Monthly Archives: November 2011

Shmoop Introduces Site Licenses for Schools, Districts, and Public Libraries

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Shmoop (, a digital curriculum company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials, now offers awesome, affordable group rates on its subscription products: Test Prep (for SAT, PSAT, AP Exams) and Teacher?s Editions. Shmoop Site Licenses are available to schools, districts, and public libraries of all shapes and sizes. Shmoop will also give a group (rate) hug to homeschooling collectives.

Shmoop Site Licenses allow schools and libraries to give all of their students, teachers, and patrons complimentary access to Shmoop?s subscription products anywhere they have Web access ? at the library, at home, or on a smart phone while camped out in line for the next Harry Potter movie. Every user chooses his or her own username and password, so there is no hassle for the school or library offering Shmoop services.

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Online Test Prep: Deep Prep with a Fresh Voice. Tackle the SAT Like a Video Game.

Shmoop now offers Site Licenses for its online PSAT Prep, SAT Prep, and AP Exam Prep. Each online prep course includes deep content reviews, hundreds of drill questions and 2-3 full-length interactive Practice Exams. Shmoop uses classic video games like Oregon Trail, Tetris, and Mario Brothers as metaphors for the challenges, pitfalls, and question types that students will face in the exam.

?Shmoop AP Exam Prep is a scholarly study guide, which at the same time conveys an edgy, contemporary attitude that appeals to today?s level of student sophistication,? said Gail Ferguson, 11th grade English teacher at New York City Department of Education?s Aviation High School. ?My students who use Shmoop take their studies seriously, but they want to have fun in their own style. Shmoop has a voice that strikes a chord with students, and their overall performance on the AP examination certainly showed this.?

Teacher?s Editions: Teachers? New BFF. Make Lessons Fun, Current, Hip.

Shmoop now offers more than 80 Teacher?s Editions in Literature, US History, and Civics. Shmoop Teacher?s Editions include

And the Winner of JK Rowling's Harry Potter Shoes is…No one?

And the Winner of JK Rowling's Harry Potter Shoes is…No one?
The shoes JK Rowling wore as she wrote "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." When the ShoesTV team last checked Proxibid, two days before the auction was to close, the bid was up to $ 1100 (a bit low for anything signed by Rowling), but since the
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BBC Announces Doctor Who Movie, Terrifies Geeks Everywhere
The BBC could have hired a different Harry Potter director. Think of all the family-friendly hijinks the Doctor could get into with Sorcerer's Philosopher's Stone / Chamber of Secrets director Chris Columbus at the helm! Remember Home Alone?
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Top 5 boardgames on Samsung bada
because you'll need it when you come up against the big D. Whether you were in awe of Bergman's greatest cinematic triumph or you're still wiping tears from your eyes after your 11th viewing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ('Yes,
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Flixster hands out iTunes codes for unhappy UltraViolet users

Flixster hands out iTunes codes for unhappy UltraViolet users
So bad that Warner Bros., the studio behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, is giving away coupon codes for the movie to Apple's iTunes store to placate unhappy customers. UltraViolet was meant to improve the user experience for movie
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Digital kills the video store
But, Toner-Rogala is quick to point out, the library isn't a video store, it doesn't acquire 50 copies of the latest Harry Potter blockbuster to ensure anyone who wants one can get one. "The way libraries build collections is different," she says.
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Latest Harry Potter Part 1 News

Kam On Film: 'Twilight 4,' 'Story Of Lovers Rock' and What's New In Theaters
Taking a page out of the Harry Potter playbook, the soon-to-expire Twilight Saga is extending itself by splitting the last of Stephenie Meyer's supernatural romance novels into two screen adaptations. However, the first, Breaking Dawn – Part 1,
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Calendar: Nov. 25-Dec. 1
Potter Palooza continues with “Deathly Hallows, Part 1” 10 am and 4 pm; “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” 1 pm and 7:15 pm, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., dress up as your favorite Muggle or wizard for a chance to win a prize, $ 2.50 per show or $ 20 Golden
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Memo to the Academy: It's time to honor 'Harry Potter' at the Oscars
However, the final installment — "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" — rates an impressive 87 (three points higher than "The Descendants" and "Hugo") with MetaCritic. "What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and company go out in a blaze
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Harry Potter Halloween Costumes

Article by Emily Vanzant

Even though the Harry Potter movie series is almost done you don’t have to stop having fun as Harry, Hermione, Ron or one of the bad guys. There are costumes for kids and adults, so there’s guaranteed to be something for you.

