Nerdist Book Club Takes on Frank Herbert’s DUNE

Nerdist Announces the Next Book in the Series, to Air in May and June

Hosts of the new Nerdist series Nerdist Book Club closed Wednesday night’s show with the announcement that the next book they will be reading and discussing is Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction epic DUNE. Nerdist Book Club launched April 8, brings fans together on multiple streaming channels to join hosts Maude Garrett (GeekBomb), Hector Navarro (DC Daily), and Rachel Heine (Nerdist Editor-in-Chief) to discuss books, wine, pets, and more, and they have just completed their first title, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Now, for science fiction lovers who have just never gotten around to it, or for readers who have been intimidated by the sheer size of Herbert’s bestselling tome, Nerdist Book Club will take the audience through this essential novel over the course of six episodes and six weeks, a pace that is manageable but will also give readers plenty of time to get excited for the new feature film’s release later this year.

Nerdist Book Club’s DUNE series will stream live on the Nerdist YouTube channel, the Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel, and the Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel from 5-6pm PT on Wednesdays, beginning May 6, 2020. To join the conversation, fans should follow Nerdist on Twitter and subscribe to the Nerdist YouTube Channel.

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Amazon Sets Debut Date For Second Season Of “Jack Ryan”

Amazon Prime Video today announced that the second season of the fan-favorite, action-thriller Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), will premiere globally on Friday, November 1, 2019. In addition to the series’ launch date, the official trailer and key art was also released today.

In the second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan, portrayed by Krasinski, heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is co-produced by Amazon Studios, Paramount Television and Skydance Television and will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. In addition to Krasinski, the second season of the dramatic series also stars Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as James Greer, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as Harriet ‘Harry’ Baumann and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) as Mike November.

The official Season Two trailer will also be shown during tonight’s NFL Season Opener on NBC, marking the first time Prime Video will be running a full-length trailer on broadcast television. Additionally, travelers flying into LAX Airport this month will be greeted to “Jack is Back,” a 50,000 square foot rooftop billboard marking the largest rooftop advertising placement of all time. The rooftop billboard will be illuminated, allowing travelers to view the signage any hour of the day or night.

The series is executive produced by Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Michael Bay, Krasinski and Allyson Seeger, along with Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, who created the series for television. Additionally, Andrew Bernstein, Vince Calandra, David Graziano, Tom Clancy, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross, Mace Neufeld, Lindsey Springer, Dennie Gordon and Phil Abraham also executive produce the second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child To Be Featured At This Year’s SDCC

The award-winning international hit stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be featured at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 18 to 21, 2019 with a booth and panel.

On Thursday, July 18 at 6pm, panel audiences will get an exclusive, never before seen insight into the world of the mind-blowing stage effects of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when the show’s Magic and Illusions Designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher lead “Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass.” With magical demonstrations, video footage and never-before told stories from the making of the show, audiences will learn how the magicians and actors use clever techniques and cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real – they’ll even learn to perform magic themselves.

The production’s booth, on display all four days at #3629 in the Exhibit Hall, will feature Tony Award winner Christine Jones’ set model for the Broadway production, along with an actual costume worn by Jamie Parker who created the role of Harry Potter in the original West End and Broadway productions.

The walls of the booth will be lined with exclusive content featured in the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey which will be released by Scholastic in the US on November 5, 2019. There will also be a photo booth where fans can show their Hogwarts House pride by posing with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin banners.
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“Hunger Games” Novel Prequel Set To Arrive in 2020

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Its been nearly 10 years since science fiction author Suzanne Collins wrapped up the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy with Mockingjay, and now it appears that she’s back to revisit that world.

Though the book is still currently entitled, publisher Scholastic already announced a release date of May 19, 2020.

The upcoming novel will be set in the dystopian world of Panem, and is set to take place rebellion 64 years before the events The Hunger Games trilogy.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins said.

“The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

The Hunger Games books, which follows young protagonist Katniss Everdeen and a world where teenagers from various districts are selected to compete in a battle royale to the death called “The Hunger Games”.

The trilogy of books have sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the US alone. The novels were also adapted into four films starring Jennifer Lawrence, which became massive global success, earning nearly $3 billion (€2.7 billion) at the wbox office worldwide.

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“Doctor Sleep” Revisits Danny From “The Shining”

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Its been nearly 40 years ago since moviegoers saw Danny Torrance and his psychic powers called “the shining” in the 1980 film adaptation of the Steven King novel of the same name.

“Doctor Sleep” follows Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) now an adult, an alcoholic and battling the childhood trauma that he experienced with his family in the Overlook Hotel. This week, Warner Bros. unveiled the film’s creepy trailer, giving audiences a first look at Danny since the events in the hotel.

