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Stephen King Plays On The Book With Drew Barrymore

Horror legend Stephen King plays On the Book with Drew Barrymore, and shares incredible insight into some of his most famous works, like why he didn’t like The Shining and talks about his new novel Later!

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Stephen King Opens Up About Adapting His Own Work With Apple’s Take On Lisey’s Story

The prolific author Stephen King has seen many of his works adapted for film and television — including CBS All Access’ The Stand, HBO’s The Outsider and the IT franchise — and singled out the personal nature of bringing Lisey’s Story to life on Apple as perhaps one of the bigger challenges in adapting his vast library.

“Be all the way in, as much as possible, or be all the way out,” King said Friday about his philosophy for bringing his work to the screen. “There’s been a lot of projects [where it’s like] step back, write books, maybe something will come along, a passion project, and this was that, a passion project.”

Lisey’s Story marks a rare move for King, who wrote all eight episodes of Apple’s take on his 2006 horror-romance best-seller Lisey’s Story. The series, which reunites him with frequent collaborator J.J. Abrams, along with stars Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, and is due in the summer on the streamer.

“Stephen makes a great point, most anything is filmable,” Abrams told reporters Friday during a virtual panel as part of the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “The question is what should be — and not what can be. It’s hard to think of all the amazing stories Stephen has written.”

King noted that the personal nature of Lisey’s Story made filming the series “particularly challenging” as “it goes through so many different levels of remembrance.” The thriller revolves around Lisey Landon (Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Owen). The drama follows the unsettling events that prompt Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind.

“Lisey’s Story means a lot to me because it’s the one I love best,” King told reporters Friday. “It’s a story about love and marriage and the creative impulse and it’s also got a kickass villain in it, which I liked a lot.”

King noted that the novel was inspired by his own experience coming home after being hospitalized with double pneumonia. Following a three-week hospitalization, King arrived as his wife decided to remodel his office. While still heavily medicated and trying to get back on his feet, he was stunned to find his office completely empty. “I thought, ‘This is what this room would look like after I die,’ and Lisey’s Story came from that,” he said.

While much of Lisey’s Story was filmed before the pandemic forced productions across the globe to shut down, shooting was ultimately finished after many TV series returned to work. producers also noted that the pandemic makes a lot of the themes in Lisey’s Story more relevant now than a year ago. “Themes of isolation, loneliness and how we view the past come through in a different way now,” said Bad Robot head of television Ben Stephenson. Added King: “What gave me a chill was a scene where we see Lisey come into hospital room and she’s wearing a mask. I thought, ‘My God, this is what we’re all doing now.'”

Lisey’s Story marks the latest collaboration for Abrams and King, who previously teamed on Hulu’s Castle Rock and 11.22.63. The duo met during Abrams’ breakout, Lost, and have remained in touch in the years that followed. King also noted that he and Abrams have been discussing a horror anthology called Tiny Horrors.

“They’ve got a great organization and give great Christmas presents at the end of the year,” King joked of his long-standing partnership with Abrams’ Bad Robot banner. “I just love working with them. It’s been a great relationship.”

A specific premiere date for Lisey’s Story has not yet been announced.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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Watch The Invincible Trailer

Amazon has released a new trailer for Invincible that catches up with Mark Grayson before he becomes super. He’s the son of Omni-Man, the world’s greatest hero. However, getting powers isn’t everything that Mark dreamed it would be. And Mark’s life will change forever once he learns more about his father’s origin.

Invincible is an Amazon Original series based on the groundbreaking comic book from Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead. The story revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons).

The hour-per-episode series also stars Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, Jason Mantzoukas, Melise, Mark Hamill, Mahershala Ali, Seth Rogen and more.”

The first three episodes of the Invincible animated series will premiere on Amazon Prime on Friday, March 26. New episodes will follow weekly after that.

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Watch The Kevin Can F**k Himself Trailer

AMC has released the official Kevin Can F**k Himself trailer starring Emmy winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) in the upcoming comedy series.

