Losers Club

Even before director Andy Muschietti‘s It hit theaters and made the kind of money usually reserved for superhero movies, there was talk of a sequel. And how could there not be? The film adapts only half of Stephen King‘s massive 1,200 page novel, eschewing the storyline that follows the grown-up “Losers’ Club” as they reassemble 27 years later to finish Pennywise (or rather, It) off once and for all.

So that means the sequel has a tough act to follow when it comes to casting. The kid actors in It are wonderful and their chemistry feels real and they power the beautiful coming-of-age story that wins your heart between the scares. Casting their adult counterparts and doing justice to these original performances is going to be tricky.

And that’s why we’re here to help.

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It Chapter 2 changes

Even though the It sequel still hasn’t been given the official greenlight, Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel absolutely crushed the box office during its opening weekend, so it’s only a matter of time until the studio stakes out some ground on the calendar for It: Chapter Two. A writer is already working on the screenplay for the sequel, and now we have some details about a significant change the follow-up will make to one of the members of the Losers’ Club, the group of kids who serve as the protagonists in the first film and will reunite as adults in the second.

The version of Mike Hanlon we’ll see in It: Chapter Two will be very different from the one we just met in this new film, and he’ll even be considerably altered from the character that appeared in King’s original novel.
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Daniel Dae Kim Hellboy

Now, this is more like it. After actor Ed Skrein stepped away from Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot following controversy over whitewashing a Japanese-American character, a new report says that the studio is currently in talks with Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim to play the role of Major Ben Daimio.
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the boys tv show

After years of jumping between the big and the small screens, and of being bounced from network to network like a troubled child in an ’80s movie, The Boys has found a new home. The television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s anti-superhero comic is now being developed at Amazon, where it could receive a straight-to-series pick-up. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are still on board to executive produce and direct. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is still attached to the write the pilot.

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mouse guard movie director

It looks like 20th Century Fox is planning to stay in the Wes Ball game. With the director of the Maze Runner movies seeking to cap off the series with the third and final film next year, the studio has recruited him to bring the celebrated comic book series Mouse Guard to the big screen. And this is good news. Because Ball really feels like he could be a Big Deal and occupying him with a fantasy epic about battle-ready mice may be the best way to keep someone like Lucasfilm from stealing him away.

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Molly's Game Reviews

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and one of the movies we were most excited to hear about was the directorial debut of The Social Network and A Few Good Men writer Aaron Sorkin. If the reviews from the festival are any indicator, not only does Sorkin have another fantastic movie to add to his career, but Jessica Chastain can add another acclaimed performance to her résumé.

Molly’s Game follows a former Olympic skier who turned from the sudden end of her athletic career to a thriving business throwing poker games for Hollywood celebrities, business tycoons and plenty of exclusive high rollers. To find out what critics are saying about Aaron Sorkin’s first turn at directing his own script, read out round-up of Molly’s Game reviews below. Read More »

Stephen King's It Reviews

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Andy Muschietti’s It.)

How do you make a good Stephen King adaptation? That’s apparently a hard question to answer, since there are far more bad King film adaptations than good. More often than not, it seems filmmakers only latch onto the Stephen King brand – they figure if they make something that attempts to be scary and slap King’s name on it, the audience will come. That’s likely true, but the audience won’t come back again.

Last weekend, Andy Muschietti’s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It defied expectations – expectations that were already trending positively – and took in the largest opening weekend at the box office in horror movie history. This success isn’t just the result of the King name brand – if it were, we’d still be talking about the Dark Tower film adaptation instead of consigning it to the dust. The success of It is the result of supremely positive word-of-mouth. The trailers were edited well enough to drum up buzz, and then early reviews were overwhelmingly positive. The hype just kept on building.

And that’s because the movie is good. And more than that, it’s a good Stephen King adaptation.

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Molly's Game Review - Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin has had some trouble when it comes to his female characters. It’s not that Sorkin has never written a good female character; he has – C.J. Cregg on The West Wing immediately springs to mind. But more often than not, Sorkin has a tendency to reduce women to roles in which their biggest character trait is how well they stand beside powerful, smart men.

So it’s interesting that for his directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin chose to helm a feature about a woman. Perhaps the writer was issuing a challenge to his critics – “I’ll show you once and for all that I can tell a story about a strong female character without resorting to mansplaining.”
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Stephen King's It Box Office

Update: The early estimates were incorrect. It did not make $117.2 million in its opening weekend. It made $123.1 million.

The hype and box office predictions for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved horror novel It were high well before the movie hit theaters, and the sneak preview screening numbers indicated that It was going to have a huge weekend. Now the numbers are rolling in, and It has exceeded even the highest expectations that anyone had for the movie.

Not only does It have an impressive 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a solid score for a horror movie, but the movie is on track to land the largest opening weekend at the box office for any horror movie. Not only that, but it’s the largest three-day opening weekend for an R-rated movie, the third largest box office opening of the year, the biggest opening for any September release, and the largest opening weekend for New Line Cinema. All that from the highest number of screens for an R-rated movie.

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It Box Office Records

Warner Bros. and New Line weren’t clowning around with It. Andy Muschietti’s movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel has already broken box office records, making $13.5 million in Thursday night screenings alone. That’s the biggest advance night opening for any R-rated movie, the biggest opening gross for any King adaptation, the biggest preview gross for any outright horror movie, and the best preview gross for any September movie.
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