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Katherine Waterston Cast as Tina in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
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The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Katherine Waterston has been cast as Porpentina, aka Tina, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Queenie who, as we shared in this post, is Tina’s younger sister has yet to be cast.

According to Warner Bros., Porpentina meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.

J.K. Rowling posted the following comment on Twitter:

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Cover Art, Synopsis & Release Date for ‘Career of Evil’ Announced
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Earlier today J.K Rowling and Robert Galbraith revealed the cover art for Career of Evil. Little Brown also revealed the publication date: October 22, 2015 for the UK and the 20th for US readers.

The synopsis for the novel is:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling
Video: Second Trailer for Regression with Emma Watson & David Thewlis
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The second trailer for Regression, which stars Potter alumni Emma Watson and David Thewlis, has been released. Regression is set to be released on August 28, 2015 and also stars Ethan Hawke.

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

Filed Under: David Thewlis, Emma Watson
Warner Bros. Showcasing New Products Licensing Expo Next Week
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Warner Bros. Consumer Products has issued a press release ahead of their appearance at the 2015 Licensing Expo. Warner Bros.’ global themed entertainment offerings continue to expand worldwide bringing the experience to theme parks, international cultural venues, live stages and more. The countdown has begun for the Spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The wizarding world continues to delight audiences with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, which marks an expanded creative partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling, and which will be fully supported by WBCP to offer fans an exciting licensing and merchandising program.

With the coming of this release it is expected that Warner Bros. may reveal merchandise and graphics for Fantastic Beasts at the upcoming Licensing Expo next week.

The relevant parts of the press release may be read below:

With a powerhouse portfolio of entertainment properties—anchored by a theatrical slate of tentpole films, a fan-driven TV portfolio, global initiatives with immersive worlds, all-new animated content developed for younger fans, and a diverse lineup of pop-classic favorites—Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) soars into Licensing Expo 2015 with an unrivaled lineup of content support and partners that will drive its licensing, merchandising and retail business in 2016 and beyond.

“WBCP arrives at Licensing Expo with an unmatched portfolio of content and product offerings, led by the most anticipated feature film events of 2016—DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first time fans will see Batman and Superman together in a theatrical event; DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, the first-ever theatrical team up of some of the most iconic Super-Villains; and from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Content is the cornerstone of our robust programs, and we have an unparalleled lineup of collaborations and partnerships, which is a testament to the trusted relationships we have built with all of our licensing and retail partners.”

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The wizarding world continues to delight audiences with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, which marks an expanded creative partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling, and which will be fully supported by WBCP to offer fans an exciting licensing and merchandising program. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, is inspired by Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“We are incredibly excited to further explore and dig deeper into our already strong portfolio with an eye towards content creation, allowing us to offer initiatives for girls, boys and preschoolers on a global scale,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “With programs like DC Super Hero Girls, Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and more, WBCP is creating new content and building impactful activations with partners around the world.”

The release also included some information on the Potter theme parks and exhibitions:

Warner Bros.’ global themed entertainment offerings continue to expand worldwide bringing the Warner Bros. experience to theme parks, international cultural venues, live stages and more. In July of 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expanded globally, opening at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, and domestically with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion at Universal Orlando Resort, creating the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience and expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks. Additionally, the countdown has begun for the Spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

 Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently in Paris and with more stops planned for 2015 and beyond, continues to bring the Harry Potter experience to fans with a state-of-the-art interactive, travelling exhibition featuring thousands of props, costumes and magical creatures from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Theme Park, Movies
Video: Teasers for Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood have sent over a one minute teaser video for the Spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can read the full press release on the opening here.

Make sure to keep up with all the news by checking back here and following Universal Hollywood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Video: Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Opening Date for Harry Potter Park
Posted by Megs

Today, Universal Studios Hollywood officially announced that “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” will open in Spring 2016 at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. The press conference was made during the 2015 IPW trade show in Orlando.

As part of the exciting news, Universal Studios Hollywood also revealed that the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” will make its U.S. debut in 3D, with guests donning specially-designed Quidditch™-inspired goggles.

A video of the announcement may be watched below:

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
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