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Review: Stephen King’s Bag of Bones Miniseries

11 December 2011 2:35 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stephen King was a big part of horror television in the 90’s. Networks weren’t really pushing the limits of TV at the time, so Stephen King-based miniseries always stood out as something special. With bigger budgets and usually a movie actor or two, Stephen King miniseries were huge TV events.

There have been a dozen or so Stephen King-related TV projects, and director Mick Garris has been involved in a number of them, having directed The Stand, The Shining, Desperation, and his most recent project, Bag of Bones.

Unfortunately for Bag of Bones, the TV landscape has changed quite a bit and a TV miniseries doesn’t have the same impact it used to. When TV shows on basic cable have movie-like budgets, talented actors, and quality special effects, how does a miniseries stand out? In the case of Bag of Bones, they hired Pierce Brosnan to »

- Jonathan James

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Bill McKinney obituary

8 December 2011 6:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Supporting actor who seesawed from menacing villain to comic fool

Many of Clint Eastwood's hit films of the 1970s and 80s were made with a stock company of distinctive supporting actors. This kooky troupe included the elfin Sondra Locke, the wild-eyed Geoffrey Lewis and the effortlessly villainous Bill McKinney, who has died of cancer aged 80. Switching between westerns, comedies and thrillers, McKinney was seldom called upon for more than a few minutes of screen time but had the seasoned character actor's knack of making a memorable first impression. In Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the first of his seven films with Eastwood, he appears as a gibbering driver with a caged raccoon by his side and a boot full of white rabbits.

He was subsequently cast as the bloodthirsty Terrill, who oversees the massacre of Eastwood's family in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976); as an oily, sex-crazed constable coolly ridiculed by Locke »

- Chris Wiegand

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Last Man Standing: David Leslie Johnson hired to Write Script

3 December 2011 12:27 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Daniel LuVisi‘s graphic novel Last Man Standing movie script is being written by David Leslie Johnson. The Last Man Standing screenplay is being written for Paramount Pictures. Last Man Standing will be a scifi action film for the movie studio.

On the Last Man Standing graphic novel:

Recently published by Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal label, the story, set 600 years in the future, follows an invincible soldier created to help Earth win a war against Mars. After becoming a celebrity hero, he’s framed for a heinous crime by a terrorist organization. After a nine-year prison sentence, he escapes and sets out to even the score.

Scott Aversano is producing with LuVisi, while Stephan Lokotsch, Russell Binder and Peter Levin will exec produce.

Graphic novel, which took 2 1/2 years to create and sold out within two hours at the San Diego confab, is being expanded into a comic book series »

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Deliverance Actor Bill McKinney Dies

2 December 2011 1:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Deliverance actor Bill McKinney died Thursday from cancer of the esophagus, according to his Facebook page. McKinney, who was 80 when he passed away, was best known for his role as a twisted mountain man who assaulted Ned Beatty's character in 1972's Deliverance. During the scene - which Entertainment Weekly calls "one of the most unsettling scenes ever put on film" - McKinney's character orders his victim to "squeal like a pig." McKinney had a varied and long career, with parts in television and in films with major stars including Thunderbolt and Lightfoot with Clint Eastwood and The Parallax View with Warren Beatty. »

- Sara Hammel

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'Deliverance' Villain Bill McKinney Dies At the Age of 80

2 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Veteran actor Bill McKinney, known throughout the world for playing some of the most memorable villains in film history, has died according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 80.

Though younger audiences may not be immediately familiar with the name or face, long time film fans remember McKinney for such iconic and bloodcurdling roles as the Mountain Man in the 1972 horror/thriller "Deliverance," where he uttered the infamous line "I bet you can squeal like a pig."

McKinney's death follows a long battle with esophageal cancer.

