50 States, 50 Scares – A List of Scary Novels Set In Each State

Ah, October — crisp nights, apple-picking, leaf-peeping, Halloween. To celebrate the spookiest season, The New York Times made a list of the scariest novel set in every state. Before you pick up one of these hair-raising, shiver-inducing novels, you’re going to want to close the curtains and check the locks (twice).

Of course, my favorite author, Stephen King earned two picks, one for Colorado and one for Oklahoma but surprisingly not Maine?

Stephen King, “The Shining” – Colorado

When Stanley Kubrick’s famous movie version was released in 1980, our critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt revisited the original King novel. “It isn’t often that a book and a film relate to each other in such an intriguing way,” he wrote. “We miss in the film Mr. King’s careful development of the fact that the hotel is steadily coming ‘alive’ to a degree that the ghosts, which at first only Danny could recognize, gradually gain the power to act physically.”

Stephen King, “The Outsider” – Oklahoma

What begins as a police procedural about the murder and mutilation of a child swiftly morphs into something much more sinister. “I don’t want to spoil anything, but come on, this is Stephen King,” our reviewer, Victor LaValle, wrote in 2018. “Monsters of one kind or another are what the man does best, and ‘The Outsider’ delivers a good one.”

Check out the full list HERE.

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Here Is Your First Look At The Creepshow Animated Special

Shudder released today the trailer for A Creepshow Animated Special, premiering exclusively on the horror streaming service beginning Thursday, October 29 shortly after 12:01 am ET/9:01 pm PT.

A Creepshow Animated Special features two stories directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, with animation by Octopie animation studio.

“Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost.

 

“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.

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Snoopy, Charlie Brown, & Friends Land At Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has teamed up with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things Peanuts, bringing together new original series and specials, along with the iconic, beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place.  

New animated Peanuts originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and a slate of brand-new specials that will find the Peanuts gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and Back to School – all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced “The Snoopy Show,”; a brand-new Peanuts 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain; and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.” 

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic Peanuts specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30 until November 1 as a special treat on Apple TV+.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.

The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4. The holiday special will be available to enjoy for free from December 11 until December 13. 

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TIME Replaces Its Logo On The Cover For The First Time In Its Nearly 100-Year History

Time magazine is changing its iconic logo for the first time in the publication’s nearly 100-year history.

On the cover of the Nov. 2 – Nov. 9 double issue, the name “Time” is replaced with the word “Vote.”

“Few events will shape the world to come more than the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election,” said Time CEO and Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal. “As Americans decide if it’s time to reach for a reset button of our own, this issue includes a special report on the closing days of the 2020 campaign.”

The double edition is filled with articles and editorials related to the election and its implications.It also includes a guide on how to vote safely.

The cover was illustrated by Shepard Fairey who is best known for his iconic Barack Obama Hope image.

The issue hits newsstands Friday.

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LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street

Imagined by the LEGO builder and seasoned Sesame Street fan Ivan Guerrero, the first-ever Sesame Street product from the LEGO Group will be available from November 1st from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.

Voted for by LEGO brick lovers all over the world, a wonderfully nostalgic new LEGO Ideas set has been brought to life after being envisioned by an avid builder. The brand-new LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street set is the latest product from the LEGO Ideas collection, which conceptualizes and produces the creative wonders imagined and voted for by LEGO brick fans themselves.

Created with all the delightful elements of 123 Sesame Street, the new set is packed with authentic details from the famous New York City neighborhood. From Bert and Ernie’s apartment, in which Bert famously pleaded with Ernie to remove a banana from his ear so he could hear better, to Big Bird’s nest, where the grown-ups finally met Mr. Snuffleupagus in person – builders will marvel in Sesame Street’s most memorable moments.

As they embark on their immersive build journey of LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, seasoned LEGO fans and younger builders alike can take a trip down memory lane, passing by Hooper’s Store, Oscar the Grouch’s trash can, and many more quintessential Sesame Street locations, making it the perfect set to enjoy on your own or together as a family. Fans can even bring their favourite characters and show moments to life with the brand new and exclusive buildable minifigures which have been moulded specifically for the set, including characters such as Cookie Monster, Elmo and Big Bird.

The new LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street set is part of the LEGO Ideas collection, which offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the profits. Other recent LEGO Ideas sets inspired by LEGO fans, include the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano and the LEGO Ideas Friends Central Perk.

