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Pottermore In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson for Wonderland, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling revealed that she made a mistake by having Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley end up together at the conclusion of the series, calling the pairing "a form of wish fulfillment." Realzing that she might be "breaking people's hearts" by saying that, Rowling apologized to the fans, but said that Hermione should have married the title hero instead.
I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
Watson, who played Hermione in the WB-produced movies based on the books, agreed with Rowling and said that many fans will too.
I think »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
The surge of Stephen King adaptations continues with news that Universal TV is developing a TV series based on Ayana. The short story first appeared in The Paris Review, before becoming a part of King’s short story collection, Just After Sunset, in 2008. Here’s the official synopsis:
“A man’s father is dying of pancreatic cancer. A strange little girl named Ayana arrives at his hospital room and gives him a kiss–but not a “kiss of death.” Instead his father miraculously recovers. The narrator must repay this miracle, though, and over the years is called upon to do so.”
According to Variety, NBC is currently interested in the project, but it’s possible that the pilot could be shopped elsewhere if NBC decides to pass. Chris Sparling (Buried, Sea of Trees) will write the pilot, but there is no word on a director or casting at this time. »
- Jonathan James
(Cbr) Universal TV is developing Stephen King’s 2007 short story “Ayana” for television. Published first in The Paris Review and then included in the 2008 collection "Just After Sunset", “Ayana” is a story of miracles that begins with a man being cured of pancreatic cancer after being kissed by a mysterious blind 7-year-old girl. Variety reports that Chris Sparling, who wrote "Buried" and "Sea of Trees", will pen the pilot. NBC is considering the pilot; however, if the network doesn’t pick up the project, Universal TV will shop it elsewhere. "Under the Dome", based on on King’s 2009 sci-fi novel, will »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Yep, another Stephen King story is heading to the small screen, and at this rate it won't be long before half the shows on TV are based on King tales! Read on for the early word on "Ayana" from Universal TV.
Set in the world of miracles, “Ayana” (which appeared in King's Just After Sunset compilation) features complex and powerful characters who are touched with just a hint of unexplained magic that triggers profound change in their lives.
Per Variety, Chris Sparling (Buried) is on board to pen the pilot. Jordan Kerner (the Mighty Ducks and Smurfs franchises) will serve as executive producer with Ben Haber (who worked with Kerner on the Smurfs films) producing.
NBC is currently considering the project, but should they pass, Universal TV will shop the pilot to other networks.
Short Story Synopsis:
A man's father is dying of pancreatic cancer. A strange little girl named »
- Debi Moore
Via: The Wrap
There was a time when I didn't really care for Matthew McConaughey. Can you blame me, though? He was making a lot of crappy movies! He's made a big change recently, and the guy has taken on some great roles in some fantastic films! Right now I'm enjoying his performance in the HBO series True Detective. He's also set to appear in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
The plot follows one man, played by McConaughey, who is planning to kill himself in the forest at the base of Mount Fuji. While in the “sea of trees,” he comes into contact with another man, played by Ken Watanabe, who has been contemplating his own suicide. »
- Joey Paur
Last seen behind the camera on 2012’s Promised Land, renowned filmmaker Gus Van Sant is about to return to the helm for his anticipated follow-up, Sea of Trees, and he’s lining up his leading cast very nicely.
Ken Watanabe has been attached to play the Japanese lead, and now The Wrap reports that Matthew McConaughey, riding high on his praised performance in Dallas Buyers Club, has signed on to star opposite Watanabe in the American lead. We had heard that Joaquin Phoenix was considering the part, but it looks like he must have ultimately passed, with McConaughey coming on board instead.
Sea of Trees follows an American man (McConaughey) who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man (Watanabe) who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Universal TV is set to adapt Stephen King’s short story Ayana into a new TV series. I'm not really familiar with this story, but it's set in the world of miracles and "features complex and powerful characters who are touched with just a hint of unexplained magic that triggers profound change in their lives."
The story was written in 2007 and published in The Paris Review, and it was later included in King's short story collection Just After Sunset in 2008. The series is being written by Chris Sparling (Buried). Here's a more detailed plot summary,
A man recounts his father's battle with pancreatic cancer in 1982, culminating in the intervention of a blind seven-year-old girl named Ayana. After being kissed by the mysterious child, "Doc" Gentry makes a miraculous recovery from the edge of death, and the narrator discovers that his own part in the working of miracles is only beginning. »
- Joey Paur
Originally published in 2007, “Ayana” was later included in King’s collection, “Just After Sunset,” in November 2008.
Collected in 2008's "Just After Sunset," the story is set in 1982 and follows a narrator who talks of how a blind seven-year-old girl named Ayana kissed his dying father and healed him.
In return though, the narrator must repay this miracle and is called upon to do so over the years.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The 44-year-old is set to feature alongside Ken Watanabe in the movie, reports variety.com.
While Van Sant will direct the movie, Chris Sparling will pen the script.
The story of "Sea of Trees" follows a suicidal American (McConaughey) who befriends a Japanese man (Watanabe) lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji.
- Rahul Kapoor
CAA and Wme are in early stages of talks with financiers and jointly represent Us rights.
