Hulu has announced that its Stephen King anthology show Castle Rock will return for a second season. With its renewal, it will follow a brand-new storyline.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu says that Castle Rock is the streaming service’s most “most successful first-season original launch.” When exactly the show will return is yet to be announced.
Dustin Thomason, the show’s executive producer and writer, confirmed to THR that the show is, indeed, an anthology, which means that when the show does come back, it will do so with a new cast and storyline. He adds that it’ll take place in the same universe, true to the show’s impressionist feel:
“In terms of the anthology, each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end. But I think that just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that’s the kind of anthology that we would like to tell.”
Last October at New York Comic Con, the crew said that season 1 was designed to be a self-contained story, and any second season would “contain a completely new story and cast.”
The show is a bit of a mixtape of Stephen King tropes: the first season follows a nameless man (Bill Skarsgård), who mysteriously appears one day in an abandoned wing of Shawshank Prison, and the lawyer (André Holland) who returns home to try and unravel exactly what makes the town such a magnet for supernatural tragedy. Not only does it feature actors from previous King adaptations, like Skarsgård (Pennywise in the new Itmovies) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie in Carrie), it’s also brimming with Easter eggs for fans of his other books and films.
King’s works are already set in a sprawling, connected universe (the town of Castle Rock is one of its focal points), so bringing familiar characters into the municipality for a new supernatural adventure is in keeping with both King’s written oeuvre and the show’s eclectic spin on it.
As reported by POLYGON, Mega Man: Fully Charged, the first animated series for the Blue Bomber since a two-season run from 1994-1995, is now fully available on Cartoon Network’s website. The first two episodes are free for anyone to view; the remaining eight require users to log in with valid credentials to a cable or satellite TV provider.
Cartoon Network gave a sneak preview of episode one, “Throwing Shade Part 1,” two weeks ago. In the series, Aki Light — a “regular, upbeat robot schoolboy,” — has the power to turn into Mega Man. He will take on the diabolical Sgt. Night and his Robot Masters with help from Rush the dog and others. The target demographic is school-age children, but nothing’s stopping older kids and kids-at-heart from tuning in.
Fire Man is the antagonist for the first two episodes, whose summaries say culminates with Mega Man adopting his abilities (naturally) to put him out.
Mega Man: Fully Charged premieres after years of discussion and delay. Plans were first revealed for the show, by Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble) back in 2015. It was originally due to premiere in 2017.
As reported by Screen Rant, Neill Blomkamp has confirmed his forthcoming sequel RoboCop Returns will be R-rated. The original RoboCop is a glorious mix of genres, being a sci-fi action movie with large doses of satire, horror and even religious allegory. Director Paul Verhoeven managed to balance all those tones perfectly, and in between the pitch black humor and lashings of bloodshed, he provided a story with great characters and real heart.
Sadly, none of the sequels lived up to the movie’s promise. RoboCop 2 upped the gory violence, but outside of some inspired moments, it proved to be a major disappointment. RoboCop 3 infamously turned to turn the character kid friendly and watered the satire and violence down for a PG-13 rating; it killed the movie series for 20 years. A PG-13 reboot starring Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman arrived in 2014, but despite a strong cast and director at the helm, it was a little too neat and clean around the edges to leave much of a mark, and a planned sequel never arrived.
Now it’s been confirmed director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will take the reins on RoboCop Returns, which will serve as a direct sequel to the 1987 original whilst ignoring the other movies. The script will be based off an unused RoboCop 2 draft from writers Michael Miner and Ed Neumeier, which will be rewritten by Justin Rhodes (Terminator 6). The lack of an R-rating was a huge point of continuation with the most recent RoboCop movies, but in response to a tweet from games designer Cliff Bleszinski, Blomkamp has confirmed the movie won’t be compromising on gore.
This is a small but comforting step since the original RoboCop was fundamentally an adult property. On the surface, Blomkamp is a strong choice for the material, since he’s steeped in love for the genre and all of his previous projects have mixed satire with R-rated violence to some degree. The director has also been flexing his creative muscles with a series of impressive short films from his own production company Oats Studios, including bleak alien invasion story Rakka and monster movie Zygote.
The series could also use a movie that restores the reputation of the character after one too many disappointing sequels, and while there’s no word on casting yet, it would be nice to see original star Peter Weller come back for RoboCop Returns also. Alternate sequels seem to be the hot new property in Hollywood right now, with Halloween 2018 and Terminator 6 both ignoring the mistakes of previous sequels to tell new stories.
RoboCop Returns doesn’t currently have a release date, but we’ll update you as more information arrives.
This special edition bust depicting a zombie-like GG Allin post-death is the first of its kind by Aggronautix.
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hillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the "hillbilly" stereotype and its role in America's current, heated cultural divide between rural and urban communities, is set to make its debut during the 17th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival on June 8th, 9:30 pm PT at the Roxie Theater, and a second showing on June 10th, 2:30 pm PT at the New People Cinema. To buy tickets for either of these showings, please click here.
Appalachia is no stranger to the complexity of media representation. hillbilly takes the viewer on a personal and political journey into the heart of Appalachia, exploring the role of media and culture in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and and the National Endowment for the Arts, and filmed in California and across the South, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected community of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and inter-sectional feminists---all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.
hillbilly is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about poverty, southern, and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue between the historically divided populations of Urban and Rural, North and South.
Native Appalachian and Country music superstar Dolly Parton had this to say about the film’s release: “I'm happy to see somebody trying to cover us as we really are and not what some people think we are. It's wonderful the attention you've paid to so many areas that are so important to all of us. I'm proud to have been mentioned in the film a time or two.”
The film’s two directors Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, made this film in order to offer the world a rich and varied point of view of this historically misunderstood region. On the film’s release, the two had this to say:
“We are so gratified to be finally releasing hillbilly, which represents the result of four and a half years of research, fundraising, production, and editing--and several decades of thinking about the issues in the film. Stereotypes about the South and the mountains are hurtful and divisive. We hope our film can ignite change around this issue.”
Attending the screenings from the film's production team will be: Ashley York, Sally Rubin, Co-Directors/Producers; John Fee, Composer; Ben Caucci, Composer; Samantha Andre, Assistant Editor; Kayla Velloso, Associate Producer; Laurie Coyle, Story Consultant; and Ken Schneider, Additional Editor.
To learn more about the film, its creators, funders, producers, and advisors please visit hillbillymovie.com or on the official Facebook page.