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Stephen King's The Long Walk Gets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Director

Stephen King's The Long Walk Gets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Director
The Long Walk is the latest Stephen King novel to get the big screen treatment. There are few names in entertainment as desirable as that of King's right now. Much of that has to do with the success of It in 2017, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. So, various studios are doing their best to emulate that success through the author's other works. Now, at long last, someone is going to be brave enough to tackle this exceedingly dark story.

According to a new report, New Line Cinema has closed a deal to turn The Long Walk into a movie, with Andre Ovredal set to direct. Ovredal is known for his work on movies such as The Autopsy of Jane Doe and the upcoming adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo del Toro. The script was penned by James Vanderbilt who,
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Tim Robbins Returns To the Stephen King Universe In Castle Rock Season 2

It was recently revealed that Castle Rock will be returning for a season 2. I was excited to learn that Tim Robbins will be returning to the Stephen King universe. Robbins portrayed Andy Dufrensne in the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption. That film was based on the novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which appeared in Different Seasons by Stephen King.

Tim Robbins will portray Reginald “Pop” Merrill the cancer-stricken big shot of the Merrill crime family. Shawshank came out in 1994 and I’m glad to see Robbins return to add more to the Stephen King universe, and to Castle Rock the fictional town that has appeared in many of Kings works.

According to the synopsis on Tvguide Castle Rock season 2 will center on a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.” That
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‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: AMC Accuses CAA Of Ripping Off Frank Darabont In Hefty Packaging Deal

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One $300 million legal dust-up between AMC and former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and his representatives at CAA is heading to trial next year. But another lawsuit in the profit-participation dispute looks to be barreling towards a Hollywood labor minefield.

“The dirty secret in Hollywood is that talent agents often sell their clients down the river in exchange for bigger packaging fees for themselves,” AMC’s primary lawyer Orin Snyder wrote in a note to New York Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen on Monday, part of direct accusations that heavyweight lawyer Dale Kinsella has tried to shut down discussion or connection to the recent battle between the WGA and Association of Talent Agents over the lucrative packaging practice.

And then there is the very timely kicker.

“That is the subject of a pending lawsuit by the Writers Guild of America, of which Darabont is a member, against CAA and other talent agencies,
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Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Tommy Lee Jones Join Action Comedy The Comeback Trail

In an all-star line up, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Tommy Lee Jones have joined the cast of the upcoming action-comedy The Comeback Trail.

Lots of these movies with older actors that everyone likes and recognize are cheesy, but this one actually has a good plot. Josh Posner co-wrote the screenplay based on a 1970s film of the same name. I’ve never heard of the original, so hopefully this will be a pretty new concept for most fans.

Here’s the synopsis:

De Niro will play Max Barber, a man in debt to a mob boss (played by Freeman), who creates an insurance fraud by casting washed-up, suicidal cowboy/movie star Duke Montana (Jones) in a poorly written Western with the intention of killing him during the first days of filming. Duke somehow rises to the occasion, redeems his past misdeeds and brings Max and others along on the same journey.
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A Starbucks Cup in ‘Game of Thrones’ and Other Anachronisms in Movies and TV

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A Starbucks Cup in ‘Game of Thrones’ and Other Anachronisms in Movies and TV
Medieval party drinks consist of wine, mead, and pumpkin spice latte?

Astute viewers of last night’s “Game of Thrones” episode may have noticed that a stray Starbucks coffee cup wandered on set and wound up right in front of Daenerys Targaryen.

We’ve suspended our disbelief for giant’s milk, but Starbucks coffee might be a bridge too far. This is without a doubt a fairly egregious offense against historical accuracy, insofar that “Game of Thrones” is a “historical” show (are dragons historical?). But some leeway may be in order considering the HBO series is not even close to the worst offender when it comes to anachronistic goofs.

Below are 14 examples of anachronisms in both TV and Film.

Kilts in “Braveheart

Imagine Mel Gibson as William Wallace giving his famous “freedom” speech in a horse urine soaked tunic instead of the traditional Scottish kilt. That probably would have been more repellent than inspiring,
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Trailer for Noir Thriller The Poison Rose Starring John Travolta

We have a trailer here for you today for the upcoming noir thriller, The Poison Rose, starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen, and Brendan Fraser.

Travolta stars as Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned private investigator who gets called back to his home town of Galveston, Texas to search for a missing woman, and solve some other mysteries along the way.

This looks a pinch cheesy, but I’m totally in. I love John Travolta, and I love Brendan Fraser. They are actors I’ve been watching my whole life. And I think this has an interesting feel to it. It seems to have layers of mystery and intrigue, so I want to watch it. Check out the trailer below and let us know if you will be checking it out.

The Poison Rose comes to theaters and VOD May 24th.
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Blu-ray Review – Howard the Duck (1986)

Howard the Duck, 1986.

Directed by Willard Huyck.

Starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, and Chip Zien.

