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‘Arizona Sunshine’: Lose Touch With Reality in This VR Zombie Apocalypse

ORLANDO, Fla. – There’s a new virtual-reality experience in town, and it’s leagues above the competition.

  • ‘Arizona Sunshine’ VR experience to open soon at Pointe Orlando
  • Participants battle zombies on mission to rescue doctor with cure
  • It’s leagues ahead of other virtual-reality experiences out there

Nomadic, a California-based startup, has taken the popular VR game Arizona Sunshine and turned it into a terrifying and thrilling interactive experience.

In this version, players must find the doctor who has a cure for the zombie outbreak. Problem is, he’s holed up in a refinery overrun by zombies.

If you make it in time, he lives. If you don’t, well, let’s just say, it’s bad news for the doctor.

Before beginning their adventure, players must strap on a VR headset and backpack.

The game starts in a dimly-lit room that contains multiple props, including weapons and a filing cabinet with an “Easter egg” inside. If you pull open the drawer in the real world, it opens in the virtual. Eventually, a train approaches, and once aboard, players will feel wind as it speeds down the tracks.

From there, players will encounter hordes of zombies as they move scene to scene. And the zombies are relentless. They climb over fences. They crawl over platforms. They are everywhere.

What sets Nomadic apart from competitors such as The Void (which currently has a VR experience at Disney Springs) is how interactive the sets are. Buttons must be pushed. Levers pulled. If players see a door in the virtual world, it exists in the real world. So when players reach out to turn the knob, it’s actually there.

At one point, players encounter a plank positioned “high above” the ground. Step on it, and the plank wobbles under your feet, giving the sense it could tilt at any moment.

Players will also encounter elevators and helicopters, each featuring realistic movements.

In addition to the amazing interactive elements, Arizona Sunshine features stellar visual effects. That’s no surprise, considering creative minds behind Nomadic worked for Industrial Light and Magic on the Star Wars prequels.

Arizona Sunshine can be experienced as a single player or with multiple players, and there are two versions: one with plenty of gore for those 17 and older and one that’s milder for those 13 and older.

Nomadic is set to open at Pointe Orlando soon, with plans to expand to other cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles next year.

For ticket information, visit blurtheline.com.

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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Opens at Disney Springs

ORLANDO, Fla. — Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has opened a brand-new concept in Disney Springs.

  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill now open
  • Menu includes pasta, pizza, salads, seafood
  • Full-service bar serving cocktails, craft beer and wine

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will offer diners a “laid-back Californian” experience. 

“We are very excited to be returning to Disney Springs with Bar & Gril concept,” Puck said in a statement. “The restaurant is a perfect fit for the area and we look forward to bringing our cuisine to locals and all the visitors to this area as well.”

Led by executive chef Michael Tiva, the restaurant features a menu that includes salads, pastas, pizzas, seafood and steak.

For dinner, a variety of platters are offered slow-roasted half chicken, 32-ounce Porterhouse steak for two, grilled sea bass and olive oil-seared red snapper. 

The 250-seat restaurant also features a gelato bar and full-service bar serving a selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines. A variety of “grab and go” items like brownie bites, tiramisu and fresh fruit-coconut tapioca will be available. 

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The new restaurant is located in Town Center area of Disney Springs, across from Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy. 

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thanksgiving week

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By Maggie Duffy

Times Staff Writer

Holiday Lights: Displays abound all over the bay area this week, starting Monday with the Winter Village at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. Along with a 360 degree light display set to music, there’s also ice skating and the Winter Village Express. wintervillagetampa.com. Largo has two magnificent displays, one opening at Largo Central Park on Thursday with Ferris wheels, carousel rides, holiday caroling and visits with Santa (free), and Friday, the Florida Botanical Gardens become even more beautiful with twinkly LED lights,plus laser lights and lighted figures, music synchronization, and Florida-style displays ($5 suggested donation). flbg.org.

Thanksgiving Day Races: Earn those extra calories before dinner. In Tampa, the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble is a stroller and dog friendly 8K, 5K or 1-mile out and back race with a post-race breakfast at Amalie Arena ($15-$40; amaliearena.com). The Times Turkey Trot returns to Clearwater, with a buffet of races from the 1-mile Gobbler, to the 10K Turkey Trot, and the turducken of all races, the Clearwater Challenge, with runners doing the 5K, 1 Mile and 10K all in one day. All races begin at Keene Road just south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard ($15-$50). (727) 442-5838.

