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Hulu Releases The 11.22.63 Trailer

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Hulu has released the trailer for its eight-part event series 11.22.63.

11.22.63 is based upon the 2011 New York Times best-selling novel by Stephen King. It follows high school history teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) as he travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed.

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Look for 11.22.63 to premiere on Hulu Presidents Day, February 15. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers. Academy Award-winning Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea) directs and executive produces the first two hours.

The series also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.

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Interior Darkness: Selected Stories By Peter Straub

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Celebrated author Peter Straub’s mastery of the short form shines in this wide-ranging collection of his most chilling, intense, and compelling tales from the past twenty-five years.

Peter Straub has spent forty years at the forefront of modern literary horror. The stories assembled here represent his astonishing range and his ability to terrify, transport, and hold a reader hostage.

”Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff” is a darkly comic masterpiece in which a stern estate lawyer known as the Deacon hires a pair of “Private Detectives Extraordinaire” to investigate and seek revenge on his unfaithful wife. In “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” a man and his much younger lover explore their decadent and increasingly sinister fantasies on a luxurious yacht in the remotest stretch of the Amazon River. “Blue Rose” finds violence and power in the hands of the most innocent among us, leading to a conclusion that is fully surprising and devastating.

Each story in this 496 page hardcover cracks the foundation of our reality and opens our eyes, taking us further and further into the darkness that normally remains deeply, and safely, hidden. Interior Darkness is the gold standard of literary horror.

Interior Darkness: Selected Stories will be released on February 16, 2016.

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Icons Unmasked By Alex Solis

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Icons Unmasked is an upcoming book, created by brilliant Chicago-based artist and b-boy Alex Solis, that will feature his amusing illustrations that reveal the true identities of iconic pop culture characters. Alex is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to help publish his new book filled with fantastic surprises.

Ever wonder if the characters you see on TV, in movies and in comic books are hiding something behind their masks? That perhaps they’re really someone — or something — else? Discover and see iconic characters like you never seen them before. Finally all masks are off and their true identity revealed.

In Icons Unmasked, Alex Solis is trying to bring a new sense of discovery to characters everyone has seen hundreds of times. The artist wanted to recreate the experience of what it might be like to see one iconic character from your childhood for the first time as an adult.

More info HERE.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

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The definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. Includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model maker John Goodson.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary ($20) is an 80 page hardcover published by DK Books.

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Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Trilogy Boxed Set

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A magnificently packaged boxed set of hardcover editions of Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch by Stephen King, the Edgar award–winning trilogy starring Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, Jerome Robinson, and the diabolical Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartsfield—with unique new jackets and case.

You can pre-order the set HERE for $90 and it will be released on June 7, 2015.

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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($40) will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J.J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled.

Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being.

The 256 page hardcover was released on December 18, 2015 and contains 600 full color illustrations!

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise. Rowling herself is supplying the screenplay.

Warner Bros. Pictures has the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

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Harry Potter E-Book Covers By Olly Moss

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Designer Olly Moss, well known for his striking movie posters has created new covers for the worldwide digital release of the Harry Potter books, and they’re amazing.

“I really pitched my heart out,” Moss, a longtime fan of J.K. Rowling’s novels, tells Pottermore. “I came up with four or five different approaches and sketched most of the books for each. The next day I got on a plane to Comic-Con, crashed on a friend’s hotel room floor and figured I’d forget about it. Two days later I woke up really hungover – so, so hungover because we’d been in the hotel bar until four in the morning. I got that call that said I got the job and I lost my mind.”

While Moss says he tried to avoid spoilers on the covers, he wanted to make sure each illustration revealed multiple layers to the story.

“This is a world where things often seem quite mundane on the surface and then have a secondary reveal,” he says. “I love coming up with those images because it makes me feel that no one’s done this before – no one’s seen something in this specific way.”

The new covers are available now on Harry Potter e-books.

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Read An Exclusive Excerpt And See The Cover of Joe Hill’s Blazing Thriller The Fireman

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Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, guest editor of the first Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology, and offspring of a little-known writer named Stephen King, will release his new thriller, The Fireman, next May.

The Fireman sees the world suffering a global pandemic — but this isn’t your typical Contagion flu or World War Z zombie disease. When you’re affected with “Dragonscale,” as it’s colloquially known, lovely black and gold marks appear on your body — but eventually, you’ll burst into flames. The only afflicted person who hasn’t spontaneously combusted is a mysterious, iron-bar wielding figure called The Fireman, who has somehow taught himself to control the fire threatening to escape his body, and wanders the streets trying to save afflicted people from “Cremation Squads” who have taken it upon themselves to burn any black and gold-flecked people they see.

While The Fireman doesn’t hit shelves until May 17, 2016, Entertainment Weekly is thrilled to present the book’s cover reveal and a sneak peek at the prologue. To pre-order a signed first edition, click HERE, and to pre-order The Fireman in hardcover or e-book, head to HarperCollins. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the teaser trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG.

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Disney’s The BFG movie tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions.

The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

Directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The BFG movie will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

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