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Dec18

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition And Harry Potter Film Design-Duo MinaLima Release Limited Edition Print To Commemorate Exhibition Run In Cologne, Germany

From Warner Bros. --

Harry Potter film graphic design artists Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, collectively known as MinaLima and the creators of the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films, have just released a limited edition fine art print to commemorate Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which is currently open in Cologne, Germany, at the Adventure Museum ODYSSEUM.

The collectors' print is available for purchase at Harry Potter: The Exhibition retail shop, now open at the ODYSSEUM in Cologne, Germany—just in time for the holiday season. This is the first print produced by the Harry Potter film graphic design team MinaLima exclusively for Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

This original Harry Potter film and Cologne-inspired artwork—which measures 40 cm (W) by 50 cm (H)—is limited to 300 prints and features the famous Cologne landmarks Kolner Dom, Great St. Martin Church, Love Locks Bridge, the Rhine river and the Harry Potter-inspired post owl. Each print is hand-numbered and signed by the artists, printed with pigment-based inks on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, features an embossed gold seal and certificate of authenticity, and is available for purchase at the exhibition retail shop for 199€.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) created the 1,400-square-meter traveling exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is open now for a limited time during the ODYSSEUM's regular opening hours: Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays through Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia from 9 am to 8 pm.

Tickets to Harry Potter: The Exhibition are available at the ODYSSEUM's box office, through the ticket hotline 01805 - 404760 or through www.odysseum.de and www.eventim.de. Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be 90 minutes before closing of the ODYSSEUM. Tickets for Harry Potter: The Exhibition include general admission to the Adventure Museum and are 29,95 € for adults, 23,95 € for children and 99,95 € for families. Audio tours are available, limited to a daily allotment; it is highly recommended to reserve them in advance.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and ©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights ©JKR. 
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Dec15

Harry Potter: The Exhibition to premiere in Paris this spring at LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA

From Warner Bros. --

This spring, French Harry Potter™ fans will celebrate as they step into the famous wizard’s magical world when Harry Potter: The Exhibition makes its French premiere.  On April 4th, 2015, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, a 1,400 -square-meter immersive experience, will open its doors at LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Saint-Denis, film set 8 & 9, located in Paris. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.fr

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) created the interactive traveling exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films.  LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Saint-Denis will be the exhibition’s first stop in France and third stop in Europe following the adventure museum Odysseum in Cologne, Germany and in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, the exhibition has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo, and has been seen by more than 3 million visitors worldwide.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition has mesmerized audiences worldwide and we are pleased to bring this truly immersive experience to France for the first time,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  “Guests will be captivated by the remarkable breadth and scope of the collection and we are sure fans in France will be thrilled to experience the world of Harry Potter first hand.”

“We are very proud to welcome Harry Potter: The Exhibition to LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Paris. We’re thrilled that we can be a part of the Harry Potter experience with this fantastic exhibition, which will make the eyes of fans of all ages shine with delight,” expressed  Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager Science Center Services GmbH—the company organizing the Paris run of the exhibition.

“We are thrilled to partner with AWC AG and LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA to bring the magic of Harry Potter to France,” said Robin Stapley, GES vice president of design and creative.  “Harry Potter: The Exhibition has enjoyed world-class recognition at its landmark venues around the world and continues to thrill fans with its hundreds of props and costumes.”

The exhibition will be open during LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA regular opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 10.30 am to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays from 9.30 am to 8 pm.  On the first Friday of each month the exhibition will be open until 9.30 pm.

Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be 90 minutes before closing of the exhibition.

Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.fr

Combination admission for LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA and Harry Potter: The Exhibition is 19,99 € for adults, 15,99 € for children (ages 4 to 14) and 65 € for families 2 adults and 2 children max.

Audio tours are available for purchase at the day and time of visit and are limited to a daily allotment.

 
Dec01

Review: The Immortalists

Flash Review: If you’re into science, there’s not a lot here for you. If you’re into drama, not much of that either. Mystery? Thrills? Intrigue? Romance? Nope. Nope. Nope. And nope. But if you like facial hair, there’s plenty of that.

screenshot from The Immortalists film

 

The Immortalists (brought to us by Structure Films and Dogpatch Films) claims to be “the story of two eccentric scientists struggling to discover medical breakthroughs to create eternal life.” While British theoretical biologist Aubrey de Grey is certainly peculiar enough to merit the label of “eccentric,” (his Duck Dynasty-ish beard alone qualifies him), I don’t think his American counterpart, molecular biologist Bill Andrews, comes close. In fact, he’s pretty typical — a touch nerdy and certainly intelligent but otherwise the guy next door.

If you are looking for some real insight into, and drama behind, the challenges faced by scientists pursuing their work, particularly avenues of research that might be unpopular with the larger scientific community, you won’t find it here. No fiery exchanges between established and prominent investigators and two upstarts chasing the dream of immortality. No impassioned speeches aimed at convincing government officials to fund these groundbreaking studies. Nope. The closest you’ll get is a couple of English academicians in an ultra-polite debate that’s as pointless and bland as the food they were raised on.

Directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg find a few moments of interest, such as when we learn about Andrews’ friend’s cancer and de Grey’s infidelity. But they don’t delve into these deeply enough for us to connect with the pain these developments appear to generate for the researchers or their loved ones.

I will say that the film is visually interesting. Alvarado pulls double-duty as cinematographer, and much of his work is appealing. Torose Kose’s simple and clear animation beautifully supports the small amount of scientific explanation smattered throughout the film, as well. But that’s about as good as it gets.

