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 Friday, 18th

   Thompson in "The Love Punch"0 Comments

HeyUGuys has conducted a new interview with Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie.

The interview comes for the release of The Love Punch which is released tomorrow throughout the United Kingdom.


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   Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan to open in July0 Comments

Today Universal Studios Japan revealed that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of their theme park will open on July 15, 2014.

The announcement was made by unveiling the Hogwarts castle.

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Universal Studios Japan welcomed special guests from Japan and around the globe: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Ms. Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan; Academy Award-winning art director and production designer for the Harry Potter films, Stuart Craig; actress Evanna Lynch, who played “Luna Lovegood” in the Harry Potter film series; world-renowned architect Tadao Ando; and Universal Studios Japan ambassadors, and beloved musical act, SMAP, gathered for the celebration.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe stated:

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“We cannot wait for the July 15 opening. ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ will be a wonderful addition to Universal Studios Japan and will contribute to energizing Osaka and the local economy,” said Prime Minister Abe.

“It’s wonderful to be here tonight to celebrate another dimension of the United States-Japan alliance,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “Harry Potter inspired a generation of children to love reading…and when they are not reading, I hope they come to ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.’”

A special website, where you can begin to explore "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan" online has now launched. Please visit www.usj.co.jp/harrypotter.


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 Wednesday, 16th

   Rowling comments on LA Book Prize0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, Robert Galbraith has gone onto Twitter to give 'his' opinion on The Cuckoo's Calling winning the LA Book Prize.


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   Attend a Q&A with Imelda Staunton0 Comments

WhatsOnStage is offering people the chance to view Imelda Staunton in Good People as well as attend a Q&A session.

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Following a critically acclaimed run at the Hampstead Theatre GOOD PEOPLE, starring WhatsOnStage and Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen comes to the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited run. Come on our hosted WhatsOnStage Outing on 1 May 2014 and get your top-price ticket and access to our EXCLUSIVE post-show Q&A with members of the cast* - all for £35.00 (normally £52.50 for ticket alone).

To enter, simply book by clicking here.


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 Tuesday, 15th

   Rowling to report on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup!0 Comments

The Daily Prophet has opened up on Diagon Alley at Pottermore!

It has been announced that J K Rowling will be reporting on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup under the guise of "Ginny Potter, the Daily Prophet's Quidditch correspondent in the Patagonian Desert."

The first article to be released in based on The Opening Ceremony.

The second article to be released is Norway Versus Ivory Coast.


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 Monday, 14th

   Staunton to star in "Good People"0 Comments

The London Theatre Guide is reporting that Imelda Staunton will be starring in the West End version of Good People.

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Good People is set in South Boston and follows Margie (Imelda Staunton), a sharp-tongued single-mother on the edge. When she discovers that an old boyfriend has returned to town and has made good for himself, she decides to confront him and the pair begin to look to the past and re-examine the choices they have made.

The theatre play will make its debut at the Noel Coward Theatre from 10 Apr to 14 Jun 2014.


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 Sunday, 13th

   Postman Pat artwork released0 Comments

The Radio Times has gained access to some new art work for the upcoming Postman Pat movie.

The movie will be released on May 23rd and stars Potter actors David Tennant and Rupert Grint.

View the artwork below.

Moreover, a trailer can be seen below.


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   Trailer: From The Rough0 Comments

A trailer from Tom Felton's upcoming movie, From the Rough has been released.

Felton portrays the character of Edward.

The movie will be released on April 25.


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   Fry and Radcliffe reveal poems that make them cry0 Comments

The Daily Mail is reporting that one hundred famous male celebrities have revealed poems that bring them to tears.

The selection of poems will create the anthology entitled Poems That Make Grown Men Cry.

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For Harry Potter star Mr Radcliffe, modern poet Tony Harrison can reliably bring a lump to his throat with a touching portrait of a widower clinging to the memory of his dead wife.

His contribution to the collection is a pair of poems, Long Distance I and Long Distance II, published in 1978. The verses, written from the perspective of the grieving man’s son, tells how the older man keeps hoping that his wife will return at any moment, and keeps the house ready for when she does.


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   Grint announced as Starlight Ambassador0 Comments

Starlight has announced that Rupert Grint has been named an ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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“It was a great pleasure to help Starlight grant Callum’s wish before Christmas, and I really look forward to doing more to support this wonderful charity. I have seen firsthand just how much of an impact a Starlight Wish can have on a seriously ill child – it really makes a huge difference to them and their family – so I am delighted to become a Starlight Ambassador.”


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 Saturday, 12th

   The Cuckoo's Calling wins LA Times Book prize!0 Comments

The LA Times has announced the winners to its Book Prize Awards.

Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling won the "mystery/thriller prize."

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Not all the winners were present to accept their awards -- the mystery/thriller prize went to “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith, a once-secret pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. The mega-bestselling author of the Harry Potter series is notoriously private and did not attend.

The complete list of winners is below:

Biography: “Bolivar: American Liberator” by Marie Arana

Current Interest: “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink

Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo

Graphic Novel/Comics: “Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life” by Ulli Lust

History: “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Christopher Clark

Mystery/Thriller: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

Poetry: “Collected Poems” by Ron Padgett

Science and Technology: “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?” by Alan Weisman

Young Adult Literature: “Boxers & Saints” by Gene Luen Yang

Well done Rowling!


