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The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

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While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

Conor McGregor After UFC Loss Says “I’ll Be Back”

Conor McGregor confirms he’ll return to the world of the UFC. After a five year career of MMA fighting, with an 11-2 record, McGregor made the transition to the UFC. He was victorious in his first fight, which put him on a pursuit for title shots. He won his first seven UFC matches overall, earning the nickname “The Notorious” during this stretch. He won the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship in 2015 by defeating Chad Mendes, and then defended the belt by defeating Jose Aldo. It wasn’t until 2016 where he was handed his first UFC loss by Nate Diaz, but he quickly rebounded to defeat him in a rematch, and then beat Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Championship – making him the first fighter to simultaneously hold two different UFC belts.

McGregor went on a hiatus after this feat to prepare for the birth of his child, and also challenge Floyd “Money” Mayweather to a boxing match. He was stripped of both belts as a result of inactivity, but immediately had the shot to win the Lightweight belt back in his return fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The match didn’t go his way, nor did the insane post-fight antics by Khabib and his team, but McGregor isn’t backing down.

Related: What Exactly Happened at the End of the McGregor-Khabib Fight?

McGregor took to Instagram shortly after the fight concluded, revealing that his status with the UFC has not changed. He assured his fans that he’ll return to the octagon, it’s just when that remains to be seen. To make the announcement, he channeled his inner Arnold Schwarzenegger by saying, “I’ll be back.”

McGregor’s return should’ve been expected, as he could very well get another title shot through a rematch in the near future. The investigations surrounding Khabib and his team could ultimately strip him of his Lightweight belt, so even if McGregor gets a chance to win that belt back, there’s no guarantee that it would be a straight up rematch, as it could end up being against a different challenger.

McGregor is known to let his brash personality get the best of him, but he was largely restrained during all the commotion post-fight. McGregor handled the loss in a professional manner, which is why the UFC isn’t investigating his involvement in these events any further. He may have been responsible for some pre-fight mayhem that could’ve cost him his UFC career, but he appears to possibly have learned from it and handled himself much better here. Considering how he’s responded to the outcome and chaos that ensued after, the UFC may look to get the star back in the octagon for another fight sooner rather than later. McGregor is clearly ready to return, now its just up to the UFC to figure out how and when.

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2018-10-07 06:10:27 – Cooper Hood

What Exactly Happened at the End of the McGregor-Khabib Fight?

The ending of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dual overshadowed the actual fight, and here’s what happened. Russian fighter Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has taken the Ultimate Fighting Championship by storm, mounting an undefeated record. After 25 straight victories, he got his shot at the UFC Lightweight Champion belt, and easily defeated Al Iaquinta back in April. His first defense was later set to be against Conor McGregor, the last man to hold the Lightweight belt, but lost it due to inactivity.

The match was the main card at UFC 229 last night, but the rivalry between McGregor and Khabib had been mounting for months. Khabib was caught on video slapping McGregor’s friend Artem Lobov, which led McGregor and his team to attack a bus full of fighters at UFC 223. Khabib and his team were among the passengers on the bus. This all led to the fight itself having added stakes beyond the belt and emotions boiled over when it was all said and done.

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McGregor and Khabib’s fight lasted four rounds. Khabib came out swinging but then McGregor wound up making up some ground in the fight by landing a few jabs and body kicks of his own. Khabib responded by driving McGregor into the wall and dropping him to the ground. After jostling for position, Khabib got a reverse choke hold on leaving McGregor with no other option than to admit defeat and tap out, giving the victory to Khabib.

Immediately after the judge separated the two fights, Khabib kept jawing at a defeated McGregor, before turning his attention to someone else. Khabib pointed at and then threw his mouth guard at McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis. That wasn’t enough for the reigning Lightweight Champion, as he then proceeded to scale the octagon’s fence and attack Danis in the crowd. A massive brawl burst out in the audience as a result, and inspired members of Khabib’s team to jump back in the ring to sneak attack McGregor. A few punches were landed on the back of his head. Security eventually separated Khabib and brought him back inside the cage, where they then had to keep McGregor and Khabib separated.

