Stephen King Had The Best Response To The Doctor Sleep Trailer

Yesterday, 39 years to the day after Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining opened in theaters, the trailer for Doctor Sleep hit the internet. The film adapts King’s 2013 sequel novel to The Shining and follows an adult Danny Torrance and a young girl with powers similar to his own. The best response to the creepy new trailer actually came from Stephen King himself. Take a look:

What a great year it is to be a Stephen King fan with adaptations aplenty. The remake of Pet Sematary released in theaters earlier this year, and IT: Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep are still on the way (not to mention In the Tall Grass, which is headed to Netflix). This is the point Stephen King highlights in his perfect response on Twitter to the Doctor Sleep trailer.

The master of horror gives Doctor Sleep his endorsement, letting audiences know that it will blow their minds. That’s the universal metaphor for it’s awesome and you’re going to love it, with King also reminding them that IT: Chapter 2, the sequel to the most successful horror film ever, which hits theaters sooner, will achieve this feat first. So prepare to have your mind blown twice this fall with two terrifying-looking Stephen King adaptations.

This was a clear show of support for Doctor Sleep from Stephen King, indicating that the author, who has seen the film, is high on it. While on the surface that might seem like a given, an author endorsing a movie adaptation of his book, with this story in particular it means a lot more.

That’s because despite the fact that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is an all-time classic film and a pillar of the horror genre, Stephen King has been extremely vocal over the years that he does not like it at all. His criticisms primarily stem from the film’s interpretation of Jack Torrance and how it differs from his novel.

Stephen King’s response to the Doctor Sleep trailer indicates that the author is more pleased with the adaptation this time around. Doctor Sleep is meant to function as an adaptation, as well as a sequel to both The Shining novel and film. It’s a delicate balance but one that seems to have at least met Stephen King’s satisfaction.

We know that director Mike Flanagan, who previously adapted King’s Gerald’s Game, had a conversation with the author prior to making the movie about striking that balance, and it seems that this there won’t be any controversy with Doctor Sleep like there was with The Shining.

That’s encouraging to hear because you always want adaptations to please the creators of the source material. Ewan McGregor, who plays the grown up Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, has spoken previously about staying faithful to Stephen King’s vision and wanting to please him and it seems they have succeeded.

Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance who meets a young girl named Abra with powers similar to his own. He must try and protect her from a cult called the True Knot, which seeks to snatch up children with the shining.

Prepare for your mind to be blown first with IT: Chapter 2, floating into theaters on September 6, followed by Doctor Sleep on November 8. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all of the movies you can look forward to this year.

Dave Bautista Shares Photo In Drax’s First Shirt

Drax might have very sensitive nipples, but he knows how to pay respect properly. The fan favorite Guardian donned proper clothing for the first time in the MCU for Avengers: Endgame‘s most emotional scene: the memorial for Tony Stark.

Iron Man perished in Endgame during the final battle against Thanos and his forces in the ruins of the Avengers Compound. After realizing his fate in a silent exchange with Doctor Strange, Tony swiped the Infinity Stones from Thanos, and snapped the Mad Titan and his forces out of existence forever. But humans weren’t meant to hold such power, and the radiation and power of the stones ultimately killed him.

It was an epic and emotional death scene, with Tony uttering his most iconic line of dialogue in his final moments in the process. But the character was given proper tribute through Pepper and Peter’s reactions, as well as the funeral scene that followed.

Set at Tony’s lake house, many of the MCU’s finest assembled to pay tribute to Iron Man. This included the Guardians of the Galaxy, with Drax in tow. The Guardians stood out like a sore thumb, although it looks like Drax did his best to blend in and pay respect. That included putting on a shirt– even if its just a black tank top. Its the thought that counts– especially when sensitive nipples are concerned. 

Drax made his concerns about his nipples known in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s opening sequence. When the plucky group of heroes was preparing to attack the Abilisk. In fact, he refused to wear a jet pack in the mission for that very reason. You can check out the scene in question below.

Men In Black International’s Tessa Thompson Reveal How Much The Franchise Means To Her

When the first Men in Black came out back in 1997, it was a pop culture phenomenon. Behind James Cameron’s Titanic, it was the most watched movie that year. Tessa Thompson, who now stars as Agent M in Men in Black International, was among those who were swept up by the franchise from the beginning.

As Men in Black International debuts in theaters this weekend, the actress took to Instagram to share why the sci-fi film series is so close to her heart. Check it out:

This is sweet! Tessa Thompson shared that she first watched Men in Black when she was 14 years old and her mind was blown. She was especially a fan of Will Smith, who was immensely popular for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at the time. She went on to thank him and Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K for paving the way to her M and Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H in the new release.