Once built, the 1,367-piece LEGO 123 Sesame Street is sure to bring excitement and nostalgia into any space, measuring 9” (24cm) high, 13.5” (35cm) wide and 8.2” (21cm) deep.

LEGO 123 Sesame Street will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from November 1st for $119.99.

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Meet Shin-Cookiezilla – A Godzilla / Cookie Monster Mashup Sculpture

Shin-Cookiezilla is a wild kaiju born from sculptor Gabriel Marquez’ wildly talented imagination and sculpting abilities. Part radioactive lizard, part classic childhood puppet, Shin-Cookiezilla is all fun. And destruction. 

Gabriel’s Shin-Cookiezilla figure will be available from Bottleneck Gallery on Thursday, October 22 at 12PM ET HERE.

Shin-Cookiezilla by Gabriel Marquez
Hand-painted resin figure
11.25 inches tall
Limited edition of 400
$100


Shin-Cookiezilla – Variant by Gabriel Marquez
Hand-painted resin figure
11.25 inches tall
Limited edition of 100
$125

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Jon M. Chu To Direct Lucasfilm’s Willow Series For Disney+ With Warwick Davis & Ron Howard Returning

The magical world of George Lucas’ Willow, the epic fantasy adventure set in an age of swords, sorcery, myths and monsters, will be returning in a Disney+ series slated to begin production next year.

Jon M. Chu (“In The Heights,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) is set to direct the pilot, and will serve as executive producer along with showrunners Jonathan Kasdan (“Solo”) and Wendy Mericle (“Arrow”). Jonathan Kasdan wrote the pilot. 

“Growing up in the ’80s, ‘Willow’ has had a profound effect on me,” says Chu. “The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added such groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story that I can’t wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us.”

Ron Howard, director of the original “Willow” film, returns as executive producer on the series with Bob Dolman, writer of the original film, serving as consulting producer.

“It’s creatively exciting to not only revisit the world and characters first conceived by George Lucas, Bob Dolman and myself but to see it take flight in such fresh, fun and cinematic ways through the imagination of Jon Kasdan and Team Willow,” says Howard. “This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward and it’s a blast to be a part of it all.” 

The series, which is Lucasfilm’s first venture into non-Star Wars storytelling since 2015, takes place years after the events of the original “Willow” film. It introduces all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and welcomes back its namesake hero, Willow Ufgood, performed once again by the unmatchable Warwick Davis.

“So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed,” says Davis. “Many have told me they grew up with ‘Willow’ and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise.”

“This is an exciting new era for storytelling at Lucasfilm,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon Chu’s vision, coupled with the writing of Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle, is going to take Willow into new and exciting directions for the series. Reuniting Ron Howard and Warwick Davis in the world of ‘Willow’ is something that they’ve both wanted to do for some time, and I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible team we’ve put together to bring this series to Disney+.”

Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Jon M. Chu, Jonathan Kasdan, Wendy Mericle, Ron Howard and Imagine Television will serve as executive producers, with Roopesh Parekh and Hannah Friedman as co-executive producers. Additionally, Bob Dolman will serve as consulting producer with Julia Cooperman as producer. 

The production plans to return to the dramatic and enchanted landscapes of Wales, where much of the original film was shot.

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McCartney III, All-New Paul McCartney Album Out December 11

Paul McCartney has announced the third album in a trilogy of classics, with McCartney III arriving on December 11 2020. McCartney III  will be Paul’s eighteenth solo studio album, following on from 2018’s Egypt Station, and has been uniquely “Made in Rockdown”.

2020 marks 50 years since Paul McCartney released his self-titled first solo album. Featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, McCartney’s effortless charms have only grown in stature and influence over time. The chart-topping album would signify not only a creative rebirth for Paul, but also as a template for generations of indie and lo-fi musicians seeking to emulate its warm homespun vibe and timeless tunes including ’Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Every Night’ and ’The Lovely Linda’. 

The 1970s saw Paul forming his second band Wings and dominating the charts, stages and airwaves of the world, with multiple #1 singles, sold-out world tours, multi-million-selling albums including Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, London Town and more.  In 1980, 10 years from the release of McCartney, Paul wrapped up the decade of Wings with the surprise release of his second solo album, the electronic-tinged McCartney II. Once again featuring Paul entirely on his own, McCartney II would come to be regarded as a leftfield classic, with classic cuts such as ’Coming Up’, ‘Temporary Secretary’ and ’Waterfalls’.   

