NEWS: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

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WOW! I did not see this one coming! JK Rowling has just announced that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to London’s West End on Summer 1026.

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Based on an original, new story by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West End in the summer of 2016 at the Palace Theatre.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, will be directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.

I’m truly happy about this, Harry Potter lives! Time to start making some plans to visit London next summer…

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MARVEL has found its Peter Parker

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It’s done. After months of rumors and castings, MARVEL has finally announced that 19 year old Tom Holland will be the next Spider-Man.

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A lot of people seem to not be happy about this casting, either because Tom looks so young, or because they feel a reboot wasn’t necessary, or just because he’s unknown…

I have to be honest, I didn’t want a reboot, I loved Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and I’m super sad to see him go. That said, Marvel had announced a while back that they wanted a younger Spider-Man, so the reboot kind of makes sense. I foolishly hoped that they would opt for Miles Morales as Spidey and not Peter Parker, but my hope went away as soon as they released the frontrunners for the role…

Then from that list I was kind of hoping for Charlie Rowe, because I love him to bits, but I knew it was a long shot, Asa Butterfield was the favorite. But now they announced that Tom Holland actually got it… so, how about that?!

I don’t have a problem with Tom looking young, or with the fact that he’s mostly unknown – I think this is good actually – I just don’t see him as Peter Parker, not the Peter that Andrew Garfield taught me to love…

Best of luck to him.

Tiny Pleasures #6

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It has been a while, but these weeks have been kind of crazy, a lot of work and no free time… at all… The Weekly Small Pleasures was created by A New Life Wandering. Here are some tiny pleasures of the last week or so…

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1. Books! 

I realize I say books a lot… a LOT! But hey, Amazon delivery day is always a pleasure… :D

2. Packing

Apart from the crazy amount of work I had, I also had to find a new room to rent and pack up all of my stuff… it was stressful, but there was a kind of good feeling when I saw the boxes and bags all lined up.

3. I turned 31

It was my birthday this last week! And although I turned 31, and spent the day in front of my PC at home working like a maniac, it was nice! No cake or candles, not a single soul all day (I hate you NETWORK!), but I turned 31… the realization that I’m a lot closer to 40 than to 20 hit me like a rock, but hey, it’s all good…

4. Dad came to visit =)

Well, I’ve been in Barcelona for almost 3 years, and this was the first time my father came to see me. He came by car to take most of my stuff away, because there was no way I was going to move all that stuff that I didn’t need anymore, anywhere else. So he came here and it was great! :D We took a day to walk around Barcelona and see all the important spots… we also walked almost 20 km. Then we packed the car and they were off, and I was left with pain all over my body from walking and carrying boxes…

5. Check-in DONE!

It’s always a moment of pure joy when I open my e-mail to find a notification that my Check-in is now open. I travel on Friday, I’m going home for a week to spend a few days with my mom and 3 nephews, so I’m really looking forward to it.

6. Rainbow Rowell favorited my tweet!!! 

It made me extremely happy! That’s all I’m gonna say…

7. New Simon/Blue e-mails

Because it’s Pride Month, there’s this great thing going on, you can read here. But basicly, if you buy a shirt, contribute or simply share the link, and then email Becky Albertalli (author of the amazing Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), she will reply to you with some deleted emails between Simon and Blue that are just the most adorable thing. And when the author of one of your favorite books starts an email with your name and finishes with “Love, Becky”, it’s kind of impossible not to be crazy happy, right?

Landline (Rainbow Rowell)

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>>>>  Nº 16 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet <<<<

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. 

Maybe that was always beside the point. 

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. 

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. 

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts… 

Is that what she’s supposed to do? 

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I was putting off reading this book for 2 reasons. The first was in case I needed a palate cleanser, that is, in case I read a book I did not like, and needed writing that I was sure I was going to like to follow it. The second reason was because I was afraid I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as the other 3 Rainbow Rowell’s books, given that Landline is the one with the lowest ratings…

But after I read Girl Online, I desperately needed my Rainbow Rowell dose, and will all of her 3 other books already at home in Portugal, I picked up Landline. And it turns out, I shouldn’t have worried at all, because Rainbow Rowell is a genius.