Synopsis:

A walking talking and very sarcastic duck from outer space arrives on Earth thanks to a scientific accident that brings other beings to our planet. Unfortunately he’s not the only thing to be brought here.

Oh yeah, you can have your Avengers: Endgame and your Black Panther but what about Howard the Duck? “Yes, what about him?” you might well ask because as well as this original cult 1986 movie the character has made a couple of small appearances in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, prompting speculation that a new solo movie may be on its way. Until it does, 101 Films have added Howard the Duck to their Black Label imprint, helpfully reminding you why a new movie could be a good idea.

Originally appearing in a Man-Thing comic back in the early 1970s,
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Avengers: Endgame Is Now IMDb’s Most Popular Movie Of All-Time

While Avengers: Endgame is still a couple of days away from hitting theaters, the upcoming Marvel pic has already been officially Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

At the time of writing, it holds a score of 96% and though Black Panther has it beat as far as McU movies go, with 97%, the critical reception to Endgame still bodes extremely well for its imminent release, and also adds even more fuel to the already raging hype surrounding Anthony and Joe Russo’s latest work.

But it’s not only on Rotten Tomatoes that the film is finding itself taking the spotlight, as Avengers: Endgame has also been crowned IMDb’s most popular movie of all-time today, jumping right to the top of the chart with a 9.3 rating. That means it’s now beaten out classics like The Shawshank Redemption while also passing its predecessor, Infinity War.

Earth's Mightiest Heroes Are In A
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‘When Harry Met Sally’ & Ted Turner Get Things Off To Roaring Start As 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Opens In Hollywood

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‘When Harry Met Sally’ & Ted Turner Get Things Off To Roaring Start As 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Opens In Hollywood
When you think of Turner Classic Movies, the cinephile haven, you probably wouldn’t imagine that Rob Reiner’s delightful 1989 comedy, When Harry Met Sally… would be the opening night attraction and key art representative for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival, now taking place through Sunday night at the Tcl Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres. But indeed the times they are a-changin’ and 30 years after its release (which I was around to cover) Reiner’s film with its Oscar-nominated screenplay by the late great Nora Ephron is furthering TCM’s definition of a “Classic.”

When I recently spoke to Festival Director Genevieve McGillicuddy she acknowledged it is a more contemporary choice than the previous openers for the TCM fest, but thinks it is entirely appropriate. “Really, you know that film even when it came out in 1989 was certainly clearly a nod to romantic comedies of the past.
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‘Castle Rock': Paul Sparks to Replace Garrett Hedlund as ‘Ace’ Merrill in Season 2

  • The Wrap
Hulu has recast the role of “AceMerrill in the upcoming second season of “Castle Rock.” Paul Sparks will now play the character instead of Garrett Hedlund, a spokesperson for Hulu confirmed.

John “Ace” Merrill is the legendary King bully played by Kiefer Sutherland in “Stand By Me.”

Castle Rock” is the re-imagining of the entire King canon into one universe and touches on some of his most iconic stories and characters. The fictional Maine town sits at the center of the King universe, appearing in numerous books including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body” (the novella that “Stand By Me” was based on).

Also Read: 'Castle Rock' Casts Lizzy Caplan as Young Annie Wilks for 'Misery'-Themed Season 2

In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Annie Wilkes, King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Wilkes was played
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The Most Significant Stephen King References in Hulu’s Castle Rock

This post is dark and full of spoilers. If you haven’t caught up with the latest episodes of Castle Rock, scroll down to the end. You’ll avoid the spoilers, but get some pretty useful advice on video streaming.

If you’re a true Stephen King and Castle Rock fan, you’ve probably already watched the whole season. But, have you found all the Easter eggs from the master of horror’s bounteous bibliography?

Here’s a chance to check your eagle eyes, so buckle in. It’s going to be a spooky ride.

The Shawshank Redemption

A great part of Castle Rock takes place in the well-known Shawshank prison. But, did you catch the “bullet hole” reference?

When Theresa Porter comes to the prison, a guard giving her the tour of the place mentions it. He says that the bullet hole is still visible, referencing the suicide of
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‘Pet Sematary’ Stars Jason Clarke & Amy Seimetz on the Wonderful Passion of Horror Fans

The canon of Stephen King adaptations has given lots of great actors the opportunity to swing for the fences through his stories of grief, terror, and trauma. The casts of films like Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, and Carrie earned Oscar attention for playing characters created by the prolific horror author, while films like The Shining and It (both the mini-series and the recent re-adaptation) featured iconic unhinged performances. That tradition continues with Paramount's new adaptation of Pet Sematary, which stars a knockout cast including Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz in the devastating tale of a …
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The Slow-Burn Pleasures of S. Craig Zahler

