How To See Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep Over A Week Early

Stephen King fans have had plenty to be thankful for this year with the remake of Pet Sematary, the huge release of IT Chapter Two and the recent debut of In the Tall Grass on Netflix. The year’s not over though and Doctor Sleep, the sequel to arguably the most iconic Stephen King adaptation, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, arrives in November. But now Stephen King fans have the chance to see Doctor Sleep over a week early.

Doctor Sleep doesn’t release wide domestically until November 8, but Warner Bros. is teaming up with online ticketing service Fandango to offer audiences a chance to see the film early on October 30. That’s nine days prior to the film’s official release date, so Stephen King fans and horror fans in general can be some of the first people to experience this anticipated horror event film. Here’s how you can see Doctor Sleep on October 30.

The early access screenings for Doctor Sleep are exclusive to Fandango VIP members. Fortunately, even if you aren’t a member already, Fandango’s rewards program is free-to-join, so you can sign up for Fandango VIP right away and gain access to the advance screenings of Doctor Sleep.

Fandango VIP members will be able to see Doctor Sleep early at about 400 theaters nationwide, including the big three chains of AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, as well as Marcus Theatres, Harkins Theatres and others. Tickets are available starting today so you can check theater availability and get yours by visiting Fandango now.

This is just the latest advance screening Fandango has hosted this year after How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Shazam! and Rocketman. In a press release, Fandango President Paul Yanover said that the goal of these early access screenings is to turn these movies into events and for horror fans and fans of Stephen King, Doctor Sleep should certainly fall into that category.

One thing that is really cool, beyond just getting to see an anticipated movie early, is that Fandango’s early access screenings of Doctor Sleep are at the end of October, just in time for Halloween. We traditionally associate horror movies with the month of October but if you look at the calendar, there isn’t really much this month for horror fans that is actually intended to scare.

The Addams Family is for kids and while Maleficent could have been a scary character, that’s not the direction Disney went for its live-action adaptation. The only real wide release horror movie in October is Zombieland: Double Tap and that’s a horror-comedy. So it’ll be great for people who want to actually get scared to see an R-rated, and pretty long, Stephen King adaptation from Gerald’s Game and The Haunting of Hill House’s Mike Flanagan right before Halloween.

Doctor Sleep is based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King and will serve as a sequel to both the 1980 adaptation of The Shining by Stanley Kubrick, as well as Stephen King’s original novel. It stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran and tells the story of a grown up Danny Torrance who meets a young girl with powers similar to his own.

Doctor Sleep opens in wide release on November 8. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all of this fall’s biggest movies.

The Batman Has Found Its Riddler

One thing that’s been clear since the beginning of the year is that The Batman is going to be stacked with villains. Among the antagonists who’s been reported to show up is Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler, and news has broke that There Will Be Blood’s Paul Dano is being lined up for the role.

The latest word on The Batman front is that Paul Dano is in negotiations to play the Caped Crusader’s question-mark-obsessed foe. If a deal is reached, Dano would be the second actor to be cast as an adversary in The Batman, following behind Zoë Kravitz, who’s bringing Catwoman to life.

The Hollywood Reporter also mentioned in its write-up that rather than go by his traditional civilian identity, Edward Nygma (sometimes spelled as ‘Nigma’), The Batman’s version of The Riddler will be named Edward Nashton, an identity that’s been used by writers in more modern Batman comic book stories. Beyond that, there are no details about what we can expect from this version of The Riddler yet.

Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington Knows Exactly What Harry Potter Character He’d Like To Play

It’s almost hard to believe, but it’s been a number of months since Game of Thrones concluded. HBO’s fantasy drama was a pop culture phenomenon over its eight season on the air, making the starring cast household names in the process. Kit Harington is a prime example of this, as fans really responded to Jon Snow’s journey through Westeros. Harington will make his Marvel debut with The Eternals, but he recently revealed the Harry Potter character he’d be interested in playing: Severus Snape.

Kit Harington has already played one beloved literary underdog, and it looks like he would be down to play Snape if he got the chance. While the role was played to perfection by the late Alan Rickman throughout the Harry Potter franchise, but the Fantastic Beasts are a prequel that has already included Dumbledore and McGonagall. At a recent convention appearance, Harrington was asked which character from the Wizarding World he’d like to play, and he quickly answered Snape. The 32 year-old actor went on to explain his love for Hogwarts’ Potions Master, saying:

Jon Snow ain’t wrong. Snape is one of the most dynamic characters to come from the Harry Potter franchise, and the audience’s perspective of the tragic figure changes throughout the years, especially in The Deathly Hallows. And that’s exactly why Kit Harington would love to dive into the character in a prequel movie– if the opportunity ever presented itself.

