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Watch The IT Chapter Two – Come Home Featurette

A new IT: Chapter Two featurette has been released featuring director Andy Muschietti promising to “crank up the horror” as novel writer Stephen King and the cast discuss how the sequel puts the characters front and center, making it a sort of “coming-of-age” tale.

The cast of IT: Chapter Two includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon, Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan and, of course, the return of Bill Skarsgård as the clown Pennywise.

The second part is written by Gary Dauberman from the book by Stephen King. Muschietti, once again, is at the helm. The movie will arrive in theaters on September 5.

IT debuted in September of last year to the tune of $123.1 million on opening weekend, the highest opening weekend ever for a September release, for a fall release, and for a horror movie. It clocked in just $9 million behind Deadpool for the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie. The film earned over $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

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Stephen King To Write New Ending For The Stand CBS All Access Series

CBS All Access shared that Stephen King will write the final chapter of The Stand, a coda not in his book about a plague-devastated world.

“The script for that final episode is written. I was glad Josh Boone gave me the chance, because that final story has been in my mind for 30 years,” King tweeted on Thursday.

The Stand, first published in 1978 is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

James Marsden will portray Stu Redman, an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior. Most recently seen on the hit dark comedy “Dead to Me,” Marsden’s other television credits include “Westworld” and “30 Rock,” and he will also appear in FX’s upcoming “Mrs. America.” In film, he will soon star in the live-action/animation hybrid film “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “The Comeback Trail” opposite Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Zach Braff.

Amber Heard will play Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man. She recently starred in Warner Brothers’ “Aquaman” opposite Jason Momoa which was a massive box office success. She can currently be seen in Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” alongside Elizabeth Moss. Other film credits include: “Justice League,” “The Danish Girl,” “Pineapple Express,” Magic MikeXXL,” among others. Additionally, Heard is an activist and uses her platform to advocate for human rights issues. She is an ambassador for Women’s Rights for the ACLU, a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations and is actively involved with SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), The Art of Elysium, among other organizations. Heard is also a L’Oréal Global Spokesperson.

Odessa Young will play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man. Young will next be seen opposite Elisabeth Moss in the film “Shirley.” Her other film credits include “Assassination Nation,” “A Million Little Pieces” opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson and “The Professor.”

Henry Zaga will portray Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others. Zaga can be seen in the television series “13 Reasons Why” and the upcoming “Trinkets” as well as “Looking for Alaska,” which is currently in production. He will also be seen in Josh Boone’s “X-Men: New Mutants.”

Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is co-writing the mini-series with Ben Cavell (SEAL Team), with Boone set to direct.

There’s no premiere date for the new series yet.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: From Amazing To Spectacular: The Definitive Comic Art Collection 

Explore over fifty years of Spider-Man with Marvel’s Spider-Man: From Amazing To Spectacular: The Definitive Comic Art Collection (Insight Editions; October 15), a deluxe art book featuring exclusive interviews and content from the creators who brought this amazing character to life.

Since he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Marvel’s number one web-slinger has been swinging into the hearts of super hero fans everywhere. Originally portrayed as the chronic underdog, Spider-Man has grown from amazing to spectacular to ultimate and beyond, dominating the comics sphere and consistently ranking among the most popular super heroes of all time.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: From Amazing to Spectacular celebrates the incredibly rich and expansive history of this iconic character in a brand new and unparalleled way—showcasing the jaw-dropping art of the Spider-Man comics and diving deep into the remarkable stories that have shaped Spider-Man into the super hero he is today. The book features art from Spider-Man’s great artists, including Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr. and Jr., Mark Bagley, Sara Pichelli and more—accompanied by exclusive commentary from leading comic book creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Alex Ross, Dan Slott, J. Michael Straczynski, and many more.

This compendium truly captures the great power and great responsibility of developing one of the most monumental heroes in comics history.

Pre-order the book HERE.

 

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The Derry Canal Days Festival & Funhouse Is Arriving In Los Angeles Starting August 15

In honor of IT Chapter Two, arriving in theaters September 6, another spooky experience is popping up on Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood.

The Derry Canal Days Festival and Funhouse is arriving in Los Angeles starting August 15! Your cherished memories of the old carnival days will be turned inside out during the 40-minute spine tingling experience. There will be over 10 immersive and terrifying interactive spaces featuring Pennywise the Dancing Clown and other horrors, giving visitors a glimpse into the upcoming film. 

Entry is totally free, but tickets will sell out immediately. Tickets will go on sale July 31 for the Hollywood pop-up.

Order tickets HERE.

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Mr. Mercedes Season 3 Will Premiere On September 10

AT&T Audience Network has set 10 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, for the Season 3 premiere of Mr. Mercedes, the drama from David E. Kelley based on the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King.

Brendan Gleeson, Justine Lupe, Jharrel Jerome and Breeda Wool star in the series, whose third season will follow the story from Finders Keepers, the second book in the series. Holland Taylor and Bruce Dern guest star.

When beloved local author John Rothstein is found murdered, Retired Detective Hodges (Gleeson), Holly (Lupe) and Jerome (Robinson), along with local police, must track down his killer. But this case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an American icon. Unpublished novels of Rothstein’s were stolen from his home, and they are worth millions. As the case unfolds, the trio learns that although Brady may be gone, his depravity lives on in the lives of his victims.

