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Sony’s big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower may have been a critical and commercial failure, but it seems that the planned TV series Wizard and Glass remains a possibility – although as author Stephen King has revealed to Vulture, should this move ahead, it will likely be a complete reboot with no ties to the feature film.
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” said King. “The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. »
- Gary Collinson
A new iteration of Section 20 will "Strike Back" in February, it was announced by Cinemax on Monday.
Season 5 of the action-drama — which now stars Warren Brown (Luther), Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles), Roxanne McKee (Dominion) and Alin Sumarwata (Neighbours) — will premiere Friday, Feb. 2.
"Rellik," an original six-part thriller starring Richard Dormer (Game of ThronesGame Of Thrones") as an obsessive and disfigured UK police detective and Jodi Balfour (Quarry) as his intense partner, is set to arrive on Friday, April 13.
RelatedCinemax Picks Up Bruce Lee-Inspired Drama From Banshee Creator
Cinemax also set a »
“In this room, you couldn’t buy your win, you couldn’t buy me, and you couldn’t buy a seat at the table,” explains Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in a new trailer for “Molly’s Game.” Forced out of sports after an injury, the former Olympic-level skier ends up running what’s described as “the world’s most exclusive, glamorous, and decadent man-cave” — a high-stakes poker game attended by movie stars, athletes, and billionaires. Molly is raking in tons of cash, but as she explains, the “government raided my game, [and] took all of my money, assuming all of it was made illegally, which it wasn’t.” And now she’s about to go on trial.
Based on a true story, “Molly’s Game” is an adaptation of Bloom’s book of the same name. The drama sees Molly deciding whether to give up her hard drives full of sensitive information about her high-profile clients in exchange for full immunity or face potential jail time. While her lawyer (Idris Elba, “Luther”) pressures her to take the deal, Molly insists that “families, lives, [and] careers will be ruined.”
“Molly’s Game” received strong reviews out of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Chastain-starrer “Woman Walks Ahead,” a Native American period drama directed by Susanna White, also bowed at the fest.
Trailer Watch: The Cards Are Stacked Against Jessica Chastain in “Molly’s Game” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Idris Elba had a blast co-hosting the 2016 Met Gala! There was just one thing though… The Luther star opened up about the annual fashion event in an interview with The New York Times, where he admitted that Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s feud — which found new life that year after West’s infamous “Famous” […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
Idris Elba had a blast co-hosting the 2016 Met Gala! There was just one thing though...
The Luther star opened up about the annual fashion event in an interview with The New York Times, where he admitted that Taylor Swift and Kanye West's feud -- which found new life that year after West's infamous "Famous" lyrics -- made things "a little awkward."
"It was great [co-hosting]. I felt really famous that day," the 45-year-old actor explained. "It was a bit awkward because Taylor Swift and I had to present an award. We were walking through the crowd and obviously, there was a little beef between Taylor and Kanye. I didn’t know any of this. But I was there! And I was, like, 'Oh, this is awks.'"
Eek. Sounds awks, indeed!
Another thing Elba confirmed during his Times sit-down was that »
Idris Elba is starting to become nearly as well known for the roles he might have played as he is for the ones he has. In addition to frequently being named a potential successor to Daniel Craig in the “James Bond” franchise — rumors that have finally been shot down, at least for now, with news that Craig will return — it seems that he was nearly in a much different movie: this year’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake.
“I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston,” Elba recently told People in an interview occasioned by his new film “The Mountain Between Us.” “I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing.” For now, »
- Michael Nordine
The Dark Tower wasn’t a total disaster but it didn’t blow any doors off either, and it failed to excite audiences in the same way King’s book series had done in the past.
Putting out his own theories on why the film didn’t come together as well as it could have, King told Vulture during a recent interview that the movie’s age rating was a contributing factor.
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, »
- Samuel Brace
Idris Elba reads romantic fan fiction about himself in a new video for 20th Century Fox. The actor, at turns amused and seemingly creeped out, narrates the lustful tales written by Internet pseudonyms like SundanceMargo22 and JellyBeanJulia.
