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Trailer Watch: Kathy Bates Is a Pot Goddess in “Disjointed”

8 August 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »


Meet Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a cannabis lawyer, activist, and user. A Nsfw trailer has landed for “Disjointed,” a new Netflix comedy series that stars Kathy Bates as Ruth, a charismatic multi-hyphenate who makes fast friends when she announces, “Free joints for everybody!”

The lifelong advocate for legalization is “finally living her dream as the owner of an Los Angeles cannabis dispensary, Ruth’s Alternative Caring,” the show’s official synopsis details. Her “budtenders” include her twenty-something son and a security guard.

“Pretty soon somebody’s gonna become the Walmart of Cannabis. Why not us?” her son asks in the spot.

“Weeds,” another pot-centric comedy with a female lead, aired on Showtime from 2005–2012.

Bates is a two-time Emmy winner who picked up trophies for “American Horror Story” and “Two and a Half Men.” She received an Oscar in 1991 for “Misery.”

Disjointed” begins streaming on Netflix August 25.

Trailer Watch: Kathy Bates Is a Pot Goddess in “Disjointed” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Kathy Bates Offers ‘Free Joints for Everybody’ in Trailer for Netflix Comedy ‘Disjointed’

8 August 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is ramping up its sitcom slate with its new original series “Disjointed,” starring Kathy Bates as Ruth Feldman, a lifelong marijuana legalization advocate and new dispensary proprietor.

The trailer shows Bates with long, wavy gray hair — à la Lily Tomlin in “Grace & Frankie” — wearing colorful, pot leaf-adorned hippie garb as she finds her footing as the proud new owner of Ruth’s Alternative Living, accompanied by her three “budtenders,” her twenty-something-year-old son, and a troubled security guard. The trailer promises some PG-13, if not R-rated, content: “What the f—, it’s cool,” Ruth says nonchalantly at the end.

From Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, the 30-minute show will also star Tone BellAaron MotenElizabeth AlderferDougie Baldwin, and Elizabeth Ho.

Disjointed” marks one of the first original sitcoms to come from Netflix, whose previous forays into the genre include “Fuller House,” a sequel series to the original ABC hit; Ashton Kutcher-starrer “The Ranch,” currently »

- Erin Nyren

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Stephen King Speaks Out About The Dark Tower's Future

3 August 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

The negative reviews for The Dark Tower keep rolling in. Sony's film adaptation of Stephen King's long-running dark fantasy series slides into theaters only hours after initial reviews started appearing online -- intentionally delaying press screenings is a strong indicator the studio knows its film is troubled. Currently The Dark Tower is sitting at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and 34 on Metacritic, and unlikely to improve.

So what went wrong? The film has the backing of powerhouse producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, Cinderella Man), and a cast that includes Idris Elba (Thor) and Matthew McConaughey (True Detective). Bigger question, will Sony's heavy marketing be enough to give it a strong opening weekend? Given the relatively modest $66 million budget, a solid global box office this weekend is probably enough to warrant a sequel. If there is a sequel, what can be done to rectify the first film's problems? »

- David Kozlowski

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Stephen King's Greatest Film and TV Adaptations, Ranked!

2 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Since Stephen King’s 1974 debut with Carrie, the author has long been one of the most recognizable names in horror and science fiction. 

Two years later, director Brian De Palma directed the film adaptation, which went on to earn two Academy Award nominations. Since then, King's expansive body of work has been adapted into more than 100 films and TV series. While many of them -- The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me and Misery, to name a few -- have been commercially successful and critically beloved, there have also have been a number of critically-derided adaptations that didn't exact capture the spirit of the source material.

And though King’s work has been continuously adapted over the past 40 years, Hulu seemingly kicked off a resurgence of interest with 2016’s 11.22.63 starring James Franco and Chris Cooper. This year, Spike TV followed with The Mist and At&T’s Audience network is taking on Mr. Mercedes with David E. Kelley writing »

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Stephen King Movie Adaptations: The Successes and Failures

1 August 2017 5:09 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With the upcoming release of The Dark Tower and It: Part 1 - The Loser’s Club, we look back at the successes and failures of previous Stephen King film adaptations.

Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.

58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King. »

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The Dark Tower's Matthew McConaughey talks taking on Stephen King

31 July 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Dark Tower's Matthew McConaughey talks taking on Stephen KingThe Dark Tower's Matthew McConaughey talks taking on Stephen KingBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine7/31/2017 10:26:00 Am

Could the McConaissance be meeting the Kingaissance with The Dark Tower?

Not only is the film the first in what could be a series of big-screen adaptations based on fantasy writer Stephen King’s eight-book "The Dark Tower" series, which the author himself referred to as his magnum opus (or masterwork), it’s coming out just a month before another anticipated movie based on one of King’s favourites, It.

If both productions live up to expectations, it will be good news for King’s screen legacy, which has long been in need of an upgrade. The Dark Tower, luckily, co-stars the reigning master of Hollywood image rebuilding, Matthew McConaughey, as the piece’s main supernatural villain known as the Man in Black. »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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Art and Release Date for Scream Factory’s ‘Misery’ Blu-ray

27 July 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of the most exciting titles Scream Factory announced at Comic-Con was Rob Reiner’s Misery, which will be getting the Collector’s Edition treatment later this year. Fitting, given how much Stephen King is dominating the tail end of 2017. Scream Factory announced today that the Misery Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will be released on November 28, […] »

- John Squires

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Misery Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Cover Art Revealed, 4K Film Transfer & New Rob Reiner Interview Announced

27 July 2017 11:09 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory recently gave horror and sci-fi fans a lot to look forward to with their Comic-Con announcement of upcoming Blu-ray titles, and they now have a big update on one of the most anticipated of the bunch: a Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Misery.

On Facebook, Scream Factory unveiled Joel Robinson's new Blu-ray cover art for the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King's Misery, and they also revealed that a new 4K film transfer is in the works and that the special features will include a new interview with director Rob Reiner.

Due out on November 28th, additional special features for the Misery Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be announced in September, and we'll be sure to share them with Daily Dead readers.

From Scream Factory: "Hot off our announcement at Comic-Con is some more news on the project that’s sure to interest every “cockadoodie” fan of this classic Stephen King-based thriller! »

- Derek Anderson

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

25 July 2017 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the past several decades, Stephen King has remained prolific, churning out hit novel after hit novel — and Hollywood can thank him for that.

More than 50 projects have been made based on King’s work, and there’s still plenty more to come. In fact, just in 2017, the author has three projects based on his work hitting screens. Next up, he has “Mr. Mercedes” premiering on Audience network, and “The Dark Tower,” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hitting theaters on Aug. 4.


Breaking Down ‘The Dark Tower’ Trailer

Also coming up this year: the highly anticipated adaptation of “It,” bowing on Sept. 8. It’s the latest adaptation of “It,” one of his most popular books. It also inspired a minseries in 1990.

With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the most famous King properties. While the author himself famously isn’t a fan, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, remains »

- Variety Staff

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Misery

22 July 2017 4:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Lea Jul 31, 2017

It won Kathy Bates an Oscar for her role as Annie Wilkes. We take a look back at the adaptation of Stephen King's Misery...

The film: Paul Sheldon (James Caan) has just finished a new book, his first since he decided to end his bestselling Misery Chastain series by killing off his eponymous heroine. On his way to deliver the manuscript, he crashes his car and is severely injured. He’s rescued by local resident Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who just happens to be his “number one fan”. However, when Annie finds out that the author has killed off her favourite character, Paul’s recovery turns into a nightmare.

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's It

22 July 2017 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Lea Jul 24, 2017

Tim Curry's Pennywise dominates the first screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. Fancy a lookback?

