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Tim Robbins Returns To the Stephen King Universe In Castle Rock Season 2

It was recently revealed that Castle Rock will be returning for a season 2. I was excited to learn that Tim Robbins will be returning to the Stephen King universe. Robbins portrayed Andy Dufrensne in the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption. That film was based on the novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which appeared in Different Seasons by Stephen King.

Tim Robbins will portray Reginald “Pop” Merrill the cancer-stricken big shot of the Merrill crime family. Shawshank came out in 1994 and I’m glad to see Robbins return to add more to the Stephen King universe, and to Castle Rock the fictional town that has appeared in many of Kings works.

According to the synopsis on Tvguide Castle Rock season 2 will center on a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.” That
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Holly Hunter Joins HBO Drama Series ‘Succession’

Holly Hunter Joins HBO Drama Series ‘Succession’
Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Holly Hunter is joining the Season 2 cast of HBO’s drama series Succession in a recurring role.

Created by Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) and executive produced by The Big Short‘s Adam McKay, Season 2 of Succession follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens ultimately to destroy them.

Hunter will play Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate.

The Season 2 cast includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, Rob Yang, J. Smith Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk and Arian Moayed.

Succession is executive produced by Armstrong, McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod and Tony Roche. Armstrong also serves as showrunner.

Hunter won a best actress Oscar for her
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Delayed All-Black Cast ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake Will Finally Be Released

Ld Entertainment’s reimagining of “Jacob’s Ladder,” the 1990 psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Tim Robbins, has set what should be a final release date, six years after the project was launched.

Directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp, this reimagining stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, and Nicole Beharie.

In the original, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin, the protagonist is a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in fragmented flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him, as he desperately tries to get to the bottom of it all. Although not a box office hit ($26 million gross on a $25 million budget), the film went on to achieve cult hit status.

First announced in 2013, and finally shot in 2016, Ld Entertainment’s remake has remained mostly shrouded in secrecy. The production company’s goal was to produce more of an homage,
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‘Pulp Fiction’ 25: What It Was Like at Cannes When the World First Saw Tarantino’s Masterpiece

‘Pulp Fiction’ 25: What It Was Like at Cannes When the World First Saw Tarantino’s Masterpiece
After taking Sundance by storm with his uber-violent debut feature “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, two years later the 31-year-old Quentin Tarantino hit the Cannes Film Festival in May with his tour-de-force neo-noir “Pulp Fiction,” which was entered in Competition.

I was knocked out like everyone else by this bravado exercise in cinema style, from the casting of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson as wordsmith hitmen to Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman as a gangster and his moll to Bruce Willis as Butch the boxer. It’s hard to remember that these roles boosted all their careers, and it’s hard to quantify the impact this violent hardboiled comedy had on hosts of imitators to come.

But the career that truly exploded was high-school dropout Tarantino, whose film school was clerking at an L.A. video store. At Cannes, for my upcoming Entertainment Weekly feature, I whipped out my Sony tape
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‘Pulp Fiction’ 25: What It Was Like at Cannes When the World First Saw Tarantino’s Masterpiece

‘Pulp Fiction’ 25: What It Was Like at Cannes When the World First Saw Tarantino’s Masterpiece
After taking Sundance by storm with his uber-violent debut feature “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, two years later the 31-year-old Quentin Tarantino hit the Cannes Film Festival in May with his tour-de-force neo-noir “Pulp Fiction,” which was entered in Competition.

I was knocked out like everyone else by this bravado exercise in cinema style, from the casting of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson as wordsmith hitmen to Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman as a gangster and his moll to Bruce Willis as Butch the boxer. It’s hard to remember that these roles boosted all their careers, and it’s hard to quantify the impact this violent hardboiled comedy had on hosts of imitators to come.

But the career that truly exploded was high-school dropout Tarantino, whose film school was clerking at an L.A. video store. At Cannes, for my upcoming Entertainment Weekly feature, I whipped out my Sony tape
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Charles Dance boards sci-fi 'A Patriot' with Eva Green, Helen Hunt (exclusive)

Charles Dance boards sci-fi 'A Patriot' with Eva Green, Helen Hunt (exclusive)
Project headed for an August shoot.