DATE NIGHT

Music: Monday is futuristic, when a hologram of Roy Orbison is accompanied by a live orchestra at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($43.25-$73.25). Also Monday, Playboi Carti plays irl at the Ritz Ybor ($35-$70), while Hoobastank rock Clearwater’s Capitol Theater ($29-$59). Friday, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald performs songs from his new Christmas album at the Capitol Theater ($84-$100). Just down the road, also on Friday, KC and the Sunshine Band get funky at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($50-$150), where Grammy Award-winning band Ghost will play on Sunday ($43.25-$78.75).

Il Divo: The classical crossover vocal group discovered by Simon Cowell bring their brand of operatic pop to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater on Tuesday ($55-$350). mahaffeytheater.com.

Damon Fowler’s Holiday Blues Bash: The local blues singer and guitarist gathers friends including vocalist Betty Fox, guitarist Sean Chambers and drummer Justin Headley for a jam session at the St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater on Wednesday ($(18-$38). mypalladium.org.

KIDS AND FAMILY

DRUMline Live Holiday Spectacular: The explosive show brings hot choreography and athletic feats performed by steppers, the rhythmic sounds of trumpets and the speed of pulsating force of the drumline to the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday ($29.50-$59.50). mahaffeytheater.com.

MORE THINGS TO DO

TOP 50: The best restaurants in Tampa Bay

MUSEUMS: How to get into Tampa Bay museums for $10 or less

TOURS: From churches to breweries, 10 behind the scenes tours in Tampa

VIDEO GAME BARS: 13 arcade bars and other places to play in Tampa Bay

INDOORS: 21 places to escape the heat and chill indoors in Tampa Bay

OUTDOORS: 28 ways to have fun outdoors in Tampa Bay

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 20

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Il Divo: The classical crossover vocal group has released eight albums of operatic pop. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $55-$350. (727) 893-7832; mahaffeytheater.com.

Helios Jazz Orchestra: The expanded 21-member Helios Jazz Orchestra presents a show of legendary spy music, joined by singers Jamie Perlow, Andrea Manson, Sonja Spenson, and Ronnie Dee. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Reserved $25. $35. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.

$10 Tuesdays: The museum is open from until 8 p.m. every Tuesday, featuring $10 admission all day. From 5-8 p.m. enjoy special events in the galleries or find happy hour specials in the Canyon Cafe. 10 a.m., James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 892-4200.

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Hours given are for the ice rink, other hours vary. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686; wintervillagetampa.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Dec. 31. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386; buschgardens.com.

Terrific Tots: Great Explorations brings children ages 1 to 4 a play time with songs, stories, art, movement and toys. 9:45 a.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201; newbaywalk.com.

TO WATCH

Frontline, 9 p.m., PBS: In the wake of the deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the program investigates violent white supremacists in “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis.” This includes a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Have relatives in town? Find some diversions at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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‘Green Book’ is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts

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The title of Green Book derives from a period when African-Americans often traveled at their own risk, especially in the Jim Crow South. Unwelcome in many restaurants, hotels and other public establishments, they even faced death in “sundown” towns, where they were warned to get out before evening, or else.

In response, a postal employee named Victor Hugo Green created a guide designed to “give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable.” The Green Book was published for more than 30 years, finally ceasing publication in the late 1960s.

The pain, peril and murderous racism that made the Green Book a necessity of black life seems like unlikely fodder for a crowd-pleaser that plays like gangbusters. But Green Book, a spirited amalgam of buddy comedy, road movie, fish-out-of-water fable and accessible social history, is just that cinematic unicorn.

As an inspiring and thoroughly entertaining chapter drawn from all-too-real life, it mixes authenticity and Hollywood schmaltz with ease that feels both relaxed and judiciously calibrated. Most winningly, Green Book puts two of the finest screen actors working today in a sexy turquoise Cadillac, letting them loose on a funny, swiftly-moving chamber piece bursting with heart, art and soul.

The actors in question are Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who prove to be a superbly balanced team. Mortensen plays Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, a Bronx bouncer who in 1962 is making his living at a New York nightclub and trying to avoid working as muscle for the local mob. When he loses his job, he makes ends meet by putting his prodigious appetite to use in a hot dog-eating contest, which even he, being slightly dimwitted, realizes isn’t a sustainable model. Eventually, he answers a call from a Manhattan musician looking for a driver and shows up at his would-be employer’s Carnegie Hall address ready to take anything that pays.

