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‘Castle Rock’ preview: Four Episodes In and Already Creeped Out

Charmaine Blake

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Who is this mysterious ‘Castle Rock’ figure, played byBill Skarsgrd (who was also Pennywise in ‘It’)?

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“Imagine trying to fully process a version of The Shining that cuts off right after Wendy Torrance discovers her husband’s “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” writings.

That’s what it’s like trying to talk about Castle Rock right now. I’m four episodes in on the Stephen King collaboration with J.J. Abrams production banner Bad Robot, and the Hulu-exclusive series definitely has me on the hook… but it could just as definitely still go either way.

Castle Rock is an unusual beast. Rather than adapting a single King story, it weaves in and out of familiar locations, characters, and themes pulled from any number of the author’s works.

The series has a story of its own to tell, but that story involves Alan Pangborn, Shawshank State Prison, and the dark history of Castle Rock, Maine (to name a few). The nods to King lore even extend beyond the fourth wall: Sissy Spacek, the star of Carrie, holds a key role; so does Bill Skarsgård, the Pennywise of 2017’s It adaptation.

Castle Rock is, for lack of a better term, the start of a Stephen King cinematic mash-up universe.

Castle Rock is the start of a Stephen King cinematic mash-up universe.

The story laid out in the opening episodes doesn’t hinge on any knowledge of King lore, of course. The nods are hidden in plain sight, but they’re just that: A name. A vague reference. Fans of King will grin  knowingly at the mention of suicidal Shawshank wardens, but familiarity doesn’t make this story clearer.

The opening episodes of Castle Rock follow two main threads that converge more and more as the story unfolds. Shawshank is a primary setting, with the warden’s sudden and unexpected suicide setting of a chain of events that leads to the discovery of a secret inmate (Skarsgård).

The young man is discovered tucked away in a cage built inside some kind of underground tank, only accessible via a locked hatch. He’s apparently in good health, but there’s no record of his incarceration and he doesn’t speak — save for one name: Henry Deaver (André Holland).

The Deaver family has a history in Castle Rock, one that the opening episodes…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/11/castle-rock-hulu-first-look-impressions/

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True crime podcast ‘Dirty John’ has been made into a TV series, and here’s the trailer

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“If you listened right up until the last disturbing seconds of true story podcast Dirty John, seeing it turned into a television series is a pretty harrowing experience.

The six-part podcast presented by Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard and produced by Wondery (who also produced Dr. Death), has been made into a Bravo series. And now, we have a trailer.

Based on a chilling true story of abuse, manipulation, deception, and violence, Dirty John sees Connie Britton takes on the central role of interior designer Debra Newell, while Eric Bana looks downright menacing playing her formidable partner John Meehan, a.k.a. Dirty John.

Dirty John premieres Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. on Bravo and will run for eight episodes.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/dirty-john-trailer/

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‘Doctor Who’ history is made: The Doctor is back, and America loves her.

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Jodie Whittaker, flanked by showrunner Chris Chibnall and producer Matt Strevens, basks in the glow of the crowd at Madison Square Garden.

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“Finally, a world of Doctor Who fans has seen the result of a very brave and controversial decision, unprecedented in the show’s 55-year history.

That’s right: in Sunday’s episode, for the first time ever, most characters on the show — including the lead — speak with broad Yorkshire accents.

Luckily, that trail was blazed by Game of Thrones, so hopefully most American audiences can understand what the hell this Sheffield crew is talking about.

Oh yes, and Jodie Whittaker just happens to be the first woman to play the Doctor. But judging by a packed house of fans at Madison Square Garden, where Whittaker and incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall watched and discussed her first episode live with New York Comic Con attendees, that part was not controversial in the slightest……………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/doctor-who-woman-fell-earth-premiere-fans/

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Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson broke character and laughed openly on ‘SNL’

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Add Saturday Night Live‘s “So You’re Willing to Date a Magician?” to the Breaking Hall of Fame.

The dating show sketch, which featured Awkwafina as a bachelorette who’s “not feeling too picky right now,” was pretty funny on its own. But Leslie Jones laughing so hard she had to hide behind her question card puts it squarely into “delightful” territory.

Hey, you can’t tell us you wouldn’t crack up at Kenan Thompson and those nails.

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/saturday-night-live-leslie-jones-magicians/

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