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AMC Releases Trailer For NOS4A2 Season 2

AMC released the official trailer for season two of supernatural horror series NOS4A2, which premieres on Sunday, June 21 at 10:00pm ET/9c on AMC. 

The series’ second season stars Emmy-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto and rising star Ashleigh Cummings, along with Jahkara Smith, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull, Jonathan Langdon, Ashley Romans, Jason David and Mattea Conforti.

NOS4A2’s second season picks up eight years after the events of season one. Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) remains more determined than ever to destroy Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Charlie, having faced his own mortality, emerges desperate for revenge against Vic. This time, he sets his sights on the person who means most to Vic – her eight-year-old son Wayne. The race for Wayne’s soul sends Vic and Charlie on a high-speed collision course, forcing both to confront the mistakes of their pasts in order to secure a hold on Wayne’s future.

Based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 is executive produced by showrunner Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels) and Hill.

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Glen Mazzara Discusses His Plans For Scrapped Dark Tower Series

This past January saw the disheartening news that Amazon had elected not to move forward with the planned series adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary Dark Tower novel series and now showrunner Glen Mazzara has opened up about his plans for the canceled series.

In an interview with Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler for their podcast, The Kingcast, Mazzara revealed that the plan for the series was to expand on the backstory of the characters and events of the 2017 film adaptation, specifically taking and focusing on elements that the film didn’t bring from the novels, but after its tanking with critics and at the box office, they needed to change things up.

“When we realized that the franchise was not viable, or not going to continue, we decided we could now lay out the entire epic,” Mazzara said in the interview. “Now we had a choice: do we go back and start with The Gunslinger? Do you start and tell the story in a linear way and then interrupt that narrative and have this large cutaway in your season 4 or season 5 to Wizard and Glass? That’s a viable option.”

Mazzara said he and the writer’s room chose to go back to their original idea and start the series with the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass, which was primarily told in flashbacks and offered readers a deeper look at the sad backstory of lead protagonist Roland Deschain. This plan would’ve helped the series cast a younger star in the role and eventually work its way to his older years of searching for the titular structure and fighting against the Man in Black, known by various aliases across King’s books both in and out of the Dark Tower franchise, as well as encountering Susan Delgado, the woman he falls in love with.

“If season 1 ended with the death of Susan…in Wizard and Glass very quickly you go from the death of Susan to the death of Gabrielle, [Roland’s] mother,” Mazzara explained. “I felt that I needed a season to give me real estate so that Gabrielle’s death didn’t step on Susan’s and that it felt like an escalation. Roland fails to save Susan, but he actually shoots and kills his mother. In the book, Gabrielle is not really a detailed character in a way that, say, Susan is…Gabrielle is really not fleshed out. She just doesn’t have as many pages attributed to her. I love that character. The actress we had for her was Elaine Cassidy, a fantastic Irish actress, and she did a really great job. So for season 2…[we were] maybe going to use the shapeshifter story [from Wind Through the Keyhole] as part of season 2 and get to the death of Gabrielle and either the fall of Gilead there or the fall of Gilead would be the season three premiere.”

The intended showrunner revealed that it would be at this point in the series in which the actors would switch from the younger, twentysomething Roland to the more weathered and middle-aged iteration of the character and would begin to dive into the events of the first novel in the series, The Gunslinger. But with the film failing to connect with audiences and Amazon already investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a series adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga, the adaptation is currently on hold unless production company Media Rights Capital can successfully shop the pilot scripts to a different network.

LINKS ComingSoon and Slashfilm

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J.K. Rowling Releases A New Fairytale Book, Chapter By Chapter, For Free Starting Today

Today Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced that she is releasing a standalone children’s fairytale book, chapter by chapter, starting today, May 26th. It’s called The Ickabog, and it’s an idea that has been tumbling around in Rowling’s head since her Harry Potter days.

A few weeks ago at dinner, the author tentatively mooted the idea of getting The Ickabog down from the attic and publishing it for free, for children in lockdown. Rowling will be posting a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between May 26th May and July 10th on The Ickabog website.

In November 2020, The Ickabog will be published and available for purchase.

Read the latest chapters HERE.

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Suntup Editions The Great Red Dragon Sculpture

Featured in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, the famous William Blake painting, The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, is one of a series of paintings depicting various scenes from the Book of Revelation.

Suntup Editions will offer this highly limited handmade sculpture of the Great Red Dragon from the William Blake painting. This limited edition sculpture measures 8” tall and is crafted by sculptor Klaus Gaar using polyurethane resin at his workshop in Austria. Each sculpture is painted by hand, and is signed by the artist.

This edition is limited to no more than 50 hand numbered statues, and the final limitation is based on pre-order demand. This edition of the statue is made exclusively for Suntup Editions and includes a branded metal limitation sticker on the underside of the base. The sculptures are sequentially numbered, and we can only match your book number if it is within the range of the final limitation.

Pre-order HERE for $675.

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Frankenstein, The Illustrated Edition

Frankenstein’s Monster lives on—and so does legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s legacy—in this landmark illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, featuring an introduction by Stephen King.

Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson—created over a period of seven years—that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.