What he finds is a man named Don Shirley (Ali), a supremely elegant pianist and composer who greets Tony draped in regal robes, then conducts the interview from what looks like an ancient Egyptian throne. Shirley, a favorite of Park Avenue and other well-heeled precincts, has booked some dates throughout the South in a tour that will end around Christmas. Although his distinctive brand of bespoke, classically infused jazz is popular with white audiences, he’s not taking any chances: He hires Tony to act both as chauffeur and protector should any difficulties, embarrassments or less-than-enjoyable circumstances arise.

The ensuing journey unfolds much as the audience might expect: The slovenly, tough-talkin’ Tony and the quiet, impeccably mannered “Dr. Shirley” almost immediately begin to bicker about everything from the music Tony listens to in the car to the cigarettes he smokes between his incessant chatter. But Green Book, which was co-written by Vallelonga’s son Nick, turns out to be much more than The Odd Couple meets Driving Miss Daisy. Surely Nick’s own intimate knowledge of the real-life lead players helps lend Green Book its sense of groundedness, not to mention the distinctive characters of two larger-than-life men. What’s more, it makes sure to give the audience permission to laugh, even as the stakes of Shirley’s trip become dangerously high.

As might be expected, Tony and Dr. Shirley meet their fair share of physical danger in Green Book, but it’s the psychic blows that wound the most: Although at first the uncouth Tony may not understand Dr. Shirley’s genius at the piano — as well as his sophisticated sense of etiquette and comportment — even he can recognize the hypocrisy of applauding someone’s talent one minute, then relegating him to an outdoor lavatory the next. But it’s not as if Dr. Shirley is any more at home among the mostly black servers, bartenders and domestic staff that he encounters in a world where a man like him — black, brilliantly educated and, one scene suggests, gay — can find little if any purchase.

It will surprise no one to learn that both Tony and Dr. Shirley undergo powerful transformations in Green Book, which begins with a scene of Tony throwing out two water glasses used by black workmen hired by his wife, Dolores (Linda Cardellini), and which also includes a scene of Tony encouraging his ever-so-proper employer to eat a piece of fried chicken with his hands. If that image sounds horribly cringeworthy, it’s a tribute to director Peter Farrelly and to Mortensen and Ali that what could be a fatally misbegotten exercise winds up being unexpectedly warm and amusing.

Farrelly, best known for directing such comedies as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary with his brother Bobby, has never been known as subtle, or for caring much about what his movies looked like. But Green Book is an exceptionally pleasant experience, both visually and aurally, photographed in rich period hues by Sean Porter and drenched in gorgeous music by both Shirley and composer Kris Bowers. It was Bowers, reportedly, who coached Ali in the finger movements that look so convincing in the film, especially during a fabulously boisterous interlude set at a hopping juke joint.

But all the technical prowess in the world wouldn’t be able to overcome iffy casting in a film that lives or dies by its two central performances. In that regard, Mortensen and Ali take ownership of Green Book early on and make it entirely theirs. Mortensen has always been an appealing, versatile actor, but here he discovers untold layers of humor (and belly fat) to lean in to Tony’s alternately grating and hilarious naivete. Playing off Mortensen’s expansive lack of self-consciousness, Ali is all controlled interior, communicating as much in a glance or a raised finger as with a pages-long monologue.

The cumulative result of so many things going for it is that Green Book fires on all cylinders, creating the kind of satisfying mainstream moviegoing experience that many observers thought Hollywood had forgotten how to make. There was a time when Green Book might have been the tale of a racist-with-a-heart-of-gold being redeemed by a too-good-to-be-true African-American shaman or self-sacrificing paragon. No one is redeemed here, just given space to develop mutual respect and affection. The great success of Green Book lies in its modesty, and the straightforward way it recognizes seismic change in the incremental turning of a human heart.

https://www.tampabay.com/features/movies/green-book-is-the-rare-hollywood-crowd-pleaser-that-triumphs-on-all-counts-20181119/


New in theaters this week: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,’ ‘Nobody’s Fool’

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OPENING FRIDAY:

