“Harry Potter” Bollywood Brouhaha

The studio in charge of distributing those mega-popular Harry Potter films is no slouch when it comes to making money. Recently, Warner Bros. announced that the highly anticipated sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise about the boy wizard, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” would no longer be in theaters in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Rather, in an attempt to capitalize on an open date during the busy (See: mega-profitable) summer season, the studio decided to sit on the film until July 17, 2009, when it would be released nationwide. Most movie critics call the move strategic given … Continue reading

Hatter Potter Prequel for Sale

If you are interested in adding the unseen work to your Harry Potter collection you should plan to dig deep (really deep) to get in on the bidding action. According to organizers running the “What’s Your Story?” auction, the 800-word Harry Potter prequel written by the boy wizard’s creator J.K. Rowling appears on pieces of paper that are each only slightly larger than a postcard. Auction insiders say the famous author used both sides of the cards to hand-write what some are calling a prequel to her seven-book Harry Potter saga. Rowling’s work is one of 13 shrunken works to … Continue reading

Harry Potter Fans About to See Double and Robert Redford’s Dream Project

Seven books, eight movies? Hmm… doesn’t seem to add up unless you are talking about the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series and you are trying to cash in BIG TIME. According to movie producers, the boy wizard will star in not one, but two films adapted from J.K. Rowling’s last “Potter” installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The story will reportedly be split into two parts on the big screen. The first film is slated for release in November 2010, with part two following in May 2011. Producers say it was impossible to include all the elements of the … Continue reading

Rowling’s New Adventure, Tyra to Adopt and Britney Tops Santa’s “Naughty List

Author J.K. Rowling is either giving millions of Harry Potter fans reason to hope or she’s leading them on big time. The 42-year-old multi-millionaire recently hinted that she might add an eighth book to the boy wizard franchise. You’ll recall earlier this year Rowling ended the series with the release of the seventh and supposed final novel, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Now the author is revealing that she is tempted to revisit the world of Hogwarts just one more time although the story may not be built around the title character. Rowling told reporters, “There have been times … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri: Rowling’s Golden Touch and Minnelli’s Gray Day

It appears everything that J.K. Rowling touches turns to gold. The author made history again today when a book of fairy tales she hand wrote and illustrated sold for nearly $4 million at auction. A London art agent came in with the winning bid and is now the proud owner of one of only seven copies of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” which is leather bound with silver mounts. For Rowling, whose Harry Potter books have sold nearly 400 million copies and been translated into 64 languages, the sale means “Christmas has come early.” But, not because she will … Continue reading

Pop Culture Updates: Harry Goes to China and Colbert’s New Bid

Potter mania is hitting China. Chinese-language publishers have printed nearly 2 million copies of the final book about the boy wizard and are considering issuing more, according to news reports. Similar to other parts of the world, unauthorized translations of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” surfaced on Chinese websites ahead of its official release last month. The Chinese translation of “The Deathly Hallows” hit stores October 20th in Hong Kong and Taiwan and October 28th in China as opposed to the English version of the book, which was released in July. The seven books about Harry, his pals and … Continue reading

Harry’s Author Reveals Big Secret

Was it really a secret? Hard core Harry Potter, you should know. I mean, really, how many of you were that surprised when J.K. Rowling revealed last night that one of her main characters, Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay. According to news reports, it shocked the heck out of thousands of fans who gathered to engage in a Q& A session with Rowling at Carnegie Hall Friday night. After reading portions from her final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the mega-selling author fielded questions from devoted Potter fans. One young fan asked Rowling whether Dumbledore finds “true … Continue reading

It’s Elvis Week!

Okay, if you are not an Elvis fan, you may not be aware of the fact that it is Elvis Week! Yes, only the King of Rock-n-Roll would be allowed not just a day, but a whole week for fans to celebrate his greatness. Being a native Memphian, I have to admit that I have been to several Elvis Week events in the past. If you have never been to Graceland during Elvis Week, it is certainly an experience. First off, there are many people from around the world that converge on Memphis during this time. If you are wondering … Continue reading

Strange But True

FASHION FILES: BAN ON CROCS Like millions of other kids around the world my daughter has a pair of trendy and stylish Crocs. I swear she would wear those hot pink rubbery clogs everywhere if I’d let her. When it comes to comfort Crocs are hard to beat, which is why I was not surprised to learn that they are very popular amongst nurses. Unfortunately, when it comes to footwear, comfort isn’t winning out over safety at various Pittsburgh area hospitals. In fact, some clinics have banned their medical staff from wearing Crocs all together. One hospital in particular has … Continue reading

Celebrity Updates: Ian and Harry—REJECTS!

Frankly, I didn’t even know he was a serious contender. (Actually, I didn’t even know he was in the running at all.) But, according to former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Ian Ziering, he was stunned to hear Drew Carey beat him out for “The Price Is Right” gig. “I guess I was a little disappointed,” Ziering, recently told reporters. “I was really kind of hoping that would happen. Sure, he did a fairly decent job recently lighting up the floor on last season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but I’m not sure knowing how to shake your groove qualifies a person … Continue reading