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  1. The New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts Ride Looks Like So Much Fun [VIDEO]

    It's lev-i-O-sa!

    Having finally visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year, I can honestly say if you're a Harry Potter fan, it's a must-see. And it will be more so soon as the Escape from Gringotts expansion is set to open this summer. Look ahead for a shot of the actual ride car and a few more details.

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  2. Anyone Want To Grab A Beer At Moe’s Tavern? We’ll Be Able To Soon Thanks To Universal Studios

    Universal Studios is getting a Simpsons area and bringing Moe's Tavern and Duff beer to life!

    Stop arguing over which Springfield you think The Simpsons is set in, because the answer is going to be Florida -- sort of. Universal Studios is adding a Simpsons area to the park that will include a Krusty Burger, Lard Lad donuts, and even Taco Fresho run by Bumblebee Man. If you're a parent dealing with dragging your kids around a theme park, stop by Moe's Tavern for some Duff Beer that's brewed just for the park. Let's all say it together. Ready? On three. One. Two. Three: I want to go to there.

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  3. Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads: Back to the Future LEGO Set’s Really Happening

    LEGO's just released the summer review results from their CUUSOO website, which is a system where modelers can submit their creations in the hopes that they'll eventually become actual sets. Once a submission manages 10,000 votes from the community, LEGO reviews them and makes a call on whether they move forward with the project. That's how that sweet Minecraft LEGO set came to fruition. One of those in the spotlight this time around was an impressive Back to the Future DeLorean model. You can probably see where this is going. Yes, a Back to the Future LEGO set is really, truly happening.

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  4. Universal Delays Bourne Legacy, Baldfacedly Admits It’s Because of The Avengers


    Back when Paramount announced that it would be postponing the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation nine entire months, ostensibly to retrofit it with 3D and reshoot some scenes, we raised our eyebrows suspiciously. Hollywood is sort of reeling from the success of The Avengers, because while it means great things for Marvel Studios and everyone else involved in the production, it's kind of sucking the life out of the rest of the summer blockbuster season. See, the thing about The Avengers is not that it had a huge spike in attention, made a bunch of money, and then got out of the way for the next batch of action blockbusters. It's sitting around, the 800 pound gorilla and the unexpected houseguest all in one. Which brings us to Universal's press release on why they've delayed the latest installment of their highly successful Bourne franchise.

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  5. This Back to the Future LEGO Set Could Become a Reality

    While there are many official LEGO tie-ins available, Back to the Future sadly isn't one of them. That might be changing, however, now that user m.togami has received 10,000 votes on LEGO's CUUSOO website. With the passing of that important milestone, the possibility of this becoming an official LEGO set moves tantalizingly close to reality. But it's not there yet.

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  6. Universal Studios’ Jaws Ride Closes Down, but You Can Experience It With This Simulated YouTube Tour

    Universal Studios' Jaws ride may be closed and gone forever, but a well-shot, simulated tour of the entire experience -- including the walk through the midway leading up to the ride -- forever lives on thanks to InsideTheMagic's YouTube account. The video tour, and nostalgia, after the break.

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  7. Jaws Re-imagined As a Heartwarming Family Tale [Video]

    And All Was Right With the World

    In case you happen to follow me -- or The Mary Sue -- on Twitter, you might know that I was on vacation in Orlando last week. But the day I left for said vacation, I was really disheartened to find out that the Jaws ride, one of the original attractions at Universal Studios when it opened in 1990, will be closing! So, I rode it one more time, and it was a truly sentimental experience. (Eh, not really.) In fact, the video above -- by Caleb Hepler -- echoes my feelings almost exactly. (Again, not really.) I'll miss that curious shark! (Ehhhhhh ... maybe a little.) (via Laughing Squid)

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  8. Hold On To Your Broomstick, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Is Headed To California

    This is just like magic!

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was one of the greatest marketing schemes to come out of the J.K. Rowling's franchise. So good in fact that the folks at Warner Bros. and Universal are planning to duplicate the success of the Orlando, Florida attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood in California. You know what that means...double the Butterbeer! 

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  9. Will Tower Heist Pave the Way for Straight-to-VOD Movies?

    Consider the Following

    If you were not planning on buying a movie ticket to see the new Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy movie Tower Heist, then ... Universal Studios is way ahead of you. Coming to the humble realization that moviegoers are catching on to the pandering nature of star-studded casts in mediocre movies, the studio has come up with a novel plan to offer the Brett Ratner-directed movie on VOD a mere three weeks after its theatrical release as an experiment to see where it will be the most successful. Movie theaters are not thrilled with this ... but shouldn't they be psyched about all those Disney re-releases coming up?

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  10. 10 Ways Disney Parks Bowdlerized Their Own Rides (And Your Childhood)

    I See What They Did There

    We all know Disney has a nagging tendency to cover up its faults. Some are good -- for example, the embarrassingly racist Song of the South is no longer for sale in the parks or online – and some are not so good – helicoptering anyone with injuries off Disney property as quickly as possible so as to avoid having to say anyone ever died on grounds. The theme parks have always been a push-and-pull between the twinkling nostalgia of the past and the domineering pull of the ugly present. Let’s not equivocate: the parks have always been a money-grubbing entity. But some of their recent changes have made that grubbing front-and-center, as opposed to a background only cynics wanted to delve into. Over the years, your favorite rides have undergone some changes. Some were to make the parks less rape-y. Good! Some were to appease boring parents. Bad! And some called into question why the parks ever had the original way of things in the first place. Let’s get to it.

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