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the British rock band Queen. With Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leach and Mike Myers. Directed by Bryan Singer. (144 minutes, PG-13)

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

A teenage girl (Mackenzie Foy, left) must brave a magical and dangerous parallel world in this star-studded reinvention of the classic fairy tale. With Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston. (99 minutes, PG)

NOBODY’S FOOL

In about her 100th movie of the year, Tiffany Haddish, center, plays a young woman just out of jail reconnecting her straight-arrow sister (Tika Sumpter, right) in this comedy. With Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (110 minutes, R)

SUSPIRIA

A dark force encompasses an elite dance company. With Dakota Johnson, above, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. (152 minutes, R)

THE HAPPY PRINCE

Rupert Everett stars in, wrote and directed this tale of Oscar Wilde in his final days reflecting on his life. With Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas and Emily Watson. Opens at AMC Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa. (105 minutes, R)

NOW PLAYING:

Free Solo

This well-reviewed documentary (98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi. Now playing at AMC Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg and Regal Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, opens today at Tampa Theatre. (97 minutes, PG-13)

SING-ALONG: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

The sleeper hit of sing-along movies at Tampa Theatre returns this weekend. The theater usually has us singing along to Disney classics or yesteryear favorites, so it’s a nice change to see 2017’s The Greatest Showman in the lineup. Several previous sing-alongs to the movie have sold out, so get on those tickets ($13, $10 members). The unapologetically old-fashioned musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum includes the Oscar-nominated This Is Me, a rousing ode to anyone who has ever felt marginalized, sung by the bearded lady (Keala Settle). 2 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

CriticS’ picks

mHalloween: Four decades after the original terrified and grossed out moviegoers, the franchise springs back to life with Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strose, the only survivor of Michael Myers’ first killing rampage.

The Hate U Give: A teen (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses a police shooting and navigates its fallout in her mostly white prep school and her African-American neighborhood.

A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Nov. 9: The Girl in the Spider’s Web; The Grinch; Overlord; Beautiful Boy; Prospect

Nov. 16: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Widows; Instant Family; At Eternity’s Gate; Boy Erased

Nov. 21: Creed II; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Robin Hood

Dec. 7: Mary Queen of Scots; Anna and the Apocalypse

Dec. 14: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Mortal Engines; The Mule

Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Welcome to Marwen; Second Act

Dec. 25: Holmes & Watson; Vice

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Debut 30th Anniversary Logo

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting a new logo next year, Disney revealed Monday.

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get new logo
  • The 30th anniversary logo will debut in January
  • New nighttime show to debut in May 

The special logo will debut January 18 to commemorate the park’s 30th anniversary. 

No other details were shared about the logo. 

Hollywood Studios will also celebrate its anniversary with the debut of a new nighttime show called Wonderful World of Animation in May. The show was first announced Saturday during D23’s Destination D event. 

There will also be new character interactions at the park, including The Incredibles and Edna Mode and Mike and Sulley from Disney-Pixar’s Monsters, Inc

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which opened in 1989, turns 30 on May 1, 2019. 

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5 Things We Noticed in Newly-Filed Star Wars Hotel Plans

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney World is building a Star Wars-themed hotel, and newly-filed permits are providing more clues about the upcoming project.

The hotel is being constructed just south of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new themed land, next year.

The documents filed earlier this month are labeled for “Project H,” which has been the hotel’s code name. They include a diagram of what appears to be the hotel’s first floor layout, which includes rooms, a dining area and more.

Here are five things we noticed in the new hotel permits.

Hotel guests could travel by shuttle

Disney previously said the hotel would be “seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” But the new permits give us a better idea of how.

It appears hotel guests will travel to and from the land via shuttles. The permits show an area designated for “shuttle parking.” The shuttles could be themed to keep hotel guest immersed in the “storytelling” aspect of the hotel experience.

Guest rooms include cabins and 1st class cabins

The permits show the guest rooms labeled as “cabins” followed by a room number. Larger rooms are called “1st Class Cabins.” The documents show two first class cabins and at least 32 standard cabins on either side.

Disney previously said that each “cabin window” room would include view of space. The effect would likely be created using screens.

Security screenings at the hotel

It appears that security screenings will take place when guests first enter the hotel. The documents show an area designated for “security metal detectors.” If that’s the case, they would help with the full immersion theme of the hotel, since hotel guests wouldn’t have to be screened with regular park guests.

