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In a past episode of channel control, we talked about a show named Castle Rock. This upcoming 10 episode Hulu original series is a psychological thriller anthology and will be based off the fictional town of the Castle Rock, Maine which has been used in numerous Stephen King Novels. The town has been used as the back drop for The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and at least 8 other stories by Mr. King. The town has even been mentioned in over 20 stories including Creepshow, The Stand, Gerald’s Game, & 11/22/63.
In the first teaser, we hear multiple voice-overs as the names of books, movies, or characters from his stories are shown on the screen. It ends with a dark map of the North-Eastern Us and the words Castle Rock across the screen. It’s pretty much standard fare for a teaser, which is nothing more than “Hey! We’re making a show. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Bayne)
Castle Rock. It's a town where many of Stephen King's stories take place, existing smack-dab in the center of the horror master's wonderfully weird literary world, and it's coming to life in a new limited series on Hulu. Ahead of the 2018 premiere of the 10-episode first season, Castle Rock is teased in the show's new (and very enigmatic) trailer that was unleashed at New York Comic Con and is now available to watch online.
You can see some of King's written works referenced in mysterious ways in the first teaser trailer for Castle Rock below. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Castle Rock, and read on for additional details on the new series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, which features a cast that includes Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, and Bill Skarsgård (aka Pennywise from the new »
- Derek Anderson
The chilling first footage from the psychological-horror drama was screened at New York Comic-Con on Sunday — and while it doesn’t reveal much, it does feature some Easter eggs from King’s iconic stories. (Keep an eye out for a nod to The Shawshank Redemption.)
The J.J. Abrams-produced series »
Cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed 13 Oscar nominations throughout his career for work on films like “The Shawshank Redemption,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall.” It has become a slice of Oscar trivia that he has yet to win, tied for the record on that score with the late George J. Folsey (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “Adam’s Rib”). Denis Villeneuve’s massive blockbuster sequel “Blade Runner 2049” may or may not be the turning of the tide for Deakins at the Academy Awards, but judging by his response to such factoids, he isn’t losing any sleep over it. He’s just happy to still be doing the work of visual storytelling. He continues to perform at a high level, and he’s forged a partnership with Villeneuve over the course of three films now (“Prisoners” and “Sicario” being the others) that makes for one of the great visual signatures in modern cinema.
- Kristopher Tapley
Moneyball’s Billy Beane said it best when it came to surviving in a hard industry. “Adapt or die.” Powerful words and while Hollywood is not baseball, they’ve got more in common than most would think about. You see, both require stars to perform their craft admirably for an audience, sell merchandise, and get butts in seats. However, one thing that Hollywood does better than baseball, and pretty much every other profession is: adaptation.
For those of you who don’t know, adaptation refers to the process of making something suitable for a new use or purpose. Our bodies adapt to time changes, animals adapt to environmental shifts, and Hollywood adapts novels, comic books, plays, and video games to try and get more money. While not identical in the biological sense, Hollywood is just doing what we do all the time. They are changing to better fit the new situation they are presented with. »
- S Christian Roe
Adapting Stephen King for the big screen doesn’t always work out. For every “The Shawshank Redemption, “Stand By Me,” and “The Shining” there is a “Secret Window,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “The Dark Tower,” which means that by now King fans know better than to get their hopes up any time an adaptation is announced. Fortunately, the fall movie season is shaping up to be the strongest run of Stephen King adaptations the movies have ever seen. “It” is already a fan favorite and a box office sensation, dethroning “The Exorcist” to become the biggest horror grosser in the U.S., but Netflix is about to provide a one-two punch in great King movies.
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The streaming giant premiered two original films based on Stephen King works at Fantastic Fest this weekend, “Gerald’s Game »
- Zack Sharf
Rebecca Lea Sep 25, 2017
The film: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Despite protesting his innocence, the jury is unconvinced and he is given two life sentences, the duration of which will be endured at Shawshank Prison. There, he meets Red (Morgan Freeman) who narrates their story. The two men form a close friendship as Andy gets used to prison life, dealing with aggressive fellow inmates, corrupt prison officials, and eventually running the Shawshank library.
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It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.
Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.
But as It reminded audiences, »
Rebecca Lea Sep 18, 2017
The film: A mysterious new shop called Needful Things opens in the town of Castle Rock, owned by the mysterious Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). The residents discover that the antique shop provides them with exactly what they’re looking for, no matter how specific. The price to pay isn’t of the ordinary variety, however, and Gaunt invites his customers to commit pranks on their fellow townsfolk which steadily escalate in complexity and consequence. It soon attracts the attention of Sheriff Alan Pangborn (lately of The Dark Half and now in the form of Ed Harris).
