Today we’ve been all over Universal Studio Hollywood’s announcement where they revealed that a Wizarding World of Harry Potter park would be built within their park.

Now it’s time to analyze the news. Was the announcement worthy of the hype? Can this park be as successful as Orlando’s? And where the heck are they going to put this thing?

First of all, today’s announcement. No doubt it was a major success. Universal Studios Hollywood held the announcement in a roped-off area of their park right in front of the Terminator ride. The red carpet was (literally) rolled out, and several execs from the Hollywood AND Orlando parks were present. Everyone was aware of the announcement being made. A sign above the stage read “Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood!” and House scarves were being worn by Universal employees. Capped off with confetti and Butterbeer, the announcement lived up to expectations.

Second: The details. Not much was revealed that we did not already learn over the past week. The park will have a Hogwarts castle, and it will have the major ride in Orlando called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. No other stores or restaurants were mentioned, but certainly some will be built. The only question is which exactly from the books/films they’ll use. Good guesses include many of the attractions already at Orlando including Ollivander’s, The Three Broomsticks, and Zonko’s. We hope to see a couple new shops/rides/restaurants to help Hollywood’s park stand separate from Orlando’s.

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Today we’ve been all over Universal Studio Hollywood’s announcement where they revealed that a Wizarding World of Harry Potter park would be built within their park.

Now it’s time to analyze the news. Was the announcement worthy of the hype? Can this park be as successful as Orlando’s? And where the heck are they going to put this thing?

First of all, today’s announcement. No doubt it was a major success. Universal Studios Hollywood held the announcement in a roped-off area of their park right in front of the Terminator ride. The red carpet was (literally) rolled out, and several execs from the Hollywood AND Orlando parks were present. Everyone was aware of the announcement being made. A sign above the stage read “Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood!” and House scarves were being worn by Universal employees. Capped off with confetti and Butterbeer, the announcement lived up to expectations.

Second: The details. Not much was revealed that we did not already learn over the past week. The park will have a Hogwarts castle, and it will have the major ride in Orlando called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. No other stores or restaurants were mentioned, but certainly some will be built. The only question is which exactly from the books/films they’ll use. Good guesses include many of the attractions already at Orlando including Ollivander’s, The Three Broomsticks, and Zonko’s. We hope to see a couple new shops/rides/restaurants to help Hollywood’s park stand separate from Orlando’s.

Third: The location. Universal confirmed today that Hollywood’s Wizarding World will be built within the confines of their existing park. The bigger question is: Where? A report from The Washington Post says Universal will be removing the Gibson Amphitheatre – still used today – to make room.

In the illustration we made (below), you can see where the Ampitheatre is now and where you can expect to see the Wizarding World in a few years. There appears to be plenty of room to work with – especially behind the existing theater – so room should not be an issue. Thankfully, Universal doesn’t seem to be planning to knock out any of their rides, shops, or restaurants for this.

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Final thoughts: We have a long way to go before we see the park open. Rumors have pegged it at either 2014 or 2015. It will, without a doubt, transform Universal Studios Hollywood into a Disneyland competitor (even though Universal’s sheer size still won’t compare with Disney’s). Even though the park is looking to be a duplicate of Orlando’s, the magic will still be there and it will receive as much hype and excitement. On a personal note, for someone like me living 20 minutes away, I’m confident I’ll be there frequently with my friends and new Annual Pass. Harry Potter fans throughout the Southern California and West Coast region will go out of their way to visit The Wizarding World, and it’s just another way the fandom will continue to thrive.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!