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Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler dares his audiences to walk out of his films early—either in protest, or for a bathroom break. At 158 minutes long, the director’s new film, Dragged Across Concrete, is a particularly drawn-out and nasty piece of work. The violence is calculated to elicit gasps of disgust; the dialogue tends to be provocative or provocatively mundane; and Zahler knowingly casts Mel Gibson as Ridgeman, a law enforcer who’s reprimanded for racist behavior. “I don’t politic, and I don’t change with the times,” Ridgeman complains. “And it turns out that that shit’s more important than good, honest work.” Gibson does, at least, refrain from winking at the camera.Yet perhaps the most polarizing moment in the movie occurs during a spell of peaceful silence. Vince Vaughan’s Lurasetti, a fellow police officer on a stakeout with Ridgeman, occupies himself with an egg salad sandwich,
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in April 2019

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that several original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in April, including the fifth season of the crime drama “Bosch,” the sophomore season of the comedy “The Tick” and the first edition of the children’s animated show “Bug Diaries.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video in April including the Oscar-nominated horror film “A Quiet Place,” a slew of films in the Bond franchise and all three entries in the “Blade” trilogy.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2019. Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few titles that will be exiting Amazon Prime Video in the first week of April.

See Netflix schedule: Here
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'Shawshank Redemption' Oak Tree Being Made Into $65k Table

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'Shawshank Redemption' Oak Tree Being Made Into $65k Table
The old oak tree from "The Shawshank Redemption" is still getting busy living ... now as a piece of fancy furniture made for a superfan. Brian McNeal, owner of Natural Wood Mirrors, tells TMZ ... he's been working with the owners of the famous movie tree to craft a table for a potential buyer from Toronto who loves the film, and already has 2 smaller tables made from the oak. We're told the guy dropped over $24k total on the 2 tables,
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Streaming: a King for all seasons

With a new film version of Pet Sematary imminent, we pick the best Stephen King adaptations online

Another year, another film drawn from a Stephen King story: the King adaptation is a sub-genre that now encompasses more than 100 titles, running the gamut from disposable hackwork to cast-iron classics. The second film version of his peculiarly spelled shockfest Pet Sematary is out next week, and the jury’s still out on which group it will join – though it does seem a good occasion to trawl through the vast, bloody sea of King-related streaming options for the true keepers.

A few are obvious: Stanley Kubrick’s deathlessly haunting interpretation of The Shining (available on iTunes), of course, or the still-bracing sexual politics and adolescent ache of Brian De Palma’s Carrie (on Netflix). (Forget the crummy remake.) The same goes for the “serious” King standards, with their varnish of non-horror respectability: The Shawshank Redemption
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The Ritual Director Takes on The Mist Inspired Thriller Out There

The Ritual Director Takes on The Mist Inspired Thriller Out There
One of my favorite up-and-coming horror directors out there is David Bruckner, and today we have word that he is attached to helm Entertainment One's high concept sci-fi flick Out There. Details are scarce on just what the project is about, but sources say the thriller centers on a family struggling to survive following a mysterious event that changes the course of the world. Sounds like fun to this guy! Even better still is that we hear the movie follows in the vein of Stephen King's classic novella The Mist.

Stephen King's The Mist, for those who somehow might not know, was adapted into a film starring Tom Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laurie Holden back in 2007 from The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile writer-director Frank Darabont. Not to compare apples to soul-devastating oranges, but let me just put out there that if this Out There motion
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‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ Bringing Back William Sadler as Death

‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ Bringing Back William Sadler as Death
William Sadler has enjoyed a successful career as a recognizable character actor. He’s had key supporting roles in the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, RocketMan, Kinsey, The Green Mile, August Rush, and Iron Man 3. More recently, he’s been spending a lot of time on television in shows like Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Power, Berlin […]

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William Sadler Is Totally Reprising The Role Of Death In Bill And Ted 3

Dude! Bill and Ted 3 is, like, totally a thing that exists.

It’s even got a release date to call its own, after title stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter last week announced plans to make a movie this summer. Its name? Bill and Ted Face the Music, which has now officially welcomed the return of William Sadler as the Grim Reaper himself.

Last seen in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey almost *checks calendar* 30 years ago, Sadler is yet another exciting addition to the cast, and he’ll be rubbing shoulders with both Reeves and Winter this summer when production on Bill and Ted 3 begins in earnest. Details of his deathly role are being kept under lock and key, but last time out, Sadler’s specter forced Reeves and Winter’s bumbling heroes to dance with death – quite literally, as it were – in order to save their souls from the robot overlords.
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William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
The long-awaited third film in the “Bill & Ted” series is taking shape, as William Sadler, the actor who played the Grim Reaper in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” is reprising his role in the sequel.

The official Twitter feed for the film announced the news in a tweet Monday following many fan questions, confirming that Sadler’s version of Death will appear in “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

Sadler joins Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in the reunion film that follows the events of “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in which the now middle-aged Bill and Ted set out on a new adventure to fulfill their destiny as the band Wyld Stallions to bring harmony to the universe through the power of their music. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.
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