harry potter hogwarts mystery trailer

Soon, you will have to make the choice between what is right and what is easy.

Just kidding, your time at Hogwarts won’t be quite so dire as that. The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery role-playing video game allows you to become a student at the wizarding school, but without the life-or-death stakes of Harry Potter. Just a normal school year battling killer trees, solving mysteries, and fighting reanimated suits of armor. Casual.

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Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

From time to time we like to cover tabletop games on this site, especially when they are pop culture related. Part of the reason is that I’m a huge tabletop gamer, and so is /Film managing editor Jacob Hall (who is out on vacation this week, probably playing board games). On Tuesday, Monolith Board Games launched a Kickstarter for their newest miniature game based on the Batman comic book universe. Batman: Gotham City Chronicles is an epic game for 2 to 4 players that lets you fight for Gotham City as the heroes or work alone as the villain.

It’s based on a game system introduced by Monolith on the Conan board game, which by all accounts was excellent (right now its rated as the 240 best game of all time, and 60th best thematic game, on Board Game Geek, which is like the tabletop equivalent of IMDb). I own Conan and love everything about it aside from having no connection to the fantasy series its based on. But as a massive fan of Batman, this game is an instabuy.

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luke snoke connection

Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) cut an ominous figure in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Scarred and disfigured, this character had managed to rise to power and amass a tyrannical army in the span of 30 years. That’s astonishing, even in a story as fantastical and far, far away as Star Wars. In the two years between Episode 7 and Episode 8, Snoke spawned countless theories and Reddit threads about who, exactly, he was.

So when fans sat down for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, they expected to see more of this tantalizing villain and his backstory. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen. But the official novelization of Last Jedi may explain a little more about who Snoke is. And it may connect to our first Star Wars hero, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

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happy meal disney toys

McDonald’s Happy Meals are about to make kids a little happier.

For the first time in 10 years, the fast food corporation is partnering with Disney once again to bring Disney-themed toys and packaging to the kid’s menu.

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New Blu-ray Releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Time for another Blu-ray round-up for all you physical media fiends out there. There’s so much good stuff here, folks. Thor: Ragnarok comes home, loaded with hilarious features; the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express also arrives, bringing with it one hell of a mustache; then you have Coco, the latest from Pixar; Gary Oldman‘s Oscar reel, aka Darkest Hour; the absolutely wonderful The Florida Project; the Stephen King werewolf flick Silver Bullet; and the home invasion horror movie The Strangers.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Solo movie timeline

You probably could’ve guessed where Solo: A Star Wars Story exists on the ever-expanding Star Wars timeline. Thanks to a nifty timeline created by Del Rey books, however, you can now know exactly when the latest Star Wars spin-off film is set. Get the details on the Solo timeline below!

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Gallery 1988 Super Secret Fun Club Artwork

Gallery 1988 always has outstanding pop culture artwork up their sleeve, and their latest exhibition has some of the most unique pieces we’ve seen in a long time.

Super Secret Fun Club is the latest artist to bring a new show to Gallery 1988, and with it comes a special focus on “Wax Packs and Card Backs.” What that means is that artists delivered some unique action figure style creations, an extensive series of film and television characters given the Garbage Pail Kids treatment, and some awesome enamel pins too.

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Mondo Batman The Animated Series Action Figure

It’s been over 25 years since Batman: The Animated Series debuted, and it’s still one of the most beloved iterations of The Dark Knight. There have been some fantastic collectibles over the years commemorating the animated series starring Kevin Conroy as Batman, especially with the action figure line from DC Collectibles that keeps churning out fantastic toy versions of the various characters from the series. But we’ve never seen one like this.

Mondo has announced the release of a new sixth scale Batman The Animated Series action figure with a flawless sculpt and a paint job that perfectly captures the stylized animation of the series. You won’t believe how amazing this figure looks. Check it out below. Read More »

Camp Crystal Lake Overnight

Warmer weather is almost upon us, and if you’re looking for a nice getaway spot, here’s a recommendation: Camp Crystal Lake. Yes, you can now spend the night at the camp location used to film the original Friday the 13th…if you dare.

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McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Returning

McDonald’s really pissed off Rick and Morty fans last fall. The fast food chain released limited quantities of their beloved and desired Szechuan dipping sauce that debuted as part of a cross-promotion with Mulan in 1998 after the third season of Rick and Morty made such a big deal out of it. But the quantities were so limited that what was supposed to be a fun promotion turned into a pop culture riot.

After the Szechuan wars resulted in plenty of complaints being thrown at McDonald’s, the fast food chain vowed to make it right by making infinitely more Szechuan sauce available so that everyone could get their hands on it. They vowed to bring back the sauce sometime this winter, and now we know exactly when we can get it. Read More »