IT Director Wants to Do Pet Sematary Remake Next

Director Andrés Muschietti’s IT remake hasn’t even debuted in theaters yet and the director has already been talking about a second installment to properly adapt Stephen King’s original novel. If that wasn’t enough, Muschietti and his sister, producer Barbara Muschietti are setting their sights on adapting King’s Pet Sematary next. The news comes after the house that King wrote Pet Sematary in went up for sale in Orrington, Maine. The 113-year old house is being sold for $255,000 and includes the pet cemetery in the backyard.

While promoting the upcoming remake of IT, Andrés Muschietti spoke to the Toronto Sun about adapting such a large book into a feature length movie. The director mentioned that it wasn’t that hard to split up between three screenwriters to come up with something that they all felt fans would enjoy. Plus, the addition of a second movie will help to bring back scenes that had to be cut and properly represent Stephen King’s vision on the big screen. The director said that they have zero interest in just adapting a Stephen King book for the title alone, stating that, “we are true fans of his work.” The Muschiettis also have the rights to King’s science fiction horror short story Jaunt, which they hope to adapt as well, but they also have their eyes on another King novel.

The Muschiettis really want to dig into Stephen King’s 1983 book Pet Sematary next. The early buzz for IT has been absolutely off the charts, so it would be pretty interesting to see what the Muschiettis could bring to the table for a fresh take on Pet Sematary. Andrés Muschietti mentioned that if they could get it right, that Pet Sematary could possibly be up next. The director explains.

“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary. If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was originally adapted for the big screen in 1989 and has gone on to cult status despite mixed reviews upon its release. A sequel followed in 1992 to worse reviews and also went on to gain a cult audience over the years since its initial release. King has said in the past that the book is “terrible” for the way that it just “spirals into darkness.” Remakes have been rumored for years, but the Muschiettis might be just the team to pull off a fresh take on the 1983 novel and now is the perfect time as Stephen King is pretty much everywhere these days.

As with any big screen adaptations of books, the pressure is on, especially when dealing with Stephen King’s stories. Let’s just hope that the Muschiettis are able to pull of their adaptations better than the recently released Dark Tower, which has been getting torn apart by critics and will more than likely be out of theaters soon. In the meantime, we still have IT coming out in a few weeks to hold us over while we wait for more news on a possible Pet Sematary remake.


Ravagers Movie Is a Possibility, David Bowie Was Wanted for Original Team

Many fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series were excited to see the original Guardians show up in the recently released sequel. And it left many speculating about a return or even possible separate movie for these classic characters. The old team is led by Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar (or Starhawk in the comic books), a character that could make for a very interesting spin-off. Director James Gunn has now revealed that he may do a Ravagers movie featuring the original Guardians after he finishes his trilogy. That movie would simply be called The Ravagers. In addition, Gunn has also discussed wanting musician David Bowie to join the cast as a Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Gunn recently spoke to Collider about writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And the possibility of a Ravagers movie came up. Gunn clarifies that the original Guardians team led by Stallone is in fact called The Ravagers, and not any play on the word Guardians.

“There’s always discussion with Ravagers, it would be The Ravagers. It’s always a possibility. I would be excited.”

The original Guardians of the Galaxy are an obscure but fun part of the Marvel Universe. Their history is filled with wild adventures, crazy characters, comedy, and awesome storylines. If James Gunn or anyone else at Marvel plans to do more with Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar and the captain’s old team, there is plenty of material to work with.

A Ravager movie is still just a thought at the moment as writing has pretty much just started for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But after Avengers 4, there might be a lot of room for a return of the original Guardians, which would be perfect timing for the MCU. James Gunn has also said in the past that Marvel does have plans to develop Stallone’s Stakar character, revealing that he is a “big part of the MCU.”

In other Ravages news, Gunn revealed that he originally had David Bowie in mind to portray a Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, going as far as to have Marvel’s Kevin Feige reach out to the musician. But as it turns out, the singer was too sick to take on the part and died shortly thereafter. It would have been pretty awesome to see Bowie as a member of Yondu’s original crew along with Stallone, Michelle Yeoh, Michael Rosenbaum, Ving Rhames and Miley Cyrus as the voice of the computer Mainframe. The Starman would have brought an entirely new and cool dimension to the musical ties within the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.

In addition to being a legendary musician, Bowie also was an accomplished actor, appearing in numerous notable movies over the years. Arguably, his most famous role was as Jareth the Goblin King in 1986′s Jim Henson movie Labyrinth. Bowie also made an appearance as Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and played himself in an episode of the comedy show Extras, humiliating Ricky Gervais.

