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How to celebrate Harry Potter this weekend

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child has opened in London’s West End and is sold out through December 2017. Yes, 2017. The 5-hour play, set 19 years after the last movie, is running in a very small theatre only 1,900 seats, thereby exacerbating the problem, well, it’s a problem if you want tickets, not so much for the producers. The reviews are in and they’re very good.

Good news: Another 250,000 tickets go on sale next month. A quarter-million. So you have time to start saving, as you’re looking at 2018 and beyond.

However, you don’t have to go to see the play in person to enjoy it. The script, which is being treated as Book 8, is being released at midnight tonight, fittingly Harry’s birthday, July 31.

Writes io9: Barnes & Noble said the eighth book in the story of Harry Potter is already the book retailer’s most pre-ordered book since, well, the seventh book, which originally sold over 8-million copies in 24 hours in the US. It’s also on the top bestseller list on Amazon. The upcoming release is being celebrated at more than five-thousand bookstores and libraries Saturday night, with midnight release parties featuring costume contests, wizard rock bands, magic shows, and lots of butterbeer.

On the movie front, Freeform is showing all eight Potter movies over the weekend.

30 Jul 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews are in and they’re magical

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America’s favorite Federalist is about to be theatrically big-footed as Harry Potter has taken the stage in London. The blazingly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, in previews since June in the West End, has opened its show to reviewers — and they are gushing. And, in case you didn’t know, theatre reviewers are not the type to gush unless it’s warranted. (We’re not spoiling anything here plot-wise, so read on.)

Says The Hollywood Reporter: “[The play is] an entrancing theatrical event that generously serves fans and newcomers alike. While purists might grumble about the colonization of yet another stage in the West End by a property that originated in another medium, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has originality, craft and charm that will help to hook a new generation of mainstream theatergoers.”

That’s good, more fans. Because, you know, the Potterverse was really lacking in devotees there.

The notoriously crusty British reviewers are fawning, too.

The Daily Telegraph: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”

The Times: “It’s not the movie of the book. It’s the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could be.”

The Guardian: A “thrilling theatrical spectacle.”

The Independent: “It’s quite apparent this isn’t written to be either a book or a tie-in film; it’s a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze.”

And possibly the most important review is from actress Emma Watson: “I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.”

In true Rowling fashion, the play clocks in a 5 hours and 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. THR called it a “two-part” show; we’re assuming they mean two-act. Still, that’s the equivalent of two plays. Regardless, if you ever get a ticket, you won’t be able to say you didn’t get your money’s worth.

The play’s script is due to be released this Sunday, July 31; book stores are planning a multitude of special events on magnitude with anything they did for the latter Potter releases. The movie’s film rights have been sold, but not news on to whom.

26 Jul 2016

Doctor Who, Buffy, Star Wars: Force Awakens Mad Libs on the way

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The most fun word game ever is adding a slew of cool new titles starting this month.

Out this month

Aerosmith Mad Libs

Florida Georgia Line Mad Libs

Foo Fighters Mad Libs

Finding Dory Mad Libs

Doctor Who Monster and Villains Mad Libs

The BFG Mad Libs

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18 May 2016

Latest trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ is out

The BFG screen shot
In case you were busy over the weekend doing fun stuff with the kids:

The second official trailer for Disney’s “The BFG” came out, wowing us with its cool special effects and typical Disney magic. Take a look:


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16 May 2016

Camp Rolling Hills: The Perfect Books for Summer Camp Fun

Camp Rolling Hills

Out this week from author Stacy Davidowitz and publisher Abrams Books is Camp Rolling Hills, a currently 2- (but eventually 4-) book series. Camp Rolling Hills and Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over are fun reads for the vaunted “middle-grader reader” (ages 8-12). Check out an interview with Davidowitz here and a video on the series below.

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10 May 2016