“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Coming to Broadway

#HarryPotter fans: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is coming to Broadway in April, 2018 at New York’s Lyric Theatre! The news was posted on the play’s website.

Information on tickets, performance schedule & casting choices are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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J.K. Rowling to Launch Book Club for “Harry Potter” Fans in June

J.K. Rowling to launch a book club for #HarryPotter called the “Wizarding World Book Club” in June, 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

The club’s goal is to “create a global community of Harry Potter readers who are communicating with each other as they are reading the same book, at the same time.” J.K. Rowling’s publishing arm, Pottermore, also states that the book club “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.”

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Brilliant Actor John Hurt has Died

#RIP: we are deeply saddened that actor Sir John Hurt has died at 77. He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

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2017 Oscar Nominations for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films

6 2016 #SciFi & #Fantasy movies received #Oscar nominations in 2017, with #Arrival receiving 8 total! “#FantasticBeasts and Where to Find Them” & “#RogueOne: A #StarWars Story” each received 2 nominations. “#StarTrek Beyond”, #DoctorStrange & #SuicideSquad received 1 nomination each.

The individual nominations for these movies are shown below:

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Best Picture
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Animated Feature Film
Cinematography
Costume Design
Directing
Documentary (Feature)
Documentary (Short Subject)
Film Editing
Foreign Language Film
Makeup and Hairstyling
Music (Original Score)
Music (Original Song)
Production Design
Short Film (Animated)
Short Film (Live Action)
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)

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2016 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Celebrity Deaths

The number of deaths among celebrities in 2016 has seemed quite high and the #SciFi & #Fantasy genres haven’t been immune as the year began with 2 significant deaths, continued from there and is ending with even more significant deaths. The affected franchises include #StarWars, #HarryPotter, #StarTrek, #Babylon5, #Thunderbirds, #Bewitched & more. Listed below are some of the beloved celebrities that have been lost in 2016. May they all rest in peace.

David Bowie (Jan. 8, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2016)

A very gifted musician, singer & composer, David Bowie also acted and played the character Jareth in #Labyrinth among others.

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Alan Rickman (Feb. 21, 1946 – Jan. 14, 2016)

The very gifted actor Alan Rickman will forever be remembered for playing the character Sevurus Snape in #HarryPotter. He also played Alexander Dane / Dr. Lazarus in #GalaxyQuest & much, much more. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!” His untimely passing earlier this year remains a source of sadness for many. He will never be forgotten.

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Alethea McGrath (Jun. 1, 1920 – Feb. 9, 2016)

The Australian actress will likely be best remembered as the Jedi Temple librarian Jocasta Nu in “#StarWars: #AttackOfTheClones”, but did other works.

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Drew Henley (1940 – Feb. 14, 2016)

Drew Henley is likely best known for portraying the X-Wing pilot known only as “Red Leader” in “#StarWars: #ANewHope”. Unused footage of him from this film was used in “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, which opened in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016. He also appeared in #Space1999, Gerry Anderson’s #UFO & more.

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Lee Reherman (Jul. 4, 1966 – Feb. 29, 2016)

Among his various works. Lee Reherman played the uniformed mercenary in “#StarTrek Into Darkness” who gets sucked into space when Scotty blows open the airlock.

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Sylvia Anderson (Mar. 25, 1927 – Mar. 15, 2016)

Sylvia Anderson co-created many works with her former deceased husband Gerry Anderson, including #Thunderbirds, #CaptainScarletVsTheMysterons, #UFO, #Space1999, #Stingray, #Joe90 & more! She was the voice for Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds.

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Erik Bauersfeld (Jun. 28, 1922 – Apr. 3, 2016)

Erik Bauersfeld voiced Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in #StarWars & more. His most famous line was, “It’s a trap!”

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Buck Kartalian (Aug. 13, 1922 – May 24, 2016)

Buck Kartalian portrayed the ape Julius in #PlanetOfTheApes and was also in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”, as well as the #Batman TV series, #TheMunsters, #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea & more.

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Janet Waldo (Feb. 4, 1920 – Jun. 12, 2016)

Among her many works, Janet Waldo voiced the character of Judy Jetson in #TheJetsons, as well as Princess Susan in #BattleOfThePlanets.

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Anton Yelchin (Mar. 11, 1989 – Jun. 19, 2016)

The tragic accidental death of Anton Yelchin cut short what would’ve likely been a very long & brilliant acting career. He will forever be remembered for his portrayal of the character Chekov in the #StarTrek reboot.

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Jerry Doyle (Jul. 16, 1956 – Jul. 27, 2016)

Among his many works, Jerry Doyle played the character Michael Garibaldi in #Babylon5.

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Barry Jenner (Jan. 14, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2016)

Barry Jenner played the character Admiral Ross in “#StarTrek #DS9” and more.

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Kenny Baker (Aug. 24, 1934 – Aug. 13, 2016)

Kenny Baker will always be remembered for playing the droid character R2-D2 in #StarWars. He also played the character Paploo in “Star Wars”, as well as Fidget in #TimeBandits, a dwarf in #FlashGordon & much more!

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Gene Wilder (Jun. 11, 1933 – Aug. 29, 2016)

Gene Wilder was a brilliant actor. He played Willy Wonka in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Dr. Frankenstein in #YoungFrankenstein & was in many other films, including #BlazingSaddles, #SilverStreak, #TheWorldsGreatestLover, #StirCrazy & much more!

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Hazel Douglas (Nov. 2, 1923 – Sept. 8, 2016)

Among her many works that began in 1947, Hazel Douglas portrayed Bathilda Bagshot in “#HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”.

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Tony Swartz (Sept. 24, 1943 – Sept. 27, 2016)

Tony Swartz played Flight Sergeant Jolly in the original #BattlestarGalactica TV, & more.

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Bernard Fox (May 11, 1927 – Dec. 14, 2016)

Bernard Fox may be best well known for his portrayal of Doctor Bombay in the TV series Bewitched, but he had many other roles.

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Liz Smith (Dec. 11, 1921 – Dec. 24, 2016)

Among her many works, Liz Smith played Grandma Georgina in #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory (2005). She was also in the 1999 TV movie #AChristmasCarol, which starred Patrick Stewart as Ebeneezer Scrooge. She’ll also be remembered as the bizarre cook Letitia Cropley in the British comedy #TheVicarOfDibley and for many other works.

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George Michael (Jun. 25, 1963 – Dec. 25, 2016)

The world-renowned singer George Michael is included here because his music was a favorite of the character Deadpool & used in the #Deadpool movie.

 

Carrie Fisher (Oct. 21, 1956 – Dec. 27, 2016)

The legendary actress Carrie Fisher portrayed the pivotal #StarWars character Princess Leia Organa in the original trilogy, then reprised the role in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”. She had completed filming for the next installment, #StarWarsVIII, which won’t be released in theaters until Dec., 2017.

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Debbie Reynolds (Apr. 1, 1932 – Dec. 28, 2016)

The mother of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds was a well-known actress who was too overcome with grief over the death of her daughter the day before.

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