Amazon Studios cancels The Dark Tower series

Amazon Studios has officially passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The studio was in the process of transforming Stephen King’s book series into a TV show. Allegedly they canceled the pilot after challenges with translating the material, reports Deadline.

According to sources, Amazon is shopping two original scripts and picked up the pilot on that basis. Well aware of the infamous struggle to adapt The Dark Tower, Amazon declined doing a straight-to-series production to instead opt for a pilot. In the end, Amazon executives “felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings,” notes Deadline.

Showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara hoped to retell the book series in a faithful way, separating the TV series from the 2017 film entirely — in part because the movie was a flop. Last June, Michael Rooker was seen filming on set for the TV series. Sam Strike was supposedly Roland Deschain, Jasper Pääkkönen was The Man in Black, Jerome Flynn was Steven Deschain, Joana Ribeiro was Susan Delgado, and Ana Padrão was Cordelia Delgado, though the cast was never formally announced.

(Read: 50 Most Anticipated TV Shows in 2020)

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Jonas Brothers praised by the Kardashians after recreating siblings’ most famous fight

The Jonas Brothers left fans in stitches on Monday after they recreated one of the most famous fights from Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

In a video shared on Joe Jonas’s Instagram page, he and his brothers Nick and Kevin acted out the scene, with the dialogue between Kim and Khloe Kardashian dubbed over the top.

The clip began with Joe, as Kim, storming into a room, and hitting sister Khloe, played by Nick, with her designer bag.

“Don’t be f**king rude!” Joe lip-synced to Kim’s outburst. “I swear to God, don’t be f**king rude! Stop, don’t do that. I’ll f**king hurt you.”

As Nick’s Khloe sat in her seat being beaten by Kim’s bag, the singer mouthed: “Are you kidding me? Stop, what are you doing? Stop!”

Third bandmember Kevin then made his brief appearance in the hilarious clip, walking past, presumably as Kourtney, and stating: “Oh my God!”

The clip, which has been viewed more than two million times, quickly attracted comments from fans, who praised the brothers for their take on the argument – as well as replies from the Kardashians themselves.

“Hahaha nailed it!!!!!!!” Khloe wrote, while Kim reposted the video on her Twitter page and wrote: “OMGGGG I love you guys!!!!!”

Polaris announce reunion tour and deluxe reissue of The Adventures of Pete & Pete soundtrack

Polaris are reuniting for another tour, and you won’t have to wait until October. Even better, they’ve announced a new deluxe vinyl reissue of their diamond soundtrack album to Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Start smiling strange.

The tour kicks off May 14th in Rhode Island and continues until August 8th in Iowa. Mark Mulcahy (Muggy), David McCaffrey (Jersey), and Scott Boutier (Harris) will perform a selection of Polaris and Miracle Legion songs, in addition to some surprises.

(Read: Whatever Happened to the Cast of Pete and Pete?)

As for the reissue, fans can anticipate a “deluxe vinyl package” that includes a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. A release date is forthcoming.

Consult the full tour itinerary below, and get tickets here. In the meantime, you can revisit their Live at Lincoln Hall double album shortly after. The album was recorded amidst their debut “Waiting for October Tour” in 2014 at a Chicago stop this site co-produced. Ah, the memories.

Polaris 2020 Tour Dates:
05/14 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
05/15 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
05/16 – Hamden, CT @ Spaceland Ballroom
05/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
05/30 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/04 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
07/07 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
07/08 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
07/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
07/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
07/12 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
08/07 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
08/08 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow

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Two More Studio Ghibli Soundtracks Are Coming to Vinyl

Two more Studio Ghibli soundtracks composed by Joe Hisaishi are coming to vinyl for the first time. Turntable Lab will reissue the soundtracks to Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) and Porco Rosso (1992) in late March, according to their website.

The soundtracks for Ghibli classics My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind—which Hisaishi also composed—were reissued in November 2018 via Tokuma. In October, HBO Max announced that it had acquired exclusive rights to the entire Ghibli catalog, and that the films would be on the platform at the time of its spring 2020 launch. Some of those titles have not been digitally available before.

