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Remember when the Harry Potter story was supposed to end with The Deadly Hallows? Neither does Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who’s shepherding the development of Pottermore, and online porthole for all things Potter, a new film trilogy that takes place in the Harry Potter universe based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On that subject there is a bit of news today as the production released the first artwork from the show, and while it doesn’t yield much in the way of plot, it is an intriguing piece of art that hints at a couple of recognizable Potter details. (more…)

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So it’s lunch time. What are you eating? Would you like some human? Yum, delicious human meat. Tastes like chicken, right? Well now you can be the judge. Hold on. Don’t freak out. No where, and no business, is serving actual human meat because if nothing else it would attract a lot of attention from the city’s health and safety office, not to mention the police department. But in the spirit of cannibalism (if that’s a thing), a pair of chefs from the United Kingdom are giving fans of the series The Walking Dead a chance to enjoy an opportunity for virtual cannibalism, all in the name of promoting the fifth season of the zombie apocalypse drama. (more…)

Sci-Fi/Comic conventions are fun as hell, but sometimes, weird things happen. In addition to breaking the record for the largest gathering of Star Trek fans anywhere, the latest UK Trek-themed convention gains a place at the top of the “WTF?” list and has surely become a legendary moment for actor John Barrowman.

While hosting this past weekend’s Destination Star Trek Five Captains panel – where all five Star Trek captains were under the same roof answering fans’ questions and such – the Doctor Who and Torchwood star asked former Enterprise captain Scott Bakula to sign one of his butt cheeks. Being the sport that he his, Bakula proceeded to semi-permanently sign Barrowman’s torpedo bay under the watchful eyes of fellow Sci-fi captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.

We can’t see everyone’s faces, but judging by the image posted by the @Team_Barrowman twitter page, at least Shatner is having a grand old time of it all.  It’s something like this that could only happen at a convention.

Special thanks to Blastr for sharing the background image to every Torchwood fangirl’s computer for the next six months.

Oh please, oh please let this rumor be true.

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are always a stunning and theatrical display of celebration for the host country, and when your host country is the United Kingdom you’ve got a very long, very colorful history to celebrate. So what will our former overlords be wowing us with at the 2012 Summer Olympics?

An epic showdown between Mary Poppins, the magical, singing, umbrella flying nanny, and Voldemort, the dark lord of the Harry Potter series so fearsome most never utter his name.

At least this is according to Sunday Times who broke the story. It’s clearly still a rumor, but what a fantastic rumor it is. Honestly, what they’re reporting sounds pretty freakin’ awesome and I sure hope they’re right. Apparently there will be a sequence featuring a whole bunch of famous literary characters from Alice in Wonderland to Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians. But the finale is what sounds truly spectacular as a 40 ft Voldemort will rise and chase all these beloved characters away only to thwarted by an army of Mary Poppins.

About 30 actors each depicting Mary Poppins, the magical English nanny played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 Disney film, will descend from the roof of the stadium on wires and “float” to the ground with their opened umbrellas. The nightmare will be banished and happiness restored. “It’s a jaw-dropping sequence,” said one source.

I don’t care how silly this sounds, it would be infinitely cooler than any past country’s opening ceremonies. Really, Beijing, ribbon dancers? I think London’s got ya beat. At least they will, if this rumor holds true.

What d’ya think? Would a sequence featuring all the most famous literary creations of the U.K. be a good addition to the opening ceremonies? Admit it, how badly do you want to see a giant Voldemort beaten back by a bunch of British nannies?

Source: The Mary Sue

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about Attack the Block but I’ve gotta admit, I know squat about it. If you’re like me and have only heard good buzz about the U.K.’s sci-fi flick that wowed audiences at SXSW but are still iffy on the details, you’ve got to check out the new red band trailer. It gives a bit more detail than a normal trailer, so if you’re paranoid about being spoiled here’s the first, less fun and raunchy, green band trailer.

This trailer will set you up with what you need to know, but briefly, Attack the Block follows an inner city gang in South London who must fight aliens when they begin invading their neighborhood. Yeah, I’m sold already. But the trailer is hilarious and you should totally give it a watch. Attack the Block has little star power, the biggest name is Nick Frost. But what it lacks in big names it makes up for in over the top action and foul mouthed teens kickin’ alien butt.

ATTACK THE BLOCK follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who rob Sam (Whittaker) as she is walking home in a scary South London tower block.  She flees when the gang is attacked by a small alien creature which falls from the sky.  While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of creatures falls.  The gang grabs weapons, mount bikes, and set out to defend their turf.  But this time, the creatures are much bigger.  Savage and bestial, nothing will stand in their way. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her only hope.

Attack the Block opens in select cites on June 29th, so keep your eyes peeled for a showing near you.

source: ScreenRant