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Watch The Witcher Teaser Trailer 

Straight from their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Netflix has released the teaser trailer for The Witcher.

Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

The series stars Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, 17-year-old Allan as Ciri, Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Mimi Ndiweni as fledgling sorceress Fringilla, Sabrina as Therica Wilson-Read, Millie Brady as outcast Princess Renfri, Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Queen Calanthe’s husband, the knight Eist and MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, head of the magical academy.

The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. The book series was previously adapted for television in Poland.

Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and showrunner for The Witcher. She’s known for her work (writing and co-executive producing) on The Defenders, Daredevil, and Power. Sean Daniel is set to executive produce under the Sean Daniel Company with his partner Jason Brown. Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image will executive produce as well.

The series will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2020.

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Watch The New IT Chapter Two Trailer

New Line Cinema has released the new IT Chapter Two trailer for the final part in the Stephen King horror saga.

The main cast of IT: Chapter Two includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon, Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan and, of course, the return of Bill Skarsgård as the clown Pennywise.

The second part of IT is written by Gary Dauberman from the book by Stephen King and is directed once again by Andy Muschietti. The sequel will hit theaters on September 6 of this year.

IT debuted in September of last year to the tune of $123.1 million on opening weekend, the highest opening weekend ever for a September release, for a fall release, and for a horror movie. It clocked in just $9 million behind Deadpool for the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie. The film earned over $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

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SK Tours of Maine Publishes Full Color, Pocket-Sized Guidebook To Stephen King’s Bangor, Maine

SK Tours of Maine has published a guidebook to the Stephen King’s fictional “Derry, Maine” from his novel “IT”. A full color, pocket sized guidebook retailing for #11.95, the photo illustrated book is 128 pages. It is tilted SK Tours of Maine: Locales Made Famous By Stephen King.

Available exclusively from SK Tours of Maine, the book is drawn from ten years of taking King fans from around the world on a twice-daily tour of Bangor, King’s hometown and geographical inspiration for one of his most popular novels, “IT”.

The book is available by mail order only. It is now shipping worldwide. For more information about the book, contact Stu Tinker via email at: SK-Tours@msn.com.

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Stephen King & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties Comes To IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the early 2020 launch of Sleeping Beauties, a captivating comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) will adapt the rich narrative of Sleeping Beauties to a ten-issue limited series under the watchful gaze of Stephen and Owen.

“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” says Owen King. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”

To which co-author Stephen King adds, “We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format.”

Sleeping Beauties explores a world where women have sunken into a deep, cocooned slumber, their dreams taking them to an idyllic other place. They can only wake if disturbed, which results in violent, feral behavior. Meanwhile, the men have inherited the Earth, their society devolving into barbarism. Provocative and absorbing, Sleeping Beauties is a gripping dark fantasy of gender dynamics, individuality, and toxic masculinity.

“To work on anything with the King name attached is surreal, dizzying, and somewhat terrifying,” says Youers. “As soon as my feet touch terra firma, I will focus on my goal: to stay true to the novel’s spirit, and to deliver a page-turning, visually impacting experience that will appeal to readers of both Stephen and Owen King’s fiction, and to comics fans the world over.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to work on Sleeping Beauties,” says Sampson. “The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people. Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”

“There was something magical about the combination of Stephen King’s and Owen King’s specific skills on the pages of the Sleeping Beauties novel, an alchemy that resulted in a story so of the moment and yet so timeless,” says IDW President & Publisher, Chris Ryall. “Rio and Allison are fashioning a graphic retelling that synthesizes that same sense of wonder while very much making the comic its own thing entirely. We’re ecstatic to be doing this with all involved.”

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New Poster For Shudder’s Creepshow Series Revealed

Shudder has revealed a brand new poster for executive producer Greg Nicotero’s upcoming horror anthology series Creepshow, featuring the reboot’s newest version of the Creep, who will be the one to narrate the 12 terrifying stories of the six-episode season.

The 12 segments will be based on stories written by acclaimed horror writers and directors consists of:

– “All Hallows Eve,” written by Bruce Jones and directed by John Harrison
– “Bad Wolf Down,” written and directed by Rob Schrab
– “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” adapted by Jason Ciaramella from a story by Joe Hill and directed by Tom Savini
– “The Companion,” adapted by Matt Venne from a story by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, and directed by Dave Bruckner
– “The Finger,” written by David J. Schow and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi from a story by Stephen King and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “The House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and directed by John Harrison
– “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” adapted by John Harrison from a story written by John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
– “The Man in the Suitcase,” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
– “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito and directed by John Harrison
– “Skincrawlers,” written by Paul Dini & Stephen Langford, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin
– “Times is Tough in Musky Holler,” directed by John Harrison which was based on the shorty story by writers John Skipp and Dori Miller

The series will feature Original Creepshow star Adrianne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) Tobin Bell (Saw), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer), David Arquette (Scream franchise), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural).

The original 1982 Creepshow was directed by George A. Romero from a screenplay by Stephen King that paid tribute to the EC horror comics (ala “Tales From the Crypt”) of the 1950’s. The film featured stars such as Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and Ed Harris, and grossed $21 million at the box office. It was followed by a sequel in 1987, directed by the first film’s cinematographer Michael Gornick from a screenplay by Romero, once again based on short stories by King, grossing $14 million.

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