Warner Bros. has been trying to adapt The Stand for about four years now, and just how to tell Stephen King's massive story onscreen has been an open question.
The book is huge; the unabridged mass market paperback weighs in at a whopping 1,141 pages.
For a while, the studio was playing with idea of a two-film adaptation, but since Josh Boone came aboard to write and direct, he's been talking about a "three-hour, R-rated version" of the apocalyptic epic.
Now, though, Boone has declared a new plan: The Stand won't be one movie or even two. The Stand has expanded into four separate films.
Did you know that Jennifer Lawrence has her own record in the Guinness Book?
She's the highest-grossing action heroine in the history of movies.
It's true. And it's all thanks to her role as Katniss Everdeen, the Tribute who incites an oppressed nation to rise up in The Hunger Games series, which has hauled in $1.6 billion between just the first two movies.
The penultimate installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is adding to that total, grossing $17 million from Thursday night shows before properly opening nationwide today.
Lawrence's can't be credited enough for the phenomenal popularity of this franchise. It's a hell of a performance and a hell of a character, one in whom we can emotionally invest, placing us right in the middle of a vast, complicated science fiction world that's a frightening funhouse mirror of our own. Katniss is a serious action hero, one whose chops as a kicker of asses is never in doubt. She's not a damsel in distress and she's certainly not just a love interest for a man.
She's part of a proud tradition in recent scifi cinema, a tradition of female characters who have their own agency, who take shit from nobody, and who don't rely on guys to save the day.
Every Pirates of the Caribbean movie needs a hero as generic and boring as Jack Sparrow is eccentric and boozy.
In the first three movies it was Orlando Bloom as noble, lovesick Will Turner. In the fourth it was Sam Claflin as noble, lovesick Philip.
In the fifth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, it'll be Brenton Thwaites as another Henry, a British soldier and boring hero who is also presumably noble and lovesick.
Apparently Strange Magic is just two months away from release, so the animated movie nobody's heard about now has a trailer to make up for lost time.
Basically, the visuals looks sharp, the story looks awkward, and the characters look unintentionally creepy.
Adapting any bestseller is tricky, but Fifty Shades of Grey is particularly challenging to both make and market.
How many other bestsellers have famous sex scenes involving female hygienic products plucked away by Prince Charming, after all?
A quick new TV spot illustrates how Universal is handling some of the, ahem, racier elements of Fifty Shades of Grey: by basically avoiding them.
Opening in theaters on November 7th is the new historical drama Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is based on a true story and stars Kal Penn.
Penn is best known for his roles in such popular film and TV projects as Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Superman Returns, 24, House M.D., How I Met Your Mother, and the Harold & Kumar trilogy. But in 2009 Penn decided to take a break from acting to join the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Now back from his side job in D.C., Penn joins Mischa Barton (TV’s The O.C.) and the great Martin Sheen (The Departed, Apocalypse Now, TV’s The West Wing) in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. The new film interweaves stories of people in India and the US as they face dilemmas in the months leading to the biggest Industrial disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. The movie was written and directed by first time feature filmmaker Ravi Kumar.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kal Penn and director Ravi Kumar about their work on Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. The actor and his director discussed their new project, the true story it is based on, why they wanted to make the movie, Penn’s post-White House acting choices, casting Mischa Barton and Martin Sheen, how Bhopal marks the second time Penn has worked with a US President, and what they hope audiences will learn from the film.
A red band trailer for The Wedding Ringer boasts an adolescent's enthusiasm for the word fuck.
Thirteen years after the world's hottest male model first flashed Blue Steel, it looks like a Zoolander sequel is finally for-reals going to happen.
Melissa McCarthy does believe in fairies.
Arguably the most popular comedic actress in the world is signing up to play Tinker Bell in a live-action comedy-adventure following the exploits of Peter Pan's fairy sidekick.
Wow. Talk about a huge surprise.
Just yesterday Sony Pictures appeared to be going full steam ahead on its anticipated Steve Jobs biopic.
And why not? After all, the project has a venerated subject, bestselling source material, an Academy Award-winner for a screenwriter, and another Oscar-winner for a director, as well as attention from some of the biggest actors on the planet.
Despite all that, Sony is calling it quits, abandoning its high-profile Steve Jobs movie.