The film: When several children are murdered in the town of Derry, Maine, the local librarian Mike Hanlon (Tim Reid) calls his old friends, Bill Denborough (Richard Thomas), Beverley Marsh (Annette O’Toole), Ben Hanscom (John Ritter), Eddie Kaspbrak (Dennis Christopher), and Richie Tozier (Harry Anderson). Plaguing Derry is a mysterious entity they call It, which manifests as childhood fears, including the form of Pennywise the Clown (Tim Curry). The friends defeated it thirty years earlier and return to Derry to fulfil their promise and finish the job.

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Another slight bend in the rules this week with the It mini-series, but with a new adaptation on the way and the 1990 version’s considerable reputation, it’s not one I felt I could miss out. Stephen King »

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Comic-Con 2017: Scream Factory Announces New Blu-ray Titles, Including Collector’s Edition Releases of The Strangers and Misery

21 July 2017 9:20 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The wait is over for home media horror fans, as nine new Blu-ray titles were announced for release later this year and in 2018 at Scream Factory's coveted annual Comic-Con panel, including Collector's Edition releases of Drag Me to Hell, The Strangers, and Misery.

From Scream Factory: "We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here's the line-up that will be coming soon to you in Nov and early 2018:

Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) – Ho Ho Horror! The anti-holiday slasher cult classic favorite is being prepped for release before Christmas.

Misery (Collector’s Edition) (1990) – Hide the sledgehammers! Stephen King and Rob Reiner’s iconic classic receives the deluxe treatment it rightfully deserves.

Drag Me To Hell (Collector’s Edition) (2009) – We go more in-depth into Sam Raimi’s wildly-entertaining and wicked soul-cursing hit film.

The Strangers (Collector’s Edition) (2008) – One of »

- Derek Anderson

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'Undercover Grandpa': Film Review

11 July 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There surely has to be a better retirement funding plan for aging actors than the likes of Erik Canuel’s Undercover Grandpa, an action-comedy that, like Bad Grandpa, gives grandparents a bad name. Starring James Caan — you might remember him from movies like The Godfather, Rollerball and Misery — and such estimable supporting players as Oscar winner Lou Gossett Jr., Paul Sorvino and Jessica Walter, the film is the sort of cinematic dreck that seems to think it deserves to be graded on a curve because it’s geared toward families.

Although the veteran Caan is top-billed, the film’s real star is Dylan Everett, »

- Frank Scheck

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‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’: Always Blunt Barry Sonnenfeld Is Writing A Book About His Time In Hollywood [Podcast]

15 June 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Barry Sonnenfeld’s has proved to have a unique directorial eye with such pop culture touchstones as “The Addams Family,” “Men in Black” and “Get Shorty.” However, he’s spent the past year or so, working for Netflix as the show runner and executive producer of the streaming service’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” reboot.

During our conversation on this brand new episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast, Sonnenfeld bluntly explains why he was fired from the original movie (there was no love lost between himself and a producer at DreamWorks), how to handle the incredibly talented, but infamously difficult super producer Scott Rudin (it involves pillows) and goes into major detail on the casting and production of ‘Unfortunate Events.’

Many movie fans have also forgotten that Sonnefeld was a master cinematographer and was the Director of Photography on modern classics such as “Misery,” “Miller’s Crossing, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Suntup Editions’ The Covers Collection Features Prints of Artwork from Iconic Stephen King Book Covers

8 June 2017 4:55 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For many readers, the illustrations on the covers of Stephen King's novels are just as indelible as the stories told on the pages within, and Suntup Editions is paying tribute to these iconic images with The Covers Collection, a new series of giclée prints featuring the artwork that graced the covers of King's hardcovers, including Pet Sematary, ’Salem's Lot, and It.

The Covers Collection features the work of ten artists and 15 book cover artworks (displayed in their full form without the title text and other additions that appear on book covers).

These highly limited edition prints are available in sizes 18”x24” or 11”x17” (and other dimensions in some cases), come signed by the artist, and are limited to just 100 copies apiece. Those who sign up for The Covers Collection series can look forward to receiving one a month in the mail.

