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I like Jason Statham. I especially like him in other people's movies because, as a rule, the sub-genre that's basically come to be known as "Jason Statham movies" isn't really my thing. I get the appeal, it's just not for me. But Wild Card (while still not exactly in my wheelhouse) looks like it has more personality than your standard Statham fare. For one, it's got a better cast. And, with a script by the legendary William Goldman (who, to be fair, had seen better years prior to writing Dreamcatcher with Lawrence Kasdan), it looks like it has a lot more personality than some of his other films. This new trailer is also light years better than the international one released a few weeks ago. Hit the jump to check out the Wild Card trailer. The film, directed by Simon West, also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, »
- Evan Dickson
Along with a U.K. poster and French trailer, Lionsgate has released the first Wild Card image online, and it could easily be from just about any other Jason Statham action-thriller. That's how much his movies blend together, although this one is particularly amusing in that his character's name is Nick Wild. That puts it one step above his previous action films that could have been improved by naming the characters Jerry Mechanic, Howard Homefront, Billy Safe, Jack Blitz, and so forth. In Wild Card, Nick Wild (hoo-boy) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling addiction and lethal skills, but when he beats a mob boss' son in an act of revenge, he must fight against the criminal underworld. That sounds painfully generic, but here's where it gets interesting: the film pairs Simon West—director of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and Stolen among other crappy movies (excluding Con Air)—and William Goldman, »
- Matt Goldberg
Over the years, the incredible work of Stephen King has been adapted to both film and television with varying results. Many of these have failed to remain true to the source material, and while that still in some cases resulted in a hit (The Shining), it also saw the release of an awful lot of misses too (looking at you Dreamcatcher).
Much of King’s best work has already been adapted, though some are being remade. The Shining meanwhile is set to receive a prequel and sequel, and while Under the Dome is a good example of one of his lengthier novels working as a TV series, there are still plenty of others which have yet to reach the big or small screen.
Here, we take a look at ten more Stephen King novels which have yet to be brought to life as a movie. Some you will have likely heard of, »
- Josh Wilding
No less an authority than Stephen King calls Nick Cutter’s The Troop “old-school horror at its best.” The book, which goes on sale February 25, finds a young group of scouts on an isolated wilderness trip confronted by a strange man with a horrible, deadly infection. Early reviews are invoking everything from Lord of the Flies to Night of the Creeps, which is a good sign in my book. I’ll have my own review of the novel here at Fearnet next week, but for now we’ve got a few words with the author himself. Fearnet: You've cited Stephen King as a major influence on your work and this novel in particular. What elements of his work do you see in The Troop? Cutter: Well, I cribbed its structure from Carrie, which is a debt I make clear in the acknowledgements. “The Body” (made into the film Stand by Me) is another obvious touchstone. »
- Blu Gilliand
The world of Stephen King publishing, which is always a weird and exciting place, has recently gotten even stranger. Starting next month, Stephen King’s popular 2009 novel, Under the Dome, will finally be released in mass-market paperback. Actually, make that paperbacks, plural – the book is divided in half; part one comes on February 25th, and part 2 arrives March 25th. Questions arise: why now? Why did it take so long? And is this just a cynical cash grab to capitalize on the overwhelming success of the miniseries? All fair questions, but the answers might be a little more surprising and complex than you’d think.
Publishing as a whole is different than it was even ten years ago. While the business of print publishing hasn’t fallen into fiery ruins as some predicted when King’s “Riding the Bullet” was the first eBook bestseller, digital titles have absolutely impacted sales of traditional books. »
- Kevin Quigley
5 items from 2014
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