Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Castle Talk: Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie and Cote Smith, authors of Limetown: The Prequel


In 2015, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie launched the Limetown podcast, about an NPR-style reporter investigating the mass disappearance at a corporate town in Tennessee. On the iTunes homepage, the podcast went to the #1 US slot—topping This American Life and Serial. With its cult following, Season two is now here, along with a TV adaptation with Facebook Watch in production, with Jessica Biel confirmed to produce and star.

Now Simon & Schuster has released LIMETOWN: The Prequel, by Cote Smith, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie. The book is goes back in time to tell the stories of both Lia’s adolescence and her Uncle Emile’s—and how his strange psychological condition entangled their family in mysterious and dangerous research. This exhilarating, completely original prequel takes readers back to the beginning and opens a whole new dimension of the Limetown universe. The LIMETOWN prequel is an addictive entry point for a new audience, and an explosive new layer of the story for existing fans of the podcast.
We chat about the creation of this and every version of Limetown.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Enter the Young Captain Nemo STUDENT TRAILER Competition!

Hey gang! Pretty soon (as in March!) Young Captain Nemo will be coming out and I'm going to need a trailer for school visits. So I've decided that no-one makes book trailers like students. So if you are a middle grade or high school student who likes making videos, especially book trailers-- or you know someone who is-- tell them to check out the Young Captain Nemo Student Trailer Competition.

The winner will be the trailer I use everywhere I go-- plus I'll be awarding gift cards to the top 3 winners. So enter! I want to see what you guys come up with!

Pass this to the youth in your lives who love books and would like to create the Official Young Captain Nemo Book Trailer!


Here are the rules!

Student Book Trailer Competition

Jason Henderson, the author of the upcoming Young Captain Nemo (coming March 12, 2019 from Feiwel & Friends/ Macmillan Children's Books), is looking for a new trailer to promote the book online– and he wants YOU to make it! What is Young Captain Nemo? Armed with his wits, his friends, and his Nemotech submarine, a twelve-year-old descendant of Jules Verne’s famous antihero is determined to help make the ocean a safer place one adventure at a time in Jason Henderson's Young Captain Nemo, first in a new middle-grade series. ​ We need a trailer to bring with us on school visits and public events, and to live on internet sites! And no one could make it better than readers. FIRST PRIZE: A $50 gift card and your trailer becomes the OFFICIAL YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO TRAILER featured on the Young Captain Nemo web pages and elsewhere SECOND PRIZE: A $30 gift card, plus trailer to be featured on the Young Captain Nemo web pages and elsewhere THIRD PRIZE: A $20 gift card, plus trailer to be featured on the Young Captain Nemo web pages and elsewhere ​ SUBJECT: Young Captain Nemo! Find information on the book online at macmillan.com ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled in middle or high school in the United States Contact: youngcaptainnemo@gmail.com with subject “Trailer Contest” Format: YouTube video of 30, 45 or 60 seconds DEADLINE: December 15, 2018, winners to be announced by January 1, 2019 and notified by email. ​ (All decisions final. The contest administrators reserve the right to make adjustments to rules and to make no award-- but we don't want to! Use your imagination and lets see some amazing trailers!)

Dracula (1931): The Bela Lugosi Retrospective


This week we kick off a retrospective dedicated to the films of Bela Lugosi, beginning with Lugosi’s iconic star turn in the 1931 Dracula.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Castle Talk: Duncan Skiles, Director of The Clovehitch Killer


We chat with Duncan Skiles, director of THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER, which opens in theaters and VOD on November 16. The film tells the story of a boy from an apparently happy family who suspects his dad (Dylan McDermott) might be Clovehitch, an infamous serial killer that was never caught. 


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Castle Talk: Chris von Hoffman, dir. of "Monster Party"


In Monster Party, which comes out on November 2, three young thieves plan to rob a dinner party at a fancy Malibu mansion, only to discover that the dinner guests are all serial killers with no intention of letting them leave. Jason chats with writer/director Chris von Hoffmann. 


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Monday, October 29, 2018

War of the Worlds (1953)


We discuss George Pal's War of the Worlds, a technicolor wonder even today and the first movie adaptation of HG Wells' immortal story.


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The Paul Lynde Halloween Special


In the first of two Halloween episodes, we discuss the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special. 


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