Cyrano musical

Joe Wright, the director behind movies like Atonement, Hanna, and Pan, is making his first musical.

Wright has been hired to direct MGM’s Cyrano musical, based on a stage play by Erica Schmidt which was adapted from Edmond Rostand’s famous Cyrano de Bergerac. The film’s four major roles have already been cast: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven, Swallow), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) are all set to star. And as an added bonus, the Grammy-winning rock band The National is handling the music.
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With the airing of last night’s action-packed finale, HBO has delivered a gripping climax to its ten-episode Stephen King adaptation, The Outsider. Focusing on a community rocked by a gruesome child murder, the show, like the book, was something of a genre-buster, tipping from police procedural in its first half into full-blown supernatural horror in its second half. Given its steady ratings climb and the finale’s post-credits scene, it’s possible that HBO will go The Leftovers route with The Outsider and continue the series with new stories beyond the scope of King’s novel. The mythology at play in the narrative might even allow the network to anthologize it, adopting a new cast and setting in its second season, as AMC did last year with its Dan Simmons adaptation, The Terror.

For now, however, the dust is left to settle around a stellar first season with a top-of-the-line ensemble cast led by Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo. Developed by Richard Price — the author/co-screenwriter of Clockers and co-creator of The Night Of miniseries, among other things — the show adhered to many aspects of the book while also deviating from the source material in some notable ways. Price penned the majority of episodes, with executive producer Jessie Nickson-Lopez and novelist Dennis Lehane also picking up writing credits. Here, we’ll look back on the season as a whole and examine some of the changes they made in order to bring King’s vision to television.

Major spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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the outsider review

Stephen King knows horror. He’s spent the last few decades at the top of the bestseller list, raking in mountains of cash by giving readers the creeps. While King’s tales of terror are loaded with the supernatural, the author understands that to make all those paranormal shenanigans truly terrifying, they need to happen to real, everyday people. The otherworldly needs to come creeping into our world, and make us realize there’s a night side lurking out there, full of things waiting to grab us.

Which is what makes King’s novel The Outsider, and its new HBO adaptation, so chilling. Adapted by The Wire writer Richard Price, HBO’s The Outsider is the ultimate tale of otherworldly nightmares creeping into our existence. It starts off seeming like a standard, if particularly gruesome, true crime story. And then the real nightmare begins.

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the outsider trailer hbo

A spooky new trailer for The Outsider gives us a longer look at HBO’s new Stephen King adaption. Based on King’s novel of the same name, the drama series involves what first appears to be an open-and-shut murder case. But evidence slowly begins to come to light that makes this story anything but ordinary. Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, and Jason Bateman star in the show, which arrives in 2020. Watch The Outsider trailer below.

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the outsider trailer new

The Stephen King adaptation craze keeps on keepin’ on with The Outsider, a new HBO series base on one of the Master of Horror’s recent novels. The story concerns what appears to be an impossible murder: after a child in a small town is killed, a mountain of evidence points towards one man. The only problem is this suspect’s alibi is airtight, placing him miles away from the scene of the crime. Watch The Outsider trailer below.

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secret invasion movie

The Skrulls are some of the most famous villains in Marvel Comics, and it all lead to an epic comic book crossover storyline called “Secret Invasion” that ran through a self-titled eight issue limited series and several tie-in books from April through December 2008. With the introduction of the Skrulls in 2019’s Captain Marvel, it was no surprise that fans expected the film to plant the seeds for an eventual Secret Invasion movie. But while evidence points to the contrary, Marvel studios chief Kevin Feige won’t rule it out.

Spoilers for Captain Marvel follow.

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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden directing captain marvel

A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden to talk about Captain Marvel. In the discussion, we geeked out over the genius of Ben Mendelsohn, the tightrope walk of making a prequel, choosing a kick-ass ’90s soundtrack, the choice to change Goose’s name from the comics, and Stan Lee‘s cameo.

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captain marvel character posters

Every single dang character in Captain Marvel now has their own fancy character poster – including Captain Marvel’s cat, Goose. This is the first pet character poster in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, thus making this a momentous day for cinema. Also on display: young Nick Fury, young Agent Coulson, badly photoshopped Jude Law, and of course, Captain Marvel herself. See the Captain Marvel character posters below, and familiarize yourself with everyone human, alien, and feline.

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Captain Marvel

On the January 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is here to play a few interviews from the set of Captain Marvel. We will hear from Samuel L Jackson, who reprises his role as a young SHIELD head Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a Skrull commander, and Jonathan Schwartz, the executive producer of the film who reveals everything we need to know about Marvel’s first female-led superhero film.

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Ben Mendelsohn as a skrull in captain marvel

Marvel is notoriously secretive about their projects and the cast and crew are very tight-lipped about a film in production. Before visiting a Marvel set, the SHIELD-style Marvel security make you sign an NDA and take a photo on an iPad. Despite NDAs and embargoes, no one can be trusted and the stars of these films are often unsure of what they can and not say in on set interviews. Sometimes this can be frustrating, but other times it can be hilarious.

While visiting the set of Captain Marvel, we had an opportunity to talk with Ben Mendelsohn, who was in full Skrull make-up and wardrobe. Mendelsohn plays the Skrull battle commander Talos in the film, but aside from our knowledge of the Skrulls from the comics, we really don’t know the villainous motivations a the center of this film or why Earth finds itself in the middle of the Skrull/Kree war. And Mendelsohn is a pro at weaving and dodging this potential minefield and while there isn’t a lot of hard information to come out of this discussion, it’s worth reading because of Ben’s hilarious answers.

(If you want to actually hear him say “we be Skrulling,” listen to the interview on this afternoon’s edition of /Film Daily.)

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