A joining the Navy during the Korean War and serving four years of active duty, McKinney left the service in order to pursue an acting career, studying the craft alongside Dustin Hoffman at the Pasadena Playhouse. After making his film debut in 1967, McKinney went on to appear in over a hundred films and TV shows and was reportedly still filming commercials less »

- Scott Harris

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Bill McKinney, 1931 - 2011

2 December 2011 11:42 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Bill McKinney, the actor who played one of crazed mountain men in Deliverance and famously ordered one particularly unfortunate camper to 'squeal like a pig,' died Thursday at the age of 80." Michael O'Connell for the Hollywood Reporter: "A prolific artist up until his death, McKinney's career included dozens of film credits (including 7 Clint Eastwood titles) and appearances on television series such as In the Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger." But as O'Connell notes, McKinney will always be remembered for his role in Deliverance as "Mountain Man" — and didn't seem to mind. His own official site is Squeal like a, where you're greeted by the "man that Leonard Maltin described in his review of the movie Deliverance as, 'one of the most terrifying film villains in history.'"

"But it was his long association with Clint Eastwood after the two costarred together in 1974's »

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Deliverance Star McKinney Loses Lung Cancer Battle

2 December 2011 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Character actor Bill McKinney, who featured in one of the most iconic and disturbing scenes in movie history, has died, aged 80.

Billed as Mountain Man, the actor starred in Deliverance's "Squeal like a pig" scene, where his character and a backwoods friend rape Ned Beatty's adventurer Bobby.

McKinney, who also appeared in seven Clint Eastwood movies, died at the Valley Presbyterian Hospice in California after a long battle with lung cancer, according to

A statement on his page reads, "An avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life, he died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 80 and still strong enough to have filmed a Doritos commercial 2 weeks prior to his passing, and he continued to work on his biography with his writing partner."

McKinney also appeared in Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner, The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean, blaxploitation classic Cleopatra Jones, First Blood and The Green Mile as well as a string of popular TV series like The A-Team, Baywatch and The Fall Guy. »

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'Deliverance' actor Bill McKinney dies

2 December 2011 9:48 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Bill McKinney, an actor most well known for starring in one of the most unsettling scenes ever put on film, has passed away at 80 years old, according to his Facebook page. McKinney, who played the terrifying mountain man who assaulted Ned Beatty’s character in Deliverance (1972), died of cancer of the esophagus. (See McKinney left, with Jon Voight.)

Though his Deliverance role gave him the most notoriety, McKinney also starred in several Clint Eastwood films, 1982′s First Blood, and 1999′s The Green Mile. More recently, he boasted appearances in films like 2010′s How Do You Know. Also, according to his Facebook, »

- Kate Ward

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'Deliverance' actor Bill McKinney dead at 80

2 December 2011 9:33 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

"Squeal like a pig." -- "Deliverance" (1972)

A simple line, but it became the defining moment of actor Bill McKinney's career. The character actor whose line became an enduring part of American pop culture died at 80 on Thursday (Dec. 1) after a battle with lung cancer, reports TMZ.

A statement posted to his official Facebook page serves as an epitaph:

"Today our dear Bill McKinney passed away at Valley Presbyterian Hospice. An avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life, he died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 80 and still strong enough to have filmed a Dorito's commercial 2 weeks prior to his passing, and he continued to work on his biography with his writing partner. Hopefully 2012 will bring a publisher for the wild ride his life was. He is survived by son Clinton, along with several ex-wives. R.I.P. Bill sept.12 1931 - dec. 1 2011."

Rather than try to distance himself from the line, »


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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Midseason Premiere Dates

1 December 2011 2:17 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox is announcing 2011-2012 midseason premiere dates for new and returning series, including the return of American Idol; the debuts of new dramas Touch, Alcatraz and The Finder; and the launch of new animated series Napoleon Dynamite.

Welcome American Idol back when its 11th season begins with a two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) and Thursday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). Featuring host Ryan Seacrest and returning judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, television's No. 1 series continues with a special, extended primetime broadcast Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 Pm Et/7:00-8:00 Pm Pt) following the Nfc Championship game (6:00 Pm-cc Et live/3:00 Pm-cc Pt live).

