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Now available on Blu-ray is Mercy, Peter Cornwell's feature length adaptation of Stephen King's short story Gramma, which follows a single mother (Frances O'Connor) and her two young sons as they move into a remote country estate to care for her ailing mother, Mercy (Shirley Knight). Unlike most grandmothers, Mercy isn't all candies and kisses on the cheek, and as her prognosis gradually worsens the family learns shocking truths about the source of Mercy's darkness. Mercy also stars Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, and Joel Courtney. Early last year I joined a handful of journalists on set while they were filming in Simi Valley. While there we had an opportunity to interview McDermott, who plays family friend Jim Swann in the film. He talked about how different Mercy is to American Horror Story, why he likes working in horror, why he thinks the genre resonates with today's audience, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Our letters page returns, with Jaws 3D, Your Sinclair, a missed birthday and flying sausages...
It's back! Since our last letters page, two things have happened. Firstly, we've had a lot more letters - we will get to them all, but we only allow ourselves so much space per round-up. Secondly, the questions have been getting harder.
Our next letters page will be our last before Christmas. Feel free to send in pictures of Christmas jumpers and stuff. Details of how to get in touch are at the bottom. But until then, here's the latest selection....
Dear Den of Geek,
I was channel-hopping the other night and managed to land on Jaws 3D. Aside from challenging my belief that Highlander II was definitively the worst major, film franchise sequel ever made I was actually taken aback by the special effects. Remembering this was a relatively high budget production, »
Similar to how The Shop was interested in the pyrokinetic abilities of young Charlie in Stephen King’s Firestarter, the U.S. Department of Defense becomes intrigued by Judith Winstead’s supernatural powers and tries to harness the uncontrollable dark forces within her in The Atticus Institute, coming out on home media early next year from Anchor Bay:
“Los Angeles, November xx, 2014 – Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller The Atticus Institute, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, The Atticus Institute stars Rya Kihlstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubinstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughan (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. The Atticus Institute will be available on DVD for an Srp of $22.98 and on Blu-ray™ for »
- Derek Anderson
Now available on Blu-ray is Mercy, Peter Cornwell's feature length adaptation of Stephen King's short story Gramma, which follows a single mother (Frances O'Connor) and her two young sons as they relocate to a remote country estate to care for her ailing mother, Mercy (Shirley Knight). Unlike most grandmothers, Mercy isn't all candies and kisses on the cheek, and as her prognosis worsens the family learns shocking truths about the source of Mercy's darkness. Mercy also stars Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, and Joel Courtney. Nearly two years ago I joined a handful of journalists on set while they were filming Mercy in Simi Valley. While there, we had an opportunity to sit down for a lengthy chat with producer Jason Blum. This was my first time speaking with Blum (who I've interviewed a number of times since), and I was instantly struck by the clarity of »
- Haleigh Foutch
At the end of last week, we learned that The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is looking to split his big screen take on Stephen King's The Stand into four movies. Warner Bros is backing the project, and it sounds as though the films are inching torwards production.
Nat Wolff is thus far the only cast member we know about, and he's been given a role that's new in the screen version of The Stand. But it looks increasingly likely that Matthew McConaughey will sign up to play Randall Flagg, the key villain role in the project.
His name has popped up before in association with the movies, but The Guardian is reporting that he's now tipped to take the pivotal role of Flagg. Flagg is a cowboy who »
Around August or so there were rumors that Matthew McConaughey was being considered (and rightly so) to take on the part of the nefarious Randall Flagg in the upcoming big screen version of Stephen King’s The Stand. Today the actor… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
A few months ago it was rumored that Matthew McConaughy (Interstellar) was wanted for the villainous role of Randall Flagg in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. The Guardian is now reporting that the actor is going to take the role, which is pretty awesome. I think He'll be great as the character.
The big screen adaptation is being directed by Josh Boone, who recently revealed that the studio plans on splitting it into four films. This is what he said about that:
"So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a »
- Joey Paur
Did anyone notice a copy of Stephen King's "The Stand" sitting on Matthew McConaughey's bookshelf in Interstellar? Was is a sign that the actor would star in the long gestating post-apocalyptic project?
The Guardian are reporting/insinuating that Matthew McConaughey is locked to star as the film's villain, Randall Flagg. While they don't make clear the source, I hope it's indeed true.
Director Josh Boone recently gave some insight into his proposed project incl [Continued ...] »
It’s Matthew McConaughey’s world at this point – the rest of us are just living in it. The star, who’s earned accolades for his recent work in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and HBO’s True Detective, is now reportedly very close to tackling the role of the villainous Randall Flagg – the ultimate force of evil in Stephen King’s postapocalyptic 1978 novel The Stand. There were rumors that McConaughey was being eyed for the part a few weeks ago, and it appears there was at least some truth to those early reports. While McConaughey hasn’t been officially cast in director Josh Boone’s new adaptation (which has now been expanded from one three-hour film to four stand-alone entries), word is that it’s close to...
- Mike Bracken
The Warner Bros project was first rumoured to be pursuing McConaughey for the project in the summer.
Josh Boone is directing the movie, which he recently revealed may be a four-film project.
King's apocalyptic epic The Stand is set in a world devastated by an experimental biological weapon.
