langdon series

Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist with the bad haircut who has a nasty habit of getting caught up in historical mysteries, now has his own TV series. After ordering a pilot last year, Peacock has now ordered Dan Brown’s Langdon to series, with Succession actor Ashley Zukerman playing the title character. The show will follow Robert Langdon’s “early adventures,” and you better friggin’ believe he’s going to have to solve some puzzles along the way. That’s just how Robert Langdon rolls.

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da vinci code stage play

Remember The Da Vinci Code? Dan Brown‘s obscenely popular bestseller about a puzzle-solving murder mystery involving a conspiracy within the Catholic church? Well, it’s back – in stage play form. Sadly, this won’t be a musical. Instead, it’s being described as a “stage thriller,” and the current plan is to open the production in the U.K. next April.

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With next month’s Inferno, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will have adapted three of the four existing novels in Dan Brown‘s Robert Langdon series, which hit peak popularity 2003’s The Da Vinci Code. But lest you worry they’ll run out of material, Brown has another Robert Langdon book is on the way. Origin, his fifth novel about Harvard symbologist Langdon, will hit shelves in fall 2017.  Read More »


Tl;dr: Every movie franchise you ever loved is coming back, and so are some you never really cared for in the first place. After the jump:

  • Edgar Ramirez thinks there will be more Point Breaks.
  • Yes, another Indiana Jones movie is coming. Eventually.
  • Quentin Tarantino makes more noises about a Kill Bill 3.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 unveils a new poster.
  • Will The Conjuring 2 reference The Amityville Horror?
  • A new Fantastic Beasts image is all about the No-Maj.
  • Plus, new photos from Inferno and Kung Fu Panda 3.

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VOTD: ‘Tom Hanks: The Movie’ Supercut

Apollo 13

This weekend’s Captain Phillips doesn’t spend too much time dwelling on its protagonist’s history, but maybe that’s because it doesn’t need to. Maybe we’ve already spent the past twenty years watching it play out.

A new supercut suggests that Tom Hanks has spent most of his career starring in one really long film called Tom Hanks: The Movie that follows its hero from college to the battlefield to outer space to the open seas. Check it out after the jump.

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As construction on Ron Howard‘s The Dark Tower has been suspended, either temporarily or permanently, the director has been building a new slate of possible projects. The Formula One biopic Rush is looking like his next ‘go’ picture. That movie, based on the real-life rivalry between two drivers in 1976 and provisionally starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, sounds like a good departure from some of the fare that has occupied the director in the past five years.

Or, why bother with glossing over with a phrase like ‘some of the fare?’ I’m talking about the two forgettable adaptations of Dan Brown‘s inexplicably popular potboilers The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. The books sold millions and the film adaptations did quite well, financially. And yet Ron Howard is now declining to direct the third film, based on Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol. Give the man a golf clap for walking away from the series that has been his biggest success in the past decade, hopefully to pursue better creative endeavors. Read More »


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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Angels & Demons

Ron Howard‘s big screen adaptation of the Da Vinci Code prequel Angel’s & Demons won’t hit theaters until May 15th, but Columbia Pictures is already moving forward with a third film in the series.

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angels-and-demons.jpgNot sure what is going on in the photo above, but your brain should tell you that it’s a photo of Ayelet Zurer, and according to EW she’s landed the lead female role opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard‘s summer ’09 prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons. Yes, the prequel people are craving as much as one to Nothing But Trouble is quietly moving forward. Will Tom Hanks’s hair go even longer this time and catch a nice Fabio-esque breeze on screen? Maybe.

Zurer, an Israeli actress who starred as Eric Bana’s comely wife in Steven Spielberg’s underrated Munich, apparently beat out Naomi Watts for the role of Vittoria Vetra (Dan Brown‘s alliteration, blech), who teams with Hanks’s “Harvard symbologist” Robert Langdon to solve the mystery behind her father’s death. Enter terrorists, churches, chubby moms flipping through supermarket paperbacks et al. After hitting a snag due to the writers strike the picture is scheduled to begin filming this June in Europe. Give a low five in the comments.

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