The Dark Tower Cast

After stealing scenes and nearly the entire movie in Cabin in the Woods, actor Fran Kranz has just landed a pivotal role in the forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy book series The Dark Tower, which is in production already.

Idris Elba is set in the lead role as Roland the last Gunslinger, a weary cowboy and knight of sorts who crosses a post-apocalyptic landscape as part of his quest to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all possible worlds. But getting in the way is his nemesis known as the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. So how does Fran Kranz come into play? Find out below. Read More »

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Screenwriter John Ridley, rightfully so, has been rather busy since winning an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave. The director of Jimi: All Is by My Side is currently producing American Crime on ABC, working on a Marvel television series, and is set to direct a film about the L.A. riots. On top of all that, he’s also credited on this summer’s reimagining of Ben-Hur.

The writer-director has added another project to his slate: Guerrilla, a miniseries that will star Idris Elba (Luther). Learn more about the John Ridley TV project below.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?

Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether.  Read More »

dark tower movie filming

After years of false stars and ambitious franchise plans that never came to fruition and a revolving door of talent that saw the likes of Ron Howard and Javier Bardem board the project and exit, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower has finally begun filming under director Nikolaj Arcel. As a fan of Stephen King‘s magnum opus book series, a wild combination of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that unites all of his work in one universe, I will be watching this production closely, eyebrow ready to rise at a moment’s notice. To paraphrase Roland the Gunslinger: I do not prematurely criticize with my laptop; he who prematurely criticizes with his laptop has forgotten the face of his father. I prematurely criticize with my heart.

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 The Jungle Book featurette

The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben KingsleyBill Murray, Lupita Nyong’oChristopher WalkenScarlett JohanssonIdris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.

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The Jungle Book poster tryptic

A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the “next level” animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.

Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews round-up below.  Read More »

FINDING DORY

Finding Nemo took us to a whole new world under the surface, populated with “vegetarian” sharks and hippie sea turtles and other exotic sea creatures. This summer’s Finding Dory promises to reunite us with some of those same fish while introducing us to still more colorful characters. Those include a cantankerous octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a sweet whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell).

But that’s not all. Also lurking in the cast are Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton as Dory’s parents, Bob Peterson as an eagle ray, and Idris Elba and Dominic West as a pair of Guy Ritchie-inspired sea lions — which, yes, makes Finding Dory the Wire reunion you never knew you wanted. Hit the jump for a batch of photos featuring the latest new Finding Dory characters.  Read More »

The Jungle Book questions

Jon Favreau‘s last two major releases, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, were disappointments for some filmgoers. But after those minor missteps, the director of ElfZathura, and Iron Man quickly bounced back with his last feature, Chef. Now Favreau’s next upcoming film is The Jungle Book, which is possibly his biggest film to date.

Below, watch The Jungle Book featurette, in which the director and cast discuss the reimagining.

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the jungle book clip

Last year, Disney really got their whole reimagining game down. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were box office hits, neither quite captured the spirit or the appeal of the original animated films. Kenneth Branagh, however, accomplished just that recently with his lovely Cinderella remake. Next at bat to reimagine another Disney classic is director Jon Favreau.

Following up his charming drama Chef, Favreau returns to big studio filmmaking with The Jungle Book. Watch a clip from the film below.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Idris Elba / Shere Khan

Walt Disney Pictures has released a series of images featuring the cast of Jon Favreau‘s “live-action” adaptation of The Jungle Book posing next to their computer animated counterparts. Hit the jump to check out the photos, which I guess serve as a classier/better version of when companies like DreamWorks Animation would do a split screen showing an actor voicing his role during the trailer. Hit the jump to see the new Jungle Book photos.
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