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Tickets for Third Annual HP Celebration Available From August 19th
Posted by Megs

Last week we posted about Universal Orlando’s Third Annual Celebration of Harry Potter. Today we have received more information on when tickets will be available, from Universal. Sales start August 19th at 12pm noon, EST and will sell out fast, so get yours as soon as possible!

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host the third annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe. The three-day weekend event will take place January 29 – 31, 2016 and will feature an array of experiences.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, featuring Harry Potter brand partners such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition
  • Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories

Additionally, guests will be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.

Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale at noon EST on August 19. On-site hotel packages start at $235 per adult per night and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special guest access to panels and demonstrations. Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations, three-day park-to-park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure, a special welcome parcel and more. For complete package details, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park
Matthew Lewis Cast in Series 4 of ‘Ripper Street’
Posted by Megs

Digital Spy reports this morning that Matthew Lewis has been cast in series 4 of Ripper Street. He will be playing a policeman of unknown name, but we will keep you updated as news develops.

“From our new studio set in Ireland, it has been a delight to watch this cast reunite and grow,” series creator Richard Warlow said. “As these new characters’ lives take shape on the page, it is a daily inspiration to know that they will be brought to life by the most magnificent troupe of actors Ripper Street has yet assembled.”

Series four will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video – with a broadcast date still TBC. The third series is currently airing on Friday nights at 9pm on BBC One. For fans who want to catch up on the series you can watch it via the links below:

A description of the first series is as follows:

Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division – the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men find themselves fighting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper – is he back for another reign of terror? Rich episodic storylines meld with the intrigue of a criminal underworld festering on the hard streets of Victorian London, following the battle of the men whose job it is to bring the law to the lawless.

Thanks to our friends over at Matthew-Lewis.com

Filed Under: Matthew Lewis
Jenn Murray Cast in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Posted by Megs

More casting news has been released today thanks to The Wrap (and SnitchSeeker for getting confirmation.) Jenn Murray has been cast as “a key role” in the film.  In the article they mention Ezra Miller as being cast in the film. It should be noted that Ezra has denied that he is involved, but multiple sources have confirmed him in the film.

Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol will co-star as sisters alongside Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler. Murray is expected to share scenes with Miller’s character, who’s a rival of sorts to Newt Scamander.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Emma Watson Talks Gender Equality with Fashion Designers for Vogue
Posted by Megs

Emma Watson is the cover star for the September issue of British Vogue. Vogue has released a video where Emma discusses Gender Equality and HeForShe with top fashion designers.

SEPTEMBER cover girl Emma Watson leads a discussion on gender equality in a new film by Vogue Video, directed by Kathryn Ferguson. As a UN ambassador, Watson is a vocal supporter of HeForShe, the UN solidarity movement for gender equality. Join her, alongside designers Stella McCartney, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem Moralioglu and Bella Freud, as they share their thoughts on equal rights for all.

Filed Under: Emma Watson
Colin Farrell Cast in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Posted by Megs

Reports surfaced yesterday stating that Irish actor Colin Farrel has been cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander meets while in New York City.

This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which has been a bit off in casting news in the past. The news was posted yesterday and hasn’t been denied by Warner Bros. or Colin as of yet, but do keep in mind that it could be a rumor.

We will of course share more news as it develops!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts’ Modesty Role Cast After Open Audition
Posted by Megs

The BBC has announced today that the role of Modesty in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has been given to 10-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove.  Warner Bros. held open auditions last month for the role where thousands of young hopefuls lined up for a chance at this amazing character! According to their article:

Film bosses were looking for an actress who could bring a ‘haunted‘ character with ‘inner strength and stillness‘ to life.

Filming for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them begins this month.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
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