Celebrities Attend Eagerly-Anticipated Gringotts Wizarding Bank Launch in London
Jason Isaacs, Dan Fogler and Claudia Kim amongst the celebrities in attendance as Studio Tour reveals its biggest expansion to date
Wizarding World cast members made a special appearance at the launch of the new Gringotts Wizarding bank set at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
Jason Isaacs who portrayed Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, as well as Dan Fogler and Claudia Kim who played Jacob Kowalski and Nagini respectively in the Fantastic Beasts film series, attended the VIP event.
Guests to the exclusive evening were welcomed into the new hub by a full-size Ukrainian Ironbelly Dragon. The dragon has been created by the original team of filmmakers from over four tonnes of clay. After this mystical entrance, guests were welcomed into the authentic Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall is decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, guests can discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films, which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors can enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange, including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups.
Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion is the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series.
TIMEX is delighted to reveal their newest launch of the best-selling 1960’s TIMEX Marlin.
The latest drop features exclusive new color palettes and for the first time ever, a design specifically made for women.
The Gentleman’s Standard now extends to the Ladies Choice. This reissue of our classic 1960s timepiece pairs the purity and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with the timeless sophistication of a sleek design. Now available with rose-gold details and a white leather strap. Sold exclusively on TIMEX.com
Timex Marlin Women’s
Timex.com Exclusive– $199
Stainless Steel Case with Rose-Gold Tone Finish
Domed Acrylic Crystal
Genuine Leather White strap
Water Resistant to 30M
43mm Case Size / 18mm Lug Width
New for men, hot on the heels of the Marlin Blackout, the Timex + Todd Snyder Marlin Mesh–the latest collaboration in the brands’ ongoing partnership–is an elevated yet sporty take on the gentleman’s standard, with its stainless–steel case, silver-tone dial and stainless-steel mesh band.
TODD SNYDER Colorway– $209
Stainless Steel Case
Domed Acrylic Crystal
Stainless Steel Mesh Band
Water Resistant to 30M
34mm Case Size / 18mm Lug Width
The Limited edition at Mr. Porter brings elegant flair to the Marlin with a show-stopping gold tone case, paired with a lizard grain leather strap–making a classic and refined look that is made for sipping martinis.
MR. PORTER Colorway– $199
Stainless Steel Case with Gold-tone Finish
Domed Acrylic Crystal
Genuine Leather Strap with Black Lizard Grain Pattern
Water Resistant to 30M
34mm Case Size / 18mm Lug Width
History, milestones, personalities, myths, icons…culture meets design and art in these small, colorful filigreed and highly adorned pieces of paper. Banknotes have been an integral part of our day-to-day life and it is about time to celebrate their beauty and evolving rarity.
With currencies’ growing tendency to become more and more virtual, Swatch seizes the opportunity to pay tribute to these beautiful stories printed on paper – before they clear their way to convenience. In her work, British artist Justine Smith explores the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives: “For me, it is like working with an elemental force which impacts upon all of us in a political, social and moral level. A banknote can be seen as a little piece of propaganda, a cipher portraying specific aspects of a given state.”
More than the stylistic reference, the use of banknotes creates a strong and tangible connection between people and the artworks. Her Swatch Art Special COLOURSHIFT was inspired by bitcoin codes, and engages with the never-ending shift from physical to digital money. “I liked the idea of making by hand something that would normally be created digitally – COLOURSHIFT stands for the changing spectrum and shift we are now experiencing.” Enjoy discovering which color bit comes from where – and find out what the color stripes stand for…
New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on field cap of the NFL, announced the launch of the New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection. The collection will be worn on NFL sidelines during the 2018-2019 NFL season.
The knitted hats come in three different styles and is available for all 32 NFL teams, helping fans find the perfect knit to complete their game day outfit this season!
“During the season, players and fans encounter a range of weather conditions from snow to sleet and rain, that’s why they need gear that will help them endure the elements. The New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection was designed to not only keep fans warm during a tailgate but also provide them with a stylish option for any occasion,” says Ryan DiNunzio, Director Football for New Era Cap.
The New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection is available in the following silhouettes:
- New Era Official NFL Sport Knit: This year’s edition of this iconic that has been featured on NFL sidelines is constructed with a fleece lining and thermal properties and includes the team name on the crown with an embroidered team logo in the front, to help fans show their team pride, and a pompom topper,
- New Era Official NFL TD Knit: This poly yarn knit is designed with a fleece lining and thermal properties with a team logo on the front helping anyone celebrate a touchdown from their favorite team.
- New Era Official NFL Women’s Knit: This marled team color yarn knit was created with a team logo on the front and a fleece lining to keep any female football fan warm at the game or walking around town.
The collection is available to purchase by clicking here as well as most sporting goods and headwear retailers with a retail price of $28 USD.
About New Era Cap
It is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women, and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists, and some of the most interesting people around the globe. The company encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company’s HQ is located in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Alarmingly, there has been in increase in the amount of travelers left at airports due to flight disruptions.
