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Posted 06/25/2013 Source: FoxNews.com
Listen up all you Muggles and Pez heads.
After eight blockbuster films, several Harry Potter-themed destinations, including a major Orlando theme park attraction, as well as countless spell-bound toys, food and products — you can soon add another American icon to the Harry Potter merchandise clan.
Notoriously tight-lipped, Pez candy company rarely reveals themes that are in production. But CEO and president, Joseph Vittoria, speaking exclusively to FoxNews.com, let a magic secret slip that’s sure delights fans and collectors.
“I’ll give you one for 2015,” speaking about which new Pez dispensers are on the horizon. “It’s taken me about five years to get it. And that’s Harry Potter.” He didn’t detail what it would look like.
It typically takes about a year and a half and lots of planning to bring the 6.5 inch dispensers to life. From Mickey Mouse to Santa Claus and Darth Vader in between, the list of larger-than-life characters immortalized by the company is long.
Vittoria says they’ve already begun designing the Harry Potter dispensers. Like other limited-edition sets, all 250,000 of the dispensers designed like the boy wizard will be numbered.
Pez also piqued the interest of collectors when it collaborated with John Ratzenberger to create set of custom Pez dispensers to celebrate all of the Pixar characters voiced by the actor, better known as Cliff from “Cheers.”
“We are selective in that we try to create pieces that are fun; pieces that you’ll remember,” says Vittoria.
Other popular collector sets have included Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and most recently, the U.S. presidents, each of which Vittoria had a hand in brining to life.
“It makes me feel like I am a kid again. It also gives me a sense of being part of history at the end of the day,” he says.
Vittoria, who took the CEO reins in 2004 ago after trying and failing to buy the company outright, has turned the North American headquarters in Orange, Conn. into a mecca for Pez pilgrims. He opened a visitor’s center in 2011, complete with a viewing area onto the factory floor and the world’s largest Pez dispenser.
Pez, short for the German word “pfefferminz” or peppermint in English, was first introduced in Austria by Eduard Haas, III in 1927 as a breath mint for adult smokers. The “headless” dispenser was patented in 1948. The privately-held, family-owned company ships about 100 million dispensers to more than 80 countries around the world. It’s most popular in the U.S., where Americans eat more than 3 billion of the tiny “bricks” of candy annually.
But according to Pez collector Shawn Peterson, the candy and its dispensers didn’t take off in the U.S. until the 1950s.
“Somebody in marketing said, you know what let’s change it from peppermint flavors to fruit flavors and put a cartoon head on it. This is something kids would like,” he says.
Peterson, who has written three books about Pez collecting and now oversees the Connecticut visitor center, says his passion for the novelty item began 25 years ago when he began grow his collection of dispensers at weekend flea markets. Peterson owns nearly all of the memorabilia on display in the nearly 6,000ft shrine to the miniature marvels–which are on display in case upon case.
“I lost count many years ago. It’s thousands of dispensers. I can at least say that everything that was offered at retail. I at least have an example of it.”
Over the years collecting Pez products has become a serious and expensive business. “Some people buy cars, some people buy art work, some people buy Pez dispensers,” says Peterson.
He points to the 2012 sale of a rare Democratic donkey and Republican elephant that a private collector bought for a reported $20,000. He says only three of the donkey dispensers, originally created as part of a larger set as a gift for President Kennedy in 1961, are known to exist. The set is reportedly in Austria, but hasn’t been seen since.
If someone happened to find what Peterson calls “the holy grail for collectors?” “I could see (it going for) $25,000 plus. All it takes is two people getting into a bidding war and the sky’s the limit.”
And just like high-end design brands, such as Louis Vuitton, people are finding ways to make a quick buck off of counterfeiting the novelty item. For example, a clear, gun-shaped dispenser from the 1950s that sold in 2006 on Ebay for about $13,000 ended up being a fake.
Pez executives says while they’re flattered, they go to great lengths to protect the brand because it’s one of a kind. “We really don’t have a competitor, we are unique in what we do. There are other products but nothing works or operates or is shaped like a Pez dispenser,” Peterson says.
While touring other displays at the visitor center, it’s easy to see the evolution of the dispenser’s technology. From its original basic flip head to the more recent removable car model, it’s clear that Vittoria has something a little unexpected up his sleeve for the company’s future.
“We would love to build a Pez phone that is a smart phone or a nice unit that is a small computer chip when the technology is right, and I think it’s real close.”
Could Apple have a little competition from a candy company?
But Santa Claus and Harry Potter aside, it seems that even saving your run-of-the-mill plastic Pez dispenser may pay off.
“In 30 years from now you’ll say, ‘Gee, I’ve got that piece, let me see if I still have it.’ And lo and behold it’s worth a few thousands dollars,” says Vittoria.