Kit Harington’s recent comments at ACE Comic Con (via Winter is Coming) are sure to excite fans of both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Harington is a super popular actors, and his followers would be thrilled to see him in another iconic fantasy series. The Harry Potter franchise only continues to grow, with J.K. Rowling expanding the Wizarding World in the Fantastic Beats movies, Cursed Child plays, Pottermore, and Universal’s theme parks. Harington potentially joining is exciting enough, let alone as a beloved figure like Severus Snape.

Of course, Kit Harington was only mentioning his favorite character, and isn’t actually up for any role that. The Fantastic Beasts movies are set decades before the events of the Wizarding War, and Harry Potter’s time in Hogwarts. But as time continues moving forward, we move closer and closer to Snape’s own time at Hogwarts, and his unrequited love of Lilly Potter.

Luckily for fans of the Jon Snow actor, he’s got another huge role coming up, this time on the big screen. Kit Harington will play Black Knight aka Dane Whitman , a sword-wielding superhero. He’ll be able to use certain talents he picked up in Westeros, while also creating a wholly new character alongside a killer cast, and within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Eternals will hit theaters on November 6, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Logan’s James Mangold Still Wants To Do His X-23 Movie

Director James Mangold’s first film since his 2017 Oscar-nominated X-Men movie Logan arrives next month in the form of Ford v Ferrari. Although he’s moved on to auto racing, that doesn’t mean that James Mangold is writing off mutants for good. In fact, James Mangold still wants to do his X-23 movie. When asked about the possibility the Logan director said:

James Mangold is still interested in returning to the world of mutants to write and direct the X-23 movie. A spinoff film featuring the young mutant seemed to be a real possibility, and a major fan hope, following the success of Logan and Dafne Keen’s breakout turn as Laura. At the time James Mangold said that there had been discussions about it and it seems that his interest in the project has not waned in the ensuing years, even though he’s moved on to new things.

So the acclaimed director is still down to do the movie if the opportunity arises. Interest only goes so far though, and despite the fact that he still wants to do X-23, James Mangold admitted to The Playlist that he doesn’t think it will happen. He’s clearly not working on it now and even if it does happen in the future, it won’t be anytime soon.

Under different circumstances, a successful and Oscar-nominated comic book movie with a breakout turn from a young actress would be a no-brainer to get a spinoff film. James Mangold even knew what the film would be about. However, while James Mangold did not cite this explicitly, the fallout of Disney purchase of 21st Century Fox makes X-23 unlikely.

Alongside other X-Men movies that were in the works including Gambit and X-Force, X-23 doesn’t seem like it is going to happen, another casualty of the Disney-Fox deal. At this point it looks like only Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will make the jump to Marvel and everything else has been scrapped. Sadly, that means James Mangold’s X-23 as well.

We know that the mutants will be coming to the MCU eventually, Kevin Feige confirmed as much at Comic-Con, but when is an open question and given their absence on the Phase 4 slate, it seems like it will be Phase 5 or later (2022 and beyond) before we see them. Even then we don’t know if X-23 will be brought in or if Marvel Studios will recast Wolverine or both.

Still, if the MCU doesn’t have an X-23 movie and recasts the character or even if Laura doesn’t wind up in the MCU at all, Marvel Studios would do well to bring James Mangold into the fold to direct a Marvel movie. He’s an acclaimed director who delivered the best Wolverine movie we could hope for and he obviously cares about these characters. As such, bringing him in to do something in the MCU, even if it isn’t X-23, would be a smart move.

For now, James Mangold could be racing towards some major Oscar nominations for his racing drama Ford v Ferrari, in theaters on November 15. And you can see X-23 herself, Dafne Keen starring in HBO’s His Dark Materials, premiering on November 4. For all the biggest movies heading to theaters this year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Included Matt Damon’s Dogma Character, Even Though Kevin Smith Doesn’t Own The Rights

Kevin Smith’s new movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, is, like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back before it, largely a love letter to the fans of Smith’s View Askewnaverse movies and characters. If you’ve been a Kevin Smith fan since Clerks then you’ll recognize many of the actors, and the characters they play, when they return after a long hiatus.