I really liked this book – yes, it’s definitely my least favorite of the 4, but it’s still pretty damn good! It worked for me. I really liked the characters, as I always do, because Rainbow writes real characters. These are deeply flawed people, but they feel real. I really liked Georgie and Neal, and I could see why she loved him so damn much and wasn’t willing to let go.

The writing is wonderfully tricky. Rowell always has something in her books that set them apart, here I would say it’s the different times. We have the present, then we have now-Georgie talking to 1998-Neal, and then we have all her memories that spam from when they met to long after they were married. It’s a lot to take in, but it gave me a real notion of their relationship and I thought it was wonderfully made.

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The only “problem” I had with this book is how nothing is really resolved. Again, Rowell does that quite a lot – we never learn the 3 words that Eleanor writes to Park, we don’t know if Cath finishes Carry On. But here, truly, nothing is resolved. After a few days agonizing over the fact that Neal might have left her, and of her talking to 1998-Neal into somehow proposing to her in the past, Georgie manages to go to Omaha and the two of them are passionately reunited. But their problems remain, though she vows to take his feeling into account, we don’t know what happens next. “Does she and Seth get another opportunity to present the episodes? Can she manage Seth after what he told her? Can Neal really come back? What will Neal do after Noomi is off to school? Is Georgie paying more attention to him? Do they keep the dog?”...

I have more, but mainly, WTF allowed for the backwards communication? Was it really a magic phone? WHAT?! But maybe it just adds to the goodness that is this book…

Rating: 4.2 Stars

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Shadowhunters BTS Week 4 (cont.)

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After I did the last post, they kept sharing pics… so here’s one more, and this one is HOT!

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It’s episode 3 and they’re already hot and steamy!!!

Shadowhunters BTS Week 4

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First look at the City of Bones:

Then Clary and Izzy bonding, I’m assuming that’s Isabelle’s room and wow, it’s SO Isabelle!!

And Alan being an awesome Valentine (I’m really liking the red runes!):

There was also an amazing exchange between Alan and Jon Cor, about the whole Hodge/Valentine conundrum:

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And a very sweet family pic… they all look so cute:

Jon Cor onset showed us this video of Matthew practicing with his bow and arrow!

Hodge is in the house!

All the gang!!!

And also, Jade Hassouné had a mold of his ears made this week :)

Got my ears did today. 💅😁 #ShadowHunters #Meliorn #WhoIsMeliorn #theMortalInstruments #prosthetics

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A photo of shadowhunter training:

And the gang working out :) , David Castro already in the mixed.

Blink-182 (an ode to my 16 yo self!)

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Have you heard of Blink-182? I’m assuming you must have, if you’re more than 20, that is.

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Blink were my last favorite band, since then I never actually focused much on bands anymore, and more on individual music. Still, back when I was 15 to 18, I LOVED Blink 182. I had posters, I had all the CDs and even some singles. They were even the reason I made my first order on Amazon.com… mind you, that was something like 15 years ago, we didn’t even have high speed internet yet, and delivery took something around 30 to 45 days!

I’ll also admit that I had the hugest crush on Mark Hoppus, and it was my biggest celebrity crush to date! And that is saying a lot…

I still carry some of their musics around on my phone… so, why am I talking about Blink-182 today?! I guess I’m feeling old, with my 31th birthday tomorrow, I just realized that it had been too long, so I opened Spotify and I’ve been listening to my last favorite band for a few hours and yep, still love them.

Shadowhunters: Jade Hassouné cast as Meliorn

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Meliorn, the faerie knight who serves the Seelie Queen, has been cast. Jade Hassouné has been tapped for the role.

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Meliorn’s first appearance is in City of Ashes, but similar to Camille, it has been announced that he too will have an appearance on the first season of Shadowhunters. Given that we don’t actually know how much this season will cover, it might actually make sense.

I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about this casting, though I can’t put my finger on why. But it was the first casting news that made me stop in the rain grinning uncontrollably into my smartphone.

Again, I don’t know why, but I always imagined Meliorn as a person of colour. It’s not how he’s described, at all, but I imagined him (always) with light brown skin, dreadlocks (no idea why) and green eyes… :D :D :D

Meliorn proves super important throughout the series.

Can we take a moment to appreciate this cast diversity?! They took a wildly diverse book series, and made it even more diverse. Think at how the seats for the representatives from all four Downworlder races will be filled =D !!!!

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