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In a past episode of channel control, we talked about a show named Castle Rock. This upcoming 10 episode Hulu original series is a psychological thriller anthology and will be based off the fictional town of the Castle Rock, Maine which has been used in numerous Stephen King Novels. The town has been used as the back drop for The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and at least 8 other stories by Mr. King. The town has even been mentioned in over 20 stories including Creepshow, The Stand, Gerald’s Game, & 11/22/63.
In the first teaser, we hear multiple voice-overs as the names of books, movies, or characters from his stories are shown on the screen. It ends with a dark map of the North-Eastern Us and the words Castle Rock across the screen. It’s pretty much standard fare for a teaser, which is nothing more than “Hey! We’re making a show. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Bayne)
Stephen King film and television adaptations have a long history of struggling to bring the horror master’s on-the-page visions to life. So despite early signs looking good for Andy Muschietti’s “It,” audiences still have reason to be slightly leery of its launch to the silver screen.
Many critics had middling things to say about the film, which is not really reflected in an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 92%. Variety‘s Andrew Barker wrote that “It” “feels like the flashier half of a longer story” and that “King fans will surely appreciate the clear effort and affection that went into this adaptation, even as it struggles to become more than the sum of its parts.”
‘It,’ Stephen King Adaptation, Top Horror Pre-Seller in History
- Erin Nyren
A look at 5 movies that you might not have known were written by famous authors. Sometimes they worked out, sometimes they did not.
Writing a movie can be a lot different from writing a book. Unlike a movie script, a novel is freeform. The author can take any style or format they would like to convey their ideas. A script, on the other hand, has to be able to be interpreted by the actors, filmmakers, and the audience. Therefore, it is typically structured in a certain way to help people working on the movie do their job and people watching the movie comprehend what is happening. Furthermore, a major difference between writing novels and movies is that movies are (mostly) restricted to the visual realm. It’s not easy to show audiences what characters are thinking, which severely limits plot and character development techniques. Overall, there are unique challenges to »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Every summer movie season has its share of big-name vehicles and star turns from recognizable faces. But this year, several actors delivered outstanding performances that hint at exciting futures. Probably no one more than Gal Gadot, who became a household name after “Wonder Woman” broke expectations and box office records. But below are seven more names of actors, in movies large and small, whose work this season has them firmly on our radar.
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
A former NFL player who has dabbled lightly in small film and TV roles in addition to producing “Beasts of No Nation,” Asomugha is simply astounding as Carl King in “Crown Heights.” What elevates Matt Ruskin’s timely true story about Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield), who spent more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is the relationship between King and Warner and how the former dedicated his life to freeing his friend, even »
- Jenelle Riley
Crown Heights, 2017.
Written and Directed by Matt Ruskin
When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence.
Those in support of the death penalty will hopefully find themselves rethinking their stance on the hot button issue, as Crown Heights tells the uplifting but simultaneously anger inducing 21 years spanning story of a man wrongfully convicted possibly for life of a murder he did not commit. Over the course of those long years, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield who was most recently seen as a supporting character in this year’s outstanding Get Out) fights the system as best he can (even going as far as educating himself on law practices, and finishing up his Ged while helping others »
- Robert Kojder
In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl ‘Kc’ King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system.
Crown Heights opens in St. Louis on September 9.
Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Crown Heights on August 29 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area. »
- Movie Geeks
Reviewed by Jesse Miller,
Late last night and the night before,
Knocking at my door!
One of its main characters, Jim Gardner, is a self-loathing drunk teetering on the edge of suicide when he gets a vision that his good friend and past lover, back in the quaint town of Haven, Maine of course – has found something buried in the Earth. Something that compels her to dig deeper and unearth the secrets contained within.
For the first few hundred pages or so, we’re with Gard as he wanders through black out after black out, trying to make sense of the lost time while trying to function as a once-successful poet.
We come into the story when »
After a teenager is killed in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn in 1980, the police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. Based on the testimony, Colin Warner, an 18 year old from Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, “Crown Heights” is the true story of a man’s fight to prove that man’s innocence. The Amazon Studios flick follows not only Warner’s time in jail, but also Colin’s childhood friend Carl “Kc” King as he devotes his life to fighting for his best friend’s freedom. Written and directed by Matt Ruskin (“Booster,” “The Hip Hop Project”), the film stars Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) as Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King. This adaptation of a “This American Life” episode is set for an Aug. 25 theatrical release. Check out the trailer »
Crown Heights, 2017.
Directed by Matt Ruskin.
The true life story of Colin Warner, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 2nd degree murder in 1980, and the decades-long court battles his life-long friend Carl King staged to get him exonerated.
As sad as it is, real world dramas of wrongful conviction are fairly commonplace in cinema. There’s even an entire genre that’s been carved out for courtroom stories alone, so it’s somewhat difficult, straight off the bat, to stand out from the ever-multiplying crowd, no matter how moving or political, or equally baffling your source material is. And sadly, despite much buzz, Crown Heights lands right slap bang in the middle; neither exceptional, nor bad. An entirely entertaining and involving drama, but one that lacks any real sense of staying power.
