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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story DVD

The Lifetime Original story of the Harry Potter creator, it’s Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story, starring Poppy Montgomery. And it’s out on DVD…here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Just before the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, arrives on DVD (11/11), uncover the incredible real life of Harry’s creator with Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story, the top-rated Lifetime Original Movie which chronicles the British author’s (Montgomery) struggle to bring the beloved wizard fantasy to life as a single mother on welfare and become one of the world’s wealthiest women.

An inspiring look at J.K. Rowling‘s rise to become one of the most influential writers ever (with more than 400 million copies of her visionary books sold across the globe resulting in a billion-dollar film franchise), MAGIC BEYOND WORDS follows her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager through the devastating loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon in her early twenties. The drama also follows Rowling’s tumultuous first marriage, becoming a mother, her divorce, and the dark days of living on government assistance while publisher after publisher passed on her first novel…before it became an international best-seller and solidified Rowling’s rightful place in literary and cultural history.


By | 2017-09-24T22:35:52+00:00 October 29th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, September 9, 2008

  • Blue Man Group is going for Imax 3-D screens with their first feature. The original Blue Men (Matt Goldman, Chris Wink and Phil Stanton) are on board with production to start next June and it being released a year later. Here’s an interesting bit that Goldman revealed: “Back in Katzenberg’s day at Disney, they actually assigned Frank Oz to work with us. We just couldn’t figure it out. It’s a hard medium when you don’t talk.” Would love to see what they were able to come up with, Blue Men and Oz… Source: Variety.

    We can probably expect some of this madness, but coming right at you!!:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

  • New word on the Ghostbusters 3 front…check out my brief history of Ghostbusters 3 post, which I’ve updated to reflect Ramis’ statement confirming things.
  • Lawsuits happen all the time and unless there’s some hemming and hawing about it, I don’t mention them here because they don’t affect you and thus you don’t “need to know” about them. But since this was brought up at one of our panels: J. K. Rowling has won her Harry Potter Lexicon lawsuit and an injunction has been placed against the publication. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:11+00:00 September 9th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Own Your Own Copy of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition

    Okay, so talk about Stuff You Need to Know. You might remember how at the end of last year, there were handcrafted editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard from J.K. Rowling, one of which Amazon sold at auction for an assload of money, all for charity. Now there’s going to be editions that you and I can afford and–in case you were wondering–it’s all going to charity still. The Children’s High Level Group will be the beneficiaries of this. So you can drop some coin and drop a little extra coin and not feel too terribly bad about it.

    Why would you want to drop extra coin? Because the Collector’s Edition (pictured) is $100. And it’s a replica of the handcrafted versions, apparently. Check this out:

    Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector’s Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon.

    Criminy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, you can get the same text in the Standard Edition for less than $8 pre-ordered. But…that Collector’s Edition is calling my name, I don’t know about you. Anyway, even if you don’t grab it, click through to the Collector’s Edition to check out all the pics of it. As a work of bookery, it still should be looked over. Both editions are out December 4th.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:15:09+00:00 July 31st, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    New Story: Unreadable

    Unreadable -- flash fiction from John Robinson

    Ken sent me over to the Waterstone’s story page, where they’re asking people to contribute stories no longer than 600 characters in length. Authors like The Neil, J.K. Rowling, Nick Hornby and Tom Stoppard (!) have done theirs.

    Now, if you know my stuff, you know it’s hard for me to do anything in 600 words, much less 600 characters. But I threw together something because I couldn’t resist. Since there’s no direct link to mine, you can click the image there to see the full deal. And bonus–here I edited it and fixed my typo. Never, ever submit fiction at 4am. This is my advice to you. Learn from my stupidity, I beg of you.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:38+00:00 June 12th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    “Harry Potter 7 and a Half” Film Announced

    Harry Potter 7 Film to Be Split in Half

    In announcement that surprised no one but the completely uninformed, Warner Brothers announced today that the movie version of the Chazzie-nominated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two films. Director David Yates, who did the helming duties on Order of the Phoenix and is working Half-Blood Prince currently, will be back to do films 7 and 7.5. Expect Film #7 in time for the holidays, 2010, and Film #7.5 will hit summer 2011.

    Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group had this to say: “In concluding the film franchise, we recognized that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is packed with vital plot points that complete the story arcs of all of its beloved characters. That said, we feel that the best way to do the book, and its many fans, justice is to expand the screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and release the film in two parts.”