My final take (Full Price vs Matinee Only vs Wait & Rent vs Skip It) — Skip It. There just isn’t enough substance here — scientific or emotional — to merit spending the money.

The Immortalists opened in New York’s Cinema Village on Nov. 28 and plays there through Dec. 5. It screens on the West Coast at the Laemmle North Hollywood Dec. 11 to 18. You can also request a screening through the film’s website.

 

 
Nov19

Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis Teams Up With Nerd Block!

From Nerd Block --

Nerd Block, the monthly subscription service for geeks and nerds, has teamed up with celebrities Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow) and Val Kilmer (Batman, Top Gun, Tombstone) to provide autographs for all of their subscribers in December's Nerd Block.

Since the fall of 2013, Nerd Block has been delighting a rapidly growing base of subscribers with a monthly delivery of quality toys, collectables, and apparel from top tier partners including Funko, Mattel, and Hasbro, all under the "nerd" umbrella to provide subscribers with a monthly box containing products from brands like Star Wars, Nintendo, Doctor Who, and more. Every month, subscribers receive a box containing a custom printed shirt, plus several toys and collectables.

This partnership, with The Signature Shop UK, is the first in a line of celebrity engagements that will continue throughout 2015 and 2016, starting with actors Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis signing autographs that will be included exclusively in every Nerd Block Classic box in December.

Celebrity engagement will not be limited to autographs, which opens up a wonderful opportunity for subscribers to get exclusive celebrity merchandise.  "Warwick has been fantastic to work with. Our partnership with The Signature Shop UK is a natural fit and it's directly inline with what our customers are looking for; the ultimate in celebrity collectables. To be able to reunite Warwick and Val on a project that many of us grew up adoring is a really special moment for us and speaks volumes of what's to come with this new partnership. Just wait until you see what's next!" said Russ Montague, founder of Nerd Block.

Nerd Block has spawned a hyper community, with subscribers regularly discussing each month's Block contents and guessing what might be arriving next. In addition to Nerd Block Classic, subscribers may also choose Horror Block, Arcade Block, and Nerd Block Junior for boys or girls. For more information visit www.nerdblock.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Nerd Block
Nerd Block is the world's first premium subscription box dedicated to nerds. Sending subscribers a t-shirt, plus 4-6 toys and collectables every month, Nerd Block has amassed an incredible subscriber base worldwide. Nerd Block features five different genre-focused Blocks from which to subscribe: Nerd Block Classic, Nerd Block Junior Boys, Nerd Block Junior Girls, Horror Block, and Arcade Block. Nerd Block has quickly emerged as a prominent purchaser in the toy industry, forming direct partnerships with companies such as Mattel, Hasbro, and NECA. Visit www.nerdblock.com.

 
Nov06

Harry Potter Film Talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps And Evanna Lynch To Appear At "A Celebration Of Harry Potter" Event At Universal Orlando Resort

From Universal Orlando Resort --

Harry Potter film talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter" – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry's adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films.  Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world's only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic's re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

"A Celebration of Harry Potter" will take place from January 30February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit.

Guests can also experience Harry Potter's world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King's Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station. 

Access to "A Celebration of Harry Potter" is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for "A Celebration of Harry Potter" will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the discussions and demonstrations.

Event details are below:

"A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER" DISCUSSIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Discussions and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special demonstrations and discussions for kids. Admission into discussions and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
    Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    
  • Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris
    Pick up your wand and take part in a live duelling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world's only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.
  • Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films, will explain how he and his team brought the world of Harry Potter to life from the fiction to the films, and eventually in the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, hear firsthand from Universal Orlando's Entertainment team how live shows in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were created, as well as some of the hidden "secrets" and innovative interactive elements contained within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
    Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as Graphic Prop Designers for more than a decade on the Harry Potter movies.  They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including the Marauder's Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their recent involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
  • Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi
    Award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who reimagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic, will be drawing some of your favorite Harry Potter characters live on-stage in this interactive panel for all ages.

This year's "A Celebration of Harry Potter" will also include kids' discussions and interactive experiences such as a special duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive 'Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang' experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

"A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER" EXPO
The Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition
    Sorting Hat Experience
    Do you think you are a Gryffindor, or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff? Perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into the appropriate house, and you'll have the opportunity to get sorted in a Hogwarts-inspired setting…sponsored by Harry Potter™: The Exhibition.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
    The production home of the Harry Potter film series, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London gives visitors the chance to step on to the actual sets used during filming. 'A Celebration of Harry Potter' visitors will get a chance to pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall.
  • MinaLima
    Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created countless pieces of unforgettable artwork, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as the Marauder's Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books.  Exclusive to the Celebration, they will be launching their brand new range of Harry Potter stationery, featuring original film graphic artwork. Limited edition prints based on the original prop designs will also be displayed.
  • Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
    Show your Hogwarts house colors and celebrate your pride with Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. For the millions of fans who have participated in the exclusive Sorting Hat quiz devised by J.K. Rowling herself, here's an amazing chance to take part in Pottermore's Proudest House Contest.  Also, relive the excitement of a year in Pottermore.com and get an exclusive chance to have your say on what is to come.
  • Scholastic
    Celebrate Harry Potter and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Meet award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers and will be signing posters on Saturday, January 30, and enter for a chance to win a box set of all seven Harry Potter books.
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
    Do you have what it takes to defend yourself against a Dementor or soar above Hogwarts castle on Buckbeak?  Step into some of your favorite scenes with this magical photo experience while surrounded by authentic movie props from the Harry Potter films.

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

 
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