Touch, the distinctive new drama created by Tim Kring (Heroes) and starring Kiefer Sutherland (24) will debut with a special preview Wednesday, Jan. 25 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), immediately following American Idol (8:00- »

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TV News: Fox Announces 2012 Mid-Season Schedule

1 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Fox just announced their premiere dates for the 2011-2012 midseason including exactly when to tune in for the return of “American Idol,” along with the highly-anticipated premieres of J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz,” new mystery “The Finder,” Kiefer Sutherland drama “Touch,” and the animated adaptation of “Napoleon Dynamite.” They also scheduled the return of two nearly-canceled shows — “Breaking In” and “Bob’s Burgers” — along with announcing that “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “Glee,” and “Bones” will be taking some time off in the winter, returning with new episodes in the spring.

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Alcatraz” premieres with a two-hour debut on January 16th at 7pm Cst and moves into its 8pm Cst timeslot the following week, airing after new episodes of “House.” Another two-hour episode of “Alcatraz” airs on Monday, March 12th, and then the shortened season ends, to be replaced by “Touch” on March 19th, »

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Tom Hanks to Produce and Perhaps Star in Movie Adaptation of In the Garden of Beasts

30 November 2011 7:25 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman gained the movie rights from Universal for Erik Larson's best-selling novel, In the Garden of Beasts. It is to be produced by their company, Playtone, which the two created in 1996 creating hits such as The Green Mile and Catch Me If You Can. Being no stranger to historical dramas, there is talk that Hanks may take the starring roll as well.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin is a story about pre-w.W. II Nazi Germany told through William Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, and his socialite daughter in 1933. Larson's book was published in May 2011 and quickly became critically acclaimed.

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- Katie Workinger

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News Shorts: November 28th 2011

28 November 2011 10:46 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

More photos from John Carter and Underworld Awakening, along with posters for Men in Black 3, Black Gold and In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Photos of Keanu Reeves and other actors on the set of 47 Ronin, Matt Damon filming Elysium, and some awe-inspiring location photos for the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones.

Empire has just launched a Steven Spielberg special app only for the iPad with exclusive video interviews and photos, in-depth reviews, trailers, clips and tonnes of other goodies covering everything from 1971's Duel to the upcoming "War Horse". You can pick it up at the iTunes store.

Jesus Orellana's independent scifi-cyberpunk-horror animated short film "Rosa", which screened at festivals worldwide earlier this year, is now online in full at Vimeo.

Several young German students have made a five-part zombie webseries and the first trailer is up at Youtube.

Paramount has just released a new »

- Garth Franklin

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Hutchison Drops Out Of Lincoln Film

28 November 2011 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Green Mile star Doug Hutchison has dropped out of the movie adaptation of James Harrison Cathey's The Genesis Of Lincoln over concerns about the film's sexual content.

The actor, who hit the headlines earlier this year when he wed teenage singer Courtney Stodden, was set to play a director adapting the book about assassinated U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's life, but he has now quit the project.

Producer/director Richard O'Sullivan tells WENN, "I know it's gonna surprise a lot of people to hear this, but Doug was legitimately concerned about some of the sexual content and how people might not be able to separate who he is as a person from the character he was playing.

"The role in question is that of filmmaker Drey LeBeck, a director who sets out to adapt the infamous Cathey book, who falls into a strange and scandalous relationship with the teenage pop star he casts as Lincoln's mother.

"Initially, it seemed like perfect casting, playing on the parallels. But eventually I think Doug and the character became too intertwined. Doug's a wonderful guy, a brilliant actor, and a terrific creative collaborator. Ultimately though, they're not one and the same. The character at points is not nearly as sympathetic and as likeable as Doug, and this is coming from someone who likes Doug a lot."

O'Sullivan has recast actor Robin Spriggs as LeBeck.

The Genesis of Lincoln is currently in pre-production and is set to start shooting in New York City in early 2012. »

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Top 10 Stephen King Movie Adaptations

24 November 2011 9:19 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Stephen King is undeniably one of the most recognised household names in modern literature. A prolific idea machine, King’s schlocky, pulp-style delivery and liberty-taking use of prose is an instant turn-off for some. But it can’t be denied that many of the concepts that he dreams up are truly touched by greatness.

There are a ridiculous number of varying movie/TV adaptations from throughout the length and breadth of Stephen King’s career; believe me, I counted them. In all, I found evidence that no less than eighty-four various projects (from shorts to feature films and the gamut in-between) have been adapted out of Stephen King’s novelizations and short stories. And chances are you’ve seen a good chunk of them, even if you’re not aware of it.

