Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 12, 2013 01:44 PM
Executives at Warner Bros. can’t get enough of Harry Potter. After all, the eight Potter films that were released between 2001 and 2011 brought in over $7 billion worldwide—enough to beat out such film franchises as James Bond, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings to be the most lucrative of all time.
But why stop there? While the Potter series has been officially played out, the iconic books open a world of possibilities for other story lines, and apparently Potter author J.K. Rowling agrees. So the pair have reunited over an agreement for Rowling to turn the fictional “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” textbook from Hogwarts into a series of films, Variety reports.
The fictional text was published along with “Quidditch Through the Ages” after the Potter series concluded in 2012. More than 80 percent of the cover price of the books went to a charity to help poverty-stricken kids.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 9, 2013 09:15 AM
Coca-Cola promises to reduce marketing to kids as part of global anti-obesity commitment.
Levi Strauss buys naming rights to planned new stadium of San Francisco 49ers.
Lay's reveals chip-flavor contest winner.
Abercrombie & Fitch draws fire for stocking only "skinny" sizes for women.
Activision Blizzard warns "World of Warcraft" is losing subscribers.
AT&T severely slashes Facebook Home phone prices.
BT enters British-sports broadcasting.
Claire's IPO will test market for debt-laden companies.
Ford takes over as title sponsor of Detroit's annual fireworks.
Google Maps will reportedly unveil new interface.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 26, 2012 11:05 AM
We’re not at Hogwarts anymore, kids. As J.K. Rowling prepares to release her first non-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, on Thursday, her publisher, Little, Brown, has announced more than one million pre-orders and a two million book print run for the highly anticipated title.
Her first adult novel is poised for a record-setting debut. "It's one of the biggest releases of the 21st century. I think 99.9 percent of us (in the industry) are predicting it will go straight to number one," commented Philip Stone, charts editor at The Bookseller magazine, to The Telegraph.
Patricia Bostelman, VP Marketing, Barnes & Noble, told USA Today that The Casual Vacancy could be the biggest book of the year. "We're very optimistic about this book. She's a gifted storyteller and very skilled at creating characters and creating worlds.”
Whether Rowling can cross over from the magical realm of Harry Potter — conquering the young adult book market, selling 450 million books and earning almost $900 million, not to mention movie and ancillary sales — to an adult novelist, is the next million dollar question.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 3, 2012 01:27 PM
Fresh off her global Olympics cameo reading an excerpt of “Peter Pan” to the bazillion viewers who gaped at the London 2012 Games Opening Ceremony, author J.K. Rowling now gets to turn her attention back to her own magic-fueled kid-lit fantasy that ended up spanning a few generations: Harry Potter.
Rowling earlier this year announced she's writing a book for adults, her first foray beyond the Potter Empire that has kept her busy since Harry hit bookshelves back in 1997. Moving on from Potter publisher Bloomsbury with the move, Rowling stated, "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life."
The last Potter book came out in June of 2007, and the last movie last year, but Rowling can't quit Harry — not just yet.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 27, 2012 06:06 PM
"Pandemonium" was the theme at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Depicting a living Facebook timeline of moments from British history, the XXX Olympiad kick-off included a mad mix of cultural references — a skydiving Queen with Daniel Craig as James Bond (nice promo for Skyfall), flying Mary Poppins, J.K. Rowling reading and a giant Voldemort from Harry Potter menacing a giant baby, Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean using an iPhone, a nod to the Mini, costumed villagers in a shire, chimney towers depicting the Industrial Revolution, a British musical medley featuring hits from Sir Paul McCartney (singing the Beatles' "Hey Jude"), the Sex Pistols, Queen, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie (cue a rocketman), plus a speed boat driven by David Beckham, bird bikes and a tribute to web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee in the digital portion of the show — all orchestrated by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who tweeted "Thank you, everyone, for your kind words! Means the world to me."
"Pandemonium" indeed — a theme and word chosen, according to the BBC, because it "was coined by poet John Milton (and) the name of the capital of Hell in Paradise Lost."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 4, 2012 08:55 AM
Apple plans smaller iPad to compete with Google Nexus, as Nokia gets touchy too.
Getty Images bidding nears $4 billion.
Barclays ex-CEO Diamond faces UK MP grilling as Bank of England faces tough decision.
Asian tourists flock to Europe for luxury bargains.
Asus aims to help athletes "find their zen."
Branded content shown to have limited impact in US.
China bans shark fin consumption in luxury crackdown, as mainland slowdown affects Hong Kong luxury spending.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 7, 2012 09:01 AM
PepsiCo wins fight with Coca-Cola in German court over bottle design.
Foxconn sees arrests after unrest at Apple plant in China.
Samsung names new CEO.
Alibaba foresees strong growth.
ASKY pan-African airline faces tough take-off.
Baker & Taylor signs e-books distribution deal with Harry Potter-based Pottermore site.
Bob Evans looks to restaraunt remodels and value pricing for sales traction.
Facebook faces scrutiny as it goes for younger kids as NASDAQ chief apologizes for stock exchange's role in IPO debacle.
Fanatics.com sports-apparel site valued at $1.5 billion.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 11, 2012 09:01 AM
Amazon plans to lend Harry Potter e-books.
Apple will help upgrade Foxconn factories in China.
AT&T sees regulatory logjam delay deals in wireless.
Betsey Johnson confirms plans to liquidate.
CBS sues ABC alleging new reality series rips off Big Brother.
Chuck E. Cheese plans to test gluten-free products.
Coca-Cola finds its Hellenic unit hit by perfect political and economic storm.Continue reading...