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Is movie/TV version of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' doomed?


There was a time when even Stephen King didn’t think he’d finish the tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his quest to reach The Dark Tower. It took the near-death experience of getting hit by an out-of-control driver to finally spur him toward a resolution.

Now come rumblings that an ambitious plan by Ron Howard to make three movies and two TV mini-series out of the six-shooter-and-sorcery books — first suggested in April 2010 — may never even begin, as Universal Pictures, NBC and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment try to come to terms on how much it should cost, who pays for it, and what they’ll likely get in return.

For weeks, I’ve heard from the studio, “We’re still working it out,” but Variety‘s story yesterday took a pessimistic turn: “They may not.” READ FULL STORY

Gary Busey cast in 'Piranha 3DD': A part fit for a Pepperoni Profit?

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It’s official. Gary Busey, recently seen as the cock-eyed Pepperoni Profit on Celebrity Apprentice, has joined the cast of Piranha 3DD.

It’s safe to assume Busey won’t be representing the “DD” portion of the film (we hope?) but the details of his character are yet unknown. The pic, helmed by The Weinstein Company, is set to bow November 23.

Though Tara Reid has denied her reported involvement with the film, the veteran actor still joins an edible young cast announced earlier this week. Attached to the project are Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) and Matt Bush (Adventureland), as well as David Koechner (Hot Tub Time Machine).

So is Busey a perfect fit for the campy gore fest? READ FULL STORY

'South Park' meets the (NSFW) 'Human Centipede' in Wednesday's season premiere

There was a time — let’s call it “two weeks ago” — when the only people interested in The Human Centipede were humorous musicals writers, parodical video game constructors, eccentric foot tattoo devotees, tongue-in-cheek sock monkey manufacturers, the folks over at Funnyordie.com, and fans of extreme horror. But this twisted 2010 tale of a crazy German surgeon who stitches together three unfortunate victims to form a, yes, “human centipede” has now invaded mainstream TV comedy.


The secret of 'Super 8'/'Portal 2' interactive teaser? How about... gigantic monster humans from Wisconsin!


With Super 8, one of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated would-be blockbusters, Lost co-creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has made his most personal movie yet, one that speaks of a ‘70s childhood spent watching films and making films with his super-8 camera. With the marketing of Super 8, Abrams is indulging his zeal for more of-the-moment, cutting-edge media. On the heels of launching a Web-based scavenger hunt for strips of film that hint at Super 8’s backstory, Abrams has teamed with the makers of the just-released Portal 2 videogame (read our review here) to release an animated tease for Super 8. READ FULL STORY

'Scream 4': What's the best sound bite from the reboot?

The Scream franchise has always been all about the — pardon the silly pun — totally killer soundbites. The now-classic line from Ghostface — “What’s your favorite scary movie?” — launched it all in the first movie, and the great bites have just flowed from there.

Some of my other favorites include this one from Billy (Skeet Ulrich) near the end of the original movie: “Now Sid, don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!” And the exchange in the bathroom between the cheerleaders, who are talking about Sidney, slays me every time I hear it, especially this part from the bitchier of the two cheerleaders: “And it f—ed her up royally. Think about it, her mother’s death leaves her disturbed and hostile in a cruel and inhumane world. She’s delusional. ‘Where’s God,’ etc. Completely suicidal. One day she snaps. She wants to kill herself but she realizes out that teen suicide is out this year and homicide is a much healthier, therapeutic expression.” I used to recite that on a near-daily basis back when I was in high school (read: I was a total dork) and knew all of the Scream dialogue by heart. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I still know the Scream dialogue by heart.

Now, let’s talk about dialogue in context of the fourth flick, which just opened yesterday. Have you seen it yet? If so, then you can play this game. I wanna know your favorite line from the newest flick. What sound bite will we possibly still be repeating in, say, 10 years? READ FULL STORY

'Scream' trilogy Blu-ray giveaway

What’s your favorite scary movie? Well, if you like your scares with a side of snark, then you’re probably a Scream fan. Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s slasher flick was both an homage to classic slice-and-dice fare like Halloween and Friday the 13th and a terrifying thriller in its own right. The continuations that came after, Scream 2 and Scream 3, followed in the original’s footsteps — they included plenty of wry commentary about horror movie sequels even as they contributed to the franchise’s own bloody mythology. Plenty of self-aware scary movies — and Scary Movies — cropped up in the post-Scream years, but none were as fresh or as innovative as Williamson and Craven’s magnum opus.

