Statement from Warner Bros.

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Here is a statement from Warner Bros. president Alan Horn regarding the change in date for the release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Many of you have written to me to express your disappointment in our moving “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to Summer 2009. Please be assured that we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of the films. Over the past 10 years, we have nurtured and protected each film, and the integrity of the books upon which they are based, to the best of our ability. The decision to move “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was not taken lightly, and was never intended to upset our Harry Potter fans. We know you have built this series into what it is, and we thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm and support. If I may offer a silver lining: there would have been a two-year gap between “Half-Blood Prince” and the much-anticipated first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which opens in November 2010. So although we have to wait a little longer for “Half-Blood Prince,” the wait from that film until “Deathly Hallows” will be less than 18 months. I am sorry to have disappointed you now, but if you hold on a little longer, I believe it will be worth the wait.”

And there you have it!

Half-Blood Prince Opening July 2009

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My day has been ruined. Warner Brothers has moved the release of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” to July 17th 2009. Almost a YEAR from now. Why did they do it? Well, Warner Brothers is claiming that “a spot opened up in the summer schedule” – but Fox News has another theory; WB didn’t want to run the new Harry Potter during the same time the Broadway show “Equus” was running. “Equus” opens this September 25th and will close on February 8, 2009. That gives WB enough time to bring that “squeaky clean” Harry Potter image back to the forefront I guess. Because, you know Dan Radcliffe not only blinds 6 horses in “Equus” but also gets naked AND has sex (what I wouldn’t do to see this show!)

I just finished re-reading “Half-Blood Prince” too … It’s safe to say I’m pretty bummed that the movie release was moved. I have no idea if I will make it up to NYC to see “Equus” … I wonder if my sister will see it with me.

It’s Just A Word

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All the “controversy” surrounding the new movie “Tropic Thunder” has me cracking up a little bit. I didn’t really know exactly what people were complaining about, so I did a little looking around on YouTube and found out. Apparently, the entire issue isn’t with Robert Downey Jr (a white guy) playing a black character (complete with makeup) – oh no, it’s with a “movie within a movie” called “Simple Jack” that contains the tagline “once upon a time … there was a retard.” The movie (“Simple Jack”) was a movie that Ben Stiller’s character “Tugg Speedman” shot before he went to work on “Tropic Thunder” (or I’d assume since I’ve yet to see the movie).

The assumed premise of the “retard” thing was that actors in Hollywood will do ANYTHING to get that Oscar nod – even play a mentally handicapped person to the absolute extreme. It’s stereotyping sure, but that’s the point here – Robert Downy Jr.’s character plays a black guy because he’s wants to be memorable – and to potentially (hopefully?) get an award.

Ben Stiller meant no harm to people with forms of handicap; the point was to show how Hollywood is notorious for feeding stereotypes. That’s all. So before you freak out and call foul why not open your mind a little wider and see that this is not an “attack” it’s merely making a point.

I will be seeing this movie – I find Ben Stiller funny and I usually like his movies.

Check out this video – it talks about the controversy.

I don’t know why people get so offended by words. It’s a word that was used … same as the “n” word … it’s just a word! But then again, it takes a LOT to offend me …

One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four!

The popular 60’s “rock band” The Banana Splits is back and better than ever! I’ve only seen the show in repeats obviously; but what a FUN show! The Banana Splits band (if you aren’t aware) includes Fleegle (a dog), Drooper (a lion), Bingo (a gorilla) and Snorky (an elephant).

The original show debut in 1968 with the furry ‘fab four’ playing hosts on “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” created by Hanna-Barbera. It featured comedy shorts and music videos with that great groovy 60’s vibe of course! The new show has been updated for today’s kids – but will still be quite groovy!

You can also check out the brand new Banana Splits website! Is super cute and has lots of activities to check out. There is a jokes section, music, a secret code (shh!) and even a club that doesn’t even require you to put in any of your child’s personal information, just a name so you can print out his or her very own membership card! You will find comedy videos on the site also filled with lots of laughs and lots of music.

Soon enough there will be some merch you can get including DVD’s, music cd’s and you will also even be able to catch the Banana Splits in CONCERT!

The Banana Splits show will be running in Cartoon Network beginning September 2nd between the hours of 9am and 2pm. Check your local listings!

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Check out a video here!
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I Had A “Beauty” Blog

I had begun to write a “Health & Beauty” blog over at a domain I had purchased and completely let it go. I mean, who am I to write a BEAUTY blog seeing that I personally need to find the best acne treatment for my stressed out, blotchy face and I also need to lose weight and get a boob job. Suffice to say that I haven’t got the self esteem to write a beauty blog … Ahh well … So, come um, a few months from now I will let everyone know when the domain is expiring … Maybe someone wants it.

I’m going to go back to eating my “flour” Tostitos and watching “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” ….

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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I was talking about a week or so ago with a friend how it was odd that the new Harry Potter movie’s trailer wasn’t out yet. I think the HP Gods heard it and now; as of a couple days ago we’ve got THE OFFICIAL trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! The movie hits theaters on November 21st! Here is the official trailer courtesy of YouTube and TheTrailerSite.com:

This book wasn’t my favorite … it was necessary though to transition the characters into the “final battle” of course. I won’t list any spoilers because I personally know people who have not read the book yet and will be reading it right before the movie comes out. (That’s YOU Angie!). I plan on re-reading it when I find it … I’ve lost it somewhere in my bedroom!! I wonder what I’ll wear to the movie … I really want a scarf; but I’m honestly not sure which “house” to get!! (I’m so lame aren’t I?) All those goofy quizzes I take online say “Griffindor” but I like the “Ravenclaw” colors better – lol. My husband is DEFINITELY a “Slytherin”!

Are you excited about the movie? Have you read the books or are you holding out until the movie(s) get closer? Are any of my readers as obsessed with Daniel Radcliffe as I am? 😉