Charles Dance has joined the cast of sci-fi A Patriot alongside Eva Green and Helen Hunt, with the project now heading for an August shoot.

Dan Pringle is attached to direct from an original screenplay he wrote. Adam J. Merrifield is producing through White Lantern Film, which he runs with Pringle.

John McDonnell and Brendan Mccarthy of Fantastic Films have joined the film as co-producers; their feature Vivarium premiered in Cannes Critics Week yesterday (May 18).

Executive producers are Damian Jones and John Giwa-Amu. The project is now in prep and is due to shoot
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‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake Acquired By Vertical Entertainment; Dish Set For Exclusive Window This Summer – Cannes

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to Ld Entertainment’s Jacob’s Ladder, a re-imagination of the 1990 thriller about a Vietnam vet who suffers from a severe case of dissociation.

Dish will premiere Jacob’s Ladder in an exclusive July window, followed by a theatrical release in August. David M. Rosenthal directed the film which stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, and Karla Souza.

The Exchange is currently selling international rights at the 2019 Cannes Film Market.

In Rosenthal’s Jacob’s Ladder, Jacob Singer is getting his life back together after his brother is killed in Afghanistan. Jacob has a beautiful wife, a newborn child and a successful career as surgeon in a Va hospital. When a stranger approaches Jacob and reveals that
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‘Castle Rock’ Season 2: Greg Yaitanes to Helm Premiere, Shares New Story Details — Exclusive

‘Castle Rock’ Season 2: Greg Yaitanes to Helm Premiere, Shares New Story Details — Exclusive
Production is underway on “Castle Rock” Season 2. Hulu’s Stephen King anthology series shifts its focus to Annie Wilkes’ origin story, and it’s bringing in a director from Season 1 who knows a thing or two about telling creative origin stories about complex characters: Greg Yaitanes is directing the Season 2 premiere.

“I’m directing the first episode [and] an episode later in the season, too,” Yaitanes told IndieWire. “[Co-creator] Dusty [Thomason] pitched me a departure episode later in the season that was too enticing to say no to, [but] I was happy to come in to launch the season. […] It was great to get that call.”

Yaitanes directed the award-winning eighth episode of “Castle Rock” Season 1, titled “The Queen,” and he said the team learned a lot from how well that entry connected with viewers.

“We wanted to evolve the look on a visual level, and move and be with characters more,” he said.
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Howard The Duck Finally Gets an Honest Trailer

The 1986 film Howard The Duck has become a cult classic since it was released. The film is absolutely terrible, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its fans. This is one of those films that I just can’t sit through these days.

With Howard the Duck being the classically bad film that it is, it’s hard to believe that it’s taken the Screen Junkies so long give us an Honest Trailer for the film. But, it’s here now and it’s pretty damn funny.

In the film, Howard the Duck is “suddenly beamed from Duckworld, a planet of intelligent ducks with arms and legs, to Earth, where he lands in Cleveland. There he saves rocker Beverly (Lea Thompson) from thugs and forms a friendship with her. She introduces him to Phil (Tim Robbins), who works at a lab with scientist Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones
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Blu-ray Review – Howard the Duck (1986)

Howard the Duck, 1986.

Directed by Willard Huyck.

Starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, and Chip Zien.

Synopsis:

A walking talking and very sarcastic duck from outer space arrives on Earth thanks to a scientific accident that brings other beings to our planet. Unfortunately he’s not the only thing to be brought here.

Oh yeah, you can have your Avengers: Endgame and your Black Panther but what about Howard the Duck? “Yes, what about him?” you might well ask because as well as this original cult 1986 movie the character has made a couple of small appearances in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, prompting speculation that a new solo movie may be on its way. Until it does, 101 Films have added Howard the Duck to their Black Label imprint, helpfully reminding you why a new movie could be a good idea.