Now the saga continues as Scream 4 enters theaters. But if you’re nostalgic for Ghostface killers past, the original trilogy is now out on Blu-ray — and EW has ten copies of the set to give away to lucky readers. The discs are courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment and will be available while supplies last.

Want to win? Here’s how to enter the contest:


Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower': Who should join Javier Bardem on the quest?


For months, Javier Bardem has been in talks for the role of Roland the Gunslinger in the big-screen version of The Dark Tower, and sources close to the production say he is just weeks away from finalizing the deal. But with that key component in place for Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic, which will span three feature films and two TV miniseries, it’s time to take a closer look at who should play some of the other key roles in Roland’s ka-tet (King’s word for the team joined by fate for the quest).

The series is made up of seven books — so far — with an eighth novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, planned for publication next year, and set between his previous fourth and fifth books (Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla). The thing is already written, so smart money is that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who won the Oscar for Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, is already factoring it into the adaptation. There are also scores of characters in the series, some threading through other King works, so we can’t touch on them all… though, maybe Anthony Hopkins can be persuaded to reprise his role as psychic “breaker” Ted Brautigan from Hearts in Atlantis?

Apart from such colorful side characters, there is the trio that makes up the core team of heroes, Roland’s ka-tet, established in the second novel, The Drawing of the Three. Roland draws them into his Mid-World from various points on the space-time continuum, so who should Howard pull in for his multi-platform epic adaptation? Some of my suggestions below: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The bloody battle over 'Scream 4'

Released in December 1996, Scream was a sleeper hit that grossed just $6 million in its first weekend but went on to rake in $103 million in the U.S. The winking, self-aware thriller, directed by A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Wes Craven, followed a group of teens well versed in the rules of horror films­ — and spoke to a young audience just as savvy about the genre’s clichés. It yielded two sequels, which amassed $101 million and $89 million, respectively. In total, the franchise surpassed more than half a billion dollars internationally. On April 15, after eleven long years, it’s finally returning to theaters, along with original cast members Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.

Fans should feel lucky that there’s another installment arriving at all, given how easily Scream 4 could have fallen apart. READ FULL STORY

There's a 'Human Centipede' musical. Yes, REALLY


The Human Centipede really is the gift that keeps on giving. Of course, for the unfortunate victims in this very extreme 2010 horror film — which features a demented scientist stitching people together to form a, yes, human centipede — the gift is diet of poop. For the public at large, however, the gift is the opportunity to construct often baroquely inappropriate spin-offs. That list already includes the Human Centipede video game, the Human Centipede foot tattoo, the House/Human Centipede 2 parody poster, the Human Centipede cat toy, the Human Centipede sock monkey, and a Funny or Die Human Centipede sketch.

But these now only seem like the appetizer to the main course that is … Human Centipede: The Musical!, a songs-filled retooling of director Tom Six’s macabre movie that has just hit YouTube. This terpsichoreal extravaganza is the work of Emerson College’s Chocolate Cake City comedy troupe, who, as they make pains to point out at the start, “do not own any rights to the story, characters, ideas, or anything else associated with The Human Centipede. We’re just some nerds who wanted to make a musical.” This shouldn’t stop you from enjoying such lyrics as: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce/A horrifying tale that will make you hold on to your caboose.”

Julie Taymor? I think we’ve found your next Broadway project.

More from EW.com:
Watch Funny or Die’s NSFW ‘Human Centipede’ sketch
‘Human Centipede': Star and director spill their guts

'Scream of the Banshee': Is it Syfy's newest 'classic'?

When it comes to original movies, it’s kind of hard to beat the Syfy channel. After all, this is the network that’s given the world Dinocroc vs. Supergator, Ice Spiders, and Mansquito. For its 200th (!) original film, Syfy unveiled Scream of the Banshee last night.

Lauren Holly (NCIS) stars as archeologist professor Isla Whelan, who apparently is in charge of some sort of massive organizational project down in her school’s very dark and creepy-looking basement. She’s got a couple of plucky assistants to help her, Otto (Todd Haberkorn) and Janine (Leanne Cochran), and one very disaffected why-can’t-I-ever-please-you-mom teenager, Shayla (Marcelle Baer), each of whom happen to be in the vicinity (along with an unfortunately placed security guard) when they discover a mysterious box — a box hidden behind a false wall! A box that can only be opened with an armored hand! READ FULL STORY

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