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Harry Potter: The Exhibition

After I either rob a bank or win the lottery so I can go to this exhibit, I apparently need to carve out some additional funds for the Harry Potter: The Exhibition which just opened in Chicago today! The Chicagoist talks about this interactive exhibit of over 200 props and costumes from the movies, including Buckbeak, Mandrakes, Hagrid’s Hut and much more. They also have the Sorting Hat which will tell you what house you would be put in. How cool is that? The exhibit runs thru September, if you are lucky enough to make it to Chicago, click here for more info and how you can purchase tickets.

You’ve probably seen this trailer by now if you are a Harry Potter fan, but here it is again just in case. The movie opens July 15th:


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The Strain.

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I apologize for being behind in posts. I seem to have brought back a nasty virus from my vacation. Probably caught it at the petri dish of germs they call Walmart. I am officially calling it the Swine Cold. Trademark 2009.

Moving on. Fangoria has an interesting post about a new trilogy of vampire books called, The Strain, written by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro(Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy II, Devil’s Backbone) and author Chuck Hogan(Prince of Thieves). It’s set in New York as a vampiric virus takes over the city…and not a sparkling pretty boy vampire in sight. The book hits the shelves on June 2nd in hardcover. Here Guillermo talks about his love of the vampire genre and what inspired him to co-write The Strain:


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Cheeeese Gromit!

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Aardman Animations has announced that they will be creating two new Wallace and Gromit animated featuresPirates and Arthur Christmas. Yay! I am a huge fan of their work and if you haven’t had a chance to see Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-rabbit, it really is a fantastic example of stop-motion animation.  Aardman also created a series called Creature Comforts, that aired only briefly on CBS but Animal Planet has just started rebroadcasting the series. You can find out more info about it here and here. Finally, check out Wallace and Gromit’s website for game downloads and more info about all their films.


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The time has come.

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Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Got your hideout all stocked? No? Then you better get a move on because I’m telling you now that Swine Flu is just the coverup for the real deal…Zombies! Just read this article at the Telegraph:

“It’s like we’re in a strange zombie movie or something,” said Gerardo Garcia, a 23-year-old student, hurriedly stocking up with groceries.

“You don’t know who could be carrying this plague so it is best to just keep behind closed doors as much as possible.”

Uh huh. Laugh at my paranoia now but just remember this moment when your next door neighbor is chewing on your brain.


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Help me help you.

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How come nobody told me that Idris Elba was in a vampire series??? I guess I’m not a very good stalker if I don’t even know these things. Idris was in a British series called Ultraviolet, there were only 6 episodes in 1998, costarring Jack Davenport from BBC’s Coupling, and Susannah Harker who played Jane in Pride and Prejudice(the one with Colin Firth). According to Amazon, here’s a description:

“In a new twist on an old theme, the coolly stylish British miniseries Ultraviolet brings vampires into the 21st century, though the word vampire is never uttered in this mix of The X-Files and somber British TV mysteries like Touching Evil. Jack Davenport is a police detective who stumbles into an elite government agency when his partner and best friend suddenly becomes a nocturnal thug and bites him on the neck. Davenport reluctantly cuts off his old friends and lovers to join the team, which includes Idris Elba as a merciless ex-soldier and Susannah Harker as a medical researcher, and investigate a web of counterfeiting operations, banking scams, and experimental labs featuring human guinea pigs. “What they’re researching is pollution: contamination of their blood supply,” offers team leader and former priest Philip Quast, but the question remains: are they soulless monsters out to conquer mankind, or a persecuted minority who just want to live in peace with the humans?”

That’s going into my Netflix queue today.

kindredOh and when I was checking Amazon for info about Ultraviolet, I came across Kindred: The Embraced. I know I’m not the only one that remembers that show. It was about the battle between the vampire and werewolf clans, starring a very sexy Mark Frankel as the head of the vampires. It was yet another show I probably got cancelled by liking it. Thanks once again FOX, killer of all shows I love. They still have a fan website up after all these years. Check the site out here.


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Dinosaurs and Drug Dealers.

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Good news Primeval fans, Season 3 will be back on BBC America starting May 19th. I’m still ticked that they killed Stephen(James Murray) off. He’s the hot one, second from the left. Why are they always killing off the cute ones? Here’s a promo for the next season:

In completely unrelated news, Den of Geek has a theory why more people haven’t watched The Wire. Apparently it’s my fault, or I should say all Wire fan’s faults:

“Given that human nature invariably includes a dislike of being told what to do, it’s not much surprise that many recipients of what we could politely call ‘The Wire lecture’ decided not to act on it. And it’s created a segment of people who really suspect they’d like the show, who know that it’s something that’s supposed to be really good, but are disinclined to give it a try. Simply put: the sheer force of those who love the show is enough to put many people off it.”

I sorta agree. I didn’t watch it until the entire series was over, and only after being pestered non-stop by three people that it was one of the best shows EVER. I thought it was going to be too Sopranos violent, with constant and brutal violence in every episode. Instead I was drawn in by superb writing and actors who completely absorbed their characters. It is really an amazing series. I won’t demand you see it but I highly recommend that you do so. SOON.

Here’s a video of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing the theme song, Way Down in the Hole, at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in 2007. The footage is a little shaky but worth listening to:



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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

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I am in Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival this week. I have seen two amazing performances so far. One starring the creepy psychiatrist from Silence of the Lambs. The other was an extremely bloody but completely awesome Macbeth. Apparently, tomorrow is also Talk Like Shakespeare Day in Chicago in honor of the famed bard’s birthday. Make your coworkers think you’ve gone a little off and pepper your conversation with lots of “thous” and “thines” and the occasional “get thee to a nunnery!” Click here for some cool videos(including Gillian’s Island does Hamlet?!Bizarre right?) and learn about phrases that were coined by Shakespeare including “Wild Goose Chase” and “Knock Knock. Who’s There?”