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Oct01

Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens October 3 at Adventure Museum ODYSSEUM in Cologne?Kalk, Germany

From Warner Bros. --

Harry Potter fans in Germany will finally have the chance to take a step into the famous wizard’s magical world when Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens its doors this Friday at the Adventure Museum ODYSSEUM in Cologne?Kalk. The exhibition will be open to the public for a limited time beginning October 3, 2014, and tickets are available now at www.odysseum.de

The world?class exhibition, created by Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, was transported to Cologne in twenty?five semi-trucks and took fifteen days to set up at the ODYSSEUM. Once inside, visitors will be awed by dramatic displays inspired by the film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind hundreds of authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films.

“We are proud to present Germany with Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the ODYSSEUM. We could not be happier that the opening day is finally here, and are thrilled to see the excitement in everyone who has the chance to experience this truly magical exhibition,” commented Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager of Science Center Services GmbH.

The ODYSSEUM will be the exhibition’s second stop on its European tour following a stop in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, it 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.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be shown from October 3, 2014 for a limited time, and will be open during the ODYSSEUM’s regular opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays to 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 eventim.de. Timed-entry tickets are required, and 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.

 
Sep29

Harry Potter actors Ian Hart, Isabella Laughland and Shirley Henderson starring in 'Urban Hymn'

From Dashishah Global Film Production --

Film producers Ibrahim Dashishah (Chairman), and Anwar Kawadri (Executive Producer), announce their joint, full financing of the feature film "Urban Hymn", through Swiss-based company Dashishah Global Film Production. Anwar Kawadri, a veteran film maker, based in London, has found common ambition with Ibrahim Dashishah, a Saudi businessman committed to making movies for the international market. Together, they bring film director Michael Caton-Jones (Shooting Dogs, Rob Roy) back to London for this new production.

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer youth riots, Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London. It follows a wayward teen, Jamie, who possesses an amazing singing voice and is torn between her loyalties towards an inspiring, unconventional care worker, Kate, and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne. Caton-Jones directs from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft (St. Trinian's 1&2, Burke & Hare).

The film explores, in depth, the contemporary challenges faced by youth in their modern lives, and their fallout on a wider social and political stage. Producers Dashishah and Kawadri believe the film offers, too, the possibility of real resolution of these issues, and a vision of triumph and hope.

It is DGFP's hope that Caton-Jones, who introduced movie star Leonardo DiCaprio with This Boy's Life, will achieve the same with Letitia Wright - Screen International Star of Tomorrow (Top Boy, My Brother The Devil( - and Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter, Now is Good), nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2010.  

Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting) has also signed on for a leading role. Other main cast members include Ian Hart, Steven Mackintosh and musician and activist, Billy Bragg.

Caton-Jones comments:  "I'm tremendously excited with the potential of UrbanHymn. Nick Moorcroft's heartbreakingly beautiful screenplay perfectly captures a tale of hope and humanity and examines the transcendental nature of music in a cold and cruel world."

Music for the film, as an important artistic element of any successful venture, has been prepared by a world-class music producer.

The production, which began principle photography on Monday 22nd September, is being produced by Dashishah Global Film Production and Eclipse Films in association with Powderkeg Pictures. To ensure successful post-production operations, the producers have signed a distribution agreement with one of the major global distribution companies: Metro International will handle international sales.

 
Sep25

Chengdu Welcomes a "Magical" Visitor - Bonnie Wright - and Introduces her to its Most Famous Citizens: the Giant Pandas

From Honcho PR/BA --

British actress and film maker Bonnie Wright is casting her magic over Chengdu, the panda capital of China, to promote the provincial capital of Sichuan province to UK tourists and help celebrate the first anniversary of British Airways' direct flight service between London Heathrow and Chengdu.

Bonnie - who, as Ginny Weasley, starred in all the Harry Potter films - is a guest of Chengdu Municipal Administration of Tourism and Chengdu Culture and Tourism Group, visiting many of Chengdu's must-see sights on her three-day visit. The highlight of the trip is a hands-on encounter with adult and baby pandas at Chengdu's famous panda sanctuary. 

Chengdu is the home and natural habitat to the giant panda. Of the estimated 1,000 giant pandas in existence, 85% are in the Chengdu area.

"In its first year, British Airways' direct route between Chengdu and London has become incredibly popular for both business and leisure travellers to the city of Chengdu," says Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group L.L.C. "I'm sure the route will continue to grow from strength to strength as tourists realise the wealth of things they can experience, and the heritage, culture and beauty of Chengdu."

British Airways is the only carrier that offers a direct service between London and Chengdu and currently flies five times a week.

 
Sep22

Review: Angry Video Game: The Movie

An implausible story line ... over the top characters ... low-budget special effects.

LOVED IT!!!!!

Angry Video Game: The Movie poster 

 

As a longtime fan of the YouTube sensation Angry Video Game Nerd, I knew that Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie could go one of two ways. I have to admit, the film wasn't exactly what I expected - it was better. Kudos to directors/writers James Rolfe and Kevin Finn for working out an ingenious, complex yet somehow understandable plot.

Edited by Michael Licisyn (who should get a medal for piecing it all together), Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie takes Rolfe's 'Nerd' character on a quest across the country in search of the truth of the legend of the 1982 E.T. Atari video game. Part historical documentary, part hilarious insanity, this film does not disappoint. The end of the story had a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming. Not an easy feat these days.

Shot in a little over a month with a budget of just $325,000 raised by crowd funding, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie definitely has the B-movie feel the filmmakers were going for. The special effects for the feature were created by volunteer fans. At one point, the title character comments, "Even my dreams are low budget." But I have to say the live action Super Mario Bros scene had me drooling. Oh to be able to ... Note to self: Suggest to Universal Studios that they get started on making THAT attraction. 

Angry Video Game: The Movie is available now on VOD on Vimeo and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray in November. The soundtrack is available on Amazon

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 17:05 )
 
Sep18

Doctor Who FAQ book giveaway!

Doctor Who FAQ book cover
 

Doctor Who? Doctor Whooooooooo??  How well do you know the Doctor? Are you a Doctor Who aficionado or are you only just about to step into the TARDIS and discover the wonderful world of Doctor Who? Are you digging for more information about the First Doctor? Are you wondering why all of these questions? It's because I got a chance to read through the Doctor Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe

If you have a question about the Doctor, crack into this book and see what timey-wimey gems you can find! You can also catch a glimpse of Barty Crouch Jr ... I mean David Tennant ... err, the Tenth Doctor throughout the book, as well as all the different faces of the Doctor. Have fun revisiting all your favorite Doctors and villains in this book that looks small on the outside, but is much bigger on the inside with all the info that is jampacked within its pages. Spoilers!

Here's your chance to check out this awesome book for yourself. We're giving away copies of this awesome book to a few of our lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Sunday, Sept. 28, at midnight PST and enter "Doctor Who FAQ" in the subject line. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:01 )
 
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