Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been two years since Selma turned Ava DuVernay into one of the hottest, most in-demand filmmakers working today. But she hasn’t actually put out another movie since then. So what’s she been up to in the past couple of years? Well, among other things, putting together Queen Sugar, a new drama launching on Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network this fall.
Based on the novel by Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar chronicles the story of the three Bordelon siblings, Nova (Rutina Wesley of True Blood), Charlotte (Dawn Lyen-Gardner), and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe). The family is reunited when the patriarch dies, leaving behind an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana. Also starring are Tina Lifford and Omar J. Dorsey. The premise looks ripe for bittersweet drama, and the first Queen Sugar trailer certainly delivers on that front. Watch it below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Matt Reeves is currently wrangling CG apes for War for the Planet of the Apes and Gary Whitta is just coming down from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but they’re both thinking much, much smaller for their next project. Reeves and Whitta are teaming up for a Mouse Guard movie, based on David Petersen‘s Eisner-winning graphic novel. It’s billed as a “CG live-action” project — think Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. Read More »
Earlier today, we got our first official look at Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower, the adaptation/remix of Stephen King‘s beloved horror/fantasy/western/science fiction series that has become a cornerstone of modern genre fiction. While the first wave of news rode upon a series of great quotes from star Idris Elba and a very evocative description of one of the film’s key sets, the second wave is all about Matthew McConaughey‘s black-clad villain and how this very tricky, dense series is making the transition to film.
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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Roland Deschain than Idris Elba, a man who contains all of the swagger and weariness you’d want from a knight-cowboy wandering a fantastical post-apocalypse in pursuit of the warlock who destroyed his world and plans to end existence as we know it. Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series has its ups and downs, but its the kind of imaginative blend of genres that demands a big screen adaptation and Roland the Gunslinger is the kind of larger-than-life character who deserves an actor of Elba’s caliber.
Elba’s casting has proven controversial in certain corners of the internet (spoiler alert: it’s because he’s a black man), but a new interview from the set of director Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower is all of the evidence you need that he’s the man for job. But surely you already knew that.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
So you’ve finally decided to cave and see what this Game of Thrones show is about. Unfortunately, if you’re just joining us now, that means you’re behind by a full 60 hours of dragons, ice zombies, and super-intense politicking. Fortunately, Samuel L. Jackson is here to get you up to speed in no time.
The Oscar-nominated actor has a hilarious profanity-laden recap of the fantasy drama which will get you up to speed in under eight minutes. The video focuses mostly on the first five seasons, so you’re more or less on your own with regard to season six. But that’s still a savings of just under 50 hours. Oh, and if you’ve already seen all six seasons of Game of Thrones, that’s okay — you’ll still want to watch this because, well, it’s a Samuel L. Jackson Game of Thrones recap. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Stephen King has written many great books (and his fair share of stinkers), but few linger in the public consciousness quite like 1986’s It, which remains one of the most ambitious, unsettling, and profoundly frightening horror novels of all time. Over 1,138 pages, King told the epic story of an unnamed supernatural force that terrorized the town of Derry, Maine over decades and the small group of friends that stood against it. And while this creature had many incarnations, it is best remembered for the first form the reader witnesses: Pennywise the dancing clown.
After years of development, It is finally becoming a feature film under the direction of Mama‘s Andrés Muschietti, with Allegiant star Bill Skarsgård going under the creepy face paint to play Pennywise himself. Now, our first look at Skarsgård in character has arrived and if you’re already afraid of clowns, this won’t do you any good.
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Could a Harry Potter and The Cursed Child movie be in the works at Warner Bros.? J.K. Rowling‘s two-part West End stage play is currently in preview performances at the Palace Theatre in London, England. The grand opening happens at the end of the month, which coincides with the release of the script book. Touted as the eighth official installment in the Harry Potter series, the story is set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows an older Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.
Last week, Warner Bros. filed for a trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the UK, which includes motion pictures and a bevy of potential merchandise options.
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Following the lead of other animation directors like Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, Kung Fu Panda series filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson will attempt to make the transition to live-action films. Nelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, is set to make her live-action directorial debut with Darkest Minds, a planned new franchise at 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump to learn more about the Darkest Minds director and this sic-fi adaptation.
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Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 immediately follow.
Game of Thrones season finales tend to be packed to the brim with important reveals and exciting business, but “The Winds of Winter” was more stuffed with important details than just about any other episode in the entire series thus far. Among the many, many enormous things that happened, we learned the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage. And while this has been a long-discussed theory amongst book readers for many years, it seems like series author George R.R. Martin quietly hinted at it over a decade ago. You can never accuse this guy of not playing the long game.
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