Here’s a round-up of the best news items this week:
1. Warner Bros. Announces New Harry Potter Movies
See? I KNEW it wasn’t over! How could it be over?! “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling has agreed to a “Potter” spin-off called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film is based on a fictional textbook used by students at the Hogwarts wizard school, and is set 70 years before the “Harry Potter” movies.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in the statement.
The hero of the new films will be a chap named Newt Scamander, and it’s reported that a young Dumbledore – a friend of Newt’s – will play into the story. No word on whether other “Potter” characters will be involved. Sounds like a prequel to me, doesn’t it?
2. Surprise Marriage Proposal at Salt Lake City Home Depot
When Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City, he thought he was there to help pick out some lighting for a party. Instead, he was taken to the lumber aisle, where he found a group of friends and family waiting for him. They began a choreographed dance routine to the song “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who, which ended with a marriage proposal.
3. “Mortal Instruments” Sequel on Hold After Disastrous Box Office Run
It was billed as the next “Twilight” franchise, but the second film installment of the “Mortal Instruments” novels by Cassandra Clare is on hold. Hollywood execs are trying to work out why “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” flopped at the box office.
This ticks me off, because I really liked this movie!
4. “The Killing” Cancelled by AMC – Again
The little show about killing has been cancelled by AMC for a second time. The show was dropped after its second season last year only to be resurrected for a third season in a deal between producer Fox Television Studios, AMC and Netflix. The third season finale aired on August 4, 2013.
“We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing,” AMC said in a statement “We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
You know what? I think this show might come back on Netflix? Don’t you? That’s my hope anyway. Especially with that amazing season three finale. Please don’t let Linden and Holder’s story end there!!!
5. Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Viral Twerking Video Was a Hoax
There’s a reason that Jimmy Kimmel is my least favorite late night host and this is it. We reported earlier in the week that the subject of that viral “Twerking Girl on Fire” video was going to be on Jimmy Kimmel.
Turns out it was a hoax, the girl was a stunt woman, and Kimmel was behind the whole thing. We were played. See, Jimmy FALLON is one of us. With Jimmy KIMMEL, he’s all up on his high and mighty looking down on us unsuspecting dupes. Not cool, Kimmel. Not cool.
6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Marriage Equality
Jesse Tyler Ferguson will speak on marriage equality at a free event supporting Why Marriage Matters New Mexico on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE. Ferguson and his spouse, Justin Mikita, will unveil their new collaboration with Taos Pueblo native and “Project Runway” finalist Patricia Michaels, who has designed a New Mexico-themed bowtie for Ferguson and Mikita’s Tie The Knot Foundation.
“I am excited to return to my home state to support all the fantastic work being done to win the freedom to marry in New Mexico,” said Ferguson. “In July, after the Supreme Court overturned Prop 8 in California, my husband Justin Mikita and I tied the knot. Having our relationship recognized and respected means a lot to us, and we want the same for loving, committed couples in New Mexico.”
Excellent news from the “Modern Family” cast member.