Easily its firmest selling though is its central performance. »
- Ben Robins
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »
- Gary Collinson
The full programme for this year’s Sundance London film festival has been announced. Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, taking place 1-4 June at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. As previously announced, the festival will open with the International premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, and it will close four days later with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s critically acclaimed A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging and established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film programme with 15 shorts, »
- Paul Heath
I tell ya I’m just loving the internet today. Any time we’re blessed with anything creative involving the works of Stephen King is a good day in my book. Speaking of Mr. King, do you by any chance remember those really weird and creepy TV commercials from back in the day from the Stephen King Library collection? If not, don’t worry I provided you a link to one. The thing is that even if you never read one Stephen King book, often times his novel covers were really hard to forget. And since those commercials tended to air pretty often
- Nat Berman
This article originally appeared on Time.com.
Neil Gorsuch had a tense exchange with a Democratic senator over his college dissertation and views on maternity leave on Tuesday.
During his Senate confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court seat, the Colorado judge appeared frustrated when pressed by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on the views of his dissertation advisor.
The Illinois senator noted that Oxford law professor John Finnis once wrote that European countries were facing “cultural decay” from “reverse colonization” caused by immigration, comparing the comment to a recent controversial tweet by Iowa Rep. Steve King.
“I’m not here to »
- Tessa Berenson
When Matt Ruskin was location scouting for his film “Crown Heights,” he would tell the true story of Colin Warner and Carl King. People would say they knew the story, and that they lived right down the block from them. “Different guy, same story,” Ruskin would tell them. Warner was wrongly arrested for a murder he had nothing to do with, and King was a friend who devoted his life to proving Warner’s innocence. Sadly, the actors feel this true story still rings too true today. “You just keep seeing it over and over again. Unfortunately, it’s still timely, »
- Brian Welk
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close with tonight’s awards ceremony. While we’ll have our personal favorites coming early this week, the jury and audience have responded with theirs, topped by Macon Blair‘s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., which will arrive on Netflix in late February, and the documentary Dina. Check out the full list of winners below see our complete coverage here.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Larry Wilmore to:
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Peter Dinklage to:
I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she »
- Jordan Raup
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.
Nnamdi Asomugha has experience with rabid crowds, armchair critics, and the pressure of performing under an intense national spotlight. He did just wrap up his first opening weekend at Sundance, after all. (Oh, and he also played for 10 years in the National Football League.)
The former cornerback shines in Matt Ruskin’s debut film “Crown Heights,” which follows the true story of Collin Warner and Carl King, two friends bonded by decades of friendship in the face of false imprisonment. Asomugha plays King, a New York City process server who spent the better part of 20 years trying to exonerate Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) after the latter was framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
- Steve Greene
Amazon Studios has purchased the worldwide rights to the drama “Crown Heights,” which premiered Monday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The film sold for more than $2 million, Variety reports.
Read More: Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers
“Crown Heights” tells the true story of Colin Warner (“Short Term 12’s” Keith Stanfield), a Brooklyn man who was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. For more than 20 years, Warner’s childhood friend Carl King (former NFL quarterback Nnamdi Asomugha) fights for Warner’s freedom.
“Crown Heights” marks Amazon’s fifth Sundance acquisition this year. The company purchased two documentaries — the Grateful Dead film “Long Strange Trip” and the Isis doc “City of Ghosts” — and two dramatic comedies, Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick” and Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline. »
- Graham Winfrey
27 January 2017 12:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Amazon is moving into Crown Heights, acquiring the title after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The streaming service nabbed the film for just over $2 million. The film will receive a theatrical release.
The prison drama stars Lakeith Stanfield as Colin Warner, who is arrested and wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. While losing hope, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin's freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.
Matt Ruskin wrote and directed the film, which also features »
- Ashley Lee
Author: Nathan McVay
Most films are seen as an escape. A chance to explore unknown universes, meet larger than life characters and bend the laws of reality. But some of the most effective and powerful of films are those based solely on truth and real life stories. Crown Heights shook the Sundance Film Festival Monday night by telling the tragic true story of the injustice against Colin Warner.
Warner was wrongly tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to a potential life sentence in prison. Warner maintained his innocence and, mostly due to not admitting to a crime he didn’t commit, was refused parole and spent 21 years of his life wrongly imprisoned.
Lakeith Stanfield plays Warner and brings an immense level of heart and innocence to a man so let down by this world and the system. Stanfield has been doing incredible work since his feature debut »
- Nathan McVay
Crown Heights didn't have a big budget so aging the cast about two decades wouldn't be easy. Or maybe it was. The independent film follows the true story of Colin Warner (Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield), a young man from Trinidad who spent 20 years in prison for a 1980 murder in Brooklyn that he didn't commit. Former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha plays Carl King, Colin's best friend who dedicated his life to proving his innocence. You can't help but notice the eyeglasses that Asomugha wears throughout the movie. "Those were everything," Asomugha, 35, told me at the Sundance Film Festival. "Everybody keeps talking about the glasses, and it was important. And I think »
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