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Strange Magic: Lifetime Movie About JK Rowling

Author JK Rowling

The other night I was watching Access Hollywood and laughing at Charlie Sheen, when I saw a story that almost made me pee my pantaloons!  Lifetime is currently making an original movie about Harry Potter scribe JK Rowling!  S-to the QUEE!

The movie, titled Strange Magic (get it?  ‘Cause she wrote books about magic.  Oh you kooky Lifetime kids!) begins when Rowling is 26- before she wrote any of the books.  It’s a look into her young life, and the inspiration behind the story of Harry Potter.  It’s set to air in July.

I can’t wait for this movie.  I love all things HP (just search “Harry Potter” on my blog and you’ll see), and I think Rowling’s story is mad inspirational.  I really want to see the moment when the inspiration for HP comes to her (on a train!) played out on screen.

Also, I expect the full Lifetime treatment on this movie.  I highly doubt that Rowling herself had anything to do with this production, so it should be all kinds of crazy.  I’m ready for questionable English accents and a cheesy montage of the first HP book getting rejected from numerous publishers.  (If they can do that effect where all the rejection letters come swirling at the screen like newspapers that would be acceptable, too.)  I also hope there’s a montage of her spending money in crazy ways once she becomes rich.  Bring it on!

Check out the piece from Access Hollywood:

I would turn into a puddle of water, too, Poppy!
What do you think about this Lifetime Original Movie?  Will you watch?  Let’s discuss in the comments!  xx

My December (or Why I Didn’t Write)

You know, I started this blog over a year ago to discuss many things, but also to document my crazy life.  But that’s the thing with having a crazy life:  sometimes it’s too crazy to write about!  Don’t believe me?  Well, I’ll tell you about the  other things I’ve been doing that have made me too busy to write this month.  (Excuses, excuses. . .)

So, I didn’t write because. . .

“I was reconnecting with friends at the theatre.”

My friend, the beautiful Erin Wegner Brooks is currently on tour with the musical Young Frankenstein, and they came through Orlando December 1st.  Some friends and I got together to watch her, and even got a backstage tour afterward!

Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reunion: Iriann, Me, Erin, and Tyler

“I was trying to get on TV.”

Photo courtesy Andre D. Brown

Ever year, Disney films performances for its Christmas Day parade just a little bit in advance.  So, early this month, I joined the Encore! Cast Choir to sing with America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho.  Did you see me Christmas Day?  Yeah.  I thought not.

“I was helping plan an epic party.”

Work hard, play hard, right?  That’s what I like to think.  So, last year when my friend Terennce had the amazing idea to throw a dance party for other Entertainment peeps, I was definitely on board.  The 2009 party was such a good time, we decided to do it again this year.  Expectations were way high for us, but I think we pulled it off.

Party planning committee: Me, Alex, and Terennce

The best part?  We had a surprise guest!  My old buddy Bruno Mars was in town for a show at House of Blues, and he came with a friend of ours to check out our happenin’ fiesta.  I was wearing monster heels, so I took the prize opportunity to make him feel like a major shorty- which I hadn’t been able to do in YEARS.

Me: "Way to ruin our reunion photo, nerd." Him: "That's what you get!"

Jingle Ball 2010 was definitely a highlight of my December.  But there’s more!

“I was hanging out with my family.”

Mom, Dad, and Little Sis’ flew in from Hawaii to hang out in the theme parks.  Which were absolute INSANITY this time of year.  I spent a week hopping from park to park- in between working!  I also finally got to go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a guest (I’m busy!) and go through the queue line for the Forbidden Journey ride.  It was the business!

Hoping I get sorted into Slytherin by the Sorting Hat.

So, can’t you see how many other things were going on?  Isn’t it completely plausible that I might have taken a quick break?  Oh. . . who am I kidding?  I was just being lazy most of the time!  I promise to do better in the coming year.  Hopefully, I’ll have more amazing experiences to share with you.  2011, Here I come!

Happy New Year, everyone!  How was your 2010?  Will you be making any resolutions for 2011?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a safe NYE!


