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Stephen King wrote the first Dark Tower novel (The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger) in 1982, and Hollywood has been flailing to adapt it as a feature film ever since. King published 11 books prior to Gunslinger -- three of those works already made into films (Carrie, The Shining, Creepshow) -- and 14 more adaptations in the pipeline by the end of the decade. The '80s were a good time to be Stephen King!
King has since penned six more Dark Tower novels, which has resulted in an epic, dense, and sprawling sci-fi, horror, fantasy, Western that has only proven more challenging to adapt. Many have tried, including J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Damon Lindelof (World War Z), and current producer Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind). After several decades of starts and stops, this Friday we'll finally see director Nikolaj Arcel's vision of Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and the Man »
- David Kozlowski
Author: Scott Davis
After the success of the first two films in the newly-created “MonsterVerse” over at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros, which involves Godzilla and King Kong to name a few, the studios are pressing ahead with the latest installment, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and have added actress Zhang Ziyi to both star in the sequel and in the rest of the franchise going forward. (via Deadline)
Following on from the first film released in 2014, the sequel is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) and is set several years after the events of the first installment, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River), Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria), Sally Hawkins (Maudie) and Bryan Cranston (Wakefield) and was directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Ziyi is best known for »
- Scott Davis
It's been almost 10 years since Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) last joined forces in 2007's Rush Hour 3. Throughout the years, there has been talk of another Rush Hour sequel, but there haven't been any substantial updates in quite some time. During an appearance at the Sun Valley Film Festival, filmmaker Brett Ratner revealed that he thinks this action sequel will happen. Here's what he had to say in a brief statement at the festival, while jokingly revealing a possible title.
"I think it will happen; we're talking to writers. We could call it Grumpy Old Rush Hour."
While the filmmaker wouldn't elaborate more on this sequel to Entertainment Weekly, he may be onto something in regards to the title. While Chris Tucker was still a rising star when the first Rush Hour hit theaters in 1998, the actor is now 44 years of age, while »
There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.
Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united »
- David Agnew
Brett Ratner’s rise through the directorial ranks as a helmer of consistent studio hits was swift and immediate. A veteran of the music-video world, his feature debut, “Money Talks,” became a low-budget success in late summer 1997, and would cement his strong relationship with actor-comedian Chris Tucker.
“Chris helped me get my job on ‘Money Talks,’ ” Ratner says. “When the original director left the project, Chris apparently said to the producers that he knew this ‘cool white boy named Brett Ratner’ and that’s how it happened. I knew I could work with Chris and that it would be a lot of fun. ‘Money Talks’ made sense because I had come out of music videos, and it fit with what I had learned. It happened very fast. I was 26 when I got ‘Money Talks,’ and I’d done over 100 music videos, but back then, you had to do commercials and »
- Nick Clement
5 items from 2017
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