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Let’s face it, when you think of Pennywise your mind still goes back to Tim Curry. Even if Bill Skarsgard is that good, and he’s great, no doubt, he still had some big shoes to fill and a legacy to compete against. The desire to not compete against Curry is admirable. Skarsgard wanted to make it his own and he did. But regardless of this, those of us that saw It for the first time in 1990 are more likely, for now, to think of Tim Curry when we think of the movie at all. After all, Curry did make
Old Video of Tim Curry talking It at Fan Expo Canada »
For one generation, Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the made-for-tv adaptation of Stephen King’s It will always be the first thing that comes to mind when they think about the character. But I’d venture to say with the popularity of director Andy Muschietti’s new film version of the classic horror novel, actor Bill […]
The post ‘It’ Pennywise Featurette Focuses on Bill Skarsgard’s Unpredictable Performance appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
At this point, a whole lot of ink has been spilled praising the success that is It. This is the Stephen King adaptation many of us have been waiting years for and it did not disappoint. Much of that praise and success is rightfully being attributed to Bill Skarsgard's terrifying and truly remarkable take on Pennywise the clown. Now, a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette shows us how Pennywise was crafted and what it was like working with the terrifying being on the set of It.
Warner Bros. released the It Pennywise featurette online just as the movie is heading into its third weekend at the box office. No doubt, the studio is hoping to keep the movie in the public consciousness a little longer to keep bringing in the big bucks. Not that they needed to do anything more to convince anyone that this is a great movie, but this »
Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017
Currently dominating the global box office is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The book has provided the source material already for one production that scared the lights out of a generation – who can forget Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the clown? – and the new film has been keen to repeat the trick. With no shortage of success, as it happens. Clowns are already reporting a decline in business.
It was when Mark Kermode reviewed the film on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, though, that he described the new It movie not as a horror, but an adventure horror. And the inevitable line was drawn back to the mighty The Goonies.
The overlaps are clear. A group of young misfits find »
Are you eating It… or is It eating you? Maybe the most incredible thing about Andy Muschietti’s It is that the film managed to take an already iconic horror villain and make him even More iconic. Actor Bill Skarsgård’s iteration of Pennywise the killer clown is vastly different than Tim Curry’s, proving that it is […] »
- John Squires
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.
Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.
But as It reminded audiences, »
Because there's been a focus on the book, there have been fewer comparisons to the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry. But I think it's safe to say a lot of us are still interested in how he feels about the It remake. »
Incredible to think that after the plethora of Stephen King film adaptations over the years (this year alone boasts five), that his beloved Horror story It, has – until now – not had a big screen retelling. The nearest we have gotten is the flawed but ambitious Tommy Lee Wallace Mini-Series from 1990, which featured an iconic turn by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you only have this version of the story in mind upon entering Andres (or Andy as he is credited) Muschietti’s adaptation, you may be a little startled, as this is far darker, far more intense and truly the king of King adaptations.
Utilising the dark cinematography (by Chung-Hoon Chung) and CGI-aided scares that helped him make a mark with his 2013 debut Mama, Muschietti beautifully and savagely captures the essence of the source material, while leaving a distinctive imprint of his own. Set mostly in »
- Jack Bottomley
Beep beep, Corpse Clubbers! The Daily Dead gang is back with another new episode of the Corpse Club podcast. This time around, the members of the Corpse Club put on their yellow rain slickers to discuss the new It movie, the 1990 miniseries, and Stephen King's novel that first introduced us to the clown that calls the sewers of Derry home.
In episode 17 of Corpse Club, co-hosts Heather Wixson, Patrick Bromley, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James descend into the cinematic sewers of Derry to talk about the It (2017) movie, the 1990 miniseries, and the source material for both adaptations: Stephen King's 1986 novel. They discuss Bill Skarsgård's and Tim Curry's different approaches to Pennywise, their thoughts on Andy Muschietti's adaptation of King's epic novel, the chemistry of the new Losers' Club, the movie's record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, and much more. So sit back, »
- Derek Anderson
By Jacob Oller
Movie and miniseries have different approaches to creepy clowns. t is already a smash horror hit, even outside the purview of Stephen King adaptations. The film grew out of the love for the miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, the evil that manifests most often as a clown, and the novel itself. In the film, […]
The article Welcome to Derry: The Introductions of Pennywise appeared first on Film School Rejects. »
- Jacob Oller
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.