The survivors fall into two camps, one under the saintly Mother Abigail, the other based in Las Vegas under recurring King villain Flagg.
We already know that Josh Boone’s big-screen and ambitious visualization of The Stand will span four films in order to fully capture the epic scope of Stephen King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic tome, but today an unconfirmed report has tipped Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey to play one of the series’ lead villains, Randall Flagg.
For now, we’ll have to file this tidbit firmly in the rumor cabinet, but the report does align with what we’ve previously heard about Boone’s adaptation. In fact, the Fault in our Stars helmer recently revealed that the final product would contain a cast that would, and we quote, “blow people’s minds,” while also confirming that there are several roles that have already been filled that we don’t know about yet. Could McConaughey’s Flagg be one of those?
Here’s what the director had to say a few days ago:
- Michael Briers
The Stand has regularly ended up on lists of Stephen Kings best novels and of the best Stephen King movie adaptations and the cast including Gary Sinise Molly Ringwold and Rob Lowe among other talented folks elevates this made for TV miniseries to classic status that has stood the test of time. Still in our age of remakes and reimaginings presentations like the Stand are bound to become the subjects of a reboot for the big screen. Breaking Matthew McConaughey has been tipped to play Randall Flagg. »
Three months after first reporting that Matthew McConaughey was being eyed to play the villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a new report from The Guardian reveals that Matthew McConaughey has been "tipped" for the role. We're not completely sure if that means Matthew McConaughey has officially signed on, or if he is in negotiations.
This hasn't been officially confirmed as of yet, but landing a major star such as Matthew McConaughey falls in line with writer-director Josh Boone's statement made during a podcast last week, where he revealed that the cast is, "going to blow people's minds." The filmmaker also confirmed a June statement from author Stephen King, revealing that the author's 1152-page book will be adapted into four movies, after a single three-hour adaptation was originally planned.
In the original novel, Randall Flagg is an evil tyrant who terrorizes survivors of a plague that has wiped out most of the American population. »
Here's a synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. »
- Philip Sticco
Bestselling novelist Stephen King proves himself less adept as a debuting librettist in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his long-gestating musical collaboration with pop/rock star John Mellencamp. This Southern Gothic musical premiered to decidedly mixed notices at Atlanta's Alliance Theater in 2012 and is now touring the country, playing one-night dates in concert venues. Minimally staged and featuring a cast that includes such well-known names as Billy Burke (the Twilight series) and Gina Gershon (Bound, Showgirls), the show seems to be angling for a Broadway berth. But despite the strength of Mellencamp's roots music score, King's problematic book
- Frank Scheck
It's with a giant grain of salt that we report on the possibility of Matthew McConaughey taking on the role of Randall Flagg in writer/director Josh Boone's upcoming four film adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel, The Stand. I would absolutely love it if this were true, and it may very well be, since McConaughey is currently doing the best work of his career and would absolutely kill in the role of the charismatic, powerfully evil cowboy. In fact, if you're going to go big and get get names, I can't see why you wouldn't at least go out to him first. Hit the jump for more on Matthew Mcconaughey possibly playing Randall Flagg in The Stand. Whether or not it happens, it's a good piece of fan casting at the very least. Warner Bros. should back the money truck up to his house. A report in »
- Evan Dickson
Josh Boone‘s plans for Stephen King‘s The Stand are grand. Four movies, if all goes according to plan. If that plan is to work, he’s going to need “a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds,” or so he recently said on a podcast. He may have already started making that statement true as Matthew […]
- Germain Lussier
Matthew McConaughey has been tipped to play the villain of the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand directed by Josh Boone. According to The Guardian, Matthew McConaughey will play Randall Flagg, a grinning cowboy with supernatural powers who establishes a power base in the ruins of Las Vegas.
The project is being backed by Warner Bros. and has been in development for some time. Ben Affleck and David Yates were both attached to the project as director before the appointment of The Fault in Our Stars helmer Boone. Originally the adaptation was written to be a single film but Warner Bros. is now planning to make this into four movies.
This isn’t the first time that McConaughey has been linked to the film, with Boone stating back in August that he was keen to cast the Interstellar star, along with Christian Bale. So, it is of course »
- Thomas Roach
The story comes from The Guardian, stating that McConaughey will play the antagonist in a film series deemed the “American version of Lord of the Rings”.
Rabid fans across the globe learned in an interview on Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast last week that The Stand director Josh Boone has plans to adapt Stephen King’s 1978 novel into four parts:
“So I think we are going to do like, four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
Back in late August, the trades reported that Matthew McConaughey was being "heavily considered" for the villainous role of Randall Flagg in Warner Bros. planned adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. Following that, director Josh Boone denied that anything was official, actually stating that he'd always envisioned McConaughey in the role of main protagonist Stu Redman, and Christian Bale as Flagg. Well now The Guardian seem to have confirmed the initial report, as according to them the Oscar winning actor will indeed haunt some cornfields in the movie as "the Walkin' Dude", Randall Flagg. Recently we found out that WB were actually planning to adapt King's 1200 page novel into four films, which makes a lot more sense than the one 3-hour movie we were originally told we'd be getting. CBS Films will co-produce and co-present The Stand, with Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller producing. So far the only other »
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