the vampire chronicles tv series

The Vampire Chronicles TV series has found a place to plant its coffin: Hulu. The streaming service has picked up the series, which adapts Anne Rice‘s famous, gothic vampire books for the small screen. Bryan Fuller had previously been involved with the show, but as is his tradition, he left the series. Now, The Vampire Chronicles will look for his replacement as it sets up shop at Hulu.

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castle rock review

Welcome to Stephen King country. Castle Rock draws inspiration from the work of the Master of Horror, and crafts an engrossing, frequently scary TV series full of mystery and darkness. Here is a show for King fans, and fans of horror in general.

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the handmaid's tale the word review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

In the spirit of The Handmaid’s Tale’s spectacularly on-the-nose needledrops, I would like to compare the season 2 finale of the Hulu series, “The Word,” to John Mayer’s hit song “Daughters.” “Fathers be good to your daughters / daughters will love like you do / Girls become lovers who turn into mothers / so mothers be good to your daughters too,” Mayer croons in the sentimental pop song that tries so hard to relate to women through their standing as mothers, daughters, sisters.

The Handmaid’s Tale has had a complex relationship with motherhood. Its premise is centered around women who have had their identity and agency stripped from them — reduced to merely child-bearing vessels. Neither mother, nor daughter, nor sister. And yet, like Mayer’s simplistic understanding of gender norms, The Handmaid’s Tale has had trouble expanding its characterization of women beyond mother.

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house of leaves

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • You can now read Mark Z. Danielewski‘s pilot script for a House of Leaves TV show.
  • Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five adds new cast members.
  • Adam Devine joins Danny McBride‘s new HBO show.
  • Ron Howard‘s pilot 68 Whiskey has been ordered by Paramount Network.
  • Julie Ann Emery joins George Clooney‘s Catch-22 adaptation.
  • Archie Comics planning new animated and live-action series.
  • The Deuce season 2 sets a premiere date.

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castle rock trailer

Get ready to run through some Stephen King easter eggs, constant readers. The latest Castle Rock trailer is chock full of references to the acclaimed author’s most famous (and more obscure) stories, which makes sense for a Hulu horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. It will be fun to tick off every reference to It, Cujo, or The Shawshank Redemption — or at least take a shot every time you see one. So get ready to get drunk on the latest Castle Rock trailer

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Comic-Con 2018 schedule friday

The San Diego Comic-Con schedule continues to take shape. Yesterday, the schedule for July 19 arrived. Now, the schedule for Friday, July 20 is here, and there is plenty to get excited about. You can officially expect panels for Halloween, Glass, Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseThe Walking Dead, Castle Rock, and more. See highlights from the Friday line-up below.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Congratulations: you’ve survived the 4th of July. There are only two days left in the work week, and then you can blow off steam with the much-cherished weekend. There’s a heat-wave sweeping the world, and it’s just too hot to go outside. So what better thing to do this weekend than stay the heck inside and stream some great movies? That’s where this list comes in. Below you’ll find some of the best movies streaming right now, including Taxi DriverStar Wars: The Last JediInterview With the VampireSingle White Female, and more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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the handmaid's tale postpartum review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

The Handmaid’s Tale’s latest episode, “Postpartum,” just had me feeling depressed. Not because it was an almost-immediate return to the bleak status quo that this show is so fond of, but because it was another tonal and quality dip for the series after the breathtaking highs of last week’s “Holly.”

That’s not to say that this episode was entirely abysmal in tone. In fact, there were even some bursts of camp with the introduction of a guest actor whose appearance is always a pleasant surprise — and perhaps the fresh, invigorating addition that this show needs.

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the handmaid's tale holly review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

As bleak as this show has gotten, The Handmaid’s Tale will always remind us how impeccably filmed it is, and how stupendously acted. And “Holly” really is the epitome of that. “Holly” is an incredible showcase for Elisabeth Moss (who will definitely submit this one for Emmy consideration) and a realization of what The Handmaid’s Tale can be when it’s not aggressively throwing dreary imagery at us every few minutes.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now June 21

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Attention streaming movie fans: I’ve gathered up 10 must-stream movies to make your life easier. You’re welcome. In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find a wild Western from Sam Raimi; the directorial debut of Kelly Reichardt; the acting debut of Edward Norton; not one but two Ralph Fiennes films; an underrated ghost movie; a documentary about one of the worst films ever made, and more!

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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