It’s the moment Stephen King fans have been waiting for – his fantasy epic ‘The Dark Tower’ has finally been brought to life. After some teasers from its stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey on Twitter yesterday, and some pretty cool motion posters released online, we’ve got our first proper look at the forthcoming movie. Elba plays the ‘gunslinger’ Roland Deschain, the last of his kind who roam the post-apocalyptic Mid-World, which exists in parallel to Earth, in search of the ‘dark tower’, the nexus of all universes.
This year actors are some of the most high profile names on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with Barbara Windsor awarded a damehood, Idris Elba, David Oyelowo and James Nesbitt earning OBEs and Imelda Staunton a CBE. In 1999 comedy legend Cleese was offered a Life Peerage, and a seat in the House Of Lords, for his services to The Liberal Democrats.
With ‘Casino Royale’ about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back the crazy anti-Craig fan reaction that greeted the announcement he would take over from Pierce Brosnan as 007. The trolling began the moment Daniel Craig arrived by speedboat at the London press conference unveiling him as the new James Bond – wearing a life jacket. Immediately, so-called 007 fans started whinging that James would never be such a wuss, clearly confused that the ‘Layer Cake’ star was a 37-year-old actor from Chester and not a real secret agent.
Idris Elba’s ‘100 Streets’ is one such film. Elba, famed for his role in ‘The Wire’, has appeared in a host of features like the ‘Thor’ franchise, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Pacific Rim’, and this year’s ‘Zootropolis’. Joining him in ‘100 Strets’ are Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, and Franz Drameh, yet the British flick could only muster £245 in its opening weekend, according to HuffPost.
Fans waiting for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ will have to wait a bit longer as it’s being reported that the film has been pushed back from its February 2017 release date. Entertainment Weekly reports the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film will now be released by Sony Pictures next summer to give the production more time to complete the visual effects and effectively pre-promote the release. The film wrapped in July, but with a relatively meagre budget (for a VFX-heavy blockbuster anyway) of $60m, it seems there simply wasn’t enough time available to hit the original 17 February release date without adding millions to the cost of the film.
Tom Hiddleston had his TV Choice Award acceptance speech interrupted by his ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Idris Elba last night. The Brit was accepting a Best Actor prize for 'The Night Manager’ via video message from the set of the upcoming Marvel adventure. Starting as your typical “Sorry for not being there” bit, Hemsworth didn’t take long to barge in and take the trophy, “assuming” (it was all played for laughs of course) that it was being award to him for his work on 'Home and Away’ many moons ago.
The summer movie season is nearly over and it’s probably fair to say – like the UK weather - it’s been a bit of a damp squib. Sure fire hits have missed, dependable franchises have misfired, and bankable stars have gone bust. Here’s who we think triumphed and failed over the summer.
Idris Elba has, for the umpteenth time, been asked about whether or not he’ll play James Bond, and the actor seems to definitively rule himself out - but not on racial grounds. Elba, meanwhile, will next be seen (under heavy prosthetics) as the alien bad guy in 'Star Trek Beyond,’ opening 22 July.
It’s no secret that ‘The Dark Tower’, one of Stephen King’s most ambitious works, is currently being adapted for the big screen. Starring Idris Elba as the iconic gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConnaughey as the Man in Black, ‘The Dark Tower’ is already causing plenty of buzz… and could prove to be a huge hit.
The big question everyone’s asking is who the next James Bond will be, with ‘Skyfall’ and ‘SPECTRE’ director Sam Mendes declaring the next 007 will be decided by one person alone. Rather than a committee or the public deciding which actor will play Bond, Mendes declared it’s “not a democracy,” saying the choice will be a wildcard that’ll shock everyone. Speaking at Hay Festival, the Oscar-winning director said the choice of the next iconic spy will be down to producer Barbara Broccoli, and her alone.
Yahoo gets onboard for an inside look at the upcoming blockbuster "Star Trek Beyond" with stars Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and more.
After the initial trailer for Star Trek Beyond’ drew criticism for being too action-oriented, here’s a new look at the upcoming sci-fi sequel which puts a far greater emphasis on character and drama. Watch the second ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer below. Viewers may also note that footage from the 2009 movie - showing a visibly younger Chris Pine watching the USS Enterprise being built on Earth - is used here, set against portentous lines from Karl Urban’s McCoy about Kirk finding his own identity.
In an official statement, Marvel have announced the cast of the upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ which will see Chris Hemsworth headline his third solo adventure as the God of Thunder - this time with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/The Hulk in tow. ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Independence Day’ star Goldblum is set to appear as “the eccentric Grandmaster,” whilst Urban (another ‘Lord of the Rings’ alumnus, since seen in ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Dredd’) is Skurge - a mighty Asgardian warrior, unsurprisingly.
Disney’s new version of The Jungle Book (out April 15) will feature a groundbreaking mix of live action and CG animation to update Rudyard Kipling’s turn-of-the-century story about the fantastical jungle adventures of a young boy named Mowgli. To bring all those fearsome beasts to life, director Jon Favreau is also relying on an A-list voice cast, including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johannson, and Christopher Walken. The studio just released a collection of photos that shows the stars posing with their CG characters. Click through to see who answered the call of the wild.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ may be a matter of months away from its cinema release, but that hasn’t stopped director Justin Lin from doing a number of re-shoots as well as adding a completely new character to the mix. Furthermore, Deadline say that a new and extremely late addition to the cast has been made, in the form of Oscar-nominated actor Shohreh Aghdashloo. It’s also unclear what impact her character will have on the film’s plot, but it’s probably safe to say her addition, so near to release, won’t significantly reshape or alter the dynamic of the entire movie.
Idris Elba might not have received the Oscar nomination many felt he deserved for ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ but we’d imagine this comes at least as a small consolation prize.
‘The Dark Tower’ is filling out its cast with newcomer Tom Taylor. According to Variety, the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ has tapped newcomer Tom Taylor… in the role of Jake Chambers.
The British public want Tom Hardy to be the next James Bond, according to a Yahoo Movies poll. The ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ star was the number one choice for our readers, winning a massive 26% of the 1,292 votes cast.
After a huge amount of speculation over who’ll take the reigns as James Bond after Daniel Craig, it appears Tom Hiddleston is up for the challenge. Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Times after his lauded role in BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’, the Brit had a lot to say regarding the future of the James Bond franchise and any involvement he’d have. “Time magazine ran a poll and there were like, 100 actors on the list, including Angelina Jolie,” he recalled.
Author Stephen King has confirmed that a movie based on ‘The Dark Tower’ - his beloved series of sci-fi fantasy novels - is happening and that it will star Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. An adaptation has been in the works for some time, but has gained serious traction over the past six months, with Sony hiring director Nikolaj Arcel and setting a 13 January 2017 release date. King’s tweet said: “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” quoting the opening line of the series’ first book, before a hashtag for #DarkTowerMovie and tagging the pair of actors.