After all of this commotion and an energized and angry crowd, Dana White, the President of the UFC, decided to not award the belt to Khabib in the ring. He said in a press conference afterward that he believed more violence could occur if Khabib was awarded the belt in that environment. White confirmed that three members of Khabib’s team had been arrested, while the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to pay Khabib his winnings as a full investigation has been launched to determine what will be done. Khabib is still technically the reigning Lightweight Champion, but the UFC may decide to strip him of that title and his belt depending on how the various investigations go. Clearly, this wild story is far from over, so expect the Ultimate Fighting Championship to share additional details as they become available.

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2018-10-07 01:10:54 – Cooper Hood

How To Watch UFC 229: McGregor vs Khabib Online

UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor is set to begin later today at 9pm EST on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and if you’re not attending the fights in person at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, you’ll be joining the millions around the world watching to see McGregor’s first fight since Mayweather – against a fighter he hated enough to attack a bus, risking his career.

Pay-per-view pricing seems reasonable in comparison to paying a door charge at a sports bar. And with MMAFighting reporting paydays of $3 million and $2 million for McGregor and Khabib, respectively, in anticipation of the pay-per-view numbers they’ll bring in… it’ll be packed everywhere tonight. So here are a few options to watch the big fight at home and/or with family and friends!

Where can I order and watch UFC 229 Fights Online?

On Cable TV you can order McGregor vs. Khabib from a range of providers, so head to that link to find your own and order ahead of time. If you prefer to watch the fight on your computer, you can order UFC 229 directly through the company’s website, then choose to view it on a wide range of streaming devices – Xbox One, Apple TV, amazon Fire TV, iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, Roku, Android, Chromecast, and select Smart TVs. Check out UFC’s website for a full guide to supported devices.

How much does the fight cost to watch?

Purchasing UFC 229 will cost $54.99 for SD, and $64.99 for HD in the United States, and as usual, buyers have the option to buy the pay-per-view with an added 6-month trial of the UFC Fight Pass for $91.96. The Fight Pass grants access to the preliminary fights throughout the day.

When does the McGregor-Khabib Fight Actually Start?

There’s a full evening of fights in store for UFC fans, with the prelims beginning at 6:30pm EST through the Fight Pass, and local stations. With 7 fights planned in the prelims, followed by 5 more on the main card starting at 10pm EST, that puts the start of the Khabib-McGregor fight no earlier than 12am EST. Best get settled in to enjoy the other fights in store, which we’ll list here for convenience.

Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims

  • Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin (Welterweight)
  • Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz (Lightweight)
  • Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya (Women’s Bantamweight)

Prelims (Local Broadcasts)

  • Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick (Lightweight)
  • Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger (Women’s Featherweight)
  • Vicente Luque vs Jalin Turner (Welterweight)
  • Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga (Flyweight)

Main Card (PPV Only)

  • Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig (Women’s Strawweight)
  • Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov (Heavyweight)
  • Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes (Light Heavyweight)
  • Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis (Lightweight)
  • ***Championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor***

Are there other ways to watch the Khabib v  s McGregor fight?

Absolutely. Since McGregor’s last fight against Floyd Mayweather racked up close to 3 million illegal viewers, searching social media for unauthorized livestreams will probably turn up a feed eventually. The other way is setting up a digital livestream through a program like Kodi, but that’s for the advanced, risk-seeking UFC fan – and will take some time to set up if you’re not familiar. Here are some tips to setting that up for online viewing. But remember: if you’re not paying for it, what you’re doing is probably illegal!

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2018-10-06 01:10:12 – Andrew Dyce

Birds of Prey: WB Wants Ewan McGregor or Sharlto Copley For Villain

Ewan McGregor or Sharlto Copley could be the villain in Birds of Prey. Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead on their next Harley Quinn project. Margot Robbie took a special interest in Birds of Prey during its development and pushed the movie quickly onto WB’s radar. She’s not only starring but producing the film, and has been focused on bringing diverse female voices to the project. Cathy Yan is set to direct the movie, making her the latest female director DC has hired and the first Chinese filmmaker to helm a superhero pic.

