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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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Ariana Grande’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is 13 minutes of truly hair-raising harmonies

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Okay, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is Ariana Grande’s Carpool Karaoke never does answer the question of how exactly Grande managed to injure her hand during filming. (When the episode starts, she’s already bandaged up.)

The good news? The whole episode is awesome. Ariana Grande is a stunning singer, the harmonies her and Corden cook up are truly goosebump-raising, and there’s an entertaining segment where the two pop into a cafe for a snack.

Definitely an A+ episode all-round.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/ariana-grande-carpool-karaoke/

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‘The Romanoffs’ trailer stars so many familiar faces: Watch

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The Romanov royal family is probably best known at this point for being executed while imprisoned during the Russian revolution in 1918. But nowadays everyone likes to claim they’re a relative, according to this trailer for The Romanoffs.

The new show, spearheaded by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, features a really, really big cast of people including Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. The show will tell eight stories of potential Romanov relatives and the people around them, with characters spanning multiple continents. Undoubtedly there will be some crossover at some point, which sound a little Game of Thrones-y in setup.

The Romanoffs spins onto Amazon Prime Video Oct. 12.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/14/the-romanoffs-trailer/

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Chris Rock is set to star in ‘Fargo’ Season 4, premiering in 2019

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9702548b) Chris Rock Governors Ball, Day 3, New York, USA – 03 Jun 2018

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“Fargo has Chris Rock booked to star in its upcoming fourth season, but that’s not even the exciting part.

Season 4 of the time-hopping anthology series shifts the setting to the seedy underbelly of Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s. Rock is set to play the head of an African-American crime family who takes on an unusual challenge.

In a bid to foster peace between Rock’s crew and a rival Italian syndicate, the leaders of the two factions hash out a deal: They’ll swap sons. To keep the peace, Rock and his Italian counterpart trade their eldest sons with each intending to raise the child as their own.

The unusual situation takes an unexpected turn when the Italian mob boss dies on the operating table during a routine surgery. What happens from there will remain a mystery for now, but unnamed FX execs described Season 4 as a story of “immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money” at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (h/t Variety).

Rock, a self-professed Fargo fan, said that he “can’t wait to work with [showrunner Noah Hawley].”

The fourth season of Fargo is set to start shooting sometime in 2019, with the Season 4 premiere expected to arrive at a later point in the same year……………”

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