Jam City Unveils Trailer For Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

Today, Jam City, a Los Angeles based mobile games studio, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, revealed new details for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery — including the game’s first teaser trailer.  Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is the first game in which players can create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student. In the roleplaying game, players will create a personalized student avatar, attend classes, learn magical skills, form friendships or rivalries with other students, and make pivotal decisions that will influence their character’s story arc as they traverse their years at Hogwarts and grow as a witch or wizard.  The game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a label dedicated to creating gaming experiences inspired by the magic and adventures of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Before launching this spring, the title will be introduced to fans at the upcoming A Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida from January 26-28. There, attendees will be able to go behind the scenes via two panels hosted by the Jam City team as well as visiting the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery booth to receive exclusive swag, play the game, meet members of the game team, and experience other magical surprises.

The game is set in the time between Harry Potter’s birth and his enrollment at Hogwarts, when Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley were students. The avatar customization system allows you to continually upgrade your avatar as you gain new expertise and magical skills – you can even choose your own pet. You will join one of the four Houses before progressing through your years at Hogwarts, participating in magical classes and activities such as Potions and Transfiguration.  Building your skills will come in handy as you solve mysteries and go on adventures. As players improve their skills, they will unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery features both large plot arcs and smaller stories such as relationship quests. The game features a new encounter system in which player’s decisions in both actions and narrative impact their quests, and how other characters regard and interact with them. These choices will allow Harry Potter fans to create the legacy of the witch or wizard they want to become.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developed by Jam City and will be released this spring for mobile devices under Portkey Games, the new label for gaming experiences inspired by the magic and adventures of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The title will be available on the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. For more details on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery as they are revealed, and to connect with other Harry Potter fans as you await your owl, visit www.facebook.com/HPHogwartsMystery/, www.twitter.com/HogwartsMystery, and for more information visit www.HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com/.

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Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Coming April 10, 2018 To Blu-ray

Prepare to root for the bad guys when Amanda Waller sends her band of misfit DC Super-Villains on an all-new, action-packed secret mission in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the next film in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting March 27, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, and some drug material.

An original story, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.

The all-star cast is led by Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Archer, True Romance) in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder) as Bronze Tiger, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Once Upon a Time) as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf) as Copperhead, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell (Outcast, The Outsiders, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) as Zoom, Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids, Heroes, Once Upon a Time) as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak (Difficult People, The Venture Bros.) as Professor Pyg, Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project, Beverly Hills 90210) as Silver Banshee and Jewelee, and Jim Pirri (Injustice 2) as Vandal Savage & Vertigo.

Other Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay voice cast members include Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Heroes) as Steel Maxum, Dave Fennoy (Batman: Arkham Knight, Batman: The Telltale Series) as Blockbuster & Tobias Whale, Cissy Jones (Firewatch) as Knockout, Natalie Lander (The Middle, Justice League Action) as Darma, Trevor Devall (Johnny Test) as Punch, Dave Boat (Family Guy, The Good Dinosaur) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Savage Gunman.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) also directs Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay from a script by co-producer Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Batman vs. Two-Face, Justice League Dark).

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Justice League To Be Released Digitally February 13, 2018 & On Blu-ray March 13, 2018

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and DC Entertainment’s epic action adventure Justice League is arriving in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Justice League will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D high definition and high definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in high definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a digital version of the movie.  Fans can also own Justice League via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 13, 2018.

Justice League will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

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Check Out The Cover To Stephen King’s Newest Novel, The Outsider

King’s newest novel, The Outsider is almost here. The book explores the aftermath of a gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy, with all evidence pointing towards one of the town’s most popular residents as the killer: Little League coach Terry Maitland. He has an alibi, but as the scientific case against Maitland gets stronger and stronger, King unfurls a mystery with terrifying, disturbing implications.

The investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, kicking King’s propulsive story into high gear. When the pieces start coming together, the end result might just shock you as only Stephen King can.

EW can exclusively reveal the cover for The Outsider, which should provide King fans hungry for details with a most satisfying tease of what to expect. Here, in all of its haunting, red-eyed, spooky glory, you can at last meet The Outsider.

