Because there’s absolutely nothing that can’t be improved by more Harry Potter, Universal Studios will be expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter into Universal Studios proper. The current section is in the Islands of Adventure, but starting next year you’ll be able to get your Harry Potter on in either park. Islands of Adventure will continue to be Hogsmeade and Hogwarts and they will build a chunk of London and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. Finally you’ll be able to take a short walk from Amity Island to The Leaky Cauldron, like god intended. And the best bit, the most wonderful bit, is that they will connect the two parks allowing you to ride from “London” to “Hogsmeade” on the Hogwarts Express. I could cry.
Archive for Books
No one in the history of mankind has been as angry about you enjoying a book adaptation as this guy is about you enjoying the Game of Thrones series on HBO. He will explain why, in exquisite detail, and with more than a little cursing. It’s a fairly intense defense mechanism. Most of us will just roll our eyes and mutter “the book was better” which is more than enough to convince ourselves that we’re still superior to other people who just watched the tv show. He takes a more aggressive path.
I haven’t read any of Game of Thrones, is this how it actually is written? It’s a bit random. I have a feeling they wrote it as a parody. Anyway, NSFW because cartoons and doing what Game of Thrones characters spend a lot of time doing. And the other thing also.
While I haven’t seen or read Game of Thrones, this is a pretty hilarious mashup… based on my assumptions. Clearly young Fred Savage is upset about the ending.
I wasn’t supremely aware of this book when it came out, but I sure wish it was a motion graphic novel. Sure looks exciting despite all the burned and scarred members of the empire. You will be disheartened that your hardcover book (which this trailer is advertising for) will only move within your imagination. Well, that and the thousands of hours of other Star Wars materials you can watch or play. Don’t be greedy.
From Rothfuss’s Google Plus profile (apparently he’s the one still using Google Plus) and via Reddit is this look at the manuscript for the next Kingkiller Chronicles book. I know, it’s not super exciting, but I’ve seen enough CSI to know that there’s probably some sort of thing we can do with ambient light and shadows to be able to read the pages beneath this one, right? Some sort of digital witchcraft to get me that book right now?
Barring that, these must be done sort of Faustian deal I can engage in to make that happen. Lemme know. My immortal soul would be a pittance in comparison.
Lots of loud discord happened when Wizards of the Coast yanked all of their old books offline so that you couldn’t use them. “You must use the latest editions,” they said. Well a little side project has made them digitally yours once again. All Dungeons & Dragons books are downloadable at Dungeons & Dragons Classics. If you act now, you can download first edition player’s handbook for free. Just in case you want to play something they’ve tinkered with for decades. You probably prefer phonographs, too.
Thanks to Jewish Christmas, I was able to see a movie in a theater again. My dad’s choice was The Hobbit, and while it is neither good nor bad, it’s really not fair to reviews to claim that this is reviewable.
The Hobbit is now going to be three movies, and being based on what is considered an unfinished work, we just watched an unfinished portion of unfinished work passed off as finished. Now I believe that there are several redeemable qualities to the movie: loved all the dwarf characters, it was fun seeing the nods to the other trilogy, much like the book did before it. The problem here is that Peter Jackson has reached the Spielberg status of filmmaking in that no one can say no to him. So anything he wants to do gets made and has to be there which is why we have three movies for one book. The good thing is that he hasn’t reached Oliver Stone status and everything he does looks amazing and the acting and directing are mostly good.
A lot of what can be pinpointed as bad might come from the source material and the fact that nothing will get resolved in the first third of any story. They forced it anyway because you need to have it. I forgot how much hi-jinx this company got into in the story.
Not saying it’s bad. Just saying that we have to power through 9 hours total before we can give it a fair shake. Let you know in a couple years.
If there are two things I’ve shown a powerful affection for on here it’s t-shirts advertising pretend liquors and Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. Both of these things are pretty much the best. So this shirt, which includes both of those things, is basically perfect. Even better, it’s Greysdale Mead, which just takes the imaginary alcohol thing to another level. If you read the books you probably already know why, but if you don’t read the books, well, I hate you, and you’re the worst sort of person, but I guess I’ll explain it. See, a Greysdale Mead is a drink that you order as a code that you want to turn a drink that someone’s offered to purchase for you into credit that can be redeemed at a later time. So it’s an imaginary alcohol in an imaginary setting. It’s a t-shirt advertising an imaginary imaginary alcohol. Fantastic.
It’s available over at The Tinker’s Packs and all your money goes to charity, so that’s nice as well.
I wish I had the forethought to do this. Someone has hollowed out a very impressive looking book, inserted a fully functional computer, and created a touch screen display to play all of the Myst games. IN A BOOK! Where’s LeVar Burton, I want his word that this is a good thing. A very good, very important thing that I must own! Make me one you beautiful, beautiful person!