Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.
So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.
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This fall brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters, expanding the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, complete with a screenplay written by the novel’s author herself. The most recent trailer finally laid out the basic premise of the story for us with some magical creatures escaping from Newt Scamander’s suitcase, leaving the wizard with the task of tracking them down before they wreak havoc on the non-magical world and reveal the wizarding community.
If you’re wondering what some of these magical creatures are in the aforementioned most recent trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the names and a few details on them. One of them is even the symbol of one of the Ilvermorny wizarding school, the American equivalent of Hogwarts. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts magical creatures after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Zoë Kravitz is getting her Hogwarts letter, or whatever the 1920s American equivalent is. The actress was reportedly a last-minute addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. She’ll appear alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen a bit of Ezra Miller as the Flash in Warner Bros.’ growing DC universe, but today we’ve got a look at his role in the studio’s other flagship franchise. Miller stars in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Credence Barebone, a shy young man who comes under the sway of a powerful auror played by Colin Farrell. Read More »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ride is rumored to be replacing Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster has finally reopened following a lengthy refurbishment.
- Take a video tour of the the Incredible Hulk Coaster‘s new queue.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is bring The Purge: Election Year to Halloween Horror Nights.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
We won’t see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for another few months, but Warner Bros. is already planning its next trip to the wizarding world. The studio has just set a 2018 release date for the next film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series, which will once again be directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
For a few minutes on Saturday, Comic-Con’s Hall H was taken over by magic. In a sweet Comic-Con surprise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne handed out wands to the entire audience, and then led all 7,000 people in shouting “lumos maxima” to bring more light into the room.
But that wasn’t the most exciting thing to come out of the panel. That would be the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, which you can see below.
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UPDATE: Warner Bros. has also released the first poster for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which we have added to the post below.
UPDATE 2: We have now added the new poster for Kong: Skull Island the poster line-up.
The Warner Bros. Comic-Con 2016 panel isn’t set to begin until tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped them from getting things started a little early. The studio has revealed new posters for two of the more promising films on their schedule: The LEGO Batman Movie, which spins Will Arnett’s hilarious take on the Dark Knight from The LEGO Movie into his own solo adventure, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which examines J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world across the Atlantic and nearly a century in the past.
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This past weekend the 2016 Comic Con schedule was revealed, but the line-up for Saturday’s Hall H presentations left out a lot of details. In particular, the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation scheduled for 11:30am to 1:30pm was listed in the official program as “a sneak peek at upcoming releases.” But now Warner Bros has revealed the full line-up of movies they are brining to San Diego. Hit the jump to find out which movies are included on the Warner Bros 2016 Comic Con line-up.
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