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Michael Rooker Climbs onto ‘The Dark Tower’ Adaptation!

Michael Rooker has joined Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Deadline reports.

Rooker is no stranger to the Stephen King universe. He played Sheriff Alan Pangborn in George A. Romero’s adaptation of The Dark Half in 1993, but now he’s going to be a part of the new The Dark Tower series.

For reference, this adaptation has nothing to do with the 2017 movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Don’t feel too bad for the movie though. In addition to having a 16% percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.08/10, Stephen King properties get remade and characters get recast all the time.

 

Tim Curry as Pennywise

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In addition there’s It (1990)

 

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise

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and It (2017)

 

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…and Pet Sematary (1989)

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…and Pet Sematary (2019)

Ed Harris as Sheriff Pangborn

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The character has been featured twice after Rooker’s performance in The Dark Half. Sheriff Alan Pangborn was played by Ed Harris in Fraser C. Heston’s adaptation of Needful Things

Scott Glenn as Sheriff Pangborn

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and by Scott Glenn in Hulu’s Castle Rock.

But back to this adaptation! It’s the origin story of gunslinger Roland Deschain and Randall Flagg aka The Man In Black.

 

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Sam Strike (EastEnders, Mindhunter, Leatherface) will play Roland Deschain…

 

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Jasper Pääkkönen (BlackKKlansman, Vikings) will play Randall Flagg aka The Man In Black…

 

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Michael Rooker is cast in an unknown role. We have confidence in him, given his roles as Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

FanSided reports that the series is already in production and is currently filming in Croatia.

The Dark Tower is a series of eight books that follows Roland Deschain and his quest towards the Dark Tower, which is said to be the nexus of all universes. If you don’t think that’s cool, just remember the old saying: If it’s a Stephen King book, then it somehow connects to The Dark Tower.

(PS-The last book in the series is my favorite.)

 

 

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Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ TV Show Coming to Amazon!

After the flop that was last year’s Idris Elba-led movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, it has been revealed that Amazon will give it another go as a TV series. The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is said to be helming the project. 

 

While Amazon have not officially announced that they will run the show, Deadline implies this is the case. The article cites The Dark Tower in a list of Amazon’s upcoming fantasy series, along with Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, Ringworld, and Lazarus.

 

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King explained to Entertainment Weekly that he believes the film’s PG-13 rating was the cause of its failure. He said, “So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, ‘Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before.'”

 

Elba, who was undoubtedly the best thing about the poorly received film, does not appear to have been approached regarding the TV adaptation. He recently told ScreenCrush, “You know what? I didn’t know Stephen said that. I don’t know, actually, where it lies. I must figure this out, I don’t know where it lies. I’m unfortunately the last to know at this point.”

 

We’re anxiously awaiting more details, as King’s weird and wonderful series definitely deserves justice. 

 

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Jessica Chastain Stars in New Trailer for ‘Molly’s Game’

At 26, Molly Bloom became the subject of an FBI investigation into an underground poker ring involving Hollywood’s elite. Bloom, an Olympic-class skier ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for ten years before being arrested.

 

Bloom wrote a memoir of her time hosting the game entitled ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.’ Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire attended Molly’s game.

 

 

Aaron Sorkin has won numerous awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and an Oscar. ‘Molly’s Game’ will be his first time directing.

 

‘Molly’s Game’ will hit theaters in the middle of awards season, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month.

 

It will be Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain’s first time working together, on which Sorkin commented to Variety, saying: 

 

The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any filmmaker’s dream come true. They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.

 

Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin and Kevin Costner also star. ‘Molly’s Game’ hits theaters November 22.

 

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Can This Stephen King Adaptation Beat Box Office Records?

Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series is beloved by readers around the world, and sits on top of many book lovers’ fantasy lists. Finally, Hollywood has heard the calls of fans, and has brought the book to life. Bad news is nobody likes it.

 

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Manohla Dargis, of the New York Times, says:

Roland, by contrast, lives in Mid-World, an incoherent realm of foggy woods, digital boogeymen, cinematic allusions, slavering nods to Mr. King’s voluminous oeuvre and some geological formations that may cause you to uselessly flash on images from John Ford westerns.

 

And Richard Roeper, of The Chicago Sun Times, weighs in:

The cinematography has a washed-out, dull tone. The special effects are mediocre. With a few exceptions, the dialogue is stilted and filled with expository passages so obviously intended to explain things to us, I half-expected characters to turn to the camera and say, “Here’s what you need to know so you can understand what’s happening.”

 

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Adapting “The Dark Tower” series into a film has, itself, become something of an epic adventure. J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) initially attempted an adaptation, and gave up once he realized transitioning King’s sprawling series into a blockbuster movie was…hard.