Of course they’re not all great, not by a long shot. Some of them are downright drivel (the T. »

- Stuart Bedford

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Top 5 Stephen King Film Adaptations We’d Like to See

18 November 2011 3:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In the 35 years since Carrie came to our screens, Stephen King has become one of the most bankable names in horror and fantasy film. The list of adaptations of his work reads like a who’s-who of filmmaking: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Creepshow, Christine, The Dead Zone, Stand By Me, Pet Semetary, It, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile etc., etc.. It’s hard to think of any other living writer whose work has been so prolifically embraced by filmmakers.

But just as Stephen King has continued to write (despite threatening retirement in 2002), so the public’s appetite for his work remains. While recent adaptations like Secret Window and 1408 have hardly been stellar, there are plenty of other King works which would make for riveting viewing. Here are 5 that we think should be at the top of any film executive’s list for green-lighting.

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- Daniel Mumby

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Barry Pepper Travels to ‘Broken City’ and Becomes A ‘Snitch’

14 November 2011 10:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There was never quite a period where Barry Pepper‘s career was set to take off, but that doesn’t make his slower-than-deserved track record any less of a shame. Some might only think of him as the lead actor in Battlefield Earth — and, really, no one can look good there — but it would be remiss of them to disregard solid turns in Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, and last year’s True Grit. I wouldn’t call him an amazing actor per se; I just think he has enough talent to warrant more attention.

But next year should be a good one for the actor, since Variety reports that he’s in talks for Allen HughesBroken City and Ric Roman Waugh‘s Snitch. The first of those is a Brian Tucker-scripted noir thriller centering on “an ex-cop turned private detective (Mark Wahlberg) who is hired by »

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Butz To Play Molester In New Play

10 November 2011 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catch Me If You Can star Norbert Leo Butz is to play a child molester in a new theatre production of How I Learned To Drive.

In the dark play, Butz will portray Uncle Peck, a man who preys on his 11-year-old niece, Li'l Bit, while giving her driving lessons.

The production follows their unusual relationship into the girl's teenage years and the story is narrated by an adult Li'l Bit, played by Twilight star Elizabeth Reaser.

The show is slated to begin previews on 24 January at New York City's Second Stage Theatre.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning project first premiered Off-Broadway with actress Mary-Louise Parker and The Green Mile's David Morse in 1998. »

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Stephen King Novel 'Rose Madder' Being Adapted for the Big Screen

8 November 2011 3:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

There are numerous big screen Stephen King adaptations, from the really good (The Shining) to the really bad (unfortunately there are too many of these to list but here's one for you...Dreamcatcher) and the "Oh yea, he did write those didn't he?!" (The Shawshank Redemption , The Green Mile) in between. But somehow, King's Rose Madder has evaded the feature film treatment until now. Variety is reporting that Palomar Pictures and Grosvenor Park are working on an adaptation of the 1995 novel with screenwriter Naomi Sheridan, writer of In America and daughter of My Left Foot director Jim) scripting the project. No word on a director or any stars attached to the project but something tells me it won't be Mr. Sheridan after the flop that was Dream House (for the record, the director was very unhappy with the studio's final cut and wanted his name removed from the film). Madder, »

- James Wallace

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Top 10: Movies Starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks

8 November 2011 8:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the November 14th DVD and Blu-ray release of Larry Crowne, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts we thought, since two stars have an entire bank of classic films between them, we’d count down the Top 10 Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts films. Here’s the list:

10) Cast Away

Last on the list, but certainly not least, is Cast Away starring Tom Hanks. Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that leaves him stranded on an uninhabited island. Chuck spends 4 years struggling to live with Wilson, his volleyball and only companion, until he finally escapes back to civilization. Somehow Hanks manages to make a film that features almost solely a man and a ball compelling, emotional, and heart wrenching.

9) My Best Friend’s Wedding

Julia Roberts stars as Julianne Potter, the comically jealous best friend, in this chick flick. »

- Kat

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