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Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023

Universal Studios Hollywood is aiming to open Super Nintendo World sometime in early 2023, the theme park today. The Nintendo-themed amusement park is currently being built inside the existing Universal Studios theme park in California, and will feature rides, games and an immersive environment modeled after the Super Mario video game franchise. According to Disney Parks news site , construction is currently underway on Bowser’s Castle and other areas of the park.

The theme park also released a of its signature ride, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, where riders will collect coins and throw shells in order to defeat Team Bowser. Riders will don Mario hats and special AR goggles while aboard a four-seat Mario Kart-style vehicle. The same ride is also a part of , which opened last year.

“Ready to experience Mario Kart like never before? Put on the special goggles and battle Team Bowser on iconic Mario Kart courses alongside Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach,” says a of the ride on the theme park’s website.

It’s unclear whether the US-based Nintendo parks (an is planned for 2024) will be inspired by the Japan park or a carbon copy. If they follow Japan’s lead, US fans of Donkey Kong could be in for a treat in a few years. According to , Super Nintendo World Japan is currently building a Donkey Kong-themed area that will include a roller coaster and branded merchandise and food.

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Universal Studios Hollywood reopens and it has a new dinosaur to celebrate

As expected — and after a very long wait — Universal Studios Hollywood has reopened to the public, though it’s not quite the same as it was before it shut down. The theme park opened its doors on Friday in California, giving the public access to its attractions, including a new ride and an updated Jurassic Park attraction with a massive new dinosaur.

As with many theme parks, Universal Studios Hollywood was down for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several weeks ago, California made it clear that given its then-current COVID-19 cases and how they were trending (combined with vaccination rates) that it would start reopening things in the near future.

That process is already underway, with Disney having recently announced that it will open its Avengers Campus at Disneyland in California this upcoming June. Joining it is Universal with the announcement that its Universal Studios Hollywood destination is back and it has two new arrivals to show off.

Most notable is the change to ‘Jurassic World – The Ride’ at Universal, which now features a massive Indominus rex measuring about 22ft tall and 55ft long. The dinosaur makes her appearance at the end of the ride where she faces off with the similarly massive T-rex, giving riders something to marvel at just before they drop down the waterfall and again at the end of the ride.

Joining the new dinosaur is ‘The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,’ a ride that Universal describes as: “Join Max, Duke, Gidget, Snowball, and all your favorite Pets characters for a thrilling new ride through the streets of New York City.” Note that the park comes with some other distinct changes compared to the last time you were there, including a required temperature check, face mask, social distancing via floor markings, and more.



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Hollywood A-list photographers teach you their craft through Photo School

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TLDR: A pair of Hollywood’s top photographers lead the Photo School training, a full slate of photography training lectures and videos for immediately elevating your image taking abilities.

If you want to learn to act, it couldn’t hurt to have Meryl Streep give you a few pointers. If you want to improve your game on the tennis court, knocking the ball around with Roger Federer could offer some choice tips. So if you want to become a better photographer, who better than men and women responsible for iconic images and multimillion-dollar promotional campaigns to offer their insight?

The A-list learning opportunities are the calling card for the Photo School, an online web training series that can instantly elevate someone’s photo-taking prowess under the tutelage of some of Hollywood’s most sought-after photographers. Right now, a lifetime of access to all of the Photo School’s in-depth training sessions are hundreds off their regular price, only $199.99 from TNW Deals.

This collection brings together over 115 lectures covering more than 20 hours of video content, all aimed at helping anyone produce high-quality images and Photoshop work. 

If you’re going to learn, it’s always best to learn from those who know the game best — and Photo School was founded by a pair of master photogs currently working at the top of their field. 

Michael Muller is the man behind the lens for countless successful ad campaigns and blockbuster movie posters, including iconic work for Marvel on the posters for films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Iron Man 3, and more. Meanwhile, co-founder Patrick Hoelck is known for his striking celebrity portraits, creating indelible images for artists and celebrities like Rihanna, LeBron James, Kanye West, Clint Eastwood, and others.

Headlining a group of fellow photographers, retouch artists, and Photoshop pros, this crew offer training that covers everything from basic introductions to photography basics up to complex situations that challenged even seasoned photographers. 

With courses covering camera modes and lens types, lighting conditions, studio vs. outdoor shooting situations, retouching principles, and more, these videos are a glimpse into how some of the world’s most respected photographers handle their profession. These battle-tested techniques are tailored to help make novice photographers better and turn aspiring photographers into employable expert shooters.

A lifetime of access to all the Photo School’s in-depth training would normally come with a $3,000 price tag, but right now, all their inspired learning sessions are available for only $199.99.

Prices are subject to change.

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