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Dark Tower Character Posters

The Dark Tower film has revealed two more character posters for the upcoming adaptation.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (AKA Randall Flagg, The Man in Black, in the novels). The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Covers Revealed

For the franchise’s 40th Anniversary this week, Annie Leibovitz photographed the cast of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vanity Fair has revealed four different covers.

The first cover features Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker on the planet Ahch-To. The second shows the three First Order heavies – Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Driver tells the magazine that Kylo Ren’s wounds go much deeper than the fearsome new scar on his face. The third cover features Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), BB-8, and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). And the last cover has the late Carrie Fisher as Leia.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Universal Reveals Dark Universe Logo, Details For Monster Shared Universe

Universal Pictures announced today that they have a name for their shared universe of monster movies, revealing it to be titled “Dark Universe.” The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan, who recently saw The Fate of the Furious, the sixth film he wrote for the Fast & Furious franchise, claim the biggest opening in history at the global box office when it opened on April 14. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

In addition, the studio has confirmed that Oscar winner Bill Condon will follow his worldwide smash Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s biggest hits—which crossed $1 billion at the global box office and became the most successful musical of all time—by directing Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp. The next film from Dark Universe, Bride of Frankenstein will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

The actress chosen to play the lead role in Condon’s version of this timeless story will be announced soon. The previously-set April 13, 2018 release date for a Dark Universe film has been scrapped.

The studio has also confirmed that previously-announced stars Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will star as The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster, respectively, in the shared universe. They are joined by Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it. Universal has also launched a viral site for the organization which you can explore by clicking here.

Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. Welcome to Dark Universe.

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The Dark Tower: The Art of The Film By Daniel Wallace

This deluxe, illustrated official companion to the Dark Tower movie—based on Stephen King’s bestselling seven volume series—explores the art and creation of this extraordinary film, starring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, The Man in Black.

A gorgeous celebration of the art and creation of the Dark Tower movie, The Making of the Dark Tower by Daniel Wallace includes interviews with actors and the director, the costume designer, and the set designer. From revealing how casting found the stars and the photography team scouted key locations, thoughts on where the Dark Tower can go from here, the book is organized into five parts.

Part I: The Path to the Tower discusses the origins of the saga and its thematic and cultural influences. 

Part II: The Gunslinger and the Man in Black profiles the two characters as two opposing forces. 

Part III: Mid-World is a journey through the bizarre wasteland of interdimensional detritus that is Mid-World. 

Part IV: Keystone World might be our Earth, but the Keystone World of the Dark Tower universe is also rocked by quakes and stretched thin by interdimensional stress. 

Part V: The Dark Tower is the wrap-up section collecting insights from the film’s major players, sharing their favorite memories and looking back on the journey that led them to this point.

Over three decades ago Stephen King introduced readers to Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger. In 2003 King wrote the last of seven novels in the Dark Tower series. Now fans of the book and of the movie will welcome this big, beautiful, full-color book that they’ll need for their collections.

The 208 page hardcover will be published on July 25, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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DC Celebrates Wonder Woman Day With Massive Global Event On Saturday, June 3

DC Entertainment announced the first-ever celebration of iconic DC Super Hero and pop culture icon, Wonder Woman. “Wonder Woman Day” will take place on June 3, during the opening weekend for the theatrical release of the highly anticipated film, Wonder Woman. The celebration will honor the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess with wondrous festivities across the country and around the world.

More than 2,000 comic retailers, bookstores, libraries and other partners around the world will host “Wonder Woman Day” activations, including distributing free copies of two special edition issues. Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 reprints Wonder Woman #1 by bestselling writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp. For young readers, DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 features a chapter from the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3: Summer Olympus, written by Shea Fontana with art by Yancey Labat.

DC has teamed up with an array of retail partners including, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart, Costco and Amazon for exclusive in-store and digital promotions to create the ultimate “Wonder Woman Day” experience. Cross-divisional activations will also include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, alongside key partners including Six Flags Theme Parks, to further spotlight the groundbreaking DC Super Hero.

Marquee comic writers and artists will also participate in special events to mark “Wonder Woman Day,” including Greg Rucka, Phil Jimenez, Cliff Chiang, Shea Fontana, Marc Andreyko, and Cat Staggs.  Plus, exclusive Wonder Woman tiaras and bracelets will be available at select retailers.

