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Friday, January 20, 2017

Tom Felton announced as final actor to join 'A Celebration of Harry Potter'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Universal Orlando announced Friday the final actor joining "A Celebration of Harry Potter" next week— Tom Felton, who's known for playing a bouncing white ferret, uh, we mean Draco Malfoy, in the films. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) will also be...

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The Roots rap safety guidelines video for new Jimmy Fallon ride coming to Universal

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:38 PM

It's no secret that Jimmy Fallon and his buddies in The Roots love a good rap song. So of course, when it was time to drop some sick beats for the pre-show of his new ride, Jimmy Fallon turned it over to his Grammy-award-winning house band. According to the Universal...

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Monster trucks wreak havoc at Camping World Stadium for the Monster Jam

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! The Monster Jam returns to Camping World Stadium to fulfill the dreams of prepubescent kids everywhere (and the prepubescent at heart). Monster Jam combines ridiculously impractical trucks with all of the pageantry and spectacle of professional wrestling to create entertainment that's larger than life – and tons...

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Author Kelly Luce bucks marketing trends at Functionally Literate's latest installment

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Even if it accomplished nothing else (which is not the case), Kelly Luce's first novel, Pull Me Under, is extraordinary in that it is a book about a female human that covers adolescence and early adulthood, and yet the word "girl" and the color pink are nowhere to be seen....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

MOVE Beyond featuring Julianne and Derek Hough coming to Dr. Phillips Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 7:14 PM

Triple-threats Julianne and Derek Hough are hitting Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this May during their nationwide dance tour MOVE Beyond. The tour consists of over 40 shows throughout 2017 following the success of two sold-out tours in 2014 and 2015. The show will feature the elements of...

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Jason Isaacs joins Warwick Davis, Matthew Lewis at 'A Celebration of Harry Potter'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 7:04 PM

As if Harry Potter World couldn't get better, Universal Orlando and Warner Bros. revealed Thursday that Jason Isaacs (known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the films) will attending "A Celebration of Harry Potter." This is fourth year Universal Orlando will be hosting the event, a three-day extravaganza full of wizardly wonders...

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Madame Tussauds Orlando unveils Donald Trump wax figure

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:28 PM

If you're just jumping to spot Donald Trump at his Inauguration Day tomorrow, you can pay the president-elect an early visit and see him in all his orange glory at Madame Tussauds Orlando. A wax figure of Trump will be on display on Jan. 19 in the Oval Office-themed room, taking the...

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Inveterate comic Kathleen Madigan delivers laughs at the Plaza Live

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM

Kathleen Madigan is an inveterate comic. Many of her peers hope that stand-up will be a bridge to a sitcom. "But not me," Madigan told us in a recent interview. "I'm really good at knowing what I don't want to do." During the early '90s she was offered a gig...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Holy Land Experience, which saves millions by not paying taxes, announces free day for 2017

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The Holy Land Experience, which has saved $2.2 million since 2006 in property-tax exemptions, announced the 2017 free admission day it's required to have once a year. The park will be open to the public this year on Wednesday, Jan. 25. God doesn't require the Holy Land Experience to be...

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Artegon artists find new venue in Winter Park

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 2:04 PM

A few artists from the soon-to-close Artegon Marketplace may have a new home in an office-turned-showroom in Winter Park, according to The Daily City. The former engineering firm on Palmetto Avenue will be offering a gallery space for artists from the former "anti-mall," which is set to officially close next...

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