Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Hagrid and Dumbledore have captivated the minds of readers around the world since J.K. Rowling first introduced them in 1997. Adapted to film, made into an amusement park, digitized into the Pottermore website, expanded into the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play, and since 2015, illustrated for a new generation of fans. This month, artist Jim Kay's third illustrated installment, the "Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," hit shelves. Kay, an artist who has worked on production and design sets for projects including the film "A Monster Calls" and the BBC's "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell," is slated to illustrate all seven of Rowling's novels. "In a sense you're making a play -- you start with the scenery," Kay told the NewsHour.
Kingdom Hearts 3, available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, feels like a game that hasn't really grown up. Yes, it definitely is the desperately awaited sequel to 2005's Kingdom Hearts 2, a title garnering critical acclaim and more than one re-release. It's also the same action-packed adventure game that lets you take a peek into the visually delightful worlds of various Disney characters while you dish out magic and mayhem of all sorts. But Kingdom Hearts 3, through its subpar plot delivery and frustrating combat, disappoints in a way that is not surprising. It's a game that, as one of many with a strong emotional bond to the series, gives you what you wanted, even if it is a decade or so late.
Pinocchio, the classic fairytale made famous by Disney in 1940, is getting the stop-motion treatment thanks to Netflix and director Guillermo del Toro, Entertainment Weekly reported Monday. Del Toro, known for directing fantastical movies like Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and most recently The Shape of Water, has been dreaming about bringing a Pinocchio project to life for years, and it looks like he's finally getting a chance to do so in a musical, stop-motion fashion thanks to Netflix's new involvement. SEE ALSO: The terrifyingly relatable horror of the family trauma in'Hill House' This particular Pinocchio project is separate from Disney's own live-action Pinocchio project, which recruited Paddington director Paul King earlier this year. Hopefully they don't come out too close to each other. The story of Pinocchio was originally published in 1883 by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, in which a man named Geppetto crafted a wooden puppet that wants to become a real boy.
Once upon a time, technology gave these iconic stories a serious twist. Jazmin Batisti and Matt Lindley, who work for digital agency Verve Search, collaborated to create illustrations that show what some well-known novels would look like with the addition of modern technology. "Modern Day Classics" that definitely don't look like the stories we grew up with. The series features some interesting remixes from Frodo using Google Maps to get to Mordor, to Willy Wonka getting candy ideas from Pinterest. Lindley told The Huffington Post that the illustrations were commissioned by publishing platform Flipsnack.