Posted 06/04/2013 Source: The-Leaky-Couldron.org
Hypable is hypothesizing the opening date of the Wizarding World expansion will fall between June 14 and August 14. This prediction stems from unusual black out dates to Power Pass holders, that have appeared on the Universal web page. These black out dates would prevent Power Pass holders from entering the park and promote crowd control. Screamscapes predicted the site would open the week of June 11, but said that the date could easily shift for an opening that large. Hypable reports:
“Universal has blocked those with the Power Pass (one of their annual passholder levels) from entering Universal Studios Florida beginning Saturday, June 14 through Saturday, August 14. Those with the Power Pass may enter the neighboring park Islands of Adventure, which houses the original Wizarding World, during that time.”
“This two-month block out period isn’t normal for those with the Power Pass. This year, the same annual pass is only blocked from entering during the month of July. The purpose of the passholder black out is to help control crowd size.”
“This blockout period falls perfectly in line with an April report which said Universal is planning to open the Diagon Alley land the week around June 11.”
“Screamscape, a reliable source for theme park information, cites a source who says the Diagon Alley expansion is aiming to open by June 2014; specifically, the week of June 11. “With over a year left in the construction timetable, a lot can happen and dates can shift, especially with a project of this size, involving the construction of an entire new land with several buildings, and the Hogwarts Express to run between the two parks,” Screamscape notes.”
Many thanks to Hypable–We hope their predictions are correct!
Posted 11/21/2011 Source: The-Leaky-Couldron.org
The “When Harry Left Hogwarts” documentary, which features footage from the filming of the final two movies, is now available to watch online. The documentary was filmed by BAFTA recipient Morgan Matthews and can be viewed in two parts here and here or below.
Posted 11/19/2010 Source: WSJ.com
Over the past 10 years, Stuart Craig has designed a sprawling gothic boarding school campus as the setting for the Harry Potter films. For the seventh film, which moves away from theHogwartsSchool, he gave the franchise a darker look.
For the seventh Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” released Friday, Mr. Craig, 68, faced a new challenge: None of the action takes place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the primary setting of the first six Harry Potter movies. Mr. Craig needed to create nearly 2½ hours’ worth of new settings, and give the franchise a darker look. The film unfolds like a road movie, with the characters traveling through bleak, barren countryside and facing mortal dangers in burning houses and cobwebbed castles.
At the movie’sLondon premiere last week, Mr. Craig noted with satisfaction that the audience visibly shuddered when Harry jumped into an icy pond in a lifeless, moonlit forest. “It was giving an extreme sense of discomfort,” he said.
In reality, the scene was shot entirely at Leavesden Studios in Watford, nearLondon, where all the Harry Potter movies were made. Leavesden is also home to the fictional Ministry of Magic, which is supposed to sit beneath a real street in theLondon government district of Whitehall. To create the ministry, which first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of thePhoenix” in 2007, Mr. Craig studied underground structures such as theLondon andMoscow subway stations.
For the new film, Mr. Craig added a towering monument to the ministry’s atrium. The Soviet-style sculpture shows wizards crushing cowering muggles—people without magic powers—and bears an engraving that says “Magic Is Might.” The totalitarian aesthetic, Mr. Craig says, highlights the theme of a world dominated by evil. He used seemingly long, winding corridors to give the ministry a Kafkaesque feel. As the characters explore the building, including an upstairs office and a basement courtroom, viewers soon feel as if they know their way around the place.
Mr. Craig designed his first set as a teenager inEngland, when he painted theTower ofLondon as a background for a school production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard.” Years later, in 1983, Mr. Craig won his first Academy Award for his work on “Gandhi.” He won two subsequent Oscars for “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The English Patient.”
One afternoon in 1999, Mr. Craig was decorating the bedroom of his soon-to-be-born grandson when director Chris Columbus called and invited him toLos Angeles to discuss a film version of the first Potter novel. Mr. Craig rushed out to buy the book and got on the plane. Reading it, he felt “a slight sense of panic.” He had to invent a complex world, based in reality but with magical elements. Many readers had firm images of that world already in their heads.
For theHogwartsCastle, he studied Norman and Gothic cathedrals. The school’s Great Hall was based onChristChurchCollege atOxford. In the first six movies, the Hogwarts exterior that audiences see is a scale model built at 1/24th of the size shown on screen, that sat inside the studio, a former aircraft hangar. For the final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” scheduled for release next year, Hogwarts was made digitally. Visual effects experts scanned the model and then scanned surfaces of real buildings, including cracks and crumbling masonry. Those images were then laid over those of the model, creating a more weathered texture and more architectural detail. The improved castle walls allowed for more action close to the building—essential for the final film, which revolves around Hogwarts.
In “Hallows: Part 1,” Mr. Craig’s favorite scene doesn’t use elaborate visual effects. Harry’s friend Hermione Granger leaves her family’s middle-class home to join her companions on a dangerous journey. After erasing her parents’ memories of her, she walks out of a cozy living room and onto a coldly lit street.
“We wanted to show a place that’s hard to leave,” Mr. Craig said.
Posted 6/24/2010 Source: MuggleNet.com
UPDATE: We’ve now learned that the trailer will debut online Monday, June 28th at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT!