    By | 2017-09-24T23:21:12+00:00 March 13th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    Harry Potter Part 8: Harry Takes Manhattan

    French & Saunders skewer Harry Potter

    J.K. Rowling has come out and said that another Harry Potter book is not out of the question. The Daily Mail states:

    But in an interview with Time magazine, which put Rowling at No 3 in its Person Of The Year list, she said: “There have been times since finishing, weak moments, when I’ve said ‘Yeah, all right’ to the eighth novel.

    She states to not get too manic thinking it will star Harry. It might be something completely different.


    By | 2011-05-27T23:53:26+00:00 December 30th, 2007|Headsup|2 Comments

    J.K. Rowling Open Book Tour: Win to See Her at Carnegie Hall

    J.K. Rowling

    How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer is: write books, sell fifty quintillion copies, have them turned into mega-movies, and have the whole thing turned into a theme park. Practice? Bah.

    So yes, J.K. Rowling is going to be at Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 19th. She’s going to read from Book 7, do a Q&A, and sign copies.

    That’s nice, you say, but we’re busy reading Book 7 and underlining the good bits. Why should we care?

    Because a thousand folks can win a pair of tickets to be there.

    July 30th, the contest opens up. Anybody 7 and up can enter the contest at For all the details, the rest of press release follows after the jump.

    If you win because we pointed this out to you, send us a pic of you at the event. That’s all we ask.

    Update: If you want a direct-direct link to the contest, go here. Thanks to Susan P. for passing that our way.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:29:07+00:00 July 27th, 2007|Books, Contests, Headsup|0 Comments

    The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter: Orlando’s Just Wild About Harry, Too

    Potter Pals

    Our dreams have finally come true: by 2009, we Muggles will be able to pretend to be wizards in the Harry Potter universe the Orlando way. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort will be creating and opening “The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter” within their growing Islands of Adventure theme park. The timeline plans for 2009, or maybe before. The plans are to make the park “fully immersive,” and Rowling herself is said to become “terribly excited” when she saw the plans, and she plans to be an integral part of the creation of the park, which will cater to the sights, sounds, and smells of the world of Harry Potter. There will of course be rides, as well as plenty of opportunity to spend your galleons in restaurants and shops. Will it be exciting or will it somehow cheapen the world? Will the families of Dindrane, Roz, and Cosette be forced to relocate to Orlando to stave off the impoverishment of plane tickets? Only the next three years will tell.

    More info can be found here.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:31:14+00:00 June 2nd, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments

    Harry Potter 7 Declared Bomb Before Being Even Seeing Print

    …by the TSA apparently. Sci-Fi Wire informs us that security came pretty close to not allowing J. K. Rowling to get on a plane carrying the Harry Potter 7 manuscript on the plane. Although in all fairness, I’m sure this had nothing to do with paper being mistaken for the makings of a bomb–based on how big the book is expected to be, it probably failed the weight limits for carry-on luggage.

    Brought to our attention by Rox of Spaz-House.

    Image taken from my archenemy Neil Cicierga’s tribute to Dumbledore.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:40:22+00:00 September 16th, 2006|Books, Stimuli|0 Comments

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – DVD Review

    harry potter chamber of secrets dvd cover


    Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith


    • Year One at Hogwarts intro
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Conversation with author Rowling and scribe Kloves
    • Interview section with snippets from the cast
    • Gallery of production sketches
    • Build a Scene featurette
    • Tours of the sets for Dumbledore’s Office, Diagon Alley, and the Chamber of Secrets
    • The Chamber Challenge game
    • The Forbidden Forest Challenge game
    • Colin’s Darkroom
    • Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom with reading list, certificates and a Lockhart photo gallery
    • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge game
    • Additional scenes
    • Game preview of the Chamber game by EA
    • DVD-ROM:
    • Weblinks
    • Voice-activated navigation
    • Game demo
    • Challenge games: Photo Hunt, Sliders, Jigsaw Puzzles, Matching Potions
    • Hogwarts timeline
    • Screensaver
    • Activities: 3-D Great Hall Cutout, Printable Mazes, Folding Posters

    Released by: Warner Brothers
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it.


    By | 2009-07-21T05:18:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments