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The Man in the High Castle is Amazon’s most streamed original show, and Hulu’s 11.22.63 is about to launch. Both take viewers to an alternative past, and it’s a format people can’t seem to get enough of, but why?
Counterfactual history is fun, provocative – and it’s enjoying a cultural moment. Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle television series, directed by Ridley Scott, imagines a world in which the Nazis won the second world war. Hulu, meanwhile, has a new series based on Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63, which tells the story of a time traveler who returns to the past to foil JFK’s assassination.
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- Noah Berlatsky
Dark Sky Films has brought us films as diverse and bold as The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, and Stake Land. Joining that esteemed company is the recently released (and now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD) Convergence, in which a cop (Clayne Crawford, Swimfan, Jericho) finds himself trapped in limbo and must find redemption before he can escape. With support from veteran actors Ethan Embry (Vacancy, Once Upon A Time) and Mykelti Williamson (The Final Destination, Forrest Gump), the nightmarish action-horror film deals with weighty themes of religious fanaticism and atonement. We spoke with writer-director Drew Hall about his inspiration, beliefs, and symbolism.
Famous Monsters. Convergence is very timely since we’re in a period of religious extremism. Is that what prompted you to write the film?
Drew Hall. Yes. I grew up during a time period of very aggressive but non-violent anti-abortion protests. My family would take »
- Harker Jones
Samuel L. Jackson clearly has a thing for Stephen King adaptations. That’s because The Hateful Eight star has lined up his third cinematic role sourced from one of the author’s works. He appeared in 1408 in 2007, based on King's short story of the same name, and Cell, adapted from the author's 2006 novel, is set to premiere in the coming months. Jackson has been linked with a leading role in Revival, which was previously released by King back in 2014. Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly interested in the role of Charles Jacobs, a preacher who starts to experiment in the supernatural using electricity. The catalyst for these experiments is the death of his wife and children in an accident. Because it’s Stephen King, things only get more peculiar and morbid from there. While Charles Jacobs is not the lead character of Revival ( »
It was late last week when director Josh Boone pumped the breaks on his rendition of The Stand to focus on another Stephen King novel, Revival. Having already penned a script for the project, Boone’s adaptation is perhaps further along than many initially released, and now Entertainment Weekly reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in contention for a key part.
If EW is to be believed, The Hateful Eight star is circling the role of Reverend Charles Jacobs, a sinister and enigmatic character whose mere presence is enough to drive the residents of a small New England town to the brink of insanity. It’s a tragic role, too, given Jacobs loses his wife and child to a tragic accident, leading him down a dark role that results in dabbling with the supernatural.
First published in 2014, the official logline for Revival describes King’s thriller as so:
In a small New England town, »
- Michael Briers
Get ready to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix. The expiration list for February is full of nostalgic titles, from The Terminator to Blue Crush. While there are a lot of things leaving, there are also a lot of new things to look forward to. Keep scrolling to see what will expire in February and be sure to watch them all before they're gone. (Unless it's already too late, in which case . . . sorry.) Expired Feb. 1 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Asylum Bad Santa Benny and Joon Big Fish Blue Crush Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18 Crocodile Dundee 2 The Dancer Upstairs Daylight Doctor Who: Season 1-8 The Firm Fletch Gifted Hands Gothika The Hurt Locker The Naked Gun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Rain Man Ray Secrets and Lies: Season 1 Sorority Row The Terminator Terms of Endearment Expired Feb. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Last year, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer’s planned adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower dragged itself out of development hell, with Sony and Media Rights Capital picking up the ambitious project and setting Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to direct.
In the past few months we’ve heard that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of the villainous Man in Black, a.k.a. Randall Flagg, with Idris Elba said to be up for the lead, the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and with the cast seemingly coming together, author King has told Rolling Stone that he believes the project is finally moving forward.
“It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point. Let’s put it that way. I can’t say with any certainty. I know that they’re trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony. »
- Amie Cranswick
For years, a cinematic rendition of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has languished on the brink of development, fast becoming one of the more prominent white whales that continually ducks out of sight before Warner Bros. can wrangle it into production.
In that time, a string of writers have come and gone, with the most recent development securing Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker for the gig. As for the other side of the lens, things have proven tricky.
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From Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe to Breaking Bad fan-favorite Aaron Paul, numerous actors have flirted with a role in Warner’s genre epic; however, according to King himself, it is Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey that are closest to sealing a deal for The Dark Tower. Speaking with The Rolling Stone, the author remained coy about the specifics, simply saying that the adaptation is “more »
- Michael Briers
For those of you anticipating the big screen version of "The Stand," you're going to have to wait. Last week, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. option on the film rights has expired, and the project is now back in the hands of CBS Films, who can either go it alone, or find a studio to collaborate with. But director Josh Boone isn't going to wait around, and he's got another Stephen King project brewing. He'll be writing and directing an adaptation of "Revival," which is currently looking for a studio home. That process might be helped along by Samuel L. Jackson, who EW says is circling the lead role of Charles Jacobs, a preacher who loses faith when his wife and child are killed in a tragic accident. Here's the book synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whether or not we’ll actually ever see a big screen adaptation of the classic Stephen King tale It is debatable, but one thing’s for sure… it’s still on the table and being accounted for. Variety is reporting that the California… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
The California Film Commission has selected 13 feature films for tax credits worth $53.9 million in its latest round of incentives to keep production in California.
The films selected include Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” New Line’s “It,” “Annabelle 2,” Paramount’s “Dangerous Amusement Park,” Lionsgate’s “Latin Lover” and George Clooney’s comedy-drama “Suburbicon.”