This is a story about a woman who keeps playing a perfect housewife. Then, one day she realizes what she wants: to kill her husband.

Kevin Can F**k Himself probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. The series looks to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and forces the world to let her take the lead.

Craig DiGregorio (Shrill, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. The series will consist of 10 hour-long episodes.

Kevin Can F**k Himself is produced by AMC Studios. The series will premiere on AMC in Summer 2021.

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Watch The Superman & Lois Trailer

The CW has released a brand new Superman & Lois trailer for their newest Arrowverse series, providing us with more new footage of the titular couple as they deal with two angsty children while also trying to save the world.

After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane, come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan and Jordan could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older.

Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang, a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing. The adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter, Sarah. Of course, there’s never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Joining Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch in Superman & Lois are previously announced cast members Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin, portraying the roles of Jonathan and Jordan Kent, respectively. The series will also feature Dylan Walsh as General Lane, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang-Cushing, Erik Valdez as Kyle Cushing, Inde Navarette as Sarah Cushing, and Wolé Parks as The Stranger.

Superman & Lois is created and written by The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing. It will be executive produced by DC TV universe creator Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns through their Berlanti Productions banner.

The 2-hour premiere event airs Tuesday, February 23! Stream next day free only on The CW. 

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Geologist Finds Rare Rock That Resembles The Cookie Monster

California-based geologist Mike Bowers has discovered a rare and unusual looking rock that resembles the Cookie Monster.

The lump of volcanic rock was found in the Rio Grande dol sul region near Soledade in Brazil. On the outside, the egg-like rock looks fairly ordinary, however once split into two, the rock’s sapphire interior seems to form the instantly recognizable shape of Sesame Street’s cookie-loving monster.

Bowers shared that due to the rarity of the stone and its uncanny resemblance to the Cookie Monster, he has received many lucrative offers, with five people willing to pay upwards of $10,000 to acquire the lovable Sesame Street Muppet agate.

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Pixar Popcorn Premieres On Disney+ January 22

In honor of National Popcorn Day, Disney+ shared the trailer for “Pixar Popcorn,” which premieres Friday, January 22 exclusively on Disney+. 

The collection of 10 mini shorts features characters from Pixar favorites like “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and “The Incredibles” in all-new, bite-size stories created by Pixar Animation Studios’ talented animators.

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Here Is The Updated Star Wars’ Timeline

This week, with the launch of highly anticipated The High Republic publishing initiative — which is set to take fans into a world 200 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in which the Jedi Order is revered and the people of the galaxy love these superhero-like protagonists — the Star Wars timeline has been officially expanded.

The new version of the timeline can be found in Justina Ireland’s new The High Republic novel A Test of Courage and online.

The High Republic

The High Republic — the golden age of Jedi culture — is the oldest era in the newly expanded Star Wars timeline. During this era, when the Jedi Order reigned supreme and Master Yoda was already teaching young Padawans, there was peace throughout the galaxy and expansion into the Outer Rim — where fan-favorite planets like Tatooine and Batuu, of Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land –, are located.

The Fall of The Jedi

The Fall of the Jedi era encompasses the entire prequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – The Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith (2005).  Characters like Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) all existed during this age in the Star Wars timeline as Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) rose to power and, ultimately, ordered the execution of Order 66.

Reign of The Empire

The Reign of the Empire is the age in which Imperial forces reign supreme throughout the galaxy. Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Disney+ streaming animated series The Bad Batch are both set during this era. Some of the Star Wars universe’s most familiar characters, including Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich in Solo), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover in Solo), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo in Solo), were having adventures during this time period before the Rebellion began in earnest.

Age of Rebellion

The Age of Rebellion is the era of George Lucas’s original trilogy — Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) — in which Star Wars’ most beloved characters, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), and more are fighting the Galactic Empire as the often ragtag Rebellion started by Leia’s father Bail Organa.

