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Sony Targets Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” for Film Franchise

It looks like Sony Pictures may have its next film franchise: Deadline reports that Sony and Media Rights Capital will team for an adaptation of Stephen King’s book series “The Dark Tower,” in what’s viewed as the first in a potential series of films, along with a “complementary” TV series also in development. The new script is by Akiva Goldsman — recently reported to be working on expanding Paramount’s “Transformers” film franchise — and Jeff Pinkner, and based mostly on “The Gunslinger,” the first of eight novels published in the series.

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Daniel Radcliffe Is Making A New Movie About Grand Theft Auto’s Creator

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is circling an upcoming biopic that centers on the creator of the notoriously violent, moral-majority-maligned video game series Grand Theft Auto. While this concept may seem surreal and evoke mental images of a teenage wizard running over a muggle hooker with a convertible after patronizing her services, it’s not quite that.

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Captain America alum to star as Jesse Custer in AMC’s Preacher

Captain America and Agent Carter star Dominic Cooper has been rumored to play Jesse Custer on AMC’s Preacher for a while now, but now it looks like it’s basically a done deal.

Citing multiple anonymous sources familiar with the Seth Rogen and Evan Godlberg project, The Wrap claims that the actor hasn’t actually signed on the dotted line yet, but that it was considered “a mere formality.” The Tracking Board also confirms the story. Just a few days ago, Rogen tweeted that they finally had their Jesse Custer, without giving an actual name:

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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Movie Update: Eddie Redmayne May Play Newt Scamander

The “Harry Potter” spin-off movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” may soon get its lead actor. A new report suggests that Eddie Redmayne is emerging as a “favourite” to play the role of the protagonist in the upcoming movie.

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RYAN GOSLING IN TALKS FOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S HAUNTED MANSION

Ever since Ryan Gosling first emerged as a true grown up movie star, the question has lingered out there as to when he would take a break from indie movies and return home to the Mouse House where he got his start. And we’re not talking about something like Remember the Titans, but a full-on, unashamedly “Disney” Disney movie. Well, this week, we finally got the answer, as Ryan Gosling is teaming up with director Guillermo del Toro on his long-in-development Disney attraction adaptation, Haunted Mansion. The timing of the movement forward on Haunted Mansion is interesting, as GDT currently has another ghost/haunted house project, Crimson Peak, coming to theaters later this year (10/16/15). One would have to guess that del Toro’s Haunted Mansion will feel like a more family-friendly take on the spooky scares we will see in Crimson Peak.

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Brent Spiner will return for Independence Day 2

So we guess Dr. Brackish Okun survived Independence Day after all?

It certainly seems that way, with director Roland Emmerich announcing on Twitter that Brent Spiner will return in the upcoming Independence Day 2. Emmerich also announced the addition of Joey King to the cast, which already includes Vivica A. Fox, Jessie Usher, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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