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A satire on greed culture, small town politics, and mob mentalities, Needful Things is one of »
Al Yankovic can be described in a lot of ways besides "Weird." Most people know that he's a chart-topping singer-songwriter, a director-producer, a top-notch parodist, an author and a die-hard polka enthusiast. Even those who have followed his career closely, however, may have forgotten he was, for a brief moment, the host of a short-lived children's television show.
The Weird Al Show debuted on CBS on September 13, 1997 as part of their Saturday morning lineup. Each episode began with the all important "today's lesson" before viewers were invited into Yankovic's underground »
Coming off this summer’s deadly box office, with domestic ticket sales the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade, studios and beleaguered theater owners are looking to the highly anticipated horror film “It” to scare up some serious business as the fall moviegoing season gets under way.
The R-rated adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name is projected to debut this weekend to at least $60 million, and potentially go on to amass tens, if not hundreds, of millions more during its run in theaters, on home entertainment platforms and in other ancillary markets. A follow-up film is already expected to begin production in the first quarter of next year.
Stocks of the country’s major theater circuits — AMC, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark and Imax — have been getting pummeled by the downturn. Summer box office, which ended on Labor Day, was down more than 20% from 2016, and year-to-date revenue is off 6%.
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- Jenelle Riley
I've often wondered what it must be like for successful authors, like Stephen King, to see their works adapted for TV and film; sometimes it works out great (The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me) and sometimes not so much (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive). King, who's published more than 90 books in his 69 years of life -- nearly all of them optioned by Hollywood -- has certainly had his share of adaptation ups and downs.
It is, however, exceedingly rare for any single novel to be made into both a TV mini-series and also a movie (although that is becoming less unusual these days). King published the horror novel, It, in September 1986, and it's traveled a long, strange road ever since. The book was first adapted as a television mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as the evil Pennywise the Clown, and then was again optioned by Warner Bros. in 2009 for a feature film. »
- David Kozlowski
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.
This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?
Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc
“Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film »
- David Ehrlich
The social media embargo for Stephen King's It lifted last night, releasing the first wave of critics' reactions into the world. While nobody has reviewed the movie in full yet, we've got a consensus on the horror adaptation and it's quite positive. Sounds like not just the scariest movie of the year but maybe a horror classic? Could this be one of the most acclaimed King adaptations when the reviews do drop? Currently, the top title is the 1976 version of Carrie, which has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's followed by non-horror movies Stand By Me (91%) and The Shawshank Redemption (91%) then 1983's The Dead Zone (90%) and Misery (89%) rounding up the first five (see the rest of the rankings...
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- Christopher Campbell
It’s been called one of the greatest movies ever made and to be quite honest it’s one of the only Stephen King stories to ever be called a genuine hit. There’s been a lot of people that could watch the Shawshank Redemption over and over just to hear the voices of the actors and to see how Andy Dufresne, who was wrongfully imprisoned for the murders of his wife and her lover, finally got justice for himself. The cast is top notch and each and every character contributes to the film somehow. The emotions that are packed into the film
Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. »
Iconic actor Morgan Freeman is to receive the Life Achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild.
The actor’s career has been a memorable one, and brought joy to movie fans all over the world. And it comes as no surprise to hear that Freeman will be receiving the Life Achievement award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21st.
Freeman will be the 54th recipient of the accolade which is bestowed on those for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. »
- Samuel Brace
Oscar season is officially on our doorstep as the 74th annual Venice Film Festival is set to take flight a week from today with the world premiere of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.” Recent contenders like “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” and “La La Land” have begun their journeys on the Lido before taking the season by storm.
Commencing in the Colorado mountains next Friday will be the Telluride Film Festival’s 44th Labor Day sprint, where major players like “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Argo” all unspooled. Other awards season launchpads in Toronto, New York, and Hollywood (AFI Fest) will follow soon after.
Many new films will plant their flags throughout this circuit, while plenty more will aim for strategic exposure after the festival dust settles. The six-month season will be long — longer than usual, thanks to the Winter Olympics — but the reward will (hopefully) be a string of quality prestige films from many of the finest filmmakers in the »
- Kristopher Tapley
A voice that is recognized all over the world is now being recognized for a lifetime of achievement. Morgan Freeman has been awarded SAG-aftra’s highest distinction, the SAG Life Achievement Award. Freeman is not only being celebrated for his iconic style and proficiency as an actor, he is also being honored as an unrelenting humanitarian and changemaker in America. Read: ‘Fences,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Win at 2017 SAG Awards As a child, Freeman garnered attention for winning a statewide theater competition in Mississippi. The prolific actor, who has over 100 film credits to his name, is most known for his interpretation of characters in “Unforgiven,” which won four Oscars, and “The Shawshank Redemption,” for which Freeman received best actor nominations at the SAG Awards, Oscars, and Golden Globes. Both films are catalogued in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. He won an Oscar statue for “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman »
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”
Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.
“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless »
- Dave McNary
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