100% Soft - Mad Max: Fury Road

The artwork of 100% Soft is unmistakable. The artist just has a way of creating the most adorable versions of characters from film and television, always giving proper respect to even the largest roster of characters. And his latest exhibition opening this weekend is no different.

Gallery 1988 is proud to present Mass Hysteria 2, the latest show featuring artwork by 100% Soft, aka Truck Torrence, and ahead of the opening of the show on Friday in Los Angeles, some of his pieces featuring the characters of Harry Potter, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Walking Dead and Mars Attacks! have been revealed online.

Check out the new pieces from the 100% Soft Gallery 1988 show after the jump. Read More »

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harry potter video game ride

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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pirates of the caribbean 5 release date

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean is reportedly replacing Peter Pan in Fantasmic at Disneyland.
  • Season of the Force is heading to Disneyland Paris.
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter returns to Universal Orlando for year four.
  • Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium soft-opens amidst a lawsuit.
  • Notes on Animal Kingdom‘s ever-changing hours.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland rebounds, but it really wants that Iron Man attraction.
  • A first look at the new gingerbread house in this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • The crazy true story of two guys who documented Epcot’s Horizons.
  • Walt Disney World’s Magic Bands may be getting an upgrade.
  • Yep, this year’s Disney parks Halloween merchandise is here.

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Harry Potter eBooks

Harry Potter’s story came to an end nine years ago with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or so we thought at this time. In truth, the wizarding world has continued to thrive since the “last” Harry Potter book. This fall’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them picks back up with the Potterverse in a different time and place on the big screen, while this summer’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brought back Harry himself, now all grown up. And we’re still not done.

Pottermore announced today that a trio of “bite-sized eBooks” will arrive this fall under the banner Pottermore Presents. The books will dig deeper into Hogwarts, dishing out new stories about professors like Horace Slughorn and Minerva McGonagall and new details about Hogwarts itself.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Magical Creatures

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 »

death eaters

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan is getting visited by Death Eaters.
  • Universal Studios announces a trio of original Halloween Horror Nights mazes.
  • Disney patents a projector drone for potential nighttime shoes.
  • Big Thunder Mountain closes for refurbishment.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade is ending very soon.
  • A quick look at the new way to enter Disneyland.

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This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

We live in an age where pop culture never dies.

No one mourns the loss of a beloved show – they wait for Netflix or Amazon to rescue it. Beloved movies from decades past are granted sequels that double as soft reboots. If something does come to a definitive end, you can always count on the comic book series to fill in the narrative gaps, or the fan conventions that keep the spirit alive. Nearly 50 years ago, a letter-writing campaign saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. Today, it’s hard to imagine anything with a passionate following completely slipping through the cracks. It will find a way to live on, to endure. We don’t need to fight for what we love anymore, because everything finds a way of staging a return.

And the past year has seen the return of two of the most popular titles in recent pop culture history. Last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record-breaking box office. More recently, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on the London stage, continuing the former boy wizard’s adventures in a new medium while fans snatched up millions of copies of the play itself. And while one of these is a space opera and the other a fantasy tale of magic, these projects have a great deal in common. They’re bound not by creators or parent companies or even the same audience, necessarily. They’re bound by similar intentions and goals and executions.

Most importantly, they both take the concept of a happy ending behind the shed and shoot it dead.

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Fantastic Beasts

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 FarrellRead More »

Fantastic Beasts

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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