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Adaptations of King’s work are very much a mixed bag: at times it feels like the master horror writer is a little too happy to allow film-makers access to his source without checking their actual credentials. But of course, the same open agenda has also gifted cinema fans the likes of The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining, so it’s not all bad.
Somewhat inevitably, given how many novels and short stories King has published, there are a considerable number of works currently considered “in development”. Some have been frozen in that status for some time, and may never actually see release, while others – like The Stand – seem to climb the progress bar every now and then before dropping off the radar entirely again.
Others are far more concrete and will hit both the silver screen and the small one in the next couple of years, giving the »
- Simon Gallagher
We're all over the board today beginning with a new celebrity drop, I work commentary on Ex Machina and World of Tomorrow into our conversation without technically reviewing them, we discuss eliminating cable a little more, tons of news stories, rube stories from the listeners, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
Twenty years ago this week, Tommy Boy hit theaters (and that deer). While it was never a critical smash, the film has amassed a cult following thanks to its star, Chris Farley. To celebrate 20 years of that son of a–, let’s look back on things you may not know about the movie.
Tommy Boy has a 3rd Rock from the Sun connection.
[Photo Credit: NBC]
Rob Lowe, one of the movie’s stars, is uncredited.
[Photo Credit: Paramount]
This is because he was contractually obligated to appear in another movie, The Stand.
[Photo Credit: Paramount]
In the biography The Chris Farley Show, Spade relays a story where he went out »
- Courtney Enlow
Winter is long and hard, and it seems to just get harder as we wade further and further in. The days keep getting colder and greyer, summer feels a long way off, and sometimes the only rational option is to hole up on the sofa and watch some feel good films to help you forget the world outside.
Here are some of Digital Spy's favourite movies - all available on to watch on Netflix right now - to help us get through the season that never seems to end:
1. Forrest Gump
The unlikely adventures of Forrest Gump, a man who trips with blissful unawareness through some of the most important events of 20th century Us history are endlessly quotable, totally hilarious and offers a look at the world through clear, innocent eyes.
The 1985 John Hughes teen comedy classic The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th anniversary on February 15. That’s right, it’s been thirty years since the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal walked into detention as strangers and left as something else. The beloved coming-of-age film — which was a critical and box office success upon its release — featured some of the biggest stars of the ’80s, who all graduated to various levels of success after The Breakfast Club.
As we celebrate the film being a staple of pop culture and cinema, we wanted to check in on the cast and see where they are now. So what are Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson — who were all members of the iconic Brat Pack — up to since they spent that fateful Saturday afternoon together in Shermer High School? We check in on the cast, »
- Aly Semigran
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.
Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.
Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson
As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV. »
Stephen King has been having one hell of a time in Hollywood of late. Josh Boone is moving full-steam ahead on an ambitious adaptation of King’s The Stand, Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct a two-part adaptation of his horror classic It, King’s zombie story Cell arrives on the big screen later this year, CBS just renewed Under the Dome for a third season, and adaptations of Gerald’s Game and Lisey’s Story, among others, are in the works. Now, exciting news has arrived with regard to Hulu’s take on King’s JFK assassination thriller 11/22/63, with word that James Franco has signed on for the lead role.
The Oscar nominee will play a high school English teacher named Jake Epping, who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. While in the past, Epping’s mission is threatened by a variety of obstacles, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a subsequent announcement, major movie sites were reporting that Matthew McConaughey was being courted to play the iconic manifestation of American aggression and evil, the legendary Randall Flagg.
This of course won’t be the first incarnation of The Stand to be played out on-screen. In 1994, Mick Garris directed a 4 episode television mini-series that chronicled the deadly plague that killed most of the world’s population, with the remaining survivors split into two groups – one lead by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being, culminating with a final battle between good and evil.
- Scott Barstead
The works of Stephen King have always found a home on the small screen. Back during the heydey of the network mini-series in the late 1980s and early 1990s, several of King's sprawling works made their way to multi-night event shows. The Shining, The Tommyknockers, The Stand, and more brought dense novels that could not fit into a two hour run-time to the safe environment of ABC and other networks. In recent years, King projects like Haven and Under The Dome have enjoyed longer "event »
- Alex Maidy
10 items from 2015
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