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 Friday, 11th

   Walters to receive a BAFTA fellowship0 Comments

BBC News is reporting that Julie Walters is to be given the Bafta Fellowship.

This highest honour of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will be given to Walters, due to her contribution to both television and film.

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"I'm completely honoured and thrilled," the actress said.

"I got a letter just saying 'you've been chosen, would you accept it?'" she told Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast show.

"That was it. It was just like an email, and I emailed them back and said, 'yeah, great!'"


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   Rowling pays tribute to Townsend0 Comments

The Independent is reporting that J K Rowling has tweeted in response to the death of Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend.


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   2014 BAFTA nominations0 Comments

The 2014 BAFTA Nominations have been announced.

A variety of Potter alumni have been nominated for various projects.

Helena Bonham Carter has been nominated for Best Actress in 2014.

David Bradley for Supporting Actor in 2014.

David Tennant was also nominated for Best Drama Series and the Radio Times Audience Award.

Finally, Frances de la Tour has been nominated in the category of Female Performance in a Comedy .

The BAFTA Television Awards will air on May 18, 2014.


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 Wednesday, 9th

   Pottermore ends ties with Sony0 Comments

The Pottermore Insider has reported that Pottermore is set to end their "successful partnership" with Sony.

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LONDON, ENGLAND, April 9, 2014 — Pottermore, the digital initiative from author J.K. Rowling devoted to the world of Harry Potter, today reported the conclusion of its successful relationship with its primary commercial partner Sony.

Pottermore.com launched in 2012 and has garnered millions of registered users. Sony was involved in the site’s development, and provided both commercial and creative support.

“After working together successfully, our relationship with Sony has ended,” said Susan L. Jurevics, CEO, Pottermore. “The partnership helped create a popular and robust digital experience for Harry Potter fans around the world. Pottermore is extremely well – positioned to build upon its success and enter its next phase in its development both creatively and commercially.”


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   Trailer: The Tale of Three Brothers0 Comments

A trailer for The New England School of Communication's upcoming Beedle the Bard's-related movie has been released.

The Tale of Three Brothers trailer is described as:

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Official trailer for the Tale of the Three Brothers, a short film by the New England School of Communications. Produced by permission from Warner Bros, the film is based on the short story written by J.K. Rowling as part of the collection Tales of Beedle the Bard.

For more on the film (including behind the scenes footage) check out www.nescom.edu/threebrothers.


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 Tuesday, 8th

   Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hollywood opening announced!0 Comments

The release year for Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood has been announced.

In a press release and Twitter announcement today the year of 2016 was stated.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Epic Theme Park Transformation, Dramatically Altering Footprint to Reimagine Destination with Innovative Thrill Rides and Immersive Lands

Project Represents Biggest Five-Year Line-Up of New Attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood History, Solidifying Theme Park’s Long-Term Commitment to Tourism and Economic Vitality in Los Angeles

Reaffirming its position as the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles with one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood, is making an unprecedented five-year investment in revolutionary new thrill rides and expansive themed environments that will radically alter the familiar footprint and landscape of The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

This monumental transformation, the most significant undertaking in the theme park’s storied 50 year history, will have substantial impacts across all facets of L.A.’s economic spectrum from job creation to tourism. Representing the single largest investment ever made, this sweeping makeover began in 2012 with the introduction of the award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride—3D” and will culminate in 2016 with the much-anticipated Los Angeles debut of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.”

“This is a pivotal time in the history of Universal Studios Hollywood as we build upon our extraordinary success and expand our vision for the future of our world-class destination,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “This broad investment in our five-year transformation will further strengthen Universal Studios Hollywood as an economic leader, significantly contributing to long-term employment opportunities and tourism throughout L.A.”

“This amazing investment by Universal Studios Hollywood represents a dramatic boost for Los Angeles tourism, creating new world class entertainment that will add new jobs, stimulate hospitality revenues and contribute to the economic prosperity of our city,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

From its humble beginnings 50 years ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has remained true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic, providing remarkable access to movie sets on a real working studio lot. Its once celebrated “Glamour Trams” have evolved to become the now world-famous Studio Tour and a hallmark attraction, bringing millions of guests onto areas of an authentic movie and television studio typically restricted to authorized movie production personnel and into that elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.

The evolution of breakthrough, next-generation thrill rides has continued to revolutionize the theme park renowned for its innovative collaborations with top Hollywood filmmakers and the greatest creative minds in entertainment – Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri – whose credibility contribute immensely to a ride’s authenticity.

Working in collaboration with Universal Creative, the visionary design and development division of Universal Parks & Resorts, Universal Studios Hollywood has crafted an ambitious blueprint for the future of the theme park detailing its expansive redesign and mega-attraction introductions.