Animated series Star Wars Rebels — featuring characters like Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2018) — also fall into the Age of Rebellion era. It is important to note that Dave Filoni has previously stated the end of Rebels “potentially” overlaps with The Mandalorian, so this series may extend into The New Republic age.

The New Republic

The New Republic era is when Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit series The Mandalorian — featuring the likes of new characters bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) alongside fan-favorites like the aforementioned Bo-Katan Kryze, Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison).

During this period, the former Rebel Alliance has formed a new government, based on the core planets. This has left the Outer Rim Territories largely at the hands of the Imperial remnant, led by warlords like Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Right now, The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2 are the only parts of a series that take place during this era, but it’s three confirmed spinoffs — Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and The Book of Boba Fett — will soon be joining it alongside The Mandalorian Season 3.

Rise of The First Order

The Rise of the First Order era is the age in which Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver), and their First Order stormtroopers ruled with an iron fist. It includes animated series Resistance and the entire Skywalker Saga sequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker — with characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega).

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Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber

Check out the sleek Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber! 

In Star Wars lore, the Mandalorian Darksaber is an ancient Lightsaber that serves as a powerful symbol of leadership to the Mandalorians — a unique weapon with a black-energy blade lined with a crackling white edge. 

Features:

– Includes: Lightsaber, barrel plug, hex key tool, stand, rechargeable Li-ion battery, USB charging cord, and instructions.

– Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the Force FX Elite Lightsaber is the most realistic Force FX Lightsaber yet

– Features authentic Lightsaber sound effects inspired by The Mandalorian series, including power-up, power down, and motion sensor-controlled idle hum and battle clash effects

– Features progressive ignition, battle clash effect, molten tip effect, light-up hilt, and the first-ever Star Wars Force FX Elite Lightsaber white LED blade edge

– The durable light-up metal hilt features design and deco based on the Darksaber seen in the live-action series The Mandalorian on Disney Plus

– Proudly display this Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber in any Star Wars collection with the included stand, with or without the removable blade

Pre-order starts at 4:00pm ET on Hasbro Pulse. The cost is $249.99.

Check it out HERE.

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How The Stand Writer Owen King Helped Bring His Father’s Pandemic Epic To Television

“The pandemic parallel makes me a little uncomfortable,” says author Owen King, “Because the suffering of real people is one thing. And artwork is really another thing.” The millions who’ve been hurt by the COVID-19 epidemic are real; the victims of Captain Trips, the viral super flu in his father’s now-classic novel The Stand, are fiction. That story’s dramatically deadly plague, which wipes out more than 99 percent of the American population and leaves bodies filling the streets, is very different from the quieter horror actually unfolding across the nation, where COVID-19 victims die in hospitals pushed to their limits while members of the same communities enjoy meals at restaurants or write articles about television shows.

But while the similarities may be few, the timing is still striking: A new adaptation of the novel, a CBS All Access limited series, is debuting in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century. And the real and fictional plagues have one thing in common. In both the real world and in the post-apocalyptic epic, illness itself isn’t the main story—how human beings manage or mismanage it and cope with our losses is. And Owen King, just a toddler when his father, Stephen King’s novel was published, is one of the writers and producers who’s brought the post-apocalyptic epic to the small screen.

The Stand tells the story of the plague’s survivors, who face a showdown of good versus evil as they congregate in opposing communities led by figures imbued with supernatural abilities. In Boulder, Colorado, the heroes, who include Stu Redman (played in the series by James Marsden) and Larry Underwood (Watchmen’s Jovan Adepo), gather under the guidance of elderly prophet Mother Abigail (Whoopi Goldberg), while the baddies flock to Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), a denim-clad demonic cowboy. The novel finds Boulder residents rebuilding representative government. In Flagg’s Las Vegas, those who violate the malevolent dictator’s rules are literally crucified.

Read more HERE.

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