It’s nice to know how much of a fan Tessa Thompson is of the franchise already and that she frequently watched the original movies during the making of the new Men in Black film. The sequel/spinoff expands the universe past New York City, as Agent H & M venture into locations such as London, Paris and Marrakesh to hunt down a mole in the organization.

Tessa Thompson’s M was actually key to rebooting the franchise, according to the film’s producers. The movie is framed around her origin about her witnessing her parents getting neuralyzed by Men in Black after an alien sighting. She then spends her life in search of the secret organization to prove to herself she’s not crazy and join it herself. Here’s what producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald recently told CinemaBlend of the importance of M’s story in the franchise reboot:

Men in Black International has, however, not fared well with critics, with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell calling it “unimaginative” in his two star review. The movie doesn’t look like it will impress at the box office this weekend either, as it tracks to make $30 million domestically. Foreign markets will make up for this underwhelming numbers as Men in Black International is expected to nab $80 million overseas.

The movie sees Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reteaming up after their chemistry lit up the big screen in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The film also stars Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. You can check it out in theaters now among other new releases The Dead Don’t Die, Late Night, Shaft and American Woman.

Adam Sandler And Jennifer Aniston Reflect On Awkward Kissing In Netflix’s Murder Mystery

Jennifer Aniston signed up to join Netflix’s Murder Mystery, which drops on the streaming service today, for one reason and one reason only, to get to work with Adam Sandler. The two are longtime friends that enjoy working together but despite that friendship and their previous collaboration Just Go With It, there is still one thing that remains awkward: the kissing. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston play a married couple in the film and the kissing that entails made for some awkward hilarity, as they explained:

You had to know  comedian Adam Sandler would turn the awkward kissing he and Jennifer Aniston had to do for Murder Mystery into a big joke. I’m not sure whether that joking makes the situation more or less awkward, but it’s funny either way. The idea that Jennifer Aniston was counting down the days until she got to kiss Adam Sandler like a kid with an advent calendar eagerly awaiting Christmas is quite the hilarious concept.

It’s also nice to hear that Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie is supportive of her husband kissing another woman onscreen. So much so in fact that, according to a joking Adam Sandler, his wife even gave him notes to really commit to the kiss with Jennifer Aniston. I expect that would have been quite awkward.

For Jennifer Aniston’s part, as she told the Associated Press, if she had to kiss Adam Sandler, she needed him to do some maintenance to make himself more kissable. Namely, he had to use some beard oil to make the facial hair his character Nick Spitz has in the film less scratchy. Jennifer Aniston doesn’t like prickly facial hair; a solid note for any would-be suitors out there.

This whole back and forth conversation between Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler really shows what good friends they are and how much fun they have together. It totally explains why Jennifer Aniston signed on for Murder Mystery and why they’d want to work together. They have a brother-sister dynamic, which makes them comfortable with one another, but also makes the kissing quite a bit more awkward than it would be if they were just strangers.

Hopefully their chemistry offscreen translates onscreen for the film because they are a delight together. Fortunately for the two actors, Murder Mystery isn’t some pure romance film in the vein of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation; it is, as the title says, a murder mystery and a comedy. And judging by the trailer, the two get to do some funny stuff and action scenes to break up that awkward kissing.

Universal Studios’ New Hagrid Roller Coaster Is Having Problems

Universal Orlando Resort’s newest attraction, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, just opened to the public, but unfortunately, that opening has not been going particularly smoothly. Yesterday, the ride saw some pretty epic wait times, and while that’s not unexpected for a brand new, and highly anticipated roller coaster, day two has added increased technical problems into the mix.

It seems that, some of the problems today are actually left over from yesterday’s opening. Anybody who was in line for the attraction when the theme park closed last night was allowed to stay in line and get on the ride. However, due to the extensive line, that meant the ride was running very late, and as a result, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was not available when the park opened this morning.

It seems that because the ride ran so late, it needed extra time to get ready for the new day, and thus had to open late. The line was reportedly not allowed to open until the ride did. Of course, all this likely would have simply repeated the process of having incredibly long lines and running the ride late into the night.

To help alleviate the line issues, Universal Orlando was reportedly planning to set up a virtual queue system, wherein people would be able to hold a place in line virtually and wouldn’t actually need to stand in line for 10 hours, as some reportedly actually did yesterday. That meant people could actually go enjoy more of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the rest of Universal Orlando Resort and not have to waste their day in line. Unfortunately, plans to launch that system today did not go forward.

Of course, for those willing to stand in long lines, and deal with it, at least they’d get to ride the brand new roller coaster, which, from all accounts, is pretty damn impressive. Unfortunately, it seems even that didn’t quite work. The attraction has been having technical issues of its own, which has even left some riders stranded, which is an issue since it’s June and it’s Florida.

Technical issues and ride break downs are certainly nothing new for theme parks. They are impossible to avoid and will always happen from time to time. It’s just extra frustrating when the attraction is brand new and there are a lot of people who want to go on it. While soft openings and media events can act as a test for a ride to help make sure everything works, there’s really no replacement for opening the ride to the general public. Only then will it get constant use over the course of several hours. Only then will you discover if there are elements of the ride that can’t handle the load.

Hopefully these issues will be ironed out and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will begin to run a bit more smoothly. If you love theme parks you know how much fun they can be, but you also know how frustrating it is when things don’t work out. These problems are going to lead to a lot of unhappy guests. Hopefully the park is prepared to take care of them.

Frozen 2 Will Feature A Time Jump

Disney is known for its animated blockbusters, with musical numbers that become part of the pop culture lexicon, and countless children’s memories. And the biggest of these movies in recent memory is 2013’s Frozen. The movie made a ton of money at the box office, inspiring endless merchandise, halloween costumes, and even a Broadway musical.

The generations of fans have been eagerly waiting for Frozen 2 in the years since the first movie arrived to break box office records. And that wait is nearly over, as the sequel will finally hit theaters this fall. Trailers and information about the follow-up blockbuster have slowly been revealed, setting up the adventure Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the crew will go on in their sophomore appearance in theaters.

Disney recently revealed some new footage Annecy Animation Festival, and teased that Frozen 2 would be deeply connected to the first movie and exploring Elsa’s past. That event also revealed another exciting bit of information: the sequel is set three years after the events of Frozen.

This report, which comes to us from THR, is sure to excite Disney fans who are rabid for any information regarding Frozen‘s highly anticipated follow-up. It looks like our favorite characters have had a number of years between movies, no doubt allowing their interpersonal relationships to develop in exciting ways.

This is especially relevant to the dynamic shared between sisters Anna and Elsa. Frozen was about their relationship at heart, which was strained due to shared grief and Elsa’s fear of her cyrokinetic abilities. But the were able to truly support and love each other by the movie’s ending, uniting against the evil of Hans. Moviegoers were hoping to see the heroines live happily ever after, and it seems that three years of sisterhood will happen ahead of the events of Frozen 2.

Due to this time jump, we should expect Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel’s Disney princesses to be in a much different emotional place than the original movie. Frozen 2 looks like it’ll be a high stakes adventure, so the Anna and Elsa will need to have each other’s backs as they venture into mysterious new lands. Much of the plot will focus on where Elsa’s powers come from, with Kristoff and Olaf joining the sisters on their quest.

The trailer for Frozen 2 appear much more serious and high-stakes than the first film, which had plenty of comedic beats to help buoy the story. Elsa will also encounter a mythical beast in the sequel, see what her powers are truly capable of. Seriously, her running on the ocean is something else.

Luckily, the wait for Frozen 2 is nearly over. The highly anticipated musical blockbuster will finally arrive in theaters on November 22nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Director Says Mothra Was ‘Daunting’

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a movie that has a lot of heavy lifting to do. It not only has to create a compelling story and impressive action, but that action has to feel massive, so as to properly represent the massive monsters that are engaging in it. In addition, those monsters have to be interesting, exciting, and compelling. Bringing so many new creatures into the film was likely quite overwhelming, but King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty says that Mothra was particularly daunting.

While characters like Godzilla or Ghidorah come across like dinosaurs or dragons, classic monsters that everybody knows and loves (and fears), Mothra was, well…a moth, but director Dougherty says he found inspiration not only in the old Toho movies that introduced the character, but also other giant insect films that came before…

Insects are tiny things that most of us pay little mind to. Of course, that’s also why the concept of giant insects that could swallow us whole can be so unnerving. The concept has been investigated in countless films over the decades, and each of them helped inform the new version of Mothra for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

As Michael Dougherty tells Collider, Mothra isn’t quite like the rest of the creatures that appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. While the rest of the titans are basically just monsters that are really good at stepping on buildings or biting holes in each other, Mothra is different. She’s the only one of the creatures that has been historically presented as entirely good, and Michael Dougherty says was the reason she could be handled differently, which was solution to the daunting problem. According to Dougherty…

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, while Mothra does get into the dirt and brawl with the rest of the monsters eventually, she mostly stays out of the fight, and when she does take a more active role in the story, it’s to act as a sort of conduit between Godzilla and the humans. She clearly has power that is unlike the rest of the titans, and while it largely goes unexplained, it’s exactly for that reason that she feels more like a deity that just a monster.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is in theaters now.

