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Stephen King has more film adaptations of his work than any other writer and this is a testament to his prowess of writing interesting and engaging fiction which is always entertaining and very easy to read. He writes across a number of genres, but is most famed for his body of horror prose which includes such popular fiction as Salem’s Lot, It, Carrie, The Shining and Misery. Even though he wrote The Shawshank Redemption, which was adapted into one of the most universally acclaimed films in cinema history, King will always be known primarily for his horror novels.
Cinema and TV adaptions of his work range from the sublime to the ridiculous. There is the Oscar winning Misery and there is the stinking heap of dung that is The Mangler. Central to the interpretation of King’s horror work is to have a good strong villain. Therefore »
- Clare Simpson
Aired January 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Host/Musical Guest: Country music gets a bad rap in a lot of ways outside of the bible belt. Part of this is justifiable: The dregs of country music are ripe ground for parody, what with their trucks and beer and love for the troops. “Bro country”, in particular, has as many staunch defenders as it does haters who want to watch it burn in a tire fire. These are the kinds of country songs that take those truck and beer aspects of the genre, crank it up to 10, and generally are performed either very drunk or without shirts on (for a good primer on this, just listen to Maddie & Tae’s excellent takedown “Girl In A Country Song”). For many, Blake Shelton is the grand poobah of bro country, »
- Jj Perkins
Look: maybe this won’t be so bad? This has been a pretty stellar season of “Saturday Night Live,” by far the best and most consistent since I’ve started covering it here at the start of Season 36. So who could blame the show for picking a host based on corporate synergy rather than comedic talent? Plenty of hosts serve a larger purpose than “comedic quality” when they appear, and at least we are sure that Blake Shelton isn’t ashamed of making a fool of himself. (We have his cringe-inducing holiday specials as evidence of that.) Look: Shelton is an incredibly charismatic host on “The Voice,” but nothing I’ve seen there screams that he’ll be well-suited for hosting “SNL.” Still, my fears are really based on nothing but fears: hosts as varied as Bruno Mars and Eli Manning have turned in more-than-credible jobs as host, and I »
- Ryan McGee
"It eats you alive!" The cult classic sci-fi/horror film The Blob is going to get the remake treatment... again. This time it will be developed by action director Simon West, who has given us films such as Con Air, Tomb Raider, and The Expendables 2.
The original movie was released in 1958, it starred Steve MQueen, and I'm a big fan of it. I enjoy watching those old sci-fi and horror flicks. In 1972 a very low-budget sequel was made called Beware! The Blob, which was wonderfully terrible. Then in 1988 there was a remake of The Blob that was co-written by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead), which wasn't very good, and it completely bombed at the box office
This latest remake could start shooting this summer, and this is what West is looking to do with it:
“With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. »
- Joey Paur
Visual effects supremo Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in early talks to take over from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to direct the upcoming prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont left the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the hit 2012 movie and shows how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) has been in talks to play a villain in the film.
Nicolas-Troyan has previously worked as a second-unit director on the first film and on Disney’s Maleficent, as well as working as visual effects supervisor on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring. In recent months, he has been linked to the upcoming Highlander remake.
- Scott J. Davis
As predicted, Universal worked fast to fill the director’s chair on The Huntsman, its planned prequel to 2012 hit Snow White & the Huntsman. Following news that The Shawshank Redemption helmer Frank Darabont had exited the production, it has been announced that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the first film, is signed to take the reins.
Nicolas-Troyan, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on the original, has many other credits to his name, including as second unit director on effects-heavy Maleficent. His past experience with the Huntsman property made him particularly appealing to Universal once Darabont abruptly departed over “creative differences.” The Huntsman will mark Nicolas-Troyan’s feature film directorial debut – though his name is attached to the Highlander reboot, his only past experience as a director is on a short called Carrot Vs Ninja.
Universal is pushing The Huntsman into production quickly, and it is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Work on the sequel to Snow White And the Huntsman - which now goes by the name of The Huntsman - is set to get going in earnest later this year. But before it does, there's a change in director that we need to tell you about.
Earlier this week it was revealed that The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist helmer Frank Darabont had dropped out of directing The Huntsman. The reason? "Creative differences" is all we've been told thus far.
So who's going to be stepping into his shoes?
That'd be a man by the name of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Once mooted to helm the reboot of Highlander that Summit Entertainment is putting together, Nicolas-Troyan has thus far built a steady career as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor. On his CV? The likes of Maleficent, »
Emily Blunt was once in line to play Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it looks like she'll be uniting with Thor on the big screen for an entirely different franchise. The Wrap reports that Blunt is in negotiations to play the villain in The Huntsman, the spin-off of Snow White and The Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth. Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) was slated to direct, but he bailed on the project citing "creative differences" as his reason for exiting. No replacement director has been found yet, but someone should reportedly be announced this week.
The plot for this film follows Eric (Hemsworth), the huntsman who protected Snow White in the first film, as he's sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror. Though Charlize Theron's evil queen died in the first film, the actress will return to reprise her role this time, »
- Ben Pearson
The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, who directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, has abruptly vacated the director’s chair on The Huntsman, Universal’s upcoming spinoff from the dark fantasy epic Snow White & the Huntsman. Sources say that “creative differences” were the reason for the split, which was amicable. The studio reportedly has another helmer lined up, which should help the spinoff stick to its planned 2016 release date, and moreover, they’re still in talks with Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt about the possibility of her taking on a key role.