Ken Watanabe will also star as a man lost in a forest near Mount Fuji who befriends the forlorn American.
McConaughey is regarded as the favourite to win the best actor Oscar on March 2 for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Chris Sparling is writing the script, which sees McConaughey play a suicidal man who meets Watanabe's character in Japan's infamous 'Suicide Forest'.
Sea of Trees is the latest big role for the 44-year-old, after winning the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
McConaughey is also nominated for an Oscar for his role in the biographical drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
The actor recently revealed that he lost three and a half stone for the part, which he said was hard on his family. »
Universal TV is adapting "Ayana," Stephen King's short story into a TV drama, reports Variety. Chris Sparling, who's "Sea of Trees" directed by Gus Van Sant, just landed Matthew McConaughey in the lead, is scripting the pilot. The story follows powerful characters with a little magic in them, which brings about a significant change in their lives. “Ayana” is being executive-produced by Jordan Kerner while Ben Haber produces. The book was first published in 2007 in The Paris Review. »
After a healthy run at the other awards shows, Dallas Buyers Club leading man Matthew McConaughey is the clear favourite to take home the Best Actor Oscar this year. He’s also a man in high demand, and Gus Van Sant has secured his services for a new drama called Sea Of Trees.Buried’s Chris Sparling wrote the script, which sees an American man (McConaughey) heading into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foot of Mount Fuji with every intention of taking his own life.Yet, as he prepares to commit suicide, a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe), who came with the same intent but has had second thoughts, interrupts him, and convinces him that life just might be worth living. As they look for a way out of the forest, they reflect on what the world means to them.From the sounds of it, Sea Of Trees is shaping »
Matthew McConaughey has boarded "Sea of Trees"alongside Ken Watanabe, reports by Variety. Gus Van Sant directs the film scripted by Chris Sparling which has McConaughey as a suicidal American who makes friends with a Japanese man played by Watanabe, lost in a forest which is near Mt. Fuji. "Sea of Trees" is produced by Gil Netter. McConaughey won a Golden Globe for his efforts in "Dallas Buyers Club," and is in the running for to grab an Oscar for the drama. He's also Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill starrer "The Wolf of Wall Street," as well as HBO's "True Detective" alongside Woody Harrelson. »
We never anticipated we might be counting Ken Wantanabe's nominations during awards season 2015, but between Scorcese's Silence and Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, based on the Black List script from Chris Sparling, it's definitely on the table. Matthew McConaughey has also joined the upcoming drama Trees, which follows an American and a Japanese man who meet in Aokigahara, a forest near Mount Fuji known as a site for suicides. Instead of ending their lives, the two leads "embark on a reflective journey through the forest together," which is to say these two are both getting Oscar noms. Go ahead and count it now. »
- Halle Kiefer
The pair play men who meet in the Japan's infamous "Suicide Forest," where people go to commit suicide. But instead of killing themselves, the duo embark on a reflective journey through the forest together.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The McConaissance is on a roll and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon. As he heads into Oscar season as a favorite for Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey isn’t set to just rest on his laurels. He’s currently doing some excellent work on HBO’s True Detective and is also filming Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Hoping to keep busy and continue his hot streak, the actor has now joined Gus Van Sant’s upcoming film Sea of Trees, alongside Ken Watanabe.
With a script from Chris Sparling that landed on the 2013 Black List, Sea of Trees will tell the following story:
“An American man taking a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji intends on taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide and »
- Matt Joseph
Chris Sparling (Buried, Atm) wrote the screenplay that landed on the 2013 Black List, which is set in the "Suicide Forest" near Mount Fuji in Japan. The story follows an American man (Matthew McConaughey) who journeys to this infamous location to take his own life. He is interrupted by a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who is trying to make his way out of the forest after having second thoughts about his own suicide. Together, they go on a journey of reflection and survival.
Next month we'll see if Matthew McConaughey takes home the Oscar for Best Actor for his spectacular turn in last year's Dallas Buyers Club, and now we have a new project for the actor as well. The Wrap reports McConaughey, who has been enjoying quite the career surge over the past few years, has joined the cast of Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant's new drama Sea of Trees. The script hails from Buried writer Chris Sparling and follows McConaughey as a man who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji (that's a real, depressing place) with the intention of killing himself. However, a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe of Inception) who has had second thoughts about his own suicide interrupts him as he attempts to find his way out of the forest. As you might expect, the two take an interest »
- Ethan Anderton
The McConaissance continues! But perhaps we should stop being surprised at the choices Matthew McConaughey is making and just accept that he's no longer the shirtless himbo you thought he was. Now focused on interesting work with top tier talent, even when the actor has gone for a blockbuster, it's been with Christopher Nolan on his forthcoming "Interstellar." But his next move once again finds McConaughey choosing something small and potentially great. The Wrap reports that McConaughey and Ken Watanabe have joined Gus Van Sant's "Sea Of Trees." The project first bubbled up to our attention when it was reported in December that Joaquin Phoenix was taking an interest, and, as much as we like him, McConaughey will do just fine. Anyway, the project is a promising one, with the script by Chris Sparling ("Buried," "Atm") landing on the 2013 Black List and telling the story of an American man »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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