Film adaptations of Stephen King’s work have run the gamut. They have been critical masterpieces like Misery and The Shawshank Redemption. They have been crowd pleasers like Carrie and The Shining. They have also been epically bad like The Langoliers. It seems like a no-brainer to adapt a King novel, especially if it’s been successful in other media. However, The Stand has already lost three directors: David Yates, Ben Affleck, and Scott Cooper. But this book needs to be adapted!
King’s The Stand is a novel about the end of the world. A superflu takes out the majority of the population and the survivors must rally on the light and dark sides. The people of the light side, including a rock star, a deaf-mute, and a pregnant teen, rally around an elderly black woman in Boulder, Colorado. A prisoner, a pyromaniac, and a spinster virgin rally around a faceless specter of evil in a jean jacket in (naturally) Las Vegas. As they try to rebuild society, a holy war hangs in the balance and everyone must make a “stand.”
The book has everything: sex, intrigue, suspense and even a teen mom. The novel has already been turned into a successful graphic novel for Marvel that turned the 800-plus page epic into a 31-issue comic book series. The book was also made into a memorable television mini-series starring Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, and Laura San Giacomo a few years ago.
Our obsession with the zombie apocalypse is still in full force with the success of The Walking Dead and movies like 28 Days Later, World War Z, and the comedy Zombieland. The Stand offers a shocking alternative. What if the world is completely full of dead bodies and the survivors must survive a world with no laws? How would people survive? Rather than a throng of bodies chasing you, what if it was just silence and death. This vision of a post-apocalyptic world hasn’t really been handled by mainstream cinema. It has the makings of a Harry Potter/Hunger Games -style epic.
We aren’t just obsessed with zombies. This is the End proved that the Book of Revelations is still ripe for artistic interpretation. It also brought up some interesting quandaries. What if we lived in a world without electricity? Running water? The Stand features people living in such a world. What would we do in a world without the Internet where the bulk of our technology is utterly useless?
The Stand takes a very unique view of a post-apocalyptic society. 99% of the population dies and the survivors must navigate a world with no power, dead bodies everywhere, and no laws. Added to all that is a Holy War. Hopefully, someone can jump on this film quick and make it happen. After all, The Hunger Games only has two films left.
Writer and director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) has opted to exit his developing project, an adaptation of Stephen King film adaption of The Stand, According to The Wrap. Reports are that Cooper cites "creative differences" with Warner Bros as his reason for leaving the project.
The Stand, which is based on King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror novel of the same name, was originally expected to be written by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates (of Harry Potter fame). However, both Kloves and Yates exited the project because they felt it would work better as a mini-series. Afterwards, Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) signed on to write, direct, and star. But, soon after, Affleck left so he could direct and star in another Warner Bros. project, Live By the Night.
Once Affleck exited, Cooper was immediately tapped to direct and rewrite the script for the film, which had already had a first draft by David Kajganich. From the onslaught, the film has been labeled a priority project for the studio, so loss of another director could be spelling trouble for the adaption.
Cooper's exit may cause even more concern for studio since The Stand has a reputation of being one King's more complex novels, and it won't be easy to get another director to immediately sign on. In addition, Warner Bros. seems unsure whether they want the novel to be adapted into a franchise or just one film, which could also be holding up the production.
However, Cooper's exit is not the end of the world (pun intended). The latest rumors are speculating that Christian Bale may sign on to star in The Stand, and the addition of big name actor could help draw in another well known writer/director.
The Stand was previously developed into an eight hour mini-series for ABC, with a script written by King himself. This 1994 version starred Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald.
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America — no, the entire world — is in love with Jennifer Lawrence. It's no secret, it's been reported on over and over. So, it's no surprise that in Lawrence's new interview, she once again captures our hearts and our heads when she speaks out against the over-the-top expectations in Hollywood, and how she refuses to conform.
In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Lawrence says she is still facing pressure from Hollywood to be stick thin. When she was just starting out, the first overweight comments began, but she brushed it off as, "It was just the kind of s**t that actresses have to go through." But Lawrence explains it quickly began to get more personal. "Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivations for my diet. They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn't still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I'm above it all." Lawrence goes on to explain that it doesn't matter what kind of compliments or awards you get, an insult is an insult. Thankfully, Lawrence tries to not let it bother her anymore, instead claiming, "If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f**k yourself.'" Hallelujah Jen.
