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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
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are setting their sights a little...smaller. The Oscar winning actors are heading to television with a limited series adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel "Big Little Lies," according to The Hollywood Reporter; Witherspoon and Kidman optioned the rights to the book back in August through their production companies Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, respectively. David E. Kelley, who most recently served as showrunner of the short-lived Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar sitcom "The Crazy Ones," will write and executive-produce the series, which will reportedly be shopped to both premium networks (HBO, Showtime, etc.) and streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu). "Big Little Lies" tells the story of three mothers of kindergartners who become embroiled in a murder mystery after an elementary school fundraiser turns sour. There's no word yet on which characters Kidman and Witherspoon will take on; this will be the first »
- Chris Eggertsen
It seems like the most popular move for movie stars now is to head to TV, and we’re not just talking about men, like Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Billy Bob Thorton, and Martin Freeman. No, female film actresses are hopping on television projects as well, and Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are the latest ones to do so, as it was announced today that both actresses are heading to TV to star in in David E. Kelley’s new limited series Big Little Lies. Big Little Lies will be based off of the New York Times best-selling Liane Moriarty novel of the same name. The novel focuses on three mothers to kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to a murder-mystery that takes place during a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser. Kelley will write the show’s pilot and serve as showrunner; both Witherspoon and Kidman will »
- Chris King
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 Spirit Awards voted on by the members will be awarded in Santa Monica on February 21 and air live on IFC and will be rebroadcast at 10 pm. As always, surprises abounded in this year's nominations announced on November 25. Who came out ahead and behind? There's always some degree of overlap between the Spirits and the Oscars as winning momentum comes into play, right before the critics groups awards break in the coming weeks. Last year, "12 Years a Slave" took home the top feature prizes at both the Spirits and the Oscars, and actors Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto also collected two sets of awards. This can lead to a very dull Spirit show. This year the jury supplied some zingers, includingmicro-indie "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter." That's their job. Besides Spirit frontrunners "Birdman" (six nominations including A.G. Inarritu, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton) and »
- Anne Thompson
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
Update 10:15 Am: Somebody out there got an itchy finger and published the full list of nominees; which went out on PR Newsire. Scroll below in our blog to see what was nominated. We’re also adding fun factoids.
Previous: 9:50Am: Deadline is live blogging the nominations announcement for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards today. Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna will be revealing the big list live from the W Hollywood.
The awards ceremony is traditionally held the day before the Oscar ceremony, in the case of next year, it’s Feb. 21 on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.
At times, the awards ceremony is a bellwether of sorts in certain categories, and last year that couldn’t be more true. Prior to their Oscar wins in respective categories, 12 Years a Slave took best feature, Matthew McConaughey took best actor for Dallas Buyers Club, Cate Blanchett won best actress for Blue Jasmine, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro and David Bloom
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. »
This is the Pure Movies review of Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Interstellar needs to be three hours. The wonderful Nolan touch of making the incredible credible is here, making the fantastic mundane (The Dark Knight was less comic book than believable psychological drama, with no fait accompli supervillains, but character development [or disintegration] worthy of Cassavetes). He gives us the sense of entrapment and doom by taking the time to linger, helpless, as the earth begins to expire. We also get the slog of galactic travel, the time in distant space that feels like we’ve been somewhere remote and mostly boring. Distant planets are not immune to ennui. Matthew McConaughy’s Cooper (like his namesake) is an American he-man, a cowboy with The Right Stuff, bucking at the bridle, as all he-men do, itching to get back in the saddle, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.
The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.
The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.
As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.
The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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
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
Limited series – or, as we tend to call them in the UK, miniseries – have become something of a hot trend across the pond, spurred, no doubt by the success of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective’s first season. So the chance to dip into a short run on TV is clearly appealing to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who are attached to star in and produce Big Little Lies.David E. Kelley, a man with no little TV experience (he’s the creator of The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences among others) has signed on to adapt Liane Moriarty’s bestselling dark comedy tome.Big Little Lies follows three very different suburban mothers whose lives are at a crossroads. Madeline is the alpha-mom dealing with her ex-husband and his new wife moving into her beachside community. Then there’s her beautiful friend Celeste, »
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
In August, there were rumblings that Matthew McConaughey was being considered to play Randall Flagg in Josh Boone's adaptation of The Stand. Now, this outlet is saying that is closer to becoming a reality.
Boone previously helmed The Fault in Our Stars and, recently, the director was quoted as saying Warner Bros. is now looking to get four films based on The Stand. If they wound up landing McConaughey, I can now see why they'd like to get as many films as possible.
The post Is McConaughey Really Playing Randall Flagg in The Stand? appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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
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