It’s a shame that we never got to see Bowie as a Ravager because it’s looking like he would have been a part of the future of the MCU, which is incredible to think about. Bowie in the MCU, it just sounds too perfect. In other Guardians news, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives digitally on August 8th, 2017 with a physical release set for August 22nd.


Christian Bale Packs on the Pounds for Dick Cheney Biopic

Nobody can doubt Christian Bale’s commitment to his acting roles (or rolls). The British actor recently signed on to portray former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming Untitled Dick Cheney Project, and has gone through yet another body transformation to prepare. While Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin are ditching sugar and pastas and hitting the gym every day to prepare for Deadpool 2, Bale is seemingly doing the exact opposite to pack on the pounds to get into Cheney shape.

Christian Bale was spotted by X17Online and they posted some pictures of his latest weight gain for the role. Bale is clearly looking more like his character in 2013′s American Hustle as opposed to his physique in American Psycho or Batman. Christian Bale portraying Dick Cheney does seem like an odd choice at first, but the actor looks as if he’s as committed as ever to bring the former vice president’s story to the big screen and McKay was apparently able to see some Cheney in Bale.

Christian Bale is no stranger to shifting weights to prepare for his acting roles. In American Psycho, the star hit the gym and had a strict diet regiment to build muscle for the role while 2004′s The Machinist saw Bale go the complete opposite direction into a sickly, skinny look. Bale dropped down to 120 pounds for the role by eating an apple and a can of tuna a day supplemented with cigarettes to keep his mind off of food. 2005′s Batman Begins saw the return of the body that Bale had in American Psycho, which was lean and muscular. Bale put on 40 pounds for 2013′s American Hustle while sporting an intense comb over hair style.

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic also stars Steve Carell as former United States defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne. There has not been any official announcement on who will be playing former president George W. Bush, but Adam McKay could always call on his old friend and partner Will Ferrell to do reprise his role. Ferrell has played Bush on many occasions and just recently at the Not the White House Correspondents Dinner television broadcast and proved that he can still pull off one heck of a good Bush impression.

While new Vice President Mike Pence has cited him as a role model, Cheney has always been a polarizing figure, and a lightning rod for controversy for his role in expanding the powers of the presidency while he served eight years as VP to President George W. Bush. McKay has always found Cheney’s story to be fascinating and he looks to show moviegoers what motivated the former VP and just how much he shaped the world that we currently live in. The project is currently in pre-production and is expected to begin shooting shortly. No official release date for the movie has been set, but in the meantime, check out the pictures of Christian Bale’s latest body transformation below.

#ChristianBale in new look for his new role of Dick Cheney, a biopic directed by @GhostPanther captured in paparazzis’ cam. unrecognizaBALE????

— Bengali Balehead (@banerjee_debi) July 31, 2017


Fans Won’t Let IT Escape Dumb LEGO Mistake

The new trailer for the remake of Stephen King’s IT was recently released and it’s terrifying. Horror fans have been dissecting all of the available footage looking for a glimpse of the original Pennywise and references to the book, but one fan has taken his analysis one step further and it has set the internet ablaze with what he has discovered. The movie takes place in 1989, which was a long time ago. New Kids on The Block were the biggest thing happening in music and Tim Burton’s Batman was the movie of the year. There was no internet, no Super Nintendo, no Chalupas, and no lime green LEGO.

Nathan Wells, a certified LEGO enthusiast, took to social media after discovering a mistake that the producers made in the newest trailer for IT and it is shocking. The revelation is so shocking that many fans have started to boycott Andrés Muschietti’s upcoming remake for such a gross oversight. Wells’ Twitter page is where the controversy started after he posted a still picture from the trailer that highlighted the negligence of the entire cast and crew of the project.

The still picture in question is a shot of some LEGO falling to the ground in a semi-slow motion for dramatic effect. But the LEGO are lime green 2X2 slopes that weren’t released until 2010! The movie takes place in 1989, 21 years before the lime green 2X2 slopes were introduced. Everybody knows that, c’mon IT producers. LEGO fans across the world are seething at such a big oversight and are talking about the lack of detail in Hollywood movies that are released today. It’s a shame that the producers really dropped the ball in such an epic way right before the movie is supposed to be released.

Director Andrés Muschietti has not made an official statement just yet, but we should expect one soon and it is not clear if the team will go in to reshoot the slow-motion LEGO footage or just digitally re-color them in the post-production process. Whatever the case may be, somebody is definitely going to lose their job over this mistake and they’ll have LEGO enthusiast Nathan Wells to thank while they’re in line at the unemployment office. A career in the entertainment business gone forever because of stupid lime green LEGO.

