Correction: February 19, 2014 – Contrary to our earlier report, Jaws is still undergoing maintenance. We apologize for the error.

February 19, 2014 – We’re back with this month’s version of the Hollywood Minute! Here’s a look at some of the smaller items making news at Universal this month.

1 » NBCUniversal Building Name Change
As we reported last night (photo), it appears as if Comcast is in the process of rebranding the University City tower from NBCUniversal to Comcast/NBCU. This follows Comcast’s purchase of the building last fall for $420 million.

2 » Jaws Returns
Following a lengthy refurbishment, Jaws is reported to be back in operation – starting today!

3 » Expanded Food Options
With the recent demolition of Doc Brown’s Chicken and Hollywood Cantina, food options have been a bit limited. It appears that a Turkey Leg Platter has been added at Mel’s Diner and Finlay’s near Universal Plaza is now offering fresh food selections such as salads and wraps.

4 » Despicable Me Merchandising
In preparation for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Universal has expanding the Minion-branded merchandise available to guests. One item that caught our eyes is a inflatable remote controlled Minion!

5 » First Carnival Games Appear at Simpsons Plaza
For the past month, Universal has been hard at work constructing what appear to be carnival games in front of the Simpson’s attraction. We have our first look at a game by the name of Dunk or Flunk which appears to be a basketball based carnival game located to the right of the Starway.

That does it for this month’s edition of the Hollywood Minute. Please stay with Inside Universal for continuing coverage of Universal Studios. Thanks for reading!

Bruce Babcock

Bruce Babcock is a contributor for Inside Universal, specializing in Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights event in Hollywood.

Bruce is currently living in Southern California pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Cinema/Television Arts. He is a film fanatic with a specific interest in Universal classics and horror movies, and often attends local L.A. conventions looking for movie memorabilia and autographs. Bruce has been visiting Universal Studios Hollywood since he was merely 3 months old. A surprise VIP tour for his 15th birthday made him realize that movies are what he wanted his career to be in.