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Culpepper, Frakes board Picard series

Jean-Luc Picard series, airing late 2019, adds two

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Hanelle Culpepper will break new ground when she becomes the first woman to direct a pilot or debut episode of a “Star Trek” series for CBS All Access.

The TV vet, who has directed of “Star Trek Discovery”, as well as “The Flash”, “Gotham”, “Supergirl” and countless others, has been assigned to direct the first two episodes of the upcoming ‘Picard’ series starring Patrick Stewart. In addition to the series’, all 13 feature films in the “Star Trek” series have been helmed by males.

Meanwhile, Stewart’s “Star Trek : The Next Generation” co-star Jonathan Frakes has come aboard to direct some episodes, the actor and filmmaker tells The Writer’s Experience.

No stranger to directing Starfleet, Frakes has directed episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery”, “The Next Generation,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine,” and two Trek movies.

The untitled ‘Picard’ series, which picks up with Jean-Luc Picard, as he enters a new chapter of his life, will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States with concurrent international distribution by CBS Studios International.

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Lizzy Caplan to play Misery‘s Annie Wilkes

“Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the role in a 1990 film

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Lizzy Caplan will play a young Annie Wilkes in the second season of “Castle Rock”.

The “True Blood” and “Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the obsessive fan in the 1990 film “Misery”.

The next batch of eps of the Hulu drama, based on the stories of Stephen King, fixes on Nurse Wilkes’ stopover  – with teenage daughter (Elsie Fisher) in tow – in the town.

The character gets caught up in a battle between two warring clans, the iconic Merrill crime family and John “Ace” Merrill (Garrett Hedlund), who is defending nearby Jerualem’s Lot. Tim Robbins, who starred in the King adaptation of “The Shawshank Redemption”, will play ‘Pop’ Merrill.

Robbins’ character, Reginald “Pop” Merrill, is the Patriarch of King’s iconic crime family.

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Netflix releases Stranger Things Season 3 trailer!

It’s the summer of 1985!

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Netflix has released the first trailer for “Stranger Things” Season 3, debuting July 4 on the streamer.

‘One summer can change everything’ teases the promo for the new season, which takes place in the summer of 1985.

The soundtrack promises to be typically excellent.

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New Mutants expected to bypass theaters altogether?

“X-Men” spin-off might be a casualty of the Fox-Disney merger.

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Last we heard Fox’s long-long-delayed “New Mutants” movie had been commissioned for some extensive reshoots, after which the studio would finally release the movie. But with no start date on those reshoots, and a film seemingly just sitting on the shelves to gather dust, one wonders whether the film will even get a release at all?

Short answer : Yes, it will get a release – it just mightn’t be the theatrical release “X-Men” fans, and those involved in the Josh Boone-directed ‘horror’ film, were originally anticipating.

According to Vanity Fair, “The New Mutants” looks to be somewhat of a ‘casualty’ of the Disney-Fox merger, with all signs pointing to a small-screen premiere for the film on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. With Disney planning to reboot the “X-Men” franchise shortly, the studio have no further plans for “New Mutants” beyond the release, and considering their obvious lack of faith in the film, seem convinced that a Disney+ premiere is the best way to go.

Reshoots for the film would’ve reportedly involved adding “Logan” heroine X-23 to the cast of characters in the film.

The movie, conceived of as the first in a trilogy, stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga. In it, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. Boone wrote the script with Knate Lee.

The film was originally due for release in March 2018.

“The New Mutants” is currently skedded for an August theatrical release in both the US and Australia.

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