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13 items from 2016


16 Things You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Lord of the Rings’

19 December 2016 8:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” opened on Dec. 19, 2001, it was the culmination of one of the most audacious and successful bets ever made in the movie business. The three films in the series were shot back to back and grossed $2.9 billion dollars — not bad for a trilogy that very nearly didn’t get made.

Why did it take so long after the J.R.R. Tolkien books were published to see a “Lord of the Rings” film? And how did Peter Jackson, who wasn’t a well-known director at the time, end up directing all three? Here are some of the steps it took to put “Lord of the Rings” onscreen.

Hippies helped the Hobbits: The books were published starting in 1954 in England, but didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the mid-1960s, at the height of the Vietnam War, when war protesters and »

- Pat Saperstein

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‘Salem’ Cancelled: WGN America Witch Series to End After Season 3

13 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s the end of the road for “Salem.” Variety has confirmed that the WGN America series has been cancelled and will end after its third season, which is currently in the midst of its run, airing on Wednesday nights.

The supernatural drama, inspired by the Salem witch trials in the 17th century, marked the first original scripted series for Wgn America. The show debuted in April 2014, becoming the network’s first and highest-rated series, and serving as an entrypoint for scripted originals for the cabler. However, “Salem” has been eclipsed of late by new original series “Underground,” which will return for a second season on Mar. 8, and “Outsiders,” which was picked up for a second season in March.

Created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, a witch who controls the Salem witch trials. Shane West plays her long-lost love who returns to SalemSeth Gabel »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Vampire Chronicles: Anne Rice Developing TV Pilot Script

28 November 2016 3:49 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Anne Rice is adapting her book series, The Vampire Chronicles, for TV. The first book in the series, Interview with the Vampire, was made into a 1994 film, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, and Kirsten Dunst.In 2002, Queen of the Damned premiered, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah. While it was largely based on book three of the same name, Queen of the Damned also contained some material from book two -- The Vampire Lestat.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Vampire Chronicles: Anne Rice Eyes a TV Adaptation of 'Highest Quality'

27 November 2016 4:55 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The vampire craze is far from over: Author Anne Rice is prepping a small-screen adaptation of her genre-defining book series The Vampire Chronicles.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, Rice reveals that she has reclaimed the theatrical rights and is currently developing a TV pilot script and series outline with son Christopher Rice, which is said to be a “faithful rendering” of the book series. The first novel, 1976’s Interview With the Vampire, was the basis for a 1994 film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Book No. 3, Queen of the Damned, »

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Anne Rice developing a TV adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles

27 November 2016 5:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like The Vampire Chronicles could be heading to the small screen, with author Anne Rice revealing on Facebook that she has regained the theatrical rights to the book series, and is working on a pilot for a TV adaptation of the novels.

“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear,” said Rice. “I could not be more excited about this! A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is The way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold. My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many »

- Gary Collinson

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The Vampire Chronicles: Anne Rice hints at TV series

26 November 2016 5:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Nov 28, 2016

Lestat, Louis and Claudia to take a bite out of the small screen in Game Of Thrones-quality series.

Anne Rice hinted that she may be adapting her Vampire Chronicles book series into an open-ended TV series “of the highest quality.”

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“The theatrical rights to the The Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear!,” Rice wrote to Faebook.

“I could not be more excited about this! --- A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is The way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold. --- My son Christopher Rice »

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Netflix in October: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

22 September 2016 5:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

What’s Coming Oct. 1: “Queen of the Damned” Just in time for Halloween, Netflix is adding 2002’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel “The Queen of the Damned,” led by the late R&B star Aaliyah and Irish actor Stuart Townsend. What’s Coming Oct. 1: “Dazed and Confused” Following the release of director Richard Linklater‘s “Everybody Wants Some!!” earlier this year, its spiritual prequel “Dazed and Confused” hits Netflix next month. What’s Coming Oct. 1: “UnforgivenClint Eastwood‘s Best Picture-winner “Unforgiven” takes a frank look at how the uglier parts of the Old West have been forgotten through time. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Jared Leto Eyed for ‘The Vampire Lestat’

9 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Vampire Lestat director Josh Boone eyes Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto for the lead role. 

