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Watch The New Castle Rock Teaser Trailer

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. 

The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Produced by J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock centers on Henry Deaver (Andre Holland), an attorney who returns to the haunted Maine town to represent a prisoner (played by IT actor Bill Skarsgård) locked up in King’s favorite fictional prison, Shawshank. Castle Rock also stars Chosen Jacobs, who played Mike Hanlon in last year’s blockbuster King adaptation IT. The cast also includes Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek and Terry O’Quinn.

Castle Rock debuts July 25 on Hulu.

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Watch Hulu’s Castle Rock Super Bowl Spot 

Hulu has unveiled the Castle Rock Super Bowl spot, which you can watch below! The Stephen King-inspired series premieres on the streaming service this summer.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Castle Rock is coming to Hulu in Summer 2018.

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J.J. Abrams Directs Celebrity-Filled Trailer For A Comic Book Jimmy Kimmel Made At 10 Years Old

As a gift for Jimmy Kimmel’s 50th birthday, director J.J. Abrams teamed up with Ben Affleck to create a celebrity-filled trailer for a comic book, titled “The Terrific Ten,” that Kimmel made at 10 years old.

Here is the trailer of The Terrific Ten starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Cousin Sal, Jon Hamm, Shaq, Ty Burrell, Billy Crudup, Jake Tapper, and Wanda Sykes.

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Watch The First Castle Rock Teaser

Today, at the New York Comic Con, Hulu debuted the first Castle Rock teaser.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Castle Rock is coming to Hulu in 2018.

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J.J. Abrams To Write And Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

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Watch The Castle Rock Teaser From Stephen King & J.J. Abrams

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Bad Robot Productions released a cryptic teaser trailer for a new Hulu original series that reteams J.J. Abrams and Stephen King called Castle Rock.

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The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo featuring Abrams’ stationary bearing a handwritten note that included a YouTube link, which leads to this Castle Rock teaser.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Castle Rock will be a Hulu anthology series that brings together the characters and themes of King’s works that involve Castle Rock. If multiple seasons are made, the show will center on different groups of characters each season while also introducing elements from prior seasons.

Castle Rock is the name of a fictional location in Maine that has been the site of a number of King’s stories, including The Dead Zone and Cujo, and also referenced in a number of other King stories like It and Pet Semetary. The trailer itself also makes references to a number of other King works, including The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining, and more, so it remains unclear how far-reaching Castle Rock will be in its connections to King’s novels and short stories.

Bad Robot’s photo, in addition to the YouTube link, also included the mysterious sentence, “What is the hoax in the forest?”

No other details, including a release date, have been revealed so far, though King himself tweeted that “J.J. Abrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid.”

King and Abrams previously collaborated on the Hulu adaptation of King’s novel 11/22/63.

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Here is what we know so far:

What:

Castle Rock is a 10-episode drama from writers and exec producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan). It’s described as an ongoing series, though sources say that it’s more of an anthology that will weave together characters and themes from King’s novels featuring the mysterious Castle Rock location. Each season, sources say, will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.

Logline:

Here’s how Hulu describes the series: “A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Production team:

Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by King. Shaw and Thomason developed the project for television and executive produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot Productions’ Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Cast: 

No castings have been announced yet.

Context:

Castle Rock reteams Abrams and King with Hulu and Warner Bros. Television following the streaming service’s limited series 11.22.63, which starred James Franco. It’s Abrams’ latest TV series and joins HBO’s Westworld.

When:

A premiere date/time period is unclear. Production will begin this year.

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Summer ’78 – A Short Film

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Watch as a young boy during the late 70s plays with his favorite Star Wars toys and learn how his simple, but elaborate front yard adventures inspire his future. Directed by J.C. Reifenberg.

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J.J. Abrams Releases Video In Response To Zack Snyder’s Star Wars/Batman Tease

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In response to Zack Snyder’s image featuring a Stormtrooper being arrested for stealing the Batmobile, Star Wars VII director J.J. Abrams has released a great video featuring the Millennium Falcon.

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Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams continue to have fun with the filming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars VII. You may remember Snyder released an image last week featuring a Stormtrooper being put into a police car with the Batmobile beside him.

The two directors have been playing photo-tag with each other, but now Abrams has released a hilarious video featuring a specific vehicle attached to the Millennium Falcon.

Below the Millennium Falcon we see the Batmobile featured in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. It’s painted to blend in with the Millennium Falcon and is attached below the spacecraft.

Even the music switches from Star Wars to Batman as we see the camera pan to reveal Batman’s Tumbler. Abrams has thrown the ball back into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder’s court.

The two directors continue to mash-up Star Wars and Batman material as they finish filming their respective films. We look forward to seeing the two directors continuing their fun between shooting in the future.

Warner Bros. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date is set to March 25, 2016. Star Wars VII has its release date set for December 18, 2015.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Production Photo of J.J. Abrams Hanging Out With R2-D2

The Bad Robot production company tweeted a fantastic production photo for Star Wars: Episode VII of director J.J. Abrams and R2- D2 hanging out with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the workshop. Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

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Do You Want To Know What J.J. Abrams’ S. Is About?

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J.J. Abrams discussed some bits and pieces regarding his upcoming book simply titled S. in this New York Times interview. The book will be released on Tuesday October 29, 2013.

“There is the novel itself (“Ship of Theseus”), which stands alone as its own story, and then there are the notes in the margins: a conversation and investigation and mystery and love story between two people, which is both connected to and separate from the central text. Then, there is the editor of the book, who appears in an introduction and in footnotes. So there were many characters and points of view to balance. It felt less like film or TV, and more like concocting something insane and very special.”

The Hollywood writer, director and producer, and author was inspired by Chris Ware’s work. “His graphic novels have the emotional wallop of a Philip Roth or Thomas Pynchon.”

You can check out the book’s website HERE.

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