A couple of the returns have been quite surprising. Nobody really expected Ben Affleck to come back, and seeing him in the first trailer was quite a surprise, but another big surprise was seeing Matt Damon appear as the character Loki from Smith’s movie Dogma. The surprise there comes from the fact that Smith doesn’t technically have the rights to the Loki character.

The Loki character appears briefly in the new film in a scene that was apparently inserted during post-production. Kevin Smith told Business Insider that Damon was unavailable during filming, but didn’t want to be left out of the fun…

Initially, Smith says his plan was for Matt Damon to play himself, as he had done in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but Smith’s wife pushed him to use the character of Loki, Damon’s fallen angel character from Dogma.

Except, there’s a problem with that. Most of Smith’s movies back in those days were produced by Miramax, and Smith was able to get permission from Miramax to use all the characters the studio had the rights to. However, Dogma is a special case. The rights to that movie are actually owned personally by the former head of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein.

Miramax used to be owned by Disney, and the Mouse House wasn’t thrilled with the idea of making a movie that focused on a woman who worked in an abortion clinic fighting angels, and so declined to produce Dogma. Weinstein decided to buy the rights to the movie himself, and he produced the movie through Lionsgate.

Weinstein still owns the rights, which puts inserting the character into the movie into a legally grey area, but Smith says that he still feels some sense of ownership having created the character, and that including Loki is the right thing to do.

It seems unlikely Kevin Smith will have much problem with putting Loki in the movie. As Smith says, he’s not selling the film on the character he doesn’t own, so there isn’t much argument for a financial loss. On top of that Harvey Weinstein is a bit busy with other more pressing concerns right now.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot can be seen in theaters tonight as part of a Fathom event, before the movie goes on a roadshow.

Wait, Seth Rogen Was Also Up For A Villain In The Batman?

After years of sitting in development hell, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is finally coming together. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director will make his DC debut with that upcoming blockbuster, introducing a new Bruce Wayne to audiences with Robert Pattinson playing the title character. Reeves has been slowly assembling its cast and crew, with Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright announced to be playing Catwoman and Commissioner Gordon respectively. Jonah Hill was circling a villain role, although those talks have come to an end. And now it seems his collaborator Seth Rogen was also up for a villainous role in the upcoming blockbuster.

Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill became household names with their work on Superbad and other comedies. But they’ve both been able to translate their talents into dramatic roles, while also serving as writers and producers on a variety of projects. And it turns out both names were thrown around for a possible role in The Batman, although it doesn’t look like Matt Reeves landed either of them to sign on to the upcoming DC movie.

This news comes to us from Deadline, and is sure to send some DC fans’ heads spinning. The report was largely focused on the talks between Jonah Hill and Warner Bros. falling through, which might be partly related to the actor’s proposed payment. But later in that same story, it was revealed that there was interest in bringing Seth Rogen to play The Penguin. But reportedly no offers or real talks with the Knocked Up actor occurred.

If this (unconfirmed) report is to believed, it’s clear that Matt Reeves is trying to get some big names on board for The Batman. Robert Pattinson is obviously famous for his tenure in Twilight, and every other name that’s been revealed has been a household one. Westworld has made Jeffrey Wright a big star, while Zoe Kravitz has starred in projects like Big Little Lies, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Additionally, both Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are big names as well.

While it looks like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill likely won’t actually make it into the highly anticipated DC movie, I have to wonder what other talent Matt Reeves will eventually bring into the fold for The Batman. Early reports about the mysterious movie indicated that Robert Pattinson’s Batman (Battinson?) will be interacting with quite a few members from his rogues gallery. Which villains remain a mystery, but smart money says The Penguin will make an appearance, especially since that’s the role Seth Rogen was reportedly considered for.

Regardless, it’s clear that development is finally moving forward for The Batman, and that the Dark Knight will return to the DCEU with a vengeance. It should be interesting to see how Matt Reeves introduced the new Bruce Wayne to audience and if/when he acknowledges Ben Affleck’s brief tenure as the world’s greatest detective. But clearly Gotham City is becoming a more important setting within the shared universe, especially with Birds of Prey arriving in a few months.