The starting point to be any Gryffindor wizard is the Harry Potter Premium Gryffindor Robe Child Costume. The cloak is made of black velvet and lined with maroon satin. It even includes the Gryffindor crest on the front. A similar costume is available for adults too. Now, the trick is to personalize the signature robe and become one of your favorite characters. For Harry, add the Harry Potter Deluxe Glasses and a lightening-bolt shaped scar. The Harry Potter Scar & Makeup Kit will help you get the most realistic-looking scar possible. For Hermione, simply make your hair as poofy as it can get. And Ron? If you aren’t a natural redhead, a red wig or some red hairspray should do the trick.

You can also be a Gryffindor Quidditch Player. The Harry Potter Quidditch Robe Super Deluxe Child Costume comes with crimson robes that have yellow stripes and the Gryffindor logo. Don’t forget your broom-the Firebolt is a favorite-and Quidditch Goggles. You don’t want your eyes to get dry while flying around trying to find the snitch. Of course, the Golden Snitch itself is a great accessory too-especially if you want to win the game.

If you’d rather be the one cursing Harry while he is trying to win the match, a Death Eater, Dementor, or Voldemort costume might be a good choice for you. The Harry Potter Dementor Costume for kids is super creepy. It comes with a long robe, black mask, and ribcage chest piece. Luckily, there are separate Dementor costumes for grown men and women. The women’s costume comes with a long black dress, thick black belt, and eerie mask. Who knew evil could look so sexy?

Last but not least, you definitely need a wand. The Harry Potter Light Up Wand is a bit clunky and perfect for little kids. The Harry Potter Wand is a bit thinner and looks less like a toy-it is the perfect accessory for older kids and adults. Ron and Hermione’s wands are also available. Ron’s looks a bit beaten up while Hermione’s is elegant with ivy-shaped accents. Malfoy’s wand is also available and looks pretty generic, so it can be used for anyone else. Now, enjoy the Halloween Feast!

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Harry Potter – It’s not over just yet

Article by Rachel Roberts

Although it’s the finish of the Harry Potter movie and publication sequence, the experience for Harry Potter followers around the world isn’t done yet. There are lots of occasions we should look forward to within the next month or two; Pottermore web site release, launch of the Deathly Hallows part 2 DVD not to mention Harry Potter world universal orlando celebration deals.

When very first launched on the 15th of June, we got a little peek of the Pottermore web site although very small. Pottermore drew large newspaper and tv interest and conjecture from nearly every Harry Potter enthusiast in the world, one of the greatest whispers is that Pottermore will probably be an MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game. The internet trademark, owned and operated by Warner Bros, provides a hint as to what we can anticipate: “Providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network; providing on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among users in the field of general interest”.

A number of fortunate few were able to get a place as beta test candidates for the brand new website via a number of test questions. Evaluators could actually check a few of the functions, such has Harry potter spells, potion making, flying and duelling that will later on become open to most people at some point in October.

All of us also anticipate the DVD launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. After having a massive achievement with the premiere in London previously this season with film followers queuing in Trafalgar square for more than five nights, the DVD launch will certainly be another large success. The DVD is stated to be sold about the 16th of November so that they can mark ten years ever since the launch of the very first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. The movie is going to be obtainable on HD (Hi-def) DVD, Blu-ray and perhaps, 3D.

Lastly, to recognise the special event of ten years of recording prodigy, the wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando is going to be holding 3 days of enchanting exhilaration. This special event is going to be held within the 11th and 13th of November and definately will consist of; Questions and answer periods with cast members, Question and answer periods with Filmmakers and the creative group of universal orlando and legendary screenings of the eight Harry Potter movies which includes the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

You will find two primary bundles; the premiere package deal and also the celebration package deal. All offers include 4 night stays (7 nights for UK consumers) in universal companion resorts, three day tickets to orlando amusement parks, earlier entrance for the Harry Potter park, total Blu-ray set of the potter movies, CityWalk party pass along with a commemorative pin. The premiere bundle includes entrance to the evening gala occasion, one cast signing period and breakfast every day inside the three broomsticks.

