107 Days! Countdown to Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows II

By REBECCA

First let me say I love Harry Potter, I live breath and dream Harry Potter. I love to put myself in the movie as one of the characters and make up scenes. I love to create harry potter movies myself.
My favorite Harry potter movie is Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. It was so good and so real, the best special effects.

Rebecca’s Fun Facts:

* Did You Know  the author of the books is J.K Rowling  also known as Joanne Kathleen Rowling. J. K Rowling was born in chipping Sudbury near Bristol.

* She was the oldest of two sister’s.

* She loved grave yards which has to do with the fourth book ending.

* She also loved school like I do. I have the best 3rd grade teacher in the world. JK Rowling’s  favorite class was English, her teacher was Ms. Shepherd. JK Rowling does not know if Ms. Shepherd thought she would become a writer.  I think my teacher knows I will write and make movies.

* The idea for Harry Potter came to her when she was on a train ride, but she didn’t have a pen or paper but by the end of the train ride she knew it was going to be a 7 book series .
* One time when she was having a fight with her boyfriend.  She stormed out of the house went to a pub and invented quidditch.
* Another time she was in the park and waited till her daughter fell asleep and ran to the cafe and finished the first book.
* At first she was terrified by the publicity imagine how she felt when the 7th book came out. All that inspires me to write books and movies –

– what about you???

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“Ding Dong, the witch is dead…” NOT!

The movie The Wizard of Oz will be 72 years old this August. Yet it refuses to get old and has been incarnated in references and quotes in many movies from The Matrix (“Kansas is going bye-bye”) to “No place like home” in Toy Story. Please post more movie references, if you know some:)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the closing song at this year’s Academy Awards, performed by the 5th grade chorus of PS 22 in Staten Island (never mind that the rest of this year’s awards was not too exciting, that’s another story.)

Here’s the Brooklyn take on the Wizard of Oz:

15 kids from PS 372 are in the process of creating a movie inspired by the Wizard of Oz in their after-school movie class. It’s just like the Wizard… except in Dorothy’s blue and white checker dress we find the Siamese twins Doreen and Doroo, there are two witches who are not-so-gifted fortune tellers, three Freds, Dr. Cheese, Justin Bieber and his ninjas, Justin Bieber’s girlfriend, and two movie announcers. The Brooklyn Bridge disappears, and so do our three Freds. Super Mario has something to do with it. That’s all we can give away for now, stay tuned for the movie release next Saturday, April 2, 2011!

Here’s a preview (coming Sunday, March 26, 2011)

P.S. SOME WIZARD OF OZ TRIVIA

* The Horse of a Different Color couldn’t be actually painted because of Animal Rights concerns. So they used colored, flavored jelly – which the horse kept licking off.

* It took 20 guys a week to set up the 40,000 wire poppies.

* The song “Over the Rainbow” tested badly in preview screenings, so it was cut out and then later, upon reflection, reinserted. Good thinking.

* The Cowardly Lion’s tail was worked by a technicians on an overhead walkway.

* Toto’s real name was Terry and she was a Cairn Terrier. Only she was paid much less than Judy Garland 🙂

* The 124 midgets who were the Munchkins only got $50 a week.

Trivia source

BIG SCREEN spring and summer movies for kids

It’s is the summer of the sequel… Please let us know if we missed anything. Here’s our selection:

* APRIL introduces a reluctant Easter bunny in Hop (April 1), and African Cats (April 22)

* MAY brings Kung Fu Panda 2 (Po & Friends encounter bandits on May 27) and Pirates of the Caribbean 4, now on even stranger tides on May 20

* JUNE comes with Cars 2 (on a top-secret spy mission) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Jim Carrey goes on tour with thirteen misbehaving birds)

* JULY offers yet another Transformers, Dark of Moon, Monte Carlo (where Selena Gomez looses a million-dollar necklace), The Zookeeper (Kevin James) gets unexpected help from his suddenly very talkative furry friends, and finally the last of the Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

* AUGUST gives us The Smurfs (in 3D), The Sitter (Jonah Hill is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door), and Spy Kids (4) save the world again.

For older kids: Submarine (May), Homework and X-Men: First Class (June) and Captain America: the First Avenger (July)

At Zombie School (movie party)

When making movies with kids, sooner or later you have to decide if and how to include the monsters and murders they just love to come up with.  At kids-make-movies we help kids to realize their ideas while finding ways around some of the violent parts.  Space Portals, explosions, vampires and clay monsters: yes. Guns and other weapons: no.  There will be plenty of monsters in many movies kids make, no matter what, but we also work with some of the also very cool but monster free ideas kids have:)

At Annie’s 9th Birthday Party at Bravo Studios on W 27 Street in Manhattan, Annie and her 13 guests performed a series of songs (Hey Soul Sister!), fashion (duct tape bracelets!) and movie reviews (Tangled!) Annie also came up with a zombie sketch where a teacher gets attacked by her zombie students. It was so much fun to film, and not scary, with all the bright lights and the excitement about the green screen studio. In editing we added backgrounds and of course sound effects and Music (from Dracula and Thriller). It got a bit scarier, for some. Still, eight-year-old zombies are the cutest zombies in the world. At least these ones are, I haven’t met other zombies yet, to be honest.

Here’s ZOMBIE SCHOOL (click to see the 2 min video on our youtube channel)

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