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Ron Howard is “fully committed” to bringing “The Dark Tower” to the big screen

Ron Howard is “fully committed” to bringing “The Dark Tower” to the big screen (photo)

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Whenever Ron Howard and “The Dark Tower” are together in the same news article, it always seems like he is single-handedly pulling the project through the pre-production process and towards that ever-elusive green light. But maybe all the continued set-backs for the film — like Universal passing on it and the movie failing to find funding — have turned the “Rush” director off on the project. At least, he doesn’t seem as overzealous about it in a recent interview as he has in the past.

Collider caught up with Howard to talk about his upcoming Formula One racing drama “Rush” and managed to pry a few details about “The Dark Tower” out of him. Last we heard was producer Brian Grazer saying the film is “gonna get made” and managed to trim $45-50 million off its $140 budget, but according to Howard, there’s still work to be done.

“We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves,” he explained. “I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it.”

Not the most optimistic comments, to be sure. Howard surprised many when he pitched his original idea for adapting Stephen King’s epic fantasy novel to the big — and small — screen. His concept involved three films and two tie-in TV shows leading up to the release of the film. Needless to say, studios were a bit hesitant about agreeing to produce such a big undertaking.

At this point, Howard doesn’t even have a script, and definitely doesn’t have a release date. At least Javier Bardem is still attached, but Howard doesn’t seem to anticipate the movie going in front of the camera any time soon.

“We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways,” he said.

Do you think Howard’s plan to adapt “The Dark Tower” will work? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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