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Q: Have you heard any­thing about the movie “Dark Places,” which was sched­uled to be re­leased in June? I read the book by Gil­lian Flynn, which was ter­rific, and I saw that it was go­ing to be made into a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture with Char­l­ize Theron and Corey Stoll. Do you know when will it be re­leased?

Q: I am a re­al­ity-TV junkie and got to­tally hooked on “Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block.” Will they be film­ing another sea­son?

-Jen­nie T., via Face­book

The Pop orig­i­nal se­ries, which pre­miered ear­lier this year, will re­turn for a sec­ond sea­son. All five mem­bers of NKOTB -- Don­nie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jor­dan Knight and Jonathan Knight -- will once again jump on board their wildly pop­u­lar, sold-out fan cruise, which sets sail this month from Mi­ami to Grand Turk,



-- Kath­leen O., via email

I, too, loved the Gil­lian Flynn book and, like you, was ex­cited to see the film. It was re­leased in Au­gust in se­lect the­aters, and via DirecTV and video on de­mand. It never quite got wide re­lease and just kind of faded into the back­ground. Along with that, crit­ics and au­di­ences alike weren’t too kind to it, although I wouldn’t mind see­ing it to judge for my­self. If you want to watch it now, you can stream it on Ama­zon and other in­stant-video out­lets, or you can wait un­til Oct. 6 to buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.



Says Don­nie, who also stars in the CBS po­lice se­ries “Blue­bloods”: “We are ex­cited for sea­son two of ‘Rock This Boat,’ which will shine a light on our band’s amaz­ing, un­sur­passed re­la­tion­ship with our fans -- the best fans in the history of mu­sic. We are also ex­cited to show the mil­lions of fans who can­not at­tend our cruises just how awe­some the NKOTB and Block­head re­la­tion­ship is, as we turn the cam­eras around on our­selves this time!”

The first sea­son of the se­ries (of which Wahlberg is the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) told the per­sonal sto­ries and long-awaited jour­neys of NKOTB’s most de­voted fans with lim­ited back­stage footage. How­ever, in the sec­ond sea­son, the eight-episode se­ries will turn its fo­cus di­rectly on the band, giv­ing fans un­prece­dented ac­cess to the en­tire NKOTB ex­pe­ri­ence. Cam­eras will be placed in­side each band mem­ber’s cabin, as well as back­stage to cap­ture their real in­ter­ac­tions, ban­ter and pri­vate mo­ments.

Q: What hap­pened to the TV show “Mr. Robin­son.” It was very funny, but just dis­ap­peared. I re­ally liked it.

-- Mary B., via email

The NBC sit­com, which starred Craig Robin­son (“The Of­fice”) as a mid­dleschool teacher and part­time mu­si­cian, was can­celed in Septem­ber af­ter air­ing its six episodes. It was gen­er­ally de­rided by both crit­ics and au­di­ences, and never quite got the liftoff it hoped for. The show also fea­tured Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”), Spencer Grammer (who is Kelsey Grammer’s real-life daugh­ter), Ben Koldyke, Bran­don T. Jack­son and Amandla Sten­berg.

Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at



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