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On one fateful day in the late 1980s, producer Andrew Scheinman found himself in an airport with time to kill and the need to find reading material for an upcoming flight. Perusing the bookshelves in one of the shops, he came upon a hardcover copy of Misery by Stephen King. It was a title that stuck out if not at least in part because Scheinman had just recently had a hand in making Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me – an adaptation of King’s novella “The Body” that wound up being a massive critical and box office success. The filmmaker purchased the novel, and he dove head first into the brilliantly tense tale of author Paul Sheldon and his #1 Fan/psychotic captor, Annie Wilkes.
By the time Scheinman finished the relatively short book, he knew that he wanted to turn it into a movie – and he was surprised to discover that the rights had not been optioned. The reason for this, however, was because of Stephen King. The writer felt an immensely personal connection to the work, and it wasn’t one that he was willing to simply put into the hands of the highest bidder. If Misery was going to be made into a film, he was going to make sure that it was going to be the best film it could possibly be.
The James Bond franchise has been entertaining audiences for decades, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The beloved property will finally return to theaters with No Time to Die, which will also be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007. And it turns out that director Cary Joji Fukunaga really pushed for the movie’s female characters to have more equity on screen.
Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker had been working together since the Fast and Furious franchise started back in 2001. Brewster’s character, Mia Toretto, subsequently appeared in 2009’s Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 alongside Walker until his fatal accident in 2013. He was in the middle of filming the seventh Fast movie when died, and his brothers Caleb and Cody stepped up to fill in the gaps in production. When speaking to People, Brewster shared some words about losing the beloved actor following his recent birthday:
In After We Fell, best friend to Tessa and Hardin, Landon, will be played by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Chance Perdomo, a character previously played by Shane Paul McGhie in After We Collided. Christian and Kimberly Vance of the publishing firm, were also played by Charlie Weber and Candice King and have been replaced by Stephen Moyer and Arielle Kebbel. Also Selma Blair will no longer be playing Tessa’s mom, it will be Mira Sorvino instead. Whew, that’s a lot!
Based on the art work, there’s a pretty obvious comparison to something like Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland or Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both use similar ride vehicles; the one on Indiana Jones is a jeep not unlike the one above, designed to carry a lot of guests. Both the Disney rides have some thrilling elements as the vehicle races away from threats or is attacked by animatronic creatures, and both are still classified as dark rides, as they move riders through a story. It’s pretty easy to see Jumanji: The Adventure being put together in a similar way.
Wrestlers from the WWE are most often known for their work inside the ring, but that’s a trend that’s increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Wrestlers like Dave Bautista, John Cena, and of course, Dwayne, “The Rock” Johnson, have paved their way in Hollywood, and as a result, perhaps gotten other wrestlers a bit more respect. Of course, one could argue that had it not been for guys like Randy Savage and their excellent cameos in big films, wrestlers wouldn’t have a place in movies now, period.
The following aren’t necessarily WWE wrestlers’ best movie cameos in terms of screen time, but certainly among the most memorable. These athletes have worked with some of the best actors we have, and made themselves stars in their own right, even with relatively small roles in some notable films.
Donkey Kong Isn’t A Part Of The Main Super Mario Games
Donkey Kong and Mario go way back, from Donkey Kong (technically, but we’ll get into that later), the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, and all the sporting events, Super Smash Bros. and Olympic games. One place you don’t really see Donkey Kong and Mario interact, however, is the Super Mario games, in which he’s practically non-existent. Donkey Kong isn’t someone one regularly sees in the Mushroom Kingdom, especially when Mario is going through one of his classic duels with Bowser.
Along with the previously-mentioned actors, the animated Super Mario Bros. movie’s cast also includes Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong and Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike, while Charles Martinet, who’s voiced Mario, Luigi, Wario and various other characters in this Nintendo franchise for decades, will appear in “surprise cameos.” Behind the scenes, Teen Titans! Go To the Movies duo Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic are directing Super Mario Bros. off a script written by Minions: The Rise of Gru’s Matthew Fogel. The reboot was officially announced back in late 2017, and production began in September 2020.
When it comes to Emancipation, Will Smith was ready to take on that type of role. The movie, set to be directed by The Equalizer’s Antoine Fuqua from a script by Bill Collage, follows Smith as a runaway slave, and tells a story involving a slave the actor actually wanted to be part of. As he shared: