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The Twilight Zone To Premiere On CBS All Access On April 1, 2019

CBS All Access has confirmed that their upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone will premiere on the streaming service on April 1 with two episodes of the new series. Subsequent episodes will premiere on Thursdays beginning on April 11. Jordan Peele will executive produce the series and provide opening and closing narrations for each episode.

The new Twilight Zone series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele, Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon will also serve as executive producers.

Actors set to appear in the various episodes of the new series include John Cho, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, Greg Kinnear, DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams, Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Ike Barinholtz, Steven Yeun, and Jacob Tremblay.

The original The Twilight Zone took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Created by Rod Serling, it was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not. In 1983 Steven Spielberg produced a big budget anthology film version, Twilight Zone: The Movie, directed by Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller. The show was revived by CBS in the 1980s and ran for three seasons, helmed by the likes of William Friedkin, Atom Egoyan, and Wes Craven. It was revived again on UPN and hosted by Forest Whitaker in 2002 for one season.

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Stephen King’s The Stand Gets Series Order On CBS All Access

One of Stephen King’s most beloved creations, the best-selling novel The Stand, has been ordered straight to series as a 10-episode event—and it’s coming exclusively to CBS All Access. 

The Stand is a haunting apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. 

In this world, the fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors, with their worst nightmares embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” said Stephen King. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”

“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12 and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery. Incensed, I stole my Dad’s Fed-Ex account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from God himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan,” said Writer and Executive Producer Josh Boone.

Josh Boone

“My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day. I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years. I’ve found incredible partners in CBS All Access and [Writer and Executive Producer] Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King’s masterwork.”

“With over 400 million books sold around the world, Stephen King is one of our greatest living authors and The Stand is widely considered the crown jewel of his work. Millions of fans have been waiting for a modern interpretation that delivers on its depth, scope, and ambition,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content for CBS All Access. “We are thrilled to be working with Stephen, Josh, Ben and a dedicated team working passionately to bring this brilliant material to life.”

The Stand will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske and Miri Yoon as co-executive producers and Owen King as producer.

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Carrie Bradshaw And The Dude Make An Unlikely Pair In Stella Artois’ Super Bowl Spot

The world’s most unlikely duo—Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City and Jeff Bridges’ The Dude of The Big Lebowski fame—is coming together in Stella Artois’ Super Bowl spot.

The ad, which will air during the second quarter of the game, first shows Parker’s Sex and the City character entering a restaurant (with the Sex and the City theme playing in the background), where she’s welcomed by the staff and immediately offered her signature drink: a cosmopolitan. When she turns it down, asking for a Stella Artois instead, it sends the restaurant into immediate shock and subsequent panic. The music stops, flames swell, waiters run around and food is spilled. But Carrie gets her beer.

After she does, The Dude enters the bar. The bartender assumes he wants a white Russian, his go-to beverage. But like Carrie, he changes his mind and asks for a Stella. Drink in hand, he goes and sits down at the table next to Carrie’s, who leans over to compliment his drink choice, to which he replies, “Changing can do a little good.”

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The Reynolds Wrap Hunger Harness

This one-of-a-kind wearable snack pack has everything you need to go all four quarters plus the Halftime Show without taking a break.

It comes complete with:

– Main thermal pouch to help keep sandwiches melty, wings piping, and you stationary
– Integrated food tray that turns you into a human table – life goal accomplished
– Thermal drink holder for hands-free storage of your current beverage
– Insulated dip holder to keep the most important game day snack warm and fresh (because room temperature buffalo chicken dip is a sin)
– Adjustable silver straps that make this the new, food-forward look for the winter season

You can purchase the Reynolds Wrap Hunger Harness for $4.99 while supplies last. Order HERE.

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Watch The Boys Teaser Trailer

Based on the comic book series written by Garth Ennis and co-created, designed and illustrated by Darick Robertson, The Boys was originally published by Wildstorm before moving to Dynamite Entertainment.

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. 

The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes. 

Helmed by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg and starring Elisabeth Shue, Karl Urban, Jennifer Esposito, Jack Quaid, Colby Minifie, Jess Salgueiro, Brittany Allen, and Bruce Novakowski, The Boys is coming to Amazon Prime in the summer of 2019.

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Watch The Umbrella Academy Official Trailer

Netflix has released the full trailer for The Umbrella Academy, revealing a super dysfunctional family of unlikely heroes in the upcoming comic book adaptation.

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

 

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. 

The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Kate Walsh.

The show will be available for streaming on February 15, exclusively on Netflix.

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James Gandolfini’s Son, Michael Gandolfini Will Play Young Tony Soprano in Sopranos Prequel Film, The Many Saints of Newark

Sopranos creator David Chase is moving forward with The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel movie set in the ’60s. Tony Soprano’s father, Johnny Soprano, will have a big role in the film, and so will Tony himself. James Gandolfini made a career defining turn as Tony Soprano, and now his son, Michael Gandolfini, will follow in his footsteps as a younger Tony Soprano.

David Chase and director Alan Taylor had an extensive audition process before settling on Michael Gandolfini. In addition to his strong resemblance to his father, Michael Gandolfini’s “screen presence, mastery of Tony’s mannerisms,” and his insight into the character made him the final choice. Gandolfini has previously appeared in HBO’s The Deuce.

Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll will also star in the film. Nivola will play Dickie Moltisanti, Tony’s mentor, and the father of Christopher Molisanti on the show.

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Happy Season 2 Returns To SYFY On March 27, 2009

SYFY has released the first trailer for Happy! Season 2, and it looks about as insane as you’d expect!

Weird Al Yankovic is just the latest guest star to join Happy! Season 2, joining the likes of Ann-Margret and wrestler Big Show.

Based on the New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, Happy! follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (Patton Oswalt). In the must-see finale, Sax and Happy are locked in a climatic confrontation to rescue Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo) from Very Bad Santa’s (Joseph Reitman) lair, as Merry (Lili Mirojnick) sets out to save Amanda (Medina Senghore) from a far more powerful foe. The series also stars Ritchie Coster (Blue) and Patrick Fischler (Smoothie).

The series returns March 27.

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Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The First Official Stranger Things Novel 

A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The first Official Stranger Things Novel by Gwenda Bond will be released on February 5, 2019 and can be ordered HERE.

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Paleyfest LA Announces 2019 Festival Lineup

PaleyFest LA, has announced its lineup for 2019. The festival is held March 15-24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Representing the best and brightest in television today, PaleyFest will feature the creative teams from shows from both streaming platforms and traditional networks, including The Walking Dead, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Grace and Frankie, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and many more. Attendees will also be treated to a panel featuring Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and Simon Kinberg (Logan, The Martian), who are helming CBS’ highly-anticipated reboot of The Twilight Zone.

“We’re thrilled to announce this incredible lineup of programs,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “We’re so proud that our lineup reflects the diversity of the television viewing experience—from history-making programs highlighting the LGBTQ+ community, to Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas with strong female characters, action-packed adventure series, and a conversation with one of the sharpest voices on late-night TV. This year’s selections epitomize why PaleyFest LA is the premier television festival.”

PaleyFest LA benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, as well as its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publicly accessible archive of television and radio content, containing over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media, including collections that feature achievements in television from the African-American, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ communities, women, along with some recently added music.

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