Harry Potter Radio Station?

Sirius XM Radio announced yesterday that it will launch “LeakyCon Radio,” a three-day channel that will celebrate the world of Harry Potter and pay tribute to its fans as the final film in the beloved series hits theaters.

LeakyCon Radio” premieres Friday, July 15 at 6:00 am ET — the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters — and airs through Monday, July 18 at 3:00 am ET on SiriusXM channel 141 and SiriusXM Internet Radio. Hosted by SiriusXM’s Paul Bachmann and Kenny Curtis, the channel will broadcast from LeakyCon 2011, the Harry Potter fan convention taking place in Orlando, FL.

“LeakyCon Radio” offers listeners a front row seat to the wide variety of panels and special events taking place throughout the weekend at the convention, including Death Eater Recruitment and Training Jeopardy – Harry Potter and the Law; The Books vs. The Movies: What Was Left Out and Why It’s Important; Fantastic Names & Where to Find Them: Lessons of Onomatology in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series; The Past, Present, and Future of Muggle Quidditch; Cooking Demonstration: Butterbeer 101 and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean; and …Now What? Life in the Potter fandom post Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Listeners will also have the opportunity to get the latest news on Pottermore.com, the new online repository that JK Rowling has built for the Harry Potter universe, and to hear from the creators of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando and the “New Potter Kids”: the young actors who play Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), Albus Severus Potter (Arthur Bowen), Young Lily Evans (Ellie Darcey-Alden), Hugo Weasley (Ryan Turner), Young Sirius Black (Rohan Gotobed), James Potter II (Will Dunn) and Percy Weasley (Chris Rankin).

“LeakyCon Radio” will feature SiriusXM interviews with a variety of the film’s key players, both on screen and behind the scenes, including actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), director David Yates, producer David Heyman, producer David Barron and screenwriter Steve Kloves.

LeakyCon 2011 is a charity conference created and organized by the Harry Potter fan site LeakyNews.com. LeakyCon will be held from July 13-17, 2011 at the Royal Pacific Hotel in Orlando, Florida and will feature Harry Potter-related discussions, programs, and events as well as a full track dedicated to non-Harry Potter children’s and young adult literature. LeakyCon 2011 will benefit several charities including The Harry Potter Alliance, Book Aid International and the This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation.

Visit www.siriusxm.com/leakycon and LeakyCon.com for more information.

First Spider-Man Comic From 1962 Sells for $1.1 Million

It was announced today that ComicConnect.com, one of the industry’s leading online auction sites, just sold an extremely rare, highest graded copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 for $1.1 million, the Marvel comic book by legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, that introduced the world to the web slinging, wall crawling superhero known as Spider-Man.

The sale of this legendary comic is second only to the Guinness World record 8.5 VF+ Action Comics #1, which marks Superman’s 1938 debut that was also sold by www.ComicConnect.com last year for a whopping $1,500,000.

I am a big fan of the web-slinger but not that big. So tell me, would you spend a million dollars on a comic?

Geeks Unite For Felicia Day and ‘The Guild’ DVD/Book Signing at The Grove

Last night fans of the popular online web series “The Guild” came out in force to The Grove’s Barnes & Noble bookstore for a chance to meet Actress Felicia Day and cast members from the series. The DVD/book signing was to promote “The Guild” Season 4 on DVD and the new graphic novel now on sale.

The event started out with taking questions from the audience which many were directed at Day as she has been in such shows as “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. When asked about her new web series “Dragon Age” she talked about how she had to go through 3 months of fight training to get prepared for the role. The cast also talked about some of their favorite moments on set, which got a lot of laughs from the audience. Though by the end of the night fans went home happy as Day and the cast stayed and gave autographs to everyone at the event.

For more information about “The Guild” web series check out their site here and follow them and Felicia Day on Twitter at @theguild @feliciaday.