Josh Boone is no stranger to adapting books to the big screen. He successfully brought The Fault in our Stars to cinema masses and spent several months trying (and sadly failing) at bringing a big screen version of Stephen King‘s The Stand  to life. This experience doesn’t seem to have deterred him as it was last week announced that he has begun work on bringing some of Anne Rice‘s finest stories to life.

Whilst initial reports suggested Boone would be remaking 90’s gothic classic Interview with the Vampire it has now surfaced that he will focus in on a different novel, The Vampire Lestat, which does feature parts of Interview with the Vampire. The vampire features in several of Rice’s novels and was made famous on the screen in Interview with the Vampire »

- Kat Hughes

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Interview With The Vampire reboot eyeing Jared Leto

7 May 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Director Josh Boone tells social media the script for Interview With The Vampire is done and Jared Leto is the only one.

Rumours are circulating that there is a new Lestat in town. Director Josh Boone took to Instagram to post an image of the finished Interview With The Vampire reboot screenplay and that he has an idea for one of the two main vampire roles.

“Lestat - there can be only one. #JaredLeto”, Boone posted.

When the first Interview with the Vampire movie cast Tom Cruise as the rock star vampire, Anne Rice fans, and Anne Rice herself, were not best pleased. Rice envisioned the role as perfect for Rutger Hauer, Rice fans thought it would be risky business to turn the Vampire Chronicles into a Top Gun movie.

Boone’s posting followed a tweet from Anne Rice’s son Christopher Rice that said big announcements were on the way. »

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Interview With The Vampire reboot eyeing Jared Leto

7 May 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Director Josh Boone tells social media the script for Interview With The Vampire is done and Jared Leto is the only one.

Rumours are circulating that there is a new Lestat in town. Director Josh Boone took to Instagram to post an image of the finished Interview With The Vampire reboot screenplay and that he has an idea for one of the two main vampire roles.

“Lestat - there can be only one. #JaredLeto”, Boone posted.

When the first Interview with the Vampire movie cast Tom Cruise as the rock star vampire, Anne Rice fans, and Anne Rice herself, were not best pleased. Rice envisioned the role as perfect for Rutger Hauer, Rice fans thought it would be risky business to turn the Vampire Chronicles into a Top Gun movie.

Boone’s posting followed a tweet from Anne Rice’s son Christopher Rice that said big announcements were on the way. »

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Jared Leto Wanted as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire Remake

5 May 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Is Jared Leto Lestat in the upcoming Interview with the Vampire remake? While we have no directo confirmation that is the case, the movie's screenwriter Josh Boone has tweeted out his own personal pick for the iconic vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in this impending remake. Though, he doesn't give us much to go on. He simply says the following about his possible casting pick.

"Lestat - there can be only one. #JaredLeto."

Yesterday, we reported that the long-gestating remake of Interview with the Vampire is still moving forward, with writer-director Josh Boone showing off the cover page to his recently-completed script, which he co-wrote with Jill Killington. The image revealed that the project is based on two of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles books, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat, although nothing more is known about the adaptation, or how closely it will stick to these two novels. »

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Interview with the Vampire Remake Script Is Finished

4 May 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in the summer of 2014, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to author Anne Rice's entire The Vampire Chronicles novel series, including Interview With the Vampire, Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. A few weeks later, the studio brought on The Fault in our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone to write and direct an adaptation entitled The Vampire Chronicles, which would be based on Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. It seems the focus of this project has changed a bit, with Josh Boone recently revealing the title page of his script for a remake of Interview with the Vampire.

The filmmaker posted this photo of the script title page to his Instagram account last week, which revealed the title is in fact Interview With the Vampire, which will be based on the book of the same name, and The Vampire Lestat. The filmmaker co-wrote the script with Jill Killington, »

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Viggo Mortensen Talks About Getting Cast in The Lord of the Rings, 15 Years Later

23 January 2016 5:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's hard to imagine anyone but Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings films, but once upon a time, someone else was supposed to get the part. Devoted fans probably know that Irish actor Stuart Townsend was originally cast in the film, but days into filming, he exited, and Mortensen stepped in. At an indie actors panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Mortensen opened up about getting the role that eventually catapulted him to A-list status. "I came to [the movie] very late. There was someone who has already been cast, which was a tricky thing. It was a mutual decision - it was nothing personal - that he was too young for the part, so they asked me. I felt funny about that . . . I hadn't read the trilogy. I read The Hobbit. I first said I didn't want to do it. You have to know whether you can, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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