The 1980s saw Paul start again, this time kicking off an unprecedented solo run. The following four decades would see Paul’s iconic and legendary status grow exponentially, with solo masterpieces including Tug of War, Flowers in the Dirt, Pipes of Peace, Flaming Pie, Memory Almost Full and New, and massive live shows the world over — actually setting the World Record for the largest attendance at a concert. In 2018, 54 years since The Beatles first hit #1 on the Billboard Album Charts – Paul’s Egypt Station would be yet another historic #1 McCartney album. 

Hard as it is to believe, it’s only been two years since Egypt Station went #1–and it was only last year that Paul’s Freshen Up tour played its last show before Covid hit pause on live music, a legendary blowout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 

Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs  would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s  McCartney II. 

Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. The process first sparked when Paul returned to an unreleased track from the early 90s, ’When Winter Comes’ (co-produced by George Martin). Paul crafted a new passage for the song, giving rise to album opener ’Long Tailed Winter Bird’—while ’When Winter Comes’, featuring its new 2020 intro ’Winter Bird’, became the new album’s grand finale. 

Speaking about III, Paul said: “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had.  Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun.  It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job.  So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.” 

‘Long Tailed Winter Bird’ and ’Winter Bird/When Winter Comes’ bookend McCartney III’s vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul’s array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley’s original trio’s double bass alongside Paul’s own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. 

In keeping with McCartney & McCartney II’s photography by Linda McCartney, the principal photos for III were shot by Paul’s daughter Mary McCartney—with additional photography by Paul’s nephew Sonny McCartney as well as photos Paul took on his phone (it’s a family affair).  The cover art and typography is by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha.  

McCartney and McCartney II each saw Paul open up a new decade with reinvention, both personal and musical. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history. 

McCartney III will be released December 11 on Capitol Records across digital platforms, on CD, and on LP manufactured by Third Man Pressing. Vinyl configurations will range from standard 180g to a Third Man Edition of 3000 hand-numbered red vinyl copies, a ‘333’ Edition sold only via Third Man Records online store and limited to 333 copies on yellow-with-black-dots vinyl created using 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II, a U.S. indie retail exclusive pressing of 4000 hand-numbered white vinyl LPs, and more. 

Pre-order McCartney III HERE.

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Reebok Ghostbusters Ghostsmashers Shoes

Show ghosts who is boss. These Reebok Ghost Smashers shoes have a fearless design inspired by the Ghostbusters movie from the ’80s.

The leather upper has a worn, weathered look as if you’ve gone into battle.

Signature details from the film give them a legit look.

Available to order on Friday, October 30th at 9PM (PDT) for $150.

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Watch The Mank Trailer

Netflix has released the full Mank trailer for acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher’s upcoming black-and-white biopic drama, featuring Oscar winner Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Herman Mankiewicz as he tries to finish writing Citizen Kane while facing personal problems involving his family and career. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, the film will make its debut in select theaters this November, and will be available for streaming on December 4.

Mank will be led by Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. 1930s Hollywood re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.

Oldman will be joined by Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst, Tuppence Middleton as Sara Mankiewicz, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Meyer, Ferdinand Kingsley as Irving Thalberg, Jamie McShane as Shelly Metcalf, Joseph Cross as Charles Lederer, Sam Troughton as John Houseman, Toby Leonard Moore as David O. Selznick, Tom Burke as Orson Wells, Tom Pelphrey as Joe Mankiewicz and Monika Gossmann as Fraulein Freda.

Mank is directed by David Fincher from a script written by Jack Fincher. It is executive produced by Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski with Peter Mavromates and William Doyle set as producers.

Mankiewicz is most famous for co-writing Citizen Kane alongside director Orson Welles. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, it gave Mankiewicz quite the influence in the golden age of Hollywood. In keeping with the vibe, Mank is filmed entirely in black and white.

Having written or co-written nearly 100 other films, including classics like The Pride of the Yankees, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Wizard of Oz, he remains best-known for Citizen Kane. Although the film caused a rift between him and Welles, as Mankiewicz accused the director of pushing him out of the limelight, even offering to pay him off so Welles could get the sole writing credit on the film.

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