With summer upon us, many Harry Potter fans are gearing up for a visit to the Orlando theme park area the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Going on it’s third year, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is not only helping Universal see a dramatic increase in attendance and profits, but also gives the millions of Potterheads a chance to visit Hogwarts, Honeydukes, and Hogsmead.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind during your visit.

Do: Get to the park early

The early bird gets the worm. The earlier you get to the popular attractions, such as the Forbidden Journey and the Olivanders Wand Experience, the less time you will have to spend standing in the blazing heat. In the images above, the one on the left was taken minutes after opening, and the one on the right was taken during mid-afternoon. (Tip: The Three Broomsticks opens for lunch early, at 10:30AM, and stays open until the park closes at 10PM, though, closing hours can vary month to month.)

Don’t: Be surprised when waits reach as long as 60 -120 minutes 

During peak hours, this will happen. If you do find yourself in such a line, use the time to catch your breath and plan the rest of your day. Some lines will put you in direct view of the castle or other eye-catching photo ops. If you’re looking to go on a ride, but also wish to find some shade, consider going on Dragon Challenge.  The entire wait is in a cool tunnel-system which can get you out of the sun for a few minutes.

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With summer upon us, many Harry Potter fans are gearing up for a visit to the Orlando theme park area the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Going on it’s third year, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is not only helping Universal see a dramatic increase in attendance and profits, but also gives the millions of Potterheads a chance to visit Hogwarts, Honeydukes, and Hogsmead.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind during your visit.

Do: Get to the park early

The early bird gets the worm. The earlier you get to the popular attractions, such as the Forbidden Journey and the Olivanders Wand Experience, the less time you will have to spend standing in the blazing heat. In the images above, the one on the left was taken minutes after opening, and the one on the right was taken during mid-afternoon. (Tip: The Three Broomsticks opens for lunch early, at 10:30AM, and stays open until the park closes at 10PM, though, closing hours can vary month to month.)

Don’t: Be surprised when waits reach as long as 60 -120 minutes 

During peak hours, this will happen. If you do find yourself in such a line, use the time to catch your breath and plan the rest of your day. Some lines will put you in direct view of the castle or other eye-catching photo ops. If you’re looking to go on a ride, but also wish to find some shade, consider going on Dragon Challenge.  The entire wait is in a cool tunnel-system which can get you out of the sun for a few minutes.

Do: Eat in the Three Broomsticks and enjoy the atmosphere

There are a lot of tiny details the designers of the park included to create an authentic feel. As you eat, look up towards the rafters where you’ll see shadows and hear the sounds of various Three Broomstick guests and objects moving on their own. After you’re finished eating, head out the back way to the outdoor seating area of the Three Broomsticks for an unobstructed and different view of Hogwarts castle – also a great photo opportunity.

Don’t: Eat then go on Dragon Challenge

The ride is fast and ridiculously fun for roller-coaster enthusiasts, but we don’t know anyone who could handle eating a full meal, and then hopping on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire-inspired ride.  You may find yourself being taken to the hospital wing.

Do: Be cognizant of when you buy your Honeydukes candy

If you buy chocolate at 10AM and lug it around till 4PM in the blazing Florida heat, we don’t think your Chocolate Frog will resemble anything more than a melted mess when you try to open it. Buy the sweets later in the day to ensure they keep their form.

Don’t: Buy all your souvenirs from one store

When the WWoHP first opened, Harry Potter merchandise was sold exclusively in that area of the park, making those stores the busiest places from open till close. Now, the selling of HP merch has expanded to stores throughout both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, and even the Orlando Airport has a section. For authenticity sake, the stores in the WWoHP are extremely small and thus, cramped, making browsing and purchasing extremely difficult and time-consuming. If you see something you want to buy, but the line at the register looks as long as the line for the ride, try going to a different store or revisiting that store at a later time.

Do: Use the single-rider lane during crowded times/ for popular rides

Taking the single-rider lane may seem silly if you’re with friends and family, however it significantly shortens the wait and you take a different route than the rest of the park attendees. You won’t really be speaking to others during the ride anyways, especially during the Forbidden Journey. Applicable to rides beyond those in the Wizarding World, such as Rip Ride Rockit in Universal Studios, the single-rider lane is always a viable option.

Don’t: Forget to have fun!

Buy a Butterbeer (frozen or liquid – or both) and enjoy the atmosphere the Wizarding World has created. Piped in music plays the movie’s soundtracks on a loop, and there’s incredible detail and animation everywhere you look. Be sure to look in the store-front windows for magical bits and pieces, go on the Flight of the Hippogriff to see Buckbeak and Hagrid’s Hut while you wait in line, and be sure to take a picture in front of the iconic Hogwarts Express with the conductor.

If you’ve been lucky enough to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, what are your do’s and don’ts for our readers who will be heading there this summer?

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.