Dark Tower TV series

The film adaptation may have been a dud, but the Dark Tower TV series is moving forward, and it’s found a home. Amazon has picked up the rights to the series, along with a slew of other titles, in their quest to beat Netflix with original streaming content.

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Yardie Trailer

Audiences love seeing Idris Elba on screen, whether it’s in big franchises like Marvel’s Thor or in the British crime drama series Luther. But will they be just as interested in seeing what he can do behind the camera?

Yardie is a new crime thriller that marks Idris Elba’s directorial debut. It recently played at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and now it’s poised to hit theaters this year. The first Yardie trailer has just debuted to give us a taste of what we can expect from Idris Elba as a filmmaker. Read More »

The breakfast Club Criterion Blu-ray

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Happy New Year! 2018 is just getting started – there’s going to be a whole slew of exciting new Blu-ray titles to hit shelves this year. But first, here are some so-so films!

What we mostly have here are what I’d like to think of as holiday leftovers – films that weren’t big enough to hit stores as part of the holiday shopping rush. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing of value here. In fact, there are some surprisingly good titles, including a Jackie Chan movie that rises above its premise, a Watergate-based drama, a survivalist film where Kate Winslet and Idris Elba crash a plane and then get sexy, and more. There’s also a surprisingly controversial new release from The Criterion Collection. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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It Chapter 2 Casting

One of the biggest breakout box office hits of 2017 was the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It. Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film finally brought the story to life on the big screen in a way fans had been waiting to see for decades. Not only did it make huge bank at the box office, but it was acclaimed by critics and general audiences alike, and the sequel is set to arrive in September 2019.

However, what’s unique about It: Chapter 2 is that the story flashes forward 27 years after the events of first film and catches up with the kids in The Losers’ Club after they have grown up. Most of them have left their cursed hometown of Derry, Maine, but they feel compelled to return when Pennywise the Clown makes a comeback and starts killing again. Since the casting of the kids in It was such an integral part of what made the movie so engaging, the casting of these characters as adults is critical, and two of the names from the wishlist of talent fans would like to see star in the movie have said they’re down to clown: Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. Read More »

Molly's Game Featurette

Writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with the fast-paced Molly’s Game. Sorkin is renowned for his lighting-fast dialogue, but that element lives and dies with the right actor or actress in the part. Thankfully, Sorkin cast the phenomenal Jessica Chastain as the lead of the film, and the actress delivers one of her best performances in the process. A new Molly’s Game featurette highlights the plot of the film, as well as Chastain’s performance.

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The Dark Tower TV Series

Remember when The Dark Tower came out several years ago? Okay, it was actually only a few months, but it feels like an eternity, especially because the film was such an overall disappointment. Fans who had been waiting forever to see Stephen King‘s epic fantasy series leap to the big screen were heartbroken with the results, and the film barely broke even, taking in about $111 million at the worldwide box office. Despite this disappointment, a Dark Tower TV series is apparently still in the works. And perhaps because of these disappointments, it’s going to be a complete reboot.

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Dark Tower sequel

As deep into the Stephen King renaissance as we are now, it’s easy to gloss over the little blip over the summer that was The Dark Tower.

Highly anticipated by King fans and Idris Elba fans alike, The Dark Tower opened to meager box office returns and even worse movie reviews. Trouble had been brewing long before it was released in theaters — Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of the series that King has called his “magnum opus” had a slim 95 minute run time — and fans were skeptical over whether the incredibly dense, decade-spanning novels could be condensed into one movie. Turns out they were right. But that doesn’t stop Elba from keeping his hopes up for a sequel.

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Molly's Game Reviews - Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin, master of rapid-fire dialogue and idealist characters who like to walk and talk, writer of films like The Social Network and Steve Jobs and the TV series The West Wing, makes his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on the true story of “poker princess” Molly Bloom. A new fast-paced trailer for Molly’s Game has arrived to give you a better look at both Sorkin’s feature directorial debut and Jessica Chastain‘s incredible lead performance. Watch the Molly’s Game trailer below.

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why the dark tower failed

We’re in a new age of Stephen King adaptations, with new and upcoming films like ItGerald’s Game, and 1922 winning over critics and audiences alike. But, like King’s own catalogue, there are plenty of stinkers.

The Dark Tower was the long-awaited adaptation of King’s magnum opus, the multiverse-spanning sci-fi series of the same name. And it tanked. Despite the many years The Dark Tower spent in development, fans got a choppy, chopped-up adaptation of the book series, causing the film to barely break even at the box office and to attain a meager 16% Rotten Tomatoes rating. And though King was heavily invested in the success of this adaptation, the author revealed why The Dark Tower failed.

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Idris Elba - Fan Fiction - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Idris Elba reads fan fiction that was written about the Luther star himself. Plus, Jim Carrey sat down for a nearly 30-minute conversation about comedy, characters and existence at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Adult Swim released the full version of the “Fathers and Daughters” song from this past weekend’s Rick and Morty. Read More »