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Chris Martin ‘doesn’t really understand’ Coldplay’s new songs

The 42-year-old singer and his bandmates have decided not to tour their latest album, ‘Everyday Life’, due to environmental concerns, and he’s also doing very little to promote the record as he doesn’t really know what to say. Buy tickets below.

He said: “We’re not touring and we’re not really talking and not doing anything normal.

“This album feels like we have to just release it into the world and let it fend for itself.

“Because a lot of these songs came from a place I don’t really understand, and other reasons too, it’s just not tourable yet.

“We’re trying to wait to tour until we can figure out the environmental side of things.”

The ‘Orphans’ hitmaker has deliberately avoided reading any of the reactions to either the record or the group’s decision not to tour.

He told the latest issue of Q magazine: “I stayed in a real cocoon cos I feel super-focused and super on a mission of some sort.

“This time I’m not even aware of any reaction or any result … nothing, cos I feel a very strong calling to be doing a certain thing.

“It’s always been there but maybe because the way the world is it’s been bubbling extra hard, extra-strong, like, ‘OK, this is what we’re supposed to be doing, let’s head this way.’ “

Although Chris admitted it can be tiring trying to avoid all outside comment, he insisted it is necessary in order to “get good” at his job.

Asked if it’s tiring, he said: “Yeah but that’s what I’m here for. “That’s what I’m on earth for.

“I’m definitely not an underwear model and it’s unlikely I’m going to have my own chain of cycling gyms.
“So I really would like to get good at this job.”

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Dave Grohl on Rush drummer Neil Peart: “The world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll”

The tragic passing of Rush drummer Neil Peart has been met with heartfelt reactions from many musicians. One of his biggest fans is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who penned a profound tribute to the legendary stickman.

Grohl, of course, rose to fame as a drummer with Nirvana, and Peart had always been one of his biggest inspirations. In fact, Grohl and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had the honor of inducting Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2013. Heck, the Foos even dressed up as Rush to perform alongside the actual band at the ceremony.

Peart passed away on Tuesday (January 7th) after a secret three-year battle with brain cancer, although the news wasn’t made public until Friday. Upon learning of Peart’s death, Grohl shared the following on Foo Fighters’ social pages:

“Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.

I still vividly remember my first listen of ‘2112’ when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision, and composition was incomparable. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: We all learned from him.

Thank you, Neil for making our lives a better place with your music. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the Rush family.

God bless Neil Peart.”

Hawkins, meanwhile, issued a short but powerful tribute: “Neil Peart had the hands of God. End of story.”

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ABC is bringing back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep

ABC has announced plans to revive two iconic TV game shows: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep.

Based off the British success, the original US version of Millionaire premiered in 1999. It stayed on the air a full 17 seasons and featured a variety of hosts, including Regis Philbin. Now, in celebration of the iconic game show’s 20th anniversary, ABC is bringing back the program for a limited eight-episode run, per The Hollywood ReporterThe network’s late-night star, Jimmy Kimmel, has been tapped to host.

This 2020 Millionaire revival will look a little different compared to seasons past. Instead of random contestants, the new version will be celebrity-focused, with stars playing to raise money for charities. Other updates include an interactive app that’ll allow home viewers to play alongside celebrities, and the chance to compete for the same amount of money as the stars.

(Read: The Top 25 TV Shows of 2019)

In a press statement, Kimmel joked, “Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes.” It won’t be Kimmel’s first time on the show though, as back in 2001 he appeared as a contestant for a special comedy edition.

The show will be served by executive producer Mike Richards (The Price Is Right), along with the original and Emmy-winning Millionaire EP Michael Davies. “My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy’s since the days of Win Ben Stein’s Money, and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on Millionaire in its original run,” Davies stated. “I can’t wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game.”

Millionaire won’t be the only classic program to see a star-studded comeback on ABC. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that ’60s game show Supermarket Sweep will be rebooted with 10 new episodes, hosted by former Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones.

In a statement, the comedian said she’d “always dreamed” of being on the show. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands,” Jones said. “Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!”

