Cover for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, out July 31.
By now you've heard of a little play and book called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
You probably already know it's "The eighth story. 19 years later." following the world's most popular magical trio Harry, Ron and Hermione as they grapple with middle age, sending their children off to Hogwarts and the legacy of defeating the Dark Lord.
The screenplay for the now sold-out play will be released Saturday at midnight. Potter fans have been counting down the days to July 31 and furiously gobbling up any information about their beloved wizarding world.
So people still care about Harry Potter?
Was Severus Snape's Patronus a doe because of his undying love for Lilly Potter? Yes.
According to our book critic, "The state of the Potterverse is, in a word, robust."
Check out her take on the recent explosion of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.
The psychic hotline spokeswoman known as Miss Cleo has reportedly died at 53.
At some point in the mid-'90s a mysterious and astronomical charge of $67 appeared on my dad's phone bill. He wasn't mad as much as he was puzzled about why I'd called the 1-800 number for the Psychic Readers Network (although, don't get me wrong, he was mad).
I was mad, too, because I hadn't made the call. The charge came courtesy of my friend, who'd quietly dialed the hotline while hanging out at my house after school in order to get some psychic advice on whether or not a girl we knew liked him. I don't think she did, but apparently it took like 23 minutes to get to that answer, and the meter was running.
I knew it was this particular friend, because he was the one who'd been repeating (in an over-the-top Jamaican accent), "Call me now." That was the catchphrase of "Miss Cleo," the spokeswoman for the Psychic Readers Network and, by virtue of her once-omnipresent TV commercials, '90s pop culture icon.
She died at 53 today, according to published reports. Her real name, according to a 2015 Associated Press story about a lawsuit against General Mills over a cereal commercial that allegedly ripped off the Miss Cleo copyright, was Youree Dell Cleomili Harris. …
Tony Marrero will be one of the survivors featured on "True Life: We Are Orlando."
MTV's long-running documentary series True Life will debut a special episode featuring survivors of last month's mass shooting that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The network on Monday released two clips from True Life: We Are Orlando, which premieres at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 on MTV. Both show Tony Marrero, who survived being shot four times, including once in the back, as he struggles with healing from his physical injuries and the emotional trauma of visiting a memorial to his best friend, Luis Vielma, who died in the attack.
It's a departure from the way that True Life episodes are normally filmed and released, the network said.
"For the first time in the MTV True Life franchise's 18 year history, viewers will meet the subjects and follow their stories as the docuseries is being filmed," a news release said. Starting this week, "MTV will release exclusive videos while production is still happening via MTV's social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Discover and tumblr."
Sarah Silverman took the stage at the first night of the DNC along with Sen. Al Franken.
Comedian Sarah Silverman kind of stole the spotlight at last night's opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where salty pro-Bernie Sanders delegates were booing any mention of Hillary Clinton. While delivering her speech in support of Clinton, and praising Sanders as an inspiration, Silverman paused amid some of those boos to go off-script.
"Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous," Silverman said, drawing even more boos.
She was one of the only speakers all night to react to the disruptions, which, if your a fan of Silverman you probably weren't surprised by—she doesn't hold back.
But can we take a moment to address the more surprising part? The woman got a "booey bomb" on live TV at the Democratic National Convention. …
Baz Luhrmann's '70s New York music series The Get Down has the first part of its first season come to Netflix in August.
The biggest news for Netflix in August is a slew of new originals, including the animated film version of The Little Prince and the first part of Baz Luhrmann's '70s New York music series The Get Down. There's also a number of new comedy specials including ones by David Cross and Louis C.K. (as well as the slightly less hip Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy) and early entries in the Fast and the Furious series. For a full list, read below: …
Promotional art revealed at San Diego Comic Con for Spider-Man: Homecoming showcases Peter Parker battling Vulture.