"It's been snowing for two hours, and he's still not back," Elba reads dramatically. "Finally, the door bursts open. I run to him and peel off his snow-packed jacket. Rubbing his sinewy shoulders, his skin warms under my touch. And then he kisses me, just like the night he returned from filming Thor. »
The Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower may not have set the box office alight this summer, grossing just $110 million worldwide from a budget of $60 million, so Sony Pictures will be hoping it finds a new audience with its home-entertainment release, which has been confirmed for this October. The film will hit Digital HD in North America on October 17th and Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on October 31st, with a UK release following on December 11th. Check out the cover artwork and list of special features below…
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A Look Through the Keyhole
“Last Time Around”
“The World Has Moved On…”
“The Man in Black”
“The Gunslinger in Action”
“Stephen King Inspirations”
4K Blu-ray Technical Specs:
Dolby Vision enabled presentation of the film
Dolby Atmos English Audio track
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- Amie Cranswick
The L.A. riots began on April 29, 1992, and almost exactly 25 years later, roughly half a dozen documentaries and TV specials — at least one of them Oscar-worthy (John Ridley’s “Let It Fall”) — hit the mediasphere to mark the solemn anniversary, each attempting to make sense of events in its own way. Debuting at the Toronto Film Festival more than four months down the road, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings” is like the guy who arrives late to the party, drunk and disheveled, looking like he probably slept in his car. Oh, and it just might be the most daring movie of the year — although that, in and of itself, only gets you so far, especially after the epic downer that was Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” (a movie no one expected to be fun but we all had reason to hope might at least be good).
Ergüven’s title refers to two African-American Kings, Martin »
- Peter Debruge
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Of a piece thematically with her two previous features, documentary The Arbor and drama The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard’s latest, Dark River, once again sketches a moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalized working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children. Featuring a more name cast than Barnard’s earlier works, this pivots around the protean Ruth Wilson (TV’s Luther, The Affair) as a woman trying to run the family farm after her father’s death, and confronting her own traumatized past in the process.
The dominant note is the warm but quotidian realism of Giant rather than the experimental daring of »
- Leslie Felperin
Benedict Cumberbatch fans, get ready for your first look at the star’s latest TV drama, as the BBC have now revealed a 40-second teaser trailer for The Child in Time, the adaptation of the haunting 1987 novel from acclaimed writer Ian McEwan.
The drama sees Cumberbatch and Trainspotting‘s Kelly Macdonald as Stephen and Julie Lewis, a children’s author and his estranged wife whose young daughter goes missing on an everyday trip to the supermarket. The drama then explores their grief, with the trailer leaving it ambiguous whether the couple’s visions of their daughter are just in their minds or are the result of something more supernatural. It promises to be a harrowing depiction of death and loss and we can’t wait to see more.
As fans will know, this is the second time that Cumberbatch has starred in an adaptation of one of Ian McEwan’s novels. »
- Christian Bone
Venice, Italy — Netflix is joining forces with Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land,” for “The Eddy,” a Paris-set musical drama series which will mark Chazelle’s first venture into TV.
Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. The eight-episode show comes from IMG and will premiere exclusively on Netflix for subscribers around the world.
Jack Thorne, the five-time BAFTA Award-winning of “National Treasure” and “This is England,” is writing “The Eddy.” Glen Ballard, the six-time Grammy Award-winning music composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is writing the original score for the series. Emmy-winning producer Alan Poul (“Six Feet Under,” “The Newsroom”) is executive producing. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sony and Mrc’s long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower may not have set the box office alight, although the film has recouped around half of its $60 million production budget, and with many international markets still to come, the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film could well go on to turn a profit. Whether that will be enough to see a sequel greenlighted remains to be seen, but if that is the case, then author King believes it has shake off the restrictions of a PG-13 rating and go down the R-rated route.
“I understand the rationale behind the movie that is PG-13,” said King in an interview with Bmd. “I was totally signed off on that. I want as many people in the tent as possible, for all kinds of reasons. Part of it has to do with the dynamic between the Gunslinger and the boy. »
- Gary Collinson
Despite a wave of negative reviews, Columbia Pictures and Mrc’s The Dark Tower has opened in first place at the North American box office this weekend, with the film grossing $19.5 million across the Friday to Sunday period.
Internationally, the $60 million-budgeted fantasy grossed a further $8 million from 19 countries, meaning it has recouped almost half of its budget with the majority of international markets still to come, including the UK on August 18th.
