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It wasn’t just the fact that James and Lily Potter were a beautiful couple with extraordinary wealth and power that made the Dursleys hate them. Oh no, there was bad blood between these blood-related
families, and that’s why poor Harry Potter had to live in a closet for the majority of his stay with the fat, bloated Muggle antagonists of the Harry Potter novels.

Author J.K. Rowling occasionally returns to the Harry Potter back-story well to release well-timed tidbits aimed at keeping the Potterverse pot simmering, and this Tuesday, the story of the Dursley-Potter falling out went live on its official fansite: Pottermore. (more…)

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Neil Gaiman took to his Tumbler page to respond to the recent One Million Moms petition bent on canceling Lucifer, a new television series on Fox based on Gaiman’s comic book series. The American Family Association‘s chapter of Moms feels that: The program previews mischaracterize Satan, departs from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portrays the beliefs of the Christian faith. By choosing to air this show, FOX is disrespecting Christianity and mocking the Bible. What’s Neil got to say about the whole thing? (more…)

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Even if you were a fan of the book and KNOW that the movie didn’t do Max Brooks‘ book justice, you can admit that Brad Pitt‘s World War Z movie isn’t a bad zombie flick. It’s just not the World War Z movie that everyone who read the book wanted it to be. Before the movie hit theaters back in 2003, after numerous re-shoots and rumors flying around about the problems during production, an already in pre-production sequel was quietly shut down and squashed. Then the movie killed at the box office bringing in over $540 million world-wide on a $150 million dollar budget. Those kinds of numbers always makes the suits salivate so the sequel was back on, but without an actual release date. Now that’s all changed. (more…)

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Director Wes Ball is back to bring you the followup to The Maze Runner, a surprisingly entertaining movie. This time the group is out of the Maze and thrown into the Scorch. Game of Thrones favorite Adian Gillen is on board this time as Janson, better known to readers as The Rat-Man and I can’t think of an actor better able to pull off that role. (more…)

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BBC One‘s adaptation of Susanna Clark‘s best seller Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will be airing across the pond the May. It’s sure to make its way to the States quickly, either through BBC America or the back channels of the Internet. Take a look at the trailer below, you’ll recognize quite a few of the players involved beginning with the two leads Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan. (more…)

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Yes, America – our Disney overlords are at it again! First they saved comic book adaptations with the purchase of Marvel, then they literally bought your childhood when they purchased Star Wars, and now they delve deep into the hearts of youngsters as they plan a Winnie-the-Pooh live-action adaptation! Will Winnie, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Roo, Owl and Kanga team up against all odds to save New York from an alien invasion? Will we watch as Christopher Robin struggles with the temptations of the dark side of the force? Find out after the jump! (more…)

George R.R. Martin to Skip Cons to Focus on Work

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They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but what about George? The “George” in this case is author George R.R. Martin, the author of a series of books that are the basis for a little show you might have heard of called Game of Thrones. The HBO series is about to enter its fifth season, and the reason that matters is because if the show goes into season six it may officially be entering uncharted territory. That is to say that it will be forced to move on through the arc of the story without Martin’s books to guide them. And that’s one of the reasons that Martin says he’ll be bowing out of appearing at a number of high-profile cons this summer, including San Diego Comic Con, to finish book number six. (more…)