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

Here is the full synopsis of the 576 page book:

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

The Outsider will be released on May 22, 2018. Pre-order it HERE and check out the haunting cover courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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The Shape of Water Hardcover By Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus 

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking love story.

The Shape of Water will be published as an adult novel. The novel itself will mirror, and expand upon, the material in the film — though will not be considered a tie-in novel for the movie. Illustrations by visual artist James Jean, who also provided the stunning poster art for the film, will feature throughout the novel.

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film—The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the page and on the big screen.

Prepare for an experience unlike anything you’ve ever read or seen. The 320 page book will be released on February 27, 2018.

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Mondo To Release Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia Original Score To Vinyl For The First Time

Mondo is bringing the iconic score to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia to vinyl for the first time. The 3-LP set features all of the film’s songs by Aimee Mann and the complete score by Jon Brion. The vinyl goes on sale January 17, 2018.

Magnolia was released in 1999 following the crossover success of Boogie Nights. The sprawling saga featured Anderson’s most star-studded ensemble, including Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and more. Cruise was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Mondo will release the original songs and score not only on vinyl for the first time, but also for the first time in a single release. The collection features new artwork from Joao Ruas and is pressed on 180 gram colored vinyl. The set is also available on 180 gram black vinyl.

Track list

Disc 1 – Songs by Aimee Mann
Side A
1. One
2. Momentum
3. Build That Wall
4. Deathly

Side B
5. Driving Sideways
6. You Do
7. Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental)
8. Wise Up
9. Save Me

Disc 2 & 3 – Original Score by Jon Brion
Side C
1. A Little Library Music / Going To A Show
2. Showtime

Side D
3. Jimmy’s Breakdown
4. WDKK Theme
5. I’ve Got A Surprise For You Today

Side E
6. Stanley / Frank / Linda’s Breakdown

Side F
7. Chance of Rain
8. So Now Then
9. Magnolia

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Frank Miller Returns To The World of ‘300’ For Dark Horse

Dark Horse is proud to reveal art from Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, the highly anticipated companion to Frank Miller’s award-winning series 300. Comics legend Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300, writes and draws this sprawling historical epic, twenty years in the making. Alex Sinclair, the colorist for Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race, provides his stunning colors to Miller’s latest comics conquest.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander follows Persian King Xerxes as he sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great. This five-issue series boasts issues with thirty plus pages of story and features wrap-around covers in a deluxe collector format.

“300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars,” said Xerxes creator Frank Miller. “This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time.”

The first issue of Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will invade comic stores on April 4, 2018. This gorgeous collector’s item retails for $4.99 and is available for preorder at comic shops later this month.

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I Am Neil Armstrong By Brad Meltzer

My 8 year old daughter, Elli adores the Ordinary People Change the World book series by Brad Meltzer. His upcoming book is about the beloved astronaut Neil Armstrong whose journey to the moon is the focus of the fifteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling collection of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

The 40 page hardcover book will be released on September 11, 2018 and you can order it HERE. Age range 5-8 years.

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Trailer

Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black.

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama explores the healing power of art. Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.

Based on the autobiography by John Callahan, the film was directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) from a screenplay by Van Sant, Callahan, Jack Gibson and William Andrew Eatman.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot opens in theaters May 11, 2018, and will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Coca-Cola Unveils Four New Flavors of Diet Coke

With an updated look, sleek new packaging, and the debut of four bold, new flavors, The Coca-Cola Company is re-energizing and modernizing Diet Coke for a new generation of drinkers – and offering its millions of current fans a new look and more flavors.

The company spoke to more than 10,000 people from across the country to get their ideas and inputs on potential flavor extensions, packaging updates and more. From these insights, Coca-Cola’s R&D team developed and tested more than 30 Diet Coke flavor combinations, featuring tropical, citrus and even botanical notes. Ultimately, Diet Coke landed on four flavors that received the most positive consumer responses.

Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango bring more variety to the trademark by complementing the unique, crisp taste of Diet Coke with unexpected-yet-delicious tastes.

Diet Coke and the new flavors will be packaged in sleek 12-oz. cans and sold as on-the-go singles and in eight-packs. Diet Coke also will continue to be offered in all existing package sizes, such as standard 12-oz. cans, mini cans, glass bottles and more. All new packaging and flavors hit store shelves on January 22, 2018.

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