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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director to Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Stephen King fans, rejoice! The Talisman according to Collider is being adapted to a film. The Talisman, written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, tells the tale of twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer, a boy given the power to flip from one reality into another, finding himself in a world much like our own with a few notable differences. Using this power, he has to go on an epic quest to save his dying mother, befriending a werewolf, dealing with a boarding school of nightmares, and fighting against the villainous Morgan Sloat. Similar in tone to The Dark TowerThe Talisman is a fantastic read and one of King’s best novels.


Jack Sawyer stands before the novels main antagonist two different selves: Morgan Sloat/Morgan of Orrin
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Mike Barker, who has directed numerous episodes of The Handmaid’s Taleis slated as the director for the adaptation. Barker also had credits in Outlander, Fargo, and Broadchurch. Veteran scriptwriter Chris Spalding is slated to write the movie, a daunting task for such a dense book that we hope he accomplishes well. It remains to be seen what shape the story will take but we, for one, can’t wait to see! In the meantime, find the original novel and give it another read. We’ll keep our ears peeled for further news on this exciting adaptation!



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A Whole New World: Disney Drops New ‘Aladdin’ Trailer

Well the trailer is here! This morning, Disney dropped the new trailer for Aladdin, revealing a whole new menagerie of classic scenes adapted in live action. And most exciting of all: the songs! Yes, folks snippets from Friend Like Me and A Whole New World are glimpsed here, allowing the sheer scope of the project to finally come into focus. Aladdin looks appropriately epic in scale, both in the breath of the sets, the beautiful costumes, and equally lovely cinematography. It appears this move is just more than Will Smith in blue makeup, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.


Poster for Disney's Aladdin, showcasing Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, and Jafar composed together
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Speaking of the Genie, he’s finally shown onscreen for more than a few seconds, allowing Will Smith show us his chops. There will never be a true replacement for Robin William’s Genie but Will Smith looks to be throwing himself into the role with gusto. Showcasing charm, wit, and a great deal of energy, the Genie looks plain fun and will likely steal the show, just as he did in the original animated film.

Other glimpses in the trailer include glimpses of the sinister Jafar, the magnificently designed Cave of Wonders, and of course, Mena Massaoud’s Aladdin himself. This live action adaptation looks to be a worthy successor to the original film and we can’t wait for the film to drop in just two months.

Aladdin releases on May 24th.




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“Harry Potter: A History of Magic:” Take a Tour of the Wizarding World

The big apple welcomes a little bit of magic into its midst. On Oct. 5, The New York Historical Society’s “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit has opened up to the public and will be running from now until the end of January 2019.  The exhibit provides fan with a plethora of Harry Potter paraphernalia such as documents, illustrations and items loaned from Scholastic and Bloomsbury.



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While mimicking the classes of Hogwarts, the tour takes you through Charms, Potions, Astronomy, Care and Keeping of Magical Animals and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Delve into the making of each and every element of the wizarding world. Weaving historical facts and fiction into each and every class, visitors are able to get learn and get hands on in each section, whether it’s viewing their future in crystal balls, swirling potions in an interactive cauldron or exploring the real magic that pulses through the wizardry world. Books line each section, giving tidbits of historical information about some of the fantastical elements that had inspired the creatures in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise.




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Along with ancient text about Nicolas Flamel and broomsticks used by real witches, the museum also carries original transcripts and illustrations belonging to J.K Rowling. Pair your tour up with J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter: History of Magic book, a vivid and colorful book of fantastical facts and photos. The exhibit is full of mysteries ready to unfold, so put on your sorting hat, grab your friends and take a tour into witch and wizardry world of magic.






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Learning Code Is Magical With New Harry Potter Coding Kit

Spells like Wingardium Leviosa are among the first that young witches and wizards learn in the Harry Potter world.


But now, everyone can learn how to do it, fun, intellectual, nd still magical.


Kano released its new product-The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit-on Tuesday and claimed the era of “Coding Magic” is coming. With this STEM-related toy, kids can learn the basic coding skills, build their coding wands, and code the powerful spells like IncendioStupefy, and Wingardium Leviosa.


The kit is ready to go on sale in the US, UK and Australia on October 1. Good news:  The kit is available for preorder from Kano’s website, with the company’s motion-sensor kit provided as a preorder bonus.



If someday you heard a mail package mysteriously casted into your front porch, don’t hesitate, you are entering the Wizarding World via Kano’s new STEM kit!



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This London-Based Potion Room is Where All The Wizards and Witches Hang Out

If you’re a fan of magical tea time accompanied with baked goods and a love of Harry Potter, then you’re in luck.


Cutter & Squidge, a London-based bakery and tea room is offering witches and wizards a magical experience with the Potion Room, a hosted event that adds charm to afternoon tea.



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For a ticketed price, the 2-and-a-half hour event invites customers to experience an exciting afternoon filled with mysterious fun with reportedly includes dressing as real wizards i.e. cloaks, waving wands, and stirring cauldrons. 


In the midst of alchemy, customers will be offered goodies from a diverse menu, including Galaxy Juice (made with passion fruit, hibiscus, and unicorn tear tea), butterscotch bisque, and pumpkin juice, as well as delicious foods.



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The Potion Room will open on May 3, 2018 and is sold at standard tickets priced at £49.50 ($68 USD) and VIP tickets priced at £79.50 (about $109).


For more information, check out their site at the link here.


Feature image courtesy of Cutter & Squidge.