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Jan13

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Surpasses $800 Million at the Worldwide Box Office

From Warner Bros. --

Continuing to generate box office magic, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has crossed the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The acclaimed film—set in a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away—is the Studio’s top-grossing film internationally for 2016. In addition, “Fantastic Beasts” just earned five BAFTA Award nominations: for Outstanding British Film, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects.

In her announcement, Kroll stated, “Returning to the wizarding world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was a labor of love for all of us, and it has been a privilege to watch audiences around the world embrace a new cast of characters in this world created by the incomparable J.K. Rowling. This is an extraordinary milestone for the first film in our new franchise and speaks to the remarkable talents of the cast and filmmakers who worked so hard to bring it to the screen. Congratulations to them, as well as to the Warner Bros. marketing and distribution teams on this great success.”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”), Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”), Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck,” upcoming “Justice League”), two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”), Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”), Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”), and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”).

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

In addition to Yates, the film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 
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Jan05

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander updated edition out in March

From Bloomsbury --

A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), inside illustrations from Tomislav Tomic, and an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle.

This immensely collectible hardback has been revised and updated by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic book up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and the blockbuster film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

New beasts lurk within the pages of this edition and eagle-eyed readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favourites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships, and Tomislav Tomic’s beautiful line illustrations bring many of the beasts to roaring, stomping, growling life.

Jonny Duddle’s new bright and colourful jacket design creates a cohesive look that complements the covers of the seven classic Harry Potter novels, as well as the new look Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

 

 

 
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Dec12

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood opens Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit

From Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood --

Today, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood revealed its latest tour addition, From J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Exhibit, with special guests Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter film series). Opening to the public on December 9, 2016, the reimagined exhibit offers an up-close look at authentic props and costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the beloved Harry Potter films. Tour guests will now be able to explore how J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been brought to life on the silver screen over the past 15 years.

Fogler, who played the lovable No-Maj and aspiring baker, Jacob Kowalski, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, when asked about seeing the exhibit for the first time said, “it’s an absolute honor to be a part of this all.”

 

When asked about what fans can look forward to in the new exhibit, Bonnie Wright, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, said, “For fans these costumes and props were such a big part of the experience when watching Harry Potter.  I think that’s what is exciting, to see those details.”

 

The expansion will take guests on a journey from concept art to final designs used on set. Tour guests will be able to see the detailed costumes of Lord Voldemort, from a young Tom Riddle to his rise as the Dark Lord. Guests will also have the opportunity to be sorted by the magical Sorting Hat into one of the four Hogwarts houses. This interactive experience will take place in front of a life like image of the Great Hall which will include costumes of iconic Hogwarts professors. As a finale to the exhibit, guests will be able to explore the newest film from the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Highlights of the Fantastic Beasts experience include costumes worn by Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), as well as Newt’s case of creatures.

 

“We are excited to let the world peer behind the lens to see how filmmakers develop the entertainment we love,” said Danny Kahn, Executive Director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. “This experience will transport guests from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts adventures back to 1926 New York, where Newt Scamander’s misplaced magical case has found its home.”

 

 

About Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is a recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Attractions in the United States. Fans get to see the real sets and soundstages where the greatest names in entertainment made history as they touch, tour and explore the iconic 110-acre studio that brought Argo and Ocean’s Eleven to the big screen. From The Big Bang Theory to Friends, the Studio Tour takes guests behind the camera for a revealing look at how the magic is made.

A visit includes a rare look inside many of the lot’s production areas as well as the innovative new addition to the studio tour, Stage 48: Script to Screen. The interactive soundstage offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process and the glory of awards season. Guests explore the Archive, which currently showcases DC Universe: The Exhibit. This interactive exhibit pays homage to the origins of DC Comics, including original comic books featuring all seven Super Heroes of the Justice League. Additionally, guests can explore authentic props and costumes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Guests also stop by the Prop Department, which features one of the largest selections of rare antiquities and modern furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and hand props from Hollywood’s golden era, followed by the Picture Car Vault, home to some of Batman’s most famous vehicles.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer season. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcomed. Tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).

 
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Dec07

Wrebbit offers new puzzles from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Just in time for the Holidays

From Wrebbit --

One of the most beloved film franchises in history, HARRY POTTER, came to life in 3D in 2016, thanks to a worldwide licensing arrangement between Wrebbit Puzzles Inc. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Fans from all over the world who have read and watched HARRY POTTER™ can now build their very own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 3D puzzle format!

For this Christmas, Wrebbit is pleased to offer a wider range of puzzles from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World just in time with the theatrical release of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.

An expanding Hogwarts collection
The collection, which focuses on famous sections of Hogwarts castle, initially launched with the 850-piece Great Hall, added a second model in early 2016, with the 875-piece Astronomy Tower. When combined, these two puzzles create a stunning 1725-piece 3D Harry Potter universe.

The quest of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World continues unabated in 2016 with Wrebbit3D™ Hogwarts – Express Train, a 460 piece puzzle and by Diagon Alley a 425 piece 3D puzzle.

