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pottermore christmas

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you have 12 days of Christmas gifts courtesy of J.K. Rowling and Pottermore. All you have to do is answer some rhyming riddles and you can unlock a new gift daily.

Pottermore posted a note about the event, which starts December 12th and follows through until Christmas.

We’re feeling extra generous this year, so we’re bringing you early gifts this Christmas. Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing a festive surprise for you every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST).
With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don’t miss out – just visit pottermore.com and answer our rhyming riddles to unwrap a #PottermoreChristmas surprise every day.

Word is that the new story will center around Draco Malfoy. This past Halloween, Rowling gave Dolores Umbridge a similar treatment.

You can also join the Pottermore Facebook event to stay up to date.

(via Buzzfeed)

walking dead

After several months of silence, we’ve got some new info on that Walking Dead spinoff.

The AMC pilot, titled Cobalt, has added two new cast members: Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. The show is co-created by Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy writer Dave Erickson and will give insight into how the Zombie Apocalypse is going in other parts of the country. Dillane and Carey will be playing the children of the show’s lead characters.

Dillane is best known as Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and Carey was last seen in Into The Storm.

Shooting on The Walking Dead spinoff is set to begin this month.

(via Slashfilm)

force awaken

If you’ve wanted to see the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but you’re not able to get to one of the handful of theaters that will be showing the trailer this weekend, time to rejoice.

The Star Wars Twitter just announced that the #TheForceAwakens teaser will be on iTunes this Friday.

Head after the break to see the tweet.

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Ok, so remember when we posted the news about Iam8Bit’s art show, Sequel? For those who may have forgotten, the event is currently showcasing movie posters for sequels that most of us would love to see.

The event is taking place in Los Angeles, and you can check out the art in person until November 23. But the good news is that prints can now be purchased online for cash-monies!

Header image: Labyrinth by Ruben Ireland

Take a look at some more posters you can pick up after the break…

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ash evil dead

We knew that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were cooking up an Evil Dead tv series, but at that point it was just a lot of talk. Given all of the unfounded rumors on the issue of Ash’s return over the years, we took it with a grain of salt.

This time things are different. It’s actually happening.

Starz has ordered a 10-episode series called Ash Vs. Evil Dead for a 2015 premiere. Bruce Campbell will star and co-produce the series and Sam Raimi will direct (the first episode at least). And yes, it will serve as a followup to to the films. Essentially, it’s the Evil Dead 4 that we’ve been waiting for:

Campbell reprises his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last three decades avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its evil grip.

Rami added:

“Evil Dead has always been a blast,” Raimi said. “Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it.”

Truckload indeed. Instead of and hour-and-a-half of Evil Dead on the big screen, we’re getting five hours to enjoy on television. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about it.

(via Deadline)

sarah and kyle
I’d love to tell you that I saw Entertainment Weekly‘s special Terminator: Genisys coverage and did a happy little fangirl dance. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I mean, I like the Terminator franchise. I liked the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Heck, I even like Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation. That’s how forgiving I am.

But, I may have just hit the “Are you kidding ME?!?!” wall with the news of what producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and director Alan Taylor have planned storywise for Genisys. It’s…well, to call it a reboot is like saying remodeling a house from top to bottom but keeping the paint the same color is a “touch up”.

Since it containers spoilers, I’ll put it in after the break. Head there if you want to know more.

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marvel event

Marvel Entertainment’s Kevin Feige had plenty of news for fans today at Hollywood’s El Capitan theater. He announced Marvel’s Phase 3 plan and it includes nine movies, including Captain Marvel and Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman).

The roster as announced is:

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
  • Black Panther – November 3, 2017
  • Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
  • Inhumans – November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2- May 3, 2019

We also got a first look at the Black Panther concept art. You can check it out after the break.

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doctor strange

According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to play Doctor Strange after talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down.

Interestingly, he joked about it at SDCC.

More news as it develops.

Image by Anne Wu.

(via Deadline)

shatner nimoy

Rumors started swirling last week that William Shatner had been approached by director Roberto Orci to appear in Star Trek 3 along with Leonard Nimoy. Those rumors got a flat out denial from Shatner and Orci replied that he could neither confirm or deny the rumors.

However, William Shatner appeared at Wizard World Nashville and thought the “will he or won’t he” news had been basically announced thanks to the rumor and he was free to talk about it. So, he talked about it.

You can find out what he said thanks to Trek Movie. A transcript and video await after the break…

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The gone too soon hilarity of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is about to enter the “not too distant future” of the 21st century thanks to a deal struck by Vimeo to stream 80 episodes of the series “forever and ever, anywhere and everywhere”. Reportedly, the company is working to clear the rights for the remaining episodes so that eventually all 197 will be available.

Unfortunately, before you take a nostalgic trip on the Satellite of Love and laugh at terrible movies, you’ll need to drop some coin. The episodes are available individually for $2.99 (rental) or $9.99 (purchase), or you can get them all for $300.

Hit the jump to check out the promo.

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