new Harry Potter Story

Seven years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final installment of the series, the boy wizard is back for more adventure. Only he’s not a boy anymore.

In a new Harry Potter story posted this morning on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling sends Harry, now 34, to the Patagonian Desert for the Quidditch World Cup. Naturally, Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna are there with him — as is The Daily Prophet‘s Rita Skeeter, who still has plenty to say about the gang. More details after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With all the hype surrounding the new Harry Potter theme park expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, it would have been odd not to include an easter egg or two. Turns out, one of those park teases is from the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. USA Today posted images from the theme park (you can see our extensive coverage here) and in one of them, a few of the creatures who are likely to appear in the film are on display. Check out the image below, and read about where the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie – written by J.K. Rowling herself – will shoot. Read More »

Odysseus movie

While such as The Coen Brothers have flirted with the influence of ancient epic poems, in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis, but it’s been a few years since US producers did a full-scale film based on one of Homer’s works. (Troy, from 2004, adapted The Iliad.) Enter Fedor Bondarchuk, whose WWII action film Stalingrad was the highest-grossing Russian film of 2013, and the first IMAX 3D film to be shot in Russia. He has now made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt The Odyssey for Warner Bros.

Bondarchuk’s film Odysseus will be a “large-scale” film that tackles the story of its namesake hero, who spends a decade attempting to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. As Odysseus navigates fantastic peril, his wife and son, believing him dead, deal with their own problems at home.  Read More »

New Info on Developing ‘Nightbreed’ TV Series

 Nightbreed TV series

Morgan Creek backed the 1990 film Nightbreed, written and directed by Clive Barker based on his own novella Cabal. The company didn’t entirely support the film at that point, but is starting to see the value in the story of an underground city populated by freaks and outcasts. Now, just as the extended Nightbreed director’s cut is about to hit Blu-ray for the first time, Morgan Creek is taking additional steps to develop a Nightbreed TV series.

News of a possible series isn’t new; Barker has mentioned it a few times in the past. But now we know a lot more, as the guy who has written the first few episodes of the new show is dishing out details. Read More »

Slug & Jiggers Apothecary

This is the fourth and final in our series of posts giving you a tour of Universal Orlando’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Part 3 took a look at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

Today we circle back to the entrance to Diagon Alley and visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Scribbulus, Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, The Performance Stage, Gringotts Bank Notes, The Hopping Pot, Wands by Gregorovitch, Quality Quidditch, Bowman E Wright Blacksmith, Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio, Quality Quidditch Supplies and other storefronts.

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Frozen Concept Art

Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen was in development for many years. In fact, even Walt Disney had trouble bringing the character to life. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen has gone through many versions over the decades. Disney was developing a hand-drawn version of The Snow Queen before The Princess and The Frog failed to ignite the box office, and thus killed hand drawn animated feature film projects at the mouse house, at least for a good while.

The latest computer-animated take, Frozen, was the one to finally make it to the big screen, and has since become one of Disney’s biggest financial and critical successes. And as much as I liked the film, the classic fairytale elements left me wondering how it would have looked as a hand-drawn animated film. We will never get that version, and sadly its unlikely that a 2D hand-drawn version would have done as well as the computer animated feature has. But I still wonder.

Today we can see some of the hand-drawn Frozen concept art, which gives a glimpse at what a classically animated version might have looked like.

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Enchanted

It has been seven years since Disney released the 2007 live-action film Enchanted. Even before it was released, execs were calling it the first film of a potential franchise. It took a while but in FebruaryDisney  hired Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, Because I Said So) to pen a screenplay, with Anne Fletcher attached to direct. It doesn’t look like Disney is willing to give up just yet. Dateline has learned that Disney has hired Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to pen the sequel and Fletcher is still on board to direct.

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Bryan Fuller American Gods

A TV series is once again in development based on the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods. The story, which tells of a conflict between two factions of gods, old and new, and the man named Shadow who is caught in the middle, was previously in development at HBO. But that effort faltered. Now, Freemantle Medi is developing a new show, which will air on Starz. Even better, the pilot is being scripted by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes). Green will serve as showrunner, and exec produce the series with Fuller and Gaiman. There’s a lot of good news in there; we’e got more info on this Bryan Fuller American Gods project below. Read More »

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