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Which Pixar short has been your favorite?

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Well, guys, I finally saw Toy Story 3 — right on time as usual. Of course I loved it, and of course I had to remove my 3-D glasses twice while bawling as Andy said goodbye, and of course I had a nightmare wherein my beloved yet physically terrifying and possibly NSFW baby doll, ‘Carwie,’ had developed a terrorist agenda similar to Big Baby’s. What I didn’t expect was that I would love the Pixar short shown before Toy Story 3, “Day & Night,” even more than TS3.

In “Day & Night,” two ghost-like blobs become skeptical of their differences but (SPOILER ALERT!) learn to celebrate them instead. The message was similar to that of this Dr. Seuss clip: Star-Belly Sneetches are no better than Plain-Belly Sneetches! I loved that “Day & Night” was deceptively simple-looking (Day and Night were drawn in 2-D, but the worlds within them were 3-D) and that the message was so thoughtful, sweet, and even a bit sly. Director Teddy Newton — who actually voiced the Chatter Telephone in Toy Story 3 (!!!) — used a quote from a 1970s lecture by Wayne Dyer that he remembered his mother playing for him during his youth. Read it and watch a short making-of doc for “Day & Night” after the jump. READ FULL STORY

New 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' trailer debuts. Goosebumple overdose in progress.

I’m finding it difficult to type, Popwatchers, because I’ve just watched the first full trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and my entire body is currently riddled with goosebumples. Before I apparate you over the jump so y’all can watch the trailer and discover for yourself the sensation of a goosebumple overdose, a word of warning: The opening of this trailer includes an iconic and surprising moment between Harry and Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Those of you who’ve read the final Harry Potter book know exactly which scene I’m talking about, but those of you who haven’t — those of you who’ve only consumed Harry Potter as a cinematic experience, and not a literary one — may find this scene to be a big honking spoiler. Indeed, pretty much all of the footage ahead, and my thoughts on it, aren’t for those who prefer to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with virgin eyes. For the rest of you: Accio goosebumples! READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris confirmed for 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'

Harold-Kumar-Neil-PatrickImage Credit: Jaimie TruebloodA rep for Neil Patrick Harris confirmed to EW that America’s favorite dancer/Dr./hallucinogenics enthusiast will be back for 2011′s A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, which counts a waffle-making robot as one of its other main characters and is totally being filmed in a Michigan mall. We thought he died after Beverly D’Angelo shot him in the back outside a brothel, but a secret clip during the end credits suggested otherwise.

An early script suggested Kelly Ripa should cameo alongside NPH as the co-host of a television Christmas special, but Ripa has not yet been confirmed for the film. Either way, Harris will really need to step up his game from ecstasy and mushrooms. I don’t really know any other drugs, so you tell me which one NPH should sample next.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

It all makes sense: Ke$ha is a huge 'Star Trek' fan

Thanks to a YouTube mashup of “Tik Tok” and Star Trek originally posted in April, we can now confirm that the beloved sci-fi franchise was what inspired the wise and poignant lyrics of a pop star with a dollar sign for a name. (The Willy Wonka line “I have a blueberry for a daughter!” just popped into my head. We have a dollar sign for a pop star!) She and the Star Trek guys face the same issues every day! Drinking, dressing oneself, the faint promise that one might never come back. It’s just that “feeling like P-Diddy” ended up being more relatable to 12-year-olds than “feeling like the crew of Federation Starship Enterprise. Whatever, Ke$ha. READ FULL STORY

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Forbidden Journey reviews are in

harry-potter-snitchImage Credit: Universal Orlando ResortThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebrated its grand opening last night, and while Daniel Radcliffe has already dubbed the Dragon Challenge rollercoaster his favorite ride, most eyes will be on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride which Universal Orlando promised would cause guests to “feel things no one has ever felt inside a theme park attraction, move in ways no one has ever moved.” Before we check out early reviews, let’s all just look at the photo Barbara Nefer took of the warning board that precedes the ride. You know you’re in for something special when the people who should not experience the ride include, but are not limited to, anyone with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces, medical sensitivity to fog and strobe effects, and a heart condition or abnormal blood pressure. Also when prosthetic limbs must be removed. READ FULL STORY

Harry Potter series done filming: Where do the stars go from here?

harry-potter-castImage Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesGet out your time-turners, folks, because we’ve reached the end of an era. On Saturday, filming of the Harry Potter series came to a close. Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick, tweeted out the news: “Today is officially the last day of principal photography on ‘Harry Potter’ – ever. I feel honoured to be here as the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it’s been magic!”