According to a survey authorized by AirHelp, 75% of US travelers confirm that they feel uninformed by airlines about their rights.
As a solution, AirHelp launches a Passengers Rights Awareness Month. By this, a platform is created for worldwide travelers to connect with specially-picked global experts and consumer advocates to inform them about their travelers’ rights. Travelers will also receive helpful information if they ever find their flights to be delayed or cancelled, or if they are denied boarding.
Through this, passengers will always find it useful to learn about their rights to protect themselves for future trips.
Along with this change, AirHelp is opening up its social media platforms to travel connoisseurs and passenger rights advocates from all areas of the world.
The implementation of this is because in the U.S., less than 25% of travelers were on a disrupted flight actually filed a claim, and travelers from other countries are also leaving their issues unclaimed. This clearly shows that the EC 261 regulation is not widespread enough and that further actions must be considered as solutions.
“It is crystal clear that air passengers still feel powerless against airlines and many miss out on the compensation they’re owed by not filing a claim. And if airlines will not play their part to inform and educate their passengers, we will,” says Henrik Zillmer, CEO of AirHelp
With the launch of Passenger Rights Awareness Month, Zillmer hopes this will help improve their efforts in informing travelers of their rights.
For delayed or cancelled flights, or even the denial of boarding, passengers may be entitled to financial compensation of up to $700 per person in certain cases. The conditions for this state that the departure airport must be within the EU, or the airline carrier mist be based in the EU and landing in the EU.
It is important to keep in mind that for situations deemed as “extraordinary circumstances” such as storms or medical emergencies are exempt when it comes to compensating passengers–they do not qualify for flight compensation.
AirHelp is the world’s leading flight compensation company, helping passengers understand their rights and receiving compensation accordingly are why they are here to help. It has helped more than seven million people process airline compensation claims worth nearly $930 million in total. AirHelp offices are available across the world in 30 countries, supports in 16 languages, and employs more than 500 employees globally. They have served well in the past years and continue to serve on for years to continue.
TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign featuring Jack Black, Weird Al Yankovic and others in a new video entitled “I Am The Aquabats!” The Emmy-winning collective is gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades (fans new and old) to rally in support of new music and new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! The band has heeded the longtime call of its loyal following – and are working with them to bring it all back! Click here to join the Legion.
The Aquabats’ leader, The MC Bat Commander, explains: “We’re gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades that believes in the importance of sharing music, adventures and pizza. Only with the help of our homies from around the world can we bring back The Aquabats! Super Show! and make awesome new music and TV for the next generation.”
The Kickstarter campaign runs for one month, from July 31 at 10am PST through September 1 at 8pm PST, featuring a new episodic adventure as The MC Bat Commander leads fans on a quest to re-assemble The Aquabats while fending off some of their oldest foes – all while releasing new rewards and special surprises! The campaign will culminate in a live, climactic concert/telethon/finale hosted by The Aquabats at The El Rey Theatre featuring special guests, last-minute surprises, and a livestream countdown for those who can’t attend in person.
The campaign has two goals: To fund the full-time return of The Aquabats, leading to the first new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! since 2014, and the first new studio album since 2011; and to create a groundswell of support that tells the world: in an era of over-serious superheroes and hip cynicism, it’s time for a change. It’s time for the return of The Aquabats!
Jack Black and Electric Dynamite have also signed on to the new season in an Executive Producer capacity, should the campaign be successful and the show moves into production.
The Aquabats’ comrade, Jack Black, explains: “Ever since I met the MC Bat Commander on the set of Yo Gabba Gabba, I knew we were destined to become allies. Today, I’m excited to officially join forces with The Aquabats and our Righteous Comrades around the world. Together, we can save rock and roll for the kids… and us all. This is an extremely important mission, and I hope you’ll join us.”
The team spearheading the campaign comes from notable crowdfunding campaigns like Veronica Mars, Reading Rainbow, Super Troopers 2, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.
To thank backers for their support, the campaign will offer a wide variety of exclusive rewards and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, for pledges ranging from $10 to $10,000,000. The more notable rewards include original accessories designed by long-time band collaborator and noted designer Paul Frank, on-set and on-screen experiences during the filming of Super Show’s next season, and even the creation of a private album recorded for, and owned entirely by, the backer. At the highest tier of support, The Aquabats will buy a private island, legally rename it Aquabania, and appoint the supporter to a three-year term as the island’s first “Prime Minister.”
Additionally, the Legion can support The Aquabats by completing both solo and community missions that boost The Aquabats’ signal, recruit more members to the Legion and unlock more awesome rewards and upgrades for all backers.
For more campaign information, to donate, and sign up for secret missions, visit www.wearetheaquabats.com and follow @TheAquabats on Twitter and Instagram.