Counting down to “Wonder Woman Day,” DC’s award-winning original digital series DC All Access will host a can’t-miss Wonder Woman Week series of segments from May 29-June 3. The six-day Wonder Woman takeover will spotlight essential books, sit down with key talent from the “Wonder Woman” feature film, and also discuss the iconic character’s legacy with acclaimed comic writers and artists.

Fans can download  the official “Wonder Woman Day” activity kit, including comic book activity sheets, coloring pages, trivia, and games. Readers can also take advantage of great discounts on digital comics at readdcentertainment.com and in the DC Comics app, where 100 digital comics and eBooks will be on sale starting May 30.

Visit DCAllAccess.com and download the DC All Access mobile app for more details on “Wonder Woman Day” festivities, participating stores, and in-depth coverage directly from original digital series DC All Access. Fans can journey through Wonder Woman’s illustrious history and share their favorite Super Hero moments, social media activations on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.

Join the celebration on June 3 and share on social media using #WonderWomanDay.

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Watch The Final Mummy Trailer

Universal Pictures has released an exciting final trailer for their upcoming film The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise in the beginning of a new Monsters Universe.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

The Mummy cast also includes Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who also produces alongside Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious series, Wanted) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy, The Best Man series). Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen is executive producer. It’s being planned as the first film in the Universal Monster cinematic universe with plans for The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing all in various stages of development.

The Mummy is set to open on June 9, 2017.

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Mondo To Release Labyrinth Poster By Laurent Durieux & Enamel Pins By DKNG On May 18, 2017

Tomorrow Mondo is celebrating one of their favorite films of the ’80s, Labyrinth, with a poster by the inimitable Laurent Durieux and new enamel pins from DKNG.

Absolutely brimming with creativity and innovative puppetry and creature effects, Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film tells the story of Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly) as she journeys into a dreamlike world inhabited by all sorts of memorable characters and puzzles to retrieve her baby brother from David Bowie’s iconic Jareth, the Goblin King. Laurent Durieux has done a beautiful job capturing the magic and insane variety of creatures born of the film portrayed as various toys positioned around Sarah’s desk.

Mondo will also have beautifully designed enamel pins by DKNG featuring Sir Didymus on Ambrosius, a Fireys and his detachable head, and the Worm (‘ello!).

Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters and pins will be available online at a random time on Thursday, May 18th at mondotees.com.

Labyrinth by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 425. $65

Labyrinth (Variant) by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. $85

Labyrinth Enamel Pins. Sir Didymus and Ambrosius ($10), Fireys Two-Pin Set ($15) and The Worm ($10). Designed by DKNG. Soft enamel pins with rubber clutch backings. $30 Set.

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Watch The Final Trailer For War For The Planet of The Apes

20th Century Fox has released the final War for the Planet of the Apes trailer.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter in the rebooted take on the enduring science fiction franchise, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

The film, directed by the returning Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) also stars Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Fantastic), Terry Notary (Kong: Skull Island, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Karin Konoval (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2012). War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide on July 14, 2017.

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Bottleneck Gallery To Release Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark Print By Hans Woody On May 16, 2017

Bottleneck Gallery is whipping into action this week with a phenomenal new Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark print from Hans Woody!

Hans’ piece shows Harrison Ford’s beloved wise-cracking, snake-despising, smart as a whip archeologist, Indiana Jones, venturing into foreign lands in the middle of an epic adventure. Hans was able to pull off some impressive coloring work here, and it really captures the mood of the city of Cairo from the film.

Hans’ Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark print will be available for purchase Tuesday (5/16) @ 12PM ET at bottleneckgallery.com!

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark by Hans Woody
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 240
$50
Officially licensed by Lucasfilm and Acme Archives

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Watch The First Wonderstruck Clip

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions has released the first extended clip for Wonderstruck, the latest film from director Todd Haynes (Carol, Mildred Pierce).

In the film based on Brian Selznick’s critically-acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

The family film stars Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon), Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) and introduces Millicent Simmonds.

Wonderstruck is adapted from the YA book by Brian Selznick (Hugo) by the author himself, and directed by Haynes. The film is produced by Pamela Koffler, John Sloss and Christine Vachon of Killer Films.

Wonderstruck will have its world premiere in the Official Competition of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, with Amazon and Roadside Attractions releasing the film in theaters on October 20, 2017.

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