Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Butterbeer is available at every corner pub within the wizarding world, but it’s been considerably more difficult to find in the Muggle realm. For the past few years our only real option has been try and replicate it at home, or to pick up an officially licensed tankard at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando.
However, one non-magical establishment has finally figured out a way to make butterbeer as accessible to Muggles as it is to any pureblood. Starbucks has quietly begun offering the drink on its “secret menu,” though you have to know exactly what to say in order to get it. Hit the jump to get the details.
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A few weeks back, Mondo tweeted something very, very exciting for poster enthusiasts around the world. The tweet simply said:
Well, today we can exclusively announce all the details about the event…except the title of the movie, of course. Mondo Mystery Movie XI will take place December 14 at the Crest Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets go on sale Monday November 11 at a random time and range from $85 to a whopping $500!
Below, read a quote from Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael offering a hint at what the film could be and find out why you’d possibly want to spend $500 on a poster. Read More »
Briefly: This probably won’t be exactly the theme park you’re looking for — we presume there will be no killing — but everyone wants to be a victor, and theme park companies know it. Lionsgate announced today that it is considering a new theme park attraction based on The Hunger Games. In the same conference call that brought us the news of Ender’s Game possibly migrating to television, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said that the company has had offers in “two territories about potential theme park opportunities” based on The Hunger Games. We don’t know what territories, or what parks.
Still, for certain types of film series, the theme park attraction can be a great money machine that goes beyond what disc media sales and other licensing can create. And so Feltheimer says “We’re excited about those opportunities and we’re pursuing them.”
Maybe someone will design a great attraction that puts attendees not in the Games, but in the crowd during the Reaping, or just throws visitors into the poorest District areas, and has them try to feed a family. That would be a neat twist. Because otherwise a shiny theme park attraction seems like a really weird and even inappropriate way to keep The Hunger Games going. [The Wrap]
Briefly: Three numbers made Thursday a big day in the world of Star Wars: 12/18/15. That’s the day J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII will finally hit theaters in what’s sure to be one of the most hyped openings of all-time. In a new interview, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about choosing that date and also confirmed there are lots of Star Wars-centric plans not only for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but international theme parks too. Watch a video of him discussing it all, below. Read More »
Many times, the international version of a movie poster is much better than the domestic one. International marketing teams seem more willing to take visual risks, and therefore, we’re given more interesting and evocative artwork.
So what if your favorite limited, pop culture art was given a foreign spin? That’s the general idea behind Native Tongue, a three person show that opens November 9 at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. Jay Shaw, Jason Liwag and Rico Cabina have each made new posters that look like they’re from overseas for some of their favorite films. Shaw did Polish-inspired works, Cabina simulated Mexican designs, and Liwag did Japanese. The result is a simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar collection of movie posters for films like Dick Tracy, Eyes Wide Shut, Big Trouble In Little China, and The Rocketeer. Check out a small sampling below. Read More »
Here’s a fantastic, feel-good story to star your week off right. Next week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco, CA is going above and beyond to grant the wish of a young boy named Miles. Miles is 5 years old and has leukemia. As a fan of superheroes, Miles’ one wish is to actually be Batman. So, the Make-A-Wish foundation, with the help of innumerable others, will turn San Francisco into Gotham City on November 15. They’ll orchestrate a full day of crime fighting all over the city for “Batkid.”
Below, read the full schedule of what’s planned for Miles. Read More »
This edition of Theme Park Bits has full of franchises: Harry Potter, The Avengers, Wizard of Oz and more. Below, read about the following:
- Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts Express has been delivered to Universal Studios Orlando.
- Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland on Friday
- Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now open on the Disney Magic Cruise.
- Check out images from a Wizard of Oz theme park that almost got built in the Nineties.
- Watch a short film based on the Haunted Mansion
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Sheriff Brody might think Quint’s gonna need a bigger boat, but you’re gonna need a bigger house. “Why,” do you ask? How else could you possibly accommodate all of the incredible art in this week’s Jaws themed art show, “Smile You Son Of A Bitch?” It takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.
Below we’ve got more info on the event including your first look at over a dozen of the almost 100 different works based on Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 blockbuster, from artists like Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Joshua Budich, Cuyler Smith and many more. Read More »