It must have been a sad day for all the actors involved, especially the trio of young stars who have charmed audiences around the world since Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone was released back in 2001. (Fun fact: Considering the first movie started filming in October 2000, the Harry Potter films were in production for exactly nine and three-fourths years.) We’ve gotten the chance to watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint literally grow up before our eyes, and although so many child stars find themselves forever stuck in a proverbial Azkaban of type-casting, these three seem to have bright futures ahead of them, as people actually take them seriously.

So, I’m wondering: where do they go from here? Sure, they still have another year of promotional appearances for the two Deathly Hallows movies before they’re through with the Harry Potter universe, but once their time as part of the most successful franchise in film history wraps up, what avenues will they pursue? Allow me to put my divination skills to use as I predict the future for the magical trio: READ FULL STORY

The Harry Potter park should be in London, says its mayor. Not bloody likely, says this yank.

hogwarts-boris-johnsonImage Credit: Johnson: Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesBoris Johnson, the mayor of London, has written a hilarious (and hilariously British) op-ed on the website of the UK’s Daily Telegraph railing against the fact that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — perhaps the most internationally anticipated theme park since, I dunno, EPCOT? — is about to open to the public in Orlando, Fla., and not in Great Britain. “I want you to know that I have nothing against Orlando,” writes Johnson, “though you are, of course, far more likely to get shot or robbed there than in London.” (Snap!) “But I deeply and bitterly resent that Orlando is about to become the official place of pilgrimage for every Harry Potter fan on earth….Because the fact is that Harry Potter is not American. He is British….Hogwarts is a place where children occasionally get cross with each other — not ‘mad’ — and where the situation is usually saved by a good old British sense of HUMOUR. WITH A U. RIGHT? NOT HUMOR. GOTTIT?”

Uh, yes Mr. Mayor, we gottit. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Are mermaids real?

20/20 did this crazy “Superhumans” episode last night, featuring a guy who walks around the North Pole in just shorts, a true Marathon Man, a mathematical genius who can “feel numbers,” a Bird Man, and a Spider Man. And then there were these mermaids. Linden Wolbert and her hero, Hannah Fraser (the one who was “caught” by fishermen in 2009′s The Cove) have turned their love of breath-holding and deep-sea swimming into real, often Hollywood-related careers. What fascinated me was that the segment treated them as if both women were mermaids. When they met face-to-face for the first time along the shore, it was so jarring that they actually had legs. I really wanted to believe that there were mermaids, and that these were just two of them CAUGHT ON TAPE by ABC cameras.

Linden and Hannah’s conversation helped snap me out of my underwater fantasies, though. “Did you make your tail? I can’t wait to see it,” said Hannah. “I can’t wait to see yours, too,” gushed Linden. They then clasped hands and jogged away from the rushing tide. “The ocean’s going to claim us!” Hannah teased as they both dissolved into giggles. And yet…after watching this part a few times, I still held a tiny bit of wonder. Maybe they really were mermaids and this banter was all an act. The ocean really would claim them again, because that’s where they live. They’re not meant to be part of our world. They have to go back, Jack.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

This tiger makes horseback riding seem so easy

Heidi-KlumImage Credit: Benassi/Splash NewsI’m not really sure why I love this photo of Heidi Klum celebrating her 37th birthday at Disneyland so much. Is it because the zebra patterns of her top and purse are doing their best to wildly contradict her face’s desire to portray a tiger? Is it because she’s just about the most serene-looking tiger or zebra with orange eyes I’ve ever seen? Is it the thumbs up? I’m sure it’s all of the above. This image is exactly what I would have wanted to see in during the “scary animal section” of a live-action children’s movie when I was younger. Tiger Heidi and her L’Oréal Endless Kissable horse would fit right into the mid-’80s, and yet they’d simultaneously be giving me a glimpse of what to expect from the world in 25 years. All that’s missing is Tim Gunn in the background, done up like a pirate.

Who’s fiercer: Heidi Klum as a tiger or Tyra Banks with zero face paint?

Oh, and I’ll just say “slow news day” here so you don’t have to.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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?

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