New Details about Expanded THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER at Universal Orlando; Will Contain Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley

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If you’re a parent and your kids are Harry Potter fans, your summer vacation might be magical/wallet-demolishing.  Universal Orlando Resort will be expanding their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer to include Diagon Alley.  Previously, the park included Hogsmeade, but now attendees will be able to hop on the Hogwarts Express and go to Diagon Alley.  And yes, that’s a real Hogwarts Express that will take you from Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade Station) to Universal Studios Florida (King’s Cross).  According to the press release, “The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside - as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.”  There will also be the “groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” and the shops of Diagon Alley, which is where the wallet demolition will come in.

Hit the jump to check out a concept image of the park, and for a list of what attendees will find on Diagon Alley.

Starbucks Offering HARRY POTTER’s Butterbeer for the Holidays, If You Know the Spell

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After having infiltrated all corners of the Muggle world, Starbucks is now branching out to include beverages from the wizarding world as well.  Kinda.  Though Butterbeer — a favored Hogsmeade drink of Hogwarts students and many others in the Harry Potter series — is not an official menu item at Starbucks, patrons can create the flavor, more or less, using a suggested recipe.  How are you with potions?  Hit the jump for this particular incantation and more. 

Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump for how Wonder Woman Batman vs. Superman; plus an update timetable for Fantastic Beasts.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII Spring/Summer 2015 Release Date Confirmed? Plus, Darth Vader-Themed TV Specials Coming

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With Disney remaining tight-lipped about developments on their upcoming projects (especially anything Star Wars and Marvel related), we’ve had to resort to some unusual sources of information.  Enter today’s morsel: a brochure from Disney’s presentation at the European Brand Licensing Show.  In addition to announcements for a Star Wars Mobile LEGO game and a Star Wars Digital Library due to launch next year, there’s also an apparent confirmation of the release date of Star Wars Episode VII in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  Oh, and there’s a mention of some upcoming Darth Vader-themed TV specials that might interest you.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Indie Shooting vs. HARRY POTTER Schedule, FANTASTIC BEASTS Easter Eggs, and HORNS Reception

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Radcliffe.  He talked about making the film on a limited budget and not much time, working with the rest of the cast, how it compared to making the Harry Potter movies, what he learned about the beat movement, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, and more.  In addition, I asked if he’d be willing to do some kind of easter egg like walking in the background of a scene when Warner Bros. makes the Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Tom Felton Talks FULL CIRCLE, Taking on So Much Neil LaBute Dialogue, MURDER IN THE FIRST, and the HARRY POTTER Legacy

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The DirecTV 10-episode drama series Full Circle marks the television debut of award-winning screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute, with two half-hour episodes airing every Wednesday.  Examining the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people whose lives are intertwined, each episode takes place in a restaurant and features a conversation between two characters, with one of the character’s storylines then carrying over into the next episode.

The first episode of the series features Tim (Tom Felton), an exchange student from England, and his love interest, the unhappily married Bridgette (Minka Kelly), who Tim pleads with to run away with him.  While at the show’s press day, actor Tom Felton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to this project, how intimidating it was to take on so much dialogue in such a short amount of time, establishing an entire relationship in a half-hour episode, and working with Minka Kelly. He also talked about his new TNT drama series Murder in the First, as well as what’s it like to forever be a part of the Harry Potter franchise.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Could a HARRY POTTER Quidditch Movie Be in the Works?

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With the recent news that author J.K. Rowling is penning the screenplay for a brand new film set within the world of Harry Potter, we have confirmation that Deathly Hallows – Part 2 did not mark the end for this magical world onscreen.  While there are sure to be remakes and reboots down the line, the franchise is currently still in the safe hands of Rowling, and a new adventure based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on its way.  Along with the official announcement of Rowling’s involvement in the new movie was also the news that it is planned as the first in a series of new films, and recent trademarks by Warner Bros. suggest that one such spinoff film could possibly revolve around the game of Quidditch.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Says Ben Affleck is “Perfect” as a “Tired, Weary and Seasoned” Batman, Plus More on J.K. Rowling’s New HARRY POTTER Film

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It’s good to be the king.  I imagine that when Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara took the podium during a press conference today, he didn’t even have to ask the gathered masses to take a knee in deference.  I mean, the guy walks in to talk about bringing Batman on screen against Superman for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman, and knows that none other than Ben Affleck will be given that honor.  As if that weren’t enough, Tsujihara also gets to add that “one more thing”, which just so happens to be a new partnership with J.K. Rowling, who will write the screenplay for at least one more movie set in the world of Harry Potter.  See what Tsujihara had to say on both properties after the jump.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Reteam for New Film Series Inspired by HARRY POTTER Books; Rowling to Pen the Screenplay

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Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, everyone has been talking about Warner Bros.’ attempt to find “the next Harry Potter.”  Though there have been a few attempts to fill the void created by the conclusion of the box office juggernaut series, the studio has yet to have another franchise take off like Harry Potter did.  So, what are they to do?  Well begin a “Harry Potter-inspired” franchise with author J.K. Rowling onboard, of course.  The studio announced today that it is reteaming with Rowling on “a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards” that is inspired by Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which begins in New York 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter.  Hit the jump for more on this very exciting news.