So far in the casting process, they’ve stayed true to this mantra. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been cast as Huntress and Black Canary respectively. They’re also looking to cast Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain, as well as the film’s villain. Early reports claim Black Mask is the villain of Yan’s choosing and he could be the next one to be cast with WB eyeing a few big names.

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Variety‘s Justin Kroll shared on Twitter that Ewan McGregor and Sharlto Copley are two of the names Warner Bros. likes for the villain role in Birds of Prey. It is unclear if either of them have actually met with the studio at this stage as Kroll notes meetings for the part have only just begun. Even if they haven’t met so far, a meeting could still be lined up if either of the actors share WB’s interest. McGregor is best known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, while Copley broke out in District 9. In a later tweet, Kroll revealed that Sam Rockwell passed on the role.

At this stage in their careers, McGregor is still the bigger name of the two early contenders for the villain. He’s got the Star Wars fandom behind him but also just starred in Christopher Robin and season 3 of Fargo, which just so happened to feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead, too. McGregor doesn’t traditionally play villains, so this could be a chance for him to do something different. His schedule could allow it, too, once he finishes work on Doctor Sleep, but this would further slow down any potential movement on Obi-Wan – though that Star Wars film has never been officially announced, only rumored.

Even though Copley isn’t the name that McGregor may be, he could be a nice fit as Black Mask. After mainly starring in Neill Blomkamp’s projects and some smaller indies, it would be a chance for Copley to return to a major property. He certainly has the ability to turn in an incredible performance as a villain. Ultimately, these are just two names that have surfaced to this point, with Rockwell’s passing allowing some archetype to form. As these meetings for Birds of Prey continue, it hopefully won’t be long before we know who the all-female team will be going up against.

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2018-09-26 01:09:57 – Cooper Hood

Ewan McGregor Would Gladly Return for Christopher Robin Sequel



Ewan McGregor will gladly sign up for a Christopher Robin sequel, the actor himself says. Directed by Marc Forster, McGregor played the role of the titular character of the Disney project, alongside Hayley Atwell who played his wife, Evelyn Robin. Meanwhile, Jim Cummings led the cast of voice actor by bringing Winnie the Pooh to life. The live-action film, which mined inspiration from A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, racked over $90 million at the global box office.

Christopher Robin tackles the life of an older, more worldly version of the headlining character decades after he embarked on countless adventures with Pooh and his pack of adorable friends in Hundred Acre Wood. The film picks up with Christopher struggling to balance work and family life, and it’s up to his old faithful friends to rejuvenate his sense of fun and motivation to live life to the fullest.

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Speaking with IOL, McGregor expressed his eagerness to star in a Christopher Robin sequel if Disney ever makes one. “Totally ready for the sequel. It was never mentioned when we shot it [but] I’d be happy to do it again. I’d be up for it. I’ll sign on the dotted line right now,” he said. As of now, there are no talks of a follow-up film just yet, but with the property making decent money for the House of Mouse, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Pooh and his best bud return to the big screen in the future.

While everyone will surely look forward to a Christopher Robin sequel, many are more interested in knowing whether or not the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff starring McGregor will ever come to fruition. Rumors of the prequel have been going on for years, with Billy Elliot and The Reader director Stephen Daldry in line to direct at one point. However, the latest word is Daldry left the project a while ago, and Lucasfilm is putting future Star Wars anthologies on hold in the wake of Solo’s disappointing box office haul. McGregor remains adamant that there are currently no official talks with Lucasfilm about Obi-Wan (although he’s repeatedly said he’d be happy to do it), while the company maintains its silence with regard to the matter.

With no official announcement for a Christopher Robin sequel and the Kenobi prequel, fans can expect McGregor’s next appearance on the big screen in Doctor Sleep, a movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name which is a sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining. McGregor is set to play the older version of Danny Torrance opposite Rebecca Ferguson who will portray Rose the Hat, leader of the True Knot. The project directed by Mike Flanagan is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020.

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