December 6, 2011 |
With frosty mugs of Butterbeer raised in a toast, Universal Studios Hollywood officials announced plans Tuesday to bring the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the California theme park. Details were limited but officials did say the California park would see a Hogwarts Castle and visitors would ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the marquee attraction at the Florida park. Wizarding World will be built within the existing California theme park, but it was unclear if the new land might be located at least partially on the studio's back lot. > Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions Wizarding World proved an instant hit when it opened in June 2010 at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
June 18, 2009 |
Steve Kloves, who, with the exception of "The Order of the Phoenix," has adapted all the "Harry Potter" books for film, talks about the upcoming "Half-Blood Prince," the confrontation between Alan Rickman's Snape and Michael Gambon's Dumbledore and reveals that he created an entirely new scene: The showdown "is informed by everything [readers] have come to know is true," Kloves says.
July 22, 2011 |
"Captain America: The First Avenger," the last of four superhero movies to hit theaters this summer, is hoping its shield will be powerful enough to fend off the all-mighty force that is "Harry Potter. " After "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" grossed more in its worldwide opening last weekend than any film in history, including about $215 million in domestic ticket sales, it's clear that the level of interest in the film is tremendous. But because so many fans rushed out to see the movie immediately, it's unclear just how big the drop-off in receipts will be during its second weekend in release, particularly with the new 3-D entry "Captain America" opening against it. "Captain America," starring Chris Evans as a scrawny guy who is later transformed into a superhero through a secret government program, is expected to collect a similar sum at the box office as "Harry Potter" — about $60 million, putting the two films in a tight race for the weekend's No. 1 spot.
October 4, 2013 |
“Horns,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Alexandre Aja, has been picked up for distribution by Dimension and Radius-TWC, with plans for a 2014 theatrical release. The supernatural thriller premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Radcliffe also appeared in the romantic comedy “The F Word” and as the young poet Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings.” The 24-year-old actor seems to be in the midst of fully launching himself into the next phase of his career after his run in the “Harry Potter” franchise.
January 11, 2009 |
The real honor roll at Hogwarts Academy in the "Harry Potter" films has nothing to do with child wizards and their magical aptitude: It's the list of esteemed British thespians who have been brought in to cast their spells as the colorful supporting players. Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt and the late Richard Harris are just some of the elite performers who have trod the stone floors of the sorcery academy.
April 24, 2013 |
A celebrated musical venue will close at Universal City to make way for a new magical venue. The Gibson Amphitheatre, a 6,100-seat hall that has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, will close in September, clearing the way for construction of a Harry Potter-themed attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. Live Nation, the venue's operator, announced the closure Wednesday, citing the end of an agreement under which the site has been leased from Universal.
September 17, 2013 |
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling's new film series -- based on a fictional textbook that the author wrote to accompany her "Harry Potter" novels -- is expected to do big business for the Burbank movie studio. The Sept. 12 announcement that Warner Bros. would turn "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" into a franchise was also huge news for Stan Goldin, the owner of Whimsic Alley, a Miracle Mile specialty shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise, books and costumes. Goldin expects to see a surge in business around the release of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie.
December 27, 2009
The big questions: What we'll still be talking about in 2010. "American Idol." Will we miss Paula Abdul's parade of verbal nonsense -- "I want to squish you! Squish your head off and dangle you from my rearview mirror," she told runner-up David Archuleta in 2008 -- after Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut? (Jan. 12) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Must we begin saying goodbye to Hogwarts? Can no one imperio J.K. Rowling into writing more?
June 30, 2004 |
No word yet on when the next Harry Potter book comes out, but at least there's a title: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." Author J.K. Rowling revealed the title on her website. Judy Corman, a spokeswoman for her U.S. publisher, Scholastic Corp., confirmed the title Tuesday. Rowling said that she decided to reveal the title after a hoax title was circulated via the Internet.
July 18, 2011 |
The eighth "Harry Potter" film flew into theaters this weekend and cast a spell over fans worldwide, as the final movie about the boy wizard had the highest-grossing opening of all time at the domestic and international box office. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" conjured an unprecedented $168.6 million in the U.S. and Canada in just three days, whizzing past the $158.4-million record set by 2008's "The Dark Knight," according to an estimate by distributor Warner Bros.