Originally appearing in a Man-Thing comic back in the early 1970s,
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Faith, Hope and Charity Gala To Honor The Actors' Gang and Tim Robbins

The inaugural Faith, Hope & Charity Gala, presented by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, will honor Tim Robbins and The Actors’ Gang with the Compassionate Advocate Award at a gala benefitting the organization’s Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program on Saturday, April 27 at De Luxe Banquet Hall in Burbank, CA.

The evening will be hosted by 4-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Leyna Nguyen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) and will also honor PwC Us (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Mosaic Church founders Erwin and Kim McManus, and community activist Nam Loc Nguyen. The Faith, Hope & Charity Gala will also include a special performance by Musical Director Greg Wright.

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles’ Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program provides support and advocacy to individuals and families by helping them to legalize their residency status and become naturalized citizens. The program works to help vulnerable immigrants and refugees achieve legal status, self-sufficiency, family unity, cultural integration and long-term
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Garrett Hedlund Replaced by Paul Sparks in Stephen King's Castle Rock Season 2

I’m excited about Castle Rock Season 2! One of the main reasons for that excitement is the fact that it is going to feature the classic Stephen King character Annie Wilkes from Misery.

The story is said to focus on “a feud between warring clans [that] comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.”

There’s been a little change in casting, though. Deadline is reporting that Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) will be replaced by Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards) in the series. Sparks will play Castle Rock’s legendary bully, John “Ace” Merrill, who was originally played by Kiefer Sutherland in Stand By Me.

According to the report, the reason for the recasting was “a creative decision related to the character of Ace, who is taking over his uncle Pop’s (Tim Robbins) businesses
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"Castle Rock" Season 2: Lizzy Caplan Joins Cast, Paul Sparks to Replace Garrett Hedlund

  • Variety
Hulu has set Lizzy Caplan to star in the second season of “Castle Rock,” and cast Paul Sparks to replace Garrett Hedlund as John “Ace” Merrill.

The character is a legendary bully who is taking over his uncle’s (Tim Robbins) businesses and jeopardizing the unsteady peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. Hedlund had already filmed a few scenes, which will now be reshot. Deadline first reported the casting news.

In Season 2 of the J.J. Abrams and Stephen King series, a feud between warring factions comes to a head when nurse Annie Wilkes (Caplan) is waylaid in Castle Rock. The budding psychopath is a younger version of the character played by Kathy Bates in the film adaption of King’s novel “Misery.” The second season will also star Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Elsie Fisher, and Matthew Alan.

Kaplan is well known for her role in the 2004 movie “Mean Girls,” and
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‘Castle Rock': Paul Sparks to Replace Garrett Hedlund as ‘Ace’ Merrill in Season 2

  • The Wrap
Hulu has recast the role of “AceMerrill in the upcoming second season of “Castle Rock.” Paul Sparks will now play the character instead of Garrett Hedlund, a spokesperson for Hulu confirmed.

John “Ace” Merrill is the legendary King bully played by Kiefer Sutherland in “Stand By Me.”

Castle Rock” is the re-imagining of the entire King canon into one universe and touches on some of his most iconic stories and characters. The fictional Maine town sits at the center of the King universe, appearing in numerous books including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body” (the novella that “Stand By Me” was based on).

Also Read: 'Castle Rock' Casts Lizzy Caplan as Young Annie Wilks for 'Misery'-Themed Season 2

In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Annie Wilkes, King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Wilkes was played
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‘Castle Rock’: Paul Sparks To Star In Season 2 Of Hulu Series In Recasting

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Hulu is recasting one of the leads opposite Lizzy Caplan in the second season of Castle Rock. Paul Sparks has been tapped to play John “Ace” Merrill, Castle Rock’s legendary bully, in the psychological horror series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Sparks replaces Garrett Hedlund, who was originally cast in the role.

I hear the recasting was a creative decision related to the character of Ace, who is taking over his uncle Pop’s (Tim Robbins) businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. It was made after Hedlund had filmed a handful of scenes. They will now be reshot.