Limited parking

It’s hard to tell how much parking will be available at the hotel, but the diagram included with the permits only show a limited number of spaces, including a few spaces for disabled guests.

Dining area and other amenities

A luxury hotel is expected to have amenities. And although that’s nothing new, these new permits give a better idea of what kind of extras hotel guests will have access to.

The plans show a dining area with a “buffet,” a courtyard, and a large area labeled “dojo.” Could that be a training dojo? Who knows, but it’s an interesting tidbit.

Disney has previously said this of the Star Wars hotel: “Families visiting this destination will board a starship that comes alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy.”

An opening date has not yet been announced for the Star Wars hotel.

Meanwhile, Star Wars fans will get to explore a galaxy far, far away next year at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is set to open late fall 2019 in Florida and summer 2019 in California.

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Conjures $62 Million at Box Office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • “Fantastic Beasts 2” earns $62.2 million at the box office
  • Sequel fell short of first film’s debut

The latest offering from the Harry Potter multiverse fell short of the opening of the first film in the Warner Bros. series, 2016′s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which debuted with $74 million in a similar November release and went on to earn $234 million in the U.S. and Canada.

But all the Harry Potter films have had a broad international reach, and “Fantastic Beasts” had a hearty worldwide weekend gross, bringing in $191 million internationally for a total of $253 million, according to the studio’s estimates.

“Clearly it’s a huge phenomenon globally,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

Last week’s top film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” was second with $38.1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $126 million for Universal Pictures after two weekends. It took in $9.4 million more internationally.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” 20th Century Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic, is still rocking, taking third place with $15.7 million for a total of $127 million. It remains a global hit, bringing in an additional $45.5 million internationally.

“Fantastic Beasts,” the second film in the series of Potter prequels written by J.K. Rowling and starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Law, had a budget of $200 million. Its reviews were largely lackluster, with critics saying Rowling’s magical world is wearing thin after 10 films.

Globally the first nine films have earned $8.5 billion, a total that this one’s worldwide take will inflate.

“This is yet another example of a movie whose opening weekend skewed heavily into the international territories,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “This happens a lot with bigger franchise movies. For many of these blockbusters, it’s the international component that comes in and saves the day.”

In the U.S., Warner Bros. is hoping young devotees who are out of school will keep “Fantastic Beasts” in flight through Thanksgiving.

“It’s a big week coming up,” Goldstein said. “Friday is one of the biggest movie days of the year.”

It will have a major challenger in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” which opens Wednesday, as does “Creed II.”

“Fantastic Beasts” continues a year of high points and hits for Warner from a diverse string of movies, including “The Meg,” ″Crazy Rich Asians,” ″The Nun” and “A Star is Born.”

“Warner Bros. is on a roll that every studio would envy,” Dergarabedian said.

In this weekend’s smaller-budget openings, “Instant Family” starring Mark Wahlberg brought in $14.7 million for Paramount Pictures, and “Widows,” the latest from “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, earned $12.3 million domestically and $2.8 million internationally for 20th Century Fox. “Instant Family” has only opened in North America.

Overall, the weekend was down 14.5 percent in the U.S. and Canada from the same timeframe a year earlier, when “Justice League” made for a major pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” $62.2 million ($191 million international).

2. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $38.1 million ($9.4 million international).

3. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $15.7 million ($45.5 million international).

4. “Instant Family,” $14.7 million.

5. “Widows,” $12.3 million ($2.8 million international).

6. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $4.7 million ($6.7 million international).

7. “A Star Is Born,” $4.3 million ($5.5 million international).

8. “Overlord,” $3.8 million ($2.6 million international).

9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $2.5 million ($2.8 million international).

10. “Burn The Stage: The Movie,” $2.3 million ($5.2 million international).

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More Concept Art Released for Disney’s Star Wars Hotel

ORLANDO, Fla. – New concept art has been released for Disney World’s upcoming Star Wars hotel.

The new images show how guests will arrive at the luxury resort to begin their multi-day adventure.

Guest will board a shuttle called a launch pod which will take them to the luxury starship. One of the new images shows how the launch pods will dock with the star ship. The other shows the interior of the pod.

Permits filed earlier this month also reveal the hotel’s layout and amenities

The Star Wars hotel will be located near Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is being constructed. The hotel and the land will be “seamlessly connected,” Disney has previously said.​

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0