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This Week In News: Age of Ultron, One Direction and New Harry Potter

October 25, 2014

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This has been an exciting week for news! The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer hit the web, we learned about a new treat from J.K. Rowling and new tour dates from One Direction. Here's what you missed this week!

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Hits the Web

All we can say is, “wow!” This week, the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was leaked, and instead of taking it down, Marvel responded in a pretty fantastic way. They tweeted, “Damnit Hydra,” and released the official version a week early. There are so many juicy bits in the trailer that it’s hard to count them all. We get looks at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Andy Serkis playing what appears to be Ulysses Klaw, a possible flashback for Captain America and Black Widow (maybe courtesy of Scarlet Witch) and that Hulkbuster Armor! Let’s go watch it again!

Ultron’s got no stringsUltron’s got no stringsCourtesy of Marvel

Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

Avengers: Age of UltronAvengers: Age of UltronCourtesy of Marvel

2. One Direction Adds Dates to On the Road Again 2015 Tour

This week, the band One Direction announced new dates for their On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour to support their new album "Four," which drops on November 17th. Niall said, “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans - they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”

Check out their official Facebook page for details. If you head over to iTunes to pre-order the deluxe album, you'll get their single “Steal My Girl” immediately! Additional dates for the European and North American leg go on sale on November 1 at www.livenation.com.

One Direction adds dates to their 2015 tour!One Direction adds dates to their 2015 tour!Courtesy of Sony Music

3. New “Harry Potter” Story Starring Dolores Umbridge

The only person in the world who could make you dislike kittens (little furry spies), Dolores Umbridge will be back in a new story from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. The story will appear on pottermore.com on Halloween. Here are the details straight from the site: “The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.” Maybe we’ll learn why she loves pink so much!

The lady in pink is back!The lady in pink is back!Courtesy of Warner Bros.

4. Anti-Bullying Message From NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly

NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly is about to take a year-long journey with his twin brother to discover the effects of space on the body. Before he leaves, though, he wants you all to say something if you see someone being bullied.

“I felt compelled to act after hearing about the various cases of bullying around the country last year. I thought of my own daughters, and I recalled my experiences as a child watching other kids bully others without accountability,” Kelly said. “Bullying affects not only the child adversely but also stunts our growth as a society. It is everyone’s responsibility to stand up against bullying.”

Take it from an astronaut. Let people know if you see someone being bullied!

Mark Kelly wants you to help stop bullyingMark Kelly wants you to help stop bullying

Astronaut Scott Kelly Speaks Out Against Bullying

 

5. Is Jena Malone Playing a Female Robin in Batman v. Superman?

Jena Malone may be playing a female Robin in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. An extra on the set leaked the news (which is not confirmed, though her casting in the film is), and Malone recently posted a picture of herself on Instagram with red hair and the line, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” What does this mean?

Well, in the graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller, an older Batman (who will be played by Ben Affleck in the film) is saved by a young girl of 13 named Carrie Kelley. She’s obsessed with Batman and wants to be his sidekick. She ends up as the female Robin. Guess what? She’s got red hair! This is still all rumor, but it would certainly be an interesting choice!

6. Will Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Join the Suicide Squad?

A rumor is going around today that says Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to take his Lex Luthor to the upcoming Suicide Squad movie after he appears in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film will hit theaters in 2016. Nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros., but this would be a really interesting choice. We want to know what you think of the idea, comic book fans!

Will Lex Luthor join the Suicide Squad?Will Lex Luthor join the Suicide Squad?Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

7. Meet Moana, the newest Disney Princess

This week we learned about the newest Disney Princess, Moana. The film will hit theaters late in 2016, and it will tell the story of a young girl from “ancient Oceania” who sails the seas in search of a fabled island. Check out the official synopsis below.

"In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore."

We’re getting a new Disney Princess!We’re getting a new Disney Princess!Courtesy of Disney

Have Your Say

Are you ready for a new “Harry Potter story?” Are you pre-ordering One Direction’s album? How many times have you watched the Avengers trailer? Let us know in the comments!