Stephen King Talks About How His Novels Have Influenced STRANGER THINGS

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2017 was a great year for Stephen King and several of his properties. During the span of his career, there have been 44 theatrically released movies made based on his work, as well as several other miniseries and TV movies. Last year alone, there were six adaptations of King's stories, including the highly popular IT

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, King talk about his big year and also discussed the influence his work has on one of the biggest TV shows, Stranger Things:

"I think that Stranger Things might’ve had something to do with it, but that’s kind of an incestuous thing because so much of Stranger Things reminds me of stuff that I’ve written. But I think that played a part. Obviously, the idea of a bunch of kids fighting a supernatural terror just sort of appealed to people, and they saw a chance to root for the good guys, which doesn’t always happen in horror movies."

King's influence is so apparent on Stranger Things in several aspects of the show, from the way childhood is portrayed all the way down to font used in the show's title sequence. Over the summer King tweeted about how he enjoys the show, and how it's like watching his own greatest hits. 

And there is even more King stuff coming. Fans are looking forward to IT: Chapter 2 coming in September of next year, and Stranger Things 3 also likely coming sometime in 2019. 

Release Date For The CLOVERFIELD Sequel Pushed Back To A Later Date

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It looks like Cloverfield universe fans are going to have to wait longer for the next installment in the franchise. That's because the release date for the untitled third film has been pushed back from February 24 to April 20. For now, the working title of the film is God Particle, but no official title has been revealed yet.

One thing that isn't clear is why the sudden change of release date, especially now that it will go up against Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson and the long-awaited Super Troopers sequel.

The film was directed by Julius Onah and stars David Oyelowo, John Krasinski, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Bruhl.

The plot of the film is being kept under wraps, but one Reddit user claims to have come across the plot while taking an online survey about upcoming films that line up with hints of the plot revealed last year.

Here is what he claims he knows (IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW, STOP READING):

"This science-fiction horror thriller is the third film in the Cloverfield monster universe. As a calamitous world war between the United States and the European Union rages, spurred on by an invasion of alien creatures that threatens all of mankind, a group of American astronauts are sent out to space aboard the space station ‘Dandelion’ with a very specific mission: to test out a new Higgs Boson 'God' particle accelerator that just might be the key to humanity’s survival. But when the crew, under direction from their captain Ava Hamilton, turns on the device, the Earth seemingly disappears. Realizing their coordinates haven’t changed, the entire crew-including fellow engineer and Ava’s boyfriend, Evan, the boyish Milka, the pious Monk, shaggy-haired ship screw-up, Mundy, and military agents Martinez and Cosbi-now fear that they are truly lost in space and have to prepare to wait out the remainder of their lives [on] this self-sustaining space station.
"Unexpectedly, they are soon contacted by an enemy European spaceship-giving them hope and concerns at the same time. After debate, they agree [to] let the new crew onto their ship, a decision which almost immediately turns tragic when Ava’s boyfriend is poisoned. As the accusations fly amidst increased tensions, the American crew decides to imprison the European astronauts. But when Mundy soon turns up dead as well, Ava must no figure out who the murderers really are…and who anyone can trust as the American crew must battle against each other, as well as with the new intruders, who are soon intent on getting the super weapon on board the ship for their own purposes back on earth."

The film's writer, Oren Uziel says he originally wrote the script for a movie called "Shimmer Lake," which had no connection to the previous Cloverfield films, but it was in line with the overall tone of both of the films and with some slight adapting, was able to join the shared universe.

Remember that audiences didn't even see the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane until only two months before the film was to hit theaters, most people didn't even know the movie existed. So I think it goes without saying there are probably many more surprises to come from this franchise, even before the release of the third film.

Source: ComingSoon

BLADE RUNNER 2049 Behind-The-Scenes Video Shows The VFX Magic Behind Recreating Replicant Rachel

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We've reached the point (almost) where it's hard to distinguish good visual effects from real objects and or people. The technology continues to get better and better every day. Some are better than others, for example, Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story caused a medium-sized uproar and brought about ethics questions as to if it was appropriate to CG an actor that has long been deceased. Blade Runner 2049 has a digitally re-created character that seems to have succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.

In the highly anticipated sequel, we see the return of Sean Young as the well-know replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. But, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her, director Denis Villeneuve decided to use a different actor and have the younger version of Young recreated entirely with visual effects. The featurette below shows just how they did it below, but you should know that her return is a major plot point and will be a spoiler if you have not seen the film yet.

In the video, we see how a performance double was used on set, but a very carefully crafted digital double was used in the final cut. What’s impressive is that there are several shots from the original Blade Runner recreated with this digital double, and it’s almost impossible to tell them apart. 

The Moving Picture Company (MPC) visual effects studio even brought in the real Sean Young for scanning and to use her as a frame of reference for recreating her subtle movements on her face in the younger digital double.

Pretty incredible stuff. This tech keeps getting better and better and before you know it, we could reach a point where we can't even tell what's real, and what's not.

