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The new Harry Potter Theme Park: We were there!

Harry-Potter-Film-Talent-OrlandoImage Credit: Kevin Kolczynski/Universal Orlando ResortThe first thing you should know about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is that the Butterbeer tastes magical. It’s frothy, butterscotchy, and incredibly yummy, and it’s one of many details that make the theme park — part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando (admission: $79 per day for adults, $69 for kids) — a transportive delight for Potter fanatics. The park’s grand opening is June 18, but EW was invited for a special early look on May 17. After passing the Hogwarts Express, guests should prepare to drop more than a few Galleons on Potterphernalia in the commercial area of Hogsmeade — from $15 for the Sneakoscopes at Zonko’s joke shop, to $300 for the Firebolt broomstick at Dervish and Banges magic shop. Thanks to close supervision by the Potter films’ design team, everything looks and feels precisely right, down to the absurdly high shelves and cramped, English-style layouts. In other words, expect some tight crowds.

The above photo, meanwhile, was taken yesterday morning. Yep, that’s Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) — no, really, that is the kid who plays Neville Longbottom, no fooling — Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Oliver and James Phelps (George and Fred Weasley), getting their first look at Hogsmeade. So how can snow blanket the roofs of the buildings in hot and humid Orlando, Fla.? Do you think my answer to that will be anything other than “magic”?

For more inside scoop on the park — including the bewitching surprises that abound while standing in line for its signature ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey — pick up the new issue of EW (with Jane Lynch as Glee‘s Sue Sylvester on the cover) on stands this Friday.

So, fellow Potter-heads, are you excited to check out Harry Potter’s Wizarding World?

'DWTS': Your Hidden Gems of Week 8!

Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and flesh. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems! READ FULL STORY

'Idolatry': Siobhan Magnus talks rainbows, ponies, evil clowns, and her 'American Idol' run

Idolatry-Siobhan-MagnusLeft to her own devices, Siobhan Magnus says her American Idol tenure might’ve looked very different from what you saw on TV — and probably ended a heckuva lot earlier. The Glassblower sat down with me at Amalia Restaurant in New York City earlier this week to talk about which contro-versee-ahhl songs she almost chose in the semifinals (instead of “Wicked Game” and “Think”), how her rendition of “Paint It Black” was influenced by scary clowns, and why she hopes someday to make an album that’s “little-girl friendly.” We also dished combat boots, British boy band 5ive, READ FULL STORY

'DWTS': Your Hidden Gems of Week 7!

Thank you, DANCMSTRs, for your fabulous Hidden Gem of the Week nominations! For the uninformed, this collection of reader-submitted ridiculata is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a purely visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and flesh. You’ll love it. Get ready. Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!  READ FULL STORY

A Magic 8-Ball movie? Signs point to yes.

magic-8-ballToys and movies: Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Hollywood executives certainly seem to think so, as a recent episode of The Simpsons so nicely lampooned with this trailer for Tic Tac Toe: The Movie. Universal, which has a deal with Hasbro, already has films based on Battleship, Monopoly, Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ouija board at various stages of development. Now comes news that Paramount — which hit the toy-to-movie jackpot with a little franchise called Transformershas optioned the Magic 8-Ball as the basis for a potential live-action adventure film. Sure, we all played with Magic 8-Balls as kids, shaking up that little black fortune-telling sphere for answers to our most profound questions, like whether the girl we had a crush on in fifth grade liked us back (“Reply hazy, try again”) or whether we’d be rich and famous when we grew up (“Don’t count on it”). But can you picture an entire movie based on that? Concentrate and ask again.

What do you think? Does the idea of a big-screen Magic 8-Ball movie leave you thinking “Outlook good”? Or “Very doubtful”? While we’re at it, what game do you think Hollywood should set its sights on next? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Boggle? Jenga?

'Titanic' in 3D is spectacular, says Jeffrey Katzenberg. Will you see it?

titanic-3dImage Credit: Everett CollectionI know, I know. I should be writing about how DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show on Wednesday that DWA is converting the first three Shrek films to 3D for a Blu-ray release. (They’re going back into the digital files, with the filmmakers, and doing it right, he noted, so no need to throw his recent statements dissing poorly-executed, post-conversions in his face. He was asked to speak again about Clash of the Titans, if you were wondering, and politely declined, Variety reports.) But really, 3D Shreks don’t excite me. Instead, this bit of news in the Hollywood Reporter‘s recap of his chat grabbed me: “He added that he saw a test for Titanic and said: ‘It is spectacular. Jim is a perfectionist.'” READ FULL STORY

'DWTS': Your Hidden Gems of Week 4!

If you’ve ever been crazy enough to watch Dancing With the Stars, you know it’s easy to miss some of its most amusing elements — the facial reactions, silly backstage moments, and occasionally a big ol’ ball of glitter sitting right there on the piano bench. Each week, EW.com readers nominate their Hidden Gems of the Week in the comments section of my performance night recap. Last week’s treasure trove of gems was a PopWatch post; this week, it’s a photo gallery!

Behold the now giant-size smattering of VISIBLE GEMS!

More ‘Dancing With the Stars’ at EW.com
Week 4: Crazy Costume Watch!
Elimination recap: Sweet Taboo
Performance recap: Pillow Talk
Your Hidden Gems of Week 3

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Sarah Jessica Parker's artsy Bravo reality series gets a premiere date

sarah-jessica-parkerImage Credit: Barbara Nitke/BravoSarah Jessica Parker’s long-gestating reality competition series for artists, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, will debut June 9 on Bravo. The Winner gets a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000. Magical Elves is producing, so thinking it’ll probably play out just like Project Runway or Top Chef, but for artists.

Are you into this? I’ll definitely give it a shot because it’s a Bravo reality series and I am alive. I’m guessing a lot of its staying power will depend on the contestants. Maybe some of “the characters” should be from Sex and the City — the Pussy Painter, Maria the lesbian Brazilian, the starving performance artist, and obviously Aleksandr Petrovsky. Just kidding; he would totally lose on week 1 and then SJP would “accidentally” slap him.

Any ideas for the art-world version of Heidi’s “You’re out”? I vote for “You’re a virgin who can’t draw.” That was way harsh, Tai.

'Glee' Stylewatch: Sue Sylvester's best tracksuit?

sue-sylvesters-tracksuitsImage Credit: FoxLast night, I spent some time lookin’ super hot while nestled in my varsity basketball tracksuit (navy and gold, gross) to make a very earnest attempt at ranking fashion icon Sue Sylvester’s 18 best looks. That’s right: Today we have a ‘Glee’ Stylewatch photo gallery and they’re all shots of Jane Lynch. April Fool’s! Except we’re totally serious. Destination: horror!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'80s flashback alert: Uncle Jesse plays with the Beach Boys on tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars'

full-house-dwtsImage Credit: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty ImagesI don’t think I’ve ever recommended watching a Dancing With the Stars results show. I write five-page recaps for a reality show about ballroom dancing, but come on, I’m not that insane. This is different. Look at that headline. It just seems really, really special. Assuming you’ve never attended a John Stamos/Beach Boys live performance, tonight at 8 p.m. ET is your chance to re-experience the ABC of over 20 years ago. Oh, the glory! Could we ever have predicted this momentous occasion back in 1989, when “Tanner Island” — the Hawaii episode of Full House in which the whole family joins Uncle Jesse onstage with the Beach Boys, duh — first aired?

I will not be satisfied unless at least one Olsen twin pops up in a sequined blazer in the audience and Bob Saget announces he has found an island on the ballroom floor only to discover it was a giant potato chip. Will you? READ FULL STORY

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