Lawrence goes to gain our eternal adoration by explaining her love of chips, Cheez-Its and on-set catering. "My bodyguard Gilbert, right before they call 'action,' I’m like, 'If there aren’t Cheez-Its here by the time they call cut, just go home.' And he’ll start running. It cracks me up how seriously he takes it…. It’s not my performance that is motivating me. I want to get the on-set catering."
While Lawrence is arguably the most vocal about her hatred of the Hollywood body standard, other actors have also refused to conform to the unrealistic demands. For instance, Jennifer Love Hewitt got serious backlash in 2007 when she was photographed on vacation looking normal, as opposed to airbrushed to "perfection," in a bikini. Hewitt spoke out saying, "I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini -- put it on and stay strong."
Demi Lovato is another famous face that has publicly dealt with her body issues. At the age of 12, Lovato developed an eating disorder, and after going to rehab, Lovato has returned to the spotlight looking healthy and happy. She says she now knows, "It's OK to love your body the way it is and it's OK to reach out and ask for help."
We seriously hope this this trend of standing up for all body types will continue, and that other Hollywood actors will come forward to criticize the unreleastic Hollywood standards... or at least get photographed eating a burger once in a while. Until then, I'll leave you with this awesome clip of the refreshingly normal J.Law telling Ryan Seacrest she's "starving" on the Oscar red carpet. Check it out below.
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"We'll see your Coulson and we'll raise you a Gordon!" That's the way we imagine this news came to be — an angry Warner Bros directing this threat at Disney during Tuesday night's premiere of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Taking note of the buzz gained by the small screen Avengers spinoff, the studio behind every DC Comics film since 1978's Superman (excepting the two Swamp Thing movies — and we can't imagine why they passed on those) is setting into play its own television project, based unsurprisingly on its most popular and critically acclaimed franchise today. Deadline reports that the WB and the Fox Network will reproduce the Batman universe in an origin story series titled Gotham, which will focus not on the Dark Knight but on his pal Commissioner James Gordon.
The series will follow the exploits of lawman Gordon through the decrepit streets of Gotham long prior to the days of Bruce Wayne's reign. Like DC's last origin series, Smallville, Gotham will present a new look at the backstory behind the world built in decades of comic book and Hollywood movies. But taking a page from the S.H.I.E.L.D. book, Gotham diverts attention away from Batman — he won't be in the show at all, in fact — and toward the familiar but not particularly colorful character of Jim Gordon, who Christopher Nolan fans will know in the form of Gary Oldman.
And it is that lack of color that makes us wonder whether Gordon can and should headline his own program. He's a brick wall in the Nolan trilogy, a substantial and sturdy presence but not one you'd ever really marvel at. Surrounded by more ostensibly engaging characters — Batman, Robin, Alfred, Lucius Fox, Rachel Dawes, Selina Kyle, all the villains, and that boat full of convicts in The Dark Knight — Gordon's primary provision is audience surrogacy. He's the "normal" good guy through which we can view and relate to this crumbling Gotham. A fact that might make him a viable candidate for a meaty series were he not weighted down by the riveting connotations by all other corners of the Batman world. Independent from all things Wayne, we fear Gordon will bore fans expecting a reproduction of the Nolan aesthetic in the form of a weekly series. He doesn't have the geeky charm of Marvel's Agent Coulson, or the psychological traumas of pretty much anyone in his own canon. Without a pretty engaging supporting cast, we have apprehension that a Gordon series might translate to little more than a glorified crime procedural.
But perhaps there is more to be done with the everyman character than we're predicting. With a charismatic performer (S.H.I.E.L.D. got Clark Gregg, but don't expect Fox to snag Oldman for this project), Gordon might have more in his pocket than just grimaces of fading hope and a giant flashlight. With a dense world and writing with some teeth, a James Gordon Gotham is hardly D.O.A..