STAR WARS REBELS Character Linked To Battle Of Hoth in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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The animated series Star Wars Rebels has done a pretty impressive job filling in the story gap between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. But now the that the series is soon coming to an end doesn't mean we won't see the beloved characters appearing elsewhere in Star Wars canon.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is a series that focuses on various female characters of the Star Wars galaxy from all eras of the saga, we've seen animated shorts on TV and Youtube, and now the first comic in the series will shine a light on Leia Organa and her adventures within the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia #1 hits shelves this week, and a sneak preview of the debut issue has revealed that a certain Star Wars Rebels character spent time with Princess Leia on the ice planet Hoth before the events of The Empire Strikes Back.

Thanks to Nerdist, here are the first few pages from the first issue of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny:

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There you have it, the Twi’lek rebel Hera Syndulla saddles up with Leia Organa and Han Solo across the icy planet on tauntaun.

It's not clear just how involved Hera Syndulla is with the rest of Leia’s story in this comic book, but it’s pretty awesome to see the character being further tied into Star Wars canon, even if it’s only relegated to the stories that take place outside of the movies.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia #1 will be released on January 3, 2018.

STAR WARS Parody Safety Video Shows the Dangers of Improper Lightsaber Use

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Just about every Star Wars fan has at one point in their life fantasized about what it would be like to own a lightsaber. Sure, they are sleek, dangerous and sophisticated weapons, but like gun ownership, there must be a risk that comes with wielding all that power in your hand.

Thanks to Youtuber Nukazooka we see what situations light saber owners might come across in this hilarious safety video. This may not be the first time you have seen this, it was posted back in September of 2016, but with a new Star Wars movie still fresh on our minds its never too late to revisit classic videos. Enjoy!

There is a 40% chance Apple Could acquire Netflix

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In the last few years there have been some major mergers and acquisitions in the entertainment business, most recently Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox and these mergers are reshaping the industry as a whole. Now analysts are saying there is 40% chance that Apple could purchase mega home streaming service Netflix.

Business Insider reports that Citi analysts have made that prediction based on the recent tax cut bill passed. The analysts ranked potential targets for Apple, Netflix was the company Apple would most likely be interested in. 

Apple has for years struggled to keep up with services like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu this move would make sense for the media giant.

What do you think?  Would you like to see Apple acquire Netflix?  Good or bad? 

GERALD’S GAME Director Wants To Helm The Sequel To Stephen King’s THE SHINING

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Stephen King properties were a hot commodity in 2017, between the remake of It and the Netflix adaptation of Gerald's Game. Now Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, Oculus) is talking about another King-related project he would like to take on, Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep is a sort of sequel to The Shining, which introduces audiences to a grown-up version of Danny Torrance, the boy who survived the Overlook Hotel. 

Stephen King released Doctor Sleep in 2013, but it wasn’t very good. Still, The Shining films have taken on such a massive cult following and it seems to be only a matter of time before Hollywood decides to bring Doctor Sleep into theaters. In a recent interview with Lilja’s Library, Flanagan revealed that the two King adaptations he’d most be interested in making are Lisey’s Story, about an author’s widow, and the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep:

“[T]he ones I’d want to do the most are Doctor Sleep and Lisey’s Story. In both cases, it’s because I identify with the protagonists so much. Lisey’s Story is a stunning piece of work, a beautiful exploration of marriage. And who wouldn’t want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?”

Doctor Sleep is set decades after the events of The Shining. The book finds Danny Torrance, all grown-up and dealing with a whole new set of supernatural problems. When the concept of a Shining sequel was announced, fans were initially very excited. But after the book hit shelves it ended up disappointing just about everyone. Here’s the official synopsis of Doctor Sleep:

On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.

Despite Doctor Sleep not being King's best work, Flanagan bringing it to the big screen might actually work out well. Gerald’s Game wasn’t one of King’s most popular books either, but Flanagan found a way to make it work. 

This wouldn't be the first time a Shining spin-off was talked about, back in 2013, a prequel film, The Overlook Hotel, was announced, with One Hour Photo filmmaker Mark Romanek attached to direct. That project has been shelved for years, and its very likely we will never see it. 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Will Have the Biggest Action Scene in Franchise History

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There is no doubt one of the most anticipated movies of next year is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The sequel certainly has a lot to live up to considering Jurassic World is the fourth biggest movie of all time worldwide. And if it’s action you’re hoping for, Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona tells Empire the film will have a lot of action and some like we've never seen before:

Fallen Kingdom [starts] with a massive action piece that feels like a James Bond prologue,” he tells us. “And in the centre there is the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie.”

It is possible that the “biggest set-piece” he's talking about is the volcano escape scene we see in the trailer. Co-writer Colin Trevorrow has said that everything we see in the trailer takes place during the first hour of the film, so there is a good chance that scene is the last big action scene revealed in that preview. There is also a chance that Universal is holding back footage to save the best stuff for audiences when its finally released.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters on June 22, 2018.