The Batman is currently expected to arrive in theaters on June 25th. 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Venom Director Ruben Fleischer Explains Why He Didn’t Return For The Sequel

Venom was the surprise hit of the fall of 2018. While the movie was certainly expected to draw a crowd, it ended up setting box office records and grossing over $850 million worldwide. It was no surprise that a sequel was almost immediately given the green light. However, while all the key cast members will be back, behind the camera, Venom 2 will see a new director. as Andy Serkis is being brought in to replace Reuben Fleischer.

It’s pretty unusual for a move that did so well the first time around to change directors for the sequel. Usually you see studios wanting to recreate the success of a first film as closely as possible, by bringing back basically everybody involved in the first movie. However, Reuben Fleischer revealed to our own ReelBlend podcast that returning for Venom 2 simply wasn’t an option for him because his existing schedule, and Zombieland: Double Tap, didn’t allow it. According to Fleischer…

Before Reuben Fleischer found success launching a Venom franchise. He made a hit movie called Zombieland. While that movie took a full decade to get a sequel, it also wanted to bring back as many of the key players from the first movie as possible. Since Fleischer was already on board Zombieland: Double Tap, he wasn’t available to helm the Venom sequel, that was put on the fast track and is set for release next year.

It’s not clear if Venom 2 has actually started shooting, our best information is that it will go before cameras next month, but even so, Reuben Fleischer has been working on the post-production of Zombieland: Double Tap over the last few months, during the same time that he would otherwise have been working on pre-production for Venom 2.

Of course, with the one movie ending and the other getting underway in such close proximity, it’s certainly possible schedules could have been shifted slightly to accommodate Fleicher in order for him to return. However, the director goes on to tell Reelblend that having gone basically straight from Venom to Zombieland: Double Tap, he was looking for a break anyway.

A change in director is certainly going to have an impact on the new Venom movie, whether that’s a good or bad thing, we’ll have to wait and see. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters Friday. Venom 2 will be out in 2020.

Dwayne Johnson Reveals His Weight, Why He Works Out Before Filming

Dwayne Johnson is a great social media follow. If you aren’t doing it already, just jump on the bandwagon if you want to hear more about what a life dedicated to living well and working hard looks like. Or, you know, if you are just interested in The Rock’s weight these days.

This week, the actor spoke out about getting his work week started as an entrepreneur, actor and even producer, noting that he often starts his day in the gym. By “starts his day in the gym” I mean he gets in there, works out, and makes sure he is hydrated before the crack of dawn. Before he does all that, he weighs himself to make sure he’s staying in tip-top shape.

The scale lists him at 270 pounds, well 270.40 pounds to be exact. That’s about 10 pounds heavier than his previous billed career weight put him at, so if Dwayne Johnson’s weight has been a topic of interest for you, you can see for yourself how much The Rock weighs with the video below.

Those shoes look pretty lightweight, but the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if he kept them on just so he could push over that 270 mark. When you are 6’ 5” and ripped the goal is likely to seem as bulky as possible.

Meanwhile, my ass is 100% asking to take off my shoes at the doctor’s office before I step on a scale in the hopes that I can knock off an errant pound or two, but I digress.

The actor also shared a bit of information about how he stays motivated to get so much done in a given day — and I’m not just talking about him working on his pecs. He also juggles time at the gym with family time and myriad duties in Hollywood. His advice this week: “I do anything like I do everything — with all I got.”

His tenacity and dedication pretty much shows in everything in his life, including fitness. Dwayne Johnson is a fit dude for his height. In comparison, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista has been billed as weighing 290 pounds during his WWE career. Other wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has been billed as weighing 250 pounds. Bautista is around 6’3″ and Cena is 6’0″ even.

The Rock is currently heading into Jumanji: The Next Level marketing mode ahead of the release of the sequel. We know he joined Kevin Hart for his first big outing back to work a few days ago, an event that also included Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. Plus, the press stuff for that movie will likely start happening in earnest in the coming weeks.

In 2020, Dwayne Johnson also has Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie (based on the famous ride) and Red Notice coming up (plus a slew of other announced and rumored movies that aren’t off the ground yet), so he’s going to continue to be pretty busy. Let’s just hope that he manages to keep working in those early morning gym routines. Gotta keep that weight up.

