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Horrifying ‘IT’ Trailer Stuns SXSW Attendees

Bill Skarsgard in ‘It’/Image © New Line Cinema

Editor's Note:

The first trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” is garnering a ton of chatter – and we’ve not even seen it yet! This and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Let me say right off the bat that the trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” that was screened for SXSW attendees this weekend isn’t available to the public yet — but the reaction it drew is news in itself, and the detailed description of its contents indicates that the studio knows exactly what kind of assurances King fans are looking for. Meanwhile, last week the author himself broadcast to fans that he’d seen the film, and that it “succeeds beyond my expectations.” According to King, we can all officially stop worrying about this one: “Relax. Wait. And enjoy.”

Jane Austen is making headlines again, but not in the ways anyone aspires to. The Washington Post is reporting on new research suggesting the Pride and Prejudice author’s death at forty-one may have actually been caused by arsenic, hinging on the discovery of several pairs of Austen’s spectacles. Meanwhile, The Chronicle of Higher Education documents a disturbing phenomenon: white supremacists and alt-right have latched onto Austen as their ideal symbol of womanhood in “defiance of the sexual revolution.” Austen’s imagined purity, femininity, and innocence (as well as her intelligence) are all seen as support for that narrative, but scholars note that the actual details of her life — not to mention numerous elements in her writing — do not support this outrageously idealized view.

All right, we’ve gotten our hopes up before, but it appears Terry Gilliam truly has broken ground on his latest Don Quixote adaptation attempt, entitled “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” Indiewire notes: “The film stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. We’re afraid to say more in case we jinx it.” According to their sources filming began this week, thought it’s still unclear if Amazon Studios is the one responsible for pulling them out of the fire after a key investor bailed last year. As far as we’re concerned, the less we hear about the production, the better things are likely going for Gilliam and his intrepid band of jinx-busters.

Recently tasked with designing cover-art for the stunning new American Gods graphic novel that’s due out this week, Kabuki artist David Mack is more qualified than most to give a master class on the art of crafting the perfect comic book cover. Here he shares thirteen lessons ranging from purely practical (in terms of making sure your cover will stand out on a shelf packed with other comics) to the subliminal: “The cover gets the reader’s mind thinking and moving about the experience of the book. The more you can get the reader’s mind to engage with the imagery on the cover (both consciously and subconsciously), the more the reader’s mind is already an active participant in the book, and has a mental and emotional connection and investment in it.” Artists of every medium: ignore his advice at your own risk!