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who directed the highly underrated Oculus from 2013 and the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of the Hill House.”

Fans should also recognize the “The Shining” theme featured in the trailer, which suggests that the sequel may indeed exist within the world of original King novel and Stanley Kubrick’s classic film.

The film co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and child actress Kyliegh Curran. “Doctor Sleep” is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 8, 2019.

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James Wan and Gary Dauberman Collaborating on Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot”

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Stephen King’s 1975 horror novel is said to be getting a big screen treatment, with James Wan and Gary Dauberman collaborating on the project.

Salem’s Lot tells the story of a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the titular town of his youth, only to find out that its residents have become vampires.

The vampire novel is King’s second published novel, and one of his most popular. Surprisingly, the novel never received a big-screen adaptation. It was adapted in a TV series in 1979, and was updated in a mini-series in 2014 which aired on TNT.

Wan and Dauberman have worked together on The Conjuring Universe horror films, including Annabelle and The Nun, which were written by Dauberman.

Dauberman will also pen as well as executive produce Salem’s Lot, while Wan will serve as producer together with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Wan was responsible for kick-starting the Conjuring Universe in 2013 with its first entry The Conjuring as well as its 2016 sequel The Conjuring 2. He also recently helmed DC’s Aquaman film for Warner Bros.

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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include “Roma, “Black Panther,” “Green Book”

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The Writers Guild of America officially joins the awards circuit, announcing its list of 2019 nominees for Best Screenplays.

Among those receiving nominations for original screenplay are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and Adam McKay’s “Vice”, along with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski for “A Quiet Place” and Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”.

The Adapted Screenplay category include titles such as “BlackKklansman”, “Black Panther”, “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “A Star is Born” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Conspicuously missing are The National Society of Film Critics’ screenplay runner up “The Favorite” and National Board of Review screenplay winner “First Reformed.”

Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17 at dual ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly

A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón

Vice, Written by Adam McKay

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (Based on the book by Ron Stallworth)

Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Based on the book by Lee Israel)

If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (Based on the novel by James Baldwin)

A Star Is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Bathtubs Over Broadway, written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant

Fahrenheit 11/9, written by Michael Moore

Generation Wealth, written by Lauren Greenfield

In Search Of Greatness, written by Gabe Polsky

VIDEO GAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec

Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games

God of War, written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

Marvel’s Spider-Man, Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment

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Golden Globes 2019 Winners And Surprises

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20th Century Fox

The 76th Golden Globe Awards, the year’s first major awards ceremony leading up the to the Oscars has just concluded, and it was “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” that emerged victorious, winning Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy respectively.

Rhapsody’s win was slightly a surprise: in spite of the fact that the film was a massive boxoffice hit, so far grossing $743 million worldwide, and Rami Malek’s bravura performance earning near universal praise, the film itself was not as beloved by film critics.

It was also a good night for another leading oscar contender, “Roma” which won Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Best Director and Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

Netflix is sure to have an increase in subscription after having had a great showing in Sunday night’s awards show: in addition to Roma’s trophies, it also won for Chuck Lorre’s comedy “The Kominsky Method.”

Altogether, there were a total of 14 trophies in film categories and 11 in television that were handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which comprised of voting 93 members.

Here is the full list of winners and nominees.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Green Book”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
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The Last Kingdom Season 3 Premieres on Netflix


Today, Netflix debuts all 10 episodes of the third season of The Last Kingdom. The new season will see King Alfred consider his legacy, as his dream of uniting the kingdoms of England is jeopardized by incessant Danish attacks.

Alfred knows that the only man with the power to crush the uprising and secure the Wessex dynasty is the great warrior and hero Uhtred, but when their volatile relationship reaches breaking point, Uhtred must confront the difficult truth: if he deserts Alfred’s cause, everything he has fought for will be forever changed.

Produced by the award-winning Carnival Films, the ten-part season is adapted by BAFTA-nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard, who also serves as executive producer. The executive producers for Carnival Films are Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant. Chrissy Skinns is series producer and Cait Collins is producer.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Headed To Netflix

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“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut has been picked up for global distribution by Netflix.

Based on the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, the movie is set for release in select U.S. and U.K. theaters as well as launch on the streaming platform.

The incredible story follows 13-year-old boy William Kamkwamba, thrown out of school due for lack of money, finds a way to build a windmill which saved his village in Malawi from famine.

Newcomer actor Maxwell Simba is set to play William, while Ejiofor plays his father Trywell. Ejiofor in his directorial debut also wrote the screenplay. Ejiofor previously received an academy award best actor nomination for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014.

Also in the film are Aïssa Maïga (Anything for Alice), Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa (Eye in the Sky), Philbert Falakeza, with Joseph Marcell (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) and Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

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