Chris Evans to Star in the Upcoming Video Game ‘Captain America: Super Soldier’

SEGA announced today that they have signed  Chris Evans to voice the title role in the upcoming action adventure Captain America: Super Soldier. The actor’s likenesses will also be used in the game.

“Signing Chris to star in Captain America: Super Soldier delivers the cinematic quality and emotional drive that fans expect,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA of Europe and SEGA of America. “Chris will help fuel the character’s mission as he battles through the enormous Hydra castle full of legendary villains in a completely original story.”

In Captain America: Super Soldier, players become Captain America as he faces the Red Skull and his Hydra army in an epic third-person action adventure set in the darkest days of World War II. Wielding Captain America’s legendary shield, gamers will engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle overtaken by Hydra forces, where they’ll battle a host of nefarious enemies serving the Red Skull, including the infamous Iron Cross, Baron Strucker, and Madame Hydra.

Captain America: Super Soldier is scheduled for release in 2011 on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3,  Wii, and Nintendo DS.

Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White & Darren Shahlavi to Star in “Mortal Kombat” Live-action Digital Series

It has begun! Warner Premiere announced yesterday that initial casting for their upcoming live-action digital series “Mortal Kombat” has started. Jeri Ryan, (“Star Trek: Voyager”) will reprise her role as “Lieutenant Sonya Blade” from the unofficial fan short. She is accompanied by Michael Jai White (“The Dark Knight”) as “Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs” and Darren Shahlavi (“300”) as “Kano.”

Written by Kevin Tancharoen, Aaron Helbing, and Todd Helbing, and available online this spring from Warner Bros, the “Mortal Kombat” digital series is an anthology of multiple live action shorts.  Each episode will provide never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming video game as well as the game’s universe.

For more information about the game, “Mortal Kombat”, log onto www.themortalkombat.com and visit www.facebook.com/mortalkombat.

Muggles and Wizards on the High Seas? Take a Harry Potter Cruise!

This year on an August cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, Muggles and Wizards can have the ultimate Harry Potter experience by attending a wizard convention on the high seas.

From the looks of the event it’s a wizards world which will include a sorting ceremony, classes in potions and defense against the dark arts, Wizards Chess, Horcrux Hunt, Yule Ball, Quidditch Lessons on board taught by Harry, Cedric and the International Quidditch Association, Quidditch match on land, team trivia contest, and wizards wheel of fortune.

Though note you have to pay for both the cruise and the convention. So it’s not an entire ship dedicated to Wizards. You’ll have to share the ship with Muggles. For more information check out www.WizardsatSea.com

Hefner Taking Playboy Private

It was announced earlier today that Hugh Hefner the founder of Playboy will be taking the company private. Last August Hefner and Rizvi Traverse Management proposed a deal to acquire all common stocks. On Sunday the independent committee formed to investigate the deal further gave the board of directors their blessing which the board unanimously agreed to. Chief Executive Scott Flanders will stay as Playboy’s CEO.

“Our strategy is to transform Playboy into a brand management company,” Flanders said.  “This transaction will advance our efforts by strengthening our balance sheet and streamlining our operations while creating opportunities to participate in new ventures. I am excited about the future, and I look forward to working with our new partners as we guide Playboy into the next era.”

Keep up the good work Hef!

One-Millionth Butterbeer Sold at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Today the Universal Orlando Resort is celebrating its one-millionth Butterbeer sold by giving out 1,000 Complimentary Butterbeer drinks to guests on the streets of Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you aren’t familiar with the drink the press release that was sent out today says that “Butterbeer appears as a favorite drink inside the Harry Potter books and films and is only available inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is a non-alcoholic, frothy drink reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch and is served cold or frozen.”

Much has been written about Butterbeer since it made its debut on June 18, 2010, making it one of the most talked about beverages of 2010. There has been much speculation about its secret ingredients – but Universal Orlando will not share the closely guarded recipe. Universal has implemented special security procedures to protect the details.

To check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter website click here.