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inkpop Fundamentals: November 25, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on November 25, 2010

Hop a train to Hogwarts! Though Platform 9 ¾, the location that Ron, Harry, and Hermione have always met upon to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has merely been a figment of J.K. Rowling’s imagination since it appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first installment of the bestselling Harry Potter series, over ten years ago; Potter fans felt the need to take matters into their own hands, and make it an official destination in New York City. This past Sunday, a sticker emblazoned with 9 ¾ was found covering the typical W (a now-defunct line) on the 14th St. Union Square Subway Sign in New York City. Though the culprit has yet to be identified; fans suspect an inside job by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). New York Daily News.

‘Red Riding Hood’ trailer released Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke has undertaken many difficult projects over the years – one of the biggest being the first Twilight movie. Now she is putting the finishing touches on her big screen adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ tale Little Red Riding Hood (renamed Red Riding Hood for the film), which stars Amanda Seyfried and Harry Potter alum Gary Oldman. The film is said to be a dark take on the fairytale, and is set to hit theaters on March 11, 2011. If you can’t wait until then, check out the trailer to see what you’re in for! MediaBistro.

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ to the big screen! Since its publication in 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith’s runaway bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a Jane Austen mashup, has garnered the attentions of many – including actress Natalie Portman. In December of last year, Portman made the decision to work as the film’s producer, in addition to take on the lead role. Now she has bowed out of the latter, remaining at the helm of the film, but passing the role on to, rumored, Scarlett Johansson. Mike White has signed on to direct the film; and it is said that Bradley Cooper may take on the role of male lead. Examiner.

Over to you…if you were to see a sign advertising Platform 9 ¾, would you follow it to see where it leads? What do you think of this prank – two thumbs up or two thumbs down? Are you excited for the Red Riding Hood movie – why or why not? Do you feel that Red Riding Hood has stayed true to its fairytale roots, or gone in an entirely different direction? Who do you think should play the male and female lead roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? In general, what do you think of mashup novels – yay or nay?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

8 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: November 25, 2010”

  1. HobbitFeet said

    Bahaha, that’s funny, with the 9 3/4 sticker? That’s great!

    I’ve see the trailer for Red Riding Hood. It looks terrible. It seems to be turned into just another werewolf movie. Also, the first Twilight movie sucked. Even a lot of Twilight fans will agree with that. Catherine Hardwicke did a terrible job with it. Red Riding Hood is more likely than not going to be a terrible movie, honestly.

    I have not read any of the mashup novels, but I have wanted to read that one since it came out. I still intend to.

  2. Nella said

    Gary Oldman ❤
    Yes, I might see it then.

  3. Ash said

    There’s been a Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross for like… ten years. It’s even got a trolly coming out of a wall on it. Keep up, New York. =P

  4. Anon said

    It’s actually “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” That’s what JKR called it anyway.
    But yeah, there’s been a Platform 9 and 3/4 for AGES.

  5. drsheridan said

    excuse me, an inside job by the MTA? that organization is soulless and would never do something that cool.

    but it did make me smile.

  6. Zoie said

    Personally I find Pride and Prejudice and Zombies repulsive. Can you imagine what Miss Austen’s reaction would be? I’m sure she’s turning over in her grave because of this. 😛 two thumbs down. I won’t see the movie

  7. Ellen said

    Really, New York? While it’s funny I honestly think it shouldn’t be there. Hogwarts is in Europe not America. Shesh.

    I saw the trailer the other day. I think Hardwick has been given some tips and such and its been years since Twilight. And this movie doesn’t actually look too bad.

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