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  • Blog Post: Pottermore website looks to lure lapsed Harry Potter fans back into the fold

    "Squee!" was my word for 2007. The ultimate fan girl sound, made all the more appropriate by the fact that I picked it up from Pottercast , one of the hour-plus long Harry Potter podcasts that I listened to immediately upon release every week. Not only was a I huge Harry Potter fan, I was a...
  • Blog Post: "Back to Space-Con" goes where no one has gone before

    Gene Roddenberry 's " Star Trek " is often admired for its appeal to the fans. Who can blame them? Looking back to the times when the show first aired, there was a great deal of uncertainty in our lives. The USA was fighting an increasingly unpopular conflict in Southeast Asia. Racial tensions...
  • Blog Post: Former Disney CEO Ron Miller recalls his own "TRON" legacy

    Without " TRON ," there wouldn't be " TRON: Legacy ," and without former Disney CEO and producer Ron Miller , "TRON" may have never been made. Writer/director Steven Lisberger 's "TRON" project had been rejected by at least three other studios before he...
  • Blog Post: Mything in Action: Harry Potter Must Die!

    I realize it’s only summer, but excitement is already building toward the November 19th theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 . And starting today (Thursday, July 8), ABC Family is giving you a chance to prepare for the newest installment by reacquainting you...
  • Blog Post: Mything in Action: Mania Happy Returns

    Have you seen Toy Story 3 yet? I confess I haven’t. But as I write this article, the movie’s opening date is still nearly a week away, so I’ve got a good excuse. Yet with all the excitement surrounding the movie’s debut, it felt like an appropriate time to take a spin aboard Toy...
  • Blog Post: Mything in Action: Down the Rabbit Hole

    Every now and then, I come across one of those lists of “the most important inventions in history.” Have you seen them? At the top, you’ll usually find such items as “air conditioning,” “flush toilets,” “the Internet,” and “antibiotics.”...
  • Blog Post: Going from “Boo!” to Blue at the Universal Orlando Resort

    Still working your way through the last of the Halloween candy, eh? Well, before we all totally transition away from trick-or-treating to Turkey Time, I’ll share a Halloween Horror Night-related story that you may have missed. Copyright 2009 Universal Orlando. All Rights Reserved Do you recall the theme...
  • Blog Post: Behind-the-screams at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

    This may seem like kind of an odd question, but ... Have you ever been to Universal Orlando 's Halloween Horror Nights ? If so, have you ever found yourself stumbling through one of their mazes? And as some performer jumps out of a darkened corner and scares the living cr*p out of you, have you ever...
  • Blog Post: Long Before the Muppets: The Puppeteering of Bil and Cora Baird

    As " The Sound of Music " teaches, the beginning is a very good place to start: William Britton Baird's background and story are eerily parallel to Walt's; both were born in the great Midwest (Grand Rapids, Nebraska, in Baird's case) to working-class parents (Baird had a chemical engineer father and...
  • Blog Post: A short time ago, in a convention center far far away...

    I have never been one to go to conventions. But when a good friend of mine made the suggestion to go to " Star Wars: Celebration III ," I figured why not. Little did I know what an adventure I signed myself up for. My trip started in sunny ... very sunny ... okay, darn hot Phoenix, AZ. I arrived in Indianapolis...
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