plays the character to perfection and proves that he is more than just that guy from the Potter films. Not to mention, Rupert can rock a leisure suit!!

Fans of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts trilogy will also be introduced to a well-known actor from the comic film universe, Ron Perlman (Hell-Boy), who was recently announced as joining the wizarding world. Perlman plays opposite Grint in Moonwalkers as Tom Kidman.

Jonny is a down-on-his-luck guy in swinging 1960s London, stuck managing a band who never seem to appreciate all that he does for them. He’s borrowed money to propel the band into superstardom at great personal risk, considering the loan shark he’s indebted to tends to cut the hands and private parts off of those who don’t repay their loans on time. After the band tell Jonny they want a new manager, he begs them for another chance and they give him two days to really get things going.

While trying to hit a well-to-do relative up for cash to save his own skin, Jonny happens across CIA agent, Vietnam veteran and PTSD-sufferer Tom Kidman, who has been drafted by the government for a super-secret mission: to film a fake moon-landing in the event the real one is a failure. Jonny, already in a hard spot, hears Kidman say they will pay him well to meet with famed director Stanley Kubrick and get him to agree to their project, and lets Kidman think he is the man for the job.

I don’t want to ruin all the wacky fun for you as Grint and Perlman take us through one of the world’s greatest conspiracy theories, so I won’t go into any more detail than that. Suffice it to say that the cast of characters that run amok in this film will have you scratching your head, laughing out loud, and asking yourself just what the hell is happening here?

Ultimately, the film is a journey of hope and transformation for an unlikely duo who suffer from different types of bad luck but find a way to turn it around in circumstances that are less than ideal and strike up a meaningful friendship.

The last thing I’ll say about the film is that there is a lot of cursing, nudity, blood, violence, and is very heavy on the drug use. This film is not for children, so be aware of what you’re in for before you let your young ones attempt to see Grint in his latest role!

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman
Posted by Megs

It is with a heavy heart that we write this post.  Alan Rickman, best known to many as Severus Snape, has passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. A statement from his family reads:

“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Another who has left us soon but will “Always” be in our hearts. If you haven’t seen any of his films outside the Potter franchise, you should take some time this weekend to get to know him as an actor. From Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Quigly Down Under to Bottle Shock, Galaxy Quest and CBGB he was an immensely talented man.

Rest in Peace Alan Rickman

His costars from the Potter films and beyond have begun to share their feelings on his passing. We find ourselves unable to speak, or type, so we’ll let them do the talking.

I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you

Posted by Emma Watson on Thursday, 14 January 2016

 


Filed Under: Alan Rickman
WB Studio Tour London Announces Valentine’s Day Event
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced a special event for Valentine’s Day on February 13th and 14th. It’s the next best thing to having a date with Harry (or your chosen character) at Madam Puddifoot’s. A full itinerary of the event may be found on their website.

You are invited to attend a bewitching banquet this February for ‘Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall’. You’ll be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés (including a special Love Potion cocktail), before taking your seats on the authentic Great Hall set.Sitting at individual tables for two decorated with flowers and candles, you and your partner will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner including a starter, main course and assiette of desserts to share. You’ll then be given exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour with the chance to see sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, the Weasley kitchen at The Burrow and the Malfoy Manor dining table, before enjoying a drink on Platform 9 3/4.

Following a tankard of Butterbeer in the backlot cafe, you will be able to wander up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley, before arriving at the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model for after-dinner tea, coffee and chocolates. The evening concludes when you return to the Studio Tour lobby to collect your chosen wand.

Tickets are priced at £247.50 each, available to purchase in pairs for £495 from Wednesday 13th January. Booking details to follow.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
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