This was on PostSecret this morning, and I’m like, “Whoa!”  I hope it’s one of the Weasley twins.  Hahah!

Written on back: The world thinks you're perfect but our daughter deserves better

No, but seriously- that is kinda crazy to write in to PostSecret, no?  Hopefully this mom can get it together and let homeboy know he has a kid (if it’s true).  Sigh.  I wonder if the daughter has any special powers. . .?

Do you have a secret?  Good for you!  Don’t tell me what it is. . . but DO tell me what you thought of this post in the comments.  Have a great day!

Have You Seen HP 7 Yet?


I still haven’t, because my car, Bernadette Peters, has been ill.  Hopefully she’s all better and I can do fun things again.  In the meantime, until I see the movie, this will have to tide me over:


Happy Saturday, everyone!

Pish Posh: All Things British

I didn’t do a Music Monday this week.  Why?  Because I’ve been crazy busy, my car is sick (get better Bernadette Peters!  I need you to make money!), and there are very important things going on in the world.

Photo from

Speaking of which, this has been a very British week- for me at least.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Part 1 of the seventh installment, The Deathly Hallows.  My friends and I are seriously stoked, and I’m getting my plans together for the premiere.  Now that the Wizarding World is open, this movie has even more significance to me.  Plus, during the park’s Grand Opening I actually got to see the stars in person from really far away ,so it’ll be like I’m watching my BFFs.  WIN.

Speaking of win, yesterday I had the opportunity to perform as a member of the Hogwarts family at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo.  I’ve wanted to do something with IAAPA for a while, ’cause it’s like a huge carnival of fun theme park stuff.  Parks from all over the world showcase their best in entertainment and attractions.  It was a fun time- especially because I got to see Dolly Parton in person!  She was there to accept Dollywood‘s  Applause Award, which honors a park whose operations have inspired the industry.  It was such a nice surprise to have such a legend in the room.

Finally, yesterday news broke of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton.  Let the wedding-bonanza begin!  I love a good wedding spectacle, so I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.  So far, her ring (which was Diana’s engagement ring!) is amazing, and the ceremony at Westminster Abbey is sure to kill!  Gah!

But, um, is it just me or is Wills a closet fan of The Hills?

Kate Middleton, lucky stiff. Photo credit:

Lauren Conrad, always a bridesmaid. Photo credit:

Cheerio, mates!  I’m going to have a spot of tea and watch some telly and. . . uh. . .  try to stop talking like this!

Too Big to Ride?

"Whoa! Check out that butterbeer gut. . ."

Universal is making some adjustments to the seating on its “Forbidden Journey” ride at the WWoHP theme park. Apparently, the ride has received criticism from overweight guests and ride critics for being a little too cozy for comfort.  To date, they’ve only tweaked a couple of the ride cars, but a full overhaul is reportedly taking place.

Btw, there’s a sample chair right outside of the queue for the ride.  This way, if you’re too big to fit, at least you don’t have to find out after waiting in line for eternity.  This story is kind of scary.  Like, how big are we as people that they have to overhaul the ride seats just to fit us all?  Note to self:  no more butterbeer!  Yikes!

Thanks to Orlando Attractions Magazine for posting this story!

Have you taken the Forbidden Journey yet?  Did you think the seats were too small, or are these changes unnecessary?

I Heart Harry

Did you know that I love Harry Potter?  You would if you’d read this post.  I do.  I like the movies, the books, the stars, the theme park.  I can’t wait to be here during the Holiday season.  It will be amazing and I’ll probably fangirl out.  Hard.

In honor of that love, here are a couple of funny/awesome things I found recently about the wonderful world of Potter.

A couple of weeks ago I was on Post Secret and I saw this submission.  If you’ve been in a coma If you don’t know, Post Secret is a site where people submit postcards with. . . um secrets on them.  Anonymously.  It’s sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always entertaining.  Anywho, here’s the good stuff:

Next up, a wondrous piece of art from Regretsy.

It totes looks like Lance Bass.  He must be pissed.

More HP fun after the jump! Continue reading

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