The First Trailer

Sean Penn attempts to be one of the first people to set foot on Mars in The First, a new drama series from Hulu and Beau Willimon. No mere sci-fi saga, The First isn’t so much about getting to Mars as it is about the lives of the people involved with the complicated, dangerous mission. Watch The First trailer below.

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casting bits lithgow

Casting news is happening! In this edition of Casting Bits, we’ve rounded up the latest casting news for your reading pleasure. John Lithgow has joined Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Annapurna’s Fox News movie; Lauren Ambrose will star in M. Night Shyamalan‘s Apple series; and Castle Rock‘s Jane Levy is climbing aboard Netflix’s new anthology series What/If.

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pop culture imports aug 23

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

The end of the month always brings with it a few eclectic stragglers on the “new to streaming” lists. But that’s why this column is here: to help you find out the foreign movies and TV shows that are worth the effort to read subtitles. This week, a viscerally disturbing Turkish horror film brings Halloween to August, settle down with a classic sushi documentary, a Hindi adaptation of Hamlet, a dark Japanese teen TV series, and a surreal French drama that pits Marion Cotillard against Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Now let’s get streaming, subtitle lovers.

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castle rock the queen review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode seven, “The Queen”.

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castle rock filter

“People think we’re just one of those dead towns they heard about: a run of bad luck, worse judgement, broken promises. We know different, don’t we? It’s not luck. It’s a plan…and not God’s, either. Remember the dog? The Strangler? Sure, you do. How ’bout all the others that didn’t make headlines?”

So goes Shawshank Prison Warden Dale Lacy’s (Terry O’Quinn) voice over introduction to the second episode of Castle Rock (titled “Habeas Corpus”). But just what the hell is he even babbling on about in this string of vague references?

Like so many Stephen King-related tales, this may lead us to the Dark Tower. However, the road to get there is a bit long and winding, requiring us to explore the show’s various references and Easter Eggs.

Major spoilers lie ahead.

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Castle Rock Filter Review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode six, “Filter”.

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‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Confirmed by Hulu

castle rock season 2

Hulu wants to stay in the Stephen King business, so they’ve given the go-ahead to Castle Rock season 2. So get ready to spend even more time in King’s famous haunted town. In the past, creators Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw confirmed Castle Rock will be an anthology, with new characters and stories each season. Which means you can expect a whole new world of King-centric horrors to come.

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jeopardy streaming on hulu

I’ll take Jeopardy! on Hulu for $500 please, Alex. The long-running syndicated game show hosted by Alex Trebek will make its streaming debut on Hulu this week. You know what that means, all you trivia nerds: you can say goodbye to your productivity for the next month.

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‘Castle Rock’ Reaps a ‘Harvest’ of Sorrow

Castle Rock Harvest Review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode five, “Harvest.”

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

The Television Critics Association visited the set of Marvel’s Runaways, which featured a familiar home to readers of the comic books. Season 2 will find the Runaways taking shelter in The Hostel. The only difference is it’s no longer under the La Brea Tar Pits. It’s under Griffith Park.

Sitting on the set with graffiti-strewn walls, salvaged computer parts and a pair of sneakers dangling from a chandelier, the cast and creators of Hulu’s Marvel series discussed the second season. Picking up no more than 36 hours after the season finale, Josh Schwartz said the pace of season 2 ramps up from the leisurely first.

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