It’s still too early to tell what this mistake will cost IT at the box office, but it is sure to be massive domestically and overseas as more LEGO fans see the trailer. For fans that are still willing to see the remake of Stephen King’s IT on the big screen, it opens on September 8th, 2017. It will be interesting to see how the cast and crew deal with such a calamity. In the meantime, you can check out the most recent trailer with the LEGO mistake below and judge for yourself. Will the LEGO mistake doom the life of IT at the box office? And know, we’re joking. Hopefully, no one but hardcore LEGO enthusiasts are really taking this innocent oversight to such heights that they’d actually boycott the movie. It’s a dumb mistake. One that definitely shouldn’t ruin the movie for anyone who doesn’t spend their life studying LEGO timelines.

At 1:17 in new “It” trailer, a LEGO model with lime parts is dropped. 2×2 slopes in lime weren’t released until 2010. “It” is set in 1989.

— Nathan Wells (@NathanAWells) July 27, 2017

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Wind River Review: Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen Go Dark

Taylor Sheridan, known for his portrayal of David Hale on television’s Sons of Anarchy, is emerging as a considerable talent behind the screen. He wrote the screenplay for Sicario and last year’s brilliant Hell or High Water. Sheridan has an auspicious directorial debut with the riveting Wind River. Set on an Indian reservation during a bleak Wyoming winter, the film tackles a vastly underreported subject matter; violence against Native American women. It is a dark and unforgiving mystery, told with a grim conviction and methodical delivery.

Jeremy Renner stars as Cory Lambert, a professional hunter with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His job is to kill predators that target local livestock. Lambert finds the body of a young Indian woman in a remote forest on the Wind River reservation. Raped and murdered, the girl ran for her life through miles of desolate snow. The FBI dispatches a rookie agent from Las Vegas, Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), to investigate the crime. Banner quickly deduces that she is out of her element. She enlists Lambert’s help, unaware that the girl’s death reflects a similar tragedy in his life.

Wind River is a complex story on multiple fronts. The murder does not take place in a vacuum. The reservation is mired in economic distress. Lack of opportunity has led to rampant alcoholism and drug abuse. The locals view law enforcement with skepticism and hostility. The white man has not been historically kind. Characters are given time to explore root causes of their problems. There is a substantial amount of drama taking place between them. These scenes have emotional heft. Sheridan does an excellent job of juxtaposing the crime against latent societal issues.

Wind River does not cut any corners in resolving the murder. The film is a mystery at its core. Renner and Olsen uncover clues bit by bit. True detective work is employed here. Sheridan takes the time for plot developments to play out. He builds up slowly to a staggering reveal. Much like his screenplay for Hell or High Water, Sheridan goes big at the right time. The third act is an absolute whopper. It hits the film like a shot of adrenaline.

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen play their parts well. The seasoned hunter with emotional baggage and the rookie with gumption are fully realized. This isn’t Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch playing Cowboys and Indians. The issue I have pertains to whitewashing. This is a Native American story told through the eyes of white characters. Sheridan’s premise has the reservation police force incapable of solving this heinous crime. The Indian characters are lost in the snow without the guidance of their Caucasian counterparts. I take nothing away from Sheridan’s good work, but it would have been refreshing to see this film from the Indian point of view. I would surmise that Native American police are just as capable at solving crimes.

From The Weinstein Company, Winder River is an engrossing crime drama. Taylor Sheridan heats up the summer box office with a bitter cold murder. His screenwriting and acting talents have served him well as a director. This is certainly a tremendous first film. I applaud his focus on Native American women, but wish his screenplay had leads from that community.


NASA Responds to Young Guardians Wannabe Who’s Ready to Save Earth

The government is seeking to build it’s own Guardians of the Galaxy team, and one 9-year-old really wants in on the action! It was reported last week that NASA is taking applications for a “planetary protection officer” and the response has been overwhelming to say the least. The 6-figure earning position inspired a fourth grader from New Jersey to apply for the position and NASA took time out of their day from serious business to personally respond to the fourth grader’s application. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking for someone with secret security clearance to make sure that no aliens harm the planet. The candidate will be “responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions.”

Of all of the applications that NASA has been receiving, 9-year old Jack Davis’ stood out from the pack. NASA revealed Davis’ pencil written application in a recent post on their website and it’s truly an inspiring read. The 9-year old believes that although he’s young, he would be a good fit for the position because his older sister often compares him to an alien. Davis went on to say that he has seen a lot of alien and space movies and hopes to watch Men in Black soon to fully prepare himself for the planetary defender position.