Unique Poster Puzzles series: HARRY POTTERTM and FANTASTICS BEASTSTM

Series of 2D poster puzzles of 500 pieces were launched this Fall for both HARRY POTTER and FANTASTICS BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM licenses. These exclusive Wrebbit's foam-backed puzzles convert into actual posters of favorite characters from J.K.Rowling's Wizarding World that can be lifted and pinned on a wall. «?From table to wall without glue!

"Teaming up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for puzzles from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World enabled us to continue our international market penetration and adds to our incredible momentum as we continue to focus our efforts and energy on developing larger scale models capable of challenging diehard puzzlers, and also satisfying fans of home-based entertainment looking for an opportunity to share some quality and good times with others," declared Jean Théberge, president of Wrebbit Puzzles Inc.

Shaping unique magical moments for nearly a quarter century
Wrebbit® is at the forefront of innovation with its unique Collections designed to deliver the greatest possible challenge and play value. The high definition of Wrebbit3D graphics is of such striking realism, it has become the new standard of visual quality in the industry. Wrebbit3D pieces interlock and assemble effortlessly (tongue and groove technology), making it possible to build perfect and unique masterpieces – alone, with family or with friends.

With over 30+ million units sold worldwide since the invention of 3D puzzle by the late Paul Gallant in 1991, Wrebbit® keeps on spreading the Quebec know-how in 40 countries throughout the world.

"We are very proud that all activities relating to Wrebbit® puzzles from design and development to manufacturing and distribution are being made in Montreal, Canada" declared Jean Théberge, president of Wrebbit Puzzles Inc. To continue in this direction, Wrebbit recently opened a Logistics Center facility in Europe to ensure that its most popular models are made available to European distributors and retailers to meet important demand for its unique puzzles in an efficient way. 

Wrebbit3D puzzles combine the brain-teasing anticipation and satisfying end result of conventional jigsaw puzzles, with the thrill and challenge of building and reproducing a unique three-dimensional scale model of an architectural landmark.

About Wrebbit Puzzles Inc.
Montreal-based Wrebbit Puzzles Inc., one of the jewels of the Canadian toys and games industry, designs, manufactures and markets Wrebbit3D puzzles, the largest and sturdiest 3D puzzles in the world and also featuring the highest piece count. With over 20 different models currently being offered, and more in the works for 2016, Wrebbit puzzles can be found in bookstores chains as well as independent bookstores, arts and crafts stores, specialty toy stores, mom-and-pop, game and hobby shops, and are also carried by numerous online retailers.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

HARRY POTTER, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WB SHIELD: TM & © WBEI.
J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16).

www.wrebbit3d.com      

 
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Dec07

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tops Amazon.ca's Best-Selling Books of 2016

From Amazon.ca --

Amazon.ca today announced its best-selling books of 2016, along with its best-selling Kids & Teens books — just in time for the holiday season. Taking the number one spot on both lists is the two-part West End stage play and newest Wizarding World story in nearly a decade, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script), written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The runner-up on the overall top 20 list is the memoir When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney is second on the list of best-selling Kids & Teens books. This marks the second annual Amazon.ca best-selling books list, which takes into account first editions published in 2016 and reflects both paid print and Kindle editions.

"We're excited to reveal the list of Amazon.ca's best-selling books of 2016!  These are the books Canadians are excited about, learning from, sharing with friends and curling up with in front of the fire," said Mike Strauch, Amazon.ca Country Manager. "Whether you're looking for a new favourite dish to whip up during the holidays, to get your heart racing with a page-turning suspense novel, or find the perfect gift for a teen in your family, there is a book for everyone."

The top 20 best-selling books of the year from Amazon.ca are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  4. The Whistler by John Grisham
  5. *A Great Reckoning: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) by Louise Penny
  6. *Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes by Angela Liddon
  7. The Widow by Fiona Barton
  8. *Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  9. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  10. One with You: A Crossfire Novel (Crossfire Series) by Sylvia Day
  11. Cometh the Hour: Book Six Of the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer
  12. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  13. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  14. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  15. *The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  16. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  17. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman
  18. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly
  19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  20. The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel by Yann Martel

*Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

In taking a closer look at the list, Amazon.ca found:

  • Four Canadian women placed on the list including Louise Penny (who was one of two Canadians on last year's list), Angela Liddon, Madeleine Thien and Shari Lapena.
  • All four of the Canadian authors' books were also Globe and Mail bestsellers.
  • Canadians were embracing their foodie identity, with two cookbooks placing in the top 20, including Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes by Angela Liddon, and Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman.
  • Two very different memoirs made the top 20, which were When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, based on his life as a neurosurgeon, and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen based on his life as a musician.
  • The mystery, thriller and suspense category was the most dominant, with nine of the top 20 books, including The Whistler, The Widow, The Couple Next Door, and I Let You Go, hailing from this genre.

The top 20 best-selling books of the year for Kids & Teens from Amazon.ca are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
  4. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper
  5. The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  6. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  7. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Empire of Storms (Throne Of Glass Series) by Sarah J. Maas
  9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  10. DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal by DanTDM and Doreen Mulryan
  11. The Crown by Kiera Cass
  12. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
  13. Amulet Book Seven: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi
  14. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
  15. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
  16. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  17. What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
  18. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
  19. Discipline without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up by Vanessa Lapointe and Dr. Laura Markham
  20. Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham
 
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