In Season 2 of Castle Rock, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Season 2 cast also include Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi,
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25 for 25: Mediapro’s Biggest Hits, Current Productions

  • Variety
Profiles of some of Mediapro’s production milestones, and select titles on its 2019 production slate. Tve has also just announced season four on the Mediapro co-produced cult time-travel adventure “The Department of Time.”

Mondays In The Sun, 2002

Produced with Elías Querejeta, directed by Fernando León, “Sun” was Mediapro’s first big movie hit. It was a San Sebastian Golden Shell winner, and took in €9.8 million ($11 million) at Spain’s box office. It also sported a breakout performance by Javier Bardem in a portrait of Spain’s unemployed told with compassion and humor.

Comandante, 2003

Produced with Spain’s Morena Films and Pentagrama, film featured the best of Oliver Stone’s three-day interview of Fidel Castro mixed with archival footage. “Lively and compulsive viewing,” said a Variety review.

The Secret Life Of Words, 2005

A high-water mark for filmmaker Isabel Coixet, Variety’s review said: “Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance. … Pic
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April Foolish Predictions #4: Best Supporting Actor

Previously: Animated Features, Foreign Films, Sound & Music, Prediction Index

What will the Supporting Actor race look like this year? Will it be awash in "comebacks"? Perhaps it'll lean into fresh cinematic faces? Maybe it'll be a year of long-awaited first nominations for thespians who've had rich careers? Most likely, as with each Oscar year before it, it'll be some random combo of all three but determining who the five men will be this early is nigh impossible. Why is that? Well, there are a few reasons...
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The Slow-Burn Pleasures of S. Craig Zahler

  • MUBI
Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler dares his audiences to walk out of his films early—either in protest, or for a bathroom break. At 158 minutes long, the director’s new film, Dragged Across Concrete, is a particularly drawn-out and nasty piece of work. The violence is calculated to elicit gasps of disgust; the dialogue tends to be provocative or provocatively mundane; and Zahler knowingly casts Mel Gibson as Ridgeman, a law enforcer who’s reprimanded for racist behavior. “I don’t politic, and I don’t change with the times,” Ridgeman complains. “And it turns out that that shit’s more important than good, honest work.” Gibson does, at least, refrain from winking at the camera.Yet perhaps the most polarizing moment in the movie occurs during a spell of peaceful silence. Vince Vaughan’s Lurasetti, a fellow police officer on a stakeout with Ridgeman, occupies himself with an egg salad sandwich,
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‘The Love Boat’: Can you guess the 32 Oscar-winning guest stars for ABC’s romantic comedy?

‘The Love Boat’: Can you guess the 32 Oscar-winning guest stars for ABC’s romantic comedy?
Has any entertainment scripted project ever featured more Oscar winners? Tour our photo gallery above to see which 32 Academy Awards champs made appearances on the very popular Aaron Spelling show “The Love Boat.” Can you guess all 32 of these awards champs?

For one full decade of 1977 to 1987, ABC could count on its comedy/drama series “The Love Boat” to bring in millions of audience members on Saturday nights. The show would have multiple story arcs (often three for a one-hour episode) with five to 10 celebrity guest stars each time. Some arcs were playing out for laughs, others for romance and the remainder could take on tough issues.

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Regular cast members would either take command of some segments or be in the backseat on others. The charming actors throughout the decade were Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing), Bernie Kopell (Dr.
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‘The Love Boat’: 31 Oscar-Winning Guest Stars

‘The Love Boat’: 31 Oscar-Winning Guest Stars
Has any entertainment scripted project ever featured more Oscar winners? Tour our photo gallery above to see which 31 Academy Awards champs made appearances on the very popular Aaron Spelling show “The Love Boat.”

For one full decade of 1977 to 1987, ABC could count on its comedy/drama series “The Love Boat” to bring in millions of audience members on Saturday nights. The show would have multiple story arcs (often three for a one-hour episode) with five to 10 celebrity guest stars each time. Some arcs were playing out for laughs, others for romance and the remainder could take on tough issues.

Regular cast members would either take command of some segments or be in the backseat on others. The charming actors throughout the decade were Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing), Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam Bricker), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac Washington), Fred Grandy (Yeoman Purser Gopher Smith
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