The 192 page book will be released on August 11, 2020 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Batman: The Animated Series: The Phantom City Creative Collection

Mondo is proud to present Batman: The Animated Series: The Phantom City Creative Collection, a visually breathtaking celebration of the Emmy Award–winning series.

Known for their limitless passion and incredible ingenuity for film and television posters, Mondo turns their attention to the highly acclaimed show Batman: The Animated Series. The show first aired in 1992 and was instantly met with critical praise for its sophisticated writing and distinctive, noir-influenced art style, generating an intense following that still exists today.

Over the years, Mondo has received global recognition for their astonishing artisanal posters, and their creations for Batman: The Animated Series are no exception. The studio has partnered exclusively with the award-winning artist at Phantom City Creative, Inc., Justin Erickson, in order to bring this show to life in a striking and unparalleled way. Filled with Erikson’s slick graphic design as well as beautifully rendered illustrations, this Batman: The Animated Series art book is a one-of-a-kind tribute to one of the greatest animated shows of all time.

The book will be released on September 15, 2020 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Malorie, A Bird Box Novel By Josh Malerman

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence.

There remains no explanation. No solution.

All Malorie can do is survive—and impart her fierce will to do so on her children. Don’t get lazy, she tells them. Don’t take off your blindfold. AND DON’T LOOK.

But then comes what feels like impossible news. And with it, the first time Malorie has allowed herself to hope.

Someone very dear to her, someone she believed dead, may be alive.

Malorie has already lost so much: her sister, a house full of people who meant everything, and any chance at an ordinary life. But getting her life back means returning to a world full of unknowable horrors—and risking the lives of her children again.

Because the creatures are not the only thing Malorie fears: There are the people who claim to have caught and experimented on the creatures. Murmerings of monstrous inventions and dangerous new ideas. And rumors that the creatures themselves have changed into something even more frightening.

Malorie has a harrowing choice to make: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for hope once more.

The novel will be published on June 21 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Funko Pop!: Stephen King With Red Balloon

This Funko Pop!: Stephen King with red balloon figure will be available from FYE later this year. The cost is $15.

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19th Edition Announces The Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library Card Bookmark

Here is a look at what’s next from 19th Edition; a brand new Stephen King bookmark based on my favorite film, The Shawshank Redemption. The Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library Card features familiar elements from the iconic movie plus some fun easter eggs. 

In the movie and novella, Brooks Hatlen was an inmate at Shawshank State Prison from 1905 to 1955. Although his crime is never revealed, murder is presumed due to his lengthy prison sentence. He was the librarian of the prison starting in 1912, and was friends with Andy Dufresne. Brooks died after committing suicide in 1955 at the age of 73.

The bookmarks measure 2.75″ X 6.5” and will be printed on 16pt. card stock. The Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library Card  will be available on May 26th and will ship out June 19th.

Order HERE for $3 each. Other items from 19th Edition include the $19 Dollar Stephen King Bookmark and the Guide to U.S. First Editions of Stephen King.

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Here Is A First Look At Stephen King’s The Stand 

The Man in Black makes his return to the screen, only the world looks a lot different than we remember.

The first photos from CBS All Access miniseries The Stand, a fresh adaptation of Stephen King’s pandemic-apocalypse novel, have arrived with looks at Big Little Lies’ Alexander Skarsgard as demonic hell-raiser Randall Flagg and Whoopi Goldberg as benevolent Mother Abagail, courtesy of Vanity Fair.

Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail

Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood & Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor

Owen Teague as Harold Lauder

Owen Teague as Harold Lauder & Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith

Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg

Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg & Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid

Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith

The story of The Stand sees what happens when a virus, a man-made biological weapon that goes out of control, wipes out about 99 percent of the human population. Those that remain are left with the choice to follow their more baser, primordial instincts, or work together to build something good. That’s where Randall and Mother Abagail find themselves in opposite camps.

“[Flagg is] so charming and he’s so handsome, and so powerful — I mean genuinely powerful, able to perform these sort of miracles where he could levitate himself and he has these actual powers,” Taylor Elmore, who showruns the series with Benjamin Cavell, told Vanity Fair. “And yet he needs this adulation and this kind of worship from these people whom he’s summoned to him. He needs to have them make a show all the time of how grateful they are to him.”

Cavell makes the obvious connection to our current reality: “And there’s something fundamentally weak about that. Does it remind you of someone you know?”

Mother Abagail, a 108-year-old prophet faced with doubts, is “very, very righteous and very good. But really flawed I feel,” Goldberg said. “I’ve been fighting with not making her the Magic Negro, because she’s complicated.”

The photos also reveal Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, an expectant mother immune to the disease; Owen Teague as Frannie’s neighbor Harold Lauder; Jovan Adepo as musician Larry Underwood; Heather Graham as former New York socialite Rita Blakemoor; and Nat Wolff as inmate Lloyd Henreid, who’s visited by Flagg in his hour of need.

But then there’s also Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman, and James Marsden as Stu Redman to look forward to.

“It’s about the fundamental questions of what society owes the individual and what we owe to each other,” Cavell said. “Over the last however-many years, we have sort of taken for granted the structure of democracy. Now, so much of that is being ripped down to the studs. It’s interesting to see a story about people who are rebuilding it from the ground up.”

A premiere date for The Stand has not been announced, though it’s expected to debut on CBS All Access later this year.

Read the full story on Vanity Fair.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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