LONDON — Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.
The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, “A History of Magic,” opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings statement released Tuesday, British publishing house Bloomsbury revealed that two new Potter books will be released in conjunction with the event.
“Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of the Exhibition” promises to take readers through subjects studied at Potter’s wizarding school, Hogwarts. “Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic” will touch on mystical things such as alchemy, unicorns and ancient witchcraft.
Both books will be published in October.
Fleetwood Mac to earn MusiCares Person of the Year
NEW YORK — Fleetwood Mac will be named the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year, becoming the first group to receive the honor.
The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the 28th annual benefit gala will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Jan. 26, 2018, two days before the 2018 Grammy Awards.
The organization said they are honoring the iconic group for “their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes.”
Mick Fleetwood, who called the award “tremendous” in a statement, will receive the honor along with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie.
Rey finally gets place in Star Wars Monopoly sets
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hasbro is now offering a “Star Wars” Monopoly set for sale in the U.S. that includes the female character Rey after an uproar that started 18 months ago with an online plea by an 8-year-old girl to include her.
The company began selling the set on its website a few days after The Associated Press reported Rey fans were still waiting to buy Monopoly sets that included the main character of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” after Hasbro promised in January 2016 to sell one.
The Pawtucket-based game maker had been selling a version of the game that had only male characters, prompting 8-year-old Annie Rose Goldman, of Evanston, Illinois, to write a letter in January 2016 telling the company “girls matter.” The letter went viral, and Hasbro promised to make what it called “a running change” to include Rey in sets it said would be available later in the year.
Hasbro told the AP last week that while it made such sets, there was “insufficient interest” among American retailers, so they were never sold in the U.S. It said some retailers sold the sets overseas. Customers who bought the set and wanted a Rey token would have to call the company and have one shipped.
The story revived the #WheresRey hashtag on social media and prompted a tweet from “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot: “For those ‘sufficiently interested’ contact Hasbro customer service to get your Rey Monopoly token!”
A spokeswoman for Hasbro did not answer when asked how many people called to request a token.
WWE exec’s helicopter makes ocean landing
GILGO BEACH, N.Y. — A helicopter carrying the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon made an emergency landing Wednesday in the ocean off New York, and neither the pilot nor passenger were hurt.
Shane McMahon, also a WWE executive, was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning. The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled about a half-mile south of the beach.
“It was very unnerving,” McMahon said to reporters later. But the pilot “was super calm which made me super calm and we landed perfectly.”
He later expressed his thanks to the pilot and emergency responders and tweeted: “I’d like to thank the man upstairs for looking out this morning.”
Shane McMahon’s mother is Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration in President Donald Trump’s administration.