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Once a niche hobby for nerdy basement dwellers, video games have now become mainstream forms of entertainment. It’s hard to ignore a billion dollar industry, especially when franchises like Call of Duty and Mass Effect have as big or even bigger opening days than some of Hollywood’s blockbusters. With big money success comes reputability. Once frowned upon as lower-tired jobs by actors, video games are now legitimate work and has attracted some big names and reputable actors.
With video games looking more and more like interactive films, a few actors and actresses have already jumped the fence when it comes to offering their likeness to a video game. Here’s just a sampling of big Hollywood names who have lent their voices/likeness to bring characters to life in a video game for every button masher out there.
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If you've been breathlessly waiting for a remake of the 1987 film RoboCop, you're finally in luck. The new trailer (above) shows just as much violence and drama as we expect from a RoboCop movie. Starring on-the-rise actor Joel Kinnaman as the title character, the film compensates by filling out the rest of the cast with Hollywood heavy-weights like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton.
In the futuristic trailer, the world is plagued by drone strikes and constant crime. When Detective Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) suffers from life-threatening injuries sustained from a car explosion, Dr. Norton (Oldman) steps in to save his life. Meanwhile, Keaton and Jackson's characters have already been planning to create a robot-human machine. Needless to say, Murphy's accident proves to be the perfect opportunity to test this out, and when he wakes up, he is RoboCop. What Murphy doesn't know is that the men that created him are also controlling him. The rest of the trailer showcases the age-old storyline of good guy fighting back against the bad guys. Oh, and there's also a little romance and a ton explosive CGI violence thrown in for good measure.
RoboCop will be released on Feb. 7, 2014. Hopefully, these amazing actors and huge budget will make the film as great as the original. If not, we can always console ourselves with a marathon of the first, second, and third RoboCop movies.
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Irish rockers The Script have cancelled two U.K. shows due to family illness. The band was set to play Leeds and Blackpool in England on Thursday and Friday night (29-30Aug13) respectively, but they have pulled out after a relative of a bandmember fell ill.
On the group's Twitter.com page, a representative writes, "It is with deepest regret that The Script have had to cancel both their Leeds Academy (29th Aug) & Blackpool Illuminations (30th Aug) shows due to a sudden serious family illness.
"The band deeply regret having to cancel at such short notice. Refunds will be available from the point of purchase. Script HQ."
The Friday night gig in the seaside resort of Blackpool was due to coincide with the official switching on of the resort's famous Illuminations, and on Thursday organisers were in talks with Take That star Gary Barlow about replacing The Script at the event.
Simon Blackburn, the leader of Blackpool Council, says, "He is one of the people we have spoken to. What I am sure of is by early this afternoon time we will have a show."
Snow Patrol rocker Tom Simpson has quit the group after playing a final gig in Northern Ireland on Thursday night (15Aug13). Frontman Gary Lightbody revealed news of the keyboardist's departure while on stage at the Tennent's Vital festival in Belfast and dedicated the band's hit Chasing Cars to the musician.
Lightbody told the crowd, "There is a slightly sad element to this gig. Tom Simpson has been in Snow Patrol since 1996 and tonight in Belfast is his last gig. Tom is going his separate way (sic)... He's decided he wants to do his own thing... We support him and love him as a brother."
The rockers celebrated Simpson's departure by presenting him with a cake, which was topped with an edible model of the band, while Lightbody passed on a message from his friend in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Tom: Thank you to all our fans. Feeling heavy hearted today. It's been an amazing journey but I've come home now. God bless you all."
The singer adds, "Thank you Belfast for giving our Tom such a great send off. We knew you would. Sad today. Much love to you all good people. Bless your hearts."
The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.
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In the new high stakes thriller Paranoia, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford play two powerful tech billionaires with a bitter rivalry and a complicated past. Liam Hemsworth plays a new up-and-comer who, in his search for wealth and power, ends up stuck in between them. He eventually realizes that his life is in danger — but at that point it's too late for him to walk away.
In this exclusive clip, Jock (Ford) wants Nicholas (Oldman) to sign a document, but Nicholas is none too pleased about the fact that Jock took all the credit for something Nicholas designed. Things get heated, and it definitely seems like Jock has the upper hand. Bottom line — don't make Harrison Ford angry.
I don't know about you, but I've found my new catchphrase.
Paranoia opens August 16th.
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