The top allocation of $9.5 million went to “Overnight on 42nd Street,” followed by $8.9 million for “A Star Is Born,” which has Bradley Cooper attached to direct. “It,” the bigscreen version of the Stephen King horror-thriller, and “Bright” followed with $7.2 million each.
“Dangerous Amusement Park” was fifth-highest with $4.1 million, followed by Jean-Marc Vallee’s Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can” at $2.6 million.
The latest application period was held from Jan. 11 to 24 and drew 174 applications — the fourth application period overall for the recently expanded tax credit program. The commission said the list of newly approved applicants »
- Dave McNary
Hulu’s new limited series 11.22.63 (premiering Monday, and airing weekly) goes one better – fashioning that circle out of polypropylene mesh, stretching it over a steel frame and turning time into a terrifically taut, fantastically fun trampoline.
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Out of the two legendary Stephen King projects that are in development right now, it looks like The Dark Tower has the upper hand in getting to the screen first. Though that victory is just barely won, especially after reading the recent remarks King himself has made about the film's fate. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stephen King was asked for comment about the long gestating adaptation and its recent flurry of activity. Seeing as King is an author of the highest order, and known for taking audiences on a cryptic ride with some of his works, he wove his magic in the following status update on the project: It looks to me like it's more likely than not it'll happen at this point. Let's put it that way. I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it. But I »
We’ve been talking about an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series for so long that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s been said. That’s why Rolling Stone went to the man himself to find out what he… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
As fans of Stephen King's fantasy series "The Dark Tower" have come to realize over the years, any reports about the long-awaited big screen adaptation of the novels can't really be believed. After all, this is the project that was dropped by not one, but two different studios, and has cycled through potential stars faster than you can say "Javier Bardem." So the latest reports, that the flick is due in theaters early next year, and both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are in talks to star, are also bogus, right?
Well, not so fast: According to King himself, there's hope that this movie version of his beloved books may actually, truly, finally be happening -- and yes, both Elba and McConaughey are interested.
That's the word straight from the author, who chatted with Rolling Stone in promotion of the new Hulu miniseries "11/22/63," which is based on his besteller. »
- Katie Roberts
News about that long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books might as well be written in High Speech, the ancient language of Mid-World, given how obtuse each report item ends up being. The adaptation, originally pitched as an epic TV-film hybrid (think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its blend of blockbusters and projects like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), was announced in 2012. It stalled. It came back, this time with Sony taking the lead. Matthew McConaughey considered playing the villain; Idris Elba, the hero. Now King himself has commented on the project and confirmed those previous rumors. "I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it," King told Rolling Stone. "But I can't say with any certainty. I know that they're trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony, and that's the extent of my knowledge."Though, as with »
- Jackson McHenry
Rumors of a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower saga have circulated for years, with everyone from Javier Bardem to Russell Crowe attached to the ambitious project. Most recently, Idris Elba has been said to be in the running for the lead role of Gunslinger Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the mysterious Man In Black. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, King says there there might actually be real progress on the project. "It looks to me like it's more likely than not it'll happen at this point, »
Israeli actress Odeya Rush, who starred in both “Goosebumps” and “The Giver,” has signed with management company Mgmt Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. She joins an impressive crop of talent at Mgmt, which also represents Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke and Aubrey Plaza, among many others. Rush landed on Hollywood’s radar after she secured a role in Disney’s family film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which led to a supporting turn in Jim Mickle‘s cannibal movie “We Are What We Are.” Also Read: 'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine on Movie Cameo, Stephen King »
- Jeff Sneider
When Stephen King first got the idea for a story about a time-traveler trying to save JFK, he was a 24-year-old high school English teacher living in a double-wide trailer and couldn't find anyone to publish his writings outside of cheap Playboy knockoffs like Gent and Cavalier. It would take 40 years for the author to finally publish what would ultimately become the 849-page book 11/22/63 — but it was worth the long wait. The what-if novel sold by the millions and The New York Times named it one of the five best »
Celluloid Dreams handles Valley of Shadows; Media Luna boards Little Wing; Indie Sales represents The Giant.
The old adage of ‘leaving them wanting more’ was certainly on display at the Works In Progress pitches at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market this year (full line-up below).
The most-anticipated pitch of the session was Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut The Giant. The director showed several scenes from the film, but refrained from showing footage of the fantastical Giant as he said the VFX was still being worked on.
Also holding back were the producers of Cold Case Hammarskjold, the latest provocative documentary from Mads Brugger (of The Ambassador and The Red Chapel fame), about the death of Swedish diplomat and author Dag Hammarskjold.
Co-producer Andreas Rocksen said the filmmakers had a new theory about how Hammarskjold’s plane went down in 1961, but he said the theory won’t be revealed until the film is ready.
Several of the »
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Hello! I’m Jack Chattox and I paint monsters.
My favorite medium that I work with the most is a combination of watercolor paints and India inks, which I apply with brushes and pens. I also use acrylic paints if I am painting on metal or wood which I apply with traditional brushes or an airbrush.
My dad shared his love of horror and Sci-Fi with me at an early age. We watched all the classic Universal Monsters films and the Twilight Zone episodes, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, etc. We also went to local comic conventions and hunted down back issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine to add to our collection. I spent hours admiring the fantastic cover art by guys like Basil Gogos and Bill Selby, which sparked my interest in drawing and painting. Thanks Dad!
I am inspired most by all »
- Caroline Stephenson
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