This information has once again been confirmed by an entertainment and media analyst who caught the trailer at Cinema Expo International in the Netherlands earlier today. Moreover, he says the Deathly Hallows trailer is the best trailer of the year and contains footage from Parts 1 and 2: New Harry Potter teaser will play with Twilight’s #Eclipse next week and includes footage of both part I & II. Best trailer of year so far! Based on the FANTASTIC teaser at CinemaExpo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2D looks amazing in itself– no need for 3D. We have heard rumors that the trailer may debut online as early as June 28th. However, this is NOT official yet. At the least, you can expect to see the trailer with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in theaters on June 30th!
6/19/2010 Source: CinemaBlend.com
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is finally open at Universal Studios in Orlando, and by all accounts, demand is both unprecedented and a little bit nuts, with reports of four to six hour-long lines to just enter the park. The park opened around 9:30am, but thousands of fans arrived days in advance, with fans camping out overnight along the interstate. We’re all excited to ride a broomstick or two, right?
Early-bird fans who were there for the very start of the day’s festivities bore witness as Daniel Radcliffe drew open the curtain and officially opened the park, joined at the opening by Warwick Davis (who plays Filius Flitwick), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore).
Okay, okay. You want to know what you can find inside–we get it. The big centerpiece of the park is Hogwarts castle, which towers over the other Islands of Adventure. Inside the castle is the all-new, specifically crafted Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (eat your heart out, Cinderella’s Castle). The ride promises to be a “greatest hits” tour through the spots you’d expect, including a brief drop-in Quidditch match, a throwdown with the Whomping Willow, and an attempt at surviving a dragon attack.
Outside the castle, you can pretty much have the full Diagon Alley experience, from a pint at the Hog’s Head pub right on through to picking up a Marauder’s Map or three at Filch’s. There’s also the intriguingly-named “Flight of the Hippogriff” attraction, which I REALLY HOPE involves “The Flight of the Bumblebee” as played on a large instrument (let’s say a tuba), and another dozen or so attractions, from roller coasters on down.
Despite being less than a day old, the fan community is abuzz with what’s next for the park, as its popularity leads to inevitable expansion. MTV’s got a fun little piece on suggestions for themed rides coming down the pike, and, for those of you with an interest in homebrewing, the Christian Science Monitor has an in-depth interview with J.K. Rowling about the painstaking process of bringing butterbeer into real life. Happy wizarding, everybody!
There was news out of the UK yesterday that a fire on the set of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” left Hogwarts in ruins. The truth is not quite that dramatic, but it makes for compelling copy, right? All of the “Harry Potter” films have been shot at Leavesden Film Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire. Local paper Watford Observer reports that the fire started while second unit shooting was underway on Friday evening, on a courtyard scene that factors into a battle sequence — presumably the climax — in the second of the final two “Potter” films. The pyrotechnics-heavy work being done got a little bit out of control, leading to the fire. Warner Bros has already confirmed that none of the principal cast members were present, no one was injured and no equipment was damaged. In a statement, a “Potter” rep said of the incident: “It was a big special effects scene. Unfortunately, there was a small fire as a result of that. As a precaution, as we had already mobilized our own in-house fire team who had it under control, the fire brigade was called and it was put out in under an hour.” The statement went on to confirm that Leavesden wasn’t damaged at all by the fire and that the fire-plagued set was already going to be rebuilt anyway. “The scene was where the set was being destroyed and then it was to be rebuilt for a new scene, as part of a battle for Deathly Hallows part two.” The “Potter” team responded following early reports that the cost of the damage was somewhere in the neighborhood of £100,000. While those early reports also made mention of the incident causing production delays for Warner, so far the planned release dates of November 19, 2010 and July 15, 2011 remain unchanged.
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THE Hogwarts set for the final Harry Potter adventure has been destroyed in a blaze as filming for the final battle scene went disastrously wrong. Explosives set light to scenery at the school of magic as cast and crew shot the Battle of Hogwarts climax for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fire crews battled for 40 minutes to bring the flames under control but the set was wrecked. Six fire engines raced to Leavesden Film Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire, in the drama on Friday evening. A source said: “We were shooting the scenes where Hogwarts gets blown up during the battle. But fire managed to catch hold of the set and it went up in flames. It was completely out of control at one point.” It’s understood that the main cast members including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione) or Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) were not there at the time. There were about 100 crew members and some cast on set and all escaped without injury. One source estimated damage at £100,000. Warner Bros confirmed the incident and insisted production was still going ahead but it will be a setback for the schedule, with the first part of the story due out towards the end of the year. The Battle of Hogwarts scenes involve Harry raising an army of students to defend the school from evil wizard Voldemort. A fire service spokesman said: “There was a big battle scene involving a lot of pyrotechnics and explosions. There was a mocked-up castle made of timber, steel and plastic and somehow it caught alight.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final instalment of the franchise. It will be released in 3D, with the first part out on November 19 and the second on July 15, 2011.