kingcast one-year anniversary

The Kingcast is about to reach a major milestone. Fangoria‘s podcast dedicated to the works of Stephen King is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary, and it’s assembling a murderer’s row of guest stars for its landmark episode. The Kingcast one-year anniversary will be celebrated with “The Skeleton Crew Stunt Spectacular,” an episode dedicated to King’s beloved 1985 short story collection Skeleton Crew, with guest stars that include Bryan Fuller, Elijah Wood, Mike Flangan, Emily V. Gordon, and more.

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the friendship onion

Lord of the Rings fans, we’re eating breakfast, second breakfast, and elevenses today. Our beloved Merry and Pippin are setting off on a brand new quest together. Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who played the lovable hobbits Merry and Pippin in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, are launching their own podcast about the film franchise, called The Friendship Onion. Which we’re guessing you’ll be able to boil, mash, and throw in stew.

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the ninth doctor adventures ravagers trailer

He’s back and he sounds as fantastic as ever. After 15 long years away from Doctor WhoChristopher Eccleston is reprising his role as the Ninth Doctor in Big Finish’s new audio drama series, The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers. The audio adventures box set debuts this May, and Big Finish has released a new trailer for it, giving us a sneak peek at Eccleston slipping back into the role of our favorite time-traveling alien again. Watch (or listen) to The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers trailer below, and just imagine Eccleston is doing it all while wearing the old leather jacket.

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Batman the audio adventures

The Caped Crusader? Nah, more like the Caped Comedian, star of a new Batman podcast being launched by HBO Max. No, this isn’t a joke, but a real thing being developed by the WarnerMedia streaming platform, set to star Jeffrey Wright as the Dark Knight himself.

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the sandman audible series

Audible has answered our dreams for more Sandman. The audio storytelling service announced two more seasons of The Sandman, their audio drama series adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s acclaimed comic series. The first season, starring James McAvoy as Morpheus, premiered last summer. The next two seasons will adapt the next five volumes of The Sandman series, up to the World’s End story arc.

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Spotify Strikes Deal for Ava DuVernay Podcasts

Ava DuVernay directed the powerful drama about the famed march led by Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, the eye-opening documentary 13th about the history of racial inequality in our prison system, and the harrowing story of five teens from Harlem falsely accused of a brutal attack in When They See Us. The filmmaker is also making huge waves in building diversity behind the camera through her her nonprofit company ARRAY Alliance. Now she’s expanding into the world of audio storytelling with a new podcast partnership at Spotify. Read More »

john carpenter horror audio

Horror maestro John Carpenter hasn’t directed a movie in more than a decade, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. But the director of movies like The Thing, Halloween, and The Fog is now set to explore the horror genre through a new medium: audio.

Carpenter and his wife, producer Sandy King Carpenter, have signed a deal with Serial Box to develop multiple horror audio shows and podcasts over the next two years which will fall under a new “John Carpenter Presents” banner. Get the details below.
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21st century spielberg the bfg ready player one

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st-century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: The BFG and Ready Player One.)

What do you think of when you think of a Steven Spielberg movie? There are a variety of answers, but “blockbuster” tends to be at the top of the list. After all, it was Spielberg’s Jaws that gave birth to the idea of the summer blockbuster, and ever since then, he’s been riding that high. Steven Spielberg is a man who makes big movies. Big spectacles. Big special effects. Big emotions. Everything is bigbigbig. And yet, in the 21st century, Spielberg adapted. He entered the new century riding high off of finally scoring multiple Oscars for titles like Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. 

After decades of being thought of as nothing more than a creator of harmless pop entertainment who made oodles of money, it could no longer be denied that Steven Spielberg was a real artist. And he parlayed that into the films he would make in the 2000s. He kicked things off with the special-effects heavy A.I. and Minority Report, but after that, he would begin turning out smaller things. Well, smaller for Spielberg, at least. He was crafting historical dramas and character-driven stories. He was showing us all that he had more on his mind than T-Rexes and killer sharks.

Now and again he would return to his roots, bringing back Indiana Jones for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and finally making the Tin Tin movie he had been dreaming about for years. But mostly, Spielberg seemed content to try new things. And then something happened. He got that old itch to entertain. To summon up a spectacle. To fire up as much digital effects trickery as he could manage and forge entire digital worlds where nothing is real. It was nothing he couldn’t handle, right? Steven Spielberg is a filmmaker who knows all about technological advances in movies just as he knows all about crafting big, loud, popcorn entertainment. In other words, he knows how to give the audience what they want. As Robert Kolker wrote in A Cinema of Loneliness, “The frequency, success, and influence of [Spielberg’s] films over three decades have made them a kind of encyclopedia of desire, a locus of representations into which audiences wished to be called.”

With effects-heavy titles The BFG and Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg was coming home. He was returning to his roots. He was giving the audience what they wanted. What could go wrong?

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unsolved mysteries podcast

Craving even more Unsolved Mysteries? The Netflix revival just returned with new episodes, but if that’s still not enough, here’s good news: there’s an Unsolved Mysteries podcast on the way. The weekly podcast, which comes from the company behind the hit series, will feature new “unsolved cases and take a deep dive into a specific story.” And yes, that iconic, terrifying Unsolved Mysteries theme music will be played at the start of the episodes.

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21st century spielberg bridge of spies the post

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st-century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: Bridge of Spies and The Post.)

The Spielbergian hero is someone who not only does the right thing, but goes above and beyond. Someone who risks it all – life, limb, and reputation – for the greater good. And not some wispy, intangible greater good, either – oh, no. It’s not the belief in a better world; it’s the belief that the world we already have is as good as it’s going to get, if only we allow it. Spielbergian America is a place where the power is in the hands of the people, and all the people need do to make the country live up to its lofty goals is to fight for what’s right, no matter how daunting the fight may be. Two of Steven Spielberg‘s 21st-century films personify this perfectly, and, coincidentally enough, both star Tom HanksBridge of Spies and The Post.

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