“Transformers: The Ride—3D” set the stage for this epic transformation in 2012 and raised the bar for immersive, technologically advanced entertainment offered at Universal Studios Hollywood or elsewhere. Working in partnership with award-winning filmmaker Michael Bay and the technical luminaries at Industrial Light & Magic, the ride infused an adrenalized multi-level ride-track and visceral special effects with one of the most elaborate flight simulation ride systems ever created. Housed within a newly built 60,000 square foot structure, the ride utilized the highest, most sophisticated resolution of 3D-HD technology available to virtually launch guests into the dynamic, action-packed robotic world of the Transformers.

In summer 2013, the interior focal point of the theme park profoundly changed with the installation of Universal Plaza, a visually aesthetic 37,000 square foot art deco styled piazza. This impressive and versatile polygon-shaped entertainment venue sits at the heart of the theme park as a welcoming open air courtyard, architecturally reminiscent of classic Hollywood glamour. Featuring a soaring 70 foot tall tower emblazoned with the word Universal, the venue is large in scope, yet provides a warm and inviting environment to host an array of special events and entertainment.

On April 12, 2014, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” will open at Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award-nominated film franchise, and created in collaboration with Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” will resonate with the same endearing qualities and characters that catapulted the franchise to international blockbuster fame.

The footprint for “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land,” however, will serve as a crucial turning point for the theme park, as the adventure represents its first foray into fully expansive themed environments aimed at immersing visitors from the moment they enter the space. From experiencing Gru’s neighborhood to Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls and the imaginative seaside carnival, this all-encompassing approach is a decisive departure from the park’s more commonly used vignette ride exteriors to create holistic experiences and transport guests to that imaginary place.

2015 will be a momentous year for the theme park with two spectacular attractions debuting as part of the 50th anniversary. “Springfield” an immersive land surrounding “The Simpsons Ride” will open in Spring 2015 and in Summer 2015, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” based on the blockbuster film series, will be introduced as the grand finale to the celebrated Studio Tour.

The former layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.” “Springfield” will capture the spirit of the town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ 25 seasons.

“Springfield” is being designed to make guests feel as if they are being propelled through their television sets into the accurately depicted city, complete with signature eateries from Krusty Burger to Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor to iconic watering holes like Moe’s Tavern and Duff’s Brewery.

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will be a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled finale to the world-famous Studio Tour. This technologically advanced thrill ride, will catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars where they’ll join the cast in a harrowing escapade. The ride will be situated within a newly constructed 50,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot and will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series in a groundbreaking mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The dynamic hydraulic-motion based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story, incorporating hyper-realistic special effects and state-of-the-art 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests in the Fast & Furious universe.

2016 will be a magical year for Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park’s epic transformation becomes fully realized with the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a fully immersive land designed for the entire family that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and authenticity. Similar to the dynamic Universal Orlando Resort themed land that opened in 2010, the Hollywood experience will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle that will serve as the iconic focal point of the impressively themed environment. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts.

This evolution of Universal Studios Hollywood will also include the addition of two newly constructed parking structures that, combined, will accommodate thousands of additional vehicles. Construction on the second parking structure will be completed in late 2015.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” and the much anticipated 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land.”


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 Monday, 7th

   Rowling to take over BBC Radio 40 Comments

BBC Radio 4 is reporting that J K Rowling will take over the radio station on April 28 for the show's segment entitled Woman's Hour.

Rowling will talk about orphanages and institutional care during her segment.

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On Monday, JK Rowling will shine a light on the issue of orphanages, and ask why so many children continue to be cared for in institutions worldwide. Her programme will also look at the use of pseudonyms in literature, the power and myth of the shoe in popular culture, and why Scotland has the highest number of multiple sclerosis sufferers in the world.


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   "Wand Week" at Warner Bros. Studio London0 Comments

By popular demand, Wand Week will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this May, and visitors will be invited to delve into the world of wandmaking and wizarding duels.

From Friday, May 23 to Monday, June 2, visitors will discover first-hand how dueling scenes were developed and the incredible amount of planning that went into each wand movement. They’ll get the chance to duel with a Death Eater after learning wand battle choreography with an interactive experience created by expert Paul Harris. Paul composed the battle scene between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer.

Those exploring Diagon Alley will be able to see a special effects demonstration created by BAFTA-winning special effects supervisor John Richardson. By pointing a wand, visitors will be able to cast a spell that will make the sign above Potage’s Cauldron Shop bang and flash as if by magic.

Original moulds, concept art, and wand designs will be displayed in the attraction, and members of head prop maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will showcase some of the techniques they used to handcarve wands for the Harry Potter film series.
The iconic dueling table, as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will also be on display in the iconic Great Hall set.

Spellbinding secrets:

In the first and second films, the wands looked quite plain. This was drastically changed in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the wands were given distinctive shapes and carvings, reflecting the owners’ personalities. For example, the wand of Professor Slughorn is inlaid with silver slug trails and has a slug-shaped handle.
Prop makers designed a series of wand holsters for the Death Eaters that would attach around their waists for easy access. The Death Eater wands were also more showy and aesthetic than the other characters’ – to match their extravagant masks which were made of filigreed silver.
More than 3,000 wands were produced for the Harry Potter film series, including the elaborate wand that was created for Professor Dumbledore before the props yeam discovered its importance as the Elder Wand.

Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

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