Film festivals may be raging from Venice to Telluride to Toronto, but the biggest industry story this week had to be the box office dominance of Andy Muscietti’s Stephen King adaptation “It.” The film raked in nearly $120 million opening weekend and looks to stay strong over the next week, ensuring a whole new generation’s fear of clowns.
Actor Bill Skarsgard got the call to play Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the film, the physical manifestation of an evil entity that has terrorized a small Maine town for centuries. But it was a daunting prospect, not least of all because such an iconic portrayal of the character already existed courtesy of Tim Curry in ABC’s 1990 miniseries adaptation.
Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.
- Kristopher Tapley
James Corden is hilarious in a skit portraying Pennywise, the scary clown from the hit horror flick “It.” The movie is based on the Stephen King novel, but Corden takes the character to a whole new level as a company It guy. Who knew information technology could be so funny? Tim Curry portrayed the clown in a 1990 television adaptation and by Bill Skarsgård reprises him in the 2017 film adaptation. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
You might think that once the makeup comes off that Bill Skarsgard, Pennywise, might be a lot less scary. But apparently you would be wrong. That open-lip smile he gives is something that he used to perform to scare his younger siblings according to the post below. Imagine that, this expression is only enhanced by makeup instead of masked and reproduced. That make Pennywise that much scarier to be quite honest, and he was already extremely creepy to begin with. There have been a lot of comparisons between this Pennywise and that of Tim Curry’s in the 1990 miniseries that
Pennywise The Clown’s Smile from It is Just as Creepy Without Make Up »
While promoting It, Bill Skarsgard has faced repeated questions seeking to draw comparisons between his performance in the film and other onscreen turns that have gone before – and this need, on the part of the press, to build in a frame of reference has apparently begun to include The Joker. It’s a comparison that is, in some ways, understandable – The Joker is The Clown Prince Of Crime, after all. But, Bill Skarsgard is not so sure that such a comparison really works – as he explained to People Magazine.
“I think the biggest difference between Pennywise and the Joker character — or at least Heath Ledger’s interpretation — is that he’s far more based in reality. [The Joker] is sort of this social anarchist, crazy person, and I don’t think Pennywise is the same in that way. He’s not even human, he’s just pure evil.”
And even though The »
- Sarah Myles
Slobbering wasn't originally part of the Pennywise plan.
"This will sound really bizarre," explains Bill Skarsgård, the gentleman behind the iconic razor-toothed clown in the new big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. "But I was just sitting there going through the scenes in different voices – and I was drooling so much that there was this pile of drool on the carpet."
The saliva made for a wonderfully gross addition to the 27-year-old Swedish actor's portrayal of the pancake–make-upped monster at the center of filmmaker Andy Muschietti's frantic, »
Seeing as the It novel was first published in the '80s, there's a lot of history that comes with the story of Pennywise the Clown. There is, of course, the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry. And now we finally have the adaptation the book deserves in the form of a 2017 remake. No matter what, adapting a 1,000-plus-page novel is always going to be a problem. Director Andy Muschietti decided to focus the movie just on the story of the Losers' Club as kids, thus leaving the second part of the story to a sequel film (which, thankfully, is pretty much confirmed). Even with all of this careful creative consideration, it was still going to be hard to do Stephen King's tome complete justice. Wondering what parts of the It novel didn't make it into the film? Here are the major omissions. »
- Ryan Roschke
The first in a two-part adaptation of the killer clown book has a soft spot for its troubled young heroes
“It’s summer, we’re supposed to be having fun. This isn’t fun – it’s scary and disgusting!” It, Stephen King’s 1986 novel about a shape-shifting demon that terrorises the town of Derry, Maine, was memorably filmed for TV in 1990. Boasting a mesmerising star turn by Tim Curry as the malevolent dancing clown, Pennywise, Tommy Lee Wallace’s mini-series became every coulrophobe’s worst nightmare, rivalling Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot for the title of best small-screen King adaptation.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Most Stephen King fans already know that the man has created a sprawling universe, with many of his most popular stories interconnected. He has his own shared universe, which is only now starting to be explored on the big screen. The latest adaptation of his work It hit theaters this weekend and is proving to be a blockbuster. It contains plenty of Easter eggs. Perhaps not as many as this past summer's Dark Tower movie, which featured it's own It shoutout. But you might be surprised how It connects to a lot of King's past novels.
Entertainment Weekly has a pretty comprehensive break down of all the Easter eggs and connections It contains to other Stephen King works of fiction. The book was originally released in 1986, and then turned into a two-part miniseries in the 90s. Characters and places from It have been known to pop up a lot in his work. »
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