Elton John Thinks The New Lion King Was A ‘Huge Disappointment’

Over the past few years, Disney has seen great success in making live-action remakes of its animated blockbusters. This all began with Maleficent, and continued with projects like The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and The Lion King. The latter was Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 Oscar winning original, which made a ton of money when it hit theaters last summer. Elton John’s beloved music was adapted into the new version, but it turns out that the iconic songwriter wasn’t happy with the latest version of Simba’s tale.

Elton John’s music was a big reason why the original Lion King was such a powerful moviegoing experience, and what ultimately earned the animated blockbuster its Academy Awards. Those stunning songs were re-recorded with the remake’s cast, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen. But those new version are what John has taken umbrage with, as he put it:

Well, that was certainly honest. It looks like Elton John wasn’t a collaborator with Jon Favreau’s version of The Lion King. And as such, he believe the joy and power of his songs were lost in the remake. And it’s also why the soundtrack failed to make an impact on the music charts following the movie’s release in July.

Elton John’s comments to GQ may surprise moviegoers, given how many people ran to theaters to catch a screening of the new Lion King. The digital technology Jon Favreau used to bring The Jungle Book to life was applied to the remake, allowing the various animals of Pride Rock to be rendered in photorealism. It was a stunning visual treat, although Elton John wasn’t happy with the handling of the music.

While the new Lion King was at point a shot-for-shot remake of the original, there were some liberal changes to the music. Keys were altered to accommodate the new cast, including tracks like “Hakuna Matata”. Scar’s signature song “Be Prepared” was almost unrecognizable from the original, with the lyrics changed for the new story and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It results in some of the songs be disappointing for the hardcore fans, including Elton John.

Beyonce’s single “Spirit” was also added to the The Lion King‘s third act, which stuck out like a sore thumb among Elton John’s original songs and the iconic orchestration. Luckily for John, he believes the true spirit of The Lion King‘s music lives on the with the long-running Broadway musical.

The Lion King is available on Digital HD on October 11, 2019 and on DVD and Blu-ray on October 22, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

James Gunn Finally Responds To Gamora’s Avengers: Infinity War Death

While Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame changed a lot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, quite possibly the biggest shocker was the death, and return, of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 being a movie that we knew was on the way before the Avengers films happened, the event changed the entire context of that movie. However, due to James Gunn’s silence on the issue, we had no idea just how he felt about the whole thing.

Recently, as part of an Instagram story where he answered a lot of fan questions, Gunn confirmed what most of us likely suspected. The death of Gamora was no problem for him, because he was well aware of the situation beforehand. One fan asked him if Gamora’s death upset him and he responded…

Of course, James Gunn’s answer is still a little vague. While he may have been ready for Gamora’s Infinity War fate, and thus it didn’t upset him, he doesn’t say what these discussions really entailed. Did James Gunn suggest Gamora’s death? Maybe the idea worked well for the story he wanted to tell in Guadians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Alternatively, the decision may have been made largely against Gunn’s wishes, forcing him to have to figure out how to make the new status quo work in his movie.

Because of the speed and frequency with which Marvel movies are now being produced, everything is happening pretty quickly. The script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was written before anybody ever saw Avengers: Infinity War, which meant that fans made assumptions about what sort of story we were going to get. Then we see how Gamora’s character changes big time and then we really wonder what is in that script.

Still, we know from hearing several directors of Marvel movies talk, that the MCU is a pretty well oiled machine. Everybody has a pretty good idea what everybody else is doing, and how that might impact whatever they are working on. James Gunn would have known what was planned for Gamora in the Avengers movies so that he would incorporate it into whatever he’s working on.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy movies specifically, the death of Gamora was an interesting move because the previous Guardians films have focused so much on these characters growing and changing together. The fact that, while Gamora is still “alive” in the MCU, she’s a very different character, completely changes the dynamic On the one hand, fans of the Guardians were likely a little upset to see Gamora’s fate in Infinity War. On the other hand, the Endgame changes certainly make things going into Guardians 3 very interesting.

Part of the reason that we haven’t heard James Gunn speak on Gamora’s fate is that shortly after Avengers: Infinity War was released, James Gunn was fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While he was eventually reinstated, Gunn’s been much quieter overall on social media than he had been previously.

At this point we still don’t actually know when the next chapter for Gamora and the other Guardians of the Galaxy will come. Vol. 3 is happening but it has no release date at this point.