So you couldn't make it to this year's international gathering of geeks in San Diego. It's cool, neither did we. But being dedicated nerds, we spent the past four days scouring Instagram, Twitter and Facebook patiently waiting for every tidbit of news on our beloved fandoms. The massive amount of news coming out of San Diego Comic Con is exciting and overwhelming. It's almost impossible to cover it all, so we highlighted the best everyone's talking about.
Luke Cage: The series starring Jessica Jones supporting character Luke Cage (Mike Colter) revealed its first trailer, featuring Cage's super strength and impenetrable skin taking on some bad guys in Harlem, New York City. All episodes coming to Netflix September 30. Watch here
Iron Fist, The Defenders: The Defenders are comprised of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist, who hasn't had his own standalone show - until now. Finn Jones is Daniel Rand, a skilled martial arts master with some supernatural abilities up his sleeves. Both coming to Netflix in 2017. …
Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
In what will be his last indie before tackling Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi starts thinking bigger — if only slightly bigger —in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Waititi is known for his work on Flight of the Conchords and films that share both its cast and dry sense of humor, such as vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. This new movie is much in the same vein, but does see him working with a bigger canvas and lead actor before his big Marvel blockbuster.
Troubled child Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is sent to live in the countryside with foster parents Bella (Rima Te Wiata), who loves him deeply, and Hec (Sam Neill), who just wants to be left alone. Ricky immediately attempts to run away into the nearby New Zealand bush, and though he eventually grows happy with his new home, leaves once again following a tragic incident.
Yet it isn't long until he bumps back into Hec, who's intimately familiar with the forest and planning his own departure. Police arriving at the house assume Hec has kidnapped Ricky and as a manhunt ensues, the two must evade both the authorities and their irritation with one another. …
Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Ben Vereen as Dr. Everett Scott in Fox' remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Just a jump to the left and a few months to go until we can cozy up to Fox's remake of the cult-classic science fiction double feature.
A new trailer for Fox's remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show dropped Thursday, and it pays tribute to the show's audience participation element.
As Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox) delivers the punchy line, "I see you shiver with antici..." the audience in the theater clenches its fists waiting for the finished word before shouting "say it!"
The crowd feigns bursting hearts when she finishes with "pation!"
The trailer shows plenty of toilet paper thrown when Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan) yells "Great Scott!" and split-second glimpses of the new Columbia (Annaleigh Ashford), Riff Raff (Reeve Carney), Magenta (Christina Milian) and Eddie (Adam Lambert).
Perhaps hearts actually burst when the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry (now playing the narrator/criminologist), appears to instruct in Time Warp basics: "It's just a jump to the left."
In addition to Cox and Curry, the show stars Victoria Justice (Janet Weiss), Staz Nair (Rocky) and Ben Vereen (Dr. Everett Scott).
The two-hour Rocky Horror Picture Show premieres in October on Fox.
There are hundreds of Pokemon Go gyms and PokeStops in Tampa Bay.
There are several hundred Pokémon Go gyms and even more PokéStops spread across Tampa Bay. This map doesn't include every single one of them, but it does include a whole lot of options to get you started. I've marked many of the area landmarks, restaurants, bars, libraries and other attractions where you can battle other trainers or stock up on items.
We've also included some of the top spots in the area where players are flocking to catch big numbers of highly-sought Pokémon in the wild in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Safety Harbor. The yellow weight lifter icons are gyms, the blue stars are known PokeStops and the purple walker icons are spots popular for catching Pokémon. You can also view a larger version of this map here.
Filmmakers make a movie in a single weekend, in the 48 Hour Film Project.
Not every tween rushing around Tampa Bay this weekend will be playing Pokemon Go.
They could be making a movie, with only two days to do it.
The Movie Makers Club, comprised of children ages 18 and younger, is an entry in the 10th annual 48 Hour Film Project. Tampa Bay is one of 130 cities worldwide putting filmmakers on the clock, making short films in a single weekend.