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Men In Black International Ticket

Men In Black: International Agent M and Agent H aiming their weapons on the street

Here come the Men (and Women) In Black, ready to defend the galaxy from the scum of the universe yet again. It’s time to suit up for action once again, as Men In Black International arrives this weekend to cash in on a storied franchise and its continuing adventures. Which means, it’s also time to answer the greatest question in the search for the truth of the universe: to 3D, or not to 3D?

If you’re curious as to how Men In Black International stacks up as a film, you’ll have to make your way to our official review to find that out. However, if you’re ready to slip on the glasses, and let your eyes be treated to the potential thrills of a 3D conversion, we’re ready to help you find out whether this trip is worth the 3D money, or if you’d be better off saving up for your own series 7 De-Atomizer.

3D Fit Score

5/5

The Men In Black series has always had a tendency to create images that highlight out of this world activity in the most interesting ways. Considering the action in films like Men In Black International has always lent itself to a sort of an exaggerated reality, the 3D treatment has felt at home with the series since it was first used in 2012’s Men In Black 3. So having director F. Gary Gray’s entry into the series come at the audience with potential 3D thrills is something that sits well with franchise history, as well as modern business practices.

Planning & Effort Score

4/5

The level of 3D conversion on Men In Black International is quite impressive, both in terms of 3D presentations on the whole, and especially considering this year’s efforts in the medium at large. This is a crisp, clear presentation that doesn’t strain the eyes at all, and doesn’t forget to throw in some 3D thrills into its options package. Even something as simple as the point of view of Kumail Nanjiani’s Pawny looking at Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s characters manages to get augmented into a visual gag. The only real flaw present in Men In Black International’s 3D viewing were a couple of shots that had a sort of weird, clear smudging around some characters in frame during the portion of the film set in Greece. They’re only noticeable if you’re looking at the images hard enough.

Before the Window Score

5/5

Most films use the Before The Window factor to throw objects out of the screen, point guns out into the audience, and have cool shots of spacecraft flying straight at the camera. Men In Black International does indeed have all of those things, and it does them well. However, the most impressive part about the film’s 3D presentation is the fact that there’s some seriously awesome moments of perspective enhancing visuals that come at the audience. Again, when Pawny is looking at Agent H and Agent M, you get the sense of the scale in that scene, as their faces stick out a little more and everything looks a little bigger. Even something as simple as Agent H sitting in a job interview makes sure to protrude the arms of her character out to the audience, as if you’re sitting right in front of her.

Beyond the Window Score

5/5

Depth for days. That’s basically what Men In Black International has to give the audience when showcasing all of the exotic locales that the film takes place in. Street markets have that extra sense of endless depth, and a sequence involving a wormhole between dimensions is quite breathtaking when you stare into the frame and see just how deep everything seems to go. Even something as simple as opening a window, or watching characters move through a scene adds an edge to the scenes at hand.

Brightness Score

5/5

Most of the time in our To 3D Or Not To 3D feature, you’ll hear us banging on about how the brightness wasn’t up to snuff. Even with the best of 3D intentions, the image on the screen gets washed out once you put on those famous glasses. But with Men In Black International, there’s a degree of stunning clarity that persists through that very stumbling block. Now mileage will vary, depending on how well your theater in question maintains their projection rigs, so make sure you go with someone you trust. That said, as far as the presentation of Men In Black International observed for this feature goes, it’s really damned solid.

Glasses Off Score

5/5

In the 3D universe, blur is the thing that binds the overall product on a conversion job. Taking off your glasses during a 3D movie like Men In Black International allows you to see just how blurry the picture gets. So when you see something as blurry as the picture for this film looks without those glasses, you’re usually in for a treat. There’s a strong blur factor throughout the image, with the standard 2D anchor points that help keep the image grounded. But those two-dimensional elements aren’t distracting in the overall 3D scheme of things, especially when there’s so much of the Men In Black universe that depends on clever background gags and set dressing.

Audience Health Score

5/5

When 3D sucks, a lot of things can happen that affect your situational health. Your eyes become tired or confused, and in some cases, you might feel queasy from the action being shown. Absolutely none of this is true with Men In Black International, as this happens to be one of the easiest experiences to enjoy in the realm of third dimensional thrills. When walking out of the theater, you won’t feel tired or strained when you take those glasses off, and that’s pretty spectacular when coming out of a modern 3D experience.