To learn more about The Covers Collection, visit Suntup Editions' website, »

- Derek Anderson

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Cannes Review: ‘Based on a True Story’ is an Uninspired Psychological Thriller from Roman Polanski

28 May 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A psychological thriller directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Olivier Assayas – elevator pitches don’t get much more promising than that. Sadly, the lackluster outcome proves there’s no guaranteed recipe for success. Based on a True Story, adapted from the prize-winning novel by Delphine de Vigan, revisits territory Polanski has mined time and again over the course of his long career. Perhaps too many times, as the film feels like the work of an author thoroughly bored with his material, a sentiment impossible not to share as a viewer.

Delphine (Emmanuelle Seigner) is a successful author who has just published a book that draws from her mother’s experience with mental illness. At a book signing, she meets Her (Eva Green – the press notes state her character is actually called Elle, as in the French original, whereas the English subtitles at the Cannes premiere put it as “Her… »

- Giovanni Marchini Camia

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5 Movies You Didn't Know Came From Stephen King

19 May 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Like it or not, you can't throw a rock in the cinematic universe without hitting a Stephen King book adaptation. Many of the best horror movies of all time originated in the brain of King, from Stanley Kubrick's mindf*ck, The Shining, to Misery, a horror movie so exceptional that it earned Kathy Bates an Oscar. But we can't just stop there. Did you know King has also written quite a few books outside the horror realm, and some have been adapted into wildly and critically acclaimed films? We're leaving the scary movies behind to give you a different kind of surprise twist. »

- Ryan Roschke

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‘Moonlight’ Star André Holland Cast as Lead Stephen King Hulu Series ‘Castle Rock’

11 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Moonlight” star André Holland has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King multiverse project “Castle Rock,” TheWrap has learned. Holland will play a death row attorney named Henry who has a complicated history with the town of Castle Rock, Maine, which is the setting for a number of King’s books. “Castle Rock” is a new, mysterious, psychological and horror drama set to premiere on the streaming service. Plot details are scarce, but a 60-second teaser released in February made references to popular King works like “The Shining,” “Pet Semetary,” “Misery,” and others. Also Read: Stephen King, »

- Carli Velocci

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Stephen King's Misery on the big screen – archive, 1991

8 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

9 May 1991: Kathy Bates’ demented devotee in Misery is inspired casting, says Derek Malcolm

Any mixture of Stephen King, William Goldman and Rob Reiner ought to be out of the ordinary. If you add to that an Oscar-winning performance by a relatively unknown actress, you’ve got something reasonably special. It’s called Misery (Odeon, Leicester Square, 18) and you’d have to be churlish not to be entertained.

Predicated, like most Hollywood box-office swingers, on a one-line concept – famous writer gets kidnapped by number one fan – the film hasn’t any depth to speak of, but is consistently shrewd enough not to go totally obvious ways. And the audacity in casting Kathy Bates as the dotty fan pays considerable dividends.

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- Derek Malcolm

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Rn's Jason Di Rosso on Cate Shortland's "dark fairy-tale" 'Berlin Syndrome'

24 April 2017 12:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Cate Shortland (l) on set.

Imagine a young woman from Brisbane, and you decide to quit your job taking photos for a real estate website, and head overseas for the first time, to the cool city where all the other cool young people seem to be heading —.Berlin. There you meet a really nice guy, you go back to his, you have amazing sex. But fast forward to the morning after and you discover he.s locked you in his creepy apartment, and so begins Berlin Syndrome, a dark fairy-tale of a thriller from Australian director Cate Shortland.

You might remember Cate.s first film, Somersault, which came out in 2004. That film probably rings a bell because you either loved it or hated it — it was dragged into a debate that raged at the time about how Australian cinema was in crisis. It was a particularly ill-informed, mostly »

- Jason Di Rosso

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