Whatever you may have thought about Snow White & the Huntsman, the fact is that it made $396.5 million at the worldwide box office, and with a figure like that, it was only a matter of time until Universal came up with a way to expand the property. The Huntsman will focus mostly on Chris Hemsworth’s character, »
- Isaac Feldberg
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so, we've dug into the archives, and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year, starting today, with 2000. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. So here we begin, with the year 2000, the start of the 21st century, when everyone was finally over pre-millennium tension, Y2K and other-made up nonsense by the press trying to describe some sort of global anxiety or malaise. Film was not in a bad place. After years of the Academy rewarding chum like "Forrest Gump" (over "Pulp Fiction" or "The Shawshank Redemption") or playing it safe, ("Braveheart »
- The Playlist Staff
The Lego Movie has earned prizes far beyond an Oscar nomination. But the snub still hurts...
The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.
Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.
It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas, »
With just a few months before Marvel’s first Netflix show Daredevil is ready to stream it’s no surprise that promotion for the show has begun. We got a poster last week [see here], and now the official Daredevil Twitter page has now unveiled an image teasing Nelson and Murdock’s law firm.
No word yet on when we will see a trailer for the show but going by other Netflix shows we will likely get one around a month before the release.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Hachiro, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For »
- Thomas Roach
The American Film Institute is probably best known for those lists of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (y'know... if it's an American production in some way). Well, every year they hold their own awards, because every group of people has to have awards. They recognize the ten best films (for this year, it's eleven due to a tie) and the ten best television programs of the year. There are not winners in these categories, but each one gets celebrated. On that front, I kind of like the AFI approach to awards. Along with the awards, AFI has put together this four and a half minute montage chronicling the last 120 years of film. Now, it would be ridiculous to cover every single year. Instead, they start with 1894's Strong Man and jump every ten years, showcasing films like Rear Window, The Godfather: Part II, Pulp Fiction, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind »
- Mike Shutt
It’s been a while since we have seen Jack Black on the screen, but that is set to change this year as HBO has announced that the actor’s new 10-episode show The Brink will air this summer, with a cast that also includes Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Pablo Schreiber (The Wire) and a host of others including Sin City’s Carla Gugino and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.
When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Schreiber). From »
- Scott J. Davis
Not content with dropping the first trailer for Ant-Man [watch it here], Marvel has now announced that its upcoming Netflix series Daredevil is set to land on Netflix on April 10th – and accompanying the news is a brand new poster, motion poster and image for the 13-part series!
Marvel’s Daredevil is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, »
- Gary Collinson
The hugely-popular fantasy video game series Warcraft will be making the jump from monitors to the big screen next year courtesy of Duncan Jones, and the Moon and Source Code director has been speaking about his upcoming epic during a chat with Chinese site Mtime (via ManMadeMovies), stating that it will explore “first contact” between Orcs and Humans.
“From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans. First contact! I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft… it was important that some of our characters would be seeing the world fresh as well, and that the audience could see the situation through their eyes… A Warcraft film should not be about a good race »
- Gary Collinson
Deakins is nominated for the 13th time for the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award, which he has won three times, for Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" (2013), Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" (1995) and the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn’t There" (2002). His other nominations include the Coens' "Fargo" (1997), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001), "No Country for Old Men" (2008) and "True Grit" (2011), Martin Scorsese's "Kundun" (1998), Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2008), Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" (2009), Stephen Daldry's "The Reader" (2009), and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (2014). He won the Asc's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. (Read: Bill Desowitz's interview with him here. ) As expected, the nominees are: Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc for Unbroken Óscar »
- Anne Thompson
Despite the crazy events of "Archer: Vice" last year, this week's premiere of the sixth season of FX's animated comedy returns the gang to their regular espionage business. However, creator-writer Adam Reed has revealed that at one point a plan was considered to see the team paying for their crimes - by putting them in prison.
Reed tells EW: "It was an offhand comment by someone. We sat down and talked about it and were laughing about it, and instantly story ideas were spilling out. Then some wet blanket said, 'Well, you know, it's going to seem like we're ripping off Orange Is the New Black.' It just sucked all the air out of the room.”
The idea may have been abandoned, but the team gave the mag an illustration of their idea of what would happen to these incarcerated characters. Prison movie references galore are in the shot, »
- Garth Franklin
The American Society Of Cinematographers (Asc) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.
The nominees are:
Robert D Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
“These nominees represent a fabulous slate selected from a particularly rich field of work this year,” said Asc president Richard Crudo.
“It’s amazing how these cinematographers have once again redefined the boundaries of what we do.”
Deakins has been nominated 12 times before and won for Skyfall (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002). He received the organisation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Lubezki won the Asc Award last year for Gravity and also »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The winner will be revealed on Feb. 15 during the annual Asc Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“These nominees represent a fabulous slate selected from a particularly rich field of work this year,” said Asc President Richard Crudo. “It’s amazing how these cinematographers have once again redefined the boundaries of what we do.”
Lubezki won the Asc Award last year for “Gravity.” He also won »
- Dave McNary
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