Davis’ application was brought to the attention of NASA’s planetary science director Jim Green who took the time to read and respond to the application. In his letter responding to Davis, Green said, “We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!” It certainly looks like 9-year old Davis has most of the qualifications necessary to start the job right away and might just need some extra training to get up to speed for the position.

NASA is still going over all of the applications as no official candidate has been chosen just yet. NASA is seeking candidates that have “advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, experience overseeing nationally significant space programs and have demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions,” which is something that the fourth grader is probably used to since his older sister compares him to an alien all of the time in addition to just every day, normal life for a fourth grader.

The planetary protection position is expected to last 3 years, but could be extended up to 5 years with a possible promotion. At this time, there is currently only one similar position like this in the world and it’s through the European Space Agency, so this is the first American job of its kind and it has risen in popularity since the job posting was initially released earlier this week. 9-year old Jack Davis just set the bar pretty high, so take notes from his application before attempting to apply. You can see Davis’ application and his response letter from NASA below. Let’s hope he’s able to save us all if an alien attack really does happen.

When 4th grader and self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy”, Jack, wrote to us about applying for a job, we replied

— NASA (@NASA) August 4, 2017


Bill Maher: Donald Trump “Capable” Of Political Assassinations

Bill Maher told his startled Real Time guests tonight that he believes President Donald Trump is “capable” of following Vladimir Putin’s example by ordering political murders.

The comment came during the Youtube-only “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, so wasn’t seen by cable-watching viewers.

Towards the end of a fairly standard-issue discussion of Trump, Russia and other news of the day, Maher turned to conservative activist Ralph Reed Jr. and asked, point-blank, “Do you believe Vladimir Putin has ordered the murder of people?”

“Absolutely,” responded Reed.

“Do you think Trump is capable of that?,” Maher asked his panelists, then said, “Because I do. I think he loves dictators, loves the way they behave.”

The topic seemed to catch everyone but Maher off guard (someone in the audience even uttered a loud “Oh!” as soon as the question was posed).

Reed responded with a firm no, and GOP strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson managed a slightly flustered “No, I don’t think so.” Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Joshua Green switched the subject to whether Trump would fire Robert Mueller, but CNN contributor Michael Weiss didn’t get off so easily. Asked directly about Trump’s killing potential, Weiss said, “I think if he thought he could get away with it he would. But one thing we’ve learned is the resiliency of American institutions has checked this guy tremendously.”

Until the topic of assassination came up, Maher’s return from a summer hiatus was free of the controversy the host stirred up earlier in the season but uttering the N-word on-air. This time around, though, he saved the bomb for Youtube.

Watch the exchange in the video above, around the 14:25 minute mark.


‘Real Time’: Al Gore Hoped Donald Trump “Would Come To His Senses” On Climate Change, Admits Error

Former Vice President Al Gore thought President Donald Trump might “come to his senses” by reconsidering his rejection of the Paris Climate Accord, Gore said tonight on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher.

“But I was wrong,” Gore said, admitting a temporary Trump Tower defeat. (See a brief clip of the episode below.)

At Maher’s needling suggestion that Gore had “met with Ivanka” post-Paris, Gore insisted he actually met with Trump père himself. To no avail, though: The President quickly re-committed himself to keeping the U.S. rowing against the tide.

(In fact, just hours before Gore’s Real Time appearance, the U.S. State Department officially informed the U.N. of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement).

Gore, making the publicity rounds for his An Inconvenient Sequel doc, seemed both optimistic and pragmatic when pushed by Maher on whether the planet has reached the long-predicted tipping point toward eventual climate disaster.

Quoting scientists as saying we have not “crossed a point of no return,” Gore said “we can still avoid the most catastrophic consequences if we start acting boldly.”

Still, he added, news of the cracking of that huge Antarctic ice sheet “hit me pretty hard.”

“It does mean there’s going to be considerable sea level rise no matter what we do,” Gore said.

Maher, with a punchline set-up as big as any iceberg, asked Gore whether rise in sea levels would mean the losses of Venice and Florida – “and who would know better about losing Florida?”

“Actually,” Gore returned, “I think I carried Florida.”

Here’s a brief clip of the exchange:

Later in the interview, Gore reiterated his oft-stated opinion that the electoral college belongs to the past, and agreed with Maher that Mars is not a “back-up planet” for a climate-damaged Earth.

“We couldn’t even evacuate New Orleans,” Gore quipped.

Also on tonight’s show were conservative activist Ralph Reed, Jr., GOP political strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson, journalist Joshua Green and CNN’s international affairs analyst Michael Weiss.

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