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Chester Bennington’s widow sets ‘record straight’ about New Year’s wedding

Chester Bennington’s widow has attacked tabloid reporters for failing to “fact check” the date of her recent wedding, after she was accused of remarrying on her anniversary with the tragic rocker.

Talinda Bennington hit headlines over the weekend (04-05Jan20) after it was claimed she had tied the knot with firefighter Michael Fredman on 1 January (20) – the same day she had become Mrs. Bennington back in 2005.

However, she took to Instagram on Monday to clear up the reports after facing criticism from some of the Linkin Park frontman’s fans online.

Alongside a photo of the wedding programme, she wrote, “With joy and love I want to set something straight.

“ON JANUARY 4th, I wed a wonderful man, great friend, and son this weekend… The day we chose was a day of meaning, in many different ways.”

“My anniversary with my love, Chester, JAN 1 Was NOT THE DAYE (sic),” she continued. “Jan 1st will always be the day I married Chester. I would never paint over that beautiful day with anything else.”

Talinda then turned on the media for spreading lies with the inaccurate reports: “To all of the tabloids who printed a false story, inciting anger to me and my husband, who has upset lots of fans, and to create anger and pain, I ask you FOR WHAT?? (sic)” she added.

The 43 year old, who has three children with the late singer, also posted photos from the reception, which had been circulated in the press – clearly displaying the date of the celebration as 4 January.

“These awful tabloids need to fact check, actually check their own pictures in their articles…!!” she vented.

“Why lie though? To get attention. Well, they have our attention now and we see right through them.”

Bennington took his own life in July, 2017, and in September (19), Talinda revealed she had found love again as she shared the news of her engagement to Fredman.

“I am here to tell you that you can find love after tragedy,” she told fans.

Metallica, Elton John, Kacey Musgraves Donate to Australian Bushfire Relief

Musicians around the world have pledged to donate funds to support bushfire relief efforts in Australia, including Metallica, Elton John, Kacey Musgraves, and more. Metallica and their foundation All Within My Hands have focused on fighting the fires, pledging $750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria. At a recent concert in Sydney, John pledged to donate “$1 million to support the bushfire relief fund.”

Courtney Barnett is throwing two benefit shows in Melbourne, Australia, with Camp Cope and Alice Skye, with all proceeds going to “bushfire disaster appeal, vic/nsw fire services and wildlife rescue.”

Sydney producer Flume has also pledged $100,000 to WIRES, posting to Instagram “It’s so sad. It’s breaking my heart.”

Pink has also pledged to donate $500,000 to local firefighters, tweeting links to various fire services. A “disheartened” Kacey Musgraves asked her Twitter followers how she could help, ultimately finding an undisclosed organization to donate to.

The original members of the Wiggles, a popular Australian children’s music group, are reuniting for the first time since 2016 to play two benefit shows at Sydney, Australia’s Castle Hill RSL on January 17-18. All proceeds—including merch sales—benefit the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.

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Rian Johnson working on Knives Out sequel

Rian Johnson appears ready for another sharp sleuthing story, as he’s working on a sequel to Knives Out.

With an A-list ensemble cast, off-kilter humor, and cleverly delivered socio-political commentary, the writer-director’s whodunit was one of the best films of last year. It also racked in a strong $247.5 million on a $40 million budget, alongside a Golden Globe nom for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. The idea of the follow-up surely would have Lionsgate ready to spin the grinding wheel again, and Johnson says he’s ready to unsheathe another crime mystery.

(Read: Conversations with Consequence: Knives Out’s Rian Johnson and Michael Shannon)

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a pre-Globes party on Saturday, Johnson said he’s already developing a sequel focused on Southern detective Benoit Blanc. Producer Ram Bergman added that Daniel Craig, who earned a Golden Globe nod for the role, is down to reprise the character. “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” said Berman.

Johnson wants to draw the blade on Knives Out 2 quickly, with hopes to get it in front of cameras before the end of the year — but he’ll have to deliver a script first. In the meantime, he’s still working with Lucasfilm and Disney on a new Star Wars trilogy, though the studios seem content to take a breather following The Rise of Skywalker.

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