Rewards are miniscule by Hollywood standards. Bragging rights, mainly. Judges decide awards called the Quickies. No money for winners, just freebies from sponsors. Each completed movie staying within the rules gets a local screening for friends and family, and lottery odds of being shown at Filmapalooza, the project's annual gathering in Los Angeles.
"Some people have bowling tounaments that they enjoy," said Tampa Bay project coordinator Joel Bates. "That's their hobby or profession. We have filmmakers who enjoy this opportunity to test their skills and creativity, in a fast and frenzied, like a sprint.
"You might be a good runner but how fast can you run? You might be a great filmmaker but how do you perform under the pressure of a clock?" …
Tiffany Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Donald Trump's 22-year-old daughter Tiffany Trumpstepped out of the shadows (if you call a public Instagram account with 174,000 followers "the shadows") and into the spotlight Tuesday when she spoke at the Republican National Convention.
Politics aside, the speech has renewed interest in the heavily auto-tuned single that the recent Ivy-League grad put out when she was 18, Like a Bird, which reappeared on YoutTube shortly after she spoke at the RNC.
The critics (and by "critics" I mean random commenters on YouTube) are giving it mixed reviews. A sampling:
"I'M GONNA BLAST THIS SONG WHEN TRUMP GET TO THE WHITE HOUSE," wrote user Max Paymar.
"This legit sounds like one of those weird ringtones that come on flip phones," said user renjilover11.
Most of the comments, though, were talking about the track's sound, and not necessarily its lyrical content, so let's take a look at the lyrics.
Before the first gavel fell Monday at the Republican National Convention, filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza roiled the conservative pot.
D'Souza's latest documentary,Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, stoked partisan fire among nearly 2,000 viewers with nothing better to do on a Sunday night in Cleveland. Seriously, a dip in the Cuyahoga - while on fire - would be a more pleasant experience.
After previewing D'Souza's movie, opening Friday at several Tampa Bay theaters, it's obvious that he created the documentary this insane election cycle deserves.
Hillary's America: It's Mostly About the Democratic Party But Her Name In the Title Helps is agitprop comedy at its most insane, surpassing even D'Souza's previous screeds 2016: Obama's America and America: Imagine the World Without Her. D'Souza grasps at historical straws, stretching them to unflattering conclusions about Hillary Clinton, at one point visually demonizing her. She isn't the only target of D'Souza's tenuous logic.
"This is a true story," an opening title card reads. "No names were changed to protect the Democratic Party." …
Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis comes to Amazon Prime in August, as does their 2007 Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men.
The bad news this month for Amazon Prime subscribers is there's not much in the way of television shows or Amazon originals, most notably two seasons of House of Lies representing the former and Elvis & Nixon representing the latter. But the good news is that there's several noteworthy additions to their movie collection, including two Coen Brothers films, The Matrix and its sequels, Palme D'Or winner The Piano and more. For a full list, read below: …
Steve Hofstetter is set to perform at the Pegasus Lounge in Tampa.
Stand-up comedy is an art, but taking down hecklers is more like a sport. Steve Hofstetter is the Lebron James of the game.
Hofstetter had been a moderately successful stand-up for years. He has made appearances on Craig Ferguson's old late night show, and Joe Rogan's extremely popular podcast, but his recognition got a massive boost when a video of him epically dismantling a heckler landed on the top spot of Reddit's front page recently. If you're not familiar with Reddit and what that means, just know that it's a ticket to instant Internet virality.
Hofstetter actually has more than 100 heckler vids on his YouTube channel, but that first viral one, in which a woman says he shouldn't joke about kids because he has none (4.3 million views), and another in which he devotes a full four minutes to a table of "drunk" talkers (4.1 million views), are his masterpieces. Helicopters, the Washington Redskins and vikings are involved.
I can't post either of the videos on this blog, because they're filled with as many F-bombs as a Tarantino flick, but you can check them out yourself here and here. …
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