See Also: Read our review of The Dark Tower here
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Knight Warrior, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, »
- Gary Collinson
The Dark Tower feature film may have found itself struggling with critics and audiences [read our review here], but it seems the planned TV show spinoff Wizard and Glass is still moving forward, with THR reporting that The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara has signed on to serve as showrunner.
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor,” states Mazzara. “The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, »
- Gary Collinson
The Dark Tower is expected to beat the box office takings of Detroit when the film debuts this weekend.
Stephen King fans and Dark Tower readers are eagerly anticipating the release of book’s loose adaptation. The fantasy epic has been a long time in the making — bringing the world of Roland Deschain to the big screen has been no easy task.
And while it doesn’t look like the film will be the hit many fans of the novel would have hoped for, the film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is set to beat its opening weekend rival Detroit at the box office.
Variety is reporting that The Dark Tower is looking at a $20 – $25 million haul this weekend, beating that of Detroit’s projected takings of $10 – $15 million. As is usually the case, the studio behind The Dark Tower is predicting a more conservative $19 million.
The Dark Tower has »
- Samuel Brace
The Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform program has arrived, and it’s something to celebrate. Hailing from eight countries on five continents, the lineup features 12 films, six of which are directed by women. That’s right — 50 percent of the slate is women-helmed. These numbers are made even sweeter by the fact that this particular section, now in its third year, is dedicated to highlighting innovative, envelope-pushing directors. So Platform films aren’t just selected for their overall merit. What unites the films in the program is ambitious directing, so it’s especially great to see that women filmmakers, who are rarely treated as visionaries, feature so prominently in this year’s lineup.
Many of the films are making their World Premiere at the fest, including Clio Barnard’s Ruth Wilson-starrer “Dark River,” which follows a long-brewing rivalry between a sister and brother. Lisa Langseth’s English-language debut “Euphoria” tells the story of two sisters who reunite after spending years apart. Alicia Vikander, Eva Green, and Charlotte Rampling star. Another film with siblings at the forefront is Kamila Andin’s “The Seen and the Unseen,” a portrait of a 10-year-old girl coping with the fact that her ailing twin brother doesn’t have much time left to live.
Titles screening in this program are competing for the Platform Prize. Malgorzata Szumowska (“Body”) is one of the jurors.
“Platform is the place to look for the distinct stamp of today’s most interesting directors as they establish their reputations,” said Cameron Bailey, Tiff’s Artistic Director.
Last year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars, “Moonlight,” screened in the Platform section at Tiff.
Tiff runs from September 7-17.
Check out all of the women-directed films in the 2017 Platform program below. List adapted from Tiff.
If You Saw His Heart Joan Chemla, France
Mademoiselle Paradis Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany
The Seen and Unseen Kamila Andini, Indonesia
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) Iram Haq, Norway/Germany/Sweden
Tiff’s Platform Program 50% Women-Directed, Includes World Premiere of Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Idris Elba’s casting as The Gunslinger in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower came at a time when Hollywood was (and still is) under fire more than ever about a lack of diversity in their films. Fans have petitioned for Idris Elba to play James Bond for a while now, but while he may not be donning a tuxedo anytime soon, he did break barriers by taking on an iconic role many visualize as a white male.
Of course, some fans caused a commotion stating that the character should have remained white as intended. Amusingly, one of the people who was delighted with the casting was the author himself: Stephen King. Speaking To CinemaBlend, the writer talks about the controversy, and also finds time to take a dig at Game of Thrones…
“What I said in a tweet, after all of that discussion started, was that I didn’t care what color he was, »
- Jordan Jones
The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is nearly here, and early reviews are not being kind to it. As of this writing, the movie is sitting at a lowly 18% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reading various reactions across the web, the main criticism seems to be that it’s a middling adaptation of some amazing source material. For example, take this excerpt from our recent review of The Dark Tower written by Flickering Myth’s Rob Kojder…
” … that’s part of a larger problem with The Dark Tower; it’s so uninvolved that it feels like nothing actually matters. The world building is to be appreciated, but the actual story and characters are a slap in the face to their depth in the novels”.
Now let’s compare that with a snippet from IGN’s review, written by Marty Silva…
“The Dark Tower film is a superficial adaption that, »
- Jordan Jones
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