3D Fit Score 5
Planning & Effort Score 4
Before the Window Score 5
Beyond the Window Score 5
Brightness Score 5
Glasses Off Score 5
Audience Health Score 5

While the film may not be gaining a lot of friends in the critical community, from a 3D standpoint it’s pretty obvious that Men In Black International is best enjoyed with the added bells and whistles. A prime example of the sort of fun the right 3D conversion can add to the film, it’s without question an experience that audiences should try and take when they have the opportunity. If you’re going to see this film anyway, make sure you don’t forget to add the 3D fun to your ticket.

How will you see Men In Black International?

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Captain Marvel Got A Funny Shout Out In Jessica Jones Season 3

Minor spoilers ahead for Jessica Jones Season 3

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a serious high, as Avengers: Endgame continues to clean up at the box office. But as the adventures on the big screen heat up and wrap up Phase Three, Marvel’s TV projects are in a more precarious position. All of the Marvel Netflix shows have been cancelled, likely in order for Disney+ to be the home for official MCU content.

But despite the cancellations, Jessica Jones released its third and final season today on the streaming service. Krysten Ritter’s signature alcoholic hero is back for another adventure, as is her best friend Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor). Trish was teased to have new powerful reflexes during Season 2’s finale, and this season follows her attempting to become the superheroic Hellcat. And a scene from the second episode gave Captain Marvel a quick shout out.

When Trish goes to a costume shop in an attempt to find something to fight crime in, we’re treated to a montage of potential suits– including her iconic yellow one from the comics. During that sequence she puts on a Captain Marvel costume, striking a pose in the blue and red outfit. While not armored like the one Brie Larson rocked, the reference comes through clear as day.

It stands to reason that Jessica Jones would make a callback to Captain Marvel, considering both projects are set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the timeline of Endgame and Jessica’s third season is murky, it’s fun to see Carol Danvers finally referenced in other Marvel projects. She and Krysten Ritter’s Defender both broke new ground as female superheroes, so its a fitting tribute.

It’s also worth noting that Trish’s costume doesn’t actually bear all that close of a resemblance to the alien equipment worn by Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. It’s a leather pant/jacket combination, rather than actual armor. What’s more, she dons a Brunette wig during the easter egg, even though Carol Danvers is more of a blonde during her big screen appearances.

But considering when Jessica Jones filmed its third season in relation to the release of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, we can give this discrepancy a slide, and enjoy the shout out.

Samuel L. Jackson Still Really Wants To Play Star Wars’ Mace Windu Again

Samuel L. Jackson has played some pretty iconic roles in his career, but for Star Wars fans, Jackson will always be Jedi Master Mace Windu. Jackson himself also clearly loved playing the role, as he says it’s the one role that he hasn’t gone back to that he would most like to take another shot at. In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Jackson said…

Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to sequels. He’s played Nick Fury 10 different times in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and this year he appeared in Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable, and the new Shaft opens today. However, when Colbert asked him which character he’d like to return to, he answered pretty quickly that he’d like to be Mace Windu again.

Samuel L. Jackson has never hidden his desire to return to the Star Wars franchise. He’s argued from the beginning, and he does here as well, that Mace Windu having survived his injury and fall in Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith, would be no big deal considering the sorts of things that other Jedi survive within the franchise.

On the one hand, the fact that we’re seeing a lot more Star Wars movies coming, it would appear the possibility for Mace Windu returning would be reasonably high. At the same time, it seems clear that Lucasfilm is not planning to produce Star Wars movies with the same frequency of Marvel. This means that unless the next Star Wars movie after The Rise of Skywalker is going to include Mace Windu, it will be quite a while before any future Star Wars project could.

Of course, the nice thing about the modern media landscape is that there are actually more options for the future of Mace Windu, as well as every other character, than simply the big screen. Two live-action series Star Wars series have been announced for the Disney+ streaming service and Bob Iger has said that a third series announcement is likely. What if we got a limited series about Mace Windu?

The longer form of storytelling would really let Samuel L. Jackson dive deep into the character, which is likely what he’s looking for. As much as fans enjoyed the character, we never really got to know him. Considering how well we know Samuel L. Jackson can be de-aged, thanks to Captain Marvel, we could even see a future Mace Windu series or movie that acts as a prequel and takes place prior to the events of The Phantom Menace.

Mace Windu may be best known for his purple lightsaber, but certainly there are fans that would love to see that purple lightsaber once again. Where did it come from? Why does he wield the color that so few other have ever used? Star Wars fans want answers.