Blu-ray Deal: HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection Drops to 69% Off

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Those holding out for the massive Harry Potter Blu-ray set the Wizard’s Collection may now have reason to spring for the purchase.  The 31-disc box set is now available to purchase for its lowest price yet, as it’s Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day for 59% off.  That brings the price down to $154.99 from the crazy list price of $499.99.  It contains all 8 movies on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet plus all previously released materials, more than 10 hours of new-to-disc bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material.  There are also other fun goodies such as a fabric map of Hogwart’s, a blueprint of the school’s interior, a set of concept art prints, a set of sketch prints, a replica of Voldemort’s Horcrux locket, and two books containing images of key props and labels from the production.  It’s a crazy set, and now it’s finally at a (fairly) reasonable price.  Act quickly, because there are only a limited quantity available at this price.

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Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download Deal: HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection for 58% off

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Harry Potter (the character) turned 33 earlier this week, and what better way to celebrate the birthday of The Boy Who Lived than to purchase the complete, ultimate Harry Potter box set.  The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection is currently a hefty 58% off over on Amazon, bringing the price down to a slightly more manageable $209.99.  The set includes 31 discs,  all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy as well as all of the previously released bonus content, plus over 10 hours of new-to-disc extras.  Moreover, the intricate box set comes complete with a fabric map of Hogwart’s, a blueprint of the school’s interior, a set of concept art prints, a set of sketch prints, a replica of Voldemort’s Horcrux locket, and two books containing images of key props and labels from the production.  This is a must-own for Harry Potter superfans, and the expensive collection is currently going for a reasonable rate.  Mischief managed!

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) 

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David Tennant Talks SPIES OF WARSAW, Shooting in Poland, Hopes to Star in a Comic Book Movie, and His Part in DOCTOR WHO and HARRY POTTER

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Based on New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst’s acclaimed novel, the mini-series Spies of Warsaw (airing April 3rd and April 10th on BBC America) tells the story of military attaché Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (David Tennant), a decorated hero of the 1914 war.  While he is being drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in Warsaw, he finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Janet Montgomery), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor David Tennant talked about what attracted him to this project, what the experience of shooting in Poland was like, dream roles that he’d love to do, how he’d love to be a part of a big comic book movie, what it’s like to interact with Doctor Who fans, what it means to him to have been a part of the Harry Potter franchise, whether he was ever really in talks for The Hobbit, which props he’s taken home, why he wasn’t a part of the London Olympics opening ceremony, and how he’d love to do a project with Aaron Sorkin.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Blu-ray Deal: HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection for 50% Off

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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is a big one.  The site is offering the massive, super-duper special edition Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection for $249.99, which is 50% off its normal price.  If you ever considered picking up this bad boy, today’s the day to do it.  It contains all 8 movies on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet plus all previously released materials, more than 10 hours of new-to-disc bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material.  There are also other fun goodies such as a fabric map of Hogwart’s, a blueprint of the school’s interior, a set of concept art prints, a set of sketch prints, a replica of Voldemort’s Horcrux locket, and two books containing images of key props and labels from the production.  You’re going to get your money’s worth.  Remember, Gold Box Deals are only good until midnight, or until supplies run out.

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Alice Finch’s Massive and Detailed Lego Hogwarts Sculpture is Absolutely Magical

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Lego released an official Harry Potter Hogwarts playset.  It’s okay.  I’m sure it would take a while to build, and it would be nice to have.  It doesn’t hold a candle to what Flickr user Alice Finch did.  I am in absolute awe of what she’s built.  On her Flickr page, she says “It took 400,000 bricks and took 12 months to build.”  I can only imagine how much it cost since so many of the bricks had to be special ordered.  Furthermore, the amount of trial and error must have been staggering.  And the attention to detail is astounding.  Scenes from the books/movies have been recreated throughout sculpture.  Oh, and the castle also lights up.

Hit the jump to check out this amazing Lego building.

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