 

Then Ron Howard (“Apollo 13,” “Rush”) wanted to make the series into a television/film crossover event. In order to capture the entirety of King’s imagination, something of that scale would probably be necessary. But then nothing happened.

 

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Then this adaptation came along, helmed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, and, at least, the cast looked good. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey starring, respectively, as the Gunslinger and the Man in Black. Perfect! Two cool, likable leads.

 

Then, just days before release, Variety reported that production was “plagued with problems and clashing visions.” After seeing a cut of Arcel’s, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman allegedly spent hours in the editing bay making critiques. Ron Howard, a producer of the film, helped Arcel do the music, and Akiva Goldsman, co-writer and producer, was also brought in to put the thing together.

 

Judging by reviews, and box office forecasts (predictions put it at around $20 million on a $60 million budget) Stephen King’s beloved “Dark Tower” series has been adapted into a bomb. What might have been the next “Lord of the Rings,” or “Game of Thrones” is instead a massive disappointment. As usual, those who suffer most are the fans.

 

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6 Actors We Would Love to Narrate Audiobooks

Summer is the perfect season for audiobook; whether you’re dilly-dallying on your way to work, trying to make the most of your moments in the sun, sunbathing on any available surface, or, if you’re super lucky, going on vacation (woohoo!).

 

We’ve rounded up the smoothest voices in Hollywood we would love to hear, and the books we think would best suit them! 

 

1. Julie Andrews

Julie’s soothing lilt has cropped up in some of our favorite fairy-tale films such as ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Enchanted,’ not to mention the classic ‘Mary Poppins.’ Everything her tender tones touch seems to turn to gold. 

 

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Suggested BookA Little Princess

Since she’s already an old-hand at all things princess, we think Francis Hodgson Burnett’s ‘A Little Princess‘ would be perfect. A childhood favorite of many, this moving novel follows Sarah, who, having grown up in India, is sent to boarding school in England when her father is conscripted. 

 

2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman must have the most beloved voice in Hollywood, and we can’t think of anything we wouldn’t want to hear his rich tones recite! We’d happily listen to him reading the phone book, a take-out menu, a list of every type of lawnmower ever manufactured, the ingredients in a tin of Spam…ANYTHING.

 

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Suggested BookThe Road

…BUT, given the choice, we would love to hear him read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ This dystopian tale follows a father and son as they make their way across bleak landscapes. We think Freeman’s famous voice would lend a wonderful dimension to this dark story.

 

3. Cate Blanchett

Blanchett’s narration at the start of the Lord of the Rings movies is pretty intoxicating, her voice at once soothing and powerful just like you might expect from an elven queen. 

 

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Suggested BookA Series of Unfortunate Events

Blanchett is such a versatile actor, filling roles as diverse as Bob Dylan, Katharine Hepburn, and Queen Elizabeth I. With this in mind, we’d love to hear her reading ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ Lemony Snicket’s best-selling series boasts an ever-changing cast of characters as well as some constants (like Count Olaf) who are constantly cropping up under different guises. The books are narrated by the character Lemony Snicket, but given the various male roles Blanchett has taken on before, we’re sure she’d pull it off.

 

4. Idris Elba 

Everybody loves Idris Elba’s cheeky London twang, and we know from his various roles that he’s capable of affecting many different accents.

 

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Suggested BookJames Bond books

Touted by many as being the perfect successor to Daniel Craig in the role of 007, we would love to hear Elba reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. It’s looking unlikely that he will land the role, due to scheduling conflicts, but hearing him read the books would definitely be the next best thing!

 

5. Kristen Stewart

We can’t get enough of Stewart’s laid-back, husky voice which always lends serious believability to her acting.

 

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Suggested BookTithe

We’d love to hear Stewart narrate ‘Tithe‘ by ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ author Holly Black. This dark modern day fairy tale is narrated by deadpan teenager Kay who spends her days touring with her mother’s band until she is sucked into the dark world of faerie-land. Stewart’s chilled out, authentic voice would be perfect for this cool character, not to mention she has experience voicing characters unwittingly sucked into supernatural worlds!

 

7. Evanna Lynch

‘Harry Potter’s’ Luna Lovegood has one of the most soothing voices in Hollywood, and one we don’t get to hear enough. Hailing from Louth, Ireland, she already has audiobook experience, narrating ‘Foster’ by Irish author Claire Keegan. 

 

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Suggested BookSpare and Found Parts

We think Evanna would be perfect to narrate Sarah Maria Griffin’s new YA sci-fi novel ‘Spare and Found Parts.‘ Set in dystopian Dublin, Ireland, this story follows Nell who sets about building her own companion out of spare parts. 

 

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