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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Real-Life Hogwart’s Locations

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  So, it was not without some measure of child-like excitement that we flipped through the recently released shots of the soon-to-open Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. There’s just something about J.K. Rowling’s creation—the books, the movies, the toy wands—that turns even skeptical muggle adults into wide-eyed kiddies. Certainly, the pictures of ... Read More »

90-Minute Vacations: Movie Locations at This Week’s Box Office

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  Not only is this a week without a clear chart-topping blockbuster release, but options for international travel from a comfortable seat at your local multiplex are seriously lacking. True, we’ve got the well-reviewed Iraq movie, “Green Zone”, but we’ve seen enough of Morocco fronting for Mesopotamia for at least a little while (and there’s also the Iraq documentary “Severe ... Read More »

First Wonderland: The Lost Location of the Recently Unearthed 100-Year-Old ‘Alice’

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  For his new, effects-heavy “Alice in Wonderland”, Tim Burton spent a relatively short time filming real-world locations, sticking to the beautiful Antony House in Torpoint, Cornwall and the nearby Charlestown Harbour for the movie’s early scenes. Once Alice falls down the rabbit hole again it is, as you can imagine, mostly CGI-created environments and Hollywood stage sets from there ... Read More »

Woody Allen Returns to Europe For “Tall Dark Stranger” and Paris Project

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  Long the king of Manhattan-based comedy movies, Woody Allen returned to his native island for last year’s “Whatever Works” after a five-film, five-year stand shooting films in England and Spain. Alas few of the New Yorkers who usually turn out for the Brooklyn-born director’s real-estate-porn and upper-class-ennui smirkfests bought tickets to the critically panned “Whatever Works”, leaving it with ... Read More »

Fictional Real-Estate: Artist Creates Blueprints of TV Homes

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  Well here’s a meme whose time has come. BoingBoing, the enterprising curators that they are, dug up the portfolio of artist Mark Bennett, an illustrator who seems as enamored with the golden age of the boob tube as he is with the architectural draftsmanship. As seen above and below, Bennett has created fully detailed to-scale blueprints of some of ... Read More »

McClane on Location: “Die Hard 5″ Means More Frequent Flyer Miles for America’s Favorite Cop

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  “Well it’s got to go worldwide,” said Bruce Willis to MTV about the very real possibility of a “Die Hard 5″. “That would be my contribution to the next movie.” One assumes he means, “that would be my contribution on top of sweating, bleeding, killing baddies, wisecracking, grimacing, and sweating some more.” But, yes, Mr. Willis is right—after 22 ... Read More »

“Goya’s Ghosts”: Tracing War, Torture, and Intolerance Through The Painter’s Spain

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  There’s not a whole lot of Goya in “Goya’s Ghosts”, the 2006 movie by detail-oriented, lush filmmaker Milos Foreman. Religious persecution, Dickensian plot twists, and Natalie Portman’s tears, sure. But in this wholly fictitious tale played out in a true-to-life historical setting, Stellan Sarsgård as the great painter of violence and intolerance is more of concerned observer as the ... Read More »

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