Regrettably premiere deals have sold-out for US citizens despite the fact that celebration deals continue to be obtainable. There continue to be premiere deals readily available for UK shoppers and with passes ranging among £1,299 and £1,799 each, they’re relatively fairly priced (these prices include flights).

So, seize your magical wands and cast every one of the Harry Potter spells you already know because the subsequent month or two will likely be full of lots of magic.

Rachel Roberts is a film fanatic, and, what film fanatic would be complete without Harry Potter! She has been writing about the books and films for over a year and even set up her own website dedicated totally to Harry Potter Spells –

'Harry Potter' Star Jessie Cave Talks Shop — Her Own!

'Harry Potter' Star Jessie Cave Talks Shop — Her Own!
It's no secret that we love our "Harry Potter" stars here at Hollywood Crush. Even more so when they're embarking on new and intriguing adventures, like Jessie Cave's colorful, quirky, creative website, PinDippy. Really the best way to understand

Black Friday gift ideas: Must-have DVDs include complete 'Harry Potter,' 'Star
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' is the final installment in the series. It's part of the eight-disk complete Potter collection. The 15-disk 'Lord of the Rings' set includes all three movies on Blu-ray and digital copies.
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Relive years 5-7 of 'Harry Potter' adventure – as a Lego
The fifth book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and its successor “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” each have six levels of game play. The last book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” has twice as many levels,
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BLACK FRIDAY: Movie Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY: Movie Buying Guide
Start with the 407 Black Friday week DVDs for under $ 5 (including just about every Harry Potter movie) and 629 Blu-rays under $ 10 (including Harry Potter again, Quentin Tarantino's entire library, and new releases like X-Men: First Class).

'Breaking Dawn Part 1' increases 'Twilight' excitement
In comparison, only foolish readers ignored JK Rowling's beautifully thought out Harry Potter books because they were on shelves reserved for children's fiction. Teen fiction also breeds good stories, but “Twilight” author Meyer could not capture

Nov 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Because with the November 11th release of 'Harry Potter and the… Read More » Nov 23rd 2011 9:49AM Ariana Grande got her shop on at the Love Culture YULE RULE Holiday Party in LA last week. Check out the super cute pics of the 'Victorious' star,
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The Running Sham: Trailering 'The Hunger Games'
Some are even hinting at Harry Potter like crossover appeal with Stephen King actually singing the praises of the series. Still, if fans know to be wary of anything, it's the concept that Hollywood will actually treat their favorite book or fictional
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The in-tents shopping experience of Black Friday

The in-tents shopping experience of Black Friday
Shoppers are entertained with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as they wait in line outside the Best Buy in the Fair Lakes Shopping Center on Thursday night. Doors opened at midnight for Black Friday shopping. Shoppers wait in line outside a
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Radcliffe felt guilty at Potter premiere
Thousands of fans gathered to see Radcliffe, Grint and Emma Watson in London's Leicester Square as the last instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was unveiled in July. But while Grint and Watson broke down in tears on the red carpet
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All 8 Harry Potter films to be broadcast on Time Warner Cable's Movies On Demand
Time Warner Cable announced that it will be broadcasting all eight Harry Potter films on Movies On Demand from now until January 4, 2012, and will include bonus behind-the-scenes clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Latest Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone News

There's something for every muggle to enjoy
It is aimed squarely at the "Harry Potter" fan who has it all, and it hits the bull's-eye. The film world of "Harry Potter" started in 1997 when producer David Heyman was introduced to the manuscript of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" – the
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CBS and Chris Columbus to Reboot 'The Rifleman'
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" director Chris Columbus will be directing the project, with "Shutter Island" scribe Laeta Kalogridis and "Drive Angry" writer Patrick Lussier on board to write. CBS Television Studios and Carol Mendelsohn
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