About The Aquabats
TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously. Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark blue rash guards, black eye masks, “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fiercely loyal following that spans generations. Their line-up and music is continuously evolving, including Blink 182’s Travis Barker as former drummer “Baron Von Tito.” To date, The Aquabats’ music library includes The Return of the Aquabats (1996), The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997), The Aquabats vs. The Floating Eye of Death(1999), Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000), Yo! Check Out This Ride! (EP, 2004) Charge!! (2005), Radio Down! (EP, 2010), Hi-Five Soup! (2011). Current Aquabats are Christian Jacobs, “The MC Bat Commander” (lead singer), Chad Larson, “Crash McLarson” (bass, vocals), Ian Fowles, “EagleBones FalconHawk” (guitar), Richard Falomir, “Ricky Fitness” (drums), and James Briggs, “Jimmy the Robot” (keyboards, woodwinds, vocals).
About The Aquabats! Super Show!
In 2012, the band debuted The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action musical action comedy television series which aired on the Hub Network. The show received eight Daytime EMMY nominations and one win. Super Show!’s run was cut short when The Hub closed in 2014, leaving fans demanding a return ever since.
Have enough room in your shoe closet for more footwear? Good, because you are going to LOVE this.
Just recently, Reebok Classic announced the next generation of the Alter the Icons family with the help from none other than Lil Baby, an American rapper, in their latest campaign that can be viewed here.
Featuring classic footwear with reinterpretations of Reebok’s iconic Starcrest and vector logos, the campaign brings attention to the brand’s unique approach to heritage. In other words, that the tradition isn’t canon, but more so contemporary thinking.
To officially launch the campaign, Reebok is dropping the new product in a street-level pop-up type of fashion which will salute New York’s famed street merchant culture. To go into details, the street merchant will set up a shop at 10 a.m. sharp outside Foot Locker’s NY Flagship on 34th Street in Herald Square which will feature street-legal spins on classic Reebok merchandise. This event will be open to the public so don’t forget to spread the word to family and friends!
“With this launch pop-up activation, we wanted to pay homage to something that has not only been a part of New York City’s street culture for decades, but speaks to the spirit behind what Alter the Icons is all about–challenging convention and breaking the rules,” says Neal Taylor, General Manager of Reebok Classic.
Thought the excitement and hype ended there? Think not! The campaign will continue by broadcasting a series of video profiles that feature a selection of various artists who dare to be different which include Lil Baby, Saweetie, Bodega Bamz, JAY IDK, and MadeinTYO–showing each of their individual paths to success. Inspiring, right? A trailer for the series featuring these visionary artists can be viewed here.
“Alter the Icons is about celebrating those who have similarly broken custom within their mediums–fashion, music, design, art–by using their own ‘spin’ to alter traditional paths to success…We see these five artists as role models for bold cultural departure, inspiring a likeminded generation of rising creative to push boundaries and march to the beat of their own drum,” Neal Taylor further adds.
You can always check out the first drop of the Alter the Icons collection on Reebok’s website here that features the Classic Leather as well as Workout Plus silhouettes–both that are available for purchase today. You can also check them in in various footwear stores such as Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, SIX:02, Champs Sports, and Footaction for $85 while supply lasts!
The Weeknd + A BATHING APE® (BAPE®) announces August 4th as the official launch date of their highly anticipated multi-product capsule presented by Official Issue XO, exclusively available at BAPE® stores, BAPE®.com, shop.theweeknd.com and us.bape.com.
Initially teased during The Weeknd’s iconic Coachella headline set and subsequently referenced by Abel on social media multiple times since, the collaboration is the culmination of over 1 year of work on developing the capsule. The lookbook features XO artists, Nav, 88 Camino and The Weeknd, himself, modeling the limited-edition collection.
The 8-piece capsule features a custom developed XO BAPE® camo pattern and includes t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, sweat shorts and a work jacket. The collection also features the iconic full zip shark hoodie with the XO treatment and an extremely limited shop.theweeknd.com exclusive BAPE® XO rug.
From The Weeknd:
“BAPE® has always been one of my favourite brands growing up. The quality of their product and longevity of their company have made them iconic and it’s something we aspire to be. It’s been more than a year since we started developing this collection so I’m excited to get it out to the world.”
Just today Reebok Classic launched their SwizzBeatz 2018 DMC Series 2000 and it is getting some serious attention.
The inspiration for this head-turning pair of kicks is done by the rapper himself Swizz Beatz . Using colors of purple, orange, and blue it is no wonder why this pair of killer kicks is being talked about.
Not only does this design reveal something unique to the public, but it reflects Swizz’s artistic abilities as he applies the same artistic skills in the music industry. So, wait…Not only is he talented in music, but in designing as well? I sense some double threat–watch out folks!
As a way to promote this pair of sneakers, Reebok shot striking content of the rapper in the comfort of his own home–a place where he relaxes and gets creative.
The promotion of this can be found here if you have not yet seen it–speechless.
The message of his promotional video is that he surrounds himself with art that is considered “disruptive.” Something that he personally admires as inspirational, bold, and absolute daring.
“I wanted to do something with Reebok that was different than what we’ve done together in the past. I wanted to celebrate the ‘disrupters’ aka the Disruptive Kind on all levels,” says Beatz.
Dying to grab a hold of these kicks? Your wish is my command. Click here to purchase them today for $140 (P.S. an orange colorway drops Friday, August 3rd)